Shooting Star : Digital files + Same Day Slideshows

ately I've been on a folk music kick. Anything that sounds like it was recorded in a field of wheat, with banjos, and dancing gnomes is just my style. Makes me feel like I'm back in college and studying to my most favorite weepy soundtrack. My brain sighs when folk is playing and the deep breaths put me at ease, like a reminder life is okay. When JD gives me a sideways glance upon the umpteenth time playing Alexi Murdoch, I simply turn to him and proudly announce: MY BRAIN IS BREATHING, OKAY?!

Maybe all this breathing has put me in a talkative mood or something because today is another installment of Shooting Star. And though I've said in in the past, thank you for the feedback. We're still trying to figure everything out and your support means the world. F'realsies.

In this video I'll be discussing...
*How to improve photography skills in spite of being discouraged.
*How I design wedding albums. (And here's a link referencing my album outsourcing).
*Whether I include digital files with my wedding photography services.
*How I create same-day wedding slideshows (I forgot to mention that I display the slideshow on my laptop via iPhoto, but one can easily use Lightroom or screensaver mode to achieve the same result).

Like always, you can submit questions for future FAQs on Facebook!

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Chris ak - Always wonderful reading your thoughts J  08.14.12 - 4:51am
Spicytee - Thanks for sharing this. I'm sure going try this at my next wedding in few days.  02.19.11 - 3:28am
Josh | All Star Photo Booth - Woot Woot...way to represent the photo booth! I hope to be photoboothin' at one of your weddings someday!  02.15.11 - 4:05pm
Kimberly Wilson - LOVE your Shooting Star posts!! And I found the info on same day slideshows so incredibly helpful!! It gave me the idea to download my cards to my iPad at last night's wedding and set it up by the gift table for people to view. HUGE, HUGE hit!! Such a surprise for the couple! And it worked flawlessly! :) Thanks!!   02.12.11 - 10:12am
Leila Dali - Miss Jazz, you are SO giving with your photography knowledge. So willing to be helpful and to shine light into dark places. I so appreciate who you are. =) THANK YOU for being you! and I like the music... and the new saucy music. i like it all! =)  02.11.11 - 4:04pm
tru pettit - folk music rocks! the lyrics & the tunes are very inspirational~when trying to visualize a mood or a look for photography. again, many thanks for the video~such a treasure of information~ i had to smile~~as i was listening, the video definitely reminded me an old blog post you had about how you constantly and meticulously make lists throughout the day. a def + asset when going through which photos to sample.   02.09.11 - 7:48pm
Brittany Stover - WOW, that was perfect. Thank you!!  02.09.11 - 10:17am
Marian Majik - Great tip as usual - thank you very much ;)  02.08.11 - 10:55am
Manfr3d - Hi Jasmin, I love the insights you give us to your work and bussines. Maybe you can comment on the use of ND filters for outdoor shots with fast lenses? Thanks!   02.08.11 - 10:37am
Lucy Manalo - Thanks for sharing!  02.06.11 - 3:51pm
Kerstin - Thx for this!!  02.06.11 - 2:32pm
Jodie Lemke - You rock girl! Thank you so much for doing these :) They are super helpful and really inspirational! :) My 5 year old son was watching and said.. Hey mom " She's a photographer too... is she your friend?" haha I feel like we are.. haha one day i hope to meet ya!  02.05.11 - 2:15pm
Carl Reid - Hi Jasmine, As usual awesome post, great info and I by the way I love your theme song. I like your advice of strategically preparing the scenes in your head to make it easier to organize your slide show. Question, just from your advice and presence on the video you resonate confidence and expertise that I'm sure you bring to your clients on the day of the wedding. Though I'm confident in my skills behind the lens I still struggle with my expertise managing the day as the photographer, the stylist, the coordinator, the confident etc. So my question is what concerns as a high profile photographer are you faced with on the day of the wedding compared to us younger photogs? I'll pose this question on Facebook as well. Thanks for inspiring us photogs! Regards, Carl from T.O.  02.05.11 - 11:53am
Molly Kate - When you said folk music my mind went straight to the old Nelly Furtado music. Your Creative Live videos are so worth it because it shows you doing all these things first hand. Thanks for sharing as always.  02.04.11 - 10:15am
Paige Elizabeth - You are amazing!! Awesome information, thanks for sharing!!  02.03.11 - 6:04pm
Tacey - Dangit. You are fabulous! Girlfriend, you would have been soooo proud of me. I rocked my very first 'real' wedding, beautiful, higher end event, I was out of town, all by myself, and I managed to produce a slideshow for the reception, following all your previous advice on the topic...Phew! Let me tell you, I didn't eat, my eyes were bugging out with feverish intensity-but gosh darnit! When I put my laptop up for the guests, and bride and groom to see....I must say, it was one of the proudest moments of my new career...My coverage was over, and as I left for the night (my first 'real' wedding behind me) the last thing I saw was a crowd of people, MoB, B&G, etc. all wiping tears from their eyes with their arms around eachother....Man. Nothing could have felt better. (AND, I just booked another bride from that wedding-for 2012-she wanted to make sure she got me! HA!) Thank you Jasmine.   02.02.11 - 8:56am
Marissa Rodriguez - As always, thank you so much for these posts!!! Love them!   02.02.11 - 8:38am
Erin McCoy - Thanks for spending your time on these videos - love them!!   02.02.11 - 4:24am
cassandra-m - Awweeeeee-some! :D  02.01.11 - 10:55pm
christina - great informative video...but i was super distracted by your aqua and white top. i have that in yellow & white...but i love yours better!  02.01.11 - 5:26pm
Apple - you're more awesome than my fave mint chocochip ice cream! you give me guilt-free happiness!<3  02.01.11 - 5:23pm
ashley barnett - Thanks for this post!! We recently started doing same day slideshows at our weddings and W O W does it make a HUGE impact on the guests, and most importantly, the bride. I love sneaking peeks at people running over to it and then going to grab their friends. I am so happy we took the plunge and tried it out! And THANK YOU for the inspiration to try it!  02.01.11 - 3:49pm
Ashley Motes - I really do love "Shooting Star"! I hope these keep continuing. Also, if you are currently into folk, you should try Damien Rice or Ray Lamontagne : )  02.01.11 - 11:57am
Adriana Morett - Again, and as usual, VERY helpful and So cool!! Thank you, Jasmine, for taking the time to do this. You rock!  02.01.11 - 11:33am
Susan Jennings - Love this post, I have wanted to try creating a slides how at my receptions, but have been too nervous. Therefore, Nate and I have set a specific time aside and we are going to practice it at home. Hopefully I will attempt it at a few weddings this year! Thanks for all the encouragement!!  02.01.11 - 11:26am
Sherina Gallagher - Very helpful, especially the reception slideshow part. Thanks Jasmine!  02.01.11 - 10:22am
Pixel Story Photography - We have come to the same conclusion for digital negatives, top 2 packages include them, bottom 2 do not. Ala cart option for the bottom 2. Cheers!  02.01.11 - 9:57am
Carrie - Thanks, love it! I was just saying how much more people love my photos after they get a few drinks in them! I thought i was so clever and original, apparently not the case! Love the videos, you crack me up.   02.01.11 - 9:15am
Alejandra Vidal - All I have to say is that I love that blazer/sweater!! And of course the video ;)  02.01.11 - 8:11am
Karin - These videos are a great length- long enough to be helpful but short enough to be watchable! Thanks for sharing. p.s. My husband just walked by and glanced over my shoulder and said, "wow, she seems happy!" : )   02.01.11 - 7:21am
PAULA FRANCO - Thanks so much for share your experience and work. You are amazing!  02.01.11 - 5:28am
SNB - J* - great videos. You don't talk too much. But you could slow it down! I love to hear what you have to say and I vote for longer vids and you taking a little more time to slow it down and share as much information as you want. Your energy and passion for your work is beautiful. Now, onto more supeficial matters: you've worn this ring several times - it's gigantically gorgeous. Can you tell us where you got it?  02.01.11 - 5:15am
Miriam - Thank you Jasmine. This was a great help!  02.01.11 - 3:42am
Lee Moffatt - Thanks Jasmine, this is some great advice I was looking for.   02.01.11 - 3:35am
Kip Beelman - Once again, you rule the airwaves with USEFUL info. Thanks J!  01.31.11 - 11:27pm
Leah - BAH! you are AHHHMAZING! thank you thank you thank you for putting these videos together. You are just so so great!  01.31.11 - 10:25pm
kelsey anderson - Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!  01.31.11 - 9:29pm
Camille - As the tips. I love that you take the time to do this. But for real the outfit. Super cute sweater. I want I want!   01.31.11 - 9:02pm
Jenna Danelle - Love these - they have become my favorite posts! I am thinking of starting the slide show at my next four weddings and I hope I can pull it off. I haven't told the Brides, so if I can't get it to work the way I want it won't backfire - but my next few weddings will be the test run! BTW, I don't think anyone would hold it against you if you were in workout gear. lol.  01.31.11 - 8:49pm
Giovanna - Tell me you drink lots of coffee:) HA!!! Great info!  01.31.11 - 7:48pm
Denise Prichett - Thanks Jasmine for the tips and for always sharing. Love the videos and the music.  01.31.11 - 6:52pm
Life with Kaishon - Another home run : ) Thank you. The joke was my favorite!  01.31.11 - 6:31pm
Christa - Love your video posts! Btw do you realize how beautiful you are? :)  01.31.11 - 6:29pm
Erica Velasco - great helpful!  01.31.11 - 6:18pm
Courtney - Thanks for the great info!   01.31.11 - 5:16pm
Kimberly Loya Photography - WHAT- I'm not the only one who doesn't get dressed all week?! My husband will never, ever believe it.  01.31.11 - 4:12pm
Mike Moore - Thanks Jasmine. Love the tips.   01.31.11 - 3:43pm
Athena - Jasmine, thank you! As always- informational and inspirational. As a side, I know your hair is pulled back in this video but it would be a super cute cut on you!!!  01.31.11 - 1:38pm
JenP - Your outfit is adorable and so fresh looking.  01.31.11 - 1:21pm
Bobbie Brown - As always... I love your videos! I always find them insighful and interesting.. thank you for taking the time to do them :)  01.31.11 - 1:16pm
Rich Park - thank you for all the tips - time for me to get out there and practice some more!  01.31.11 - 1:07pm
Yuliya - Thank you as always!  01.31.11 - 1:00pm
Dennis Bullock - Great post Jasmine!  01.31.11 - 12:06pm
Shuva Rahim - Great post!! Very informative as always... :-)  01.31.11 - 12:02pm
Michelle Sibley - Awesome tips. Great Video. Go girl, smooth! Seriously lalalalooove the music by Alexi Murdoch. I'm listening to my playlist now of his music. brain is breathing so nicely now thanks to his mellow vocals & tunes with a positive message. Listiening while I work sure is helping my workflow...dishes, cooking then more dishes as the hubby is off for his b-day holiday! Thanks Jas for being so faithful and thoughtfully blogging your beautifully inspirational posts.   01.31.11 - 11:51am
Jorge - Wonderful video blogpost! Great!  01.31.11 - 11:40am
quicoto - Great as always Jasmine. Liked the idea about having all the pictures you wanna take in your mind before the wedding. Thanks for sharing :)  01.31.11 - 11:34am
Carrie K - You are soooo not talking too long! You are giving us great tips and I can't believe you cover so much in just 6.5 minutes! Thank you for your generosity in sharing and not getting all competitive with others in your trade.  01.31.11 - 11:13am
Diane - - Not sure how to add a question to your video segments but can you share more about your pricing of your packages and what they include? You touched upon this a little in the last video about offering 4 packages, some with files, some without but if you could share more about actual packages you offer customers, that would be helpful. Tks   01.31.11 - 11:01am
damara - Awesome again! and's not too much speaking:) Thanks for your openness about all you do. Our photographer for our wedding did a wedding slideshow and people DEFINATELY noticed.   01.31.11 - 10:51am
Trysha - For slideshows I invested in a digital photo frame. I can eat the cost of $100 vs. paying for a new laptop. It works, people are impressed and if they couple chooses, they can keep it.  01.31.11 - 10:19am
Shayna - Check out Nickel Creek. They are so so so good.  01.31.11 - 10:18am
jen williams - hooray for shooting star videos!! :) thanks so much for sharing your time and talent with all of us.  01.31.11 - 10:13am
Jenelle Sewell - I'm going to do this at my next wedding. Thanks for the food for thought.   01.31.11 - 10:09am
Karen Stott - Glad to know I'm not the only one who goes a whole week without getting "dressed"... hugs!  01.31.11 - 10:07am
Springfield Dan - Thanks for sharing these tips.  01.31.11 - 10:02am
K. Schinagl Photography - Jasmine...Thanks for the tips! you should check out some of these folk/bluegrass bands.  01.31.11 - 9:55am
Tanya De Leeuw - Thank you, Jasmine! I dream of the day I have your confidence in my skills ...  01.31.11 - 9:39am
Carrie - I love these Shooting Star videos! I'm definitely just an amateur photographer, but having such in depth and detailed info is fabulous! And you are ADORABLE. Everyone says it, so I'm sure it gets old. But you just are.  01.31.11 - 9:37am
Aga Luczakowska - Your video are getting better and better... great! thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience once again!  01.31.11 - 9:32am
Emily - Love these video blogposts!  01.31.11 - 9:27am
steph - p.s. I'm always SUPER hesitant to recommend music, as I am the most tone deaf human being God ever created. However, I'm putting myself out there and suggesting that you *might* (maybe possibly?) like The Civil Wars.   01.31.11 - 9:22am
Carla - Jasmine, seriously, I could listen to you talk for 10 minutes on EACH of these subjects! Don't think you're talking too much! Thank you!!  01.31.11 - 9:19am
Laura Stricklin - AWESOME as always! Thanks for the tips. I succeeded with my first wedding slideshow my last wedding. My hubs actually threw it together; but, I did have a curiosity of your system. Thanks for sharing. Oh. Sidenote. I love your hair up! :) (don't get me wrong, beautiful either just hardly wear it up)  01.31.11 - 9:15am
steph - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the color combo you're rockin'. One of my favs. :) Also, PLEASE tell us where you got that ring!  01.31.11 - 9:00am
Diana Rush - This was just SO timely for me as I am wanting to start the same day slide show! Thank you Jasmine for always sharing! PS. I loved you outfit, and loved that you didn't get dressed once last week!  01.31.11 - 8:58am
Cristina Sullivan - LOVE the slideshow idea for the reception! and thanks for all the tips :0)  01.31.11 - 8:55am
Kate Douthwright - I'm shooting my first wedding this summer. I'm hoping I can include the same day slideshow as well but worry about finding the time for it all. Great tips as usual!  01.31.11 - 8:51am
Katia Forero Photography - Jasmine!I LOVE these videos! I am not much of a reader and they simplify any process!They are great!!please please keep them coming!  01.31.11 - 8:48am
Jordanne - Anything by Mumford & Sons, Ingrid Michaelson, or Joshua Radin... I would HIGHLY recommend... its always nice when your brain needs a little breather... I agree with you on this. :-)   01.31.11 - 8:48am
Priyanka Damwani - Jasmine, I think your surname suits you so perfectly! You're a real star, 6 minutes of watching you and soo much to learn + really interesting :) Thank you soo much. Eagerly waiting for your next post.  01.31.11 - 8:47am
Erin Potter - Jasmine, thank you SO much!! Video had so much good information that I hopefully, Lord willing, will be able to use someday! Another outstanding Shooting Star video!   01.31.11 - 8:45am
J* groupie - You hair looks fabulous.   01.31.11 - 8:44am
Emily Dobson - Not sure what everyone else thinks, but I truly don't think you talk to much. I'm so thankful you post shooting star FAQs that I'll listen for three hours if I must. 3 1/2 hrs, well, I may cut you off. ;)  01.31.11 - 8:43am
JC Ruiz - Another great video. Thanks for taking the time to make these for us. They're very useful  01.31.11 - 8:42am
Amy Arrington - Super helpful as always Jasmine. Thanks so much for taking the time to do these!!  01.31.11 - 8:37am