Santa Monica Beach Engagement Session | Walt Disney Concert Hall Engagement Session | Venice Canals Engagement Session | Vithya & Peter

Santa Monica Beach Engagement Session

VITHYA & PETER

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Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

Vithya and Peter met through a mutual friend a few years ago and got engaged last November in La Jolla (near San Diego). She is Sri Lankan but grew up in Los Angeles, while Peter is from Boston on the East Coast. They are planning a big Hindu wedding celebration next March at the gorgeous Estancia hotel in La Jolla, bringing together their family and friends from across the United States.

It was a real pleasure to be their Los Angeles engagement photographer for these three e-sessions, beginning at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA before heading over to Venice Canals. We finished the day as the sun was setting along the coast for their Santa Monica Beach engagement session. I also had my wonderful wife Charlene helping me out as an assistant photographer for the afternoon.

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Romantic off-camera flash portrait of Vithya and Peter during their sunset e-session at Santa Monica Beach.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

The Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of my favorite e-session locations in Downtown LA, with strong architectural lines and a reflective metallic surface that allows me to get really creative. We utilized not only this iconic building, incorporating the leafy greenery along its edges, but also the ochre-red MOCA Building located just across the street.

The engaged couple had opted for fairly casual attire, with Vithya wearing a floral dress and Peter in a suit jacket and open-necked shirt. And to match their relaxed dress was an absolutely incredibly chemistry in front of the camera, with both appearing so comfortable to be photographed while wearing their emotions on their sleeves.

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Vithya and Peter walk arm-in-arm along the edge of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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The couple relax on a bench outside the ochre-red MOCA Building in Downtown LA.

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A playful portrait of Vithya and Peter dancing outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.

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The couple share a warm embrace during their urban e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Vithya leads Peter along the metallic edge of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.

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Peter kisses Vithya lovingly during their urban e-session outside the MOCA Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A sophisticated portrait of the engaged couple on the steps outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.

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A reflective portrait of the couple embracing outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Peter kisses Vithya during their architectural e-session at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.

 

Venice Canals engagement session photos:

We then made the 30-minute drive over to the residential area of Venice Canals, located on the west side of Los Angeles. It was a Sunday afternoon so it wasn’t too busy and there were a few clouds in the sky which created beautiful diffuse lighting – something that I love as a portrait photographer because it doesn’t create harsh shadows on the faces of my subjects.

Vithya and Peter were full of love as they wandered along the leafy trails and embraced on the Venice Canal’s romantic bridges. They exuded such a natural chemistry as they looked into each other’s eyes and placed delicate kisses on one another, and I particularly like the playful silhouette I captured in the late afternoon light.

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Capturing a romantic embrace between Vithya and Peter on a bridge in the residential area of Venice Canals.

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Vithya and Peter looking into each other’s eyes during their casual e-session in Venice Canals.

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Vithya and Peter walk arm-in-arm along a leafy walkway in the residential area of Venice Canals.

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Vithya shows off her engagement ring as she embraces Peter during their romantic e-session in Venice Canals.

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A playful silhouette of Vithya and Peter during their late afternoon e-session in Venice Canals.

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Peter lovingly kisses Vithya’s forehead during their engagement session in Venice Canals.

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Capturing the undeniable chemistry between Vithya and Peter during their Venice Canals engagement session.

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A special moment between the engaged couple in front of a bamboo grove during their Venice Canals e-session.

 

Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

Our final destination for the day was Santa Monica Beach, or more specifically the Santa Monica Pier as it was getting a little too chilly and windy to venture down onto the sands. Vithya and Peter wanted me to capture their fun-loving personalities and there really is no better place than backed by the colorful arcade games and amusement rides of this famed seaside destination.

I got creative with the use of an off-camera flash as they embraced against the setting sun on the Santa Monica Pier, and captured lots of candid images as they played arcade games and got extra silly in a photo booth. Both of them are sports fans, particularly when it comes to basketball, so I also grabbed a photo of Vithya playfully blocking Peter as he went to shoot.

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Capturing a romantic embrace between Vithya and Peter during their sunset e-session on the Santa Monica Pier.

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The couple embrace, backed by the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier during their sunset e-session.

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The couple sit on a bench together in front of the iconic Pier Burger at Santa Monica Pier.

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Capturing a playful moment between Vithya and Peter during their sunset e-session on the Santa Monica Pier.

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Capturing a silly moment between the couple in a photo booth during their Santa Monica Pier engagement session.

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Vithya and Peter play an arcade game during their playful e-session on the Santa Monica Pier.

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The engaged couple embrace during their romantic sunset e-session on the Santa Monica Pier.

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Vithya blocks a shot by Peter at an arcade game during their Santa Monica Pier e-session.

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Capturing a playful moment between Vithya and Peter during their Santa Monica Pier engagement session.

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Peter lifts Vithya into the air in front of the roller coaster and ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.

 

Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

I’m really looking forward to Vithya and Peter’s multicultural wedding celebrations in La Jolla next March and wish them all the best in their upcoming preparations.

November 9, 2016

Engagement Session

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