Malibu Wedding : Mandy + Travis


I’m currently nestled in the green hills of Del Mar, California and the skies are so blue I want to take a gulp. I’m at the Engage Conference and I’m loving every minute of it. It’s a place where wedding professionals gather to collect inspiration, trade ideas, and challenge each other to think BIGGER.

There’s also bubbly drinks involved, but that’s a whole other post.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting a wedding in Malibu with Meg Perotti. I blogged about the experience here, but on this Tuesday I’m truly honored to have photographed a wedding with a peer and experience a wedding day from an entirely different perspective: a second shooter.

Mandy chose to wear a beautiful Maggie Sottero wedding wedding and it looked beautiful on the beach in Malibu…

Mandy smiled the entire day and not a single detail was overlooked…

One of the perks of being a second shooter is capturing images I from an entirely different angle…I’m usually at the front of the altar on wedding days, so watching the bride descend the aisle was particularly cool for me…and the awesome light was helpful, too!

There’s something about the way Travis loves Mandy…wholefully. Like, fully with his whole heart. Of course I made up that word, but it’s befitting, so let’s it slide, eh? This photo is my favorite from the session…

One of the best things as a second shooter is the ability to do things differently. As Meg and I were shooting, we used similar fixed lenses, but our settings were very different, according to the type of picture we wanted to take. Case in point: f/1.2 400 ISO 1/80. It was quite dark on the beach after sunset, but we pushed forward and made the best of the hazey beach light.

To Happily Ever After…

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Abby Grace Photography

    May 31st, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love Meg Perotti’s work! YOu two working together must have been nuts- like an explosion of creativity!

  2. ys

    May 31st, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Third picture. The reflection of the bride’s face on the window pane is absolutely brilliant!

  3. Autumn Teesdale

    May 31st, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to shoot more weddings! I love capturing people in love!

  4. Kristin Nicole

    May 31st, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Gorgeous…always love the raw emotional images a second shooter gets to capture.

  5. Meredith Sledge

    May 31st, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    This wedding makes me happy but your pictures of this wedding make me happier. They’re gorgeous! I love seeing you shoot from different angles in these. So great.

  6. Penny Wolfe

    May 31st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Beautiful as always!

  7. gaby Fuentes { NJ Wedding Photographer }

    May 31st, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Gorgeous wedding… and so nice to see the same wedding from two different photographers’ eyes and perspectives.

  8. Rachel Tatem

    May 31st, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I love it… I enjoy second shooting every now and again… it is fun to see it all from a different angle! You did a great job as you well know. ;P

  9. Claudia

    May 31st, 2011 at 3:24 pm


  10. AlexFrame

    May 31st, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Amazing pictures) Jasmine,is it possible to see the whole story?
    Thank you)

  11. Kate Douthwright

    May 31st, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    LOVE the shot with the umbrellas!! Looks like you enjoyed being a JD for the day ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Mikaela

    May 31st, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    so sweet! love that shoe shot ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. kari

    May 31st, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    STUNNING!!! I have to stop and let you know you are my mentor… (the fact that you are self taught helps all that much more)….Thank you CreativeLive for introducing me to Jasmine!!!!!

  14. kathy

    May 31st, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    "Wholefully"…come on, haven’t you ever heard of "whole, soul, and full" all put together with a cherry-on-top "ly"? I think it is appropriate and perfect, as is this post!

  15. Barnaby Aldrick

    May 31st, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Stunning as always Jasmine. Shooting as 2nd shooter is always refreshing eh? The pressures off and you find yourself in new creative pastures!

  16. Two Ring Studios

    May 31st, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Beautiful and elegant, as is typical of your work. The emotion jumps off the photos and screams at you ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Tammynize

    May 31st, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    I love that you are still second shooting. :)! Yay!

  18. Emily Heizer, Photography with Flair

    May 31st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Lovely! And great to keep it in perspective! I am sure there must be things you never think about (artistically) as a primary shooter that you got to experience as a secondary shooter. In the six years I’ve been at this, I’ve never second shot. I totally taught myself, shot my first wedding by myself and never had any help ever (I"m dumb LOL) so I can’t imagine what it’s like! Now that I"ve been alone so long I would be scared to death to shoot with someone else. What if I do everything wrong or totally different than how everyone else does it? After all, I just made it up as I went along! I never intended to be doing this for more than a summer! I’m still not sure what happened! lol

  19. sherri lynn

    May 31st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    What a beautiful wedding! Beautiful dress, beautiful couple, beautiful setting!

  20. Jason Mark Harris

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    shots all look great j* hope you had fun.

  21. Sabrina

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Yours and Meg’s images from this wedding are gorgeous. I’m second shooting this weekend and then shooting a wedding the following weekend… and I can’t wait! I love the chance to shoot and be more creative and do things I don’t normally get to do. So fun!!

  22. Natalie bray photography

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Love love love these! Super gorgeous and great to see your perspective as a second shooter:)

  23. Pam

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Jasmine these are gorgeous!
    Question for you… do you use your 35L inside simply so you dont have to use flash? Currently my only wide angle is my 24-105 and its amazingly sharp its not great for low light, so I was thinking of getting the 35L as well even though I have my 50L which I love…
    Or do you use a lens + flash inside… just curious!

  24. Lydia

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I was able to second shoot a few weeks ago and loved it! It was refreshing to see things from another perspective and get creative!

  25. Life with Kaishon

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Wholefully is the best word I have heard all day.

  26. Andrea

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I looooove that you still second shoot! A different perspective is a great way to grow. Once again, amazing pictures.

  27. Amy Arrington

    May 31st, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Amazing! Wonderful pics!

  28. ashleigh

    May 31st, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    hey! that’s where i got married! the sunset restaurant!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Ashley A-Photo

    May 31st, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    She’s soooo photogenic and you really can FEEL the love from this wedding! THanks for sharing!

  30. Alex

    May 31st, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Miss J*,

    You are a rock star.
    Ha, I rhymed and I didn’t even mean to :).
    I’m beginning to have a true appreciation for your photos and all the greatness you achieve. You are definitely upping your game and I love it. Keep up the amazingness.

    Big hugs to you and hoping we get to meet one day!

  31. Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries

    May 31st, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Jasmine, I am prepaing a humungus email about what impact your old blogposts have one me (I cry because of YOU every day! and in a positive way… but more on that later…) but for now i just wanted to say that iยดve got home 10 minutes ago from my first ever wedding as a second shooter and my life will never be the same again…. i just hope that one day my images will be as stunning as your! ๐Ÿ™‚ I also mentioned you in blogpost today by the way… ๐Ÿ™‚
    I ADORE YOU! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  32. jackie lamas

    May 31st, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    so pretty! my fave is the one of them kissing on the beach and their back is to the camera… so sweet! and the glasses toasting ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. LEOLAK

    May 31st, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    One word….GORGE!!!! =)

  34. Denise Hunt

    May 31st, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Gorgeous pics!! As always….

  35. Jess @ JQ Photography

    May 31st, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Beautiful! Love the close-up of them almost kissing!

  36. WeddingSnapper

    June 1st, 2011 at 12:31 am

    It really is quite liberating being a second shooter for a change – I’ve done it recently too. Having 2 people on the job definitely gives you alot more creative freedom and makes everything that bit more relaxed.

    I also LOVE the BW kiss pic!

  37. YarraValleyWedding

    June 1st, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Beautiful beach shots. Hard to believe that the sun had gone down!

  38. Cassie @ Creative Island Visions

    June 1st, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Gorgeous photos–gorgeous bride! It is nice to get multiple perspectives, and observe from behind another lens:)

  39. Dawn & Michael Mitchell

    June 1st, 2011 at 1:52 am

    As usual, love the pictures!

  40. Erin - Kansas City Wedding Photographers

    June 1st, 2011 at 6:09 am


  41. AnneMarie

    June 1st, 2011 at 7:04 am

    The 7th photo down is amazingly beautiful! So are all the rest but that one is particularly striking. Great job!

  42. Kellee

    June 1st, 2011 at 7:40 am

    These are simply beautiful. Very elegant start to finish.

  43. Samuel Burns

    June 1st, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Really pretty light in the beach shots, nice work.

  44. Cindy Habel

    June 1st, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Jasmine, these are stunning!! Love. ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Jennifer Jar

    June 1st, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Jasmine! These images are gorge! You are so amazing and never cease to amaze me ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Laura Stricklin

    June 2nd, 2011 at 3:27 pm


  47. Annett Klitzschmรผller

    June 2nd, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    lovely! Pictures to keep forever.

  48. Kathleen Clipper

    June 3rd, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Your images as a second shooter are just as fabulous and emotional as your first shooter photos! However, that is no surprise to me ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. s h e r r y

    June 3rd, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely. Beach light at sunset is KILLERRRR!

  50. Sachin Khona

    June 3rd, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Awesome stuff Jasmine.. will you be adopting the second shooter role more often? I love the creative freedom it gives, having less pressure to get the safety shots allows me to move about and see things differently.. trying to get what the first shooter isn’t getting .. I think I’ll always second shoot whenever I can.. I love it.. hope you do more too.. Its time JD pulled up his socks anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

  51. Sydni Jackson

    June 4th, 2011 at 12:22 am

    oh my gosh i LOVE the one of them on the blue lifeguard stand!!! sooooo awesome!!

  52. kelsey {las vegas wedding photography}

    June 4th, 2011 at 4:49 am

    These are all fantastic!


    June 5th, 2011 at 4:21 am

    Love these photos Jasmine. Can’t wait to see your next shoot!

  54. Immo Fuchs Fotografie

    June 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Oh! I want to shoot a wedding on a beach, too. To less beaches in Cologne, Germany, i guess!
    Nice work ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Diego Molina Photography

    June 27th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    You are amazing, beautiful pics!

  56. Fotograf ลšlubny ลšlฤ…sk

    October 6th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    WOW.! Beautiful Day.!

  57. Kelly Easter Photography

    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:56 am

    What I love most about this post is the photo where the couple’s noses are touching. Being 5’1" I love the image just for the angle.

  58. AlexanderKiselev

    February 1st, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    They are really lovely couple!

  59. Pedro Gonzalez

    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Very Nice. You do great work


    December 2nd, 2015 at 7:56 am

    The DOF on those beach shots are insane..