Reflections : Maximizing a Photo Shoot Location

Reflections : Maximizing a Photo Shoot Location


Happy Tuesday and I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday weekend! A couple weeks ago, I asked JD to come along to a photo shoot with me (due to complications with my back). He carried my gear and also took a few photos, most of them documenting behind-the-scenes action for Shane and Mikaela’s Laguna Beach engagement session.

As with all my engagement sessions, I arrive 20-30 minutes early to scope the location and plan the layout of the shoot. Mikaela suggested we’d start at the Laguna Beach TraveLodge hotel and when I arrived, my mind quickly went into overdrive. With my clients’ permission, I’m blogging about how I approached the shoot.

In full candor, I walked the premises of the TraveLodge hotel and was struck with its small size then made a mental map of the location. It was a rather basic hotel in a U-shape, a pool in the center, and seemingly similar backgrounds (white walls, windows, and shrubbery)…okay, so now what? I asked myself how I could photograph the location and make it feel: 1. not too hotel-ish; 2. not too similar; and 3. not too simple. A few blog readers might remember how I employed the 10 by 10 Rule during my first creativeLIVE course (this is basically shooting 10 poses in a 10×10 feet space), so I revisited this rule as I walked the premises. The first third of the engagement session had to occur in a 30-foot space so I made a mental map of how I’d approach the shoot once it started. Here’s a look into my head…

Location One: Beneath the Bridge
At the top of the frame you can see bits of the bridge overhead. I started the session at this location because it’s pretty straight-forward and a great place to get a couple comfortable and relaxed in an aesthetically pleasing location. It’s nothing to write home about, but it’s a time for me to talk and get to know my clients for who they are in front of my camera.

50mm f/2.5 1/400 100 ISO

Location Two: On top of Bridge, shooting down.
I moved the couple a few feet while I got situated on top of the bridge. It’s still the same location, but by changing my vantage point, I was able to secure an entirely differently image. Oh, and please don’t ask why I was wearing that jacket…the weather changed unexpectedly and it was the only thing I had in my car…tragic, I know…

35mm f/2.8 1/400 100 ISO

Location Three: On steps.
While on the bridge, I asked the couple to sit on the steps. They smiled at me, then I smiled at them…then the photo wasn’t working for me. Because they were just sitting there. I asked Mikaela to adjust her scarf and prompted Shane to look at my camera…

50mm f/3.5 1/200 100 ISO

Location Four: Bottom Story, next to window.
While I walked the premises before the shoot, there was a hotel room undergoing construction. The window was missing and there was junk in the room, but I realized I could creatively crop what I didn’t want to expose from my frame…

50mm f/1.2 1/400 100 ISO

Location Five: Top Story.
This location was directly above Location Four. The second story provided better light, so I moved the couple to find complimentary natural light and placed them within a frame…something I’m fond of doing.

85mm f/3.2 1/320 100 ISO

Location Six: Parking Lot.
When I realized I depleted my shoot locations at the hotel, I took the couple to an adjacent parking lot. Sure, it was a parking lot, but I tried shooting it in a way that didn’t reveal that it was, at least initially anyway…

50mm f/2.5 1/500 100 ISO

There was a total of seven locations at the hotel (JD missed one behind the scenes set up…he’s SO FIRED!) and I posed the couple two or three different ways in each location. The hotel portion of the engagement session yielded around 35 images, then we headed the beach to end the session. For this Reflections blog post, I specifically focused on the hotel portion of the shoot since it was the most difficult. When I walked into the hotel courtyard, I felt a wave of nerves, but then immediately set out to do what I know I can do…what I know anyone can do given the same situation. I hope this helps and if not, I’ll try again soon!

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Penny Wolfe -

    Awesome and inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing the behind the scenes!! Always…ALWAYS appreciated!!

      7.5.11 - 2:38 pm

  2. Louis -

    Thank you for the explanation. Very good !

      7.5.11 - 2:46 pm

  3. Carrie K -

    Holy WOW. That’s so helpful to know what you work with to get the images that you had for this shoot. Did you draw that map before the couple arrived? And if you’ve shot at a location before do you still do the mapping plan? So helpful! Thank you:)

      7.5.11 - 2:55 pm

  4. Liz Bedwell -

    Jasmine, This is great info!!! Thank you so much! Keep on doing what you do! xoxoxo

      7.5.11 - 2:58 pm

  5. Susan -

    Wow. You get amazing images from any location – and make it look easy. It’s so awesome of you to share this information!

      7.5.11 - 2:59 pm

  6. Suzy G -

    This is awesome and reminds us all to push ourselves to see at a location, what others may not. Thats for always being inspiring.

      7.5.11 - 3:04 pm

  7. Emily Crall -

    I know that I should be commenting about how awesome this is and how informative and helpful this post is to finding creative spaces, but what I REALLY want to say first of all is that you have the most gorgeous handwriting ever! Can we please turn it into a font?!

    Plus all of those other things…

      7.5.11 - 3:06 pm

  8. Emilia Jane -

    This is absolutely amazing. Thank you so much Jasmine!!!!!

      7.5.11 - 3:18 pm

  9. Amy McPherson Photography -

    Your blogs are always so informational. I’m new to the business and I feel like I have a teacher right in front of me when I’m reading each post. Thanks!!

      7.5.11 - 3:18 pm

  10. Dave -

    For me, this is by far the most helpful and informative post I’ve read in a while. It’s great to find out what is going through other photographers minds when they have a challenge on their hands.
    Oh, and Jasmine, that shot of you shooting in the carpark – great ass!

      7.5.11 - 3:21 pm

  11. Jenelle Sewell -

    This is phenomenal! So insightful. I love the gritty feel of the hotel. Awesome approach to work with what you got.

      7.5.11 - 3:24 pm

  12. annetta -

    Thanks, Jasmine. Your reflections post are always very helpful.

      7.5.11 - 3:26 pm

  13. DeShelia -

    Jasmine – Thank for sharing this post. It really made sense to me. I’m often challenged with small or repeat locations. It’s helpful to see how you can maximize space and produce great images from so many angles.

      7.5.11 - 3:26 pm

  14. Alli Mc -

    Great post Jasmine! Thanks for the amazing insight!

      7.5.11 - 3:34 pm

  15. TGA -

    Helo Jasmine! Youre’ looking mighty fine in this picture!

    bootylicious if i must say so myself! The gym certainly does a body good :-)!

      7.5.11 - 3:37 pm

  16. Pamela -

    I love this post. I am just getting started in photography (something I have always been interested in) and posts like these help a TON!! Thanks!!

      7.5.11 - 3:39 pm

  17. Cassie Jones -

    Jasmine, I LOVE these reflections posts! Thank you SO much ! I’ll put this away for one of those tricky locations days! Hope your week is wonderful!

      7.5.11 - 3:40 pm

  18. viktorija -

    This post was very helpful – thanks!!

      7.5.11 - 3:40 pm

  19. carrie -

    Thank you so much for this post, I love how you walked through this shoot!!

      7.5.11 - 3:41 pm

  20. Evie Perez -

    Thank you Jasmine for giving us a little access on what goes on in your brain. These are always so helpful. And of course, thanks JD for the pictures.

      7.5.11 - 3:48 pm

  21. Rachel Tatem -

    That’s funny. I wouldn’t have thought by those pictures what those locations looked like. Great job finding the beauty!

      7.5.11 - 3:52 pm


    I love this type of blog, informative with images to help, how often do we take a shot then move to another spot take a shot and so on, I for one need to slow down and make the best use of a location before moving on, thanks Jasmine.

      7.5.11 - 3:54 pm

  23. Natalie bray -

    Sooooooo great! Love this post! Thanks for the behind the scenes shot they really help put things in perspective :).

      7.5.11 - 4:07 pm

  24. LEOLAK -

    Awesome…great tips! Thank you!!! Oh just give JD a warning this time…but the next time he steps out of line….. πŸ˜‰

      7.5.11 - 4:13 pm

  25. Mary Marantz -

    awesome, awesome post!! I think it can be so easy to assume that it’s always….well, easy. That everything is always working and the light and location are always perfect. This shows the hard work that goes into it, and that with a little hustle you can always start with what ya got and make it work from there! Love it!

      7.5.11 - 4:20 pm

  26. steven -

    another wonderful post! i look forward to your blog everyday.

      7.5.11 - 4:33 pm

  27. Bianca -

    Bippity boppity boo! And like THAT, you make ordinary extraordinary πŸ™‚ I love you, sissy.

      7.5.11 - 4:34 pm

  28. Sarah B -

    Ahh – mazing!!! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 4:34 pm

  29. Sara -

    Glad to see I’m not the only one creating a shooting map. It always helped me remember the plan in the heat of the moment. Google Earth is a great way to scope out locations when your low on the gas tank or shooting a destination.

      7.5.11 - 4:34 pm

  30. Dana -

    thank you as always love!!! πŸ˜‰ this definitely helps! xo

      7.5.11 - 4:37 pm

  31. Tim Burgess -

    Brilliant informative post and great images πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 4:37 pm

  32. Kristin Nicole -

    Love this…I know that moment of panic well…lol. Whenever it happens my husband reminds me of the 10×10 and we make it work.

      7.5.11 - 4:37 pm

  33. Summer Miles -

    What a great approach! Thanks for sharing your behind-the-scenes moments. πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 4:38 pm

  34. Deborah Zoe -

    this is awesome Jasmine, thank you for sharing:)!!

      7.5.11 - 4:38 pm

  35. Michelle Standerfer -

    J*, it’s no wonder you’re such a ROCK STAR!! That was so helpful and insightful. I feel like I think I’m going to do that, but don’t look at things for what they could be example the parking lot..= EPIC!! You’re fantastic and I love learning from your experiences…thank you for going the distance!!

      7.5.11 - 4:40 pm

  36. Gaby Fuentes { NJ Wedding Photographer } -

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Love this post. You are super super creative, and I hope your back gets better soon, but keep bringing JD anyways… we all love behind the scenes.

      7.5.11 - 4:41 pm

  37. // Dani -

    Great one!! Helps. A lot.

      7.5.11 - 4:42 pm

  38. Noa -

    I always love hearing your thought processes, so thank you for sharing!! I’m a "make it work" kinda gal, so this speaks right to my heart.

      7.5.11 - 4:44 pm

  39. Robyn -

    …and here I was all "ugh. J* has such an eye for the BEST locations" last week when I saw that parking lot shot. I didn’t realize it was you having an eye for ANY location. Brilliant. Thanks for revealing! πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 4:44 pm

  40. MaΓ―a -

    I agree, great tips !
    Oh, and I like your palm trees ^^

      7.5.11 - 4:45 pm

  41. Damaris Mia -

    I loved this! So informative. I feel that we sometimes (if not, a lot of times) get stuck in a predicament when we’re faced with locations we feel we cannot shoot in. But you proved that you can! So, THANK YOU πŸ™‚ You rock. A lot πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 4:47 pm

  42. Christin -

    Thank you for sharing. This was so helpful!

      7.5.11 - 4:50 pm

  43. Girish -

    That’s brilliant. What a well explained walk through. Thanks for the exif data as well.

    I know it might sound really dumb, but 50mm, is the prime 50mm 1.2 if am not wrong, Am I right.

    Can I use the 50mm 1.8 as I have that lens and get the same result where ever a 50mm has been used by you.

    Thanks in advance.

      7.5.11 - 4:50 pm

  44. Sheila Hallmark -

    Excellent post! You so Rock! for not holding back any "secrets"! I learn so much from you! Thank you!

      7.5.11 - 4:51 pm

  45. Michelle -

    I love this post! Thank you again for sharing the details with us! I have a notepad next to my desk where I make notes from all of your posts! I may be overlooking it, but do you have any videos or blog entries on how much or little to direct the clients? This seems to be what I struggle most with.

      7.5.11 - 4:53 pm

  46. sandra fazzino -

    this was helpful on many levels. thank you for taking us step by step through your approach. you’re so good at articulating and recapturing your thought process… it’s a gift. xo

      7.5.11 - 4:55 pm

  47. Kim -

    Wow! Great tips Jasmine. Thanks so much. You have a great way of explaining things! Thanks!

      7.5.11 - 4:55 pm

  48. Kate Douthwright -

    Very helpful Jasmine. Just goes to show, the location itself isn’t what matters, its the couple! Thanks for sharing this!

      7.5.11 - 5:01 pm

  49. Kristie Bradley -

    Thank you Jasmine! This is really helpful and so insightful into how you can be creative and make any location beautiful:)

      7.5.11 - 5:02 pm

  50. Meredith Sledge -

    Okay, this post was incredibly helpful for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      7.5.11 - 5:02 pm

  51. KB -

    I love seeing inside your head!

      7.5.11 - 5:02 pm

  52. Taryn -

    Amazing!! So helpful…Love it!

      7.5.11 - 5:03 pm

  53. Life with Kaishon -

    You made the Super 8 work perfectly. What a great session. GORGEOUS couple for sure! : )

      7.5.11 - 5:08 pm

  54. Kimberly Murray -

    OMG! I love you for creating this post! It is sooo helpful. Quick question…About how long did it take you to get through all of the shots at the hotel?

      7.5.11 - 5:09 pm

  55. Kim -

    Thanks so much for behind the scenes reflection posts!!! LOVE this one!

      7.5.11 - 5:11 pm

  56. Lori Sparkman -

    This is so great. Im often in this "less than desirable" situation. Its good to get such great tips and to see such great images come from average locations. Thanks again. πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 5:11 pm

  57. anna davidson -

    Wow! Love this post. It made me think about how much you can do even with smal locations. I know what i’m practicing on this weekend, this and that backlit tree. πŸ™‚ Thanks for leting us in to your brain!

      7.5.11 - 5:15 pm

  58. Gina -

    A Fav post ! Love to read/see how you work your magic!

      7.5.11 - 5:20 pm

  59. Noelia Kline -

    Thank you for the tips, it totally helps me put things in perspective. I appreciate it!

    By the way, you should so have your handwriting be made into a font, LOVE IT!

      7.5.11 - 5:21 pm

  60. Eddie -

    Nice, informative post. I, too, like the exif data. It is very helpful to see how you are setting up the shots and your camera settings. Thanks, Jasmine

      7.5.11 - 5:21 pm

  61. Molly -

    Wow I love all the detail you put in to this post. Thanks so much! It’s always nice to see how other people look at things.

      7.5.11 - 5:30 pm

  62. Marten Holmes -

    Great photos, great article, but only 6!

      7.5.11 - 5:32 pm

  63. Jeremy -

    thanks so much! tight spaces are always stressful…you’re the best

      7.5.11 - 5:35 pm

  64. anna davidson -

    Wow! Love this post. It made me think about how much you can do even with smal locations. I know what i’m practicing on this weekend, this and that backlit tree. πŸ™‚ Thanks for leting us in to your brain!

      7.5.11 - 5:37 pm

  65. Tammynize -

    Awesome post. Definitely learned something here. Thanks Jasmine!

      7.5.11 - 5:40 pm

  66. Charlie -

    Great Stuff Jasmine. These kind of posts are my favorite.

    Thanks πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 5:41 pm

  67. Dailyn -

    Thank you for this. I’m in the process of moving away from the more traditional shoot locations and this post really encourages me to go ahead with my plans. πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 5:44 pm

  68. dorie -

    girl, any woman who can rock leggings without a big, long top over them, can’t be all bad. πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 5:53 pm

  69. {leah} -

    I love it when you do these posts. It makes the level of work that you do feel attainable when you reveal the less than ideal situations! <3

      7.5.11 - 6:11 pm

  70. Vince -

    THANK YOU! It’s so great to have a glimpse of your thought process as you tackle a shoot location that isn’t quite what you hoped for. You really worked wonders with that place, and Shane and Mikaela look so at ease πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 6:26 pm

  71. Stephanie Stewart -

    Such a helpful post! I find myself in the same situations…and remembering the 10×10 is such a wonderful way to overcome this! Thank you!

      7.5.11 - 6:26 pm

  72. Jim -

    Once again, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I love when you do these reflections and FAQ posts! This engagement set is stunning.

      7.5.11 - 6:39 pm

  73. Michelle Edgerton -

    Once again, thank you for your candor. I’m completely a go with the flow, work with you got girl, so I really appreciated the look into the inner workings of another

      7.5.11 - 6:44 pm

  74. Caitlin Sullivan -

    Awesome post. Love seeing both angles. Oh you. Such a rockstar πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 7:25 pm

  75. Elizabeth C. -

    This is amazing. I mean seriously awesome. What a helpful post. PLEASE do more like this! Love love love.

      7.5.11 - 7:29 pm

  76. Alexis -

    Dear Jasmine,

    Thank you for the photography advice!

    Beautiful pictures!

    True talent! God-given talent! πŸ™‚ Keep using what God gave you.

      7.5.11 - 7:35 pm

  77. Amanda -

    Ahh, thank you so much for this post! First of all, to know that you get nerves makes me feel way better that I sometimes get them too! And secondly, I feel far more prepared for the next time I feel like I am in a limiting sort of situation too. Thank you, Jasmine!!!

      7.5.11 - 7:37 pm

  78. Kristin -

    Thanks for sharing this. This is really great to see. πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 8:06 pm

  79. Anna Lyndon -

    The "Reflections" posts are my favorite! Well done with a tough assignment. A little adrenaline can be a good thing! And I can totally tell you’re a wedding photographer because I’m pretty sure you typed "bride" every time where you meant to say "bridge." Got brides on the brain! Haha! I love it. πŸ™‚

      7.5.11 - 8:12 pm

  80. Adriana Morett -

    wow, once again, thank you SO much for this!! xoxo

      7.5.11 - 8:14 pm

  81. Mani -

    Great post as usual. I really love seeing photos of you working – it provides great insight into how to set up poses as well as how to set yourself up for the great shot.

    – Manik

      7.5.11 - 8:23 pm

  82. Cristina Rossi -

    Brilliant post Jasmine as it is comforting and reassuring to see you can really make any location work with a bit of creativity. Thank you for sharing once again!! xx

      7.5.11 - 8:34 pm

  83. Anna -

    I always learn LOADS from lesson posts like this, Jasmine! Thanks sooooo much!

      7.5.11 - 8:42 pm

  84. Paula Franco -

    Thanks a lot for all the details and explanation of how you prepared the session. I always learn a lot from you. I also prepare the shoot in advance but usually one or two days before, in that way I can reach the session relax and self confidence. Regards!!

      7.5.11 - 8:43 pm

  85. jessica vidmar -

    Hi Jasmine! You never cease to amaze me. You are an incredible gift to the photo community and getting to be quite a habit with me
    : ) thank you for sharing your knowledge and vision.

      7.5.11 - 8:47 pm

  86. Kelsey {Las Vegas Wedding Photography} -

    Love the behind the scenes!

      7.5.11 - 8:54 pm

  87. Ana Gabriela -

    Well done, I think you’ve mastered at making a place like this rock! xoxo

      7.5.11 - 9:25 pm

  88. Jessica K. Sullivan -

    Yes! This post is so helpful. Thank you Jasmine! I also like to put a frame within a frame:) Oh, and I like that jacket, lol!

      7.5.11 - 9:49 pm

  89. Jon -

    Great post. I could easily follow your process on location. Well done.

      7.5.11 - 10:23 pm

  90. brian Thompson -

    Thanks for putting this post up its really great to get behind the scene’s with a great photographer.

      7.5.11 - 10:24 pm

  91. Kare -

    So very helpful – you can work your magic anywhere! Just don’t fire JD.

      7.5.11 - 10:29 pm

  92. Nicole Cook -

    Wow, this is so helpful! I think I would’ve panicked and left to find something "better" but you got some great shots! P.S. I LOVE YOUR HANDWRITING!

      7.5.11 - 10:34 pm

  93. Ali -

    Thank you, Jasmine, this is so interesting and helpful! I was wondering if there was a reason that the bride picked this hotel as a location?

      7.5.11 - 10:37 pm

  94. cara -

    *fantastic* post! Seriously, JD’s photos helped illustrate what you do (okay, literally), but really amped up the lessons you’re conveying — awesome, thank you!

      7.5.11 - 10:40 pm

  95. Peta -

    you are some kinda wonderful, love the fact you share so much about the way you shoot. You are my teacher. So thanks Teach! x

      7.5.11 - 11:08 pm

  96. aj -

    Everyone on here are visual people, so it helps to have visual lessons. I love your video blogs but sometimes they have so much infomation in them that I get lost. A HUGE THANK YOU THIS HELPS A LOT.

      7.5.11 - 11:12 pm

  97. MelissaFoscardo -

    For some reason, the phrase "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time" comes to mind…or something like that πŸ™‚ Take little snips from a location and make it look like a million bucks. Thanks for the awesome tips!

      7.6.11 - 1:02 am

  98. Agi Magyar -

    Thanks for explaining the different shots! These sorts of things help us most I believe – You seem to be a fab team w JD πŸ™‚

      7.6.11 - 1:09 am

  99. Jim Schofield -

    Many thanks for a great post. I had never thought of a shooting map, having relied on remembering too much for too long. Well done.

      7.6.11 - 1:19 am

  100. Tanya Weekes -

    I LOVE this post!! Thankyou for explaining and extra thanks for including the camera settings – I just got a 50mm F/1.4 and instantly cranked it up to F/1.4 the minute I got it out the box thinking that was somehow the key to something…but seeing your shots has made me realise that actually you can rock f/2.5 and get fabulouso shots too and actually, its not all about reaching for the highest F stop possible X x Every day’s a learning day!

      7.6.11 - 1:39 am

  101. Jessica Chavez -

    Sooo useful!! I probably say this every time but Thanks Jasmine!! Your work is beautiful, but taking the time to post to help us newbies I love!! Thank JD ’cause he also does a great job on the behind the scenes pix!!

      7.6.11 - 2:15 am

  102. kayla :) -

    oh Jasmine. You.Are.So.Brillant. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚ You always seem to inspire me.

      7.6.11 - 2:33 am

  103. ashley barnett -

    Thanks Jasmine! So funny, I think their e-session was one of my all time favorites! Funny to think it was one you had a little bit of nerves about at the beginning! πŸ™‚

      7.6.11 - 3:20 am

  104. Wedding Snapper -

    I find it fascinating how other photographers approach their shoots. Jasmine, you’re a little more structured than me – I dive in and sometimes get too focussed on one area rather than looking at the bigger scene. A few tips to learn from here!

      7.6.11 - 5:34 am

  105. Jenda -

    Amazing thanks J* πŸ™‚

      7.6.11 - 6:50 am

  106. Kellee -

    Great post. I need to start planning shoots out in my head!

      7.6.11 - 7:00 am

  107. aubry -

    how do you take such an ordinary location and totally rock it! i’m so inspired!

      7.6.11 - 7:09 am

  108. Jan M F -

    I like the pictures at the beach from the same shooting much more but now I understand HOW challanging your location was. I hope, Mikaela has a strong relation to this spot! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing your approach and thoughts!
    Greetings from Germany!

      7.6.11 - 8:06 am

  109. sarah -

    love these. as always, THANK YOU. THANK YOU for being so generous with your knowledge!

      7.6.11 - 12:07 pm

  110. Julie Hartman -

    Love it Jasmine! I woulda freaked!! You’re amazing!

      7.6.11 - 12:28 pm

  111. Applehead Studio -

    Thanks for posting

      7.6.11 - 1:53 pm

  112. JoAnna Johnson -

    Thanks for another fantastic post again.

      7.6.11 - 2:04 pm

  113. Shannon M. -

    I don’t comment often, but this was by far the best post! It was a great explanation of all the shots and I love that you included the shot you actually got from each vantage point! Very helpful and very good write-up of how you approached the day – THANK YOU!

      7.6.11 - 4:44 pm

  114. Mikaela -

    so interesting to see what was going on in your head that day!! thanks for sharing and you see, this is just one of the many reasons why we love you! πŸ™‚

      7.6.11 - 4:47 pm

  115. megan -

    thanks for the awesome post and for the inspiration to always look around for different perspectives!! πŸ™‚

      7.6.11 - 6:20 pm

  116. Sean -

    Fantastic post as always Jasmine! I love your behind-the-scenes stuff. I always learn so much! Thanks!

      7.6.11 - 6:59 pm

  117. Sarah -

    Well explained…(I make maps and plans for a living, or I used to, anyway..)

    Clever use of your logo.
    As an armchair brand analyst (I have an MBA, I can’t help it)…nice use of the red star. πŸ˜‰

      7.6.11 - 7:16 pm

  118. Melanie -

    So helpful! I get in those panic "what do I do next" scenarios and this totally helps!

      7.6.11 - 7:19 pm

  119. Yuliya Molitvenik -

    Jasmine, this was so great. It helps to know that I’m not the only one stuck at shoots sometimes. I loved how you said that on the stairs they smiled at you and you at them and it just wasn’t working. Thank you for your honesty. I can’t believe you only took 35 image at the hotel, I need to push myself to shoot more creatively and less. Thank you again!

      7.6.11 - 7:28 pm

  120. Becky -

    Jasmine! This was spectacularly helpful – as always. Thank you! πŸ™‚

      7.6.11 - 7:42 pm

  121. chrissy mathew -

    Great, informative post as usual! thanks for always sharing x

      7.6.11 - 8:11 pm

  122. Maxine -

    Thanks Jasmine, these reflections posts are always so insightful! I love how you address some of the toughest things that we as photographers usually have to muddle through. Thank you! I loved the one next to the window and the one in the parking lot – you rocked it!

      7.6.11 - 9:13 pm

  123. Marissa Nicole -

    This is a great example of how you don’t have to have the most ah-mazing location in order to get a great session. Maybe the location looked better in person, but in the behind the scenes photos it was nothing awe inspiring, but you managed to make it really pop & look pretty. Deffinately makes me think differently about how i use locations. Thanks for sharing.

      7.6.11 - 9:16 pm

  124. Rachel Havel -

    I love your willingness to share insight. Way to utilize the location and get some great photos.

      7.6.11 - 10:36 pm

  125. AMY JENSEN -

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the behind-the-scenes stuff … I’m learning sooo much! Thank you!

      7.6.11 - 11:53 pm

  126. Victor - Seattle Wedding Photographer -

    Thank you so much for this post! It’s always great to see how other photographers work. Behind the scenes posts are my favorite! πŸ™‚

      7.7.11 - 1:32 am

  127. Jennifer Hudspeth -

    I am so happy you posted this. You have no idea how much this helped me out. It also made me feel a little more normal because I do the same thing. So, thanks for being awesome. : )

      7.7.11 - 3:53 am

  128. Karina Bravo -

    I related so much to this! I think this happens to everyone…Thank you!

      7.7.11 - 8:43 am

  129. Christine Pinalto -

    Thank you, Jasmine! This is so helpful. You’re the best!

      7.7.11 - 4:36 pm

  130. Giovanna Mandel -

    Creative eye ,baby, creative eye!

      7.7.11 - 6:29 pm

  131. Wendy Ramos -

    This is such a good post. Many times I have the same problem; great way of thinking about location shoots. Thanks for sharing!

      7.7.11 - 8:25 pm

  132. elizabeth s. -

    Jasmine and JD, thanks for a very informative post.

      7.8.11 - 3:33 pm

  133. bobbie brown -

    I felt a wave of nerves for you just seeing the behind-the-scenes shots…then, your shot shows awesome-ness! You rock girl! I loved seeing all these and hearing your thoughts πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

      7.8.11 - 4:32 pm

  134. Lydia -

    Wow, you can make any location look amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

      7.8.11 - 6:31 pm

  135. Heather Corporan -

    This is AWESOME Jasmine. It’s so encouraging to see how you work! Thanks oodles!

      7.9.11 - 1:18 am

  136. Karine Ardault -

    as usual, great info. thanks thanks thank.
    I like to think you are my personal mentor (you just do not really know about it πŸ˜‰ ) as no one can play that role here in east africa.
    Have a great week-end.

      7.10.11 - 10:30 am

  137. Victor Arias -

    Just one word, Guayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! (that’s my scream) Lol you’re Awesome! Thank you for this post

      7.10.11 - 1:58 pm

  138. David Ferguson | Brisbane wedding photographer -

    Like the behind the scenes idea, thanks for sharing that.

      7.10.11 - 2:55 pm

  139. alex jo -

    hi jas! learned a lot from this. thanks!

      7.11.11 - 2:23 am

  140. Michelle Hebert -

    Love seeing your mind in action! Thanks for sharing…I am TOTALLY a visual person!

      7.11.11 - 2:51 am

  141. David Keating | Denver Family Photographer -

    Jasmine, I need to remember to visit your blog more! You’ve written some of my all time favorite photography blog posts, and this one is right up there with the rest of them. Thank you!

      7.11.11 - 7:13 am

  142. Mangodays Photography Wiltshire -

    Thank you for sharing this with us; I am currently trying to experiment in the work I do ways to get a more of a scope and height in to the angles in which I take photos from. This is useful to say the least!

      7.11.11 - 12:39 pm

  143. Abby Grace Photography -

    this is awesome- thank you! I feel like I’m always struggling to find locations, but it’s helpful to know that you can shoot in a way that disguises wherer you are. Love it!

      7.11.11 - 2:04 pm

  144. Christy Cropper -

    wowza. it’s so easy (or at least you make it look easy) when you put in a little footwork beforehand. very helpful. thank you!

      8.4.11 - 2:08 am

  145. Bianca Lanae -

    I must say Mrs. Jas you have an amazing badonkadonk. 2nd to last image.

      9.2.12 - 7:32 pm

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