A Year in Review : 2008


If you’re a loyal blog reader, you’ll know that JD and I often photograph each other while we’re shooting. I’ve posted some pretty heinous pictures of myself gettin’ down and diiiirty for the shot…[not-so] thankfully, JD was there to catch me in action. I think we shot close to 400 images of us shooting this year, so instead of hiding them away (I seriously debated tossing the entire file for fear of being extradited to Loserville), I decided to put together a slideshow. Ya know, just to solidify the fact that we’re unbearably cool.

Many thanks to my clients for making these awesome photos possible. Without you, we’re nothing.

To check out our Year in Review, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!!

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  1. Nino Roy

    December 19th, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Ack! the link no trabajo!

    But I love your expression in the last photo! 🙂

  2. Yuka photo art

    December 19th, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful shots. I love to see backstage! These photos give a lot of information- your equipment, dress code, you in action, funny moments! Thank you! Please, check the slide show, it does not work now……

  3. Fishgirl

    December 19th, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    The last photo is like you are waiting for that dude to do something, so you can cath it..

  4. Lindsay Kipp Photography

    December 19th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I love the "behind the scenes" shots! This way I dont’ feel like such a weirdo when I lay on the floor or climb a fence to get THE shot! I love when you show us YOU in action and I love that you and JD get to work together…it’s fantastic!

  5. Ana Contreras

    December 19th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    I loved seeing all of these!! I love that you and JD can do this together…….Hope you are feeling better J!

  6. Julie H

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    I laughed out loud at the shot of JD straddling the bush! Interesting how you both use different eyes to look through the camera and sometimes the other is open and sometimes closed. It’s always interesting to be the voyer of other photographers. Thanks for the laughs!!!

  7. G.E. Masana

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Your slideshow reminded me again that: ain’t it grand, having a camera in your hand? I just made that up. Makes me happy to be a camera-carrying member of this profession. And that I’m not the only person who thinks "slideshow" is one word, despite what my spellchecker insists.

  8. Christine - FandangoChica

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Awesome! I love the last one the best…. 😉

  9. kilipohi

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I loved all these shots! Some of them are super cute, where others made me laugh out loud.

  10. Alyssa Lang

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:17 am

    That was awesome. haha And I must know, where did you get that fabulous peacock clip that’s in your hair in a couple of the shots? It’s gorgeous!

  11. Erin Youngren

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    LOL! I love the ones where JD’s head is barely leaning in your shot! I can’t tell you how many I have of Jeff inching into my frame… and me politely asking, "um, sweetie pie, can you move over just two tiny feet please?? Thank you so much dear sweet-ums…" hehehe

  12. Ashley

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:26 am

    These are awesome! Why do you always look so cute Jasmine?!

  13. Katherine Bowman

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:29 am

    YES!!! I LOVE it! I love seeing pictures of you in action! Now I’m going to go back and find the slideshow that you did of you and JD last year and watch that one! 🙂

  14. Lydia

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:54 am

    How you can look so great throughout the wedding?? This makes me so excited to shoot more weddings this next year!

  15. lucy

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Oh no I fell off the wagon..Im supposed to be on a detox from this blog..hey I went a whole 2 days…anyways I couldnt resist posting. I love this post, my favorite is the last one LOL! soo funny
    I have a big fat album of me at all my weddings also..hehehe

  16. Melissa McClure

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Thank you Jasmine and JD, I thoroughly enjoyed that slideshow!!

  17. Christine Newhook

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Awww.. You two are so cute! I have to get a second shooter so we can do the same! Happy Holidays and best of luck in the New Year 🙂

  18. Meghan

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Man you just can’t take an unflattering picture! I love it! I have to ask though, what the heck is your workout regimen because you are so buff! I love seeing pictures of you and JD : )

  19. Melissa

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:22 am

    OMG, I love these! I love seeing where you are and how you are shooting. I would love to just follow you around for a day and learn!

  20. Allyson Magda

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:23 am

    I admire you posting these, what a great idea! you seem to be full of them… Merry Christmas Jasmine, JD and Polo!

  21. Tanya Jose

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:27 am

    i’m so glad that you put yourself out there, so that i know i’m not the only one that tries to literally bend in awkward ways to get a good shot! and i’m so J that you ALWAYS look so beautiful all the damn time. can you take a picture with your hair up & in sweats vegging out on the couch?! LOL that would make me feel WAY better! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

  22. dj

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:30 am

    Love those pearly whites JD – 😀

  23. Amanda

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:58 am

    I don’t know what you’re talking about.. you look fabulous in all of them!!

    That second shot is extra beautiful, though.

  24. Bex

    December 20th, 2008 at 2:54 am

    Oh…thanks for sharing these! I think they are very fun and enables us to see a little bit more into the way you work. 😀

    btw… I think JD looks like a graceful ballet dancer in the 6th picture! What a pose. Too funny!

  25. Kayleen T.

    December 20th, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Wow Jasmine, you have got some hidden Ninja skills there!

  26. ashley

    December 20th, 2008 at 3:12 am

    I love this! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  27. Goddess Leonie I Creative Goddess

    December 20th, 2008 at 3:14 am

    You know, I think there’s gotta be some kind of Photographer Yoga DVD in there. You can be the Yogi 🙂

  28. Simply Modern Weddings

    December 20th, 2008 at 3:31 am

    you guys are nuts! I wish I could look that hot when I am working weddings. Haha!

  29. Kristen

    December 20th, 2008 at 3:39 am

    Cute! I love it! That’s so funny, there are a few that remind me of when Jamie and I catch each other in a shot by accident, then laugh about it 🙂

  30. Charlene

    December 20th, 2008 at 3:48 am

    Great stuff Jasmine. We always tend to shoot each other on the job as well (i think it’s inevitable!), but i only wish i were as photogenic as you or JD. Coming across my own face in the review process always gives me a fright.

    I never fail to end up looking like Yoda!

    (No wonder my brides find it easy to laugh around me…. sigh!)

    PS, you wear such great looking, comfortable shoes while shooting. Where do you get your footwear from?

  31. joshua k

    December 20th, 2008 at 4:30 am

    Fun! Fun! Fun!

  32. allan z.

    December 20th, 2008 at 4:30 am

    nice! how fun! LOL!

  33. Joan Solitario

    December 20th, 2008 at 4:41 am

    This was definitely my MOST FAVORITE blog of all from you!

  34. Mary Dunlap

    December 20th, 2008 at 5:00 am

    Love, love, love the slideshow!!

  35. Tira J

    December 20th, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Hilarious. I watched it twice and noticed that you two shoot in the same positions. And all our mothers are right, poor posture awaits us if we keep this up. Great show J* and JD!

  36. Emily DeWan

    December 20th, 2008 at 5:36 am

    Besides the amusing poses you two have captures, I love your wardrobe! I feel so boring in my black and black outfits!

  37. denise karis

    December 20th, 2008 at 5:45 am

    I LOVE this idea!!! Some of them are so cute! Espeically the ones of the two of you.

    Don’t you love the hunchback stance? Where your shoulders are all rounded and your back turns candy cane? Or the power stance – with your legs spread three feet apart? Sometimes we have to contort my body all wierd to get the shot we want 🙁

  38. CReid

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Hey Jasmine

    I love these photos as it shows the great length that you and JD go through to grab that awesome shot. Keep on inspiring us Photogs.


  39. ohana photographers - david & kimi

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:31 am

    awesome! lovin all the ninja shots!

  40. Nancy Ramos

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:36 am

    OMG! Heels while photographing an event. You really rock. I cannot even dream about wearing heels to an event.

  41. lindsey

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Awesome as always. I am so glad you posted this. It totally inspires me! How do you manage to a) shoot a wedding in heels and/or dresses and b)look flawless even when contorting to get THE shot. I’m totally jealous!

  42. Amanda Auer

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:55 am

    I absolutely, unabashedly LOVE pictures of myself working. It always feels so "in the moment" and reminds me how much I love what I do. NEVER delete them, no matter how ugly. This is what you get to bring with you at the end of the day!

  43. Events by Evonne

    December 20th, 2008 at 9:10 am

    It’s great to see you and JD in action (and in front of the camera)! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  44. Tanya

    December 20th, 2008 at 11:51 am

    This is great! Thanks for posting these ‘in the moment’ shots.

  45. Julie

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    You don’t know how much it helps us to see you guys in action. Thanks for following the prompting to post and not trash. It teaches us so much more than just the photos because we see how you got them. Yep, to be a good photographer one must be willing to get on the floor! I love the one of you "shooting" JD and the B&W of you with your big lens. My two favorites. Oh, the one of you straddling the isle is pretty good too, and JD over the hedge! Thanks Thanks Thanks.

  46. Rachel

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I love these shots! I especially love the second one of you in the mirror and the dress hanging up. It is awesome that you and JD both share the same passion. So exciting!

  47. Heather

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Awesome shots…I love the fact that JD is at all of these events having fun and shooting with you! I still haven’t been able to talk my husband into being a second shooter for me yet 😉

  48. Regina White

    December 20th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Great Shots! Don’t dump em!

  49. Manon

    December 20th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Oh Jasmine. You have no idea how much I love to see photographers in action. Its the most inspiring thing in the world.

  50. Adrienne

    December 20th, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    These are so fun! It is so awesome that you guys get to work together!

  51. Lisette Price

    December 20th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    How adorable are you guys?? These are such fun photos and I love the peacock feather you had in your hair!

  52. Mandy

    December 20th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Looove the one of you straddling the hedge!

  53. Megan

    December 20th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks so much Jasmine, for posting these action shots! It is great to see how you guys work and what you have to do to get "the shot"! It also shows how involved photogs are on the shoots and how many hats we must wear! I love the one of you straddling the pink floral aisle, and the black and white of you with your camera looking straight at the lens. Very striking! Thanks so much for the inspiration, I’m determined to take my photography to the next level next year and you were a big part of that. I’ve even been reading your old blog to see how you started and learned. Thanks so much for always sharing and teaching. Merry Christmas to you and your families! 🙂

  54. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    December 20th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Ok, not only do you shoot in a DRESS, you do so in pumps/heels. It’s officail. You’re superhuman.

  55. Robin Dini

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    crouching JD, hidden Jasmine! ha ha. You do the squat, crouch, lean like me 🙂 Damn girl, are you as sore as I am after a shoot!? Merry Christmas!

  56. Melissa ~

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    The pics so made me laugh, in a couple of them JD reminds me of a ninja posing right before they strike…and on a total side note, both of you are sticken HOT! Your babies for sure will have a fabulous modeling career =)

  57. Matthew Saville

    December 20th, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Good grief, J-star, how many times have you shot at RLL? Peace out, =Matt=

  58. Monica Rae Gill

    December 20th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Way to rock the heels, Jasmine. LOVE IT.

  59. Jeanette Sanchez

    December 20th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Oh, these candid shots are so fun to read about, good post!

  60. Karin

    December 20th, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    best post ever!

  61. Cathy Crawley

    December 20th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    I’m on my way out the door to a newborn session and just had to watch that slideshow, if I’m late I’ll tell them it’s all your fault! Thanks for sharing, I feel like I know a lot of those moves you make so so well 🙂

  62. Jessica Smith

    December 20th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I want to know how you shoot a wedding in those shoes in the 3rd picture! My feet feel like they’re going to fall off if I don’t wear flats! I’m impressed! :0)

  63. Rene Skrodzki

    December 20th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, you guys look so pro.

    I like JD’s style in these, there nice and seem workable. My main problem is the shoes, no matter what I cannot find a pair of guys shoes that will get me through a whole wedding, I end up in converse before the end of the ceremony.

  64. Jane

    December 20th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    I adore you for employing your gymnastics skills to preserve the pristine white runner.

  65. Kim

    December 20th, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    If I got down I don’t think I would ever be able to get up. Love all the pics. Thanks for sharing.

  66. natt

    December 20th, 2008 at 11:16 pm

    love the shot of you straddling the aisle…very funny =)

  67. Jes

    December 20th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Hey! I have that same gold shirt from H&M! 🙂 You rock it cuter than I do though!

    Great shots of you guys in action!

  68. Jalene

    December 20th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I loved the slideshow! It’s so cool to see what it’s like behind the beautiful pictures you take, from the ee of another photographer!

  69. Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography)

    December 21st, 2008 at 1:37 am

    I CANNOT believe you are wearing heels! I tried and almost died. And I’m an avid high heel wearer! More power to ya!

  70. Kortnee and Ted

    December 21st, 2008 at 3:45 am

    I love the "behind the scenes" photos! I also shoot with my husband and we have a blast! Although, there are times when we end up in each others frame at the wrong time. Do the two of you ever find yourselves asking one or the other to "SCOOTCH!"? Nicely of course… 🙂

  71. Acheron

    December 21st, 2008 at 4:34 am

    In the photo with the two of you crouching on the terracotta path, what happened to JD’s hand? It looks like it’s all taped up, that’s gotta hurt when holding a lens 8)

  72. Kimberlee West

    December 21st, 2008 at 4:35 am

    oh i’m so glad some of my shots made the cut! 😉 xoxo – see ya soon!

  73. yvonne lebrun

    December 21st, 2008 at 5:05 am

    best slide show ever! My fave shot of you shooting in the rain was in there.

  74. Meg

    December 21st, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Holy crap you have heels on in some of those shots….you are my hero!!

  75. Mandi Zimmer

    December 21st, 2008 at 7:36 am

    fantastic slideshow.

  76. SJ Styles

    December 21st, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Awesome Slideshow!!!

  77. Jessica Peterson

    December 21st, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Lil’ Weezy, wha whaaat! Lol so cute. And you have rockin arms obtw !! xo

  78. SamTheMan

    December 21st, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Jasmine,

    You guys are too funny and that last shot on your blog is a killer. I needed the laugh. I have to tell you that you must be THE most fashionable photog in the world. How do you do it? I get dirty covering a wedding as I’m on the ground, in the bushes, walking through water and although I’m GQ when it begins I look like a little kid who’s been playing outside when it’s over.

    Great stuff and again congratulations to both of you. I’m off to enjoy the slideshow. Merry Christmas from your friend and fan in the frozen tundra of Chicago.

  79. Ashley Rose

    December 21st, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    These are all sooo awesome~ I love seeing you guys in action. And is it weird that I was really curious about what you wear shooting 🙂 lol. You both are so stylish!

  80. Feuza

    December 21st, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Love these cause I can see the outfits you where when you shoot! lol. you are so stylish in every aspect. I love the picture of JD rolling his eyes~

  81. Feuza

    December 21st, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Ok, I can SPELL. I meant the outfits you wear~

  82. Richard Shephard

    December 21st, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    OK, you need a couple of 90 degree viewfinders for Christmas! Cool post, thanks for sharing. Even at your dorkiest you two look pretty good. Happy Christmas!

  83. Danielle

    December 21st, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    friggin’ adorable.

  84. Jasmine*

    December 21st, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    ABOUT THE HEELS. ha! i wear heels. sometimes.
    like days when i’m feeling fat, i wear heels.
    like days when i’m shooting for 8 hours or less, i wear heels.
    like days when i know i’ll feel like a bond servant, i wear heels. ya know, just so I know i ain’t so schloppy.
    yes, my feet ache afterward, but nothing hurts as much as feeling frumpy feels. can i get an amen?! 😉

  85. Amanda

    December 22nd, 2008 at 2:25 am

    I love the shot of JD straddling the hedge, too funny. And I always love seeing pictures of people ‘behind the scenes’. Awesome. 🙂

  86. Amy Clifton

    December 22nd, 2008 at 3:12 am

    A-MENNNN! I shoot in heels too. (Usually some sort of a wedge, though, so I don’t sink into the ground…) I like to be as tall as possible, and yes–frumpy feels yukky. 🙂

  87. Beatriz

    December 22nd, 2008 at 3:23 am

    1. Yours and JD’s style is so fun. 2. I HEART actions shots.
    3. Lil Wayneeeeeeee!!!
    I didn’t think I could love you anymore than I already do. This post has totally proven me wrong.

  88. Jenn Best

    December 22nd, 2008 at 6:21 am

    I LOVE IT!!! I love that I’m not the only one who somehow gets into crazy stances while shooting – I just don’t look nearly as fabulous as you both do. And if I could only wear heels while shooting … Keep Rockin it!

  89. john waire

    December 22nd, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    what a schweet review.

    here’s to an amazing 2009.


  90. jeramy

    December 22nd, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    it’s ridiculous how cute you two are together….seriously, ridiculous. 🙂 great shots!

  91. Korey

    December 22nd, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Ahh so it was JD who captured the bouquets on the bridge! I have to say, and I’m totally biased, but I loved the one from MY WEDDING where you’re modeling it up on the railing! HOT!! 🙂 You two are very cute!

  92. ali

    December 22nd, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    it’s awesome to see you working your magic. tfs!

  93. Kellan

    December 22nd, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    How in the world do you wear heels while you shoot? I would last about three hours and then chop my feet off at the ankles. Mad props…flats all the way while shooting. So much cuter in heels but I just can’t suffer for beauty that long.

  94. cassandra m

    December 23rd, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Ahhhh, the memories. WOW were did 2008 go? Looking for more fun in ’09!

  95. Bobbie Brown

    December 23rd, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Hahahha! These are GREAT! LOVE the song you picked – it is PERFECT! I love seeing pictures like these!

  96. Grace Tan

    December 24th, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Wow I am amazed how you can shoot in heels! *respect* Lovely collection of photographs, and I am looking forward to seeing more in the future! Any chance of coming to Malaysia to do some training? 🙂

  97. Ana Gabriela

    December 24th, 2008 at 2:24 pm


  98. Pascal

    December 24th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Hahaha so great!

  99. Lisa Lotter

    December 25th, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Somebody already said it… you two are ridiculously cut together. Love the review!

  100. Lisa Lotter

    December 25th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    CUTE! not cut… opps

  101. Christine Meintjes

    December 25th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Love how you dress! Very stylish and the heels..thats amazing! Don’t know how you do it! RESPECT!!

  102. philipW

    December 26th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    Damn..I didn’t know you were such a hot sexy babe. MARRY ME!!!!!!!!

  103. Fabuluxe Photos

    December 27th, 2008 at 5:06 am

    Love this post but I want to know something… how the heck are you able to shoot a wedding in a dress and heals??

  104. The Memory Journalists

    December 30th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    These are GREAT! I love to see pictures of my team getting down and "dirty" too to get that perfect shot!

  105. Holly Steen

    December 30th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Nice… I just saw that you wear HEELS and Jeans… You are a SuperStar RockStar !
    I can’t imagation how your feet must hate you at the end of a 8 hour wedding.

  106. Jessica Marshall

    January 22nd, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    I ran across your blog for the first time today and really have enjoyed looking at the images. This blog in particular was funny to me, since I have quite a few photos like that. My husband and I always snap shots of each other like that during weddings. 😉

  107. Jessica

    January 28th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I am SO glad that you posted this. I have no clue what is ideal to wear when shooting a wedding. This is very, very helpful. There you go reading my mind again. ; )