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Jasmine Star : It’s All About the Details

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There is nothing I love more than walking into a bridal suite and see a stunning wedding gown begging to be photographed. And let’s not forget the shoes! When I see a shimmering pair of Jimmy Choo’s or a strappy pair of Manolo Blahnik’s, my camera wants to jump out of my hands and start snapping away.

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I often encourage my clients to allot a little time for me to photograph their wedding details—the flowers, the shoes, the boutonnière, the centerpieces. All the wedding accoutrements that make their special day different from someone else’s. Essentially, the details are the wedding Jello molds left for guests to long remember after the day has passed.

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In the most recent edition of Bride and Bloom Magazine, I wrote an article on wedding fashion and how brides have to make it truly reflect their personalities. Here’s a snippet of the editorial: Just like a thumbprint is indicative of your identity, your sense of style is indicative of your personality. On your wedding day, a stylistic thumbprint will be left for all your guests to see, so you have to be sure every detail conveys the same thing and truly reflects your personality. Even if it means wearing goulashes or retro platforms as you walk down the aisle.

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Here are a few helpful tips in planning a little detail time for your wedding photographer:
• Have everything you’d like photographed (e.g. dress, veil, rings, shoes, etc.) ready and organized for the photographer. This will make things so much smoother and time effective.
• Try to allot ten minutes before the grand entrance so the photographer can capture table shots—images of your centerpieces and favors—and seating arrangement details before guests place personal items on their seats during the reception.
• Be sure and talk with your photographer about special touches and sentimental considerations. For instance, are you wearing your great-grandmother’s broach? Are you releasing love-birds? Are the groom’s cufflinks an heirloom?

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These are just a few suggestions to make your wedding photography more comprehensive and unique. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send an email!

–Jasmine Star
Website: Jasmine Star Photography
Blog: Jasmiine Star Blog

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Jasmine Star : The Formalities of Formal Wedding Pictures

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There she stood. Center stage. The overhead spotlights pointed down on the soft curls that draped her shoulders. She had been smiling for so long her cheeks looked exhausted and the creases along her eyes became pronounced. Her new husband rubbed her neck as she waited for the next round of family members to take their places on each side of her and the groom. Once everyone is arranged, the camera crackles a few times and documents the moment…for only the bride to look and count at least six more groups of people who are waiting for formal portraits.

This is not merely a story. It’s a scene that is played again and again at weddings across the nation. So often the bride and groom lose precious time together and/or enjoying the simple moments of their day to the notion that formal portraits with many people is a necessity. As a wedding photographer, I encourage my clients to keep family formal portraits to a bare minimum…and by this I mean keeping group shots exactly that: group shots. wedding photography
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Often times there’s a silent pressure to capture every possible portrait combination (i.e. Groom with aunt and uncle, Groom with aunt, Groom with uncle, Groom with maternal cousins, Groom with paternal cousins, etc.), but in reality those pictures are harbored away because people don’t want to remember a single person in a single moment, they want to remember everyone captured as a sliver of their wedding day…more like a delicious side dish to a wonderful meal instead of focaccia bread that’s served at the beginning as a stale filler.
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I encourage brides to set aside a large portion of time to spend alone with their groom and photographer. During your first few moments as husband and wife, make sure the photographer can capture the joy and elation of the day without pressure from family members rushing to get to the cocktail hour. Afterall, most couples want a wedding album with a mix of candid and traditional photographs of them on their wedding day…and not pages of formal pictures and poses. A wedding album is the first heirloom a couple will create for future generations, so I want to stress the importance of giving enough time to relax with the photographer and capture timeless moments as husband and wife.
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Be sure to take a step back and decide in advance exactly what formal portraits you want captured…and then set aside time to enjoy your wedding day with your new spouse and photographer. You’ll be able to look back at see the delicious fruits of your decisions for years to come!
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–Jasmine Star
Website: Jasmine Star Photography
Blog: Jasmiine Star Blog

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Jasmine Star : The Engagement Session

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I’m so blessed. And not in the clichéd kind of blessed. I mean the real, down-home, 110% blessed. I’m a wedding photographer and I couldn’t picture a better profession in the world. Not only am I privileged to document the most important day of a bride and groom’s life, I’m able to meet the most amazing families, experience the amorous vows of two people pledging their lives to each other, and eat wedding cake at the end of the night! Like I said, I’m blessed.

I want to thank Rhonda for inviting me to be a blog contributor and it’s my goal to offer sound wedding photography advice every week. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment box…creating dialogue between industry professionals and clientele is imperative to developing stronger cords of communication. So don’t hesitate to speak your mind, vent, or just drop a lil’ warm-n-fuzzy 😉

THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Often times, I’m asked by my clients the importance of an engagement session and whether it’s necessary. I could expound in great detail about the vitality of an engagement session, but for brevity’s sake, I’ll keep my encouragement to three main points:

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1. Workin’ Out the Kinks…
At almost every engagement shoot, my clients will initially appear awkward and uncomfortable in front of the camera…and this is totally understandable! It’s not the norm to coquettishly interact in front of a lens, much less kiss in front of a photographer. During the engagement session, I’m able to stand back and watch the dynamic of my clients’ relationship, as well as photojournalistically capture their personalities. By the end of the shoot, my clients are laughing, enjoying the simple moments, and just being themselves. My goal is to show up to a wedding and have the bride and groom feel like I’m just a friend with a professional camera.
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2. Do You Trust Me?
An engagement session proffers the opportunity for my clients to trust me. Really, really trust me. I’ve asked clients to run along the Pacific shore fully clothed, kiss in front of brightly-colored dumpsters, and lay on the ground in public spaces…I’ve pretty much asked my clients to relinquish their preconceived notions of photography and let me take the reigns. After the engagement session is commenced, and the pictures are produced, my clients are able to see from my mind’s eye. They know when they’re wedding day arrives, if I ask them to do something out-of-the-ordinary, I have their best interests in mind…and the pictures will prove trust was the cornerstone of our relationship.
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3. For Posterity’s Sake
An engagement session is the most fun way to document my clients’ personalities. It’s not often when people have professional pictures taken, so I try to maintain a level of normalcy with each shoot. I always have my clients choose the photography location and encourage them to go somewhere that truly reflects their love for one another. This is the best way to capture emotion because they’re comfortable in their surroundings, allowing them to be real. After all, pictures are but a brief moment frozen in time…capturing who my clients are for the posterity of their family and future generations.
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-Jasmine Star
Website: Jasmine Star Photography
Blog: Jasmine Star Photography Blog

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