Laguna Beach Engagement : Shala + Omar


It sat in her junk box. When she didn’t hear from him, she wondered if he didn’t like the way she looked. After all, it wasn’t like he had anything else to gauge the totality of who she was. Just a few photos and an email address. But Shala hadn’t heard from Omar in the weeks since a mutual friend introduced them by way of email, so she put him out of her mind. But, it sat in her junk box. Omar hadn’t heard from Shala since he emailed so he thought she must’ve been uninterested from the start.

Weeks later, she happened to come across his email and it sparked a tidal wave of communication. In a single swoop on non-junk mail luck, they agreed to meet in Laguna Beach, where the spent their first date talking, dining, and roaming the streets until it became dark enough for the stars to act as their guides. A year and a half later, they returned to the restaurant where they met and spent the day reminiscing about the moment when an email in a junk box changed their lives.

I’m incredibly honored to be working with Shala and Omar and I’m excited for their wedding later this year…should be a day filled with the awesomeness of who they are. I had a blast shooting their engagement session and here are a few of my favorites…

One of my favorite things about Omar is his ability to make Shala smile…

See what I mean about the smiling?!

Oh, Shala….GO ON!!!!!!!

After a quick outfit change, we walked to Laguna Beach for a few more engagement photos…and a good time.

The light was simply spectacular and made for a perfect day on the beach…

Many thanks to Lynn Simpson for Shala’s hair and Robin Dunn for hair…

I’ll end on this photo, but if you’d like see more from Shala and Omar’s engagement photos in Laguna Beach, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

Happy Friday!

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  1. Maria

    September 14th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I love her blue dress 🙂

  2. debbie ryan

    September 14th, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    I just started following your work and you are by far the most amazing photographer. this is absolutely beautiful!!

  3. natalie

    September 14th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Dear lord…as if anyone wouldn’t like how she looks. Stunning!!!

  4. nena

    September 14th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    She’s very beautiful and they make a gorgeous couple. I love your photos very much! =-)

  5. Meredith Sledge

    September 14th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’m loving these so much!!! I just adore your approach to capturing a session. So genuine and photojournalistic.

  6. Alaina Bos

    September 14th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    She is absolutely stunning… and he’s not too shabby either! You captured their personalities awesomely!! Can’t wait to see their wedding photos!

  7. Stephanie Stewart

    September 14th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    What a beautiful couple, and, yes, the smiles are contagious! Gorgeous light, location, color, and their eyes just glow with love and happiness!

  8. Alexis

    September 14th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I think we’ve ALL been there as women– like Shala, wondering if he didn’t call because he didn’t like the way we look– but gratefully for Shala, Omar loved more than her looks, he loves her heart. 🙂 I can see it in your beautiful photography of this remarkable couple. Great work! 🙂

  9. B

    September 14th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Rawr! Persian goodness all over.

  10. Teresa LaVallee

    September 14th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Beautiful….as always. 🙂

  11. LEOLAK

    September 14th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Ohhh how great do they look together!!!! Gorgeous ring too! Love the way you not only capture stories, but the way you write about them? LOVE IT!!!

  12. sarah danaher

    September 14th, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    she is so lovely!! you can feel the warmth radiating from inside of her… that she is loved, and that he makes her feel safe. her eyes sparkle.

  13. Andrea

    September 14th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    What a beautiful story… and what beautiful eyes on this girl!

  14. Santorini Photographer

    September 14th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Very beautiful pictures!! Congratulations!!

  15. Ahna

    September 14th, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I love these photos! Beach pictures are my favorite.
    & Just fyi … I think one of these ladies did make-up but you credited the hair to both (Many thanks to Lynn Simpson for Shala’s hair and Robin Dunn for hair…) 😉

  16. Khalil & Wilma

    September 14th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    What an outstanding couple. How can it get any better: a beautiful girl and a handsome man united in love.

  17. Sarah

    September 14th, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I have the most GORGEOUS sister in the world, from the inside out. Oh ya omar, you aren’t too bad yourself ??. Beyond happy for you both, I looovee these jasmine! Xo

  18. Sarah

    September 14th, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Oh no I wrote that comment on my phone. That’s supposed to be a winky face not question marks lol. Sorry Omar!

  19. Lydia

    September 15th, 2012 at 4:45 am

    You can just feel their sweet and joyful love through the pictures!

  20. Life with Kaishon

    September 17th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    She is so pretty. I love her dress and her hair. I love his smile. What a wonderful couple. I am glad she found the junk : )

  21. connie

    September 17th, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    absolutely amazing!

    hi shala! 🙂

  22. Michelle

    September 18th, 2012 at 11:23 am

    That blue dress is amazing on her! Gorgeous!

  23. Tina dela Rosa

    September 18th, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    The last shot is great!

  24. Amy Nave

    September 19th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Beautiful engagement Jasmine!! I agree with you, and I love the way he makes her smile as well. You captured true love right there:)

  25. Ashley Christine

    September 19th, 2012 at 8:17 pm


  26. Dani Davila

    September 19th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    the last one rocks!!!

  27. Mom

    September 24th, 2012 at 4:31 am

    Love them all!!


    September 27th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  29. Crystal

    September 29th, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Really beautiful session! You inspire me, Jasmine! <3

  30. Ashvin Ghisyawan

    October 1st, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Great engagement shoot! Especially the last one on the beach.

  31. Derek Martinez Photography

    October 1st, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Awesome session! Beautiful job showing the love between them!

  32. Katey

    October 11th, 2012 at 4:49 am

    You inspire me Jasmine!! Your work is amazing!!!

  33. Kristen Driscoll

    October 22nd, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    I love the poses.. and of course the sparks flying between this beautiful couple. Great job!


    October 24th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    These are so cute, I love the last image on the beach chairs!

  35. Ken Topham

    November 8th, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    stunning natural images, you chose great locations for this lucky couple!!

  36. Sarah Khamsoda

    November 10th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    What a sweet story!

  37. Chris - Sansom Photography

    November 26th, 2012 at 11:44 am

    A really touching story and a beautiful engagement shoot. You have some stunning locations over there and it looks like you always get the perfect couples!

  38. Jessica

    December 11th, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Cute couple!