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The Los Angeles Athletic Club Engagement Session

ANN & JONATHAN

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The Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session photos:

I heard from Ann and Jonathan a little over a month ago about capturing this Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session. After a short phone chat, they decided to hire me for not only their Downtown Los Angeles e-session but also their wedding at UCLA later this year. 

Ann and Jonathan met at the Avalon Club in Hollywood back in 2012 and love watching sports, traveling together and hanging out with their dog, Kenobi. Jonathan popped the question late last year on the eve of a trip to Whistler in Canada where they were heading to celebrate Ann’s 30th birthday. 

While I’ve photographed weddings at The Los Angeles Athletic Club before, I’d never shot an e-session here. But as Jonathan was a member of the club, it seemed like the perfect place to begin for a classy, timeless, and sophisticated look.

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Ann and Jonathan share a drink during their sophisticated engagement session at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

 

The Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session photos:

I met up with my assistant, Ann and Jonathan at Los Angeles Athletic Club to begin the e-session, with the couple both opting for really classy attire. We began on the 3rd floor of the hotel with some shots of Ann and Jonathan enjoying a drink together before heading upstairs to the 4th and 12th floors.

I grabbed a shot of Ann blowing a kiss to Jonathan in front of a piece of artwork and another as he spun her beside an Art Deco-style window. We also got creative with the use of an off-camera flash (thanks to the help of my assistant) and captured some playful portraits as the couple’s fun-loving personalities shone through.

Aside from utilizing the library and impressive wine cellar, we also took a shot in front of the whitewashed elevators and another in front of the door leading to the Centennial Ballroom. Ann was also keen to have some portraits incorporating the construction work outside, with its industrial poles contrasting dramatically to the elegance of Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Ann leads Jonathan in front a curtained window during their Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session.

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A close-up portrait of Ann and Jonathan in the elegant wine room at The Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown LA.

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Ann blows Jonathan a kiss in front of piece of artwork at The Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown LA.

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A creative off-camera flash portrait capturing a special moment between Ann and Jonathan at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Jonathan twirls Ann in front of an Art Deco-style window at The Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown LA.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newly engaged couple during their Los Angeles Athletic Club e-session.

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Ann and Jonathan kiss in the doorway of the Centennial Ballroom during their Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session.

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A playful moment between Ann and Jonathan during their sophisticated e-session at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Ann and Jonathan relax in an elegant library during their Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session.

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A whimsical portrait of Ann and Jonathan embracing in front of a curtained window at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple in the elegant wine cellar of Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Ann and Jonathan hold hands in front of a curtained window during their Los Angeles Athletic Club e-session.

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Ann and Jonathan embrace in one of the old world-style rooms of Los Angeles Athletic Club in Downtown LA.

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The couple kiss in front of a wall wine rack during their formal urban e-session at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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An action shot of Ann pulling Jonathan through one of the gorgeous rooms at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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A creative shot of Ann admiring her engagement ring while Jonathan checks his watch at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Jonathan tenderly kisses Ann on the forehead in a dimly lit hallway at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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A playful photo of the couple in front of the whitewashed elevators at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.

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Ann and Jonathan share a laugh while walking beneath a construction area in Downtown Los Angeles.

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The couple look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session beneath some construction work.

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Ann and Jonathan kiss while walking beneath a construction site during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

With Ann changing into a bright yellow dress and Jonathan into a blue shirt, we headed over to the Arts District for a complete change of scene. Here we took advantage of the graffitied walls for some colorful portraits, including both up-close shots and wide-angles.

We found a corrugated iron wall that provided a rustic backdrop as the couple ran towards the camera and I grabbed another shot as Jonathan dipped Ann on the sidewalk. One of my favorites was a fun portrait of Jonathan’s shadow pretending to scare Ann, with the yellow of her dress really popping against the artwork behind.

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Jonathan lifts Ann in her bright yellow dress during their Arts District e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A playful shot of Ann and Jonathan running towards the camera in front of an industrial wall in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Ann and Jonathan share a laugh while embracing in front of a graffiti wall in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

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A wide-angle shot of the couple in front of a massive graffiti wall during their Arts District e-session.

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Capturing a tender moment between the couple during their colorful Arts District e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Ann pulls Jonathan in front of a graffiti wall during their Arts District engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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A casual portrait of Ann and Jonathan sharing a laugh during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session in the Arts District.

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Ann embraces Jonathan during their urban-inspired engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Ann and Jonathan walking in front of a grungy, red-and-black wall in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

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Capturing the joy and love between Ann and Jonathan during their Arts District e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Jonathan dips Ann on the sidewalk of a Downtown Los Angeles’ street during their urban engagement session.

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A creative shot of Jonathan’s shadow scaring Ann during their Arts District e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Ann tenderly kisses Jonathan’s cheek while seated in a carpark during their urban e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Capturing a playful moment between the couple backed by graffitied walls in Downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District.

 

Vista Hermosa Park engagement session photos:

As sunset approached, we headed over to Vista Hermosa Park to end this Downtown Los Angeles engagement session overlooking the city skyline. I captured shots of the couple relaxing on the park’s famous bench and another as they kissed backed by the skyscrapers, as well as some shots as they walked along the trails together.

After a photo of Jonathan tenderly kissing Ann’s forehead, we ended the day with a portrait of him lifting her into the air with the city skyline illuminated by the setting sun behind.

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Ann and Jonathan relaxing on a bench backed by the LA city skyline in Vista Hermosa Park.

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The newly engaged couple look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Vista Hermosa Park e-session.

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Ann and Jonathan kiss backed by the LA city skyline during their sunset e-session in Vista Hermosa Park.

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A whimsical portrait of Ann and Jonathan embracing during their Vista Hermosa Park engagement session.

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Ann and Jonathan walk hand-in-hand through Vista Hermosa Park, backed by the Los Angeles city skyline.

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Ann and Jonathan kiss on a walking trail in Vista Hermosa Park during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Jonathan tenderly kisses Ann’s forehead during their romantic engagement session in Vista Hermosa Park.

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Jonathan lifts Ann into the air during their Vista Hermosa Park e-session, backed by the LA city skyline.

 

The Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session photos:

I really had a lot of fun hanging out with this incredibly sweet couple and am so thankful they hired me to capture their Los Angeles Athletic Club engagement session. I hope they like this preview of what’s to come and look forward to reconnecting for their Vietnamese tea ceremony and wedding at UCLA in November.

August 24, 2019

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