Carissa and Brian : Engagement


I have dibs on Hot Brian! Those were Carissa’s exact words when her friend asked who she was going to dance with at an upcoming wedding. Carissa had never met Brian and though having only seen him in a picture, she knew there was something about this Missouri boy that made her stomach drop.

While students at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Carissa and her best friend often spoke about Brian. Brian this, Brian that, Brian’s so amazing. Carissa didn’t care if there was umpteen states dividing them, she was going to get to know this Brian guy on no uncertain terms.

The first time they formally met each other was at the Los Angeles Marathon. Carissa told him she’d be wearing overalls and a blue hat, a fashion transgression she regrets to this day. Please don’t ask me why I wore overalls…I swear, that was the last time I EVER wore them! As Brian hears this, he looks over to Carissa and suppresses a smile. She entertains him with her endless energy and charm, even when talking about fashion.

It’s so evident how Brian loves Carissa. Quietly, rationally, beautifully. She’s a talker, he’s a listener. She guesses, he corrects. She’s out, he’s in. But just seeing the way interacts with her is like watching a needle and thread keep together a brilliantly colored quilt. Without the thread, there is nothing to keep the patches unified. Brian’s love unifies Carissa’s life and their love leaves an indelible impression.

I’m SO excited for Carissa and Brian’s wedding this August!! Not only do they have an absolutely spectacular day planned, I know nothing is going to be overlooked because Carissa is owner of JL Designs…this girl has been planning her wedding before Brian was even in the picture! 😉

We started their engagement session in Downtown Los Angeles penthouse which was nothing short of amazing!

Isn’t Carissa going to make the most gorgeous bride ever?!

We then went outside for rooftop images and had a blast! 🙂

Indicative of their personalities, Carissa is reading US Weekly, and Brian is reading Architectural Record! 🙂

If you’ve been coming to the blog for a while, you’ll know that dark and moody pictures aren’t my thing, but I saw gorgeous afternoon light pouring in through the vintage windows against the staircase and I just couldn’t resist!

We ended their fun engagement session at Union Station along the subway…loved it! For more images, be sure to check out their slideshow!

To see more of their engagement session, be sure to CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Gena McMillan

    May 16th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Love that you showed us a different side to your photography with the staircase picture!

  2. Ryan Christensen

    May 16th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Once again Jasmine brings home the goods! Beautiful images, I love the one with them on the red sofa!

  3. christina LeMarr

    May 16th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I looove the look of the photos, the crispness, grooviness, sooo hot!!!

  4. Nena

    May 16th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    I don’t know how you consistently produce gorgeous image after gorgeous image. Every, every, every photo session just makes my stomach turn with awe. =-)

  5. Ken Burg

    May 16th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Jasmine, I really love your new logo and the look to your new blog. I second what NENA said, your images are consistently at such a high level and your new "look" reinforces that level that is a cut above so many that are supposedly in your league. Keep up the amazing and inspirational performance.

  6. B

    May 17th, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Ultra. Fab.

  7. jess@studio3z

    May 17th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    this is one of my favorite sessions I have seen!! It is so fun, so personal, and you made it magic! the couple is GORGEOUS!! I can’t wait to see this amazing wedding Carissa has planned. 🙂 LOVED IT, LOVED IT!!!

  8. Navy Sou

    May 17th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Beautiful story!

  9. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography

    May 17th, 2008 at 12:27 am

    you rock the dark and moody too!!!!! have an awesome weekend j*!!

  10. Brian Khang

    May 17th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Great seeing you last night Jasmine. I didn’t get a chance to talk with you, but maybe next time. Great photos also!

  11. erin.

    May 17th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    I absolutely love the rooftop photos. Congratulations Carissa & Brian!

  12. Dennis Urbiztondo

    May 17th, 2008 at 2:20 am

    "Good Stuff" :^)

  13. Angela

    May 17th, 2008 at 2:29 am


  14. Jennifer Dunham Starr

    May 17th, 2008 at 4:04 am

    I love your writing just as much as your pictures! I’ve decided to start commenting instead of being a silent blog reader. Great lighting!

  15. kelli eudis

    May 17th, 2008 at 4:53 am

    incredible shoot. Love!

  16. Fabian Boente

    May 17th, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Hi Jass,
    Congratulations for your new blog. It looks AWESOME!!!!, really love it and your picture WOW, your are very creative girl.

  17. Kristin

    May 17th, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Wow, those wood floors are SO awesome. Great pics! Love the train ones too!

  18. Jacqueline Fronters

    May 17th, 2008 at 5:30 am

    I have to ask you; where do you come up with such creative poses? Don’t you ever feel a little burnt out after shooting so many amazing pictures? On my best day, I couldn’t get these types of photos and by the looks of things, you shoot a lot more than I do. Help?

  19. Joan Solitario

    May 17th, 2008 at 5:51 am

    hi Jasmine! You are absolutely right about the shot on the stairs! Beautiful lighting! Beautiful pictures!

  20. Ashley

    May 17th, 2008 at 6:01 am

    I must say, even though you say you don’t like dark and moody pictures, you capture them quite well! That’s my favorite shot.

  21. Alicia Brown

    May 17th, 2008 at 7:42 am

    That darker one you mentioned and last subway one have WPPI print competition written all over it!

  22. tanya jose

    May 17th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    oh jasmine…these are ALL soooo gorgeous! usually 1 or 2 stand out for me, but these are all so fabulous. the mood, their interaction, the lighting…GREAT GREAT work on this one!

  23. Frannie

    May 17th, 2008 at 9:07 am

    You are my inspiration Jasmine, really, you just totally bring sunshine to my days!! Cheesy but true. LOL. You are so awesome at what you do. I mean, there is something so much more about you and your work and I think you and I both know what that is. That’s just God shining and reflecting through your work. 😀 You totally have His favor girl. *xoxo*

    I learn so much from coming here and I hope someday I can be half as great as you in photography, although writing is my number one passion.

    God bless you. *xoxo*

  24. Cathy [C+D]

    May 17th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Loving the subway shot, mainly because there’s no motion blur on the train…it’s just a crystal clear moment. Tres cool.

  25. Erinn Austin

    May 17th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    As Usual LOVE LOVE LOVE this session…. can’t wait to book you to snap some good ones of us!

  26. Tony Yu

    May 17th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    What a gorgeous set and equally gorgeous couple. Job well done!

  27. Charise

    May 17th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Ahhh, you never dissapoint jasmine! Love them!

  28. Geanette

    May 17th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    SOOOO fun! Great location!

  29. joyful weddings and events

    May 17th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    I love carissa and I love these shots!! What an amazing location!

  30. Keith

    May 17th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Wow! These are really, really great.

  31. Mabyn

    May 17th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Wow Jasmine!

    Your work never ceases to amaze and inspire me! God has truely granted you with such a wonderful gift! you can’t help but see His glory in your work!

  32. christine b

    May 18th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    i super big puffy heart love this photoshoot!! way to rock it, jasmine!

  33. ruby rideout

    May 18th, 2008 at 12:08 am

    your words are always beautiful when describing the love between 2 people.
    i actually LOVE the dark moody one by the stairs! and the last one by the train…wow.

    beautiful work.

  34. Richard. P

    May 18th, 2008 at 12:46 am


  35. Natalie Williams

    May 18th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    These pictures and the location are awesome! I had a great time chatting with you at MNP’s!

  36. Vincent Nguyen

    May 18th, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Gotta say, I love the location. I think I want to be married here as well! Great pics!

  37. Jasmine*

    May 18th, 2008 at 4:17 am

    @Vince: Duuuude, where have you been all my life?! SO great to see you here! Let’s do pho soon…miss you!! @Natalie: It was great meeting you, too! Can’t wait for our paths to cross again soon! @Jacqueline: I don’t think posing is easy for anyone! 🙂 It’s something I struggle with, but I try to find inspiration from magazines and other photography genres. I find something that inspires me and then I try to make it my own. I hope this helps! 🙂 @Brian: Sorry about not chatting at MNP’s…we’ll meet soon I’m sure and I’ll talk your ear off enough for both meetings! 😉 Thanks, everyone, for the feedback!

  38. Charmarie

    May 18th, 2008 at 5:10 am

    I really love their photos the moody vintage one was really nice and the black and whites are gorgeous.

  39. erwinwijanto

    May 18th, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Awesome Pictures… the color, composition, the couple look so perfect together… What a beautiful images … I love your NEW Blog.. Its soo Cool !!! ~erwin

  40. Julie

    May 18th, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Hey Jasmine,
    The pictures were gorgeous! I love the one of them jumping on the mattress. So much fun. I love looking at your photos. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Mary Nguyen

    May 18th, 2008 at 6:57 am

    I have been admiring your work for months now and I finally decided to leave you a comment.

    You are truly inspiring and your work is absolutely breath taking. I love the hard wood floors in this engagement session.

  42. Cathy Crawley

    May 18th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I like different style of this shoot. I am so glad you did the dark and moody shot, it is nothing short of perfect!

  43. Erica Ferrone

    May 18th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    you are just too GOOD! I know this because I stalk your blog WAYY too much

  44. Furious Photographers

    May 18th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Whenever I go to Downtown Los Angeles to take wedding or engagement pictures, I never find cool locations like that *glum* Amazing pictures as always!

  45. Lan Bui

    May 19th, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Photograph on the stairs is so cool!

  46. claire

    May 19th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    cheers to hot kids from Missouri! we know how to WORK IT! These shots are amazing…. I LOVE the last one.

  47. ben & laura harrison

    May 20th, 2008 at 1:31 am

    beautiful couple, beautiful images

  48. Simply Modern Weddings

    May 20th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    I love these shots….can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

  49. amelialyon

    May 20th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Great engagement session! You made Carissa and her man look Smokin Hot!

  50. Lori Davis

    May 21st, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I’d have to say this is one of the more captivating sets I’ve seen of yours, though I marvel at nearly all your work!

    The way the blue dress contrasts with the wood flooring is simply beautiful, and you clearly captured this couple’s natural beauty!

  51. Natarsha N. Wright

    May 23rd, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I love love! This session is so sexy!