Arboretum Engagement Shoot: Aaron & Alma

I had the great opportunity of getting to photograph some newly engaged friends of mine, Aaron and Alma, at the LA Arboretum the other day. These two were loads of fun to work with and are so comfortable in front of a camera.

We started out in front of the Arboretum's stunning fountain, which is one of the first things you see when you walk in.

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We stumbled upon a boat on the shore of the pond, which was surrounded by bright red and orange trees. They were good sports about hopping in with their fancy clothes on, and it was well worth it for the gorgeous photos we ended up with.

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People really loosen up when they start having fun, which is why some of my favorite shots usually involve playful moves like one person picking the other up or doing the classic "dip".

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When I went to take their photo surrounded by these yellow trees, I realized that is was much too dark to really get the photo I was going for. I had to change my idea and take a step back, letting the trees and shadows act as a natural vignette to highlight the two of them in a "spotlight".

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I love how just two people's silhouettes can tell a story. This one just had so much emotion in such a simple image.

One of the best things about working with people you know is that you can ask them to try something and they'll trust you. Towards the end of our shoot, I asked Aaron and Alma to get down on the grass, and the images came out great!