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

    April 22nd, 2008 at 11:52 pm

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

  2. marlene!

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:05 am

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

  3. Nena

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:05 am

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

  4. AHS Photography

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:09 am


  5. Wayne Toshikazu

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Niiiice. Definitely experiencing some 1.2 lust right now.

  6. wac

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:33 am

    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)

  7. B

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:34 am

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

  8. Vanessa Ard

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:36 am

    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!

  9. Brandy

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Gorgeous! That lens suits you.

  10. mark brooke

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:46 am

    what a great idea!!!! you rock

  11. Rachel Dallaire

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Beautiful, beautiful pictures, as usual.

  12. Alicia

    April 23rd, 2008 at 1:18 am

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

  13. lauren c.

    April 23rd, 2008 at 1:24 am

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

  14. MIND|Castle Studios

    April 23rd, 2008 at 1:29 am

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

  15. Chris Enzaldo

    April 23rd, 2008 at 1:31 am

    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.

  16. Gena McMillan

    April 23rd, 2008 at 1:39 am

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

  17. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:03 am

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

  18. Shannon Post

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:13 am

    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!

  19. Amy Nave

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:28 am

    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!!!

  20. Thomas Deevers

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:06 am

    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.

  21. Mary Jane

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:27 am

    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

  22. Mary Jane

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:29 am

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

  23. Mary Jane

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:30 am

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

  24. Jen Salmans

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:52 am

    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.

  25. Katie Beverley

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:55 am

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

  26. Nicole

    April 23rd, 2008 at 4:13 am

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

  27. Cynthia

    April 23rd, 2008 at 4:25 am

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

  28. dawn davis

    April 23rd, 2008 at 4:34 am

    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

  29. Natarsha

    April 23rd, 2008 at 4:43 am

    Love it!

  30. Desiree Hayes

    April 23rd, 2008 at 4:54 am

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

  31. nicole green

    April 23rd, 2008 at 5:06 am

    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. 🙂

  32. ~abi~

    April 23rd, 2008 at 5:28 am

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

  33. Stacy Cross

    April 23rd, 2008 at 5:39 am

    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!

  34. Jenn Best

    April 23rd, 2008 at 5:52 am

    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!

  35. angel swanson

    April 23rd, 2008 at 6:38 am

    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!

  36. joan solitario

    April 23rd, 2008 at 6:51 am

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

  37. Gina Marie

    April 23rd, 2008 at 7:43 am

    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

  38. Janey's mom and dad

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    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.

  39. Alisha E.

    April 23rd, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    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.

  40. Stephanie

    April 23rd, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    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.

  41. ricki ford

    April 23rd, 2008 at 1:31 pm

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

  42. Yuliya

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I love photos and how you used this magic lens!

  43. Bobbie

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:16 pm

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

  44. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    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!!!!!!!!!!

  45. TonyaPeterson

    April 23rd, 2008 at 2:22 pm

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

  46. Angel

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:03 pm

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

  47. Lauri

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:11 pm

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

  48. Simply Modern Weddings

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    They are stunning as usual!

  49. Jen Mabray

    April 23rd, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    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!!

  50. C. Marie

    April 23rd, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Wow those are phenomenal photos!

  51. Tanya Jose

    April 23rd, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    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!

  52. Raine

    April 23rd, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    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!!!!

  53. Mary Jane

    April 23rd, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Green shoes – Gucci – Saks Fifth. 🙂

  54. jessica m

    April 23rd, 2008 at 6:02 pm

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

  55. Trista Lerit

    April 23rd, 2008 at 6:19 pm

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

  56. Eric Foley

    April 23rd, 2008 at 7:08 pm

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

  57. TonyaPeterson

    April 23rd, 2008 at 7:37 pm

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

  58. dean ray

    April 23rd, 2008 at 8:56 pm

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

  59. enoch

    April 23rd, 2008 at 9:34 pm

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

  60. joyful weddings and events

    April 23rd, 2008 at 9:43 pm

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

  61. Scott Browne

    April 23rd, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    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!

  62. Mark Brooke

    April 23rd, 2008 at 11:19 pm


  63. Frannie

    April 23rd, 2008 at 11:40 pm

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

  64. amber

    April 23rd, 2008 at 11:53 pm

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

    You did beautifully!

  65. Sarah Skow

    April 24th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I want one!!!!!! 🙂

  66. cassandra m

    April 24th, 2008 at 1:26 am

    all i can say is ooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh and aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  67. Rachel Brooke

    April 24th, 2008 at 3:07 am

    That 50mm 1.2 is treating you reallll nice!

  68. Sarah Skow

    April 24th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Were all of these photos taken with the 50mm?

  69. David Snook

    April 24th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Incredible photos. Very inspiring.

  70. Jessica Strickland

    April 24th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    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!!!

  71. Jen Weaver Photography

    April 24th, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    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)

  72. Jasmine*

    April 24th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    @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! 🙂

  73. Crystal

    April 25th, 2008 at 2:46 am

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

  74. Ginger

    April 25th, 2008 at 7:58 am

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

  75. amelia Lyon

    April 26th, 2008 at 6:23 am

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

  76. matt + angie sloan!

    April 28th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    congrats janey!

  77. Margo

    April 30th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    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!

  78. MelissaB

    May 4th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

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

  79. Keith

    May 8th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    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.

  80. Melissa Jill :)

    May 14th, 2008 at 8:30 am

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

  81. Chelsea P. McCray

    December 30th, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Holy wow.

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