Pasadena Engagement Shoot: The Goods

Now that I’ve successfully teased all of you with our e-pics, I guess it’s only fitting that I reveal the goods!

Back in February, I got an email from my wedding hair and makeup artist, Susie Chhuor, about participating in an engagement shoot with Herman Au, an amazingly talented Los Angeles photographer. She introduced us and even offered to do my hair and makeup for the shoot. Thanks, Susie!

Last weekend, Mr. G and I strolled around the streets of Pasadena, California with Herman Au of Herman Au Photography.

We started in a back alley walking amongst trash bins.

Then we walked around Old Town Pasadena and found a plethora of backdrops.

We changed clothes, and drove to a nearby bridge in a picturesque tree-lined neighborhood.

And finally, our favorite shot of the day…

So what do you think? Herman’s style is cutting edge and modern. I did my best to keep up. I tend to smile big and toothy. I don’t have ANY serious photos of myself. At first, I kept giggling like a little schoolgirl. But ultimately it was fun Zoolander-ing it all day.

Herman was a gem to work with. He was kind, professional, comfortable, helpful, and fun! If we didn’t already have a wedding photographer reserved, I would have booked Herman in a second! Please contact him for prices and availability.

My advice about engagement shoots is to be bold, have fun with it, and to move around a lot. Any nervousness will just melt away.

In case you’re wondering, my yellow and black dress is from Anthropologie. It was a gift from Mr. G!

Did you have an engagement shoot? If so, did you go with traditional poses or did you go for something more edgy?


Mrs. Glitter

Los Angeles
Wedding Date:
June 2015
Dad & Me
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  1. beagle Member
    beagle 1381 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:33 pm

    Awww.. Your pictures are awesome!

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 3:34 pm

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! I love it. I love the soft colors, it’s so romantic.
    ahahah. We will probably be Zoolander-ing it all day too!
    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful! I love it. I love the soft colors, it’s so romantic.
    ahahah. We will probably be Zoolander-ing it all day too!
    Our eshoot will most likely be in mid October at the peak of Fall in our area. I figure it will be a nice contrast to our summer pictures. =D

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    Gerbera 4481 posts, Honey bee @ 3:35 pm

    Eek! So sorry for the “double post”. And I meant summer wedding pictures!

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    mascara 859 posts, Busy bee @ 3:37 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I love your headband in the first pics.

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    thelittlethings 38 posts, Newbee @ 3:40 pm

    Amazing pictures! You and Mr. Glitter look like models!

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    powderpuff 882 posts, Busy bee @ 3:40 pm


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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 3:41 pm

    Totally sexy! I love your outfits throughout, but in the first series especially. And your headband–so cute!

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    deviledegg 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:43 pm

    I love them! And you look gorgeous!

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    HumarockBride 1542 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:43 pm

    I’m with Miss Mascara — can you share where you got your headband?! It rocks!
    Great photos!

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    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 3:53 pm

    You look amazing! Great pics!

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    Luvbug6315 425 posts, Helper bee @ 3:54 pm

    wow, those are so great. We decided not to do engagement photos as it wasn’t included with our package…. shots like yours always make me wish we had opted for the photos.

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    lreighard1 642 posts, Busy bee @ 3:55 pm


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    stiletto 903 posts, Busy bee @ 3:58 pm

    These are gorgeous! You guys look great, and I love how your photog captured the day.

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    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 4:01 pm

    @HumarockBride: Anthropologie! I’d live there if they let me. :) I think it was about $38? Check out their website for more details.

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    mandalynn17 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:04 pm

    I love your pictures, you look so at ease! The coloring of the shots is so unexpected, too.

    And Mr. G has good taste. That dress looks wonderful on you!

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    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:15 pm

    Gorgeous!! Love your pics!!

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    liz, Guest @ 4:16 pm

    Wow you are so pretty. look like a model!

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:18 pm


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    Emilydll 428 posts, Helper bee @ 4:22 pm

    You love beautiful Miss Powder Puff!!! :) I honestly love each and every photo!

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    Cole B 1367 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:22 pm

    You look hot! Beautiful pics!

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    MaPo 315 posts, Helper bee @ 4:24 pm

    Pic #3 is so steamy! I love it! Your pictures are wonderful! My new hubby and I opted for some traditional poses (what I call ‘Sears Poses’) and then some more fun shots to mix it up. (aka me in shirt that reads ‘Future Trophy Wife.’)

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    DC Anna 514 posts, Busy bee @ 4:25 pm

    That headband is totally adorable! Also, I love the photo of y’all with the bridgework in the background. Just gorgeous!

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    phruphru 184 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:25 pm

    You guys are a gorgeous couple with a great sense of style! Love your blazer and your FI’s sneaks.

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    Anon, Guest @ 4:26 pm

    ha!!! Miss Glitter, you are literally in front of my office in one of those pictures!

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    MexicanGirl 724 posts, Busy bee @ 4:37 pm

    you both look great, so in love and you have a great style! i love your picture on the bridge!

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    purpleHaze79 874 posts, Busy bee @ 4:38 pm

    You look GAW-geous, Miss Glitter!! I LOVE your pics!!

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    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 4:42 pm

    hellllloooooooooooooooo sexay!

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:43 pm

    WOW. You look amazing!! And those photos are TO DIE FOR!! REALLY!!! I can’t believe how awesome those are!!

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    ES123 1020 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:49 pm

    I luuuurve your headband. And Mr. G looks hot!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:54 pm

    Your pictures are amazing!!! :) You are very beautiful!

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    JennyBryde 1168 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:55 pm

    His photography is amazing, and the two of you look smashing! We are gearing up for our engagement shoot this fall, and I am so excited to think about all the cool places we can go for settings. I was thinking about maybe the middle of nowhere, like a gravel road, or in the smack dab middle of a corn field, or in a forrest somewhere….I can’t make up my mind!!! So fun!

  32. glitter Member
    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 5:17 pm

    THANK YOU everyone for the nice comments! You’ve all made my day! :)

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    missbean 528 posts, Busy bee @ 5:35 pm

    Those are such lovely photos! I really like your first outfit!

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    cottoncandy 62 posts, Worker bee @ 6:00 pm

    Just Beautiful!

  35. duckling Member
    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:48 pm

    You look so gorgeous!! I can’t even pick a favorite.

  36. hotcocoa Member
    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:57 pm

    Ooh, these are luscious!

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    HumarockBride 1542 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:02 pm

    Woohoo!!! I’ve got an Anthro around the corner from me … I must go check it out!!

  38. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:11 pm

    WOW Those are AWESOME! and Mr G did a great job on your dress! GOOD WORK MR G :)

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    Natakie16 693 posts, Busy bee @ 8:23 pm

    love them!!! I wish Buffalo had those kind of “backdrops” :)

  40. gloss Member
    gloss 1249 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:39 pm

    Really really really love them!!

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    piglet 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:41 pm

    Hellllllllllllllo Miss Glitter! You and the Mr look mighty fine. Great pixies!

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    cj2009 304 posts, Helper bee @ 11:02 pm

    i love the last picture.

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 11:06 pm

    wow! love the hair & makeup and yes yr ‘up & coming’ photog is totally fabulous!

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 2:15 am

    ms glitter, your photos and style is soo beautiful :) and the locations you used around pasadena are great.

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    Ruby Slippers 509 posts, Busy bee @ 4:20 am

    Love them! Gorgeous!!!

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    LzzNYC 882 posts, Busy bee @ 8:44 am

    You’re a natural! Watch out zoolander!!!

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    Mrs. Mouse 5771 posts, Bee Keeper @ 2:22 am

    I’m in love with these pics–you guys look amazing!

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    jen, Guest @ 8:58 pm

    love the pictures! btw I booked Susie after seeing your post a few months ago for my wedding in March and LOVED her!!!

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