Saturday, March 29, 2008

Disney Concert Hall Engagement Photography

Good morning,

Sorry Jennifer and Jack - I am slow to post on my blog :) In any event, Doug and I had the pleasure of working with Jennifer and Jack on their engagement photography session last weekend. We started at Old Town Pasadena, but quickly moved to another location because the security claimed that we could not take pictures there, which I found extremely odd because I always photograph there under a few "conditions" - (photographers take notes)

1. This is not for commercial purposes
2. It is for my personal portfolio
3. No tripod

As long as you make these claims, you may photograph almost anywhere [without permit]. Another example would be yesterday's wedding. The couple wanted to take pictures at a park and I was approached by a park ranger about the same situation. The aforementioned excuses worked like a charm.

Anyway, we started at Old Town Pasadena, but were asked to leave five minutes into the photo session. With no rustic brick backgrounds, we decided to photograph on the street intersection! Old Town Pasadena has some cool four-way crosswalks that halt all traffic from every direction, so we quickly frolicked to the center of the street and photographed. While Doug was taking pictures, I was holding up a remote flash to fill in the shadows all while nervously yelling out the seconds left until traffic reconvened.

"6, 5, 4, 3, 2, run!!!!"

old town pasadena engagement pictures

The end result was well worth it! Doug tried to crop out all of the cars to put more emphasis on our cute subjects.

Having had enough risque pictures for one day, we trekked down to Green Street [towards our parking garage] where it was a little more quiet. We stopped in front of a grungy door, which provided a nice textural backdrop.

old town pasadena engagement pictures

Having some trouble smiling in front of the camera, Jennifer lent a hand...literally HAHA

old town pasadena engagement pictures

To help remind Jennifer and Jack remember where they got to play with the Furious Photographers, we picked out a newsstand that said "Pasadena" on the bottom.

old town pasadena engagement pictures

Right across the street Doug found a bridal dress store. Wanting to do a playful shot, Doug posed the following image. However, it took the wackiness of these two to play it off well.

old town pasadena engagement pictures

Before returning to our cars for another location, we decided to swing by the park on the south side of Old Town Pasadena (next to Castle Green) where we rolled around on the grass and played with leaves!

old town pasadena engagement pictures

This picture personifies true love! :) <3

old town pasadena engagement pictures

Since it was such a hot day, we decided to swing by Coffee Bean before heading to Walt Disney Concert Hall to conclude our engagement session.

old town pasadena engagement pictures

Doug and I got to Walt Disney Concert Hall a little bit early and met a group of singers! It was totally awesome! These cool cats are called "Augies Side Effect." We asked the group to sing some songs for Jennifer and Jack to practice their first dance. They kindly obliged :D

disney concert hall engagement pictures

disney concert hall engagement pictures

The following is one of my favorite images for the day! The sheen of the metallic walls gave it a nice neutral feel.

disney concert hall engagement pictures

Since the following image was back lit, I had two options -

1. Compensate the background lighting with a flash
2. Wash out the details (riskier)

Feeling risky all day, I opted for the latter. We even joked that the picture looks like a cover for a Korean drama series haha

disney concert hall engagement pictures

While I went to pull the car around, Doug decided to have a little more fun before our day ended.

disney concert hall engagement pictures

disney concert hall engagement pictures

What a fun day! I imagine their wedding to be even more fun!

Signing out,

Lawrence

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