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

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    AH THAT SEQUIN DRESS! amazing! gorgeous shoot!

  2. Paul

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

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

  3. Kacie Lynch

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! and the location is awesome!

  4. Melanie Wilson

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:14 pm


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

  5. Marisa

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

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

  6. Stine Pedersen Photo

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Oaho Jasime! These are stunning!!!!

  7. Paris

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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

  8. Abby Grace

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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

  9. Phillipa

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Beautiful J

  10. Ali Peterson

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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

  11. Ali Peterson

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

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

  12. Sabrina Nicole

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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

  13. Samantha June

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

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

  14. Tonja Meyer

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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

  15. Kandise

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Those dresses are insane.

  16. Jakki

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    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…

  17. Sam Taitano

    July 19th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    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! 🙂

  18. Sarah Syhakhoun

    July 19th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

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

  19. angel canary

    July 19th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

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

  20. Clarissa

    July 19th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    And her choice of outfits! To die for.

  21. Roma Czulowska

    July 19th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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

  22. Hailey

    July 19th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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

  23. Marla Austin

    July 19th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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

  24. Stephanie Stewart

    July 19th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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

  25. jamie

    July 19th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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

  26. Monika

    July 19th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    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.

  27. Jared Rey - Dallas Wedding Photographer

    July 19th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    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!

  28. Holly Cromer

    July 19th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    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.

  29. Ashley Moelker

    July 19th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Simply fabulous as always!!

  30. Dawn

    July 19th, 2012 at 9:13 pm

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

  31. gladys

    July 19th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    oh hey!!! get it girlllll 😉

  32. Lori Calhoun

    July 19th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

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

  33. Haley Johnston

    July 19th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    AHHH! Love these! Fabulous work, Jas!

  34. Antonia Chick

    July 19th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

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

  35. Alicia

    July 19th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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

  36. Nathan Delack-Delack Media Group

    July 20th, 2012 at 2:26 am

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

  37. LEOLAK

    July 20th, 2012 at 5:37 am

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

  38. John Farrand

    July 20th, 2012 at 8:36 am

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

  39. Denver photographer

    July 20th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Great set!! Beautiful images.

  40. oriana

    July 20th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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

  41. Girish

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Awesome pictures.. awesome is that place 🙂

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

  42. Christina Dely

    July 20th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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

  43. Denise Prichett

    July 20th, 2012 at 9:48 pm

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

  44. Flora

    July 21st, 2012 at 8:31 am

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

  45. Casey Hendrickson

    July 21st, 2012 at 2:32 pm

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

  46. Jennifer Medeiros

    July 23rd, 2012 at 12:46 am

    She ROCKED those dresses!!! Gorgeous!

  47. Kristin S.

    July 23rd, 2012 at 2:35 am

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

  48. michele hans

    July 23rd, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    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*!

  49. Holly Steen

    July 23rd, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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

  50. Natalie Tuggle

    July 23rd, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Wow! Your photography never ceases to amaze me!

  51. Julianna Rennard

    July 26th, 2012 at 1:04 am

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

  52. Becky Male

    July 29th, 2012 at 11:21 am

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

  53. Majestic Colonial Photographers

    August 2nd, 2012 at 7:07 pm

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

  54. Mom

    September 24th, 2012 at 4:57 am

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

  55. Ashvin Ghisyawan

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:55 am

    I like this style!

  56. Amanda Marie Photography

    October 2nd, 2012 at 9:18 am

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

  57. AnneMarie

    November 27th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    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.

  58. Laura

    March 19th, 2014 at 8:29 pm

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