Little Faith


A few days ago, I mentioned on the internet I worried about the rain affecting a photoshoot I had in store. Oh, and wouldn’t you know, people from all ends of the wet lands across the world were all, You should see the rain I HAVE TO DEAL WITH ON A NORMAL BASIS! I highly suspect these are the same people who tell their kids they walked to school through snow-covered Appalachian Mountains…barefoot…selling icicles…playing their frozen flute, but my heart does go out to them.

While I realize I don’t deal with rain too often, I have photographed weddings in it and everything is fine. I, however, would like to point out that what was happening here in Maui wasn’t rain. I suspect it was the wrath of Hawaiian water gods. Rain wasn’t falling as much as it was being thrusted side to side like hoses. Roads were closed and entire highways flooded, Internet. It was legit, even for this SoCal girl.

I woke up yesterday morning and ran out to the veranda…it was raining, but the sun was breaking through the clouds. We arranged to shoot earlier than expected because of the delicate weather and the best news is that we missed most the rain. Sure, we did caught a couple times in showers, but Karen and Isaac took everything in stride. I guess you could say my clients are the type of people who’d insist on playing their frozen flutes regardless of what life threw their way.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Richard Flores

    January 14th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Isn’t it great when clients are up to anything and everything… Nice Shot!!

  2. corafel thomas

    January 14th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    wow very beautiful

  3. Peter

    January 14th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Frozen flute? I’ve never heard that one – for me, it had to be in the snow, but uphill, both ways. Anyway, congrats on the shoot and avoiding as much of the bad weather as possible.

  4. Carrie K

    January 14th, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    yay! Glad it worked out well! The Hawaiian Rain Gods are no match for the de la Torre Team! 🙂

  5. Life with Kaishon

    January 14th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Frozen Flute music is the prettiest : )

  6. megan

    January 14th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    can’t wait to see more from this shoot!!

  7. Oakstream Photography

    January 14th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    I haven’t had to shoot in the rain….but let me tell you about SNOW & negative degree weather….yip…that’s what you get in the mountain regions of Utah & these mountainy states…hehe!!!! It’s always an adventure here in the winter 🙂

  8. kelly marie

    January 14th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    You are invincible Jasmine! Love it 🙂

  9. MichelleSibley

    January 14th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I absolutely love the frozen flute metaphor! Did you do a stop the ‘Rain Dance’?

  10. Krystal

    January 14th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    So, I did see some of the harsh comments about how good you have it with sunshine. I felt bad for you, even as I wish could warm my fanny up in lovely SoCA. But I was also thinking, there is no perfect place on earth. There must be a challenge for each place. What is your challenge living and shooting where you do? And what have you done/are still doing to take on the challenge?

  11. Julie Story

    January 14th, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I love this picture! So gorgeous! I really love your tenacious efforts. You have a lovely perspective on annoying things like rained out sessions.

  12. Stephanie Stewart

    January 14th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Yay! And I love this image, so fun and beautiful…can’t wait to see the rest!

  13. Katie M

    January 14th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I lived in Hawaii for 11 years and the rain there…yah, lets just say it can be crazy at times! You’re description took me back to the days of not being able to hear someone speak across the room because the rain was hitting the metal roof so hard.

  14. Laura Stricklin

    January 14th, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    You have such grace on how you handle yourself. Its always easy to accept the positive feed; its the negative we tend to dwell on; or at least I do. You did a great job. I, right now, have more of a senior client base than weddings (though that is the direction I want; WEDDINGS and seniors) and I always reschedule senior shoots during the rain. You saw it as a challenge and embraced it. You are awesome! Good job!

  15. Alicia Candelora

    January 14th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Trudging through snow covered mountains to get to school can’t possibly be THAT bad. Then again, I was homeschooled. I had the difficult trek of trudging from my bed to my kitchen table in fuzzy slippers. Tough life, I know.

  16. Kelsey {Las Vegas Wedding Photographer}

    January 14th, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Oh yes we have it good being Cali and Las Vegas. Born and raised in Seattle.. though beautiful I imagine I would have many a rained out sessions. Glad the weather was kind to you!

  17. Richard Haick

    January 14th, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Sweet! I’m glad the weather was on your side. I think it’s rained for the last 5 or 6 weddings I’ve photographed. I hope tomorrow fairs better for me, too.

  18. Sacha

    January 14th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Hilarious – I did not comment on your comment about the rain though sounds like many did. Will however comment on the kind of rain you saw – that is just what it is like here in Bermuda too – hilarious – I had clients arrive for a session on Wed and it was sunny. By the time they were sorted with clothes, one of those torrential downpours, or like you said, sideways pours, set in. And so we cancelled – there was nothing left to do. If it was a wedding, of course we would have plugged away, but we didn’t have to and so why stress. So good for you timing the weather well and better yet, having great clients that flow. I know they will be thrilled!

  19. maggie fortson

    January 14th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Glad the weather held out for you! What a sweet moment!

  20. Nicole Miles

    January 14th, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    That is what it does in Hawaii in January. I went to school in Hawaii and it POURED like that for all of January and February. It is crazy… torrential downpour everything under at least 6 inches of water. You feel like you will never be dry again!

  21. Holli True

    January 14th, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Cutest pic of Isaac & Karen! 🙂 Love it! I bet you all had so much fun!! I am so envious!

  22. Ana Telma

    January 14th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Jas, everyday I rush to your blog he minute I sit at my computer, to see if there’s any news. I love your work and you, your words and the way you teach us almost everything, in photography and life.
    But, the last few days, I hadn’t had the mood to come here. My beautiful country, Brazil, has been devastated because of… rain. And today, when I get here… what are you talking about? Rain. Oh my God…
    I trained a lot in the state I live, which is Rio de Janeiro, specifically in the city I live, which is Petropolis, and neighbor cities, Nova Friburgo and Teresopolis, and others.
    It’s the biggest natural disaster that Brazil has ever suffered. We have already more thand 500 deaths, thousands of people who lost their home and everything they possessed. And the numbers are still increasing.
    I’m just so very sad.
    The city, our region, all the country is working to help the victims. And we help, and we help and it’s not enough.
    It’s already been spoken about this in international press, I don’t know if you saw it.
    Please don’t look for the images. They’re horrendus. And painful.
    Please help us, Jasmine. I don’t know what to do anymore…

  23. Erin Potter

    January 14th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I will confirm what Jasmine said! It DID POUR here!! We really had a STORM, NOT JUST rain!! Many places were flooded, power went out, trees/lines downed (due to high wind), and street signals were out.

    Despite that, Jasmine, you did an AMAZING job!! So glad that the sun came out for you! Thought of you when I walked out of work yesterday morning and saw the sun and some blue skies!! God IS good!! 😀

  24. natasha Hurley

    January 14th, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Jasmine, this is only the second time I have commented, although I read your blog daily. My life here in very wet Britain has definitely had storm clouds over it during the last year, but it has been your blog every night that I read that has truly and honestly made me feel brighter, calmer and more positive. I LOVE everything you write about, and my heart sings when I watch again the creativelive sessions. Thank you for putting so much of yours and JD’s lives out there for me to read. Thank you. x

  25. slot makineleri

    January 14th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Great photo. Not just ones on this post, all of them on your whole site. They provoke my emotions. Thanks for them…

  26. cassandra-m

    January 14th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    It times like that you appreciate sunny California…ha.ha. I am sure you ROCKED it. I am excited to see your creativity with some weather issues. Loving the b/w above.

  27. Kate Douthwright

    January 14th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Rain or shine – I’m sure the pictures are amazing. Can’t wait to see them!

  28. brideandjoy

    January 14th, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Just saw the most beautiful wedding today in rainy Ireland, there were umbrellas everywhere and it looked amazing, so a little rain can be good too.Keep up the good work Jasmine.

  29. Tiffany Stuart

    January 14th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I absolutely love your work and website. Keep on shooting and creating!

  30. Lyne Inhoff

    January 14th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Boo on the internet world for not sympathizing!
    I get it… rain ( or torrential rain) is not something that you’re used to…
    It would be like someone in Alaska being nervous to take pictures if there was golf ball sized hail!
    It snows where I live.. I’m used to it.. I’ve figured out how to photograph in that weather. But this is not something you’re used to!
    Either way… glad it worked out for you 🙂 You deserve all the good karma coming your way 🙂

  31. Christina Hastings

    January 14th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    It’s wonderful how God works things out like that. 🙂

  32. damara

    January 14th, 2011 at 10:30 pm

    Dealing with rain definately takes a good spirit and optimistic creativity! Living and shooting in Vancouver brings ALOT of rain:) I’m loving your series by-the-way!

  33. Kare

    January 15th, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Can’t wait to see the rest!

  34. Bunn Salarzon

    January 15th, 2011 at 5:36 am

    A-ha! Now, it all makes sense re: your trip to Maui at the same time as the Stott’s. I can’t wait to see more photos of my friends! Aloha!!!

  35. Karen Stott

    January 15th, 2011 at 5:37 am

    So I must say…. Jasmine is NOT exaggerating! It was seriously like Forrest Gump. Sideways rain, rain coming up from the ground. It was bad. My hairstylist said he had never seen it storm like that in 8 years. Today we went up to the other side of the island and the ocean water was brown….yes brown. And there were workers everywhere shoveling the mud off the highway from the flood! I can’t get over how the skies cleared up and everything went perfect! Thank you so much Jasmine & JD for making it absoutely unforgettable and calming my nerves! xoxo

  36. s h e r r y

    January 15th, 2011 at 5:56 am

    That’s a gorgeous image! <3

  37. Keao

    January 15th, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Ha ha, I love your attitude. I’m a complete lurker but I had to fly to your defense. I was born and raised here on this Hawaiian Islands and it is the tropics. We’ve had so many visitors who come to the islands comment on the crazy rain…just last week, we met someone from Seattle who said they never saw anything like it. There’s rain and then there’s Hawaii rain.

    We have the three top "wettest" spots in the world. I’m on Oahu so we had that storm a few days before Maui but it was a beast. I had to stay at home because my windshield wipers can’t keep up.

    Kudos to photographing a wedding in the midst of that storm. Beautiful picture.

  38. Shaps

    January 15th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    While I haven’t yet had to deal with this, I am moving to London next week from Australia. Perth Heat vs London Rain. Should be interesting.

    I thought I should try and soak up the good weather while I still can, so I stayed up the other night and shot some amazing sunrise.

    I was watching your video the other night about stylising every shot. It really hit home with me so I decided to shoot my sister yesterday. Sort of bridesmaid taking over the day!

    Posted them to my blog and I must say they are my best shots to date. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration. Hopefully I get a great start in London. Cheers.

  39. feuza

    January 15th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    ah yes the show must go on

  40. Evonne & Darren

    January 16th, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Glad you guys missed the rain. Can’t wait to see more amazing photos from your shoot!

  41. Liz Kausteklis

    January 16th, 2011 at 4:56 am

    So sweet, can’t wait to see the rest 🙂

  42. natalie

    January 16th, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    What a great photo! I adore the moment you’ve captured, they look so in love!

  43. Shannah Phillips

    January 17th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    Jasmine, you are amazing…and I just wanted to let you know that I’ve become one of your blog stalkers (but not in the creepy way, especially since I live on the other side of the county) I’ve started reading all your blog posts, yup going back to your old blog…I often feel inadequate and ashamed to call myself of a photographer…but you inspire me.

  44. Lucy Munoz Photography

    January 17th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    I can’t wait to see them Jasmine. Thanks for sharing so much of your world!!

  45. Nathan Leduc

    January 17th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    A Maui wedding must have been an awesome experience even with a little rain.

  46. Jenna Danelle

    January 20th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    "I suspect it was the wrath of Hawaiian water gods." rotflmao! I needed that – I’ve been off the grid for two weeks now and working through a loss in the family and I have to say – I SO needed that! Thanks for being you Jasmine!