Orange County Engagement : Jami + Joel


He’ll tell people they met on MySpace and breaking her heart was the best thing. In retrospect. Back then, it felt to Jami like a piece of her heart went missing. They met in middle school, Jami noticing the cute boy in the halls who played baseball. Like most 13 year olds, they kept their heads down and pretended not to care. This was acceptable until four years later their paths aligned. Quite literally. In english class.

Their senior year, Jami noticed Joel seated next to her, which–as she totally admitted–was like winning the chair lottery. They worked on assignments together, laughed, and later signed each others’ yearbooks. Then said goodbye. Until their paths aligned. Quite literally. Working together at Abercrombie&Fitch for the summer.

They dated for a bit, but Joel broke things off when he went away to college. He maintains it was the best thing because it allowed them to grow. Up. And into the people they were supposed to become. And who they became was aptly displayed on MySpace, which was how they reconnected. Jami invited Joel to hang out in Huntington Beach and as he walked into Beach Front that fateful night, her smile was more beautiful than he remembered. Those were his words. Exactly.

Their paths will be permanently intersecting next year at Seven Degrees in Laguna Beach and I’m beyond thrilled to photograph their wedding. We hung out in Costa Mesa for their engagement session a couple days ago and just when I thought I couldn’t like them any more than I did, I do.

Jami was nervous before the engagement session, but I had a hard time believing her…

I knew I like Jami instantly…

…and then I fell head-over-heels for her when I discovered she thinks I’m funny.

Jami, I’m just gonna say what everyone is thinking…you’re going to look ah-maze in your wedding dress. F’real. Special thanks to Lettie Mix for Jami’s hair and makeup…

After a quick outfit change, Jami and Joel really warmed up to the camera…

Joel, I think that summer working at A&F taught you some sweet model poses! 😉


For those who’d like to steal Jami’s dress (trust me, I already tried), you can find it here

I’ll end with this photo because her smile? It’s just so full. Of happiness. Love. And contentment.

To see more of Jami and Joel’s engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Diana

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    You are just amazing at what you do! I been following your blog and every new post just blows me away! God has given you an amazing talent, and you sure know how to use it girly!

  2. Danielle

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Wowzers! Hot couple!! Love this session! 😉

  3. Laura Simmons

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Absolutely beautiful couple, can’t wait to see the wedding pics! luv how you include their story!

  4. Alex

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    GORGEOUS couple!! I love it!

  5. Feuza

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    love it, gorgeous, and yes oh that dress

  6. Micah Parsons

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love the fun and the heart that exudes from these images!

  7. Sarah King

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Just Beautiful

  8. Megan

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Such a true to life romance. I can’t get over how beautiful Jamie’s smile is~and how fierce Joel’s eyes are in that third to last picture. And I would agree with you that Jami is going to be a knockout in ANY dress she puts on.

  9. Larissa

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    she looks like Alisha Keys 🙂
    great work Jasmin!!!!!!

  10. Tina

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Oh she is beautiful!!! I absolutely love her smile………and that white dress!!

  11. Clair

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    What a gorgeous smile indeed!

  12. kelly marie

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    DUDE!! She looks exactly like Alicia Keys!! So beautiful Jasmine – the couple,and the photos!

  13. Salwa

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    WOW! What a gorgeous, gorgeous couple! Oh, and the photography’s pretty sweet too ;). I’m pretty sure you’re my hero, Jasmine.

  14. Colibriphoto

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Gorgeously beautiful! Love it!

  15. Sue McFarland

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Beautiful couple and you captured their happiness with such warmth….it makes me smile to look at these shots and I don’t even know the couple!! Thanks, Jasmine!

  16. Katherine Ashdown

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    She is beautiful and your photos of her are magic. Just magic.

  17. Saadia Me*Chel

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Love that last shot! It literally takes my breath away.

  18. jennifer smith

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:49 pm


  19. anouschka

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Love them! Look forward to seeing their wedding images, they’re such a cute couple!

  20. Chelsea Patricia

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Love love love. The whole freakin’ shoot. Lookin’ SO good, Jas!

  21. Benoit Jansen-Reynaud

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Wonderful photos Jasmine… Were you using your 50mm 1.2 for most of these?


  22. Romonia Isaac

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Oooohhhh, Jamie!!!!! Girl you are going to be one fierce bride! Gorgeous couple, absolutely gorge!!! Her smile is so infectious and inviting. Love this session Jasmine! Is this the session you rocked out with the 35mm? I love them all! They are a smoking hot couple whom you captured perfectly. My favorite is the one you ended you post with: I love her smile but I love how he is looking at her. LOVE! Great work as always! And yes, I loved the dress too–thanks for the link!!! 🙂

  23. Christina Dely

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Love all the poses you come up with! They feel so natural and spontaneous. One of the items on my laundry list of things to improve upon 🙂

  24. Chelsea

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Love the last image. You captured love and contentment so perfectly. This is a moment they will treasure. The way he’s looking at her just kills me!

  25. LEOLAK

    November 18th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    WOW!!! And you are right…I was thinking..SHE’S GONNA LOOK GORGEOUS ON HER WEDDING DAY!!! LOL Man she’s beautiful…beautiful couple..and GORGEOUS photos Jasmine! Their story kind of goes wtih the saying..the heart wants what it wants. =)

  26. LEOLAK

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Sorry for the double post…but I just clicked on the slideshow to see a magazine cover with Janet Jackson! If that was your idea..I really love you more now! lol I’ve been a Janet fan since I was 5!!!

  27. barbara

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    looking forward to this wedding . . . it will be a knock out for sure!

  28. Abigail Cole

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Jasmine, your photographs are always beautiful – I draw inspiration from them daily (sometimes several times daily!) in the hope that I can one day make photography my career. These images are amazing…what a gorgeous couple. Jami is totally stunning!!!!!!

  29. Kathleen Frank

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Gorgeous!!! They are just naturals, and I think I found a new favorite shop! Can’t wait for the wedding pics.

  30. Jeff True

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Love it! Session looked like they had a blast. But I don’t think I would look good in that dress. 🙂

  31. Michael

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    These two could be JD and JStar’s doppelganger. Well, almost. Nice pics btw.

  32. Mike Moore

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Beautiful colors! Bravo.

  33. Alexandra Delatorre

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    She is so beautiful and her make up is perfect… wow. Nice nice job as always.

  34. Dr. Marie S. Bulathsinghala

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    The picture of them in front of the cooking truck thingy is my favorite. Hands down. Jami is gorgeous! Sorry Abercrombie man, even when she is supposed to be the background support person you can’t help but look at her!

  35. karina Crouch

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Stunning 😀
    One of my favorite engagement sessions!!

  36. gladys jem

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    holy beautiful!!! 🙂

  37. Courtney

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Very beautiful! Love it!

  38. jeramy

    November 18th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    gorgeous. fantastic. 🙂

  39. elizabeth luna

    November 18th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Keep up the amazing work =) love this session love how you can feel the love they have for each other!

  40. Kristen

    November 18th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    wow…she’s gorgeous and her smile is unbelievable! she definitely is going to look beautiful in her wedding dress! 🙂 great pics as always J*

  41. Ann Orman

    November 18th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Wow…beautiful, beautiful, beautiful x

  42. Candee

    November 18th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Wow. Gorgeous!! Just GORGEOUS, Jasmine!

  43. StephanieB

    November 18th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    She is GORGEOUS – wow!!!! Her wedding pictures are going to be soooo stunning.

  44. Caitlin

    November 18th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Good grief. This couple is ridiculously attractive. She reminds me of Alicia Keys! 🙂

  45. Raleigh Wedding Photographer

    November 18th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Really love this couple! They’re so comfortable in front of the camera. What a blast it will be to photograph their wedding. 🙂

  46. amanda thiessen

    November 18th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    she’s gorgeous! love love love the last shot!

  47. Lauren B

    November 18th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    oh my goodness totally gorgeous.

  48. Life with Kaishon

    November 18th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I think she is one of the most beautiful girls I have EVER seen! I can’t believe she was nervous. I am wishing them a lifetime of happiness : )

  49. Edouard Montfort

    November 18th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Totally 200% joyful…

  50. Marta V

    November 18th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Whoa! Her eyes are Ah-mazing! Together they are gorgeous. You knocked another one out of the park Jasmine. I totally love that silver RV.

  51. Amy Arrington

    November 18th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Really beautiful shots! And I love her dress so thanks for that info 🙂

  52. Brittany Sweat

    November 18th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Her smile is contagious! Beautiful work!!! Which lens did you use here?

  53. Lisa Cour

    November 18th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    A beautiful couple! Amazing work, as always.

  54. Shannon Gray

    November 18th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Love Nanette Lepore! 🙂 Awesome photos! Love the last one…so beautiful!

  55. Jenna

    November 18th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    LOVE this shoot. This couple is gorgeous and you did such an awesome job with everything!

  56. Liz Kausteklis

    November 18th, 2010 at 9:44 pm


  57. Marian Majik

    November 18th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Amazing work!

  58. jean

    November 18th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Hes a lucky man. She is gorgeous.

  59. Jenna Danelle

    November 19th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I LOVE it!!!! You are such an inspiration for me, thank you for being you! I agree, Jami is going to be the most amazing Bride – I can’t wait to see her wedding! :~)

  60. Bethany

    November 19th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    This feels so different Jasmine! Great! But different xxx

  61. Rob and Jess

    November 19th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Nice shots! Jess and I cannot wait to celebrate with you guys in March!

    PS – You two are sexy beasts! (Jess totally didn’t want me to write that!)

  62. Dee

    November 19th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Wow. Both Jami and Joel are gorgeous! You captured their beauty so perfectly on camera. 🙂

  63. Gabriel G

    November 19th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    JASMINE!!!! You are a ridiculous photo monster!!!

    So amazing.

  64. Marissa Nicole

    November 19th, 2010 at 2:12 am

    That is one SEXY lady. Great job J! These are gorg…as usual!

  65. Gabriela Fuentes

    November 19th, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I love her smile on the last photo, but I love the way he looks at her more. They’re in LOVE. Beautiful work Jasmine.

  66. Lettie Mix

    November 19th, 2010 at 4:43 am

    First of all thank you to miss Jami for being so patient with me during hair and makeup, your quite the fabulous and beautiful girl and second of all……. Jasmine, your work is over the top beautiful. Thank you for the credit on your blog. Much appreciated.

  67. Stephanie Motz Skinner

    November 19th, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful photo shoot and couple. I love how you just knew we’d all be wondering where she got the dress. Haha!

  68. Katelyn James ALSOP:)

    November 19th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    jas, that last one should be all over their house! what a shot! and if that was shot with the 35….I’m going to be jealous all over again.

  69. Candace Prokopets

    November 19th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    These are so cute! I think my favorite is probably the first one. I love all their smiles! Can’t wait to see their wedding next year!

  70. steph

    November 19th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    That last photo is EXACTLY how I’d like EVERY picture of me to feel.

    Jami has the prettiest nails I’ve ever seen!

  71. Joshua Gull

    November 19th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Maybe one of my favorite e-sessions from you Jasmine. The second shot of them sitting in the chairs, and the last shot of them in the first outfit in front of the painted crop field…excellent stuff!

  72. Corneli Fleur

    November 19th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Love it!

    Corneli Fleur

  73. My Social Relevance

    November 19th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Great shots as usual.

  74. Kortnee Kate and Ted

    November 19th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Sometimes you can look at a couple and see it in there eyes that they have a history together; this couple radiates love and peace!!:)

  75. Jackie Plaza

    November 19th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Super cute dress! Great job!

  76. Imthiaz Houseman

    November 19th, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I have a hard time also believing she was nervous before your session. Amazing couple and session!

  77. Alicia B.

    November 20th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Where do your clients change clothes? I notice that sometimes there are outfit changes in your sessions… Just wondering if that’s something you suggest and plan for or what.

  78. Holli True

    November 20th, 2010 at 4:35 am

    Gorgeous session! 🙂 I love the image of them standing with the crops behind them! LOVE! Great work- as always!!

  79. Melanie Toutai

    November 20th, 2010 at 6:05 am

    She is FABULOUSLY beautiful!

  80. Hannes Uys

    November 20th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    She is going to make a beautiful bride.

  81. Allison

    November 20th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Amazing shots Jasmine!!!! I love the close up at the end. You are so gifted and talented I know you probably hear this alot but you always inpire me to do better!

  82. Gus

    November 21st, 2010 at 2:33 am

    The smiles, the romance, the way you capture life in both Joel and Jami is something that makes me feel alive as well and hopeful of me one day being as good as you are. GREAT JOB J*

  83. evan

    November 21st, 2010 at 3:13 am

    these photos are great, they really capture a lot of personality. really like the magazine style to your site

  84. Connie Sithi

    November 23rd, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I’m obsessed with the last photo! What a great session and gorgeous couple.

  85. Sally

    November 24th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    O wow, stunning!

  86. Stephanie Pervis

    November 24th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Gorgeous as always Jasmine!

  87. Katy

    November 24th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    She is really really REALLY pretty. What a smile…

  88. Nancy

    November 26th, 2010 at 3:11 am

    The pics look amazing! What a cute couple. I absolutely LOVE her dress, and want to have it. I contacted the store, but no replies. Any tips?

  89. Reid

    November 29th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Holy awesomeness jasmine! I love these pictures

  90. Sabina

    November 29th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    they make a nice couple

  91. christina

    December 2nd, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    the last engagement photo is my favorite all your engagement photos jasmine star

  92. Jorge

    December 7th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Very beautiful! Greats pics!

  93. Katya

    December 7th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    In love with these photos Jasmine!

  94. sayna

    January 2nd, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    what a good looking couple!

  95. Heather Crosby Gionet

    January 5th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I can feel her joy through that last photo…and his love for her…beautifully captured!

  96. Digital Photography Fan

    January 7th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    These are stunning…Amazing work
    as always!

  97. Robin Arnold

    January 16th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Reading your stories always makes me smile out loud. : )

  98. Troy

    January 28th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    OMG….!! She is AMAZINGLY GORGEOUS!!! Congrats, Joel!! If you work to keep her smiling like that, life will be good for you both!!

  99. Dajuan

    January 31st, 2011 at 6:41 am

    J*, you totally kept them engaged and excited. Seeing this make me want you to photograph my wife & I. Seriously!

  100. Christina Matthews

    February 1st, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Wow. What a stunning couple and story. She’s going to look AMAZING on her wedding day for sure.

  101. Rachael Mates

    February 7th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Ohh I LOVE her white dress! If anyone knows where its from, let me know 🙂

  102. Jami Bush

    February 15th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Hey All! Thank you all so much for the amazing comments! Jasmine is just beyond fab and I love her so! I got my dress at Saks Fifth Avenue and it is by Nanette Lepore. It originally came with a belt but I cut it off 🙂 It also comes in black. Happy shopping!

  103. Daniel Dunlap

    February 25th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Gorgeous couple Jasmine!

  104. Michael Hickey

    March 8th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Love it, love it, LUV IT!!!!!

  105. Florida Wedding Videographer

    March 14th, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Soo sweet, fun playful. Great job Jasmine!

  106. Samuel Burns

    March 23rd, 2011 at 2:04 am

    A friend told me to check your work out so this is my first look, gorgeous, really natural from the light to the posing… awesome stuff.