“What she had realized was that love was that
moment when your heart was about to burst.”
― Stieg Larsson
I met Jacklyn and Avi through another client that I had photographed a long time ago. During our client meet-up, Avi had mentioned how they wanted to shoot at the Hollywood Bowl and then at the Hollywood Sign. Two iconic places in Los Angeles that I haven't been to. Eventhough I've lived in SoCal my whole life. Crazy right? So you can only imagine my excitement when I finally saw the actual sign up close and in person. I mean, you see it on TV and in movies. But seeing it in real life, well, its almost surreal. I think the closest I got to the sign was when I was playing GTA V and I had Trevor climb on top of the Hollywood Sign, just so I can tell myself: "yes, i'm here." But to have a couple that knows Los Angeles inside out is such a benefit. Since using even Google Maps will not help since there will be a lot of misdirections. There are just too many twists and turns that you will need to go there more than a couple times to even be familiar with it. But Avi, whose father used to work as a Hollywood tour guide and used to take him along when he was younger, greatly benefitted us. No google maps or GPS needed. I also heard from Avi that property owners who live along the Hollywood Signs would also put up "No Parking Signs" or other misleading signs to deter the casual tourist. Which I can't blame them for one bit, since some people have no respect for other people's property and have been known to leave trash and other things on the park. See, this is why we can't have nice things!
Here are a few fun facts regarding the Hollywood Sign:
1) The Hollywood Sign is almost 90 years old.
2) The Hollywood sign wasn’t created with the movies in mind.
3) The first sign didn’t say “Hollywood.”
4) The original Hollywood Sign was bigger than the current sign.
5) 4,000 light bulbs graced the original Hollywoodland sign.
Enjoy the photos!