Jamie and Jared : Anytime


She was set up. It was a classic case of friends wanting to hook her up, but Jamie wasn’t having any of it. Not uh, no way. And, besides, Jared was a Marine and the last thing Jamie wanted to deal with was fatigues—both of the physical and camouflaged kind.

While having dinner at a friend’s house, the doorbell rang and there Jared stood. With his blue eyes gleaming, Jamie wasn’t having any of it. Jared was kind, caring and gentle, but he couldn’t get Jamie’s attention, so he relented and decided to let this opportunity pass him. Until a week later, when Jamie called and asked him on a date. Apparently, fatigues have a whole new appeal when worn by a blue-eyed, muscular boy.

They dated four weeks until Jared was deployed to Iraq, where they corresponded via email and phone calls. After his tour, Jared returned home and discussed marriage with Jamie, but they agreed the time wasn’t quite right. When he was deployed for his second tour of Iraq, the emails and video chats resumed. Late one night, while Jamie was completing work for nursing school and video-chatting with Jared, he couldn’t bear the idea of waiting, so in a dry and dusty land far away, he typed: WILL YOU MARRY ME? Shocked, Jamie scribbled on her notepad and held her response to her computer’s video camera: YES!!!!!!

While Jamie and Jared suspect others consider their love unconditional, there’s no denying that their love is genuine, beautiful, and sacrificing. Jared returns to Iraq in a week to complete his tour and while the wedding date has yet to be solidified, I hope I’m blessed enough to work with this amazing couple again! 😉

We met in San Clemente for their engagement session at one of Jamie’s favorite surf stores…while there, we found an alley that I just couldn’t get enough of!

Jamie and Jared brought along these awesome hats…I LOVED it! It’s fun to see how something so small can really show off their personalities and love! 🙂

Just a stone’s throw away was the beautiful beach and boardwalk, so we finished the session along the coast…

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

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  1. jess@studio3z

    May 15th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!! The hats were a great touch! Very cute. And I love that last one under the pier. Lovely!!

  2. Nena

    May 15th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    You changed your slideshows too! =-) I LOVE IT! All your brides are so pretty and this photo session was so wonderful!!! =-)

  3. David [C+D]

    May 15th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Seriously… this post made me cry and it was beautiful to read. 🙂 Thanks so much for the awesome story, we LOVE stories.

  4. Josh Newton

    May 15th, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    these shots ROCK!! love them jas… you’re an amazing inspiration!

  5. Yuka photo art

    May 15th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    So worm and emotional pictures!

  6. jen

    May 15th, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    ugh… you got me! my husband is doing a tour in a couple months and just left for training. heart string pullin’ story and gorgeous images!

  7. Meg

    May 15th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    What a beautiful engagement story!! Thank you to Jared for serving us! Congratulations on your amazing engagement!! Great photos!

  8. Anne

    May 15th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    beautiful! do you have a uv filter or any sort of filter?? If so which one, i would love to know!

  9. Matt Dorroh

    May 15th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    What an inspiration and truly amazing work!

  10. Leo

    May 16th, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Loving it. The first one is my favorite one. It looks like the 50mm was used. eh? BWT, do you ever use the lens hood on that thing?

  11. Cynthia

    May 16th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Jas AWESOME photos as always….Jamie thank you for being so strong as to "lend" Jared to us….Jared THANK YOU for wearing those great fatigues. Much love!!

  12. Gena McMillan

    May 16th, 2008 at 12:25 am

    I love #8 and the ones in the hat! Amazing job as usual! And Once again Thanks, Jared for serving our country!

  13. Mallory

    May 16th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    So gorgeous! Love the one in the grass, the angle is perfect. I have to ask–Where did she get that dress?

  14. Andrea

    May 16th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    You always have such great poses!

  15. Liz Winsby

    May 16th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    these are awesome!

  16. DrewB

    May 16th, 2008 at 1:07 am


  17. Cathy Crawley

    May 16th, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I love that story, probably because it reminds me of my love story. Ahhhh. They are a very cute couple!

  18. cassandra m

    May 16th, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I lovvvvveee the pics with their really cool hats. Those are awesome. The light at the end is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l! What a happy & sexy couple!

  19. Rachel Dallaire

    May 16th, 2008 at 1:46 am

    Beautiful couple and beautiful shots!

  20. Sissel

    May 16th, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Jasmine-these are beautiful. My favorite is the black and white.
    And to Jared….I am praying for you. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Can’t wait to see the wedding pictures! God bless you.

  21. Jennifer Dunham Starr

    May 16th, 2008 at 2:14 am

    I loved this entire shoot. I especially loved the image of their hands holding stretched out and in the upper left corner you see your smile! Just wonderful…

  22. Kent Hustead

    May 16th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Excellent shots Jasmine. I still can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for a short time. Amazing. BTW – The new blog rocks.

  23. Lindsey marie

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:01 am

    What a Great Feel these have! Romance, Fun, and warmth! love them!

  24. Amy Martin

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:04 am

    I love love love the horizontal pic with the hats! 🙂

  25. Mel Plambeck

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Beautiful J*.. Great job! So inspiring!

  26. SG Photography

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Ok, so I am new to this whole blog thing! Question how on earth did you get so many faithful readers? Other then the fact that your work is GREAT 🙂

  27. lindsey

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:37 am

    amazing photos as usual and what a touching story too! best wishes to the couple and much appreciate to soldiers like himself!

  28. Ginger

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:42 am

    These are adorable. Love the hat pics! Great work, as usual!

  29. Kristin

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:13 am

    I love this shoot Jasmine..those hats make for some great shots! Super clean and crisp! Love it.

  30. Rita

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:25 am

    Uggs for an engagement session shoot?!? Why that’s as cool as… JASMINE* in cowboy boots !!!! yeeeehaaa J.D.!!!

  31. Christine Nelson

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:25 am

    Ahhh…so cute!! My fav is the closeup where they are wearing the hats and kissing!!! They look like soo much fun!

  32. Jane Lok

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Gorgeous couple! Thank you for serving our country!

  33. makeupbynora

    May 16th, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Such a cute couple. Great shoots once again Jasmine. I think I check your blog more than my emails. hehehe ;p Nora

  34. Simply Modern Weddings

    May 16th, 2008 at 5:40 am

    I love the laid back style of this couple!

  35. wac

    May 16th, 2008 at 7:30 am

    you are so good at what you do. it is ridiculous. i am inspired everytime i look at your photographs, jasmine. thank you….

  36. Jacob

    May 16th, 2008 at 8:07 am

    I have been reading your blog ever since it was mentioned in a DPS article. What impresses me most about your work is how you capture your subject’s eyes. They are always so vivid. Would you be willing to share some tips on how you do that, as so many folks just can’t?

  37. lisa Stein

    May 16th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Great shots and sweet story. Love the H under the pier where they are apart. That would look good big! Beautiful lighting, composition. Love the light in the back and on the sand under their feet and skimming and brushing their bodies. Good post production makes the whole thing really pop. You come up with some beautiful images!

  38. Shelley

    May 16th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    WOW! Great story and beautiful photography as usual! I wish I lived close to the Ocean…I LOVE the shots under the pier….

  39. Jacob Bergmeier

    May 16th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    When you speak to Jared again, tell him I said thank you for being a soldier and doing what he does.

    What a gorgeous couple!

  40. Tiffany

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    great location! love the alley and the red framed door shots!

  41. Photography By Shay

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    What a beautiful love story. and that last image is stunning! Jared – if you’re reading this: thanks for your sacrifice for me and our country. Wishing you well for the remaining of your tour.

  42. New York City Wedding Photographer

    May 16th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    What a cute love story. I love it! Great photos under the dock 🙂 Peace,
    Parris Whittingham

  43. Charise

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Beautiful images Jasmine!! The hats really pulled some personality.

  44. briana elledge

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    jasmine, the first one is so good, it almost hurts to look at it, (blinding you see =} ) anyway, gorgeous work, i only wished i wasnt on the other coast (fl) so you could capture my husband & i , tear tear…

  45. Marla Ivey

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I am one of your faithful blog stalkers, and sadly I have been absent the last week and a half while I was traveling and having my dear laptop (whose name is Arthur) 🙂 serviced. Anywho, I love the new layout and look of your blog! It shows yet another side to your personality. Keep it up! God Bless, Marla

  46. Karen Mikols

    May 16th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    What a BEAUTIFUL love story. I’m all teary-eyed.

  47. Trista

    May 16th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    What great hats! I love that sequence! Such a beautiful couple!

  48. Roxanne @ Southern Wedding Style

    May 16th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    The photos are so romantic. In the first one her eyes are like diamonds.

  49. Anna Ingalls

    May 16th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I love the hats, they look like a cozy couple!

  50. Alicia

    May 16th, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I have a weakness for fedora’s! I own about 15 of them!

  51. Papi

    May 16th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Like Jacob Beargmeier, I too, want to thank Jared for serving our country….but Jacob, there’s a universe of difference between a ‘soldier’ and a U.S. Marine! LOL. Just another Jarhead. J*’s father. Semper Fi

  52. Ryan Takuma

    May 16th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Very nice slideshow…great music too!

  53. stephanie

    May 16th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    I absolutely ADORE the beach/pier shots!!! gorgeous- as always! 🙂

  54. Shanika

    May 16th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    You are truly an artist! Beautiful shots. The pier shots are my fav.

  55. mom

    May 16th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Jasmine, what a beautiful story and couple! By the way, where do you find your songs? This particular song brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of you know who!

  56. Julie

    May 17th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    These are amazing Jasmine!!! They have some awesome style.

  57. Joan Solitario

    May 17th, 2008 at 5:55 am


  58. Melissa Jill :)

    May 19th, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Love the second hat shot Jasmine–how fun!

  59. Madelyn @ Southern Wedding Style

    May 19th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I really love the photos underneath the pier. They are so beautiful. That is such a different and awesome location to shoot such a beautiful couple. Great Work!

  60. Christine

    June 2nd, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    wow lil sis, I still can’t get over the fact that you are all grown up now. I’m so proud of you and happy that you found the one who deserves you. xxx