Tanya and Cesar : Anytime


A friend of a friend. That’s how it worked. Sort of.

Cesar saw Tanya on his friend’s profile, and there was something about her that popped from his computer screen. Her smile, her long brown hair, her looks. He immediately called his friend and asked for a good word hookup. After a self-proclaimed terrible first date (complete with his car being totaled), Cesar doubted Tanya would give him another chance. But she did…again and again and again. They married close to three years ago and are completely in love, both with each other and their photography business.

They flew from Dallas, Texas last week and sat warming in the Huntington Beach sun along Main Street. Cesar stood holding his camera bag, making awkward shadows on the grey sidewalk, and Tanya gazed at surfers will their longboards perched on their heads as they walked past. They arrived prepared for the engagement session they never had and were ready to have a little fun in Orange County.

Tanya and Cesar, thank you for making my afternoon so enjoyable. It was great meeting you in person and I think nothing but the highest of you both. The passion you possess is evident and I’m honored to allowed me to document your love. Yes, I was quite possibly the MOST nervous I’ve ever been before an engagement session, but I thank you for immediately putting me at ease. Again, thank you and I look forward to our paths crossing again soon! Much Love…J*

Tanya and Cesar wanted to start the shoot with a more urban feel, so we walked around Huntington for a bit before heading to the beach…

To see more of their photos, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!**I’ve never done this before, but when I saw this picture, I fell out laughing. So I have to post it. Tanya and Ceasar had their cameras out while I was shooting and snapped the following picture and posted it on their blog…hilarious! I’m quite sure I’m going to get a frigid email from my mother insisting I couldn’t possibly have been sane in dressing the way I did for this engagement session, but, hey, I wanted to be comfortable while I was shooting! 🙂

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  1. alicia

    October 1st, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    jasmine – from what i’ve seen on your blog – you are incredibly adorable and could wear sweats and still look great! such beautiful shots of these two! ; )

  2. cesar perez

    October 1st, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Man these pics rock!!!! That guy is a stud….must be a part time model or something…lol. jk. You rock jasmine thanks so much for everything!

  3. Tanya Perez

    October 1st, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    I absolutely love all of them and I usually hate the way I come out in pictures! You were nervous… HA! We were! Can you believe that my mom is actually the one that emailed me to tell me the pictures were up. I didn’t even know she had your link! We look forward to seeing you some time again soon too. Your awesome personality is refreshing!

  4. kara pennington

    October 1st, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    awesome!! love them all and the one of you is great 🙂

  5. Mark Brooke

    October 1st, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Really Great shoot! I just did the same thing for a couple that has been married for two years and never had an engagement. Iwas curious after looking over a lot of you photos, do you prefer to edit in Bridge or lightroom, and have you made your own presets or do you use DJ’s?

    J* you did a really great job keep up the INSPIRING work!

  6. Stacy Cross

    October 1st, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Love ’em! I cannot wait for you to shoot me and Stanbo. We’ll make it happen sometime soon! 🙂 We just love your stuff lady!

  7. Jasmine*

    October 1st, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks y’all for the comments! Tanya and Cesar deserve it all, though! 🙂 Hi Mark! I use raw presets to process wedding images, but seeing how I shoot all jpeg for e-sessions, I use iView to view and choose my images and then open them in Photoshop. So, yes I use Bridge, but I have yet to use Lightroom…however, I want to get the ball rolling with it soon! 🙂

  8. Simply Modern Weddings

    October 1st, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    Hot Hot Hot…love the couch shot!

  9. Ronnie

    October 1st, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    rockin’ shots!! are you using a fill flash? saw on their blog with your hand in the air with a light striking out? wireless? hmmm. great stuff!

  10. cassandra m

    October 1st, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I Love the last two photos where they are holding their cameras…nice! and the one of you is great girl 🙂 i wear the same casual attire for engagement shoots…hee hee 🙂 photos are awesome!

  11. Matthew Saville

    October 1st, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Ahh, I checked out their blog, and hmmm I thought I was the only person who just held up my remote flash! Cool even the top pros do it!

    Take care,

  12. Julie Avina

    October 2nd, 2007 at 1:10 am

    excuse me missy.where’s your wedding ring 🙂

  13. Brian Khang

    October 2nd, 2007 at 2:18 am

    Yup, you totaly kicked butt on this one Jasmine and don’t worry.. I wear pretty much the same stuff on my shoots too… well.. minus the girly hat.

  14. Millie Juarez

    October 2nd, 2007 at 3:13 am

    JB…What an honor to have two very good photographers have you take their personal pictures!! Great job!

  15. Misty

    October 2nd, 2007 at 3:32 am

    I love these photos!! this is what exactly what I want the engagment photos we never got (our engagment photos was taken in his parents bathroom with me holding the camera out lol) and I personally like what you’re wearing, comfy and cool 🙂

  16. david baxter

    October 2nd, 2007 at 3:35 am

    these are awesome jasmine! tanya & cesar look hot in these! i think i like the one on the couch the best and the last one 😉

  17. Jasmine*

    October 2nd, 2007 at 3:35 am

    To those who asked about the light in my hand…it’s actually a video light. I’ll sometimes bring it out when it gets rather dark. The sun had already set, but I still wanted to shoot, so I tried something a little different. It didn’t really work, but it was worth the try, right?! 🙂 Oh, and Julie…I wasn’t wearing my wedding ring because it’s getting resized. I guess all the shooting has made my fingers fatter. Or…it could be the Ben&Jerry’s. Hmmm. Let’s settle for the former option! 😉

  18. Justine Ungaro

    October 2nd, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Love these Jasmine! I think the outfit is cute actually, you should see some of the numbers that I wear…sometimes it looks like I was dressed by a 3 year old. 🙂

  19. Titit Alakija

    October 2nd, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    Thats my burrito!!1
    Tanya you look lovely! Cesar, Hola papi!!! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  20. Margo

    October 2nd, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    I love the fifth picture and the one of them holding their cameras. And what’s wrong with your outfit? You’re working! There’s nothin wrong with what you’re wearing.

  21. Tiffany

    October 2nd, 2007 at 4:49 pm

    I lovin the pic of you Jas and the one of him holding the camera! You captured them well=0)

  22. Marlin Munoz

    October 2nd, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    Great images Jasmine! I’m really diggin that nixon watch your wearing!

  23. Tonya

    October 3rd, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    This is what my husband and I need to do! Our wedding and engagement pics were crap! We have been married 2 years already but that is ok right? Do you think you could email your pricing for doing something like this? Then I can save up for next time we are in California! I have always wanted killer pics on the beach!

  24. Serge

    March 27th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    You are really photogenic couple 🙂

  25. Kay English

    July 29th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Nice pictures! I love photographing at the beach and I love how you get really low to the ground! I’m going to try that at my weddings this weekend 🙂

  26. vasia

    March 7th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    I decided to randomly look at some of your archives!
    That hat is hot 😉 I think I have the same one at the back of my closet somewhere hee hee.