Yesterday I shot a wedding…and it was fantabulous! Yes, it rained, but the weather couldn’t dampen the spirit of the beautiful day. I absolutely LOVE what I do. I’m blessed to do it. And I’m honored to capture the most special day in a person’s life.

What made yesterday’s wedding so amazing was I was joined by an AWESOME crew of people. The lovely Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events was there making sure the day went off without a hitch (I love this girl!!), and my good friend David Jay was there to second shoot for me. How rad is that? He brought along Paul, videographer extraordinaire, and Allie for the day, so we all spent the day enjoying each other’s company. I felt so blessed.

I’ll be posting wedding pictures soon, but I just had to express my heartfelt appreciation for my friends…they make me love what I do…and I’m a better person because of them!

This picture cracked me up!!! Don’t you just love how in focus we are?! Don’t worry, folks, we’re completely professional! 🙂

The lovely Courtney

Happy Sunday!

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  1. Jasmine C. -

    Love the behind-the-scenes shot. Esp the yawning one. Looks like you had a great time with great friends!

      2.24.08 - 9:02 pm

  2. kerri mcconnell -

    lol… love the lat shot of Paul… classic. 🙂 happy sunday

      2.24.08 - 9:34 pm

  3. DJ -

    You’re so incredible! I loved carrying your bags and cleaning your lenses. U INSPIRE me!!!


    p.s. apparently you didn’t inspire Paul though! 😛

      2.24.08 - 9:36 pm

  4. Lindsay -

    I also love the behind the scene shots! I think they are great! Thanx for posting and I can’t wait to see the weddingpics too!

      2.24.08 - 9:36 pm

  5. allie -

    ha! that big yawn is hilareous! 🙂

      2.24.08 - 10:43 pm

  6. Simply Modern Weddings -

    You guys are silly! aww…it ended up raining. That’s great they were still able to have the ceremony outside. Can’t wait to see the wedding photos!

      2.24.08 - 10:49 pm

  7. kristin -

    it WAS a fabulous day! I cannot believe you rocked 4 inch heels while shooting! i just had to comment on that. only a true lady can run like the wind while taking pics, but gracefully, and in killer high heels! can’t wait to see the photos!

      2.24.08 - 10:52 pm

  8. joyful weddings and events -

    haha… these are funny 🙂

    Thanks for making my first wedding back such a blast! What a great team to work with!
    I second kristin’s comment about you rockin those heels- how are your feet doing today?

      2.25.08 - 12:01 am

  9. inga -

    Aw, you look so gorgeous in that photo Jasmine!

      2.25.08 - 12:15 am

  10. Shawn Kloster -

    Such a great glimpse of your special day. As for DJ 2nd shooting for you… THAT is what it’s all about. You’ve truly surrounded yourself with great people and greatness abounds in you because of it. I hope to meet you and DJ someday soon! Keep up the GREAT work!!

      2.25.08 - 12:19 am

  11. Tiffany -

    Can’t wait to see the wedding pics! That’s awesome that you love what you do and have fabulous people to work with!

      2.25.08 - 12:43 am

  12. Gena McMillan -

    I love that first one, it cracks me up!

      2.25.08 - 1:27 am

  13. mark and Candice -

    i love it when it rains. today we just did a shoot with it poring. people always look so romantic when they are a little wet.

      2.25.08 - 3:01 am

  14. Bobbie -

    Haha!! That last one really cracks me up! Thanks for posting these; I always love to see the behind-the-scenes shots… And I can’t wait to see the wedding shots…

      2.25.08 - 12:24 pm

  15. scott -

    Hi there, can i first say i have just finished reading all of your blog !!! took me awhile but i got there. What an awesome photographer you are, your images are so inspiring and i know this has been said many time before but it is very true.I would like to ask in a lot of the photos you have no strap on your camera ! Do you not use one for a reason ? I find they really get in the way but i would drop my camera for sure.
    Thanks scott.

      2.25.08 - 1:01 pm

  16. Bartek -

    Haha, love the sharp eyes in the first one, heck YES! One of the reasons my wife and I are getting into this is for this exact reason…being a part of someone’s most special day! I have a question for you, can you fill me in on what exactly you did in photoshop to these photos you just posted (especially the second one)? Did you use any actions? I’d love to know 🙂

      2.25.08 - 2:10 pm

  17. Jasmine* -

    @Bartek: I always use Kubota Actions and Totally Rad Actions. To read more about how I process my images, you can go to the search icon in the upper right corner of my blog and type in FAQ and it’ll take you to all these types of posts! 🙂 @Scott: I don’t use a strap for many reasons, but here are a few: 1. I think straps get in my way. 2. I think they look dorky on me. 3. I always want to be in ready mode to shoot…if I have a strap on, it’s easy to be lax about…however, if the camera is already in my hands, and something happens in a split second, I’m already in a ready position! 🙂 @Kristin&Courtney: Yes, I’m crazy for wearing heels, but I kinda figured if I wore flats on a rainy day I’d feel so blah and mushy. I LOVE Shelley&Brett, so I wanted to make sure I put my best foot forward…even if that foot was in a heel! 😉 But, yes, I’m TOTALLY PAYING FOR IT TODAY! 😉

      2.25.08 - 2:56 pm

  18. Bartek -

    Thanks for the quick reply! =}
    Actually, I checked out all of your posts about that already and I know you use those action packs but I was just curious what exactly you did to these photos that’s all 😉 I think what I’m missing is how to make shots have more buttery smooth skin and soft, but yet keep the entire shot lookin’ sharp, know what I mean?

      2.25.08 - 3:02 pm

  19. Cheyenne Schultz -

    Can’t wait to see the wedding!

      2.25.08 - 3:10 pm

  20. Alicia -

    Oh my! Your wedding photog SECOND shot for you? You must have been squealing like a school girl in your head all day! What a dream! Congrats on coming so far!

      2.25.08 - 4:11 pm

  21. Melissa Koehler -

    I bet you got some great shots regardless of the weather. How nice that you had DJ shoot with you 🙂

      2.25.08 - 4:14 pm

  22. ricki ford -

    That first picture is funny. 2nd another of my faves

      2.25.08 - 4:48 pm

  23. kymberli q. -

    I can’t believe how far you’ve come (David Jay shooting your wedding and now he’s helping you out!)! You rock, Jasmine!!!!

      2.25.08 - 4:55 pm

  24. gabriel ryan -

    you guys are too funny.

      2.25.08 - 4:56 pm

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      2.25.08 - 4:57 pm

  26. Mary Jane -

    HOW FUNNY! I love how DJ and Allie are all cute and romantic in the background – and the yawn is just priceless! xoxo

      2.25.08 - 4:59 pm

  27. Therese Aherne -

    Love these behind the scenes pics and i’ve finally just finished your blog! (from the very start! 🙂 Your journey as a photographer is really inspiring so thank you for sharing it with us.

      2.25.08 - 5:11 pm

  28. Ann -

    hahaha! J*, why is it that your assistants are always bored?! It must be because you truly are a photog maniac! click-click click-click-click! BTW, how did you protect your camera from the rain?

      2.25.08 - 5:37 pm

  29. Jasmine* -

    @Ann: I don’t know why my assistants are always bored?! I need to work on my docile and calm personality! 😉 Also, the rain held off for the ceremony (THANKFULLY!), but it rained off/on during formals and then rained when I had the chance to photograph the couple alone. Bummer! It was a light rain, so I didn’t worry too much about my gear. A little rain ain’t gonna hurt us! 🙂

      2.25.08 - 5:56 pm

  30. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio512) -

    love all these photos. Funny Stuff!

      2.26.08 - 12:43 am

  31. cassandra m -

    wow girl, not to change the subject from photography, but your MAC eyes look awesome 😉

      2.26.08 - 2:56 am

  32. Cynthia Q. -

    Can’t wait, can’t wait to see your latest wedding pictures! Must have checked at least 5 times today for updates! *grin*

      2.26.08 - 5:02 am

  33. joyful weddings and events -

    i’ve checked back a good 20 times today… is polo distracting you? 🙂

      2.26.08 - 9:17 pm

  34. Jasmine* -

    @Cassandra: Thanks for the makeup love…I decided to wear pink and purple shadows to brighten the grey day! @Bartek: For these images, I used TRA’s TWD No Glow and lowered the opacity…I also shot wide open, which gives that buttery look and feel! 🙂

      2.26.08 - 11:44 pm

  35. Jenetta Penner -

    ah..- who doesn’t love courtney??

      4.9.08 - 10:08 pm

  36. kay english -

    lol! That blurry picture is def so funny

      7.31.09 - 3:54 pm

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