Kirstie and Josiah : Engagement

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 -

    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 🙁

      2.11.08 - 8:06 pm

  2. Amy Martin -

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

      2.11.08 - 8:13 pm

  3. Kent Hustead -


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

      2.11.08 - 8:17 pm

  4. amanda f -

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

      2.11.08 - 8:22 pm

  5. serena -

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

      2.11.08 - 8:24 pm

  6. joyful weddings and events -

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

      2.11.08 - 8:43 pm

  7. gabriel ryan -

    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.

      2.11.08 - 8:47 pm

  8. Trista Lerit -

    How cute! I love the bike rock as usual 😉

      2.11.08 - 8:48 pm

  9. Desiree Hayes -

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

      2.11.08 - 8:50 pm

  10. Nataly -

    Fabulous! All the images are beautiful!

      2.11.08 - 8:56 pm

  11. Adalie Plain -

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

      2.11.08 - 8:56 pm

  12. Adalie Plain -

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

      2.11.08 - 9:01 pm

  13. Amy -

    Awww pure goodness! Love the gorgeous light.

      2.11.08 - 9:17 pm

  14. kara pennington -

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

      2.11.08 - 9:20 pm

  15. David Escalante -

    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…

      2.11.08 - 9:26 pm

  16. Chris H -

    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.

      2.11.08 - 9:29 pm

  17. Melissa Koehler -

    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!

      2.11.08 - 9:30 pm

  18. Bianca -

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

      2.11.08 - 9:48 pm

  19. Jasmine* -

    @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! 🙂

      2.11.08 - 10:02 pm

  20. Stacy Cross -

    Awesome awesome awesome!

      2.11.08 - 10:25 pm

  21. Michelle -

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

      2.11.08 - 11:40 pm

  22. Lauri -

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

      2.11.08 - 11:41 pm

  23. erin. -

    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 !

      2.11.08 - 11:42 pm

  24. Dustin Francis -

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

      2.11.08 - 11:44 pm

  25. Olivia -

    Amazing! AS ALWAYS! 🙂

      2.11.08 - 11:57 pm

  26. Jay -

    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!

      2.12.08 - 12:53 am

  27. james day -

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

      2.12.08 - 12:59 am

  28. Karen -

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

      2.12.08 - 1:16 am

  29. maya -

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

      2.12.08 - 2:13 am

  30. Tonya -


    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…

      2.12.08 - 2:47 am

  31. cassandra m -

    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!

      2.12.08 - 2:58 am

  32. Tiffany -

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

      2.12.08 - 3:43 am

  33. kate -

    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?

      2.12.08 - 3:47 am

  34. brianna -

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

      2.12.08 - 4:51 am

  35. Mark Barnes -

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

      2.12.08 - 5:35 am

  36. Jenny Sun -

    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 🙂

      2.12.08 - 7:48 am

  37. Bobbie -

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

      2.12.08 - 10:46 am

  38. ricki ford -

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

      2.12.08 - 11:22 am

  39. Erika Lais Photo Blog -

    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)

      2.12.08 - 1:21 pm

  40. Erika Lais Photo Blog -

    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???

      2.12.08 - 1:42 pm

  41. david & kimi baxter -

    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*!!

      2.12.08 - 2:57 pm

  42. Dani -

    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.

      2.12.08 - 3:03 pm

  43. Kristine -

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

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

      2.12.08 - 4:00 pm

  44. kristin -

    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!)

      2.12.08 - 4:22 pm

  45. Agnes -

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

      2.12.08 - 4:37 pm

  46. Katy Regnier -

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

      2.12.08 - 4:48 pm

  47. Blair Helms -

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

      2.12.08 - 6:01 pm

  48. Elizabeth Pellette -

    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..

      2.12.08 - 6:24 pm

  49. allie -

    that first save the date image is so cute!

      2.12.08 - 6:54 pm

  50. kymberli q. -

    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!!!!

      2.12.08 - 7:26 pm

  51. jenna walker -

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

      2.13.08 - 12:37 am

  52. Joanna -

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

    Great shots!

      2.13.08 - 2:44 am

  53. Jessica Lynn -

    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!

      2.13.08 - 3:57 am

  54. Al Quackenbush -

    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.

      2.13.08 - 6:18 am

  55. chenin -

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

      2.13.08 - 3:06 pm

  56. Korey -

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

      2.13.08 - 9:33 pm

  57. Jessica M. -

    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!

      2.13.08 - 9:44 pm

  58. Simply Modern Weddings -

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

      2.14.08 - 3:22 pm

  59. Tonya@RedDoorPhotography -

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

      2.15.08 - 12:10 pm

  60. jen -

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

      2.15.08 - 8:05 pm

  61. dean ray -

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

      3.21.08 - 2:35 am

  62. Joshua Gene -

    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.

      7.9.08 - 1:34 am

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