FAQ : Reader Questions


Hello friends…I’ve been working on designing a new website (details coming soon!), but I thought I’d post a few questions I’ve been emailed lately. As I’ve stated many times before, these FAQ Posts are intended to help just one person. If they help more than one person, then Hey, Hey! that’s all good with me! I totally wish I could give a personal responses to every email, but I hope these posts help a little along the way!

Jessica asked:
I’d like to get everything “official”. With that comes buying… and upgrading everything, so I’m wondering if I should take out a business loan? I know money is always a personal decision but I’m wondering what someone like you would do if you were in my shoes.
Samantha asked:
How did you have the money to purchase all of your equipment in one fell swoop? Did you have money saved? Was J.D. making enough for the two of you when you begun to do Photography full time? I know they probably seem like strange (perhaps too personal ) questions, but I need to know these things in order to know if what I’m doing is going to lead me anywhere.

I get asked this question ALL THE TIME. I’m pretty much an open book, so I don’t mind talking about how I started and how I funded my wild adventure. The funding came from a lil sugar daddy named JD. And, boy oh boy, does he charge some crazy interest! We actually had money saved for purchasing our first home, but I was dead set against touching it. I swore nothing would get in between me and my white picket fence, so I slept with a bag of money tucked under my mattress.
At the time I booked my first wedding, I merely owned a Canon 20D, CF cards, and a 24-70, 2.8. That’s it. JD suggested buying more gear, but remember that bag of money? I hid it. I was terrified this whole photography wouldn’t work out, so I was protecting my head (and my heart) from financial damage.
We rented a ton of gear for our first wedding and continued doing so until we bought all our own gear. With every wedding I booked, I immediately put that money away and bought gear. I booked my second wedding and bought a Canon 550EX Flash. I booked my third wedding and bought a 70-200, 2.8. I booked my fourth wedding and bought a 16-35, 2.8. And so on. In less than four months, I bought enough gear without going into debt.
I’m not suggesting this is the best way to go about pursuing your business, but this was how I did it. I never went into debt for my business. I grew up very poor and remember the pain of my parents losing our home when they couldn’t pay the mortgage…my childhood experiences taught me to be financially prudent and try to make the most informed decisions.

Brianna asked:
Did you go to school and get your BA? What tips or advice would you have for someone who wants to eventually be a wedding photographer?

Yes, I graduated from Whittier College with a BA in Business Administration, and tinkered for a bit at UCLA Law School. I’ve always maintained that the harder the journey, the sweeter the destination! I try to encourage people to keep their heads up and focus on what will drive their business in the right direction. I’m constantly blogging (which has totally accelerated my business growth!), meeting with other photographers in my area, and finding photography that inspires me. My best advice is to Get Uncomfortable! Step out from what makes you feel good because in doing so, you’ll grow.

Tunji asked:
What is your workflow process (blogging)? Even if I outsource my pictures I don’t get it back in 5 business day, how can I fasten this process? Do you shoot with your White Balance set to manual?

In it’s most basic form, here’s what I do after a wedding:
*Download images from wedding day.
*Burn and backup images.
*Select final client images/Select favorites for blog and slideshow (this happens simultaneously).
*Edit blog and slideshow images.
*Blog (hollllllla!)
*Raw edit begins.

And, yes, I shoot with Auto White Balance mode all the time.

Nikki asked:
Recently Megan, my assistant, started to notice that all your images whether it be a bride or a portrait had something in common. The smiling eyes I call it! All your eyes pop and seem to smile!

Well, I wish this were some secret to what I do, but–really–I simply tell my clients to SMILE WITH THEIR EYES. I know…I know…sounds lame, but it works. And I think it works only because I show them what I want them to do; show them how to smile with their eyes. If you can’t show your clients what you want them to do, then don’t ask them to do it. That’d be like someone asking me to wash dishes. If they won’t show me how, then I won’t do them. Or at least this is how it works in my house. I simply tell JD I don’t know how to wash dishes and he SHOWS me every night. What can I say? I’m a slow learner.

And because every post is better with a picture, I’m trying to find one on my laptop. Let me see what I come up with…
Allllllrighty…I found this little gem from the Free To Succeed Tour. We stopped in Phoenix and ate at PF Chang’s, which had this funky mirrored art piece, so I took this fancy, schmancy picture. If you look hard enough, I’m sure you can see remnants of the famous lettuce wraps stuck in my teeth.

Happy Thursday!

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  1. Bobbie Brown

    January 15th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    What?! Am I the first to comment?! Thank you J* for sharing with us as always… I know you are busy and just taking the time to post these FAQ’s means SO much to us!! But I still haven’t figured out if you got that white pickett fence yet…?

  2. Nicole Monique Photography

    January 15th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    HOLLLAA! I’ve never been the first to comment! Love that you are so open to such personal questions. I had been wondering how you funded your business start up but thought it a wee bit too personal to ask! Thanks so much!

  3. Ginette Sundin

    January 15th, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I don’t remember how I found your blog…but I found it…and you have been blessing me ever since. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to your postings. Your humor, your creative writing, your images…all AMAZING. And then you give me photographer tips? WOW! That is WORTH A MILLION! Thank you for these posts! THANK YOU!

  4. jen

    January 15th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Jasmine! You rock! I absolutely love your stuff! Your blog is a must see every day for me and you are truly inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your work and your talent!

  5. Larry Reeves

    January 15th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Mmmmm, Lettuce Wraps! Seriously, that’s what I’m thinking about now. Thank you!

  6. DawnB

    January 15th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    this is very cool! I have wanted to ask these exact questions! I always felt weird asking about equipment…I always thought it made me look like I lived in looserville and I was letting the world know I only had a camera and one lens. This let me know I was wayyy wrong, and advice from pros like you can help someone like me who really wants to live out her dream! Yep, I have one camera and one lens and dang proud of it (well, for now anyway)
    Thanks so much Jasmine!

  7. Amber Grover

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I think you are about the cutest and most encouraging photographer out there. I love to read your blog and be inspired daily. Thanks for the tips today!

  8. D Baker

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    You really are generous sharing as you do. Just THANKS!

  9. Ashley Rose

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    You are always so helpful πŸ™‚ keep the FAQ’s posts coming!

  10. Joan Solitario

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Ryan and I had to rent equipment before purchasing the things we have now πŸ™‚ THANK YOU JASMINE for this post!

  11. Jasmine*

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    @DawnB: You are in no way in Loserville!! Don’t ever–EVER–think that! Continue to live your dream and rock your one lens like nobody’s bidness! πŸ˜‰ @Bobbi: Girl, you don’t give up, do you?! πŸ˜‰ We recently moved and while it doesn’t have a fence, it’s home…and I’m happy!

  12. Tunji

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks for answering all my questions. You are the best.

  13. Fishgirl

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Where did you learn to take photos?? do you know any good photography school in the LA area??????

  14. Paula E.

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Thanks again Jasmine! I love your FAQ posts so much because they are so real and so helpful. Please keep them coming!

  15. Onsite Minnesota Photography

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  16. jackie wonders

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    thanks so much for this post. it confirmed a lot of things for me… you’re bomb.

  17. natt

    January 15th, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    thank you so much for haring jasmine…this post has been so helpful =)

  18. Candace Prokopets

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Great info, Jasmine. Thanks for sharing. That is yet another reason why you are successful. The Lord is blessing your generosity. I know it!

  19. Anita

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    Thanks so much for your openness about financing your dream and for all your FAQ posts they (like you) rock!

  20. Christopehr

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Sometimes you can pick up little gems that make a difference. Thanks for sharing. You never know.

  21. Feuza

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Thanks for being such an open book Jas. Can I add one more question, maybe you have answered this already. How to get your first wedding? I have been doing portraits now for almost 7 months and not a wedding yet.

  22. Dennis Bullock

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    I really appreciate you explaining how you started with out going into debt. This is the same process that I am taking and I just feel that the Lord will provide me with what I need when I need it.

  23. Laura G

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    great advice! thanks!

  24. monyeen

    January 15th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    you are so giving…t hank you for sharing

  25. Linda Truong

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:15 am

    "I swore nothing would get in between me and my white picket fence" I LOVE IT! It made me LOL hard!!! πŸ˜€ Thanks for the advice!

  26. Lydia

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    You have no idea how excited I get to see one of your FAQ posts in my Google reader! I’m started out with no money and barely any equipment also. I do have a little more equipment now, but still no money. Hopefully that will be the next thing to change! πŸ˜‰

  27. Krysta

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:35 am

    That’s smart about the finances. I never really thought about doing that. Great! … I am going to school AND working full-time right now and it’s hard to find the time to photograph. I admire anyone who can. … "I simply tell JD I don’t know how to wash dishes and he SHOWS me every night. What can I say? I’m a slow learner." You’re so funny, Jaz. lol.

  28. Kevin

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:39 am

    The how you got your gear answer is great. I ended up selling whatever I did not need/couldn’t get later on eBay to buy my lighting gear. Also renting gear is not too expensive… http://borrowlenses.com/
    I am going to be renting the 85mm at some point.

  29. lucy

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:47 am

    I this this advice was perfect..

  30. Natarsha N. Wright

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    This was super helpful…Thanks! BTW, the lettuce looks cute in your teeth…lol

  31. Melissa

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Love your FAQs!!

  32. Cailyn

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:12 am

    I love when you do blog reader FAQ! Also, I don’t blame you for the lettuce in your teeth. You were probably just thinking about how delicious the food was, and didn’t have time to worry about it!

  33. Regina White

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    Love the advice! I too wondered how you could buy all those great lenses. I basically only have what you started with.

  34. Lorrie K

    January 16th, 2009 at 2:33 am

    Jasmine, love the ‘smile with your eyes’! Seems to work for you, so I suppose I will have to try it myself. Congrats for the ‘no debt’ business! Way to go. Glad I am able to do the same thanks to my JM.

  35. Paula Herko

    January 16th, 2009 at 2:50 am

    Oh, Jasmine… I love it! Thank you for your honesty and openness. Really, thank you for sharing!

  36. Val McCormick Photography

    January 16th, 2009 at 3:14 am

    Thanks for this post. I love how personable you are! I’ll have to tell Nikki you answered her question. She is going to be stoked!!!

  37. Nelly Chung

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Thanks for that information and encouragement!

  38. Stacee Lianna

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:23 am

    I read your blog all the time and don’t think I have ever commented. I am in awe of your work and how personal and open you are about your business. I really appreciate your FAQ posts! they are SO helpful!

  39. Terrah

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Okay, so my hubbie and I have been trying to find me the perfect purse lately and I absolutely LOVE yours int his photo! He was going to get me one for Christmas but searched and searched for one that I would like (big, natural color, and stylish) but didn’t find one. Please tell me where you got yours!

  40. Navy Sou

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Oooh girl! Again! You never dissapoint! Your bag is FEROCHE!!!!

  41. Liza

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Such great advice! Love the photo too… I love P.F. Changs. πŸ˜‰

  42. Amy

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Jasmine, Thanks for this post. It gave me reassurance that what I am doing is okay. I have been shooting for almost two years and I started out with a 30d and the two kit lenses that came with it!!! Let me say that I ROCKED those kit lenses. It is all about working what you have that is going to make you a better photographer….I am a firm believer in that! I also bought all my stuff now with bookings, so I don’t have a profit, but I still have something to show for it. (I have a full time job too, nursing, so that is how everything works out). Otherwise I don’t think it would. THANKS!

  43. Jasmine*

    January 16th, 2009 at 5:30 am

    Oookay, just to clarify, I really DO NOT have lettuce stuck in my teeth. I was, ahem, trying to be funny, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t. And if I did have something in my teeth, I’d hope YOU’D TELL ME! πŸ˜‰ @Terrah: The purse is an Isabella Fiore design and JD bought it from Saks Fifth Avenue for our first anniversay….I ADORE IT! πŸ™‚ @Feuza: I got my first wedding as a recommendation from another photographer. David Jay actually recommended a bride my way and (lucky for me) she had like 12 single bridesmaids who then became my personal promotional campaigners who sent a ton of referrals my way! @Fishgirl: I taught myself. I never went to photography school and I’d likely dissuade you from investing thousands of dollars in something you can learn on your own. Just PracticePracticePractice…and when you’re hands are tired and your head aches, PRACTICE some more! πŸ™‚

  44. Samantha

    January 16th, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Thank you so much… I thought it would be at least a few weeks before you FAQ’d this post and what a surprise when I saw it up there! It warms my heart to read it, and all of these people with the same fears as me! Its amazing what the internet can do by bringing us all together. Im basically going with the approach that you explained in the post exactly. I have one camera and one lens right now and I’m nervous as hell that i’m never going to have any money saved and will eventually end up broke crawling back to my parents for a meal or something lol.. but to me its worth the risk and its really helpful and nice and inspirational to see that other people are in the same boat as I am. So thanks πŸ™‚

  45. Eric

    January 16th, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Jasmine,

    After reading one of your earlier posts on Showitfast, I started to consider their services for my own website.

    However, reading now that you are coming up with a new website, I wonder if I should still go ahead. Do share with us if you have discovered something better! 8 )

    – Eric

  46. michelle cunningham

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    hold up jaz… you always shoot in white balance mode? explain?

  47. john waire

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    sound advice as always jasmine. thank you!

  48. Jill Thomas

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    you said "white balance mode" – auto? preset? or something else? I have been wondering this myself. Thank you.

  49. Jessica

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Thanks so much for answering Jasmine!!!!

  50. Cherie-Lynn Buchanan

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    What a great post. I too have been buying equipment with money earned from gigs. My next buy that 16-35. Need to ask do you ever come to Canada (other than Kelowna)? Please, please, please come to Canada. I’m in Ontario but I would fly anywhere to sit in.

  51. Mandy Sroka

    January 16th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    Awesome gems of wisdom, thanks for sharing. Was the white balance question answered?

  52. Julie G

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    well, im so thankful & inspired because you took the time to answer those questions, bc I had them too. and now i have to focus above all the adrenaline & confusion.. i have 5 weddings booked for the year and they’re all peeps i know from hs and work about 8 years ago, Im working on my show it sites webpage and its a long process with 3 kids all under 4.. but its getting there and i feel great about this year, I just bought a 50mm 1.8 and thats my first lens besides the kit one. and My friend Deb is teaching me to learn the camera in manual mode. anyways thanks for the answer, tips and goals all in one.. I love you Jas, you make God’s heart smile, and are so adored by many of us, thanks for shining your rockin’ genuine light. Your soul is incandescent!!! much thanks!

  53. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Hi J* I have to say … It’s true, believe … Last night I dreamed I’ve met you!!!!!In person!!!!! And you were so so funny all the time!!!!!!!kkkkkk!!!
    OK, about the WB you’ve said before that you always shoot in WB auto … Am I correct???

  54. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Hi J* I have to say … It’s true, believe … Last night I dreamed I’ve met you!!!!!In person!!!!! And you were so so funny all the time!!!!!!!kkkkkk!!!
    OK, about the WB you’ve said before that you always shoot in WB auto … Am I correct???

  55. Daniele Florio

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Simply, you are the best !!! :*

  56. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Again, now about the WF process … So, you shot in RAW+JPEG … there are someone to help you process the RAW images??? Do you use Lightroom to achieve your images??? Do you design the albuns? How do your clients choose the images to their album? hummmm, I think it all for this time!!!!! Thaaaaaank you so much for sharing ….XOXO

  57. DawnB

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    Oh Jasmine, you just rocked my day! I saw your reply to me this morning, and it made me feel go good! Thanks for the serious boost of confidence. OH, can you throw out suggestions about "practicing"? Is there any certain ideas you can offer for practicing? And that is soo cool that hubby JD works with you…did he follow into photography with you? My hub loves photography too, so I was just curious.

  58. Becky

    January 16th, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    UCLA Law School?! You must be one really smart girl! Love your blog!

  59. Ricki Ford

    January 16th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Hey Jasmine I like the way you started your busniess thats how we did it also. We did not going into debt to start our busniess. If we would have we would have had that debt hanging over our head and thats not a smart way to start. Renting is a good way to do it till you have enough money to buy what you want.
    Proverbs 22-7 the rich ruleth over the poor and the borrower is servant to the lender.

  60. Jasmine*

    January 16th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    @Becky: Yes, I went to UCLA Law School, but I never finished…which makes me less smart for sure! πŸ˜‰ @DawnB: Practice with anything and everything. When I was learning how to shoot manually, I placed a chair by my dining room window. I walked around the around for hours finding the light and checking my settings. I started memorizing settings for shooting things side-lit, back-lit, etc. Then I start photographing flowers on a table, by a window. Then I photographed a fruit tree in my backyard. Practice with everything! πŸ™‚ @Erika: I answered all these questions in older FAQ blog posts, so if you click on the FAQ link at the beginning of this post, you can find the answers! πŸ™‚ @Mandy: My bad!! I corrected my post. What I meant to write was I shoot in AUTO White Balance mode all the time. @Cherie-Lynn: I’ve never been to Canada, but if I ever do, I’ll definitely blog about it! @Eric: I’m actually working on creating a separate and new Showit site for another project! Holllla! πŸ™‚

  61. Kelli Taylor

    January 16th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jasmine!

  62. amy hathcock

    January 16th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    thank you so much Jaz for you FAQ posts!! i have read all of them and have learned so much from you. your generosity is inpiring for sure. i can’t wait to be on the giving end.

    my question is related to your reply to DawnB… you said that you started memorizing the settings for different situations (back-lit etc.)…… do you still keep an eye on the incamera meter? how often do you check the histogram while shooting?

  63. Ashley

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I love your FQA"s. Thanks for all you share!

  64. Fishgirl

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks Jasmine! you are truly an awesome person!! and my inspiration.. Thanks a millions and God Bless you!!

  65. Deb

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I can’t really say how I got to your website, I believe from BDW, however, I’m in love with your vision/pictures, your blog, your poochie, well just about everything! I’m entranced! kisses!!

  66. joshua k

    January 16th, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jasmine πŸ™‚

  67. Lou

    January 16th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    The whole renting gear thing is a great idea, but here’s my situation… I’m married, my wife doesn’t work (partially due to medical issues), and I’m too busy working my ass off (making decent money, btw) and taking care of the rent, bills, food, and her to even afford a body, nevermind the rest of the gear.

    What’s someone supposed to do when you can’t even afford a digital rebel xt, but make $20/hour?

  68. Adrienne Gunde

    January 16th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for always sharing! This is definitely one of my most favorite FAQs yet!

  69. Lisa Austin

    January 16th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Great post! It’s so great to know there’s people with talents like yours who also have a heart like yours- Thanks for sharing!

  70. The Last Forty Percent Photography

    January 16th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    thanks for sharing

  71. Feuza

    January 16th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Thanks J* for answering my question and I am loving this post because everyone else has great questions and I am reading all the answers and learning a great deal!
    God Bless

  72. ohana photographers - david & kimi

    January 16th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    aw that’s why we love ya!

  73. smitten photography

    January 16th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    seriously, how is it that we can have "online relationships" with people and feel like we totally know them?? i would wanna be your neighbor if i lived in california! πŸ™‚

  74. jeramy

    January 16th, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    good stuff. have a great weekend!

  75. Rachel

    January 16th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    J*- Your advise and willingness to share it are such a blessing to those of us who admire your work. Your photos are an inspiration every week – a quality to strive for!

  76. Emily Beaty

    January 16th, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for being willing & taking the time to share these FAQs. You’re awesome. πŸ™‚ I enjoyed reading how you started your business. Have a great weekend!

  77. Leah

    January 16th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    A year and a half ago when I told my hubby I wanted to go for it, the only thing he asked is that I not take us in debt for it, and I am proud to say I haven’t! It is so encouraging to hear from someone who has made this work that there is a light at the end!!! I still have so much I need to buy, but it’s coming, slowly but surely! Thank you so much for sharing your heart and passion with us.

  78. amy

    January 16th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    this may be a personal question too–but i would love to know how you and JD met and fell in love.. how he proposed! etc etc

  79. Carrie

    January 16th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    I, too, want to say thanks for all the information you so willingly give out. It seems like far too many photographers need to keep their stuff to themselves. And to each his own, I guess. But we all like you the most anyway.

  80. Ashley

    January 16th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom Jasmine! I love when you do these kinds of posts!

  81. Scott

    January 16th, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Thanks for the great info J*

  82. Taryn Rivera

    January 17th, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Thank you for this informative post!! You have motivated me to work that much harder to have a successful business. Thank you!

  83. Julie

    January 17th, 2009 at 2:03 am

    oh dear, i took the advice on here earlier and had my friend deb show be how to shoot in manual, then i was soo psyched and in awe at how wonderful photogrpahy became i practiced my heart out.. then my camera broke.. good’ ol xti.. i hope canon fixes her soon! i cant wait to shoot some more in manual mode, my mind is blown.. and we still have our christmas tree up.. fun fun..

  84. Cathy Crawley

    January 17th, 2009 at 2:35 am

    #1. A new website? Didn’t you just do that? #2. I have invested every dollar I’ve made to get all the stuff I now use #3. I tell people to smile with their eyes too! #4 I just bought that point and shoot camera for my daughter for Christmas! Ok, I’m done πŸ˜‰

  85. Cathy Crawley

    January 17th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Sorry, I lied. I’m back! I just saw your comment about a new project, me thinks maybe J* Training πŸ˜‰

  86. Janeluv

    January 17th, 2009 at 3:25 am

    Thanks for sharing Jasmine! I’ve been following your site now for almost 6 months and luv luv your work. This advice couldn’t have come at a better time as I am entering the world of photography and loving every minute of it. I’ve always had an eye for details and really enjoy the project management that goes into a wedding….but wedding photography excites me even more as we have the opportunity to communicate the art and expressions of that momentous day through our lenses…i’ve only discovered this passion and am so excited to pursue something that I know will undoubtedly bring to the forefront a reality of a desire that has been ignored for too long. Right now I’m experiencing a real learning curve right now with just working my camera but following your site, and reading this post is pure inspiration! Thanks so much!!

  87. cassandra m

    January 17th, 2009 at 5:00 am

    We don’t have a PF Chang’s locally, but I have visited the one in Ohio when I’m in that area. Love the lettuce wraps. yummy. Back to the BLOG…I am sure your FAQ helps more people than you know. πŸ˜‰

  88. caspix

    January 17th, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Love your advice and your openbookness πŸ™‚ this is an industry that needs it so much!

  89. Anne

    January 17th, 2009 at 6:03 am

    thanks so much jasmine for sharing so much with us! i enjoy your blog soooo much! maybe you can share some more processing tipps with us soon! did you thought about making a dvd yet, where we can see how you work at a wedding or engagement? i guess people would kill for that!! lol

  90. Jasmine

    January 17th, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Can I just say you are the best! I love your blogs…your openness and willingness to help us….can I just say YOU ARE THE BEST again!!?? More than any other photographer (who’s blog I read) you help me to see the real you and believe I can do this too. Thanks for loving what you do, who you are married to, Jesus and us! (Not necessarily in that order).

  91. Julie

    January 17th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    OK, my name just showed up as Jasmine. That was me, Julie up above!

  92. Brooke

    January 17th, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    I love that you are always so open with your work and personal life as well. I usually am guilty of scanning through pictures on other blogs, but I love reading yours and looking at the photos too of course:) Thank you for being an inspiration to newbies at this like me.

  93. Ryel j

    January 17th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Well said. Waiting is so hard but worth every minute!

  94. Staci

    January 17th, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Thanks, Jasmine for taking the time to answer questions! I know you have conversed with me on occasion…but I love how you put some questions on your blog WITH answers. πŸ™‚ I love you advice about how you gathered your gear. I never wanted to go into debt with my new business either and have rented everything I needed for my weddings last year…S-L-O-W-L-Y accumulating what I need. It has been a process…but I greatly appreciate what I do own and kind of cherish it a bit because I know it took a lot of hard work to get what I DO have. And I know that if I am faithful with a little…I can be entrusted with much! The best comes to those who wait…or at least it comes with an understanding deep within you don’t have to have the best of things to be successful…or the most things. πŸ™‚ You have a gift, not only in photography…but in loving others and encouraging others. Thanks, girl!!!

  95. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    January 18th, 2009 at 2:01 am

    J*, thanks for your constantly open and honest posts! I can’t tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. And you crack me UP! Poor JD continues to "show" you how to do dishes. We just worked it out that if I cook, E cleans. πŸ™‚ Works for us.

  96. Daniel Lanning

    January 18th, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Great info as always, Jasmine! Your honesty and openness are some of your strongest qualities!

  97. gina @kiwistreetstudios

    January 19th, 2009 at 2:04 am

    i’m admitting it right up front…i’m a newbie. not only that, but i have emailed you a question or two (VERY BASIC TECHI STUFF) and you were so sweet to email me back never making me feel any newer!
    so good of you to share. it really is the ONLY way to grow.

  98. kate

    January 24th, 2009 at 5:05 pm


  99. Mary B.

    January 30th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I discovered your blog a little while ago. Thanks for sharing your work and providing such helpful information.

  100. Apple

    May 8th, 2009 at 6:00 am

    this totally inspires me jas! thanks!:)