Griffith Observatory Engagement Photography: Amanda & Brandon

I was so excited for Amanda and Brandon’s Los Angeles Griffith Observatory engagement photography session, I watched La La Land on the plane to California!  This was my first time visiting Los Angeles, and I’m happy to have to have had the opportunity to photograph engagement sessions for two sets of clients (including David and Brian!)  It was a beautiful weekend, with terrific light and temperature, which my California friends have plenty of, along with loads of mountains and hills!  We don’t have a ton of hills in Chicago!  🙂

Amanda and Brandon were such troopers to jump at my suggestion we photograph the sunrise!  I met them (and their happy dog, Gatsby) at 5AM and we caught the Los Angeles sunrise in perfect time.  I’m so pleased to share their Griffith Observatory engagement photographs, and even prouder that we accomplished all this before we had any coffee!  We also visited The Broad Museum and the super funky Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles.  I asked Brandon to write a few words about how he met Amanda, his words are included below.  Thank you so much, you two!  I can’t wait to document your wedding!

“Amanda and Brandon met in the elevator at work, not long after starting at the same Los Angeles architecture firm four years ago.  They became fast friends after discovering shared interests in comedy, design and movies.  A year later, Brandon brought Amanda a perfectly timed breakfast sandwich and they have been inseparable ever since.  Brandon proposed in their Los Feliz apartment, surrounded by their art, pajamas, and a very handsome Shih Tzu named Gatsby.  Their love centers around laughter, unapologetic silliness and cheese.

Amanda grew up with a big yard in Lincolnshire, Illinois, and thought it would be the perfect venue for a backyard wedding.  Sharing such a special event with family and friends will lend another layer of meaning to the family home.  They plan to have a big tent, good food, handmade objects, backyard games, and a lot of fun!”


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  • BrendenMay 31, 2017 - 6:53 am

    I love the LA cityscape in the background. It must have really worked in your favor to do the engagement photos in the morning, I’m sure in the evening the Observatory is crowded with people.ReplyCancel

  • CoreyJune 2, 2017 - 1:52 am

    Such a gorgeous engagement session! I love the different Los Angeles locations – so fun!ReplyCancel

  • AllisonJune 2, 2017 - 3:59 pm

    I think the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles is the coolest location for an engagement photo session. This couple looks like they are a lot of fun and the architecture suits them.ReplyCancel

  • AshleyJune 5, 2017 - 12:13 pm

    Super cute LA engagement session! Love that you took inspiration from La La Land!ReplyCancel

  • RobynnJune 24, 2017 - 5:44 am

    Hi Candice,
    I love your pictures that Amanda and Brenden. I am a cousin of Amanda’s and would love to put together a collage of photos for them on a pillow as a keepsake for their wedding. I was wondering if I could purchase some photos from you in order to do that.
    Thank you,

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