My fellow “Peter Pans”
Meet Carol and Henry
I was filled with curiosity when I met Carol and Henry for the first time. It was my husband who introduced the couple to me. Since he was able to hit it off with them so quickly (much of their time was spent discussing food!) I figured I would too once I met them, and of course we did!
While at first I was surprised by Henry’s “giggly” personality and Carol’s reserved and quiet demeanor. With a few glasses of wine, really good food, and especially after hearing about their love tory, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this couple. At one point during our dinner, Henry said: “Carol and I, we were together for ages! But we are like two little kids holding hands with one foot stepping into adulthood together another hanging onto our inner child!” I immediately thought: “These two were my people!” Their carefree way of child like attitude about love enchanted me.
When we talked about their engagement photo shoot and the locations they had in mind, Carol and Henry both shouted: “K-Town for sure! That is where we spent most of our younger years!” And by younger years, they meant “party years.” Fun fact: Escala was the club Carol and Henry first met. They then dated for 17 years! This location was obviously special to them, and quite a unique location for an engagement session.
The Unique Spot
We walked over to Escala after dinner. As a Santa Monica based Los Angeles Wedding photographer, I absolutely love going to unique locations such as this one. Unique locations showcase a couple’s personality in the photos. For Carol, she really loved the art in the location and wanted to highlight all the unique décor and art in their photos. We ended up asking the owner Chino, whether it was possible. Chino was super cool – not only did he allow us to use the space, but he even offered to let us arrive early, before the doors opened to the public, so we could have the entire place to ourselves!
The Day of
Day of the photoshoot, we met at Escala. The couple was unusually nervous and off the bat they told me that they were not great at posing. I reassured them that they aren’t the only ones who has said that to me. I started out asking them what they’d do when they first arrive at this bar. Henry shrugged and said: “Probably order some drinks?” “So let’s do that then!” They looked at me confused but humored me and sat down in front of the bar. While they were sitting down Carol noticed something and pointed on the shelf at a bottle that she seemed to be excited about. “Click!” The couple looked up alarmed at me. “That is it guys! Keep doing what you are doing. Talk to each other and don’t mind me!” They carried on with what they were talking about. Chino rushed in and started making drinks for the couple. ‘Nice job Chino!’ I thought. I kept documenting the couple having fun at the bar and occasionally giving them basic directions on their posture. A few minutes in, we already got amazing photos. After seeing how effortless it is, Carol and Henry relaxed and started having fun with it. The rest of the session was easy breezy from that point on. With some alcohol in their system, Carol became the giggly little girl I remembered from the other night. She was throwing out ideas left and right. A four hours session ended in a blind of an eye. We were all exhausted at the end of it, but man it was so much fun!
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