downtown los angeles family photo session on the rooftop in dtla
Downtown Los Angeles | Urban Rooftop Party Family Session

March 21, 2022

The typical setup of my family sessions include an incredible, storytelling family experience session often on the beach with the ocean breeze brushing your face and waves hitting your knees. Or, a romantic evening hike at sunset in beautiful tall grasslands. These sessions capture the romance between the parents, and the intimate moments shared as a family. However, when this family came to me, they knew they wanted something different, something that captured the essence of their family perfectly. I suggested a custom creative concept shoot where they and I would work together to create their unique idea and bring it to life through visual art.

Planning the Custom Concept Session | Downtown Los Angeles Rooftop Party

This family didn’t want my typical session with warm embraces and snuggles. They have an edgy style, and wanted their family photos to reflect their editorial fashion sense. I started to suggest locations I have previously scouted. All of them were in an urban setting in or near downtown Los Angeles. We settled on a rooftop in DTLA for their family session. It had unique elements like an industrial staircase, and concrete ramps that made for their own personal concrete jungle to play on! It was an incredible location with the Los Angeles skyline directly in the background. It felt straight out of an editorial fashion magazine, which we used as inspiration for styling the family. Their idea board included pictures of NYE parties, the nighttime skyline, editorial fashion, and people playing cards and toasting with champagne.

Styling + Wardrobe Planning

This family likes to host fun themed parties for their friends often. They have a distinct taste in fun fashion, and so we knew we needed to incorporate pieces that spoke to their editorial fashion sense, but also highlighted their more extravagant side. We styled with a funky and fun and colorful fashion wardrobe for a daytime party, and an extravagant black cocktail party attire for a nighttime celebration. We included props like playing cards, drinking glasses, and sparklers to highlight their passion for hosting parties + having a good time.

Strike a pose, and have some fun!

Usually in my experience sessions, I am about lived-in, breathed-in moments caught on camera. But since we were planning a custom creative concept shoot, and we're going after an editorial magazine style, this family had some fun and would strike a pose on their personal concrete jungle. This family strutted down the DTLA rooftop with their fun, uptown funk style. They danced, played cards, and toasted to the fun celebration they got to share as a family. It was entirely and uniquely their style. I loved capturing this Los Angeles family session completely in their element!

Let's Connect!

If this is the first time you are hearing about my creative concept sessions, let me introduce myself. I’m Olesya – a storytelling family photographer serving the Los Angeles and Orange County area. I’m here to passionately document the love and joy you have for one another and unfold your unique story through artistic visuals. I do so through my experience sessions, and custom creative concept sessions like this one! See more about my creative concept sessions here, and if you have a custom idea of your own, or want to do a family photoshoot in downtown Los Angeles, let’s connect. I would love to capture who you are as your go-to Los Angeles family photographer!


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