Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

Apr 14, 2017

NARYSSA & HAI

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Introduction:

Naryssa and Hai met in Las Vegas around seven years ago and although they dated for a bit, they ended up going in different directions. It was only a few years ago that they reconnected and fell in love all over again, with Hai proposing last year with a red rose in a glass case, just like in Naryssa’s favorite Disney movie, “Beauty and the Beast”. I felt really honored that they selected me to be their wedding photographer later this year, as well as have the opportunity to capture this Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.

They selected a few of my favorite locations in and around Los Angeles, including an urban e-session in the Downtown area utilizing the distinctive architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, MOCA Building and The Broad Museum. We also headed into Rancho Palos Verdes for a more nature-inspired e-session at the gorgeous Wayfarers Chapel and Trump National Golf Club.

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Naryssa leads Hai along the terrace of the Department of Water and Power Building during their nighttime e-session in Downtown LA.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

I had only spoken to Naryssa and Hai over Skype, so when we met up in Downtown Los Angeles last Sunday it was the first time we met in person. My wife Charlene was helping me out as an assistant photographer for the day and with an instant connection between us and Naryssa and Hai, it really felt like we were hanging out with old friends for the day.

We began this Downtown Los Angeles engagement session exploring the streets surrounding the MOCA Building with its rustic, red-brick architecture, capturing a range of intimate embraces, reflective portraits and creative silhouettes. We utilized the cascading water feature here, as well as taking some portraits on the terrace of the DWP Building which overlooks the Downtown Los Angeles city skyline.

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An intimate reflective portrait of the newly married couple during their Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.

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Naryssa and Hai embrace beneath a water feature during their Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.

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Naryssa and Hai embrace against the iconic red brick walls of the MOCA Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Naryssa and Hai as they share a secret during their Downtown LA e-session.

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The newly engaged couple walk hand-in-hand along the sidewalk outside the MOCA Building in Downtown LA.

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An intimate portrait of Naryssa and Hai behind a water feature during their urban e-session in Downtown LA.

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A playful shot of Naryssa and Hai standing in front of the red brick walls of the MOCA Building in Downtown LA.

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A creative silhouette of Naryssa and Hai standing between the towering skyscrapers of Downtown LA during their urban e-session.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple on a bench outside the MOCA Building in Downtown LA.

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A creative portrait of the couple embracing at the end of a reflective pool during their urban e-session in Downtown LA.

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An intimate close-up portrait of Naryssa and Hai during their romantic urban e-session in Downtown LA.

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Hai playfully kisses Naryssa’s hand in a doorway of the colorful MOCA Building in Downtown LA.

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A sophisticated portrait of the couple outside the iconic white-walled Broad Museum in Downtown LA.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

After a couple of portraits along the white-walled architecture of The Broad Museum, we walked over to the Walt Disney Concert Hall with its iconic metallic features. I photographed Hai blowing a kiss to Naryssa along the edge of its exterior and captured a tender moment in the leafy greenery alongside. They had both opted for fairly formal attire in tones of black, grey and white which worked in perfectly with this silver-hued backdrop.

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Hai playfully blows a kiss to Naryssa during their Walt Disney Concert Hall urban engagement session.

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Hai kisses Naryssa affectionately on the forehead during their romantic urban e-session at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Capturing a romantic embrace between the newly engaged couple alongside the metallic architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Hai kisses Naryssa affectionately on a balcony outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Wayfarers Chapel engagement session photos:

We then jumped in the car and drove together to Rancho Palos Verdes and one of Southern California’s most beautiful wedding venues, the Wayfarers Chapel. Naryssa and Hai both changed into cosy woolen sweaters for this casual, nature-inspired e-session along the walkways of the chapel’s gorgeous gardens. I captured romantic embraces on the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, as well as a few close-up portraits in the late-afternoon sunshine.

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Hai lifts Naryssa into the air along cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean during their Rancho Palos Verdes engagement session.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple during their Wayfarers Chapel engagement session in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A playful moment between the newly engaged couple during their Rancho Palos Verdes engagement session.

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Naryssa and Hai kiss along a leafy walkway at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes.

 

Trump National Golf Club engagement session photos:

From Wayfarers Chapel, it’s around a mile drive to Trump National Golf Club where there is a spectacular coastal park. I captured whimsical shots of Naryssa and Hai kissing in its grassy fields and leading one another along the walking trails, as well as a playful one of Naryssa being piggybacked.

We then walked down to the beach for some portraits against the beautiful sunset and got creative with the use of off-camera flash. The sky was transforming brilliant colors, providing an idyllic backdrop for this romantic beach e-session.

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Naryssa leads Hai through a grassy field during their Trump National Golf Club sunset e-session.

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A whimsical portrait of the couple kissing along a walking trail at the Trump National Golf Club.

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A close-up portrait of the couple featuring Naryssa’s engagement ring during their sunset e-session in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Hai piggybacks Naryssa along a walking trail at the Trump National Golf Club during their nature inspired e-session.

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The couple embrace warmly overlooking the Pacific Ocean during their Rancho Palos Verdes nature e-session.

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Naryssa and Hai embrace in a grassy field ignited with yellow flowers during their nature-inspired e-session.

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Naryssa and Hai kiss on the rocks overlooking the Pacific Ocean during their Trump National Golf Club e-session.

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An intimate portrait of the newly engaged couple during sunset on a beach in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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A romantic silhouette of Naryssa and Hai in the post-sunset moments during their Trump National Golf Club e-session.

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Capturing an intimate off-camera flash portrait of Hai and Naryssa during sunset in Rancho Palos Verdes.

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Capturing a kiss between Naryssa and Hai using an off-camera flash during their romantic sunset e-session.

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A joyous portrait of the newly engaged couple in the post-sunset moments during their Trump National Golf Club e-session.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

We then drove back into the city for another Downtown Los Angeles engagement session, this time to take advantage of the nighttime lights. Naryssa and Hai changed again into formal attire and we made use of the beautifully illuminated Dorothy Pavilion fountain. We returned again to the terrace of the DWP Building to capture a few portraits backed by the city skyline, ending what was a really memorable engagement session.

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An elegant nighttime portrait of Naryssa and Hai overlooking the Downtown Los Angeles city skyline.

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Hai dips Naryssa in front of the Dorothy Pavilion fountain during their nighttime e-session in Downtown LA.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the couple outside the DWP Building during their Downtown Los Angeles nighttime e-session.

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A creative silhouette of Naryssa and Hai in front of the Dorothy Pavilion fountain in Downtown LA.

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An off-camera flash portrait of the newly engaged couple during their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Naryssa and Hai kiss in front of the Dorothy Pavilion fountain, illuminated in yellow lights.

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A playful portrait of Naryssa and Hai during their romantic nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative, off-camera flash portrait of Naryssa and Hai in front of a fountain in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Conclusion:

It really was such a joy to meet and work with Naryssa and Hai and I can’t thank them enough for trusting me to capture this Downtown Los Angeles engagement session. I wish them all the best as they make the final preparations for their special day this September and look forward to reconnecting with them again then.

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