Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session | Walt Disney Concert Hall Engagement Session | Vista Hermosa Park Engagement Session | Kensie & Jesse

Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

KENSIE & JESSE

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Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

I heard from newly engaged couple Kensie and Jessie early last month and after just a few emails back and forth, they hired me as their photographer for this Downtown Los Angeles engagement session. They met working at a restaurant in Beverly Hills back in 2011 and are planning their special day next August.

While Kensie’s family is from Orange County, Jesse is from the Bay Area and they had found a mutual love of cooking and exploring the great outdoors together. Jesse popped the question in Laguna Beach back in August, taking Kensie completely by surprise.

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A romantic nighttime portrait of the newly married couple in front of the Dorothy Pavilion fountain in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

Together with my assistant, we met up with the couple in the early afternoon at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to chat a bit more about their wedding plans and just get to know each other. This is one of my favorite e-session shooting locations in Los Angeles, with striking metallic architecture and sweeping curves. Unfortunately, they had closed off some areas of the concert hall, so we had to get creative in how we utilized this Los Angeles landmark.

With Kensie in a sophisticated black cocktail dress and Jessie in a classy suit, I captured romantic shots of the couple embracing around the exterior of the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I got creative with some low and high vantage shots, as well as a silhouette incorporating the sweeping curves.

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Jessie dips Kensie in front of the Walt Disney Concert Hall stairs during their e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Kensie and Jesse during their Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session.

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An elevated view looking down a staircase towards Kensie and Jesse during their Walt Disney Concert Hall e-session.

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A romantic black and white portrait of Jesse kissing Kensie affectionately during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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The newly married engaged couple embrace, backed by the dramatic architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Kensie and Jessie during their urban e-session at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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A silhouette of the newly engaged couple on a sweeping walkway outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Jesse kisses Kensie’s hand affectionately during their urban e-session outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Jesse dips Kensie on the stairs outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall during their modern urban e-session.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

We then wandered over to the Museum of Contemporary Art to capture some portraits backed by its red ochre walls. I grabbed a playful shot of Kensie pulling Jesse along a pathway, as well as a creative shot as she admired her engagement ring and Jesse checked his watch. I also captured a portrait of the couple between the towering skyscrapers of Downtown LA and a romantic black and white as Jesse went in for a kiss.

I also wanted to capture some shots at another of my favorite Downtown Los Angeles engagement session locations – the whitewashed Broad Museum. I photographed the couple walking hand-in-hand along the outside of this architectural wonder before continuing to the DWP Building. The terrace outside boasts sweeping views of the Downtown LA city skyline, providing the perfect setting for urban e-sessions.

We finished off with a shot of Kensie leading Jesse along a pedestrian crossing in the heart of Downtown LA and a romantic portrait as they embraced in front of the Dorothy Pavilion fountain.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newly engaged couple in a courtyard outside the MOCA building.

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Kensie pulls Jesse along outside the rustic red walls of the MOCA building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie kisses Jesse affectionately while seated on a cement wall during their Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.

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A creative portrait of Kensie admiring her engagement ring while Jesse checks his watch during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Capturing an intimate portrait of the couple embracing against the ochre red walls of the MOCA building.

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Jesse twirls Kensie in the middle of a water fountain during their urban-inspired e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A joyful embrace between the newly engaged couple during their romantic e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative shot of Kensie and Jesse standing amidst the towering skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles.

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A close-up black and white portrait of Kensie and Jesse embracing against the MOCA building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie and Jesse stand hand-in-hand outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Downtown Los Angeles.

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The newly engaged couple walk hand-in-hand down a staircase during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Kensie embraces Jesse warmly during their urban e-session near Downtown LA’s MOCA building.

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A sophisticated shot of Kensie and Jesse outside the iconic Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie leads Jesse along a walkway outside The Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A playful portrait of the newly engaged couple in front of the iconic white walls of The Broad Museum.

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Capturing Kensie’s expression as she walks along the exterior of The Broad Museum with her fiance, Jesse.

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Jesse lifts Kensie into the air at the DWP Building, backed by the city skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple during their e-session at the DWP Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie and Jesse walk hand-in-hand outside the DWP Building, backed by the LA city skyline.

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Kensie leads Jesse along a pedestrian crossing during their urban e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie and Jesse kiss in front of the Dorothy Pavilion fountain during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

 

Vista Hermosa Park engagement session photos:

As late afternoon set in, we drove over to Vista Hermosa Park for a sunset e-session, with this urban park offering beautiful views of the LA city skyline. Kensie and Jesse changed into more casual, fall-inspired attire for whimsical shots of them exploring the walking trails and relaxing on the wooden bench.

I photographed Jesse lifting Kensie into the air, backed by the LA city skyline, as well as a playful shot as she covered his eyes while being piggybacked. We finished this Vista Hermosa Park engagement session with a shot of Jesse lying on the bench with his head in Kensie’s lap and a creative silhouette as dusk set in.

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A whimsical portrait of the newly engaged couple on a walking trail in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Capturing a playful moment between the couple on a bench during their Vista Hermosa Park engagement session.

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Kensie and Jesse embrace, backed by the LA city skyline, during their Vista Hermosa Park e-session.

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A close-up portrait of the joyful couple on a walking trail in Los Angeles’ Vista Hermosa Park.

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Kensie and Jesse look out over the LA city skyline during their sunset e-session in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Jesse carries Kensie through Vista Hermosa Park during their sunset e-session in Los Angeles.

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Jesse lifts Kensie into the air in Vista Hermosa Park, backed by the towering skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles.

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A playful shot of Kensie covering Jesse’s eyes while he piggybacks her in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Jesse relaxes on a bench in Vista Hermosa Park with his head in Kensie’s lap during their Los Angeles e-session.

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Kensie kisses Jesse affectionately during their romantic sunset e-session in Vista Hermosa Park.

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A creative silhouette shot of the newly engaged couple during their sunset e-session in Vista Hermosa Park.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

Once darkness had fallen, we headed back into Downtown Los Angeles for a nighttime portrait session, with Jesse changing back into his navy suit and Kensie putting on an elegant red evening gown. With the help of my assistant using the off-camera flash, I captured romantic shots of the couple embracing surrounded by fairy-lit trees and backed by the illuminated skyscrapers of LA at the DWP Building.

We then wandered back to the Walt Disney Concert Hall (which was now open), grabbing a shot by a lamppost along the way. We finished up with some final portraits featuring the metallic architecture of this striking building and a wide-angle incorporating the Downtown LA city skyline.

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A dramatic, off-camera flash portrait of Kensie and Jesse during their nighttime session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the newly engaged couple, backed by the illuminated skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Jesse embraces Kensie in her gorgeous red dress during their nighttime portrait session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie and Jesse embrace between fairy-lit trees during their romantic nighttime portrait session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Jesse kisses Kensie’s hand affectionately during their romantic nighttime portrait session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie and Jesse stand hand-in-hand outside the DWP Building during their night e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A romantic, close-up portrait of the couple beneath fairy-lit trees in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a kiss between the couple using off-camera flash during their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the couple outside the DWP Building, backed by the Downtown Los Angeles skyline.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

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A sophisticated portrait of Kensie and Jesse leaning against a lamp post during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A creative silhouette shot of the couple at the Walt Disney Concert Hall during their night e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Kensie admires her engagement ring while Jesse admires her outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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A sweeping shot of Kensie and Jesse kissing on a walkway at the Walt Disney Concert Hall during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

It was wonderful to get to know Kensie and Jesse during this Downtown Los Angeles engagement session and they were so easy-going to work with. I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with them for their wedding next summer and wish them all the best as they plan their special day.

November 20, 2017

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