Shooting in the Rain


Yesterday was a first for us. Although JD and I prayed against all odds that it wouldn’t rain on the outdoor wedding, it did. The skies clouded over and released water at the most inopportune moments, but the bride and groom were all smiles. They were beautiful representations of true love, which made their wedding even more special.

Here’s what I looked like the most of the day…coolness just oozes from me, no?

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  1. Deanster

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Beautiful "and" stylish! Rock it out girl!!!

  2. Katherine B.

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:25 am

    Wow! Sounds like a challenge! I’m sure you did a great job!

  3. ksen : )

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:26 am

    now that’s true heart, dedication & commitment to the passion! rock on j*!! (great shot of you, too!) πŸ˜€

  4. Anne K. in L.A.

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:34 am

    That is dedication. I have no idea how I can balance and umbrella and my purse. Kudos to you for managing great shots with yours.

  5. eric laurits

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:54 am

    yo. jball.

    we need to get you one of those really cool rainbow striped umbrella hats. Me being the fashionista i am, I could probably find you a matching belt, as well. I think I’m gonna market a matching lens hood, too. You wanna model?


  6. serendipitous lemon

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Wow…I think YOU actually upped the umbrella’s coolness factor. :0)

  7. mary

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:58 am

    do you have some sort of clamp from the camera to the umbrella??? if so please share, too many experiences with rainy weddings. my balance with it all sucks.

  8. Alicia Brown

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:00 am

    You win ten times! Also, is there anything you can’t do?? You are the epitome of someone who puts their mind to something and commits to it.Huzzah!
    Oh ya…random question…do you believe in the unspoken rule of wearing all black when shooting weddings?

  9. christina lemarr

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Yeah, had that been me, I would have dropped the camera and knocked myself out with the umbrella….yup, I’m as graceful as a penguin.

  10. Yazy

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Oh you look so pretty as always πŸ™‚ you are such a sweetheart.

  11. Jasmine*

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:17 am

    One thing before my clients log on and clear things up about my cool factor…I was the LAST thing from cool. In fact–and I didn’t ever think I was going to admit this–I totally ate it during photo time with the B&G. Like, I really, really ate dirt. I guess I had a lot going on and as I was walking backward, I tripped over an exposed cinderblock. UGH!! I was MORTIFIED!! Thankfully, JD was there and I manically laughed it off. In fact, I’m laughing right now just thinking of it!! πŸ˜€ @Alicia: I usually wear black to weddings…I guess it’s an unspoken rule of sorts! πŸ™‚ @Mary: No, it’s not an umbrella clamp. It’s actually a pocket wizard rigged to my camera to trigger an off-camera flash. I obviously wasn’t using the flash during the ceremony, but the day moved so fast, I was shooting indoors and outdoors quickly, so I left them on for most of the day.

  12. jackie wonders

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:18 am

    nice skillz πŸ™‚ whenever you find the time, i would love to hear how you handle shooting in the rain?!??! i’m always freaked out about that…

  13. Genevieve

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Youre such a trooper for shooting in the pouring rain!! I’m sure that either way, the pictures are amazing as always :] And don’t worry, I’ve had really bad falls at school. All you can do is laugh it off. lol.

  14. Michael Wachniak

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Ha ha Awesome!!! You know, if you weren’t already an absolute GURU at natural outdoor lighting, I’d say you should have had a photo umbrella instead, that way you can bounce the flash whenever you needed it…heck, you were carrying it anyways! Thats what I do! πŸ™‚

  15. David [C+D]

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:57 am

    Aren’t rains fun!!! πŸ˜€ You’ll have to check out the proposal session we shot last weekend in the rain. πŸ™‚ It was a new experience balancing lens, body, and …umbrella.

    Boy was it awkward! I hope you show more!! πŸ˜€

  16. Joan Solitario

    May 25th, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Wow! I can see the raindrops on the lens too!

  17. Eric McCarty

    May 25th, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Are you firing that flash into that umbrella, Jaz? Totally Denis-esque, but I’m thinking it might not reflect much light back out. Maybe a white umbrella next time. Or just grab that cat’s in the blue shirt behind you. He shoulda been holding it for her anyway.

  18. Simply Modern Weddings

    May 25th, 2008 at 5:16 am

    look at you…so cool in the rain!

  19. Eric McCarty

    May 25th, 2008 at 5:16 am

    Oops. Shoulda read the other comments first. But that guy in the blue shirt is still a putz for not holding her umbrella. Wait a minute, I don’t think JD was holding yours either.

  20. Jasmine*

    May 25th, 2008 at 5:25 am

    @Eric: If JD was holding my umbrella, he would’ve missed this shot…so not worth it! I’ll take photographer over putz any day! And, no, I wasn’t flashing into the umbrella because–obviously–it’s black and wouldn’t have reflected light. Good lookin’ out! πŸ™‚

  21. Eric McCarty

    May 25th, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Denis can show you how to shoot 23 hot-shoe flashes into one umbrella at the same time. 26 on a good day. That black umbrella would have lit the place up. Truth is, you need a black umbrella when you pump 26 in there at the same time. You don’t wanna be standing anywhere close, though.

  22. Amanda

    May 25th, 2008 at 5:54 am

    you were such a trooper jasmine! we can’t wait to see the photos. last night i fell asleep laughing about the thought of you tripping and then joel reenacting the tripping. what a day! again…we are incredibly honored that you were our photographer and can’t think of anyone we would rather have had there in the rain.

  23. WeezerMonkey

    May 25th, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I love it! Can’t wait to see what you shot!

  24. Robert Christopher

    May 25th, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Did you sing rain rain go away? I find that helps πŸ™‚

  25. Richard Shephard

    May 25th, 2008 at 7:28 am

    So, people had to bring their own chairs along to this wedding? Working in the UK this happens much more often I’m afraid (rain, that is). I once saw an umbrella with a hot-shoe attachment for your camera. Wish I could remember where- it’d be a great prop. Drops on the lens are the worst part. Constantly wiping. And the lens hood helps with that. But you seem to have mastered the chin-clamp better than most. Dad always told me: "well, you’ve got waterproof skin". Well done Jasmine!

  26. Lan Bui

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:11 pm


  27. New York City Wedding Photographer

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Rain is good luck πŸ™‚

  28. ricki ford

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    Graet shot jd. The rain cleared up just before my wedding started yesterday and turned out to be a beautiful day. Rain rain go away come again another day. Try singing that next time Jaz it could work. (or not)
    ; )

  29. Armin

    May 25th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Awesome Jasmine, way to work "undercover", haha I just couldn’t help myself. Okay I’ll shut up now πŸ™‚

  30. kerri mcconnell

    May 25th, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    love the balance you have going on there… way to hold on to that umbrella!!

  31. Katie Beverley

    May 25th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    That’s impressive!

  32. Michael Wachniak

    May 25th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    After the photo was taken, did you tell JD he could stand under your Umbrella….ella….ella…eh…eh….eh…under your Umbrella….ellla…ellla…

    ok… I need more sleep.

  33. Rachel Brooke

    May 25th, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    I bet the rain made for some awesome shots…I’m looking forward to seeing these. You are a trooper!

  34. paige kearin

    May 25th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Love your attitude Jazzie!

  35. jenn best

    May 25th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Oh, goodness – I know what this is like. Come and visit Vancouver where it rains 8 months out of the year, we can master the rain technique together. You look great shooting in the rain πŸ˜‰

  36. mark brooke

    May 25th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    wow. that is so funny, yet sad. you did an awesome job balancing that umbrella. And i am sure the bride looked beautiful!

  37. Tammy Marcelain

    May 25th, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Someone needs to invent an umbrella that we can wear, straps on, not the silly hat kind, but one that would really move with all the motion. You look fabulous!

  38. Shelia

    May 25th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    Niceeeee!! Work it giiirrrrl!!

  39. carlie

    May 25th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    well arnt you just so chic and adorable!!!

  40. Catlin Humes

    May 26th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    You look so natural, awesome

  41. Crystal

    May 26th, 2008 at 8:03 am

    Beyond Cool!!!

  42. Bliss

    May 26th, 2008 at 8:40 am

    I also shoot a wedding on saturday under the pouring rain but didin’t managed the umbrella as good as you (do you work out during the week in order to carry the 70-200 mm and the umbrella so graciously?). Anyway I am very happy with the result, it’s amazing what a couple (of billions) of drops can do on a bride and groom mood! πŸ™‚

  43. julie

    May 26th, 2008 at 11:07 am

    i’m impressed. juggling camera and umbrella is quite a trick. maybe you need one of those umbrellas that attaches to your head like a weird sort of hat. talk about cool (or goofy or just plain weird!)

  44. erin.

    May 26th, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    When I saw this picture I thought, "Wow she’s got skill!". The MoMa sells a handy little umbrella that requires no balancing at all… [heres the link:
    …for your next rainy wedding!

  45. Onada

    May 26th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    gorgeous as usual!!

  46. Ann

    May 26th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    That is quite the balancing act, Jas!! How did the equipment hold up in the rain?

  47. Jo-Anne

    May 26th, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Erin – love the umbrella from MoMa – and it has hearts on it. How cute would that be at a wedding!

  48. Meg

    May 26th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    You’re so ready to move to Seattle!! Welcome to our world!


    May 26th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    You are the epitome of cool.

  50. Jenne Yun

    May 27th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    You exude cool! You totally rock Jas!

  51. ohana photography

    May 27th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    si :0)

  52. Betsy, La Vida Creations

    May 27th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    You kiddin’ me??? Looks like you need one more arm to help you out there πŸ˜‰
    Nice work, girl!
    We did our first shoot in the rain in January, which was kinda fun for awhile, then you start to get cold…

  53. Korey

    May 27th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    First of all, I just laughed out loud at the "umbrella…ella…ella" comment. Michael, whoever you are, you are funny. I hope the bride and groom weren’t too bummed about the rain! It’s really good luck!!!

  54. Jen Mabray

    May 27th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    are not masters of the the phrase… "make it work!!!" funny post! πŸ™‚

  55. Jeff Youngren

    May 28th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    You exude coolness. πŸ™‚

  56. Lydia

    May 29th, 2008 at 2:33 am

    Can I be your umbrella holder next time? πŸ˜‰

  57. Karen Mikols

    May 29th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    left eye shooters, UNITE!

  58. Dana

    June 3rd, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I have never seen more amazing wedding photos Jasmine. My bff (Valerie) looks literally too incredible for words. You captured everything amazing about her and Phil in these photos. They should really be submitted to a bridal magazine.