Tiffany and Mark : Day After

© Jasmine Star. This post cannot be republished without permission. Stealing makes me sad.
Beauty in Ashes.

There’s something amazing about Mark and Tiffany. They hold a special place in my heart for many reasons, but mostly because they saw something in me that I didn’t quite see in myself. After photographing Mark’s marriage proposal to Tiffany in Summer 2006, I put together a slideshow to display the images. Shortly thereafter, Tiffany booked me as her wedding photographer.

Little did they know that it was the first wedding I booked. Ever.

As we sat in the meeting, we spoke about many things, but I couldn’t shake the feelings of inadequacy and trepidation. However, Mark and Tiffany were quite the opposite. Reassurance, thick layers of creamy compliments, and an array of positive sprinkles. A confidence cupcake, if you will.

By the time their wedding rolled around the following Summer, I shot a handful of weddings and was excited to be a part of their day…mostly because they saw beauty in ashes. Potential buried in a sea of self-doubt.

As life would have it, when Mark and Tiffany made their way into the San Juan Capistrano Mission for their Day After photo session, ashes were floating everywhere from the nearby Orange County fires. The sun was red and cast an inordinately warm glow on the terracotta walls. They looked positively radiant and I felt blessed to be working with them again.

Mark and Tiffany, thank you for seeing beauty in ashes.

This shot is for Tiffany. She combed over endless stacks of bridal magazines and came across this pose. She wanted to recreate the shot with her and Mark...I hope it did it justice! :)
On a sidenote, if you're a bride and you're reading this, don't be afraid to take ownership in the photoshoot...I LOVE when clients proffer ideas and come ready to work it for the camera! I value taking time to educate my clients and encourage them to help me make the session everything they want it to be and more!

To see more of their Day After Session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow to one of my and Tiffany's favorite songs!!
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Susan Fong - Stunning and breathtaking. Just beautiful!   09.23.12 - 8:18pm
kay english - Wow!!! is all I can say! Every one of these pictures is completely AMAZING! The poses are the best too. They're so natural and not forced. How did you come up with them?   07.29.09 - 10:54am
dawn dougherty - This is one of my favorite shoots! Gorgeous photos girl!  06.27.09 - 11:17pm
Yvette Villareal - I'm so loving this shoot!!!!! You are by far truly blessed with a great talent... <3  05.06.09 - 3:24pm
Zena - You are so talented. The composition of these photos are stellar!  02.22.08 - 6:47am
ashley o - this looks like it was a shoot for a bridal magazine. what fabulous shots! and only with a year of wedding photography experience? i'm impressed  02.03.08 - 5:24pm
Michelle - Simply stunning. My favorite couple, but I may be a little biased :) This has so completely captured Mark and Tiffany's amazing journey together. The brassy copper colors offsetting the white, red, and black of the couple's clothing against the exposed brick and glowing orange light is a timeless tribute to their love for each other. Your work is amazing.  01.26.08 - 9:28pm
Cathy - OMG these are FABULOUS! Not just because of the gorgeous subjects, or the stunning location but because of the amazing talent that you are.  01.19.08 - 4:24am
sandra magalhaes (south africa) - i am passionate about wedding and photography. i am still a novice though but i look at these and think maybe one day i will be this talented. i just can't stop coming aback to these. do you do alot of post editing?  01.18.08 - 1:39am
sandra magalhaes - Your pictures are incredibly crisp as well. what lens do you use mostly for weddings?   01.18.08 - 12:19am
sandra magalhaes - Absolutely beautiful and incredibly inspiring photography!  01.18.08 - 12:18am
melissa - jas- these are absolutely stunning. you are so gifted and i am just blown away by these. you are amazing.   11.07.07 - 1:47pm
James Christianson - Jasmine, these images are such iconic images. it is images like this that can completely define or re-define a photographer...amazing.  11.05.07 - 1:08pm
Suzanne from Austin - Absolutely Fantastic. I have been searching A LOT of weddings lately as I have been thinking of writing my own vowes with the camera... And I have to say these are incredible shots, great subjects, and perfect place. You really captured the mood and if you could do this for all your clients you should get wedding photographer of the year and be on Bride Magazine!!!! NO Doubt.  11.02.07 - 8:19am
Auntie Zaida - You both look amazing and what beautiful pictures. A life time of tresures have been sealed. Love, Aunt Zaida  11.01.07 - 5:01pm
sara from whitebox - stunning! what a great location. you are a supastar!  11.01.07 - 9:32am
David - I know you don't need any more praise, but this is the best wedding/post wedding shoot I have ever seen. Ever. Wow! The atmosphere, the styling, the posing, the couple. . . absolutely perfect. It's one of those sessions that makes me want to put down the camera because I feel like I will never be gifted enough to see like you. But "beauty in ashes" right?:)   10.31.07 - 8:53pm
James Day - Some of my favourite photos you've taken Jasmine! JD  10.31.07 - 7:10pm
Amanda Key - WOW! This shoot is amazing! They are beautiful.   10.30.07 - 8:16pm
stephanie - Jasmine, again thank you for your incredible generosity in sharing info with us, I know that God has and will bless you abundantly for what you give away and do, and I can definitely say that He has given you an amazing gift and you have such an anointing. stephanie  10.30.07 - 7:01pm
millie holloman - You totally nailed this one Jasmine! Great stuff here...  10.30.07 - 6:26pm
Donna - wow...these are beautiful! I am sure you hear this all the time but you have such a natural talent...and you radiate such a love for what you do-Congratulations!  10.30.07 - 6:11pm
Jasmine* - Hi Stephanie! I don't really remember my settings off the top of my head, but I can say I wasn't using a reflector. I try to always find light-colored walls to act as natural reflectors. The sun was shining in and bouncing off the walls, so it was so lovely! :)  10.30.07 - 6:04pm
Jennifer Elaine - The picture looking down on them in the stairway is awesome!  10.30.07 - 5:51pm
Ron Dawson - Hi Jazz. I don't comment often, but every now and then I just have to chime in. Wow! These shots are ready for the cover of a magazine. Hot! I still can't believe you've only been doing this for less than a couple of years. Keep up the great work.  10.30.07 - 2:23pm
stephanie - Hi Jasmine, this is Stephanie from Texas and I have a question... on image #7 what were your settings on and did you use available light and reflector or us some sort of softbox lighting. Girl you are awesome and your spirit is incredible. thank you for always sharing with us  10.30.07 - 1:06pm
Jan Garcia - Whoa! Now that's what I call a portrait session! Awesome.  10.30.07 - 1:03am
Lizeth - As soon as I saw the picture of Tiffany and Mark kissing underneath the pier when I was at their wedding, I told my boyfriend that this was going to be our photographer. Now all I have to do is wait for the question :) You are amazing. Every single picture I've seen of Tiffany and Mark's wedding, engagement, day after is breathtaking. Save the date for me Jasmine! :)  10.29.07 - 8:57pm
nicole green - you seriously blow every other photographer out of the water :)  10.29.07 - 6:55pm
sandra - WOW, Wow and WOW - amazing photos. I just found your blog tonight and I will definately be back to take another look.   10.29.07 - 6:21pm
Heather - These are amazing- amazing! They are so hot. I think these are some of the best I've seen on this site! So excited for Friday!  10.29.07 - 6:18pm
erikalaisphotodesign - Thanks J* for your answer ...  10.29.07 - 12:29pm
Jolene - you have got to be kidding me with how amazing these pictures are....seriously....they are like the pages of a wedding magazine...I think your best yet. STUNNING!!!  10.29.07 - 11:10am
Melissa Koehler - These are amazing Jasmine! I love the location you shot at!  10.29.07 - 8:07am
Jasmine* - Hi Erika! Thanks for the suggestion! Actually, if the song credit is not included in the slideshow it's because I may not have the appropriate credit information. I often ask my friends to burn me music, so my library contains A TON of titleless and artistless songs. Sorry! This song, however, is called You&Me by the Wannadies...and I found this out by looking up Mark and Tiffany's wedding itinerary as it was their Grand Entrance song. Sorry it took me so long! :)  10.29.07 - 7:55am
erikalaisphoto - Hi J*, I have a suggestion to you: I think you must show the credits for the songs that you use in yours slideshow, at the end of them, because the songs are one more beautiful that the ones, and so in this way, we can know who is the song for, and we don't disturb you asking it very time ... hope you get it!!! You are a STAR!!!!  10.29.07 - 6:55am
sarahkchen - your work is so beautiful and so inspirational!   10.28.07 - 8:19pm
Terisa Fuller - Oh! What Beautiful work? I am an amateur photographer and would love to know how you get the best pictures. I also love the song on your website. Who is the singer or group? Love to hear from you. Thanks! -- Florida  10.28.07 - 7:07pm
Jennifer - YOU blow me AWAY! Good grief. These are stinkin' AMAZING! Love this quote from you, "I couldn’t shake the feelings of inadequacy and trepidation." Ha...I know that oh too well! But you proof to be brilliant! Thank you for all you do and contribute to all of us who strive to grow. You are such a blessing and inspiration.   10.28.07 - 6:33pm
Brian Khang - You always find the cool locations for these shoots.. I need to venture out in CA more. Awesome job!  10.28.07 - 4:50pm
abraham - you really stepped it up a notch jasmine! this post is b e a u t i f u l ! great work, keep it up!  10.28.07 - 1:48pm
erikalais photodesign - I've seem the slideshow just now, amazing ... i loved the song too it from Surfjan Stevens???   10.28.07 - 1:20pm
erika lais photo design - I've seem the slideshow just now, amazing ... i loved the song too it from Surfjan Stevens???  10.28.07 - 1:15pm
Donna - Wow Jasmine! Great work. A little more pages of Vogue-ish. Watching ANTM is affecting your work. It's great. So... Was it a conscious choice or is it part of the natural progression that is art? ; )  10.28.07 - 7:00am
Chanel Parrott - absolutely amazing! The location was incrediable and the couple just beautiful! You have an amazing eye and an awesome way of writing as well! You blow me away girl!  10.28.07 - 5:23am
teresa - Love these photos! who sings that song?????   10.27.07 - 11:54pm
Ryan Christensen - Wow Jasmine... you are awesome! Love these images, I can't believe your first wedding was just last year.   10.27.07 - 11:35pm
Lisa Robbins - The beauty captured here is simply indescribable. Well Done, Jasmine.   10.27.07 - 9:54pm
Scarlett Lillian - Breathless. So gorgeous Jazz!  10.27.07 - 8:52pm
sean flanigan - amazing -sean  10.27.07 - 8:38pm
Sheila Buhr - Absolutely stunning. You are a new inspiration for me!!  10.27.07 - 6:52pm
Crystal Goss - OMG!!!!!  10.27.07 - 6:43pm
stephanie - Jasmine Star.... knocks another one out of the park!! awesome job girl!  10.27.07 - 4:31pm
Breanne - Simply stunning as per usual... your work never ceases to amaze me.   10.27.07 - 3:14pm
Jeanine - I can just agree to all the people who left a comment before. These pictures are just so amazingly beautyful. Everything is prefect, the location, the couple and the view of the photographer. Thank you Jasminem you are my daily dosis of inspiration!  10.27.07 - 2:20pm
ksen :) - mizz jasmine*! what a gorgeous description & beyond gorgeous images to follow -- abosolutely phenominal work!! beautiful couple.... amazing emotion & feeling throughout their images. KUDOS to you for being so terrific, full of life & knowing how to capture it in others!!!  10.27.07 - 10:56am
Rachel brooke - This last one is my favorite shot. It looks like you guys were in Tuscany! Beautiful work.  10.27.07 - 9:53am
daniela - They are amzing! Karen is righ, they look like a magazine ad.   10.27.07 - 8:09am
dawn shields - It is so hard to believe the same girl I met in Mexico who had just started is the same one photographing these AMAZING images! You are so talented and just a real gift to the industry. Dawn  10.27.07 - 7:39am
Jess Strickland - These are INCREDIBLE, Jas! JUST STUNNING....and SOO inspirational!! :)  10.27.07 - 7:14am
Eric - I'm sure I've seen her in a print ad somewhere....  10.27.07 - 6:43am
angel swanson - these are soo perfect. love them!!   10.27.07 - 2:41am
Dawn Malone - STUNNING!  10.27.07 - 1:28am
karen - stunning photo's but have to admit they don't look like a married couple, it looks like an advertisment for a wedding. Can't see the love. Great picutures though  10.27.07 - 1:23am
Kymberli - Jasmine! These might be my absolute favorite! These are BEAUTIFUL! It seriously looks like ads from a wedding magazine. They are absolutely flawless!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!  10.27.07 - 1:13am
Joyful Weddings & Events - Oh my goodness! These are incredible!! Are you sure you didn't hire them to do the shoot? Total model quality. Jas- these are absolutely gorgeous pictures. I agree- you should try to get them published.  10.26.07 - 11:08pm
Steven Kang - Wow is about the best fit word here. You are just to awesome Jasmine.  10.26.07 - 10:22pm
Lia Supatra - Jasmine, just by visiting your blog - i can say that your work and your style is so inspiring, as always. love it! :)   10.26.07 - 10:18pm
Simply Modern Weddings - I love photo #14 with her looking up at him...great ring shot. The are also a super cute couple, so that always makes a beautiful photo!   10.26.07 - 9:53pm
cassandra m - A-MAZ-ING! This Mission is absolutely beautiful and could not have made for a better backdrop. Your sis is right, you should publish some of these. They look perfect for a modern bride magazine or any magazine for that matter. You certainly outdid yourself with these photos. Flawless...the couple is gorgeous and you captured such incredible images with them. love your are such an inspiration!  10.26.07 - 8:34pm
levell - amazing once again...  10.26.07 - 7:45pm
Stacy Cross - These pictures are truly inspiring Jas. You have arrived, girl!  10.26.07 - 7:33pm
Molly - I love the Mission. Do you have to have a permit to shoot there?  10.26.07 - 7:09pm
Mallory B - What song is that? I am amazed by your work Jasmine. What breathtaking pictures! I cannot wait until our engagement session!  10.26.07 - 7:02pm
cameron Ingalls - HOT STUFF!  10.26.07 - 5:53pm
Amanda - These are just incredible... they remind me of something from a high fashion fragrance shoot or something. Gorgeous.  10.26.07 - 5:50pm
Tiffany - How much do I LOVE the slide show!!! It couldn't have been set to a better song;) So thoughtful! I loved every picture you are so incredibly fabulous Jasmine! We are so grateful to have you capture every aspect of our lil love story...engagement, wedding, and day after!   10.26.07 - 5:48pm
Oleksandr - WOW!  10.26.07 - 4:48pm
kate - i would love to see the slideshow of the proposal! can you link it? i am shooting one this weekend and am nervous! thanks jaz - amazing shots as usual!  10.26.07 - 4:43pm
Lindsey Marie - Truly an inspiration to see your work! thank you!  10.26.07 - 4:32pm
Regina - WOW these makeme feel as though I am reading a romance novel...Once again you make me love your work even more.   10.26.07 - 4:24pm
Kristin - No other words comesto mind but simply amazing!  10.26.07 - 4:15pm
Jeanette - These shots look like they're straight out of a high class bridal/wedding magazine!!! Simply AMAZING as always!! Have a blast tomorrow shooting Mel & Jackson's wedding!! Can't wait to see the beautiful pix. Ü  10.26.07 - 4:03pm
sally - Truly amazing photos. I'll echo everyone else's gratitude by saying how much your insights have helped me. Thanks for being an open book.  10.26.07 - 3:01pm
Korey - This is one of my favorite sessions I think you have ever done! I love the mission, and I love the light, despite its eeriness. I think only a SoCal resident would recognize it, but you made it beautiful! And to know they were your first booked wedding?! You inspire me!  10.26.07 - 2:31pm
jen harris - Absolutely beautiful! This is probably my favorite post of all time! Jas, your work amazes me more each time! Hugs!  10.26.07 - 2:25pm
kal - hi jasmine. i'm a first time blogger on y'ur site, but been fascinated by your work in an unstalkish kinda way...LOL. Anyway, I had to post because I recognize my fav. Pronovia dress (just ask Trista L.). Your bride looks just like one of models in the Pronovia catalogs.  10.26.07 - 2:13pm
brandy j - AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME! Your work is so stunning Jasmine! I LOVE all of these.  10.26.07 - 1:28pm
cathy - off the hook beautiful! Oh my Goodness! seriously. sheesh. you are so darn talented! :)  10.26.07 - 1:13pm
Tiffany - OMG Mark and I LOVE the pictures!!!! Mark and I had a blast taking pics with you for an hour...the mission was gorgeous and that crazy glow! Choosing pics for the album will be a task=) Once again...thanks for making us look good!!!! I loved your intro story too...we feel so priveledge to have been booked as your first clients! You're our first & BEST photographer...woohoo! Love ya!  10.26.07 - 12:58pm
cesar perez - Definitely one of my favorite sessions of yours!!! Kicks....fanny. =)  10.26.07 - 12:49pm
Tina Jean Wagner - Jasmine, Thank you so much for sharing that story with us! I am always inspired by you and your work. It is great to hear about how you began. (and not even that long ago) I too am starting out booking my first clients-ones that aren't related or friends, and like you said its "hard to shake those feelings of inadequacy and trepidation" but its comforting to know that even the greatest photographers-such as yourself, started the same way, a little unsure of themselves, and with people who believed in them and took a chance. Thank you for sharing that. Your photos are beautiful but more than any photo those words are inspiring. THANK YOU!!!  10.26.07 - 12:41pm
Jamie Delaine - GORGEOUS shoot Jazz!! Wow. Great location. Love her dramatic pearls and red bouquet. A Day After session is so perfect for getting shots you can't get during the wedding! neat.  10.26.07 - 12:41pm
gabriel ryan - holy (insert explative here)! these freaking rock!!! it makes me so excited for our session together in a couple of weeks... although the location we wanted, may have burned down...  10.26.07 - 12:05pm
erika lais photo - Jasmine, so great again, amazing shoots in a wonderful place!!!!!! I'm so proud of myself, and I'd like to ask you you to visit my photoblog to see my first job and give your note, because you are OUR BEST TEACHER!!!!!! Kkkkk!!!! Don't forget, leave a comment ... many thanks  10.26.07 - 11:52am
Kate Mefford - What a GORGEOUS location! GORGEOUS clients! You really worked that light, sister...very nice.  10.26.07 - 11:52am
Melissa Rich - word up love!!! Great shots!! How fun is to do the fashion thing...especially when our clients are into it! You nailed it girly!! Seriously kick a**!  10.26.07 - 11:38am
Tonya - Jasmine you are an inspiration to me. I sometimes feel like my confedence is slipping too. You pictures are amazing and you seem like an amazing person. Keep up the great work. I love coming to you blog every day  10.26.07 - 11:26am
Brenda - ***WOW*** That's all I can say...  10.26.07 - 11:24am
Serena - omg!! could they seriously be any cuter?  10.26.07 - 11:20am
Raquel - Beautiful pictures! You're images inspire me as I sit at my 8 to 5 corporate job and dream of the freedom and creativity that photography gives. You truly have a gift!  10.26.07 - 11:03am
david baxter - beautiful images, beautiful couple! you continue to BLOW ME AWAY jamine*!!!  10.26.07 - 10:59am
Nataly - Jasmine, these are gorgeous! They were smart to give you a chance and I bet you they are happy they did! Their images are fabulous!  10.26.07 - 10:49am
Jairo - Jasmine, I really love your work!! Everytime I come in here I get inspired! Thanks for sharing with us :) Kudos from Houston, TX!  10.26.07 - 10:41am
jeanette sanchez - Jasmine, I visit here frequently and I am most impressed with this shoot! The location, subjects, composition and style are simply perfect! Excellent job!  10.26.07 - 10:41am
Trista - these are hot!!!  10.26.07 - 10:39am
Isabel - Freakin' AMAZING! How do you get your images sooo sharp?!   10.26.07 - 10:36am
Brianna - These aren't your clients jazzy. They are models that you hired. I'm sure of it. Stop lying to us.  10.26.07 - 10:30am
Tana Huffman - Amazing - simply amazing. I think one of your best shoots yet!  10.26.07 - 10:25am
Jane Lok - "Day After" sounds much better than "Trash the Dress". =) This seems like a great option since Kevin and I don't intend on seeing each other before the ceremony. *ducks in fear* Don't hate us! =)  10.26.07 - 10:24am
Michelle Moore - WOW Jasmine, what a gorgeous couple, and such amazing photos! This location is incredible, & the result, flawless. Beautiful work. You continue to be such an inspiration to me :)  10.26.07 - 9:53am
Amy Martin - HOT!!!  10.26.07 - 9:53am
Bianca - PS: I think you should consider publishing a few of these images... so hot!  10.26.07 - 9:53am
bianca - Are you totally positive you don't want to shoot my wedding? As my twin sister I think you OWE it to me to make me look as HOT as Tiffany! Com' on...  10.26.07 - 9:52am
Amy - Jasmine- These pictures are beyond words. Honestly, anything I say wouldn't do them justice. And the story is just the icing on the cake.  10.26.07 - 9:45am
alicia - i absolutely LOVE this location! my fiance and i went there the day after we got engaged and hoped they allowed weddings (which they don't) and settled on keeping it as a potential site for engagement photos. jasmine - you just reassured me of the mission's beauty! can't wait to book you! i get giddy with each entry you post!  10.26.07 - 9:39am
michele - WOW!!!! ever since i stumbled upon your page, i just can't help myself but to come back for more! your work is awesome!! could you please send me your price list for wedding packages? thank you! =)  10.26.07 - 9:25am
Donna - Just beautiful! You are an amazing talent!  10.26.07 - 9:15am
drago - stunning! simply amazing photos.  10.26.07 - 9:11am