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.
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.