Orange County Engagement : Shannon+Bill


They grew up in the same town, they went to high school together, but the two year age difference kept them acquaintances. Until, that is, four years ago. After high school they went their own ways until mutual friends reconnected them and they began spending their weekends with groups of people, slowly making their way closer to each other. They went running together, they went to Lakers’ games together, and somewhere along the line Shannon fell for someone she shouldn’t have.

Bill made it clear that though they were dating and having a good time, marriage just wasn’t for him. Sort of like a shoe that didn’t fit. Shannon knew this, but his charm, humor, and joie de vivre made her gravitate into his orbit, where she circled…and waited. With the desire of being a wife one day, Shannon pulled away from Bill a bit later and began dating other guys.

Perhaps it was her absence or knowing she was out with another guy (or, as Shannon describes it, “coming to his senses and pursuing me”), Bill invited her to his birthday party and they’ve been together ever since. They’re getting married later this year at the Virginia Country Club (with many thanks to Melanie Furata for connecting us!) and dedicating the day to the paths that led them to where they are today.

Shannon and Bill say they’re each others’ best friends and just by the way they interact, it’s evidently true…

Shannon’s only request was to have their engagement session in a field…and we’ll get to Bill’s request in a bit…oh, and, Shannon? RAWR.

There’s something about the way Bill talks to Shannon that makes her glow. He softly pokes fun at her, but will shortly thereafter laugh in a way that makes them both come undone. It’s so much fun to watch…

Shannon and Bill have expanded their family by adding Cash, a lovable dog completely smitten with his owners. The three of them are a unit, so their engagement photos wouldn’t have been complete without him…

Now let’s move to Bill’s request for the engagement session…their beloved truck. Because of their passion for old cars, this 1956 Chevy has become one of their favorite purchases together…

Just as a the sun set against the hills of Orange County, Shannon and Bill worked it like true professionals…

Work it, boo…work it…

I’ll end this engagement session with, literally, the last frame from the shoot…I pulled my Dog Whisperer moves on Cash and got him to pose. Okay, not really…he saw a squirrel, but it totally works for me.

To see more of Shannon and Bill’s Orange County engagement session, feel free to CLICK HERE for a slideshow with Andrew Belle music provided by The Music Bed.

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  1. B

    April 16th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I love it, Hammy! You killed it. PS You do have some madd dog whispering skills 😉

  2. molly

    April 16th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    AH. stunning. AMAZING. that truck photo? the doggie! TODIEFOR! lovelovelove.

  3. Samantha June

    April 16th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Beautiful pictures as always! LOVE that last one! 🙂

  4. Katelyn James

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    not that this should be our goal…. but in your own way…. that last truck shot was SO JOSE! 🙂 Beautiful session Jas!

  5. Gail

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Props to Shannon, because if I could have my engagement session shot in the OC, I’d TOTALLY want it in a field too!

  6. Amanda

    April 16th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Sunny field shoots are my favorite! You did a fabulous job Jasmine… like always =) I love the sun – right on the horizon = perfect.

  7. Life with Kaishon

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    How beautiful.
    I love her dress.
    I LOVE their dog.
    I really love their smiles.
    Sensational times 10.

  8. Haley Johnston

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:07 pm


  9. Daffodil Waves

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Wow, this is gorgeous!!

  10. Kacie Lynch

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Oh wow – the light is gorgeous!! You did an amazing job… as always! 🙂

  11. LEOLAK

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    RAWR indeed!!! Love this and that truck ROCKS!!! Smart man that Bill to come to his senses! LOL Great session Jasmine and that last shot is awesome!!!

  12. ashley barnett

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    ohhhh wittle baby Cash!!! Looks like our Cooper! I LOVE that field- whatever that purple-y stuff is in the grass is killer! And her dress is fab too 🙂

  13. Nikki

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I LOVE the way you tell the couples stories 🙂

    Just Beautiful!

  14. Richelle Hunter

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:27 pm


  15. lee sun hee

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    beautiful as always! love the light.

  16. Daphne Ellenburg

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Gorgeous & inspiring as always! Can’t wait for your Creative Live event 🙂

  17. Shawna

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    I always LOVE when the more furry family members come along for photo shoots! <3 Breathtaking photos…love the light and the truck adds a nice touch. Oh, and Shannon’s dress – LOVE.

  18. Andreas

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Very nice! Good light and good mood!

  19. Robyn

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Oh, Jasmine! Beautiful.

  20. Ashley Therese

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Love the softness and complete gorgeousness of this engagement session! You seriously rock. And that photo of Cash is money… Sorry, couldn’t help myself. : ) xo

  21. melodie

    April 16th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Jasmine, the second to last one is so different for me…coming from you…if that makes sense. I LOVE IT. Way to always keep it changing and yet the same.

  22. Michelle Feeney

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Such a cute session and of course being a boxer owner myself I can’t deny the awesomeness Cash brings to his photos. 🙂

  23. Janie

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    What a stunning couple.. 🙂 I loved reading the story behind them.Great job.. 🙂

  24. Tovergoud Bruidsfotografie

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Very nice engagement shoot of a lovely couple! Love the way you use the sun. Greetings from the Netherlands

  25. Ken

    April 16th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Another amazing shoot Jasmine! You are my hero behind the lens!

  26. Rici

    April 16th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    I really love your dog whisper talents! 😉 Beautiful pictures Jasmine!! I really love looking at your blog! Saluti.

  27. Ashley Goodwin

    April 16th, 2012 at 6:23 pm


  28. Jennifer Medeiros

    April 16th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    oh.. my.. goodness. That truck is incredible!! Someday….

  29. stacey ramsey photographie

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    beautiful color and compositions!

  30. Meg Courtney

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    I LOVEE these images! They are so soft and romantic, and the location totally reminds me of my home in Alberta Canada – Amazing Session!

  31. gladys

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    LOVE, Jasmine! Especially those first two. Beautiful!

  32. Lydia

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Ah, the field, the light! Loving the last truck picture of the two of them–perfect for a huge canvas!

  33. Hailey

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I absolutely love this session, Jasmine! Way to rock it!

  34. Katrina Mather

    April 16th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful couple, fantastic location, super cool truck… and the world’s best dog (yaay Boxers!! just like mine!) = one successful session. Good work, and congrats to Shannon & Bill!

  35. brianna

    April 16th, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    love this shoot! can we use this field for me too? it doesn’t have corn but it will do. 😉

  36. Monika R Photography

    April 16th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    I adore the shots in a field. And the first b@w is my fav!

  37. Janet Cruz

    April 17th, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Hey Jas, (I feel like we’re friends, so if we were hanging out, I’d call you Jas, unless you asked me not to) anyway…..
    Wow,,,, beautiful! so, do you climb trees to get that "from above angle"? Inquiring minds want to know! Janet (you can call me "J")

  38. Nena

    April 17th, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Your photos are so beautiful to me! She’s a beautiful girl and looks so happy! =-)

  39. Amy Arrington

    April 17th, 2012 at 2:43 am


  40. Rachel Marie Photography

    April 17th, 2012 at 4:30 am

    This has been one of my favorite locations as of late! Beautiful lighting and stunning images

  41. Stephanie Stewart

    April 17th, 2012 at 5:34 am

    Love everything about this session, the pup, the sweet truck, that dress, those SHOES, the light, the field! GAH! Wonderful work!

  42. Currie

    April 17th, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    What a seriously gorgeous session!! And that truck is awesome!!

  43. Abayomi

    April 17th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Lovely composure

  44. Becky B

    April 17th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Is it crazy that I really want to know where she got those shoes?!

  45. Autumn Siqueido

    April 18th, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Many Congrats to Bill and Shannon!

    And to Jasmine! Its a small world after all! Can’t wait to see you at their wedding!…

    Autumn Siqueido

  46. Denise Prichett

    April 19th, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Very lovely images – So sweet and simple!!!

  47. Marian Majik

    April 19th, 2012 at 11:04 am

    I’m looking forward to seeing pictures from their wedding. Congratulation and btw. BEAUTIFUL work Jasmine!

  48. Alex

    April 22nd, 2012 at 4:50 am

    I love every shoot! awesome photographer! You are my inspiration! Heart! Heart!

  49. Vasia

    April 23rd, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I love all the ones in the field, beautiful light! So jealous of you Californians and your sunshine!!

  50. Brighton Wedding Photographer

    April 23rd, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    I do love the poses you create Jasmine… Always flattering and comfortable! Great job

  51. Temecula Wedding Photographer

    April 28th, 2012 at 4:51 am

    What a fun shoot! Love the old truck.

  52. Jamie

    May 4th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Would anyone be able to share where this is? I love the location!

  53. Brittani

    May 7th, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    I fall deeply in love with lovers in fields with beautiful lighting…. these are gorgeous….

  54. Photographe Mariage Lyon

    May 13th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I love those shots.
    The last one is probably my favorite.

  55. Molly

    May 13th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    The images are just beautiful and so real. I have to say I love Andrew Belle now too!

  56. Photographers Barrie

    May 21st, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Beautiful shots! Love the old truck and sun flares, so nice!

  57. Bo

    May 6th, 2016 at 10:56 am

    How cute are these pictures. Very nicely done