Griffith Observatory Engagement Session | Malibu Creek State Park Engagement Session | Carolyn & Shane

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

CAROLYN & SHANE

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Griffith Observatory engagement session photos:

Carolyn and Shane contacted me online about capturing their Griffith Observatory engagement session (and wedding at Calamigos Ranch later in the year) and I was honored that they trusted me enough to book without ever meeting in person. It was wonderful to finally connect with them in person when we met up last Sunday on what was an extra busy afternoon at the Griffith Observatory.

Carolyn and Shane have been dating for a couple of years and got engaged last November during a romantic vacation in Fiji. They love working out together and going out to eat, as well as relaxing while watching Netflix. They were an awesome couple to work with and really wore their emotions on their sleeves while being patient with the people (and bugs) we had to navigate during the afternoon.

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A wide-angle shot of Carolyn and Shane sitting on a ledge, backed by Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory.

 

Griffith Observatory engagement session photos:

Griffith Observatory has increased in popularity since its featured in recent movies like “Transformers” and “LaLa Land” and it felt like half of LA was there when we arrived. But we managed to negotiate our way through the crowds and still find some great shots and architectural features to work with throughout this urban engagement session.

Carolyn had opted for a black blouse and skirt while Shane was in a classic suit, giving this e-session quite a sophisticated and formal feel. I grabbed portraits of the couple embracing backed by the iconic dome of the Griffith Observatory, as well as one of them sitting on a ledge in front (thankfully security didn’t come by!).

After getting creative with some of the observatory’s railing features, we followed one of the walking trails to capture some sweeping shots of the Los Angeles city skyline. I grabbed portraits of the couple kissing backed by the panoramic views, as well as some close-up shots of them enjoying the moment.

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Capturing a tender moment between Carolyn and Shane during their Griffith Observatory engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple backed by the Downtown LA cityscape during their formal urban e-session.

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Carolyn and Shane embrace on a sweeping staircase during their Griffith Observatory engagement session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple overlooking the city of LA at the Griffith Observatory.

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Shane leads Carolyn up a staircase on the edge of the Griffith Observatory dome during their urban Los Angeles e-session.

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The newly engaged couple walk hand-in-hand along one of the walking trails at the Griffith Observatory.

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Capturing a warm embrace between the couple in an archway at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

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Carolyn and Shane embrace in a wooded landscape during their Griffith Observatory engagement session.

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A creative portrait of Carolyn and Shane along a glass and metal railing at the Griffith Observatory.

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Carolyn shows off her engagement ring while embracing Shane during their Griffith Observatory e-session.

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A sweeping wide-angle portrait of the couple kissing at the Griffith Observatory, backed by the Downtown LA cityscape.

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Carolyn and Shane soak up the views of Downtown Los Angeles during their Griffith Observatory e-session.

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A classic portrait of Carolyn and Shane during their formal urban e-session at the Griffith Observatory.

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Shane lifts Carolyn into the air along a wooded trail during their Griffith Observatory engagement session.

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The couple steal a kiss while looking out across the Los Angeles city skyline at the Griffith Observatory.

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Shane kisses Carolyn’s hand affectionately during their romantic e-session at LA’s Griffith Observatory.

 

Malibu Creek State Park engagement session photos:

We then made the drive over to Calabasas and the Malibu Creek State Park for more of a nature-inspired e-session, although the couple still wanted to keep a formal look to their attire. Carolyn changed into a pure white dress and Shane removed his suit jacket as we explored the leafy walking trails and fields of golden grass.

The late-afternoon lighting was perfect for whimsical portraits of the couple kissing amidst the picturesque surrounds, although we did have to compete with quite a few bugs. But Carolyn and Shane didn’t let that bother them as their chemistry shone through, with romantic embraces and lifts to capture.

After grabbing a few shots of the couple walking hand-in-hand along one of the walking trails in the Malibu Creek State Park, we ended the e-session with a creative silhouette framed by the trees.

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Carolyn and Shane embrace on a walking trail during their nature-inspired e-session at the Malibu Creek State Park.

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Capturing a playful moment between the newly engaged couple during their Malibu Creek State Park e-session.

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A whimsical portrait of Carolyn and Shane kissing in the long grass of the Malibu Creek State Park.

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A closeup portrait of the couple embracing during their late-afternoon e-session at the Malibu Creek State Park.

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A wide-angle shot of Carolyn and Shane embracing amidst the leafy surrounds of the Malibu Creek State Park.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly engaged couple during their Malibu Creek State Park e-session.

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Shane embraces Carolyn warmly on a meandering trail in the Malibu Creek State Park.

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Carolyn embraces Shane in the late-afternoon light during their nature-inspired e-session in Calabasas.

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Shane dips Carolyn backed by a forested hill in the picturesque Malibu Creek State Park.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple backed by the golden grasses of the Malibu Creek State Park.

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A whimsical portrait of Shane kissing Carolyn in the golden sunset light at the Malibu Creek State Park.

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A romantic portrait of Shane lifting Carolyn into the air during their Malibu Creek State Park engagement session.

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Carolyn and Shane walk hand-in-hand along a walking trail in Calabasas’ Malibu Creek State Park.

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Capturing an affectionate moment between the couple amidst the golden grasses of the Malibu Creek State Park.

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A creative silhouette of the couple embracing while being framed by the trees of the Malibu Creek State Park.

 

Griffith Observatory engagement session photos:

I really enjoyed the afternoon spent getting to know Carolyn and Shane during this Griffith Observatory engagement session and documenting their love. I look forward to reconnecting when they tie the knot in November at one of my favorite wedding venues – the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu.

May 11, 2018

Engagement Session

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