UCLA Engagement Session

Aug 28, 2017

MELISSA & JOSHUA

Locations:

  • First location: UCLA in Los Angeles, CA

 

Introduction:

I heard from Melissa and Joshua just last month in early July and it was a pleasure to get to know them more during our first Skype meeting and make plans for this UCLA engagement session.

They are based up in the Bay Area but met during their undergraduate days at UCLA and were planning to come back down to Los Angeles to where it all started. Their relationship had originally started as friends, then blossomed into something more and they became engaged while holidaying in Maui at the start of this year.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Melissa and Joshua during their romantic e-session at UCLA in Los Angeles.

 

UCLA engagement session photos:

We finally met up in person for the first time in the courtyard at UCLA at the beginning of the e-session and set off to reminisce about their early years together. They both studied engineering and so did I, so we had an immediate connection and a lot to chat about.

I captured romantic embraces in the leafy gardens of UCLA and shots of the couple walking hand-in-hand along the ornate colonnades, as well as a creative bird’s eye looking down on the couple as they lay on the grassy lawns. We also utilized the famous Royce Hall building with its ornate architecture and captured a silhouette of Melissa and Joshua standing beneath its arches.

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Joshua lifts Melissa into the air at the top of a staircase during their engagement session at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Capturing an intimate kiss between the newly engaged couple as part of their e-session at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Melissa and Joshua stand hand-in-hand in front of the ornate architecture of the University of California Los Angeles.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newly engaged couple during their UCLA engagement session.

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A silhouette portrait of the couple standing beneath the arches of a building at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Melissa and Joshua share a laugh in an arched colonnade during their casual UCLA engagement session.

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A bird’s eye view of Melissa and Joshua lying on a grassy lawn at UCLA during their Los Angeles e-session.

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Capturing a playful portrait of Melissa and Joshua embracing during their campus e-session at UCLA.

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Joshua kisses Melissa tenderly while seated on the grassy lawns of UCLA in Los Angeles.

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A romantic black and white portrait of Melissa and Joshua looking into each other’s eyes at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Melissa looks lovingly at Joshua as the couple walks hand-in-hand through the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

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Melissa and Joyce kiss beneath the opulent architecture of Royce Hall during their UCLA e-session.

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The newly engaged couple kiss within one of the landscaped gardens on the campus of UCLA.

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Capturing a playful moment between the couple as they embraced outside UCLA’s Royce Hall.

 

Venice Canals engagement session photos:

We then made the short drive south to Venice Canals for an engagement session along the peaceful waterways of this residential area. Melissa and Joshua both changed into slightly more casual attire and I photographed them walking hand-in-hand along the canals and embracing on the bridges.

We were lucky that it was fairly quiet in Venice Canals on this Monday afternoon so we could work relatively interrupted. I also loved the chemistry and energy that Melissa and Joshua brought to the shoot, really wearing their emotions on their sleeves.

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Melissa and Joshua walk arm-in-arm along the tranquil waters of Venice Canals in Los Angeles.

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Capturing an intimate moment as Melissa and Joshua sit together on a bridge during their Venice Canals e-session.

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Melissa and Joshua embrace on one of the leafy pathways of Venice Canals during their mid-afternoon e-session.

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A wide-angle portrait of Melissa and Joshua on a bridge spanning one of the many waterways in Venice Canals.

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Melissa and Joshua look lovingly into each other’s eyes, framed by a waterway in Venice Canals.

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A black and white portrait of Joshua affectionately kissing Melissa during their romantic Venice Canals e-session.

 

Venice Beach engagement session photos:

As sunset approached, we jumped into my car and made the short drive down to Venice Beach to make the most of the light. I grabbed a shot of the couple kissing beneath the iconic “Venice Beach” sign before heading down onto the sands for a sunset beach shoot.

I captured romantic portraits of Melissa and Joshua walking along the sands and embracing in the atmospheric light, as well as some creative shots using off-camera flash. We finished this Venice Beach e-session with a silhouette shot beneath the famous palm trees right as the sun hit the horizon.

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Melissa and Joshua kiss beneath the iconic “Venice Beach” sign during their Los Angeles e-session.

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Melissa embraces Joshua warmly during their sunset e-session on the sands of Venice Beach.

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A creative, low-angled portrait of Melissa and Joshua beside a sculptural artwork in Venice Beach.

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An off-camera flash portrait of the newly engaged couple during their sunset e-session in Venice Beach.

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Melissa leads Joshua along the sands of Venice Beach during their romantic sunset engagement session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Melissa and Joshua using off-camera flash at sunset on Venice Beach.

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A creative silhouette portrait of Melissa and Joshua at sunset with the famous Venice Beach palm trees.

 

Conclusion:

I want to thank Melissa and Joshua for selecting Aevitas to capture this UCLA engagement session and flying all the way down from San Francisco. I’m really looking forward to their wedding next summer and connecting with this warm and fun-loving couple again.

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