The Northrop Family : Anytime


It’s sort of like going on a blind date.

You don’t know what to expect…you don’t know if you’ll mesh well…you don’t know if it’ll be worth the effort it takes seeing each other for the first time. So like a blind date.

When JD and I moved a year ago, I arranged a series of blind dates. With fitness instructors. I downloaded various workout schedules from gyms here in Orange County and set out finding a good match for my get-off-my-rear-end-and-do-something needs.

Trina taught classes like it was geriatrics aerobics.
Sophia taught classes well, but made these weird whooooop sounds every few seconds that drove me nuts.
Craig’s shorts were so short I couldn’t focus on the class, and instead found myself wondering if I was going to be harmfully exposed to his impropriety.

The dates were not successful. Until I met Christy. Then it was love at first sight. Or sweat.

I found myself working out with a new passion and, although I hated her halfway through her class, at the end I was so proud of making it through. And not fainting. I continued going to Christy’s classes and became one of her cult-like followers, attending her classes throughout Orange County. Recently, she came across my blog and we got to talking. What initially started as taking her headshots morphed into a family session. I don’t photograph families at this point in my career (and instead focus on wedding as a preferred niche), but I agreed to the session because I felt like it was the least I could do for Christy. Afterall, we’ve been dating for a year already! 😉

I was quite nervous photographing their family, but once the camera began clicking, I had a blast! Thank you Berkeley, Christy, Summer, and Kylee for making my day so enjoyable! Your family is beautifully kind and loving…something you should take pride in! 🙂

We started the day just hanging out with Kylee and Summer in their playhouse (which, incidentally, was the playhouse of my childhood dreams) and capturing them doing what they love: mothering their dolls…

Frustrated with a birthday hat that wouldn’t stay on, Daddy came to the rescue and saved the day with scotch tape! Loved it! 🙂

Here’s the amazing Christy…

Just before sitting down for a family portrait, Christy tied up loose ends, but Summer was ready to go!

Swinging from monkey bars…

I can’t place what exactly I like about this picture, but I kinda just do!

The beautiful Northrop family…love you guys! 🙂

If you’d like to see more of my first family session ever, CLICK HERE for a slideshow! 🙂

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  1. Miriam Gunnarsson

    April 14th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    You Are just amazing Jasmine!

  2. Nena

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    THE SLIDESHOW MADE ME CRY!!!! What a beautiful family.

  3. carlie renee

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    those girls are so beautiful! what a fun family!

  4. emily griffith

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    This "first time" family portrait could pass as your "millionth time" family portrait. Beautiful work, as always! And I love your commentary too!

  5. Christy

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Jasmine, you may be my stalker at the gym, but I am your blog stalker. I have attended all of these weddings, just not in person. Thank you, thank you , thank you. I love my family, and I love you for capturing them as you did. You’re the best!!! Really, the best!!!

  6. Navy Sou

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Beatiful family! You captured their essence and the girls are just stunning!

  7. Bree

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Stunning and beautiful as always… perhaps you’ve found a new niche to occupy? 🙂

  8. B

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Slide show is too cute!

  9. Amy

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    What a sweet family! Beautiful job as always!

  10. Tira J

    April 14th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    What a beautiful family and beautiful pictures. Great job Jasmine!

  11. Cathy

    April 14th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Your ability is incredible! You "captured" my sister, brother-in-law, and nieces fabulously! I wish you did families, as my seven would love to have a slideshow like you did here!

  12. Amanda Forbush

    April 14th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Beautiful, crisp, and real.

    What lens is that by the way?!

  13. Lezlie

    April 14th, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    You are the master! The image of Summer swinging is stellar. I love the movement in that one.

  14. Jamie Z

    April 14th, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Imagine my delight to pop in here and see my favorite photographer trying her hand at family pics! Whoo hoo!! I would never expect you to keep us thousands of commenters separated in your mind–I’m the Mom in Oregon who just wants to get good pics of my kids, so that’s why I was so excited to see Jasmine-style fam photos!! I actually snapped some pics of some girls from our church this weekend, and was feeling pretty good about myself until I saw these. LOL They’re FABULOUS, of course! Thank you sooo much for sharing!! And thank you for your advice on metering dark skin–it’s working! (Sorry this is a mile long; I guess I’m making up for the gazillion times I read your blog but don’t comment…)
    Jamie :0)

  15. gabriel.ryan.

    April 14th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    rad back at ya! and i agree with that image on the swings… it seems so natural & un-posed, but then she caught the camera with her eye, but without reacting to the camera… i feel like i’m rambling… better left said "i like it but i don’t know just why"

  16. lesley

    April 14th, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    J* you are so ridiculous being nervous for a fmaily portrait session. These are great! I don’t think there is anything you can’t do.

  17. Ashley

    April 14th, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    Oh, how I wish I could snap my fingers and be as good as you! I am just starting and was curious if it was normal to be so nervous at a shoot… if you’re nervous then I will probably never get over it! :0)And I love your heart behind the camera… You are great at capturing God’s creations!

  18. Kristine Waubbler

    April 14th, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    With subject like this, it’s so easy to photography them…great job!

  19. Tanya Jose

    April 14th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    the photos with the girls kissing daddy is priceless. they’ll thank you for those photos when they get older & will treasure them forever.

  20. Cathy Crawley

    April 14th, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    I love that photo of the little girl sitting on her chair! Soooo adorable! This family looks like they belong in a commercial!

  21. Rachel Brooke

    April 14th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    You’re images are always so diligently classy! These little girls are just gorgeous…beautiful family!

  22. Caitlin Domanico Photography

    April 15th, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Awwwwww what a pretty family! Love the shots.

  23. wale

    April 15th, 2008 at 12:27 am

    the shots were great!
    inspiring as usual.

  24. kerri mcconnell

    April 15th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    wow… could those girls b e any more beautiful!

  25. Brandy

    April 15th, 2008 at 5:32 am

    SUCH a beautiful family!

  26. Simply Modern Weddings

    April 15th, 2008 at 5:46 am

    super cute family!

  27. Shandon Smith

    April 15th, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Better watch out… you’re gonna have people calling you for family portraits! Those were great! You rock!

  28. Charmaine

    April 15th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Wow, this family was very lucky to have you shoot them! I want my family to be next!

  29. Erika Lais

    April 15th, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Hi J*, as always a great shoots. So lovely, so cute … Wich lens do you use for this session??? the pics looks so clear … Thanks for sharing …Great!!!!!!!!

  30. Bartek

    April 15th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Rock on! These are great! I love the diffuse light, not to mention the infectious smiles 🙂

  31. Lindsay Kipp Photography

    April 15th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I loved these! The family is beautiful and you are amazing! I have been wanting you to do our family portraits since I first saw your blog! So do you like doing families? what was harder? hehe! Beautiful job!!!

  32. david & kimi b ~ ohana photography

    April 15th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    beautiful little girls! spot on as usual miss jasmine!

  33. YazyJo

    April 15th, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Love them so much!!!! And the music for your show is awesome!! Me and my daughter were dancing to it yesterday! 🙂

  34. tish

    April 15th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    WOW! You should teach a seminar…but you have to allow a few spots for non-photographers like me!

  35. Jenn

    April 16th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    you are AMAZING at what you do.. these family pictures were beyond great!

  36. Jasmine*

    April 16th, 2008 at 4:38 am

    @Erika: I shot the entire session with a 50mm, 1.4. I love this lens SO much that I’m seriously considering investing in the 50mm, 1.2 soon! 🙂

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  38. Natarsha

    April 16th, 2008 at 5:23 am

    What a beautiful family!

  39. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 16th, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I love the upside down shot!

    parris whittingham

    New York City Wedding Photography

  40. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    April 16th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks J* for the information … I’m so happy, because I just bought the same lens last week and I’m in loving with them …

  41. TonyaPeterson

    April 16th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    I love the one of the little girls toes curled up under her. These are adorable

  42. Amelie

    April 17th, 2008 at 8:59 am

    What an awesome family session ! They are all so beautiful and I love how many different little moments you captured for ever. I bet now you’re going to be submerged with requests for family sessions 🙂

  43. cassandra m

    April 17th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I know your focus is weddings, but WOW, what a wonderful shoot with this family. Guess now & then a break and something different is nice. These pics are awesome girlie….

  44. Lydia

    April 19th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    Beautiful pictures! You did a wonderful job capturing who they really are!

  45. New York City Wedding Photographer

    April 20th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    I love how the oldest daughter is the spitting image of her daughter.