Los Angeles Engagement : Marie+Charlie


He was the one shaking hands and saying hello on the first day of class. His smiled beamed and he walked with a confident stride. And if there were babies to be held or cats to be saved from trees, he would likely do it. He was on a mission to be class president. Or at least Marie thought so. Gunner. That’s the first thing she thought when she saw him and his beaming smile.

On the first day of medical school, Marie and a couple friends reviewed the incoming students on a list posted to a wall. Her eyes fell upon a singular name, followed by the letters PhD. Her fingers gingerly pointed to his name and said, This guy already has a PhD! In a stroke of fate, he stood next to her and said, That’s me…hi, I’m Charlie… Of course. Of course Charlie would already have a PhD. He was handsome, his smile beamed, and he’d save a cat from a tree. Charlie stuck out his hand and they shook. As much as she wanted to deny it, Gunner was cute.

They remained friends, dated other people, and enjoyed BBQ’s throughout the school year. Charlie was a master party planner and event coordinator, but one night turned the reigns over to Marie to plan bowling night. In the midst of a snow storm, no one RSVP’d. Except Charlie. They bowled together, Marie won (which she notes whenever possible), and they watched a movie at her place. That’s how their love story began. And the best part? Marie voted for Charlie for class president.

I’m thrilled to be shooting their wedding next May in Pennsylvania…everything tells me their wedding is going to be just as fabulous as them…they flew to Los Angeles for their engagement session last week and I’m completely smitten with everything they are…

I love shooting in Los Angeles…I’m a total city girl. There’s something about the grit, the imperfection, the rawness of it all…Marie and Charlie have a way of making it look gorgeous…

I love this photo. I don’t know what it is…I just do.

My favorite photo. Hands down. Marie looks like she can grace the pages of any fashion magazine…and for those who asked, her dress is by French Connection

This photo isn’t really my style, but I decided to try something new and use light differently…I still have a lot to learn to make it better, but I like the feeling…

Now for some soft, dewey light…my fav…

For a few months I’ve had this urge to take an aerial photo. I’ve been waiting. And waiting. And previsualizing. When I arrived in LA for their engagement session, I roamed the streets to find shooting locations. I found this driveway (with a walkway overhead) and I knew I could make it work…I just had to convince Marie and Charlie. Lucky for me, it took very little convincing (I loooooove them!) and I hope they like the photo…and didn’t think I was too crazy for asking such a random request…

Marie, you’re divine.

Okay, so I’ll end this post with the following photos. The backstory…
Marie teaches Zumba. And she’s a great teacher. So good people write on her Facebook page to ask about her music, and moves. Not gonna lie, I’m a little jealous. Anyway, I told her via email I’d likely request her to show her moves during the engagement session. At the end, I was all, Okay, Marie…show me what you got! Then she just stood there. Feet solidly placed on the pavement. Apparently, Marie had performance anxiety. Now, I probably should have let it go…but I didn’t. I call this subtle technique PEER PRESSURE. Finally, after much cajoling, Charlie turned to Marie and told her they didn’t fly 3,000 miles for engagement photos to not be her silly self. So he offered to dance with her. This.Is.Love.

To see more photos from Marie and Charlie’s engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Caitlin

    August 23rd, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    These are gorgeous – love the dancing ones πŸ™‚

  2. Sarah M

    August 23rd, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    Great shoot! Love the one where "it’s not really your style." Yay for going outside your box!

  3. Ashley

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Gorgeous, Jasmine. This couple is absolutely adorable… one of my favorites yet πŸ™‚

  4. Katie

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Love these! Especially the dancing ones – glad you didn’t let it go πŸ™‚

  5. TracyWB

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    wow, what a stylish couple. beautiful work as always, Jasmine. and those last few of the dancing, i just love!

  6. Rhonda

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful! Love the dancing pictures!

  7. sarah

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    the zumba photos are to die for!! and it’s great and comforting to hear you still have issues with light. if YOU still have issues, then i don’t feel so terrible that i do. πŸ™‚

  8. Emily Ebeling

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    That last set is HILARIOUS!

    I like the idea of using the light in a different way- amazing what working with another photographer will stir up in you πŸ™‚ Keep it up- I’m sure you’ll just get more confident and work out some stunning photos using the light that way! ~em

  9. Jennie Baer

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I LOVE THIS POST! I love that you are trying new things, I love that you admit to still learning, I love that you got them to DANCE!
    You ROCK Jasmine*

  10. Tiffany

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    I LOVE everything about the engagement shoot! The wardrobe, location, the couple, your mad skillz! le sigh*

  11. LEOLAK

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    AWESOMENESS!!! Great shots J*! They seem like such a fun couple…I love the ending shots….too cute!

  12. cara

    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    j*star, you’re amazing. I mean, yes, this couple is unnaturally (but in a really friendly, approachable way) good-looking. But you are a serious rockstar, and you’re gonna rock Seattle, too. Just sayin.

  13. Sarah Danaher

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Awwww, the dancing shots are SO ADORABLE!! Yeahβ€” he’s a good guy if he’s willing to be ridiculous to make her feel comfortable. =)

  14. Krissy

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    beautiful as always…

  15. Marissa Nicole

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Love the last series of shots. I can hear the laughing and snickering. I can even see the faces of on lookers thinking "um what the heck". Love it!

  16. Cherisse

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Beautiful Jasmine! The Zumba shots are awesome! She is going to make a beautiful bride to Mr. P.H.D! What a cute couple πŸ™‚

  17. ronnie slavin

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Super cute couple. Especially love her shoes and his flip flops!

  18. Elisa Mitchell

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    She looks so eligant and unique. I love her style. They seem very happy together. Great as always Jasmine*

  19. Jarusha

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Can’t wait to see you in Seattle!

  20. Becky

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Gorgeous couple!! love this session. Good thing you put on some peer pressure, that last sequence is so cute!

  21. Emily Dobson

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the dance photos. What a great way to incoporate THEM into the photos.

  22. Alex

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Jasmine, these are insanely beautiful – my favourite by far is the one from the sky looking down at them on the floor – lovely!

  23. Giselle

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Gorgeous photos! What a chic couple… Thanks for sharing the dress name, but about Charlie’s SHOES? Excellent job, as always!

  24. Studio Hera Bell

    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    That areal shot of the couple rocks Jasmine. I love such unusual angle shots. Wonderful. Cheers, Hera

  25. Jasmine*

    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    @Giselle: Hahahaha!!! I was going to write something about that too, but I didn’t think people would know what I was referring to…you, apparently, would. 10,000 bonus cool points to you! πŸ˜‰

  26. Emily Steffen

    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    How adorable is that DANCING sequence! I am in love with that! Great photos, as always, Jasmine! πŸ™‚

  27. anda

    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    HOLY MOLY. It doesn’t get much better than this. I am in LOVE with this session, Jasmine. Awesome work!!!! And, they are a beautiful couple.

  28. Barbara Yasuhara

    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Jasmine, I love the element of SALSA in this shoot! Love that dress and what a great choice of zapaticos! Great job again girlfriend!

    See you on the 25th, I am so excited!

  29. Romonia I.

    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    LOVE this session! Love the colors, the vibe and the couple! Marie knows how to dress!!! Those heels [both pair] are hot and I love that French Connection dress and her pencil skirt. I may need to head to PA for a Zumba class from Marie because she knows how to move!!!! Love the last shot, her facial expression is priceless/hilarious! Great captures J* and I love how you played with the light. The shadows from the tree and the couple bouncing off the wall is beautiful. The aerial shot is very nice as well.

  30. Sheri J

    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    I love the "Zumba" pictures, glad she caved in πŸ™‚

  31. Marie

    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Seriously, I woke up this morning (late) and checked your blog, 1st thing, which woulda been really early CA time, you should take a nap. Then pack. =D Thank you Mrs. de la Torre! You are fabulicious!

    And yeah, Giselle, gets major points. I wonder if the man in the background caught that.

  32. Lydia

    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Yep, the dancing pictures are my favorites!!

  33. Alicia Candelora

    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Um yeah so her outfits and shoes……to. die. for.

  34. The real L.A. love story.

    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    the yellow skirt outfit is killer! with the mahogany shoes and cream top–love their style.

  35. B

    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    SissyWissy, I wub juw! This was simply gorgeous, darling. Gorgeous. xoxo

  36. Lyn Ismael-Bennett

    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Ohh la la! That gold dress looks awesome! What a stunning couple!

  37. barbara

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    ~Her sophisticated style and his relaxed style really make these photos pop…that and your AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY πŸ™‚

  38. Jackie Lamas

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    they are absolutely adorable and soooo in LOVE!

  39. melanie :: wyoming photographer

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    these are fabulous! how do you get people to dress so fabulously! we are a bit sheltered here in WYO πŸ˜‰

  40. Chung

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    That last series is so sweet and incredibly hilarious. Great job, guys!

  41. joanna

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    oh gosh, the last series made me fall in love with them!!

  42. Dee

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    LOVE this post!

  43. Melanie

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Love the last one! So cute.

  44. Laura Radniecki

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    I have to admit – I’m not sure what Zumba is, even though I have heard of it before. YouTube here I come?? These photos are beautiful – easy to look and and quick to love. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Shefali Lindsey

    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    What a gorgeous couple. My favorites are the last ones where they are dancing. So cute!!!

  46. Alicia Damron

    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Those last ones are my favorites! I love the silliness, good for her to let the control go for a minute! And for you to apply the peer pressure!

  47. Pamela Topping

    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    She’s gorgeous! I love the dancing photos. Their personalities shine πŸ™‚

  48. Karen

    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    The last set is adorable. =]

  49. Ashley Sellers

    August 23rd, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    The photo that’s totally "not your style" is amazing. Absolutely amazing.

  50. meaghan

    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    these are incredible. i’ve been following your work for the last 6 months and this is my first comment – i just couldn’t hold back, i’m in LOVE with these shots! the aerial one is awesome – wow πŸ™‚

  51. Alli Mc

    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Awesome photos, awesome couple! Love them busting a move!

  52. Paulette

    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    GREAT ending to a great post! Loved those fun shots – really showed her personality for those of us who don’t know her. Loved them all!

  53. Nicole Landgrebe

    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    they are a gorgeous couple….. the slide show was devine… so many cute images!

  54. Dubai-photographer

    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Love your pics, very original and different

  55. John Johnston

    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    lol at the dancing ones. Brilliant.
    Love your favourite shot of the day. Ive said it before and i’ll say it again, your use of available light is fantastic

  56. Miz Booshay

    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    This is my new favorite session, Jasmine.
    Such personality and creativity!!!

  57. Life with Kaishon

    August 23rd, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I love them! The couple! SO much fun! And the pictures. Of course I LOVE the pictures. And, they are from Pennsylvania! See, we have the cool, cool, COOLEST people here! Love their shoot so much! I feel happy for them!

  58. ErikaM

    August 24th, 2010 at 12:54 am

    I love this! They look SO in love too. What a beautiful shoot!

  59. Wanted Imagery (Rebecca)

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    these are awesome Jasmine!! Love the sparkly dress. I was thinking before I read that she taught Zumba, that she had a great little figure! I also love that you chose to post the photo where you tried something different to your usual shooting. Great post! Great pics!

  60. Kristina

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Love, love the Zumba pics!! It got me!

  61. Jodi Harris

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Love it very creative and fun. You really tuned into the couples personality. Awesome!

  62. steff

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    the pics of them dancing might be my favorites from the entire past year!

  63. D. Marie

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I love the shots, but love her shoes even more! They look like such a fun couple.

  64. frannie

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    This has to be one of my FAVES of yours!!! Everything is just beautiful and perfect. <3

  65. Kevin Wrenn Photography

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Great series of shots Jasmine! I love the one where she’s on the curb. And the one where they are laying on the concrete is very cool and so LA! No grass in the concrete jungle πŸ™‚ !

  66. Kelly Beane

    August 24th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Aw, that last dancing set is so awesome! Love any incorporation of what the couple is into. And the aerial shot – bravo.

  67. Leani Holmes

    August 24th, 2010 at 7:12 am

    She’s got the same gorgeous skin and hair as Julianne Moore. And I think you aced it with that aerial shot!

  68. Girl in The White Dress

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Just when I thought your style was set, you’re trying new things, brave of you knowing millions of people are watching! I love the dancing series πŸ™‚ x

  69. angela young

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Love every single one! πŸ™‚ What a pretty couple!

  70. Lora Ayers

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Wow, look at the walls full of color and texture. Love the contrast of her dress and the graffiti!

  71. kimbrali

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    woah. i need to get into a zumba class pronto. this couple is gorgeous. they compliment each other so well and of course the images are great as usual.

  72. Bobbie Brown

    August 24th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Oh my goodness I LOOOOOOOVE that aerial shot! Wow! LOVE.IT and all the others πŸ™‚

  73. Heather Corporan

    August 24th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    LOOOOOOOVE the last set. I don’t know these two, but I’d say those would be the most priceless! Sah-weet!

  74. jakki

    August 24th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    she is working those heels! loving that! but my favorite photo is the walkway photo…gorgeous

  75. Alicia Swedenborg

    August 24th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Hihihi, looove the Zumba photos! And the aerial photo, great work Jasmine! πŸ™‚ Oh, and Marie’s outfits are stunning, she should be a stylist!!

  76. malika.h

    August 25th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    there is something about them two that i Love .. it’s beautiful. I can’t explain it.

  77. kristin

    August 25th, 2010 at 1:50 am

    good Gawd…….I want to marry marie…..or at least her LEGS! he ain’t shabby either. they make a beautiful couple. glad you could make her bust a move

  78. Amber Fox

    August 25th, 2010 at 5:14 am

    Ok, LOVE. These are awesome. I love it when you take your couples to these sorts of places. I think this is one of my favorite shoots of your yet Jasmine! Good work and bravo!

  79. s h e r r y

    August 25th, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Gorgeous photos! Her gold dress is INCREDIBLE! And I definitely love that aerial photo! πŸ™‚

  80. Katy Beckham

    August 25th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Man, this girl can dress! One of the best looking couples together yet!

  81. Ginger Murray

    August 25th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Gorgeous couple. I adore her outfit choices. Your fave pic is mine as well.

  82. Daniela Anderson

    August 26th, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Love that sparkly dress! She has such a lovely shape for it too. Beautiful couple. Beautiful captures. : )

  83. hope

    August 26th, 2010 at 3:55 am

    what an absolutely fun session! ur awesome. thx for what you are doing via creative live!

  84. Brianna

    August 26th, 2010 at 5:32 am

    those red shoes rock my world… just sayin!
    These two look fabulous!

  85. Roxy E

    August 26th, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Fabulous! Love her outfits and she has the perfect skin! WOW!

  86. Jessica Riggle

    August 26th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    The zumba story with accompanying photos made my eyes well up.

    Ridiculous. But True. So True.
    Now for some chocolate…..

  87. Rachel

    August 26th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Really beautiful shots! And I love her dress so thanks for that info πŸ™‚

  88. shmilyface

    August 27th, 2010 at 4:34 am

    I am IN LOVE with that pencil skirt. Love. Me. I love it.

  89. Shannon Gray

    August 28th, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Love these photos! They are amazing!! Very inspiring…Love your work!

  90. Kacy Hughes

    August 28th, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I love her outfit choices and her awesome hairdo! I watched some of the wedding today (as much as my kids would allow me to) and I was really inspired. Thanks for doing this!

  91. Emily Heizer Photography

    August 29th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    CRAZY sparkle dress! I love the dark mustard pencil with the voila libraian top the best though!

  92. Rebecca Mercia

    September 2nd, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Love Love Love! I love the photos, I want the dress, and I want to learn Zumba so I get hot legs like Marie! πŸ™‚

  93. Devika

    September 6th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Marie is as beautiful and delicate as a lily. This shoot is one of my favorites. I wish you could take pictures where the husband and I could look like this. Sigh.

  94. Fotogrāfs

    September 18th, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Jasmine, great feeling with your pictures. Some film effect. Nice!

  95. Ben

    September 19th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I Love the wood background, her dancing make me smile

  96. asme

    September 26th, 2010 at 3:34 am

    nice urban photoshoot..as usuall..ur photo make me crazy!!

  97. Truc

    October 1st, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I love the love story, and the dancing!

  98. Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographer

    October 5th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Wow I didn’t know you were in LA! I saw you posted randomly in someone’s blog one day and loved your work. I’ve been doing a random search on google for LA photographers and you randomly popped up! πŸ™‚ Your name is defintiely memorable. Great layout btw!

  99. Tasha Christensen

    October 13th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I always check out my blog – but NEVER leave a comment – your are way to talented and have amazing sessions- I feel like I am less than adequate to even be ‘stealing a peak’ but I enjoyed hearing you speak and WPPI and your work inspires me. Thank you for sharing and being so open to sharing with budding photographers like me. KISSES! πŸ™‚

  100. Ireland

    October 19th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Love the images, so real looking. Love the last few in particular when they are not aware of the camera.

  101. IngaMae

    October 22nd, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    This couple totally reminds me of the Bride and Bridgroom coming for his perfect bride…Jesus and the Church.ITS EPIC and you captured them well!!!!!!!!

  102. 1314 studio

    October 26th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I like her outfits alot too, especially the second one.

  103. Neil Mackenzie

    October 31st, 2010 at 8:58 am

    love your images, the locations really add to the images, the couple look so relaxed in front of the camera, and willing to have a bit of fun. I hope they are just as relaxed on there wedding day. great couple to photograph.

  104. brooke

    November 6th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Wow what a talented and beautiful couple. Super job capturing their vibrant natures.


  105. Kaley

    February 27th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Love your blog Jasmine. You inspired me to start my own. My fav shot is the aerial photo. Clearly experimenting works wonders for you.

  106. Wedding Photography Denver

    October 4th, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Its beautiful engagement photos. both are looking so lovely. i liked it and i must say nice photo shoot.

  107. m

    December 11th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    πŸ™‚ Two years later and I still I love watching my slide show. Have I told you I miss you lately??