Santa Barbara Engagement : Sarah + Chris


She stood out for so many reasons. At that UC Santa Barbara party, on that one night her junior year, in that one sweater. Many singular elements leading to a collective moment of sheer gravity. Sarah was invited to a Lingerie Party, so she and a friend decided to attend, not having a clear idea of what people might wear. She threw on a pair of jeans, a lace-ish top, and sweater. When she arrived to the party, she was blinded by the amount of skin, cleavage, and silk lingerie. So much for the sweater.

Chris and a group of his friends walked into the party and caused a shirtless stir, as shirtless college boys can only ever do. Sarah turned and saw him, their eyes met, and she turned away. Throughout the course of the evening, despite the scantily clad girls around him, Chris only saw Sarah. They gravitated to each other and by the end of the night, he snagged her phone and programmed his number into it…and he stole her number in the process. This was just the beginning because Sarah was about to also steal his heart.

After their first date at Goleta Beach Cafe, they were smitten. They’ve been together ever since and are now planning a wedding in San Diego at the Coronado Hotel. I’m honored to work with such a special couple and I’m incredibly excited for what’s in store this July! We spent the day in Santa Barbara for their engagement photos and started at the place where it all began…college…

One thing about Sarah and Chris is that they pretty much look good anywhere…on a bench…

…and even in a delivery port!

This bike path is usually filled with students, but with many thanks to Cesar Chavez (and his holiday!) the campus was empty…

I mean, com’on…these shoes? Yes, please!

Not only is Chris very kind, thoughtful, and funny, his demeanor is much like JD’s. I met him for the first time last week and I liked him instantly…

When Chris first met Sarah, she happened to stand next to a fan and he mentioned she looked like a model. Like that, with her hair waving around. Chris, I kinda know what you mean…

Many, many thanks to Tracey Taylor for doing Sarah’s makeup and Sheila Stone for a fantastic job with hair. I’ve worked with Sheila before and I jokingly call her the “Hair Whisperer” because she’s SO good at what she does! 🙂

After hanging out around the UCSB for engagement pictures, we headed to Goleta Beach (where they had their first date) to end the engagement session…

I’ll end with one of my favs from the session! 😉

To see more of Sarah and Chris’ Santa Barbara engagement pictures, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. The Bing

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    J-sizzle, you rock as always! Love it!

  2. Michelle

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Stunning! The photography and the couple! Where, oh where are those shoes from? I need them I think. <3

  3. gladys jem

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    umm…this might be my favorite engagement so far. they’re BEAUTIFUL. btw, i have the same exact dress in black and wanted to wear it for our session but she beat me to it 🙂 LOVE this Jasmine!

  4. Geoff Heith

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Haha…challenge…find Jasmine in one of these pics…winner get’s a pat on the back…

  5. Damaris Mia

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:23 pm


  6. Jennifer Brotchie

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:23 pm


  7. Adam John

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:24 pm


  8. Jocelyn

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE. great shoot girl, as always:) just love your colors. so bright and crisp. can’t wait till i can come to one of your workshops one day..or get your cute little but up to Canada!!!!
    have a fab day chicka

  9. Dawn McCarthy

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I see you in the door reflection. : ) Sarah…your eyes and those legs…GIRL! Beautiful images…as always.

  10. Carrie McCluskey

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    What a fabulous photo session and gorgeous couple!

  11. Christina Sloan

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    love the images. That campus is amazing! C

  12. Joan Solitario

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    I enjoyed their story a lot! The last picture is super cute! Beautiful work as always!!

  13. Larry Reeves

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    beautiful imagery, jasmine. i love those locations and that lighting was perfect!

  14. Tracy Moore

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    Love it! So great how they did the shoot at meaningful locations. They will totally cherish these.

  15. Rachel Clare

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Ah! That last one is fantastic. It would go on my wall for sure!

  16. Paola

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Love her killer shoes! Those were hotttt zzzzzz (that was a sizzle…), just like them! What a beautiful couple!

  17. shannon h.

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    gorgeous! the photos, the couple! fab! love the bike shot!

  18. elissa

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    a sweater with flip-flops. That is so UCSB! Great shoot and made me miss my UCSB days. Go Gauchos!

  19. Jessica Willis

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    honestly, these pictures are gorgeous. they are the most exotic, gorgeous, uniquely beautiful people ever. i’m sure the photographer helped. 🙂 haha! another gorgeous engagement!

  20. Melissa

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Just G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!

  21. Marissa Rodriguez

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Beautiful couple and amazing photos! Quick question, kinda’ random too, does JD go with you to your engagement/anytime sessions also? Or do you shoot these on your own? Just wondering thanks! 🙂

  22. Jessica Frey

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Golita Beach! I just did an engagement session there for my CSUB couple who had their first date on the beach as well. I loved the evening light and simple pier 🙂 Have you been to Knaps Castle? It’s another amazing location in SB….

  23. B

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Go Jazzy, it’s your birfday, go partay like it’s your birfday! Great shoot 🙂

  24. Howard Haby

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Great job, Jasmine!

  25. Melissa Papaj Photography

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Awesome e-session Jasmine. I just posted a rockin’ engagement session too on our salty beaches here in Utah at the Great Salt Lake. I just wosh we would have had a beautiful pier. Great work as always!

  26. Tracy Anne

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I spy… Jasmine! And some ahh-mazing shoes…

  27. Ayumi

    March 31st, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    My husband and I are a UCSB couple! I haven’t seen a session on the campus so was super excited to see this!!! Also, happy early bday! Mine is on Friday…yay early April babies!

  28. Jeff

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Jasmine – I love your style and your photographs. One of my mentors recently attended a conference with you in Richmond and heard you speak – she had great things to say -I’m so very jealous – you are one of the photogs I always say I have a photo-crush on – your eye is fantastic. Really love the 2nd to last image – great use of selective focus and monochrome -whole set is great – I know they’re going to love it.

  29. Diandra

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I LOVE this session! And I LOVE her first pair of shoes! Do you know where she got them? Awesome!

  30. Stephanie Stewart

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    LOVE this session! Golden light, lovely couple, so fun! And love how you told their story!

  31. Filip Wiberg

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Awesome photos! Love your work!

  32. Abby Leigh

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    It must have been fun to take pics in Santa Barbara!!
    (She is gorgious)

  33. Holls

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Stunning as always!
    Drop dead gorgeous couple too!
    You are the bomb diggity! 😀

  34. fffabulous

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Beautiful!! And I love her shoes!! Any chance you can find out where she got them? 🙂

  35. Girish

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Another set of beautiful photographs. Nice location. I must say very soft lighting in various shots.

    She has got wonderful eyes.

  36. ohana photographers

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:50 pm


  37. Lisa

    March 31st, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Isn’t is hard being this fabulous Jasmine?! You’re amazing. Every photo looks like it should be in a magazine. The lighting is so perfect in every shot. LOVE that one on the delivery port!

  38. Arielle

    March 31st, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    OMGOD, the shoes. Amazing shots as usual, Jasmine.

  39. Shannon

    March 31st, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Cute couple! Great shots!

  40. Libertad Leal

    March 31st, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    You are SO good Jasmine! These are amazing!

  41. Lori Calhoun

    March 31st, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hello LEGS! Love it!

  42. Jen Madigan Photography

    March 31st, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    That polka dot dress is so adorable – and those shoes = gorgeous!! Great photos as always.

  43. Karen

    March 31st, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    You always attract the most gorgeous clients! The girl’s shoes are fab.

  44. jenny

    March 31st, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Gorgeous ! The colors on facebook doesn’t show nearly as well as on your blog ! You’re always able to make your subjects feel comfortable 🙂

  45. Tonhya Kae

    March 31st, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    These are beautiful 🙂 Jasmine, you never seem to disappoint. Love visiting your blog.

  46. Otto Rascon

    March 31st, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    What a great looking couple. It looks like you all had a great time. Thanks for the inspiration J*. Rock on girl!

  47. Syreena B

    March 31st, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I adore that dress 🙂

  48. Kayleen T.

    March 31st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    ahh I love her shoes and I WANT that aqua bike! Love the pix J*!

  49. brianna

    March 31st, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I now know what I want for my birthday. those shoes. thank you.

  50. nena

    March 31st, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Again and Again I see the most happy, amazing, and gorgeous people here. Your work is contagious and your pictures capture life! =-)

  51. Leyla

    March 31st, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    What a gorgeous couple… And Sarah is a total model… Those long legs… wowza! =) Amazing photos.. I especially love the ones on the pier… beautiful lighting… magical moments… Thanks for sharing!

  52. Holli True

    March 31st, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I am in love with her shoes- and the last pic! 🙂 So adorable!!

  53. Laura Lawson

    April 1st, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Love their story, love your photos even more.

  54. ala

    April 1st, 2010 at 12:23 am

    where do i sign up for those SHOES and that teeny little waist? fabulous miss *!

  55. jessi

    April 1st, 2010 at 12:36 am

    not only do i love this photos as usual, but i love that polka dot dress!

  56. Gina

    April 1st, 2010 at 1:19 am

    those shoes were beautiful enough, but throw in the couple…pure perfection!

  57. Amritpal Grewal

    April 1st, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Awesome images Jasmine!!!!
    There should be a contest to find Jasmine in Photo # 1. I think i can see you in the reflections. 🙂

  58. Evie Perez

    April 1st, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Her shoes are so HOT!! Great job and I love the first picture with your reflection in the door.

  59. s h e r r y

    April 1st, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Campus looks amazing! And Sarah’s shoes are BOMB!

  60. Katie Moos

    April 1st, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Love the shot on the pier! Great work!
    Katie Moos
    Katie Moos Photography

  61. Marie

    April 1st, 2010 at 2:58 am

    FYI for everyone interested: Those fabulous shoes are by Valentino.

  62. Amanda

    April 1st, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Love the pictures and LOVE the shoes.

  63. Colorado Wedding Photographer, JasonG

    April 1st, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Sweet images J*! Love the light and vibrancy of the images and the couple!

  64. kelsy mccartney

    April 1st, 2010 at 4:08 am

    what a gorgeous couple! sarah’s shoes are to die for – valentino, naturally 🙂 i love their story too!

  65. Brian Fletcher

    April 1st, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Very nice….she’s gorgeous!

  66. Carolyn Evans

    April 1st, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Love the reflection of you hunched over in the screen door. So very "Where’s Waldo?"esque! Lovely photos, as always!

  67. Lisa H. Chang

    April 1st, 2010 at 5:04 am

    LOVE the last picture!!!

  68. Lydia

    April 1st, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Love her shoes! If he’s anything like JD, Chris must be awesome! And Sarah is awesome for hanging on to him!

  69. l2njpx

    April 1st, 2010 at 5:48 am

    BEAUTIFUL! Do you think one day everybody finds a gets true love?

  70. Cindy

    April 1st, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    crazy cute…. and HOT shoes!

  71. Katie Whitcomb

    April 1st, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I LOVE it when people kiss towards the camera.. LOVE IT!

  72. Matthew Saville

    April 1st, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Delivery port? Weird. I thought they were called loading docks. Is that what they’re called in Europe? 😛 …Of course I’m only busting your chops cause I’m jealous of your images! =Matt=

  73. plain_jo

    April 1st, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I love how you post the story as well as the photos! You take amazing photographs!

  74. Ivona

    April 1st, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    She is stunningly gorgeous! Congrats to the couple!

  75. Oleksandr Photography

    April 1st, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Nice! I love your reflection in that shot!

  76. Oakstream Photography

    April 1st, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    LOL. I love that last shot! SOO fun. She is BEEEEUTIFUL!

  77. feuza

    April 1st, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    What a great story on this couple! I love it! rad pictures as usual! like seeing in the glass of the door on first one

  78. feuza

    April 1st, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    forgot to say I SO LOVE the shoes!

  79. christina

    April 1st, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    what a super cute story!! ps. i am soooo diggin her shoes!

  80. Michael Chansley Photography

    April 1st, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Great session! I LOVE Santa Barbara! I went to school at Brooks there and haven’t been back in a long time.

  81. Brittani

    April 2nd, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Adorable couple! Great session! Her red shoes are my favorite!! =)

  82. Alejandra Arroyo

    April 2nd, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Awesome pictures like always!!! OMG! Love her shoes! Do you have any idea where those are from?!?

  83. Pye

    April 2nd, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Love how natural every shot is Jasmine, either you get just the most natural and comfortable couples out there, or there is just something about you that puts people at ease. I would venture to guess though it is definitely the latter.

  84. Juli L.

    April 2nd, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Love these and the video is wonderful! Great looking couple and such a nice story of how they met!

  85. Jen Shannon

    April 2nd, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I love the photos Jasmine but you I can see you in the reflection of the door on the first picture 🙂

  86. Nicole Benitez

    April 2nd, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Love these! The couple is gorgeous, the shots fabulous! You rock!!

  87. Holly

    April 2nd, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Sarah looks like you in that last picture, Jasmine!!

  88. michelle sidles

    April 2nd, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    So many thoughts.. The shoes. DANG IT! And I spend last week at a couple so cal beaches. So tell me, are these beaches really empty? Or are you using ninja trickery to make it look that way? Seriously, it was wall to wall people there. Where’d they go? 😉 Fabulous images!

  89. Sarah Lee

    April 3rd, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    LOVE the last one!! Great images Jasmine!

  90. Amy Mai Watts

    April 3rd, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Love this shoo Jasmine!! What’s the song on the slideshow?
    A =)

  91. Michelle Guzman

    April 3rd, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I love the bicycles! What a great engagement shoot.

  92. Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz

    April 3rd, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Wonderful! I love the bicycles!! 😀

  93. hannah

    April 3rd, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    What an incredible shoot! love and adore your work…and way you can capture the joy and love in others!

  94. Alissa Ferullo

    April 4th, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Gorgeous! What a beautiful couple, and I just love all your creative captures!!

  95. April

    April 5th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Wow, this couple looks so adorable. I learn so much about photography every time I look at your images! I love the simplicity and natural beauty in every artistic image you capture!

  96. Neil Mackenzie

    October 31st, 2010 at 9:04 am

    love your images, can’t wait to see the wedding photographs