About Me

Photographer. Artist. San Franciscan. Family man. Believer. I am all of these things, all of the time—except when I am taking a photo.

When I am taking a photo, I become a fly on the wall. I become an artist mapping out his canvas. I become a grandfather looking back at his wedding album. I cease to exist in a way, because ultimately your photo should be about you. Your life, your family, and the moment you have asked me to capture and share with the world.

I started taking pictures in high school and continued the practice throughout college. I majored in graphic design and took a slew of art courses, but every time I learned about composition, design, and color I would just start dreaming up ways to use those elements in my photography. I always had a camera with me, so over time friends and family started asking me to take photos of their weddings or their little ones. That practice grew over time, and one happy day I found myself dedicated solely to the art of taking people’s photographs.

My wedding was one of the best days of my life. I could never take for granted what a wonderful opportunity it is to be part of something so special and intimate. Every once in a while, my wife and I still pull out our wedding album and wander through its pages, cherishing the memories of the sights, smells, people, and places. Though it may sound cheesy, I truly love thinking that the moments I capture on film will be the ones you remember for a lifetime.

In twenty-something years, I’ll be the one out on the dance floor during the father-daughter dance, trusting a guy with a camera and an eye for light and space to capture every memory of my little girl’s big day. Until then, I have dedicated myself to providing the same level of service I would expect on that day to each of my clients. That’s the best promise I think anyone can offer.

If you would like to schedule a photo shoot, a quick introduction, or even just a cup of coffee to further discuss my photo philosophy, please feel free to contact me at hello@manuschauphotography.com.

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