Vintage 1970’s Engagement Photo Shoot inspired by retro California

My photography style is largely inspired by the look of film. Specifically, I’m inspired by the retro nostalgic look of 1970’s film, with vibrant colors and just a little bit of grain. Honestly, I’m inspired by most things 70’s! The music and the fashion – everything from that time period gives me a bit of nostalgia for a time that I never lived in. So needless to say, I was beyond excited for this engagement session, inspired by vintage fashion and 1970’s California.

This look was built around vintage denim locally thrifted by the couple. These bellbottom jeans and Levi’s denim jacket were the perfect base. A few accessories, like her adorable mustard yellow headwrap and mini gold medallion necklaces, tied the look together. Of course the best accessory for this engagement session was the 70’s Polaroid camera we had as a prop!

Couple poses with a real vintage 1970's Polaroid camera for this vintage-California-inspired engagement session.
Couple poses with a real vintage 1970's Polaroid camera for this vintage-California-inspired engagement session.
I’d jump in my car and drive to the beach every day if I could! I’m always up to travel to a rad new location for a photo shoot, especially if it’s on the California coast!
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.
By the end of this engagement session, we definitely all had sand everywhere. That’s the risk you take at the beach, though, and it was 100% worth it for these California beach vibes!
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.
Couple runs down a California coast beach during their vintage 1970's inspired engagement shoot.

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If you also want to get out of Phoenix or even Arizona for your engagement session, tell me! I have tons of location ideas and even a bucket list of places I want to go, so travel fees might be less expensive than you think!