I am always a sucker for themed type of wedding and engagement photography sessions. With a theme, there is a really unique direction where I can focus on when we photograph these sessions. Nanae and Jonathan is a quirky couple who love art; whether it is in photography or fashion. Jonathan’s profession is designing projects for movie productions for Lucas Arts and Nanae love fashion designs and makeup. When we threw in our ideas together, this is what we decided on for their edgy engagement photography session. In Nanae and Jonathan’s engagement session in Pasadena and Los Angeles, they chose the theme “Shanghai 1942” which was super classy! Of course, even with a classy photo shoot, we added a bit of our personal spice to this engagement photography session.
With this themed engagement photo session, we chose two cities that have upheld their classic look through the changes – Pasadena and Chinatown Los Angeles. Our first location at Pasadena was to warm up and create edgy photographs in the fields under one of Old Town Pasadena’s overpass. One of the best parts of engagement photography session is that there are no time restrictions and anything can happen! An unexpected event during this photo shoot at Pasadena was that we ran into a couple goat owners and they allowed us to take some fun photos with their pets (you will see below)!
Once everyone warmed up and the timing of the sun was perfect, we headed to Chinatown Los Angeles to start our super edgy, yet classy, engagement photo shoot with their “Shanghai 1942” theme. In order to capture these type of photos, Danny and I set up multiple strobes to keep the focus on our subjects. On the side note, the accessories and outfits from Nanae were all her designs, which pulled off in this edgy engagement photography session perfectly! After we concluded our engagement photo session here in Chinatown Los Angeles, we wrapped everything all nicely up over at Hotel Figueroa! Since Hotel Figueroa’s lobby is a work or art in itself with all the colors and designs, it was not hard to find a place to take some awesome photos! Sit back, relax, and enjoy Nanae and Jonathan’s “Shanghai 1942” edgy engagement photography session!
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Chinatown Los Angeles
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Thank you Nanae and Jonathan for such a fun day during your engagement photography session and managing to deal with the cold weather and bugs in the field! Your final photographs from this engagement session was well worth it! Nanae and Jonathan will be hosting their wedding at beautiful Greystone Mansion.
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