Reflections : Natural Light Photography

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few days ago Chris Walters wrote and asked me on Facebook how I find and use natural light during an engagement session. More often than that, it's just something I do, not necessarily something I'm good at explaining with just words. But that didn't help Chris, nor would it help anyone else with a similar question so I got to thinking...and when I think, it usually requires JD to do something. Like I've mentioned before, I love ideas, but he's much better at executing them. Which leads me to today's Reflections Post.

I asked JD to come with me to Eileen and Joel's engagement session to photograph behind-the-scenes photos of me shooting, specifically showcasing the environment and the light source(s). I think this is the best way I can approach this question without demonstrating in person. But, lemme tell you, I'm way more fun in real life. Honest.


I usually start the session 1-1.5 hours before sunset, but since we were shooting in an urban area, I knew the tall buildings would block a bit of light, so we started 2 hours before sunset. Because the sun was quite bright, I started the session in shaded areas, but ensured there was natural light reflected from nearby buildings. Here Joel and Eileen stand on a shaded street...


As you can see in the window reflections, the caramel colored building across the street poured a dose of warm light to illuminate the location and minimize the muddiness an overtly shaded location can provide.


Ever since buying the Canon 35mm, 1.4, I've become smitten with up close and personal photos. Smitten. Yes, I stand close to my clients, but it gives an entirely different feel to the photo and I'm a fan.


Yes, THIS CLOSE. The light source is behind me and you can see how bright it was (right side of the photo) and I'm standing just to the right of Eileen so I am not blocking it from illuminating her face.


Nice glowy light...in an alley? (Yes, I realize 'glowy' isn't a word)


Clearly there wasn't exposure compensation done on this photo, but I'm using it to show, precisely, just how strong the light source was...you know I love me some natural reflectors! The illuminated wall behind my left shoulder is reflecting light onto my subjects making an otherwise darkish alley shootable (again, I'm not sure shootable is a word either). Oh, and in case you're wondering, I'm holding Eileen's purse because I couldn't bear to see it placed on the floor...lord only knows what would've ended up on the bottom of her Louis Vuitton...


Like I mentioned in their blog post, this was the last frame from the session and as we were walking back to our cars, I stopped when I saw the light pouring down...I live for light like this...


Now here's a pulled back version of the photo. Clearly it's not a cute location...and it smelled just as funky as you think it would. But this light was amazing and the overhead bridge provided a frame for me that I might not have seen walking through another alley. Sometimes it takes me walking backwards (which I did when I talked to them) to see light and locations differently.


Okay, so now I'm at the end of this post and I feel a bit lame because I'm not sure if this was helpful, but here's the point: I had an idea...and JD made it happen. That right there? Well, I think he deserves an "A" on this project. You see, I'm not as cold and heartless as some of you think I am with my grading!

**EDITED TO ADD**
For those who asked, I used the 50mm for every photo except the one I highlighted with the 35mm. For the entirety of the shoot, however, I also used the 85mm. Also, for those who asked what I was doing with my hand in the last photo: I was shielding the sun so I could focus on my clients (sometimes when the sun is too harsh and pointed into my lens it prevents me from doing so). Thanks, friends! :)
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Gretchen Korf - Love the sunbeam shot!   04.18.13 - 2:53pm
moi - Once again, very helpful thanks J* and JD ?  04.17.13 - 7:56am
Lynn - I just recently found you on FB... I'm a new photographer and LOVE natural light... actually don't really know much what to do with my flash so I am in love with all your posts about natural light... this one is expecially fantasitc.. and I love seeing where you are as the photographer in all of this... Anyway I am a big fan of yours now and am off to read more stuf... you are very inspiring and I wanted to thank you for sharing with others... big fan.. huge :)  03.23.12 - 1:31pm
jessica - J*~this was SOOOO helpful! you amaze me at the lengths you go to help fellow photogs. i love that you took JD along to see you in action. i think the in action shots help immensely. thank you, thank you!!  10.09.11 - 5:36pm
shirley casillas - dang! i LOVE your work. your style. your devotion. your talent. your creations. fabulosa!! i totally love your boots too!!   05.18.11 - 1:31pm
Bobbie Brown - I LOVED this post...Thank you both, Jasmine and JD :)  05.12.11 - 9:31pm
christina - How do you rock your camera bag and purse while shooting? I'm not coordinated enough and this post made that official. :) xoxoxo   05.11.11 - 9:28am
Todd Aaron - Jasmine, this is an awesome post. Thanks so much for the behind-the-scenes type look at the shoot with all the explanation. It is very helpful, and, from the tons of comments I read through before adding my own, I am not alone in saying that. It's like getting to do a tag-along but from half way across the country. :)  05.07.11 - 1:27pm
Mike C - This was a perfect "show me" way of doing a tutorial. I would but a book done in this manner in a second!!!!! Just an idea. Thanks.  05.06.11 - 8:16pm
Emma Godfrey - An Awesome post (yes it deserves a capital A!), please please do more behind the scenes posts - I love, love them!  05.04.11 - 12:08pm
Ansley - Jasmine - thank you for sharing these useful tips with all of us. I really appreciate seeing the photos of you working with clients. It gives a behind the scenes view of your great shots, helping us see how you did it and helping us become better photographers ourselves. Thanx!  05.04.11 - 7:40am
sheakorinne - Very helpful! Thanks for posting!  05.03.11 - 9:44pm
norm - Great information!!! Where did this engagement shoot take place?  05.03.11 - 10:26am
Brittani - This was a great session, and it was helpful. Makes me double think to make sure I'm looking for them too!! Thanks J. ♥  05.03.11 - 7:33am
Jodie Lemke - This was very helpful!!! Thank you J* I just wondered if you could post your settings. I am curious especially for the last image but wondered about them all!! thx a bundle you are able!! luv the location, i would die to have more great stuff like this!!  05.02.11 - 7:09pm
Pamela Topping - The second to last shot is my favorite! So dreamy!!  05.02.11 - 4:15pm
amanda thiessen - these are my favorite posts! thank you for being so transparent with everything you do!!  05.02.11 - 11:45am
Jen Rice - Thank you Jasmine! I did my first EVER downtown Austin shoot a few weeks ago and I'm LOVIN' me some urbaness (yep, I tend to create my own lingo too, lol!) The light was AMAZING!!!! I was hearing you in the back of my mind the whole time... "natural reflectors, natural reflectors...) It was bouncing off EVERYTHING! I have a question for you though... your very last statement "edited to add"... your hand up to shield the sun... are you shielding and on auto focus still? Is it helping the camera or just for you to be able to see your subjects? That is the hardest thing for me to get, sunflare behind people AND focused people in the same shot, lol!!! Any advice??? My camera (Canon 5D) has a little bit of a fit when I ask it to accomplish this for me :(  05.02.11 - 7:40am
Adam Latoń - Great post! And just when I wanted to ask about the light you have used in previous post. :) Moreover I love any backstages and making-ofs. :)   05.02.11 - 4:18am
Neil Redfern - Great post, always interesting and useful to see a 'behind the scenes' type post :-)  05.01.11 - 5:01pm
LaVon - I feel really silly being the 158 person to comment but I wanted to make sure I thanked you for this post. It was especially useful to 'see' you in action. To see how far...and how close you stand to your clients to get the amazing shots you seem to nail effortlessly! Pull backs are the best and I would not be a bit upset if u did more of them! Thanks Jaz!  05.01.11 - 2:21pm
Rebekah Lyn - Thanks for the tips! Can't wait to get a 35mm!  05.01.11 - 10:25am
Adriana Morett - Jasmine, I've been reading your blog for over a year, and I have read the older posts too, and this one right here has been my favorite ever. THANK YOU and thank JD too, please.   04.30.11 - 4:10pm
Paula Franco - Thanks a lot!! It's a pleasure to learn from you. Thanks for sharing.  04.30.11 - 2:11pm
Sharon - Thank you, this was most helpful to me!  04.30.11 - 6:11am
Life with Kaishon - May you continue to always find the light and share it with those around you : ) Happy Weekend! Love, Becky  04.29.11 - 10:05pm
Yen - umm... so i thought glowy was a word??? haha  04.29.11 - 9:28pm
ardean - This is immensely generous and wonderful of you to share! I just shot a head shot session using my 85mm and 50mm - so it's comforting to know you shoot like that too :D  04.29.11 - 9:02pm
Griselda Vargas - You have no idea how helpful this was! :) Thank you for posting this  04.29.11 - 6:44pm
Katren - I just watched your 5 day workshop on Creativelive and you have given me a whole new way to look at my photography and my business. Thank you for continuing my Jasmine learning experience! Awesome post  04.29.11 - 3:58pm
Marian Majik - AMAZING POST !!! One of the best which I've read (and not just here) This kind of information photographers looking for always. How to work with light - and real examples. Thank you very much  04.29.11 - 3:06pm
Marissa Nicole - Great post. I absolutely LOVE these kind of posts. I am a visual learner, so you can explain something to me all day long until your face turns blue & smoke is shooting out your ears & I still won't completely understand. But show me & I am good to go!  04.29.11 - 2:30pm
kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} - Great tips thank you!  04.29.11 - 2:03pm
Kira Noble - Thanks for this post. It was SUPER helpful!   04.29.11 - 1:14pm
Sarah Jaeger - I use the word 'glowy' in my vocabulary! I think it's an awesome word that describes what you're trying to say perfectly!  04.29.11 - 12:34pm
star co - very helpful! i'm wondering if you only use ambient light when you're outdoors, or if you use an in-camera/off-camera flash once in a while as well.   04.29.11 - 12:20pm
Wedding Photographer in Columbus GA - Love this post! This type of post, as simple as it is actually turn out to be the most informative especially since I'm a visual learner. Thanks for sharing!  04.29.11 - 12:01pm
Christy - No thank you! That was very helpful!  04.29.11 - 10:31am
Amy Jo - Fantastic post. I am a visual learner, and so these pictures helped. Thanks so much to you and JD for taking the time to do it!  04.29.11 - 9:44am
Kimberly - thanks jasmine this post was amazing!! it helped me visualize much better how you do what you do ... and i love behind the scenes shots. i'd love to see more in the future!  04.29.11 - 8:45am
SarahV - You rock! Thanks for posting!  04.29.11 - 8:44am
Steph - PHENOMENAL! Love this post - it's exactly what I crave & love learning from the pros! Very helpful & inspiring - you rock the 50mm & 35mm.  04.29.11 - 8:12am
Emily Mangum - I really, really appreciate this post. Hurray for JD and his behind the scenes action, it's so nice to see what you were doing for certain shots. I love that you look for natural reflectors that it becomes second nature--seriously this post was suuuuper helpful. Thanks!!  04.29.11 - 7:53am
Anthony Quesada - Not sure if this is helpful? This is one of your most helpful posts ever. I feel like I have heard these tips a few times since I stalk you like crazy, but to see it in action is priceless. Go Jasmine!!! and great job JD. Loved it:)  04.29.11 - 7:03am
Amy Arrington Photography - Love these posts! Thank you Jasmine!   04.29.11 - 6:03am
Tais Marcelo - Great post!! I could think and understand more about lighting and locations as well!! Thanks Jasmine, thanks JD!!   04.29.11 - 4:49am
Lydia - One of my favorite posts! Please, please do it again! It's the next best thing to watching you shoot in person! ;-)  04.29.11 - 1:08am
Tammynize - Nice Stockings Jasmine!  04.29.11 - 1:06am
Amanda - This is so helpful! Please add more behind the scenes posts! Thank You!  04.29.11 - 12:35am
suzie - Thank you Jasmine!  04.29.11 - 12:34am
FELIX WU - Do you really need to be so stylish when taking photos Jasmine? haha! :)  04.28.11 - 11:48pm
Jessica Chavez - This post is amazing!! It's much more clear now! Thanks for such an interesting post as always but this one has extra points for having JD's help!! You are a very good grader!!   04.28.11 - 10:52pm
Cindy - An apple for the teacher is well deserved here. Thanks for the post.  04.28.11 - 10:52pm
Roxie - Wow - this was seriously helpful Jasmine! Much appreciation with all your fabulousness! :)  04.28.11 - 10:01pm
{natalie bray photography} - This was very helpful! Love these posts, they are inspiring and motivational!  04.28.11 - 9:25pm
Taryn - This is totally helpful! Thanks so much for sharing!  04.28.11 - 9:20pm
Thresha - This post was so helpful! :)   04.28.11 - 8:59pm
Mona Alicia - Thank you and JD for taking the time to prepare a post like this. I know that you don't have to show this part of your work and I want to you to know how much your efforts are appreciated!  04.28.11 - 8:15pm
briana Moore - The visuals were incredibly helpful, so thanks to you & JD! Sidenote: your thank you present is staring at me with sad eyes. I'm mailing it on Monday :)  04.28.11 - 8:14pm
Janet Cruz - Wow! Thanks so so much!!! Great Job JD! That really helped!  04.28.11 - 7:59pm
Terrie Brewer - Love it!! Please keep 'em coming. You are such an inspiration and keep me motivated.  04.28.11 - 7:56pm
Lloyed Valenzuela - Thanks for sharing...ive learn big from your post today. A big fan and a BIG follower!!!  04.28.11 - 7:47pm
Jessica - For visual learners like myself, this was super helpful!  04.28.11 - 7:46pm
AnneMarie - Love this post. It's like we are behind the scenes with you. xo  04.28.11 - 5:49pm
Shane O' Sullivan - This is one of the best posts I've seen in ages, and it all makes so much sense! Lovin these Jasmine, more please....  04.28.11 - 5:25pm
Alicia -- Beba Photography - Love this post, Jasmine! : ) I still sometimes struggle with finding the right lighting and have been on the hunt to find "open air" lighting--areas that are lit by the abient, surrounding light without being direct light in my client's eyes and causing them to water or squint. I'm also trying to be more aware of not shooting under trees if it causes the lighting to be dappled. The thing I love most about this blog post is the idea of using nearby walls as natural reflectors to fill the space with light. Should be common sense, but it wasn't as obvious to me and I'm really thankful for this helpful tip. : )  04.28.11 - 4:41pm
Kristina Cowan - Thank you for this post. I feel like you did a great job of describing where/how you were getting your light. JD's pictures really helped as well! I love using natural light!   04.28.11 - 4:14pm
Dave Keys - OC Photographer - Absolutely great post! Thanks for sharing the details. Always something new to learn here at Jasmine's blog. I love me some ambient, reflected light!  04.28.11 - 4:09pm
Kim Dormann - This was very helpful to me. I have silly questions, like "Is it odd to get right over the subject to get the downshot?" like you did on the steps. To actually see how close you got helps to realize "No, it's not odd.". Thanks you so much for sharing this...  04.28.11 - 4:02pm
Sarah DeShaw - Cuuuute tights!!  04.28.11 - 3:24pm
Jackie Lamas - wonderful post! thank you for sharing!   04.28.11 - 2:51pm
Chris Walters - Thank you SO MUCH for this post and it definitely helps with my understanding of how you use your environment and natural light. I really appreciate you and JD taking the time to make this post happen!   04.28.11 - 2:22pm
Amy Paulson - Sweet Jasmine - you rock. Thank you for all that you do to educate and to encourage others...  04.28.11 - 1:51pm
Odalys Mendez - Jasmine, your ability to share an educate is truly a gift. Thank you :)  04.28.11 - 1:50pm
stephanie - this is great, but, what I really want to know is...CAN I HAVE THOSE BOOTS????  04.28.11 - 1:26pm
Jenny roeller - So helpful! Thanks for posting. The session was beautiful as always.  04.28.11 - 1:24pm
Sabrina Nicole - Thank you Thank you Thank you Jasmine for this post!!! The information was extremely helpful! p.s. I wouldn't be able to bare the thought of that pretty Louis Vuitton on the ground either.  04.28.11 - 1:19pm
Colette Horter - Just love your posts Jasmine, you rock!!! Thank you soooo much!  04.28.11 - 1:13pm
Nicole - This was amazing! Thank you!  04.28.11 - 1:05pm
Brandi - But, what I really want to know is how do you shoot in a mini skirt?? lol. Impressive! I would certainly expose myself if I wore one of those while shooting. :)  04.28.11 - 1:01pm
LJP Los Angeles - Love the photos, you shoot great with natural light, keep up the great work!  04.28.11 - 12:47pm
Brad Halladay - Thanks for taking the time to share! I think this clears up natural light photography really well! Now I want to get out and shoot some more!  04.28.11 - 12:40pm
Karin - Thanks Jasmine! This was very helpful...I have only recently discovered your blog and videos but I am touched by your teacher's heart and willingness to share what works and make so many other photographers' lives more efficient and successful! Thank you for all you give.  04.28.11 - 12:17pm
Tamara - One of the best natural light tips I've seen. Thank you so much for sharing.   04.28.11 - 12:14pm
Joice Kelly - I love natural lighting! thanks for sharing!  04.28.11 - 12:09pm
stephanie - love these, do these more often love it!   04.28.11 - 12:08pm
Tobi - You get a Grade A as well. :) Very helpful.   04.28.11 - 12:01pm
Eileen - One question I have been meaning to ask is do you scope out locations before hand? Or while out and about doing your normal day to day stuff do you see spots and make a note of using it in the future? How do you select locations?  04.28.11 - 11:57am
Kathleen Frank - This is awesome! Love the behind the scenes look, and it really is so helpful. This Florida girl is always fighting with some pretty harsh sun. My favorite is that last shot where you have them standing in that little sliver of shade!   04.28.11 - 11:39am
siri - Looooooooooove this post! Thank you so much  04.28.11 - 11:37am
Fabrice Lambert - "A picture is worth a thousand words." (Confucius) Great job! Thanks a lot for your share.  04.28.11 - 11:18am
Belinda - Love the behind the scenes photos! Thanks for sharing this!!!  04.28.11 - 11:14am
Lerissa - GREAT POST J!! It was VERY informative...you should give JD more assignments!! This one def gets an A++  04.28.11 - 11:07am
katie - Love this post but I really love the guy leaning on his car in the last picture. He's super cool!  04.28.11 - 11:02am
Kimberly Carlson - I'm all about the natural light! I don't even own a flash ;)  04.28.11 - 10:54am
Femi - Thks for the wonderful tips... very helpful.  04.28.11 - 10:53am
Julianne - This post was very helpful! At the risk of sounding like a complete newb, I have a question: What exactly is exposure compensation? I have heard the term before, but have never fully understood it...is it something in-camera or is it done in post-processing? Thanks!  04.28.11 - 10:52am
Annetta - Thanks for the wonderful post. I like the BTS shots because I'm a visual learner.  04.28.11 - 10:43am
lori yohe - not lame. awesome.   04.28.11 - 10:42am
Maryrose - Your Reflections posts are my favorite. This was no exception - incredibly helpful.   04.28.11 - 10:40am
Edward Yee Photography - Great write up. I love natural light photography as well, and ur using one of my fav lens' as well. Looking forward to see more pictures.   04.28.11 - 10:31am
Erin Potter - Jasmine, again, thank you SO very much! As I'm starting out learning natural light photography, this is a HUGE help!! Girl, you knocked it out of the park with this one!! MUCH MAHALOS!!  04.28.11 - 10:30am
Amy Matkins - The perfect post for my shoot next week Of a professional - butterflies! Thank you so much Jasmine, am printing out to highlight!  04.28.11 - 10:29am
Evie Perez - Thanks for taking the time to share this post with us in detail. Jd thanks for taking behind the scene pictures . Everytime you post these I get better and better, of course with some pratica as well.   04.28.11 - 10:28am
James - Ummmm Star Power!  04.28.11 - 10:26am
Girish - That's a great insight in the reflections and lighting. 1 question, you posted 2 head shots of both of them in the earlier post. She has amazing highlights on her hair as the sun is behind her. Can you share how did you keep the face lit so much. Thanks in advance.   04.28.11 - 10:14am
Lisa - Thanks Jasmine, great post as always and for the record, "glowy" is definitely a word in my personal dictionary!  04.28.11 - 10:13am
Sharma Shari - Not lame at all. For a visual person like me, its always fun to see the behind the scenes to understand better. Thanks!  04.28.11 - 10:13am
Taryn - How much order do you give your clients? Do you let them act "naturally" or do you give all or most the direction? Example: How to stand, sit, kiss, look at each other?  04.28.11 - 10:13am
Patricia Lorenzo - Of course this was useful! I just don't understand how you can think of every little detail while shooting and staying in control! :) you're amazing. And congrats to JD who got an A!!  04.28.11 - 10:08am
Kate Douthwright - No worries Jasmine, I completely understand your explanations. Does that mean I'm completely lame for getting this?! Thanks for sharing your techniques. It means a lot from a photographer who only uses natural light as well!  04.28.11 - 10:07am
Lupe Ruiz - I can't tell you just how helpful this was! I'm a visual learner, so it is awesome to see where you stand in relation to your clients!! LOVE!  04.28.11 - 10:01am
Gus - It was totally helpfull!! Tanks Jasmine, I hope a lot of couples round here likes the e-sessions to put it on practice.  04.28.11 - 10:00am
Erin - I love the pull-back shots. It shows you don't have to have an amazing background to have an amazing photo, you just need amazing light. Love it!  04.28.11 - 9:59am
Anna - great post! Seeing it creates a whole other context.  04.28.11 - 9:57am
Rachel Czech - Also crazy rockin outfit girl! Woohoo you are sexy :)   04.28.11 - 9:53am
Rachel Czech - Thanks Jasmine! That was so beyond helpful since I am a visual person too...I love how you explain things too! Thanks for all you do, its touching to know someone cares that much   04.28.11 - 9:51am
Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls - This is so so so (x 100!) helpful! Thank you :)  04.28.11 - 9:50am
Vail Fucci - Jasmine, thanks so much for this post. PULEASE bring back your exif data on the images. I don't know if blog stomp gets rid of it, but it is so helpful sometimes to be able to see what settings you were using. Like the one with the direct sun coming in from the back. How you didn't completely blow out the exposure in too many other places and kept a good amount of detail in the couple rather than just silhouetting them amazes me.   04.28.11 - 9:50am
Jean-Noel Quilatan - Just a quick question: do you use a polarized filter when shooting towards the sun, or at all? Love the blog BTW, you're an inspiration to amateur photographers like me!  04.28.11 - 9:49am
Jean-Noel Quilatan - Just a quick question: do you use a polarized filter when shooting towards the sun, or at all? Love the blog BTW, you're an inspiration to amateur photographers like me!  04.28.11 - 9:49am
Clickmama - Noooo it was useful as heck! I love the behind the scenes and your process! I smiled when I saw you hold her bag cos that's what I always do, I end up saddling three four bags on a typical E-sesh lol - it gives me comfort that it happens to the best of them so I must be doing something right eh lol!Great job JD!  04.28.11 - 9:49am
Emily Dobson - EXCELLENT post...full of good information. HUGE fan of the behind the scenes photos by JD. Makes us fully aware of how talented you truly are...making an unattractive location seem ideal! And how you hunt for natural light? I love it!  04.28.11 - 9:45am
Sullivan Photography - thank you for this post Jasmine! Very helpful:)   04.28.11 - 9:38am
sherri lynn - It is so helpful to see what the environment that you're shooting in is like, including where the light is coming from, etc. This is a great post and a huge help  04.28.11 - 9:37am
anouschka - love it! thank you!  04.28.11 - 9:37am
Janet Barnett - I was going to ask you where you found a Vuitton camera bag! ;)   04.28.11 - 9:35am
Paulette Stewart - Thank you so much, Jasmine! I really appreciate this.. great post!  04.28.11 - 9:35am
megan beth - Taurus dude's all leaning and posing, little did he know, he didn't make the final cut! Love this helpful post!  04.28.11 - 9:32am
ALLISON LEE PHOTO - Quite possibly the most beneficial blog post yet. And you've had some pretty awesome blog posts!  04.28.11 - 9:30am
Gail - LOVE this post -- very informative. But here's what you didn't explain — is that a SKIRT you're wearing? Or cute shorts? And with fun tights no less? I will forever be in awe of your ability to shoot in such adorable stylish clothing. I for one could never pull that off without..ahem...revealing too much! haha :)   04.28.11 - 9:28am
Charles McDonald - Great stuff. :) Thanks.  04.28.11 - 9:27am
Kat Epps - This was extremely helpful - thx!  04.28.11 - 9:24am
Anne T. - Jasmine, I love all your posts, but your 'Reflections' posts are my favorite! You may feel silly, but who have no idea how much it helps to have visual cues. You have taught me more about natural reflectors than I ever could have hoped to learn online. I am learning to see light in a whole new way. Now if only we could get a post like this after after shoot you do?!! That, would be a dream. :)   04.28.11 - 9:22am
KaraM - Great post. Very helpful. I love behind the scenes photos. What are you always doing with your hand? Shading your lens? Did I miss that post?  04.28.11 - 9:21am
LEOLAK - Are you kidding?!? Was it helpful...read this later as if you weren't Jasmine and you'll know for sure it was! THANK YOU for always sharing and giving back. Second....are you kidding...the purse!!! My goodness...I like this Eileen chick..more than I did from the engagment post if that's possible. lol And you...liking you more than I thought possible too...work those boots and tights lady! =)   04.28.11 - 9:19am
Kate - Thank you SO MUCH for this! It really was helpful! I truly appreciate all the tips and tricks you share with everyone! It is SO awesome! THANKS!  04.28.11 - 9:16am
Jessica Williams - Don't feel lame! It was totally helpful!! Question.. did you stick with your 35mm the whole shoot? Or switch back and forth between that and your 50?  04.28.11 - 9:15am
Bogdan - Thanks for this post. The "making of" pictures helps a lot. The locations look like something I usually walk by and the light just seems to harsh for shooting. But when you look at the photos....WOW! You wouldn't believe they're shot in natural light. Nice!  04.28.11 - 9:13am
Anna Kutuzova - Semplicemente stupendo! Grazie Jasmin!   04.28.11 - 9:12am
steven - the bag is on the floor in pic 3!! i <3your blog   04.28.11 - 9:12am
Camera Flashes - Some great shots! Marko  04.28.11 - 9:12am
Julianne - Great post! At the risk of sounding like a complete newb, I'm going to ask this...what exactly is exposure compensation? I've hears the term before but have not figured it out. Is it something you can do while shooting or something done in post-processing? Thanks!  04.28.11 - 9:11am
Eve - If you had told me those pix were taken in that alley, I would have screamt NO WAY! Thanks for the lessons & JD for taking the BTS!  04.28.11 - 9:10am
Kimberly Murray - A+ for JD and A+ for you! This post was very helpful! I can imagine myself being in the alley and thinking, "Argh! I wish that guy leaning on the car would get out of the way." Thanks for helping us to see the possibilities and realize that you don't need nor want people standing directly in bright light to illuminate their faces.  04.28.11 - 9:09am
jennifer little - I love this demonstration. It explains perfectly how you use natural light. Thank you for sharing!   04.28.11 - 9:08am
Mike Burton - love your honesty, openness with all your legion of Fans throughout the digital world. You and JD get an A++ from me!  04.28.11 - 9:08am
Annessa Baker - That totally made sense:) J-isims: loved 'em ( who cares if its a word... it described it honestly )  04.28.11 - 9:08am
alicia schneider - sooooo helpful! Its great to see you in action. I am always a bit intimidated to use some of my fixed lenses, but I do feel a bit more confident! thanks again ;)  04.28.11 - 9:07am
Mike Gray - Nice to see how people get there results, maybe JD could do a video version next time showing how you personally direct people to get these images.  04.28.11 - 9:06am
Jess - Awesome post on using reflections, very helpful. I'm a friend of Chris' so it was extra special to me. :)   04.28.11 - 9:06am
Lasha - Jasmine and JD you have NO idea how helpful it is to see behind the scenes. I've said it before and I'm saying it again- I'm so unsure of almost everything I do and am I doing it right and oh! did I remember to do this and shoot I forgot to do that! .. lol... so seeing behind the scenes and then your comments for each photo help immensely. I'm tucking these tidbits of pricelss info into my brain. Thank you so so much :)  04.28.11 - 9:05am
Jess - Awesome post on using reflections, very helpful. I'm a friend of Chris' so it was extra special to me. :)   04.28.11 - 9:04am
Dennis Brickett - Spot meter off face? What did you do to get the flare?   04.28.11 - 9:04am
Damaris Mia - I loved this. It was very helpful! I never really paid to much attention to the color of the walls when shooting and using them as reflectors until a wedding I shot a couple months ago. Them brick walls were totally giving off a warm tone.. at times a little too much. But it was great to read this post and see how you can use the walls as reflectors :) Thank you!  04.28.11 - 9:04am
Megan Floyd - Love it! This is something I try to explain, but it never feels like I've managed. haha One of my interior locations has walls just about that caramel color. It's shaded, not a whole lot of light unless you're right up on a window at the back, so I usually need to bounce flash, which usually looks like sunlight. :)  04.28.11 - 9:04am
Jess - Awesome post on using reflections, very helpful. I'm a friend of Chris' so it was extra special to me. :)   04.28.11 - 9:04am
Sharls - This is perfect!! Exactly what I was looking for to understand this! Thank you for taking the time to visually explain concepts. Makes it so much easier to understand xx  04.28.11 - 9:02am
Lily Magallanes - Thank you for sharing. I learn best with post like these from YOU! Thank you Thank you Thank you.   04.28.11 - 9:02am
Peter - Awesome post and you nailed it Jasmine! Thank you for the behind the scenes photos JD,  04.28.11 - 9:01am
SvetlanaHillKovich - Hey! Ive got the SAME boots! ;)  04.28.11 - 9:00am
P - This was great Jasmine, thank you. I also love that you continue to grade JD... (recently watched your last CreativeLive workshop).  04.28.11 - 8:59am
Faith Cherisse - Awesome post J*! Where is this location?  04.28.11 - 8:58am
Wendy - Thank you so much for this post! I am struggling with flash vs natural light. I would much rather not use a flash. I have had great success with hand held reflectors (actually a piece of white foam board), but I don't always have someone with me to hold it.THANK YOU for sharing so much of yourself and inspiring so many of us! And thank you to JD as well!   04.28.11 - 8:57am
Lorrie Prothero - cool - so glad you did this - I remember asking you to have JD do this last year. Glad Chris Walters asked too.  04.28.11 - 8:57am
Andrea - Awesome! Question, is that the 50mm on your camera in every shot? Thanks.  04.28.11 - 8:56am
Abby Grace Photography - Thanks for posting this! I love shooting in natural light- scratch that, I only shoot in natural light, but I panic when I can't get the RIGHT kind of lighting. I love how you always make the best of any location. This makes me want to go shoot in an alley in Dc. But I probably won't do that, because I'd like to live to see tomorrow.   04.28.11 - 8:56am
Cheryl - I have been reading your blog for a few months. I have read every single one of your faq/photog tips posts and this one was the most helpful for me yet. I would appreciate more of them. Thanks!  04.28.11 - 8:54am
Paul - Jasmine: "not sure if this post was helpful" The Rest of Us: "Did you read this post??? Quick, save it to a PDF and store it in three locations so we don't lose it! She provides an EXCELLENT lesson on light, posing, lens choice and how &when to approach an engagement session. Don't want to lose this!"  04.28.11 - 8:54am
Sandy - It actually was very helpful! Especially as I am a very visual person! So thanks! Hopefully someday I can be as amazing a photographer as you are!  04.28.11 - 8:52am
Jennifer - I always get more shots on the way back to the car than at the actual location. Haha!! I think it takes the extra time to process all of the scenery in my brain. :)  04.28.11 - 8:51am
Chris - That was brilliant - so helpful. I saw your tweet about watching CJLive yesterday and thought then that a BTS on one of your shoots would be so cool. And it was!!  04.28.11 - 8:51am
Jennifer Vinson - Thank you for sharing. Its very helpful! And I love your outfit. You are one hot photog!!  04.28.11 - 8:50am
Felicia Gwen - Love...and you are looking super hot in those boots!   04.28.11 - 8:50am
Rachael May - Would love to see these images SOOC....or are they??  04.28.11 - 8:48am
Poetic Images - Thanks for that! Very helpful!  04.28.11 - 8:47am
Karin - A big thank you! I am struggling a little bit with the lighting sometimes, basically because we do not have that amount of sunlight here in Europe.. and that's why most photographers prefer studio. Not me. The sun shines sometimes a couple of weeks only, the rest of the year is cloudy and kinda dark. So I am very excited to try the thing with the natural reflectors on next fall/winter. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THIS HELPFUL THINGS YOU POST!  04.28.11 - 8:46am
Lane - Do you not use a camera strap?  04.28.11 - 8:45am
Ricard Torres - I really enjoyed this post Jasmine. Keep em coming :)  04.28.11 - 8:42am
Caitlin - What a great post J* - thanks for the reflections!! It's always so helpful! And I do love those tights!!!  04.28.11 - 8:32am
Penny Wolfe - Oooh...I'm all smitten with your shootable ideas and glowy locations! :) And I love using new words too! Thanks for the behind the scenes peek!!  04.28.11 - 8:26am
Rachel Leigh Greene - That WAS helpful! Seeing the behind the scenes of you taking pictures...very good, JD :D  04.28.11 - 8:21am
Andrew - Extremely helpful Jasmine! Thank you for being so open about your process. You definitely have talent.  04.28.11 - 8:19am
Mirian Silva - Thanks Jasmine that was so helpful! The pics are beautiful!  04.28.11 - 8:17am
Brooke - very very helpful! thank you  04.28.11 - 8:12am