Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session | Arlington Garden Engagement Session | Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session | Vista Hermosa Park Engagement Session | La Loma Bridge Engagement Session | Courtney & Bogdan
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Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session

COURTNEY & BOGDAN

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Pasadena City Hall engagement session photos:

Courtney and Bogdan got in touch with me in late February about capturing their Pasadena City Hall engagement session. But with the Coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States shortly after, it was put on the back burner until restrictions were lifted in mid-May. As this was my first shoot following two months of isolation, it was so great to be out and about again, especially with such a wonderful couple.

Courtney and Bogdan met through the popular online app Coffee Meets Bagel in 2017 and became engaged last year. Bogdan surprised Courtney with a jigsaw puzzle where the final pieces revealed the question of whether she would marry him. They both love backpacking, camping, and being in the great outdoors, so they really are a perfect fit for one another. I could tell this immediately during our initial Skype meeting, with the couple so in love, happy and full of energy.

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Courtney and Bogdan hold hands while walking across La Loma Bridge during their Pasadena engagement session.

 

Pasadena City Hall engagement session photos:

We began the day at Pasadena City Hall, which was much quieter than it normally is on a Sunday afternoon. This allowed us to utilize a variety of spaces in and around the building while getting clean, people-free shots.

With Courtney in a soft pink, flowing dress and Bogdan in a white shirt, I captured portraits as they embraced on an ornate balcony and on a sweeping, wrought-iron staircase, as well as grabbing some shots beneath one of the building’s colonnades. We then headed directly across the road for a few photos in front of a rustic wooden church door before returning to Pasadena City Hall’s fountain courtyard. 

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Courtney and Bogdan kiss beside an ornate balcony as part of their Pasadena City Hall e-session.

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Courtney leads Bodgan up a wrought-iron staircase at Pasadena City Hall during their romantic e-session.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the engaged couple during their courtyard e-session at Pasadena City Hall.

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A creative portrait of Courtney admiring her engagement ring and Bogdan checking the time during their Pasadena engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Pasadena City Hall e-session.

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Courtney and Bogdan hold hands beneath the soaring arches of Pasadena City Hall.

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Bogdan embraces Courtney warmly beside an ornate fountain in one of Pasadena City Hall’s courtyards.

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Bogdan dips Courtney during their romantic engagement session at Pasadena City Hall.

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A silhouette shot of the couple embracing in the arched entrance to Pasadena City Hall.

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A playful shot of Courtney and Bogdan walking hand-in-hand through a colonnade at Pasadena City Hall.

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Courtney and Bogdan hold hands while standing on the edge of a grandiose fountain at Pasadena City Hall.

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Courtney and Bogdan embrace in front of a rustic wooden door, right across the street from Pasadena City Hall.

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Looking up towards the couple embracing on a sweeping staircase inside Pasadena City Hall.

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The couple share a laugh during their romantic engagement session at Pasadena City Hall.

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A creative shot of the couple standing behind a garden of lush ferns outside Pasadena City Hall.

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Courtney and Bogdan look lovingly at one another while standing on a staircase at Pasadena City Hall.

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A whimsical shot of the couple kissing in the sun-drenched gardens of Pasadena City Hall.

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Courtney and Bogdan walk hand-in-hand in front of Pasadena City Hall during their urban engagement session.

 

Arlington Garden engagement session photos:

From Pasadena City Hall, we made the short drive over to Arlington Garden, which was a little busier as people were making the most of the weather for small gatherings in this beautiful space. Courtney changed into a bright green dress and Bogdan into a vest and checked shirt for this nature-inspired e-session, with plenty of gorgeous backdrops to utilize.

Aside from capturing shots as they embraced in front of a rustic garden shed and in a field of tall grasses, we also took advantage of an oversized wooden seat for a romantic embrace. We then got creative with some close-up shots as Courtney peeked over Bogdan’s shoulder and another as he carried her along a garden path.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the couple during their Arlington Garden engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple framed by the flower-filled beds of Arlington Garden in Pasadena.

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A creative shot of Courtney resting her head on Bogdan’s shoulder during their Arlington Garden engagement session.

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Courtney and Bogdan embrace in front of a rustic shed during their Arlington Garden engagement session.

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Courtney embraces Bogdan beneath a weeping willow tree in Pasadena’s Arlington Garden.

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Capturing a romantic moment between the couple seated on an oversized wooden seat at Arlington Garden.

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A playful portrait of Courtney peeking her head out from behind Bogdan during their Arlington Garden e-session.

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A creative shot of Courtney in the foreground and Bogdan standing just behind during their Pasadena engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple embrace in a field of tall grasses during their spring engagement session in Arlington Garden.

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A close-up shot of Courtney smiling behind Bogdan during their creative e-session in Arlington Garden.

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Courtney and Bogdan kiss while walking along a pathway in Arlington Garden, Pasadena.

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Bogdan carries Courtney along a pathway during their romantic e-session in Arlington Garden.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

With the sun still quite bright in the sky, we decided to head into Downtown Los Angeles for an urban e-session, beginning around Walt Disney Concert Hall. While the building wasn’t open due to the lockdown restrictions, the area around it was blissfully quiet for us to capture shots incorporating its metallic architecture.

I grabbed a portrait as they kissed in front of the sweeping exterior and another as they held hands behind a metallic pole before Bogdan dipped and kissed Courtney at the bottom of the staircase. On our way to The Broad, I captured a portrait of the couple walking across a pedestrian crossing and kissing in front of the distinctive Los Angeles City Hall, then utilized the unique white architecture of The Broad’s contemporary museum building.

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Courtney and Bogdan kiss backed by the sweeping metallic architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Courtney and Bogdan hold hands on either side of a metallic pole outside Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Bogdan lifts Courtney into the air during their urban engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Courtney and Bogdan walk hand-in-hand down the staircase outside Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Bogdan dips and kisses Courtney in front of the staircase leading to Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple near the billboards of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Courtney leads Bogdan across a pedestrian walkway during their Downtown LA urban e-session.

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The couple kiss backed by the iconic architecture of Downtown Los Angeles’ City Hall.

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Courtney and Bogdan walk hand-in-hand in front of a fountain during their Downtown LA e-session.

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Capturing a sweet moment between the engaged couple in front of the distinctive white exterior of The Broad.

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A wide-angle shot of the couple standing in front of the iconic architecture of The Broad in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A playful portrait of Bogdan covering Courtney’s eyes during their Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.

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Courtney leads Bogdan along a walkway outside The Broad during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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An action shot of Bogdan lifting Courtney into the air during their loved-up e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Vista Hermosa Park engagement session photos:

As the sun started to soften, we made a quick stop in Vista Hermosa Park for some whimsical shots of the couple walking across the grassy lawns and relaxing on the park’s famous bench. Backed by the skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles, I captured a shot of them kissing while standing on the bench and another as they cozied up on it before Bogdan again lifted his love into the air. 

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Courtney and Bogdan kiss on a bench backed by the skyscrapers of Downtown Los Angeles in Vista Hermosa Park.

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A whimsical portrait of the couple walking through Vista Hermosa Park during their late-afternoon engagement session.

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

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Bogdan lifts Courtney into the air during their Vista Hermosa Park e-session, backed by the skyline of Downtown Los Angeles.

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Courtney and Bogdan kiss while being illuminated by the late-afternoon light in Vista Hermosa Park.

 

La Loma Bridge engagement session photos:

Our final destination for the day was La Loma Bridge, a Pasadena landmark that was a new shooting location for me. Bogdan had the idea to do a short Coronavirus-inspired e-session in an adjacent field, with the couple both donning masks as they practiced “social distancing” and Courtney rejecting a kiss from her beau for “safety reasons”.

We then continued with a romantic e-session on La Loma Bridge itself, with the late-afternoon light perfect as the couple walked hand-in-hand and embraced against the stone railings. We ended the day recreating the cover of “La La Land” and capturing a photo of the couple kissing as they sat in the middle of the road together.

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Courtney and Bogdan practicing “social distancing” while wearing their Covid masks at La Loma Bridge.

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The couple kiss while wearing their Covid-19 masks during an engagement session at La Loma Bridge.

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A playful shot of Bogdan blowing a kiss while Courtney rejects during their Coronavirus-inspired e-session.

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A wide-angle shot of Courtney and Bogdan standing atop La Loma Bridge during their Pasadena engagement session.

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A tender moment between the engaged couple as they walk arm-in-arm across Pasadena’s La Loma Bridge.

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Courtney leads Bogdan across La Loma Bridge during their late-afternoon e-session in Pasadena.

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A classic portrait of the couple standing atop La Loma Bridge, with Courtney wearing a soft pink, flowing dress.

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Courtney and Bogdan hold hands while standing atop La Loma Bridge in the late-afternoon light.

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Courtney and Bogdan kiss across the central road marking of La Loma Bridge during their Pasadena e-session.

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The chemistry between the couple shines through as they walk across La Loma Bridge in Pasadena.

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Courtney and Bogdan recreate the cover shot from “La La Land” while standing on Pasadena’s La Loma Bridge.

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Bogdan embraces and kisses Courtney while leaning up against La Loma Bridge during their Pasadena e-session.

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Courtney and Bogdan walk hand-in-hand along La Loma Bridge during their Pasadena engagement session.

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Courtney and Bogdan kiss while seated in the middle of the road during their La Loma Bridge e-session.

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Capturing a loved-up moment between the couple during their La Loma Bridge engagement session.

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Bogdan dips Courtney in the middle of La Loma Bridge during their Pasadena engagement session.

 

Pasadena City Hall engagement session photos:

I felt that I clicked with Courtney and Bogdan from the moment we first chatted online and I couldn’t have been luckier to work with them for my first engagement session following the stay-at-home policies. I hope these photos bring them as much joy as I experienced capturing them. I wish them all the best as they plan their special day together and can’t wait to work with them on their special day in March 2021!

May 23, 2020

Engagement Session