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

Metamorphosis of My Business Card

How do you establish yourself as a professional? What sets you apart? How do you make an impact? Where do you start? Round and round my head spun like a merry-go-round on a caffeine high. I had no idea- well actually that’s a lie. I did have an idea- many of them, in fact. I couldn’t get focused on one topic. Who was I? What was my style? What did I want my business to say about me? I decided a good place to start would be with a great business card.

Business cards give you an open door. They are more like the door handle. I mean, who doesn’t like a flashy door handle?! But at the same time your business card says a lot about you.

I started with a simple, and classy card. I had no thought put into it, no design of my own, no logo and I didn’t stand out. I simply filled in the blanks on an already laid out format. Bing, Bang, Boom and placed my order. Sure they were nice to look at; perfect color scheme but, really, said nothing about me. I stared at them as I opened up the little box they were packaged in. I knew I could do better! My ideas changed and so did my business cards!

I still wasn’t completely satisfied. I was beginning to become a business card hoarder. Really! I had issues. I just couldn’t decide.

These stuck for a while. But as I grew as a photographer, I realized my cards needed change as well. I still use these cards for folder inserts. I have had five styles. There are two I use now. Depending on what I feel my client needs, is what I pass out. I want my cards to stand out and say to my clients: “Who is Jasmine Lea Photography”


So are you wondering, where should I start in my new business? Start with a beautiful card that makes a statement about you. Don’t be afraid to take time to meditate either! Think it through so that your brand is every bit a part of you.

Oh and if you do go through change, keep a bit of that change for you to look back on and smile at your improvement.

Thanks!

SweetDEE and the Soybeans

A Trash the Dress Glamour Session.

 

For marketing purposes, I decided to do a styled shoot with Mandie. We did a little faux wedding set-up and then moved onto playing on Jim’s farm. I want to take a moment to thank Gabriele Brocker from Bake me Treats in Poland, OH for making the awesome cake and macarons. PLEASE, go pay her a visit! You will be so happy you did! She is awesome and so are the girls who work there. Love me some bake me treats!

 

Also thanks goes to Jim Callas for letting us use his property and farm. Thanks, Jim!

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I had a pretty clear picture in my mind of how I wanted to portray my ideas. I wanted a bold, artistic touch for this and Mandie, you did FABULOUS! Thank-You! Just look at her eyes! Blue skies from here on out! Do you see her jewelry piece?? Thank-You to Donna Parry for designing it! You got me, girl! I gave you my thought and you ran full force and it was PERFECT!

Flower arrangement and bouquet put together by yours truly! I am still looking for a florist to collaborate with for future events. Please email me if interested!

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Mandie is an esthetician at Advanced Skin Spa in Poland(right behind Bake me Treats!). She is wonderful. Got get your bridal make-up or a facial done for your wedding- you won’t be disappointed! Make-up done by Mandie~

Thank-You also goe to Mandie’s husband, Garrett. Thanks for being a good sport!

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I am also looking for a hairstylist. I whipped Mandie’s hair up real quick for this shoot, but I’d really love to find a girl who is willing to be part of my preferred vendors list. Contact me if interested!

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A beautiful evening with beautiful evening light. Just wait and see how we ended our shoot!

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What farm is complete without its own outdoor tub??

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Those rainbows! “NO WAY,” I said! As we squatted to take the last bunch of photographs, I looked and right over Mandie’s head were two rainbows happy to wish us an end to a fabulous shoot! God is great!

 

 

 

For any interested in a glamour session, I am opening up spots starting this spring. I supply hair styling, make-up and camera. You bring your dress and body. Please contact me for scheduling.