Griffith Observatory Engagement Session | Sydney + Bryan

The Super Blood Red Moon drew thousands of onlookers to the observatory. And it made going home so tough for my couples as well as myself. We were stuck on the only road that will lead us out of the observatory. While I could not do anything but sit in my car while traffic clears up. I had a great opportunity to photograph the #bloodredmoon “adjacent” to the Observatory. It was quite a phenomenon.

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Sydney and Bryan chose to have their engagement session at the always fun, Griffith Observatory. I don’t think we knew that the #bloodredmoon “event” was going to take place the same day. It was super crowded, but we “worked” through it. 
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Double Tree Downtown Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA Photographer | Isha + TJ

Bride and groom kissing during their wedding reception

Isha and TJ’s Slideshow Highlights. Click “Play” to enjoy! Turn Up those speakers!

That day went so fast. It felt like a blur. I have never met the bride Isha nor her soon to be husband, TJ before. I communicated primarily with TJ’s mother, Gayle throughout the booking and planning process. This is my first wedding where I have never done an engagement session before. So I was a little anxious how I will work with the couple. Will they like me? Will they like my posing directions? Or even as simple as how I dress and spoke to them?

It turned out that I had nothing to worry about. Gayle is one of the sweetest mom you ever want to me. Isha and TJ were totally awesome to work with. They were the sweetest couple and I totally loved working with them.

I am back again at the DoubleTree Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles where I had the privilege to work here many times, including this gorgeous Styled Session I photographed last May.  Thank you to the amazing staff at DoubleTree for blessing me with the most beautiful couples. I had a total blast photographing Isha and TJ’s intimate wedding. Please check out some of my personal favorites:

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Venue: Double Tree by Hilton in Downtown Los Angeles, CA

WAIT, there’s more! To see more of my personal favorites from Isha and TJ’s wedding. Go here: http://swoonandswagger.pass.us/ishatj/

Los Angeles Arts District Engagement Photos | LA Photographer | Cindy & Ian

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Los Angeles Arts District

The bustle, color, and busyness of the Los Angeles Arts District are the perfect place for an engagement session… but not for just anyone. The right couple would need to be fun, bold, and edgy. Enter East Coast couple Cindy and Ian, just the right mix of country and modern to make the Arts District their own.

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Cindy and Ian came to me as a referral from my long-time assistant, so there was no doubt in my mind they’d be great. Although they live in Virginia, these two love birds will be getting married in March of next year at The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

Amidst the busy LA traffic and the golden sunshine, we started our session in the late afternoon of the first day in November. The Arts District offers every kind of urban backdrop, making it fun to wander around and enjoy the California fall and the colorful sights. Nearby, the LA Convention Center was hosting the annual Kitty Festival, which meant that Hello Kitty fans swarmed the streets as we searched for just the right spots. For a little extra fun, Cindy brought a little bit of country with her, wearing her boots to ensure we had a good time!

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As I’d hoped, the Arts District was packed full of great backdrops to give this country couple a little West Coast fun.

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We found this great staircase. In the middle of the Los Angeles Arts District, with all the color and busyness, this was a perfect spot for simplicity, giving Cindy and Ian a chance to sit and be themselves for a minute. Gotta love the look on face.

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As it got later in the afternoon, the Arts District took on a whole new character, giving us opportunities for some more edgy shots, as I played with light and lines. Cindy and Ian were so much fun, and totally game for anything.

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All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to travel into the Arts District with me. I can’t wait to shoot Cindy and Ian’s wedding in March, so check back then for new photos of this great pair.