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couple of days ago, I sifted through the thousands of wedding photos I’ve shot and I flagged my favorites. Once I narrowed the photos to 95, I burned them on a CD and sent it to my friend for a project we’re working on. Once finished, I took a step back and looked at the photos as an entire body to discover what I disliked/liked, to determine if there were reoccurring themes, and to figure out ways to get better. The first thing that immediately popped out was my inclination to laughter. Most of the photos I was drawn to were images of my couples laughing…and it made me fall more in love with what I do.

I can’t think of anything better than being in love with your best friend, looking completely fabulous on your wedding day, and being captured mid-laugh alongside your soul mate.

Happy Monday!
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Carolyn - Genunine laughter is my all-time favourite thing to catch in a photo too, so you can only imagine how much I loved this post. Your work is INCREDIBLE. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration!!  12.10.08 - 9:55am
Robin Dini - LOVE this idea. I'm so going to do something like that too. Thanks for the inspiration!  12.03.08 - 4:47pm
Lawrence @ Tofurious - Laughing is not only therapeutic, it also burns calories! :)  11.25.08 - 11:25pm
Jasmine Marie - Laughter, joy AND happiness are in all these shots. :)  11.22.08 - 10:01pm
Elena - You are so awesome, these are amazing, laughter is definitely good for the soul, real life love!!  11.22.08 - 6:40pm
Stephen Knuth - I also love to focus on smiles in my work. It is so powerful!   11.21.08 - 7:36pm
Dave and Charlotte - Definitely one of our favourite things to capture - nothing is more important than the joy our couples feel on the day right.  11.21.08 - 6:03am
brandy - your clients/subjects ALWAYS seem to be laughing. you must be a very funny girl! :)  11.21.08 - 5:40am
Lindsay Ernst - I can only imagine how happy all these couples are that you captured those genuine moments of happiness. Each and every one of them are stunning images!!  11.20.08 - 9:52am
Ayesha - Laughter is definitely good for the soul. All BEAUTIFUL.   11.20.08 - 7:41am
Charla - LOVE this post! Thanks for it.  11.20.08 - 6:27am
Ginger Murray - How can this post NOT make a person smile!?? Love it. Thanks for the smiles:)  11.19.08 - 10:52pm
Linda - you definitely have a way of capturing the emotion of the day. Love the Laughs!  11.19.08 - 7:57pm
cassandra m - A new project? yea...can't wait to find out what is up your sleeve. LOVING the LAUGHTER in these.  11.19.08 - 2:55pm
megan - amen sista! I heard about you through billy (of "billy & natalie" fame) and now I have you in my blog roll, love it. Anyway, i have to say that laughter is the key to the best wedding photos. I couldn't believe it when the HORRIBLE photography my mom hired told us to STOP SMILING in our photos. WTF!? i almost killed him. and, not surprising, our photos (from him) turned out to be AWFUL. so keep up the good work!!  11.19.08 - 2:32pm
Erika Lais Photo Blog - Hi J*, every single wonderfull shots!!! I would like to know, if is possible, the light that you have used in 8th and 13th shots??? Thanks ...  11.19.08 - 5:22am
JLS - Best post ever. More like this!  11.19.08 - 5:11am
Joan Solitario - I wish Jasmine Star Photography existed in 2003 so that I could have gotten you for my wedding!!!  11.18.08 - 8:44pm
Rob Kemp - Smiles and Laughter is what it is ALL about... You have a special talent of causing sooooo many smiles... no wonder you are such a great photographer... maybe it is the magic of a SMILE!!!  11.18.08 - 2:06pm
Adrienne - These are all so beautiful! Laughing photos are always my favorites too.. they're the ones that make you "feel" something when you look at them because the moment is so real! Thanks for sharing!!  11.18.08 - 10:07am
Christine Meintjes - Don't you just love weddings!!  11.18.08 - 8:38am
Dana - Those are great moments. I can see why they're on your fave list.   11.18.08 - 7:40am
Rene Skrodzki - I think that is what draws me to all forms of photography, laughter. I just looked through yours and some other photogs I liked and in almost all cases I "swiped" the ones with the laughter in them. I like having these in my inspiration folder to remind me what is important on the shoot. The more fun and natural the better  11.18.08 - 7:27am
Gina - the power of laughter... it is so infectious, fun and "REAL"... it sure does keep you can sure tell you are having just as much fun behind the camera with those images... thanks for sharing... G,   11.18.08 - 6:36am
kevin Keefer - i love this post, great concept for an entire album compilation.   11.18.08 - 6:25am
Starry-Eyed Barefoot Bride - I love these!!! I am sure it takes forever to sort through all your photos, but thanks for taking the time. What a great post!!  11.18.08 - 6:23am
Pascal - That's the point of what we do right here, right there: capture people at one of their happiest day. Glad to see that you also appreciate these kinds of moments (but who doesn't?)  11.18.08 - 6:23am
Sandy - This whole post is infectious. I found my smile getting bigger with each picture.   11.18.08 - 5:57am
Karen - Hi Jasmine This is great - and the best part is that I have been following your blog for so long that I remember a lot of the wonderful shots that you have taken. Brought back memories even for me and I can imagine how special it made you feel. You truly are a *!  11.18.08 - 5:07am
john waire - how can you not smile looking at these? you bring out the best!  11.18.08 - 4:23am
erin harvey - I totally agree, capturing laughter just has such a realistic feel. Not posed, but real, happy moments. Amazing photos! I'm def curious to know what this project is too...  11.18.08 - 2:40am
Apple - hahahaha.. ;P  11.18.08 - 1:46am
beth - The timing of this post is perfect...for many reasons. I always enjoy your work! Keep on laughing, sharing, and loving. *Thank you*  11.18.08 - 1:08am
Events by Evonne - Those are GREAT photos! :)  11.18.08 - 12:47am
Kirsten - A truly great retrospective and again, proves what a great talent you are. This is a really stunning collection!  11.18.08 - 12:29am
Natarasha N. Wright - LOL...Theses images make me love love even more...  11.17.08 - 10:54pm
joyful weddings and events - love it!  11.17.08 - 9:33pm
Amy Starks - I had a smile plastered on my face while scrolling through this post. It's infectious! :) Great photos!  11.17.08 - 9:28pm
Brittney Hale - What a natural and warm emtion- you can feel joy when looking at images this real!! Thank you as always!!!  11.17.08 - 8:58pm
Larry Reeves - Thanks for this post! It got me's contagious, isn't it? Now I'm anxious to see what this project is that you're working on!  11.17.08 - 8:44pm
Deyla Huss - Laughter is fierce emotion, a gift God gave us to be able to show our true identity. Absolutely beautiful, truly!  11.17.08 - 7:59pm
Rachel - I love it! Big laughing smiles are the best!  11.17.08 - 6:04pm
Andi Walpurgis - Laughter is why I love being a photographer...  11.17.08 - 5:49pm
Amy Clifton - Aw! I love this post! What a great collection of "feel-good" images.  11.17.08 - 5:40pm
juls - Love all of these photos, candids are my fav.  11.17.08 - 5:39pm
Cristen Clark - Beautiful Couples!  11.17.08 - 4:10pm
Holli True - Who could live without laughter in their life- honestly?? I am totally drawn to the candid images, too. I love to sit back and watch people and capture them in the moment. You are the master at this and I am such a fan!! Love it!!! :)  11.17.08 - 3:46pm
chatti - such good vibes!  11.17.08 - 3:34pm
Simply Modern Weddings - I agree...nothing more beautiful than a couple's smile on their wedding day!  11.17.08 - 3:30pm
Bree - Laughter is truly beautiful and one of my favorite things to capture.  11.17.08 - 3:09pm
Bobbie Brown - What a happy post! These pictures made me feel all happy and bubbly inside - they made me smile!  11.17.08 - 3:08pm
Emily - These make me smile! Great job at capturing these moments. I really love the first one. :)  11.17.08 - 2:49pm
Jackie L. - Thanks for sharing! These make me warm inside :)  11.17.08 - 2:13pm
Katie McAuliffe - Why is it that these gorgeous laughing couples make me tear up? It's all about the love, isn't it? Wow...these are wonderful!  11.17.08 - 2:09pm
jessica mccollam - These are great, Jasmine! The laughter is contagious! These put a huge smile on my face fo sho!  11.17.08 - 2:08pm
Cathy Crawley - I love those genuine moments too!  11.17.08 - 1:50pm
jeramy - great. thanks!  11.17.08 - 1:32pm
Beatriz - Laughter pictures are my fave. They're so genuine!  11.17.08 - 1:21pm
Meghan - What a great moment in all of those people's lives, when they see those pictures they will remember how happy their wedding was. You have such a gift for getting people to laugh in front of the camera, I love it!   11.17.08 - 1:14pm
Adrienne - These are so fun! You can't help but smile when you look at them! Awesome shots!  11.17.08 - 1:00pm
Stacey Gresham - That's EXACTLY how I feel. I always thought that brides that wanted high-end wedding photography would want to look serious the whole time (like pictures in a magazine), but you prove otherwise. I totally agree with just wanting to be with your best bud for the rest of your life and have a good time along the way.  11.17.08 - 12:57pm
Ashley Rose - Hi Jasmine, Just wanted to say you always manage to brighten up my day with your delightful demeanor and beautiful photos! Thanks for being you :)   11.17.08 - 12:51pm
Amanda Auer - I love, love, love this! I agree!! If I could capture all the moments of my husband and I laughing... I'd have them all over our home!  11.17.08 - 12:48pm
Jordana - This post makes me happy :-)  11.17.08 - 12:42pm
Annie - Love it!  11.17.08 - 12:41pm
Lucy - I love being a photographer.. ;)  11.17.08 - 12:31pm
Jenn Best - I love it! This is what I L-O-V-E about photographing people too. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pics.   11.17.08 - 12:27pm
Lydia - Happy, full of joy, at peace--these are real life! You capture the real emotions and experiences of the day!  11.17.08 - 12:26pm
Jennifer - I LOVE this post! As I slowly looked through the photos, my smile just kept getting bigger. Thanks for a bringing smiles on a Monday!  11.17.08 - 12:20pm
Christina - Awesome! This made me smile...and laugh! It's fun to see these photos and recognize them from when I originally saw them. I am off to do the same through my photos now....thanks, Jasmine, as always for the great inspiration.   11.17.08 - 12:15pm
Melissa - These made me smile! :o)  11.17.08 - 12:13pm
Sam P - It still blows my mind that you said your first wedding was in Oct 2006...It looks like you have been doing this for over 10 yrs...Love the pics..  11.17.08 - 12:10pm
Mary Marantz - ok this post just makes my heart happy. I think I'll be smiling from this all day long! :)  11.17.08 - 11:59am
Leslie - Oh my gosh... This post seriously made me laugh out loud at work. Great captures! You can't help but smile when you look at these series of pictures.  11.17.08 - 11:50am
Alicia - love.them.ALL!  11.17.08 - 11:50am
Dennis - You can just see the sheer joy in the people. And to think that you were part of that. That is waht makes us feel good as photographers.  11.17.08 - 11:45am
Lindsay - I love these. 1st post awesome!!!  11.17.08 - 11:44am