Parker Palm Springs Engagement : Jenny+Jeff


He was kinda like a science nerd. That’s how Jenny fondly describes Jeff, but he he eagerly jumps in to correct her memory. You mean science athlete, right? Right? Jenny smiles and shakes her head, but Jeff reminds her of his smooth moves when they went skiing together in Mammoth. You see…skiing is athletic…I was a SCIENCE ATHLETE.

They were friends of friends who hung out in college, large groups of students who went out for dinner, planned epic nights on the town, and–like Jeff and Jenny–studied for their science classes together. Jeff promises it was his dashing good looks and his way with the ladies that made Jenny fall for him, but she simply laughs and her brown eyes dance at his selective memory. Be it his purported nerdiness, athleticism, or attentive care, Jenny found a friend in Jeff, so when things turned into more that fateful night in Mammoth after a long day on the slopes, she was smitten.

Their relationship spans ten years and they’re planning a Santa Barbara wedding to reflect their perfect love. Jeff proposed to Jenny at The Parker Palm Springs, so what better place for their engagement photos? I’m incredibly excited to be a part of their love story and their wedding next June…

We started the session in the lobby of the Parker because the sun was shining quite brightly in Palm Springs…and, okay, it was hot!

It was the first time I met Jenny and Jeff (they booked online from a referral from my friend Sue Jean…love you, SJ!), but it was clear from the start of the engagement session, they were comfortable in front of the camera…and with each other…

We ventured around the gorgeous property once the sun started to set behind the hills of Palm Springs…

We found an empty room with a chair…if you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know how much I loooooove random chairs…

After a quick outfit change, we were off for more engagement photos around The Parker…

Jeff is a chess player and joked that Jenny has his heart in check mate.

We ended the session on the exact hammock where Jeff proposed to Jenny because life is all about coming full circle…

To see more of Jenny and Jeff’s Parker Palm Springs engagement photos, feel free CLICK HERE for a slideshow with music found at WithEtiquette…!

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  1. helgi

    March 21st, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    omg, those are delish images!

  2. Taylor Jackson

    March 21st, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Jasmine, I am in love with this session! and Jenny’s Dress!!! The Chess shot and the hammock pictures are amazing!

  3. sherri lynn

    March 21st, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    once again you have beautifully captured this couple! i love jenny’s style! can’t wait to see the wedding

  4. angel canary

    March 21st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    i love these! love love love them!!!

  5. Elise

    March 21st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Love the hammock pictures. Do you have to pay a fee to shoot at these type of locations?

  6. Benoit Jansen-Reynaud

    March 21st, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Hello Jasmine,
    Have you ever thought of adding technical info to your fantastic photos? Lens, Aperture, ISO, Shutter speed? I’m sure many of us would find it very helpful. As always, great photos…


  7. Shauna Gutierrez

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    These are particularly AMAZING !

  8. Kristin Bradley

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    You never cease to amaze me!!

  9. B

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I die. I LOVE the chess board at the Parker.

  10. anouschka

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    what a great series. such fun images!

  11. Jillian Zamora

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Jasmine — I love everything about your photography. I’ve been following the blog for close to a year now and I think I may have finally pinpointed what it is about your photography that attracts me to it so — you make the people what is important about the photo. You never detract from the people with the location, the edit, the posing. I love it.

  12. christina

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Wowsers! love her shoes, love the poses, love the location, and pretty much love that she had you take these! 🙂 im a jelly belly.

  13. Justyna

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Excellent images! The setting looks fantastic. However, all I can focus on are those faaaabulous yellow shoes! Where can I find these?

  14. Kasey

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Love her yellow shoes! The life size chess is awesome. Great pics.

  15. Brittani

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Awww, they’re so cute!! I also agree with Benoit…technical aspects?? =)

  16. Diana Rush

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love this! And Jenny totally rocked it!

  17. Karen Stott

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Okay seriously….. I LOVE that chess shot. So cute!

  18. Hilary

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    SERIOUSLY…they look like the asian version of you and jd!

  19. Gaby Fuentes Photographer

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Love the colors. Beautiful.

  20. JH Consulting

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    WOW! Beautiful photos! Your so creative!

  21. Romonia Isaac

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Love those yellow heels she is wearing!!! What a beautiful couple and I must agree that they are not shy in front of the camera. Beautiful images as always J*.

  22. Allison Suter

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Everyone’s talking about the yellow shoes, but it’s the light in the first couple of images that gets me. So pretty!

  23. Lisa

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Classic and extraordinarily GORGE!!!

  24. Shannon Sorensen

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I love how this feels so relaxed and fancy all at once. Great set! Especially love the chess and hammock shots. 🙂

  25. Laurie Bracewell

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Beautiful couple and beautiful images, as always! xoxo…

  26. Anita

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    What a beautiful couple and perfect session.

    How perfect that he proposed in a hammock! I love love love lounging in those! Best pictures ever J. You rock 🙂

    Wish my SO had been as imaginative but then again, Boston in December does not exactly mix well with hammock. I’m happy with our airport proposal and look forward to getting tangled up with him in one on our honeymoon.

    Congratulations to Jenny + Jeff!

  27. Anne Elisabeth

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    gorgeous!! Once again!

  28. rich

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    beautiful and fun photos! awesome work!

  29. Inga

    March 21st, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Its crazzzyyyy, but first I thought its U and JD in the pictures 🙂

  30. Kate Douthwright

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Love the picture of them with the chess pieces. Fun and different from the everyday norm, very cute 🙂

  31. Claire O'Hara

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Absolutely loveee these engagment sessions. Someone said they loved how it looks fancy and relaxed at the same time and that was it!

  32. Michelle - Pocketful of Dreams

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Brilliant session as always from an amazing photographer, this couple just look so stylish. I also adore this venue having stayed a few nights on my California road trip. I remember lazing in those very same hammocks. Bliss. Michelle x

  33. Melissa Cramer Photography

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    This is the first time I’ve used this word but dang, this couple is FIERCE!

  34. gladys jem

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    she is GORGEOUS! beautiful images jasmine!

  35. Jill Samter Photography

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    These are beautiful Jasmine! Lovely couple!

  36. MartaV

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Stunning! What a gorgeous couple.

  37. Holli True

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. First off, if I could swing in a hammock daily, I would be one happy girl- so the hammock shots make me very happy. I am also in LOVE with the pic of them sitting on the chair together in the large, empty room- their lips about to meet… So amazing!! 🙂 Fabulous, as always, Jasmine!!

  38. Kira Noble

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Absolutely Gorge! LOVE LOVE LOVE the hammock photos!

  39. Marie

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Random chair shot is undoubtably my fav!!!!! Jenny looks like a million $ $,$$$,$$$.$$!!!!!!!

  40. Karen

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I’m in love with her yellow heels! Such a gorgeous couple!

  41. Jennifer Jar

    March 21st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Couple is gorge, location is gorge, and your pictures as always are very GORGE 🙂

  42. Kristin Nicole

    March 21st, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Ahh…LOVE this session….GORGE 🙂 Can’t wait to see their wedding.

  43. Mikaela

    March 21st, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    SO many favorites in this session! but those last couple in the hammock are pretty sweet 🙂

  44. Stephanie Stewart

    March 21st, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    So what if I’m a broken record…LOVE this session! Amazing location, amazing light, gorgeous-fun-perfect couple!

  45. Columbus GA Photography

    March 21st, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Super AWESOME shoot. The chess piece pic is def my fav.

  46. Delaware Wedding Photographer - Jay Clark

    March 21st, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Amazing job! You manage to make every couple look like celebrities!

  47. Nicole Evans Photography

    March 21st, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    AAUUGGHHH!!!! There are no words (except that one). I’m blown away. Again.

  48. Lillie Louise

    March 21st, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Niiiiice. Beautiful session! Kissing chair shot is my fave.

  49. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer}

    March 21st, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    beautiful! Love the location but adore that shot of them by the chess pieces!

  50. Liz

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Beautiful as always! And I LOVE her shoes!

  51. Sona Lila

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Jasmine, I love them all, but there’s no news;) Jenny is going to be stunning bride:) Can’t wait to see wedding shots….

  52. Faith

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    BULA from FIJI!!!Just three words…LOVELOVELOVE…. Once again i have fallen in love with what i do and Jasmine you’re to blame! I love the way you give us a glimpse of who and what the couple are about!! Ok a little more than "JUST THREE WORDS" but i guess just three words did not describe how my photography has improved just by reading your blog!! Love your work
    We got lots of Love for you out here in Fiji!! So ‘YOU’ STAY FABULOUS!

  53. I'm Kristen

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:21 pm


  54. Ashley Klein

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    This is one of your many posts, and sessions, I have been reading and viewing and I have to say I absolutely love, love, love your work and your posts! I have been interested in photography for a number of years and am just now starting to step into the world of starting my own business. Your pictures and blogs are so inspiring and have motivated me to continue on this journey! God Bless!

  55. Amy Arrington

    March 21st, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    LOVE this session and the location:)

  56. Carrie LeighAnna

    March 21st, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    LOVING the chandelier picture and the first sofa picture. Let’s be honest- they’re all amazing. But seriously. Her shoes?! Great job documenting their love, Jas!!

  57. s h e r r y

    March 21st, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    These images are beautiful! 🙂 I love all the locations you guys used. They look fiiierce!

  58. Stephanie

    March 21st, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Love those yellow shoes and how they MATCH their surroundings in those photos!

  59. Lauren H.

    March 21st, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Love the photos and her dresses are too cute!

  60. Katelyn James

    March 21st, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    LOVE this… you had some awesome light!!!

  61. Stacy

    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Brilliant work, friend!

  62. Shane O' Sullivan

    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:30 am

    One word, class!!

  63. Lloyed Valenzuela

    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Awesome!!! Im a big fan of your work!!!

  64. Rachel

    March 22nd, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I hope this isn’t out of line or anything, but Jenny kind of reminds me of an Asian version of you lol.

  65. Jenna Danelle

    March 22nd, 2011 at 4:46 am

    This, this is why I keep on coming back! Well, that and you simply ROCK! lol. I just love these, the one with the mondo chess board and hammock are so great!

  66. Life with Kaishon

    March 22nd, 2011 at 5:09 am

    Oh my word. They are so gorgeous. They made me smile. Her shoes made me smile! HOLY leg lengthening. Those heels are killer. I could swear those are the same shoes I saw Bethenny hold up on a Bravo commercial the other day.

    I love the cool hammock like chairs at the beginning. All of it is all sorts of fantastic!

  67. Yuliya

    March 22nd, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Loved the chair shot and the chandelier in the backdrop. The chess pieces are fun. And the shot under the tree is gorgeous!

  68. shani barel-desser

    March 22nd, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I just love the top right photo! LOVE it!

  69. Sonya

    March 22nd, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Okay…love this series… but the yellow shoes…How can I be down????

  70. cheesyqueso

    March 22nd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Yay! You’re shooting again! Feels like it’s been ages. Beautiful work.

  71. Jenny Sun

    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    awww, what a sweet session!! The huge chess pieces are fabulous! 😀 xox

  72. Shuva Rahim

    March 22nd, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Chess pieces and the curvy chairs.
    I approve 🙂

  73. Nicholas

    March 22nd, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Does knowing their love story helps you in composing the photos that you have taken?

  74. Hannes Uys

    March 22nd, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Love the shoes

  75. JamieY

    March 22nd, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    simply gorgeous. love the 2nd outfit of hers. they sure do know how to work the camera

  76. Paul Floyd

    March 23rd, 2011 at 2:42 am

    These photographs are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  77. Emma Godfrey

    March 23rd, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Loving the slideshow too 😉

  78. IngaMae

    March 23rd, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    what a PERFECT couple straight from HEAVEN to EARTH!!!

  79. Bobbie Brown

    March 23rd, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Wow… these are amazing! I feel like each image is ‘different’ in such a GOOD way! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  80. Eliza Lewis

    March 23rd, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I love your blog. I can’t say it enough! You inspire me.
    I enjoy reading your introductions of the couples you photograph. They make the photos truly come to life…full-circle, even. 🙂

  81. Emily Faith Allen

    March 23rd, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Love the chess board pic! fabulous!

  82. Kansas City Wedding Photography

    March 24th, 2011 at 3:27 am

    I love the basket chairs.
    So cute!

  83. Cecilia Flaming

    March 24th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Love the photos with the chess board and the colours in her dress. Gorgeous!

  84. Jak Lee

    March 27th, 2011 at 5:20 am

    These pictures are gorgeous.
    Is it just me, or does Jeff look kind of JD while Jenny looks kinda like Jasmine Star???

  85. Corneli Fleur

    April 1st, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely shots

  86. Feuza

    April 1st, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    How did I miss this FABULOUS session! wow oh my, love the colors, their style and the big chess

  87. Krysta

    April 3rd, 2011 at 2:19 am

    Great photo shoot. I love love Jenny’s second outfit. Especially those shoes. How awesome are they?! lol.

  88. Kelli Taylor/Daniel Taylor Photography

    April 5th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Love this session! Especially the use of furniture. Too cool.

  89. Mirian Silva

    April 9th, 2011 at 6:57 am

    Loved this engagement shoot. The colors of her dress and the location was great.

  90. Lydia

    April 9th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Another favorite engagement session! The location, Jenny + Jeff, the lighting, all amazing!

  91. Tracey Hedge

    April 12th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    These are so Beautiful.
    The Light is Gorgeous!!