Shelly and Brett : Engagement


As the sun set behind the large, beige stones of the San Juan Capistrano Mission, Brett looked to Shelly with a teenage smile and said, I thought I was too old to still feel butterflies! She looked up to him, with sun falling on her pretty face, and sheepishly smiled. Brett explained the first time he saw Shelly, his stomach fell a few feet. And although his doctor instincts could have medically explained such a feeling, his heart was trying to decipher the mix of emotion.

Brett began his medical residency in Oklahoma, but returned to Orange County for his friend’s wedding…and lucky for him, Shelly was a friend of the bride. There was an instant spark between them, but whether the spark could remain lit thousands of miles apart from each other was another issue.

While Brett roamed the fluorescent-lit hallways of his hospital, a part of his heart remained constantly with Shelly. They employed every mode of communication and, though hard at times, they allowed themselves to fall in love. Again, Brett’s doctor instincts could have medically explained such a feeling, but this time his heart knew exactly how to decipher the mix of emotion. And the best part is that Shelly’s heart did too! 🙂

Shelly and Brett have an awesome wedding planned at Rancho Las Lomas and I’m excited to be working with the fantabulous Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events again for their special day. Being around such a fun and loving couple makes me love what I do and I feel so blessed to be a part of their wedding!

Here are a few favorites from their engagement session…

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

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  1. Emily DeWan

    November 28th, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    The light between the walls is beautiful! Love their story.

  2. Chris L

    November 28th, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Beautiful dress at the beach! Love the colour and how it blows in the wind!

  3. ashley

    November 28th, 2007 at 9:35 pm

    love the peaceful vibe you get from this engagement session! great job jasmine…

  4. amanda

    November 28th, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    i love when you post new pictures. i think you get better and more refined with each session that you do. cant wait to see you again in may!

  5. kristin

    November 28th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Whoa, too weird. The last 2 engagement sessions you have posted are both my clients and both at RLL. Too crazy! Brett and Shelley are a stunning couple, and you have captured them so well. Looking forward to it!!!

  6. Bianca

    November 28th, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    Ham, those are great! I love the bird shot… totally fun. Shelly looks like Sandra Bullock in some of the shots. Beautiful!

  7. cathy

    November 28th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    oh, the arms around the back…love them love them! wonderful stuff chica! 🙂

  8. Rylee

    November 28th, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    What was your light source for the 3rd and 4th shots (between the walls)? Beautiful shoot!

  9. David B, Hoffman

    November 28th, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Location, Location, Location. 🙂 Great stuff. -D

  10. Scott

    November 28th, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    I see I’m not alone with the absolute love for the lighting in the alleyway! Was it all natural?

  11. david & kimi b

    November 29th, 2007 at 12:12 am

    love #6. you really know your light!

  12. gabriel ryan

    November 29th, 2007 at 12:29 am

    another rad shoot on the books!

  13. ellen

    November 29th, 2007 at 12:31 am

    The lighting is awesome. Do you just use natural light or did you use fill-flash in any of these?

  14. ksen :)

    November 29th, 2007 at 2:09 am

    just awesome!! fantastic use of lighting — image #12 is my top fav.

  15. Jasmine

    November 29th, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Thanks for the feedback…I totally appreciate it. In response to a couple of questions, I used only natural light for this shoot. However, I often search for walls to be used as natural reflectors and this area worked out quite well…at least I hope so… :0

  16. jean luc from paris

    November 29th, 2007 at 2:58 am

    hello from paris, you do amazing work, when will you come to my country? soon, yes?

  17. erin

    November 29th, 2007 at 3:16 am

    Impressed yet again. I love the beach shot!

  18. courtney toney

    November 29th, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Love them! Beautiful pics jas. Can’t wait for this one!

  19. cassandra m

    November 29th, 2007 at 7:31 am

    oh definitely we should hail thee "light master"…these are awesome. the light between the walls is amazing. very impressive! i love the beach pics too. this is simply a beautiful couple and all your photos reflect that very well.

  20. Kacey Luvi

    November 29th, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Jasmine.. what an incredible insipration you are! I gave you props on my photography blog, just in case you ever google yourself and find your name on someone else’s photo blog.. it was me 🙂 -a big fan, Kacey

  21. Alysia

    November 29th, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    your pictures are beautiful and inspirational. i LOVE #12 with his arms around her!

  22. Isabelle (from Brazil)

    November 29th, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    The most beautiful pics I’ve ever seen. Very creative and well done! All the colors and people’s expressions, wow!!! Congratulations for this wonderful work. And keep doing it.

  23. carrie@urbanbaby

    November 29th, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    gorgeous! gorgeous couple, absolutely gorgeous images. -c

  24. Brianna

    November 29th, 2007 at 3:29 pm

    How come my doctors never look like that??!! Good job jahbs.

  25. Jennifer

    November 29th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    gorgeous couple, and absolutely fantastic photos. you’re so incredibly talented. How do you get people to be so relaxed and interact? it’s like you’re invisable how comfortable people look that you photograph.

  26. Korey

    November 29th, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    She looks like Sandra Bullock! And you are amazing, as usual…blah blah blah. 🙂

  27. kim le

    November 29th, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    hi jasmine! you’re photos are breathtaking and inspirational! what lenses did you use for this shoot?? thanks!

  28. Shelley

    November 30th, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Thanks Jasmine for making the shoot so easy and enjoyable. You are truly a wonderful photographer and an even more wonderful person 🙂

  29. Angela Fielding

    November 30th, 2007 at 4:24 am

    Do you ever get tired of people telling you how beautiful your work is? I’ve been sitting here reading all your blog entries to my husband. We love reading the stories.

  30. kymberli q.

    November 30th, 2007 at 5:05 am

    Unreal!!!! 4, 6, and the last one are FAVORITES. But they all are beautiful. You R-O-C-K!!!!!!!!

  31. Simply Modern Weddings

    November 30th, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Shot #2 is so beautiful! I also love the last shot…NICE!

  32. Regina

    November 30th, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    LOVE LOVE THE 10th Picture down!

  33. Melissa Koehler

    November 30th, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! Your light is killer!

  34. angel swanson

    December 3rd, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    the ones on the beach are SO insanely beautiful! the light is perrrrrrfecto!! xoxo

  35. jasmine

    December 5th, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    you look happy

  36. kay english

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    She’s so tall and pretty! Did you do their wedding recently? I feel like I’ve seen this couple before