Irvine Engagement Session : Amy + Joseph

kay. So I tried writing a third person narrative of this love story (as I always do), but it got too hard. I didn't know how to begin and then the details got intermixed with my perspective...and then I got emotional. And emotional writing is hardly a good thing. There are all these commas and parenthesis and footnotes. It's ugly. In light of this, I decided to share two things about Amy and Joseph that makes me know they're some of the most amazing people.

Some of the fondest memories of Amy and her family come during my mom's battle with cancer. I've been friends with Amy since childhood. We swam in her pool during the summer, watched her become a UCLA cheerleader, and prayed for her when she became a missionary in Japan. When her family discovered my mother was ill, they made the commitment to bring us dinner every week. Every Tuesday for a few years we'd find dinner on our porch. Every Tuesday. Rain, shine, traffic, life. Every Tuesday. It's acts like this that made cancer's sting less painful.

I distinctly remember sitting in Joseph's office. Small, beige walls, multiple Mac computers. He said non-chalantly he'd never marry. Said he was okay living his life on his own, perhaps one day he'd become a missionary. Joseph is an assistant pastor at my dad's church, so we've become great friends through the years. He's just one of those people you can see from a distance who makes life a little more beautiful. That's Joseph.

When I heard Joseph flew to Japan to propose to Amy, I was shocked. And then I cried happy tears. Because this world just got better by the two of them uniting. They're amazing people individually, but together, they're magical. I'm bummed I can't shoot their wedding this January, but I was honored when they asked me to document their engagement session...

Gotta love December in Orange County...87 degrees and sunny...

Amy, you're gorgeous. That is all.

My favorite from the shoot....

Joseph, you're my favorite when you laugh...

To see more of their engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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lynnette . abiding image - super cute couple! i'm always a sucker for tall grass shots (:  01.25.10 - 10:42pm
JOHN NACCARATO - It looks like you guys had a bunch of fun working together...  01.24.10 - 6:16pm
Vibrant Photography - Such fun photos! Great job :)  01.19.10 - 4:41pm
dorelies - Love the photos and the story. Dear Jasmin, I'm sitting here in Vienna far away and the great thing is that I've the feeling, I know you a bit, I can share a little with you - and that's great. Love you for that, love your work - and most of all: you.   01.14.10 - 11:11pm
Patti Wallington - Very nice engagement session, nice connection with the couple and great colors and lighting.  01.09.10 - 6:46pm
Rizza San Agustin - If bread and butter were pictures I'm sure these would be it.  01.04.10 - 6:31pm
Heather Crosby Gionet - I said it on twitter and I'll say it again! One of the most creative blog designs I have seen in a while! I love it almost as much as I love your images!!!  01.02.10 - 10:47am
Jill Howard - Beautiful, simply beautiful. I feel like I've known them for years just looking at these photos.  01.01.10 - 6:54am
Edwin Medina - Great work. Way to capture who they are. Im actually friends with Joseph and under the tough exterior he is a HUGE TEDDY bear and your images capture that amazingly  12.30.09 - 1:48pm
Dawn McCarthy - Fantastic session. Awesome couple! Love the B&W on the bench!   12.28.09 - 6:35am
Shannon - Wow! Great Shots! Can't wait to get back to doing photo shoots after my new baby can tolerate a few minutes away from me.  12.27.09 - 5:47pm
Vicky - friends look awesome!'ve out done yourself again!   12.26.09 - 7:30am
Jan - Nice work!  12.24.09 - 7:15pm
gladys jem - is it really that hot in OC in December? Or is it because you are shooting these two? Love it all. The lighting. Your clients. Your images. My fav is the last one! <3  12.24.09 - 7:43am
Bobbie Brown - One word: GORGEOUS! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous story and oh so gorgeous pictures!  12.24.09 - 7:36am
John Naccarato - Wonderful session Jasmine. Looks like everyone had a great time!  12.24.09 - 1:23am
mike Larson - Saweeet! i love how your couples have fun and love life! Nice work.  12.23.09 - 10:39pm
Nicole Benitez - Just beautiful!!  12.23.09 - 8:59pm
Cyn~ - LOVE IT!! Amy you look absolutly A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. So amazing that I forgive your UCLA days. Love You <3  12.23.09 - 8:11pm
Stephanie Osborne - I agree on your favorite. The light is great on this one and I just love the look they have. Great set!  12.23.09 - 8:09pm
Angel Pope - Have I told you lately that I love you? I seriously look forward to reading your blog every day. You continue to inspire!  12.23.09 - 7:00pm
Pol - Great photos! You really captured their love for each other... Wishing you a blessed Christmas and feel free to pop in if you happen to pass through Melbourne next year  12.23.09 - 12:19pm
Paola - Okay. Tissue. I need tissue and plenty of it. What a beautiful story as individuals and they're unity will, in fact, make the world a better place. 100% agree!  12.23.09 - 11:53am
Raquel - Beautiful work Jasmine!  12.23.09 - 9:19am
Jen May - Your fave is also mine :)  12.23.09 - 8:49am
Elizabeth - Beautiful story, beautiful couple, and AMAZING pictures!!! She resembles Eva Mendez. What a bummer that you can't shoot their wedding. She is going to make a gorgeous bride. Good luck to them!!  12.23.09 - 7:28am
J.P. - Aw man, you even made me a little sniffly with this post! Beautiful images, of course. What a blessing when two magnificent people find each other!  12.23.09 - 6:46am
Ravyn Stadick - Okay! I love these two!! Great photos.   12.23.09 - 6:38am
Rachel Jacobus - STUNNING!!   12.23.09 - 6:13am
Tamara - Gorgeous set. There is so much love and happines in these photographs. Awesome work Jasmin, as usual.   12.23.09 - 4:42am
Jeanette - What a beautiful couple  12.23.09 - 1:48am
Paige Green - um... can I rub your trigger finger... maybe some of that * magic will rub off. you're fabulous!   12.23.09 - 12:51am
Brian Fletcher - That 6th shot from the top is so amazing.....WOW. Kinda looks like Eva Mendes! :)  12.22.09 - 10:22pm
Denise Saucedo - First of all what beautiful people to help you through the hardest time of your life. Serious tear jerker!!! Second of all what a gorgeous couple. The love you always seem to capture is timeless. I wonder how long it took him to grow that beard? In your fav image Amy sort of resembles you. Maybe it's the smile in her eyes?? Not sure... she is gorgeous. You are gorgeous. Thanks for always being an inspiration!!!  12.22.09 - 9:49pm
My Social Relevance - great set of pics, love the surroundings  12.22.09 - 8:39pm
s h e r r y - LOOVE the light, and the tall grass <3 And how he flew to Japan to propose. <3   12.22.09 - 8:32pm
Katelyn James - knowing their story makes them THAT much more beautiful. Thanks for always sharing that part!! Love them, can't wait til march!:)  12.22.09 - 8:24pm
linda geertsen - I ::LOVE:: life when it is full of amazing people who make you feel loved. The photos are great, of course. You can tell they're good friends of yours.   12.22.09 - 5:55pm
Lisa H. Chang - Aw ~ I'd love to hear more of their story ~ Joseph flying to Japan is so romantic!  12.22.09 - 5:35pm
Kare - Beautiful couple, great location - awesome photos as always. Amy looks familiar, have we seen her on your blog before?  12.22.09 - 5:31pm
Tony Gonzalez - Wow! both of you look very awesome in these picures. I knew Joseph's "bachelor till the rapture" would someday be overthrown. couldnt think of anyone more perfect to complete that dude.  12.22.09 - 5:20pm
Lisa - Great job like ALWAYS Jaz!! Beautiful pictures for a beautiful couple!   12.22.09 - 5:01pm
Kat Speyer - Jasmine Star, you rock my world! I'm envious of your Decembers, but no matter the weather, you'd capture these two perfectly. They are a beautiful couple. She has a great smile, and I love his goatee!  12.22.09 - 4:03pm
Trista Lerit - Beautiful Jas! Your fav is my fav..and I love the one right under it too!  12.22.09 - 3:58pm
Linda Sherrill - Awesome story ...congratulations to them both. Jasmine, great photos, as always..the happiness shows through your lens.  12.22.09 - 3:57pm
Tira J - Love these images J*!   12.22.09 - 3:51pm
Alexandra - I'm in love with your photos :)   12.22.09 - 3:03pm
Kay English - wait, is his facial hair a joke? or is that real :( Great job anyway though lol  12.22.09 - 2:27pm
Joy Jill - Is Amy still in Japan? I am curious cause I live in Japan... always good to gather with other believers :)  12.22.09 - 2:10pm
Tamara Kenyon - Absolutely gorgeous. I must say, I'm quite jealous of the weather. We're at 35 degrees on a good day right now :(  12.22.09 - 2:02pm
Leyla - What a beautiful couple... You see their connection is rooted from deep within. =) Thanks for sharing!   12.22.09 - 1:54pm
barb Cameron -ottawa - not only fantastic pictures, but fantastic story as well. Very touching and moving. Great capture.  12.22.09 - 1:39pm
nena - I say it all the time, but you have the prettiest brides! =-)  12.22.09 - 1:27pm
ajira - I'm with a previous commentor who said that they loved the photos and loved their love even more. These are really stunning images that strongly convey the adoration these two share. It's delightful!   12.22.09 - 1:27pm
Joncee May - I love his goatee!!!!!  12.22.09 - 12:32pm
Jewelielyn - i guess that next to the last picture proves that the earth is indeed round :)  12.22.09 - 12:18pm
Rosaura Sandoval - You are so amazing. I love your photography and your spirit and the connections you make with people that make the world a brighter place. :)  12.22.09 - 12:12pm
Bernadette Chase - Jasmine....gorgeous pics!! (I'm curious what lens you used on the last pic?) Have a very Merry Christmas! I hope Polo gets everything on his wish list. :)  12.22.09 - 12:11pm
john pascale - Great photos, gotta love tall grass and long twisty beards!   12.22.09 - 12:05pm
Sally - Such a beautiful couple, and on the inside too from your description. And what gorgeous images they can cherish.  12.22.09 - 12:04pm
cassandra m - love the music in the slideshow...its so happy. GREAT shoot and yes you are blessed with beautiful Dec weather. Love the shots on the hill.  12.22.09 - 11:07am
Gail - Your fave is MY fave! :) Beautiful people, beautiful photos. As always!   12.22.09 - 10:41am
B - YEAH!!! "The Bachelor to the Rapture" has been captured ;) I love them both.   12.22.09 - 10:38am
Dustin Francis - Looks like a fun session :)  12.22.09 - 10:37am
amanda thiessen - gorgeous.  12.22.09 - 10:35am
Holli True - LOVE this shoot! :) They look so natural, happy and in love. Fabulous, Jasmine!! Happy Holidays!  12.22.09 - 10:33am
Sarina Love - awesome photos. you captured them very well!!   12.22.09 - 10:32am
Melinda Bunker - These are stunning and sweet! :)  12.22.09 - 10:30am
Kira Lauren Photography - 87 DEGREES!!! GOOD LORD! I've had to re-schedule so many sessions due to rain in Sacramento! One day I'll move to the OC =D BTW, Merry Christmas Jasmine and JD, and hope you got our card in the mail!   12.22.09 - 10:21am
INLAnd Empire Wedding Photographer - She is beautiful and he gotee is so cool~  12.22.09 - 10:16am
Melissa Papaj Photography - Beautiful!  12.22.09 - 10:11am
Maalaea w/ i and m photography - Oh, great set! I love the last photo!  12.22.09 - 9:48am
Peter Lodder - And you' re one of my heroes in Photography. Together with David Jay, Jeff Ascought and Joe Buissink. Love from The Netherlands  12.22.09 - 9:47am
Peter Lodder - I love this shoot. Thanks for sharing with us.  12.22.09 - 9:40am
Candace Prokopets - These are beautiful! They are beautiful. Your writing is beautiful. It's all just one big beautiful post!  12.22.09 - 9:28am
Drew - It;s been said a thousand times, but I love the way you expose for skin.... ugh, I'm jealous. Joseph's beard is the best thing since sliced bread!  12.22.09 - 9:26am
Renay - I'm in love with these photos but I'm more in love with their love! Congrats again, Amy and Joseph!   12.22.09 - 9:17am
Anouschka - LOVE these! Gorgeous lighting and adore the running shots. Too cute! Have a wonderful Christmas Jasmine!  12.22.09 - 8:29am
Vanesa Brooke - LOVE is the BEST thing in the WORLD... and capturing it, is simply magical! Great Job!  12.22.09 - 8:19am
Alicia - These are stunning! Thank you for your inspiring posts and for sharing your talent and knowledge!  12.22.09 - 8:17am
joan.solitario - beautiful. simply beatiful jasmine!  12.22.09 - 8:11am
Frances - Beautiful, just beautiful. You captured them perfectly.   12.22.09 - 7:57am
Kelly - beautiful story and even more beautiful pictures! their smiles are infectious!   12.22.09 - 7:56am