Orange County Engagement : Eileen + Joel


He knew he shouldn’t, but he did. He sat at the table and drank caffeinated drink after caffeinated drink waiting for her to arrive. And when Eileen walked through the door for their date, Joel’s first thought was, Wow…and quickly regretted the caffeine. Eileen smiled, sat at the table and listened to Joel tell story after story. He blamed the drinks.

After a few unsuccessful (and downright weird) dates via, Eileen skeptically approached her lunch date with Joel. Extraordinarily busy with work and a successful career, Eileen worried she’d be more consumed with her upcoming business trip than idle chatter or incompatibility with another online match. As Joel sat across the table from her and regaled her with colorful stories, she found herself laughing and forgetting her schedule. Three hours later, they left the restaurant promising to connect upon Eileen’s return from an impending business trip. The following day, after a full day of travel and meetings, Eileen called Joel. She, apparently, missed his stories.

I’m incredibly excited to be photographing Eileen and Joel’s wedding this June in Laguna Beach and I have no doubt their Montage wedding will be absolutely beautiful. Just like their love. Eileen suggested an urban vibe for their engagement session, so we met in Santa Ana for their shoot…and, really, Eileen and Joel made dirt and grime look good.

Eilee, you’re beautiful…truly…

One of my favorite things about Eileen and Joel is their ability to make each other smile and laugh without a single word. They share an unspoken language and a enviable communication only love provides…

There are few people who can make an alley look romantical. Joel, you’re one of them.


Last frame of the session…we’re walking back to our cars when I asked them to stop because the light was beautiful. And so are they.

To see more of Joel and Eileen’s Orange County engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music provided by Cars and Trains found at WithEtiquette

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  1. Gaby Fuentes { NJ Wedding Photographer }

    April 27th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Love it. Love they laughter and joy. You sure did captured their love.

  2. sherri lynn

    April 27th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    LOVE the one with the reflection in the window!

  3. Nicole

    April 27th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Every time I see your photos they pull at my heartstrings! I aspire to be half as good as you are someday.

  4. Life with Kaishon

    April 27th, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    How beautiful. Her shoes are to-die-for! Wishing them a lifetime of happiness together! May they always make one another smile! Love, Becky

  5. Penny Wolfe

    April 27th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    LOVELY!! The last shot is killer!!I can see why you HAD to stop!


    April 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Wow..seriously!!! The hair…that jacket! Lady has style!! These are gorgeous…I love the last shot too! All your clients seem to favor their mates…every time! lol I think it’s cool. Fabulous images Jasmine!

  7. Karin

    April 27th, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    The Slideshow is beautiful, you just make great pictures! Though the music is kinda strange, but maybe its my laptop. How do you do those slideshows? Do you have a special software for them?

  8. Erika

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I love the location! Beautiful lighting as well.

  9. Tish Hill

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I love the reflection shot also…. But really, all of these photos are amazing. Just. Plain. Amazing.

  10. Ana Telma

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Everyday now I’m gonna comment here just to say… "Ding it! You did it again! I loved this!"
    Because really… what else can I say??
    Love, love, loo-ooove your work!

  11. Ashley Goodwin

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Yep, the last shot is totally killer. I especially love the brick mixed in with her rich hair color, too. You have the best way with words, always the sweetest sentiments.

  12. Lyle

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Love this session! The black and whites are my favs.

  13. Columbus GA Wedding Photographer

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Hot! The window shot and the last one are stunning…

  14. Damaris Mia

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    They are beautiful. She is stunning and he is handsome. Cannot wait until their wedding images are up! She is going to make a GORGEOUS bride!

  15. Pamela Telgenhoff

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Absolutely ROCKIN’ as usual Jasmine!

  16. Bianca

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    You captured her so beautifully!

  17. Abby Grace Photography

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Gah, this is so gorgeous. Amazing work, J*! I love the way you tell stories before posting photos. It gives the following images so much more meaning.

  18. Tanya Petraglia

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I LOVE the last one Jasmine!!

  19. Gail

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I love hearing stories about love found online. So very 21st century of them!

    What a sweet couple — and Eileen’s shoes?? FIERCE!! Can’t wait to see what she’ll put on for her wedding day!

  20. Lisa Lovely

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    LOVE the window shot!

  21. steph

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    When I saw the photo of their reflection I actually wished I knew them so that it wouldn’t be weird to hang that picture in my house. 🙂 Great stuff!

  22. Miriam

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Awesome! I’m doing an urban engagement again after taking a little break to have a baby and I was nervous. But I’m excited now! These are gorgeous.

  23. Rozanne Zacarias

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! I just LOVE these! Especially the window reflection photo! NICE! 🙂

  24. Dave Keys - OC Photographer

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    The "118" shot is way cool!

  25. Mon

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I love the story of how they met. amazing.

  26. Alanna Nicole

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:44 pm


  27. Mike Gray

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Stunning set of images.

  28. Liz Lovi

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    They are too cute together…and that last image is stunning!!

  29. Mikaela

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    LOVE that reflection shot! gorgeous work as per usual 🙂

  30. Sullivan photography

    April 27th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    The last shot with the sun pouring down is my favorite! Great shots Jasmine! <3

  31. Erin Kofoed

    April 27th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    My favorites are the one with the window and the last one. Lovely.

  32. Sean

    April 27th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Love the pictures! I simply love alley pictures for some reason. Something so great about emotion juxtaposed against the grittiness and grunge of the alley. As always, Jasmine….brilliant!

  33. Jennifer

    April 27th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Love the images1 My fav. is the reflection in the window and the sun rays one! Amazing Jasmine! Keep up the great work!

  34. Rebecca

    April 27th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    love these! sooo good!

  35. Patricia Lorenzo

    April 27th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Love the contrast of the dirty alley and the old bricks of the walls with them looking so cute. Also, the reflection in the window is amazing! 🙂 love it!

  36. Mona Alicia

    April 27th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    She is gorgeous and as a couple they are stunning! Her sense of style is amazing…love her hair with that orange jacket! Beautiful work Jasmine!

  37. Marissa Rodriguez

    April 27th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    This might be totally random but she reminds me of Jean Grey, "the Phoenix" form the X-men movies. My favorite character from those movies, like favorite as in IM OBSESSED WITH HER! Whoa. Too random? I thought so. Sorry! This session rocks and this couple is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful work as always Jasmine!

  38. Lori Nicoli

    April 27th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Beautiful couple and images! Joel looks a little like Dustin Hoffman!

  39. brittany

    April 27th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I love the lighting in the last one. Your pictures are so intimate. I love how it feels as if you are just gazing at them from a distance. Watching there love. Your work is amazing.

  40. Ashley

    April 27th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Love the one of the window reflection. Gorgeous photos, as always!!!

  41. Stephanie Stewart

    April 27th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    What divine light! And this couple is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see their wedding! Beautiful work!

  42. Jenna

    April 27th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Love this post – what a gorgeous couple Jasmine! Question – one of the photos has such a nice background blur (the "romantical" alley photo). what lens did you use for that? 50mm 1.2?

  43. MegganB

    April 27th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Gorgeous as always J*! I could see the rock on her finger from about a mile away!! And LOVING the ORANGE jacket – awesome!!

  44. megan beth

    April 27th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Good thing the internet doesn’t have smell-o-vision yet! I just LOVVEEE those alley ones.

  45. Mark Martinez Photography

    April 27th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Wonderful story, beautiful set, gorgeous couple.

  46. Jennifer

    April 27th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Gorgeous!! They look so happy together!

  47. Lauren B

    April 27th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    love the story. love the pictures. everything is so beautiful!

  48. Kristin Nicole

    April 27th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous…you do it everytime girl.

  49. Cristina

    April 27th, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    These are wonderful Jasmine! The love and the fun come through beautifully. The window reflection is my favourite! Even my husband has commented on how gorgeous and fab quality your images are and there is a football match on! So that is a great compliment that he took his eyes off the game to gaze at your photos 🙂 <3

  50. ashley barnett

    April 27th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Oooo her hair and that orange jacket are awesome! I love this set Jasmine! 🙂 Pretty pretty tones and colors!

  51. s h e r r y

    April 27th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Gorgeous photos, Jasmine! I love Eileen’s hair! 🙂

  52. 11 days baby

    April 27th, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I LOOOooooOOOOooOOOOVE the last 2 photos of Eileen and Joel!! Is it weird that I want Eileen’s eye brows?? They are perfectly arched. perrrrfectly!

  53. Andrew Cahill

    April 27th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Beautiful couple, I love your stories Jasmine.

  54. susana cristina

    April 28th, 2011 at 4:05 am

    Beautiful couple and you can totally tell how much they are into each other, your words just emphasize the obvious! Can’t wait for their wedding post 🙂 awesome light and great work as always!

  55. Poetic Images

    April 28th, 2011 at 5:28 am


  56. Christy Cropper

    April 28th, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Aw! Adorable story.
    Gorgeous couple.
    I’m swooning!

  57. Girish

    April 28th, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Great photographs. I really like the composition in all of them. Nicely focused, great smiles.

    Well done 🙂

  58. John

    April 28th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Some killer shots of the happy couple! The outstanding black and whites are favorites in my book. 🙂

  59. Shauna

    April 28th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    She’s just beautiful. And I’m lovin the urbanness. Awesome job as usual.

  60. Odalys Mendez

    April 28th, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Amazing! I love that last shot with the light coming through their silhouettes, and her hair color is fabulous!

  61. Exquisitektc

    April 29th, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I love Cars and Trains; I actually wrote to them to ask if they had the same instrumental version for me to put on my iTouch but they said that they’re not releasing the instrumental version for hearing pleasure, only the license version. So sad :(, it sounds so different with words.

  62. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer}

    April 29th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Stunning images! Lovely light!

  63. Paula Franco

    April 30th, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I love them all, specially the black and white ones!!

  64. Jodie Lemke

    May 3rd, 2011 at 2:11 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. I really love the image of the reflection in the window!! Gonna have to log that away, and try it 😛 neat perspective!

  65. Renee Lansdowne

    May 6th, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Evening, you are gorgeous!

    I have been following you for about 2 years now from NZ 🙂 Wow!
    I really admire you, and love how you work with JD as a team! My husband has come along on a couple of weddings with me now, and has been loving being my 2nd shooter. 🙂
    I was wondering if you do same day little slide shows for your wedding clients at their reception… And if you do, what software program do you use for it??

    I feel overloaded with images…
    Like I’ll never get through all the shots I take… I don’t know a good way to set up my packages in a apealling way where I don’t have to offer them 1000 images!! Its way to many to process yet don’t know how to get away from it… I’m drowning in Post production… Just took on an assistant to do some post production for me during the week… But don’t think that is the answer…

    Do you have any advice hints or just some plain straight up correction for me… 🙂

    Love you both your amazing photographers with hearts that are beyond the images you take, thank you.


  66. Sidd Rishi

    May 6th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Great work as always 🙂

  67. Christian

    May 18th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    beautiful images

  68. david | san diego child photographer

    July 29th, 2011 at 9:08 am

    #’s 2 & 3, nice..

  69. Andy Holdsworth Photography

    October 9th, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I have a engagement shoot tomorrow in a town I have never been to before. These photos have really inspired me. Mind you, you make it look so easy.