Griffith Observatory Engagement Session

Sunsets are great. As is cool architecture. Crowds, on the other hand, are not my favorite thing. We waded through the sea of people to emerge through the surface of the very popular Griffith Observatory. For a crowded space where you do want to include the environment, put some space between the subjects and the background. In the case of this engagement session, take a walk to achieve the composition for the wide shot.

That one photo with a black border? Kodak Portra 400 on my Mamiya 6. The way it renders color at sunset is quite spectacular with those orange and purple hues.

Tidbit: I met Kawhi Leonard a few months ago, but this tall gentleman claims to have been dunked on by him, which is a way cooler story to tell.

Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo
Sunset Portrait at the Griffith Park Observatory - Stephen Tang Photo

El Matador State Beach Engagement

This beach is absolutely beautiful. These engagement photos were shot approaching winter, yet El Matador State Beach didn’t get the memo. There are a few things I performed differently, but everything still all me. I’m advancing my work in a new direction, trying to bring what I love about classic film photography into my digital images, and ultimately bring that to you. It’s a new year – never too late to learn and improve, eh?

el matador beach engagement portrait
el matador beach engagement portrait
el matador beach engagement portrait
el matador beach engagement portrait
el matador beach engagement portrait
My lucky boots got wrecked by the salt water and sand, but hey, I got some gorgeous photos. I might just recommend this spot and endure the long drive every time because I think it’s worth it. So, were there any matadors at this beach? I’d like to think I was one that day, as I gracefully battled the unruly ocean waves.

Pasadena Engagement – Pasadena City Hall

I met this couple for an engagement shoot at the Pasadena City Hall, an architectural treat with plenty to offer. Needless to say, I’m very psyched to share a few moments from this set.

Being Parks and Rec fans, this location held some significance (may be an understatement) to the two of them. I have not watched the show before, but we connected on Simpsons trivia, the pop culture staple that may be the only common grounds holding our society together in these tough times.

We skipped the tourist photos with the Christmas tree and the front of the building dominating the background and it paid off. A bit of distance highlights the architecture even more and we don’t need the whole place in frame. I vastly post color photos, but have a wider mix of black and white edits from this shoot.

Note: During the shoot, I opined that it’s unfair for a couple to look this good and dance well and I still stand by my statement.

Black and white engagement portrait pasadena city hall
engagement portrait pasadena city hall
engagement portrait pasadena city hall
black and white engagement portrait pasadena city hall
engagement portrait pasadena city hall
black and white engagement portrait pasadena city hall