Shooting Star : High Iso + Photographing at f/1.2


Okay. So I woke up this morning with the insatiable urge to be a rapper. Like, slay lyrics with the best of them. And then tonight, after a truly thug life day, I’d be all, Ice Cube-ish and say, Today was a good day. Well, I put this out on Twitter… then people challenged me to actually rap. So then I did. In 140 characters. And–boy oh boy–I should definitely stick with this photography thing.

If you came here via the link on Twitter, so sorry. This video most likely won’t change your life, but since you’re here, grab a frosty beverage and join me for the first ever video FAQ post, a new blog series we’re calling Shooting Star. Holler. Or, if I wanted to be all Lil John, Whaaaaat YEAH!

I’m so gangsta.
Yes, of course, this video needs a lot of work and every time I watch it, I cringe. No, really, my toes curl when I hear my voice blabbing on. Ugh. But at least it’s a start. And who knows what’s in store. If this was a one-time thing, then great! If not, we’ll hopefully get better in time.

Today was a good day

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  1. Megan Garrison

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I LOVE the video!!

  2. Romonia Isaac

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Love the video FAQ!!!! Great idea! As always, thanks for the FAQ post!! Happy Tuesday! πŸ™‚

  3. Nadine Burzler

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Jasmine! LOVED the video…LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Just not a big fan of the background elevator music..x Hope you don’t mind my honesty. Have a great day!

  4. Megan Bergeron

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    If rapping doesn’t work out for you, you can always claim to be a Southern Belle! You got the "y’all" thing down!! Thumbs up from a Louisiana gal! πŸ˜‰

  5. Alex

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    You are awesome πŸ™‚

  6. Marjan Tropper

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Thanks for your awesomeness. You definitely are in the Christmas Spirit. Thanks for sharing your Priceless Knowledge…

  7. Matt Gibson

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I like it and look forward to many more!

  8. Sara

    December 14th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Keep these videos coming!

  9. Heather

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I went to register for your workshop, and it was sold out. This video series feels sort of like a consolation prize. Thanks!

  10. Aly

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    let me be the first to say that I LOVED the video! hope to see more soon

  11. Jana L.

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Love it! You rock Jasmine! Can’t wait to see more of these in the future!

  12. Crystal

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    LOVED IT! Do it again!

  13. Tab McCausland

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    The video is AWESOME!! For sure keep doing them! Loved it!

  14. stephanie

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Reduce picture size? On the question you had before the last one you said something about reducing picture size, so is the images you give your clients reduced in size to make it sharper?

  15. Ed

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Great post! I think this format is great because you get through so many more questions.

  16. Beth T.

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I have been reading your blog for about a year now and have never posted. But, I had to say this was amazingly helpful!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us πŸ™‚

  17. Lourdes

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Hi Jasmine! I love this idea!! I support the FAQ videos all the way! keep them com ing! cheers! Lou

  18. Elizabeth Diane Photography

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Loved it! I think you did good for your first time! I seriously took notes! Hope you decide to do it again because I will so be tuning in!

  19. Dawn Regan

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Love this! Please do more videos! Love seeing you talk rather than just reading, although everything you write is amazing. Thank you, Jasmine!

    BTW, I love the newspapers in the background. Did you do that? Is that in your home? What inspired that? Way cool!

  20. Liz

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Jasmine- truly you are amazing! :)… In other words- love the video! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!

  21. Allison

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Holla holla!!!! Thanks so much for answering these questions!!! They truly help out a LOT!!

  22. Lynn Childs

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I wanted to hear you rap! πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for the great Vlog!

  23. Pepy

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Awesome! Thank you for this video, Jasmine. I love it rather than reading your explanation πŸ™‚ Keep continuing this style!!!

  24. Vera

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I love the video FAQ’s! Keep ’em coming!

  25. Andreas

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Suuuper Nice! Do it again. I like to read your blog, but with the Video we can get soo much information!

  26. Erica

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I love the video! And you don’t talk any faster then anyone else trying to get in a lot of info into one vlog! Thank you for taking the time in the first place to answer our questions! I would love to see more videos like this.

  27. Stephanie Miller

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    LOVIN IT! Its nice that the questions you chose were all on the same topic and not completely random… and I know you get a lot of randoms. If you need a little help with editing holler at your girl I’m only like 45mins- 4 hours away! πŸ˜‰

  28. Maria

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    If you continue to produce these, I’ll continue to watch and learn from them. Thanks for always being willing to pass on what you know.

  29. Marjan Tropper

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    OH,,,, Forgot to mention. Please, Please, Please keep Posting these videos on a regular basis!

  30. Ernie E

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Great vid and a lot of useful information!

  31. crystal

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    LOVED this! please do more in the near future.

  32. Jennifer

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Loved it!! Keep doing them. So informative in such a short time. One suggestion, slow down just a little bit. I had to go back and see it again to catch everything.

  33. Kari

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    LOVED it. πŸ™‚

    Reminds me of the good ol’ CreativeLive days. hehe

    Keep it up JStar!

  34. Jana Morgan

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    That was wonderfully done! Would love to see more of these. πŸ™‚

  35. Sarah Austin

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Love it! What a great idea. I like to hear how fast you can talk ; ) I think this would be a great weekly addition or so to your blog. You rock!

  36. April Russell

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Loved it! Thanks for the info and the great video blog!

  37. Sarah

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Do more! Do more! I love it. Your talking fast makes me feel not alone in my constant rambling!

  38. Steph Stevens

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Love the video FAQ. More please & thank you!!

  39. Melody

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    When I grow up, I want to be just like you:) You are Ah-may-zing!!!

  40. katie

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Love the Ya’lls…. πŸ™‚

  41. Victoria HM

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Loved it!

  42. Rebecca Gonzalez

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Loooved it!! You are soo down to earth and fabulous!! Please keep them coming! Kisses!

  43. Kate

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Yay! That video was awesome and so so SO helpful! Definitely think should should do this again πŸ™‚ xo

  44. Erin

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Love this idea! Please continue to post more in the future!

  45. Mariah

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Love it!

  46. Michelle - Shadowbear Photography

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    That was awesome! Very helpful! You should definitely do this again. Have Polo on screen next time too. πŸ™‚

  47. Gretchen Gause Niaki

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Yes Yes Yes!! Love it! Keep the video faqs coming! 2 things that make me crazy about research: reading 10 paragraphs on 10 pages to get my answer & SLOW moving tutorials.

    So KUDOS, well done! And I hope you do more!

  48. Melissa

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I may have missed something but I thing you said you use auto focus – wouldn’t it have to be manual focus to be able to focus selectively on the eyes? I use only manual focus…am I missing something?

  49. Charlene Kuyrkendall

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    oh no! a video FAQ!?!?!? I’m Deaf and as such, would not be able to benefit from a video FAQ . . . UNLESS . . . it’s transcribed or have subtitles. I love reading your posts and when they transcribe audio on video, it goes weird and totally unrelated to whatever’s being said on the video. I understand that I’m in the minority, but please if anyone gotta do video FAQ, add the transcripts for people like me (I’m not the only professional deaf photographer out there, ya know . . . )

  50. Becca

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    It was awesome! Thanks for answering questions!! I played the video kinda waiting for you to rap though…=) Hope you Polo & JD have a great day!

  51. Tara

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Loved it Jasmine! You write beautifully as well, but it’s great to be able to see you and hear everything in your own voice! I would love to see you incorporate more into your future videos, showing examples of the things you talk about, or even post some images to blog along with the video. Great stuff!

  52. Chris Escoto

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    I love it. I’m a photographer with eye problems πŸ™ so I have to save them for work. This is tremendously helpful. I’m sure it is also great for those of us that like to multi-task. Thank you!

  53. brandy

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    LOVE!! πŸ˜€ DO AGAIN please… πŸ˜€

  54. Sarai

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    LOVE it!!! Do it again!!!!

  55. Celia

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Seriously…. loved it!!! To read a post where you answer questions, etc is one thing… but to be able to hear you answer and talk about them… I feel like I got more out of it and retained it a little more! I really enjoyed it! Keep on!!!

  56. felicia gwen

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    awww….I love it! I can’t wait to meet you in person and think this was a wonderful idea! Keep up the awesome work!

  57. Savanah Loftus

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I like it keep it rolling πŸ™‚

  58. Tira J

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Whew! Yes, you talk fast, but I have gotten used to it, so I only needed to watch it once! ha ha! You are just too cute for words and I always appreciate your FAQ posts, and now these. YES, continue them! I think twice a month sounds good. Like, on the 1st and the 15th. Have a beautiful day Jas. xoxo

  59. Shannon Gray

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Great pointers! πŸ™‚ Amazing you did that in one take!! πŸ™‚

  60. jes

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    This rockified my world!

  61. Irela

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Absolutely loved this. Thank you so much for sharing all this information in this form. I really would love to see more of these videos!! Great info…great job. <3

  62. Jen

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this idea. I’m not a huge fan of reading long posts so this was awesome. Keep up the great work!

  63. lynda

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    you’re so awesome! there’s really no other way to put it. πŸ™‚

  64. autumn

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I love the new video post!! Thank you for sharing great tips and info =) One more quick question… do you shoot raw or jpeg?
    Cant wait til next FAQ post/video πŸ˜‰

  65. Vanessa Corral

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Love it Jasmine!! Thank you, this was very helpful. I would love to see more videos such as these. And, really…no need to curl those toes, you did great!! God Bless! πŸ™‚

  66. Kristen Werden

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Loved it! Always informative and helpful. Thanks!

  67. Irene

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Absolutely FOR the video. You’re extremely well spoken and you DO NOT RAMBLE! It’s not rambling if everything you say is useful and helpful to others!
    More please!

  68. Sarah Knight

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    LOVE the video FAQ! Would love to see these again!

  69. Brooke

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Awesome! Great idea and thanks again as always for the FAQ posts, SO very helpful! πŸ™‚

  70. Brandy

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I think you are awesome! I love all the tutorials you give! Keep them coming!!!!

  71. Brandy

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I think you are awesome! I love all the tutorials you give! Keep them coming!!!!

  72. Edward Sargent

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Your video works well because you are staying true to yourself. I hope you record more videos

  73. Tanya

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    AWESOME! Please do more of these!

  74. Kelsey Tice

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Oh, j*… You epitomize everything I want to be. And more.

  75. Diana Lupu

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    What a GREAT idea! I just felt like we skyped. πŸ™‚ Please keep this going…so much more dynamic than just typing. Loves it!

  76. Kirsty

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Thanks Jasmine!! Love the video FAQ…so helpful.

  77. Rachel Spore

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    LOVE IT!

  78. Kathy Pilato

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I loved this video update. Perfect and it did answer a lot of questions for me. When you say focusing on the eyes, I am wondering, red dot on the edge of the eyelid or smack-dab on the pupil? What is the camera trying to make crisp? Does it matter and the camera is smart enough to decide? sorry if it is a dumb question. BTW, next time, do the video rap style! J.K. I appreciate your candor and that you did this for us.

  79. Leanne

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    That was awesome, Jasmine! Thanks for the tips and for taking the time to share!

  80. Stefanie Hampton Morrow

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I loved the video! Such a clever name, too. I can honestly "read" your smile in your blog posts, but it is great to actually SEE you smile while you explain! Can’t wait to see more πŸ™‚

  81. Catie Ronquillo

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Yeah! Thumbs up on the video post. πŸ™‚ And I hope there will be a video post covering the non-photography related questions. πŸ™‚ Especially ones like why does Lisa on RH of BV have a "permanent" houseguest named Cedric? Only in BV, I suppose!

  82. Katie Rivers

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    JASMINE! You and "ya’ll"… wayyy too cute! πŸ™‚

  83. Stephanie Stewart

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you for a great video! And I admire your honesty! Although pretty much everything you do is truly magical and beautiful! I watched the video in its entirety…but did not hear any rapping???!!! πŸ˜‰ Maybe next time?

  84. Sarah

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Love this video blog post idea! Great job, and very helpful. One thing though, I found the background music a little distracting. Maybe it would be better turned down a little bit?

  85. Erin

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Awesome, thanks!!!

  86. Carolyn

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I love it! What a great idea for answering questions.

  87. Renee

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    You brave little toaster!! You rocked this video and you must do more!

  88. Clin d'Oeil Photography

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    You are awesome girl! LOVE FAQ’s and I like the Shooting Star idea lots and lots! πŸ˜‰

  89. Kailee

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Love the video, keep them coming! You truly are amazing!!

  90. Ana GR

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Yes! I liked this format. Yes, you talk fast but you rap it sooooo goodl!
    Thanks for such very useful answers!

  91. Nicole Wong

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Jasmine.. i love the video FAQ, very informative. Please keep those coming.. πŸ™‚

  92. Jennifer Jar

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Jasmine! This is the best idea you and JD have had in forever! I love this video! Please make MOREEEE!!!! <3

  93. ERIKA

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I love this – sometimes when someone explains in person it just makes more sense πŸ™‚ I can’t wait for the next one – well done Jasmine.

  94. Bernadette Chase

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Awesome Jasmine! Love the video! Thanks for all of the sharing you do…it is so appreciated!!!

  95. Mary

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome! You should totally keep up with the video FAQs.

  96. Elise

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome! Thanks so much, I really enjoyed the video approach to FAQs.

  97. Jenifer

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    You did great. I talk fast too so I understood every word. Keep shooting to the starts.

  98. Amy Mai Watts

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    Love it!

  99. s

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    great info. love it.
    would love to see a video on basics for beginners

  100. Gabrielle Bass

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    This is a great idea. I think I learned more listening to you than reading an article. It’s settled. This is the way you should answer questions !

  101. Jeanette Sanchez

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    I like it!

  102. Ana

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Great idea Jasmin, I prefer the videos even if english is not my native language πŸ˜‰ . Hope for more video tips.

  103. Sherra Gray

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    DEFINITELY do it again! I love listening to you talk – but I "feel" you on the subject of listening to myself. I always think I sound like I have a mouth full of marbles. THANKS for this video FAQ – loved it!

  104. Jenny Stricklin

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    this was a great idea! thanks for all the tips!

  105. Nathan McNabb

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    That was awesome Jazz… I was able to brush my daughters hair and listen to your blog! Wow, now we’re talking haha!!

  106. Elli

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    Jasmine! That was great! You must do more of these! Hope it’s not a one time thing! But add some "rapping" next time lol!

  107. Rommy

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    LOVED IT!!! SO much easier and faster than having to read through all the Q’s and A’s, especially for me since I have three boys running around me 24/7!! Thanks so much for doing these, and I hope you do more!!!

  108. Meredith Melody

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for always sharing and being so open about what you do.

  109. TomOnTheRoof

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Jasmine, you totally rock! It is so refreshing to see you again after CreativeLIVE! Thank you so much! I will be frequently checking your blog for these wonderful videos. Oh, and i love the title!!!

  110. Sarah Hall

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Jasmine, great video! Thanks for picking my question about focus and for providing a helpful answer. I just need to keep practicing with those shallow depth of field shots!

  111. Kristin Hartness

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I love the video. Very fun! I may be the only one, but I think I might prefer written FAQ’s there have been times when I’ve had a question and gone searching for that topic on your blog. It just makes it easy to find when you can scan through topics quickly. Thanks for all of the helpful info!


    December 14th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    A total hit! Loved it! Aside from your photography, we love you for your personality… what a way to show it off! πŸ˜‰

  113. Alethea Fitzpatrick

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you so much Jasmine! Love the format – and if it works for you and is quicker and easier than writing long FAQ posts, know that we all appreciate all that you do to help other photographers. I know I for one enjoyed seeing you in front of the camera again after getting so used to seeing you on creativeLive!

  114. emilia jane

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    LOVE IT!!!! please keep the FAQs coming this way. so much more fun than reading the text

  115. Gabriela Fuentes

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Awesome. I’m amazed how much I feel like we are connected. We are shooting our first vlog this weekend, and I’m super excited and nervous. You did super great.

  116. marie Ostensson

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Loved loved loved this new way of sharing!!! Keep it up!!!!!

  117. Nathan Williams

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    What a great post! The video was fabulous! I’d recommend never learning to edit those videos. It takes up WAY more time than typing and it would take away from your uncensored charm. : )

    Keep up the amazing work Jasmine!

  118. Jen

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Love this video FAQ post! I definitely hope you do more!

  119. Jen Shannon

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I love it, but the music was little distracting. Otherwise, keep ’em coming!

  120. Silje Glefjell

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I loved the fact that it’s not only fast for you to answer the questions, it’s fast for us to hear them.

  121. Laura Stricklin

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I loved it and request more of it!!!!! It was perfect!!!! Visua conversation, even if one-sided, is GREAT!

  122. Carla

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I love this idea of a video post! You answered so many questions in a short period of time and explained them so well. They were questions I’ve had myself so thank you!!

  123. Dana E

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    LOVE this vid!!! Especially the "y’all" references!!! You sound like you’re a fellow southern gal!!! πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  124. ali

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    do they use yall over there? Haha… it would be awesome to see an image that has gone thru the sharpening compared to one that has not… thanks for the super cute video post!

  125. Ashlyn

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    This was wonderful! Thanks so much!!

  126. Oakstream Photography

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Yeah, well, how can people NOT like this…you’re teaching them, it’s actually great to ‘hear’ your voice explain it & most importantly who could deny your stinkin CUUUTE lil ol face darlin!!!! Keep it up…post more FAQ videos…I LOVE IT!!! πŸ˜‰ Holler πŸ˜‰

  127. Gabriela Fuentes

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    PS. If you were in NY or NJ girl. I would shoot your videos girl, for free πŸ™‚ You have a lot of charisma and the camera loves you.

  128. Heather Corporan

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I think the video FAQ is grrrreat! I guess you do talk fast, but I think fast, so it’s all gravy ; )

  129. anda

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    love it — a great idea to use this format for sharing! next time, talk faster or make it an hour long though πŸ˜‰ i know you got over 300 questions…(how’s that for pressure?)

  130. Ashley Cherie

    December 14th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Are you kidding?! Please keep doing this!! It helps so much to see a face and hear a voice when questions are being answered πŸ™‚

  131. Michael

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I visit your blog for my daily motherly advise, not just for photography tips. Cool video. Please include JD next time.

  132. Dajuan

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    J*, you DO talk fast πŸ™‚ This is awesome. You’re helping photographers AND sharing your personality with future clients. And that is awesomer!

  133. Jeremy Corbin

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Hey Jasmine! I dig the video. You’ll have to do it again.

    Doesn’t Lightroom apply some amount of noise reduction by default or are you zeroing out all your photos before you start?

  134. Trysha

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Oh Lil John, the man who made a career out of three words: Whaaaat, Yeah, O-kay.

    Thanks for the FAQ! I was curious about that last question. I always feel like I end up with sooo many unusable photos.

  135. kafitana morena

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    yes. for all of us aural gleaners, it’s perfect. more video please.

  136. Lena

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    There was music? lol. I didn’t notice! Those were questions I had too! Great video…keep em coming! I am sure we all have enough questions to have many "episodes"! πŸ™‚ P.S. I say Y’all too! πŸ˜‰

  137. april belle

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    KEEP the videos coming.. and don’t edit out your charm and fast’s a pleasure to watch and listen..

  138. Linda Galbraith

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Brilliant!! Loved it…

  139. Moi

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Great video. Want more. πŸ˜‰

  140. charlotte

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    A+, J*!

  141. Alicia

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Loved it, definitely do it again. I think it would be cool to answer questions with examples too

  142. feuza

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    you said Y’all 4 times or 5 but I LOVE IT, keep it coming, question on last question, having less slop, composing better and faster, I saw you in action on creative live and you do all that in blink of an eye but I am sure you were not always like that, what is best tip for getting like that? especially since weddings are so fast paced

  143. Elizabeth Dahl

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Fantastic. I love that I did not have to read through a giant post to get this info, and I have wondered about many of these issues you touched on, in the past. Thanks a lot for doing this!

  144. MargeE

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    You are so unique and a true blessing — taking the time to help others (well people like me) on how to be better at what we do. Thank you , thank you and again thank you.

  145. Alexiz Gaviola

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I love your FAQ video, please do more!

  146. MariaT

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    loved it!!

  147. Wendi Solari

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Yep, keep the videos coming. I find the answers easier to take in with the video format.

  148. Keith Ludwick

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    yea, you do talk really fast but that said, this video is full of good, practical advice given my a speaker who just explodes with personality. I would like to see more of these.

  149. katie

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    LOVE THIS! its so much eaiser to understnad when you explain it on a video, seriously please keep doing these! btw you sound like mandy moore πŸ™‚

  150. brooke snow

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    LOVED IT! Great idea! So fun to see your animation along with it all! makes me feel all giddy and happy! Keep it up girl!

  151. Marcie

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I think the video was great! Thanks for sharing … I’m going to be starting video tips in January and I’m sure I’ll feel really dorky but I think everyone loves to watch a video and really see the person who is talking.

  152. amanda

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    i think it was awesome! i would love to see you post a video in relation to resizing images for the web and color differences from screen to printing for some of us beginners πŸ™‚

  153. Lerissa

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    GREAT VIDEO post Jasmine!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  154. Robyn

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Great idea! Love the video. Keep ’em coming when you have the chance.

  155. Britney

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Is it possible to be even MORE in LOVE with your blog?! I cannot wait for more video FAQs πŸ™‚

  156. AnneMarie

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    It was perfect. Not too long. Not too short. And you did a great job answering the questions! xoxo

  157. Kathleen Porter

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    This was fun πŸ™‚ You should do it again!

  158. Melissa B.

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Such a great video, Jasmine! I just started on my business about 7 months ago and this helps out so much! xoxo

  159. Joy D

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    ok, even though you hate your "blabbing" i love it! lol. I love a video FAQ. Keep it if you can!

  160. Malvina

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    You’re great on video, this is so your style! Sometimes the music was a bit louder then your voice (I can see surprise on your face here but yeah it’s true) so it was a bit distracting but otherwise it is great! Keep on doing vids!!!

  161. Sarah

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Love the video!

    Just add more q/a’s in there. πŸ™‚

  162. Tina

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    LOVE the video! I’d love to see more of these on your blogs:)

  163. Nicole H.

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this, it really helped me a lot! You should definitely post more video FAQ’s.

  164. Joyce D.

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I love this new feature of yours!

  165. Natalie Menteer

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    LOVE the Video would love to see more! great job!

  166. Bethany Fields

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Love the video! Great job!

  167. Jessica

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Love the video. The tips are helpful and it works really well for me to hear them instead of read them. For some reason, I retain and understand better hearing. AND, I think you explained everything faster in the video than I could if I read. So I liked it! Keep ’em coming!

  168. Kate

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    This is so great! I’ve been a long time blog-stalker, and this has been one of the most informative postings! Please please please keep them coming! πŸ™‚

  169. Melody

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Oh my gosh! Love this πŸ™‚ I’m not a professional photographer or even an aspiring one, but I love shooting and this was super helpful!

  170. John Beyer

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Loved it! Maybe get rid of the background music though. Kinda distracting and I found myself listening to that more at some points then at what you were saying! Thanks for sharing!

  171. whitney schey

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    please continue with this sort of video web tutorial… so (so) helpful

  172. Beth Fleming

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Loooove it! Keep ’em coming.

  173. Emily Dobson

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I like! In fact, I was planning to start doing video myself…just not sure if I’m following of the "rules." Great job!

  174. Katie Jane

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Love this!! Please keep making FAQ videos! So great!

  175. jackie lynn

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    can’t wait for more

  176. Meredith Sledge

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Okay, this is genius. I love it. The idea of having a video is such a great idea! Please keep doing them. πŸ™‚ I do also like the regular FAQ posts though, where you post pictures and explain different things. Both are fantastic. You’re fantastic.

  177. Nicole Raine

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I love it! Honestly, it’s great to listen podcasts and posts like this one while I’m busy working away.

    Thank you!

    (Also, love the wallpaper.)

  178. Amanda Herzberger

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    DEFINITELY do it again! Good job πŸ™‚

  179. CA

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Awesome! Yes, do more. But are you shooting it with your mark ii? If so, make the mic on it more sensitive. I had to crank my speakers all the way up to hear ya. πŸ™‚

  180. Erin S

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Please make this a regular thing! I love it. Maybe a "Friday FAQ"?

  181. Sarah

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I could listen to you talking about "slop" aaaaaalll day. NO but for real, the video is awesome! I think we all want to see more of you talkin to yo peeps πŸ™‚

  182. vanessa

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    Wow…THANK YOU! I was able to watch a bit of the creative live…but I have two little girls so getting it all in was impossible. This answered almost ALL of the questions I still had! I really hope you do more of these, You really ARE amazing. AND I hope to see a book sometime soon :-)! At the expense of sounding cheesy: I am chasing my dreams stronger and faster than I ever thought I would because of people like you who are willing to share. I found a photographer in my area because she was talking about you, and we are going to get together as a result. I don’t think you really know the impact you have on this industry!

  183. Annie Tsai

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Jasmine! Your video is awesome! Keep it coming!

  184. Audrey

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks Jasmine! Great idea I talk faster than typing as well.


    December 14th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I actually prefer the video blog over reading blogs especially when its something like this! Keep going with them, there very helpful!

  186. Denise

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I was expecting you to Rap the answers! lol This is great. Love hearing you answer the questions regardless!!!

  187. Elisabeth Carol

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it J*!!! More more more pretty please!

  188. Jamie

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Love it, Jasmine! Keep it coming!

  189. Adam Pendleton

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Love this!

  190. Liana

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    LOVE the video! Keep it up!!! You have turned a discouraged girl into an encouraged girl by how you got started and where you are now. You are a blessing!

  191. Jason

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Thanks! Great stuff, and yes- more please! πŸ™‚

  192. claire

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    u don’t think you can get better or more awesome but you just did! amazing! really so awesome! thanks for giving!

  193. crystal goss

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    wonderful job, girl! πŸ™‚

  194. Mikelangelo

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Very nice. I like the casual feel. You selected good, relevant questions and your answers were spot on. Well done.

    I especially appreciated your response to the last question and dealing with "slop". The call back to film was a perfect example. I would also add, that in post if you are more careful shooting you can save time because you only need to sort 634 photos rather than 63,400 photos. πŸ˜‰

    Look forward to more of these!

  195. Joe Anna H.

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Loved it! Thanks for all the honesty as usual πŸ™‚

  196. Kansas City Wedding Photographers

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Love it!!! Supper Cute. I vote to do it again. πŸ™‚

  197. Mikaela

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Brilliant!! Thanks so much, I concur with everyone else…keep them coming πŸ™‚

  198. Lori Nicoli

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I like the video format. I agree, you can actually get to more questions/answers this way. A personal preference/suggestion is to drop the background music. I really only want to hear what you are saying and the music is distracting.
    Thank you for all that you do and share. I learn so much from you!

  199. Marissa Rodriguez

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Absolutely LOVE. I’ve done video posts before and they are not easy!

  200. Erica

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to do these posts!

  201. Amy Arrington

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    awesome awesome awesome post. thank you!!

  202. Sarah Danaher

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    you’re sooooooo adorable!! and I LOVE how much you talk with your hands!! thanks for the info, Jas.

  203. Analiese

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter!
    I loved this blog! Thank you for being so generous and sharing. I found it easier to learn. Are you able to use your camera one day on a video blog to show us how you "work it"?
    Thank you!

  204. Peyton Cooke

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I love the video idea, but I will be honest, the music is a little loud and doesn’t do anything. πŸ™‚ Just saying!

  205. MelissaFoscardo

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Oh yeah, the video blog rocks! I’d love it if you did FAQ posts via video and the "one take" makes it even more fun! Great job.

  206. Marissa Nicole

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I like the videos. I know how hard it can be sometimes to explain things in writing, so I think this was a good use of your time.
    I didn’t think you were speaking too fast either. Certain points on Creative Live you were whizzing through and I was like "whhattt" good pace!

  207. Peter Lodder

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    thanks j* for this nice vid in which you teach us did great. ..and you do not talk too fast at all. πŸ˜‰

  208. Haley

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Loved the video blog. Keep them coming!!! Great info and so helpful! Thanks!

  209. Sarah

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    I am so inspired by your ability to give, give, give! Thank you for being such a generous teacher – I have learned so much from you and am inspired to look for ways to pay it forward. Also – On behalf of those of us with ADD, could you maybe turn down the background music next time? I lost track a few times when the music came to a climax and had to rewind/replay.
    Thank you, Thank you J*!

  210. Lauren

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    LIKE! πŸ™‚

  211. Leah

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Love…love…love your video! Are you kidding….by all means make this a regular feature on your blog!

  212. JP Pedicino

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I too liked the video. It’s a great communication tool for all of us to get great tips and to feel closer to a mentor that we all admire.

    However, I would like you to bring it up a notch. The constant movement of your hands and the unedited raw take just didn’t resemble the level of professionalism associated with the Jasmin Star name. In contrast, your honesty helped to show that your just like all of us.

    Thank you Jasmin, looking foward to more.

  213. Ariana

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Mas Profavor…This is awesome…Seriously!

  214. Yvette Villareal

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Love it.

  215. quicoto

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Great Jasmine!

    I love the video questions.

    Please keep it up πŸ™‚


  216. Claudia

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I fabu-love it!!!!!

  217. Marie

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Excellent!!! More pretty please?

  218. Matt

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Thought it was really cool and informative!!!! I would love to see you keep it going!

  219. mario montemayor

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    LOVE IT LOVE IT…keep it up!!

  220. lotugrl

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    I LOVE it!!!!!

  221. Seer

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Video is great!!!

  222. Wesley

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Loving see you spitting answers to the cam with your cute smile πŸ™‚
    It felt like a little Creative Live dΓ©jΓ  vu! Keep them vids coming(but make sure they are in HD format next time :))

  223. Laura Murray

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Fabulous!!! Love this. Yes please! More!!

  224. Alyssa

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    I agree with the rest of the comments- great video. Thanks for the tips! Please post more!

  225. Emily Crall

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Love it! Thanks so much for the tips!!!

  226. Christina

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I love it… you are so AWESOME! Thank you for always sharing with us : )
    Always be true to who you are.

  227. Emiline

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Oh. my. gosh! PLEASE do this again!!!!!

  228. StephGarvey

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Yay for video posts! I especially love how you say "however". Not kidding. I love it.

  229. Candice {The Beautiful Mess}

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    you’re so gangsta’ πŸ™‚ i love it!

  230. Catherine

    December 14th, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Bravo, Jasmine! I love the video.

  231. sachin khona

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:01 am

    Feelin the videos J* .. keep em coming!

    If you become a rapper, will you keep the name Jasmine-Star ?.. I much prefer J Boogie or Illa Forilla J Star …

    WORD! πŸ˜‰


  232. liz ness

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:02 am

    LOVE the video approach to the FAQs! AWESOME! Thanks for sharing your perspective, Jasmine!

  233. Kim

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    LOVE IT! Absolutely wonderful! Can’t wait to see another!

  234. a little bit of whimsy photography

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    Sister… you know the answer don’t cha’… Yes, yes, yes.. that’s how that goes, you HAVE to do this again and again.. Brilliant!!

  235. Matthew

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:13 am

    Fantastic. Please keep doing these. Very inspiring.

  236. Shevaun Buschenhofen

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Dear Jasmine,
    I never comment on your blog but I do read it. Avidly. Every day. I just wanted to say thank you for your generosity when it comes to giving out information on your shooting style and business philosophies. Merry Christmas. May God Bless and I’ll be reading on in the future.
    Kindest Regards,
    Shevaun B Photography.

  237. Annie

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    yes! more please!

  238. Christy

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Totally loved this Jasmine!!! Thanks!!

  239. Anjanette

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:18 am

    You did a great job, keep going with it.

  240. ramyad london wedding photographer

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Really great J*, much better than the blog posts, I love that you take fast cause you tell a lot more πŸ™‚ yay! Keep em coming please!

  241. wendy f.

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Loved this! Would def love to see more video faq’s.

  242. Anne

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    That was fantastic! I hope it becomes a regular thing.

  243. Lyndi

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:35 am

    LOVED it!

  244. Amy Koh

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Great job Jasmine!!…video concise and informative. Quick and easy. Love it. Keep em coming!

  245. Debbie

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    LOVE LOVE the video!! Hope you’ll be doing more of them in the future!!

  246. Jamie Solorio

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I thought your video was perfect! I liked that you spoke fast, there is nothing worse than somebody who talks slowly. I also thought that you were able to grab my attention, not only because you were talking about my passion…but since your voice had a lot of excitement in it…you were not boring at all!!!! I thought this was great and really hope to see more of your great tips! Thank you! Thank you!

  247. Heather

    December 15th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Loved this post. Thank you so much for all the advice. I was wondering about that high ISO thing. I’m going to have to see the difference with shooting with the light source in the shot and not in the shot. Do you keep your focus on one constant "focus spot"? Or do you switch it during the shoot.

  248. Kare

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Love love love! More, please.

  249. Jessica Williams

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Yes please continue this! It’s super helpful definitely!

    Have a great day too!!

  250. Carissa

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    ummm yes. LOVE. the music in the background totally makes it πŸ˜‰ the only thing: i’ll miss seeing your pictures in the FAQ posts. So maybe find a way to incorporate your pictures, too, when necessary?? then again, maybe that’s just me being selfish…

  251. Claire O'Hara

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:19 am

    thank you thank you thank you!!! this really helps a lot. and more fun to see and hear then to read :)))

  252. Angela Higgins

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    You are the bestest! Loved this post and thanks so much for sharing πŸ™‚

  253. Brenda Edwards

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:23 am

    LOVE IT!!! Thanks for all the encouragement!

  254. Randi

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Hi Jasmine, awesome video, but I have to ask, why are you not wearing your WEDDING RINGS? πŸ™‚ ~ Randi

  255. Ed Carlos

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:29 am

    The video is great! It feels like your work on Creative Live. I love the feel you give on video or live!

  256. Sue

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    I LOVE the video!! Keep doing them please!!!

  257. Tim Drumm

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:36 am


    This ROCKS!!! Keep ’em coming!

  258. claire

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    I really enjoyed this. I hope you do more!

  259. Julie O'Dell

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I loved the video, nice break from reading. I think it’s a great idea! I vote "Yes" on doing more.

  260. Jenn Regruth

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:04 am

    Y’all must be from the midwest!!!
    Loved the video post. Fo’ sho’ you should do it again!!!

  261. Rick Fernandez

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Loved it. Thanks for investing your time in us, I greatly appreciate your time Jasmine πŸ™‚

  262. Tarah

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:14 am

    I love what you said about acting like you are shooting with film and taking the pictures in your head first. Thanks to you for your dedication to not only your talent but your blog as well πŸ™‚

  263. Anne BΓΌnnig

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:16 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! Can’t wait to see more video FAQs in the future! Thanks for being such an amazing person πŸ™‚ xoxo

  264. Nessa Renee

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:18 am

    You are tooo cute πŸ™‚ And I love that you say y’all, it makes you a lot more down to earth and easier to get to know!! Ack, I’m addicted! Learned a lot too…thanks for everything you do!!

  265. FΓ©lix Pagaimo

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Loved this. I read your blog for 2 weeks now but never commented. As a "retired" (lol) vlogger, I enjoyed this vlog a lot! Very well done! πŸ˜‰

  266. Lateisha

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:29 am

    This video was so awesome Jasmine! My vote is a big YES. Please do more of these videos! thankyouverymuch πŸ™‚

  267. Adrienne Moon

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:30 am

    LOVED it!! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  268. Brooke

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Loved this! Thanks Jasmine…hope to see more!

  269. wilson

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:33 am

    love this!

  270. Maria Corafel Thomas

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:37 am

    Once again you complete my day… I always have a smile every time i open my laptop soon after i do my morning routine because I know that I will be greeted with an awesome blog from you and I am right this blog I love love love love love…

  271. Ken Burg

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:38 am

    This works for me… keep ’em coming!

  272. Elizabeth

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Thank you so much for this!!! I really enjoyed it and learned from it!!! PLEASE keep doing these videos!

  273. Melissa

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Bravo!!! Bravo!!! Do it again!!! Do it Again!!! Pleeeaassseeee!!!

  274. Stacy Hart

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I really enjoyed the video! You answered a lot of questions in a short amount of time. Go, Jasmine! I hope to see more in the future πŸ™‚


    December 15th, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Keep doing video Jasmine! It’s so awesome, I like seeing your personality even more on video. Thanks for doing this!

  276. Lea

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Keep the video posts coming! Now I can pay attention even if my son knocks over the Christmas tree and I have to divert my eyes. Of course, my ears may be filled with the sound of my own screaming… πŸ™‚

  277. Mallory

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Love the video FAQ Post!! πŸ™‚ I’d definitely love to see more of these in the future; I found them really much easier to understand!

  278. Lizett Esparza

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    you’re so awesome for doing this! I love the video approach πŸ™‚ where is it best to ask our questions? here email or FB? Thx again

  279. brianna

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    so…this post was like watching a course in how to speak mandarin but i watched it anyway. i do love the background though!! πŸ™‚ you might not actually save time doing it this way since you have to get dressed and put on makeup now! haha. p.s. was that elevator music in the background?!

  280. MJ

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:54 am

    I Love this new video idea! Please do more! Thank you for taking the time to share. It’s a wonderful thing!

  281. Shannon

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:55 am

    WOW! And I already thought you were the ultimate "wow!" ~ relishing your awesome awesomeness ~ yay!

  282. Brandi L.

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Definitely loved the video!!! Please more more!!!!!!!

  283. Naomi Figueroa

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:59 am

    Yes, please! Love the video, and would love to see more!

  284. Lyne Inhoff

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:06 am


    I feel like that was the longest breath ever! How did you manage to do that without taking a drink of water or something? :p Or.. how many takes did that take??

    Either way.. loved it! Loved the idea behind it.
    Great job as always J πŸ™‚

  285. Emily Sandoval

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Yes…you rock! But I bet’cha I can speak faster…It’s the Latin in me πŸ˜‰

  286. Life with Kaishon

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:15 am

    I think you did a great job coloring your hair. Didn’t you just say it was maroon or something?

    LOVED this post. Great reminder to practice, practice, practice!

  287. Ana Gabriela

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:19 am

    I’m soooo glad you did this!!! definately should continue! xoxo

  288. Katelyn James Alsop

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Ohhhh look at you! I love it and I’m so impressed that you did that with one take… I would have DIED laughing a few times for sure… video is so hard to get right but girrrrrl you’re so well spoken and I guarantee you’re going to be requested to do this again and again:) The camera loves you:) xoxo

  289. Mary Dunlap

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    LOVE!!! Please keep the video posts coming!

  290. Christina

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:45 am

    More of these, please!!!

  291. Laura

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Obviously you will do this again seeing the outpouring of appreciation! Loved this video so keep ’em coming πŸ™‚

  292. Liz M.

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Jasmine I love you!
    Gosh, I sound like a tween girl screaming at Justin Bieber.

    Seriously, this is genius. Love love LOVE it.

  293. Wolfgang Lonien

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Well done; congrats to you and JD. And thanks for the explanations about your style of taking photos.


  294. Jocelyn de Moissac

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Hey Jasmine!! this was a huge help to me and i thankyou for posting this!! I think the video idea is great. I am sure it helps you tons as yes much easier to talk then write. I’m the same way!! I LOVE that you share:) so helpful!!

  295. Tammy

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:38 am

    The video definitely works for you. I say keep ’em coming. And, Shooting Star, too cute, just a perfect title for it!

  296. Sarah

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:41 am

    I literally just found your website on Google, and I love the video FAQ! It’s very different from everyone else and easier to understand! Love it! You have just found yourself a new fan

  297. Molly W.

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:43 am

    MORE! MORE! MORE! So great, Jasmine, thanks for your time.

  298. LEOLAK

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:45 am

    This is awesome!!! Great job! I talk fast too so I understood you fine! LOL Love the ring by the way! Oh and…where’s the rap? LOL Thanks for sharing the knowledge!

  299. Damaris Mia

    December 15th, 2010 at 6:12 am


  300. campo

    December 15th, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Love the video post especially how it’s done in one take too! the question is, how many takes did you do?? πŸ˜‰

  301. Neil Patel

    December 15th, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Hey you did greate!!! LOL love th background..keep it up…

  302. amanda thiessen

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:03 am

    this was so great!!! i agree with the other hundreds of comments – more please πŸ™‚

  303. Eileen

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Loved the video!! more more more. love that you help your fans out in this way xo

  304. Michelle Nakasato

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:47 am

    KEEP EM’ COMIN’ J *!!! I loved it! it was nice to hear it right from you! You often type how you would talk- πŸ™‚ and its even better to get to hear it all coming right from you! πŸ™‚ I’d LOVE to see more! GREAT Idea! πŸ™‚ again you rock!

  305. Jords

    December 15th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Lurrrrrrrve it!

  306. chichi abadingo

    December 15th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    awesome! i love it. can’t wait to see the next one. you are an inspiration.

  307. Elizabeth

    December 15th, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Awesome Jasmine – I hope you do it again!!! If you do another one can you focus on the business side of things, ..I know there were some questions on there about the business. All in all wonderful concept!!!

  308. Gina

    December 15th, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for the video post. It is cool and hope you do it again soon. from Gina in Phuket, Thailand.

  309. Adriana H.G.

    December 15th, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Jasmine, I LOOOOVED it! If it’s easier for you to do this than to type the answers PLEASE keep this idea as a regular!! Beacuse it ROCKS!! really, thank you for taking some of your valuable time to help others, it just makes you even better and fabulous. And this video was perfect! The only thing I would change (just an idea!) is the newspaper background, ’cause it doesn’t really fit with all your fabulessness πŸ˜‰ Maybe if you use a simple colored wall (red or orange would be AWESOME if possible) it would fit your style better. Cause you are too FAB!
    I totally love you! F’real! πŸ˜‰

  310. Lissette Q

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    LOVE the video. Keep them coming please!

  311. camilla

    December 15th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Hi jasmine
    this video solution is perfect if it means that you have the energy/time to answer more of all our questions πŸ˜‰ I’m sorry to lose the advantage of actually having photos to look at at the same time. but I think this is a great way to get the answers across. thanks alot. would love more answers about the actual business side of things too πŸ™‚

  312. anna davidson

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    LOVE this! Keep ’em coming girl. πŸ™‚
    Btw… your hair color looks FAB!!

  313. Wendy C.

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    This is perfect! Thank you J! Thank you for giving back so much!

  314. Ashlee M.

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Love, love, LOVED this. I would so appreciate more videos in the future! !

  315. Kim

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    What do you mean outsourced to be produced? What is being outsourced? Post Processing?

  316. Holy Moley!!

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    299 comments!!! Is that a new record? Your video might make you cringe but it makes my toes curl cause feel like I’m sitting here eating breakfast with my bff. =) But fyi, i checked the video making rule book and it says if you practiced in the mirror so many times that you didn’t have time to change outa your PJs it doesn’t count as a "one-take video".

  317. christina

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Who do you outsource your post processing to?

  318. // DANI

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    you are AWESOME. and cute. and fun. and intelligent. you absolutely know how to get better in what you do. great!

  319. Eve

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Thanks J*… I love your openness and candid nature! Yes, keep this going for us starters out there! JD, you rock!!

  320. Jacek O

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you. Great video, good topics and well done. I just found the music in the background a bit distracting.

  321. Nicky Peterson

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    LOVED the video!! You are such a natural in front of the camera!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

    Merry Christmas!!

  322. Kumu

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    That was a really great video, love to see you in action, I say more. Only suggestion would be to learn a little editing so you can put pictures of example photos you are talking about. But the taking the entire video in one take is fun.

  323. Kip

    December 15th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    How could we not love you anymore? Thanks for giving.

  324. Andria L.

    December 15th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Loved it – was like a mini-CreativeLIVE πŸ™‚ …definitely will tune into future eps! Thanks for always sharing your knowledge and insight – it’s a rarity, but GREATLY appreciated!

  325. Brandi Tanksley

    December 15th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Keep the videos coming! More info. in one blog post. What’s not to love?

  326. Melissa Cramer

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Love these! Keep ’em coming!

  327. Ashley Motes

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Love the video! Would love to see more of these : )

  328. Carolyn Egerszegi

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    At the risk of being the odd-person-out here, I wasn’t crazy about the video version of your FAQ and here’s why: some of the topics you discussed on this video were things I’ve already read about before either by you in a previous post, or elsewhere, so I essentially had to sit through five minutes of video to wait and see if there was something new for me to learn (which makes me sound like I know everything… which I don’t!!) My point is that with your written FAQ, I can scroll through to see if you touch on something new or something I’m working on improving and I can skip past something I’ve read before. Plus, I love the image examples in your FAQ that help to visually solidify the point you are making.

    (One other minor point – I didn’t care for the music in the background, it made it difficult to hear your voice.)

    Having said all of that, if you’re looking to cut down on typing time, I loved seeing you and your bubbly self talking a mile-a-minute, so keep the videos coming, just perhaps for a different purpose and not FAQ… like your kisses and disses or personal stuff, like telling us all about what you did with cute-pie Polo (or cutie-pie JD) that day?? As always, I’m a big fan and you’re wonderful… thanks for always being so generous with your knowledge!!!

  329. Kevin

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Fabulous! hope we see more like this & thank god you didn’t get into rrrapping lol

  330. rusty Tripod

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Drop the distracting music.

  331. Kim

    December 15th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    awesomeness! (maybe not a word) but I’m feelin’ the video.

  332. Judy

    December 15th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks so much Jasmine… it was great to hear your voice again (after Creative LIVE πŸ™‚ Hope to see many more of these types of post in the future. You did great!!

  333. Aimee

    December 15th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I liked the video. It’s funny to watch one of Bianca’s Friday videos and then see you "in person." I guess because you are twins I thought you would talk the same, but it’s a whole other, duh. Anyway, I think it would be helpful to post the questions above the video or on the video as you answer them. That way the viewer can better stay on task <3

  334. Michelle Hebert

    December 15th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this new format! Thanks for sharing your info! I’ve read every FAQ and implemented, so it’s great to get that confirmation! On a side note, could I be the lost long triplet? Sheesh, we sound the same!

  335. Jessica Rensch

    December 16th, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Love it! You sound great!

  336. sharon

    December 16th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    yay! loved it! let’s have one EVERY week! =)

  337. Amber Fox

    December 16th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    From a photo teacher to another teacher (cause that’s what you are to so many of us), this new format ROCKS! I love it! Your personality really shines through.

  338. Daniel

    December 16th, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Awesome video!! Very objective, concise and useful tips!! Please, keep posting some videos!!

  339. Jess Robertson

    December 16th, 2010 at 2:06 am

    love this! keep em coming! great job πŸ™‚

  340. Kelsey

    December 16th, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Thanks for sharing… love to see images as examples of the answers to those great questions, it’s one thing to hear it, as a photographer, it’s another to see it πŸ™‚

  341. Ana Telma

    December 16th, 2010 at 3:26 am

    WOW-mazing! Loved it! I hope there will be more! πŸ˜€

  342. Gregory

    December 16th, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Keep it coming, I love Shooting Star. Blessings, Gregory

  343. Ashley Terry

    December 16th, 2010 at 4:37 am

    This is a great idea, and so wonderful to see such a talented photographer willing to share her knowledge with others. Such a classy way to run your business! I say keep it coming and thank you!

  344. Jen Rice

    December 16th, 2010 at 6:19 am

    You hit the nail on the head! Honestly, I believe that we (photographers) for the most part, are VERY visual people. I learn so much more and so much faster (it sticks!) when someone is showing me or talking to me than if I read it. LOVE the video idea and thanks for answering some of my questions, lol!!!! β™₯

  345. Kim Bauer

    December 16th, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Girl, you’re amazing. From my perspective, there’s nothing wrong with your voice (everyone hates hearing their own, so just keep talking) and you are absolutely, incredibly INSPIRING. All that was fabulous information, and you should DEFINITELY keep up the Shooting Star posts. Love you!

  346. Elise

    December 16th, 2010 at 7:26 am

    It was nice seeing the face behind all the great blog posts πŸ™‚ very engaging for a first attempt at this video thing!

  347. peter hearl

    December 16th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Nice job Jasmin, keep them comming, great idea.

  348. Jean

    December 16th, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    You are a model of hard work and success to me. Wish I can get to your level one day:-)

  349. Angie

    December 16th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Well done! I think an encore is in order! πŸ™‚

    I hear you’re coming to College Station and while my husband and I haven’t taken the leap yet into pro photography, I SOOO want to go and learn from you! Thanks for being so transparent and helpful!

  350. Ed Canuto

    December 16th, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Love it J*. Keep it coming……keep on inspiring us.

  351. Christina

    December 16th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT… I am a portrait/lifestyle photographer but I still visit your blog every couple days. You are so inspiring and giving. Thank you!!

  352. Katie

    December 16th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Wow, thanks Jasmine! As a side note, shooting at 1.2 is hard with Canon, since their sharpness and focus SUCKS. I should’ve never switched from Nikon. πŸ˜‰

  353. Amber Hutton

    December 16th, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I really enjoyed the video post. Great to get your emotions captured and hear your heart in how you produce great images!

  354. Sotiris_s

    December 16th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    It was just amazing. Go for it… we pray to hear more tips n’ tricks from a star… even is a jasmine one! :).
    By all means make it weekly (daily could scare you!).

  355. meagan

    December 16th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    you HAVE to do this again! it was SO HELPFUL! and for those of us who don’t live anywhere near Cali, it’s kind of cool to get to see you as a real person, rather than seeing you just in pictures, lol πŸ™‚

  356. Serena

    December 16th, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Love this! Yes, please do it often! I had the same questions about your incredible focus. And I’m sure I can come up with lots of questions for the next time!

  357. Heather

    December 16th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Reallyyyy good idea! I suck at reading. I’m all too bad at looking at the photos and only reading if it really interests me. -Bad girl-. The videos a great idea! Cheers for sharing!

  358. Lindsay

    December 16th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    Your FAQ posts are the icing on the cake for me! I like the video format, but I really also like the written format, as it is easy to reference questions you have answered before without going through each video post. So, my preference would actually be whichever format allows you to share the most information. πŸ™‚ I learn so much from these posts. Thanks for giving back to this community!!

  359. Kim S.

    December 17th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Love you and your video FAQ post! I am not a professional photographer, but I love to take pictures of my kids and you are truly an inspiration! Thank you for what you do! πŸ™‚

  360. Jessica

    December 17th, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Music in the background is a nice touch, but I found at times it took away from you and what you were trying to say. πŸ™‚ Thanks for all time and energy.

  361. Jazzmint

    December 17th, 2010 at 5:03 am

    love the video..u sure have breath to speak for 5 mins non stop LOL

  362. Vincent de Vries

    December 17th, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Awesome post, you look great and as supposed to reading written answers I think your spoken answers will stick more. Keep it coming. Have a wonderful holiday season! X Vincent

  363. Rebecca

    December 17th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Love the video! Way better than just doing the normal blog. Keep them coming!!

  364. Christine

    December 17th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I think this worked so well! I’m excited to see more Shooting Stars FAQs in the future πŸ™‚

  365. Michelle (NZ)

    December 17th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    That was cool, love all the information and glad its a medium that you love to. Love your writing but love the mix too!!

  366. Nichole

    December 17th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I loved this idea. It is so much more fun to watch you and listen to you explain things in person than to read it and try to understand it. Keep em coming!!

  367. Frank

    December 17th, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Jasmine!

    Loved the video FAQ. It was as entertaining and informative as your usual posts.

    I’ll be looking forward to more.

  368. Michelle Gunton

    December 18th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    First time to your blog. I loved the video. You hit the nail on the head. Focus on the eyes. Looking forward to coming back when I have more time, to just read and browse.

  369. lisa Cour

    December 18th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Yeah, the video totally works! In general I prefer reading to watching, but I will bring you into my home any way I can. πŸ™‚ As always, thanks!!

  370. Julie W.

    December 19th, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Loved this new video format FAQ! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  371. terri z

    December 19th, 2010 at 10:41 am

    keep them coming jasmine and jd !!
    loved it πŸ˜‰

  372. Nicole Delaney

    December 19th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    I love the video! I feel like its easier to understand something explained vocally than written. I love this new format.

  373. natalie spencer

    December 19th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I just adored that you did this! Thanks so much for answering some important questions. Plus, you’re too cute πŸ™‚

  374. Lizzie

    December 20th, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I love this post. Please do more posts like this. Thank you!

  375. john

    December 20th, 2010 at 5:31 am

    thanks for this post..grabbed some tips from those questions..been following your links..hope to hear more…God bless!

  376. Abel

    December 20th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Great idea! The video form is excellent and I enjoy the background sound track. Very good delivery speech. I love your speech speed which is part of your personality. It wouldn’t fit whit you if it wasn’t fast. Great job!!!!!!!!!!

  377. maio

    December 20th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    nice vid! it’s very informative and entertaining..
    and you’re beautiful!

  378. Erin

    December 20th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    LOVE the video post!! You are so wise and so gorgeous! Keep these coming!

  379. Kayla F

    December 21st, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Jasmine!! You are so awesome for taking time out to do the video! Thank you so much. I never thought of having a light source in the photo when I have to shoot at high ISO!! Happy shooting!

  380. Allison

    December 21st, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Definitely do another video post – it was great!

  381. Agi

    December 21st, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Just one more to make the number of comments to 380. πŸ™‚
    Please keep up with these short clips – so much more enjoyable than reading it all. πŸ™‚

  382. Catherine

    December 21st, 2010 at 9:00 am

    LOVE, love, love!!

  383. michelle w.

    December 21st, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    oh i love this shooting star segment!!! i think vote for you to keep it coming πŸ™‚

  384. Fred Krieger

    December 21st, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Nice! It it up.

  385. julianna

    December 22nd, 2010 at 3:10 am

    LOVE -please keep doing it!

  386. April Wilson

    December 22nd, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    I LOVED the VIDEO POST! πŸ™‚ I love the tips, especially about focusing on the eyes… I don’t think I have ever intentionally done that so… that will help me a ton!!

  387. Whitney Dupuis

    December 22nd, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Love this! It is so helpful to hear–even more so than read. PLEASE continue these posts.

    Also, love the "y’all". Where did it come from? I thought that was just a southern thing.

  388. Lauren

    December 22nd, 2010 at 9:58 pm


  389. Debra Gulbas

    December 23rd, 2010 at 6:08 am

    Thank you for the video, and please do this again. As a visual/auditory learner, (and I’m sure many of the other photographers would agree), this is the best!
    Thank you for all you do! -Debra

  390. Apple

    December 25th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Thanks Jas! more more more!!!<3

  391. Apple

    December 25th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Jas! more more more!!!<3

  392. Brandy Frank

    December 25th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    LOVE the video! Can’t wait to see you in Texas. I agree though – drop the music… for whatever reason, it was really distracting to me πŸ˜‰

  393. Valerie Acosta

    December 25th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    LOL… you said "y’all." It’s awesome though.

  394. Kay Drenth

    December 26th, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Love it! Can’t wait for te next instalment. Thanks!

  395. Tom K.

    December 29th, 2010 at 7:01 am

    This was a wonderful video. I would love to see more in the future. Very helpful and easy to understand. Thank you for this Jasmine.

  396. Jennifer Parke

    December 30th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    After watching the video you posted today I went back and found this one – no idea how I missed it before but thank you for sharing all of your helpful tips! (PS it is way better without the music!)

  397. cassandra-m

    December 30th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    I love love love that that you say "ya’ll"….so southern. Ms Paula Deen may have some competition…ha.ha. just kidding girl. THIS WAS GREAT!!!!! THANK U for SHARING your knowledge and yourself….you AMAZE me STILL!!!!

  398. Kelly Jensen

    January 2nd, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Jasmine….please, please, please continue. I feel like I have a one on one inservice with a mentor. It helps tremendously. The inflection in your voice and gestures, believe it or not, help me to understand and grasp what you are describing. This is so great! Thanks Jasmine πŸ™‚

  399. Megan

    January 4th, 2011 at 12:55 am

    thanks so much! you are such a help and are so inspiring! πŸ™‚

  400. Chanique

    January 7th, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I’m a huge Gilmore Girls (series) fan and after watching a few episodes of that the rest of the world seems really slow – so don’t worry about talking too fast πŸ˜‰ This is awesome and I’d definitely love a few more of these!

  401. Mike

    January 13th, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Great video. Very helpful and informative. I like the no editing part because I feel like you’re in front of me talking to me.

  402. Lisa

    January 27th, 2011 at 3:33 am

    This was SO great! Thank you for taking the time to do this. It makes me realize how my own wedding photographer should have done SO much better. We didn’t get a choice on color or B&W – we got what we got. πŸ™ AND, most of them were out of focus!! UGH.

  403. Tatyana

    February 16th, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Wide apertures are my favorite types of photos, but definitely challenging. Thanks for sharing your tips!