Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session | Walt Disney Concert Hall Engagement Session | Vista Hermosa Park Engagement Session | Christina & Steven

Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

CHRISTINA & STEVEN

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Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

Christina and Steven were one of the first couples to hire me about a year ago in mid-2018 to capture their wedding that’s coming up in just a couple of months. But they wanted to celebrate their love with this Downtown Los Angeles engagement session at some of their (and my) favorite locations.

Christina and Steven have been together since they met at a party in 2011 when Steven generously offered to give Christina a lift home. While she’d given him a few hints about getting married by asking to go ring shopping with her sisters, it was Steven who popped the question as a surprise during a trip to Las Vegas.

After some portraits around Walt Disney Concert Hall, we wandered across to The Broad and the MOCA building, then headed to the leafy landscapes of Vista Hermosa Park. We ended the day with a nighttime e-session around the DWP Building and the beautifully illuminated Dorothy Pavilion Fountain.

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Christina and Steven walk hand-in-hand through Downtown Los Angeles during their urban nighttime e-session.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

We began the afternoon at Walt Disney Concert Hall for some portraits backed by its sweeping metallic architecture. I captured both up-close shots of the couple embracing and wide-angles framed by the curving walls, as well as incorporating a tree that stood in stark contrast to this Downtown Los Angeles icon.

Christina was wearing an elegant maroon dress and Steven a white shirt, giving a sophisticated feel to this Downtown LA e-session. I grabbed a shot as she leads him up one of the staircases and another as she playfully blew a kiss while he pretended to catch it.

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Capturing a tender moment between Christina and Steven during their e-session at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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A wide-angle shot of the couple amidst the stunning metallic architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.

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Steven tenderly kisses Christina’s hand during their urban engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Steven kisses Christina’s forehead beneath a sprawling tree outside Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina and Steven share a laugh during their relaxed urban engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A low-angle portrait of Christina and Steven on a staircase at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina embraces Steven warmly during their romantic urban engagement session at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Christina leads Steven up a metallic staircase during their e-session at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Capturing a playful moment between the couple during their relaxed engagement session at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Christina playfully blows a kiss to Steven who pretends to catch it outside Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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A close-up portrait capturing a tender moment between the couple at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

After a few portraits in front of the textured white exterior of The Broad, we wandered across Grand Avenue to the ochre-red MOCA building to continue the e-session. We utilized a yellow cab rank out the front for a shot of the couple kissing, as well as a sweeping staircase for a bird’s eye view portrait. I also grabbed some shots of Christina and Steven in front of a cylindrical water feature, then got creative with a silhouette of the couple framed by the soaring skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina leads Steven in front of The Broad during their engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Christina and Steven outside The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Steven spins Christina in front of The Broad’s distinct white walls during their e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina and Steven walk hand-in-hand across Grand Avenue during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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A playful portrait of Christina and Steven sharing a laughing outside the MOCA building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina and Steven look lovingly at one another outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina and Steven kiss while getting into a yellow cab during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Steven lifts Christina into the air and spins her outside the MOCA building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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An elevated view of Christina and Steven walking hand-in-hand during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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A portrait of Christina and Steven kissing in front of an urban water feature in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina and Steven walk arm-in-arm beside the ochre-red MOCA building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Steven affectionately kisses Christina’s hand with her engagement ring during their LA engagement session.

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Steven lifts Christina into the air in front of an urban water feature in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a reflective moment between Christina and Steven during their urban e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative silhouette portrait of Christina and Steven, framed by the towering skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Steven dips and kisses Christina on a sweeping staircase during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Christina and Steven look lovingly at one another beside a yellow cab rank in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Vista Hermosa Park engagement session photos:

We then made the short drive over to Vista Hermosa Park where Christina changed into a floral flowing dress and Steven a soft pink shirt. I captured portraits of them embracing on the park bench that overlooks the Downtown Los Angeles city skyline and another as they playfully balanced, as well as grabbing a shot as Steven laid his head in Christina’s lap.

I also captured some romantic shots of the couple embracing and kissing along the walking trails of Vista Hermosa Park, together with a portrait of Steven piggybacking his bride-to-be. The natural chemistry of this wonderful couple really shone through during this urban-inspired e-session and they were so easy-going to work with.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Christina and Steven standing on a bench in Vista Hermosa Park.

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A creative shot of Christina leading Steven through Vista Hermosa Park during their nature-inspired e-session in Los Angeles.

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Steven tenderly kisses Christina on the cheek while exploring one of the walking trails in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Christina and Steven kiss on a bench in Vista Hermosa Park while being back by the Los Angeles city skyline.

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Steven playfully pretends to bite Christina’s hand during their e-session in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Christina and Steven balance on a bench together in Vista Hermosa Park during their urban engagement session.

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Capturing a tender kiss between the couple on a leafy walking trail in Vista Hermosa Park.

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A close-up portrait of Christina and Steven leaning their heads together amidst the greenery of Vista Hermosa Park.

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A creative portrait of Christina and Steven walking hand-in-hand through Vista Hermosa Park.

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Christina and Steven look out across the Downtown Los Angeles skyline during their e-session in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Steven piggy backs Christina through Vista Hermosa Park as part of their Los Angeles urban engagement session.

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Christina and Steven kiss backed by the city skyline of Los Angeles in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple as they relax on a park bench in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Christina leans her head on Steven’s shoulder while looking out across the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

Once the sun had set, we drove back into Downtown Los Angeles for a nighttime portrait session, with Christina changing back into her evening gown. We utilized the DWP Building’s terrace for some portraits incorporating the night lights of the city’s skyscrapers, as well as the gorgeous fountain that was illuminated a rich purple color.

After some creative shots in Grand Park and in front of a double elevator, I also captured a playful portrait of the couple in front of an illuminated billboard. We ended this nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles with a reflective shot in a passing window and a romantic portrait as Steven lifted Christina into the air and kissed her.

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Christina leads Steven along the terrace of the DWP Building during their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative off-camera flash portrait of the couple embracing backed by an illuminated fountain in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Steven dips Christina in front of the Dorothy Pavilion Fountain during their Downtown Los Angeles nighttime engagement session.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple in Grand Park as part of their Downtown Los Angeles nighttime e-session.

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A creative portrait of the couple in front of two elevators during their urban e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina and Steven kiss on the terrace of the DWP Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a playful moment between the couple in front of a billboard in Downtown Los Angeles.

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An off-camera flash portrait of the couple in front of a purple fountain at Dorothy Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a romantic embrace between Christina and Steven beside the Dorothy Pavilion Fountain.

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Christina and Steven share in a special moment backed by the illuminated skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles.

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A reflective portrait of the couple in the windows of the DWP Building during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Steven lifts Christina into the air and kisses her on the terrace of the DWP Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Christina and Steven stand hand-in-hand in front of a rainbow-illuminated building in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

It was so much fun hanging out with Christina and Steven during this engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles and I appreciated that they were just as interested in learning about me as I was in knowing their story. I want to give a big shout out to Steven’s brother, Patrick, who helped me with the lighting during the nighttime shoot and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with all of them on Christina and Steven’s wedding day in August. 

June 18, 2019

Engagement Session

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