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Henry Chen

Henry Chen

Venice Beach Engagement Session

Photos from Roopali and Shayan’s Venice Beach engagement session, which began with some urban portraits at Walt Disney Concert Hall. After exploring the streets of Downtown Los Angeles, we drove over to Venice Canals for a whimsical e-session in the late-afternoon light before ending with a sunset shoot at Venice Beach.

ROOPALI & SHAYAN

Locations:

  • Third location: Venice Canals in Los Angeles, CA
  • Fourth location: Venice Beach in Los Angeles, CA

 

Venice Beach engagement session photos:

Roopali and Shayan first reached out to me less than a month ago about capturing their upcoming two-day Indian wedding. They’re planning a Hindu ceremony with their closest family and friends out in Chino Hills, followed by a western wedding at a hotel in Beverly Hills. After a few emails, they decided to book me and I was excited to get to know them better during this Venice Beach engagement session.

We met up in Downtown Los Angeles where we chatted for a few moments, before getting straight into the e-session at Walt Disney Concert Hall. After capturing some portraits incorporating this metallic architectural landmark, we wandered through the Downtown LA area for some shots in front of the equally impressive MOCA Building. It was then a 30-minute drive to the leafy residential area of Venice Canals for a late-afternoon e-session before ending the day with a sunset shoot on the sands of Venice Beach.

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Capturing a kiss between Roopali and Shayan during their sunset engagement session at Venice Beach.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

I loved the formal attire that the couple had selected for this urban e-session at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with Roopali in a short, black dress and Shayan in a stylish blue suit. I captured portraits of them embracing framed by the sweeping metallic walls of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as some creative portraits of them walking up and down the stairs together. I also captured shots of Shayan twirling Roopali and a low-angle portrait as they embraced at the top of a staircase before heading to the adjacent gardens to incorporate the lush greenery.

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An intimate moment between Roopali and Shayan during their urban engagement session at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Shayan spins Roopali on one of the metallic walkways at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.
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A romantic portrait of Roopali and Shayan leaning up against one of the metallic walls of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Shayan leads Roopali up a staircase during their architectural e-session at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Roopali and Shayan walk hand-in-hand down a set of stairs during their Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session.
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A low-angle shot of Roopali and Shayan walking up a set of stairs during their Walt Disney Concert Hall e-session.
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Shayan tenderly kisses Roopali on the cheek between the sweeping architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Roopali leans affectionately on Shayan’s shoulder during their garden e-session at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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Roopali and Shayan embrace on a set of stairs backed by the unique architecture of Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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The newly engaged couple look lovingly at one another while walking through Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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A romantic portrait of Roopali and Shayan embracing outside Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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A playful portrait of Roopali dragging Shayan along the metallic exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
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An intimate embrace between the newly engaged couple in the leafy gardens outside Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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A wide-angle portrait of Roopali and Shayan leaning their heads together at the top of a staircase at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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A sophisticated portrait of the couple embracing amidst the metallic surrounds of Walt Disney Concert Hall.
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A creative portrait of Roopali admiring her engagement ring while Shayan checks his watch outside Walt Disney Concert Hall.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

We then walked across the street to the MOCA Building for some portraits utilizing its ochre red architecture. I captured a wide-angle as the couple shared in a special moment in the hedge garden, then got up-close as they enjoyed a romantic embrace on the concrete wall. We also captured a couple of reflective portraits here – one of the couple embracing against a glass wall and the other at the end of a reflecting pool.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly engaged couple while seated on a concrete wall in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Roopali and Shayan embrace outside the MOCA Building in Downtown Los Angeles during their sophisticated urban e-session.
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Roopali and Shayan share a special moment in the hedge garden outside Downtown Los Angeles’ MOCA Building.
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A creative, reflective portrait of the couple embracing during their urban e-session in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Roopali embraces Shayan warmly in front of the ochre architecture of the MOCA Building in Downtown Los Angeles.
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A creative shot of the couple embracing at the end of a reflecting pool during their Downtown Los Angeles engagement session.
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The newly engaged couple walk arm-in-arm through the streets of Downtown Los Angeles during their urban e-session.

 

Venice Canals engagement session photos:

After making the half-hour drive over to West LA, Roopali and Shayan changed into slightly more casual attire for the Venice Canals engagement session. It was relatively quiet for a Thursday afternoon, which made it easy for us to capture romantic portraits of the couple enjoying this picturesque residential area.

I captured both up-close and wide-angle shots as they explored the canal-side pathways where rowboats were moored along the banks, with the late-afternoon light absolutely magical. The chemistry between the couple was undeniable as I took whimsical portraits of them leaning their heads together and walking hand-in-hand along the paths, then got creative with a silhouette atop one of the charming bridges.

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Roopali and Shayan embrace in front of a white bridge during their Venice Canals engagement session.
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A close-up portrait of Roopali and Shayan looking out across the leafy residential area of Venice Canals in Los Angeles.
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A wide-angle shot of the newly engaged couple on a leafy path in Venice Canals, Los Angeles.
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Roopali and Shayan embrace while being illuminated by the late-afternoon sun during their Venice Canals e-session.
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A silhouette portrait of the couple on a charming bridge during their late-afternoon Venice Canals e-session.
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A whimsical portrait of Roopali embracing Shayan during their Venice Canals engagement session in Los Angeles.
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A creative portrait of the couple embracing beside a picturesque waterway in Venice Canals.
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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple on a hedge-lined pathway in Venice Canals.
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Roopali and Shayan stand hand-in-hand atop a bridge during their Venice Canals engagement session.
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A whimsical portrait of Roopali and Shayan looking lovingly into one another’s eyes on a bridge in Venice Canals, Los Angeles.
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Roopali and Shayan relax on top of a bridge during their engagement session in the picturesque residential area of Venice Canals.
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A creative portrait of Roopali admiring her engagement ring on a leafy pathway in Venice Canals, Los Angeles.
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Shayan holds Roopali’s hand affectionately during their romantic engagement session in Venice Canals.
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Roopali and Shayan smile at one another while walking hand-in-hand through Venice Canals in Los Angeles.

 

Venice Beach engagement session photos:

With the Fall light fading fast, we made the five-minute drive to the coast for a sunset engagement session on Venice Beach. Roopali changed into a bright red dress and Shayan into a pink shirt, with both opting to go shoe-less so they could wade through the shallow waters.

I grabbed a close-up black and white shot as they embraced on the sands and walked hand-in-hand along the beach, as well as capturing a creative portrait as Roopali looked lovingly at her groom-to-be. We ended this Venice Beach engagement session with some off-camera flash portraits as the couple kissed while the sun sank below the horizon behind them.

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The newly engaged couple kiss in the shallow waters of Venice Beach during their sunset engagement session.
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A black and white close-up portrait of the couple embracing during their Venice Beach engagement session.
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Roopali and Shayan hold hands while the Pacific waters lap at their feet during their Venice Beach e-session.
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The couple walk arm-in-arm along Venice Beach during their sunset engagement session in Los Angeles.
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Roopali and Shayan look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their Venice Beach engagement session.
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Roopali and Shayan walk through the shallow waters of Venice Beach during their sunset engagement session.
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Shayan tenderly kisses Roopali’s forehead while embracing her on the sands of Venice Beach.
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A creative portrait of Roopali embracing Shayan during their Venice Beach engagement session in Los Angeles.
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The newly engaged couple look towards one another during their sunset e-session at Venice Beach in Los Angeles.
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Shayan leads Roopali through the shallow waters of the Pacific Ocean during their Venice Beach e-session.

 

Venice Beach engagement session photos:

It was wonderful to get to know Roopali and Shayan better during this Venice Beach engagement session and discover what a wonderful and sweet couple they are. I’m looking forward to reconnecting in a few weeks time for their two-day Indian wedding celebrations in Chino Hills and Beverly Hills.

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