Reflections : How to Shoot and Style Detail Photos

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fter a wedding or an engagement shoot, it's usual for me to reflect on the things I did. What I liked, what I could have done better. Heading home from this weekend's wedding in Sonoma, I went through the same process and dissected my decisions to, hopefully, make me better in the future. Then I got an idea. Why don't I blog about this process? Share my ideas, ways I can improve, how to rethink situations.

Basically, these Reflections posts will be along the lines of: This is what happened, and this is how I addressed it.

I'm working on this weekend's wedding, but until then, I thought I'd start this series with a question I'm commonly asked about photographing wedding details. Specifically, the How. For me, styling the details is just as important as the technicality of the shot. Because, really, anyone can learn the appropriate camera settings, but the idea behind the photograph is what sets photographers apart.

The minute I start a wedding, I immediately figure out what the theme/idea of the day. Essentially, what was the bride trying to convey on her wedding day. Subtle? Vintage? Organic? Modern? Basically, the types of words you see in most wedding magazines. Once I know what it is, I try to shoot the day to reflect this vibe. Specifically, I try to shoot the details in such a way that will help tell her wedding story Organically. Subtly. And so forth.

So what happens if setting isn't organic and the bride wants to showcase her story organically? Well, you simply find ways to make it happen. Or least try to. Today I'll be using Kristin and Brandon's wedding to navigate my thoughts...

It's quite common for me to start the wedding day in a hotel room with the bride. Kristin, however, prepared at her mother's beautiful Orange County home. A newer house with contemporary light fixtures, colors, and appeal. The wedding theme, however, was vintage with a natural appeal. How could I shoot the details according to her wedding theme given the environment I was given? Stage it.

After saying hello to everyone getting ready at Kristin's home, I immediately asked for permission to walk around the lower portion of her home (where they were getting ready) and looked for light and details I could use to help me stage. The only light available to me was the front door (which I opened) so I decided it was best to shoot all the wedding details in the doorway. So I started with the garter...
50mm f/1.2 1/200 640 iso


I found sewing kit and a jar of buttons, so I placed them on a mahogany table (more on that in a minute) with the doorlight illuminating the details, and I'm standing off to the side so I don't block it. I decided to shoot both the garter and the wedding purse within the same space because I thought it'd make a fluid spread in the album later on...
50mm f/1.2 1/200 640 iso


Remember the mahogany table? Well, it wasn't really a table. It was a sewing machine...I simply shot it at a different angle as to not reveal I was working within the same space, and maximize my photo options in limited light. Here I decided to stage the jewelry as the gold accents played off each other well...
50mm f/1.2 1/200 640 iso


Like I mentioned before, I was working within the doorway of the house, which was about four feet by four feet. I prefer to illuminate the wedding dress with natural light, so that left me with one option: The door. I asked Kristin if she was okay with me hanging her dress and when she said yes, I asked her mom for cleaner and paper towels. I cleaned the door, then placed the dress hanger over the top.
Dress: 50mm f/2.0 1/100 400 iso
Something Old, Something Blue: 50mm f/1.2 1/125 500 iso


Then I felt stuck. I had used/shot in every crevice the doorway allowed me and I still had a few things to photograph...like the veil. I walked into the backyard and then the porch. I decided to move a potted plant and a chair to reveal this stick formation...that looked like a heart (which I thought played well with the heart paperweight I snagged from the livingroom in the previous picture)...
50mm f/2.0 1/320 160 iso


Now onto the shoes...now, I love photographing shoes. They reveal so much about a person's personality. I love it. Initially, downstairs, I was not finding the right spot for the shoes, so I waited to photograph them. I believe if it doesn't feel right, don't try to make it work. When Kristin and the girls when upstairs to dress, I entered a new room...which meant new options. With very little time to work, I saw a chair and I knew it'd be a safe shot. A traditional shoe photo that would work just fine. I thought I was finished until I saw an old suitcase filled with vintage items...and I felt like I hit the jackpot. I placed the shoes just outside the box and snagged a few photos. I later found out the suitcase belonged to Kristin's grandmother and was filled with numerous memories, which works for the photo in ways I couldn't have foreseen, but was very happy...
Left shoes: 50mm f/1.2 1/320 250 iso
Right shoes: 50mm f/1.2 1/200 400 iso


Ugh. I think this blog post got too long. My bad. I'll try to taper them in the future, but I hope this post was helpful. If for no one else, simply writing my thoughts down help me rethink my approach and hone my craft. Hope you're having a fabulous Monday!
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Erin Davenport - I agree! Not to long at all, love reading your thought process, it's sooo helpful :)  01.05.11 - 9:19pm
Katrina Mather - This post was soooo helpful!! Please don't shorten them in the future... in fact, longer is better! Thank you for the wonderful post!  12.13.10 - 9:32pm
Christina Hastings - That was so wonderful to read and actually read what your thought process was! Thank you Jasmine!  12.02.10 - 3:08pm
Dawn - learning a lot from you, thanks for sharing.  12.01.10 - 4:55pm
Britt - Love love love. Thanks so much for opening your process to us!   12.01.10 - 11:11am
Tim Drumm - This was a super helpful post! Thanks!  12.01.10 - 7:23am
Chad Pennington - Jaz it was really helpful to see how you think on a waiting day, especially with the items we love the most (details) Bravo   11.30.10 - 11:04pm
Mark Tyler - Love this post Jasmine, this would have been great info for a recent wedding I shot. I will be feeding on this info in the future. I appreciate your openess regarding your work.  11.30.10 - 5:37pm
Ellen - I love your blog. Please keep going, you are soooo inspiring!! Thanks for sharing.   11.30.10 - 5:38am
jeni - your blog posts can never be too long... xo -jeni  11.29.10 - 5:05pm
Cindy Lee - Agggh! please don't shorten the posts .. this is so helpful. Thanks for being so open & sharing.  11.29.10 - 4:30pm
Jenna Danelle - LOVE love LOVE! Especially the shoes shot with the suitcase!  11.29.10 - 3:39pm
Andrei - great tips...  11.29.10 - 1:58pm
Lester Molina - Truly inspiring, I love working with natural light. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Les.  11.29.10 - 10:26am
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs - This is a FABULOUS post! I think think staging is so important. I love to hear about other people's processes :) Thanks Jasmine!  11.29.10 - 9:20am
alison - LOVED this post! Please keep post like this coming....they could never be too long! :)  11.28.10 - 7:28pm
jess epstein - Jasmine, This post is brilliant, I love hearing your thought process and all camera settings are awesome. Look forward to meeting you one day.  11.27.10 - 10:21pm
Photographer Detroit - Great shots, Jasmine. You have proven that photography is a fine art that requires a creative and unique eye. P.S., I love your blog site. Very creative.  11.27.10 - 1:15pm
Studio Hera Bell - You are soooooo good at this Jasmine. Happy Thanksgiving.  11.26.10 - 3:30pm
Jonni Sergi - Jasmine, Thanks for sharing your thought process with us and you did such a lovely job on the images (as usual). Thanks for all you share. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. :) hugs, Jonni  11.26.10 - 1:51pm
Mikey S - Hey, Thanks for a wonderful post. I, like most people, didn't feel it was long at all. perfect spacing between text and photos I guess. One question I have though, why did you shoot the shoes at 1.2 instead of increasing to get focus on both at once, but still taking the two shots?  11.26.10 - 12:41pm
Emma Godfrey - A wonderful post - absolutely love it. Make it longer next time not shorter! What's your inspiration for shots like this? Do you collect scrap books of other images from magazines / other photographers?  11.26.10 - 7:23am
Marie Man - Love this post. Great tips on how you can stage things and keep them on style without being noticeable in the album. Great stuff :-)  11.26.10 - 6:32am
Jodie - Merge Photography - Fab post, please don't worry about shortening the next ones... the more info the better! I'm photographing 2 weddings this weekend and hope to put some of your ideas into practice!  11.25.10 - 3:21am
louise - Love ,Love, Loooove this! Thanks you never seem to run out of ideas to share with us, definately not too long at. I really enjoyed reading this, thanks again with being such a wonderful source of Wisdom!! Love you Jasmine xxxx  11.25.10 - 12:05am
Pamela Topping - Loved this! And Happy Thanksgiving!  11.24.10 - 2:56pm
nicole blumberg photography - Genius. Thank you for always sharing how you do things and how you think of what to do. It really opens my mind up to things that I may have never thought about doing before.   11.24.10 - 9:57am
VeronicaH - This is a great post. Thank you Jasmine! I can't wait to do my first wedding to see what kinds of things are laying around to photograph with. Hope you, JD, Polo and the rest of your family have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!  11.24.10 - 9:08am
Emma Sharkey - And this is why you and your work is incredible. How you are able to think on your feet the way you do is astounding. Thank you for sharing this insight and thank you for continuing to be AWESOME! E XXX  11.24.10 - 3:41am
Enric Moreno - I think this is a quick answer question. How do you make the "diptics", like the sewing machine photo or the last of the shoes Excuse my english  11.24.10 - 2:13am
shantel - Definitely not to long, extremely helpful! Im a girl who loves details and this post seriously spoke to me!!! Love your posts, thanks for taking the time to write them. : )   11.23.10 - 9:33pm
Carla Barnett - I LOVE this post. Thank you so much for takng the time to let us in on your thought process!  11.23.10 - 7:33pm
awendya - Hi, Thanks for the post - it wasn't long enough!!! I was loving the story and the creative response. Please keep the reflections coming!  11.23.10 - 4:33pm
Lily Magallanes - Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I'm not a wedding photographer, but I love learning from you, your breakdown to where it just "clicks". Thank you Thank you!!!   11.23.10 - 1:34pm
Sarah Reed - This was so helpful (and not too long at all!)! I have such a hard time being "mindful" of shooting the details in a way that is contiguous with the theme of the wedding during the busy-ness of the day; this really was a helpful post. Thank you!  11.23.10 - 1:06pm
Andi Diamond - Thanks for sharing your awesome wisdom! Love it!  11.23.10 - 12:18pm
Noelia Kline - Loved this blog! Thank you so much for allowing us to enter into your mind and for giving us details of your thought process. It helped a whole lot. :D  11.23.10 - 11:27am
gladys jem - this post is perfect. (notice im back on your blog, AGAIN! lol) but really, i often wonder how you get the shots that you do because i for sure thought that the jar of buttons was a detail for the wedding. but it wasn't, and you made it look like it was. you are just not a photog who puts things there because its pretty...you get it. you get all of it. and you make it happen. you're amazing and that's why i adore you. thank you for sharing. always.  11.23.10 - 10:55am
Brooke - OMGosh don't ever taper the blog posts or hold back. It's who you are and we love you for it. It's wonderful information and a great insight into how you approach things.  11.23.10 - 10:42am
Vail fucci - Definitely not too long. Helpful to basically be in your head as you go along. Very inspiring. I will send it to my 2nd shooters so that they get a better idea about how to stage shots. Thank you for this piece!  11.23.10 - 9:45am
Ken Burg - Not too long at all... perfect actually! I was able to really get a feel for your thought process and you gave enough examples to make the point clear. As enjoyable as your writing usually is, it really shines when slipping into teacher mode. Thanks!  11.23.10 - 9:43am
Joanne Thomas - Not too long at all--need to include all the thoughts--not a word less--got the gist of things and that means you are a good teacher. Happy Thanksgiving!!  11.23.10 - 9:13am
jenifriend - thank you so much for this; it really helps me get reinspired for next season!  11.23.10 - 8:11am
Alicia - I read the yesterday but couldn't comment so I came back today to let you know that this is my favorite type of posts. I love getting inside creative people's heads and this was so much fun to read! Just wondering if the sewing table was already in that area or did you have to move it there? Thanks so much for being so open with your pictures!  11.23.10 - 8:03am
Kathleen Frank - This is fantastic! There is no better way to learn than by getting into the head of a professional. Thanks for letting us swim around your brain for a while!  11.23.10 - 7:58am
Jessica Williams - This was post was not too long at all, it was very helpful! Thank you Jasmin as always for being so willing to help.  11.23.10 - 7:54am
Jim - Thank you Jasmine! You are an artist. I met your dad a couple of weeks ago at a Men's Retreat up here in Bend, Oregon. He was bragging about his daughter. I am glad he was. I am enjoying your site and learning too. Blessings to you and I wish you sucess.......Jim  11.23.10 - 6:38am
Shannon - Not too long at all! I found it very interesting and I'm not a photographer.  11.23.10 - 6:02am
Lara Rios - Very very interesting Jasmine. Thank you for being so caring and sharing so much! God Bless... :)  11.23.10 - 5:27am
Lisa Cour - Yeah, I don't think you need to worry about ever having a post too long. I like this new series, too. It will help those of us who are less experienced to start training our minds to see those details in the same meaningful ways that you do.  11.23.10 - 4:23am
Tim May - Just incase nobody else has said it, it wasn't too long at all. There is no such thing as too long as long as it is interesting and this sort of stuff is fascinating.   11.23.10 - 3:17am
Haley - I wish this post could be longer! Seriously, it's super helpful to be able to take a peek into your thought process. I hope you keep doing these posts, love it!   11.23.10 - 1:48am
AnnaDavidson - Not too long at all! It could have been twice as long i would read every word. Love it!  11.23.10 - 1:44am
Elizabeth - This was way to short for me Jasmine!!! I do exactly what you do...but not as good as you!!!  11.23.10 - 1:32am
John Naccarato - Beautifully done Jas...  11.23.10 - 1:22am
kimbrali - a ha! ...that was my a ha moment. why has my brain not thought of this before. thanks so much.  11.23.10 - 12:03am
Neil Patelw - thank you! for your thoughts n keeping us in touch...on my next shoot keep details in mind..Neil  11.22.10 - 11:42pm
Natalie - Love the details of this post. Literally, the tips are so helpful! Thank you!  11.22.10 - 11:13pm
naomi chokr - I love it! i dont mind it long at all. I agree with you... i posted my thoughts the day after my first child photography. I think it will not only help me but hopefully help someone else in the future as well. i know you said that the house was modern... my goodness you lucked out with amazing vintage finds.   11.22.10 - 10:37pm
jean - fabulous post... I wanted more too. Thanks for sharing. I wish you had a separate blog.... only for post like this!!! Thanks again!  11.22.10 - 10:35pm
Jeanette Verster - It wasn't long at all!! Awesome awesome post!! Love what you found along the way.  11.22.10 - 9:42pm
Jen - MOST definitely NOT too long! Thank you so much for blogging about this :) The inspiration for the image, especially the details, is so important. This really helps one think, thanks Jasmine!  11.22.10 - 9:30pm
anda - not too long at all! i love this! when you reveal the thought processes behind your photos i am always even more blown away.  11.22.10 - 8:39pm
Amanda - Thank you so much for sharing! I love the behind the scenes thought process of your amazing photos!  11.22.10 - 8:39pm
Lydia - Love this new series! And it wasn't too long at all! I could've read 3x as much from you!  11.22.10 - 8:33pm
Angelina - Not too long at all. Would have loved to read more, Thank you for these kinds of posts! PS I just shot my second wedding and couldnt be happier with how things turned out for me. Of course Im still learning but I have you to thank for helping me get where I am so far. :)  11.22.10 - 7:46pm
brittani - =) thanks a million for sharing!! That's where I need to work on...my eye for detail..  11.22.10 - 7:25pm
Tricia Nugen - Amazing work as always and I love the Blog long or short! Thank you so much for sharing!   11.22.10 - 6:33pm
Heather - I do not think your post was too long. It was very interesting reading what's going on in your head while you're in a shoot. Just taking your time, making sure you get the right shot, while at the same time being available for anything.  11.22.10 - 6:01pm
Angela Woolridge - Great post! Thanks a bunch!  11.22.10 - 6:01pm
Jasmine - Thank you so much for sharing this. As someone who is still learning the hows and whys of styling for photos, I really appreciate this post. Love your work!   11.22.10 - 5:21pm
Nichole Poirier - i LOVE this post! NOT too long at all. Thank you so much for sharing your thought process for the details. I can't wait to hear what you are going to tell us abut next!  11.22.10 - 4:46pm
Gregg Martin - Not too long at all. Just perfect, wonderful insight and information. Thank you so much.   11.22.10 - 4:46pm
Sadie - Love this post. not too long either.   11.22.10 - 4:18pm
Carrie Krupke - This is fantastic to know J*. Especially knowing you're not afraid to ask for some Windex and paper towels to make things clean for a shot. I just thought you had perfect clients with perfect spaces! You still have perfect clients but thank you for showing behind the scenes what you do for the shots you get. So helpful!  11.22.10 - 4:13pm
Pua - LOVE this!!! This was the perfect length post too, by the way :).  11.22.10 - 3:52pm
Michelle Sibley - Thank you Jasmine. Trust me, I do appreciate the offering of your thought processes. Keep 'em coming. Being your blog follower for me is like the proverbial..."hitch your wagon to a star" ...because I truly think you are a STAR!  11.22.10 - 3:49pm
Joshua Gull - I didnt think it went too long at all. It was not only informative, but there are some great images in here as well. Great work Jasmine and thanks for all you do in trying to help the photography community grow.  11.22.10 - 3:47pm
Neil LaHaise - Love this post! Really excited for more post in this series. Can't say that I thought the post was too long at all! I wanted it to keep going!!  11.22.10 - 3:34pm
Kim Boyd - Not at all too long...I got to the end and wanted more!!!! Thanks for all you do!   11.22.10 - 3:30pm
Cindy Habel - Absolutely VALUABLE information....incredibly GENEROUS for sharing....THANKS HEAPS Jasmine :) Definately not too long!   11.22.10 - 3:11pm
Agatha - Long time visitor first time commenter. Thanks so much for this post Jasmine (and every post you ever do) I love that I can get some insight into the mind of a photographer. It's all so very valuable.. I'm just a beginner in photography.. so I am learning a lot from you. Thanks!!!  11.22.10 - 3:08pm
Stefanie Hampton Morrow - Thank you so much for sharing, Jasmine! I love that you put your voice to the photos!  11.22.10 - 2:51pm
linda - oh i love this series! i've been following your blog for quite a while and learn so much. i love that you included the technical info about the images, too.  11.22.10 - 2:40pm
Jen M - Awesome advice! Thanks for sharing as always. ps, the shoes are my favorite thing to photograph as well :-)  11.22.10 - 2:36pm
Holli - i think this post was awesome and helpful. and p.s. it was not long enough!  11.22.10 - 2:28pm
Bobbie Brown - I read this post from top to bottom and loved it... Thank you!  11.22.10 - 2:21pm
Rachel - Do NOT make them shorter in the future! Not only do I love the insight you give, but I just LOVE listening to you in my head. You have a way with words. Muah! :)  11.22.10 - 2:18pm
tamsen - awesome post! i love all your posts but ones like this where you teach us your thoughts and enable us to learn more form you- they are by far my faves! thank you!  11.22.10 - 2:07pm
Evie Perez - Thank you so much for this post!!!! This is way helpful and has given me some new ideas!!!  11.22.10 - 2:05pm
LEOLAK - No way was it too long...I could have read more info if you had typed it! =) Thanks so much for this...and love that the awesome shoe shot captured more than you even thought it would! Thanks for sharing the knowledge always!   11.22.10 - 2:01pm
AnneMarie - You should write a book. We'd all benefit by it!!! aMw  11.22.10 - 1:47pm
Jennifer - This post was very informative and it had me wanting more. I love when you give your camera setting info. Thank you!!  11.22.10 - 1:44pm
Annetta - Your post is not long enough! You just got started! Thanks Jasmine for your advice and insight. Maybe next time you can do something on reception details. Love your work!!  11.22.10 - 1:43pm
Karen Stott - I love, LOVE it when you photograph something and find out later it has immense sentimental value. Thanks for sharing.  11.22.10 - 1:38pm
Yuliya - I love when you share posts like these! They give me confidence that I'm on the right track, especially when I search for perfect backdrops, clean doors and windows at a wedding, and move furniture around ;). You're awesome Jasmine.  11.22.10 - 1:24pm
Melanie - Jasmine, not too long at all! These are the sorts of shots I struggle with as they require a lot more staging and artistry. Knowing how you work through it is so helpful because it makes me feel less stupid for asking! ~M  11.22.10 - 1:18pm
Dallas - Jasmine, this post is AMAZING! I feel so privileged to understand your thought process as you guide us through how you work. Please, don't feel the need to shorten future posts of this kind for our sakes. I know I'm not the only one who was loving every word and photo!  11.22.10 - 1:14pm
Anne - Thanks so much for this post, Jasmine! This is exactly what I struggled with at the last wedding. Things just didn't click with the detail shots. I wish I'd explored other options more, like you did here. Maybe it would have turned out better. But now I can learn from it for next time. This was very inspiring, especially with the photos to illustrate what you did. Totally has me thinking again. Thank you!!  11.22.10 - 1:12pm
Salwa - Jasmine, I'm sure you hear this ALL the time, but I love your blog. That's not true - I ADORE it. The photography, the stories, the FAQs, your personal anectodes - all of it. One of the things I love about photography is that the learning never has to stop, and your Reflections series vibes right along with that concept. Thank you for sharing!  11.22.10 - 1:09pm
Andy - not to long at all, loved it. If you weren't a photographer you could def be a writer.  11.22.10 - 1:08pm
Jackie - Too long are you kidding, I wanted more! But I love love love this. Here in Montana spring is our break in weddings. Everyone has a summer, fall, or winter wonderland wedding. I still have 2 weddings before the end of the year, one this coming weekend, and you have really inspired me to continue to look outside the box! Love it! You ROCK!  11.22.10 - 1:05pm
Desiree Cherisse - no, this was not too long this was PERFECT! you are amazing. :)  11.22.10 - 1:03pm
John Lewis - Thank you for the post Jasmine, not to long at all, in fact for a guy it's very insightful. You have opened up a completely different way of thinking for me since Creative Live. Love love love your work! John  11.22.10 - 12:59pm
Sara Lando - too long? Not even close. Great insight on the process, thankyou so much for sharing. You're like the McGyver of awesome.  11.22.10 - 12:53pm
amanda thiessen - your posts are never too long! i love these the most :)  11.22.10 - 12:45pm
Hannah Beatrice - Really helpful! And not too long at all – I wanted more!  11.22.10 - 12:44pm
Jill Swank - If I ever meet you... BIG HUG! Thank you. These little bits of info really help a novice wedding photographer to give my clients that little extra touch to their wedding photos. love ya Jasmine  11.22.10 - 12:42pm
Pamela - This post was NOT too long. Thank you for sharing the process. I LOVE the suitcase and shoes shot. Lovely.  11.22.10 - 12:40pm
Gabriela Fuentes - Thank you so much for this post. It is great to read the backstory of a wedding from a photographer's point of view. Many times, I can hear the photojournalists in the back of my head saying: report, don't stage, but when things are not perfect, I feel stuck. If they ask, I will say J* gave me permission to stage. BTW, you are more than a photographer!  11.22.10 - 12:40pm
Daniel Condurachi - Thank you for such posts. It helps me to understand more of your style. You are an inspiration. Thank you!  11.22.10 - 12:35pm
Susan Davis - I love how your brain works. Thanks for this post, it was really helpful.  11.22.10 - 12:34pm
rachel - That was awesome! I'm not a photographer but I still really enjoyed reading about your creative process. More, more, more!  11.22.10 - 12:31pm
Deb Peluso - Oh my gosh, this post was soooo helpful! Thanks so much for letting us inside your brain!  11.22.10 - 12:30pm
Emily Dobson - NEVER too long! In fact, I did a super long post entitled "Life After a Heart Transplant" about my friend, Megan and the journey she went through starting almost a year ago. I'm sure you would enjoy it...if you ever have time to read it: http://blog.emilydobsonphotography.com/index.php/2010/09/life-after-a-heart-transplant-megan-moss/. Otherwise, FANTASTIC post! Thank you for helping me understand it isn't the Technicalities...but the originality!  11.22.10 - 12:28pm
Nora Gracia - Thanks for posting this Jasmine. Your photographs are beautiful.   11.22.10 - 12:27pm
MartaV - Such a helpful post. Thank you. As I am working to improve my skills one of the things I have been thinking about(especially since your CreativeLive class) is about staging and presentation. Knowing how you think it thru really gives me food for thought when I am working thru my weddings. I love how you come up with so many different stagings/poses in such a small space. Thank you again for being such an open and generous person with your knowledge and experience.  11.22.10 - 12:26pm
Molly W. - Thanks for sharing! You inspire me to do more shooting wide open, I gotta open up my 50 more!  11.22.10 - 12:21pm
Ana GR - Great! Loved the idea of knowing your reflections on shootings. And it's so generous from you to share! Tons to learn from you! THANKS  11.22.10 - 12:15pm
Angie - This is great!! I LOVE to hear how you do things. You are SUCH an inspiration!!  11.22.10 - 12:12pm
Emily Heizer Photography - Nah, that was great. Very interesting insight into your thought process... and the level of detail your thoughts actually go into. I don't really think I agonize that much over decisions, but it may just have been your process of explaining your choices that made it sound more drawn out than it actually was. I'm more of a machine: Suitcase- grab, shoes, snap, next, dress, set up, snap, etc. But there is definetly something to be said about the thought and detail part of it, and thinking about the overall theme of the day FIRST before beginning to shoot is a new idea to me. Thanks for sharing that. I hadn't thought of that before. It's been awhile - a LONG while since I"ve had what is really a big concept introduced to me that could really potentially change the whole way I shoot, so cool!  11.22.10 - 12:10pm
allison Carenza - This was an awesome post, and not too long at all! I wish I had a wedding coming up to shoot so I could use some of your tips!  11.22.10 - 12:10pm
Irene - No way, this was NOT too short. I'm always curious what you do when you get stuck. I mean, especially for beginners in photography, because we automatically think that if we get stuck, we're not very gifted. Thank you for sharing - you have no idea how much you're helping.   11.22.10 - 12:08pm
Angie - Thank you Jasmine for sharing. Excellent post & just right in length.  11.22.10 - 12:03pm
Catherine Mac - THANK you Jasmine for sharing with us :) Def not too long! Keep em coming girl x  11.22.10 - 12:01pm
Nadine Burzler - OMG! Just realized my comment didn't make sense at all! lol! That's what happens when I get excited! Anyways, I was referring to Togs. From all your readers, I've noticed you have a huge photographer following... probably making up 80% of your blog readers...There you go..had to clarify... Such a dummy!OOps Have a fabulous day! x  11.22.10 - 12:00pm
Diana Lupu - No, no NO....not too long at all! Loved everything about this post and I say you start a new category titled: reflections! this was GREAT Jasmine, thank you for sharing!   11.22.10 - 11:58am
Jess - Oh no, it was definitely not too long! I loved it. Super helpful. Thanks Jasmine!!  11.22.10 - 11:56am
Austin-Lee - Thanks SO much for sharing this. I love learning how to make myself a better photographer, and hearing how others make themselves better always helps! Love how you shared your thought pattern.  11.22.10 - 11:56am
Laura - what a great idea to share your lessons learnt... thank you so much, the post isn't long at all, it made reflect as well and how I can do better... thank youuuu xx  11.22.10 - 11:53am
Nicole Delaney - I love this post! It's great to see your thought process at work. I love that you think the images through what the bride is trying to convey.   11.22.10 - 11:50am
Melissa williamson - You're an inspiration. I'm not even a wedding photographer and I love reading your posts and ideas!  11.22.10 - 11:50am
Hannah Braboy - One of the hardest, most valuable things that I am constantly learning is just that - working with what I have and thinking on my feet. I think you did a fabulous job with that wedding shoot!  11.22.10 - 11:50am
Adriana H.G. - I LOOOVE this new posts idea! great as usual when you share the how-to's with us mortals =P THANK YOU for taking the time to do this, you rockstar-fabulous-photographer you! :) P.S: The post is definitely NOT too long! ;)  11.22.10 - 11:48am
Jenni L - Great ideas and thoughts on shooting details. Thanks so much!!  11.22.10 - 11:44am
Pete - Too long? Not long enough! Great stuff, love these types of posts. Keep them coming  11.22.10 - 11:42am
TStark - This is fabulous. Thanks for posting. How about shots of wedding rings? Do you use your 50mm 1.2 for that? I've tried and they just don't seem to come out like I hope.  11.22.10 - 11:42am
Jesus - Thank you for sharing the process you to through to get those great pics, I admire your style and creativity.  11.22.10 - 11:41am
Lynne - This is so great..I flet like I was right there with you..I am glad to know you get "stuck" sometimes too! Thanks for always being so open and honest and of course a constant inpiration.  11.22.10 - 11:41am
kristen maple - Thank you for that! I LOVED it! I am new to the wedding business, but you have been an inspiration to me from start! This was incredibly helpful and inspiring! Thank you!  11.22.10 - 11:40am
April Russell - This is one of my favorite posts by you! Thank you for all the insight!   11.22.10 - 11:39am
Adrienne - LOVE it! Thanks for the insight. Details are SO important to the bride.  11.22.10 - 11:38am
Courtney Howell - This was definitely not too long!! I love this new reflections post :)   11.22.10 - 11:38am
AmyJean - It was very helpful, thank-you very much. Details are where I struggle most, any insight helps!  11.22.10 - 11:38am
Anahy - Jasmine, thanks so much for this. Your post is not long at all and it is super helpful. I'm doing a wedding this weekend so I'm feeling the nervous butterflies. Thanks again. Give Polo a big hug for me.   11.22.10 - 11:37am
Amie - Loved this - always great to see the working process alongside the actual photos (which are gorgeous!)  11.22.10 - 11:37am
Claudia @ Fabuluxe Photos - I really like the veil picture.... nice post! :)  11.22.10 - 11:37am
Josh Smith - Thank you for sharing. This is very helpful to me. As a husband and wife team, I am always left to shoot the groom details and often struggle with this. You have definitely opened my eyes to new options. Thank you again!  11.22.10 - 11:36am
Brooke Bryand - This post was extremely helpful (and motivating to not always settle for "safe"!) - thank you for sharing! And it was the perfect length...not too long at all!   11.22.10 - 11:35am
Steven Chellappa - Your posts are always helpful! Thanks so much Jasmine for sharing your knowledge with us and helping us grow at our craft too! Blessings! :D  11.22.10 - 11:34am
Sophia - not too long! great information. thanks so much for all the detail on details. : )  11.22.10 - 11:34am
Michelle - Love love love this post! This is SO helpful and inspirational!   11.22.10 - 11:33am
Megan Wold - Thank you so much for doing your reflections. It is so refreshing to hear that others contemplate the day and to see and hear those thoughts not only inspires but intrigues me as well.   11.22.10 - 11:33am
Shelly Connell - Thanks Jasmine.....great ideas. Your blogs inspire me!  11.22.10 - 11:32am
Kyla - I am grateful that you wrote this all down. I would not have thought to stage a session, I just shoot things as they are, but this is so much better! Beautiful pics!  11.22.10 - 11:31am
Nadine Burzler - Hi Jasmine! This post is really useful and I look forward to seeing more posts like these. I was wondering what you'd blog about now that your last wedding for 2010 is done, and you came up with something that benefits the readers of your blog, which BTW probably make up about 80% of your readers! I love clicking on their links to see different styles and learn bits from everyone... Thank you for always thinking outside the box and inspiring creativity in other togs. As always I wish you guys continued success and much happiness xx Bisous Nadine xx  11.22.10 - 11:31am
Shelby - Thank you so much for this!! What a great post! And not too long in my book! ;)  11.22.10 - 11:30am
Priscilla Boren - Not too long at all, I was fascinated with your story, I could actually see you doing the things step by step in my mind. PS, I hope you were not to shocked by the flowers we gave you in New Port Beach at Escalate.   11.22.10 - 11:29am
Heather Kloster - JASMINE!!! This post is in no way, shape or form too long!!! Thank you for the INCREDIBLE info. As my husband's 2nd, I'm usually the one looking to set up these detail shots!! This is so very helpful. And thank you a thousand times over for all your super helpful posts with photographer tips and advice. You are beyond generous!!!!!  11.22.10 - 11:29am
Nadya - Super helpful and def. not too long! thanks jasmine!  11.22.10 - 11:29am
Kelly Mendoza - Awesome! I absolutely love the details of a wedding so much. I met Kristin this weekend and she is a sweetheart. I knew I recognized her from somewhere when I saw her on your blog :).  11.22.10 - 11:28am
feuza - love it, been clearing out more and ever since watching you on creative life  11.22.10 - 11:28am
Christy Cundiff - Please don't taper your posts! I love the read! So many details! Thanks for sharing! I do have a question. Forgive my ignorance, but why do you change your ISO so often... in the same light. I punch in my numbers and never think about them again until I have to! LOL! I'm sure you have a wonderful reason for this! Thanks! = )  11.22.10 - 11:27am
RIMA BERZIN - Thanks you for this wonderful and really helpful post. As always, your work is beautiful, and your generosity more so.  11.22.10 - 11:27am
Alex - Lovely post and very helpful!  11.22.10 - 11:27am
Lupe Ruiz - Jasmine, thank you so much for always being so candid about your thought processes and for being so giving. There are no words to describe how much you have inspired and taught me, without even knowing I exist! :-) This time of year is the time to reflect on what we are thankful for, and aside from my family, friends, etc, I am thankful for YOU! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xo   11.22.10 - 11:25am
Jennifer Jar - Girl! Do not apologize for having a long blog post...I'd read it if it was 50 pages long. Thank you for sharing this with us!!!  11.22.10 - 11:23am
Misty Deblasio - Thank you for admitting that "staging" takes place. I do the same thing with available items around (and maybe a few I own) to complete the picture. It is hard sometimes when there are NO details other than rings, shoes and flowers and this blog shoes how beautifully it can be done. I shoot alot where brides get ready in venues (bathrooms) where there is nothing personal and you have to look at fabric on lobby chairs for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.  11.22.10 - 11:23am
Amandalynn - I really like how you worked the doorway, I know you have the 10x10 thing, but this is a really good example of how to really transform your shots in the same area by using your angles and staging effectively, and using what you've got. Love it.   11.22.10 - 11:23am
Amber Raeder - Your blogs are never long enough ; )  11.22.10 - 11:23am
Stephanie Stewart - Love this post! So helpful!!! Please don't taper! Thank you so much for your insight, it is very much appreciated!!! :)  11.22.10 - 11:22am
Gail - GREAT post Jasmine! Wonderful ideas any wedding photog can relate to (or should be) to stick with that theme you're talking about. PS - Love your stream-of-conscious approach here too with the writing. Different for you and I like it :)   11.22.10 - 11:22am
Britney - I'm perfectly fine with a long blog!! :D Thank you SO SO much for sharing!! This helps so much! :D  11.22.10 - 11:21am
nerinna - BEAUTIFUL!  11.22.10 - 11:20am
Cathy and David - These are some great photos/ideas Jasmine. :) Loving the last one of the shoes. Such great little details behind it. :)  11.22.10 - 11:20am
krystle - Too long? I wanted MORE! :)   11.22.10 - 11:20am
willyau - Great post, great explanations. Thanks Jasmine!  11.22.10 - 11:20am
Maryn - I didn't think this post was too long at all - in fact I wish it was longer! I live in MD and am beginning to start my own photography business and your site is SO helpful. Keep it coming! : )  11.22.10 - 11:18am
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