Griffith Park Observatory... with its unique architecture and sweeping LA city views is one of the most popular photography locations in Los Angeles (maybe California) for engagement sessions. When Lupe and Alan chose that as their spot for an engagement session, I was smitten. Who doesn't love the gorgeous white walls, spectacular views and art deco, turquoise accents?
Well, after shooting there, I definitely found it has its pros and cons. Pros are easy: the looks, the sunset, and NO permit fee to shoot (which is rare in LA)!
Cons, the crowds... oh, the crowds. I agreed to do the session on an open Saturday night because that's what worked best for them... any time I can accomodate people, I'm happy to. But navigating the crowds was tough! If you're a photographer reading this, get ready for a lot of photoshoppin'. The keyword for everyone is patience, because... people. are. everywhere.
I'd love to try a sunrise session there, to get that beautiful morning sunlight, and the freedom to get shots without saying "hold on a sec, ok go ahead, you can pass, no it's ok, no really go ahead." Despite the insane crowds, we had a great time and I enjoyed really getting to know them more- I'm even more stoked for their Napa wedding next year now!
Photo 1, taken when I arrived. The crowds tripled towards sunset time.