Los Angeles Engagement : Laura + Carlos

T
hey met at an Italian restaurant. Not just any Italian restaurant, but Laura's family Italian restaurant. Carlos and Laura worked at the restaurant and they quickly became friends. He made her laugh, and when Laura went through a tough time, Carlos was there for her at every turn in the road. Laura invited him for coffee one night, and their friendship morphed into something they didn't expect. A love affair.

Carlos and Laura have bonded through the years and they attribute their beautiful relationship to their love the small things they admire. Carlos is patient, sweet, and loves when people laugh hard...Laura is kind, driven, and caring. At the center of their relationship is their passion for God and they've built their lives in such a way to share their love in small, poignant pieces.

They're marrying in May at Hummingbird Nest Ranch and I'm super excited to shoot there again as it's such a gorgeous venue. We met at Balboa Park in Los Angeles for engagement pictures and when Laura planned a vintage theme shoot, I was thrilled. Here are a few favorites from the day...


Laura, you're fabulous. No, really, you are.




The light at Balboa Park was just amazing last week and I was in love...




Go on wit yo bad selves....




I was beyond thrilled when Laura and Carlos arranged for a vintage car for the engagement photos...


Laura, augh...........seriously.


I loved all the vintage aspects to the engagement pictures...






Love you guys!


To see more of Laura and Carlos' vintage engagement session at Balboa Park in Los Angeles, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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Kathryn - This is seriously incredible! I love love love the theme! She's gorgeous, and this looks like a promo photo shoot for a movie.  03.07.10 - 4:34pm
Justin - Wow- beautiful work Jasmine - love the vintage details, compositions and awesome DOF! Really stylin'!  02.27.10 - 4:16pm
Krzysztof SerafiDski - I like your photos   02.24.10 - 11:50pm
John - wedding photographer - Absolutely gorgeous images... like an even more glamorous Bonnie and Clyde  02.23.10 - 10:34am
asme - i'm really-really impressed with the tone..crispy sharpness..and your story line for this shoot..and i m really love the vintage idea..love it!!!..keep it up jasmine  02.21.10 - 9:48pm
Adore Amore Photography - Fabulously vintage chic!!!   02.18.10 - 5:34pm
Colorado Wedding Photographer - Way cool old car - great prop.   02.16.10 - 3:53pm
Rebecca - Perfect theme!  02.15.10 - 9:55pm
Laetitia - I love the light, the atmosphere, the style...   02.14.10 - 1:02pm
Eileen - I absolutely LOVE these shots!!!!!  02.14.10 - 12:58pm
Oakstream Photography - Freakin LOVE these! Love that old car...love the style of the whole shoot. She's a knock out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  02.12.10 - 9:29am
Jan - Absolutely amazing! Love the vintage look!  02.10.10 - 11:10pm
feuza - looks like it s going to be a great wedding!  02.10.10 - 6:49pm
cassandra m - Oh my gosh...these are awesome! Love that vintage feel and I LOVE THAT PINK car!  02.10.10 - 6:10pm
boudoir photography orlando - I love your style, as well as your pictures. Very good work. But most importantly, I love how you present a story. Truly talented. Natascha  02.10.10 - 4:12pm
Theresa McDonald - Lover of all things Vintage! Lover of all things Jasmine!  02.10.10 - 3:48pm
Melanie - Amazing!! Love everything about this shoot  02.10.10 - 3:28pm
kerri Banyas - These are just perfect!! LOVE the pink car! You just keep getting better and better :)  02.10.10 - 1:25pm
Stephanie Greenwell - Oh, how I love your engagement shoots! And I love the theme! I had my first and only engagement shoot in November, and the bride went all out for a 1940s theme shoot(http://www.stephaniegreenwell.com/search/label/Sessions%3A%3AEngaged). I really loved it and hope that I'll have more themed shoots in the future. Great work!  02.10.10 - 10:54am
Serendipity Photography - Amazing images!!  02.10.10 - 10:54am
Sarah Ciccone - These are Stunning!! Love the smoothness of the car! I agree with Ruthie.....the 4th pic has to be my fav!! Inspiring :)  02.10.10 - 10:47am
Jennifer - Wow! What an amazing photo session! I love that your clients brought the vintage car and dressed up the way they did! Amazing! Amazing!  02.10.10 - 10:34am
Nicki - Wow, these are amazing! I love the vintage feel to the pictures and that car is too awesome! :D  02.09.10 - 12:35pm
Kristi Montague - LOVE these! Fabulous as always!  02.09.10 - 12:23pm
ruthie - I love the idea of this shoot! Picture number 4 is my favourite! So romantical! :D  02.09.10 - 12:16pm
Inland Empire Wedding Photographer - Did a stylist help style this shoot?  02.09.10 - 11:44am
Ala - these are insanely awesome! i now want to sit in or around a pink vintage car!  02.09.10 - 10:21am
Inland Empire Wedding Photographer - She is going to be a gorgeous bride!!! OMG. I love the car, her outfit the make-up. Her hair looks amazing too  02.09.10 - 9:44am
Elise - I just LOVE these shots! I love anything vintage and this shoot is just amazing.   02.09.10 - 8:40am
Arielle - Wow, tehy are gorgeous. :) Congrats to them, and great pics as always, Jasmine!  02.09.10 - 8:09am
Tina dela Rosa - Clean and beautiful images. Well done!  02.09.10 - 7:54am
eva - you photos are so SHARP! how do you achieve that? i have a digital rebel xti with 50mm/1.4 and my photos NEVER get that sharp:(( i know my body is not something, but my lens is supposed to be good.... any advice?  02.09.10 - 7:52am
Alicia Swedenborg - Love the style! And the pink car. Really love the pink car.  02.09.10 - 7:19am
Hiroko Jolley - I love the nostalgia of these pics!! Was this your idea or theirs because it totally rocks!  02.09.10 - 6:21am
MelissaFoscardo - Oh my, these are gorgeous, and that car??? Too much. Absolutely adore it.  02.09.10 - 5:35am
Harmony Loves - Smokin! Hot! Seriously!  02.08.10 - 9:44pm
Jen May - lovely. and smooth. :)  02.08.10 - 9:03pm
Lisa H. Chang - Great pictures! Great idea! Great execution! Great job! :)  02.08.10 - 8:30pm
Kelsey - These are stunning! I love the Retro Glam look!   02.08.10 - 7:19pm
Holli True - LOVE!! The pink car is amazing and I love that they did a little vintage throw back. So classic! These two are adorable and your work is impeccable!   02.08.10 - 7:19pm
Nicole - I like how you are not afraid to direct your couples and get the look that you are after. The locations and lighting are beautiful and fitting. And the touch of wind in Laura's hair in the first car shot adds so much not to mention her stance/pose. The engagement ring on the outside of her black gloves is a unique detail that I just adore. You guys hit this one out of the park!  02.08.10 - 6:48pm
Jonni Sergi - Jasmine, You are so good and so creative. These seriously rock! Hugs, Jonni  02.08.10 - 6:40pm
Lydia - Amazing! With so many vintage shoots going on lately, you still managed to put your stamp on this shoot and make it different. Love the angles and posing!  02.08.10 - 6:38pm
Mindy - Love, love, love this shoot and the whole vintage theme!!!!  02.08.10 - 6:21pm
Stephanie Karen - Jasmine you are so amazing! Love the vintage feel, unique and modern!  02.08.10 - 6:05pm
Nori - Omy... This has to be one of my favorites ever!  02.08.10 - 6:03pm
Chris - Gorgeous! Always an inspiration to view your art.   02.08.10 - 5:59pm
Dawn McCarthy - Beautiful! And Laura's eyes...wow!  02.08.10 - 5:48pm
Dawn McCarthy - Beautiful. Laura's eyes...wow!  02.08.10 - 5:46pm
LisaK - Jasmine you are such a pro (just stating the obvious!). I love the way you make everyone look so fabulous. Fantastic shoot!  02.08.10 - 5:05pm
Miranda - Total gangstar, LOVE IT!!!  02.08.10 - 4:15pm
Yuka photo art - I LOVE LOVE LOVE this photographs! Stylish couple and this light.......thank you Jasmine, you inspire me!  02.08.10 - 4:03pm
Tim May - loving carlos' hat. What a dude. And i am sorry, but that car is amazing. Loving the internal details.  02.08.10 - 3:41pm
Christine Pobke - Beautiful. I love how you always make your clients look so gorgeous and comfortable - and how they ALWAYS, without fail, look like seasoned pros in the modeling industry. :) Love it and love you!   02.08.10 - 3:25pm
Evie Perez - Man these are so dang good. The car..how creative. They look like such a fun couple.  02.08.10 - 2:05pm
Angel Canary - Gorgeous, LOVE that car!!!  02.08.10 - 1:45pm
Edward - This SCREAMS 50's LA Vintage! Excellent shoot. Beautiful couple. *POW* Jasmine hits a homer...again!  02.08.10 - 1:44pm
jenny - you're right, the light at balboa park is definitely amazing ! It takes a great photographer to know good light!  02.08.10 - 1:23pm
Cathy Crawley - Ahhh these are fabulous! I adore anything vintage and this hits the nail right on the head :)  02.08.10 - 1:21pm
Tracy Blake - Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.  02.08.10 - 1:04pm
Katie Whitcomb - AHHH!!! Laura, you are girl after my own heart. Jasmine, you totally ROCKED this session, as usual. I am obsessed with the 40s and 50s...  02.08.10 - 12:55pm
corey - J, you could never run out of great spots in cali to shoot in... Love it..  02.08.10 - 12:52pm
Carlos Mendoza - Jasmine You are fantastic, thank you for everything, and can't wait for our wedding pics. we both love love love love love love love the pics you saw our vision, thank you. you are grreat.   02.08.10 - 12:40pm
Tacey - The third frame is HOT HOT HOT!!! Way to go!   02.08.10 - 11:39am
Whinny and Snap - Seriously fantastic! How fun!!   02.08.10 - 11:28am
Leah G. - LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!!!! I'm in love with vintage stuff and this shoot is totally amazing! The couple is adorable as well! You're so blessed J*!  02.08.10 - 11:28am
Terrance - Love the classic feel of these photos. The ones with the vintage car rocks!  02.08.10 - 11:02am
amanda thiessen - such an awesome shoot! love that car!!!  02.08.10 - 11:00am
Melinda - The photos with the car are so stinkin' sexy! Love them!  02.08.10 - 10:58am
Shefali Shah - These are just plain gorgeous! I am obsessed with the car! Great job, Jasmine!  02.08.10 - 10:52am
Katy G - Gorgeous...car shots are my favorite. I wish more of my clients would spend that much time choosing clothing!  02.08.10 - 10:51am
jennie - i love this couple! beautiful and sweet images!  02.08.10 - 10:49am
Chris c. - LOVE these pics!! And I especially adore her blouse. Where did she get it?   02.08.10 - 10:47am
Deyla Huss Photography - Holy Pink car!! Love these Jas! Supa Dupa Fabulous!  02.08.10 - 10:36am
B - Um, I think I just drooled. No lie. Jazzy, this was AMAZING. I'm so glad you're shooting again... can't wait for more.  02.08.10 - 10:32am
Kelli Taylor - Oh my gosh! The STYLE! LOVE LOVE LOVE!  02.08.10 - 10:27am
Charlene - This is my dream car!! Was is privatly owned or business?  02.08.10 - 10:25am
jackie lamas - gah! vintage awesomeness! love this shoot :)  02.08.10 - 10:20am
Marissa Rodriguez - A pink vintage car!? In LOVE!!! So beautiful! Love themed shoots!  02.08.10 - 9:55am
Susannah - so so so precious! gorgeous couple, gorgeous shoot, and amaaaaazing pink car!  02.08.10 - 9:53am
Nicole Benitez - These are gorgeous! The car was a killer detail! Love them all.  02.08.10 - 9:34am
s h e r r y - BAH! pfwaahhhhaaa. LOVE THESE PHOTOS! Their vintage outfits, the PINK vintage car!!!! What an amazing couple!!! You captured the vintage-ness SO well :)  02.08.10 - 9:29am
TERESA - LOVE THIS SHOOT! AMAZING!  02.08.10 - 9:29am
Christophe Mortier - So nice and elegant. Cheers from France.  02.08.10 - 9:26am
heidi @ idieh design - This are super cool!! Love the sassiness of Laura when she's with the vintage car. :)  02.08.10 - 9:05am
Sharon - You have the coolest clients!!!   02.08.10 - 9:03am
Doug LeMere - Awesome work....elegant.   02.08.10 - 9:01am
Neha - I love this set in every way-the car, location, clothing, make-up, and of course the images!!!! What lenses did you use?  02.08.10 - 8:54am
stephanie fay - UM LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!  02.08.10 - 8:46am
Alex Emes - Love it, love it, love it! Photoshoots that go back in time to another time. All the elements are present -- only difference is the digital clarity not available at that time. Splendidly set up and captured.  02.08.10 - 8:43am
Heather @ Mrs. Southern Bride - These are amazing!!   02.08.10 - 8:41am
Leyla - Gorgeous, gorgeous shoot! The couple is so adorable, the lighting is just awesome and the power of their love & affection for each other is evident in each shot... Well done, J*!  02.08.10 - 8:31am
Stacey Malleck - Ahhhhh! Simply perfect.  02.08.10 - 8:29am
Jennifer - I love it!!!! I'm getting ready to do a retro/old hollywood portfolio, and this is exactly what I have in mind! Completely awesome!  02.08.10 - 8:29am
Lola - I love how you make your subjects POP out of the image. Way to go Jazz :)  02.08.10 - 8:24am
Leora Shiff - Absolutely amazing!! Love the vintage look!!!  02.08.10 - 8:24am
Heather LaBone - UMM Hello! Freakin WOW!!! I think this is one of my favorites you've done! I am so in love!!!  02.08.10 - 8:23am
Erica Velasco - Super cute, love that she wanted to go vintage.  02.08.10 - 8:22am
Radelle - These pictures are SO STYLISH it hurts!! LOVELY!!  02.08.10 - 8:21am
Alexandra - Fabulous!  02.08.10 - 8:18am
Tamara - Gorgeous....is all I can say. Something you see in magazines...love it.   02.08.10 - 8:18am
Geoff Heith - That car makes these pictures magic!!  02.08.10 - 8:11am
Stacey - I love everything about this. I especially love the detail shot of the rosaries in the car. What a great touch to the photo. And yes, VERY yummy light, indeed! :)  02.08.10 - 8:08am
Marisol Izaguirre - Hi Jasmine :) I love these!!!  02.08.10 - 8:07am
Laura Z - Jasmine these are beeeeuuutiful!  02.08.10 - 8:05am
Crystal Le Mamoulelis - so cool! you have the best clients!  02.08.10 - 8:04am
ShaZ Ni - and i am always in love with your pictures!!! ^_^ . great JOB!! :D  02.08.10 - 8:02am
Shellee Smith - Love the theme the pictures are wonderful!  02.08.10 - 8:02am
Rima - wow, what do you do to get the skin looking so amazing?! Lovin' the vintage look!  02.08.10 - 8:01am
Michelle O - LOVE every bit of this shoot! Props to your clients for coming up with such an awesome concept and car!  02.08.10 - 8:00am
anda - Whoa man whoa! These are so good, Jasmine. And they are such a beautiful couple. I love all the vintage-inspired stuff you've been shooting lately.   02.08.10 - 7:50am
Trista Lerit - Super duper cute!!!! I love them all!!   02.08.10 - 7:49am
Marcia - This has seriously got to be my favourite session of yours yet!! Awesomeness!!  02.08.10 - 7:48am
Stephanie Stewart - What a fun, cool, so perfectly vintage engagement session! She didn't miss a detail! Love all of these...they both have gorgeous eyes! Fantastic session!  02.08.10 - 7:42am
kelly beane - Adore it! Perfectly vintage and beautiful!  02.08.10 - 7:34am
Katie - The "go on wit yo bad selves" pictures are my favorites! Gorgeous!  02.08.10 - 7:34am
a - HEY, what's wrong with the slideshow?   02.08.10 - 7:28am
shani barel-desser - I've been to that park so many times, and I've NEVER seen t look so good- just beautiful photos!  02.08.10 - 7:25am
Stephanie Stigman - beautiful, I love the ones with the car!  02.08.10 - 7:18am
Kaysha - This couple has some serious style! Can't wait to see what they put together for their wedding!!  02.08.10 - 6:55am
Labradoris - So vintage. LOVE the hair.  02.08.10 - 6:39am
sarah - oh, if these are just for the engagement session, i CAN'T WAIT for the wedding photos!  02.08.10 - 6:34am
gladys jem - aaah! holy man, i love this. everything about it. They're one good looking couple. Man, now Chris and I have to plan somethin really fabulous for ours. Xo  02.08.10 - 6:32am