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We are beyond delighted that Jason + Kelly hired us to shoot their engagement photos as well as their upcoming wedding in March. Why, you ask??? Well because Jason has been one of Justin's super close friends ever since they went to Art Center College of Design together about 5 years back, AND Kelly and I use to cause a little trouble together when I was a young single adult living in Huntington beach about 8 years back! I had lost touch with Kelly after I moved away from the HB and found the man of my dreams then got married. So you could only imagine how excited I was when I found out that Jason found HIS girl of his dreams and it happened to be one of my old friends!

Jason + Kelly are perfect for each other! I remember a few years back (before Kelly was in the picture) I asked Jason to describe his perfect girl and this is what he said, "Well, she's GOT to be a brunette, also someone that is a little out-doorsy, but still super girlie!" That is EXACTLY what Kelly is! So glad they found each other!

We shot their engagement session at the beach right next to where Kelly lives, and I usually have a hard time with the beach, but I have to say that this one definitely surprised me!
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When shooting at the beach, we usually ask our couples to bring along one "prop" to help spice things up, Kelly chose this amazing red Japanese umbrella...LOVED IT!
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Out of focus, long shutter, running while shooting, super real...one of my favorite shots from the day.
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Obviously, my favorite shot of the day!!!!
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nate kaiser said:
do you mean more real or more canon??? ;) awesome shoot amelia!!!
(01.26.09 08:22 AM)
David Josué said:
nice colors, like your work
(01.26.09 08:23 AM)
john waire said:
love that last shot with the seagulls. looks like the beach is your friend after all :) great session!
(01.26.09 08:28 AM)
Aaron Snow said:
This is amazing. Great color. Wonderful detail. Congratulations Jason and Kelly!
(01.26.09 08:29 AM)
jackie wonders said:
i totally feel the same about the beach! but, what i loved this shoot b/c you made it so much more about them than the setting...and, the "adding a prop" idea for sandsoaked areas :) thanks for sharing!
(01.26.09 08:30 AM)
Lady_Rhinoa said:
I love their session. It`s very vibrant, full of posistive energy and this girl... so actress looking. They look very cute together. Beautiful !!!
(01.26.09 08:41 AM)
Michelle Moore said:
Ohmygosh! They look like models!! What a beautiful couple :) Their soft vibrant energy really shows in these photos. Lovely!
(01.26.09 08:48 AM)
Allison said:
Totally love the photos with the red umbrella - especially the one where they are running in front of the yellow building! You always do the most amazing work! Good stuff. :)
(01.26.09 09:07 AM)
Jamie Delaine said:
That last one is INSANE!!
(01.26.09 09:18 AM)
jac said:
gorgeous!!! i love the b/w of them holding each other...such a beautiful and genuine couple!!!
(01.26.09 09:41 AM)
carrie said:
smokin' hot couple....smokin' hot images. NICE!!!!
(01.26.09 09:46 AM)
Kate said:
They are so cute! Love the shot with the lifeguard stand and the blue sky, and the parasol shots. Great job :]
(01.26.09 09:48 AM)
bethelynk said:
these are exceptionally good!! gorgeous couple...loving the umbrella...brella...hey hey. ;)
(01.26.09 10:11 AM)
Ashley said:
I've never seen the beach look so good! Your fav shot of the day is awesome!! Inspiring as usual =).
(01.26.09 10:11 AM)
Melissa Koehler said:
Drool, just gorgeous. That last shot should be a HUGE canvas! Just gorgeous!
(01.26.09 10:24 AM)
Lyndzee said:
SAAMOKIN couple!! Great shots as always and I must say that I LOVE her chiffon dress,, I want it. I"d have to agree with you on the 'seagull' one as my fav. Love you guys!! Lyndzee*
(01.26.09 10:59 AM)
ScotWharton said:
WOW! These are so amazing! Love the one of them almost kissing
(01.26.09 11:08 AM)
bethany said:
ive been a blog stalker for a while now, but im realizing more and more how much comments make a difference! so here i am! :) the last shot, beautiful! i would always worry about the birds doing a little something something that falls out of the sky though... :)
(01.26.09 12:01 PM)
Meg said:
Love that last one too- and the one of them running in front of that yellow building- awesome stuff Amelia! (I, too, have issues when shooting at the beach ;) )
(01.26.09 12:26 PM)
Heather said:
These are gorgeous!
(01.26.09 03:27 PM)
jackie cooper said:
Fabulous session, love all of the ones of them on the beach, especially the last 3, so fantastic.
(01.26.09 04:28 PM)
lucy said:
Your style is so unique...
(01.26.09 04:35 PM)
Abra said:
These are AWESOME! She is an absolutely gorgeous woman. :) What a fantastic job.
(01.26.09 04:40 PM)
heather broom said:
Oh wow...that last shot is timeless! awesome shoot!
(01.26.09 05:31 PM)
Brandi said:
Gods that's making me jealous today with our cold wet nasty weather. Gorgeous work as always.
(01.26.09 06:24 PM)
ROG said:
WOW! Talk about re-inventing the wheel! So remember that one time when all beach shoots were the same ol' crapo and every pic the same as the next? You destroyed them! All of them! Wizards you are...Wizards! oh and don't worry about Nate's nikon lame-inocity, he'll come back to the fold. Or I will make him come back to the fold. CAMERA KAI!
(01.27.09 12:55 AM)
Angie Baxter said:
OMG!!! They must be sooooooo happy with these. Can't wait to see the wedding pics.
(01.27.09 02:15 AM)
hailey said:
oh yes running shot the bom!
(01.27.09 05:28 AM)
amy said:
absolutely gorgeous! that last shot is amazing.... they're all amazing...
(01.27.09 05:44 AM)
Yuka photo art said:
Amazing photographs of their e-session!!!!!! Beautiful couple!!!You definitely caught the feeling..........
(01.27.09 06:46 AM)
Darbi said:
I love your fave...and the one on the docks with the sun flare. I just found your site and am loving your work. (and I'm partial to your color scheme as it's similar to mine!!)
(01.27.09 07:45 AM)
Stephanie Osborne said:
Those beach shots are amazing I LOVE the parasol....
(01.27.09 07:45 AM)
sarah rhoads said:
i love this session. it seems so honest. beautifully done
(01.27.09 07:56 AM)
Sarah said:
I love the last one! What a great shot; I'm sure they must love it too!
(01.27.09 08:27 AM)
~abi~ said:
HOT couple, AMAZING shoot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(01.27.09 08:33 AM)
Jenny Sun said:
you would NEVER be able to tell you have a hard time at the beach with these shots! they are fabulous! But its great to know that I'm not the only photographer who doesnt naturally love the beach for photos. I'm an urban girl all the way. Well done! :D
(01.27.09 10:32 AM)
Matt Dorroh said:
What an awesome session, great job!
(01.27.09 11:46 AM)
Heather Kinacid said:
Love these! Super beautiful. You guys are so fabulous.
(01.27.09 12:29 PM)
WE ARE THE PARSONS said:
SHEESH!! unbelievably epic! I am blown away by all shots involving the umbrella - so wonderful!!
(01.27.09 12:54 PM)
Stephanie said:
I love the feel of this entire shoot! And those booties are perfection! Any info on them? :)
(01.27.09 12:54 PM)
Ariel said:
You are BY FAR my favorite photographer. So much talent!
(01.27.09 03:25 PM)
Rachel Lindley said:
You are amazing! LOVE the seagulls!
(01.27.09 04:39 PM)
angie monson said:
umm ya you rock.
(01.27.09 11:58 PM)
Charise (Photography By Charise) said:
Beautiful images Amelia. I love the last few with the parasol on the beach.
(01.28.09 09:09 AM)
Blair Van Bussel said:
First of all…what a small world! Second…these are stunning! So colorful and fun, but also very romantic! LOVE THEM!
(01.28.09 09:29 AM)
Heidi Fazio said:
BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!
(01.28.09 11:48 AM)
bobbi said:
you're one of the best photographers EVERRRRRRR!!!!!!
(01.28.09 04:12 PM)
Jason Thon said:
I LOVE the last three!. The color tones, the motion, the feel are all fabulous!
(01.30.09 10:03 PM)
Vania said:
i wish i had an image like the one with the birds of my husband and I. I would hang it hUGGGGE in our house! you are by far the best photographer in the USA
(02.18.09 10:25 AM)
Stephanie Stewart said:
These are amazing! Love the beach shots with the vacant lifeguard shack, and all of the ones with the red umbrella and sea gulls! Perfection! Romantic! Unique!
(04.01.09 08:14 AM)
harvey said:
Very passionate, each photo is indeed amazing. I always adore beach for pre wedding pics, love it!
(08.14.09 09:56 AM)
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From day one we have completely enjoyed Jean + Austin's company. They really are such a sweet and stylish couple, they even brought a little presents for our boys at the first consultation! When planning their engagement session they gave us complete rights to the location and creativity, so we took to the opportunity and decided to schedule their sitting at a location that we had been eyeing for quite some time. It was a parking garage off of the 5 freeway in Tustin and it sits right up against a beautiful glass building. We didn't know exactly where to tell them go so we met up in a random parking lot nearby and found this amazing little cove of vines that jump started the shoot. To make the long story short, this stands as one of our favorite engagement sessions to date! Enjoy!
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Second favorite shot of the day!
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Earlier that day Austin had called to warn us that he would be surprising Jean with a ring he bought for her (not the engagement ring, but another ring from Christian Dior that spelled "oui"), I was jealous:). Here he is giving it to her!
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"oui"
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The next two images are all in-camera with off camera flash...honest!
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Hands down, definitely my favorite shot of the day!
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Ps. I bet you'll never guess who is the mastermind behind Jean's hair and make-up...any guesses?! YUP, none other than Nicole DeAnne!
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gretchen k. said:
such rad locations! beautiful pics amelia! =)
(01.15.09 10:51 PM)
Shaun Menary said:
Killer session!! The third image in the post is an absolute masterpiece! Great work.
(01.15.09 10:56 PM)
ohana photographers - david & kimi said:
that b&w one is the bizzity boom bam bomb baby! overkill? maybe, but it's still the truth :)
(01.15.09 10:57 PM)
cristen chester said:
these are all absolutely stellar images! even the 'united' truck on the 5 is perfectly timed and adds to the juxtaposition of the image! did you plan that?!? what a cute couple, love all the wardrobe changes + how sweet is that they thought of your adorable boys by bearing gifts!
(01.15.09 11:04 PM)
Whitney said:
Awesome location. I love the picture with the freeway below. Oddly enough, it makes me miss Southern California so bad. Great pix, awesome little ring and great job on the h&m Nicole!
(01.15.09 11:32 PM)
Bobby Earle said:
Good lord.
(01.15.09 11:33 PM)
Hanssie said:
Wow! Those last shots are amazing! So creative...
(01.15.09 11:47 PM)
ROG said:
Snap you two! We do the same single shot, multiple flash ordeal and love it. You guys do it wellllll might I add. Also might I add, a fabulous looking couple. Homegirl was rockin a rad dress for a while there. What I wouldn't do to wear that same dress on a day alot like that day, at a place not too far from that place.
(01.15.09 11:57 PM)
serena said:
awwww.....these turned out great! esp love the one of them in the parking structure with the sun flare.
(01.16.09 12:25 AM)
Michelle Moore said:
Some really unique work here! You just up the ante with every shoot!! Thanks for the blog love :) Totally loving the third to last and second to last off camera flash work. AMAZING!
(01.16.09 02:08 AM)
Rich said:
I've never thought to do a long exposure shot like that with a couple. You turned a parking garage into a sick location! New favorite photographer, check...
(01.16.09 02:37 AM)
Kimi said:
Haven't been this inspired by a photo shoot in a long time!!! Amazingly HOT. :D
(01.16.09 05:26 AM)
evan hunter said:
Outstanding as usual, you just don't seem to run out of ideas do you
(01.16.09 06:24 AM)
Toni said:
Oh my word, kudos on catching the United truck passing on the corner balcony shot! I assume that was intentional... and if not, don't admit it.
(01.16.09 08:11 AM)
Yumi P said:
Phenomenal work Amelia! You rock it every time. I especially love the site you chose. You'd think it was just another parking lot but you turned it into a prime location. Industrial chic!! Keep em coming!
(01.16.09 08:24 AM)
Cindel Huston said:
Ameeel! These look so great, i love i love! What a stunning couple too!
(01.16.09 09:19 AM)
denise bovee said:
sigh.... you guys really are ridiculously talented
(01.16.09 09:28 AM)
kristin said:
Dang guys...I'm always at a lost for words at how awesome your shoots are. You got some serious creative skills. What a cute couple. I bet their wedding is going to be off the hook!
(01.16.09 09:38 AM)
heather broom said:
Awesome shots! I love love love the third one!
(01.16.09 09:41 AM)
Jerry Yoon said:
hey Jean! man, you look good in all your getups. amelia must have been over the moon with this shoot. the locations, the hot couple and the creativity. luckeeeeeee
(01.16.09 10:24 AM)
Ashley Rose said:
Umm wow. Seriously you guys are so inspiring! And I am soooo jealous of that ring!!!!
(01.16.09 10:31 AM)
Karla Dueck said:
jeepers. you are both fan-friggin-tastic. loving the first, third and fourth shot...
(01.16.09 11:39 AM)
julie said:
flippin' amazin'!!
(01.16.09 11:45 AM)
Michelle Ellis said:
Amelia, you never cease to inspire(: love it love it love it and that oui ring.....how to hint to the hubby for valentines day
(01.16.09 12:24 PM)
carissa_jldesigns said:
why are you just about the sickest photographer out there right now!?!?! i cannot get over you! this shoot just blows me away!!!!
(01.16.09 12:27 PM)
nancy said:
i thought i commented, but my internet has been having issues. i couldn't just let it go and had to tell you guys how you never cease to amaze!! I was just telling angel that you two could make a tire look hot - and you did it to a whole parking structure!!
(01.16.09 01:44 PM)
michelle said:
WOWZERS!!! one of my all time favs frm you.
(01.16.09 01:49 PM)
Jacqueline said:
I love the first picture! It's beautiful!
(01.16.09 02:07 PM)
Trisha said:
my friend, josh, is shooting with you guys on their wedding day? i think. or he's setting up a photobooth? anyhow, small world!! love your work!
(01.16.09 02:20 PM)
stikman said:
These came out really good...nice job. Do you have to get permission/release from a place like this? (parking garage owners, etc....)
(01.16.09 02:57 PM)
sandie said:
y'all are MAGICAL!!!
(01.16.09 03:31 PM)
Kelley Lee Gin said:
This is one of the best e-sessions I have seen in a long time! Great work!KLG
(01.16.09 05:43 PM)
christeena said:
OMG, Austin and Jean, you guys look too hot!!!! I am now a new huge fan of Amelia!!!
(01.16.09 08:05 PM)
caspix said:
holy gorgeousity my friends, no.4 just hits me in the guts!
(01.16.09 10:03 PM)
leah said:
wow those are amazing
(01.17.09 09:09 AM)
Ryel j said:
Way to go!!! See what couples get when they put their trust in the photographer. Greatnesss!!!
(01.17.09 10:11 AM)
maile said:
Your favorite is my favorite too. All amazing as usual!
(01.17.09 11:11 AM)
Yuka photo art said:
Your images are unbelievably breathtaking...
(01.17.09 02:26 PM)
Jashe said:
You Blow My MIND
(01.17.09 02:43 PM)
Cathy (and David) said:
LOVE!!!! Especially that first shot, and the one with him standing above her. So creative and edgy-cool.
(01.18.09 12:09 PM)
Melissa said:
Awesome shots! Great work!
(01.18.09 01:44 PM)
jenn nichols said:
these are unbelievable. y'all always keep it fresh and awe-inspiring!
(01.18.09 07:32 PM)
Linda Truong said:
YES YES YES YES!! MY FAVOURITE ENGAGEMENT SET TO DATE TOO! WOOO! :D I love each one of the shots. They are soo hot!
(01.19.09 06:09 AM)
barbara ( soon to be dieppa) said:
wow! The first like SIX are my favs! What a beautiful couple and creative locations! Great job!
(01.19.09 10:45 AM)
Ashley said:
what a gorgeous couple!!!
(01.19.09 12:48 PM)
Lindsay said:
You guys are awesome. A parking garage. Fantastic.
(01.20.09 02:43 PM)
Jeremy Gilliam said:
Absolutely love the one peeking out from the trees with the sun!
(01.20.09 03:51 PM)
Liz said:
I've been an admirer for a long time. You are so talented! Who would have thought of taking photos at a parking garage?? Beautiful!
(01.20.09 04:47 PM)
Maya Laurent said:
I see why it's one of your favorites! I love the shot of the them with the road right underneath. Super cool angles!
(01.21.09 11:28 AM)
Heather Kincaid said:
This shoot is freaking AMAZING! LOOOVE the off-camera flash work in the parking garage. So fun!
(01.21.09 12:13 PM)
Minneapolis Wedding Photographer said:
I am in love with these bride and groom photos! The garage with spins is my favorite. I would have liked to see the wedding dress. Keep up the good work!
(01.21.09 03:32 PM)
Paige Evans said:
I found your blog on the Brooklyn Bride blog and I just wanted to say that your pictures are amazing. There just aren't words :) If we ever make it out to California I'm gonna book you first thing to take pictures of me and my husband.
(01.23.09 05:39 AM)
JENNIFER SKOG said:
What a ridiculously hot couple! Love every shot - especially the one with the magical lighting trick :) Nice work.
(01.23.09 03:42 PM)
The Memory Journalists said:
GORGEOUS! I think the third shot is my favorite!
(01.27.09 09:43 PM)
Diana Rush said:
These are just HOT!
(09.18.09 03:03 PM)
Nomad Photography said:
These images are just awesome. One can see the joy and love in the eyes of these two love birds. Kudos. Thierry
(09.15.10 07:15 PM)
Aumunuque Photography said:
AWESOME WORK....how in the world did you do those double images? I love it......
(09.02.12 11:19 PM)
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