UCLA Engagement Session
MELISSA & JOSHUA
- First location: UCLA in Los Angeles, CA
- Second location: Venice Canals in Los Angeles, CA
- Third location: Venice Beach in Los Angeles, CA
I heard from Melissa and Joshua just last month in early July and it was a pleasure to get to know them more during our first Skype meeting and make plans for this UCLA engagement session.
They are based up in the Bay Area but met during their undergraduate days at UCLA and were planning to come back down to Los Angeles to where it all started. Their relationship had originally started as friends, then blossomed into something more and they became engaged while holidaying in Maui at the start of this year.
UCLA engagement session photos:
We finally met up in person for the first time in the courtyard at UCLA at the beginning of the e-session and set off to reminisce about their early years together. They both studied engineering and so did I, so we had an immediate connection and a lot to chat about.
I captured romantic embraces in the leafy gardens of UCLA and shots of the couple walking hand-in-hand along the ornate colonnades, as well as a creative bird’s eye looking down on the couple as they lay on the grassy lawns. We also utilized the famous Royce Hall building with its ornate architecture and captured a silhouette of Melissa and Joshua standing beneath its arches.
Venice Canals engagement session photos:
We then made the short drive south to Venice Canals for an engagement session along the peaceful waterways of this residential area. Melissa and Joshua both changed into slightly more casual attire and I photographed them walking hand-in-hand along the canals and embracing on the bridges.
We were lucky that it was fairly quiet in Venice Canals on this Monday afternoon so we could work relatively interrupted. I also loved the chemistry and energy that Melissa and Joshua brought to the shoot, really wearing their emotions on their sleeves.
Venice Beach engagement session photos:
As sunset approached, we jumped into my car and made the short drive down to Venice Beach to make the most of the light. I grabbed a shot of the couple kissing beneath the iconic “Venice Beach” sign before heading down onto the sands for a sunset beach shoot.
I captured romantic portraits of Melissa and Joshua walking along the sands and embracing in the atmospheric light, as well as some creative shots using off-camera flash. We finished this Venice Beach e-session with a silhouette shot beneath the famous palm trees right as the sun hit the horizon.
I want to thank Melissa and Joshua for selecting Aevitas to capture this UCLA engagement session and flying all the way down from San Francisco. I’m really looking forward to their wedding next summer and connecting with this warm and fun-loving couple again.