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I knew from the first email I ever received from Jay that I would have to shoot her wedding. She was just so enthusiastic about photography and was so full of ideas, I knew we were meant for each other. :) One of my favorites ideas she had was to take inspiration from one of their favorite movies, 500 Days of Summer, for their engagement session. So a couple of days before our scheduled session, I re-watched the movie and Jay sent me a map of all of the various downtown LA locations where they shot it. Some locations we just couldn’t get to but I think we nailed the most important one…the one that resonated in my mind most of all…the now very famous bench.
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Now if you haven’t seen the movie, it has a very strong architectural theme so I wanted to incorporate the city of downtown Los Angeles as a tertiary subject throughout the shoot. Not to overpower the human elements (Jay & Mike) but almost as a supporting cast member. I really just had an absolute blast in general shooting this one and Jay & Mike even treated me to a beer at the end. Now I can’t wait to get back to Palm Springs for what I know will be an incredibly stylish and fun wedding!

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14 Responses to “Downtown Engagement Session – Jay & Mike”

  1. Jill Myers says:

    I love these! Now I have to go watch the movie again.

  2. Ty Hart says:

    Love it!

  3. Tim John says:

    I dig it. Love the chalk board, very sweet.

  4. LOVE these images! Must watch the movie again!

  5. Jay says:

    Justine – you nailed it!! After all my crazy ideas and long emails, you really DID get what I was saying :) Couldn’t be more thrilled with the look of them…I can’t wait to see the rest!
    xo
    ~jay

  6. Laura (Kegley) Wurzer says:

    LOVED these photos! You two are such a beautiful couple and these pictures show how perfect you are together! Can’t wait till Palm Springs!!! :)

  7. Lynn Wurzer says:

    These photos are amazing. The subject aren’t too shabby either. WEDDING ON!

  8. What a great set of images! I think you really caught the film’s atmosphere. Beautiful couple! Great Job!

  9. Elizabeth Kegley says:

    These are stunning. Really beautiful – captures everything wonderful about LA, about Jay and Mike as individuals and about Jay & Mike, the couple. Really beautiful (and one of my favorite movies too, so a wonderful inspiration).

  10. Erin Chaney says:

    Great photos Justine! Congrats to the beautiful couple!

  11. Ann says:

    Absolutely LOVE these pictures! Mike is my nephew and I am so happy for him and Jay.

  12. Claudia says:

    I am so in love with this post. I keep coming back to it because I love the movie, but your photos are icing on the cake. Your work is so lovely, Justine!

  13. cyndi says:

    these are amazing!! love you jay and mikey!

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