Jessica Claire, Jeff, + Acey : Anytime


I work hard at being honest on the blog. But sometimes it gets difficult because, well, honesty is revealing. And who likes to be revealed? I mean, I’d love to jump out of a tiered birthday cake as much as anyone, but other than that, being revealed is awkward. Wait, what? You don’t wanna jump out of a cake? WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU READING MY BLOG?!

So here’s the big reveal: I didn’t want to shoot a particular session last week. In fact, I almost dreaded it. Because I was nervous and overwhelmed. You see, Jessica Claire called and asked if I could snap a few photos of her newest family member, Acey. I just need one photo, Jas… And that, oh dear Internet, is how I couldn’t say no.

I first met Jessica four years ago and she was–and is–one of the top wedding photographers. I was nervous meeting her and I was inordinately intimidated…and it stayed this way for a while. Throughout the years, we’ve both developed our businesses and I’ve finally found my voice. By watching her, and many others who inspire me. So one might imagine the dread I felt when she asked for a photoshoot…my hands were literally shaking when we started the session. Twentyfive minutes later, we were done. Jessica, probably seeing the nerves tango on my face, repeated the same thing she told me before–I just need one photo, Jas–and that was that.

Jessica, Jeff, and Acey, thanks for letting me document your lives…I hope you like a few of the photos and if one appears in your house one day, I’d be so happy I might just appear at your front door. In a tiered cake!

Here’s Acey…completely fascinated with this crazy thing humans do called cuddling…

Jeffy, you’re so sweet…

The sun was too harsh where we wanted to shoot, so we walked to a nearby greenbelt and just hung out for a bit…clearly, they think I’m hilarious…

Jeff suggested laying on their bellies, even though Jessica and I thought it was cliche. We ended up doing it anyway–even though it verged as a nod to Olan Mills–I think it’s cute. So, there. Jeff, you were right. Further proof we need to listen to you more! πŸ˜‰

Acey is infatuated with Jessica…

…Acey is also infatuated with Jessica’s hair. No, really, Acey wants to constantly paw Jessica’s hair in no uncertain terms…here are a few outtakes that I find particularly hilarious…


I know it’s totally lame to admit, but I kinda want a photo like this of me and Polo…

Jessica, you’re beautiful when you smile. And, really, you have a great hat head.

I’ll end on this note…because Acey just stole my heart…

Happy Wednesday!

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    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Awww…what a cute dog!!! Love his strip "mohawk" look! Great pics! Glad you did the shoot…great work as always!

  2. Damaris Mia

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Adorable! These are so stinkin cute! If you ever need someone to take pictures of you and polo, I’m here! πŸ˜‰ haha. Great pictures!

  3. angel

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Yay!!! Another side of J* revealed! I love that dog. Well, any dog really. And you’ve proven again (thanks to Jeff) that a corny pose can turn out pretty nice! πŸ˜‰

  4. Brittany Dawson

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    You did a really great job – you should have no reason to be nervous – but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one!!

  5. gladys jem

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    awww. i love these! they’re such a cute family! and yes, please. please do a photo like that with polo πŸ™‚

  6. Jenny Sun

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    LOVE!!! esp the b&w series one! I think you definitely got more than JUST ONE great photo Jas!! πŸ˜€

  7. Ann

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    They are so gorgeous! It’s harder to shoot a pet but so rewarding at the same time as they are spontaneous and sometimes wouldn’t listen. LOL! Great photos, Jasmine. πŸ™‚

  8. Penny

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm


  9. Lisa

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    You and Jessica are both fabulous! Who wouldn’t be happy with these pictures?! They are amazing!

  10. meghan Stewart

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    OMG! I love the out takes. I laughter hysterically. Great job and I totally understand the nerves. I’m shooting another local photographer’s wedding in September and I’m already shaking.

  11. Liz Kausteklis

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    These are adorable!!! I laughed when you mentioned Olan Mills…brings back memories of old pics of my brother, sister and I πŸ™‚

  12. Krissy

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    i love jessica and jeff is sweet! what a great way to capture this part of their lives…

  13. Jessica

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:16 pm


    Funny that the way you felt when Jessica asked you to photograph her dog would be precisely the same way I would feel if you asked me to photograph your dog.

    We are all connected.

    The other
    {less talented & popular}

  14. Emilie

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Super cute photo session!!

  15. VAL

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Love these Jasmine! Jessica, your new pup is adorable!

  16. stephanie fay

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    UM oh my goodness let me squeeze that little cute face!!! Awesome job Jasmine! πŸ™‚

  17. Sarah

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Oh how cute dogs melt my little heart! Such an awesome session Jasmine – I can see many of these hanging in her home!

  18. Khristen

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    These are great! even the outtakes!!

  19. Christina Dely

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    What a cutie!!! I love the playful images. And I DEFINITELY think you should do a photo shoot with Polo!

  20. Jamie Alexander

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Love these photos! What a beautiful family! And Jasmine anyone would be crazy not to want you to document their life in your amazing photos. You are truly brilliant!

  21. Katrina Wheeler

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    What a sweet post. I love that Jeff had you do something "Olan Mills" like and it proved to be cute, you know what I think, its because who’s in the photo meant something to you, and so really, these poses are ok sometimes cause the people in it will Love it cause its them! πŸ™‚

  22. Tab McCausland

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Awww those are so cute!

  23. B

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Duuuuuude, Acey just gave Polo a run for his money! F’real. Jas, you need me to take any photos of you? Come on! It was a suggestion.

  24. jessica claire norwood

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    the outtakes are actually my faves! those are the ones we’re going to have in our house. those and the ones of you when you show up at our door and jump out of a cake…

  25. Bernadette

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Very nice.

  26. Stephanie Stewart

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Soo cute, all of them! Acey is completely adorable! And so smitten with her new owners! Love that one of Jessica and Acey…I want one like that of me and my Lola!
    My fave is the one right after the outtakes. (love them all though!)

  27. Shayna

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Sooooooo cute! What kind of dog is Acey? I’m probably getting a dog soon and would love one of a similar breed!

    …aaah! Still dying of the cuteness…

  28. keri

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    You have no reason to be nervous! You ROCK!

  29. Tina J

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    This is my first time actually making a comment, but after the nice things you said to me at WPPI I figured I would put myself out there a little. Love the out takes they were so adorable. You do such great work. Keep up the good work.

  30. Corinna Hoffman

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Great capture for a 25-minute session πŸ™‚ Jessica looks SO happy and their furbaby is very adorable!! I just wanna hug their puppy too πŸ™‚

  31. TERRI

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    So… have Jessica take pictures of you, JD, and Polo… You need just one!

  32. amy b

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    How fun girls! I love the out takes. Acey is adorable and j you did a super job. take that nerves.
    Jessica!! Welcome to the wonderful world of puppies.

  33. Christa

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I like the belly shot πŸ™‚ Yay Jeff!

  34. Aimee T.

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    This post was SO MUCH FUN!! my favorite were in the out-takes with Acey’s mouth wide open. haha Please have one with you, JD, & Polo!! <3

  35. Melissa Foscardo

    June 2nd, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    The looks on Jessica’s face in the outtakes are freakin’ hysterical!! My favorite of all is the 2nd one–they way they are looking at each other and then Acey "smiling" up at them. Adorable shoot.

  36. Sara

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Acey looks like such a happy-go-lucky cutie pie! I can almost smell her sweet puppy breath! Love these!

  37. Alicia

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I really love your photos. Would you ever consider posting some of your technical data (lense choice, ap etc)… keep up the good work!

  38. Julia

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Acey is going to be a big boy, isn’t he. πŸ™‚ I love ALL of these, and always knew you’d get more than just the ONE they were asking for.

  39. Mary - Lemon Fresh Designs Photography

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    These are incredibly fun, sweet and hilarious photos Jasmine! You totally captured the personalities in everyone. Great shots and context well blogged!!

  40. Cherisse

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Beautiful as usual! You are awesome J* πŸ™‚

  41. kelsy mccartney

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    oh. my. goodness!!! i want an acey to snuggle with πŸ™‚ great photos – i especially love the one of jessica + acey on the grass holding hand/paw! i love the fact that i have met you both {jasmine and jessica} and can see your personalities in the writing/photos! lovely session all around!

  42. Emily Scott

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    i love these. i want pictures of us and our Odin, now! be careful, people are going to start knocking down your door for dog photo sessions!! people like me.

  43. amanda thiessen

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    love these!!! their dog looks so cute like an actual stuffed animal!! too cute to be real!

  44. Radelle

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Agreeing with Gladys, you totally need a shot of you & polo like that!! fo sure!
    beautiful job as always! and gosh you had nothing to be worried about, your the queen of fabulous!!!!!!!!!

  45. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    If Jessica Claire asked me to take her photo, I’d be shaking, too! I bet she asked b/c you’re such a fool for Polo! πŸ™‚

  46. Colorado Wedding Photographer, JasonG

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Love pics with Dogs. We’ve had a rash of engagement shoots with dogs!!

  47. Emily Heizer Photography

    June 2nd, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Cutie cute cute! The outtakes are the best!

  48. april

    June 2nd, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    welcome to the wild world of pet photography πŸ™‚ you rocked it! Love, love, love the outtakes.

  49. Donna Boucher

    June 2nd, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    You did it! You did it really well, Jasmine!
    Fun memories!

  50. kelli taylor

    June 2nd, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    I think you might have gotten one. πŸ˜‰

  51. michelle carrillo

    June 2nd, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    awwwwww…. this is so amazingly sweet. (and I soooo want pictures of me and my lil guy Jasper like this, too!)

  52. Abby

    June 2nd, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Amazing photos as always. What kind of dog is that? I am obsessed.

  53. Jewelielyn

    June 2nd, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    they are all fun (especially the outtakes!) but my vote for the best pics of a dog with their humans goes to the second one and the last one. i would blow them up BIG and hang them up!!

  54. Bobbie Brown

    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I’d have more than just ONE of these hanging in my house if I were Jessica Claire! You did a great job! And, you made me laugh out loud at your words and the pictures of Acey pawing Jessica’s hair! LOVE it!

  55. creativeKayt

    June 2nd, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    Too cute! All three of them are adorable together. Great job, Jasmine!

  56. Candace Prokopets

    June 2nd, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Are you kidding?? These are so totally adorable. Your nerves did not hold you back on this one. I bet Jessica loves them!

  57. Nithya

    June 2nd, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Awww SO adorable….I love the set of pics of Acey playing with Jessica’s hair! Amazing job as always!

  58. Romonia

    June 2nd, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    What an AWESOME opportunity! Jasmine you rocked the shoot and Jessica, Jeff and Acey look great! I can honestly say that I would probably feel the way you felt if I got a chance to take a candid picture of you on the street! Jessica is so beautiful and I have to admit…the outtake photos were and are hilarious!

  59. John B.

    June 2nd, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    The outtakes sum up puppy-hood pretty well.

    P.S. You HAVE to jump out of a cake for JD’s next birthday. Seriously.

  60. anda

    June 3rd, 2010 at 12:01 am

    you rocked it out, jasmine. the outtakes are my faves, as well as the one right underneath them.

  61. Evie Perez

    June 3rd, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Kudos to you, Jasmine!!! What a fun session. You totally need a photo shoot of you and Polo πŸ™‚ I am glad that I am not the only one that feels the way you felt. Thank you for your realness!!

  62. Vanessa Del Pino

    June 3rd, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Sooo cute! I love that you don’t just post wedding but other wonderful things in life. I love the pics., and I love that you and Jessica are dog lovers like me πŸ™‚

  63. Angel Canary

    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Well done! I’d be nervous too! Jessica and yourself have a way with making people feel so comfortable, and you are both as delightful and "real" as you are on the web πŸ˜‰

  64. lyndsay

    June 3rd, 2010 at 4:17 am

    love the last one!

  65. Micaela @ The Stationery Boutique

    June 3rd, 2010 at 6:17 am

    These shots are so adorable! She is a big puppy!

  66. Alexandra

    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:04 am

    These are so pretty πŸ™‚

  67. Alexandra

    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:04 am

    These are so pretty πŸ™‚

  68. Karen

    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:12 am

    I adore those outtakes! Love Jeff’s blissful expression contrasted by Jessica’s cute and funny expressions. =]

  69. lisa

    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:12 am!

  70. Girish

    June 3rd, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Nice shots.

    Thanks for the link to her blog as well.

  71. Shannon PD

    June 3rd, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I’m so happy I’ve found such an inspiring photographer like you!!! Thanks for keepin’ it real Jas!!

  72. heidi

    June 3rd, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    i think you got more than ‘just one’! πŸ˜‰ great images! you can tell everyone is having so much fun. the outtakes are my favorite. πŸ™‚

  73. Katelyn James

    June 3rd, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    ohhh I just love their new family member!

  74. Dixie

    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I love pictures with family pets in them. Gorgeous.

  75. Jake

    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Jasmine, you, Jessica Claire and Becker are my only "daily"photography blog clicks. It’s fun to get "2 for 1". These photos, as usual, are really beautiful. Very Clean, very sharp. I’d be nervous meeting Jessica as well but it’d be the same for meeting you. You guys are Rockstars. Thanks for the blog.

  76. Leah

    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    You did a beautiful shoot and what spectacular memories they will have of Acey as a puppy! Thanks for being so candid with your thoughts…but don’t sell yourself short…you are such a sweetheart and an amazing photographer!

  77. harrison

    June 3rd, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    very cute!

  78. Lacey

    June 3rd, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I’m pretty sure Jessica will love them!
    I think everyone should have pics with their pups and these are soooo stinkin cute!!!

  79. Cathy

    June 3rd, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    You three are SO cute together! And I love the third from the end of Jessica with Acey. Adorable!

  80. kelly marie

    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    so adorable!

  81. Julie Hartman Photography

    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Nicely done! You and Jessica Claire are next to each other on my top sites. Love your blog!

  82. Sarah Brewbaker

    June 3rd, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Great photos as usual! Always nerve-wracking snapping images for friends who feel like family!

  83. valerie

    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I was literally LOL when I read this post! The outtakes and commentary are hilarious! Jessica Claire is ones of my faves as well.

  84. Lydia

    June 3rd, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Well, if you ever need new pictures of you and Polo, with fear and trembling, I’m up for the job! πŸ˜‰ Jessica, Jeff, and Acey are adorable! Love the ones of them laying on the grass!

  85. Jan

    June 4th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Very nice!!

  86. Ria

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Oh I just love little Acey dog… Great job Jasmine!

  87. shani

    June 4th, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I think you got more than "just one Jas"

  88. Ginger Murray

    June 4th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Seriously LOL’d at the series of 4 photos…. SO FUNNY.
    These are fantastic, and Acey is just freakin adorable.

  89. Ginger Murray

    June 4th, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Still laughing.

  90. Ariane

    June 4th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    You captured Jessica and crew in the most perfect way. I’m sure she was easy to work with being a photographer herself :). Glad to know THE Jasmine* was nervous to shoot Jessica Claire. I will be equally as nervous when I meet Jessica this month during a workshop in NYC. Aarrggh! lol

    Great photos as always Jasmine, thanks for sharing :)!

  91. laetitia

    June 4th, 2010 at 4:06 pm


    I think you know how to interest people to stay every day connected to your blog. I find it very interesting…Beeing French (yeah I say it again), you do not find a lot of "I open myself and my work" to the world. So for me you are a very new person that I read with a lot of curiosity and delight. Your personality is very I would say expensive and reach people. I never met you and I just read your blog, but you seem to want to be everybody’s friend. I think this is why I want to read your blog. You also give nice helpful hints πŸ˜‰

  92. Truc

    June 6th, 2010 at 9:01 am

    What a terrific post, Jasmine! I adore the outtakes!

  93. Apple

    June 6th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    i love the second photo! & the series!!! i love acey too! and jessica claire! and you of course! thanks jas!:)

  94. Apple

    June 6th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    oh! and i’ll be waiting for that photo of you and polo! i can already see it!:)

  95. cheryl mcdonald

    June 7th, 2010 at 3:08 am

    It is so much fun to see both yours and Jessica’s posts, you are guys are inspiring and amazing!

  96. Rupa

    June 7th, 2010 at 3:53 am

    What a "fluffy" face — Acey’s, I mean! ; ) I am (mostly) a pet photographer and love what you wrote ’cause I am a big believer that dogs show honesty & love when photographed and I believe they, too, are "revealing" their true selves through their eyes, faces and expressions! Acey certainly is!

  97. s h e r r y

    June 7th, 2010 at 4:19 am

    SUPER cute! I hope Polo and Acey can have adorable puppy play dates. <3 <3 These are so cute! I love the shot of Jessica and Acey! πŸ™‚ (The one that you want to have with Polo). It is ADORABLE.

  98. Eliza Lewis

    June 11th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    These are sweet photos! Your work is beautiful.

  99. Stephanie Pulliam

    June 12th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Love these pics!!! What kind of dog is Acey???

  100. CΓ©line

    June 13th, 2010 at 11:28 am

    This puppy is very cute and their owners too!

  101. Thomas Lester

    June 22nd, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Acey is crazy cute! He looks so cuddly.

  102. Serendipity Photography

    June 26th, 2010 at 4:02 am

    You did great Jasmine! Really cute photos!

  103. Tracy

    September 9th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Those are so cute! If we ever get a dog I want photos like that taken!

  104. Matt

    September 14th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I want that friging dog!
    The images are awesome but, I WANT THAT FRIGING DOG!

  105. Samuel Burns

    April 8th, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Acey’s a cutey.. oh and the photos aren’t bad either πŸ˜‰