Shooting Star : Wedding Preparation Photos


A couple days ago, I blogged wedding preparation photos taken by JD and said I’d be using them as examples for today’s Shooting Star. Around that same time, I asked friends on Facebook if they had questions pertaining to this subject and, boy oh boy, did you respond. Thanks for reaching out and touching me…and, whoa, I just sounded like an AT&T commercial circa 1989. You know, before they got into the business of dropping calls. Zing!

After reading your questions, I decided to rethink this installment and address what you wanted to know…not what I wanted to talk about. And this is great! These videos are, hopefully, a way for us to share information, feedback, and knowledge.

This week’s installment of Shooting Star will address:
*Top 10 Tips Photographing Wedding Preparation
     1. Be Specific.
     2. Be Detailed.
     3. Ask Maid of Honor for Details.
     4. Stay Out of the Way.
     5. Introductions with Makeup and Hair Artists.
     6. Clean the Room … Declutter.
     7. Suggest the Best Light.
     8. Less Posing.
     9. Bring Extra Light (to see the video light I referenced, you can find it here).
     10. Roll With the Punches.
*How to pace limited time on a wedding day to photograph wedding preparation.
*Suggestions for a male photographer as he shoots bridal preparation.
*What lenses I use for preparation photos.
*How I work in low-light situations.

Hope this helps and, if not, I’ll try again in a few weeks!

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Rachel Tatem

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for your insights. I had never thought about telling the maid of honor or the mom about the lighting but that is a much smoother way of getting good lighting. Love your process of natural and non-possing day

  2. Trevor

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Keeping the room decluttered is so important. I mean, I’m a ‘shoot it like it is’ kind of photographer but images of the getting ready part of the day are always so much nicer without all the garbage, bags and plates of 1/2 eaten food.

  3. Makatron

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I think those are great tips and i agree that bringing a video light can be the best option so no one gets distracted by the flash and a constant light can give you a fixed light source to work with

  4. Kate Neal

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Awesome video!

  5. Kate Doutwright

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I like your idea about bringing a video light. I usually use my flash but the video light may be a better option. Thanks for the tips as always!

  6. Hai Doan

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    It’s the best thing ever to see your tweet with link to a new video… but I want to save this best for tonight…grab a bow of ice-cream and watch it on my TV (I have your YouTube Channel on my Apple TV). Happy Wednesday!

  7. Candice benjamin

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Great job, I love the video!

  8. Miguel Angel Photography

    August 3rd, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    i know right? video light rock!! and they are so cheap.

  9. Em

    August 3rd, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    I so admire the way you continue to put yourself and what you have out there for everyone who wants to learn. You are so gracious to answer the same questions over and over again. Just want to encourage you today. You are amazing.

  10. Kristin Nicole

    August 3rd, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Helpful as always…love it

  11. Kira Noble

    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Yay, yay, yay. I loved this Shooting Star. Thanks for the tip about the video light. Keep these coming!

  12. Lizzie

    August 3rd, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    I love you Jazzie Jazz!!!!!

  13. The Detailed Life

    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    You are so helpful Jasmine! Thanks for always sharing so much, with so many people 😉

  14. Aimee

    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I love how these tips apply to so many situations and not only weddings! Awesome.

  15. Dana

    August 3rd, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Great tips love!!! xo

  16. Diana

    August 3rd, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    awesome video! Always looking forward to the Q&A session, cause you rock it! And always dress so cute 🙂

  17. Gabby / En Route Photography

    August 3rd, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Man, it must be nerve wrecking to be in that room! 😉 cannot wait for my first wedding!

  18. Rachel Marie Photography

    August 3rd, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I think you’ve convinced me to invest in a video light after hearing you talk about it so many times now 🙂

  19. Jamie Solorio

    August 3rd, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Thank you for your wonderful tips and fun personality!

  20. Jennifer Hudspeth

    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    AWESOME tips as usual. Thank you again, j*

  21. Adriana Morett

    August 3rd, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Wow, this one is great! I have a question: how is it that you always wear different clothes for Shooting Star? Do you buy a lot of clothes or just borrow from your twin sister? 😉 lol have a great day Jasmine and as usual, THANK YOU!!!

  22. kelly marie

    August 4th, 2011 at 12:38 am

    this couldn’t have come at a better time! thank you so much!

  23. Christy Cropper

    August 4th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    Girl! you talk FAST! But don’t worry- I was LISTENING FAST! 🙂
    So much great info! Thank you for once again filling my brain with invaluable help. Can’t wait to implement.
    ps- you are super, super pretty! xo

  24. Denise Prichett

    August 4th, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Thanks Jasmine for the video!!!! Great tips. Curious why you wouldn’t use a flash over the video light(s) for the preparation details shots? Thanks.

  25. ashley barnett

    August 4th, 2011 at 3:57 am

    You rock! I have been taking your advice about doing all the detail shots first for about a year now and it such a time and life saver. I even encourage the bride in one of our "pre-wedding" emails to appoint a friend or bridesmaid who will already have all those items together for me when we arrive…makes it go even smoother! As always, thanks for putting yourself out there and helping us all to be better 🙂

  26. alice virden-speer

    August 4th, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Great job! Thank you!!

  27. Louis

    August 4th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Great stuff! I love the tips and info that you give! Keeps me coming back!

  28. Falcon

    August 4th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    This was helpful as always, thank you so much!

  29. alex jo

    August 4th, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    thank you jasmine!

  30. Jenny Thai

    August 4th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Asking the maid of honor or friend of the bride for details is a great advice, thanks for all your amazing tips Jasmine, you rock!!

  31. Amanda Lucero

    August 4th, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Thanks so much Jasmine!
    Two things…#1 your opinion does matter #2 I think "pinchy" should be in the dictionary!

  32. Kaley

    August 5th, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Love the tips! Thanks for sharing.

  33. kayla :)

    August 5th, 2011 at 1:46 am

    oh Jasmine! you could never talk TOO much! 🙂 love all your great tips – you truly are an inspiration! God Bless you for being so wonderful.

  34. Beka Fox

    August 5th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    LOVE IT! Thank you so much for your help! 🙂

  35. cassandra-m

    August 8th, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I probably look so goofy when I watch your videos because I am smiling so BIG & laughing. Mocha is not sure what to think of my excitement.

  36. Sarah Layne

    August 8th, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    Hey Jasmine! You mentioned before that JD has a very different approach to preparation photos. Can you touch on the main differences?

  37. Sarasota Photography

    August 8th, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    Jasmin thank-you for all the great tips for photographers. I love your work and think its so great that you share some tips and tricks with the rest of us.

  38. ErikaM

    August 9th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    "Make it work!" Love the Tim Gunn reference, it’s in my head all day while shooting weddings. 🙂 This video is GREAT. Thank you for sharing this info!!

  39. Virginia Conde

    August 9th, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Ay Jas, Qué rápido hablas! Veo el video 10 veces porque mi ingles no es bueno…. pero sigo y sigo intentando porque tus tips son increíbles!! Graciassss Como lo acompañas tips escritos, ahí si puedo seguirte. Qué placer!! Gracias again… Desde Argentina, tu fan #1

  40. Kathleen Clipper

    August 9th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks for this Shooting Star clip! It just happened to be published the day before I shot a wedding in a super dark room and with your tips, I had the confidence to take control of the situation and suggest alternatives to the bride. You’re the best with timing, J* 🙂

  41. Toledo Wedding Photographer

    August 9th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    I just dicovered your blog. This is great info!

    Thanks so much!

  42. Mariano

    August 9th, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    We need more videos like this, thank you for sharing your ideas with all of us.

  43. fiona kelly photography

    August 10th, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Jasmine, thanks so much for the great info. Its a breath of fresh air that someone is happy to share their knowledge and experiences. Its the best way to go and much appreciated!
    many thanks for the inspiration
    fiona x

  44. Corne Smetsers

    August 16th, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Wow, great video! But try to breath somewhere in your video haha. Your going fast!

  45. Bobbie Brown

    August 18th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Just now watching this… when you said you had done a few takes already, and you were just going to run with it this time it made me think (again) how awesome you are to do this for US! Thank you 🙂

  46. Brooke Summer Photography

    August 30th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Awesome information Jasmine, thank you!

  47. Craig Cacchioli

    December 22nd, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Yowzer, so much to say in so little time! Thanks Jasmine for a quick insight into your approach. I am always so focussed on the photography I forget to network. Often rooms are smaller than you would like them to be and in the UK you can never bank on good daylight coming through the windows so time to experiment and practice with a video light I think!

  48. JennyRain

    January 2nd, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    this is SO helpful!

    How do you handle it when you have the bridal party getting hair/makeup in one place and getting dressed in another?

  49. Heather

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Thank you so much for these videos! You don’t know how much it means to a self-taught beginner like me. And please stop saying you talk to much. I wanna hear EVERY word you have to say on any photography subject but especially this type of subject! Love your work and I adore your personality!!!

  50. Matt Badenoch

    May 15th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Great tips as always! Thanks Jasmine!

  51. Mark Byron

    September 14th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Great video. I agree with all you say. Knowing that there are certain shots that you have to take and then adding the natural shots around them is for sure the correct methodology. I always find having a mission of doing the shoes, the dress etc get you lubricated and moving and then frees you to get creative.

  52. Mark white

    May 6th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Enjoyed this video a lot. Very helpful