Tracy and Alex : Anytime


They were friends. Since high school.

Alex and Tracy saw each other in the light of friendship and often enjoyed each other’s company. Just before graduation—at the ripe age of 17—Tracy enlisted in the Army, promising her allegiance to the United States of America during the height of the war in Iraq. Alex promised to stay in touch while Tracy was abroad, and he did.

While Tracy was stationed in Europe, Alex thought a visit to his friend was just what she needed…a slice of home on a different continent. Then something changed: Friendship, devotion, and care melted into unadulterated love. When Alex returned to the US, he knew something was different and realized a part of his heart was left in the pocket of Tracy’s Army fatigues.

Last week, as Tracy deboarded a civilian plane on a three-week holiday from her role as sergeant, Alex nervously waited for her…because, in addition to having a piece of her heart, he clutched a diamond engagement ring in pocket. Tracy said YES and though she’ll return to her responsibilities serving America abroad, Tracy’s allegiance is happily divided between her country and future husband.

I was SO honored to photograph Alex and Tracy! Alex called me a while ago and shared his proposal plans with me, so I was happy to photograph them less than a week of being engaged! The wedding isn’t for a while—as Tracy will return abroad and finish her duty of service—but I know they’ll begin this journey happily.

I don’t know what exactly was going on in his picture, but I think it had something to do with Alex questioning Tracy’s toughness…

…Which later prompted Tracy challenging Alex to push-ups! 🙂

Probably my favs from the session…

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

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  1. Melissa McClure

    April 24th, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Your story just warmed my heart. And you photos are amazing as usual. I think your favs are mine as well.

  2. Dawn

    April 24th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    You have the best way with words….and your photos are great! **Tracy-thank you for protecting our country, come back safe**

  3. Amy

    April 24th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    What an awesome couple! #3 is my fav!

  4. Courteney Miller

    April 24th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    These are beautiful images Jasmine and as Dawn said to Tracy…Thank you for defending the great USA and come home safe! God Bless!

  5. Erin Youngren

    April 24th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I definitely teared up reading their story…. What brave souls – one to fight for us and one to fight for her!

  6. Melissa Koehler

    April 24th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    What a story! They seem so happy together! I love it!
    Thank you for your service Tracy!!!

  7. jess@studio3z

    April 24th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    beautiful story, beautiful couple. what a fun session!

  8. Simply Modern Weddings

    April 24th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    Such a cute couple (and those red shoes are HOT!). I love their story. Tracy, thank you for your service to our country! (I don’t know who won the push-up contest, but I think you are a winner)

  9. Tiffany

    April 24th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    love the picture on the bridge…fun shoes!

  10. tish

    April 24th, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    He has the look of love all over his face! And she is so cute! Beautiful photos to capture a beautiful love story!

  11. Natalie Norton

    April 24th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    That is the most WONDERFUL story. Beautiful story. Beautiful couple. Beautiful work Jasmine.

  12. DrewB

    April 24th, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    What an awesome story! And of course the pictures rock!

  13. Erin

    April 24th, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    oh wow! that story is wonderful and those pictures are stunning. love the one of the red shoes on the bridge. you did a phenomenal job of capturing their story!

  14. Jenn Best

    April 24th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Beautiful Jasmine! Is #2 of Tracy taken with your 50 1.2? I’m wanting this lens and that shot sure sells it or whatever lens that is is. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Rachel Dallaire

    April 24th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Beautiful photos. Love the flare.

  16. Nena

    April 24th, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    I l.o.v.e. the photo of Tracy laying on the bride in the slideshow…I really like your slideshows!

  17. Caitlin

    April 24th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Hey Jasmine! Awesome pics, as usual 🙂 I have a question for ya – how do you get your "Slideshows" folder to be restricted access on your website? Is that something I can do or do I have to have my web hosting service do it? Thanks!

  18. mark Brooke

    April 24th, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    awesome shoot! I love her shoes!!! -candice

  19. kymberli q.

    April 24th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    Awesome story! And thank you for serving our country, Tracy. God Bless You.

  20. Korey

    April 24th, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    So beautiful, Jasmine!! And is it just me or is Tracy the most beautiful person in the history of the Army?!

  21. Meredith

    April 24th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    First, thank you to Tracy and Alex for their sacrifices, may she arrive safely home in Alex’s arms soon! Another fun session Jasmine, I love the slideshow as always… I think I’m finally convinced to buy the software!

  22. Jeanette

    April 24th, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    What a beautiful story!! Thank you Tracy for your service & dedication to our country!!

  23. Kristin

    April 25th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Jasmine, I totaly remember you taking these shots on the beach! It was great to stalk you in person as you showed up where me and my family were haivng beach time. I loved it and I love the images! You are so sweet.

  24. jenniferL

    April 25th, 2008 at 12:24 am

    great story and awesome shots!

  25. stephanie McBride

    April 25th, 2008 at 1:21 am

    what a great story. i love that you share what you know about the couple. its makes it more meaningful to look at the pictures. this shoot you captured so much emotion. LOVED it.

  26. Mike Allebach

    April 25th, 2008 at 2:26 am

    Are you using a reflector in the first 2 photos? Whats the catchlight?

  27. B

    April 25th, 2008 at 2:36 am

    They are so adorable, the song for the slideshow is aptly perfect for the story, and I’m grateful for Tracy defending our country.

  28. Ginger

    April 25th, 2008 at 7:56 am

    LOVE these.

  29. Cynthia

    April 25th, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Jasmine beautiful pictures….and Tracy THANK YOU, THANK YOU for fighting on our behalf, THANK YOU for fighting for me. =)

  30. Gena McMillan

    April 25th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    How adorable are they?!?! I love her red shoes! **Tracy Thank you for having the courage to defend our country. I can never thank any of you fighting for us enough**

  31. Laurie

    April 25th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    This is my first comment on your blog…I am a secret stalker 😉 but LOVE your work! I have to tell you I met shyla for the first time this week in chicago and thought you may actually be triplets not just twins!

  32. cathy

    April 25th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    smokin’ hot, girl! I loved hearing their story. so sweet.

  33. christine

    April 25th, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    hi jasmine! i usually just stalk your blog (i’m not a bride or a photographer), but i just wanted to say how much i like this session. simply beautiful!

  34. Kari

    April 25th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I love your style! I’ve been viewing your work for a bit and was touched by this couples story; my brother is a marine. You do an awesome job of providing the emotion in your text to connect your viewers to the images which is so important. I love her red high heels! My fav shot!

  35. Photography By Shay

    April 25th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    *sigh* Jasmine – I officially love you. The pics are absolutely beautiful!

  36. Paul Price

    April 25th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Love the shots Jasmine…By the way…Your it…

  37. Fabiano

    April 25th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    I like the thing she does with her feet, kinda closing in the front…

  38. Alicia

    April 25th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    That story is sooooo romantical! Great red shoes too! And am I the only one that thinks she resembles Michelle Williams in some of these pics?

  39. Diana Dellos

    April 25th, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    love these; love the carefree feelings; I can feel the emotion; very nice!

  40. ruby rideout

    April 25th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    i like the way you told their story, so sweet.

    the images are beautiful~

  41. Tracy and Alex

    April 26th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Jasmine, you didn’t lie! You made us look HOT! Hehehe. We loved working with you, too. Thank you! Thank you! And BIG thanks to everyone for thanking me. It’s my pleasure … but I’m ready to be home with my new fiance. (:

  42. Morgan Roof

    April 26th, 2008 at 4:00 am

    hi jasmine! beautiful couple, super hot shoes, amazingly-talented photographer – perfection! 🙂

  43. Cathy Crawley

    April 26th, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I am a sucker for a good military love story, especially since my husband proposed on national tv when he came home from Iraq. I hope Alex and Tracy have a wonderful life together!

  44. amelia Lyon

    April 26th, 2008 at 6:22 am

    Great sesh girlie!!!! and I LOVE her red heals!

  45. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography

    April 26th, 2008 at 6:35 am

    love love love the push-ups on the beach! the red is pure awesome!! gotta love red heels!

  46. ksen :)

    April 26th, 2008 at 10:34 am

    i don’t know this couple but these images truly exude their fun personalities & love towards each other — awesome work j*! 😉

  47. dean ray

    April 26th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    you go girl, love this shoot. love the sun flair! Your images puts the viewer there! I think i got my feet wet:) come c me @

  48. dean ray

    April 26th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    had to cme back and tell both Tracy and Alex,THANK TOU for my fredom! Tracy you are a very special person! My prayers are with you.

  49. Rachel Brooke

    April 26th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Beautiful light on the beaches in SoCal! It’s neat how the pictures of their feet can make you so curious about whats going on above them.

  50. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 26th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I love this story! The first image is so sweet! I am working with a couple and the groom is from West Point….so excited. Thanks for sharing these awesome pics Jasmine.

  51. Papi

    April 27th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Jasmine, I taught you well. Take care of our troops.
    Papi, United States Marine Corps, 1969-1973. Semper Fi!!!

  52. hewlettchew

    April 27th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    >.< these pictures of yours are so nice and sweet… they’re great! =D

    I’ve got lots to learn…

  53. Patti Livingston

    April 28th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    This story, besides being explosively heart-stopping, is a totally accurate portrate of a stunning couple who shimmer and shine with their love and goodness. I know! Tracy is my granddaughter!

  54. risa west

    July 28th, 2008 at 3:06 am

    love love love the shot of her red shoes…and then the shot of their feet with her cute toe nail polish

  55. Peter Merry

    September 4th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Jasmine…I just met with Alex yesterday to talk about their wedding plans. Tracy bought my book on Amazon and then e-mailed me…and imagine my delighted surprise when Alex told me that you were their photographer! Hopefully we’ll be working together for Alex and Tracy next fall. Thanks to your blog…I just got my first peek at how cute Tracy is…Alex…LUCKY!