Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden Engagement Session

Jul 11, 2017

SHILA & ARASH

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Introduction:

I first heard from Arash a few months ago when he emailed to inquire about having an e-session with his new fiance, Shila. After just a few emails, they decided to book me in to capture this Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden engagement session and I was so honored that they trusted me, despite having never met in person or even spoken over the phone.

But the moment we spoke our first words to each other at the start of the e-session, it was like connecting with old friends and we spent an incredible afternoon together.

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A sophisticated portrait of Shila and Arash during their Segerstrom Center For The Arts e-session.

 

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden engagement session photos:

The afternoon all began at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden in Long Beach that boasts some gorgeous green spaces to work with. I captured intimate embraces of the couple beneath a shaded willow tree and on the rustic bridge, as well as overlooking the tranquil pond.

I really loved the time and attention that Shila and Arash put into their outfits for the e-session, beginning with a casual day suit and cocktail-style white dress. They were absolute naturals in front of the camera, and while I gave them a few prompts and ideas, they knew how to pull off classic and sophisticated poses.

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Arash embraces Shila beneath a weeping willow during their nature-themed e-session at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

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Arash embraces Shila beneath a weeping willow during their nature-themed e-session at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

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A playful portrait of Shila peeking up behind Arash’s shoulder during their nature-themed Long Beach e-session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly married couple beneath a weeping willow in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

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Shila and Arash stand hand-in-hand on a rustic bridge within the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Shila and Arash during their romantic e-session in Long Beach.

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Shila and Arash embrace overlooking the pond at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden in Long Beach.

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A romantic portrait of the newly engaged couple on a leafy walkway in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.

 

Segerstrom Center For The Arts engagement session photos:

After the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden engagement session, we drove over to Costa Mesa and the Segerstrom Center For The Arts. I really love the strong architectural lines and hedge walkways of this location, which give a classic look to engagement session images.

Shila and Arash complemented this with formal black attire that stood out brilliantly against the white walls of the Segerstrom Center For The Arts. Their chemistry was undeniable, with plenty of loving exchanges and secret glances to capture.

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A creative, reflective portrait of Shila and Arash against the Segerstrom Center For The Arts in Costa Mesa.

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Shila leads Arash along the sidewalk outside the Segerstrom Center For The Arts during their Costa Mesa e-session.

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Arash kisses Shila affectionately alongside the whitewashed architecture of the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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A classic portrait of the newly engaged couple walking hand-in-hand outside the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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Shila embraces her groom-to-be warmly during their stylish e-session at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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Capturing a playful moment between the newly engaged couple during their Segerstrom Center For The Arts engagement session.

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A creative portrait of the couple leaning up against the white architecture of the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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Arash kisses Shila’s hand lovingly during their romantic e-session at the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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A creative angle capturing Shila and Arash walking hand-in-hand outside the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

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Shila and Arash share a laugh during their Segerstrom Center For The Arts engagement session.

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Capturing an intimate exchange between the newly engaged couple in the courtyard of the Segerstrom Center For The Arts.

 

Riley Wilderness Park engagement session photos:

From the urban setting of the Segerstrom Center For The Arts, we headed out to Rancho Santa Margarita and the gorgeous natural surrounds of the Riley Wilderness Park. Arash changed into a blue shirt and slacks, while Shila had selected a really beautiful, vintage-inspired turquoise dress.

I captured whimsical portraits of them in the grassy fields and beneath rustic, arched tree trunks, as well as a silhouette-style shot with a sunburst behind. The late-afternoon light was just magical, illuminating the couple in rich tones and setting a warm, romantic scene.

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A whimsical portrait of Shila and Arash beneath the trees at Riley Wilderness Park in Rancho Santa Margarita.

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Capturing a tender embrace between Shila and Arash during their nature-themed e-session at Riley Wilderness Park.

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Shila looks back towards the camera while holding Arash’s hand in the grassy fields of the Riley Wilderness Park.

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Shila and Arash kiss beneath and arching tree trunk in Rancho Santa Margarita’s Riley Wilderness Park.

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Shila rests her head on Arash’s shoulder lovingly during their romantic Riley Wilderness Park e-session.

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A creative portrait of Shila and Arash with a beautiful sunburst during their Riley Wilderness Park engagement session.

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Shila and Arash stand hand-in-hand in a grassy field during their whimsical Riley Wilderness Park engagement session.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Arash and Shila, showcasing her beautiful engagement ring.

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Arash kisses Shila lovingly on the forehead during their late-afternoon e-session in Riley Wilderness Park.

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Shila and Arash embrace, illuminated in the late-afternoon light, during their Rancho Santa Margarita nature-inspired e-session.

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Arash lifts Shila into the air on one of the walking trail at Rancho Santa Margarita’s Riley Wilderness Park.

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Capturing a tender moment between Shila and Arash during their nature-inspired e-session in Riley Wilderness Park.

 

Victoria Beach engagement session photos:

We finished off the day on the sands of Victoria Beach to take advantage of the sunset light. Arash changed into a light pink shirt here and Shila into a white, flowing dress, giving the shots a romantic ambiance and beach elopement feel. I captured close-ups of the couple embracing and wide-angle shots as they walked along the sands hand-in-hand, as well as some creative silhouettes backed by the setting sun. I loved that they weren’t afraid to step into the water and get wet, resulting in some great shots!

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Shila and Arash embrace in the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean during their sunset e-session at Victoria Beach.

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A low-angle portrait of Shila and Arash standing hand-in-hand in the shallow waters at Victoria Beach.

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Shila leans affectionately on Arash’s shoulder during their romantic sunset e-session at Victoria Beach.

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A wide-angle shot of Arash and Shila walking hand-in-hand along the sands of Victoria Beach.

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Shila and Arash share a laugh during their romantic sunset engagement session in Laguna Beach.

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Shila and Arash let the waters of the Pacific Ocean wash over them during their romantic beach engagement session.

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A creative silhouette portrait of the newly engaged couple during their sunset e-session at Victoria Beach.

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Shila shows off the gorgeous back of her white flowing dress during her e-session with Arash at Victoria Beach.

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Shila covers a kiss while showing off her glamorous engagement ring during her Laguna Beach e-session with Arash.

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Shila and Arash kiss in the shallow waters of Victoria Beach during their romantic sunset e-session.

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Shila leads Arash along the sands of Victoria Beach during their sunset e-session in Orange County.

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A creative off-camera flash portrait, backed by the setting sun, during Shila and Arash’s Laguna Beach e-session.

 

Conclusion:

I can’t thank Shila and Arash enough for choosing me to capture this Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden engagement session and bringing so much energy and love to the shoot. They don’t have any wedding plans as yet, but I wish them all the best as they enjoy their future together and hope we can reconnect soon.

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