Claremont Colleges Engagement Session

Feb 1, 2018

VICTORIA & JONATHAN

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Introduction:

Victoria and Jonathan’s Claremont Colleges engagement session was a particularly special one for me as they were referred through a university friend of mine, Shane. We’d all been studying at the Claremont Colleges back in the day, with Shane, Jonathan and myself at Harvey Mudd while Victoria was at Scripps.

Despite having known each other for years, it was only last year while out in Hong Kong that Victoria and Jonathan reconnected and began dating. They became engaged last September and are planning their wedding later in the year in Hawaii where Jonathan’s parents are based. Although Jonathan is based out in Oregon, they wanted to take a walk down memory lane at the university where they first met in Southern California.

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Victoria and Jonathan kiss in front of a rustic window during their Claremont Colleges engagement session.

 

Claremont Colleges engagement session photos:

We began Victoria and Jonathan’s engagement session at the Claremont Colleges, exploring the leafy campuses of Pomona, Harvey Mudd and Scripps College. We utilized some of the historic architecture to capture romantic embraces, as well as casual shots of the couple walking hand-in-hand along the tree-lined walkways. They had opted for semi-formal attire, with Victoria in a burgundy cocktail dress and Jonathan in a classy navy suit, which worked in perfectly with the reminiscent feel of this Claremont Colleges e-session.

I grabbed some creative shots of them standing beneath an ornate archway and relaxing on a wooden bench, as well as a candid as Victoria pointed out her old school at Scripps College. Their playful personalities really shone through as Victoria pulled Jonathan along a pathway and he pretended to bite her hand, then I grabbed a high-vantage, wide-angle as they stood on one of the college’s sweeping staircases.

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Victoria and Jonathan share a laugh as they walk hand-in-hand through one of the Claremont Colleges.

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Victoria and Jonathan look lovingly at one another during their Claremont Colleges engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple share a laugh during their engagement session at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.

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A creative portrait of Victoria and Jonathan standing in an archway during their university engagement session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newly engaged couple during their Southern Californian e-session.

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A creative shot of Victoria leaning lovingly on Jonathan’s shoulder during their Claremont Colleges e-session.

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An intimate portrait of Victoria and Jonathan leaning up against a rustic wall during their Claremont Colleges e-session.

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A wide-angle shot of Victoria and Jonathan standing hand-in-hand on a sweeping staircase at the Claremont Colleges.

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Jonathan kisses Victoria tenderly during their university-themed e-session at the Claremont Colleges.

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Jonathan leads Victoria in front of a vine-covered wall during their Claremont Colleges engagement session.

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Victoria embraces Jonathan warmly on a tree-lined pathway at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.

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A low-angle shot of Victoria and Jonathan during their university-themed e-session at the Claremont Colleges.

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A romantic portrait of Victoria and Jonathan seated on a wooden bench during their Claremont Colleges e-session.

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Victoria points out her old university, Scripps College, as she explored the Claremont Colleges with Jonathan.

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Jonathan kisses Victoria tenderly during their reminiscent e-session at the Claremont Colleges.

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A creative shot of Victoria and Jonathan standing hand-in-hand beneath an archway at the Claremont Colleges.

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Jonathan lifts Victoria into the air on a hedge-lined walkway at the Claremont Colleges in Southern California.

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A casual portrait of Victoria and Jonathan walking hand-in-hand through one of the campuses at the Claremont Colleges.

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A playful shot of Jonathan pretending to bite Victoria’s hand during their university e-session in Southern California.

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Capturing a tender moment between Victoria and Jonathan while seated on a concrete bench at the Claremont Colleges.

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Victoria and Jonathan relax together on a balcony during their Claremont Colleges e-session in Southern California.

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A playful shot of Victoria leading Jonathan along a plant-lined pathway during their Claremont Colleges e-session.

 

Will Rogers Memorial Park engagement session photos:

We then made the hour-long drive over to Beverly Hills and the beautiful Will Rogers Memorial Park where we met up with Victoria’s cute dog. The couple did a quick outfit change, with Victoria now in a flowing white dress as we explored the picturesque walkways and benches of this gorgeous urban space.

Victoria’s dog was so well behaved as we captured portraits of this little family hanging out together and walking along the tree-lined pathways. I grabbed a shot of Victoria and Jonathan sneaking in a kiss while their dog was looking at the camera before taking a romantic portrait of the couple embracing in front of the central fountain.

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Victoria and Jonathan cuddle her cute dog during the engagement session at the Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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The newly engaged couple walk through the Will Rogers Memorial Park with their dog during their Beverly Hills e-session.

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Jonathan lifts Victoria’s dog into the air during their e-session at the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills.

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Victoria and Jonathan cuddle their dog, backed by the lush greenery of the Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Victoria and Jonathan play with their dog on the grassy lawns of the Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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Victoria and Jonathan relax with their dog on a park bench during their Beverly Hills engagement session.

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Victoria and Jonathan kiss while holding their dog in Beverly Hills’ Will Rogers Memorial Park.

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A whimsical portrait of Victoria and Jonathan embracing in front of a fountain at the Will Rogers Memorial Park.

 

Santa Monica Beach engagement session photos:

With the winter light fading fast, we quickly drove over to Santa Monica Beach to capture the golden sunset light but with the weather so perfect, a lot of other people had the same idea! Nevertheless, we managed to find some quiet spots for portraits of the couple watching the sun sink towards the horizon and standing beneath the Santa Monica pier.

We got creative with the use of off-camera flash and an up-close black and white of the couple embracing backed by the bustling jetty. Then we finished the e-session with a silhouette while the sky transformed a myriad of colors behind them.

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Victoria and Jonathan watch the sunset overlooking the famous pier at Santa Monica Beach.

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Capturing a playful moment between Victoria and Jonathan during their Santa Monica Beach e-session.

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The newly engaged couple embrace backed by the Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Beach pier.

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Victoria and Jonathan watch the Pacific waves roll in during their engagement session in Santa Monica.

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Victoria and Jonathan embrace on the sands of Santa Monica Beach, backed by the setting sun.

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Victoria and Jonathan watch the sunset together beside the famous pier at Santa Monica Beach.

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A black and white portrait of Victoria and Jonathan embracing during their Santa Monica Beach e-session.

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Victoria and Jonathan kiss beneath the Santa Monica pier during their romantic beach e-session.

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The newly engaged couple stand hand-in-hand on the sands of Santa Monica Beach during their sunset e-session.

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Victoria and Jonathan kiss backed by the setting sun during their Santa Monica Beach e-session.

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A casual portrait of Victoria and Jonathan walking hand-in-hand along Santa Monica Beach.

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An intimate portrait of Victoria and Jonathan embracing while the sunsets over Santa Monica pier behind them.

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A creative silhouette of Victoria and Jonathan on the sands of Santa Monica Beach during sunset.

 

Conclusion:

I really had a lot of fun hanging out with Victoria and Jonathan for this Claremont Colleges engagement session and want to give a big shout out to Shane for his referral. I wish them all the best as they make plans for their wedding in Hawaii and hope that these photos bring back warm memories for many years to come.

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