A Sunday Kind of Love – Jasmine Star & Being Free to Succeed

I’ve never been one to be really into seminars or motivational speakers or anything. I’m easily bored and find it way to easy to go “Well yeah yeah but that doesn’t apply to me or what I’m doing.” It basically takes a lot to really make me sit up and take notice.

However I came across this teaser video to a photography seminar (the full course is available on dvd from here) held by Jasmine Star who is widely regarded as one of the ‘rock star photographers’ in America. The seminar was called ‘Free to Succeed’ and Jasmine’s presentation was about branding at it’s importance to your business. The talk was aimed at photographers but I decided to give it a watch after seeing people rave about it on flickr, and OMG am I glad I did. I don’t say this lightly but I really feel that my life, my outlook on my blog and it’s branding has changed. Forever.  This may sound over dramatic but I have never felt more motivated, empowered and excited about what I have to do. I can’t even begin to do justice to what Jasmine says by paraphrasing her presentation but just watch it watch it watch it! If you’re a photographer, a blogger or anyone trying to start your own business WATCH IT. She talks about being yourself and being true to yourself (something I of course am a strong advocate of!) and about how to work out what makes you special and an individual, and how you should bring this into your business. That how being yourself is what will bring you success.

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Bibliophile

I usually only put one post up on a Saturday, but I have to admit that I wanted to share this engagement shoot as soon as I could…and plus, the submissions have been coming in at such a rate of knots since I posted my How to… Get Your Wedding Featured on a Blog post (which I’m not complaining about of course!) but I do feel like I have a lot to get through this week!

Alister & Rachel are having a gothic & diy wedding on a mountain vineyard in  a few weeks. The wedding is sure to be super detail-heavy and I can’t wait to share it! However their engagement session was actual quite impromptu. “They wanted a Gothic yet bibliophile theme with a twist for the main part of the shoot, hence the books, vinyl and rug. Then for the rest of it, we simply found some killer locations and let them do their own thing; smiling, laughing, whatever went!” photographer Julian told me.

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Couture Funfair Bridals

Andrew & Talitha were married last year but were keen to do something a little different and have fun doing another photo shoot. “After many emails with Talitha, I knew she and Andrew would be perfect for a fun fair shoot we had been dying to make happen” photographer Angie told me. “We wanted a certain look – 50’s inspired hair and makeup and I knew we had to have a lollipop bouquet and lollipop buttonholes for Andrew.”

The shoot was held at The Hawkesbury Show that happened just one weekend a year, and is about an hours drive from Sydney. “This smaller show was the perfect opportunity to shoot our 50’s Fun Fair Couture Bridal Portrait. The plan was to just have fun. We weren’t sure what games or rides would be there but we knew what we were hoping for. We made sure we headed for the carousel first – we thought these would be our favourite images but it wasn’t until Talitha and Andrew said they were happy to go on the swinging chairs that the magic started to happen.”

fun fair spin

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Ted & Tamara’s Budget-Conscious ‘Tree of Life’ Wedding

There ain’t no one that ‘did it their own way’ as much as Ted & Tamara. “Our budget ‘tree of life’ themed day was filled with love” they began their email to me last week. “With a limited budget, I set out to make our special for us with simple tree stumps found along the Mississippi River. Our bridal party wore simple summer-loving attire that are so ‘re-usable’. My J Crew dream dress was found on ebay for $80. Orchids sang, yellow petals danced, willow branches waved all around us. Pure bliss.”  The couple only spend $2000 on their perfect wedding day. “When I started dreaming up my wedding,” Tamara continued “we were going to be starting a new life together. I always think of trees as representing life and when Ted found the perfect pieces of driftwood from the Mississippi River for us to use we knew that was what sort of wedding we wanted. We wanted a ceremony to be sweet, meaningful with a fun casual atmosphere.”

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1950s Housewife Engagement – Tea, Cakes & Scrabble!

Alex & Claire’s retro, 50’s housewife engagement is aces! Not only because it was shot by one of my bestest wedding buddies, Emma Case but because it has tea, cakes and scrabble!

“Alex and Claire are getting married in August and Alex is my best friend’s boyfriend’s brother so I know them both pretty well and am ridiculously excited about their wedding as I know what our nights out are like when we all go out together!” Emma began to yell me excitedly. “A special treat is Claire’s wonderful rendition of “Oh, wouldn’t it be lovely” in a cockney accent…she’s actually very Northern (that’s usually nearer the end of the night).”
“Alex called me about a month back asking if we could do some pictures for their invites and that they had a few ideas (brilliant)…. I arrived at their house and they were both dressed in full 1950’s get up and had the table set ready for their photo shoot!  Love it!  They wanted to try and do the ‘1950’s how to be a good housewife’ thing and they really got in to it… I LOVE couples like that… no I really mean it… L..O..V..E!”

A Big Explosion of Pre-Wedding Excitement

Chris & Megan’s engagement is so awesome. I just adore her dress from etsy seller Chula. It’s fluffy and ruffled like a big explosion of pre-wedding excitement. I’m pretty sure their 2011 wedding is going to be amazing and I can’t wait to see and blog it for you once it’s happened.

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