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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session

Photos from Michelle and Ricardo’s Pasadena City Hall engagement session with their adorable son, Mateo. After capturing some portraits of the couple at this Pasadena architectural landmark, we headed to the beautiful Arlington Garden for a relaxed e-session in the late-afternoon light.

MICHELLE & RICARDO

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Pasadena City Hall engagement session photos:

Wonderful couple Michelle and Ricardo found me online through a wedding directory website and I was honored that they booked me after just a few emails back and forth. Although they became officially married back in 2016, they’re planning a wedding celebration for early next year with their family and friends.

They met while working at the Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica and dated for a few years before Ricardo popped the question at the Huntington Gardens. They now have an adorable son, Mateo, and I was excited to finally meet them all in person (as well as Michelle’s mother Yolanda who helped watch Mateo) when we met up for their Pasadena City Hall engagement session.

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Capturing a romantic kiss between Michelle and Ricardo in front of an ornate fountain at Pasadena City Hall.

 

Pasadena City Hall engagement session photos:

We began the e-session capturing romantic portraits of Michelle and Ricardo embracing in front of the ornate garden fountain at Pasadena City Hall and walking arm-in-arm along one of the walkways. We also utilized a wooden bench for some tender exchanges before Mateo joined the couple for more of a family portrait session in the European-style gardens.

In addition to using the exterior of the Pasadena City Hall, we also stepped inside for some portraits of the couple on a sweeping wrought-iron staircase and walking through a colonnade. I got creative with a low-angle shot incorporating the iconic architecture of the Pasadena City Hall and a silhouette of Michelle and Ricardo framed by an arch overlooking the city below.

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Michelle and Ricardo look lovingly into one another’s eyes while walking arm-in-arm through the gardens of Pasadena City Hall.
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Michelle and Ricardo kiss on a sweeping staircase during their Pasadena City Hall engagement session.
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Capturing a tender moment between the couple and their cute son, Mateo, at Pasadena City Hall.
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A close-up portrait of Michelle and Ricardo seated on a wooden bench during their Pasadena City Hall engagement session.
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A portrait of Michelle and Ricardo looking lovingly at one another on an ornate balcony at Pasadena City Hall.
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Ricardo tenderly kisses Michelle’s hand during their garden e-session at Pasadena City Hall.
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A portrait of Michelle and Ricardo seated together on a wooden bench while their son Mateo reaches for them at Pasadena City Hall.
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Michelle and Ricardo embrace on a walkway lined with long grasses during their Pasadena City Hall engagement session.
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Ricardo twirls Michelle in front of a gorgeous fountain in the gardens of Pasadena City Hall.
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Michelle and Ricardo hold hands while leaning against the whitewashed architecture of Pasadena City Hall.
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A creative silhouette portrait of Michelle and Ricardo in an archway overlooking the city of Pasadena.
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Michelle and Ricardo swing Mateo on a garden path during their engagement session at Pasadena City Hall.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple on a wrought iron staircase at Pasadena City Hall.
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A playful moment between Michelle and Ricardo in front of the ornate garden fountain at Pasadena City Hall.
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Capturing a tender moment between the soon-to-be bride and groom in a hallway at Pasadena City Hall.
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Michelle and Ricardo kiss while holding “Mr” and “Mrs” signs during their Pasadena City Hall engagement session.
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A creative portrait of Michelle and Ricardo incorporating the iconic architecture of Pasadena City Hall.

 

Arlington Garden engagement session photos:

We then made the 10-minute drive over to Arlington Garden for a more casual e-session, with Michelle changing from her formal maroon dress into black jeans and Ricardo opting for a more relaxed shirt and slack combination. I captured close-up portraits of them embracing on the garden walkways and some casual shots as they relaxed on a wooden bench, with Mateo joining them once again for some fun family portraits.

As the late-afternoon sun cast a golden glow on the couple, we ended the afternoon with some romantic embraces of just the two of them. I grabbed some shots of them standing beneath two towers of terracotta pots, then backed by the lush greenery of Arlington Garden as Ricardo tenderly kissed Michelle’s cheek.

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A portrait of Michelle and Ricardo with their cute son Mateo during their Arlington Garden engagement session.
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Capturing a tender moment as Michelle and Ricardo kiss during their romantic engagement session at Arlington Garden.
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Ricardo tenderly kisses Michelle’s cheek during their Pasadena e-session at Arlington Garden.
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A portrait of Michelle, Ricardo and Mateo holding a sign with their family name at Arlington Garden.
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A playful portrait of Michelle covering Ricardo’s eyes during their engagement session at Arlington Garden.
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A close-up photo of Mateo reaching towards the camera during his family portrait session at Arlington Garden in Pasadena.
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Michelle leans affectionately on Ricardo’s shoulder during their Arlington Garden engagement session in Pasadena.
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Michelle and Ricardo watch Mateo play from the comfort of a wooden bench at Arlington Garden in Pasadena.
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A portrait of Michelle and Ricardo holding hands during their late-afternoon e-session at Arlington Garden in Pasadena.
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Capturing a playful moment between the couple during their Arlington Garden engagement session in Pasadena.
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A cute portrait of Mateo with his parents holding hands behind during their Arlington Garden family photo session.
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Michelle and Ricardo illuminated by the late-afternoon light during their engagement session at Arlington Garden.
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A special family moment between Michelle, Ricardo and Mateo in Pasadena’s Arlington Garden.
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A close-up portrait of the couple with Michelle showing off her engagement ring in Pasadena’s Arlington Garden.
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A close-up portrait of Mateo sitting on a garden walkway during his family photo session in Pasadena.
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Michelle and Ricardo embrace, framed by a tower of terracotta pots, during their Arlington Garden engagement session.
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A casual portrait of Michelle and Ricardo relaxing on a wooden bench during their Arlington Garden engagement session.
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Michelle and Ricardo sharing in a special moment with their son, Mateo, at Arlington Garden in Pasadena.
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Michelle and Ricardo kiss in a European-style garden during their Pasadena engagement session.
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Ricardo tenderly kisses Michelle’s cheek while being illuminated by the late-afternoon light at Arlington Garden.

 

Pasadena City Hall engagement session photos:

It was such a pleasure to finally meet Michelle, Ricardo and Mateo during this relaxed engagement/family portrait session at Pasadena City Hall and Arlington Garden. I hope they enjoy these photos and look forward to reconnecting for their wedding in early January next year.

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