Carondelet House Engagement : Robyn+TJ

Carondelet House Engagement : Robyn+TJ


She found herself in San Diego, amongst palm trees and balmy breezes, but it didn’t feel like home. Robyn migrated from the Midwest to California in search off laying roots that grew along the Pacific Coast. A bit later as a new resident of Los Angeles, she was in search of a place call her own, a niche in the world that she carved with the impression of her thumbprints.

Robyn enrolled in a photography courses at a local college and took odd jobs as she built her business. When summer rolled around, Robyn packed her bags and returned to Chicago, the city of her childhood dreams. She took a job as a cocktail waitress her first week home and a cute guy sat in her section of the patio. You’re nursing your drink, she teased, and T.J. quickly responded by poking fun at his apparent drink monitor.

Robyn and T.J. discovered they worked summer jobs next door to each other and ended up seeing each other a few times in her first week home. The following weekend, they went on their first date…and a month later decided T.J. should move to Los Angeles because their lives? They were incomplete without the other. And they knew it in matter of days. For the first time Robyn realized that home isn’t where you hang your hat, park your car, or take Sweatin’ To The Oldies workout classes with Richard Simmons (sparkly shorts and all), home is where T.J. is…and this makes her happy.

I was incredibly honored to spend the afternoon at the Carondelet House with Robyn and T.J. last week photographing their engagement session! We had a blast and I can’t wait to meet their family and friends at their destination wedding in Las Vegas later this year at the Four Seasons.

Three and a half years ago, Robyn and T.J. moved back to Chicago, but Los Angeles still holds a special place in their hearts. They wanted their engagement photos to have an editorial flair, so they chose the amazing Carondelet House for the engagement session. With it’s exposed ceiling, wood floors, and organic vibe, it was the perfect backdrop (many thanks to Melissa Teigue and her team for making us feel so welcome!).

Upon their return home, Robyn dove full force into photography and has since started her own photography business in Chicago…I’m always honored to photograph industry peers…but also a little nervous! Thankfully Robyn and T.J. were fun, easy going, and great people to have in front of my camera…

After a quick outfit change, we finished their engagement pictures roaming the many corners of Carondelet House…and then I wanted to steal Robyn’s sequined dress. Amen.

I have to take a second and thank Robyn’s amazing beauty team…she’s a naturally gorgeous girl, but they dolled her up something gorge last week!
Hair: Janet Miranda with Be NYLA
Makeup: Melina Ruiz with Reign of Beauty

I’ll end this post with this photo because it showcases a portion of their saucy personalities just perfectly…

To see more of Robyn and T.J.’s engagement photos at Carondelet House, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with Kye Kye music provided by The Music Bed or you can watch it here:

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  1. molly -

    AH THAT SEQUIN DRESS! amazing! gorgeous shoot!

      7.19.12 - 4:01 pm

  2. Paul -

    Do you mean "sequins" rather than "sequence"?! Or more correctly, "sequined dress"?

      7.19.12 - 4:11 pm

  3. Kacie Lynch -

    Absolutely beautiful! and the location is awesome!

      7.19.12 - 4:12 pm

  4. Melanie Wilson -


    (Just FYI – it’s "sequined" not "sequence" 😉 ).

      7.19.12 - 4:14 pm

  5. Marisa -

    I absolutely LOVE those chairs!! Great pics! Outfits ROCKED too!

      7.19.12 - 4:15 pm

  6. Stine Pedersen Photo -

    Oaho Jasime! These are stunning!!!!

      7.19.12 - 4:16 pm

  7. Paris -

    This is one FOXY shoot! Love the light and warmth of every photo.

      7.19.12 - 4:26 pm

  8. Abby Grace -

    Ah! I LOVE that cropped image from the neck down with their arms around each other!

      7.19.12 - 4:27 pm

  9. Phillipa -

    Beautiful J

      7.19.12 - 4:35 pm

  10. Ali Peterson -

    Wow! Sauciness is right! These two look like they belong in Vogue. B-E-A-utiful.

      7.19.12 - 4:40 pm

  11. Ali Peterson -

    Wow! Sauciness is right. These two look like they belong in Vogue. B-E-A-utiful

      7.19.12 - 4:41 pm

  12. Sabrina Nicole -

    LOVE this shoot Jasmine! Love the variety in lighting, the couple, their story and that location is gorgeous. GREAT JOB!

      7.19.12 - 4:47 pm

  13. Samantha June -

    Gorgeous, gorgeous and GORGEOUS!!! This session is amazing!

      7.19.12 - 4:50 pm

  14. Tonja Meyer -

    J*-Your SparkLe for Life via the Lens, leaves Me Lingering for more. Always! = )

      7.19.12 - 4:52 pm

  15. Kandise -

    Those dresses are insane.

      7.19.12 - 4:54 pm

  16. Jakki -

    Mama has legs for days LOL…gorgeous photo’s….I think you captured THEM…perfectly! I can’t wait to see the wedding photo’s…

      7.19.12 - 4:56 pm

  17. Sam Taitano -

    Wow what a smokin hot couple! The second picture is absolutely stunning, may I ask which lens you used for that? I’m thinking the 35 1.4 or the 24-70? Love your work! 🙂

      7.19.12 - 4:57 pm

  18. Sarah Syhakhoun -

    Wow! I love their outfit choices! The gold dress is stunning!

      7.19.12 - 5:04 pm

  19. angel canary -

    if you steal her dress, can we take turns wearing it? k? thanks!

      7.19.12 - 5:53 pm

  20. Clarissa -

    And her choice of outfits! To die for.

      7.19.12 - 6:15 pm

  21. Roma Czulowska -

    As usual, brilliant Jasmine!!! One day, hopefully soon, I will be shooting like you!

      7.19.12 - 6:31 pm

  22. Hailey -

    These are UNREAL, Jasmine! So much love for these photos.

      7.19.12 - 6:38 pm

  23. Marla Austin -

    Fabulous!!! This is a beautiful engagement shoot!!

      7.19.12 - 6:46 pm

  24. Stephanie Stewart -

    Looooove this session! What a gorgeous couple, and what an awesome location! I too love the photo of just their embrace…hot, hot, hot!

      7.19.12 - 7:08 pm

  25. jamie -

    wow, wow, wow this couple is gorgeous! great use of light and symmetry jasmine, i love it!!!

      7.19.12 - 7:27 pm

  26. Monika -

    Love the song on the slideshow. It creates sweet emotion. Beautiful photos. I love the one where they are both looking to the side with genuine happy smiles on their face.

      7.19.12 - 7:44 pm

  27. Jared Rey - Dallas Wedding Photographer -

    What a fun a sparkly dress! Loved the moments you captured in the session. I am challenged to shoot more creatively for my e-sessions now!

      7.19.12 - 7:49 pm

  28. Holly Cromer -

    Gorgeous photos, I’m madly in love with the ruched dress she wore for the first half of the shoot! It looks great with that gold headband.

      7.19.12 - 8:41 pm

  29. Ashley Moelker -

    Simply fabulous as always!!

      7.19.12 - 9:01 pm

  30. Dawn -

    Wow…his eyes are ah-maaaa-zing!! Awesome setting coupled with J-Star’s talent = incredible images…. I’m not worthy! 😉

      7.19.12 - 9:13 pm

  31. gladys -

    oh hey!!! get it girlllll 😉

      7.19.12 - 9:15 pm

  32. Lori Calhoun -

    I love how glam these engagements are!!! I wish more people would do up their engagements!!! Such a special time! Great job as always!!!

      7.19.12 - 9:30 pm

  33. Haley Johnston -

    AHHH! Love these! Fabulous work, Jas!

      7.19.12 - 9:37 pm

  34. Antonia Chick -

    Jasmine, you always have such beautiful colour tone to your images…do you adjust your photos very much when editing?

      7.19.12 - 9:54 pm

  35. Alicia -

    Oh, I loooove how they dressed for these, awesome! Beautiful pictures Jasmine!

      7.19.12 - 10:01 pm

  36. Nathan Delack-Delack Media Group -

    Great pics for a wonderful couple, Jasmine! Can’t wait to film their wedding next to you in a few months!

      7.20.12 - 2:26 am

  37. LEOLAK -

    These are badazzzz!!!! Represent Chicago!!! Robyn is going to be one rocking, gorgeous bride!!! Talk about style for days! Great job J*!

      7.20.12 - 5:37 am

  38. John Farrand -

    Wow! You’ve really outdone yourself Jasmine! You seem to have found a new spark in your work. These are great photos!

      7.20.12 - 8:36 am

  39. Denver photographer -

    Great set!! Beautiful images.

      7.20.12 - 2:11 pm

  40. oriana -

    What an amazing job Jasmine! All the images are powerful and breathtaking!! congratulations

      7.20.12 - 3:27 pm

  41. Girish -

    Awesome pictures.. awesome is that place 🙂

    By the way … what software do you use to create the slide shows

      7.20.12 - 4:35 pm

  42. Christina Dely -

    Love this location! So unique to see an engagement session photographed here!

      7.20.12 - 4:49 pm

  43. Denise Prichett -

    Very very awesome pics. I have to think of ways to spicy up my engagement sessions.

      7.20.12 - 9:48 pm

  44. Flora -

    leeeeegs!! Gorgeous couple, and how lucky they are to have you photograph them!

      7.21.12 - 8:31 am

  45. Casey Hendrickson -

    By far one of my favorite sessions you’ve done! Great work! I LOVE the locations, outfits, hair, EVERYTHING. This couple is gorgeous 🙂

      7.21.12 - 2:32 pm

  46. Jennifer Medeiros -

    She ROCKED those dresses!!! Gorgeous!

      7.23.12 - 12:46 am

  47. Kristin S. -

    These look so glam and so fun all at the same time! 🙂

      7.23.12 - 2:35 am

  48. michele hans -

    I LOVE their outfits!! both outfit changes really complimented the location… I wish we had that exposed brick look out here on the west coast… great shoot j*!

      7.23.12 - 3:38 pm

  49. Holly Steen -

    Congrats Robyn and TJ. I hope your wedding is all you envision. You have an amazing photographer to capture your perfect day.

      7.23.12 - 6:47 pm

  50. Natalie Tuggle -

    Wow! Your photography never ceases to amaze me!

      7.23.12 - 8:33 pm

  51. Julianna Rennard -

    Wow, what a HOT couple! Can’t wait to see their wedding photos!

      7.26.12 - 1:04 am

  52. Becky Male -

    I love the style and effort they have both put into their engagement session – I agree the sequinned dress looks amazing!

      7.29.12 - 11:21 am

  53. Majestic Colonial Photographers -

    Beautiful location and shots, love the story told through their emotions and their environment. So nice!

      8.2.12 - 7:07 pm

  54. Mom -

    My most favorite engagement shoot Jasmine!! Lovely couple, great location, great shoot.

      9.24.12 - 4:57 am

  55. Ashvin Ghisyawan -

    I like this style!

      10.1.12 - 8:55 am

  56. Amanda Marie Photography -

    Wherever that first location is I want it to be mine. My new studio that is. Beautiful pics Jasmine.

      10.2.12 - 9:18 am

  57. AnneMarie -

    What a cool setting!!! It feels like it gave you permission to be more creative and daring. This shoot is definitely one of your best. And the couple is really cute.

      11.27.12 - 10:01 pm

  58. Laura -

    Great shoot. I wonder if it is too late for you to find out where the purple dress is from?

      3.19.14 - 8:29 pm

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