UCLA Engagement Session

Dec 27, 2017

PHUONG & STEPHEN

Locations:

  • First location: UCLA in Los Angeles, CA

 

Introduction:

I first heard from Phuong and Stephen just over a month ago about capturing this UCLA engagement session. They’d met here back in 2004 and had been dating since 2006, having lived all over the country before finally settling in Boston. They were planning on flying over to Southern California to spend the holidays with their family, so what better time to schedule in an e-session and reminisce about their college days.

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Capturing a tender embrace between the newly engaged couple on the lawns of UCLA in Los Angeles.

 

UCLA engagement session photos:

We met up on what was a really perfect winter’s afternoon at the UCLA campus in Los Angeles where Phuong and Stephen had lived on the same dorm floor. Phuong was in a beautiful white dress and Stephen had on a classy shirt and vest as we explored the campus grounds and some of its most iconic buildings.

I captured warm embraces between the couple on the grassy lawns where they used to have lunch together and along the tree-lined walkways, as well as a creative shot as they stood either side of an ornate lamp post. We found a rustic wooden bench where Phuong and Stephen cozied up and I captured a close-up black and white portrait of them together here.

We headed over to the famous Royce Hall to incorporate its ornate columns and soaring archways, with the red-brick architecture giving a really classic look to these shots. I photographed Stephen twirling Phuong beneath the archways and an intimate embrace within the colonnade, as well as a more playful shot as she sat on a balcony and kissed him on the cheek.

As the sun started to sink towards the horizon, we got creative with some shots illuminating them brightly and incorporating their elongated shadows. They then changed outfits for a more casual look as we wandered along a shaded walkway and Phuong led Stephen across the top of a red-brick staircase.

We finished this UCLA engagement session with some romantic shots of them watching sunset while seated on a grassy lawn, as well as a creative silhouette as the sun sank behind the buildings.

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Phuong and Stephen kiss on a terrace at UCLA during their winter afternoon engagement session in Los Angeles.

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Phuong and Stephen stand either side of a lamppost looking lovingly at one another during their UCLA e-session.

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A close-up portrait of Stephen embracing Phuong warmly during their romantic e-session at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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A creative portrait of the couple as Phuong admires her engagement ring outside a building at UCLA.

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Stephen kisses Phuong’s hand tenderly during their university-themed engagement session at UCLA.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the engaged couple on a wooden bench at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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A playful portrait of Phuong embracing Stephen during their university e-session at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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A close-up black and white portrait of Phuong and Stephen during their afternoon e-session at UCLA.

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Phuong and Stephen share a special moment in front of an ornate balcony in the grounds of UCLA.

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Stephen twirls Phuong between the elegant colonnades of a red-brick building at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Capturing a tender moment between Phuong and Stephen in a colonnaded walkway at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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An intimate portrait of Phuong and Stephen in the late-afternoon winter sunshine at UCLA.

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Capturing Phuong and Stephen’s elongated shadows in the late-afternoon winter light at UCLA.

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A tender embrace between the engaged couple during their university-themed e-session at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Phuong and Stephen kiss, illuminated by the winter sunshine, on a balustrade in the grounds of UCLA.

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Phuong kisses Stephen tenderly while perched on a balcony during their UCLA engagement session in Los Angeles.

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Stephen lifts Phuong into the air in a leafy green space at UCLA during their romantic Los Angeles e-session.

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Phuong and Stephen are illuminated by the late-afternoon sunshine while kissing outside Royce Hall at UCLA.

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Phuong and Stephen embrace beneath the soaring arches of Royce Hall during their university-themed e-session at UCLA.

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A casual portrait of Phuong and Stephen walking arm-in-arm along a tree-lined pathway at UCLA.

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Phuong and Stephen embrace while enjoying the sunset on a picturesque stretch of lawns at UCLA.

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Phuong leads Stephen along the top of a red-brick staircase at UCLA during their Los Angeles engagement session.

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Capturing a tender embrace between Phuong and Stephen in the late-afternoon light at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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Phuong and Stephen look affectionately at each other while seated on grassy lawns at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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A creative silhouette shot of Phuong and Stephen as the sun sets over the UCLA campus in Los Angeles.

 

Conclusion:

Phuong and Stephen were a really easy-going couple to work with and exuded so much natural chemistry. I’m looking forward to capturing their special day when they get married at the Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills next June and hope they enjoy these images as much as I did capturing them.

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