Newport Beach Engagement : Catherine + Jimmy

She invited me to stay in her room for a week, Jimmy said with a smile. His eyes danced as he recounted the story, and he waited for Catherine to join him at his side. As undergrad students at MIT, they'd seen each other and were friends, but when a snow storm paralyzed Boston, students who lived off campus were frozen in space. Catherine approached Jimmy as he recounted the story, and she immediately took issue with his version.

I didn't just invite him to sleep on my dorm room floor out of nowhere, Catherine happily protests, we had a similar class schedule, so as friends helped each other out, it just made sense to stay with me...THAT'S how it happened. Either way, the truth remains Jimmy slept on Catherine's floor for a week while the storm pounded campus, and love began to pound their hearts. At the end of the week's stay, Jimmy surprised Catherine by cleaning her room from top to bottom. As a way to say thanks. She later asked him to dinner and the rest is snow storm history.

Catherine and Jimmy now live in Hong Kong, but they'll wed in Newport Beach later this year, surrounded by their friends and family. I know their day is going to be perfect with help from Jeannie Savage at Details Details mixed with Catherine's attention to detail. I'm so honored to document their love as we roamed Orange County for their engagement session...

One thing I particularly love is the way Jimmy sneaks a look a Catherine...he's totally in love with her...'re gorgeous and I can hardly stand it...many thanks to Joyce Luck for hair and makeup...

One of my favorites photos from their engagement session...

After a quick outfit change, grabbed a few more photos and the light was simply amazing to work with...

Jimmy...I think all those modeling lessons from your Taiwan photoshoot paid off because you look quite comfortable in front of the camera! ;)

We then went to Newport Beach to complete the engagement session and take a few more photos...

The light was pretty amazing last week...


To see more of Catherine and Jimmy's Newport Beach engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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Britton Felber - Awesome posing! Good work JStar.   04.22.10 - 7:15am
Andrea Heffernan - Just happened across this one! Ah! Perhaps MIT couples are destined to be photographed by you. :) Now I just may be determined to book you for a Boston anytime one of these days.   04.21.10 - 10:50pm
Jonni - OMG Jasmine! How cute are they??? I love admiring your work. You go girl! Hugs, Jonni  04.19.10 - 6:29pm
Kristie - GAAAAWSH Jasmine! You're such a talent, your photos are just so darn enjoyable to watch! Bless ya :)  04.18.10 - 5:37pm
David Champagne - Beautiful! :)  04.17.10 - 1:28pm
Lora Ayers - oh , I love this session, that wall is awesome. And oh to live by a beach, and have that gorgeous light. You are so talented girl, these are unique, colorful, and romantic! :)  04.16.10 - 8:42am
amanda thiessen - beautiful.beautiful.beautiful. love the colors. loooove.  04.15.10 - 6:50pm
Erica Velasco - I love the one of her alone! Beautiful!  04.15.10 - 11:51am
Alicia Swedenborg - That light is yummy! And Catherine is stunning!! Great work (as always), Jasmine!  04.15.10 - 8:22am
Becka @Studio222 Photography - They are just adorable. Lover her outfit choices.   04.15.10 - 5:51am
ruthie - Umm... wow... simply stunning.  04.15.10 - 12:50am
Andi Diamond - Amazing images, amazing light- dont know how you do it!  04.14.10 - 8:21pm
Beria Charles - Your name should be Jasmine WoW!!!   04.14.10 - 6:28pm
feuza - I so heart this session! gorgeous and loved their story  04.14.10 - 1:08pm
Holli True - Ooh! These are some of my favorite pictures you've ever taken, Jasmine! The lighting is so amazing in these pics and Catherine and Jimmy are just such a gorgeous couple. :) Amazing!!  04.14.10 - 1:07pm
Peggy - as always, gorgeous photos jasmine! once in a while, i see photos of people i know on the blogs i read, which is really cool!! cat & jimmy - congrats on your upcoming wedding!  04.14.10 - 10:34am
Katie Whitcomb - I am SOO jealous of this sunflare.. We have nothing like that in these parts, just corn.  04.14.10 - 10:04am
Diandra - So pretty :) And what a cool location! Well done. Again :)  04.14.10 - 8:22am
Nathan Gilmer - What a beautiful couple! The last pictures on the beach are my favorites. The lighting was perfect!  04.14.10 - 7:22am
Romy Israel - So fabulous as always Jasmine... Wish I could shoot that way too...   04.14.10 - 6:36am
Mark Smith - J, Thanks for answering my question, in the FAQ, I'm honored. But what about the sceniaro from the above engagement session of K and J on the beach. How did you meter for their skin? Their exp is perfect, how was that shot?   04.14.10 - 3:59am
Max - Purple Wall!!! Awesome!!!  04.13.10 - 11:20pm
Bryan Green Photography - Great idea's on both the graffiti shots and the reflection capturing Jimmy's reflection in the window. Keep up the amazing work!  04.13.10 - 10:46pm
Nicole Benitez - These are gorgeous!   04.13.10 - 10:15pm
Brian Fletcher - Ah....the LAB. I love shooting there! Awesome work as always, Jasmine!  04.13.10 - 10:10pm
Rory Mole - Hi there Jasmine, All I can say is fantastic. You always seem to choose the most lovely light for a shoot. Well done, and keep them coming.  04.13.10 - 10:05pm
gladys jem - she's gorgeous. they're gorgeous. your photos are gorgeous. LOVE IT!  04.13.10 - 8:30pm
Anda - Check out that reflection shot! Sooo good, Jasmine!  04.13.10 - 8:22pm
Trish Strobehn - Lovin these Star! The Sun pics are great!  04.13.10 - 6:07pm
laetitia - I love the one when they smile in purple ;-)  04.13.10 - 5:33pm
mary - You captured a couple very much in love. I totally love the pictures of them on the beach.  04.13.10 - 5:09pm
CHRIS CORNWELL - Cute couple!! Awesome light and pics as always! How do you meter for backlit pics like these? When there's no light colored wall behind you to reflect?  04.13.10 - 4:41pm
Velia - Love it Jasmine. What a beautiful couple and of course you captured it so well. I love that wall too.   04.13.10 - 3:53pm
Katie Jane Parker - Absolutely gorgeous work. And I love her blue dress!!  04.13.10 - 2:58pm
Rachel Ruffer - Jasmine, I absolutely love it when you shoot backlit. It actually inspired me to learn how, and now it's definitely one of my favorite tricks! Thanks for being so amazing :)  04.13.10 - 2:19pm
Amber Paterson - I LOVE the wall behind them in the first few photos!   04.13.10 - 2:18pm
nena - Your clients are always fun and gorgeous...I think you work with a modeling agency! The pictures are amazing as usual! =-)  04.13.10 - 1:55pm
Leyla - What an incredibly beautiful couple... They are both stunning and you can tell they love each other very much... Simply gorgeous lighting!!  04.13.10 - 1:29pm
Molly Kate Photography - These are absolutely amazing! What a beautiful couple.  04.13.10 - 1:01pm
Amber Martin - These are fabulous. I love the locations! And they are pretty good-looking. As Zoolander would say!  04.13.10 - 12:43pm
Stephanie Stewart - Amazing light, locations and couple! My favorite is in the slideshow...where they are embracing in the beautiful and romantic! Can't wait to see their wedding!  04.13.10 - 12:32pm
dawn - So pretty, as usual!  04.13.10 - 12:07pm
deb perry - Whoa Nelly...they make a gorgeous couple. Great capture of light J!  04.13.10 - 11:58am
Shannon - Awesome shots! I so wish I had pictures like this of my husband and I.  04.13.10 - 11:51am
Girish - Nice shots. The black and one is very nice, where the entire focus is on her eyes.  04.13.10 - 11:28am
Sarah Brewbaker - You always inspire me!  04.13.10 - 11:27am
Deyla Huss Photography - WOW gorgeous light, gorgeous couple, GORGEOUS photos Jasmine! well done!  04.13.10 - 11:19am
Linda Sherrill - WOW! Look at that lighting! Terrific Jasmine, as always...they are so cute!  04.13.10 - 10:59am
spring - LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!   04.13.10 - 10:55am
krista - i love these...that last one is just so so so sweet. :)  04.13.10 - 10:52am
Brittany Dawson - These are so pretty - the light is amazing - seeing the beach pictures gets me excited cause i'll be laying on it in a few weeks for Escalate!!! WHOO HOO!!  04.13.10 - 10:30am
julie - Just love your photography, always refreshing and inspiring!  04.13.10 - 10:28am
Edwawd - Great pictures and very cute couple. Isn't that The Lab near South Coast?  04.13.10 - 10:20am
mag - beautiful photos! did you use a reflector for the ones on the beach?   04.13.10 - 10:20am
Inland Empire Wedding Photographer - I love the lighting in this shoot.. What is the song on the slideshow?  04.13.10 - 10:14am
Kayla - Absolutely gorgeous - the light is to die for!  04.13.10 - 10:11am
brianna - Isn't it unfair to be that smart AND that beautiful?   04.13.10 - 10:09am
Eva - Wow! I love the last picture! Do you use a hand held light meter or use your histogram to decide if you exposed right?   04.13.10 - 10:03am
Vanessa Voth - Ahh you're photos are SOO gorgeous!! I love the lighting you have in CA. I'm from BC, Canada, and our lighting doesn't have the same effect!  04.13.10 - 9:51am
Kristen Reddinger - Jasmine--These photos are amazing! I love your attention to detail in reflections and lighting. Great work!  04.13.10 - 9:46am
CarleeMerissa - So beautiful Jasmine!! :)  04.13.10 - 9:41am
andrea B - Seriously we need some light like that up here!! beautiful.  04.13.10 - 9:31am
Kellie Carter - Stunning! Your photos make me feel so Happy!!!   04.13.10 - 9:18am
Drew - Absolutely amazing, Jasmine. It's always such a joy to come to your blog and get inspired almost daily :-) Thank you for capturing love so beautifully.  04.13.10 - 9:11am
s h e r r y - The light is absolutely yummy in these photos! They ROCK. (And MIT? So these 2 aren't just super good looking, but super smart too? Wowie).  04.13.10 - 9:08am
melinda - Loved these...especially the reflecton and the last one.  04.13.10 - 9:06am
Jen - beautiful. no other words. just. beautiful.  04.13.10 - 9:05am
Serendipity Photography - Love the location and everything about this session!  04.13.10 - 9:02am
Jeanna Hayes - Oh my goodness - I want to put that lighting on a plate and eat it! (ok, maybe that was too weird :). Let's just say that I LOVE IT! :)  04.13.10 - 9:02am
Julie Massie - Gorgeous, Jasmine!   04.13.10 - 9:02am
Kimberly Lynn - Jasmine- I'm a total dork and I have to ask a dorky question. The shot of them sitting on the beach- did you use a fill flash to keep the light even on their faces? (the sun is off to the left in the photo) :)   04.13.10 - 9:02am
alexandra - beautiful :)   04.13.10 - 9:01am
Katy - Just gorgeous! True love captured perfectly : )  04.13.10 - 9:01am
angel pope - Simply gorgeous. What a very content couple. They just look at ease with each other. I guess that's the way it's supposed to be, but pictures don't always portray that...unless taken by the fabulous j*  04.13.10 - 8:59am
Lisa - LOVE the lighting in these! You're fabulous! What a beautiful couple!  04.13.10 - 8:54am
Cheri De Haro - Simply BEAUTIFUL! Your WRITING (I got chills) & your PHOTOGRAPHY   04.13.10 - 8:54am
Damaris Mia - Aww so cute! Love the pictures! and the LIGHTING! yay :]  04.13.10 - 8:54am
Cherisse - What a gorgeous couple! I can see how in love they are with eachother. I love their storm story LOL Jasmine, you are an awesome photographer and writer!   04.13.10 - 8:53am
emily ebeling - amazing and inspiring photography. what a gorgeous couple!  04.13.10 - 8:52am
Kelly Mendoza - Beautiful images and stunning young lady. Beautiful dresses too.  04.13.10 - 8:50am
nice - great job but I wish there was more emotion in the photos. The photos are incredible though!  04.13.10 - 8:46am
Charlene Metcalf - Absolutely awesome, Jasmine!!! (What a beautiful way to capture one's journey to the wedding day.")  04.13.10 - 8:46am
Eileen - Awesome light - beautiful photos!  04.13.10 - 8:35am
Krissy - Beautiful!  04.13.10 - 8:25am
stephen - wow this is a fantastic shoot jasmine =) beautiful work as always   04.13.10 - 8:19am
Melissa Papaj Photography - Wow! What a gorgeous couple! Awesome work as always Jasmine!  04.13.10 - 8:18am
jeramy - great job jasmine! really pretty  04.13.10 - 8:10am
Devin Workman - Love the shots, The Lab is such a great shooting location. I love the atmosphere there as a background.  04.13.10 - 8:07am
Jessica Moores - j*! love this session. love the connection in the last one and the black and white 3rd to last. fab fab fab!  04.13.10 - 7:58am
Kati - Beautiful! This is one of my favorite e-session in a while! They look so in love! I'm thinking that looks like The Lab in Costa Mesa...which is such a creative idea for a location! Girl, I always think at 7am that I seriously hope you schedule these blogs to publish. Otherwise, you are up so early!  04.13.10 - 7:45am
Leandra - Ooh, the light on the beach is great! I especially love that last image.  04.13.10 - 7:33am