From Sunset to Sunrise: Creating Magical Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Griffith Observatory engagement session by Magaly Barajas photography, Los Angeles wedding photographer

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When it comes to sunrise engagement sessions, location matters so that you can take advantage of those first crisp rays or perfect lightbox lighting through the clouds. From the moody glow of a foggy morning to the golden hues of a sunset that fade into twinkling city lights, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles offers a gorgeous backdrop for creating engagement photos worth framing. 

With its art deco architecture and panoramic views, this iconic Los Angeles landmark has become a favorite spot for couples looking to capture their love story against a breathtaking urban landscape. Not much can beat the panoramic Griffith Observatory view over the city!

Touch the Stars at Griffith Observatory

The best thing is that we can explore the observatory grounds to create images tailored to suit your style and personality. Whether it’s the stunning observatory itself, the sweeping views of the city, or the tranquil beauty of the surrounding park and trails, every corner of the observatory offers a captivating setting to tell your story. As with this sweet engagement session, I’d love to help you seize Griffith Observatory’s unique ambiance and spectacular views. 

The result? Authentic compositions with a touch of magic and romance.

So, if you’re looking for engagement photos that are as unique and special as your love story, consider Griffith Observatory as a dreamy location to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Planning your Griffith Observatory Engagement Photos

Planning a Griffith Observatory engagement photoshoot requires a bit of planning to make the most of this unique location. Here are some tips to help you plan your perfect shoot:

1. Schedule your photoshoot in advance: Griffith Observatory is a popular spot for engagement photos, so it’s important to book your session well in advance to ensure you have the date and time that works best for you. Booking in advance will also give you plenty of time to prepare for the shoot. Get in touch with me to start planning your session.

2. Choose the right time of day: The time of day can really impact the look and feel of your photos. Consider scheduling your shoot during sunrise or sunset for an ethereal atmosphere. The soft light during these times can create a magical glow that adds an extra touch of romance to your images. Plus, the observatory is less crowded during these times (especially sunrise), allowing you to have a more intimate and relaxed experience. Waking up early is totally worth it! But first…coffee. ðŸ˜‰

3. Plan your outfits: When selecting your outfits for the shoot, it’s important to consider the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. Griffith Observatory provides eclectic backdrops with natural and architectural features, so you’ll want to choose outfits that complement the location. Consider wearing colors that pop against the earth tones of the park or outfits that blend harmoniously with the observatory’s architecture, like this couple. It’s also a good idea to bring a few outfit options to give your photos a variety of looks. Adding seasonal attire or accessories is a great way to add style, personality, and comfort (it’s hard to have a good time when you’re shivering!)

Best Times to Capture the Magic

The magic of Griffith Observatory truly comes alive during sunrise and sunset. These are the golden hours when the light is soft, warm, and flattering:

1. Sunrise at Griffith Observatory: Watching the sunrise from Griffith Observatory is an unforgettable experience. As the sun slowly rises over the city, the observatory is bathed in a soft, warm light that creates a dreamy atmosphere. Sometimes, like this session, the early morning mist adds a touch of mystery and romance to your photos.

2. Sunset at Griffith Observatory: Sunset at Griffith Observatory is equally breathtaking. As the sun dips below the horizon, the sky is painted with vibrant colors ranging from warm oranges and pinks to deep purples and blues. The city comes alive with twinkling lights, creating a romantic backdrop for your engagement photos. 

3. The blue hour: The blue hour occurs shortly after sunset or before sunrise. The sky takes on a deep blue hue during this time, creating a serene and ethereal atmosphere. Plus, the observatory’s lights begin to glow, so it’s a fun ambiance to capture. 

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