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CSUN Engagement Session

ANASTASIA & ABRAHAM

Locations:

  • First location: CSUN in Northridge, CA

 

CSUN engagement session photos:

I first heard from Anastasia and Abraham in early May about capturing this CSUN engagement session at the campus where they first met. They’re planning an intimate wedding in Hawaii this Fall but wanted to document their love by visiting a few of their favorite places to hang out.

Abraham popped the question when they were over in Hawaii last summer for a Spartan Race, making a romantic picnic and dropping to one knee (maybe from exhaustion) after they completed the event. He’s a big LA Dodgers and Kings fan while they both share a love of all things Disney and Marvel, so wanted to incorporate a few of those elements into this e-session as well.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Anastasia and Abraham during their engagement session at CSUN in Northridge.

 

CSUN engagement session photos:

It was wonderful to finally put a face to their names when we met up near the Oviatt Library at CSUN on what was the hottest weekend of the year. I captured romantic portraits of the couple embracing in front of landmark buildings on the university campus, as well as strolling along the shaded walking trails.

We mixed things up with wide-angle shots on the grand stairs of the Oviatt Library, as well as up-close portraits backed by the campus greenery. I grabbed a shot of Anastasia leading Abraham along a stone feature wall, then captured some portraits incorporating a flamingo umbrella they brought to match Abraham’s flamingo shirt.

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A close-up portrait of the newly engaged couple at the CSUN university campus where they first started dating.

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Anastasia embraces Abraham warmly on a walking trail at the CSUN university campus in Northridge.

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Abraham twirls Anastasia outside the Oviatt Library during their CSUN engagement session in Northridge.

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Anastasia and Abraham walk arm-in-arm along a pathway at CSUN during their Northridge e-session.

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The newly engaged couple stand beneath a flamingo umbrella during their engagement session at CSUN.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Anastasia and Abraham on a stairway during their CSUN e-session.

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Abraham kissing Anastasia tenderly on the forehead during their CSUN engagement session in Northridge.

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Anastasia leads Abraham along a feature stone wall at CSUN during their Northridge engagement session.

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Anastasia and Abraham kiss beneath their flamingo umbrella during an engagement session in Northridge.

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The newly engaged couple walk hand-in-hand down a staircase at CSUN’s Oviatt Library.

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Anastasia and Abraham kiss on the grassy lawns at CSUN during their campus engagement session.

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Capturing a tender moment between Anastasia and Abraham while relaxing against a feature wall at CSUN.

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Anastasia and Abraham pretend to get swept away with their flamingo umbrella during the CSUN e-session.

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Abraham tenderly kisses Anastasia’s hand during their romantic campus engagement session in Southern California.

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Abraham lifts Anastasia into the air beneath a grove of orange trees at CSUN in Northridge.

 

Malibu Creek State Park engagement session photos:

We then made the drive from Northridge to Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas where Anastasia and Abraham changed into their Spartan workout gear. We grabbed some shots of them play fighting with a Thanos glove, then a portrait of them showing off their medals.

Anastasia then changed into a pink dress and Abraham into a white shirt and jeans as we explored the walking trails in the late-afternoon light. We utilized the golden light and long grasses for some whimsical portraits of the couple embracing, as well as grabbing a playful shot of Abraham dipping Anastasia. Despite the bugs, they were both so patient and full of love, making my job that much easier.

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A playful portrait of the newly engaged couple play fighting at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas.

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Abraham holds up his Thanos glove while Anastasia shows off her engagement ring during their Calabasas e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham show off their Spartan medals during an e-session at the Malibu Creek State Park.

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A whimsical portrait of Anastasia and Abraham kissing during their Malibu Creek State Park e-session.

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Abraham tenderly kisses Anastasia’s forehead at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas.

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Anastasia and Abraham embraces in the grassy fields of Calabasas’ Malibu Creek State Park.

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The couple walk hand-in-hand along a leafy walking trail in Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas.

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A golden portrait of Anastasia and Abraham in the late-afternoon light during their Malibu Creek State Park e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham embrace during their nature-inspired e-session at Malibu Creek State Park.

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Anastasia and Abraham embrace in the golden grasses of Malibu Creek State Park during their Calabasas e-session.

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Capturing Anastasia’s reaction as she embraces Abraham during their Malibu Creek State Park engagement session.

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Capturing a playful moment as Abraham dips Anastasia during their Malibu Creek State Park e-session.

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Abraham warmly embraces Anastasia in the Malibu Creek State Park during their Calabasas e-session.

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The newly engaged couple stand in the natural surrounds of Malibu Creek State Park during their Calabasas e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham illuminated in the golden light during their Malibu Creek State Park e-session.

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Capturing a tender moment between Anastasia and Abraham during their whimsical e-session in Malibu Creek State Park.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

We finished the day with a nighttime engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles, beginning at the DWP Building to take advantage of its stunning city skyline backdrop. I photographed the couple embracing in front of the changing colors of its fountain before capturing some portraits in Grand Park. Luckily, I had an assistant with me to help hold my off-camera flash for a more creative look to these images, with Anastasia and Abraham both opting for sophisticated formal attire.

After finishing up in the Financial District, we went over to the Staples Center and LA Live to indulge Abraham’s love of sports. I grabbed some portraits of the couple embracing in front of the Kings Statue and a monument to Wayne Gretzky before they changed into their Dodgers jerseys for a playful chest bump. Anastasia and Abraham made one final outfit change as we grabbed a few more portraits of them embracing against a lamppost and beneath the string lights at LA Live.

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Abraham twirls Anastasia backed by the Downtown Los Angeles skyline at the DWP Building.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly engaged couple during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham embrace in front of an illuminated blue fountain in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A nighttime portrait of Anastasia and Abraham backed by the twinkling lights of Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative silhouette of Anastasia and Abraham in front of an illuminated green fountain in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Anastasia and Abraham kiss while being illuminated by off-camera flash during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham embrace in Grand Park during their Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.

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A reflective portrait of Anastasia and Abraham embracing against a glass window in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Anastasia leads Abraham along the terrace of the DWP Building during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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A portrait of Anastasia and Abraham in front of a bright red fountain during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham kiss during their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Abraham leads Anastasia along a pedestrian crossing during their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Anastasia and Abraham backed by the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Anastasia and Abraham embrace in front of the Kings Statue outside Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

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Anastasia and Abraham embrace beside a statue of Wayne Gretzky outside the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Anastasia and Abraham bump chests wearing their Dodgers jerseys outside LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles.

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The newly engaged couple show off their Dodgers jerseys during an engagement session at LA Live.

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Anastasia and Abraham kiss wearing their Dodgers jerseys during a Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham kiss beside a lamppost during their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a romantic kiss between Anastasia and Abraham during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham embrace in front of a huge screen during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Anastasia and Abraham kiss beneath romantic string lights in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Anastasia and Abraham look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative portrait of Anastasia and Abraham as part of their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

CSUN engagement session photos:

I can’t thank Anastasia and Abraham enough for selecting me to capture their CSUN engagement session and for sharing their story with me. They were so full of love throughout what was a long day and I wish them all the best as they plan their upcoming wedding in Hawaii.

July 19, 2018

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