Friday, August 27, 2010

Allow your client to be beautiful - J* & CreativeLive day 2

Jasmine Star Day 2, take 1. Snap.


Today was just unbelievable. The icing on top of yesterday's yummi yummi cake. It completely reinvented my experience of wedding portrait photography from all angles. From knowing how to allow my client to feel beautiful - because, really, everything that is going on on during portraits can be so intimidating, and a little positive reinforcement can go a long way-, to how deal with light ( the mother of all my nightmares) ....and focus on finding it for portraits. Lighting is an area where I constantly struggle, over and over in my shoot. Consistently in the past, I would not always "see" the light, and would prioritize pretty backgrounds vs. good light. But Jasmine made light as easy as 1,2,3...when I was more going like 1, 8, 42 before :)


The day was jammed packed like I love it, between prepping, discussions, Q&A....and oh, the part of the day we were all waiting for like little kids - Laura and Billy's first look.

Billy arrived with a big smile on, and Jasmine put her ultra professional hat on, . The camera's starting rolling, everybody was talking and laughing, and having a good time, almost forgetting what was just about to happen.



And then the mood completely switches, Billy left to wait for his bride. Laura quietly arrived through the door, and you could have heard crickets in at the Theo Chocolate factory - her beauty and presence in the room just made us all speechless. As she approached and hugged Billy, I had the biggest knot in my throat from witnessing such a this special moment: two human being seeing themselves through the perspective of eternal love. And ok, I had more than just a knot. I'd be a liar if I didn't admit that I cried a little. But tears of happiness....and these I never really care to hide.


I know you were probably hoping some of Laura and Billy portraits, but out of respect for Jasmine's work you will have to wait a few more days - at least until Jasmine gets the chance to showcase her beautiful work first. But these will come too, I promise!

This CreativeLive workshop with Jasmine Star is rocking my little world. J* is changing my life in a way that she can't even image. I've gonna owe her so much by the end of this that I might as well make myself her slave for life. Seriously - just let me know when I need to start my sentence, J* :)

12 comments:

Ewa said...

Audrey, You made me cry with your words, especially with last sentences :)
It's soo great that you all are there.
Thanks for sharing backstage photos!
Have a great day today!!! :)

Wendy said...

I am learning so much this week and not just from Jasmine, but also from you and the others who are there. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience here with the rest of us!

URbestie said...

I'm so glad that you're all blogging about your experiences this week. It's that little cherry extra on the web sundae for those of us who can not be there. (did that make sense) LOL I'm loving this week SO MUCH. I feel like I'm making new friends =) It's also giving me the kick in the butt I need to really get out there and do this because I LOVE IT. So thank J* for me.. Also I love that last pic Jasmine should totally use that on her site hehe =) ENJOY the wedding today I'll try to watch what I can and ROCK IT OUT YALL!!!!

Audrey said...

So nice to see new face here - thanks so much for the blog love, you guys are all far too nice! I'll make sure to thank J* for you guys, and will keep on sharing the behind the scene love ;) Hope you guys enjoy the wedding today!

Brie Coleman said...

I too want to thank you for sharing the behind the scenes photos and perspective! I am crazy jealous that you get that in-person, smell the air, see the light, yet very chaotic experience! I am totally happy that such great people are there with J* to ask questions for us and contribute to the education being streamed through the internet back to all us watching. Thanks and have a blast!

Sachin Khona said...

Wow Audrey.. Great shots and behind the scenes.. its interesting to see what we each have captured from the day...

Can't wait to see the rest of your images from yesterday..

All the best for today!!

Sachin

Brittani said...

=) Love the post. Great behind the scenes updates!!!

I like this update from day 2; :/ I haven't been able to watch the whole day 1 and 2 sessions, but i get out of work just in time for todays wedding!!! good luck to you guys!!

ManWithCamera said...

Your narrative is well written and enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing your experience, Audrey. I'm following along with the event online, and it's great to hear your perspective. It must be like a dream to be a part of this!

Mindee said...

Thank you so much for sharing you experiences with all of us who would love to be there but can't! your pictures are amazing! I was so excited yesterday because I grabbed my camera and was just shooting right onlong side of everyone even if it was on my computer screen! LOL I posted it on my blog if you ever want to see it!http://breakthroughphotography1.blogspot.com/2010/08/shooting-with-star.html Keep up the amazing work and thank you agian for sharing your experiences with us! Good luck at the wedding today! Many blessings Mindee Green

Small Burst said...

I'm visiting all your blogs and I've got say you are all so talented and deserve to be these sessions with Jasmine. It's been so amazing watching from cyberworld so I can only imagine that this is 10fold for all of you.

cassandra-m said...

Audrey...THANKS FOR SHARING your experience. This is amazing to see the view of you CreativeLive Five! I love all the behind scene photos you've posted!

ajira said...

Great post! And your images are fabulous!