All Fixed!


There was a slight breeze on the rooftop of the Four Seasons Los Angeles and I was excited to be photographing the bride and groom on the helipad. Traffic buzzed around the Beverly Hills streets and the blue sky leaked happiness. I had just readjusted my camera bag to rest on my right side (instead of the normal left) because an early morning visit to my chiropractor revealed curvature of my spine. Dr. Lee suggested rotating my camera bag to alleviate the stress on one side, so I readily agreed.

On the rooftop, I photographed the bride and groom…went to reach for my 35mm, 1.4 lens…and it tumbled out of my bag. It happened in slow motion and if I could have made a sound it would have been something like NOooOOoooOOOOoOOoooOO!!! But I couldn’t say anything because the thud of the lens on the rooftop was enough to leave me stunned silent.

Six feet away, JD (who often functions as my brain in time of duress) smiles and says, Not to worry! Just like that. Not to worry, like he’s freaking British. He swoops over and hands me the 24mm, 1.4 and tells the clients he’ll fix my lens. And smiles. I continue to shoot and three minutes later, he triumphantly raises the lens and says, All fixed!

I know the lens isn’t fixed…he knows the lens isn’t fixed…but to keep the mood light/happy/weddingish, he did what my brain couldn’t: CARRY ON. Where I saw my new $1,500 lens (a lens I saved two years to buy) in cracked pieces, he saw an opportunity to act like a professional. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.

This photo was taken just seconds after getting the 24mm on my camera and testing it out. The look JD is giving me? I could be wrong, but it’s something along the lines of, KEEP YOUR ISH TOGETHER, WOMAN!

Around 1a.m. the valet pulled up our car and we piled in after a long day and sighed. I leaned over and grabbed JD’s hand and asked him what was his fee for helping me. He blinked a few times, quickly calculated, and said: $2,500. Oh, Internet, it appears I’m gonna need a new second shooter for this weekend’s wedding! πŸ˜‰

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Marie

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I promise to get gas.

  2. Rachel Leigh Greene

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Aww!! That’s awesome :D. And I still think it’s awesome that you and your husband work together πŸ˜€

  3. Samantha Macabulos

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    So, what’s his grade for THIS wedding? Hahaha.
    Sorry, humour in such a sad, sad moment…..I totally feel your pain πŸ™
    Keep your chin up! You’re amazing! xo

  4. Rachel Tatem

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so sorry about the lens… that’s so sad. JD sounds amazing: great job keeping your cool… I would have reacted just like you… not the most professional but the words "freak out" come to mind.

  5. Jasmine*

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    @Samantha: Besides his act of awesomeness with the lens, I gave JD an A- for this wedding…I culled his images yesterday and he did amazing work! πŸ˜‰

  6. Ellie

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    That’s so sad! But so sweet of your husband to keep your chin up. πŸ™‚

  7. bev h.

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:51 pm


  8. // Dani

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    BRAVO JD!!

  9. Malvina

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Acting Britsh but looking very James Bondish!!! Sorry about the lens, insurance?

  10. Danny Douglas

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    J-Star, sorry to hear about the lens. I hope you had insurance on it. And, I am throwing my hat in the ring to be your new second shooter, should you ever boot JD to the curb. I’m working on my British accent now πŸ˜‰

  11. Dawn Regan

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    I swear JD needs to get some kind of award. You’re one lucky girl. Sorry to hear about the lens.

  12. Abby Grace Photography

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I know this isn’t the point of this post, but I thinkit’s so rad that you save up for equipment. I know a super successful photographer like yourself could probably afford to just buy the equipment you want, when you want it, but I really respect that you saved up for it. I’m so sorry your lens broke, but I’m sure it’s already on it’s way back to Canon for repair. πŸ™‚

  13. Nadya

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    oh god i have had that nightmare already that i drop it and it crashes into small pieces the 24-70mm @_@ . JD handled that really well, good for him.

  14. Dorie

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Keep Calm and Carry On. You have a true blessing in JD.

  15. gladys jem

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    jd is so awesome!! so many people at our wedding commented about how he just smiled the entire time πŸ™‚ so happy and nice!

  16. Laura

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    You’re husband is awesome. I try to keep a positive attitude about things that go wrong but sometimes you just need someone to remind you it will all work out. Sorry for the loss of your lens. I salivate over the thought of ever owning one.

  17. Liz Bedwell

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Jasmine, Sorry to hear about the lens…that’s crappy. Seriously though, you are too cute! I always love reading your posts… you can always find a way to look for the positive or add some humor to the mix. πŸ™‚

  18. Beria Charles

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Awww sorry about the lens!!! And I know JD will "take care of that!" lol C’mom JD, don’t let me down now!!!
    Girl, you are too awesome! And JD? Your perfect partner! Love you guys!

  19. Andrea

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I love the look on JD’s face. "You done did it now"… that’s what it says to me. How blessed are you to have a great partner like that. Amazing background view… amazing!

  20. Samantha Macabulos

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    @Jasmine: Still a hard grader….tough love, I LOVE IT!
    The only way to succeed and grow…someone’s famous words (or along those lines anyways)! πŸ˜‰

  21. The New Diplomat's Wife

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Three cheers for JD ! Though I do stuff like that all the time and know exactly the feeling from hearing the "thud" of an expensive, hard-earned item. It will work out!

  22. natt

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    good on JD! wish i was quick on my feet like him…think i would’ve freaked out for sure =)

  23. dawn beirnes

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    that was one of the best "saves" I have ever seen or heard of! Go ahead and pay JD the 2500.00…..that moment was worth it!

  24. Kasey Loftin

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    A good wingman is priceless!!

  25. Franklin Fitzgerald

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I love the way you write. I’ve been a closet fan of yours since you first appeared on Creative Live. Your energy and love for the business is contagious. This is my first post to your blog and I will continue to follow your travels and adventures in wedding photography. Thanks for all the information you post for aspiring wedding photogs. You are the best.

  26. Emily

    June 7th, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I just broke a lens too..I feel your pain!

  27. LEOLAK

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    OUCH!!! I remember seeing your tweet about breaking your 35mm…I can only imagine the sound of it against concrete. Wow…what a partner you have…for business and life! I wish I could be that cool under pressure. Looking forward to see the images…I’m sure they are ROCKIN!!!!

  28. Jennifer Hejna

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I was broke a lens on a wedding (just a 50mm 1,8) and I was just pretending the same but the moment I heard the lens cracking I would have loved to have a JD with me to help me pretending and keeping up the good atmosphere – alone it was just hell. Hope his fee will go down for you again πŸ˜‰

  29. Bethany Fields

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:03 pm


  30. Megan Eckers

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    AH! Jasmine, I did the EXACT same thing this weekend with my 50mm 1.2. Reached into the bag and down it went on the concrete church floor. Somehow even with no lens cap on, it managed to stay in one piece and miraculously the glass didn’t crack. At least nowhere that I could see anyway. And it still worked well enough for the next few hours, but I’m worried that it’s going to just spontaneously combust any day now. I feel your pain, girl, that is a horrible feeling. JD to the rescue!

  31. Monica Bryant

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I was shooting a senior and my go-to lens for seniors, the Canon 70-200 IS lens flipped out of my camera bag and BOUNCED, I kid you not, on the asphalt! My heart just about pounded out of my chest…alas, I didn’t have a wingman as awesome as JD, so I was just stunned and wanted to cry….I composed myself long enough to pull another lens out of the bag and finish the session…I cried all the way home!! Good British wingmen are hard to find…

  32. Michael Montalto

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Your marriage makes me smile!

    Isn’t it fantastic to have a teammate you can truly rely on?



  33. Melinda Leal

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    GIRL….you are a hot mess!! LOL… this blog sounded like something I would write! HAHA…only because you made a great caption for JD! πŸ™‚ I knew EXACTLY how you felt as you were describing the lens falling….let me tell you, JD is on point! Imma have to take a "cool,calm,collective" pointer from him!!!

  34. Kate Douthwright

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    JD is amazing. I don’t know if I would’ve been that cool if that happened to me. Seriously, a great lesson learned in acting professional for the rest of us!! You guys are an awesome team πŸ™‚

  35. Janine Cofield

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    All I can say is beautiful…. I love it! He is the most awesome second Shooter ever!

  36. Megan Eckers

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    P.S. My favorite part though was as soon as I dropped it and cried out in pain, the bride said, "Oh no! Your baby!" I love that she totally got it.

  37. Cathy

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Jasmine when I read your post this was the first thing that popped into my head…….
    Ecclesiastes 4:9
    New Living Translation (NLT)
    9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
    You and JD make an awesome team !

  38. Priscilla

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Good looks JD… Nice to have a rock star in your corner. Oh – and I bet you graded him an A+ for this one!!!

  39. Ashley Swallow

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    This is a great lesson for all of us on keeping it together while shooting weddings! Thanks so much for sharing.

  40. Amy Jo

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    I was hoping you would do a post about the 35mm after I read on twitter that it had been broken. What a great idea on JD’s part to make a nightmare into something the bride and groom didn’t realize was problem. I may have cried, so I am totally proud of you for holding it together!

  41. pamela telgenhoff

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    Haha! You are amazing! And I will only charge you half of that for second shooting πŸ™‚ JK

  42. Maliha Faruki

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    sheesh! i would have started freaking out… kudos to jd… love the response!!!! and hope that the lens gets fixed without cutting too much into the pocket!

  43. Stephanie Stewart

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your lens! But alas, JD saved the day! GO, JD!!! And can I say that I’m soooo excited to see the rest of this wedding??? A helipad?! Love it!

  44. Katelyn James

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    ohhh I dropped and totally destroyed my 50 1.2 during a bridal shoot. It ROLLED down the busiest street in Richmond. Yea. I turned to the bride said " ohh haha it’s fine, it wasn’t even my favorite!" … I then turned around and tried to regain composure…. it took everything in my not to GASP and burst into tears… luckily, Canon’s CPS membership paid off and it was only $100 to fix this $1600 lens! I feel your pain girlfriend…

  45. melodie

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    This CRACKED me up…not because you broke your lens, but it was just…you know. I need to go give my man helper a hug, because he would have done the same thing im sure πŸ™‚

  46. Kelly Sauer

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Heartbreaking – and delightful. I love you two.

  47. ala

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    where did we find such patient guys? i heart jd for you! <3

  48. Anahy Ruelas

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Dang! JD is just perfect! Come on, tell us, does he have a tail? He’s gotta have a flaw. Hehee. :-p

  49. Hope Gibbs

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    That is WHY you marry your BEST friend! <3

  50. Emily Dobson

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Way to go, JD! I think it’s time you start lending him out to the rest of us. He seems to have this second shooter/hero thing down pat! So sad to hear about your lens…if it makes you feel better, I probably would’ve cried. Right there. On the roof top. In front of the bride and groom. Yeah, I’m THAT cool.

  51. ashley barnett

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Aw Jasmine I am so sorry about your lens. I have been there in those moments of panic and having my rock of a boyfriend to gently remind me to stop being a drama queen and carry on is something I am so grateful for. By the way, JD looks like some secret agent right here, like he just got off the helicopter to swoop in and come save the day!! πŸ™‚

  52. Chris

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    That bites! Sometimes we all need a little reminder too keep it together, what a guy! I read all the post by or about JD to my husband (who is my assistant). Can’t wait to share this with him.

  53. Bill Raab

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    A story of off-balance being counter-balanced. You two are awesomely complementary.

  54. Stephanie Lyell

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Okay, I have to comment because I did this last fall!! It is the worst feeling in the world. And my hubby (second shooter) was the best…yay for good husbands/second shooters!

  55. Chantal Benoit

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    That happen to me too in the studio 24-70mm lens $2000!!!! When my husband got home I told him that I tried calling him and had a sad look on my face. He said what do you want me to do get another one and move on.

    Aren’t you glad you have a good husband!!!


  56. Wendy

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Jasmine! The exact same thing happened to me in Punta Cana for my first real wedding with a BORROWED macro lens and the main photographer just looked at me with the same look JD gave you and I put my sunglasses on to hide my big fat salty tears running down my face…the bride asked…is everything okay? And of course it wasn’t but I did carry on with another lens….later at a wedding shower a young and helpful girl picked up my bag for me that was NOT zipped up and I actually shouted NOOOOOOOO. I felt so bad as she was just trying to be helpful but these are the lessons learned as photographers when we can barely afford the equipment to begin with! Thank you for this post….xoxo

  57. Carrie K

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Kudos to JD! What quick thinking. I’d say he’s worth at least the $2500 offered (if not more…) πŸ˜‰

  58. Gina

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    JD to the rescue πŸ™‚ It’s a bummer about the lens, but you’ve definitely got a keeper hubby there Jasmine!

  59. Gabriel

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    YouΒ΄re a luky photographer for having such a great partner!!

  60. Shannon

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Everyone needs their own JD! Wow. I know there’s no way I would have been able to keep it together like that! Amazing how he thought so fast on his feet, and like a true professional, never let the client know there was anything wrong. I bet your client had no idea how much that lens cost, or how much pain you were in thinking about having to replace it. And despite all that, you still got amazing pictures anyway… Team STAR is unstoppable!!!

  61. Penny Wolfe

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    There is nothing better than shooting with someone who remains calm when you’re wound and that you can keep calm when they are wound up. Balance. The secret of success!! Way to go JD. I’d have been more like you though Jas!

  62. Gina

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    JD looks so handsome in that black suit. Your a lucky girl!

  63. Deanna

    June 7th, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    HUGS girl, I broke my camera last week during a boudoir shoot. I still haven’t grasped reality even tho I already have the new one in hand. I cried when I had to spend the money on the new one. SRSLY.


    June 7th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    So does JD have a brother? lol

  65. Kaylee Sizemore

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Jasmine and JD, I love you!

  66. Jennifer Lynn

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    How much do we all love JD!!! This just confirms how valuable friends and great husbands are. And why a great second shooter can never be paid enough. And why I have fired a few bad ones without regret!

  67. Sarah Danaher

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    he is SO good for you.

  68. Jillian Tree

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    GO JD!!! πŸ™‚

  69. Laura Stricklin

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    SOOOO needed this laugh!!!!!! That’s great!

  70. Mioara Dragan

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    I bet this picture made JD’s life. He’s all secret agent, on a helipad, dressed to the nines & saving the day.


  71. Sarah

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    What JD did? THAT is what makes a pro. It’s not just getting flustered – it’s coming across like everything is perfect.

    Such a great story, and picture to go with. I’m so glad you shared this, thanks!

  72. Sandra Fazzino

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I was eager to learn the story of the broken lens. Isn’t it unsettling how in one split second, so much can change? My attempt at the bright side: The lens was paid for. Imagine if you were making payments on it! And being grace under fire is priceless. Well done!

  73. steph

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    So let’s talk about that gorgeous skyline AND how your bride+groom are totally entranced with each other and not even noticing the ‘problem’. Looks like you successfully carried on! πŸ™‚

  74. Pete

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Sounds to me like you can’t afford another second shooter….and I don’t mean monetarily of course.

  75. briana Moore

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    I love that you have such a wonderful partner. πŸ™‚ Your photos remind me how much I love weddings, but your writing reminds me how much I love marriage

  76. Dana

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    JD is a jewel! Thank God you have him!!! πŸ˜‰ xo

  77. stephanie

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    "like he’s freaking British"…DYING LAUGHING, you KILL ME! Go JD.

  78. Michelle Norton

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    While shooting an engagement session I set my flash next to me on the ground. When I got to the second location I realized I had left it behind. I couldn’t go back. It was a good 30 min away. So I finished the shoot as if nothing was wrong. Ironically I had just read an article where the photographer dropped his camera off a cliff. Said "No worries I have another one". Inside he was in utter despair. So I was prepared in how to act professional. Sadly when I went back the Flash was gone. However we saved up and bought a better one!

  79. Romonia Isaac

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    When I saw your tweet about breaking your 35mm, my heart broke a little for you!! I’ve dropped my 85mm and done the grab and slow motion "Nooooooo" as well so I can relate! Thankfully it’s under warranty and that is what insurance is for so you should get a brand new 35mm. As far as JD goes, he’s getting pricey on you! πŸ˜‰ Lol! JD is such a great partner as well as person and I love that picture!! Looking very GQ JD!!! I love when a man suits up for a wedding!

  80. Jennifer Lynn Photography

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I want to know (which I should probably know)…did you two work together before getting married? I love that he pulled it off (the Mr. Cool) and sorry bout your lens. I could cry for you there! Have totally been there, but with no Mr. Cool

  81. jenn {bow tie & bustle}

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    wow! JD is a total rockstar! you are tremendously lucky to have such an amazing guy and 2nd shooter by your side! he’s the best! so sorry to hear about your lens…big bummer! i’m sure you still rocked it out though.

  82. Charlie McDonald

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    JD’s Slick. He’s like James Bond in this Pic πŸ˜‰

  83. JΓ©

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Look at your man looking all James Bondish… maybe he is British. lol j/k

  84. s h e r r y

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    πŸ™‚ Aw. That is so great. So calm. And I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos on a helipad! A HELIPAD! :O Cool!!

  85. Ann Molen

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    This is such an awesome story! The fact that you both kept it together and moved on with the shoot is such a great reminder of what our number 1 job is…to be professionals and make the client happy. Thank you for turning something tragic (hello, 35mm 1.4!) into something positive and helpful for the rest of us πŸ™‚

  86. Evie Perez

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Oh no, I am sorry that happened to you. What would we do without our better half? I love how you and JD work together πŸ˜‰

  87. Tanya De Leeuw

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Oh, your heart must’ve stopped! Glad it worked out ok. You and JD make a wonderful team! That’s what working together is all about: If one has a "moment", the other is there to hold it together for the client’s sake!

  88. jb newcomb

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    JD sure is at the top of your assets list! Thank goodness he’s not in your camera case to be accidentally dropped, too! lol You’re sure blessed, girl. I love when my hubby swoops in for the rescue like that. How DO they do it so well?!

  89. Corrie Lindroos

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my word, that is my biggest fear!!! I love how well you and your hubbie work together, you compliment each other beautifully.

  90. Chelsey

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    OUCH. This post made me cringe. I just bought my 35 1.4L and it’s like my little baby that I don’t want anything to happen to it! Sucks that it happened to you! But thank God for good men that are always there for us, right?

  91. Vail Fucci

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Ugh! That is my worst nightmare. But to those out there who are saying they had similar things happen, and had to buy a whole new one, pulease get insurance. I use travelers and my deductible is only $250. It isn’t very expensive either! Still, kudos to JD for helping you recompose yourself, figuratively and literally with the new lens.

  92. Renee

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Ha ha what a cute little story. I love that photo for two reasons:

    1) The look on JDs face.
    2) How much your couple is in to each other, and in their own little world.


  93. Heather Bird

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    Oh no – so sorry to hear! How great is JD! One of the things I love most about this post are the comments… your readers know you so well and obviously are as loyal to your blog, your Creative Live classes and your FB as I am.. ie. "I promise to get gas." "What was his grade?"

  94. Jess @ JQ Photography

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Way to go JD! Jasmine, on your own you already rock, but together with JD you guys are total rock stars!

  95. Gail

    June 7th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    A HELIPAD?? You photographed a wedding with a HELIPAD involved? Oh girl, what a day that must of been.

    I’m just sorry it had to involve a broken lens.

    PS – JD is looking VERY James Bond-ish here!

  96. Lydia

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    JD is amazing! Totally deserves the $2,500 and A-! Insurance will work it out, right?

  97. Mom

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Love that man!!

  98. Linnea

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    OK – totally random, at first glance on your homepage of the blog "All Fixed"…..i immediately thought……OH NO! Polo with a cone around his neck?!?!?! LOL!!!

  99. Kira

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Look at JD, looking all James Bond-ish! Dude. I totally dropped my 24-70 at a shoot one time, and it was LOUD and heavy when it hit the ground. Same slo-mo, only I was by myself. I looked at the glass cracked in pieces, turned around at my jaw-dropped clients and was all, "OH, it’s totally fine!" GULP. Called my husband crying after the shoot. Luckily it was just the filter!! But way to keep Jasmine calm, JD! That’s all you can do during a shoot!

  100. Kare

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    JD is the bomb, no doubt about it!

  101. heather cherie photography

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oh! I know the feeling! That happened to me once on an engagement shoot with my 50mm. I accidentally hit it on the side of my car and the focus ring cracked and the AF-MF button fell out. It made me sick, but I just had to put on a smile and CARRY ON. πŸ™‚ You guys are awesome! πŸ™‚

  102. Adam

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    OMG JStar, I could not feel worse about how nonchalant the bride and groom were during this ordeal! If they’d known what a big deal it was, I am sure they would have been more demonstrably sympathetic!! Hugs!

  103. Jamie

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    A priceless look from JD.

  104. Alexisk

    June 7th, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I also own the 35 1.4 but I don’t
    Use it as much because it’s to wide.. I remember reading your review of that lens, maybe it felt second best and just gave up?
    Or Maybe it’s trying to get you to take it more seriously…
    I’m happy you pulled off the rest of the day..sorry about your lens.

  105. Christina Dely

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    This breaks my heart & makes me smile all at once! JD you are always the picture of calmness! Such an invaluable quality in a husband/2nd shooter πŸ™‚ You will have to keep us posted on the status of the 35! I hope it is okay!

  106. Marissa Nicole

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I dropped my wide angle shooting a party once, but luckily I was alone standing across the street trying to get a shot of the building, so no on heard my "oh s***" moment.
    I was super bumped & totally mad at myself. Least to say I am much more careful now as to how I handle my gear.

  107. rich

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    what a second shooter! i think he’s worth the $2500 – haha

  108. JenW

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    So impressed! – that is way too cool how he played it off like and saved the buzz from being killed. $2,500… I’m sure you really think he is pretty priceless. πŸ˜‰

  109. gwen

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    A of all: I need to find myself a "JD" somewhere. And B of all: If your JD gets too pricey please holla my way and I would gladly fly to Cali and be your second shooter πŸ™‚

  110. Joanna Pia

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    OH my! now this is true partnership in business and in life.

  111. Anselm

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I had the same thing happen with a 50mm. It wasn’t an L lens, but reaction was pretty was pretty much the same as your, don’t let the client know how you feel and just move on.

    As for JD, he is the MAN! (of course we all know that already) I saw the photo before I read the post and thought to myself that JD looks like a G-Man about to spring into action.

  112. Natalie Tuggle

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Oh Jasmine! My heart hurts for your lense! I think I would have died on the spot! We all need a good JD in situations like this.

  113. Life with Kaishon

    June 7th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    JD is so handsome in that picture. Even with the look : )

  114. Alejandra - Imaginale

    June 7th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Can I just say that I love how your MOM commented "Love that man!!" Haha. Sometimes your comments are as entertaining as your own writing πŸ™‚

  115. Yuliya Molitvenik

    June 7th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    JD, you look sharp! That’s all, and definitely worth the fee for all your help.

  116. Jamela

    June 7th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Aren’t husbands the best second shooters. They know how to be our glue and give us tough love. At the end of the day, they’ll give us a hug and tell us we did a great job.

  117. kayla j photography

    June 7th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I feel ya..i was shooting wedding and during the ceremony i slipped and fell..not only breaking a lens…but also a rib i came to find out later the next day..makes for a great story πŸ™‚ Way to just carry on.

  118. Ann

    June 7th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    1. What a nightmare scenario come to life.
    2. What a perfect 007 second shooter to be there for you like that.
    Good to hear everything turned out fine like this. I’m assuming you are insured and therefore should have that lens back in no time, right? Right?

  119. kelly marie

    June 7th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    JD’s loss is our gain….I’ll be first in line to second shoot! πŸ˜‰

  120. Jessi D

    June 7th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Well played Sir. Well played. Thanks for sharing this photo! So awesome!!

  121. Lindsey

    June 7th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    I really thought JD couldn’t BE any cooler.

    I was wrong.

  122. Kimberly Murray

    June 7th, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Yep! JD’s face says it all. So interesting to see his look juxtaposed against the backdrop of the happy, smiling couple. You’re so lucky to have someone who thinks so quickly on his feet and knows how to keep the mood light.

  123. Kristin

    June 7th, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    That is a crappy situation but go JD for making the best of it! Freaking British indeed. πŸ™‚

  124. Shilpy

    June 8th, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Is this the first time your dropping your lens? I haven’t dropped mine yet, but I know it’s somewhere down the line… my boyfriend Sunil keeps saying I’m every accident prone πŸ˜›

  125. WeddingSnapper

    June 8th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    So if JD is now free can I have him as MY second shooter?

  126. Ashley Perez

    June 8th, 2011 at 12:36 am

    JD is like J in a different body. I freak out and he remains calm and gets mad at me for freaking out. Aren’t we lucky to have them around? Besides their attitudes of course!

  127. Sadiemae

    June 8th, 2011 at 12:51 am

    What a great post!

  128. whitney elizabeth

    June 8th, 2011 at 2:01 am

    aww JD is too sweet! y’all did a great job acting cohesive and professional in front on your clients!!

  129. Carly Koop

    June 8th, 2011 at 2:52 am

    Laughed OUT LOUD at "JD’s" comment. I know I could have said LOL but it really didn’t convey what I wanted to say. Hope all goes well with the lens!

  130. kelsey {las vegas wedding photography}

    June 8th, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Good job JD but so sad for the lens πŸ™

  131. Kellee

    June 8th, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I would totally die if I dropped my 35mm, hopefully this reminds me to soldier on if it ever happens :S

  132. Cindy Lee

    June 8th, 2011 at 3:11 am

    Bravo JD! You scored an A++ on that assignment πŸ˜€

  133. Erin K.

    June 8th, 2011 at 4:44 am

    Jasmine, I cringed when I read that you dropped your new lens. Here’s to hoping it’s a quick (and not too expensive) fix πŸ™‚

  134. sarah

    June 8th, 2011 at 6:15 am

    that is one of the best stories of spousal support I’VE EVER HEARD. seriously. that’s amazing.

    good for you, JD.

  135. stephanie

    June 8th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    love this story, your exact story happened to me last year, its was a rented lens, and I did not have a second shooter to get me through it. worst day, that lens fell in slow motion. Love the picture

  136. Ginger Murray

    June 8th, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Oh man… I hate when that happens… dropped my 70-200 and I was like, NoooooOooooOOo….!! (It is somewhat broke, but still seems to work fine… not sure how that happened).
    This is a total BA photo of JD. Like, Men in Black, and he just saved the planet. (Now bust out the Men in Black dance… I did in my head. This one:

  137. denise karis

    June 8th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    ohhhh my goodness – what a quick thinker – but what a sad story!! Poor thing – Im waiting for the day i drop one of mine πŸ™

  138. Aaronv2

    June 8th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    This isn’t a story about professionalism. It’s a love story :p
    Cutest think I have read all week!

  139. YarraValleyWedding

    June 8th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Great to have that calming presence as a second shooter. Where you can buy the JDs?

  140. Sean

    June 8th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    JD is the man! Great reminder that professionalism is still required no matter the situation. Also a great reminder that you need insurance. Sure its still a little $$$ out of pocket but not $1500. MUST have insurance on your gear!

  141. MartaV

    June 8th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Awww, JD you are a good man.

  142. Bri

    June 8th, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Wow. I love this. I love that you two have this kind of relationship. I love that you work together, but mostly, I love that he covers you in every way possible… just as a husband should. ;o)

  143. melanie

    June 8th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    i love everything about this post.

  144. Regina Chayer

    June 8th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    this is so like my husband/partner. Something similar happend at a recent wedding only it was the flash that crashed (breeze, umbrella, stand) he quickly swapped it, we kept it moving and to the client it was seamless. Sometimes I think if clients knew the real cost of the equipment, they wouldn’t think twice about paying for our services! Anyway…Great Job JD and great partnership you and Jasmine obviously share.

  145. christina

    June 8th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    love it….true test of remaining calm for the bride and groom! love jd for the "all fixed"!

  146. Jodie

    June 8th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, that was well handled! Well done JD!!! What a lifesaver πŸ™‚

  147. Ada Paniagua

    June 8th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    What a man that JD! Now that’s what I call a partner!

  148. Dajuan

    June 9th, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Just $2500? J.D., that’s priceless!

  149. Denise Prichett

    June 9th, 2011 at 2:40 am

    Jasmine, I have to say it. JD is DA MAN!!!! So calm in a crisis like that. I have dropped a lens before and a camera..not a good feeling. And the worst is that you can’t react the way you really want to since you are working. So sorry about about your lens.

  150. Simple Girl

    June 9th, 2011 at 4:45 am

    JD is giving you the stink eye.

  151. Rene Benkjer

    June 9th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Wow what a great story. Sorry about your spine though…and lens of-course. I just admire people who can be that calm in a situation like that.

  152. tea

    June 9th, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    thats so cute. i love you two –

  153. christina

    June 9th, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    JD IS AWESOME!! WOW! I want second shooter/boyfriend like that lol.

  154. Ana Telma

    June 9th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    OH MY GOSH! I cannot understand what that feeling was… Or maybe I can! Once my camera fell down to the ground! But I didn’t worry too much because it was the exact day I bought my new camera. The old one was not an DSLR (it was a so called prosumer) but it was a great friend to me… It felt with the lens down, but it had a filter on, which I think was the savier of the lens and the camera! But, until now, I could never get to take the filter off again! LOL
    Anyway… JD was just brilliant, amazing!! Kisses for you guys, from Brazil!! πŸ™‚

  155. Andi Walpurgis

    June 9th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    you got one classy guy….

  156. Sheila Hallmark

    June 9th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    "like he’s freakin British!" too too funny!

  157. Erin Oveis Brant

    June 10th, 2011 at 4:09 am

    First of all, OMG! No, OMG! I would’ve tried to smile, but tears would’ve been streaming down my face. JD’s save doesn’t surprise me at all! He is like some kind of zen master…he walks into a room and a sort of euphoric calm falls over all its occupants. He is one of those people that could start a cult if he wanted to, because his followers would just want more of that feeling. Ok, I have let this post go on way too long…did I really just insinuate that JD could (should?) start a cult?! Um, yeah…

  158. Evonne & Darren

    June 10th, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Ouch! I hope your insurance will cover the repair cost! It’s so awesome what JD did… that’s why I love being in a husband & wife team too! We look out for each other all the time.

  159. Shane O' Sullivan

    June 12th, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Before I got a shootsac, I kept my 24mm f1.4L in my suit pocket, but one night I put it on a table and it rolled off and all I heard was a thump. I was gutted, but it never smashed. Keep the faith though, the 35mm f1.4 is being replaced at the end of the year. It’s the perfect excuse to get the newer version πŸ˜‰

  160. Jackie S

    June 12th, 2011 at 5:59 am

    OH Noooo!!!! Very nice post and I couldn’t help but to read it twice!
    Good job JD! That was very smart.

    Next time, the bag should be on the floor and so should the photographer (squat down) to change the lens!!!

  161. kati

    June 12th, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    "Keep your ish together, Woman!" priceless! Thanks for the laugh. It’s all good and that’s why we carry insurance.

  162. Becky

    June 13th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Oh, Jasmine – thank you for sharing! Even the best professionals freak out (on the inside) πŸ˜‰ every once and awhile. Thanks for the encouragement, the belly laugh, and the candid storytelling. I’m always glued to my seat the minute I start reading your posts.

  163. Rex G

    June 15th, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Jasmine, I can now empathize, totally, as last night my brand-new Canon 50mm 1.2L rolled out of a Pelican case I had failed to latch. Now, it will not focus, auto or manually, though the exterior appears normal. I can only hope that it is repairable at a reasonable price, and carry on, meanwhile, by using other lenses.

  164. Diego Molina Photography

    June 27th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    JD and Jas, You guys are so inspiring. Love your Work!!!