Kirstie and Josiah : Engagement


They have colliding versions of how their hearts intersected. The facts are the same, but the details are different.

Kirstie says Josiah wouldn’t speak to her. Josiah says Kirstie ignored him and didn’t laugh at his hilarious joke. No, really, it was the funniest joke ever, he claims. She says she tried starting conversation, but he was completely disinterested. He says she turned her back to him. Literally.

Kirstie and Josiah were members of their friends’ wedding and when they saw each other, they were determined to get to know each other better. But then those pesky details got in the way. At the end of wedding reception, Kirstie walked up to Josiah and asked him to dance. She, apparently, ignored his dismissal and chose to sway in his strong arms at the end of the night.

A few days later, Josiah made contact with Kirstie, despite his friends’ claims that she was waaaay outta his league. She accepted his invitation for a date and—as they say—the rest was history. And even though the account of their first intersection is varied, the result is two beautiful people very much in love…and those pesky details are a thing of the distant past.

I’m SO stoked to be a part of Kirstie and Josiah’s wedding!! They’re both simply fun, sweet, and amazing! I had the best time during their engagement shoot and my face hurt from laughing so much! They originally wanted to be photographed at the San Juan Capistrano Mission, but when I encouraged them to go somewhere else (a location that shows their vibrant personalities) they were game! I love when clients trust me because I feel like we can capture the truest version of themselves. Stay tuned because their August wedding should be a blast! 🙂

Kirstie and Josiah brought along their bikes and I LOVED this idea! It shows so much more to their love! I thoroughly enjoy when clients bring along things to spice up their session! 🙂

Towards the end of their engagement session, they wanted to take a few Save The Date pictures. Once we got all the safe and pretty images completed, I encouraged them to have a little fun…call me biased, but here are a few of my favs! 😉

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

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  1. Jeannie Cochran

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Beautiful as always jasmine! I can’t wait to do my first engagement shoot next month! It’s too cold here in Ohio right now 🙁

  2. Amy Martin

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    So fun! I love that little neighborhood they’re in… it’s so adorable 🙂

  3. Kent Hustead

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:17 pm


    These are soooo good! I love the one of them on the walkway. Awesome job!

  4. amanda f

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Great photos! So crisp and stunning! Which lens did you use?

  5. serena

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    how fun! where did you guys go to shoot these?

  6. joyful weddings and events

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    So fun! I love the way you can capture your client’s personalities. These two are too cute!

  7. gabriel ryan

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    its starting again… i am so excited to see the images you produce this year. what a cool shoot… and having a hot couple never hurt.

  8. Trista Lerit

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    How cute! I love the bike rock as usual 😉

  9. Desiree Hayes

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Sooo cute!!! Love those fun save the date ones. You rock at getting personality AND beauty!

  10. Nataly

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Fabulous! All the images are beautiful!

  11. Adalie Plain

    February 11th, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Love these images! They seem to really show their personalities well. Thanks for including their story- s’fun to read. 🙂

  12. Adalie Plain

    February 11th, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Wow- just watched the slideshow, and I love them so much more!
    I really want to do a bicycle shoot now.

  13. Amy

    February 11th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Awww pure goodness! Love the gorgeous light.

  14. kara pennington

    February 11th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    love these, jasmine!! the bike shots are so fun!

  15. David Escalante

    February 11th, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Absolutely brilliant Jas! I went to school with Josiah and I totally am blessed to see you capture his personality as I remember! Glad to know they are in good hands! Tell him I say hi…

  16. Chris H

    February 11th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Jasmine, is there something in the light out there in California? The lighting is so pure and golden. I am a very jealous East Coaster.

    Your pics are amazing as always, but over the past year I can still see your improvement. Always an inspiration! Keep it up.

  17. Melissa Koehler

    February 11th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    AMAZING as usual! What an adorable couple! I love the one where they are standing facing each other and the light is hitting them both so perfect! Just gorgeous shots!

  18. Bianca

    February 11th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I think they should go with the first save-the-date. Kirstie is a better leaper than Josiah 🙂 Great job at capturing their personalities!

  19. Jasmine*

    February 11th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    @David: What a small world! 🙂 I’ll be sure to tell him you say hi! @Serena: We shot these in San Juan Capistrano! 🙂 @Amanda: I used the 50mm, 1.4, 85mm, 1.8. and the 28mm, 1.8 for this shoot! 🙂 @Jeannie: Girl, I know you’re gonna rock your shoot out! 🙂

  20. Stacy Cross

    February 11th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Awesome awesome awesome!

  21. Michelle

    February 11th, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Love these, of course. THe Save-the-Date photos are sooo cute!!!!

  22. Lauri

    February 11th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    Oooh, the light is sooo pretty in all of them, and I love the bike one! I also really like Kirstie’s dress! 🙂

  23. erin.

    February 11th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    yeah I agree with Biana Kirstie def. is a better jumper… I love all the photos but my favorite is the one with their bikes & kirstie has bare feet. Wonderful as always !

  24. Dustin Francis

    February 11th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    8-30-08 That’s my wedding date…AKA the future happiest day of my life!!!!

  25. Olivia

    February 11th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Amazing! AS ALWAYS! 🙂

  26. Jay

    February 12th, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Really like the shot of them standing in the middle of the garden – they appeared to be standing in the shade, but the sun perfectly lit their hair to make it more dramatic, great use of the light!

  27. james day

    February 12th, 2008 at 12:59 am

    cute couple 🙂 even cuter pictures 🙂 I also love your story telling abilities!

  28. Karen

    February 12th, 2008 at 1:16 am

    Love it! You picked a beautiful location to shoot. =]

  29. maya

    February 12th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    third one down: i especially love this one! (but they’re all beautiful)

  30. Tonya

    February 12th, 2008 at 2:47 am


    where do I begin…your style is adorable and you are so inspiring…love how you bring out the beauty in all your subjects…

    ? for ya…you mention you used the 28 1.8 here…I am trying to decide between getting the 24-70 or just getting the 28 1.8 right now…(not sure if I should save the 400 towards the 24-70mm)…thought you might have some feedback…

    loved your interview on the b school blog…

  31. cassandra m

    February 12th, 2008 at 2:58 am

    awesome shoot…love #5…#8…#11… OK so i love them all. This couple look like so much fun, You captured their personalities perfectly! you go girl!

  32. Tiffany

    February 12th, 2008 at 3:43 am

    love the location…what a cute neighborhood and an adorable couple! The bikes were a nice personal touch. Fun save the date pics!

  33. kate

    February 12th, 2008 at 3:47 am

    jasmine, i adore you. i want to be you when i grow up 🙂 what a fabulous session!!! do you know where i can find that white dress?

  34. brianna

    February 12th, 2008 at 4:51 am

    one or both of them were cheerleaders in high school…i can tell! 🙂

  35. Mark Barnes

    February 12th, 2008 at 5:35 am

    Love these! They’re so playful. …your work is always so inpirational. Especially to a new photographer like myself.

  36. Jenny Sun

    February 12th, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Hi Jasmine! Love this set. I’ve been waiting and hanging for more work from you (I know you are still not in high season yet), so it was so lovely to see this set on your blog today. Great work as always, and I love how you can tell they had fun with you 🙂

  37. Bobbie

    February 12th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Love, LOVE all of these! My hat is off to you Jasmine, You always take the most incredible pictures!

  38. ricki ford

    February 12th, 2008 at 11:22 am

    These are great.. I love the save the date pics my favorite to.

  39. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    February 12th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Hi J*, nice work again … I think there is a problem when I’ve ried to download the slideshow with the image (trouble loading image img_8403a.jpg)

  40. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    February 12th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    J*, do you usually suggest to your clients the best poses to do and the place to stay on the best lights or they do it by themselves???

  41. david & kimi baxter

    February 12th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    yay!!! J* is back! i know you’ve never left, but it’s so cool to see all your new couples and awesome images you bless them with. keep on rockin it J*!!

  42. Dani

    February 12th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    I absolutely LOOOVE your work. You truly are an amazing talent and amazing soul! Saw you on the [b] school blog yesterday, great interview, great insight and information.

  43. Kristine

    February 12th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I recognize that area- did a maternity shoot there last month!

    Love your work! And your blog is always fun to read!

  44. kristin

    February 12th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    What an adorable couple! I love everything about these pics- the scenery, the whimsical and laid-back feel… kinda reminds me of kevin and winnie from The Wonder Years. And that boy’s toe touch at the end is better than I can do (and I was a cheerleader!)

  45. Agnes

    February 12th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Jasmine, you’ve shot soooo many adorable couples but this is, by far, my favorite couple you’ve shot! They are both so adorable!!

  46. Katy Regnier

    February 12th, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    These are so cute! The first one is definitely my favorite, that laugh is priceless, nice capture!

  47. Blair Helms

    February 12th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    ALWAYS amazing photos! I adore them all. I love the save the date sign too, very fun!

  48. Elizabeth Pellette

    February 12th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    WOW.. I am new to your blog I found it through the [b]school. I am so totally in awe of your work that I have seen so far.. just gorgeous..

  49. allie

    February 12th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    that first save the date image is so cute!

  50. kymberli q.

    February 12th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Seriously, Jasmine – best. session. ever. In my opionion. 🙂 Unreal! If I were this couple, I could not choose which ones to blow up – there are sooooo many great ones! AWESOME job!!!!

  51. jenna walker

    February 13th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    love the light in these! and the cactus plants – holy cow! beautiful work as always!

  52. Joanna

    February 13th, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Jasmine, random question…do you know where the bride found those AMAZING gold shoes?? Love ’em!

    Great shots!

  53. Jessica Lynn

    February 13th, 2008 at 3:57 am

    These are some of THE coolest e picts I have ever laid eyes on! what a lucky couple! you’re right, the bikes were SUCH a great touch!

  54. Al Quackenbush

    February 13th, 2008 at 6:18 am

    I LOVE this session. The B&W ones stand out from the rest. They have such character and they are so much FUN! Great job on these.

  55. chenin

    February 13th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    somebody was right down the street from my studio and didn’t visit 🙁

  56. Korey

    February 13th, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I love these! So cute!!! I love SJC and those little houses… you are so amazing!

  57. Jessica M.

    February 13th, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Jasmine, I’m the sister of the bride and I just wanted to say thanks for the AMAZING pictures. Our family is so thrilled and J & K absolutely love them! My fav is the 5th picture above–I laughed because that is so them when they are together. I know they were nervous going into the shoot but you obviously put them at ease, so thanks! To answer Joanna’s question below she got her shoes at Nicole Miller in LA. Thanks again and can’t wait for the wedding pics!

  58. Simply Modern Weddings

    February 14th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    oooh…me like their photos! Esp # 3! I also love her dress!

  59. Tonya@RedDoorPhotography

    February 15th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    You images amaze me every time! These are awesome and she is so pretty! Great job on the [b] interview BTW!

  60. jen

    February 15th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    whoa….these are stinking amazing! you see so big…i love it.

  61. dean ray

    March 21st, 2008 at 2:35 am

    Josiah looks alot like mike colon. these pics are wow!!! you have a detp of feild unlike i’ve seen ,sweetttttttt

  62. Joshua Gene

    July 9th, 2008 at 1:34 am

    Thank you Jasmine. I love the the pictures and good choice of music to go along with them. They really make me smile. You’re Fabulous.