Los Angeles Engagement : Marie+Charlie

e was the one shaking hands and saying hello on the first day of class. His smiled beamed and he walked with a confident stride. And if there were babies to be held or cats to be saved from trees, he would likely do it. He was on a mission to be class president. Or at least Marie thought so. Gunner. That's the first thing she thought when she saw him and his beaming smile.

On the first day of medical school, Marie and a couple friends reviewed the incoming students on a list posted to a wall. Her eyes fell upon a singular name, followed by the letters PhD. Her fingers gingerly pointed to his name and said, This guy already has a PhD! In a stroke of fate, he stood next to her and said, That's me...hi, I'm Charlie... Of course. Of course Charlie would already have a PhD. He was handsome, his smile beamed, and he'd save a cat from a tree. Charlie stuck out his hand and they shook. As much as she wanted to deny it, Gunner was cute.

They remained friends, dated other people, and enjoyed BBQ's throughout the school year. Charlie was a master party planner and event coordinator, but one night turned the reigns over to Marie to plan bowling night. In the midst of a snow storm, no one RSVP'd. Except Charlie. They bowled together, Marie won (which she notes whenever possible), and they watched a movie at her place. That's how their love story began. And the best part? Marie voted for Charlie for class president.

I'm thrilled to be shooting their wedding next May in Pennsylvania...everything tells me their wedding is going to be just as fabulous as them...they flew to Los Angeles for their engagement session last week and I'm completely smitten with everything they are...

I love shooting in Los Angeles...I'm a total city girl. There's something about the grit, the imperfection, the rawness of it all...Marie and Charlie have a way of making it look gorgeous...

I love this photo. I don't know what it is...I just do.

My favorite photo. Hands down. Marie looks like she can grace the pages of any fashion magazine...and for those who asked, her dress is by French Connection

This photo isn't really my style, but I decided to try something new and use light differently...I still have a lot to learn to make it better, but I like the feeling...

Now for some soft, dewey fav...

For a few months I've had this urge to take an aerial photo. I've been waiting. And waiting. And previsualizing. When I arrived in LA for their engagement session, I roamed the streets to find shooting locations. I found this driveway (with a walkway overhead) and I knew I could make it work...I just had to convince Marie and Charlie. Lucky for me, it took very little convincing (I loooooove them!) and I hope they like the photo...and didn't think I was too crazy for asking such a random request...

Marie, you're divine.

Okay, so I'll end this post with the following photos. The backstory...
Marie teaches Zumba. And she's a great teacher. So good people write on her Facebook page to ask about her music, and moves. Not gonna lie, I'm a little jealous. Anyway, I told her via email I'd likely request her to show her moves during the engagement session. At the end, I was all, Okay, me what you got! Then she just stood there. Feet solidly placed on the pavement. Apparently, Marie had performance anxiety. Now, I probably should have let it go...but I didn't. I call this subtle technique PEER PRESSURE. Finally, after much cajoling, Charlie turned to Marie and told her they didn't fly 3,000 miles for engagement photos to not be her silly self. So he offered to dance with her. This.Is.Love.

To see more photos from Marie and Charlie's engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!
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m - :) Two years later and I still I love watching my slide show. Have I told you I miss you lately??   12.11.12 - 8:59am
Wedding Photography Denver - Its beautiful engagement photos. both are looking so lovely. i liked it and i must say nice photo shoot.  10.04.11 - 5:02am
Kaley - Love your blog Jasmine. You inspired me to start my own. My fav shot is the aerial photo. Clearly experimenting works wonders for you.  02.27.11 - 3:07pm
brooke - Wow what a talented and beautiful couple. Super job capturing their vibrant natures. Brooke  11.06.10 - 2:38pm
Neil Mackenzie - love your images, the locations really add to the images, the couple look so relaxed in front of the camera, and willing to have a bit of fun. I hope they are just as relaxed on there wedding day. great couple to photograph.   10.31.10 - 1:58am
1314 studio - I like her outfits alot too, especially the second one.   10.26.10 - 9:45am
IngaMae - This couple totally reminds me of the Bride and Bridgroom coming for his perfect bride...Jesus and the Church.ITS EPIC and you captured them well!!!!!!!!  10.22.10 - 4:12pm
Ireland - Love the images, so real looking. Love the last few in particular when they are not aware of the camera.   10.19.10 - 3:18pm
Tasha Christensen - I always check out my blog - but NEVER leave a comment - your are way to talented and have amazing sessions- I feel like I am less than adequate to even be 'stealing a peak' but I enjoyed hearing you speak and WPPI and your work inspires me. Thank you for sharing and being so open to sharing with budding photographers like me. KISSES! :)  10.13.10 - 3:57pm
Jaimie Dee - Atlanta Wedding Photographer - Wow I didn't know you were in LA! I saw you posted randomly in someone's blog one day and loved your work. I've been doing a random search on google for LA photographers and you randomly popped up! :) Your name is defintiely memorable. Great layout btw!  10.05.10 - 11:26am
Truc - I love the love story, and the dancing!  10.01.10 - 12:42pm
asme - nice urban usuall..ur photo make me crazy!!  09.25.10 - 8:34pm
Ben - I Love the wood background, her dancing make me smile  09.19.10 - 3:56pm
Fotogrāfs - Jasmine, great feeling with your pictures. Some film effect. Nice!  09.17.10 - 10:20pm
Devika - Marie is as beautiful and delicate as a lily. This shoot is one of my favorites. I wish you could take pictures where the husband and I could look like this. Sigh.  09.06.10 - 4:04am
Rebecca Mercia - Love Love Love! I love the photos, I want the dress, and I want to learn Zumba so I get hot legs like Marie! :)  09.01.10 - 10:41pm
Emily Heizer Photography - CRAZY sparkle dress! I love the dark mustard pencil with the voila libraian top the best though!  08.29.10 - 2:33am
Kacy Hughes - I love her outfit choices and her awesome hairdo! I watched some of the wedding today (as much as my kids would allow me to) and I was really inspired. Thanks for doing this!  08.28.10 - 12:20am
Shannon Gray - Love these photos! They are amazing!! Very inspiring...Love your work!   08.27.10 - 9:28pm
shmilyface - I am IN LOVE with that pencil skirt. Love. Me. I love it.  08.26.10 - 9:34pm
Rachel - Really beautiful shots! And I love her dress so thanks for that info :)  08.26.10 - 3:50pm
Jessica Riggle - Auuuhhhh.... The zumba story with accompanying photos made my eyes well up. Ridiculous. But True. So True. Now for some chocolate.....  08.26.10 - 10:56am
Roxy E - Fabulous! Love her outfits and she has the perfect skin! WOW!  08.26.10 - 3:43am
Brianna - those red shoes rock my world... just sayin! These two look fabulous!   08.25.10 - 10:32pm
hope - what an absolutely fun session! ur awesome. thx for what you are doing via creative live!  08.25.10 - 8:55pm
Daniela Anderson - Love that sparkly dress! She has such a lovely shape for it too. Beautiful couple. Beautiful captures. : )  08.25.10 - 5:19pm
Ginger Murray - Gorgeous couple. I adore her outfit choices. Your fave pic is mine as well.  08.25.10 - 2:08pm
Katy Beckham - Man, this girl can dress! One of the best looking couples together yet!  08.25.10 - 10:00am
s h e r r y - Gorgeous photos! Her gold dress is INCREDIBLE! And I definitely love that aerial photo! :)  08.24.10 - 10:41pm
Amber Fox - Ok, LOVE. These are awesome. I love it when you take your couples to these sorts of places. I think this is one of my favorite shoots of your yet Jasmine! Good work and bravo!   08.24.10 - 10:14pm
kristin - good Gawd.......I want to marry marie.....or at least her LEGS! he ain't shabby either. they make a beautiful couple. glad you could make her bust a move  08.24.10 - 6:50pm
malika.h - there is something about them two that i Love .. it's beautiful. I can't explain it.  08.24.10 - 5:19pm
Alicia Swedenborg - Hihihi, looove the Zumba photos! And the aerial photo, great work Jasmine! :) Oh, and Marie's outfits are stunning, she should be a stylist!!   08.24.10 - 3:18pm
jakki - she is working those heels! loving that! but my favorite photo is the walkway photo...gorgeous  08.24.10 - 12:41pm
Heather Corporan - LOOOOOOOVE the last set. I don't know these two, but I'd say those would be the most priceless! Sah-weet!  08.24.10 - 12:20pm
Bobbie Brown - Oh my goodness I LOOOOOOOVE that aerial shot! Wow! LOVE.IT and all the others :)  08.24.10 - 12:19pm
kimbrali - woah. i need to get into a zumba class pronto. this couple is gorgeous. they compliment each other so well and of course the images are great as usual.  08.24.10 - 7:56am
Lora Ayers - Wow, look at the walls full of color and texture. Love the contrast of her dress and the graffiti!  08.24.10 - 7:55am
angela young - Love every single one! :) What a pretty couple!   08.24.10 - 6:32am
Girl in The White Dress - Just when I thought your style was set, you're trying new things, brave of you knowing millions of people are watching! I love the dancing series :) x  08.24.10 - 6:25am
Leani Holmes - She's got the same gorgeous skin and hair as Julianne Moore. And I think you aced it with that aerial shot!  08.24.10 - 12:12am
Kelly Beane - Aw, that last dancing set is so awesome! Love any incorporation of what the couple is into. And the aerial shot - bravo.   08.24.10 - 12:03am
Kevin Wrenn Photography - Great series of shots Jasmine! I love the one where she's on the curb. And the one where they are laying on the concrete is very cool and so LA! No grass in the concrete jungle :-) !  08.23.10 - 9:15pm
frannie - This has to be one of my FAVES of yours!!! Everything is just beautiful and perfect. <3  08.23.10 - 8:39pm
D. Marie - I love the shots, but love her shoes even more! They look like such a fun couple.  08.23.10 - 8:08pm
steff - the pics of them dancing might be my favorites from the entire past year!   08.23.10 - 7:46pm
Jodi Harris - Love it very creative and fun. You really tuned into the couples personality. Awesome!   08.23.10 - 7:01pm
Kristina - Love, love the Zumba pics!! It got me!  08.23.10 - 6:22pm
Wanted Imagery (Rebecca) - these are awesome Jasmine!! Love the sparkly dress. I was thinking before I read that she taught Zumba, that she had a great little figure! I also love that you chose to post the photo where you tried something different to your usual shooting. Great post! Great pics!  08.23.10 - 6:10pm
ErikaM - I love this! They look SO in love too. What a beautiful shoot!  08.23.10 - 5:54pm
Life with Kaishon - I love them! The couple! SO much fun! And the pictures. Of course I LOVE the pictures. And, they are from Pennsylvania! See, we have the cool, cool, COOLEST people here! Love their shoot so much! I feel happy for them!  08.23.10 - 4:55pm
Erica Velasco - Super cute! Love her dress!  08.23.10 - 4:04pm
Miz Booshay - This is my new favorite session, Jasmine. Such personality and creativity!!!  08.23.10 - 3:48pm
John Johnston - lol at the dancing ones. Brilliant. Love your favourite shot of the day. Ive said it before and i'll say it again, your use of available light is fantastic  08.23.10 - 3:47pm
Dubai-photographer - Love your pics, very original and different  08.23.10 - 3:37pm
Nicole Landgrebe - they are a gorgeous couple..... the slide show was devine... so many cute images!  08.23.10 - 3:35pm
Paulette - GREAT ending to a great post! Loved those fun shots - really showed her personality for those of us who don't know her. Loved them all!  08.23.10 - 3:26pm
Alli Mc - Awesome photos, awesome couple! Love them busting a move!   08.23.10 - 3:17pm
meaghan - these are incredible. i've been following your work for the last 6 months and this is my first comment - i just couldn't hold back, i'm in LOVE with these shots! the aerial one is awesome - wow :)  08.23.10 - 3:06pm
Ashley Sellers - The photo that's totally "not your style" is amazing. Absolutely amazing.  08.23.10 - 1:48pm
Karen - The last set is adorable. =]   08.23.10 - 12:52pm
Pamela Topping - She's gorgeous! I love the dancing photos. Their personalities shine :)  08.23.10 - 12:24pm
Alicia Damron - Those last ones are my favorites! I love the silliness, good for her to let the control go for a minute! And for you to apply the peer pressure!  08.23.10 - 12:23pm
Shefali Lindsey - What a gorgeous couple. My favorites are the last ones where they are dancing. So cute!!!  08.23.10 - 11:58am
Laura Radniecki - I have to admit - I'm not sure what Zumba is, even though I have heard of it before. YouTube here I come?? These photos are beautiful - easy to look and and quick to love. Thanks for sharing.  08.23.10 - 11:57am
Melanie - Love the last one! So cute.  08.23.10 - 11:45am
Dee - LOVE this post!  08.23.10 - 11:43am
joanna - oh gosh, the last series made me fall in love with them!!  08.23.10 - 11:39am
Chung - That last series is so sweet and incredibly hilarious. Great job, guys!  08.23.10 - 11:18am
melanie :: wyoming photographer - these are fabulous! how do you get people to dress so fabulously! we are a bit sheltered here in WYO ;)  08.23.10 - 11:13am
Jackie Lamas - they are absolutely adorable and soooo in LOVE!   08.23.10 - 11:10am
barbara - ~Her sophisticated style and his relaxed style really make these photos pop...that and your AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY :)  08.23.10 - 11:04am
Lyn Ismael-Bennett - Ohh la la! That gold dress looks awesome! What a stunning couple!  08.23.10 - 10:23am
B - SissyWissy, I wub juw! This was simply gorgeous, darling. Gorgeous. xoxo  08.23.10 - 10:21am
The real L.A. love story. - the yellow skirt outfit is killer! with the mahogany shoes and cream top--love their style.  08.23.10 - 10:17am
Alicia Candelora - Um yeah so her outfits and die. for.  08.23.10 - 10:05am
Lydia - Yep, the dancing pictures are my favorites!!  08.23.10 - 10:04am
Marie - Seriously, I woke up this morning (late) and checked your blog, 1st thing, which woulda been really early CA time, you should take a nap. Then pack. =D Thank you Mrs. de la Torre! You are fabulicious! And yeah, Giselle, gets major points. I wonder if the man in the background caught that.   08.23.10 - 10:00am
Sheri J - I love the "Zumba" pictures, glad she caved in :)  08.23.10 - 9:34am
Romonia I. - LOVE this session! Love the colors, the vibe and the couple! Marie knows how to dress!!! Those heels [both pair] are hot and I love that French Connection dress and her pencil skirt. I may need to head to PA for a Zumba class from Marie because she knows how to move!!!! Love the last shot, her facial expression is priceless/hilarious! Great captures J* and I love how you played with the light. The shadows from the tree and the couple bouncing off the wall is beautiful. The aerial shot is very nice as well.   08.23.10 - 9:33am
Barbara Yasuhara - Jasmine, I love the element of SALSA in this shoot! Love that dress and what a great choice of zapaticos! Great job again girlfriend! See you on the 25th, I am so excited!  08.23.10 - 9:24am
anda - HOLY MOLY. It doesn't get much better than this. I am in LOVE with this session, Jasmine. Awesome work!!!! And, they are a beautiful couple.  08.23.10 - 9:07am
Emily Steffen - How adorable is that DANCING sequence! I am in love with that! Great photos, as always, Jasmine! :)  08.23.10 - 9:05am
Jasmine* - @Giselle: Hahahaha!!! I was going to write something about that too, but I didn't think people would know what I was referring, apparently, would. 10,000 bonus cool points to you! ;)  08.23.10 - 9:00am
Studio Hera Bell - That areal shot of the couple rocks Jasmine. I love such unusual angle shots. Wonderful. Cheers, Hera  08.23.10 - 8:59am
Giselle - Gorgeous photos! What a chic couple... Thanks for sharing the dress name, but about Charlie's SHOES? Excellent job, as always!   08.23.10 - 8:55am
Alex - Jasmine, these are insanely beautiful - my favourite by far is the one from the sky looking down at them on the floor - lovely!  08.23.10 - 8:55am
Emily Dobson - LOVE LOVE LOVE the dance photos. What a great way to incoporate THEM into the photos.  08.23.10 - 8:48am
Becky - Gorgeous couple!! love this session. Good thing you put on some peer pressure, that last sequence is so cute!  08.23.10 - 8:46am
Jarusha - FUN! Can't wait to see you in Seattle!  08.23.10 - 8:46am
Elisa Mitchell - She looks so eligant and unique. I love her style. They seem very happy together. Great as always Jasmine* Elisa  08.23.10 - 8:45am
ronnie slavin - Super cute couple. Especially love her shoes and his flip flops!  08.23.10 - 8:44am
Cherisse - Beautiful Jasmine! The Zumba shots are awesome! She is going to make a beautiful bride to Mr. P.H.D! What a cute couple :)  08.23.10 - 8:39am
Marissa Nicole - Love the last series of shots. I can hear the laughing and snickering. I can even see the faces of on lookers thinking "um what the heck". Love it!  08.23.10 - 8:33am
Krissy - beautiful as always...  08.23.10 - 8:05am
Sarah Danaher - Awwww, the dancing shots are SO ADORABLE!! Yeah— he's a good guy if he's willing to be ridiculous to make her feel comfortable. =)  08.23.10 - 8:01am
cara - j*star, you're amazing. I mean, yes, this couple is unnaturally (but in a really friendly, approachable way) good-looking. But you are a serious rockstar, and you're gonna rock Seattle, too. Just sayin.  08.23.10 - 7:56am
LEOLAK - AWESOMENESS!!! Great shots J*! They seem like such a fun couple...I love the ending shots....too cute!   08.23.10 - 7:55am
Tiffany - I LOVE everything about the engagement shoot! The wardrobe, location, the couple, your mad skillz! le sigh*  08.23.10 - 7:55am
Jennie Baer - I LOVE THIS POST! I love that you are trying new things, I love that you admit to still learning, I love that you got them to DANCE! You ROCK Jasmine*  08.23.10 - 7:53am
Emily Ebeling - That last set is HILARIOUS! I like the idea of using the light in a different way- amazing what working with another photographer will stir up in you :) Keep it up- I'm sure you'll just get more confident and work out some stunning photos using the light that way! ~em  08.23.10 - 7:53am
sarah - the zumba photos are to die for!! and it's great and comforting to hear you still have issues with light. if YOU still have issues, then i don't feel so terrible that i do. :)  08.23.10 - 7:50am
Rhonda - Beautiful! Love the dancing pictures!  08.23.10 - 7:49am
TracyWB - wow, what a stylish couple. beautiful work as always, Jasmine. and those last few of the dancing, i just love!   08.23.10 - 7:39am
Katie - Love these! Especially the dancing ones - glad you didn't let it go :)  08.23.10 - 7:17am
Ashley - Gorgeous, Jasmine. This couple is absolutely adorable... one of my favorites yet :)  08.23.10 - 7:03am
Sarah M - Great shoot! Love the one where "it's not really your style." Yay for going outside your box!  08.23.10 - 6:57am
Caitlin - These are gorgeous - love the dancing ones :)  08.23.10 - 6:29am