Shooting Star : Making a Same Day Wedding Slideshow

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n the past I've spoken about producing a same-day slideshow at a wedding. The slideshow is a sneak peek of the wedding day through the ceremony recessional. While guests are eating dinner during the reception, I quickly grab 30-40 of my favorite images of the wedding day and put together a slideshow to be displayed on my laptop (the how, location, and FAQs are discussed in the video). I love putting together a slideshow because it acts as a conversation piece on the wedding day and encourages guests to have a discussion about the bride and groom (as seen through my lens).

The results of these conversations are priceless. When guests see the photos displayed the same day, most often they respond by complimenting the newly married couple on how beautiful their day was and/or how lovely they look together. With technology being as quick as it is, the first wedding photos the bride sees are those she's been tagged in Facebook. And let's be real...dancing photos sometimes aren't the best reflection of a beaming bride. I, instead, offer the opportunity for her to see photos the night of her wedding and know everything came together the way it was supposed to.

Even if the bride doesn't see the slideshow directly, her guests have complimented her, assured her of the day's beauty, and (as an awesome byproduct) reassured her decision to hire me to document her day. In this installment of Shooting Star, I demonstrated how I made a same day slideshow at a wedding...

CLICK HERE to view the tutorial!

Hope you enjoyed the video and if you have questions, feel free to leave them in the comment box! In case you're interested in the stuff I used to make the slideshow, here are a few links:
Sandisk CF memory cards
Lowepro memory card wallet
Sandisk Imagemate Reader (similar)
MacBook Pro Notebook (iPhoto slideshow software included)
iView Media Pro


Oh, don't mind me...just adding a photo to this post...that flute-playing screen capture needs to be balanced out with some flower girl cuteness.
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Nathan - Thanks for the tips!  12.10.12 - 10:01pm
Jasmine* - For those who asked, I don't edit the photos for the slideshow unless I make a photo b/w...in that case, I quickly edit it in Photoshop. Hope this helps! :)  12.09.12 - 3:49pm
E - awesome! do you do any editing to the photos before displaying the slideshow?  12.09.12 - 1:35pm
Sarah - Hi Jasmie! I noticed that the MacBook on the link you provided has a glossy screen, is yours also glossy or do you have the anti-glare version? I hear it is better to edit with the anti-glare. Thank you!!!  12.07.12 - 1:57pm
Ashley Christine - So helpful! I've been afraid to do this, but seeing this video has challenged me to take the plunge. :) Thanks J!  12.06.12 - 11:11am
Dana Laymon - that was awesome, i loved it, loved it, loved it! so helpful. i did my first same day slideshow in October because of you and it was totally worth it!  12.05.12 - 1:41pm
Kathryn Grace - Do you edit the photos for the slideshow first?? Thanks for showing us how to do this!  12.05.12 - 10:33am
Tami Paige - I'm kind of amazed that you not only made a slideshow but filmed a how-to video at a wedding!!...and seem completely calm through it all!! Kind of amazing! And thanks for the tips...I've always wondered how people do this! I made one once but it only had 10 images...pretty lame. :)  12.04.12 - 8:49pm
jamie - Great video post Jasmine, thank you so much! I really love those gorgoues back lit pictures though- that little flower girl is so cute!   12.04.12 - 8:10pm
LEOLAK - YOU ROCK!!!! That is all!   12.04.12 - 7:38pm
rich - that cute flower girl is going to be a jasmine star bride one day - i can see it already!! thank you for sharing about the same day slideshows!  12.04.12 - 3:06pm
Nick Rose Photography - Great post as always. I've found that shooting JPEGs to the SD card on the mark iii means that I can upload the images from one card into my macbook which really speeds up the same day slideshow workflow and saves me bringing card readers.  12.04.12 - 2:10pm
Emily Heizer Photography - I really love that you actually SHOWED us how to do it, rather than just telling us. (I don't think I've ever had a dead 25 minutes during a reception though... maybe 5-10, and that's when I'm eating!) Thanks Jaz! Lots to think about!  12.04.12 - 12:21pm
Monika Greenaway - This is fantastic, great information on your system. You are so organized, professional, and you look cute while you're doing it all.   12.04.12 - 12:19pm
Carrie - SO very helpful. Thank you so much and keep the behind the scenes coming!!!!!  12.04.12 - 10:36am
Richelle - "...that flute-playing screen capture needs to be balanced out with some flower girl cuteness." You're hilarious.   12.04.12 - 9:04am
Anita - This is awesome! So Jasmine, none of these photos are edited yet are they?  12.04.12 - 9:03am
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