San Juan Capistrano Mission Engagement Photoshoot
Meet Hong and Jingyi
I’d like to start off by saying how thankful I am for Hong and Jingyi’s patience and flexibility during their engagement shoot. The couple was new to L.A. and wanted an engagement photoshoot at Pasadena City Hall and San Juan Capistrano mission as well as a few beach shots on the way. They searched online for a Santa Monica based Los Angeles wedding photographer, and found me!
Location, Location, Location…
They booked a 8 hours full day session. The couple initially wanted to shoot at five different locations, but as a Santa Monica based Los Angeles wedding photographer, I advised that with LA traffic, we might spend too much time on travel and not the actual photoshoot in order to reach five locations that were minimum 30 minutes to 2 hours away from each other. Being new in town, they were really set on the idea of the backgrounds so we decided to give it a try.
Mother Nature’s Rol
The night before, it started pouring. We were back and forth on the email and were contemplating whether to cancel the photoshoot. Luckily, next day, it didn’t end up raining, but it wasn’t sunny either.
Although the couple wanted a beach shoot, with the dark clouds looming over, we had to change location, so we headed out to Pasadena City Hall.
The couple was very anxious during the shoot, as they were shy being photographed being intimate in public. But as a wedding photographer, I reassured and encouraged them…all they have to do is focus on each other and smile!
After our successful session at Pasadena City Hall, we made our way to San Juan Capistrano Mission, which is two hours away from Pasadena. Unfortunately, with occasional drizzling, it only made the LA traffic worse. By the time we reached the second location, we only had 40 minutes until San Juan Capistrano Mission was closing.
Although the photoshoot was a bit rushed, we were able to capture many beautiful images as the couple relaxed and learned to trust my direction. In the end, while we were only able to successfully shoot at two locations, we got a great set of photos!
Location: Pasadena City Hall
100 Garfield Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
San Juan Capistrano Mission
26801 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675