FAQ : Engaging Your Clients

I’m totally okay with being dorky. It’s just who I am and instead of trying to mask it, I whole-heartedly embrace it.

I think it makes me unique. JD thinks it makes me look crazy.

As JD drove away to work this morning, I carried Polo and started dancing in the street. I waved goodbye to him, but he didn’t see me. JD said he was ignoring me, but I don’t believe him. He definitely didn’t see me. Obviously.

I believe being who I am makes me connect with my clients and allows us to capture the true essence of who they are. I’m often asked by readers what’s the best way to get natural poses and expressions from subjects and my best answer is just to keep things FUN. In this month’s edition of Pro Photo Resource, I wrote an article regarding my client interaction, particularly why it’s vitally important. Connection → Fun → Laughter → Fabulousness! I think people are the prettiest when they laugh, so I make it my main objective when I photograph.

Even if this means dancing in the street.

If you’d like to read more about my perspective, feel free to CLICK HERE to read the article.



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AJ - Jazzy Jaz Girl Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!1  05.01.08 - 11:58am
Emily Steffen - I love that you are so honest...I may have to become a blog stalker to glean from your wisdom if that isn't wierd! :) Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks for your amazing images!  04.24.08 - 10:20am
Natarsha - I love this black and white...it looks like they were having a blast!  04.21.08 - 6:02am
joan solitario - you're so absolutely correct! i read your articles and kept it in mind during a photo shoot this past saturday! thank you for sharing you knowledge! more power to you!!  04.21.08 - 12:00am
Sean McLellan - Absolutely :) Connecting with your clients is key  04.20.08 - 2:42pm
New York City Wedding Photographer - We are all a bit "nerdy" about something. I think couples actually want energetic and qualified professionals. By contrast, a photographer with a snotty attitude is not cool at ALL! Peace, Parris Whittingham   04.20.08 - 11:19am
C. Marie - I think that's completely true. You own personality helps to rub off on the people you are taking photos of.   04.20.08 - 9:05am
Dani Van Steelandt - I totally used the cookie jar comment while "playing dress up" today. OMG we both just about died laughing!!!   04.20.08 - 8:22am
Mark Zemnick - Thank you for your article, Jasmine. I was struggling to photograph a person about a month ago. I couldn't quite get the expression that I wanted. I will try that "Cookie Jar" look on my next photo shoot. Again, Thank you.  04.19.08 - 3:36pm
scott - Hi Jasmine, thats a really nice image, It makes you wonder what you said to them ! Dancing in the street, thats the sort of thing my wife does, it is cute though ! scott.  04.19.08 - 3:14am
ally michele - way to embrace your inner crazy! God knows what He's doin! :)  04.19.08 - 1:58am
Rachel Brooke - Great article... you're right, loosening people up makes all the difference. They feel free to be themselves and it shines through in the photographs.  04.18.08 - 11:03pm
allyson magda - I whole heartedly agree! I'll have to meet up with you sometime when I'm in Newport visiting my mom.  04.18.08 - 10:32pm
Brandy - ITA, laughter makes the BEST photos!  04.18.08 - 5:19pm
jackie l - i couldn't agree more! laughing is like food...it's sooo goood!  04.18.08 - 4:53pm
Akil Bennett - That is so true, I get the best photos of my clients when they can have fun and be themselves... Just read all your articles too btw. Lots of great info, thanks!  04.18.08 - 4:21pm
Simply Modern Weddings - beeing a goof is cool...that is why you are so awesome to take photos with. No Olan Mills uncomfortable shots with you!  04.18.08 - 3:27pm
vanessa H - You are so right!!! laugher is what makes our shoots a succes!!! Dorks for ever!!!  04.18.08 - 3:24pm
Gena McMillan - Okay this totally cracks me up because I was just heading over here to give you Kudos on your article in Prophotoresource! Engaging a client is something I feel like I will struggle with when I am out with people that I don't know. Thanks for the tips!  04.18.08 - 2:07pm
Kat Willcox - I am dancing in the street with ya, and in traffic and in the living room. Life is too short to not be playing and having Fun! And some part of me hopes that JD did see you and was smiling as he drove away :)  04.18.08 - 1:47pm
Rachel Dallaire - You always have such good advice, Jasmine! Thanks so much for sharing your tips with the rest of the world.  04.18.08 - 1:02pm
Stacy Cross - SUCH an important point! :)  04.18.08 - 12:21pm
Jamie Delaine - I read the article yesterday when I got the PPR newsletter! So great! Love you and your dorkiness.  04.18.08 - 11:59am
Erin - I tried to read your article, but ProPhotoResource is having a hissy fit on me. I sign in and it tells me to log in to read the article, even though it clearly shows me as logged in :-( So sad. Maybe I'll get in sooner or later   04.18.08 - 11:34am
Sarah Barlow - SOO right on!!! :)  04.18.08 - 11:20am
Jasmine* - LOL!! You're one of the bestest J* Star brides ever!! xoxo...  04.18.08 - 11:12am
Jane Lok - I think our profound discussions about ANTM or Project Runway forever bonded our hearts.  04.18.08 - 11:00am
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