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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.
I arrived at the location I picked out for this session, a little before Chennette. No matter how many times I’ve done a portrait session in Chicago, I always get nervous. Will the location match up to the beauty that I know the client is bringing? Will the magic really do it? However, the moment I laid eyes on Chennette, I knew.. this session was gonna be perfect.
Gotta love those shoes, right?
What do you think?
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Being someone super into fashion, I’ve always had a small list of dream looks. As I go into year number 28 of my life, (Today is my birthday!) I’m almost shocked that I’ve done so many and so little at once. My goal this year is to show as many as I can, so This is one of them. My dream looks typically come with a theme, a centerpiece and of course.. Some bomb little fashion accessories! Maybe this year I’ll finally finish the ClaustroClothic archives. (Including finishing that page haha!)
ClaustroClothic #17 – More Issues Than Vogue
What inspired this outfit?
I’ve been obsessed with newspaper print and wanting to wear it since I was child. I can only do a handful of looks a year involving white because I am captain clumsy. I knew this was going to be one of them. I wanted the outfit to be simple, something I could wear to a meeting but also with a little bit of edge underneath. You know what “edge” means…
Underneath my dress is the “edge.” The Deviant Leg Harness from SKG Designs is also a subtle fashion move. You’ve seen me wear them before, but I have about.. four pairs of them in different colors. Ontop of the dress, bought from Foreman Mills for $10 is a Xylia Belt. I love pairing belts with dresses.
What’s the most expensive part of the outfit?
Definitely the shoes. Anyone who knows me knows my shoes are a staple in fashion. If they don’t scream for me when I walk into a room, I’m wearing the wrong shoes.. Current Mood has been nailing it for me consistently. By accident, I styled this entire outfit around my shoes.
Current Store Crush:
I’ve been vibing with Pretty Little Thing so heavily lately. (Click the photo to check out their shop). I’ve been getting a bunch of my basics from there. I can’t wait to show you!
I have been so proud of all the pregnancy announcements that have been taking place. I’ve gotten to photograph some amazing families and future mothers. It’s always hard to figure out what to share first! This session is very special to me because I’ve known the mother of now two Marya for such a long time now. I’m practically a part of their family. Congratulations to Eugene and Marya!
Marya and Eugene | Family Photoshoot
It’s recovering from a heavy rain when I walk into the park, to finally wave my way over to Marya and Eugene. My attention was immediately directed to the two beautiful eyes of their daughter, Syanah staring up at me. I could tell she was nervous… restless even. So Marya and I agreed that we were gonna make this session a “quick one.” If you peek closely enough, you can even see her fruit snacks.. Photographer’s Note: That’s the trick.
This is honestly the cutest birth announcement I’ve seen thus far.
Do you want a Family Photoshoot?
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Happy June, Kings, Queens and Royal beings! I know I don’t share too many self portrait sessions but this one touches my heart and sets the tone for the next six. I’ve been doing a lot of self portrait photography these past few years and as a photographer, it’s rejuvenating and inspiring. Getting to do this session inspired me to share one of my favorite processes with you so Happy June, thanks for tuning in and keep scrolling!
Happy June // Self Portrait & Six Month Check In
June is an amazing time for me to reflect back on the year. Every year we have a company wide boudoir party where we encourage the model to look back on their year before the season changes and address some of the things that have been slipped up on or that have changed. In order to do that, I first take a step back and look at what I’ve done myself for the company.
I wanted to share some tips for year about making your own six month check in.
Let’s Talk Productivity & Reflection
The biggest part of a checkin whether you’re a business owner or just growing as a person is being productive. Being productive means you have to take the time to reflect on your level of productivity. The biggest part of being productive is being honest with yourself. We all wanna lie and tell ourselves that we had an incredible six months. That’s nice but the point of the check in is to be productive. Here’s some ways to help you:
Make a List:
Make a list.
Making a list of all the things you want to achieve in the next year is an incredible process. Here’s how you do it. Start with your someday goal, then your five year, based off that goal, then one year, one month, weekly and then daily + right now. Each goal is based off the one before it.
Start with your most tangible goals and work your way down.
How did I put that into practice?
Can you tell I did my makeup myself?
One of my goals for the year was to get more photography done, and my smaller goal was to get into makeup because it would motivate me to invest time. Both of these were spawned out of a goal to get into retouching which I now practice every single day. It helps that every self portrait session is a ritual I do in the morning to get me prepared for my day. It’s slowly teaching me to be creative, even in the morning.
Be Real About Falling Backwards:
I hate this one.
The object of this part in the check in is to tell yourself where you fell short. When you start making a goal setting list, you’re amped. All these things you wanna do… All these factors of your life you’re going to change but you also need to look over what yo’ve been slipping on. Typically I try to make a list of five things and they have a what and a why. Then I give myself tips on how to fix it.
1.) I haven’t updated Patreon as much as I wanted to because it’s difficult to create enough sets for the empire. This year, I think making a scheduled day to schedule content will be more productive.
2.) I think I’ve stopped taking horizantal photos because I’ve became more interested in posting to Instagram than storyboarding and building shoots. I plan to limit my Instagram browsing time in order to not adopt the entire design scheme of the website.
That’s two. Be realistic, be brutal, and be ready to come up with the solution that works.
Finally, Stay Motivated.
What makes you motivated? It’s easy to tell yourself what to do but it’s harder to do it. Personally, I’m motivated by music, pretty things and instant gratification. It doesn’t always work that way so I have to focus on how to make all those things vibe at once. I have playlists for my work day and I merge the instant gratification of pretty things by creating a budget for myself that involves getting rewarded for progress. for instance, if I pay my credit card down in time, I’ll put aside an extra $50 to get myself a nice little something to match whatever my next collaboration is. (This time it was this bodysuit for this collab with Weave N Luxury). The better the progress, the bigger the purchase.. Just don’t break the bank!
So are you ready?
Drop a comment and tell me you’re ready for a checkin! What do you plan to work on first?
Need ideas for a themed wedding?
All summer long, I’m gonna be sharing weddings, wedding themes, and wedding stories! There’s an art to how weddings are done from coordination to decoration and because it’s wedding season, I’m here to share this with you. If you need a wedding photographer, by the way.. I travel. 😉
Wedding Wednesday // Tiffanys Themed Wedding
I love weddings, obviously. I shoot about 10-20 a year. I don’t think anyone recognizes how amazing how amazing the wedding decor of themed weddings are. I find myself looking at the decor of weddings and being inspired. I realized that the wedding decor of this wedding for Rai and Bianca could’ve totally been a Tiffany’s themed wedding!
I didn’t get a chance to ask the wedding coordinator but if she reads this, here’s looking at you! You did a stellar job coordinating this!
The reason this stood out as Tiffany’s to me, is because of the little gift boxes on the party favor table.
The tale decor was beautiful as well.
I had a tough time choosing between two favorites. The first had to be the sweets, treats and cake table…
…and the bride’s bouquet!
The entire wedding ceremony was simply dazzling and the bride and groom were simply so beautiful and so in love!
What was the theme for your wedding? & if you haven’t gotten married you planning to have a theme?
Festival fashion season is here! That’s like my version of Fashion Week. My runway is there sand, my audience are all the people who are fans of the same music as me and my purpose… To get down while staying fashionable and comfortable at the same time! Are you ready for fesitval fashion season?? If not, don’t fret babe. Your favorite photographer is gonna show you all the creative looks you can create this summer and I’ma tell you where to get it from!
ClaustroClothic #16: Goth Festival Fashion
Okay so I jumped the gun a bit. The time is almost here. My favorite part of the summer is when it’s sticky hot. I’m probably sweating from dancing and my only way to cool off is to hop in the pit. It’s not that time yet. No, it’s spring.. So it’s grab a bunch of your girls and use the buddy system to get a good seat at your favorite show.
For me, spring festival fashion is always about looking good as hell but feeling comfortable too. This summer is gonna be another colorful one, but most of the time I try to stay subtle.
The basics of this outfit
I’m a sucker for layers. The key to this outfit is that it had to have a flow to it. I wanted to come in looking like the Countess from American Horror Story (I did a look inspired by the show a while back.) That’s where the sheer kimono robe style top comes in. I got mine from Dolls Kill but it’s a little long for me so if you’re short like me, get the one I linked instead. Because it was so long, I used my Xylia belt from SKG Designs to give it that cinched waist look. The last thing I need is to trip on my flow vogue walking around a festival.
I decided that this is the summer that I start finding amazing things to put outfits together. Outside of harnesses, I never think about what’s going to put the personality into my outfits… It’s a challenge. No summer look for me would be complete with my signature round hat. My mom used to rock these when she was younger. Paired with pretty much any pair of round shades, I always feel like I’m taking it back to my roots. My style has always been inspired by one of my mom’s favorite fashion icons– Prince which is why this is the summer of purple.
I almost always skipped Killstar in the past when I go on my shopping sprees, but lately I’ve been catching every single clearance they have which is where I got these shoes. Honestly, it changed my entire perspective of Killstar up. If you’re more into the traditional goth style as opposed to the street style, you just gotta know where to shop. This won’t be my last haul with them so trusst me when I say, I got you.
That’s the look! What’s the next festival/event/show you’ll be attending?
This Storm cosplay was Chennette’s first photoshoot with me admittedly, I was nervous. I’ve shot a handful of Storms since I started getting into cosplay photography but I knew from the moment she started taking the posing direction that this storm was going to have to be different. It was the first Storm I’d seen that genuinely resembled the cartoons I grew up on! I wanted to have that dramatics, that wrath, that power and Chennette was eager to deliver!
Needless to say, she lit the studio up…
What did you think of this Storm Cosplay?
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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.
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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