LA Central Library Engagement : Amber+Matt


Pentecost. It was written on a post-it note in large letters and placed insider her binder. There were other notes as well, but Matt noticed only the one with the block letters. Afterall, it was his last name. And why on earth did that cute girl have his name on a post-it note? Amber sat uncomfortably at his table and wondered why that other teacher was staring at her binder. Yes, she had a long-distance crush him, but his gaze made her uncomfortable. Amber hoped he’d get back to focusing on their school faculty meeting, but at the break, he stopped her and asked about the post-it. It’s a play I’m working on, Amber replied and explained she had no idea it was also his surname.

That was the day Pentecost changed things.

Amber and Matt chatted that day and he discovered her affinity for chocolate, and she discovered his calloused hands from his athletic training as a shot put thrower. The next day–at yet another faculty meeting–Matt brought her homemade cookies and Amber brought him an exfoliating scrub. And they’ve been together ever since. Eating chocolate, exfoliating, and teaching high school. Together. And they will make Forever official this August. They planned an engagement session at Los Angeles Central Library and we spent the afternoon enjoying the sun, the books, and, of course, the love.

We started the engagement session just outside LA Central Library because the light was great and we could make some noise…

One of the biggest compliments I could ever receive is shooting a sibling wedding. Ever. I photographed Heather and Gian’s wedding two years ago, so when Amber (Heather’s sister) got engaged, I was lucky enough to get a phone call. Love it! 🙂

Special thanks to Eunice (for Bobbi Brown) and Haleh from Chess and Burman Salon for making Amber look particularly rawr.

Then we ventured inside Los Angeles Central Library for more engagement photos…

…and Amber was totally okay working it for the camera surrounded by books. Love it!

Amber’s thesis was based on author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, so this photo is quite appropriate…

To see more of Amber and Matt’s LA Central Library engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

Happy Friday!

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  1. Ashley Gain

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    AWE!! I love hte picture of them in the library!!! SO cute! Her little laugh is adorable! 🙂

  2. Ariane

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    What a cute engagement session! I especially loved the shot with the two of them hiding behind the book while sharing a kiss. Way to spice up the library and make it a fun place to be!

    Great work as always, Jasmine!

  3. Tracy Moore

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Jasmine, you are such a gifted writer and photographer! And so many other things too! God has blessed you girl… keep being amazing. 🙂

  4. Avery Davis

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I ADORE the shot of them peeking through the book shelves. What perfect perspective.

  5. Krissy

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    perfect as always…

  6. Cherisse Reyes

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    You are amazing Jasmine and these people are gorgeous!!

  7. bobbi

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    did you whisper? 🙂 Fantastic images Miss Jasmine 🙂

  8. Otto Rascon

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    That purple dress is rockin!

  9. Natalie

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Love how you always bring their stories to life for us, and I love that this shoot was done in the library! Definitely unique and so gorgeous.

  10. Anda

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I LOVE IT!! My thesis was also based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I want to be friends with Amber now.

  11. Heather

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I love them! They look so great and the location is just awesome. I can’t wait to see you in August!

  12. Kare

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    What a unique session – love it!

  13. Krysta

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    So cute! I love it! <3

  14. Lora Ayers

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I love the first shot, they totally stand out up against the background! And the library shots are so fun!

  15. Zarah

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    LoveloveLOVE these! The library shots are faaaaab! I especially adore the one between the shelves, the one where they sneak a kiss behind a book and the one where you can only see their legs & a book. Awesome!!

  16. Andi Diamond

    July 2nd, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Absolutely adorable! LOVE love it!

  17. Lana

    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I love these! My favorite one is between the books… such a beautiful couple!

  18. Emily

    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Love the shot of him "shushing" her. Creative, fun! You are just awesome!! If you only knew everything you were doing for people everywhere! Big loves for you!

  19. Life with Kaishon

    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Very pretty pictures.
    Happy Fourth of July.

  20. nena

    July 2nd, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    You have such a way of making girl look so beautiful and happy. It’s so amazing! =-)

  21. Mom and Dad

    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    To see them is to love them all the more. To see them together is to glimpse the future. Their total is definitely greater than the sum of their parts. Together, they are on their way to become something so unbelievably far from where they are now that it almost seems ridiculous to contemplate. The eyes tell it all; they are focused on the road ahead.

  22. Arielle

    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Sure, I love ALL your sessions but this one is ranking up there. Something about the library… *inner geek* 😀

  23. Megan Cable

    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, what a cool, unique session!

  24. ingamae

    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    All i thought before looking at these pics was: Pentecost–>the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ. ahhhhh!!! then i dove in and saw a couple just radiating with MAGICAL BEAUTY and CONFIDENCE in eachother. LOVE them. Great capture lady!

  25. Stephanie Stewart

    July 2nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Love that "shhh!" shot! My favorite! All of these are just stunning! Great light, fun beautiful couple! Congratulations!

  26. Nayeem Vohra

    July 2nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm


  27. Becca Cloud

    July 2nd, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    very creative! loved it!

  28. Mindy

    July 2nd, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Love, love, love this creative and fun engagement shoot!!! Who knew a library could be such a blast for a photo shoot!!!

  29. Gian

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Hooray…the photos (and Amber and Matt) look amazing. Looking forward to seeing you at their wedding in August.

  30. emily ebeling

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    fabulous set of photographs- love the book theme, especially like the poetry-art shots. and the bookshelves. and everything else. Beautiful, once again!


  31. JamieY

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    You are such an inspiration to me, LOVE the photos. Who knew a library could have such great lighting.

  32. Kevin Wrenn Photography

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Very nice set Jasmine! I especially love the opener! Love the B/W portrait as well!

  33. Sarah Danaher

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Awww, their story is so precious!!

  34. Holly

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I’m loving his dimples 🙂

  35. Emily Heizer Photography

    July 2nd, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    super cute! and totally random that Pentecost is both his last name and the name of her play, I certainly haven’t heard of anything remotely close to that except maybe a pentecostal church!! lol

  36. Matthew R Photo

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Somehow you just continue to get better and more creative with every shoot.. great shots, again, haha

  37. Carina

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I love it! So gorgeous and natural. Great job Jasmine! =)

  38. Lydia

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Oh, I just love the picture through the shelf of books with Matt telling Amber to be quiet!

  39. LEOLAK

    July 2nd, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    What an adorable story! These are awesome pics…cute couple! She’s rocking that purple dress fiercely! Love that color of purple!

  40. LLS

    July 2nd, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    You have made the library extra fun!

  41. Evie Perez

    July 2nd, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Jasmine, these are so good!!! I love everything about this session. Gosh, I love the sharpness!!!

  42. Truc

    July 2nd, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Great photos, Jasmine! I especially love the ones by the bookshelves!

  43. Pamela

    July 3rd, 2010 at 1:44 am

    i love love LOVE the shot thru the bookcase and the shot with the book on the floor! they make my heart sing. excellent work, as always, Jasmine!

  44. Annah Winfield

    July 3rd, 2010 at 3:37 am

    These are FANTASTIC! You two are so adorable! I can’t wait for the big day.

  45. kelli taylor

    July 3rd, 2010 at 5:30 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the "shhh" shoot!

  46. Pamela Topping

    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Brilliant location, love these shots!

  47. amanda thiessen

    July 3rd, 2010 at 7:29 am


  48. Kristin Nicole Photography

    July 3rd, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    gorgeous photos as usual. You never cease to amaze.

  49. Alex Beadon

    July 3rd, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful photos!

  50. s h e r r y

    July 3rd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Cuute! Love the ones on the escalator!

  51. David Behboudi

    July 3rd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Unbelievable!!! These pictures are so great!!!

  52. brittani

    July 3rd, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    <3 <3 <3

  53. Mom

    July 3rd, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Love this beautiful couple. Love the location. Can you guess why Jasmine? Mom

  54. Andy Macpherson

    July 4th, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Man these are amazing… keep it up. I follow you for inspiration.

  55. Kerry Jackson

    July 4th, 2010 at 4:41 am

    I love a good story and your anecdote of the first flirtation IN
    the library and the photo session
    AT the library was a plot device
    that worked so well! Your work
    made obvious what I already know about Amber and Matt – that they are two of the "beautiful people" – inside and out! Can’t wait to see the shots from the wedding…..Kudos!

  56. Molly Kate

    July 5th, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Wow! I love the photos but I really love how they decided to take pictures at the library. It’s so original and fun.

  57. Girish

    July 5th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Very nice. She is pretty 🙂

    Nice location.

  58. Diane Medina

    July 5th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Beautiful! What a darling couple! I can’t wait for "the day". Love you Matt,

  59. Jacob Bergmeier

    July 5th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Beautiful… their happiness shines through in your images.

  60. kortnee kate and ted

    July 5th, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    What a lively couple!! You can already see how fun their wedding pics will be!!! 🙂

  61. Nicole Benitez

    July 5th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  62. Denver Wedding Photographers, JasonG

    July 5th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Totally dig these – great energy between the couple (and you!!).

  63. Ginger Murray

    July 6th, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Super cute session, Jasmine. Love the colors. The "Shhh" library shot is definitely my fave. Made me smile:)

  64. Hugo Tepe

    July 6th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    "COACH ROBO!!!" You got "J*" as your Photographer! How cool is that! I love the photos, they’re super perfect for you guys. I’m really happy for you both. May you be extremely blessed from this "chapter" on out!

  65. Andrea Koo

    July 7th, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Jasmine-I love the indoor photos from this session! Very cute and creative!

  66. Dad & Mom Setrakian

    July 7th, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Jasmine-You’ve done perfect twice! We can’t wait for Amber and Matt’s wedding and seeing both of you again!

  67. Chanel

    July 13th, 2010 at 3:42 am

    the purple dress is H-O-T!!!! Love the library pics too, very unique. You’re going to be a beautiful bride! 🙂

  68. The Hens Nest

    July 21st, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Doesn’t Amber have amazing eyes! What genuine smiles 🙂
    Emma – The Hens Nest

  69. Alicia Swedenborg

    August 24th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    hihi, love the "shyyyy"-photo…