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Pin-up Engagement Photo Ideas at Vintage Barbershop by Los Angeles Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder

We had a great time shooting this super cool Pin-Up Engagement photo shoot. It was shot at this vintage Barbershop Studio in Sana Ana for this gorgeous couple.  Ever since we did our first meeting and got to discuss their engagement concept , we knew that it would turn out fabulous! I mean how can you mess up an engagement shoot when the Bride-to-be and Groom-to-be are totally artistic themselves! They shared their story, how they met and how they’re both hair stylist with the idea to to shoot their engagement at a barbershop. Not just any barbershop, they wanted it to have a certain vintage look to compliment the pin-up style they desired for their engagement photos. They wanted to care of selecting the location since this was something personal for their vision.

The Groom-to-be found the perfect location for their Pin-up Engagement Photography Session. It was exactly what we all visualized, from the lobby area to the chair and entire barbershop. This was no traditional barbershop you see at a promenade but instead this was more like a barbershop studio designed to be photographed. Every spot in the barbershop was beautiful and inspired us.  The owner was extremely hospitable and gave us total freedom to shoot everywhere, we honestly felt at home. This is something that can take a great photo shoot to the next level and you can clearly see it in the photos below.

We originally came in with one main shot in mind. This shot was of the soon to be bride getting her legs shaved by her fiance on the vintage barber chair. After arriving at the location and taking a tour we totally created a story from the shoot. Below is this couple’s story. We shot a ready for magazine quality shoot in a journalistic style, displaying emotions with the colors.  As the couple got closer to each other or excited the colors on the photos change, creating a romantic love story with our color grading.  We hope you enjoy this beautiful Pin-Up Engagement Love Story at a Barbershop!

Pin-Up Engagement Love Story at a Barbershop Story by Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder 


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Halloween Theme Engagement Session | Spooky Engagement

For those of you Halloween lovers that can’t get enough of the Halloween spirit, let this fabulous Spooky Engagement by Los Angeles Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder inspire you. It has just the right amount of scary for a Halloween theme wedding invitation, save the date or can use years later as a postcard! And it honestly is a lot of fun to shoot!

This particular Halloween Theme Engagement was taken at a local city park. Remember it is all about location, location, location! We wanted to give it a Friday the 13th meets Stephen King’s It feel, and that’s why we selected this park that actually had a lake with lots of trees around. We also loved this location because thanks to the trees, it gave us a great amount of shade and light. The only issue we had was coming up with the right time to shoot, since it is a public park we had to arrive there early enough to guard our spot but then wait for the sun to move the right spot and not give the shoot a washed out look.

Props are just as important when shooting a Halloween Theme Engagement shoot. We bought some yellow caution tape from Home Depot and decorated the area to give it a crime scene look. We then set up a spooky picnic with fun props to give the the couple on their date from hell spot!

This was a lot of fun to shoot because it was very nontraditional and allowed everyone to just have fun with it. The girls even had one of their parents to wear the clown costume and be part of the fun! We totally recommend a Halloween Theme Engagement Photo Session for those that are looking for something unique and creative. It does help if you also love Halloween!

Spooky Engagement Photos by Los Angeles Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder


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How to Plan the Perfect Secret Engagement Proposal?

Are you planning a secret engagement proposal? Let these vibrant and colorful engagement photos by Los Angeles Wedding Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder inspire you to plan your version of the perfect secret engagement proposal. We had so much fun being part of this AMAZING surprise engagement proposal party that was put together by the groom-to-be himself! Of course with the help of a many others including friends and family but the end of the day the one that gets full credit is the Groom-to-be Chris for planning such a fabulous surprise for his Bride-to-be Lauren.

Both Chris and Lauren work in the film industry here in Hollywood, CA so his version of a the perfect engagement proposal had to do something with movies. He chose to re-create a scene from the iconic movie, Singing in the Rain to pop the question. He went all out as far as renting out a fabulous Studio with props, lights, event planner, makeup artist, videographers, photographers, food, drinks and even had their closest family members to fly in from all over to join in on the fun!

For us shooting this secret engagement proposal was so much fun. We or course were very familiar with the iconic film and felt very confidant on being able to emulate some shots with the available props. We arrived with an hour to spare to set up our lights and did a couple practice runs to make sure we would be perfect for the actual proposal. Everything turned out FABULOUS but please check out the photos to see for yourself.


1. Come up with theme. Be creative and unique, nothing is too much for this very important milestone. You can brainstorm a lot of fun ideas and then cut down or add as you wish.
2. Location, location, location! Select a location that either means something to the both of you or select a location that you are ready to make a very important landmark for the both of you for years to come.
3. Hire an event planner. Ask for help or hire out help. If you want to do something amazing you need a amazing people to help you make it happen. This all depends on what you plan to do but the best results happen when you do hire professionals.
4. Hire a Professional Photographer. You may have friends with phones or even cameras that may offer to photograph your proposal but you should only trust a professional to capture every moment and continue capturing the celebration that takes place after the proposal.
5. Enjoy every moment and share it on social media!

Secret Engagement Photos by Los Angeles Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder


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Santa Monica Engagement Photos by LA Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder. If you need some inspiration for your upcoming engagement photo session. Or maybe you are looking for that perfect location in Southern California that is fun yet romantic. Let this beautiful Santa Monica Engagement Photo Shoot by Los Angeles Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder inspire you! With so many great local hot spots in Southern California, it’s hard to pick one location for your engagement shoot. But if you are looking for a fun and hip beach that screams out SOCAL, then look no further and select Santa Monica Pier for your engagement or save the date photo session! There is just so much to do at Santa Monica Pier, from relaxing at the beach to getting on the Ferris Wheel! All the fun things to do make it a really popular spot and we honestly love how well it photographs. Every time we shoot at this location our clients end up loving the photos and so do we! This soon to be bride and groom had a wonderful time at Santa Monica Pier.  We all met up early in the morning and began to take photos at the beach before the crowds showed up.  It was nice because we got to take some fabulous photos and not many people got in our way!  Once the pier opened, we followed the lovely couple around as they went on their date. We got some great photos of them playing games, getting on the Ferris Wheel and just have a fun time.  The day went by so fast and it totally did not even feel like a shoot. It was more like hanging out with a couple of friends. We loved how we were able to capture them at a more natural state, unlike the more posed photos out there. Our style is more of a journalistic approach and our clients seem to love.  Take a look at the photos and see for yourself. Please comment, share and lets us know what you think! If  you have any questions or would like to book us for your engagement or save the date photo session email us directly:  [email protected]