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It’s so much more to me. More than bouquets, cocktails, or fabulous shoes.

It’s about being unafraid to fall in love with my clients.

I am so incredibly blessed to do what I love. I LOVE. I shot a wedding yesterday and—beyond it being a beautiful testament to two amazing people falling in love and promising eternity to each other—it was simply marvelous.

The bride and I had an awesome connection, so documenting her wedding day was multi-layers of satisfaction and pride. I’m discovering my brides are girls who would be friends outside of our working relationship. We’re the same age, like the same movies, and feign over the same shoes. These elements make what I do so much more rewarding because I feel like I’m merely documenting a friend’s wedding.

Last night the bride came up to me on a few occasions and said it was the best night of her life. Incredible. I was blessed enough to document the day and preserve her memories. I am so blessed.

After the Grand Exit, the bride and groom sat in their vintage car and waved goodbye to their friends and family. As the car pulled away from onlookers, tears poured down the bride’s face. Tears of happiness and joy.

When I pulled my camera away from my face, I wiped tears from my eyes. Tears of happiness and joy. I am so blessed to do what I love. I LOVE.

Thanks to JD for capturing this moment…the bride decided to bustle her dress while we were shooting formals, so seeing how I was the only girl around, I took this honor very seriously! 😉

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  1. Stacy Cross

    April 14th, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I feel the exact same way! We are so blessed.

  2. Shealynn Benner

    April 14th, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Awww! You are so sensitive and sweet. I LOVE that. 😉 I also LOVED reading how you and the bride connected. Very neat!

  3. angel swanson

    April 14th, 2008 at 3:41 am

    i absolutely relate to this post. 😉 cute picture! xoxo

  4. WeezerMonkey

    April 14th, 2008 at 3:48 am

    You really are so lucky to love what you do! 🙂

  5. wac

    April 14th, 2008 at 4:15 am

    i don’t even know what "bustle her dress" means….oh i feel like i am about to get in way over my head as i branch out into this realm of photography….but, being able to do something you love. that is truly special- a real blessing.

  6. Debbie Bolton

    April 14th, 2008 at 5:11 am

    you are so very lucky …as are your clients…to have someone who cares so much and who loves thier line of work.

  7. Caitlin Hazelton

    April 14th, 2008 at 5:46 am

    I feel that way too… and I feel so lucky to have photographers out there like you, that I can share this experience with!

  8. Melissa Koehler

    April 14th, 2008 at 5:47 am

    That is why are you so awesome. You are real! Thanks for always keeping it that way girl
    xoxo

  9. SarahTolson

    April 14th, 2008 at 6:40 am

    What a blessing.. that you get to do what you were created to do. 🙂

  10. vanessa H

    April 14th, 2008 at 6:52 am

    I really like this pic!! When I have my picture taken while I am shooting I always look crazy!! keep up that great work!!! Blessings!!!!

  11. Karen

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:14 am

    It’s rare to find people who really really love their job. You’re one lucky girl. =]

    Is there ever a time you don’t look perfect? Even when you’re working, you look flawless!

  12. Simply Modern Weddings

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:14 am

    It’s such a blessing to be able to do what you love!

  13. Natarsha

    April 14th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Absolutely, stunning! I love love!

  14. Matthew Saville

    April 14th, 2008 at 9:06 am

    I would love what I do a lot more if I could do it a lot more often! (read: I need to book more weddings, I guess!) =Matt=

  15. Cathy Crawley

    April 14th, 2008 at 10:32 am

    We sure do have the best job, actually I was just writing my bio today for my new, soon to be uploaded, blog and was writing almost exactly what you said. I love my job, I love the people I work with….but then I feel bad about charging them! Doh! That sux. Beautiful post Jasmine, I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos 😉

  16. ksenija

    April 14th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    here’s to being unafraid of falling in love with our clients!! i completely agree! 🙂

  17. tish

    April 14th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Your "I LOVE" shows in your work! Stunning photo by JD!

  18. ricki ford

    April 14th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    I have made a lot of friends since I have started shoot weddings, really great friends. Friends that I still hangout with do lunch with. I really love what I do and making new friends like I have the past few years makes me love it even more.

  19. Lauren Jennings

    April 14th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Hey Jasmine,

    I just wanted to tell you that I have been an avid reader of your blog for awhile now. I am a photographer in Florida and am struggling to make my business work. I just started shooting weddings, and I get so much inspiration from you and your work!
    It is so wonderful to see how God is working in your life and how far you have come in this business. I pray that the same will happen for me one day! Thank you for being a friend and sharing your thoughts, challenges, and successes. It means alot to someone like me. :]

  20. jess@studio3z

    April 14th, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    i don’t think you would be who you are, and have excelled so greatly (and quickly) the way you have, if you did not so dearly love doing what you do. Your love shows through so greatly in your work! Really, it could go unsaid and I think we all would know. 🙂 JD captured such a beautiful photo of a great moment in your career. It really speaks volumes.(and I just wrote a NOVEL. sorry!)

  21. liz middagh

    April 14th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Jasmine, you are an amazing and gifted person. It is no wonder that you are a fabulous photographer who has an amazing ability to connect with not only the bride, but her bridesmaid’s as well 🙂 Can’t wait for the rest of the pics!

  22. Erin Harvey

    April 14th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    So what you’re saying is that girls are paying to be friends with you? =) JK! That is so awesome to share a great bond with your brides. So are you the one that taught your husband to be such a great photographer? =)

  23. haley lamb

    April 14th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    i love the sincerity of this photo 🙂

  24. gabriel.ryan.

    April 14th, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    it was such a blessing to see you & jd on sunday. we love you guys.

  25. Anna

    April 14th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I feel absolutely the same – we are blessed with the opportunity of captures most beautiful moments in their life.
    We are blessed to work together and share the same passion – people, love, photography. I can’t wait to see pictures from a wedding – your connection to the brides are inspiration:)

  26. Shannon Post

    April 14th, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I don’t have as much experience as you have, but I definitely have felt that way about most of my clients! It is such a great thing to do – to capture such an important day in their lives.
    Geez – could you get any more likable? 🙂

  27. Lydia

    April 15th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    I think you need to post this picture on your new site. It has so much emotion and captures how much you love what you do!

  28. Ginger

    April 15th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I get teary-eyed at weddings too. It’s hard not to! When you make a connection with your clients, and you’re able to see (and understand) that connection between THEM, it IS emotional. Great photo of you. Sometimes we really are the only people around who know how to do something because we’ve shot so many weddings and been brides ourselves! It’s great to be of service. That’s what we’re about anyway, right?

  29. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 16th, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Now that is what I call an all purpose photographer 🙂

    peace,
    parris whittingham

    New York City Wedding Photography

  30. TonyaPeterson

    April 16th, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I wish I could write the way you do. This was beautiful, and I feel the same way. I did a wedding the other day where I cried 3 times. It was so touching

  31. cassandra m

    April 17th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    JD is trained well to pay attention & get all the detail shots…ha.ha. great shot JD! beautiful words Jaz!

  32. inga

    April 21st, 2008 at 2:46 am

    You are so passionate about your work. I love it. 🙂

  33. Erin Langford

    April 22nd, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    What a sweet picture of you. You can tell that you really love your work.