Seattle Engagement Shoot : Keaton + Maddie


Three weeks ago I stood in the RESTART studio and nervously paced the cement floor. Shooting always makes me nervous, but shooting in front of a studio audience and photographers watching online made me downright scurrrrred. I was seconds away from breathing into a brown paper bag for support.

For those who aren’t familiar with RESTART, it’s a three-month photography business makeover. I’m meeting once a month for three months for this free online show, so if you’d like to join us on February 13, 2013 as we chat about Developing a Web Presence…Pricing…and Defining Your Brand, feel free to register here.

During Episode One, we focused on the Shooting Experience and using three words to help direct how we photograph our clients in ways that’ll help attract more of what we want to shoot. It was an absolute honor working with a beautiful, real-life couple, Keaton and Maddie…and many thanks to the team who pulled together to make this Seattle engagement session come together…

Concept + Styling: Jenn Blake
Hair + Makeup: Tiffany Colors
Props + Rentals: Scout Vintage Rentals + Homestead Seattle
Photography: Jasmine Star

I’m especially excited because the uber fab Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes will be sharing more images from this shoot later today as well!

Keaton and Maddie met in college and through the years they’ve developed a love that’s seen in small, quiet moments. It’s seen in the way Keaton places his hand on the small of Maddie’s back, and it the way she intertwines her arms around his when they sit next to each other. And it’s beautiful.

While in college, Keaton saw Maddie hanging out with a group of friends along the Washington shore. With his bare chest showing and his shirt wrapped around his head, he approached Maddie and somehow won her over with his unrelenting charm. Maddie embraces her silly side as well…something Keaton appreciates on a daily basis.

Maddie loves the details in life. Yes, details like decor and colors and accessories, but real details too. Keaton recounted a story when Maddie walked in while he was meeting with a client and reminded him of the sandwich she packed for his lunch. Yes, those details.

The theme of the engagement session was A Cozy Day In…here’s a bit of the inspiration origin from Jenn Blake’s perspective…
“I really wanted to vibe of the shoot to reflect all of those feelings that come while being home : blissful, lazy, relaxed, comfortable, casual and safe – home is that place where you are just yourself. I wanted the shoot to be reflective of the ease that comes from spending time with the one you love in the comforts of your own space just the two of you.”

One of the reasons I like the photo on the left is because Maddie admits to being a touchy-feely type of girl and it’s common for her to be seen casually rubbing Keaton’s back or leg. Just to let him know she’s there. And in love.

To those who participated in person and watched online…THANK YOU. The shoot was a success in part of your support and encouragement. If you’d like to see more of this shoot, feel free to check out Green Wedding Shoes today!

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  1. Alli McWhinney

    January 31st, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Love the shoot and so looking forward to the 13th!

  2. Monica Justesen Photography

    January 31st, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    These are all amazing, as usual, but the one of her grabbing his chin makes my heart melt!

  3. Dennis Bullock

    January 31st, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Love the editorial look J*!

  4. Diana

    January 31st, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    LOVE this shoot!

  5. Life wtih Kaishon

    January 31st, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    What a beautiful couple. Their love is very sweet. I love the space in which you were shooting. How great would it be to live in a home like that? Gorgeous light!

    Hope your next few months of your project go well. I know they will : ).

    Happy Thursday. Love, Becky

  6. Lindsey McClennahan

    January 31st, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    I watched ReStart and I can understand why you would be nervous! Talk about quick high pressure! These turned out lovely, they look like you caught slow motion, and it’s beautiful. What what J*!

  7. Amy

    January 31st, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I watched this shoot on CreativeLIVE and it is so cool to see the photos of it! You are so amazing! I can’t wait for the next class.

  8. Amy Jo

    January 31st, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I have been SO excited to see these pictures. I don’t know why yet, I haven’t been able to put my finger on it, but the style of this shoot spoke to me. When your camera was tethered and working so that we could see the images you were shooting, I was IN LOVE! I am glad they were featured, and as always, you did fantastic!

  9. Regan

    January 31st, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    These are so great!! It’s so fun to see the images after having watched live. Amazing as always! 🙂

  10. Berit

    January 31st, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    They are gorgeous! Love the photography and the details!

  11. Jessica Vidmar Photography

    January 31st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    i love it! so gorge!

  12. Katelyn James

    January 31st, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    SO cute! Love this!!!

  13. Tina

    January 31st, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    OH MY!! How fun to "see" these after watching you in action on that fabulous day of reSTARt training via the internet! All of these images are just amazing! This couple was so sweet to watch as well. Side note: I have always wondered if there was something wrong with me that I get nervous on every shoot … 😉 … Thanks as always for sharing! and can’t wait for Feb. 13th! …

  14. Paige Overturf

    January 31st, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    oh yes, this is fabulous!! Love the style and warmth that come from these images.

  15. susieq3c

    January 31st, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Sooo…I’m doing an engagement session for a couple this spring, and as I’ve talked with the bride we’ve brainstormed on some ideas. Without saying exactly what we are going to do (she wants it to be a surprise for friends and family!), this blog post gives me a TON of inspiration! So sweet, so real! Love it! Thanks Jasmine- you never fail to be a positive force in my little photography world.

  16. Rahim Huda

    January 31st, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING

  17. Bobbie Brown

    January 31st, 2013 at 8:03 pm
    ‘Nuff said.
    oh, and I hate I missed most of the online show last month 🙁 especially you shooting! I am sure it is nerve-wracking, but I love watching you shoot!

  18. Jill

    January 31st, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    LOVE it!!

  19. Michelle Koechle

    January 31st, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Love all of them! Some of my favorites in a while. The setting is just adorable. 🙂

  20. Stacee Lianna

    February 1st, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Oh my gosh I LOVE all of these photos! I think this is my favorite session you’ve ever done!

  21. Adil Photography

    February 1st, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I saw the whole CL show and I loved it. These pictures are super awesome 🙂 Thank you Jasmine for sharing you amazing talent

  22. Lydia

    February 1st, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Oh, just in love with these pictures!

  23. Nic Munro

    February 1st, 2013 at 11:30 am

    Hey Jasmine, correct me if I’m wrong but this is your 1,500 post. (You know just randomly read every single word on the page.) Congrats! Thanks for every one of those 1, 500 posts and for being such an inspiration just by being you. xo

  24. Rob Holley

    February 1st, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Warm and wonderful. Very personal. Very real. Amazing job.

  25. Evie Perez

    February 1st, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Love this session Jasmine. Thanks for always welcoming us into your business and helping us grow!

  26. Ashley Christine

    February 2nd, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Love it! And I loved the class; can’t wait for the next one!!

  27. Tara

    February 2nd, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    K can’t wait for feb 13th!!!

  28. Gail

    February 4th, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I didn’t have time to watch Creative Live, but I LOVEEEE seeing the outcome of your session with these two! Just GORGEOUS work! Love the colors and their wardrobes!

  29. Krishanthi Williams

    February 4th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Loved the ReSTARt session and can’t wait for part 2 next week – your detail shots are always stunning. And that cake is completely drool worthy! Xx

  30. Candace Berry Photography

    February 4th, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I love how you admit that "Shooting always makes you nervous"…I am always nervous before hand…and its because I LOVE what I do SO much that I put super high expectations on myself…and I think that pushes me to try and be the best I can be!….and the nerves always go away as soon as I actually start shooting. OH and Beautiful photos from a successful shoot!:)

  31. Tiffany A

    February 5th, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Love the simplicity of this engagement shoot! The detail shots are great and I can feel the love!

  32. Monika Greenaway

    February 5th, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Love love love love!! I love all the detail that you got. The room is so cute and cozy.

  33. Anja King

    March 5th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Sooo awesome to see this shoot come to life! Can’t wait for restart part three 🙂

  34. Savu Photography

    March 8th, 2013 at 10:22 am

    This couple seems most comfortable in front of the camera, i like their spontaneity. Of course the photographer must have had a big role in setting the mood.