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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.