We started the day by meeting at LACMA (Los Angeles Country Museum of Art) early morning with the goal to shoot in front of the Urban Light, the iconic landmark by Chris Burden. Our Tip if you’re planning on shooting engagement photos at LACMA, come in early at least one our prior to opening but to play it safe two. This will allow you to take photos at this amazing location without having your usual tourists in the background. We showed up of course early and had no trouble finding street parking on the back side of the museum. They also have their own parking lot but it’s only open during hours of operation.
Our next location was The Grove, a very trendy outdoor mall with a classic looking movie theater. The Grove is located only minutes away from LACMA so it was very convenient to drive there once we got the photos we wanted at the Urban Lights. We arrived as the mall had just opened, this worked out perfect since there was not many people there yet. Keep in mind that this very popular location can get very crowded so the later you show up, the less freedom you will have for your shoot. Our Tip if you’re planning to shoot engagement photos at The Grove, call in advance and get permission to shoot here from their administration office one week in advance. There was not a fee to shoot here for us but they do require for you to call and inform them of your situation. Make sure you get the name of the person that helped you. Shortly after we arrived a security guard approached us and asked if we had called in advice. Once we gave them the name of the person that helped us, he gave us the green light and our shoot was uninterrupted.
Our next stop and the most meaningful location was UCLA. This gorgeous campus has many amazing areas all around the collage grounds. Both being UCLA alumni made it very easy for us to just follow and let them show us where they wanted their engagement shoot to take place. It was a beautiful day but because our shoot happened to be during graduation season we missed a couple of shots due to large crowds. Our Tip if you’re planning to shoot engagement photos at UCLA, avoid scheduling during graduation season. Otherwise expect a large crowds and limited parking. I also advice for you to read the sings carefully since they do have meter-maids at all hours and they will issue a ticket.
Our last stop for the evening was in DTLA at The Historic 1928 Art Deco Oviatt Building, 617 South Olive Street , downtown Los Angeles. If you watched the movie Pretty Woman then you will be very familiar with this beautiful iconic building. This is the location is now known as Cicada Restaurant. Even though the restaurant was closed we were able to take some fabulous photos outside. We had fun with it by incorporating a vintage camera and having the couple pretend to take selfies with it. Our Tip if you’re planning to shoot engagement photos outside Cicada, in the Oviatt Building, or anywhere in DTLA is to shoot during the week or non-peak hours. This way you can avoid crowds and not interrupt the restaurant. If you would like to shoot inside any location in DTLA, make sure you call. Most restaurants and bars are more than happy for you to take photos for non-commercial purposes, this is like free publicity for them. There are still some locations may require a fee or simply not allow any photography, so it is best for your to call and confirm.
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