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Jasemine Denise // Happy 2016!

Happy 2016 you cool cats! I spent a lot of time trying to write a blog post that was going to make me seem cool. I failed. I mean, don’t get me wrong.. I wrote this cool blog a while back about why I don’t have resolutions… or maybe it was about making them work.  This year, I kinda made myself a plan. I want to collaborate with more innovative people, I wanna get to know myself and I want my clients to feel like they love me. (I mean, what photographer doesn’t want that?) Happy 2016, I’m about to drop some wisdom.

You can’t just.. Google “how to get people to love you.” Well. I mean, you can but you may get some terrifying results. Instead, I started thinking… What’s going to make people more comfortable with this crazy red hair photographer. The answer.. Find their weakness and a way to make them feel stronger and more comfortable about it. The biggest reason people said “No” in 2015 to me?

I would, but I don’t think I’m good enough for the camera.

How do I answer that? Well.. For 2015, my answer was:

“Okay, well if you ever change your mind, I’m always available!”

Which, I mean.. is a great answer, but it’s not gonna get people to fall in love with me. So. I decided on a new approach. If you’ve been thinking about booking a shoot, but it’s been a scary thought… I’m gonna share my first secret of the year with you. 

Happy 2016 JDP Announcement:
I’m Scared Too!

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“Pfft yeah right. Jasemine, you’ve been a photographer for 5 years and you’re afraid? I don’t buy it. I see pictures all the time.”

Did I ever tell you guys about that time I tried to cry my way out of my first boudoir session?  I still look back on that and laugh. I was so scared. What will my mom think? What will the internet think? What will I think three years from now?

You see pictures I’ve taken with my camera–myself. Let’s call it the ultimate “selfie.” I cheat. I mean, I can’t help it. I set it up, and I’ve got the Canon T3i too. It has that dope swivel screen where you can see yourself while you’re taking the picture. I mean, I really hid from anyone who would take a picture of me. This year, I’m trying to change that. I want to see what other people think is my “good side”. I want to see how people who have been trained to capture beauty find it in me.

How Do I get Through My Shyness.

First: Get with a photographer you trust. 

Technically, I’m still working on that part.. and cheating my way through. I train my photographers and call them ‘JDPCam.” Basically, I ask them to take pictures of me while I pose myself and let them choose angles. Later, I get into Lightroom, flag my favorites, edit them and bam they get to you. The beauty of trusting a photographer is that you cut out 95% of that. They’ll work with you, listen to your vision, and most of them will chose the ones that have you going “Yasss!”

Two: Practice.

I’ve watched some of my clients leave their first shoot with me and the only word I can use to describe the vibe is ‘salty.’ They wanted bigger, better, more sassy. A week later, they’re back. They’re in that location spot just slaying their freaking butts off. I’m impressed. At the end, I’m smiling. “This was even better than the first time–not to say that you weren’t killing it but what changed?”

The answer is always practice. Practice posing. Practice facial expressions, practice everything. I’ll do the face in different shoots to see when it works best because I need to know. I’m still getting used to not being angry.

Three: When in doubt, be someone else. 

Are you booking a photographer or hiring a Vampire Slayer? The world may never know. Jasemine-Denise Photography. Booking 2016 Sessions now..

Are you booking a photographer or hiring a Vampire Slayer? The world may never know.
Jasemine-Denise Photography. Booking 2016 Sessions now..

So.. Maybe I’ve been told by every photography I’ve ever met not to tell you this but I’m a rebel. You don’t have to always be you in a photoshoot. You can make up a persona, dress up, and change everything around you. Use your imagination. My best friend and muse Pokahontas cosplayed as a girl Jack Skellington. It sounds weird coming off the tongue but it got published in Pump Magazine and was like a major hit. All of our friends were proud of her and me and we were just sitting there like two Burton/Depp fans dumbfounded. We were just being nerds and BAM. Magazines.

Hell, that’s the entire concept of cosplay. 

The moral of this story…

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This year, don’t be afraid. Try booking a photoshoot. It doesn’t have to be with me. Just liberate yourself from the shyness and nervous feelings that come with getting in front of the camera. You  may fall in love with it.

In the meantime, I’ll try to post more photoshoots of my own to get you really feeling like you’re not the only one overcoming shyness. 

Stay Tuned!

Next Saturday, I’m bringing back another ClaustroClothic and breaking down this outfit to you! I mean, you’ll literally know where I bought every single piece of it from and I’ll even give you links to buy your own. (That’s right. I’m giving out more secrets.) So, be right back here for some punk fashion goodness!

JDPcam courtesy of Ray Collins
Editing by: Jasemine-Denise

21 Comments

  • Reply
    Christie
    January 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I love this post! My best “advice” as such, would be to let your personality shine through! I get this cool, quirky vibe from you and I love it- I’m sure many others do too. 🙂 Your photography is amazing, keep it up, and happy new year. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. x

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      Jasemine-Denise
      January 18, 2016 at 8:16 am

      I absolutely love your advice! The more personality you put into your photoshoots, the more comfortable it’ll make you feel <3

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    Lisa Martens
    January 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Your photographs are beautiful. Your personality definitely shines through. Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

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    Heather Johnson
    January 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Great post about goal setting and achievement! I have one goal for 2016: Not buy any toys or books. We have too many toys and can get any book we want from the library. Instead we will spend our fun money on experiences.

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    Chauntel
    January 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Awesome post! Your personality comes through your writing so well and your photos are incredible. I love it!

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    Marleen
    January 15, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Awesome post and great way to start the new year. Let you personality shine through and you are sure to be a sucess

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    Sheena
    January 16, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Love everything about this. You’re one of those people that’s just naturally cool and unique! Hope 2016 treats you right!

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    warren @ blog to taste
    January 16, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Every time I come to your blog your photos mesmerize me! Beautiful, unique photos.

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    Fox
    January 17, 2016 at 4:19 am

    As someone who still has yet to get decent photographs for the back of book covers, I can totally relate to everything in this post. Thanks for the solid advice. In the meantime, I might be scoping out that camera, though 😉

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    Elizabeth Edgar
    January 17, 2016 at 5:06 am

    I love this! Great post & photos. You are beautiful inside and out. I love rebels! 😉

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    Jen
    January 17, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I love this! You’re gorgeous and these are great tips. I love taking selfies with my camera, especially for my blog. When I’m in a good mood, I have so much fun with them!

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    Debra Schroeder
    January 17, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, loved these tips. I’ve never booked a photo shoot. But now, thanks to this post, I have the confidence to try and book one.

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    Jordyn
    January 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    These photos are beautiful and this is an awesome post! It’s great that you’re willing to open up to your readers. I’ve always heard that photographers are great at being behind the camera because they hate to be in front of it, and there’s nothing wrong with that! Way to face your fears though and good luck in 2016!

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    Theresa Sutton
    January 17, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while. You’re such a talented photography!

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    Jenn @ The Art of Better
    January 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Yes! Fake it till you make it really works well to get you out of your head. Channeling your favorite fierce celebrity helps to give you the attitude.

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    Misty Eilar
    January 17, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Love this post and the pictures!

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    Ashima
    January 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Nice post and lovely pictures!!

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    KD
    January 18, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I love the photos. They give off this mysterious vibe.

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    Nimi Popat
    January 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

    I couldnt agree more. the photoshoots should definitely be more focused on our personality. loved this post.

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    Sue
    January 22, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    sounds cool

    thanks for the tips & sharing your photo ideas

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