It can feel like wedding planning kicks into hyper-gear the minute the proposal celebrations are over. (Congratulations, by the way!) One of the first things to nail down? Engagement photos. And in a city like Los Angeles, there’s no shortage of locations — whether outdoors or in a unique indoor space — to choose from. Therefore, we’ve compiled our nine favorite engagement photo shoot ideas in Los Angeles to ease the process. Good luck and happy searching!
1. Soar to new heights on this DTLA rooftop
Shout about your engagement from the rooftops (literally) using this gorgeous outdoor space, perched above DTLA and available to rent via Peerspace. From the 34th floor of this building, you and your SO can pose under bright blue SoCal skies, with the breathtaking skyline views behind you. Perfect for a city couple looking to incorporate an urban feel into their engagement shots, this space will ensure your photos don’t look like everyone else’s.
2. Travel back in time inside a retro DTLA loft
Are you a funky couple who loves all things vintage? Feel like you were born in the wrong decade and want your engagement photos to reflect your love for a different era? This 1960s Retro DTLA Loft, available to rent on Peerspace, delivers in spades. From the wallpaper to the breadbox to the fire engine red refrigerator, every detail of this space feels like its authentically from a groovier time long ago. Engagement photos shot here are guaranteed to rack up the Instagram likes and make your friends ask you, “Where did you take these?”
3. Keep it timeless at Union Station
Whether you’re avid travelers, or you just want to step back in time, head to the incomparable Union Station. Inside, its marble floors and high ceilings with unique architectural details are nothing short of breathtaking. The Mission-style exterior is also lined with impressive palm trees, and its walls are decorated with colorful tiles. Boasting a timeless appeal that never goes out of style, this venue has more than a few places to snap the perfect photos. Note: keep in mind that formal photography fees may apply.
4. Enjoy iconic views at Griffith Observatory
It doesn’t have to be nighttime for you to take beautiful shots at Griffith Observatory. The building itself is iconic, and views from the property are sweeping and picturesque (this is one of the best places to view the famous Hollywood Sign). Try to get there around sunset for the best chances of posting in front of a seemingly endless, painted sky. While you’re not supposed to take staged photos inside the building, there are plenty of places to snap your engagement photos with sweeping views of Los Angeles sprawled behind you.
5. Toast to your future at this beautiful bar
Did you and your partner meet over drinks? Recreate those first, flirty glances at this beautiful, brightly-lit venue, available to rent on Peerspace. Reminiscent of a set from a romantic comedy, this space has classy appeal and a bit of a retro ambiance. The natural light and abundance of plants warm up its vintage-contemporary feel. Invite your friends for a drink after the session to toast to your bond.
6. Live out your old Hollywood romance in style
Plan and simple? This historic Old Hollywood villa oozes romance. With all of its drama, stunning views, and tropical lushness, this space will make you believe you’ve accidentally wandered into the Tuscan countryside. Nothing short of a wonderland, this special location is the kind of place you’ll want to revisit for your actual wedding day (and we’ don’t blame you).
7. Soak that ocean air on the Hermosa Beach Pier
Have you ever seen “La La Land” and wondered just where exactly to find that iconic pier where Ryan Gosling sings and dances with strangers? Well, not only does the Hermosa Beach pier exist in real life, but it’s just as beautiful outside of your movie screen (and it’s one of our favorite engagement photo shoot ideas in Los Angeles). No matter what time of day you decide to shoot here, your friends will swoon over your photos set against this swoon-worthy Pacific seascape. Tip: arrive early in the morning for the best chances of keeping your photo shoot private.
8. Ring in your lasting relationship
The entire neighborhood of San Pedro is quiet, historic, and subtly romantic. However, the sublime Korean Bell of Friendship may be its focal point. If you haven’t yet discovered it, explore it together during your engagement photo shoot. The stone pavilion sits on a wide stretch of green grass and overlooks the ocean. Take advantage of the structure’s colorful design, or just simply sit on the edge of the hill and take in the majesty of the sea. Either way, your engagement portraits will be framed by friendship and camaraderie.