Welcome to the B-Side of the business where you get an inside peek of the backstage area of JDP.
I’m Jasemine, in case you didn’t know. I travel as a photographer, I write novels that I swear are better than my personal instagram narratives , and fashion is my favorite off duty hobby. I live life like a rockstar, and every photoshoot is like performing in my favorite city.
As I’m typing this maternity photoshoot blog, I’m shaking with excitement. By the time you start reading this, the King will already have emerged victorious and we couldn’t be more proud. The Cancino family is one of my favorites to photograph. I’ve known them for half my life. I can vividly remember Mariah taking the cinnamon challenge in the kitchen of where I was getting one of my many tattoos. That’s a story for another day. Today, we celebrate the coming of Mariah’s firstborn child by showing off her maternity photoshoot!
Here comes her nephew Bluu to make it even cuter.
He’s clearly an excited cousin but he had so many questions about what was going on inside of the belly that we couldn’t help but laugh as he ran around his mom to be a part of every single photo!
This maternity photoshoot also took a creatively evolving turn! As you can see it started to snow, so we finished the rest of her session in a makeshift studio. Coming all the way from Chicago, I didn’t travel with a ton of lights or a backdrop. Typically, I do but we only had two sessions in Lansing… So we finished the session the best way Jasemine Denise Photography knows how.. On the fly.
It got even more cuter because this baby was born a king.
Congratulations to Mariah on her newborn boy Kyrie!
What did you think of this Maternity Photoshoot?
Which side of it was your favorite? The outdoor or the indoor! Do you have a maternity photoshoot coming up? Jasemine Denise Photography does travel and has quite a few tour dates coming up! If you’re from Chicago, you can book one anytime! Click the button below.
Is it ever going to get warm in Chicago or am I going to have to sit and watch True Crime shows forever? Okay, so like.. Listen. I’m a huge true crime fan. Like huge. I’m gonna tell you my top 5 favorite shows in a second….but first, I have to show you two new items in my closet that were pretty much made for me.
Fan Friday: True Crime
I’m not a graphic tee girl. That’s never my am. Yet, when I laid eyes on this shirt from Kellan and Company, I couldn’t resist. My entire WINTER has been summed up in three lines and the shirt matches my Forever 21 pink leather jacket.
My generation is the Netflix and Chill generation. Which, before I found out what that actually meant, I was really stoked. I can go on a date and binge watch Supernatural? Great, I need to get caught up. Hope my date starts at 10am, because now that I’m a full time photographer.. I’m gonna be knocked out before mid-season. The only thing that’s gonna wake me up is the infamous Carry on My Wayward Son season finale.
That’s off topic.
This shirt describes my perfect Friday night. My wine drink of choice right now?
Nightjar. I’m not normally a wine person but my friends took me to a Coopers Hawk wine tasting and that kinda change my mind. Romance Red is my choice because it’s sweet, but… Nightjar is not your average bottle.
Now. The Reason We’re All here.The True Crime.
Let me preface this by explaining how I got into true crime. When I was a child, I grew up on the south side of Chicago. Criminals were getting away with everything. I was genuinely terrified of everything. I remember constantly asking.. What kind of people do these things. My grandfather, a retired Chicago policeman said to me– “Those people have problems that people don’t understand.” It became an interest of mine to understand, so I would be less afraid. Before I wanted to be a photographer, I wanted to be a lawyer, and before that I was interested in finding a job that allowed me to analyze the mind of criminals.
If I’m being honest, the concept of that is actually scary. I don’t think I could ever witness it first hand. That’s when I began to read, watch, and research true crime. I never wanted to tell my children I didn’t know what sort of dangers they would face.
I’m super into true crime. Like, I watch all the “boring” ones where they assess someone’s psychological mindset from birth too.
However, my favorite true crime shows.. The ones with the reenactments.
Deadly Women is my first favorite. Their reenactments are so real. It really paints the narrative of the story but also, if you watch it enough.. You see which actresses they’ve casted more than once to demonstrate the menacing murderous women.
The First 48 was the first ever True crime show I saw and honestly.. My face every episode was:
Witnessing detectives RACE the clock to find criminals spark so much intrigue to me. The pressure is on, and I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s nail biting.
Forensics Files is my go-to. It’s the least scariest version of learning about criminology from a scientific side and the people they interview are so honest, it’s so raw, and it’s groundbreaking. Without Forensics, cases wouldn’t be solved. Even more, FF actually has a few episodes where they show how Forensics has proved a man who held a guilty sentence innocent when he couldn’t. That is incredible to me. In society today, there are so many wrongly accused people who serve real time because there was no evidence to prove their innocence. It’s because of forensics that these people can get a fair trial and the real criminal can be found.
So, I’ve Shared One of The Genres of Television that I’m a Fan of.. What about you? What sort of television gets you hooked?
This year, I did something an alternative fashion blogger should always do. I challenged myself to clean out my closet. I didn’t wanna just throw my clothes away. I wanted to make it a fun challenge! So, I’m really into the idea of creating a look based off of a single item. It makes for a fun challenge. This year I’m trying to get a little more experimental with my alternative fashion. Next week, you’ll see me introducing a brand new section of the ClaustroClothic alternative fashion blog to you. It’s going to be something you’re gonna be invited to join, so I hope you’re ready. Anyway!
ClaustroClothic #18: Single Item Challenge // Alternative Fashion
What Inspired this Outfit?
I bought these socks at the end of last year, right before Halloween. There were supposed to go together with this bloody look I was planning for a Suicide Girls Burlesque show I didn’t end up attending. I had already bought shoes and even made a jacket for it, but I never actually put together the rest of the outfit.I decided that I would create a look based off the socks, seeing as though I never actually wore them. One item. One mission. To create a really awesome alternative fashion look off of them.
Here’s a sneak peek of the jacket I made:
How It Felt When I First Put it On.
This look took a lot of contemplation. I never think about tops when I put together looks, and I knew whatever the shirt was going to be, it had to be… the pop that put it all together. I had to really go to the drawing boards for this one. I was thumbing through Depop one day when my eyes caught this Deandri top. I’ve always been a huge fan of Deandri, because I love collard tops. There was no way I was passing that up. To my surprise, it was the piece I was missing for this look and when I put it on, I thought to myself success!
What was the best Part of this outfit?
Finally getting to wear my skirt! I found this white pleated tennis skirt at a thrift store, and lost my mind. I remember walking up to the register giddily imagining how many outfits I was gonna put together with it! Guess how many I actually put together? Yep. You guessed it. Zero. It’s white! I got anxiety remembering one time I wore a white shirt to a party, and laughed so hard I fell backwards into a whole plate of salsa. I’m clumsy like that.
Why you should try the Single Item Challenge.
Even if you’re not into alternative fashion specifically, this should be something you’re thinking about! We’re all guilty of buying a piece of clothing that we are never gonna wear. In your brain, you’re gonna find all the perfect items to serve a real look. Lately I’ve been hooked on the Konmari method but really confused about how to identify articles of clothing that spark joy. Needless to say, it’s been a long time since I pieced together an outfit that almost made me jump for joy… This was it. I’ll be doing more single item challenges to get rid of those pesky pieces of clothing I bought or kept but can’t style them to save my life.
It’s a fun one way to confront the way you buy clothes. I can’t tell you how many items I’ve pulled out my closet and am planning to challenge myself with! Are you planning to stick around for more?
Happy Valentine’s Day week! It’s only fair that in celebration, you get to see a bunch of beautiful women love themselves! The beauty of boudoir photoshoot parties is that I get to see a ton of women celebrate themselves both passionately and creatively. Holy Cherries definitely took home the award for most creative Valentines Day themed costume!
Disclaimer: Before you pass judgement on anyone featured in this post, remember that this is an artistic boudoir Session.
Today is the birthday of our beloved Cosplay Sass. Today, they are 24 and I just have to celebrate how proud of them I am. In case you don’t know Bec, the face behind Cosplay Sass, they’re an incredible human being. I want you to know just how great they are.
#01: They taught me about gender non-comformity.
I remember I was driving them home from a shoot when they said “Hey, Jasemine. By the way, my pronouns are They/Them.” My response was huh?? I had never heard that. They didn’t frown and judge me, they simply explained what being non binary meant, considering it was the first of many times in my life I’d ever heard of it. I remember when I was struggling to correctly use the pronoun, they said: “Imagine it as if I’m two different people,” and that has taught me a lesson that has paid off for years to come.
#02: Their Cosplays are freaking amazing!
Collaborating with them is fun, I’ve done it myself and I’ve witnessed other people do it as well. The solo cosplays Bec has done have been incredible. They really go the extra mile. From building up the Hades wig to picking the most sassy characters, they are the embodiment of Cosplay Sass.
#03: Their relationship with their partner is the cutest.
Seriously, Angelo is such a supportive and truly amusing person. He’s always right around the corner from Bec making sure their cosplays look perfect from body paint to the position of the balloons in this birthday shoot. They’ve done shoots together in and out of cosplay now. I always joke that I know I’ve made it because a photo I’ve taken is really on a pillow!
04: They have so many talents.
Bec is tremendously talented. Outside of creating amazing cosplays, they also do crosttitching which is hilarious because their Etsy Shop is definitely called Crossed Stitch Sass. For my birthday, they made me an amazing framed embroidered sign and the stickers they’ve made are amazing! I just found out too that they can do ballet!
05: They’re an amazing friend.
I can’t even describe in the time that I’ve known them all the amazing things they’ve done for team and me personally. Our company has a fog machine because of them… Comes complete with a fog man too. For me, they’ve always been super supportive and I can’t help but laugh when they’re around.
I told you Kings and Queens on Instagram that I’d be sharing more boudoir photoshoot sessions this month. I mean, it’s Valentine’s Day and it’s not all about loving your partner. It’s about loving yourself too. Expect to see some more boudoir photoshoot magic throughout the course of the month! Today, it’s the amazing Gabbie the Riveter.
Gabbie the Riveter // Boudoir Photoshoot
I always try to give you guys some advice about how to have a successful boudoir photoshoot. Today’s advice: Have a theme. For Gabbie, she was Rosie the Riveter. At the time and even know, Gabbie was always uneasy about boudoir photoshoot sessions. She was nervous as any woman would be, but she came back this time and expressed the
Can you see it? The confidence literally unfolding throughout this boudoir photoshoot?
As you get comfortable during a boudoir photoshoot, I can confirm that you completely forget that the camera is even around. To capture these moments, I literally climbed into the bathtub and hid myself behind the towels so all that this Queen saw was a camera.. waiting to capture her beauty.
A boudoir photoshoot is all about letting your hair down. Sometimes figuratively, and sometimes literally.
What happens after you let your hair down?
The rest of the way that a boudoir photoshoot goes is all up to you.You are the one that guides the narrative to the art of expressing your confidence in your body. If you’re really curious about the way this boudoir photoshoot ended up, there’s a second part going live on Patreon tonight. Wanna let your own hair down?
This was featured on Cosplay Sass’s blog first, but I couldn’t help but share it. Do you remember the first Buffy The Vampire Slayer cosplay photoshoot I shared? I was Nikki Wood, the mother of Principal Wood and the infamous Slayer victim of New York. or years, I imagined having a badass cosplay partner who was going to really show out. Cosplay Sass did it.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cosplay // Nikki and Spike.
The year is 1977 and the fight begins in a train car. Spike (Cosplay Sass) approached Nikki, with a rail that he broke off from the train car with vampire strength. Nikki, our sworn Vampire killing leader, was undeterred. A fight ensued.. and honestly, it looks like our beloved slayer may have the upper hand.
She missed that kick and Spike had no problems taking his shot. They fight. It goes down… Arms swinging, rails railing..
While we don’t wanna admit it… We all know how it ends.
Spike not only leaves triumphant, he leaves with Nikki’s beloved leather coat.. becoming a forever piece of the man that Spike is.
Behind the Scenes of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cosplay.
This almost didn’t get done. Cosplay Sass stayed on me about it. We got up early and rode the Chicago Transit Authority line to O’Hare and waited for everyone to get off. I’m not gonna lie, my heart thudded in my chest when a worker came to clean up and her eyes met ours. I smiled, still standing in fight stance and gave her a slight thumbs up. She laughed, shook her head, and kept the door open for us.. so that when we were done.. We could get off.
As for me, I had all the elements of my Nikki Wood preserved for a time like that. I was so ecstatic for this but determined to stay angry looking. So, I had to do some serious fake eyebrow drawing so that my eyebrows would stay frowned. It was incredible and terrifying all at once. This was a hell of an experience. I love collaborating with Cosplay Sass so hopefully we get to do it again soon.
Do you have a friend you want to do a cosplay collab with?
I’m READY!! Do you have a cosplay you’re dying to shoot? Jasemine Denise Photography is booking photoshoots of all kinds or 2019. JDP will also be floating back around the Chicago Comic Con 2019. No clue what kind of photoshoot to book? That’s okay. Poke around the portfolio and see what inspires you!
When I was younger, I had a huge thing for the aesthetic of what I thought Sex and The City was all about. Fancy women running around, asserting their empowerment… Probably wearing a little black dress. As I got older, I realized that what I was actually enjoying the aesthetic of was Girlfriends, which was our version of Sex and The City. I thought I wanted to be a lawyer in college after taking one semester of Business Law. It would be my excuse to walk into a room full of people in a little black dress everyday, but as I got older, it became difficult to find the dress that I felt was the dress.
I found my little black dress at the thrift store. I wanted something simple that hugged my curves and honey… It took forever. I didn’t want a super swooping neckline and I thought that was an easy stipulation… Was it ever easy? Is it? As I thought deeper, it had to be a dress perfect for all occasions and all hairstyles too. It had to really speak for me when I stepped into a room. In addition to it making me look aw dropping, I needed it to be durable. Let’s be honest. I was never gonna be a lawyer, but I knew I was gonna be a photographer. I needed to know I could bend in this dress without flashing the world.
The stretch fabric in this material started screaming my name the moment I slipped into it. So I can bend, I can sit, and still look amazing doing it? Perfect! From there, it was about styling myself with it. I wanted to look like a vintage pinup girl slipped her way into modern day and may kill you if you stand close enough. Whenever I thought vintage as a little girl, I envisioned having a round bag. That to me was when you know you’ve truly made it. Going through Marshall’s one day, I found a Nichole Miller makeup bag. I’d seen quite a few Nichole Miller bags, but I’d never seen something so great and the nameplate was ROSE GOLD.
I love this look. I’m probably gonna wear it five hundred times with the coming of the new year. In case you’re trying to figure out what sort of little black dress is perfect for you, check out this and this. They’re helpful info graphics to look at dresses based on your body type.
An engagement shoot feels so surreal when you’ve known the couple so long. I met Vera her senior of high school and was introduced to Josh years later at a photoshoot. The first thing that got me about Josh was that he was the most amped up boyfriend ever. He made sure Vera had everything she needed for her shoot. As time went on, so did their relationship.
Josh and Vera // Chicago Engagement Photoshoot.
The idea to have their engagement shoot in downtown Chicago was mine and while it was a little over ten degrees this day, I don’t regret a single moment of it. Shot shortly after Josh’s birthday, the couple was definitely dressed to impress. Never paying a single regard to the onlookers around them, Josh and Vera were fully immersed in each other.
There is never an illusion between these two to me. While Josh will make a joke that will cause both of us to break into laughter, Vera will roll her eyes and jab him playfully. Yet, years of getting to know them truly unfolded their dynamic. While she’s rolling her eyes, Vera is smiling softly, endearingly almost as Josh continues to joke around. She’ll watch him with knowing eyes.. Something I had seen in many relationships my friends were in.
When Josh and Vera got engaged, I was there. The engagement was framed as a Black Panther photoshoot reshoot where Josh dropped to his knee and nervously asked her hand. It was beautiful. A couple weeks later, I had the vision. A Downtown Chicago engagement photoshoot…. Nothing but a beautiful black couple dripping in excellence as they walked down the street.
As it would turn out, we didn’t walk anyway. We didn’t have to. As we stood, me shivering underneath the Chicago theater, the lights illuminated the beauty of these two as they simply reveled in the love of each other.
Do you live in Chicago and want your own Chicago Engagement Session?
Lately, I’ve been reacquainting myself with the darker side of alternative fashion. The past year, I spent a lot of time stepping out of my comfort zone. I experimented with a lot of pink. I branched out and did some more classy stuff, and eventually… I felt more confident in my coordination. Nonetheless, You always end up coming back to what you know.. and if there’s no color combination I know best.. It’s red and black.
What inspired this outfit?
I’ve been watching a lot o American Horror Story. Like, binge watching it. I refused to watch it for so long but it was great. When I put this outfit together, it was a rough thought. I had just wrapped season two and to be honest, I’m still mad about Alma, Grace and Kit. I was throwing on stuff to go across the street from my house, and when I looked in the mirror… I was like “Wow. This is actually the beginning of a look.” I never understood alternative fashion, why it was so appealing… After a while, it came to me. It’s not always supposed to look “right” or neat.. Sometimes it just feels right.
It just felt right.
What put this outfit on the cusp of greatness?
It was all black at first. Some lace trim on the bottom, a faux leather dress, and that knit swimsuit cover I never wore. I was so glad to finally use it, though over the years it has become distressed rom moves. from there came the stockings. Red and black. I had bought them from Target during a day after Halloween sale a long time ago. The best thing to match that was definitely my favorite parasol.
What’s my favorite part of the outfit?
Besides the fact that it all came together?I suppose it’ll have to be my Bats. I’ve loved my bats pretty much forever. They don’t get a lot o wear in them because pointed toe boots, that remind me of Winklepickers deserve to be cherished. They don’t make Winklepickers in my size but honestly, they’re the most important part of any trad goth look. They’re from a brand calledWidow.
What’s the most expensive part of the outfit?
The most expensive part is my absolute favorite part. The Xylia set rom SKG Designs, one of my most prized closet possessions. The Xylia collar had been on my wishlist for years, since I modeled it in a shoot with the owner of SKG herself. The Xylia belt, I begged for. My original bondage belt snapped at a show and I lost it, so I begged the owner or years to create one to replace it, and on my birthday.. She granted me the wish of listing a Xylia belt, with huge O Rings.
It was exactly what the outfit needed. A little leather to tie it all together.
Have you seen the rest of my closet?
We’re getting so close to the end o this 52 outfit project. Originally, it was supposed to be one every week but I fell off so much. However, once this is over, I’ll just continue to post my outfits… as I gather up looks for photoshoots. I can’t wait to share it all with you in 2019. Subscribe to the blog to get the scoop on what I do next!
I‘ve always felt a tremendous pride in getting published as a photographer. Yet having this Vegeta Cosplay photoshoot created with the gorgeous Otaku Skum defined pride on a surreal level. Let me see if I can put it into words… Spoiler Alert: I can’t. This is one of the most epic Vegeta Cosplay photoshoots you’ll see.. of pretty much all time. I love being able to photograph cosplayers in their element.
I’ve photographed Shell nearly every single time I’ve traveled down to Atlanta. That’s a lot of times… As a matter of fact, I’ll be back in February and we’re already planning our next photoshoot together. Each time, she surprises me with another creative cosplay. This Vegeta cosplay quickly became a personal favorite for so many different reasons.
As we walked along the location Shell picked out, I could tell she picked a particular spot perfect or this look. The visual laid itself out. What I loved most was that as she stood proudly upon her new stomping ground.. I didn’t see that Vegeta cartoon my brother and so many other people had shown to me.. I saw Otaku Skum presents Vegeta. This look was that iconic.
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Do you have a cosplay you’re dying to shoot? Jasemine Denise Photography is booking photoshoots of all kinds or 2019. JDP will also be floating back around the Atlanta area February 8-11th. No clue what kind of photoshoot to book? That’s okay. Poke around the portfolio and see what inspires you!
I travel as a photographer, I write novels , and I fan girl a lot. I have an unnecessary attachment to all things 80s punk, 90s hip hop, and girl power. You'll find some Fashion, photography and many more on this blog.
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