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Engagement Session @ the Griffith Observatory

Early morning engagement session with Andrian and Shawntelle at the Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

 Photography has blessed me with the opportunity to meet and work with some pretty awesome people. Getting to know their story and have a fun time while out capturing the love these two share in a photo.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

We met up early on a Saturday morning at the Griffith Observatory. This would be the first time I would be working at this location taking photos. Shawntelle and I had communicated via email about the types of poses she would like to have captured and even provided me with a link to her pinterest. All of this made my job a whole lot easier. However there was still the fact that I had never photographed at this location before. I'm not one for running and gunning when I have an opportunity to prepare. So on the day of our shoot I headed over a half hour early to take a look around the observatory myself and plan out some of the areas that might work best with the sample ideas I was provided.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

The weather is something I always have on my mind as the day draws closer to a photo shoot. This photo session was scheduled for 9:30am, and after checking my iPhone for the weather it was going to be an overcast morning. If given the choice of photographing during a clear sunny day or an overcast one I'll take the fog every time. The light is easy to work with and doesn't cast any harsh shadows.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

Once the happy couple was ready to begin I dialed in my cameras settings and set up my exposure for the couple.  This resulted in photos with a blown out background giving some of the images a feeling of solitariness in a busy city like Los Angeles. When I look at other inspiring engagement photos I feel like just the couple is captured. Some photos convey a feeling of togetherness, or strong emotions of being in love, and alone in a place that is just their own. It was a feeling I tried capturing with these images. I hope you enjoyed viewing them as much as I did capturing them and thank you for reading.

Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory

So what do you think? Has the weather ever been an obstacle in your photo sessions or have you found ways to use it creatively?  Let me know in the comment section below. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also follow me on Instagram as well links located above. Thank you and please remember to like this post if you liked it, and hit that share button.

Exploring LA -cooling off in Santa Monica-

This week has been hot. Sweltering to put it mildly. So after work on a Wednesday we packed our things and headed for the beach.

the godmother

We were on the 405 south by 4:00pm and the temp for the day was over a hundred degrees. After managing through some normal traffic for that time of day we made our first pit stop at Bay Cities Italian Deli & Bakery for some cold cut sandoes. A friend had recommended this place and also suggested we order their godmother sandwich. Over the years I've come to trust a good source when it comes to trying a new food, and boy was I not disappointed. My sandwich came loaded with flavors all nestled between a sliced loaf of chibata bread. It is easily one of my top ten sandwich spots.

With our appetite well satisfied we headed for the beach. I was going on 8 weeks without the smell of the ocean air in my lungs. It was a trip long overdue. The weather was welcoming at a cool 78 degrees and slightly overcast. We made our way to the pier where we acted like tourists and observed all that is the Santa Monica Pier. There were people from all walks of life on this small stretch of sand ranging from vendors, musicians, and entertainers all looking to capitalize at the historic location.

Santa Monica deffinately felt like a very hip and trendy stretch of coastline. After all these years I am surprised that I hadn't taken the time to check it out. So for this midweek adventure I got to try a new sandwich, and marked another California beach off the list.

Have you ever been to Santa Monica? Let me know in the comment section what you thought of that beach. If you are new to the blog, welcome! Be sure to head over to Facebook and add my photography page. Also you can follow me on Instagram links located above. 

Exploring LA -visiting the fashion district-

Taking a trip to the LA fashion district and snapping a few pics along the way.

We had planned to get an early start on the day and head down to Los Angeles around 9:30am. Living in Southern California offers a great deal of things to do and all within reasonable reach if traffic permits. When we got to our destination we didn't want to have to hunt for a parking so we just popped into the first payed lot we could find. At ten dollars for the day it wasn't too bad but as we walked around we found plenty of other places for even less (live and learn).

Instead of going out there to look at clothing this trip was geared toward the fabric stores in the area.. Never have I seen so many bolts of different fabrics. From silk to sequence there was something for everyone and at unbelievable low prices. In a location like this with prices and products relatively similar I wondered how each shop works toward gathering the most business. The answer I found was customer service.

While my fiancé went from store to store we found that some shops wouldn't even approach us to ask if we needed help or were interested in buying. Other shops were on it coming up to us and really trying to sell us on the quality of the material and moving quickly for the sell asking how much fabric we needed and what we might be using it for.

After a bit of walking around we made our way to the food stands. With lots of different options I looked for something new that might catch my eye. At the end of the block was a stand selling Pambasos a sandwich with chorizo, potatoes, cheese, lettuce, mayo, and you choice of beef, chicken, or pastor. They then threw it on the flat grill to melt the cheese and toast the bread. This sandwich set me back about eight dollars but was well worth trying at least once in my life.

The Pambaso

The Pambaso

I got lucky getting this photo. There was a woman working that booth yelling "no pictures" to people with their cellphones trying to get a pic for their Instagram and snapchat posts. To wash this sandwich down I bought a strawberry lemonade from the stand to the left of this one. They had tons of different flavor to choose from and even offered samples of each. With my food and drink in hand it was time to dig in.

Cecilia St

Cecilia St

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