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Rachel & Ryan – Engagement at their Alma Mater

I first met Rachel at a bridal show I participated in. Her energy was fantastic and I just knew we would be a good fit. Ryan and Rachel both attended West Minster College in Pennsylvania. Rachel told me that they have been together 9 years! What love and laughter they share.

Ryan proposed to Rachel on the steps of the library, so I thought it fitting that we start the session there….

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I found a sign that said 1937 on this library. I mean, buildings just are not made the same anymore. The attention to detail and the love that is put into design has lost its sparkle today. The romance that used to be in architecture has long gone. So I always jump at opportunities like these to relive the romance!

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These squirrels were everywhere. They were so flufffy I just wanted to die(Despicable Me reference lol).

Look how cute…

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I’m taking a moment to talk about dancing when there is no music playing. It really turns into a magic moment. Just the two of you twirling and laughing and getting dizzy. (insert many cheeky smiles here)

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Thanks goes to Rachel & Ryan for being great models and going along with my ideas (SMILING HUGE RIGHT NOW—I CAN NOT WAIT FOR YOUR WEDDING!).

 

 

 

 

Do you wonder what goes on during one of my hour long sessions? I hope this blog brings some clarification. We have fun! Pretty simple. I pose you and take pictures, we talk (i take more pictures) and we get to know each other before your wedding. And you get great memories together as part of your celebration of finding each other. Oh. The. Love.

Contact me for more info …..

 

Roncina & Donny, Wedding

To have and to hold each other forever and ever. Don’t let go.
On the day that Roncina and Donny were joined in marriage, it rained. But let me talk about this rain. It waited. The rain waited its turn! Can you believe it? Because here in Ohio that is unheard of! Our weather does not cooperate-no it does what it wants! But for these two souls joining together on this day, it waited. The time we had was short to get portraits taken and we had to improvise, but the guests were able to remain dry and faces stayed made up. Cina and Donny’s wedding day was attributed by more than just 1 person or place, the beauty of the day was a combined effort by all. I am thankful for everyone involved! Shout out to all the vendors who had a hand!

Venue: The Lake Club of Ohio
Dress and Veil: Bling Bridal
Seamstress: Alterations by Chris
Flowers: Floral Vision, Cina’s DIY Creations, The Lake Club
Makeup: SparkD Makeup Artistry
Nails: Nails by JayyCeapri
Hair: Dominique Bryant Tubbs
Videographer: Liam Abrigg
DJ: DJ Dank
Cake: Sugar Showcase
Dessert Table: Faith’s Favors, SugarPan Bakery, Debbie’s Treats, Cina’s DIY Creations

 

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Is a First Look right for you???

I’ve had many brides and grooms ask, “What is a first look? Do I really need a first look?” My answer is always the same. I will explain what a first look is and how I execute it.

I discuss a location first, then my second shooter gets the groom in place and I bring the bride along.

 

This is a great time for some groom shots to be taken. Once the bride has arrived the look can be done many ways. I will use Shannon and Brian’s first look as an example. They had written letters to each other and opted to read their letters before they “looked”.

This moment can be very emotional and intimate. It truly is a beautiful moment for you, in my opinion.

These first looks can last 45 minutes or less. I usually like to set aside one hour for them, if there is space in your timeline. I just love watching the emotions and the feelings shared between them…

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After the first look, I do couple portraits and this helps break up all the portraits. I get some more right around sunset to tell more of their story and also for the amazing light!

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So, what do you think? Are you convinced that a first look is for you?! I love them. It’s your day. You get to decide about your pictures, I am there to make sure you get exactly what you want.

Leave a message and let me know what you think…I love to hear opinions!

The Winter Bride

I have a special place for styled shoots. I love finding great places to shoot, as well. Helena is one of my past brides. She agreed to help me out with this shoot. So, I can’t take all the credit of finding this place. The idea was all hers and I loved it!!!

I love nature shoots. They never fail to deliver. The lighting, the sounds, the feeling. I remained calm throughout the shoot(granted, I wasn’t really on a time crunch haha).

I am so happy with this collection of images! I mean, probably some of my best work yet. I have always thought of myself as an artistic photographer. I really want to grow that. I need more skill and nourishment. That is why I like doing these sessions. It helps me grow as an artist, learn to see things differently and get as much done IN CAMERA as possible. So minimal behind computer is needed. Now, I am NOT saying I don’t tweak certain images to get a specific look or feeling, I want the image to take you somewhere, to make you FEEL something. So no matter what, you keep coming back to that image to either be in awe, smile or laugh.

I insist on creating works of art. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out(but still good images just not works of art- to clarify).

I brought my cousin along for some company and to help her get some practice in as well(we used this as a getaway from our momma lives).

Here she is!(yes, it was a tad bit frosty out) Meet, Dayna – my assistant and second shooter! So, let’s get to the shoot:

We journeyed to Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania for this particular session. The first location was at Baughman Rock Overlook, and the other is Cucumber Falls. I recommend a trip there. Beautiful!

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I hope you enjoyed these as much as I did! If so, please tell me your favorite in the comments! I’m always interested in what other people value or find intriguing…

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jasmine

Will You Fall for this Family?

Oh my goodness! So, a little background for my readers. Meet Emilie. I have known her for little over  2 YEARS. She first came to me when she found out she was pregnant(with Willow). She wanted to have me photograph her maternity pictures. I was excited(who wouldn’t be? She’s absolutely gorgeous)! She not only went with a maternity session, but also a newborn, 6 months and 1 year(oh, there was a 10 month in there too) bundle collection. I have been photographing these two lovelies since then.

Now moving on to the now. I got so excited when Emilie contacted me for a fall family session in the park. Jon and his son Donte and daughter Kenz just added to the fun and warmth already shared with Emilie and Willow. I just loved this session! So much happiness and laughs and smirks(everything that encompasses having kids, haha). They all made my day lighter(since at one point I stepped in a pile of dog poo…double ew…..it was a large pile). So, this blog is meant to give you a seat inside the mental workings of Jasmine Lea Photography.

They could all be stars in their own lil family show. Please, if you enjoyed viewing this blog, leave a comment and tell me your favorite image. I’d love to read your thoughts!

bye, Jasmine

Watkins Glen International Raceway

I got to experience something that has always held a special place in my life. Racing; FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND.

My father and brother and myself drove up to Watkins Glen, NY in early September(I know–it took me over 2 months to post this).  It was nice to spend time with the two of them and also get in more things I love(besides racing), like wine, water, hiking and food.

We spent some time at the wineries on Friday, hiked in the Glen, and ate some tasty morsels(I love that word!).

Saturday and Sunday were dedicated to racing and I got sooooo many pictures of all those beautiful vintage racecars. I felt like a kid in a candy shop with all those engines revving and fuel burning inside my nostrils. I even got to sit in a Ford GT(OH MY GOODNESS!). So of course I had to ask to drive it. I guess I wasn’t certified for that…

 

Here are a few from my mobile phone that I took. I thank my father to allow me to tag along on their guys weekend! It was amazing!!!!

 

I shoot with Sony full frame cameras. I just love Sony. I also love photoshop because it gives me my opportunity to “artistically” enhance my art. I hope you enjoy my experience of Watkins Glen.