Laguna Beach Engagement : Mikaela+Shane

T
hey sat at a Starbucks, securing two comfy chairs, and placed their drinks on the table. Shane's fruit bar sat untouched as he watched her sip tea. It was their first date and nestled in a cozy coffee shop, they didn't realize it was the start of something big in their lives. Little did they know they were looking at the person with whom they'd share forever. Mikaela didn't tell Shane, but she had been waiting. Waiting for him to come into her life and change her little world.

He's the one who doesn't blink twice if I let my emotions get the best of me and have a breakdown, the one who always takes my hand, who knows to stay out of my way if I'm right in the middle of something and working away, and who encourages me to keep going.

And Shane's encouragement takes many forms, but he's a stickler for details. A little over a week ago, he proposed to Mikaela by recreating the Starbucks where they met...IN THE WOODS. Yes, their Starbucks engagement, was just one way he let her know he's loved her since he first saw her. As part of his proposal, Shane planned their engagement session with me without informing Mikaela. After he popped the question, he called my cell and I wished them congratulations...as well as broke the news that MIkaela was headed to California for engagement photos the following week in Laguna Beach. Okay, and I got teary-eyed. But let's not go there.

Here are a few favorites from Mikaela and Shane's Orange County engagement session...


Mikaela and Shane stayed in Laguna Beach, so we started the session at their hotel...


One of the best things about Shane and Mikaela is their quickness to laugh and their light heartedness. It's one of their most endearing qualities...


JD came on the shoot with me to carry my bags, but he also photographed a bit during the session and the photo on the right is his...




Mikaela, I'm just going to say what everyone is thinking: You're GORGE!!! Special thanks to Carina of Flawless Faces for doing a wonderful job with hair and makeup! :)


Shane, if there's a guy in California who can roll his pants, it's you. Really.


While I was shooting this picture of Shane...


...JD was shooting this picture of Mikaela. We're kinda like peas and carrots...you don't want to eat us.




After a quick outfit change, we crossed the street and ended their engagement session along the coast in Laguna Beach...




The entire day was overcast and grey, but we made the best of it and capitalized on the pretty, diffused light...loved it!


Of course, what would their engagement session be without a little STARBUCKS?!


This trip was particularly special for Mikaela because it marked the beginning of her wedding planning process and Shane is just as excited to be a part of the process. Well, kind of.


JD captured this picture...


Oh, stop it!


I'll end this post with photo because it embodies exactly how Shane and Mikaela love...with their entire hearts and smiles on their faces.


To see more of their Laguna Beach engagement session, feel free to check out their engagement session here:
Comment (136)
Share on


Thank you! Your comment has been saved.
Leonardo Volturo - Miami Wedding Photographers - beautiful x10!!!  09.22.14 - 12:11pm
Laura - I LOVE this story :)) I found the video about them before I knew that you took their pictures :)  12.20.12 - 3:39pm
Chamonix @ Loveducks Photography - So cute :) I love the final shots of them lying on the blanket and I think I've just fallen in love with rolled up trousers :) xoxo  11.10.11 - 4:52pm
esenam - Very nice Jasmine, I just has to come back after seeing their wedding! Very well done!  10.18.11 - 8:36pm
Hayley Burk - Gorgeous, gorgeous. What a beautiful couple.  10.07.11 - 11:13pm
Dani Davila Fotografo - always inspiration in your images, thank you!  10.07.11 - 11:28am
Jessica - So inspiring! Beautiful in every way, Jasmine :)  09.13.11 - 4:12pm
Jeff Dostalek - Beautiful, simple, and full of Love.  08.29.11 - 9:39pm
les wollam - jasmine-- like faith said - what a great series built around an idea. how relaxed they look. wonderful les  08.29.11 - 3:13pm
stephanie - wow. this is just amazing!  08.03.11 - 6:22pm
Matthias Richter - Hochzeitsblog - Wow!! stunning images, great work.  08.01.11 - 9:18am
faith - What a great series -- you really captured the personality of the couple, and the story at the beginning made me cry! (in a good way)  08.01.11 - 12:14am
Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographer - Love the shot of them looking at the dresses! Gorgeous! :)  07.30.11 - 2:09pm
David - My favorites were the two image "pairs" you guys shot. Great couple, looked fun!  07.25.11 - 7:53pm
Temecula Wedding Photographer - Beautiful shots at the beach! Love the ones of them on the blanket.  07.22.11 - 8:18am
R. Dennis Crawford - Is it me or does she "look like" Jasmine! Nice session.  07.21.11 - 5:32pm
Chris Cummins - Beautiful work as always Jasmine. I think JD's portrait is really terrific too.  07.16.11 - 10:14am
Rose - As always....STUNNING  07.13.11 - 6:31am
Michelle Feeney - Love it guys, great work. :)  07.10.11 - 11:23pm
Adam Cavanagh - Beautiful work!  07.09.11 - 6:43am
Andrew Cheal - Love the top down photos on the beach and the bridal mag shots. Great work J*  07.07.11 - 12:56pm
Melvin Gilbert - stunning!! amazing work!!! aaaarrrgghhh....  07.06.11 - 1:21am
Melody - I LOVE that you used Mike Snow for their slideshow!!!  07.05.11 - 12:07pm
Andy - Nice photos.  07.04.11 - 11:10pm
s h e r r y - AHH! :) These are AWESOME!! <3  07.04.11 - 8:10pm
Chicago Wedding Photography Studio Finch - Really like the last photo in this post - great work :) What an a-dor-rable couple!!  07.03.11 - 9:42pm
JamieY | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer - Beautiful! Georgeous! Love!  07.03.11 - 8:42pm
Meredith Stone - Jasmine, Jasmine. These are so fantastic!! I was looking at these with one of my best friends. "Look at this one!!" "Oh, it's perfect!" I esp like the wide angle shots. Love, love love. I have followed you already but clicked on the link from Mikaela's beautiful Starbucks in the Woods blogpost. :] keep it up  07.03.11 - 10:10am
Rebekah Lyn - Amazing pictures! I follow Mikaela's photography as well, and her work is great!  07.02.11 - 11:40pm
feuza - LOVe this session and boy their kids will be hot!!! love the more action to posing you are doing and also the lifestyle aspect of it  07.02.11 - 10:31am
roberto farren - great selection of photo's and particularly liked the ones of them lying on the beach going through the bridal mag. cracking work!  06.30.11 - 9:14pm
Paulette - How on earth can they be so cute??!!  06.30.11 - 8:30pm
June - Finally, some diversity! Jasmine you need more Black People. Love your work;)  06.30.11 - 3:09pm
Carina Lindgren - THanks for sharing Jasmin! They are so gorgeous! Mikaela has a dream face to work on! :) Thanks again for the referral...Muah!  06.30.11 - 2:15pm
Andrea - Could this couple be any better looking? Beautiful photos and they look so happy!   06.30.11 - 12:16pm
Bea - A very nice couple:) .. I really like the series!  06.30.11 - 11:18am
Falcon - Gorgeous!! This is one of my favorite engagement sessions and it doesn't hurt that Mikaela & Shane are super photogenic either ;) I'm loving Mikaela's blog, almost, just almost as much as yours..thanks for sharing! xx  06.29.11 - 7:53pm
Victor Saidov - Amazing looking couple! Bonus being that they are photographers too! yay! :)  06.29.11 - 5:54pm
Kelsey {Las Vegas Wedding Photography} - Such a beautiful couple!  06.29.11 - 3:52pm
{natalie bray photography} - These are stunning!!! You can tell they loooove eachother soo much!! Simply lovely!   06.29.11 - 3:26pm
christina {simply modern} - can they be any cuter?! love the laidback feel of this shoot!  06.29.11 - 3:23pm
Sarah B - These are so gorgeous - amazing work as always! {heart}  06.29.11 - 2:52pm
rich - what a fun and classy shoot - amazing shots!  06.29.11 - 8:10am
Kristin Nicole - Love this session...so precious and relaxed.   06.29.11 - 8:10am
Jessica Lynn - LOVING the posing throughout this session, Jasmine! These two look SO comfortable and the pictures/results are incredible!  06.29.11 - 7:29am
Perthshire Photographer - Martin Ward Photography - Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, the couple will be absolutely delighted with these photos. I love how you took what appears to be a very grey day and made it interesting  06.29.11 - 3:45am
Shane "California-Roll" Bradley - Two words come to mind when describing the fantastic duo of Jasmine and Jd ....LEGEN...DARY!! You both are such an inspiration in business and in my daily walk! People, I can't tell you enough how amazing this couple is! Such a blessing!! Thank you guys so much for shooting our engagement and we look forward to seeing you soon!! :)  06.29.11 - 1:34am
Abigail Anders - Awww! This photos just makes me want to fall in love all over again! Really loving how you captured beautiful emotions along with it. I can see they are really in love. Here's to wishing for a perfect blessed union for this lovely couple.  06.29.11 - 1:04am
Tammynize - I absolutely love this couple and I love their starbucks engagement!  06.29.11 - 12:32am
Liz M. - dang it Jasmine...you truly ARE one of the best photographers ever. SO EFFIN' GOOD!!!!!!! Love this session. But I think I love your swagger better! Haha   06.28.11 - 10:43pm
Michael Anthony Photography | LA Photographer - Beautiful E-Shoot!  06.28.11 - 9:05pm
Yen - this is one of my favorite sessions i've seen on your blog. just beautiful. they are radiant!  06.28.11 - 7:56pm
Bec - Loved this session. She has such a radiant smile, and he just looks downright cool. Such a sweet story too. Love your work ;)  06.28.11 - 7:55pm
Damaris Mia - Love it! They're so stinkin adorable! Can't wait for their wedding!  06.28.11 - 7:40pm
안덕영 - whenever i see your photos, they are like real, live ones, not just a normal photo.. i really wanna learn something from you. i'm just shooting as a hobby.. come to korea sometime soon !!  06.28.11 - 7:33pm
Wedding Snapper - I love the simplicity of your engagement shoots, letting the couple make the picture work in quite everyday settings - it works beautifully. The viewer feels like they're getting up close with the couple, unhindered by a fancy or cluttered background. More please!  06.28.11 - 7:10pm
Evonne & Darren - Gorgeous session, but I am not able to see the slideshow on my iPad! :(  06.28.11 - 6:27pm
Catherine Guidry - I'm guilty...I love that magazine too..lol  06.28.11 - 5:37pm
Kar Gar - Beautiful pictures and great song choice! I love Miike Snow <3  06.28.11 - 5:26pm
Brett Gravenall - Love this shoot, very nice work!!  06.28.11 - 5:20pm
Erica Velasco - Beautiful shoot!  06.28.11 - 4:55pm
Jessica rodriguez - I saw you post about this on fb and I looked up her blog to read all about her proposal. I loved how speacial it was to them and how Shane remembered every little detail possible. One of my favorite e shots you have done J*. You are amazing as you already know!  06.28.11 - 3:56pm
Liz - Wow! What a great E-shoot. They are such a HANDSOME couple. I came across your blog today and boy am I happy to have stumbled upon it! You are incredibly beautiful inside & out and your thrive and inspiration is truly admirable Jasmine. Cheers, to many more years of your amazing art of photography.   06.28.11 - 3:28pm
Charlie - sweet photos jasmine............I mean Mrs. Frodo Baggins. Hope you back is better.  06.28.11 - 2:30pm
Sona aka Lila - The shoot is awesome, they are both absolutely gorgeous and I really love the music in the slideshow too:) It matches it perfectly  06.28.11 - 1:39pm
Simon Nuthall - Another home run of brilliance!!!  06.28.11 - 12:44pm
Anonymous - I know this is bad...but I'm going to come out and just say it. I usually look at engagement pictures and think, those are beautiful but I like mine more (maybe I say it with more sass in my head). BUT THESE....made me a little jealous. Holy crap they're gorgeous! And I hope Mikaela appriciates how lucky she is to score a man that'll role his pants. Heck he probably lets her buy the expensive throw pillows too.   06.28.11 - 12:44pm
Odalys Mendez - This is one of the sweetest engagement sessions I have seen EVER! They are so beautiful together, their love just shine through in every photo.  06.28.11 - 12:32pm
Cathy Empey - Beautiful, beautiful! Congrats to the happy couple!   06.28.11 - 12:25pm
Alexis - I like the slideshow! The tune captures the couple's style perfectly! And of course the photography is beautiful. :)  06.28.11 - 12:21pm
Jennifer Jar - When I saw Mikaela's engagement on her blog, IMMEDIATELY I got excited about seeing her engagement photos done by YOU. And of course, you did not disappoint. In fact, you exceeded my expectations! Thank you for continuing to inspire us all with your beautiful photos!  06.28.11 - 12:11pm
Sarah Danaher - I think maybe I cried. First when I clicked over to Mikaela's blog and read that KILLER of a proposal story!!!! And then seeing that same love so beautifully and perfectly captured. Well done, Jas. Well done.   06.28.11 - 12:09pm
Alex - What an amazingly gorgeous couple :) They look SO CUTE!  06.28.11 - 11:57am
Jill Samter Photography - Congrats to the beautiful couple. Yes, she is GORGE! WOW! He can definitely pull off rolled up pants! Beautiful shots J!  06.28.11 - 11:50am
Michael Boardman (Visual Exposure) - Awesome job J*!! I always admire how comfortable and relaxed your couples seem in front of your camera.  06.28.11 - 11:48am
Heather Corporan - Ok, I'm just gonna go ahead and say it... this is THE most gorgeous couple I've ever seen on your blog!!! Love love love these photos J*! You have ALOT of beautiful couples, but this one takes the cake : D  06.28.11 - 11:46am
Amanda Driver - These two are GORGEOUS! Love their story, love your images, love the slideshow song!   06.28.11 - 11:38am
Andrea Worley - What a beautiful story and shoot! I just love it.   06.28.11 - 11:25am
LEOLAK - Yes, I agree Jasmine...Mikaela is Gorge! What a great session...these are beautiful photos. Such an adorable couple...and how awesome they were each thinking the same on their first date. Awww...you'd almost want to not like them b/c of that but they are too cute you can't help it. =)   06.28.11 - 11:23am
Shauna - Beautiful story, beautiful session!!!  06.28.11 - 11:15am
Life with Kaishon - So much fun. I am gaga about his hair. Stellar.   06.28.11 - 11:14am
Annetta - I like this one Jasmine. It's so casual and relaxed. You did a wonderful job!! JD too!  06.28.11 - 11:06am
Jenelle Sewell - Stunning couple! They are to die for!! Wonderful shots, Jasmine.   06.28.11 - 11:03am
Alicia Candelora - Total gorgeousness. And I want her legs. The end.  06.28.11 - 10:58am
jessica vidmar - beautiful work jasmine : ) love that slideshow.  06.28.11 - 10:55am
Jodie Lemke - AHHHHH J* you rock oh man you captured and portrayed WHO they are.. i don't even know them but i get a feeling of what they are like! Its so different then other sessions you've done! I love the beach shots! SO SO fun!! :) Gorgeous couple. amazing story. Thank you for sharing it!  06.28.11 - 10:43am
Alex Evjen - Talk about model mania?! These two are gorgeous, and you guys did a brilliant job capturing their love!  06.28.11 - 10:41am
Gaby Fuentes { NJ Wedding Photographer } - Gorgeous!!! Love the relaxed feeling of it!!  06.28.11 - 10:29am
Cory - These photos are unbelievably gorgeous!  06.28.11 - 10:28am
Marissa Rodriguez - UMMMMM yea, if there is a guy in Cali that can roll up his pants it's Shane! :) Love their style! Such a beautiful couple and a GORGE session!   06.28.11 - 10:28am
Angel Pion - beautiful session and the music is so good. Thanks !!  06.28.11 - 10:19am
Emily - My all time fav engagment session you have done yet. The whole vibe was great. Cant wait to see their weddin pictures!   06.28.11 - 10:13am
jamie delaine - yayayaya! mikaela and shane. so so cute. love these.  06.28.11 - 10:07am
Ashley Barnett - Sigh. Their love story is my favorite. I saw their Starbucks engagement, saw they were going to be your clients, looked at my lving boyfriend and said "oh, he's good!!" Then Jeremy said "yeah way to make everyone else look bad!!" :) I think these are my favorite of your e-sessions. They look so natural relaxed and beautiful. Love!!  06.28.11 - 9:58am
Stacey Yeager - Beautiful pics and a very good lookin couple didn't hurt! haha I truly love your work!  06.28.11 - 9:54am
Susan - Awesome pictures Jasmine!! Love it! ;)  06.28.11 - 9:50am
Lesley - Congrats Mikaela & Shane!! So excited for you, all the way over here! :) Beautiful photos Jasmine! :)  06.28.11 - 9:49am
gladys jem - Mikaela and Shane are such a stunning couple! Sweet sweet love. Gorgeous jasmine!  06.28.11 - 9:39am
Rachel Tatem - What a sweet and personal way to propose! Great job on his part... and great job on your part. The photos look amazing, my favorite is the one with his arms around her waist as she is what looks like seized in a fit of laughter... amazing!  06.28.11 - 9:39am
Erica Rose - Is this couple real?? Cause, they're so stinkin' cute I can't even take it. Love this engagement session, Jasmine...amazing work, as usual.  06.28.11 - 9:36am
Maria Davey - LOVE their style. What a great looking couple. These photos are especially fresh and fun!   06.28.11 - 9:33am
Christopher - Very, very nice. Your editing is so pure, attractive and inspiring.  06.28.11 - 9:33am
Alanna Nicole - These images are stunning. I'm so proud to call Mikaela and Shane friends and am so happy for them as they begin this new journey!   06.28.11 - 9:33am
Michelle Murchison - These are absolutely gorgeous and this proposal is AMAZING! Saw it on her blog and I couldn't get over it.  06.28.11 - 9:32am
Marco Markovich - My stomping ground! Love the location. Love the images!  06.28.11 - 9:32am
Deborah Zoe - these are so incredibly sweet. It makes me LONG for photos like this of me and my husband! great work Jasmine:)  06.28.11 - 9:31am
Manik - Great work again - I love seeing how you and JD compliment each other on your shoots. Making the best of every pose and combining your photos at the end to tell a story. Really fantastic work. - Manik http://www.manikratheephotography.com  06.28.11 - 9:30am
Kim hauman - Loved this engagement story and loved that he arranged the engagement shoot with you! These are fantastic! I just admire your photography-- more then you know. One day -- YOU will be my photographer!!!!  06.28.11 - 9:29am
Kim - Wow....gorgeous photos as always! I am so jealous of your light there in Cali!!!  06.28.11 - 9:29am
Mike Moore - Beautiful couple, beautiful photos. Love diffused lighting...  06.28.11 - 9:27am
Daniela - I absolutely adore this post, their story and your photos! LOVE.   06.28.11 - 9:26am
Tori Bauer - I just posted their proposal on my FB walls a few days ago, and now I see this?? So AWESOME! https://www.facebook.com/shutterchicphotography  06.28.11 - 9:25am
Michelle - Precious photos! They are so stinking CUTE...they will have gorgeous babies! Weird that I think of that....but they are so pretty! :-) Great job!  06.28.11 - 9:24am
Vicki Nieto - Just beautiful! I still cannot seem to accomplish what you do with light. You are such a talented artist!  06.28.11 - 9:22am
the whyte house - excited to see the product of your most dreamed about shoot, M. :) beautiful shots!   06.28.11 - 9:22am
{leah} - Gorgeous, gorgeous session! Love it. Very cool how you noted the shots that JD captured while you were grabbing others...  06.28.11 - 9:21am
Tabatha - Holy pretty couple! I would love to see their children. Fantastic work and location- as always!   06.28.11 - 9:20am
Andrea - Sigh… that's all I can muster. Beautiful! And they totally look like professionals… Happy Tuesday!  06.28.11 - 9:20am
Nani Annette - Awesome, Jasmine!!! So beautiful tones and the connection between them. And obviously, between you and JD also. :)   06.28.11 - 9:20am
Laura Fiore - What a sweet time for them! Such beautiful photos to remember it all!   06.28.11 - 9:18am
Abby Grace Photography - I've been waiting for this session!! I saw them on Green Wedding Shoes, then your blog post last week, and now Mikaela's blog. I LOVE THIS COUPLE! I think the entire wedding industry does, too, actually. Love these images, they're gorgeous. They're such a pretty couple!   06.28.11 - 9:16am
Lupe Ruiz - What a GORGEOUS couple!! Beautiful photos as always!!!  06.28.11 - 9:08am
Kelsey - I expected nothing less from these two! Looking gorgeous as usual, and so very in love. Proud to call Mikaela my cousin :)  06.28.11 - 9:06am
Mike Karpekin - Gorgeous photos! Jasmine, love those pinkish light skin tones you have in all of your images you photographed trough out your blog. What do you do to have this kind of skin colors?  06.28.11 - 8:45am
sherri lynn - Such beautiful pictures! I've been waiting to see this session and it didn't disappoint. I love how clearly they love each other!  06.28.11 - 8:40am
Catie Ronquillo - 1) They are ADORABLE! 2) I like them and I don't even know them, but if I did, I know I'd want to be friends with them. 3) Shane planned an AMAZING proposal, he upped the ante for any unmarried girl who saw it :) 4) Best wishes to the happy couple!! I know their wedding will be AMAZE!  06.28.11 - 8:27am
Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries - Ah they are beautiful! You captured their smiles beautifully J. (I hope you´re feeling better!) xxx http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/  06.28.11 - 8:25am
Michelle Cross - Looove it all! This is such a fun session. And couple. And photographer :)  06.28.11 - 8:11am
Emily - Ahh so beautiful! I love that you started at their hotel and went from there--you're genius!  06.28.11 - 8:09am
Melinda Leal - I love this shoot! How bout - You know you got mad skillz when you are taking a pic and the subject is fixing her scarf...and it still looks GOOD! :)   06.28.11 - 8:03am
Molly W. - Oooo, I especially love this session!! FAB!  06.28.11 - 8:00am
The New Diplomat's Wife - these are definitely some beautiful people (but beautiful photographs too!). makes me think about getting bangs too.  06.28.11 - 8:00am
Susan - These are beautiful - they make me feel happy. I gotta say, JD rocked this one!  06.28.11 - 7:57am
Andria Lavine - Just lovely! Great shoot - love them laying on the blanket w/ the Weddings magazine.   06.28.11 - 7:51am
Cassie Jones - Beautiful as always Jasmie!   06.28.11 - 7:48am
Vivian - Some of your best work Jaz! Seriously, I could look at those pictures, all day.   06.28.11 - 7:37am
Subscribe