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here was a slight breeze on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Los Angeles and I was excited to be photographing the bride and groom on the helipad. Traffic buzzed around the Beverly Hills streets and the blue sky leaked happiness. I had just readjusted my camera bag to rest on my right side (instead of the normal left) because an early morning visit to my chiropractor revealed curvature of my spine. Dr. Lee suggested rotating my camera bag to alleviate the stress on one side, so I readily agreed.

On the rooftop, I photographed the bride and groom...went to reach for my 35mm, 1.4 lens...and it tumbled out of my bag. It happened in slow motion and if I could have made a sound it would have been something like NOooOOoooOOOOoOOoooOO!!! But I couldn't say anything because the thud of the lens on the rooftop was enough to leave me stunned silent.

Six feet away, JD (who often functions as my brain in time of duress) smiles and says, Not to worry! Just like that. Not to worry, like he's freaking British. He swoops over and hands me the 24mm, 1.4 and tells the clients he'll fix my lens. And smiles. I continue to shoot and three minutes later, he triumphantly raises the lens and says, All fixed!

I know the lens isn't fixed...he knows the lens isn't fixed...but to keep the mood light/happy/weddingish, he did what my brain couldn't: CARRY ON. Where I saw my new $1,500 lens (a lens I saved two years to buy) in cracked pieces, he saw an opportunity to act like a professional. I couldn't ask for a better partner.


This photo was taken just seconds after getting the 24mm on my camera and testing it out. The look JD is giving me? I could be wrong, but it's something along the lines of, KEEP YOUR ISH TOGETHER, WOMAN!

Around 1a.m. the valet pulled up our car and we piled in after a long day and sighed. I leaned over and grabbed JD's hand and asked him what was his fee for helping me. He blinked a few times, quickly calculated, and said: $2,500. Oh, Internet, it appears I'm gonna need a new second shooter for this weekend's wedding! ;)

Happy Tuesday!
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Diego Molina Photography - JD and Jas, You guys are so inspiring. Love your Work!!!  06.27.11 - 2:09pm
Rex G - Jasmine, I can now empathize, totally, as last night my brand-new Canon 50mm 1.2L rolled out of a Pelican case I had failed to latch. Now, it will not focus, auto or manually, though the exterior appears normal. I can only hope that it is repairable at a reasonable price, and carry on, meanwhile, by using other lenses.   06.15.11 - 3:03pm
Becky - Oh, Jasmine - thank you for sharing! Even the best professionals freak out (on the inside) ;) every once and awhile. Thanks for the encouragement, the belly laugh, and the candid storytelling. I'm always glued to my seat the minute I start reading your posts.   06.13.11 - 10:42am
kati - "Keep your ish together, Woman!" priceless! Thanks for the laugh. It's all good and that's why we carry insurance.   06.12.11 - 5:22am
Jackie S - OH Noooo!!!! Very nice post and I couldn't help but to read it twice! Good job JD! That was very smart. Next time, the bag should be on the floor and so should the photographer (squat down) to change the lens!!!  06.11.11 - 10:59pm
Shane O' Sullivan - Before I got a shootsac, I kept my 24mm f1.4L in my suit pocket, but one night I put it on a table and it rolled off and all I heard was a thump. I was gutted, but it never smashed. Keep the faith though, the 35mm f1.4 is being replaced at the end of the year. It's the perfect excuse to get the newer version ;)  06.11.11 - 7:24pm
Evonne & Darren - Ouch! I hope your insurance will cover the repair cost! It's so awesome what JD did... that's why I love being in a husband & wife team too! We look out for each other all the time.  06.10.11 - 2:09am
Erin Oveis Brant - First of all, OMG! No, OMG! I would've tried to smile, but tears would've been streaming down my face. JD's save doesn't surprise me at all! He is like some kind of zen master...he walks into a room and a sort of euphoric calm falls over all its occupants. He is one of those people that could start a cult if he wanted to, because his followers would just want more of that feeling. Ok, I have let this post go on way too long...did I really just insinuate that JD could (should?) start a cult?! Um, yeah...  06.09.11 - 9:09pm
Sheila Hallmark - "like he's freakin British!" too too funny!  06.09.11 - 2:24pm
Andi Walpurgis - you got one classy guy....  06.09.11 - 1:57pm
Ana Telma - OH MY GOSH! I cannot understand what that feeling was... Or maybe I can! Once my camera fell down to the ground! But I didn't worry too much because it was the exact day I bought my new camera. The old one was not an DSLR (it was a so called prosumer) but it was a great friend to me... It felt with the lens down, but it had a filter on, which I think was the savier of the lens and the camera! But, until now, I could never get to take the filter off again! LOL Anyway... JD was just brilliant, amazing!! Kisses for you guys, from Brazil!! :)  06.09.11 - 12:13pm
christina - JD IS AWESOME!! WOW! I want second shooter/boyfriend like that lol.  06.09.11 - 8:22am
tea - thats so cute. i love you two -   06.09.11 - 7:42am
Rene Benkjer - Wow what a great story. Sorry about your spine though...and lens of-course. I just admire people who can be that calm in a situation like that.   06.09.11 - 3:44am
Simple Girl - JD is giving you the stink eye.  06.08.11 - 9:45pm
Denise Prichett - Jasmine, I have to say it. JD is DA MAN!!!! So calm in a crisis like that. I have dropped a lens before and a camera..not a good feeling. And the worst is that you can't react the way you really want to since you are working. So sorry about about your lens.  06.08.11 - 7:40pm
Dajuan - Just $2500? J.D., that's priceless!  06.08.11 - 7:27pm
Ada Paniagua - What a man that JD! Now that's what I call a partner!  06.08.11 - 4:19pm
Jodie - Oh my goodness, that was well handled! Well done JD!!! What a lifesaver :)  06.08.11 - 3:04pm
christina - love it....true test of remaining calm for the bride and groom! love jd for the "all fixed"!  06.08.11 - 2:53pm
Regina Chayer - this is so like my husband/partner. Something similar happend at a recent wedding only it was the flash that crashed (breeze, umbrella, stand) he quickly swapped it, we kept it moving and to the client it was seamless. Sometimes I think if clients knew the real cost of the equipment, they wouldn't think twice about paying for our services! Anyway...Great Job JD and great partnership you and Jasmine obviously share.  06.08.11 - 1:56pm
melanie - i love everything about this post.  06.08.11 - 1:19pm
Bri - Wow. I love this. I love that you two have this kind of relationship. I love that you work together, but mostly, I love that he covers you in every way possible... just as a husband should. ;o)  06.08.11 - 11:43am
MartaV - Awww, JD you are a good man.   06.08.11 - 9:23am
Sean - JD is the man! Great reminder that professionalism is still required no matter the situation. Also a great reminder that you need insurance. Sure its still a little $$$ out of pocket but not $1500. MUST have insurance on your gear!  06.08.11 - 7:05am
YarraValleyWedding - Great to have that calming presence as a second shooter. Where you can buy the JDs?  06.08.11 - 5:50am
Aaronv2 - This isn't a story about professionalism. It's a love story :p Cutest think I have read all week!  06.08.11 - 4:17am
denise karis - ohhhh my goodness - what a quick thinker - but what a sad story!! Poor thing - Im waiting for the day i drop one of mine :(  06.08.11 - 3:23am
Ginger Murray - Oh man... I hate when that happens... dropped my 70-200 and I was like, NoooooOooooOOo....!! (It is somewhat broke, but still seems to work fine... not sure how that happened). This is a total BA photo of JD. Like, Men in Black, and he just saved the planet. (Now bust out the Men in Black dance... I did in my head. This one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyUrQRYAiLQ)  06.08.11 - 2:33am
stephanie - love this story, your exact story happened to me last year, its was a rented lens, and I did not have a second shooter to get me through it. worst day, that lens fell in slow motion. Love the picture   06.08.11 - 2:26am
sarah - that is one of the best stories of spousal support I'VE EVER HEARD. seriously. that's amazing. good for you, JD.  06.07.11 - 11:15pm
Erin K. - Jasmine, I cringed when I read that you dropped your new lens. Here's to hoping it's a quick (and not too expensive) fix :-)  06.07.11 - 9:44pm
Cindy Lee - Bravo JD! You scored an A++ on that assignment :D  06.07.11 - 8:11pm
Kellee - I would totally die if I dropped my 35mm, hopefully this reminds me to soldier on if it ever happens :S  06.07.11 - 8:05pm
kelsey {las vegas wedding photography} - Good job JD but so sad for the lens :(  06.07.11 - 7:54pm
Carly Koop - Laughed OUT LOUD at "JD's" comment. I know I could have said LOL but it really didn't convey what I wanted to say. Hope all goes well with the lens!  06.07.11 - 7:52pm
whitney elizabeth - aww JD is too sweet! y'all did a great job acting cohesive and professional in front on your clients!!  06.07.11 - 7:01pm
Sadiemae - What a great post!   06.07.11 - 5:51pm
Ashley Perez - JD is like J in a different body. I freak out and he remains calm and gets mad at me for freaking out. Aren't we lucky to have them around? Besides their attitudes of course!  06.07.11 - 5:36pm
WeddingSnapper - So if JD is now free can I have him as MY second shooter?  06.07.11 - 5:27pm
Shilpy - Is this the first time your dropping your lens? I haven't dropped mine yet, but I know it's somewhere down the line... my boyfriend Sunil keeps saying I'm every accident prone :P   06.07.11 - 5:18pm
Kristin - That is a crappy situation but go JD for making the best of it! Freaking British indeed. :)  06.07.11 - 4:52pm
Kimberly Murray - Yep! JD's face says it all. So interesting to see his look juxtaposed against the backdrop of the happy, smiling couple. You're so lucky to have someone who thinks so quickly on his feet and knows how to keep the mood light.  06.07.11 - 3:38pm
Lindsey - I really thought JD couldn't BE any cooler. I was wrong.   06.07.11 - 3:37pm
Jessi D - Well played Sir. Well played. Thanks for sharing this photo! So awesome!!  06.07.11 - 3:25pm
kelly marie - JD's loss is our gain....I'll be first in line to second shoot! ;)  06.07.11 - 3:17pm
Ann - 1. What a nightmare scenario come to life. 2. What a perfect 007 second shooter to be there for you like that. Good to hear everything turned out fine like this. I'm assuming you are insured and therefore should have that lens back in no time, right? Right?  06.07.11 - 3:11pm
kayla j photography - I feel ya..i was shooting wedding and during the ceremony i slipped and fell..not only breaking a lens...but also a rib i came to find out later the next day..makes for a great story :) Way to just carry on.   06.07.11 - 2:44pm
Jamela - Aren't husbands the best second shooters. They know how to be our glue and give us tough love. At the end of the day, they'll give us a hug and tell us we did a great job.   06.07.11 - 2:39pm
Yuliya Molitvenik - JD, you look sharp! That's all, and definitely worth the fee for all your help.   06.07.11 - 2:32pm
Alejandra - Imaginale - Can I just say that I love how your MOM commented "Love that man!!" Haha. Sometimes your comments are as entertaining as your own writing :)   06.07.11 - 2:08pm
Natalie Tuggle - Oh Jasmine! My heart hurts for your lense! I think I would have died on the spot! We all need a good JD in situations like this.   06.07.11 - 1:41pm
Life with Kaishon - JD is so handsome in that picture. Even with the look : )  06.07.11 - 1:41pm
Anselm - I had the same thing happen with a 50mm. It wasn't an L lens, but reaction was pretty was pretty much the same as your, don't let the client know how you feel and just move on. As for JD, he is the MAN! (of course we all know that already) I saw the photo before I read the post and thought to myself that JD looks like a G-Man about to spring into action.  06.07.11 - 1:40pm
Joanna Pia - OH my! now this is true partnership in business and in life.   06.07.11 - 1:20pm
gwen - A of all: I need to find myself a "JD" somewhere. And B of all: If your JD gets too pricey please holla my way and I would gladly fly to Cali and be your second shooter :)   06.07.11 - 1:18pm
JenW - So impressed! - that is way too cool how he played it off like and saved the buzz from being killed. $2,500... I'm sure you really think he is pretty priceless. ;)  06.07.11 - 1:17pm
rich - what a second shooter! i think he's worth the $2500 - haha  06.07.11 - 1:14pm
Marissa Nicole - I dropped my wide angle shooting a party once, but luckily I was alone standing across the street trying to get a shot of the building, so no on heard my "oh s***" moment. I was super bumped & totally mad at myself. Least to say I am much more careful now as to how I handle my gear.   06.07.11 - 1:13pm
Christina Dely - This breaks my heart & makes me smile all at once! JD you are always the picture of calmness! Such an invaluable quality in a husband/2nd shooter :) You will have to keep us posted on the status of the 35! I hope it is okay!  06.07.11 - 1:04pm
Alexisk - I also own the 35 1.4 but I don't Use it as much because it's to wide.. I remember reading your review of that lens, maybe it felt second best and just gave up? Or Maybe it's trying to get you to take it more seriously... I'm happy you pulled off the rest of the day..sorry about your lens.   06.07.11 - 12:55pm
Jamie - A priceless look from JD.  06.07.11 - 12:49pm
Adam - OMG JStar, I could not feel worse about how nonchalant the bride and groom were during this ordeal! If they'd known what a big deal it was, I am sure they would have been more demonstrably sympathetic!! Hugs!  06.07.11 - 12:49pm
heather cherie photography - Oh! I know the feeling! That happened to me once on an engagement shoot with my 50mm. I accidentally hit it on the side of my car and the focus ring cracked and the AF-MF button fell out. It made me sick, but I just had to put on a smile and CARRY ON. :) You guys are awesome! :)  06.07.11 - 12:26pm
Kare - JD is the bomb, no doubt about it!  06.07.11 - 12:23pm
Kira - Look at JD, looking all James Bond-ish! Dude. I totally dropped my 24-70 at a shoot one time, and it was LOUD and heavy when it hit the ground. Same slo-mo, only I was by myself. I looked at the glass cracked in pieces, turned around at my jaw-dropped clients and was all, "OH, it's totally fine!" GULP. Called my husband crying after the shoot. Luckily it was just the filter!! But way to keep Jasmine calm, JD! That's all you can do during a shoot!  06.07.11 - 12:22pm
Linnea - OK - totally random, at first glance on your homepage of the blog "All Fixed".....i immediately thought......OH NO! Polo with a cone around his neck?!?!?! LOL!!!  06.07.11 - 12:12pm
Mom - Love that man!!  06.07.11 - 12:09pm
Lydia - JD is amazing! Totally deserves the $2,500 and A-! Insurance will work it out, right?  06.07.11 - 12:06pm
Gail - A HELIPAD?? You photographed a wedding with a HELIPAD involved? Oh girl, what a day that must of been. I'm just sorry it had to involve a broken lens. PS - JD is looking VERY James Bond-ish here!   06.07.11 - 11:49am
Jess @ JQ Photography - Way to go JD! Jasmine, on your own you already rock, but together with JD you guys are total rock stars!  06.07.11 - 11:35am
Heather Bird - Oh no - so sorry to hear! How great is JD! One of the things I love most about this post are the comments... your readers know you so well and obviously are as loyal to your blog, your Creative Live classes and your FB as I am.. ie. "I promise to get gas." "What was his grade?"   06.07.11 - 11:34am
Renee - Ha ha what a cute little story. I love that photo for two reasons: 1) The look on JDs face. 2) How much your couple is in to each other, and in their own little world. Talent!  06.07.11 - 11:33am
Vail Fucci - Ugh! That is my worst nightmare. But to those out there who are saying they had similar things happen, and had to buy a whole new one, pulease get insurance. I use travelers and my deductible is only $250. It isn't very expensive either! Still, kudos to JD for helping you recompose yourself, figuratively and literally with the new lens.  06.07.11 - 11:13am
Chelsey - OUCH. This post made me cringe. I just bought my 35 1.4L and it's like my little baby that I don't want anything to happen to it! Sucks that it happened to you! But thank God for good men that are always there for us, right?  06.07.11 - 11:08am
Corrie Lindroos - Oh my word, that is my biggest fear!!! I love how well you and your hubbie work together, you compliment each other beautifully.  06.07.11 - 11:02am
jb newcomb - JD sure is at the top of your assets list! Thank goodness he's not in your camera case to be accidentally dropped, too! lol You're sure blessed, girl. I love when my hubby swoops in for the rescue like that. How DO they do it so well?!  06.07.11 - 11:00am
Tanya De Leeuw - Oh, your heart must've stopped! Glad it worked out ok. You and JD make a wonderful team! That's what working together is all about: If one has a "moment", the other is there to hold it together for the client's sake!  06.07.11 - 10:55am
Evie Perez - Oh no, I am sorry that happened to you. What would we do without our better half? I love how you and JD work together ;)  06.07.11 - 10:54am
Ann Molen - This is such an awesome story! The fact that you both kept it together and moved on with the shoot is such a great reminder of what our number 1 job is...to be professionals and make the client happy. Thank you for turning something tragic (hello, 35mm 1.4!) into something positive and helpful for the rest of us :)  06.07.11 - 10:53am
s h e r r y - :) Aw. That is so great. So calm. And I can't wait to see the rest of the photos on a helipad! A HELIPAD! :O Cool!!  06.07.11 - 10:52am
Jé - Look at your man looking all James Bondish... maybe he is British. lol j/k   06.07.11 - 10:43am
Charlie McDonald - JD's Slick. He's like James Bond in this Pic ;)  06.07.11 - 10:42am
jenn {bow tie & bustle} - wow! JD is a total rockstar! you are tremendously lucky to have such an amazing guy and 2nd shooter by your side! he's the best! so sorry to hear about your lens...big bummer! i'm sure you still rocked it out though.  06.07.11 - 10:37am
Jennifer Lynn Photography - I want to know (which I should probably know)...did you two work together before getting married? I love that he pulled it off (the Mr. Cool) and sorry bout your lens. I could cry for you there! Have totally been there, but with no Mr. Cool  06.07.11 - 10:33am
Romonia Isaac - When I saw your tweet about breaking your 35mm, my heart broke a little for you!! I've dropped my 85mm and done the grab and slow motion "Nooooooo" as well so I can relate! Thankfully it's under warranty and that is what insurance is for so you should get a brand new 35mm. As far as JD goes, he's getting pricey on you! ;) Lol! JD is such a great partner as well as person and I love that picture!! Looking very GQ JD!!! I love when a man suits up for a wedding!   06.07.11 - 10:32am
Michelle Norton - While shooting an engagement session I set my flash next to me on the ground. When I got to the second location I realized I had left it behind. I couldn't go back. It was a good 30 min away. So I finished the shoot as if nothing was wrong. Ironically I had just read an article where the photographer dropped his camera off a cliff. Said "No worries I have another one". Inside he was in utter despair. So I was prepared in how to act professional. Sadly when I went back the Flash was gone. However we saved up and bought a better one!   06.07.11 - 10:31am
stephanie - "like he's freaking British"...DYING LAUGHING, you KILL ME! Go JD.  06.07.11 - 10:27am
Dana - JD is a jewel! Thank God you have him!!! ;) xo  06.07.11 - 10:17am
briana Moore - I love that you have such a wonderful partner. :) Your photos remind me how much I love weddings, but your writing reminds me how much I love marriage  06.07.11 - 10:16am
Pete - Sounds to me like you can't afford another second shooter....and I don't mean monetarily of course.  06.07.11 - 10:12am
steph - So let's talk about that gorgeous skyline AND how your bride+groom are totally entranced with each other and not even noticing the 'problem'. Looks like you successfully carried on! :)   06.07.11 - 10:11am
Sandra Fazzino - I was eager to learn the story of the broken lens. Isn't it unsettling how in one split second, so much can change? My attempt at the bright side: The lens was paid for. Imagine if you were making payments on it! And being grace under fire is priceless. Well done!  06.07.11 - 10:10am
Sarah - What JD did? THAT is what makes a pro. It's not just getting flustered - it's coming across like everything is perfect. Such a great story, and picture to go with. I'm so glad you shared this, thanks!  06.07.11 - 10:10am
Mioara Dragan - I bet this picture made JD's life. He's all secret agent, on a helipad, dressed to the nines & saving the day. Haha!  06.07.11 - 10:08am
Laura Stricklin - SOOOO needed this laugh!!!!!! That's great!  06.07.11 - 10:07am
Jillian Tree - GO JD!!! :)  06.07.11 - 10:04am
Sarah Danaher - he is SO good for you.   06.07.11 - 10:03am
Jennifer Lynn - How much do we all love JD!!! This just confirms how valuable friends and great husbands are. And why a great second shooter can never be paid enough. And why I have fired a few bad ones without regret!  06.07.11 - 10:02am
Kaylee Sizemore - Jasmine and JD, I love you!   06.07.11 - 10:02am
JESSICA - So does JD have a brother? lol   06.07.11 - 10:02am
Deanna - HUGS girl, I broke my camera last week during a boudoir shoot. I still haven't grasped reality even tho I already have the new one in hand. I cried when I had to spend the money on the new one. SRSLY.   06.07.11 - 9:58am
Gina - JD looks so handsome in that black suit. Your a lucky girl!  06.07.11 - 9:58am
Penny Wolfe - There is nothing better than shooting with someone who remains calm when you're wound and that you can keep calm when they are wound up. Balance. The secret of success!! Way to go JD. I'd have been more like you though Jas!   06.07.11 - 9:56am
Shannon - Everyone needs their own JD! Wow. I know there's no way I would have been able to keep it together like that! Amazing how he thought so fast on his feet, and like a true professional, never let the client know there was anything wrong. I bet your client had no idea how much that lens cost, or how much pain you were in thinking about having to replace it. And despite all that, you still got amazing pictures anyway... Team STAR is unstoppable!!!  06.07.11 - 9:51am
Gabriel - You´re a luky photographer for having such a great partner!! Reagards!!  06.07.11 - 9:49am
Gina - JD to the rescue :) It's a bummer about the lens, but you've definitely got a keeper hubby there Jasmine!   06.07.11 - 9:49am
Carrie K - Kudos to JD! What quick thinking. I'd say he's worth at least the $2500 offered (if not more...) ;)  06.07.11 - 9:49am
Wendy - Jasmine! The exact same thing happened to me in Punta Cana for my first real wedding with a BORROWED macro lens and the main photographer just looked at me with the same look JD gave you and I put my sunglasses on to hide my big fat salty tears running down my face...the bride asked...is everything okay? And of course it wasn't but I did carry on with another lens....later at a wedding shower a young and helpful girl picked up my bag for me that was NOT zipped up and I actually shouted NOOOOOOOO. I felt so bad as she was just trying to be helpful but these are the lessons learned as photographers when we can barely afford the equipment to begin with! Thank you for this post....xoxo   06.07.11 - 9:43am
Chantal Benoit - That happen to me too in the studio 24-70mm lens $2000!!!! When my husband got home I told him that I tried calling him and had a sad look on my face. He said what do you want me to do get another one and move on. Aren't you glad you have a good husband!!! Chantal  06.07.11 - 9:42am
Stephanie Lyell - Okay, I have to comment because I did this last fall!! It is the worst feeling in the world. And my hubby (second shooter) was the best...yay for good husbands/second shooters!  06.07.11 - 9:39am
Bill Raab - A story of off-balance being counter-balanced. You two are awesomely complementary.  06.07.11 - 9:33am
Chris - That bites! Sometimes we all need a little reminder too keep it together, what a guy! I read all the post by or about JD to my husband (who is my assistant). Can't wait to share this with him.  06.07.11 - 9:30am
ashley barnett - Aw Jasmine I am so sorry about your lens. I have been there in those moments of panic and having my rock of a boyfriend to gently remind me to stop being a drama queen and carry on is something I am so grateful for. By the way, JD looks like some secret agent right here, like he just got off the helicopter to swoop in and come save the day!! :)   06.07.11 - 9:29am
Emily Dobson - Way to go, JD! I think it's time you start lending him out to the rest of us. He seems to have this second shooter/hero thing down pat! So sad to hear about your lens...if it makes you feel better, I probably would've cried. Right there. On the roof top. In front of the bride and groom. Yeah, I'm THAT cool.  06.07.11 - 9:27am
Hope Gibbs - That is WHY you marry your BEST friend! <3  06.07.11 - 9:25am
Anahy Ruelas - Dang! JD is just perfect! Come on, tell us, does he have a tail? He's gotta have a flaw. Hehee. :-p  06.07.11 - 9:24am
ala - where did we find such patient guys? i heart jd for you! <3  06.07.11 - 9:19am
Kelly Sauer - Heartbreaking - and delightful. I love you two.  06.07.11 - 9:19am
melodie - This CRACKED me up...not because you broke your lens, but it was just...you know. I need to go give my man helper a hug, because he would have done the same thing im sure :)  06.07.11 - 9:19am
Katelyn James - ohhh I dropped and totally destroyed my 50 1.2 during a bridal shoot. It ROLLED down the busiest street in Richmond. Yea. I turned to the bride said " ohh haha it's fine, it wasn't even my favorite!" ... I then turned around and tried to regain composure.... it took everything in my not to GASP and burst into tears... luckily, Canon's CPS membership paid off and it was only $100 to fix this $1600 lens! I feel your pain girlfriend...   06.07.11 - 9:18am
Stephanie Stewart - I'm so sorry to hear about your lens! But alas, JD saved the day! GO, JD!!! And can I say that I'm soooo excited to see the rest of this wedding??? A helipad?! Love it!  06.07.11 - 9:17am
Maliha Faruki - sheesh! i would have started freaking out... kudos to jd... love the response!!!! and hope that the lens gets fixed without cutting too much into the pocket!  06.07.11 - 9:15am
pamela telgenhoff - Haha! You are amazing! And I will only charge you half of that for second shooting :) JK   06.07.11 - 9:14am
Amy Jo - I was hoping you would do a post about the 35mm after I read on twitter that it had been broken. What a great idea on JD's part to make a nightmare into something the bride and groom didn't realize was problem. I may have cried, so I am totally proud of you for holding it together!   06.07.11 - 9:14am
Ashley Swallow - This is a great lesson for all of us on keeping it together while shooting weddings! Thanks so much for sharing.   06.07.11 - 9:14am
Priscilla - Good looks JD... Nice to have a rock star in your corner. Oh - and I bet you graded him an A+ for this one!!!  06.07.11 - 9:08am
Cathy - Jasmine when I read your post this was the first thing that popped into my head....... Ecclesiastes 4:9 New Living Translation (NLT) 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. You and JD make an awesome team !  06.07.11 - 9:08am
Megan Eckers - P.S. My favorite part though was as soon as I dropped it and cried out in pain, the bride said, "Oh no! Your baby!" I love that she totally got it.  06.07.11 - 9:07am
Janine Cofield - All I can say is beautiful.... I love it! He is the most awesome second Shooter ever!  06.07.11 - 9:05am
Kate Douthwright - JD is amazing. I don't know if I would've been that cool if that happened to me. Seriously, a great lesson learned in acting professional for the rest of us!! You guys are an awesome team :)  06.07.11 - 9:05am
Melinda Leal - GIRL....you are a hot mess!! LOL... this blog sounded like something I would write! HAHA...only because you made a great caption for JD! :) I knew EXACTLY how you felt as you were describing the lens falling....let me tell you, JD is on point! Imma have to take a "cool,calm,collective" pointer from him!!!   06.07.11 - 9:05am
Michael Montalto - Your marriage makes me smile! Isn't it fantastic to have a teammate you can truly rely on? Cheers! mM  06.07.11 - 9:05am
Monica Bryant - I was shooting a senior and my go-to lens for seniors, the Canon 70-200 IS lens flipped out of my camera bag and BOUNCED, I kid you not, on the asphalt! My heart just about pounded out of my chest...alas, I didn't have a wingman as awesome as JD, so I was just stunned and wanted to cry....I composed myself long enough to pull another lens out of the bag and finish the session...I cried all the way home!! Good British wingmen are hard to find...  06.07.11 - 9:05am
Megan Eckers - AH! Jasmine, I did the EXACT same thing this weekend with my 50mm 1.2. Reached into the bag and down it went on the concrete church floor. Somehow even with no lens cap on, it managed to stay in one piece and miraculously the glass didn't crack. At least nowhere that I could see anyway. And it still worked well enough for the next few hours, but I'm worried that it's going to just spontaneously combust any day now. I feel your pain, girl, that is a horrible feeling. JD to the rescue!  06.07.11 - 9:04am
Bethany Fields - Brilliant!   06.07.11 - 9:03am
Jennifer Hejna - I was broke a lens on a wedding (just a 50mm 1,8) and I was just pretending the same but the moment I heard the lens cracking I would have loved to have a JD with me to help me pretending and keeping up the good atmosphere - alone it was just hell. Hope his fee will go down for you again ;-)   06.07.11 - 9:01am
LEOLAK - OUCH!!! I remember seeing your tweet about breaking your 35mm...I can only imagine the sound of it against concrete. Wow...what a partner you have...for business and life! I wish I could be that cool under pressure. Looking forward to see the images...I'm sure they are ROCKIN!!!!   06.07.11 - 9:00am
Emily - I just broke a lens too..I feel your pain!  06.07.11 - 8:59am
Franklin Fitzgerald - I love the way you write. I've been a closet fan of yours since you first appeared on Creative Live. Your energy and love for the business is contagious. This is my first post to your blog and I will continue to follow your travels and adventures in wedding photography. Thanks for all the information you post for aspiring wedding photogs. You are the best.   06.07.11 - 8:59am
Kasey Loftin - A good wingman is priceless!!   06.07.11 - 8:58am
dawn beirnes - that was one of the best "saves" I have ever seen or heard of! Go ahead and pay JD the 2500.00.....that moment was worth it!   06.07.11 - 8:58am
natt - good on JD! wish i was quick on my feet like him...think i would've freaked out for sure =)  06.07.11 - 8:58am
The New Diplomat's Wife - Three cheers for JD ! Though I do stuff like that all the time and know exactly the feeling from hearing the "thud" of an expensive, hard-earned item. It will work out!  06.07.11 - 8:57am
Samantha Macabulos - @Jasmine: Still a hard grader....tough love, I LOVE IT! The only way to succeed and grow...someone's famous words (or along those lines anyways)! ;)  06.07.11 - 8:57am
Andrea - I love the look on JD's face. "You done did it now"… that's what it says to me. How blessed are you to have a great partner like that. Amazing background view… amazing!  06.07.11 - 8:57am
Beria Charles - Awww sorry about the lens!!! And I know JD will "take care of that!" lol C'mom JD, don't let me down now!!! Girl, you are too awesome! And JD? Your perfect partner! Love you guys!  06.07.11 - 8:56am
Laura - You're husband is awesome. I try to keep a positive attitude about things that go wrong but sometimes you just need someone to remind you it will all work out. Sorry for the loss of your lens. I salivate over the thought of ever owning one.  06.07.11 - 8:56am
Liz Bedwell - Jasmine, Sorry to hear about the lens...that's crappy. Seriously though, you are too cute! I always love reading your posts... you can always find a way to look for the positive or add some humor to the mix. :)  06.07.11 - 8:56am
gladys jem - jd is so awesome!! so many people at our wedding commented about how he just smiled the entire time :) so happy and nice!   06.07.11 - 8:56am
Dorie - Keep Calm and Carry On. You have a true blessing in JD.   06.07.11 - 8:56am
Nadya - oh god i have had that nightmare already that i drop it and it crashes into small pieces the 24-70mm @_@ . JD handled that really well, good for him.   06.07.11 - 8:56am
Abby Grace Photography - I know this isn't the point of this post, but I thinkit's so rad that you save up for equipment. I know a super successful photographer like yourself could probably afford to just buy the equipment you want, when you want it, but I really respect that you saved up for it. I'm so sorry your lens broke, but I'm sure it's already on it's way back to Canon for repair. :)  06.07.11 - 8:55am
Dawn Regan - I swear JD needs to get some kind of award. You're one lucky girl. Sorry to hear about the lens.  06.07.11 - 8:54am
Danny Douglas - J-Star, sorry to hear about the lens. I hope you had insurance on it. And, I am throwing my hat in the ring to be your new second shooter, should you ever boot JD to the curb. I'm working on my British accent now ;)  06.07.11 - 8:54am
Malvina - Acting Britsh but looking very James Bondish!!! Sorry about the lens, insurance?  06.07.11 - 8:53am
// Dani - BRAVO JD!!  06.07.11 - 8:53am
bev h. - Priceless!  06.07.11 - 8:51am
Ellie - That's so sad! But so sweet of your husband to keep your chin up. :)   06.07.11 - 8:49am
Jasmine* - @Samantha: Besides his act of awesomeness with the lens, I gave JD an A- for this wedding...I culled his images yesterday and he did amazing work! ;)  06.07.11 - 8:48am
Rachel Tatem - I'm so sorry about the lens... that's so sad. JD sounds amazing: great job keeping your cool... I would have reacted just like you... not the most professional but the words "freak out" come to mind.  06.07.11 - 8:46am
Samantha Macabulos - So, what's his grade for THIS wedding? Hahaha. Sorry, humour in such a sad, sad moment.....I totally feel your pain :( Keep your chin up! You're amazing! xo  06.07.11 - 8:44am
Rachel Leigh Greene - Aww!! That's awesome :D. And I still think it's awesome that you and your husband work together :D  06.07.11 - 8:44am
Marie - I promise to get gas.   06.07.11 - 8:40am
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