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Keri Tan of Keri Tan Photography Looks Through the Lens From a Different Perspective

By S. Mathur

If you're planning to get engaged in New York City or married in Hong Kong, Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, Keri Tan is your photographer. The owner of Keri Tan Photography loves to travel and looks forward to far flung assignments. She is based in New York City and serves the tri-state area, she says "But I also travel worldwide and offer destination wedding photography as well. I photograph engagement, elopements, traditional weddings and anniversary/family photoshoots."

She grew up in an artistic family, and picked photography as her medium at a young age. Her father and grandmother were both artists. Her work begins with visually imagining the concept, which she brings to life through her photographs: "My creative process is I normally see a snapshot in my mind first and then I try to reinvent what I saw in camera. I have an background in art direction and design, which is why I like to give a lot of creative direction with my subject."

Her portfolio is diverse, covering weddings and events, as well as portraits, lifestyle and travel photography. She enjoys the different styles, because each offers something new: "I also appreciate fine arts and commercial photography as it serves as a different creative outlet. Keri Tan Photography is unique in that it doesn't only just provide photography services but it's also a creative service that knows how to concept and brand to each unique client's needs through photography as its main medium."

Her artistic background shows clearly in the photographs, which speak for themselves. Her portfolio includes event photography, capturing such varied settings as charity poker games, a flower arrangement workshop, an educational reform convention and a meeting between farmers and the recipe delivery service Blue Apron. Each series captures the vitality of the event, the setting in all its moods, and the overall spirit of fun and purpose. Settings can include indoor and outdoor locations: convention centers, organic farms, Brooklyn Bridge, NYC and Hong Kong cityscapes.

Tan's wedding photography is sensitive and even documentary, capturing unique moments in each couple's journey together. It also becomes, incidentally, a fascinating ethnographic portrait of the millennial version of New York City and its surroundings. This is diverse, eclectic, full of energy and tied to the city's history as a magnet for creative people.

Tan also does family and baby photo shoots. Her pictures of interiors continue the story of city life, as a new generation makes the metropolis their home. Clients appreciate her professionalism, skill and creativity. She also has the patience necessary to get the best pictures. To use an old cliche, at Keri Tan Photography, every picture tells a story. Like the best storytellers, they also leave you wanting to know more.

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