Dodger Stadium Engagement Session

Nov 29, 2017

GRACIE & ALEX

Locations:

  • Fourth location: LACMA in Los Angeles, CA

 

Introduction:

Baseball-loving couple Gracie and Alex were referred to me by my good wedding coordinator friend Ana Mora from Dream Events. I was extra excited to work with them as they were planning on doing something really unique with a Dodger Stadium engagement session, drawing on their mutual love of the Dodgers baseball team. They’ve been together since 2007, having met through mutual friends, and were planning on showcasing their 10-year milestone during the e-session.

I first met up with Gracie and Alex at my home studio where we chatted about their wedding next June in Santa Barbara, as well as their hopes for this Dodger Stadium engagement session. As you might know, the Dodgers did amazing this last season in the MLB and Gracie and Alex had their fingers crossed that they would go on to win the World Series. By the time their e-session came around, it hadn’t been the result they were hoping for, making this e-session a bittersweet occasion.

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Gracie and Alex kiss on the pitcher’s plate at Dodger Stadium during their baseball-themed e-session in LA.

 

Dodger Stadium engagement session photos:

We met up in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium in the mid-afternoon, with Ana from Dream Events and Gracie’s younger sister also coming along to help us out. As it was the off-season, there were not games taking place and we had the stadium all to ourselves, although Gracie and Alex did have to book in with a tour guide to accompany us. It was quite special to be at such an iconic venue that has seen so much baseball history, not to mention the legendary players and managers who take to its pitch on a regular occasion.

We started up in the stands of Dodger Stadium, capturing portraits of Gracie and Alex pretending to cheer on their team and showcasing their baseball shirts that read “Together Since 2007”. I grabbed sweeping wide-angle portraits and up-close embraces, as well as a few incorporating the iconic “Dodgers” sign.

We then headed out through the exit area, which is adorned with vintage signs, and down to the ground floor Memorabilia Room. I captured portraits of Gracie and Alex admiring the trophies and rows of “Golden Gloves”, as well as a dramatic shot framed by portraits of some of the Dodgers’ most legendary players.

Our tour guide then led us into one of the dugouts where the players and managers hang out during the game. I grabbed a romantic shot of Alex laying on Gracie’s lap on one of the benches and a playful shot as they pretended to be on the phones, as well as a silhouette looking out across the pitch.

We then wandered onto the pitch itself, with Gracie and Alex kissing while holding their save-the-date baseball and pretending to have an argument on the pitcher’s plate. I also grabbed a creative shot of Alex preparing to pitch a ball to Gracie and a wide-angle capturing all the action. We staged a shot of Alex sliding into second base while Gracie pretended to tag him and some romantic embraces as they hung out at this stadium that meant so much to both of them.

It was then time to head back indoors, with Gracie and Alex trying to sneak a peek into the off-limits Dodgers Clubhouse. We were allowed into the Press Room, however, and made the most of the opportunity with pretend interviews and fielding questions from Gracie’s younger sister.

We finished this Dodger Stadium engagement session in one of the corridors lined with vintage memorabilia, including old tickets and an old turnstile that Gracie playfully pulled Alex across. We also staged a shot in front of a vintage locker room and a wall adorned in pictures from when the Dodgers were based in Brooklyn.

By this time it was dark outside, so Gracie and Alex changed into their formal wear for their nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles. But before we left Dodger Stadium, we grabbed one more portrait on the terrace overlooking the LA city skyline.

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Gracie and Alex sit high up in the stands of Dodger Stadium during their sports-themed Los Angeles e-session.

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A high-vantage shot of Gracie and Alex pretending to cheer on the Dodgers during their Los Angeles baseball e-session.

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A romantic shot of Gracie and Alex hanging out in front of a wall of vintage signs during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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A sweeping shot of Gracie and Alex embracing in the empty stands of Dodger Stadium during their baseball engagement session.

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The newly engaged couple kiss overlooking the baseball pitch at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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A creative shot of Gracie and Alex sitting in the empty stands of Dodger Stadium during their baseball-themed e-session.

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Gracie and Alex embrace while looking out over the Dodger Stadium pitch during their sports-themed e-session.

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Gracie and Alex kiss backed by the iconic “Dodgers” sign during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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Gracie and Alex admire a trophy in the ground floor memorabilia area of Dodger Stadium.

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Gracie leads Alex in front of a glass case of baseball trophies during their tour of Dodger Stadium.

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Alex embraces Gracie while she admires the “Golden Gloves” during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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A dramatic shot of Gracie and Alex within one of the memorabilia hallways at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Alex lays on Gracie’s lap in the Dodger Stadium dugout during their romantic, baseball-themed e-session.

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A creative silhouette shot of Gracie and Alex from the Dodger Stadium dugout during their baseball e-session.

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Gracie and Alex pretending to use the manager’s phone in one of the dugouts at Dodger Stadium.

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Gracie and Alex run hand-in-hand across the pitch during their Dodger Stadium e-session in Los Angeles.

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Gracie and Alex kiss behind their save-the-date on a baseball during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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A wide-angle shot of Alex pretending to pitch a ball to Gracie during their baseball-themed e-session in Los Angeles.

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A relaxed shot of Gracie and Alex hanging out on the dugout fence during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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A creative shot of Alex preparing to pitch a ball to Gracie during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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Gracie throws her arms in the air while pretending to fight with Alex on the pitcher’s plate at Dodger Stadium.

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Gracie and Alex showing off their baseball shirts that read “Together Since 2007” at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Gracie pretending to tag Alex as he slides into second base during their Dodger Stadium engagement session.

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A serious portrait of Gracie and Alex standing back-to-back with their arms crossed at Dodger Stadium.

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Gracie and Alex celebrate in the dugout during their Dodger Stadium engagement session in Los Angeles.

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A playful shot of Gracie embracing Alex in the middle of Dodger Stadium during their baseball-themed e-session in LA.

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The newly engaged couple pretending to peek into the Dodger Clubhouse during their baseball e-session in Los Angeles.

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A romantic shot of Gracie and Alex in the Press Room during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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Alex fields a question from Gracie’s sister during their playful e-session in the Dodger Stadium Press Room.

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Gracie and Alex having a discussion in the Press Room during their Dodger Stadium engagement session.

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Gracie pretends to field a question from Alex during their baseball-themed e-session at Dodger Stadium.

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Gracie blows a kiss to Alex in front of a wall showcasing old Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia.

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Gracie pulls Alex over a vintage turnstile during their Dodger Stadium engagement session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple in front of a wall of vintage tickets at Dodger Stadium.

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Gracie and Alex stand hand-in-hand in front of a vintage locker room during their Dodger Stadium e-session.

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Gracie and Alex embracing overlooking the Los Angeles city skyline from a terrace at Dodger Stadium.

 

Walt Disney Concert Hall engagement session photos:

We began this nighttime e-session in Downtown Los Angeles at one of my favorite venues, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I captured dramatic shots of Gracie and Alex embracing amidst its sweeping, metallic architecture, as well as a shot as they kissed on a nearby pedestrian crossing.

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A wide-angle portrait of Gracie and Alex on a walkway at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the LA city skyline in the background.

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A romantic portrait of the newly engaged couple, backed by the metallic architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Gracie and Alex embrace on the entrance staircase to the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

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An intimate, close-up portrait of Gracie and Alex during their Walt Disney Concert Hall e-session.

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Gracie and Alex kiss on a pedestrian crossing outside the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

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A dramatic, off-camera flash portrait of Gracie and Alex at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

Downtown Los Angeles engagement session photos:

We then wandered over to the Dorothy Pavilion whose trees are beautifully illuminated in fairy lights, creating a really romantic setting for nighttime portraits. We also utilized the DWP Building, which offers fantastic views of the LA city skyline, as well as boasting a fountain that was magically lit with purple light. I grabbed some silhouettes of Gracie and Alex embracing in this stunning setting, as well as a creative black and white portrait as she admired her engagement ring and he checked his watch.

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Gracie and Alex embrace in front of the fairy lit trees at the Dorothy Pavilion in Downtown Los Angeles.

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The newly engaged couple framed by a pair of fairy-lit trees during their Downtown Los Angeles e-session.

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Gracie and Alex kiss, illuminated by an off-camera flash and backed by the fountains of the DWP Building.

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A black and white portrait of Gracie admiring her engagement ring while Alex checks his watch.

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Gracie and Alex kiss on the terrace of the DWP Building, backed by a purple fountain and the LA city skyline.

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A silhouette portrait of Gracie and Alex incorporating the illuminated purple fountain outside the DWP Building.

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Capturing a tender moment between the newly engaged couple, overlooking the Downtown LA city skyline.

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An off-camera flash portrait of Gracie and Alex in front of the illuminated purple fountain of the DWP Building.

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Gracie and Alex hold hands on the DWP Building terrace, overlooking the Los Angeles city skyline.

 

LACMA engagement session photos:

To finish the e-session, we drove over to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to grab some portraits in its courtyard of lampposts. But unfortunately, it seemed the whole of LA had the same idea! This meant we had to get creative with the angles to avoid having other people in the shots and capture the romantic ambiance we were looking for.

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Gracie and Alex embrace backed by the towering lamps of LACMA during their nighttime e-session in LA.

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Gracie embraces Alex beside one of the towering lampposts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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A creative shot of Gracie and Alex embracing at LACMA, incorporating the illuminated lampposts.

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Gracie and Alex kiss framed by the lampposts of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

Conclusion:

I really can’t thank Gracie and Alex enough for selecting me as their photographer for this Dodger Stadium engagement session and the opportunity to work at such an iconic venue. I wish them all the best as they prepare for their Santa Barbara wedding next summer and look forward to reconnecting with them then.

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