A Day at Paramount Ranch

Lights, camera, ACTION!

Recently we set out to explore the old western town of Paramount Ranch! Nestled in the hills of Malibu rests this iconic landmark and we were super excited to see what it had to offer.

The ranch used to be owned by Paramount Pictures and was used as a set for a TON of western movies back in the day. It’s privately owned now but is still used for tv shows/film every now and then.

They’ve shot everything from classic western films with John Wayne all the way to Lizzie McGuire. Yes, LIZZIE FREAKING MCGUIRE: OUR CHILDHOOD HERO. We were most excited to see the parts used in the HBO series ‘Westworld,’ specifically the church that’s used heavily throughout the show. That’s one of our favorite shows and we freaked out when we saw it!!!

First off, getting there was so much easier than we expected! It was a relatively easy drive into the mountains and is 100% open to the public. There’s no charge and virtually no one there (at least during the week when we went). It was so quite and deserted, it felt like we were transported back in time! There’s just so much history and so many famous films were shot there that you can’t help but feel like you’re in a different world.

We also noticed a horse tour going through the ranch, so check that out too! How cool would it be to ride a real life horse through a western town?!

One of the best parts of Paramount Ranch is how photogenic it is, so make sure you come with camera in hand! We’re going to talk you through a few of our favorite spots we took photos and the outfits we wore in each location. Lets do it!


The Sheriff Station



The Sheriff Station was one of our absolute favorite places to stop and take photos! And you can even go as far as looking inside through the window and you’ll notice theres a full on jail inside! SO COOL! This was the very first place we stopped at Paramount Ranch and it got us super excited right away to explore more!

 

// JILL’S OUTFIT DETAILS //

I decided to style a work out look for you guys in this post because the entire ranch is surrounded by outdoors and there’s definitely lots of hiking opportunities, so if you feel so inclined, take advantage and gear up for a day of outdoor hiking fun!
Sports Bra – Fabletics (similar)
Yoga Pants – Old Navy (similar)
Sneakers – Nike


// PRO INSTAGRAM TIP //

Play around with the bar at the Sheriff Station! It’s actually where the sheriff would have strung up his horse, but now it’s yours to use. There are lots of things you can do with it. From sitting on it, leaning back on it, and standing behind it. See what fun poses you can get out of having it there!

 


Hotel Mud Bug


We definitely had the most fun taking photos around Hotel Mud Bug (hence why there are so many of them)! We just found it to be so photogenic in so many different places. We had so much fun playing around with angles and finding the geometry in the architecture. It makes for really cool photos that will seriously bump up your instagram game!

// BRENDAN’S OUTFIT DETAILS //

For this outfit, I went for something a little more on the grungy side. I found this sweater at a thrift shop and I absolutely love the design! You can wear it pretty much anywhere, if you’re going to grab coffee or going out for the night. I paired it with some vintage washed black denim jeans and a pair of worn chucks for that hipster vibe. It’s casual yet chic! If I could rock a vintage sweater everyday I would. I feel so confident in this look and ready to take on the day!
Sweater – Etsy Store
Jeans – H&M (similar)
Sneakers – Converse

 

// PRO INSTAGRAM TIP //

We were obsessed with the way the photos looked when you got a little peek at the ceiling above us. It added so much dimension, interest, and color into the photo! Try taking some photos at an upward angle and catch that little bit of extra architecture! It will definitely pay off playing around with the angles.

 


Out on the Town


There are lots of really awesome random spots around the town to take photos. You can actually pretty much stop anywhere and find a really interesting place to grab a photo. And don’t forget to peek inside of all the windows! A lot of the buildings have the inside set too to help set the mood and make you feel like you’re in a real western town.

// Jill’s Outfit Details //

I wanted to stick with earth tones for this outfit because it felt oh so appropriate for the western town setting. So I stuck with that idea for this outfit, but with a modern twist when you add a denim mini skirt!
Shirt – Forever 21
Denim Skirt – BooHoo
Booties – Sam Edelman

// Brendan’s Outfit Details //

I started out the day with this really fun outfit, showing off one of my abstract vintage jackets from my Etsy shop. It’s from the 80s and is definitely a staple piece. I thought the fun print would look really cool with the aesthetic of the town! I sort of went all black everything as my base layer because of the nature of the jacket. It’s really loud with lots of colors and fun designs so wanted to keep things simple underneath so it wouldn’t clash. I think it worked out pretty nicely! Throw on a pair of thick framed glasses and you’re set to go!
T Shirt – Old Navy (similar)
Joggers – Urban Outfitters (similar)
Jacket – My Etsy
Sneakers – Puma


The Westworld Church


Ok this has got to be the coolest thing about Paramount Ranch and if you’re a Westworld fan like we are, you’ll know why! You may recognize this church as the center of the maze! That’s right, Westworld actually filmed here and this is the church that Dolores finds and discovers at the center of the maze. It was SO cool actually seeing it in person and taking photos in front of it. I mean, we literally felt like we were Westworld explorers. This is a MUST SEE for Westworld fans!

 

// JILL’S OUTFIT DETAILS //

Lets talk about this little brown dress I’m rocking here and in some of the Hotel Mud Bug photos! I absolutely adore this dress. I’ve owned it forever and I just think this rich brown color compliments everything at Paramount Ranch so perfectly. And of course I had to whip out the most western hat I own.
Dress – Forever 21 (similar)
Booties – Jeffrey Campbell
Hat – Nordstrom

 

// PRO INSTAGRAM TIP //

The most fun part about the church is its symmetry. Play with that! We loved the photos where we were standing directly in the middle of the church and everything was perfectly centered. Also, play with the shape of your arms and body! If you strike an interesting pose it will have juxtaposition with the symmetry of the church. Step outside your comfort zone with this one… it will be worth it, we promise!

That was our day at Paramount Ranch. This is seriously off the beaten trail and if you’re looking for something totally new and different to do with friends during the day, definitely check this place out. It’s a bit of a drive depending on where you are, but it’s well worth your time. Let us know where on Paramount Ranch you would go to take photos first! Which was your favorite?! We can’t wait to hear!

xo Jill & Bren

PS – if you want to see behind the scenes of us shooting here, check out Jill’s vlog!

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9 Comments

  1. Jacqi
    July 29, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    Loved seeing this blog post come together after watching your vlog!!

    • themillennialaffair
      July 29, 2017 / 8:01 pm

      We’re so glad you liked it!

  2. Anonymous
    July 29, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    That’s so cool. And your photos are amazing.

    • themillennialaffair
      July 29, 2017 / 10:43 pm

      thank you!!

  3. Marisa
    July 29, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from this blog post but it was really neat to hear about your experience doing something adventurous on top of Instagram tips and outfit details. I think these are super smart moves to help your blog grow because I feel like I’m not just reading about some shit you did I can act on it after reading about it. On top of it, the vlog showed that you two are really enjoying the blogging process and that is so fun to see. So proud of you guys for branching out and keep it up 🙂

    • themillennialaffair
      July 29, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      I love that you enjoyed this post so much! We put a lot of time into this one, so glad theres some good pay off!

  4. Rochelle C
    August 2, 2017 / 10:08 am

    I would definitely love to take photos in front of the church! I really liked the look of it because it’s such a charming and cute little church!! Perfect for pictures! The pictures that you guys took turned out amazing! Wish I lived in LA so I could go there sometime! Love you guys!! Really enjoying your guys blog!💜

    • themillennialaffair
      August 3, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      Love you! So glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  5. Melanie Hill
    August 10, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Omg that place looks awesome and you totaly rocked those outfits guys😊

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