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.
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!
Being a lover of alternative fashion has its upsides, one being that it is a tremendously great outlet. This ClaustroClothic was inspired by Bloom, by heartbreak, and by bad things. It’s a part of the pink archives, a challenge to embrace my least favorite color. Funny enough, everyone actually thinks it’s my favorite now.
Am I out of my head, am I out of my mind? If you only knew the bad things I like…
(This photoshoot was actually featured on SKG Designs first)
What inspired this outfit?
Imagine that there are eleven thousand other people who are open and willing to receive your love and instead you’re focused on a boy who broke your heart, your resolve, and carried on as if it was nothing. Meanwhile, you’re still subjecting yourself to it because you have not learned to let go. You’ve already been replaced but you can’t move on. That’s what I hear when I hear the song Bad Things from Machine Gun Kelly and Camilla Cabello. I wanted to embody that and my own emotional struggle into one nice outfit that said everything I couldn’t.
Bad Things has a soft but edgy vibe to me and it resonated in me deep so much that it actually gave me all the inspiration I needed. The next thing you know, I was walking around with my dead flowers, sniffing them and humming to myself.
What’s My Favorite Part?
I wanted it to be soft, but the alternative fashion lover in me wasn’t just gonna let that happen. That’s when I knew I had to put some pink Vegan Leather into it. The Dita was perfect, it brought a message to it that I hadn’t considered. Protecting my heart. The way the Dita is set up, it cage your entire chest in, comfortably. It starts at your throat and works its way down stopping just after your ribs begin.
Scars on my body so I can take you wherever.
How did this Outfit come Together?
The jacket was perfect. It came up from Pinup Girl Clothing and it matches the pink Sugar Thrillz bustier ridiculously well. You’d think I bought them together, but I didn’t. The skirt is actually a children’s skirt from Forever 21.
That’s it babe!
This will probably be my last pink look for a while. It’s been a wild ride but it’s been a tremendously rewarding one. I have Weave N Luxury to thank for creating the wig that has done such a tremendous amount of pink goodness for me. Don’t forget to check out my lookbook article over at SKG Designs.
Two Wednesdays ago, I told you that I’d start putting more wedding photos into the blog. I didn’t realize how hard at that point it’d be to blog about wedding photography. Photographing weddings isn’t hard, it’s one of my favorite things. However, not tearing up when I look back at the wedding photography and remembering the date… A totally different story. That’s why I’ve decided to finally release the weddings I’ve done, but going backwards.
The Eaton Wedding // Florida Wedding Photography
Last time, I shared with you the precious first look of Tiffany and Jeremy. You got to see how nervous Jeremy was but how all of that faded away the moment he set eyes on his wife to be. That moment will be embedded in my heart forever. Now let’s move you forward to the ceremony itself and the portraits that came before it..
The bride and groom, had already experienced their first look. Hand in hand, the walked up to the stage of the venue to take their pictures together. For the first time in a long time, I entrusted myself with a second shooter.. Which was a humbling experience. In the bride and groom portraits, I got to witness how happy they looked and how much I made them laugh.
Now that you’ve witnessed how adorable they are, are you ready to see the ceremony? It’s going to make your heart melt. It is my genuine belief that any man who sees you crying as you walk down the aisle is a keeper.
You may now kiss the bride.
Aren’t they beautiful?
I love wedding photography. Just remembering how in love with these two everyone around them were and how quickly they accepted me as one of their own… Wow.. Do you have a wedding coming up? You can book me as your wedding photographer too!
I wanna tell you quick story, about a young girl who lost her father at an early age. Over the years, she could remember him in his scent, in her own little wheeze when she laughed, and the few photos that her family was generous enough to spare for her. As an adult, strewn across her photography studio are small memories and pictures she has of her father. She vowed that when she would offer the option for her clients to keep their memories forever.
That girl is Jasemine Denise and as of December 2018, Jasemine Denise Photography now has print packages, so you can cherish that photographed moment.. Forever.
Official Jasemine Denise Photography Prints Announcement!
In 2019, Jasemine Denise Photography is hosting a boudoir partyand each attendee is going home with a gift box for the special someone. While we have a few spaces left for that, we thought we’d test the emotional impact of giving the git of photographs to the one you love. After all, it is 2018 after all.. The digital age. We had one of our very own sign, wrap, and deliver her gift box to one of her partners.. The impact of that moment was so special that we just knew… 2019, this is something we want to be able to give every single one of our Jasemine Denise Photography family members, old and new.
Just in time for the holidays, you can get prints of all sizes, 8×10, 5×7, canvas, etc. An A La Carte menu will be available starting December 17th, with packages designed for all occasions.
Jasemine Denise Photography wants to give a special thanks..
I do wedding photography so wrong. I know you’ve probably seen my shots at weddings and you’re thinking to yourself, “What is this girl talking about?” You may even be thinking, “She shot my wedding!” However, the thing about me and wedding photography is I wanna share so much of the moments I got to witness that I get overwhelmed and share none. People quickly believe that I’m not a wedding photographer or that they can’t book me. So, I decided to start sharing my weddings with you more. Moment by moment. Today, is the first look at the Eaton Wedding in Florida.
First Look // Eaton Wedding // Wedding Photography
In my career, I haven’t gotten to do enough first looks. It’s considered untraditional to see the bride before the wedding but there are some couples who say “to hell with it!” and those are the couples that make wedding photography exciting for me. Tiffany and Jeremy got married at a venue that looked like a ranch on the outside and a mansion on the inside. Her dress was so beautiful that I honestly couldn’t imagine not crying when I laid eyes on it.
Jeremey is calmly standing outside with his glass of moonshine waiting for his bride.
They share a touching moment when she steps out and as you can see emotions are so high that Jeremy is moved to tears. They took turns complimenting each other and honestly… Even I started to tear up and get emotional.
Aren’t they beautiful?
I love wedding photography. I won’t lie, I teared up writing this post. Do you have a wedding coming up? You can book me as your wedding photographer too!
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This photoshoot is extremely important to me. So important to me, I thought I’d never release it.. However, with the losses faced this year, I feel now is as good a time as any to talk about the time I photographed Devon Sahid.
These past two years have been tough for me. Facing things like transitioning, losing relationships, sexual assault, and the worst.. Loss. It was so painful losing Mac Miller on my 27th birthday that I was sure a part of me died. As I’m typing this, I’m a cider and an hour in to hearing that Devin Lima, one of my earliest musical influences died of cancer. Things like this tug at your heart. You feel empty. You want to shake people’s shoulders and talk about loss, but you know no one’s really going to understand how deep it cuts.
I was watching an interview with photographer Christaan Felber, the photographer of the final photos of Mac Miller and it felt that familiar tug. It reminded me of a friend of mine, a loss so tremendous that on the fifth of July when I planned to release the photos, close to the anniversary.. I couldn’t. I remembered the pressure of being the photographer for the first and final photo. With a heavy heart, I finally want to share the photos of Devon Sahid, a loving veteran, an amazing friend, and the most life altering client I’ve ever had.
Devon surprised me when I got the booking inquiry, him asking me to photograph him. We weren’t too familiar though we had familiarities. He told me stories of how he could relate to my struggle with coming to terms with polyamory; it wasn’t that he was also polyamorous but that he’d had similar struggles. He was the person who co-mediated arguments with someone who was and is so special to me that nothing seemed more important than our argument and that bottle of tequila beside Devon’s foot. I could never at the time perceive why I was the one he wanted to book a shoot with. The vision for his shoot was written as “AAAAHHH.” With a laugh, knowing that was just Devon.. I agreed.
That was Devon as I could remember. Always joking. Always laughing but for this very photoshoot, he cast aside his stoicism for genuine attentiveness to direction. I mean of course he was silly too, I mean after all he was Devon.
On July 2nd, 2017 (which feels so surreal), I sent him his teaser, as I typically do with my clients. I joked that he looked wholesome and he said “It’s all the photographer. So thank you Jasemine.” Three days later, reality set in and Devon was gone. It crushed the most important person in my life and me, but then suddenly.. There was a high demand for the rest of his photos. I couldn’t do it. These photos, these casual, backyard, photos.. were his last. They’d be used on tribute pages and obituaries and I couldn’t fathom it. Yet, there was no time to process. The amount of requests that came through were overwhelming. As I stared into his eyes, I had to come to terms with my grief.. Every joke he’d ever told, the time he drove us to Roadhouse 66 and we made up funny scenarios.. The generosity, the stories.. all of it gone.. and these pictures were immortalizing it. They were no longer mine and Devon’s… They were everyone’s and as much as I clutched to this digital moments, I had to give them away.
Photographing Devon and processing my grief through processing his photos, brought about a painful feeling for me. That if my father had lived on beyond his time, and had grown with me.. Had he passed in the present time, it’d be a similar situation. I’d be editing his final photos and I broke down countless times. For Devon, for my father, for Chester Bennington and my friend Camille who passed not too long after Devon. Life seemed to travel on, the wallposts seemed to stack but I was trapped in the greenery and the blues of the wall he stood so patiently at while I raced around him shooting different angles.
Getting to the end of all those photos destroyed me because it meant that that was the end. The intimate moments I spent crying in my lab, asking why, speaking out loud to Devon about how we were left with him in memory were having to come to a close and reality would have to be faced. When I finally pressed the last little white flag, I laid in my bed. I cried. Over the time it took, I’d lost two more great people and a piece of myself I could never get back. Shockingly enough, I found sleep. I found relief.. I found that somewhere, somehow an angel recognized the pain and let me release the pain of so much loss.
Devon’s passing and the honor he gave me to photograph him in his final days gave me the first genuine experience of processing grief I’d ever had. My father had been gone for over 18 years and it took me so long to process that. I still am. I’m grateful for my father, I’m grateful for Devon, I’m grateful for Mac Miller, and I’m grateful to have learned what it means to accept loss and to remember greatness.
To Devon, I still write you on Facebook occasionally. I still pray you watch over Ray, Anthony, Ernest, Tim, and everyone else. When we meet again, I’ll hug you and tell you how incredibly difficult but honorable it was being able to capture you at your rawest.. Completely willing to let someone else confine your beauty into compressed megabytes that would live on forever even after we had to face the loss of you, who are amazing. Thank you for the time you gave to us. I think of you everyday.
To all who have lost someone, I sympathize. & To any photographer who has taken the last professional photo of anyone, I understand. It took me an entire year to finally find the words…
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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