Couple Walk Uphill Near Millennium Biltmore Hotel
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Couple Walk Uphill Near Millennium Biltmore Hotel

Right outside the side doors to the Millennium Biltmore Hotel you'll find a steep street.

When I saw this location, I was a merely drawn to the strong vertical lines of the building and the juxtaposition of the strong incline of the sidewalk. I instructed the bride and groom to cross the street, place them in the appropriate position, and then gave them instructions on how to walk together up the hill. Given that this was a completely directed portrait, I hope that it still has a candid feel. Many of my photographs are identified by prospective clients as being candid and natural, when in fact they are directed. I think that one of the things that that I hope most from my photography is that a prospective client can never tell whether the moment was candid or directed and that past clients can't remember.

This particular photographed received an international award at the 2014 WPPI Print, Album & Filmmaking Competition. I heard secondhand that this photograph elicited quite a bit a discussion among the judges. As a judge for the competition myself, those judges were all my friends, but they had no idea that I was the photographer who captured this image. Hearing my friends argue for and against this photograph, even if it was secondhand, was awfully fun — even if one of them didn't like the image enough to think that it deserved an award. Millennium Biltmore Hotel is located in Los Angeles, California. Phone: (213) 624-1011. Website: Contact Person: Sari Rose, (213) 612-1529,

Location: 506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

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