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Engagement, Photography
Check out this Fun Engagement Photo Session we shot at some of the most Popular Los Angeles Engagement Locations this summer.   Hopefully it will inspire and give you some ideas for your own Save The Date or Engagement Photos in LA.  This couple was a blast to work with from the planning to the actual day.  The hardest part was narrowing down the locations, especially when Los Angeles has so many fabulous places to photograph. What made it effortless was the fact that they had a theme so it made it a bit easier to decide on what spots to choose.  Their theme was Old Hollywood couple on a date. If you’re considering any of these locations let our experience guide you though. 

We started the day by meeting at LACMA (Los Angeles Country Museum of Art) early morning with the goal to shoot in front of the Urban Light, the iconic landmark by Chris Burden.  Our Tip if you’re planning on shooting engagement photos at LACMA, come in early at least one our prior to opening but to play it safe two.  This will allow you to take photos at this amazing location without having your usual tourists in the background.  We showed up of course early and had no trouble finding street parking on the back side of the museum.  They also have their own parking lot but it’s only open during hours of operation. 

Our next location was The Grove, a very trendy outdoor mall with a classic looking movie theater.  The Grove is located only minutes away from LACMA so it was very convenient to drive there once we got the photos we wanted at the Urban Lights.  We arrived  as the mall had just opened,  this worked out perfect since there was not many people there yet.  Keep in mind that this very popular location can get very crowded so the later you show up, the less freedom you will have for your shoot.  Our Tip if you’re planning to shoot engagement photos at The Grove, call in advance and get permission to shoot here from their administration office one week in advance.  There was not a fee to shoot here for us but they do require for you to call and inform them of your situation.  Make sure you get the name of the person that helped you.  Shortly after we arrived a security guard approached us and asked if we had called in advice. Once we gave them the name of the person that helped us, he gave us the green light and our shoot was uninterrupted.

Our next stop and the most meaningful location was UCLA.  This gorgeous campus has many amazing areas all around the collage grounds.  Both being UCLA alumni made it very easy for us to just follow and let them show us where they wanted their engagement shoot to take place.  It was a beautiful day but because our shoot happened to be during graduation season we missed a couple of shots due to large crowds.  Our Tip if  you’re planning to shoot engagement photos at UCLA, avoid scheduling during graduation season.  Otherwise expect a large crowds and limited parking.  I also advice for you to read the sings carefully since they do have meter-maids at all hours and they will issue a ticket.

Our last stop for the evening was in DTLA at The Historic 1928 Art Deco Oviatt Building, 617 South Olive Street , downtown Los Angeles.  If you watched the movie Pretty Woman then you will be very familiar with this beautiful iconic building.  This is the location is now known as Cicada Restaurant. Even though the restaurant was closed we were able to take some fabulous photos outside.  We had fun with it by incorporating a vintage camera and having the couple pretend to take selfies with it. Our Tip if you’re planning to shoot engagement photos outside Cicada, in the Oviatt Building, or anywhere in DTLA is to shoot during the week or non-peak hours.  This way you can avoid crowds and not interrupt the restaurant.  If you would like to shoot inside any location in DTLA, make sure you call.  Most restaurants and bars are more than happy for you to take photos for non-commercial purposes, this is like free publicity for them.  There are still some locations may require a fee or simply not allow any photography, so it is best for your to call and confirm. 

Popular Los Angeles Engagement Location Photos by  Photographer Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder

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Engagement, engagement photography, Photography

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]  

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Engagement, Photography

Romantic Enchanting Engagement Photography

Lauren & Dylan | 2015

This was a perfect engagement photography session that felt effortless. We shot this soon to be bride and groom at Chino Hills, California on an overcast day that gave their engagement photos a perfect romantic look. Lauren knew exactly what she wanted for her engagement photos, so it was pretty easy to deliver this enchanting shoot. Our biggest challenge was coming up with the perfect location since there are so many great choices here in Southern California. The desired look was between a forest engagement and a field engagement shoot. We instantly thought of Lake Arrowhead or Big Bear, but when we came across this amazing location in Chino Hills, we knew it was the one! It was private and simply perfect.
 
This engagement photo session couldn’t have been planned better. The couple came prepared with beer, pizza and other essentials for a perfect picnic date. Josh and I came prepared with our cannon cameras, a 35mm, an 85mm and a goal in mind. We were determined to capture this couple having a wonderful date without feeling they were at a photo shoot. We totally succeeded and even earned a great review on our Facebook page!
Josh and I are so happy, we love every single photo from this engagement photo session but most importantly we are so happy that Lauren & Brandon loved them too!



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