Los Angeles Engagement : Laura + Carlos


They met at an Italian restaurant. Not just any Italian restaurant, but Laura’s family Italian restaurant. Carlos and Laura worked at the restaurant and they quickly became friends. He made her laugh, and when Laura went through a tough time, Carlos was there for her at every turn in the road. Laura invited him for coffee one night, and their friendship morphed into something they didn’t expect. A love affair.

Carlos and Laura have bonded through the years and they attribute their beautiful relationship to their love the small things they admire. Carlos is patient, sweet, and loves when people laugh hard…Laura is kind, driven, and caring. At the center of their relationship is their passion for God and they’ve built their lives in such a way to share their love in small, poignant pieces.

They’re marrying in May at Hummingbird Nest Ranch and I’m super excited to shoot there again as it’s such a gorgeous venue. We met at Balboa Park in Los Angeles for engagement pictures and when Laura planned a vintage theme shoot, I was thrilled. Here are a few favorites from the day…

Laura, you’re fabulous. No, really, you are.

The light at Balboa Park was just amazing last week and I was in love…

Go on wit yo bad selves….

I was beyond thrilled when Laura and Carlos arranged for a vintage car for the engagement photos…

Laura, augh………..seriously.

I loved all the vintage aspects to the engagement pictures…

Love you guys!

To see more of Laura and Carlos’ vintage engagement session at Balboa Park in Los Angeles, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Katelyn James

    February 8th, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    OMG! These are amazing!!!! Such a new, exciting session! 🙂 Love it!

  2. Lerissa

    February 8th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    LOVE, LOVE…LOVE this!

  3. gladys jem

    February 8th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    aaah! holy man, i love this. everything about it. They’re one good looking couple. Man, now Chris and I have to plan somethin really fabulous for ours. Xo

  4. sarah

    February 8th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    oh, if these are just for the engagement session, i CAN’T WAIT for the wedding photos!

  5. Labradoris

    February 8th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    So vintage. LOVE the hair.

  6. Kaysha

    February 8th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    This couple has some serious style! Can’t wait to see what they put together for their wedding!!

  7. Stephanie Stigman

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    beautiful, I love the ones with the car!

  8. shani barel-desser

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I’ve been to that park so many times, and I’ve NEVER seen t look so good- just beautiful photos!

  9. a

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    HEY, what’s wrong with the slideshow?

  10. Katie

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    The "go on wit yo bad selves" pictures are my favorites! Gorgeous!

  11. kelly beane

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Adore it! Perfectly vintage and beautiful!

  12. Stephanie Stewart

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    What a fun, cool, so perfectly vintage engagement session! She didn’t miss a detail! Love all of these…they both have gorgeous eyes! Fantastic session!

  13. Marcia

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    This has seriously got to be my favourite session of yours yet!! Awesomeness!!

  14. Trista Lerit

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Super duper cute!!!! I love them all!!

  15. anda

    February 8th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Whoa man whoa! These are so good, Jasmine. And they are such a beautiful couple. I love all the vintage-inspired stuff you’ve been shooting lately.

  16. Michelle O

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    LOVE every bit of this shoot! Props to your clients for coming up with such an awesome concept and car!

  17. Rima

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    wow, what do you do to get the skin looking so amazing?! Lovin’ the vintage look!

  18. Shellee Smith

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Love the theme the pictures are wonderful!

  19. ShaZ Ni

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    and i am always in love with your pictures!!! ^_^ . great JOB!! 😀

  20. Crystal Le Mamoulelis

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    so cool! you have the best clients!

  21. Laura Z

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Jasmine these are beeeeuuutiful!

  22. Marisol Izaguirre

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Jasmine 🙂 I love these!!!

  23. Stacey

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I love everything about this. I especially love the detail shot of the rosaries in the car. What a great touch to the photo. And yes, VERY yummy light, indeed! 🙂

  24. Geoff Heith

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    That car makes these pictures magic!!

  25. Alexandra

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:18 pm


  26. Tamara

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Gorgeous….is all I can say. Something you see in magazines…love it.

  27. Radelle

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    These pictures are SO STYLISH it hurts!! LOVELY!!

  28. Erica Velasco

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Super cute, love that she wanted to go vintage.

  29. Heather LaBone

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    UMM Hello! Freakin WOW!!! I think this is one of my favorites you’ve done! I am so in love!!!

  30. Leora Shiff

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Absolutely amazing!! Love the vintage look!!!

  31. Lola

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I love how you make your subjects POP out of the image. Way to go Jazz 🙂

  32. Jennifer

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    I love it!!!! I’m getting ready to do a retro/old hollywood portfolio, and this is exactly what I have in mind! Completely awesome!

  33. Stacey Malleck

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Ahhhhh! Simply perfect.

  34. Leyla

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous shoot! The couple is so adorable, the lighting is just awesome and the power of their love & affection for each other is evident in each shot… Well done, J*!

  35. Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    These are amazing!!

  36. Alex Emes

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! Photoshoots that go back in time to another time. All the elements are present — only difference is the digital clarity not available at that time. Splendidly set up and captured.

  37. stephanie fay

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    UM LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

  38. Neha

    February 8th, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I love this set in every way-the car, location, clothing, make-up, and of course the images!!!! What lenses did you use?

  39. Doug LeMere

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Awesome work….elegant.

  40. Sharon

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    You have the coolest clients!!!

  41. heidi @ idieh design

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    This are super cool!! Love the sassiness of Laura when she’s with the vintage car. 🙂

  42. Christophe Mortier

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    So nice and elegant.
    Cheers from France.

  43. TERESA

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:29 pm


  44. s h e r r y

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    BAH! pfwaahhhhaaa. LOVE THESE PHOTOS! Their vintage outfits, the PINK vintage car!!!! What an amazing couple!!! You captured the vintage-ness SO well 🙂

  45. Nicole Benitez

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    These are gorgeous! The car was a killer detail! Love them all.

  46. Susannah

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    so so so precious! gorgeous couple, gorgeous shoot, and amaaaaazing pink car!

  47. Marissa Rodriguez

    February 8th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    A pink vintage car!? In LOVE!!! So beautiful! Love themed shoots!

  48. jackie lamas

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    gah! vintage awesomeness! love this shoot 🙂

  49. Charlene

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    This is my dream car!! Was is privatly owned or business?

  50. Kelli Taylor

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Oh my gosh! The STYLE! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  51. B

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Um, I think I just drooled. No lie. Jazzy, this was AMAZING. I’m so glad you’re shooting again… can’t wait for more.

  52. Deyla Huss Photography

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Holy Pink car!! Love these Jas! Supa Dupa Fabulous!

  53. Chris c.

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    LOVE these pics!! And I especially adore her blouse. Where did she get it?

  54. jennie

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    i love this couple! beautiful and sweet images!

  55. Katy G

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Gorgeous…car shots are my favorite. I wish more of my clients would spend that much time choosing clothing!

  56. Shefali Shah

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    These are just plain gorgeous! I am obsessed with the car! Great job, Jasmine!

  57. Melinda

    February 8th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    The photos with the car are so stinkin’ sexy! Love them!

  58. amanda thiessen

    February 8th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    such an awesome shoot! love that car!!!

  59. Terrance

    February 8th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Love the classic feel of these photos. The ones with the vintage car rocks!

  60. Leah G.

    February 8th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!! I’m in love with vintage stuff and this shoot is totally amazing! The couple is adorable as well! You’re so blessed J*!

  61. Whinny and Snap

    February 8th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Seriously fantastic! How fun!!

  62. Tacey

    February 8th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    The third frame is HOT HOT HOT!!! Way to go!

  63. Carlos Mendoza

    February 8th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Jasmine You are fantastic, thank you for everything, and can’t wait for our wedding pics. we both love love love love love love love the pics you saw our vision, thank you. you are grreat.

  64. corey

    February 8th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    J, you could never run out of great spots in cali to shoot in… Love it..

  65. Katie Whitcomb

    February 8th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    AHHH!!! Laura, you are girl after my own heart. Jasmine, you totally ROCKED this session, as usual. I am obsessed with the 40s and 50s…

  66. Tracy Blake

    February 8th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

  67. Cathy Crawley

    February 8th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Ahhh these are fabulous! I adore anything vintage and this hits the nail right on the head 🙂

  68. jenny

    February 8th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    you’re right, the light at balboa park is definitely amazing ! It takes a great photographer to know good light!

  69. Edward

    February 8th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    This SCREAMS 50’s LA Vintage! Excellent shoot. Beautiful couple. *POW* Jasmine hits a homer…again!

  70. Angel Canary

    February 8th, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Gorgeous, LOVE that car!!!

  71. Evie Perez

    February 8th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Man these are so dang good. The car..how creative. They look like such a fun couple.

  72. Christine Pobke

    February 8th, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    Beautiful. I love how you always make your clients look so gorgeous and comfortable – and how they ALWAYS, without fail, look like seasoned pros in the modeling industry. 🙂 Love it and love you!

  73. Tim May

    February 8th, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    loving carlos’ hat. What a dude. And i am sorry, but that car is amazing. Loving the internal details.

  74. Yuka photo art

    February 9th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photographs! Stylish couple and this light…….thank you Jasmine, you inspire me!

  75. Miranda

    February 9th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Total gangstar, LOVE IT!!!

  76. LisaK

    February 9th, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Jasmine you are such a pro (just stating the obvious!). I love the way you make everyone look so fabulous. Fantastic shoot!

  77. Dawn McCarthy

    February 9th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Beautiful. Laura’s eyes…wow!

  78. Dawn McCarthy

    February 9th, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Beautiful! And Laura’s eyes…wow!

  79. Chris

    February 9th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Gorgeous! Always an inspiration to view your art.

  80. Nori

    February 9th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Omy… This has to be one of my favorites ever!

  81. Stephanie Karen

    February 9th, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Jasmine you are so amazing! Love the vintage feel, unique and modern!

  82. Mindy

    February 9th, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Love, love, love this shoot and the whole vintage theme!!!!

  83. Lydia

    February 9th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Amazing! With so many vintage shoots going on lately, you still managed to put your stamp on this shoot and make it different. Love the angles and posing!

  84. Jonni Sergi

    February 9th, 2010 at 2:40 am


    You are so good and so creative. These seriously rock!


  85. Nicole

    February 9th, 2010 at 2:48 am

    I like how you are not afraid to direct your couples and get the look that you are after.
    The locations and lighting are beautiful and fitting. And the touch of wind in Laura’s hair in the first car shot adds so much not to mention her stance/pose.
    The engagement ring on the outside of her black gloves is a unique detail that I just adore. You guys hit this one out of the park!

  86. Holli True

    February 9th, 2010 at 3:19 am

    LOVE!! The pink car is amazing and I love that they did a little vintage throw back. So classic! These two are adorable and your work is impeccable!

  87. Kelsey

    February 9th, 2010 at 3:19 am

    These are stunning! I love the Retro Glam look!

  88. Lisa H. Chang

    February 9th, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Great pictures! Great idea! Great execution! Great job! 🙂

  89. Jen May

    February 9th, 2010 at 5:03 am

    lovely. and smooth. 🙂

  90. Harmony Loves

    February 9th, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Smokin! Hot! Seriously!

  91. MelissaFoscardo

    February 9th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Oh my, these are gorgeous, and that car??? Too much. Absolutely adore it.

  92. Hiroko Jolley

    February 9th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I love the nostalgia of these pics!! Was this your idea or theirs because it totally rocks!

  93. Alicia Swedenborg

    February 9th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Love the style! And the pink car. Really love the pink car.

  94. eva

    February 9th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    you photos are so SHARP!
    how do you achieve that?
    i have a digital rebel xti with 50mm/1.4 and my photos NEVER get that sharp:((
    i know my body is not something, but my lens is supposed to be good….
    any advice?

  95. Tina dela Rosa

    February 9th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Clean and beautiful images. Well done!

  96. Arielle

    February 9th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Wow, tehy are gorgeous. 🙂 Congrats to them, and great pics as always, Jasmine!

  97. Elise

    February 9th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I just LOVE these shots! I love anything vintage and this shoot is just amazing.

  98. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    February 9th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    She is going to be a gorgeous bride!!! OMG. I love the car, her outfit the make-up. Her hair looks amazing too

  99. Ala

    February 9th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    these are insanely awesome! i now want to sit in or around a pink vintage car!

  100. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    February 9th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Did a stylist help style this shoot?

  101. ruthie

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    I love the idea of this shoot! Picture number 4 is my favourite! So romantical! 😀

  102. Kristi Montague

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    LOVE these! Fabulous as always!

  103. Nicki

    February 9th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Wow, these are amazing! I love the vintage feel to the pictures and that car is too awesome! 😀

  104. Jennifer

    February 10th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Wow! What an amazing photo session! I love that your clients brought the vintage car and dressed up the way they did! Amazing! Amazing!

  105. Sarah Ciccone

    February 10th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    These are Stunning!! Love the smoothness of the car! I agree with Ruthie…..the 4th pic has to be my fav!! Inspiring 🙂

  106. Stephanie Greenwell

    February 10th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Oh, how I love your engagement shoots! And I love the theme! I had my first and only engagement shoot in November, and the bride went all out for a 1940s theme shoot(http://www.stephaniegreenwell.com/search/label/Sessions%3A%3AEngaged). I really loved it and hope that I’ll have more themed shoots in the future. Great work!

  107. Serendipity Photography

    February 10th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Amazing images!!

  108. kerri Banyas

    February 10th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    These are just perfect!! LOVE the pink car! You just keep getting better and better 🙂

  109. Melanie

    February 10th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Amazing!! Love everything about this shoot

  110. Theresa McDonald

    February 10th, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Lover of all things Vintage! Lover of all things Jasmine!

  111. boudoir photography orlando

    February 11th, 2010 at 12:12 am

    I love your style, as well as your pictures. Very good work. But most importantly, I love how you present a story. Truly talented. Natascha

  112. cassandra m

    February 11th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Oh my gosh…these are awesome! Love that vintage feel and I LOVE THAT PINK car!

  113. feuza

    February 11th, 2010 at 2:49 am

    looks like it s going to be a great wedding!

  114. Jan

    February 11th, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Absolutely amazing! Love the vintage look!

  115. Oakstream Photography

    February 12th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Freakin LOVE these! Love that old car…love the style of the whole shoot. She’s a knock out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  116. Eileen

    February 14th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these shots!!!!!

  117. Laetitia

    February 14th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I love the light, the atmosphere, the style…

  118. Rebecca

    February 16th, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Perfect theme!

  119. Colorado Wedding Photographer

    February 16th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Way cool old car – great prop.

  120. Adore Amore Photography

    February 19th, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Fabulously vintage chic!!!

  121. asme

    February 22nd, 2010 at 5:48 am

    i’m really-really impressed with the tone..crispy sharpness..and your story line for this shoot..and i m really love the vintage idea..love it!!!..keep it up jasmine

  122. John - wedding photographer

    February 23rd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous images… like an even more glamorous Bonnie and Clyde

  123. Krzysztof SerafiDski

    February 25th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I like your photos

  124. Justin

    February 28th, 2010 at 12:16 am

    Wow- beautiful work Jasmine – love the vintage details, compositions and awesome DOF! Really stylin’!

  125. Kathryn

    March 8th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    This is seriously incredible! I love love love the theme! She’s gorgeous, and this looks like a promo photo shoot for a movie.