Engagement Photos in the Style of Parody Movie Posters


When planning their engagement photographs, photographer Joshua Watson and his then-fiancee Rachel wanted to announce their engagement and invite family and friends to their wedding in a creative way. Living in La Mirada, California, just 30 minutes away from Hollywood, the couple settled on the concept of movie posters.

Josh and Rachel come up with the concepts, design, and production of the photographs, and then enlisted the help of photographer Jordan Nakamura to shoot the actual images and retouch them afterward. The goal of each image was to make the viewer do a “double take.”


Each of the images contains information about a certain aspect of the couple’s journey toward being married. Each poster is based on a poster for an actual movie or television show. The two posters above were inspired by the TV shows “How I Met Your Mother” and “Mad Men.”

Here are the rest of the images in the series, which each one preceded by the actual poster it’s based on:











Jordan writes that the shoot was quite fun, and that some of the resulting posters mimicked the real posters so faithfully that Google Image Search is confused by them.

(via Joshua Watson via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by Joshua Watson/Jordan Nakamura and used with permission

  • Fuzztographer

    Wow, these are incredibly well done. I have huge respect for attention to detail of this magnitude.

  • frank mckenna

    I like it a lot!

  • Sid Ceaser

    As a huge fan of movies and movie posters, this is fantastically awesome. The “An Engagement” is stellar.

  • arjunsuri

    This is so cool! I’d want to try for this the next wedding I shoot. Thanks Joshua Watson! Incredibly inspirational work.

  • Mantis

    So who’s going to be the first commenter down here to piss & moan about these being “classless” or “tacky”. Bonus points if they refer to an older generation as being more dignified.

  • Christian DeBaun

    Creative and well done!

  • BDWT

    Great post, can’t wait to see more of these!

  • Chris L

    Only nealry perfect, wrong font on Education / Engagement.

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  • Dean W. Thompson

    Great stuff!

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  • Burnin Biomass

    “Parody Movie Posters” … Using the magic words there I see.

  • Welcome to Earth

    Mad Magazine cough coughhhh……

  • Mantis

    Thank you, Poindexter. And you nealry, spelled “nearly” perfectly too.

  • Chris L

    It was to illustrate the point ;-) and was being tongue-in-cheek, it’s fab work

  • Light Writer

    Cute and they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and all of these look like original knock offs except the Inception looks like the original poster. Company I used to work for had a fake magazine called Playbody. Seeing the cease and desist letter from Playboy was scary. Don’t mess with the possibility of Copyright Infringement against companies with money. IMHO.

  • Richard

    Indeed, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Alas, some think imitation is the sincerest form of copyright infringement.

    I’m not taking side — I think these are just fabulous — merely pointing out the realities of a litigious society.

  • Nik.C

    If the were movies, then yes, but seeing as they are for a one off event, a wedding, and not intended to make money by pretending to be the movie, then, no!
    See Asylum’s slew of imitation low budget movies , the latest Atlantic Rim ( I kid you not) with an identical plot line to Pacific Rim, Z-list actors and extremely poor acting and fx, released on DVD for about £3, engineered to try to dupe shoppers… They still manage to do it, so a poster for a wedding isn’t going to have trouble!

  • Elaine Huang