San Juan Capistrano Engagement : Shannon + Jody


He laughed when he said it. Because he knew it’d rile her up. She waited for me outside of class…but didn’t want to let me know she was waiting, so she pretended to talk on the phone! Shannon denies it. Says she was really enjoying the sunshine on the campus of Point Loma University and just needed to make a phone call. Then she stops. Okay, I waited outside of class for him! And Jody has a haircut to thank for Shannon’s smooth moves.

Shannon and Jody first met their freshman year of college, and Jody was smitten. He’d see Shannon and occasionally chat with her, but–according to her–his hair was too long. He just wasn’t her type. Sophomore year arrived and Shannon saw a cute boy in her class. She stared. And stared. Then realized it was Jody. With a haircut. Next thing they knew, they walked out of class together and chatted on the brief walk through campus every chance they could. When a test rolled later that semester, Shannon finished it earlier than Jody, but wanted to walk and chat with him. In order to put herself in his path, she pulled out her cell phone, sat in the sunshine, and waited for Jody to finish his test.

I don’t know what they got on that test–or even the final grade for their class–but I do know they’d get an A+ in Love. I’m incredibly honored and excited to shoot their wedding this October…just seeing them together makes me incredibly happy and to know I get to document their first day as husband and wife makes me swoon! Here are a few favorites from their San Juan Capistrano engagement session…

One thing I love about taking pictures in San Juan Capistrano is the ability to see it a different way every time I shoot there…I love it…

Jody, oh you. Just stop being so handsome. I can’t handle it.

Shannon is a part of the Anthropolgie team and it’s no wonder…she’s incredibly creative, well-dressed, and uber fab…

The day was grey and overcast, which allowed us to shoot anywhere because the light was so diffused and pretty…

To the Shannon and Jody in the right picture: RAWR.

A special thanks to Stacey Craven of Smoke and Mirrors for doing a fabulous job with Shannon’s hair and makeup…I love working with her! 🙂

After a quick change, we decided to take a few more relaxed engagement pictures around San Juan Capistrano…

Shannon, I’m tagging this photo of you on Facebook…because, really, you’re gorge.

It started to kinda, sorta started to rain, so we hurried to finish the session, but not before a little more fun…

…and a little more fab…

To see more of Shannon and Jody’s San Juan Capistrano engagement session photos, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

Happy Friday!

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  1. Jessica

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I love how the white wall in the background looks like it could be the sky, with some texture, it’s really beautiful!

  2. Robyn Regan

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    …and this is why I love photography…you told the story beautifully!!!! I wanted to keep seeing more images…stunning!!!!!!!!

  3. gladys jem

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    i love the last photo. she has the most beautiful eyes. gorgeous couple jasmine 🙂

  4. Megan (Best of Fates)

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Sometimes I’m astounded by how gorgeous each and every one of your couples is! Then I figure it’s also because of your ability to showcase their love for each other in every photo.

  5. Leslie

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    LOVE this session so much! The location is perfection!

  6. Lisa

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Wow. What a model couple! You totally did have some great light! You are fab, as always!

  7. Candace Prokopets

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Ok, this is definitely a fav engagement session. This couple is gorgeous! And your pictures are beautiful. I bet they are so stinkin’ happy seeing these. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Rebecca Sehn

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    So pretty! Love her clothes.

  9. Cindy

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Fabulous! I Love her dress and her style and he is soooo adorable !

  10. Diandra

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Ahhh!!! I love this session. I feel like I say that to every single one! You’re awesome 🙂

  11. Anda

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    I love all the new stuff you’re trying out here, Jasmine. They are an incredibly fashionable and beautiful couple.

  12. jackie g. photog

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    what gorgeous creamy lighting you had that day! and a beautiful couple!

  13. Suzanne

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    LOVE these pictures!! Jasmine you truly inspire me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE her watch!!!

  14. Sarah Kobunski

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    j*!!! You do an excellent job!!! I love the images!!! They are vibrant, crisp and full of life! Great job!!! I love your style!

  15. Peter Hearl

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Love the work, nice couple

  16. Sarah Dudley

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Jasmine, as usual, you stun us with your ability to capture not only beautiful images, but the heart and soul of the couples in them!! Gorgeous work. I love seeing these of Shannon and Jody!!

  17. Liz Maryann

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    GOSH DANG IT WOMAN! You’re just too friggin’ good.

    Jody kind of reminds me of Justin Timberlake…perhaps he’s bringing sexyback? Haha.
    And I must agree with everyone else – Shannon has ah-may-zing eyes.

  18. Harmony Loves

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    oh my, that first image is to die for. I love the vibrancy of your images. great job Jasmine!

  19. Damaris Mia

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Simply gorgeous. What a HOT couple! Love it! Great job!

  20. Mikaela

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    What a stunning couple, and captured incredibly well of course! I love that one of them on the bench where she’s looking at him…so good.

  21. Doug

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    The bottom two on the benches – print them, large 🙂

  22. Abigail

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    These are GORGEOUS photo’s Jasmine!

  23. Shannon

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    ahh you’re the best. It was so fun working with you…now if only it were october! Thanks again jasmine! xo – shan&jody

  24. Molly Kate

    June 4th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    This couple is gorgeous! You did an amazing job as always and I see so many different views (than your other Capistrano shoots). I love that purple top too.

  25. Amber

    June 4th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I love her outfits! I now want to go shopping- thanks alot (heavy on the sarcasim her). These are awesome. I love the random flower. I love adding pics like that for the story!

  26. Lorena

    June 4th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I don’t know what my day would be like if I don’t get to see your work everyday. Awesome pictures as always J*! Not only are you an awesome photographer but you’re such a great writer too! Love, love, love her green dress 🙂

  27. Emily Heizer Photography

    June 4th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Very nice! You know, I can actually feel how much fun you guys had this time! I don’tthink I have ever said that before- but it really looks like you guys truly enjoyed yourselves while shooting and it totally shows— good show! lol

  28. amanda thiessen

    June 4th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    so beautiful! loooove the bench shots!

  29. angel pope

    June 4th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    as fabulous as ever…

  30. John Michaelson

    June 4th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Either only gorgeous couples hire you, or you’re just that good. Awesome stuff…

  31. Caitlin

    June 4th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I looove their second outfit – so cute 🙂

  32. Nena

    June 4th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    These photos are incredible and this couple is beautiful! =-)

  33. Evie Perez

    June 4th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Fabuloso, Jasmine!!! What a gorgeous couple, and a fab location. This is a great place for pictures, from what I can see.

  34. Micaela @ The Stationery Boutique

    June 4th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I love John’s comment! Your clients are so beautiful, which is perfectly captured by you!
    I love both her outfits!

  35. Vanessa Paris

    June 5th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    Stunning images! Did you use your 50mm 1.2? The bokeh is beautiful:)

  36. TeeBee

    June 5th, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Holy cow!!! Your pics are AWESOME!!!
    I just got started in the photography biz.. and I feel so small after looking at your pics!

  37. Girish

    June 5th, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Cool shots. It’s amazing how you and other bunch of photographers come out with such different poses. It’s really makes every post come out different.

    Very nice.

  38. Stephanie Rose

    June 5th, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Beautiful like always!!!

  39. Rachel

    June 5th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Jasmine, you make me fall more and more in love with engagement/wedding photography every time I look at your work. It is FANTASTIC!

  40. Jacqueline fronters

    June 5th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    This girl is gorgeous and he looks like Justin Timberlake, they look like a Hollywood couple. Great job.

  41. Natascha

    June 5th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    One word: Amazing.

  42. samantha

    June 5th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I notice that the bride usually has hair and makeup professionally done before the e session? Do they hire them to come along or have an appt with them first? How does that work?

  43. Paul

    June 5th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Great post Jasmine I love the colour and the ring pose… as usual 🙂

  44. Cathy

    June 6th, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Great session and what a cute couple! The very first shot is my fave. 🙂

  45. julie

    June 6th, 2010 at 3:20 am

    love the one of them kissing among the trees (?). almost looks like fall. that’s my favorite.

  46. Marissa Rodriguez

    June 6th, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Absolutely stunning! They are such beautiful people!!!

  47. Juli L.

    June 6th, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Love all of them! The one with him picking her up made me smile! 🙂

  48. Truc

    June 6th, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Hot couple, fabulous photos! These are awesome, Jasmine!

  49. Jan

    June 6th, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Stunning images!

  50. Alexandra

    June 6th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Jasmine, your clients are always so beautiful 🙂

  51. Linda Sherrill

    June 6th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Love it that we got to see more of the area and how you used the scenery due to the clouds!
    Awesome pics as usual!

  52. Janine

    June 6th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    What a gorgeous couple! Looks like a fab fun shoot.

  53. Apple

    June 6th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    they’re such a cute couple! i love how you so know how to keep them in the frame even when they’re moving!<3

  54. cori derksen

    June 6th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    lovely images. 🙂

  55. Jamie Kutter

    June 6th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    oooooo, love them all! I love her clothes….what a beautiful couple!

  56. Nithya

    June 6th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Stunning photos as always! I love the green and the purple in her two outfits – really makes everything *pop*.

  57. laetitia

    June 7th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I love the kiss one, and the one in color on the bench. The bench one is great actually… Her expression is fantastic !

  58. Bianca

    June 7th, 2010 at 3:51 am

    I heart Shannon’s watch.

  59. s h e r r y

    June 7th, 2010 at 4:13 am

    These are SO cute! <3 Love the last photo~

  60. Amy

    June 7th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I am always in complete awe of your shots. They are creative, colorful, fabulous and it always looks as if your subjects are having such a wonderful time. Such a treat each time there is a new post.

  61. Pamela Topping

    June 7th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Gorgeous couple and love her makeup!

  62. Mark

    June 7th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Why do I follow you; you inspire me to take better photos that are posed but dont look like it. Keep up your FAQ’s

  63. Stephanie Stewart

    June 7th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Gooorgeous! I especially love that first one! What a fun, beautiful couple! Great work, as always!

  64. Tonya Peterson

    June 7th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    That dress is to DIE for!

  65. Jackie Lovato

    June 7th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    WHERE did she get those shoes?!

  66. Bobbie Brown

    June 8th, 2010 at 4:48 am

    I LOVE these pictures! AWESOMENESS!

  67. Jakki

    June 8th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    I love the photo of him up on the fence and her beside him…that little touch of her finger on his leg…wow

  68. Waiman

    June 8th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Lovely couple and great shots. Really nice photography.

  69. jeramy

    June 8th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    great job as always!

  70. Amy Arrington

    June 8th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Wow, Jasmine, you are incredible! One of my favorite engagement sessions.

  71. Chris

    June 10th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Beautiful set of portraits here. Great work!

  72. Diapers & Divas

    June 10th, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I want her wardrobe! So awesome! I love the sandals! Too cute! They’re a very handsome and well dressed couple!

  73. Colorado Wedding Photographer, JasonG

    June 14th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Great work J* – as always. My favorite image – The two of them in the bench with her taking a slight peak at him. Very cool!

  74. Brian Fletcher

    June 19th, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Awesome shots! I love shooting in SJC! 🙂

  75. feuza

    June 22nd, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I love the variety of the poses, I tend to feel stuck or do the same ones over and over, need more inspiration boards I guess
    great shoot, love her style

  76. Arielle

    June 23rd, 2010 at 12:22 am

    She’s like a more feminine-in-the-faced Celine Dion. 🙂 LOVE that that green dress has pockets. And her eyes. Wow. Love this shoot especially, Jasmine!

  77. Lydia

    June 28th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    Posing wise this is one of my favorite engagement sessions! It also doesn’t hurt that the couple is gorgeous!

  78. Hong Nguyen

    July 13th, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Hi jasmine… i cant stop looking at your like addicted. you’ve done an amazingg job & im totally hooked. May I ask what lens did you use?

  79. Maria

    August 23rd, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Jasmine, you are my favorite photographer! I get insiration for classes from you. 🙂 This couple is quite possibly the cutest ever 🙂 Love the purple shirt she wore in the casual photos, it really adds nice color.

  80. Tracy

    September 9th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Love these! Beautiful work, as always!