Griffith Observatory Engagement Session | LACMA Engagement Session | Lindsey & Matthew
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Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

LINDSEY & MATTHEW

Locations:

  • Second location: LACMA in Los Angeles, CA

 

Griffith Observatory engagement session photos:

Newly engaged couple Lindsey and Matthew met at college where he was playing baseball and she was playing softball, but it wasn’t until their senior year that they started dating. Last year while on a cruise with Lindsey’s family in the Caribbean, Matthew popped the question with her entire family in on the surprise! They’re planning a formal black-tie wedding on New Year’s Eve this year which I cannot wait to capture, but first it was time for this Griffith Observatory engagement session.

Lindsey and Matthew both love creative, dramatic nighttime portraits and really wanted that style for their e-session. So we selected a couple of my favorite portrait locations in and around Los Angeles – the Griffith Observatory and the LACMA museum of art.

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The newly engaged couple embrace against a setting sun during their Griffith Observatory engagement session.

 

Griffith Observatory engagement session photos:

When the day rolled around for Lindsey and Matthew’s e-session, I was actually a little worried about the weather. It had been raining on and off the past few days and the skies were looking very overcast. Lindsey is currently based up in the Bay Area and was coming down especially, so it wasn’t going to be easy to reschedule. But as luck would have it, the skies dried and the sun even came out for us, right on cue as the sunset ignited the horizon!

We started their Griffith Observatory engagement session in the late afternoon, taking advantage of the architectural features and capturing some playful shots incorporating the telescopes. Because of the weather and it being a Monday afternoon, it wasn’t nearly as busy as it often is, which worked in our favor as we captured intimate embraces incorporating the Los Angeles city skyline.

We stayed until after sunset to grab some nighttime portraits too, with Lindsey’s mom and aunt on hand to help me out with the off-camera flash. Lindsey and Matthew were both really natural and a lot of fun to work with, even as the temperature started to drop and things got a little chilly.

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Lindsey and Matthew share a laugh during their casual engagement session at Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory.

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Lindsey and Matthew stare into each other’s eyes during their Griffith Observatory e-session in LA.

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A wide angle shot of the newly engaged couple kissing beneath the trees at LA’s Griffith Observatory.

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A joyous portrait of Lindsey and Matthew engaging during their casual afternoon e-session in Los Angeles.

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Matthew looks through a telescope at his bride-to-be during their romantic e-session at Griffith Observatory.

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Matthew kisses Lindsey’s forehead affectionately as they stand against a lamp post at Griffith Observatory.

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A close up portrait of the newly engaged couple during their casual afternoon e-session in Los Angeles.

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The couple embrace atop the iconic Griffith Observatory during their Los Angeles e-session.

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A playful couple portrait of Lindsey and Matthew overlooking the Los Angeles cityscape at Griffith Observatory.

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Lindsey and Matthew relax on a bench near the telescopes during their Griffith Observatory e-session.

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Lindsey and Matthew work hand-in-hand around the Griffith Observatory complex during their late afternoon LA e-session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly engaged couple, overlooking the Los Angeles city skyline.

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Matthew embraces Lindsey as she looks through one of the telescopes at LA’s Griffith Observatory.

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A warm embrace between the newly engaged couple overlooking LA during their Griffith Observatory e-session.

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Lindsey and Matthew kiss, backed by the setting sun, during their romantic Los Angeles engagement session.

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The couple embrace, illuminated by an off-camera flash, during their romantic Griffith Observatory e-session.

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A romantic nighttime couple portrait of Lindsey and Matthew in front of the Griffith Observatory.

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An off-camera flash illuminates Lindsey and Matthew during their nighttime e-session at Griffith Observatory.

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Lindsey and Matthew embrace in front of one of the structures at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

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Matthew kisses Lindsey affectionately on the cheek during their nighttime e-session at Griffith Observatory.

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An off-camera flash illuminates Lindsay and Matthew as they embrace at Griffith Observatory.

 

LACMA engagement session photos:

We then drove over to West LA and the Los Angeles County Art Museum, otherwise known as LACMA. Its iconic lamp posts provide a really dramatic and romantic backdrop for couple portraits, but unfortunately we weren’t the only ones with that idea. In addition to other portrait sessions going on, there were lots of tourists taking in this magical setting and we had to get quite creative to avoid them.

But I felt like we achieved that in this collection of images, with Lindsey and Matthew bringing so much love and warmth to the e-session. I captured shots of them embracing and being illuminated by an off-camera flash, trying to work from different angles to get unique perspectives on the lamp posts.

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Lindsey and Matthew embrace in front of the iconic lamp posts at LACMA in Los Angeles.

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Capturing a playful moment between the newly engaged couple during their nighttime e-session at LACMA.

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Lindsey and Matthew look into each other’s eyes during their nighttime e-session outside LACMA.

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Matthew leans up against a lamp post at LACMA with Lindsey by his side during their nighttime e-session in LA.

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Lindsey and Matthew kiss between two lamp posts during their romantic e-session at LACMA.

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A creative off-camera flash nighttime couple portrait during Lindsey and Matthew’s LA e-session.

 

Griffith Observatory engagement session photos:

Overall, I just had such a great time getting to know Lindsey and Matthew during this Griffith Observatory engagement session. They were such troopers to stick it out even once it got chilly (particularly Lindsey in her dress) and just had such a great sense of humor. I’m looking forward to reconnecting for their wedding at the end of the year at the elegant Richard Nixon Library.

March 1, 2017

Engagement Session