Malibu Engagement : Laura + Adam


One might say he waited three years to finally get a drink with her, but that’s the nutshell version. In actuality, Adam regularly visited his local Starbucks, ordered a drink, then left. That is, of course, until he caught the eye of a petite barista behind the counter. Whenever Adam walked in, she whispered how cute he was, but kept her distance. After a few small exchanges, Adam walked in and asked Laura out for a drink. She stammered for words and vaguely explained things were complicated (and keenly omitted she was only 19 years old).

Adam went his way, Laura moved to Chicago, Adam moved to a new part of town and found a new Starbucks. Three years later, Laura returned home and returned to the purr of the espresso machine and donned a green apron. One afternoon, Adam walked in. Laura saw him from a distance, still as handsome as she remembered, and quietly said hello. Three years after he asked her out for a drink, he asked her out one more time…and this time she said yes. They’ve been together ever since and are creating a perfect life. Together.

Laura and Adam are planning their wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico this May and I’m honored to be a part of their special day. We met in Malibu for their engagement session and I couldn’t have had more fun. Here are a few of my favorites…

I knew Adam and Laura were great people to begin with, but I saw just how awesome they were the day of their engagement session. When we arrived to the location they chose for the shoot, things didn’t work as they anticipated, so we quickly created a new plan. A new plan that meant we’d simply pull off to the side of the road in Malibu for engagement photos. I’ve never done that before, but it was a new adventure and I LOVED every minute of it!

Laura…really? Go on with all your gorgeousness…

One of the reasons I particularly enjoyed this session was because it dealt a new set of challenges I wasn’t prepared for, and had to quickly adjust my thinking. As we walked through Malibu, we noticed this lot and simply entered through an open gate. The property manager said we weren’t supposed to be there, but he’d let it slide this one time. HOLLLLLLA!

It was very bright and unseasonably warm last week, but Laura and Adam looked like pros…

After a quick change, we discovered a walking path (okay, it was more like a overgrown bush adjacent to a mountain), that yielded the most amaaaazing light. Ever. I was in love.


I’ll end this post with this happy photo…it perfectly showcases everything Laura and Adam are: happy, in love, and perfectly matched for each other.

To see more of Laura and Adam’s Malibu engagement photos with Holley Maher music provided by The Music Bed, feel free to CLICK HERE or simply watch it now:

Happy Thursday!

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  1. Rhema sturgeon

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    These are lovely!! Way to work on the fly Jasmine!

  2. Pasha Belman Photography

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations to the beautiful couple on their engagement. Jasmine* you are amazing as always… Love their portraits, love your photography.. Huge Fan πŸ™‚


  3. Donna M Kennedy

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Just gorgeous. I admire your work and hope to meet you someday!

  4. LaTara Johnson

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Beautiful images! Great job, as always!


    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Okay seriously…could they BE any more perfectly matched?!?! My goodness..they look GREAT together..and I LOVE this session! Laura’s style is awesome too…and Adam looks to have some rocking tattoos! Great session Jasmine…especially how spontaneous it turned out to be! You continue to amaze!

  6. Meredith Sledge

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    LOVE THESE PICTURES! And she sounds like she shares a similar personality as me. Love it!

  7. Jenny Sager

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    What a stunning couple..and their smiles are genuine and infectious! How ever did you get them laughing all the time.. !!! Great sessions Jasmine!!! An inspiration as always

  8. Cassi Claire

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Ahhhh!! I’m going to be in Riviera Maya, Mexico in May!!! Please let me 3rd shoot! πŸ™‚

  9. Haley Johnston

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:33 pm



    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Beautiful!! easy to see how much they love each other πŸ™‚

  11. Isa

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    This is beautiful Jaz!! Great job like usual… Beautiful couple and I love their story πŸ™‚

  12. Katie Higbee

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    You have no idea how often I get to the end of one of your posts and realize that I am literally holding my breath! When I say your photos are breathtaking… I really truly mean it!

  13. Dallas

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Eeeee, this is the most joyful, fun and fresh engagement shoot ever! Truly awesome work, Jasmine. Also, great idea to add the pinterest buttons. I’ve already pinned my faves πŸ™‚

  14. Christy

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What an amazing story they have! It is like a movie, the kind that makes me heart skip a beat. Gorgeous session, and gorgeous couple!

  15. Rachel Tatem

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    What an awesome story. It seems almost like a movie flashback. Such a lovely couple, looks like they are a really fun couple!

  16. Jared Wanzer Photography

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    gorgeous! love every single photo.

  17. Carla Barnett

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:47 pm


  18. Lou Raimondi

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Nice story and I wish them well. Thanks for sharing. I am always amazed by the way you adapt to the situation and make it work. These side of the road shots are better than most of the researched, planned and "perfectly executed" shoots I’ve seen from others. I don’t even shoot this type of stuff, but I’m amazed at your approach to shoots and always learned something following you. Keep doing what you do!

  19. Shawna

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Gorgeous couple and amazing photos with you’re right…AMAZING light!

  20. Whitney Dupuis

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Gorgeous! You prove again just how talented you are by working with the situation you have rather than panicking about the unknowns. These are breathtaking.

  21. kat

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    as always so simple, clean, and emotional. I feel like i want to go have a drink with these two!

    love the story to start it all out!

  22. Camila

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    their story is incredible! gave me goose bumps!! and the pictures — to die for. amazing job.

  23. Kimberly

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    OK, every thing is amazing. All of your photos are amazing. But I have to know how you are able to get such richness of color? Its like it freshly rained in each photo! How do you do that? What am I not getting????

  24. Jessica

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Ok, so the story is amazing and out of a fairy tale, these pictures are fabulous (of course), but the best part? You said "rawr" hahahahahahaha totally just made my day πŸ˜‰

  25. Tamara

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    WOW. What a great story and fantastic set of images. They are both so beautiful and so happy together.

  26. Susana Cristina

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    L.O.V.E. the images, their style, the emotions…

  27. Elizabeth

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    fabulous pictures j*!!!

  28. Mandy Caudill

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    THIS IS AMAZING WORK as always. Look forward to the next!

  29. Erin

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Am I really the 1st to comment?! Never happened before! Y aya!

    Anyway, the 1st B&W down are my favorite from this session. What a BEAUTIFUL couple, beautiful location, & as always, beautiful photos… Wowzers.

  30. Andrew Lipsett

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    As always, fantastic!

  31. Jennifer Kelly

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Beautiful pics! She is absolutely adorable (he’s not half bad either ;/ – love his freckles) – looks like a fun photoshoot! Best of luck to them.

  32. anna

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Love the Pinterest feature!!

  33. Em

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I love random adventures that involve cameras and pulling over to the side of the road on a whim of inspiration. Love the photos!

  34. Holly

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    ahhhhh… that 2nd image from the top….. droooooool. you’re so good!! πŸ˜€

  35. sherri lynn

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    What a fun couple! I love that their session happened on the side of the road…and what a cute story they have! Laura is beautiful!

  36. Janice

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    She is gorgeous! Very nice!

  37. Gail

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    These are SOOO gorgeous, J! Love their outfits, how comfortable you can tell they are together and that LIGHT. Good grief, can’t you please find a way to bottle some of it and send it my way? πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  38. Jillian

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    LOVE this! These photographs are so lovely. Her eyes are beautiful. Very nice!

  39. Natallia

    February 23rd, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Love the story and the pics!! πŸ™‚

  40. Gladys

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    A favorite from you this year and it’s only Feb! LOVEEE these Jasmine!

  41. Jenn Alton

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Love the lighting and genuine expressions. And I’m thrilled with how you’re embracing Pinterest. Hope to talk to you individually in Boston next month!

  42. Jen Cooke

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful love story!

  43. Nicoletta Daskalakis

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I got goosebumps reading their love story and the pictures match perfectly, great post, Jasmine. Thank you x

  44. Antonphotography

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    how you find amazing road sides… I don’t know! Great pictures as always x

  45. Gabby / En Route Photography

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Beautiful light as always! πŸ˜‰

  46. dee

    February 23rd, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    OMG! Her hair is SO FIERCE! Wow!

  47. Emma Wheatley

    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Jasmine, this is probably my favorite engagement session that I have ever seen of yours. Seriously, these photos are amazing. Great work πŸ™‚

  48. Emma Wheatley

    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Jasmine, this is probably my favorite engagement session that I have ever seen of yours. Seriously, these photos are amazing. Great work πŸ™‚

  49. Annetta

    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Great job, Jasmine. Gorgeous couple.

  50. Caroline Frost Photography

    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    My fave e-session of yours I’ve seen yet! And that’s saying a lot because I love them all…

  51. Stephanie Stewart

    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Love this couple, they seem so sweet and so stylish, cannot wait to see their wedding in Mexico! Beautiful work, as always!

  52. Laura Young

    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Unbelieveable!!! That’s us!! Thank you so much for rolling with the punches and being amazing! We could not have asked for a better experience! Can’t wait for Mexico <3

  53. Candace Prokopets

    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Jasmine, these are beautiful! You made some great photos out of a difficult situation. You can’t tell at all! I especially love the emotion in that last one.

  54. Bobbie Brown

    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Looove their story, and their pictures!

  55. Adam

    February 23rd, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I love this session very much. Your Black and White photos are gorgeous.

  56. John Wearing

    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    She is gorgeous and he is handsome, they look so good together. I just hope and pray that they will enjoy a long and happy life in each other’s company

  57. Mette Laurent

    February 23rd, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Ooohhh…what a beautiful couple…they are gorgeous! Love the photos…just show you don’t need a "fancy" location, if you know your light and can bring out the true personalities:)!

  58. Andrea P.

    February 23rd, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Gorgeous photos and what beautiful light! You made it work beautifully J*. What a beautiful and happy couple. Wish you both much happiness always.

  59. ashley barnett

    February 23rd, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    She is SO cute. Former barista over here too! These are awesome- loving the tones and colors!!!

  60. Life with Kaishon

    February 24th, 2012 at 12:16 am

    She is so pretty. What a beauty!

  61. Yarra Valley Wedding Photography

    February 24th, 2012 at 1:39 am

    What a gorgeous couple! Amazing photography too, but thats no surprise!

  62. Kaley Gill

    February 24th, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Laura is so gorgeous. The story of how they met is amazing. Can’t wait to see their wedding pictures once they get hitched. You are perfection, as always, Jasmine.

  63. Alexis

    February 24th, 2012 at 1:57 am

    I love the song! πŸ™‚ Who knew you could get royalty-free music! I’ve known about royalty-free photos online for the longest but never heard about royalty-free music…until now! πŸ™‚ Thanks J*! Keep up the a-mazing work! πŸ˜‰

  64. Pamela

    February 24th, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Gorgeous! The last shot is my fave!

  65. Breanne

    February 24th, 2012 at 2:42 am

    seriously, these are gorgeous!

  66. Adam Queen

    February 24th, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Like I said on FB… THANKS SO MUCH! We absolutely love them! We couldn’t be happier! You rocked it out for us!

  67. Lisa P.

    February 24th, 2012 at 6:01 am

    Hi Jasmine. What a sweet love story! I love the photos. The light is great. Things happen for a reason. I think the location of the shoot served to showcase the beauty of this couple.

  68. alexandra

    February 24th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    they are beautiful (i love her hair!) and these are gorgeous as always!!!!

  69. Suzy G

    February 24th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    The last photo made me smile and tear up a little. That’s what it’s all about, I felt happy for them, for their love. Awesomeness.

  70. Tiffany Buckmiller

    February 24th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    That is the coolest-sweetest-randomest story! Pretty sure there should be a cheesy romantic comedy made based on it. and of course the photos are great πŸ˜‰

  71. beca essing

    February 25th, 2012 at 3:22 am

    finally, a bride with short, funky hair! i love it. what a fun couple!

  72. Marie-Laure

    February 25th, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    This is a very cute e-session

  73. Meredith S.

    February 27th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Awesome shots, Jasmine! and they’re adorable!!

  74. Yuliya Callahan

    February 28th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    How do you do that? Always find the silliest locations and make them look BEAUTIFUL!

  75. Edward

    February 28th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    gorgeous couple and wonderful moments!

  76. Delaware Wedding Photographer

    February 28th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Great job with this e-session they look very happy!

  77. Sarah

    February 28th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    You gotta tell me how you do that! Especially the shot of Laura and Adam under those lights with the shadow stretched out in front of them. How do you ensure that they don’t end up underexposed with that amazing light behind them?

  78. Stephanie Stremler Photography

    February 29th, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous couple – amazing pictures!

  79. Alisah Kamps

    March 2nd, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Gorgeous photos, and a gorgeous couple! They suit each other so well. I love this shoot. I’d already looked at this post once, then I came back today and looked through them all again. So pretty!

  80. Britney Chickenpow

    March 3rd, 2012 at 6:27 am

    That story is adorable, first of all! How cute! And you know what, these pictures are awesome!! They are a bit different than what you normally do, still true to your style, but you could tell you had to step out of some comfort zones, and you rocked them out! Keep doing this whole..side adventure thing, it’s awesome!

  81. Monika R Photography

    March 8th, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Lovely, cheerful couple! Sometimes less planned e-shoot is better, letting things happen their own way. Gorgeous images! Bravo, Jasmine:)

  82. Cameron + Tracy

    March 9th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Gorgeous as always! We’ll will be in the Riveria Maya area in Mexico as well in May to document a wedding. If its around the same time, we hope to bump into you then. πŸ™‚

  83. Nick

    March 14th, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Wonderful feel – gorgeous couple, beautifully photographed!

  84. Mohaimen Kazi Photography

    March 15th, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Love your work Jasmine! This is a great looking couple, I can really see their chemistry in these photos.

  85. Mario

    March 29th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Great job!

  86. Lauren Kim Photography

    April 1st, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    What an amazing story and beautiful photographs to match!!!

  87. Photographer Barrie

    April 9th, 2012 at 1:55 am

    Great session with such a nice feel to it! Beautiful!

  88. Scott Smallin

    April 14th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    They are absolutely adorable. Beautiful photos.