Greystone Mansion Engagement Session | 3rd St. Promenade Engagement Session | Santa Monica Beach Engagement Session | Rebecca & Areg

Greystone Mansion Engagement Session

REBECCA & AREG

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Greystone Mansion engagement session photos:

Rebecca and Areg were introduced to me by a past client who is a medical colleague of theirs in San Diego. They had met and fell in love at med school at the University of San Diego and were planning an Armenian wedding with their extended family and friends in early September.

I was excited to meet them at my home studio in Pasadena to plan this Greystone Mansion engagement session. They wanted a variety of shots, including classic, architectural settings, something urban and playful, as well as a romantic beach backdrop for some sunset shots. So we came up with an afternoon itinerary incorporating all three, starting the day in Beverly Hills.

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Rebecca and Areg relax against one of the rustic stone walls of Greystone Mansion during their Beverly Hills e-session.

 

Greystone Mansion engagement session photos:

It had been a few years since I last shot an e-session at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, but I was excited to return to this lavish destination. You actually need a permit from the City of Beverly Hills and need to adhere strictly to your time allocation, and we made the most of the one hour we had available.

I captured intimate embraces as they explored the garden walking trails and relaxed together against the rustic stone walls, as well as a few on the ornate balconies of this classic venue. I felt that both Rebecca and Areg really let their love shine through during this Greystone Mansion engagement session and the images exuded the warmth of their personalities.

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A close-up portrait of the newly married couple during their classic e-session at Greystone Mansion.

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Capturing an intimate moment between Rebecca and Areg during their Greystone Mansion engagement session.

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The couple embrace on one of the elegant walkways within Beverly Hill’s Greystone Mansion gardens.

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Rebecca hugs Areg warmly during their romantic e-session at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.

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A black and white portrait of Rebecca and Areg relaxing on a bench during their Greystone Mansion engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple looking into each other’s eyes during their romantic Greystone Mansion e-session.

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Rebecca and Areg walking arm-in-arm along one of the Greystone Mansion walkways during their Beverly Hills e-session.

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Areg kisses Rebecca’s forehead during their classic Beverly Hills e-session at Greystone Mansion.

 

3rd St. Promenade engagement session photos:

We then drove over to Santa Monica and the 3rd St. Promenade where the couple changed from their formal attire into something more casual. I loved the bright red dress that Rebecca had chosen and it worked in perfectly with the vibrant urban setting of 3rd St. Promenade.

We had selected a weekday afternoon in the middle of winter, meaning that the street and its surrounding alleyways were really quiet and we had lots of space to work with. We staged some shots in front of this iconic street’s shop fronts and I got creative with some silhouettes and a romantic portrait in front of a naturally-lit window.

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Rebecca and Areg walk hand-in-hand along 3rd St. Promenade during their Santa Monica e-session.

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A creative silhouette of the couple during their Santa Monica engagement session at 3rd St. Promenade.

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Capturing a playful moment between Rebecca and Areg during their 3rd St. Promenade engagement session.

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A romantic embrace between the couple beside a naturally-lit window in Santa Monica.

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The couple outside a Madewell store on Santa Monica’s iconic 3rd St. Promenade.

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A black and white portrait of Rebecca and Areg relaxing outside a shop front along Santa Monica’s 3rd St. Promenade.

 

Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

It was then just a short drive over to Santa Monica Beach where we were going to end the day, first with an e-session along its vibrant pier, followed by some sunset portraits on the beach itself. The couple changed outfits again, this time with Rebecca in a white dress that was ideal against the colorful gondolas of the ferris wheel and the Santa Monica Pier roller coaster. After exploring the amusement arcades and playing some basketball, I grabbed a shot of them peering through the telescopes which look out across the Pacific Ocean.

As the sun approached the horizon, we kicked off our shoes and went down onto the sand. Areg led Rebecca along the beach as the sky turned brilliant hues of orange and the couple were illuminated in warm colors as they embraced. We also took some creative, off-camera flash shots beneath the pier and a silhouette incorporating what is one of Southern California’s most recognizable beachside landmarks.

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Areg lifts Rebecca into the air in front of the roller coaster and ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

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A creative shot of the couple and Rebecca’s engagement ring during their Santa Monica Pier e-session.

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The newly engaged couple stand beside an ornate lamp post on the Santa Monica Pier.

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A playful portrait of the couple playing basketball in an amusement arcade on the Santa Monica Pier.

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A creative portrait of the couple, backed by the Santa Monica Pier ferris wheel.

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A silhouette shot of the couple looking through a telescope during their Santa Monica Pier e-session.

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Rebecca and Areg walk hand-in-hand along the sands of Santa Monica Beach during their sunset e-session.

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Areg leads Rebecca along Santa Monica Beach during their sunset e-session beside its iconic pier.

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Rebecca and Areg play in the shallow waters of Santa Monica Beach during their romantic e-session.

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Capturing a passionate embrace between the couple during their sunset e-session on Santa Monica Beach.

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A creative, off-camera flash portrait of Rebecca and Areg beneath the Santa Monica Pier.

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A creative sunset couple portrait of Rebecca and Areg during their Santa Monica Beach engagement session.

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A sunset silhouette of Rebecca and Areg during their romantic engagement session at Santa Monica Beach.

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A romantic, close-up couple portrait during Rebecca and Areg’s sunset e-session at Santa Monica Beach.

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Rebecca and Areg kiss on the sands of Santa Monica Beach, backed by a magical sunset.

 

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I really enjoyed the time spent with Rebecca and Areg during this Greystone Mansion engagement session and wish them all the best in the planning of their Armenian wedding this summer.

January 20, 2017

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