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Santa Monica Beach Portrait Session

KELLY & IAN

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Santa Monica Beach portrait session photos:

Kelly and Ian are actually fellow wedding photographers (and really talented ones at that!), based out of Saint Louis, Missouri. It’s always an honor when colleagues trust me enough to capture their portraits and it was a pleasure to meet this wonderful couple. They had already been married for a couple of years but were actually heading out to New Zealand for a holiday. Their flights connected through Los Angeles and they decided it might be fun to stop for a few days and have a Santa Monica Beach portrait session en route.

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A sophisticated portrait of Kelly and Ian during their Getty Center portrait session in Los Angeles.

 

Santa Monica Beach portrait session photos:

It was a weekday morning in early February when I picked them up from their hotel in West Los Angeles and drove over to Santa Monica Beach. This neighborhood really is iconic, with its amusement park and pier overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and it was a fairly quiet time of the day for a portrait session. I got creative with some silhouette shots and romantic embraces, and we found a bright blue wooden wall to use as a colorful backdrop. We also staged a kiss in front of the roller coaster which sweeps around on the waterfront in Santa Monica.

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A romantic close-up portrait of Kelly and Ian at Santa Monica Beach in the mid-morning sunshine.

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A creative silhouette shot of Kelly and Ian on the Santa Monica Pier during their beachside portrait session.

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Capturing a warm embrace between Kelly and Ian during their Santa Monica Beach portrait session.

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A playful moment between Ian and Kelly in front of a bright blue wooden wall at Santa Monica Beach.

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Kelly and Ian kiss in front of the roller coaster at the Santa Monica Pier amusement park.

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Capturing a tender moment between Ian and Kelly during their mid-morning Santa Monica Beach portrait session.

 

Getty Center portrait session photos:

We then headed over to the Getty Center in Los Angeles which I really love for its modern architecture and strong lines. Kelly and Ian changed from their casual attire into something a little more formal, with Kelly in a bright blue dress that really stood out. They were natural in front of the camera as I captured intimate embraces and creative perspectives incorporating the stairwell and awnings of the Getty Center.

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Kelly and Ian kiss beneath the modern architecture of the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

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A romantic embrace between Kelly and Ian during their Getty Center portrait session in Los Angeles.

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A creative portrait of Kelly and Ian incorporating a modern staircase at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

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A close-up portrait of Kelly and Ian during their Getty Center portrait session in Los Angeles.

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Kelly and Ian kiss in the grassy fields outside the white-walled Getty Center in Los Angeles.

 

Santa Monica Beach portrait session photos:

It was such a pleasure getting to know Kelly and Ian during this Santa Monica Beach portrait session and I wish them a fantastic trip out to New Zealand. I really appreciate the trust they put in me as fellow wedding photographers and hope we can reconnect again in the near future.

February 9, 2013

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