Janelle and Greg : Anytime

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'll never forget the first time we met. We'd been emailing for a couple weeks, but when Janelle decided to meet me in regard to booking me as her wedding photographer, I was excited. We met at a Starbucks not too far from where I worked (I worked part-time when I first started the business) and we spent time just chatting and getting to know each other. She loved dancing hip hop, sang in her college choir, and met a city boy with a cowboy heart. I sat there--feeling intimidated because, really, the blare of the espresso grinder was DEAFENING--and wondered if she could see past the simplicity of my situation.

She did.

I shot Janelle and Greg's wedding during my first year as a full-time photographer and it was a perfect day. Since then, so much has changed for us, but I was thrilled when Greg wanted to surprise Janelle with a photoshoot to document their love's progression. It took us a while to find a date that worked for all of us, but last week we enjoyed the day walking around Downtown Orange for a few photos.

Janelle and Greg...thank you for listening past the noise of the espresso grinder, for feeling how much I wanted to document your love, and for seeing potential in someone who couldn't quite see it in herself. I loved catching up with you both and I know God has even bigger and better things in store for you. I appreciate you more than I could express. Much Love and Appreciation...j*


Greg, it must be hard being that handsome. I mean, really.




They're just as photogenic as I remembered...




Janelle worried she'd laugh too much and not get the type of pictures she wanted, but I think she redefined fierrrrce!


We found some awesome light by a dump truck, so we had a little fun...


I loveloveloved Janelle's tattoo and it's such a perfect reminder...






One thing I adore about Janelle is her ability to laugh and love every moment...and Greg's continuity at all times...they're such a beautiful balance!


Janelle and Greg...you're perfect. Please don't ever change.


To see more pictures from Janelle and Greg's photo session in Downtown Orange, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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kanoa utler - wow great job! I love how you edit your images! there is like a crazy WB u edited in this, you seem to have a perfect balance of warmth and blues....to where they are leveled out.. And there's something really catchy about your B&W's that have a really nice creamy gray to it! the neutrals in them look AWESOME on the skin!   07.04.10 - 2:31am
Joan - It must be so cool to go back to a couple you photographed in that first year. Being in my first year of wedding coordination I feel like I'm a sponge just taking everything in! Hopefully in a few years I'll be able to meet up with some of these couples again and remember this exciting time. Oh yea, and gorgeous pics, too!! :)  04.11.10 - 8:00pm
Janelle Verhoeven - Kay J - YES! I love the verse Be Still and Know that I am God! I need a constant reminder of this and love the tatoo :) You should get it too!  04.10.10 - 9:54am
whitney law - wow. she's stunning. good job, God.   04.09.10 - 11:55pm
SqueakDog Pet Photography - Seriously, are all of your subjects models on the side? BEAUTIFUL couple and amazing photos!!  04.08.10 - 5:51am
Ivona - My husband always tells me, "Be Still." So I obviously love the tat!  04.07.10 - 5:41pm
Lydia - So sweet! I love it when couples continue to document their life and love! By the way, I think I need a new vocabulary. I seem the use the same words over and over again to describe your photography!  04.07.10 - 2:10am
Annie - I cannot tell you how many times I have searched back through your blog to find Janelle and Greg's wedding. Something about her overflowing joy and beauty and the amazing-ness of the pictures so impressed me! They just shine!  04.06.10 - 11:39pm
michele dyson - What a sweet post, and a very sweet couple. You must love being able to reconnect with couples from back in the day...hehe. And as for these two...you're right-he is handsome, and I think that Janelle is one of the most beautiful women I've seen you photograph. Love this session. PS - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!  04.06.10 - 7:21pm
kay - J*!!! Do you know if she got her tattoo from the bible quote "Be still and know that I am Lord"??? Can you please ask her bc I've been wanting to get a bible quote wrist tattoo too!   04.06.10 - 1:12pm
Girish - Lovely shots !! What mode are you using...AV that is aperture mode. Beautiful candid.  04.05.10 - 10:12pm
Carla - As always, Jasmine - perfection! But of utmost importance: DOES GREG HAVE A BROTHER!?  04.05.10 - 8:04pm
chandra - I remember seeing this couple's wedding photos a while ago and thinking the photos and the couple were both gorgeous. And they both were again!  04.05.10 - 7:55pm
christy - jasmine, you inspire me everytime i look at your work...you are a truly amazing and talented gift from GOD<3  04.05.10 - 7:54pm
Tonhya Kae - Wow!! What a hot couple! She is so gorgeous! And these images are beautiful of course :)  04.05.10 - 6:39pm
LAURA HANA - What a sweet gift! It's so nice to see them still so in love. :)  04.05.10 - 6:34pm
Greg - Jasmine, you are amazing. I went back and looked at the photos you took of us on our wedding day and teared up a bit. You have once again given us a wonderful gift that will never be forgotten. You and your work is amazing and we love you so very much. Thank you for the everlasting memories.  04.05.10 - 4:33pm
Serendipity Photography - Beautiful photos! :) Love the poses too! HEE  04.05.10 - 4:03pm
gina - I adore her first outfit!!!!! I need that skirt and those boots! Beautiful photos as well ;)  04.05.10 - 3:03pm
Holli True - LOVE these! I adore that she is barefoot in the last few shots and her tattoo is amazing! :) Great session, Jasmine- I am always smitten! Hope you had a fabulous Easter!!  04.05.10 - 2:49pm
Girl in The White Dress - What about an "anytime" shoot of YOU and JD?? Pleeeeeaaaase :)) These are fab as always, but I'm repeating myself. x  04.05.10 - 2:43pm
Inland Empire Wedding Photographer - love her tatoo  04.05.10 - 2:30pm
Beria Charles - Hi JGirl!!! Beautiful pics! Every time I think on buying cowboy boots is because my dream of getting a photo shoot by you!!! God Bless your amazing work!  04.05.10 - 2:17pm
Candace Prokopets - Lovin' it...all. If I was ever gonna get a tattoo, this would be it. So cute! And it's definitely something that I need to remind myself of every day. They look even happier and more in love than on their wedding day. Thanks for sharing! And great job, J*!  04.05.10 - 2:15pm
Paola - Aw they are perfect! And I love her tattoo!   04.05.10 - 1:35pm
Tira J - What a fun anytime session Jasmine!!! They are just as gorgeous as they were on their wedding day! Awesome images!  04.05.10 - 1:33pm
Jessica Pressley - Beautiful photos as usual, Jasmine =) Btw, I LOOOVE the song you used for the slideshow. Matt & Kim seriously make me so happy.  04.05.10 - 1:31pm
Jeanelle Caraway - Love the pics, and LOVE the girls name!  04.05.10 - 1:18pm
Leyla - That's so nice... to just have an Anytime session to document their love... Love the photos! And they are both gorgeous!   04.05.10 - 1:01pm
s h e r r y - These are lovely! <3 I love all of Janelle's outfits!  04.05.10 - 12:50pm
Harmony Loves - they both have gorgeous smiles and I think you captured that perfectly. Just beautiful Jasmine!  04.05.10 - 12:46pm
Romonia - Absolutely beautiful shoot! They are both extremely photogenic and you captured their genuine beauty, personalities and love. Great work as always J*! I  04.05.10 - 12:23pm
Diana Rush - Awesome as always!  04.05.10 - 12:19pm
Kristin J. - Love, love, love these pictures! I remember seeing their wedding pictures somewhere and that was the first time I heard your name and read your blog. Beautiful work as always!  04.05.10 - 12:14pm
shannon h. - nothing better than a session done just for love and love alone. their connection just pops off the page. amazing photos, jasmine!  04.05.10 - 12:12pm
Shannon - Cool shots, and fun back story. Hopefully you'll get to photograph them many more times over the years.  04.05.10 - 11:55am
Katina - ALWAYS enjoy your beautiful work!!! And I LOVE her tattoo!  04.05.10 - 11:51am
Jackie Beale - I am slowly learning from you just by viewing your work. I can see how you use natural reflectors in every single photo. The first one, I can see the bright wall behind you reflecting on them and also the one on the brick wall where they are sitting. Great shots as always :) and thanks for sharing!  04.05.10 - 11:09am
Megan Eckers - What a blessing to get to catch up with one of your former wedding couples. They are so beautiful together...fabulously captured by you, as always!   04.05.10 - 11:06am
Nithya - SO awesome! I've been following your blog for a while now, and your work is always inspiring!  04.05.10 - 11:02am
Emily Dobson Photography - Your work is ALWAYS so simply, elegant and beautiful. I LOVE the clarity, the lighting, and silky smooth texture of each image.   04.05.10 - 11:02am
Giselle - Amazing photographs and super cute couple..!! I really love the location..!  04.05.10 - 10:57am
kelsy mccartney - i LOVE janelle's style!! she is gorgeous, and greg just looks like that solid, stand-by man that every woman deserves! great session, it looks like you three had FUN!  04.05.10 - 10:55am
Gina Meola - I LOVE these!! How real and fun!  04.05.10 - 10:52am
kym Vitar - could they BE any more gorgeous! my goodness!   04.05.10 - 10:51am
amanda thiessen - gorgeous clarity! amazing as always :)  04.05.10 - 10:39am
Fredrik Setterberg - Damn, you're good:-) Great light and beautiful people. / Fredrik  04.05.10 - 10:37am
anda - i think these are awesome. and her tattoo might be my favorite tattoo ever ... it still looks fresh and new, too. i have one in almost the same location, same font, and also a phrase :)  04.05.10 - 10:27am
Dee - What a beautiful couple! Gorgeous Pictures as always!  04.05.10 - 10:03am
Marisa - Augh!! Greg you're so grown up!! Jasmine, fantastic job as usual :). They are actually how I discovered you - I was blown away by their wedding photos. So fun that you got to shoot them again!!  04.05.10 - 10:01am
Tracy Carolyn - Love the first shot with boots kicking - she looks so happy :)  04.05.10 - 9:53am
feuza - they are gorgeous! I love how they have seen you blossom first hand! that is great to have clients come back like that awesome  04.05.10 - 9:41am
Life with Kaishon - What a beautiful couple! Light by a dump truck. LOVE that!  04.05.10 - 9:16am
jamie delaine - mmm that IS a beautiful tattoo for sure. such a great reminder.  04.05.10 - 9:15am
Tammie - Knowing and capturing your couples as well as you do is inspiring...  04.05.10 - 9:13am
Mirelis Sanchez - Such a beautiful couple. God bless them. Jasmine... you continue to do INCREDIBLE work... keep it up.   04.05.10 - 9:11am
Diandra - Gorgeous. I remember their wedding. When I realized that, I realized just HOW LONG I've been following your blog. How did time fly so fast? You were amazing even back then! xoxo  04.05.10 - 9:02am
Amy Carson - Amazing as usual Jasmine!!  04.05.10 - 8:54am
Stephanie Stewart - What a fun, gorgeous couple! So cool that you got to photograph them again, they will cherish these images!  04.05.10 - 8:50am
gladys jem - they're kinda sorta really awesome and beautiful! looooove it.  04.05.10 - 8:41am
Yuka photo art - Amazing photographs and these two are look great! I love this light and location!!!  04.05.10 - 8:21am
Pye - Her smile is incredible, way to bring it out Jasmine.   04.05.10 - 8:21am
Lindsay Ramirez - Beautiful! Gorgeous couple! Love the location...where were these taken?  04.05.10 - 8:14am
Linda Sherrill - I never thought I'd ever get a tattoo, but I LOVE hers! They are so cute together...thanks for sharing!  04.05.10 - 8:09am
Melissa Papaj Photography - Wow! What a gorgeous couple! I love these!  04.05.10 - 8:01am
Abby Leigh - You and your supermodel couples!! Love all these shots ;)  04.05.10 - 8:01am
Ginger Murray - First and 3rd are my faves. Love her skirt! Great photos-- keep rocking, Jasmine.  04.05.10 - 7:57am
Lisa - This session is absolutely fabulous. I love the shot with her on the newsstand. All your photos are so natural. I am NEVER disappointed in any of your shoots - you are the definition of fabulous!  04.05.10 - 7:50am
Mel - Gorgeous work as always! Love the light, the clothing, the feel, perfection from the couple as well as the photographer of course! ps--I love Janelle's tatoo---I might have to do that as well!!!!   04.05.10 - 7:45am
Celesa - Wow Jasmine that is so awesome. You did a beautiful job at documenting there love story so far. They are a stunning couple. There love is just shinning through.  04.05.10 - 7:40am
Megan (Best of Fates) - They seem like an adorable couple with a lovely story!  04.05.10 - 7:35am
Ricki Ford - I love all of these!  04.05.10 - 7:34am
Judie - These are gorgeous!!   04.05.10 - 7:25am
Howard Haby - Great job Jasmine. Always a pleasure to see what you put up next on your blog.   04.05.10 - 7:25am
Lissette Q - Great photos!  04.05.10 - 7:01am