Mary Jane and Mark : Engagement

Mary Jane and Mark : Engagement


He spoke a little too loudly to Mark and in a tone that made his 90-year-old lips crease with authority. That Janey, the elderly man boomed from the living room, she’s a real keeper…if I was just a little younger…. His voice trailed off, but the truth of his words lingered in the air.

It was Thanksgiving. Janey and Mark were invited to spend the holiday with friends from church, both hoping to get to know the other better. Janey had seen Mark from a distance—his good looks and charming personality made him a popular topic of female gatherings at church—but it wasn’t until the semi-awkward geriatric announcement opened the doors for them to get to know it each other.

On their first date, they hiked some of the toughest hills in Santa Barbara, picnicked next to a beautiful waterfall, and played Scrabble…all the things they realized made them perfect for each other.

Apparently, there is wisdom with age. Because Janey, she’s a real keeper.

I am SO incredibly excited to photograph Janey and Mark’s wedding!! In addition to celebrating their special day at The Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, I was particularly honored to document their wedding because Janey is a good friend and amazing wedding photographer of Mary Jane Photography. When she called and told me she was engaged to Mark, I literally started screaming…but when she asked me to be her photographer, I started crying. I am so honored to document the most important day of her life.

Mark and Janey…I love you.

I was super amped because this was the first engagement session with my 50mm, 1.2. The following image was literally the first shot out of the lens! 🙂

Janey is going to be such a beautiful bride…

I think this collage shows their personalities perfectly! 🙂

Dear Santa Monica Sun…I love you. The end.

After some time shooting their engagement session in Santa Monica, we headed to Marina Del Rey to finish the session on a gorgeous yacht! All of the following photos were shot at f/1.2…there was almost NO light. I might have worried, but with the 1.2, we were well taken care of! 🙂

This was one of the last frames from the engagement session photos…it was literally black out, but the 50mm, 1.2 was able to capture light from the boat’s headlight!

I want to especially thank Gary Fong–wedding photographer Godfather extraordinaire–for allowing us to shoot on his fabulous yacht. It was such an amazing night and I can’t fully explain how happy I was floating along the Pacific Ocean, gazing at the Santa Monica Pier from a distance, and thanking God for allowing me to do what I LOVE. Thanks, Gary!! 🙂

To see more of their engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. tish -

    Jasmine, the are absolutely breathtaking! It’s like you could actually touch Mary jane and Mark right through the photos!

      4.22.08 - 11:52 pm

  2. marlene! -

    jasmine these are gorgeous photos! you did a great job of showing their personalities and love for each other!

      4.23.08 - 12:05 am

  3. Nena -

    You did it AGAIN. I am in love with your photography!!

      4.23.08 - 12:05 am

  4. AHS Photography -


      4.23.08 - 12:09 am

  5. Wayne Toshikazu -

    Niiiice. Definitely experiencing some 1.2 lust right now.

      4.23.08 - 12:18 am

  6. wac -

    i have GOT to get a lens like that…

    (of course, i’d love to also get a new camera to attach said lens to)

      4.23.08 - 12:33 am

  7. B -

    One of the BEST slide shows thus far! So fun.

      4.23.08 - 12:34 am

  8. Vanessa Ard -

    Gorgeous as usual, Jasmine! Aside from capturing the essence of their personality as a couple, I have a technical compliment as well; you did a fabulous job with the white clothes! Nothing is blown out and the whites have detail without dulness! Awesome!

      4.23.08 - 12:36 am

  9. Brandy -

    Gorgeous! That lens suits you.

      4.23.08 - 12:45 am

  10. mark brooke -

    what a great idea!!!! you rock

      4.23.08 - 12:46 am

  11. Rachel Dallaire -

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures, as usual.

      4.23.08 - 12:49 am

  12. Alicia -

    LOVE the photos, love her dress, love that song! seriously, you’re amazing!

      4.23.08 - 1:18 am

  13. lauren c. -

    jasmine…LOVE these!!
    hi gary & sterling…hark to you guys too!!!!! : )

      4.23.08 - 1:24 am

  14. MIND|Castle Studios -

    love the light on the first one! So nice! I also love the ones on the yacht. keep up the great work

      4.23.08 - 1:29 am

  15. Chris Enzaldo -

    Gary Fong in the last photo was like icing on the cake! Way to work the prime lens. That thing could capture complete darkness and make it look good.

      4.23.08 - 1:31 am

  16. Gena McMillan -

    These are beautiful!! I really love the one in the middle of the street where he dipped her! So romantic! Hope your feeling better!

      4.23.08 - 1:39 am

  17. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography -

    beautiful!! love the one on the bridge, and how cool to have a friend with a yacht!! pure awesome!!

      4.23.08 - 2:03 am

  18. Shannon Post -

    Wow, Wow, Wow – if I could I would go out and buy that lens right now, but I still wouldn’t have these amazing images. Beautiful all around!

      4.23.08 - 2:13 am

  19. Amy Nave -

    Jasmine, these images are AMAZING!!!!! I’ve been hitting the refresh button all day in hopes that this blog post would appear. I know Janey and Mark are going to love these. You totally captured the fun, loving, amazing people that they are. AMAZING AMAZING!!!

      4.23.08 - 2:28 am

  20. Thomas Deevers -

    Jasmine – I’ve the 85 1.2 and all I can say is welcome to the party!

    I recently upgraded to the Mark IIId and this is the perfect combination.

      4.23.08 - 3:06 am

  21. Mary Jane -

    AHHHHHH! I can barely type fast enough to get everything out – AHH! So much to say – first off – o.k. my heart is beating really fast…! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I knew you were good, but I am so blown away! You captured us SOOOOO perfectly…and I’ve never looked so darn good – WHEW! I love them ALL! I’m going to need one big engagement album!!!! You are such a gem and we love you dearly and can’t wait for the wedding. Thank you for being you! Hugs and Kisses from Santa Barbara and we will see you soon! XOXO

      4.23.08 - 3:27 am

  22. Mary Jane -

    OH – and you rocked that lens…! You are so braze shooting at 1.2… XOXO

      4.23.08 - 3:29 am

  23. Mary Jane -

    I meant "BRAVE" LOL. O.K., bye for now!

      4.23.08 - 3:30 am

  24. Jen Salmans -

    Jasmine Star you are SO fabulous. Thank you for being the extra hop in my skip, inspiration in my photoshoots, the fresh air needed to succeed. You INSPIRE me! Keep up the great work.

      4.23.08 - 3:52 am

  25. Katie Beverley -

    So…. maybe I should just shell it out and get myself one of these too! AAh! Love the images!

      4.23.08 - 3:55 am

  26. Nicole -

    Mary Jane looks stunning and so happy…many congrats, girl!

      4.23.08 - 4:13 am

  27. Cynthia -

    Random question…I love flat fashionable shoes, does anyone know where the bride bought her shoes?

      4.23.08 - 4:25 am

  28. dawn davis -

    We’re so happy for you MJ!!! Marriage is incredibly wonderful and you two look so much in love!!! Always remember the feelings you have for each other right now and carry that throughout your journey together!!!!!


    ~ Dawn & Bob

      4.23.08 - 4:34 am

  29. Natarsha -

    Love it!

      4.23.08 - 4:43 am

  30. Desiree Hayes -

    Awesome. Love love love the one of him picking her up. All so gorgeous, you rocked your new lens too!

      4.23.08 - 4:54 am

  31. nicole green -

    you did such a beautiful job! i had the honor of shooting a wedding with mary jane here in indianapolis and i don’t think i’ve met a sweeter person in my life! i am so happy for her! and the fact you are shooting her wedding makes it even better! i cannot WAIT to see their photos. 🙂

      4.23.08 - 5:06 am

  32. ~abi~ -

    these are gorgeous! the skin tones in your portraits always look amazing!

      4.23.08 - 5:28 am

  33. Stacy Cross -

    I love these! I have several favorites, but I love the 2 in front of that yellow background – the color in those images is amazing!

      4.23.08 - 5:39 am

  34. Jenn Best -

    Drool over the 50mm 1.2, especially shot at 1.2 – SOOOOOO on my list of lenses to get. Jasmine your photos are always amazing!

      4.23.08 - 5:52 am

  35. angel swanson -

    beeeeyooootiful! i love the photos on the yacht, especially the one right after the titanic pose. 😉 i agree with a prior poster — the green shoes are adorable!

      4.23.08 - 6:38 am

  36. joan solitario -

    BEAUTIFUL! AWESOME WORK JASMINE! You’re an inspiration!

      4.23.08 - 6:51 am

  37. Gina Marie -

    Looks like you definitely know how to work that lens! I think my hubby and I are too obsessed with sharpness, we’d be so worried about getting the focus spot on that we’d miss the

      4.23.08 - 7:43 am

  38. Janey's mom and dad -

    Jasmine – thank you soooo much. The photographs are too wonderful for words! They (Janey and Mark )are so beautiful! And so are you! We can’t wait to meet you, though we feel like we already have.

      4.23.08 - 12:41 pm

  39. Alisha E. -

    These are so beautiful. Such fab clarity.

    I have to say I just love love your sp on your blog header. They rock! What awesome personality shots.

      4.23.08 - 12:43 pm

  40. Stephanie -

    The shoes ARE great – but that DRESS was way perfect for that shoot!!! Being a photog she knew what would look good and it does. Nice work Jasmine as always.

      4.23.08 - 1:11 pm

  41. ricki ford -

    I picked a fav…. All of them..Great job!

      4.23.08 - 1:31 pm

  42. Yuliya -

    I love photos and how you used this magic lens!

      4.23.08 - 2:11 pm

  43. Bobbie -

    Wow! These are all awesome! Thanks for always inspiring me Jasmine… You are wonderful!

      4.23.08 - 2:16 pm

  44. Erika Lais Photo Blog -

    I’ve told you we will see the worldest MOST amazing pics with your new baby lens!!!!!!! I just love all pics and I loved the Janey’s mom and dad comment, they were so cute!!! and the couple looks so gorgeous!!!!! I can’t wait to see the wedding shots … you rock again!!!!!!!!!!

      4.23.08 - 2:17 pm

  45. TonyaPeterson -

    These are so great. It is a little nerve racking to take pics of fellow photographers, but You nailed it!

      4.23.08 - 2:22 pm

  46. Angel -

    Wonderful pics Jasmine! Wow @ 1.2, how do you get so much in focus? Is the trick to stay back a bit?

      4.23.08 - 3:03 pm

  47. Lauri -

    These are GORGEOUS! What a beautiful couple. It’s so apparent how in love they are in these images. Beautiful!!! 🙂

      4.23.08 - 3:11 pm

  48. Simply Modern Weddings -

    They are stunning as usual!

      4.23.08 - 3:42 pm

  49. Jen Mabray -

    Wow Jasmine!! Looks like an amaaazing lens. I have been looking at the 50 1.4, but I think I just might go with the 1.2 after seeing these, and the low level lighting pics… great job! What iso were you at for the after dusk shots? Everything looks great!!

      4.23.08 - 3:49 pm

  50. C. Marie -

    Wow those are phenomenal photos!

      4.23.08 - 4:19 pm

  51. Tanya Jose -

    Ummm, I’m DEFINITELY going to be renting this lens for a few of my upcoming shoots. I LOVE what it produces. And the hookup with Gary Fong, I’m totally "J" Keep up the fabulous-ness!

      4.23.08 - 4:31 pm

  52. Raine -

    Oh, I’ve been waiting for these! I’ve been a blog stalker of Mary Jane for sometime, and you too via her… I can see why she chose you, you both are absolutely the most fabulous photogprahers on the planet. I bet she is thrilled beyond reason. seriously amazing!!!!

      4.23.08 - 5:38 pm

  53. Mary Jane -

    Green shoes – Gucci – Saks Fifth. 🙂

      4.23.08 - 5:41 pm

  54. jessica m -

    WOW! As always your work is so inspiring!! You rock, Girl!!! Congrats on the new lens! 🙂

      4.23.08 - 6:02 pm

  55. Trista Lerit -

    Her dress is adorable! You’ll have to tell me all about your new baby on Friday! Great shots as usual 🙂

      4.23.08 - 6:19 pm

  56. Eric Foley -

    Awesome as usual Jasmine! I just bought the 50 1.2 myself, I have to remind myself to use other lenses. Love it!

      4.23.08 - 7:08 pm

  57. TonyaPeterson -

    Jasmine. Do you run Magic Sharp on your images before or after you resize them for your blog?

      4.23.08 - 7:37 pm

  58. dean ray -

    hey girl you are the ticket, got to love it. a moment in time!

      4.23.08 - 8:56 pm

  59. enoch -

    Beautiful images – one day I’ll get that 50 1.2 — one day. You rock!

      4.23.08 - 9:34 pm

  60. joyful weddings and events -

    These photos are just classy- love them! The lighting in them is magical. Oh, and I absolutely love her dress too!

      4.23.08 - 9:43 pm

  61. Scott Browne -

    These images just make me smile. And I was having a bad day. Let’s hope happiness IS contagious because – they through you – are spreading it like crazy! You’re the bomb – and Janey is a hot clicker too!

      4.23.08 - 10:52 pm

  62. Mark Brooke -


      4.23.08 - 11:19 pm

  63. Frannie -

    GORGEOUS PHOTOS!! I love that one with them at the end of the rail. Adorable. 😀 You’re a genius! hehe

      4.23.08 - 11:40 pm

  64. amber -

    Thanks so much for these, so fun to see my friends in love!

    You did beautifully!

      4.23.08 - 11:53 pm

  65. Sarah Skow -

    I want one!!!!!! 🙂

      4.24.08 - 12:26 am

  66. cassandra m -

    all i can say is ooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh and aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

      4.24.08 - 1:26 am

  67. Rachel Brooke -

    That 50mm 1.2 is treating you reallll nice!

      4.24.08 - 3:07 am

  68. Sarah Skow -

    Were all of these photos taken with the 50mm?

      4.24.08 - 2:26 pm

  69. David Snook -

    Incredible photos. Very inspiring.

      4.24.08 - 4:24 pm

  70. Jessica Strickland -

    uhhhh…these are STUNNING!!! love love love them!! Jasmine, you are truly incredible and Janey & Mark…you could NOT be cuter!! LOVE these!! Soo jealous that you all got to hang out and i missed it!! Miss YOU!!!

      4.24.08 - 5:00 pm

  71. Jen Weaver Photography -

    OH! What a completely beautiful session you had!

    You really captured them wonderfully. Because of you I am ordering a 50mm 1.4 (too bad Nikon doesn’t seem to have a 1.2 that autofocuses)

      4.24.08 - 5:41 pm

  72. Jasmine* -

    @Jen: Good for you! You’re gonna love the 1.4!! @Jessica: Girl, we MISSED YOU! Come and visit soon! @Sarah: Yes, all the blogged images were taken with the 50mm, 1.2 but some images in the slideshow were taken with the 85, 1.8. @Tonya: After I resize. @MaryJane: Gucci? I think we’re a pair made in heaven…LOVE THEM! @Angel: Yes, the closer you stand to a subject, there is a greater depth of field. If standing at a distance and the couple is on the same plane of field, things should work nicely. Thanks everyone for your comments and feedback…they make my day! 🙂

      4.24.08 - 9:23 pm

  73. Crystal -

    JANEY AND MARK POOOOO!! YEA!!! They look so AMAZING!!!!!

      4.25.08 - 2:46 am

  74. Ginger -

    What a privilege! Gorgeous shots, and gorgeous couple, too!
    Favorite is the 3rd to last shot of them!

      4.25.08 - 7:58 am

  75. amelia Lyon -

    Jasmine! I love these!!! Janey looks totally hot next to her man!

      4.26.08 - 6:23 am

  76. matt + angie sloan! -

    congrats janey!

      4.28.08 - 10:06 pm

  77. Margo -

    I looove the one of them in the middle of the street, and I also really like the one of them on the pedestrian overpass. Great job!

      4.30.08 - 9:06 pm

  78. MelissaB -

    Absolutely amazing…I must have that lens. Gorgeous shots as usually. The yacht pics are priceless!! Keep on rockin’!

      5.4.08 - 4:07 pm

  79. Keith -

    Wow! I am new to you blog and just wanted to comment on these shots. They are really great. I look forward to seeing the rest of your posts and following your blog.

      5.8.08 - 11:58 pm

  80. Melissa Jill :) -

    Oh my goodness! I had no idea Mary Jane was engaged! Or even DATING! I’m so far behind. How exciting! Great job Jasmine!

      5.14.08 - 8:30 am

  81. Chelsea P. McCray -

    Holy wow.

    And that’s all i have to say about that.

      12.30.08 - 6:05 pm

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