Irvine Engagement Session : Amy + Joseph


Okay. So I tried writing a third person narrative of this love story (as I always do), but it got too hard. I didn’t know how to begin and then the details got intermixed with my perspective…and then I got emotional. And emotional writing is hardly a good thing. There are all these commas and parenthesis and footnotes. It’s ugly. In light of this, I decided to share two things about Amy and Joseph that makes me know they’re some of the most amazing people.

Some of the fondest memories of Amy and her family come during my mom’s battle with cancer. I’ve been friends with Amy since childhood. We swam in her pool during the summer, watched her become a UCLA cheerleader, and prayed for her when she became a missionary in Japan. When her family discovered my mother was ill, they made the commitment to bring us dinner every week. Every Tuesday for a few years we’d find dinner on our porch. Every Tuesday. Rain, shine, traffic, life. Every Tuesday. It’s acts like this that made cancer’s sting less painful.

I distinctly remember sitting in Joseph’s office. Small, beige walls, multiple Mac computers. He said non-chalantly he’d never marry. Said he was okay living his life on his own, perhaps one day he’d become a missionary. Joseph is an assistant pastor at my dad’s church, so we’ve become great friends through the years. He’s just one of those people you can see from a distance who makes life a little more beautiful. That’s Joseph.

When I heard Joseph flew to Japan to propose to Amy, I was shocked. And then I cried happy tears. Because this world just got better by the two of them uniting. They’re amazing people individually, but together, they’re magical. I’m bummed I can’t shoot their wedding this January, but I was honored when they asked me to document their engagement session…

Gotta love December in Orange County…87 degrees and sunny…

Amy, you’re gorgeous. That is all.

My favorite from the shoot….

Joseph, you’re my favorite when you laugh…

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

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  1. Kelly

    December 22nd, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    beautiful story and even more beautiful pictures! their smiles are infectious!

  2. Frances

    December 22nd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful, just beautiful. You captured them perfectly.

  3. joan.solitario

    December 22nd, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    beautiful. simply beatiful jasmine!

  4. Alicia

    December 22nd, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    These are stunning! Thank you for your inspiring posts and for sharing your talent and knowledge!

  5. Vanesa Brooke

    December 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    LOVE is the BEST thing in the WORLD… and capturing it, is simply magical! Great Job!

  6. Anouschka

    December 22nd, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    LOVE these! Gorgeous lighting and adore the running shots. Too cute!

    Have a wonderful Christmas Jasmine!

  7. Renay

    December 22nd, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I’m in love with these photos but I’m more in love with their love! Congrats again, Amy and Joseph!

  8. Drew

    December 22nd, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    It;s been said a thousand times, but I love the way you expose for skin…. ugh, I’m jealous. Joseph’s beard is the best thing since sliced bread!

  9. Candace Prokopets

    December 22nd, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    These are beautiful! They are beautiful. Your writing is beautiful. It’s all just one big beautiful post!

  10. Peter Lodder

    December 22nd, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I love this shoot. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Peter Lodder

    December 22nd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    And you’ re one of my heroes in Photography. Together with David Jay, Jeff Ascought and Joe Buissink. Love from The Netherlands

  12. Maalaea w/ i and m photography

    December 22nd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Oh, great set! I love the last photo!

  13. Melissa Papaj Photography

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:11 pm


  14. INLAnd Empire Wedding Photographer

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    She is beautiful and he gotee is so cool~

  15. Kira Lauren Photography

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    87 DEGREES!!! GOOD LORD! I’ve had to re-schedule so many sessions due to rain in Sacramento! One day I’ll move to the OC =D BTW, Merry Christmas Jasmine and JD, and hope you got our card in the mail!

  16. Melinda Bunker

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    These are stunning and sweet! 🙂

  17. Sarina Love

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    awesome photos. you captured them very well!!

  18. Holli True

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    LOVE this shoot! 🙂 They look so natural, happy and in love. Fabulous, Jasmine!! Happy Holidays!

  19. amanda thiessen

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:35 pm


  20. Dustin Francis

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Looks like a fun session 🙂

  21. B

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    YEAH!!! "The Bachelor to the Rapture" has been captured 😉 I love them both.

  22. Gail

    December 22nd, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Your fave is MY fave! 🙂 Beautiful people, beautiful photos. As always!

  23. cassandra m

    December 22nd, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    love the music in the slideshow…its so happy. GREAT shoot and yes you are blessed with beautiful Dec weather. Love the shots on the hill.

  24. Sally

    December 22nd, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Such a beautiful couple, and on the inside too from your description. And what gorgeous images they can cherish.

  25. john pascale

    December 22nd, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Great photos, gotta love tall grass and long twisty beards!

  26. Bernadette Chase

    December 22nd, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Jasmine….gorgeous pics!! (I’m curious what lens you used on the last pic?) Have a very Merry Christmas! I hope Polo gets everything on his wish list. 🙂

  27. Rosaura Sandoval

    December 22nd, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    You are so amazing. I love your photography and your spirit and the connections you make with people that make the world a brighter place. 🙂

  28. Jewelielyn

    December 22nd, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    i guess that next to the last picture proves that the earth is indeed round 🙂

  29. Joncee May

    December 22nd, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I love his goatee!!!!!

  30. ajira

    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I’m with a previous commentor who said that they loved the photos and loved their love even more. These are really stunning images that strongly convey the adoration these two share. It’s delightful!

  31. nena

    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I say it all the time, but you have the prettiest brides! =-)

  32. barb Cameron -ottawa

    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    not only fantastic pictures, but fantastic story as well. Very touching and moving. Great capture.

  33. Leyla

    December 22nd, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    What a beautiful couple… You see their connection is rooted from deep within. =)

    Thanks for sharing!

  34. Tamara Kenyon

    December 22nd, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous. I must say, I’m quite jealous of the weather. We’re at 35 degrees on a good day right now 🙁

  35. Joy Jill

    December 22nd, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Is Amy still in Japan? I am curious cause I live in Japan… always good to gather with other believers 🙂

  36. Kay English

    December 22nd, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    wait, is his facial hair a joke? or is that real 🙁 Great job anyway though lol

  37. Alexandra

    December 22nd, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I’m in love with your photos 🙂

  38. Tira J

    December 22nd, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Love these images J*!

  39. Linda Sherrill

    December 22nd, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Awesome story …congratulations to them both. Jasmine, great photos, as always..the happiness shows through your lens.

  40. Trista Lerit

    December 22nd, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Beautiful Jas! Your fav is my fav..and I love the one right under it too!

  41. Kat Speyer

    December 23rd, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Jasmine Star, you rock my world! I’m envious of your Decembers, but no matter the weather, you’d capture these two perfectly. They are a beautiful couple. She has a great smile, and I love his goatee!

  42. Lisa

    December 23rd, 2009 at 1:01 am

    Great job like ALWAYS Jaz!! Beautiful pictures for a beautiful couple!

  43. Tony Gonzalez

    December 23rd, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Wow! both of you look very awesome in these picures. I knew Joseph’s "bachelor till the rapture" would someday be overthrown. couldnt think of anyone more perfect to complete that dude.

  44. Kare

    December 23rd, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Beautiful couple, great location – awesome photos as always. Amy looks familiar, have we seen her on your blog before?

  45. Lisa H. Chang

    December 23rd, 2009 at 1:35 am

    Aw ~ I’d love to hear more of their story ~ Joseph flying to Japan is so romantic!

  46. linda geertsen

    December 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 am

    I ::LOVE:: life when it is full of amazing people who make you feel loved.

    The photos are great, of course. You can tell they’re good friends of yours.

  47. Katelyn James

    December 23rd, 2009 at 4:24 am

    knowing their story makes them THAT much more beautiful. Thanks for always sharing that part!! Love them, can’t wait til march!:)

  48. s h e r r y

    December 23rd, 2009 at 4:32 am

    LOOVE the light, and the tall grass <3 And how he flew to Japan to propose. <3

  49. My Social Relevance

    December 23rd, 2009 at 4:39 am

    great set of pics, love the surroundings

  50. Denise Saucedo

    December 23rd, 2009 at 5:49 am

    First of all what beautiful people to help you through the hardest time of your life. Serious tear jerker!!! Second of all what a gorgeous couple. The love you always seem to capture is timeless. I wonder how long it took him to grow that beard? In your fav image Amy sort of resembles you. Maybe it’s the smile in her eyes?? Not sure… she is gorgeous. You are gorgeous. Thanks for always being an inspiration!!!

  51. Brian Fletcher

    December 23rd, 2009 at 6:22 am

    That 6th shot from the top is so amazing…..WOW. Kinda looks like Eva Mendes! 🙂

  52. Paige Green

    December 23rd, 2009 at 8:51 am

    um… can I rub your trigger finger… maybe some of that * magic will rub off.
    you’re fabulous!

  53. Jeanette

    December 23rd, 2009 at 9:48 am

    What a beautiful couple

  54. Tamara

    December 23rd, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Gorgeous set. There is so much love and happines in these photographs. Awesome work Jasmin, as usual.

  55. Rachel Jacobus

    December 23rd, 2009 at 2:13 pm


  56. Ravyn Stadick

    December 23rd, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Okay! I love these two!! Great photos.

  57. J.P.

    December 23rd, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Aw man, you even made me a little sniffly with this post! Beautiful images, of course. What a blessing when two magnificent people find each other!

  58. Elizabeth

    December 23rd, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Beautiful story, beautiful couple, and AMAZING pictures!!! She resembles Eva Mendez. What a bummer that you can’t shoot their wedding. She is going to make a gorgeous bride. Good luck to them!!

  59. Jen May

    December 23rd, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Your fave is also mine 🙂

  60. Raquel

    December 23rd, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Beautiful work Jasmine!

  61. Paola

    December 23rd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Okay. Tissue. I need tissue and plenty of it. What a beautiful story as individuals and they’re unity will, in fact, make the world a better place. 100% agree!

  62. Pol

    December 23rd, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Great photos! You really captured their love for each other…

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas and feel free to pop in if you happen to pass through Melbourne next year

  63. Angel Pope

    December 24th, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Have I told you lately that I love you? I seriously look forward to reading your blog every day. You continue to inspire!

  64. Stephanie Osborne

    December 24th, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I agree on your favorite. The light is great on this one and I just love the look they have. Great set!

  65. Cyn~

    December 24th, 2009 at 4:11 am

    LOVE IT!! Amy you look absolutly A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. So amazing that I forgive your UCLA days. Love You <3

  66. Nicole Benitez

    December 24th, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Just beautiful!!

  67. mike Larson

    December 24th, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Saweeet! i love how your couples have fun and love life! Nice work.

  68. John Naccarato

    December 24th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Wonderful session Jasmine. Looks like everyone had a great time!

  69. Bobbie Brown

    December 24th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    One word: GORGEOUS! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous story and oh so gorgeous pictures!

  70. gladys jem

    December 24th, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    is it really that hot in OC in December? Or is it because you are shooting these two? Love it all. The lighting. Your clients. Your images. My fav is the last one! <3

  71. Jan

    December 25th, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Nice work!

  72. Vicky

    December 26th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Aww…my friends look awesome! Jasmine…you’ve out done yourself again!

  73. Shannon

    December 28th, 2009 at 1:47 am

    Wow! Great Shots! Can’t wait to get back to doing photo shoots after my new baby can tolerate a few minutes away from me.

  74. Dawn McCarthy

    December 28th, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Fantastic session. Awesome couple! Love the B&W on the bench!

  75. Edwin Medina

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Great work. Way to capture who they are. Im actually friends with Joseph and under the tough exterior he is a HUGE TEDDY bear and your images capture that amazingly

  76. Jill Howard

    January 1st, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful, simply beautiful. I feel like I’ve known them for years just looking at these photos.

  77. Heather Crosby Gionet

    January 2nd, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I said it on twitter and I’ll say it again! One of the most creative blog designs I have seen in a while! I love it almost as much as I love your images!!!

  78. Rizza San Agustin

    January 5th, 2010 at 2:31 am

    If bread and butter were pictures I’m sure these would be it.

  79. Patti Wallington

    January 10th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Very nice engagement session, nice connection with the couple and great colors and lighting.

  80. dorelies

    January 15th, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Love the photos and the story. Dear Jasmin, I’m sitting here in Vienna far away and the great thing is that I’ve the feeling, I know you a bit, I can share a little with you – and that’s great. Love you for that, love your work – and most of all: you.

  81. Vibrant Photography

    January 20th, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Such fun photos! Great job 🙂


    January 25th, 2010 at 2:16 am

    It looks like you guys had a bunch of fun working together…

  83. lynnette . abiding image

    January 26th, 2010 at 6:42 am

    super cute couple! i’m always a sucker for tall grass shots (: