Palos Verdes Engagement : Erin + Mike


They call it Bar Golf, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Hitting par–two beers at this bar, a shot at that bar–at each of the 18 locations on a preset list in Hermosa Beach. Mike and Erin were supposed to be set up by a friend somewhere on the course, so Mike dressed in his best golfing attire. He saw her from a distance and strengthened by the passing of each ‘hole’ Mike decided to approach Erin two hours later, hoping for a hole in one. Or at least a birdie.

Erin liked Mike almost instantly. The almost part was attributed to his golf attire. I had a great costume, Mike promises as Erin recounts their first meeting, but she betrays a sly smile perhaps proving otherwise. They never completed their round of golf that one night. Instead, they enjoyed each other’s company and exchanged phone numbers. Less than a week later, they found comfort and pleasure in each other and the rest is golf history.

Erin and Mike will be getting married in September at Shutters on the Beach, and I was thrilled to document their love for their Palos Verdes engagement session. We had a blast roaming the streets and getting to know each other better. Here are a few of my favorites…

Mike and Erin are always laughing…even if it means Mike dancing for her in a random walkway! 😉

Hellllllllo amazing light…

Mike is such a ham and so playful…I loved working with someone so fun!

Erin…you’re GORGE!! Love you! 🙂

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

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  1. Leora Shiff

    March 12th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    absolutely beautiful!! I love the last photo. What a gorgeous couple!!

  2. Channing

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Oh my gosh!! SO beautiful! I cannot wait for this wedding!!

  3. Carrie

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Love! Especially the shots in the alley way, so much color!

  4. lroah

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I can’t believe I never saw you at WPPI! I see you found my favorite little alley in PV! 10 minutes from me – email next time you have a PV shoot and I’ll take you to lunch. 🙂

  5. Molly

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    These came out awesome!!! Miek & Erin you look fantastic! Can’t wait to see more.

  6. Sara

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Gorgeous set of a gorgeous couple! I can’t possibly pick a favourite! Love, love, love the balloons though!

  7. jamie delaine

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    how cute cute cute. the jumping shot is so much fun. i love when couples loosen up. 🙂 hope you’re doing well jasmine, take care of yourself dear!

  8. Melissa Papaj

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    What cute pictures Jasmine! I love the balloons!

  9. Lindsay

    March 12th, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    My first post 🙂 Gorgeous! Love the light….amazing photos as always!

  10. Megan (Best of Fates)

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I love the photo of Mike jumping with the balloons. It seems to perfectly convey their spirits and the love they have for each other and life.

  11. Anda

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Love the light the bike and the balloons! I have been soooo impressed with your 2010 sessions. You keep getting better and better and I didn’t think hat was possible because you’ve always wowed me.

  12. Julie

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Jasmine! The pictures are beautiful! I’m Erin’s maid of honor and I’m so excited to meet you! Thanks for taking such amazing photos of my favorite couple!

  13. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    The slide show isnt working 🙁

  14. Jen Baer

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I LOVE these! I think the bikes and the flowers are so sweet and just add to the textures of the location.

    Fab job J*!

  15. Marissa Rodriguez

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    The light in these is gorgeous! Jasmine, you are so wonderful!

  16. Shuva Rahim

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    She looks like Sarah Jessica Parker… 🙂

  17. Kellie Riess

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    I love that OOOHH so beautiful light. mm rim light is my fav. thx for sharing

  18. sharon snow

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    So soft and sweet. Love the white balloons! Gorgeous images as always Jasmine 🙂

  19. Jeff True

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    haha. Love when people start acting goofy, you never know what you will end up with. Just keep taking cause there is bound to be something awesome

  20. Gail

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    GORGEOUS photos Jas…your link isn’t working though 🙁

  21. Teresa Disney

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    thank you for taking such amazing pictures of our daughter and future son in law. Love them.

  22. angel pope

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    She does remind me of Sarah Jess. They both have a unique look that makes me think they should be modeling. 😉

    Thanks for sharing. Thanks for you.

  23. Damaris Mia

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    They are so cute. Love the lighting! Great job J*

  24. Lydia

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    You are a never-ending source of inspiration! Balloon and bikes never looked so cool! Erin and Mike look amazing!

  25. shannon h.

    March 12th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    these are beautiful. what amazing light you found…and he looks like a kick in the pants!!

  26. Christine

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    These are SO beautiful Jasmine!!! I love that they had balloons with them. Those could have been so much fun. Where does everyone find that type of bike? I don’t see them anywhere. My favorite is the last photo for sure 🙂

  27. Evie Perez

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Another great shoot!!! This is a beautiful couple and I love the shoot of the bike and the flowers.

  28. Kate Whitmore

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    That backlighting is straight up yummy. Beautiful.

  29. Brittani

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Love this set! Especially the ones with the balloons, and the soft lighting. Gorgeous!

  30. Diandra

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Um… GORGEOUS! As always! 🙂

  31. Mary

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Stunning session and wonderful couple that has a blast! Thanks for sharing your amazing work J*!

  32. Yadira Laguerre

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    The full body shot of them standing in the arch, backlit, made my mouth water. Scrumptious!

  33. David Chayawatna

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Beautiful pictures! Love the lighting… Great work once again!

  34. Alexandra

    March 12th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Beautiful photos!

  35. Bianca

    March 12th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Ooooh, looks like fun. Somehow you made balloons look classy 🙂

  36. Megan Eckers

    March 12th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    love these pics, Jasmine! especially the one with the balloons…very cute idea. it was lovely to finally meet you live and in person at WPPI!

  37. Joanne Thomas

    March 12th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Gorgeous light and what fun!! Gosh I love people who love to have fun like these two!

  38. Rocky

    March 12th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Erin and Mike what great pics!…I especially like the one of Mike and the balloons…it reminders me of his patented slide to home plate!

  39. Karen

    March 12th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I love the balloons. It makes the shoot look very fun. The last shot shows how gorgeous Erin’s blue eyes are. =]

  40. s h e r r y

    March 12th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Hollers, they are STUNNING! <3 I love the wonderful hair light you got. AND Erin’s hair is pretty much perfect. Yah. (Hair envy)

  41. Paola

    March 12th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Erin, you are so gorgeous! Such amazing eyes!!

  42. Ally

    March 12th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Hey, your slideshow isn’t working!

  43. Stephanie Stewart

    March 12th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    amazing light, amazing couple, amazing images! Love the one with the light behind the balloons, so fun and romantic! Can’t wait to see their wedding!

  44. erin and mike

    March 12th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    jasmine- amazing! we couldnt have dreamed up anything more amazing! we LOVE you, and had a blast with you last week!!

  45. Pamela Topping

    March 12th, 2010 at 11:49 pm


  46. Adita

    March 12th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    What a great location! Your right the light was amazing! Gorgeous shots!

  47. nena

    March 13th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I am always amazed at how gorgeous your clients are. They are always happy too…do you serve them drinks before the shoot? =-) Lovely as always.

  48. emily

    March 13th, 2010 at 12:42 am

    I think I have a crush on Mike….God bring me a man who will dance like a fool to make me laugh!

  49. jenny

    March 13th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    love it ! beautiful light indeed !

  50. Tonja

    March 13th, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I love these! Looks like it was a blast to shoot and yes that light is A-MA-ZING.

  51. Christopher

    March 13th, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Stunning as always! My favorite is the one with Mike jumping in the air with balloons…unique…Jasmine, you make balloons and bike look cool!!!!

  52. favorite aunt Sharon

    March 13th, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Who is this gorgeous girl? – great genes – must be CANADIAN!!!

    The guy isn’t bad either.

    You two look amazing & I am so happy for you two. XOXOXO

  53. Sara Weber

    March 13th, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Whoa, Mikey showing some chest hair in that last pic, very masculine! Erin I have 3 words for you and your wardrobe: FAB-U-LOUS!!!

  54. Michelle Hebert

    March 13th, 2010 at 5:14 am

    One word: Stunning!

  55. gladys jem

    March 13th, 2010 at 5:43 am

    seriously jasmine, i agree with everyone! gorgeous! love the balloons and bike with the flowers. lovely lovely lovely!

  56. Tammy

    March 13th, 2010 at 5:49 am

    The balloon shot is freaking awesome!

  57. Heather LaBone

    March 13th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Your photos are always so crisp, its like you can reach out and touch the couple. Amazing as always!

  58. Cathy

    March 13th, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Lovely pictures. Looking forward to seeing you again and meeting Mike.

  59. samantha

    March 13th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    loved the white balloons! i had my chance encounters with balloons last weekend. it was so fun to shoot.

  60. Alaina Bos

    March 13th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Beautiful photos….Did you use fill flash? I’m amazed at how AWESOME your exposures are!

  61. Bobbie Brown

    March 13th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Ohhh, I LOVE that one of them standing in the archway with the gate! Stunning! And the bikes… LOVE it!

  62. Colorado Wedding Photographer, JasonG

    March 13th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Great work Jasmine… love the energy the balloons bring to the shoot :-).

  63. Leyla

    March 13th, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Beautiful & sweet couple! Such an awesome set of photos… You always manage to do something different and hip… Love it!!

  64. Juli L.

    March 13th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Love these! Beautiful light and love the props! 🙂

  65. george kedzierski

    March 14th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Excellent pictures, they are so happy and in love, you can see that. Can’t wait to meet Mike and share in their wedding day!!!!! Uncle George [The Polish Prince]

  66. Amber

    March 15th, 2010 at 12:35 am

    I think I’m a sucker for the bycicle pictures! All of them are wonderful, but those last ones give me the warm and fuzzies!

  67. Christopher Poisella

    March 15th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Love the one of Mike jumping with the balloons.

  68. JenWill

    March 15th, 2010 at 3:56 am

    I love her face in the last shot… so in love! Beautiful!


    March 15th, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Even my daughter LOVES you!

  70. Nick Fuller

    March 15th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Yes, the slideshow isn’t working, but even worse I think your website has been hacked. It’s coming up blank, with a page title showing "Levitra", which is a so called "helpful" little pill.

  71. Temecula wedding photographer Theresa Minnette

    March 15th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    LOVE the shot with the balloons!

  72. Leora Shiff

    March 15th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! love the light and the props!!!

  73. Leora Shiff

    March 15th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Beautiful pictures!! love the light and the props!!!

  74. Laurie Bracewell

    March 15th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Beautiful as always. Jasmine, your work never ceases to amaze me.

  75. Bella Taylor

    March 15th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    What a beautiful shoot… I love the balloons and the bikes they look amazing!

  76. Trish Strobehn

    March 16th, 2010 at 2:49 am


  77. Nellie Guerrero

    March 16th, 2010 at 3:26 am

    How fun and playful!

  78. paul

    March 16th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    fun & great lookin’ couple!

  79. KT

    March 16th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    So fun! Love the playfulness and definitely the yummy lighting! 🙂 You are blessed with a wonderful talent Jasmine!

  80. ali caudill

    March 16th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    love love love that last one! awesome work as usual jasmine.

  81. Jennifer

    March 17th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    What a great share!

  82. Joanna

    March 22nd, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    I think the "whatever it may be" is her Talent, actually. They’re beautiful Jasmine.

  83. Louise

    March 27th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    EJ – sour grapes comes to mind. Jasmine, you are an inspiration to those starting out in this industry, thank you for sharing.