Vivian is a professional photographer with a love for shooting nouns, verbs and sometimes adjectives.
Conceived in Saudi Arabia, born in Taiwan, and raised in both rural Massachusetts and the East Bay, Vivian Chen finally found her heart in San Francisco. Shortly after graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz, she took up photography by chance, and has practiced it diligently for the past six years.
While Vivian shoots mostly in the digital realm, she strives to keep her photographs as clean and crisp as possible. Natural light is her ultimate tool. Vivian’s work reflects reality as she sees it, which includes the exploration of what many people often overlook in our every day.
In addition to her own professional work, Vivian has assisted a variety of Bay Area photographers, both in the studio and in the field, giving her a broad range of perspectives and skills when approaching photography. She has also been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, SOMA Magazine, Hyphen Magazine, Stash Magazine and Ruckus Magazine.
When Vivian’s not tied up shooting Bay Area hip hop artists, wine-country weddings, or breakdancers in Nicaragua, she likes to indulge her gourmet-meets-lowbrow palate, build her caffeine tolerance with Taiwanese oolongs and puerhs, visit parallel universes with Phillip K. Dick and Octavia Butler, and make burnt offerings to the gods/goddesses of motown and mid-century jazz.
My portfolio: www.vivianchenphotography.com