Nicole and Phillip : Engagement


Nicole saw Phillip on the campus of University of Southern California and was smitten. As she rode her bike to class, she’d notice a handsome, confident, and gregarious boy almost everyday. On a school campus the size of a city, one may assume it’s hard to find your soul mate, but seeing how they lived in the same student housing section, they were practically neighbors. Neighbors who rode bikes to class and had crushes on each other.

Late one fateful night, Nicole saw Phillip at a party and made some smooth moves, this time without the help of two wheels and pedals. From that night many years ago, they’ve been together and in love.

Nicole and Phillip decided to shoot their engagement session in Santa Monica, along Third Street Promenade, a place that acts as second home. They order their favorite gelato together, read magazines at the outdoor stands, and walk along the beach hand-in-hand. And the beach is a very important place for Nicole because she’s the CEO of the ever popular Nicolita line of bikini’s and handbags. She’s amazing at what she does and is going to explode from an overabundance of talent! Phillip definitely has his hands full, but they are filled with fun, joy, love…and the same girl who first saw him riding her bike to class.

I’m SO excited for their outta control August wedding as I’m sure it’ll be a blast!

I wanted to start their engagement photos by them playing and having a good time…and, boy, are they serious about their fun!

Phillip told me at the start of the session that he’s 100% Italian and Nicole’s 100% Cuban, so–according to him–they’re romantic, passionate, hot-tempered, and fun. I love it! 🙂 A live salsa band is scheduled for the reception, so here they are showing off their moves…

Off to the beach…

Things got a little spicy…

…And a little spicier the longer we shot! 🙂

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

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  1. Melissa Koehler

    May 27th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    What a gorgeous couple! They look so in love. I am sure they will love these images! Beautiful work as always!

  2. Nena

    May 27th, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    My favorite parts of your shoots is the slideshow. You always make them so fun and perfect! =-)

  3. Dennis

    May 27th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    What a great looking couple Jasmine. They will look back at these for years to come. Good stuff.

  4. Alana

    May 27th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Jasmine, I love the new blog — it is perfect for you!!! And the images are awesome as always!

  5. Madelyn @ Southern Wedding Style

    May 27th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I really love these photos! You have really captured their happiness and show that this couple is truly in love. You do such beautiful work!

  6. New York City wedding photographer

    May 27th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I love the shots under the dock….very intimate and personal.
    Parris Whittingham

  7. ohana photography ~ david & kimi b

    May 27th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    love the sequence!!! beautifully done as always!!

  8. Hanssie

    May 27th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    The shots under the pier are amazing, so classic. I love them!

  9. Amy

    May 27th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I love these!

  10. David [C+D]

    May 27th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Have to say I love the lines behind them on the metal door in the "having fun" at the beginning. It’s way cool and messes with my eyes in such a fantastic way! As well, the shot under the dock, where do you get that beautiful beautiful light?? WOW!

  11. Joan Solitario

    May 27th, 2008 at 4:54 pm


  12. Yuka photo art

    May 27th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I like this couple and their story! Photos are so amazing!

  13. Bartek

    May 27th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Love how you worked the light under the pier…wow! Stunning images as usual Jasmine.

  14. Bianca

    May 27th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Wow! These are amazing. Seeing the beginning, middle, and end of your editing process is mind blowing. Kudos!

  15. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    May 27th, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    WOW!!!! Stunning images!!! You rock again, you are a big STAR shining more and more at each session!!!!!! What a wonderful shots, the last ones, it seems you shoot at night, what an amazing light!!!!

  16. Andrea

    May 27th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    They look perfect-O together. Awesome photography! You totally amaze me J*

  17. Ashley

    May 27th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I LOVE the image near Anthropologie where they are amidst all those people just minding their own business. Gorgeous!

  18. Jen Mabray

    May 27th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    i looove your light on the last shot! i am assuming you threw some light in there, if so, you blended it very well!! they look stunning 🙂

  19. chantal

    May 27th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Wow! What a great couple….I bet their Wedding is going to be DA BOMB!!

  20. Jasmine*

    May 27th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Hi friends! Thank you SO much for the comments regarding the light. I’ve know I must sound redundant, but I just want to remind everyone that I’m a strictly natural light shooter…and I love it! 🙂 The light for the last shots under the pier is all natural, either a mix of reflected light from the sand and/or natural light from the sun off the nearby water. Gotta love good ‘ole Cali sun! 🙂

  21. Bartek

    May 27th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    @Jasmine: I never doubted it was natural! 😉 Natural light all the way baby…you were my inspiration for this in our photography.

  22. Genevieve

    May 27th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I love the "no park" pictures. lol. great shoot!!!

  23. Lydia

    May 27th, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    They’re so cute! Love that first series!

  24. Jonas

    May 27th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I’m a new photographer from Long Island, New York and I have to say I’ve never seen such imagery for an engagement session. Killer.

  25. Rachelle

    May 27th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    The lighting in the last one is AMAZING!! WOW! Love them!

  26. Lynn Seib

    May 27th, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    Wow iIhave never seen such amazing pictures ,they truly tell the story.Just beautiful.

  27. Cathy Crawley

    May 27th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    I love the locations you have used here. Her pink top works so well with the first half of the session. They look like a very fun couple. Gorgeous work as per usual.

  28. Caitlin Hazelton

    May 27th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Hey Jasmine! Did you use any fill light or reflector on the beach pictures? I am shooting a beach wedding in June, and we may go under a boardwalk as you did here, I was just curious if this was all natural light! Thanks!!!! 🙂 Awesome work!

  29. Bartek

    May 27th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    @ Caitlin: read 9 comments down 😉

  30. Sara Goetz

    May 27th, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Wow – you just blow me away! I love the light on that last shot – amazing. And I LOVED your article on using reflected light…I’m looking for it everywhere now! Thanks for the insight! Sara

  31. kymberli q.

    May 27th, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Oh my gosh, they are adorable!!!! I want to go to their wedding!! 😉

  32. Angelia Ong

    May 28th, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Wow! I love the soft look here.

    but I have to say, congrats on their engagement..

    at a superficial level, oh! I love nicole’s SHOES! (the one where’s wearing jeans).. Im being such a girl LOL

  33. Jacqueline Fronters

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Is it just me or do you only photograph beautiful people? 😉 This session is just amazing per usual.

  34. jackie l

    May 28th, 2008 at 5:15 am

    beautiful…just beautiful :O)

  35. Jeanette

    May 28th, 2008 at 6:02 am

    wowzas!! so fun & hot!! absolutely love every pic.

  36. Rob

    May 28th, 2008 at 11:57 am


  37. tiffany

    May 28th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    hi there….your photos rock! i was wondering what lenses you used in this session….and do you always use the same ones in your engagement sessions?

  38. jenna walker

    May 28th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    j – I LOVE the new blog and absolutely love the feel of the neutral tones in these last images. I miss you!! Let’s catch up soon!

  39. Lindsay Kipp Photography

    May 28th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    These are beautiful! I wondering what flash/ lighting you used on the shots under the peir? You are always amazing!!!

  40. Caitlin

    May 28th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    @Lindsay – read Bartek’s comment 10 comments down, the Jasmine’s 9 after that! 🙂 We asked the same question!

  41. Jeff Youngren

    May 28th, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    LOVE the ones of them under the pier! Gorgeous light!! 🙂

  42. cassandra m

    May 29th, 2008 at 4:09 am

    I love these…beautiful. YOU ARE THE NATURAL LIGHT MASTER girlie… 😉 way to go, as usual…perfection!

  43. Philadelphia Wedding Photographer

    May 29th, 2008 at 5:22 am

    I am starting to feel like a blog stalker. Nice images.

  44. Trista Lerit

    May 29th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    goodness…the light was insane! What an adorable couple with such chemistry! Love it!

  45. poser

    May 29th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    mercy! that spicy hot is a hot tamale!

  46. ruby rideout

    May 30th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    i LOVE this session. what a cute and fun couple and you captured it all.

  47. Furious Photographers

    June 2nd, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Spicy indeed! Hot stuff Jasmine! -Lawrence