Nicole and Phillip : Engagement

icole saw Phillip on the campus of University of Southern California and was smitten. As she rode her bike to class, she’d notice a handsome, confident, and gregarious boy almost everyday. On a school campus the size of a city, one may assume it’s hard to find your soul mate, but seeing how they lived in the same student housing section, they were practically neighbors. Neighbors who rode bikes to class and had crushes on each other.

Late one fateful night, Nicole saw Phillip at a party and made some smooth moves, this time without the help of two wheels and pedals. From that night many years ago, they’ve been together and in love.

Nicole and Phillip decided to shoot their engagement session in Santa Monica, along Third Street Promenade, a place that acts as second home. They order their favorite gelato together, read magazines at the outdoor stands, and walk along the beach hand-in-hand. And the beach is a very important place for Nicole because she’s the CEO of the ever popular Nicolita line of bikini’s and handbags. She’s amazing at what she does and is going to explode from an overabundance of talent! Phillip definitely has his hands full, but they are filled with fun, joy, love…and the same girl who first saw him riding her bike to class.

I’m SO excited for their outta control August wedding as I’m sure it’ll be a blast!

I wanted to start their engagement photos by them playing and having a good time...and, boy, are they serious about their fun!

Phillip told me at the start of the session that he's 100% Italian and Nicole's 100% Cuban, so--according to him--they're romantic, passionate, hot-tempered, and fun. I love it! :) A live salsa band is scheduled for the reception, so here they are showing off their moves...

Off to the beach...

Things got a little spicy...

...And a little spicier the longer we shot! :)

To see more of their engagement session CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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Furious Photographers - Spicy indeed! Hot stuff Jasmine! -Lawrence  06.02.08 - 12:31am
ruby rideout - i LOVE this session. what a cute and fun couple and you captured it all.  05.30.08 - 10:22am
poser - mercy! that spicy hot is a hot tamale!  05.29.08 - 2:03pm
Trista Lerit - goodness...the light was insane! What an adorable couple with such chemistry! Love it!  05.29.08 - 9:16am
Philadelphia Wedding Photographer - I am starting to feel like a blog stalker. Nice images.  05.28.08 - 10:22pm
cassandra m - I love these...beautiful. YOU ARE THE NATURAL LIGHT MASTER girlie... ;) way to go, as usual...perfection!  05.28.08 - 9:09pm
Jeff Youngren - LOVE the ones of them under the pier! Gorgeous light!! :)  05.28.08 - 10:50am
Caitlin - @Lindsay - read Bartek's comment 10 comments down, the Jasmine's 9 after that! :) We asked the same question!   05.28.08 - 9:54am
Lindsay Kipp Photography - These are beautiful! I wondering what flash/ lighting you used on the shots under the peir? You are always amazing!!!  05.28.08 - 8:01am
jenna walker - j - I LOVE the new blog and absolutely love the feel of the neutral tones in these last images. I miss you!! Let's catch up soon!  05.28.08 - 6:20am
tiffany - hi there....your photos rock! i was wondering what lenses you used in this session....and do you always use the same ones in your engagement sessions?  05.28.08 - 5:29am
Rob - nice.  05.28.08 - 4:57am
Jeanette - wowzas!! so fun & hot!! absolutely love every pic.  05.27.08 - 11:02pm
jackie l - beautiful...just beautiful :O)  05.27.08 - 10:15pm
Jacqueline Fronters - Is it just me or do you only photograph beautiful people? ;) This session is just amazing per usual.  05.27.08 - 9:41pm
Angelia Ong - Wow! I love the soft look here. but I have to say, congrats on their engagement.. at a superficial level, oh! I love nicole's SHOES! (the one where's wearing jeans).. Im being such a girl LOL   05.27.08 - 6:22pm
kymberli q. - Oh my gosh, they are adorable!!!! I want to go to their wedding!! ;)  05.27.08 - 4:56pm
Sara Goetz - Wow - you just blow me away! I love the light on that last shot - amazing. And I LOVED your article on using reflected light...I'm looking for it everywhere now! Thanks for the insight! Sara  05.27.08 - 4:35pm
Bartek - @ Caitlin: read 9 comments down ;)  05.27.08 - 4:20pm
Caitlin Hazelton - Hey Jasmine! Did you use any fill light or reflector on the beach pictures? I am shooting a beach wedding in June, and we may go under a boardwalk as you did here, I was just curious if this was all natural light! Thanks!!!! :) Awesome work!  05.27.08 - 3:28pm
Cathy Crawley - I love the locations you have used here. Her pink top works so well with the first half of the session. They look like a very fun couple. Gorgeous work as per usual.  05.27.08 - 3:25pm
Lynn Seib - Wow iIhave never seen such amazing pictures ,they truly tell the story.Just beautiful.   05.27.08 - 2:37pm
Rachelle - The lighting in the last one is AMAZING!! WOW! Love them!  05.27.08 - 2:09pm
Jonas - I'm a new photographer from Long Island, New York and I have to say I've never seen such imagery for an engagement session. Killer.  05.27.08 - 1:52pm
Lydia - They're so cute! Love that first series!  05.27.08 - 1:41pm
Genevieve - I love the "no park" pictures. lol. great shoot!!!  05.27.08 - 1:04pm
Bartek - @Jasmine: I never doubted it was natural! ;) Natural light all the way were my inspiration for this in our photography.   05.27.08 - 12:54pm
Jasmine* - Hi friends! Thank you SO much for the comments regarding the light. I've know I must sound redundant, but I just want to remind everyone that I'm a strictly natural light shooter...and I love it! :) The light for the last shots under the pier is all natural, either a mix of reflected light from the sand and/or natural light from the sun off the nearby water. Gotta love good 'ole Cali sun! :)  05.27.08 - 12:44pm
chantal - Wow! What a great couple....I bet their Wedding is going to be DA BOMB!!  05.27.08 - 12:06pm
Jen Mabray - i looove your light on the last shot! i am assuming you threw some light in there, if so, you blended it very well!! they look stunning :)  05.27.08 - 12:03pm
Ashley - I LOVE the image near Anthropologie where they are amidst all those people just minding their own business. Gorgeous!  05.27.08 - 11:48am
Andrea - They look perfect-O together. Awesome photography! You totally amaze me J*  05.27.08 - 11:40am
Erika Lais Photo Blog - WOW!!!! Stunning images!!! You rock again, you are a big STAR shining more and more at each session!!!!!! What a wonderful shots, the last ones, it seems you shoot at night, what an amazing light!!!!  05.27.08 - 11:31am
Bianca - Wow! These are amazing. Seeing the beginning, middle, and end of your editing process is mind blowing. Kudos!  05.27.08 - 11:08am
Bartek - Love how you worked the light under the! Stunning images as usual Jasmine.  05.27.08 - 10:07am
Yuka photo art - I like this couple and their story! Photos are so amazing!  05.27.08 - 10:07am
Joan Solitario - BEAUTIFUL JASMINE!  05.27.08 - 9:54am
David [C+D] - Have to say I love the lines behind them on the metal door in the "having fun" at the beginning. It's way cool and messes with my eyes in such a fantastic way! As well, the shot under the dock, where do you get that beautiful beautiful light?? WOW!  05.27.08 - 9:44am
Amy - I love these!  05.27.08 - 9:27am
Hanssie - The shots under the pier are amazing, so classic. I love them!  05.27.08 - 9:16am
ohana photography ~ david & kimi b - love the sequence!!! beautifully done as always!!  05.27.08 - 8:57am
New York City wedding photographer - I love the shots under the dock....very intimate and personal. Peace, Parris Whittingham  05.27.08 - 8:53am
Madelyn @ Southern Wedding Style - I really love these photos! You have really captured their happiness and show that this couple is truly in love. You do such beautiful work!  05.27.08 - 8:52am
Alana - Jasmine, I love the new blog -- it is perfect for you!!! And the images are awesome as always!  05.27.08 - 8:49am
Dennis - What a great looking couple Jasmine. They will look back at these for years to come. Good stuff.  05.27.08 - 8:45am
Nena - My favorite parts of your shoots is the slideshow. You always make them so fun and perfect! =-)  05.27.08 - 8:38am
Melissa Koehler - What a gorgeous couple! They look so in love. I am sure they will love these images! Beautiful work as always! xoxo  05.27.08 - 8:25am