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Santa Monica Beach Engagement Session

SHAMILA & ALI

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Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

While the majority of my e-session and wedding photography clients are actually from the United States, Shamila and Ali were visiting on vacation from Toronto, Canada. I got an email from Shamila the week before, requesting an e-session while they were visiting Los Angeles, and we met up on a Monday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles, before heading to the coast to capture their Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos.

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Shamila and Ali beneath the Santa Monica Pier during their engagement session photoshoot.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

We started at the financial district in Downtown LA, going for some chic, urban shots with the city’s iconic architecture and skyline as a backdrop. The bright ochre MOCA building is one of my personal favorite landmarks to photograph against, as well as the metallic Walt Disney Concert Hall which has such strong lines.

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Shamila leads Ali along the edge of the Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles during their urban e-session.

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An intimate portrait of Shamila and Ali at the iconic MOCA building in Downtown Los Angeles during their engagement photoshoot.

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Shamila and Ali silhouetted beside the edge of the MOCA building during their e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A black and white portrait of the newly engaged couple during their e-session at Downtown LA’s MOCA building.

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Ali and Shamila sitting on one of the benches outside the bright red MOCA building in Downtown LA.

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Capturing a tender moment between Shamila and Ali during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

They both provide fantastic creative potential, where you can play with the bold colors and reflective surfaces. Shamila and Ali dressed in modern, formal attire to create e-session photographs that were sophisticated, yet exuded romance.

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A warm embrace between Shamila and Ali on the steps of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.

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Shamila and Ali reflected in the metallic exterior of Downtown LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall during their e-session.

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An urban image of the newly engaged couple, backed by the Walt Disney Concert Hall and city skyline of Downtown LA.

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Capturing a candid shot of Shamila and Ali during their e-session in Downtown LA’s financial district.

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An urban-meets-nature setting outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall during Shamila and Ali’s Downtown LA e-session.

 

Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

We then headed to Santa Monica Beach to make the most of the rich, late afternoon light. This is a great location, not only because the waves are lapping at your feet and the sea breeze animates the air, but the Santa Monica Pier also provides a captivating feature. These Santa Monica engagement session photos capture a mix of intimate portraits, bold silhouettes, and romantic embraces amidst the setting sun.

During my e-session photoshoots, I love the opportunity to combine an urban and a natural setting, and it gives the couple the chance to create two distinctly different styled set of images. Right from the start of the e-session, Shamila and Ali were a lot of fun to work with, and easily transitioned from urban chic to a whimsical beach-side setting.

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An intimate moment between Shamila and Ali on the sands of Santa Monica during their engagement photography session.

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Shamila and Ali in the late afternoon sunshine, backed by the Santa Monica Pier.

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A close-up portrait of Shamila and Ali embracing during their Santa Monica e-session.

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The newly engaged couple kiss under the Santa Monica Pier during their late afternoon engagement photo session.

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Shamila and Ali beneath the Santa Monica Pier during their beach engagement photography session.

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Capturing a playful moment on the sands of Santa Monica during Shamila and Ali’s sunset beach e-session.

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A romantic portrait of Shamila and Ali, backed by the ocean, during their Santa Monica e-session.

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Shamila and Ali, silhouetted against the setting sun, during their engagement photography session at Santa Monica Pier.

 

Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

From leading one another through the bustling financial district of Downtown LA to intimate embraces on the sands of Santa Monica, they were really naturals behind the camera, and I hope their Los Angeles e-session is one they remember for years to come.

January 5, 2016

Engagement Session

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