FAQ : Engaging Your Clients


I’m totally okay with being dorky. It’s just who I am and instead of trying to mask it, I whole-heartedly embrace it.

I think it makes me unique. JD thinks it makes me look crazy.

As JD drove away to work this morning, I carried Polo and started dancing in the street. I waved goodbye to him, but he didn’t see me. JD said he was ignoring me, but I don’t believe him. He definitely didn’t see me. Obviously.

I believe being who I am makes me connect with my clients and allows us to capture the true essence of who they are. I’m often asked by readers what’s the best way to get natural poses and expressions from subjects and my best answer is just to keep things FUN. In this month’s edition of Pro Photo Resource, I wrote an article regarding my client interaction, particularly why it’s vitally important. Connection → Fun → Laughter → Fabulousness! I think people are the prettiest when they laugh, so I make it my main objective when I photograph.

Even if this means dancing in the street.

If you’d like to read more about my perspective, feel free to CLICK HERE to read the article.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Jane Lok

    April 18th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I think our profound discussions about ANTM or Project Runway forever bonded our hearts.

  2. Jasmine*

    April 18th, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    LOL!! You’re one of the bestest J* Star brides ever!! xoxo…

  3. Sarah Barlow

    April 18th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    SOO right on!!! 🙂

  4. Erin

    April 18th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    I tried to read your article, but ProPhotoResource is having a hissy fit on me. I sign in and it tells me to log in to read the article, even though it clearly shows me as logged in 🙁 So sad. Maybe I’ll get in sooner or later

  5. Jamie Delaine

    April 18th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I read the article yesterday when I got the PPR newsletter! So great! Love you and your dorkiness.

  6. Stacy Cross

    April 18th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    SUCH an important point! 🙂

  7. Rachel Dallaire

    April 18th, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    You always have such good advice, Jasmine! Thanks so much for sharing your tips with the rest of the world.

  8. Kat Willcox

    April 18th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I am dancing in the street with ya, and in traffic and in the living room. Life is too short to not be playing and having Fun! And some part of me hopes that JD did see you and was smiling as he drove away 🙂

  9. Gena McMillan

    April 18th, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Okay this totally cracks me up because I was just heading over here to give you Kudos on your article in Prophotoresource! Engaging a client is something I feel like I will struggle with when I am out with people that I don’t know. Thanks for the tips!

  10. vanessa H

    April 18th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    You are so right!!! laugher is what makes our shoots a succes!!! Dorks for ever!!!

  11. Simply Modern Weddings

    April 18th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    beeing a goof is cool…that is why you are so awesome to take photos with. No Olan Mills uncomfortable shots with you!

  12. Akil Bennett

    April 18th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    That is so true, I get the best photos of my clients when they can have fun and be themselves… Just read all your articles too btw. Lots of great info, thanks!

  13. jackie l

    April 18th, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    i couldn’t agree more! laughing is like food…it’s sooo goood!

  14. Brandy

    April 19th, 2008 at 12:19 am

    ITA, laughter makes the BEST photos!

  15. allyson magda

    April 19th, 2008 at 5:32 am

    I whole heartedly agree! I’ll have to meet up with you sometime when I’m in Newport visiting my mom.

  16. Rachel Brooke

    April 19th, 2008 at 6:03 am

    Great article… you’re right, loosening people up makes all the difference. They feel free to be themselves and it shines through in the photographs.

  17. ally michele

    April 19th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    way to embrace your inner crazy! God knows what He’s doin! 🙂

  18. scott

    April 19th, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Hi Jasmine, thats a really nice image, It makes you wonder what you said to them ! Dancing in the street, thats the sort of thing my wife does, it is cute though !

  19. Mark Zemnick

    April 19th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Thank you for your article, Jasmine. I was struggling to photograph a person about a month ago. I couldn’t quite get the expression that I wanted. I will try that "Cookie Jar" look on my next photo shoot. Again, Thank you.

  20. Dani Van Steelandt

    April 20th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I totally used the cookie jar comment while "playing dress up" today. OMG we both just about died laughing!!!

  21. C. Marie

    April 20th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    I think that’s completely true. You own personality helps to rub off on the people you are taking photos of.

  22. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 20th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    We are all a bit "nerdy" about something. I think couples actually want energetic and qualified professionals. By contrast, a photographer with a snotty attitude is not cool at ALL!

    Parris Whittingham

  23. Sean McLellan

    April 20th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Absolutely 🙂 Connecting with your clients is key

  24. joan solitario

    April 21st, 2008 at 7:00 am

    you’re so absolutely correct! i read your articles and kept it in mind during a photo shoot this past saturday! thank you for sharing you knowledge! more power to you!!

  25. Natarsha

    April 21st, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I love this black and white…it looks like they were having a blast!

  26. Emily Steffen

    April 24th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I love that you are so honest…I may have to become a blog stalker to glean from your wisdom if that isn’t wierd! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks for your amazing images!

  27. AJ

    May 1st, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Jazzy Jaz Girl Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!1