Malibu Engagement : Laura + Adam

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 -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:27 pm

  2. Pasha Belman Photography -

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


      2.23.12 - 4:29 pm

  3. Donna M Kennedy -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:30 pm

  4. LaTara Johnson -

    Beautiful images! Great job, as always!

      2.23.12 - 4:31 pm

  5. LEOLAK -

    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!

      2.23.12 - 4:31 pm

  6. Meredith Sledge -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:31 pm

  7. Jenny Sager -

    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

      2.23.12 - 4:32 pm

  8. Cassi Claire -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:33 pm

  9. Haley Johnston -


      2.23.12 - 4:33 pm


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

      2.23.12 - 4:34 pm

  11. Isa -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:34 pm

  12. Katie Higbee -

    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!

      2.23.12 - 4:35 pm

  13. Dallas -

    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™‚

      2.23.12 - 4:36 pm

  14. Christy -

    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!

      2.23.12 - 4:37 pm

  15. Rachel Tatem -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:39 pm

  16. Jared Wanzer Photography -

    gorgeous! love every single photo.

      2.23.12 - 4:39 pm

  17. Carla Barnett -


      2.23.12 - 4:47 pm

  18. Lou Raimondi -

    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!

      2.23.12 - 4:50 pm

  19. Shawna -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:51 pm

  20. Whitney Dupuis -

    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.

      2.23.12 - 4:53 pm

  21. kat -

    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!

      2.23.12 - 4:54 pm

  22. Camila -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:55 pm

  23. Kimberly -

    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????

      2.23.12 - 4:56 pm

  24. Jessica -

    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˜‰

      2.23.12 - 4:57 pm

  25. Tamara -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:58 pm

  26. Susana Cristina -

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

      2.23.12 - 4:58 pm

  27. Elizabeth -

    fabulous pictures j*!!!

      2.23.12 - 5:01 pm

  28. Mandy Caudill -

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

      2.23.12 - 5:07 pm

  29. Erin -

    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.

      2.23.12 - 5:10 pm

  30. Andrew Lipsett -

    As always, fantastic!

      2.23.12 - 5:15 pm

  31. Jennifer Kelly -

    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.

      2.23.12 - 5:16 pm

  32. anna -

    Love the Pinterest feature!!

      2.23.12 - 5:19 pm

  33. Em -

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

      2.23.12 - 5:22 pm

  34. Holly -

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

      2.23.12 - 5:24 pm

  35. sherri lynn -

    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!

      2.23.12 - 5:31 pm

  36. Janice -

    She is gorgeous! Very nice!

      2.23.12 - 5:34 pm

  37. Gail -

    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

      2.23.12 - 5:34 pm

  38. Jillian -

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

      2.23.12 - 5:39 pm

  39. Natallia -

    Love the story and the pics!! πŸ™‚

      2.23.12 - 5:56 pm

  40. Gladys -

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

      2.23.12 - 6:05 pm

  41. Jenn Alton -

    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!

      2.23.12 - 6:05 pm

  42. Jen Cooke -

    Wow, what a beautiful love story!

      2.23.12 - 6:24 pm

  43. Nicoletta Daskalakis -

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

      2.23.12 - 6:25 pm

  44. Antonphotography -

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

      2.23.12 - 6:26 pm

  45. Gabby / En Route Photography -

    Beautiful light as always! πŸ˜‰

      2.23.12 - 6:59 pm

  46. dee -

    OMG! Her hair is SO FIERCE! Wow!

      2.23.12 - 6:59 pm

  47. Emma Wheatley -

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

      2.23.12 - 7:15 pm

  48. Emma Wheatley -

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

      2.23.12 - 7:15 pm

  49. Annetta -

    Great job, Jasmine. Gorgeous couple.

      2.23.12 - 7:23 pm

  50. Caroline Frost Photography -

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

      2.23.12 - 7:50 pm

  51. Stephanie Stewart -

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

      2.23.12 - 8:07 pm

  52. Laura Young -

    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

      2.23.12 - 8:18 pm

  53. Candace Prokopets -

    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.

      2.23.12 - 8:24 pm

  54. Bobbie Brown -

    Looove their story, and their pictures!

      2.23.12 - 8:28 pm

  55. Adam -

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

      2.23.12 - 8:37 pm

  56. John Wearing -

    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

      2.23.12 - 9:14 pm

  57. Mette Laurent -

    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:)!

      2.23.12 - 9:28 pm

  58. Andrea P. -

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

      2.23.12 - 10:18 pm

  59. ashley barnett -

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

      2.23.12 - 11:23 pm

  60. Life with Kaishon -

    She is so pretty. What a beauty!

      2.24.12 - 12:16 am

  61. Yarra Valley Wedding Photography -

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

      2.24.12 - 1:39 am

  62. Kaley Gill -

    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.

      2.24.12 - 1:46 am

  63. Alexis -

    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˜‰

      2.24.12 - 1:57 am

  64. Pamela -

    Gorgeous! The last shot is my fave!

      2.24.12 - 2:31 am

  65. Breanne -

    seriously, these are gorgeous!

      2.24.12 - 2:42 am

  66. Adam Queen -

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

      2.24.12 - 6:01 am

  67. Lisa P. -

    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.

      2.24.12 - 6:01 am

  68. alexandra -

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

      2.24.12 - 4:20 pm

  69. Suzy G -

    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.

      2.24.12 - 7:51 pm

  70. Tiffany Buckmiller -

    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˜‰

      2.24.12 - 10:58 pm

  71. beca essing -

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

      2.25.12 - 3:22 am

  72. Marie-Laure -

    This is a very cute e-session

      2.25.12 - 1:04 pm

  73. Meredith S. -

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

      2.27.12 - 6:01 pm

  74. Yuliya Callahan -

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

      2.28.12 - 4:41 pm

  75. Edward -

    gorgeous couple and wonderful moments!

      2.28.12 - 5:14 pm

  76. Delaware Wedding Photographer -

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

      2.28.12 - 6:58 pm

  77. Sarah -

    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?

      2.28.12 - 10:34 pm

  78. Stephanie Stremler Photography -

    Gorgeous couple – amazing pictures!

      2.29.12 - 8:34 pm

  79. Alisah Kamps -

    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!

      3.2.12 - 8:36 pm

  80. Britney Chickenpow -

    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!

      3.3.12 - 6:27 am

  81. Monika R Photography -

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

      3.8.12 - 3:12 am

  82. Cameron + Tracy -

    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™‚

      3.9.12 - 5:10 pm

  83. Nick -

    Wonderful feel – gorgeous couple, beautifully photographed!

      3.14.12 - 12:52 am

  84. Mohaimen Kazi Photography -

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

      3.15.12 - 4:44 am

  85. Mario -

    Great job!

      3.29.12 - 1:06 am

  86. Lauren Kim Photography -

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

      4.1.12 - 9:50 pm

  87. Photographer Barrie -

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

      4.9.12 - 1:55 am

  88. Scott Smallin -

    They are absolutely adorable. Beautiful photos.

      4.14.12 - 4:33 pm

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