Engagement Session at Colorado Street Bridge

Most of the year, you expect blue skies in SoCal. When your timing is right and have a session in between the rain clouds, you get the soft sort of natural light reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest. Not only that, the rain brings in new growth with lots of leafy plants shooting up through the once patchy ground.

Located in Pasadena, the Colorado Street Bridge has a long history but recently received notable attention on the big screen in a particular 2016 musical. It’s also nice to give the San Gabriel Valley some love, as I’ve been frequenting Central LA and Orange county all too often.

Engagement session at colorado street bridge
Engagement session at colorado street bridge
Engagement session at colorado street bridge
Engagement session at colorado street bridge
Engagement session at colorado street bridge

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