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!

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.

♥ Helena & Luke ♥

A little step back to April. I had driven through Sharon, PA while doing some prospecting in the area for photoshoots. I remember driving past The Buhl Mansion thinking, “gosh I would Love to shoot a wedding there, it’s gorgeous..”

Shortly after, I received a Wedding Wire message from Luke inquiring if I was willing to travel to Sharon for their wedding. Of coarse I travel (just for the record). Then I find out their wedding was happening at the Buhl. Oh my goodness (stars in my eyes….might have been tears……).

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If you ever visit you will understand my awe.

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I met with Luke and Helena the afternoon of their rehearsal. I was so nervous, I have issues with anxiety (being introverted-wrecks my nerves).

Luke and Helena really made my job easy; down to Earth, relaxed, funny (my kind of joke tellers), and let me have my assertiveness to photograph to my lil heart’s content(thank-you).

Beautification process is an awesome opportunity for me to grab some small moments.

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Helena had my sides in stitches practicing with Rachael, one of her bridesmaids. Do I dip low, left or right?

I was in love with Helena’s gown. That lace and bead work was outstanding (I need to ask about the designer).

My husband got to spend some time with the guys as they got ready. Luke received a special delivery via Trish from Helena. After searching a couple rooms, we found him. haha.

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Their children will have great smiles! Helena and Luke are like a washcloth dipped in happy juice and cut in two.

Best time for cardio? When the bride starts walking towards her groom. That is why I leave my stilettos at home.

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Rock, paper, scissors? Why not…

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Wha, Wha?!! That kiss !!!!! Looks like practice makes perfect…swinford05401

There is always that contented sigh. Then the bride with her prized catch!

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Congratulations to the both of you! I wish you the best and many years of happiness together.

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“For this pose….I want you to give me ‘you’.” On 1, 2, 3….NAILED IT!

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I got to step back into time for a day and this image is on my favorites list. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Husband & Wife. Mr. & Mrs.

Luke and Helena’s day was surrounded with family and friends who without a doubt in my mind loved them so much! I even caught myself getting caught up in the emotion of their day!

The Pittsburgh Barbeque Company had the mouths watering. Mmmm, cornbread….

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A table for two, reserved just for them. To share small secrets and smiles of the heart.

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This is another favorite…..it’s straight out of a romantic film!

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“I think you got it, Jasmine.” In the words of Luke, as Helena’s grandmother embraced and kissed her cheek. What a sweet moment! I got choked up here…makes me miss my grandmother.

Let’s talk about pie, people!

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“Grandma hasn’t moved like that in a long time.” Well, I would say she saved up for this day ♥

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The night wound down and I pulled Helena and Luke away just for some intimate time alone together.

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And so their journey begins….

Thank-You so much for giving me the opportunity to get to know you both! Your day will forever give me smiles! Continue to love each other and be there for each other and never forget how much you love each other!

All my best ♥ Jasmine