Los Angeles Observatory Engagement | Emily + Free

When Emily and Free first contacted me about photography for their wedding, they already had the location for their engagement photos picked out – The Griffith Observatory. Usually couples who contact me need a little help picking out the location for their engagement session, but Free proposed to Emily at the observatory, so it was a no-brainer! I was very excited because even though I’d been there before, this was my first time shooting a couple at the famous Los Angeles landmark, and I’ve wanted to for a very long time.

These two have only been engaged for maybe about a month or so and they are getting married in January. For those trying to do the math, that’s a very short engagement! I’ve decided this is the way to go – they only have to deal the stress of planning a wedding for a few months and then they’re done! They get to live in wedded bliss and never have to plan another wedding again. I think many of us can definitely see the appeal in that. ;)

It was a beautiful day for an engagement session when we met last week. I was just coming down with what I would find out later was the flu, but I was having so much fun with these two that I really forgot how crappy I was feeling. That’s how you know you’ve had a successful shoot. Free is a graphic designer and is using several of the photos from this session for their wedding invitation – he even sent me the mock up already and it looks fantastic! I love, love, LOVE when couples use their engagement photos in creative ways and I can’t wait to see the printed version of the invite suite.

Here are a few of my favorites from our time spent at the observatory.

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

In this next one, they are standing in the same exact spot where Free proposed. Cute!

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

After a while Emily and Free changed into something a little more casual, after which I promptly made them roll around in the grass.

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Thank you Emily and Free for a fun couple of hours! I am so looking forward to your wedding day!

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  • Kim - Awesome photos!

  • Araxi - Heidi these are fantastic!!! Love the different range of emotions in your pictures. Each one tells a different story. I love it!

  • Shawn Kloster - Kick @#$! I need to go up there. Love that location every time I see it utilized. You nailed every one of these, Heidi! =)

  • Becca - This is a great series! What a beautiful couple. And I love all the different locations/backgrounds you got at the Griffith Observatory/Park. I particularly love that view over the city.

  • Mayra - loved them..specially certain shoots when you see the city iin the back

  • Jenny Smith - Heidi, these are awesome! I love so many of them I can’t even describe my favorite. I love the one where you can see downtown and the one with the whole mound top in it. Great variety. Awesome!

  • Tom - Great shots, Its great shoot when the couple are having so much fun!

  • Heidi - thanks everyone! it was a fun shoot. :)

  • Jessica - am-MA-zing!

  • monique.alaniz@gmail.com - Heidi! These are great! It looks like you got permits to clear everyone out of the observatory, great illusion of the space being just for them. yay!

  • Alexandra - You’re an amazing photographer – I’m loving these!

  • Heather Kincaid - So cute! The observatory is on my list of places to shoot since it’s in the neighborhood. You totally rocked it! And such a cute couple! :)

  • Mary - wowoowwwoow! the image of them looking out towards LA is amazing! beautiful exposure! these are all wonderful! you rock Heidi! <3

  • Jessica Price - Awesome pics…they look so fresh and clean! She has some AMAZING hair btw

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