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How to Handle Two Brides Inquiring for the Same Date


Let's be real: we must conduct our client correspondence and interaction from straight-forward perspective, with honesty at the forefront. If a prospective client inquires for a date and another inquires shortly thereafter, I inform the second client that another bride has inquired for the same date (this ensures everyone is on the same page). I will then contact the

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All Because of You


I walked into the tea house off Rush Street in Chicago, my hair windblown and my nose red from the cold. I scanned the tables and she yelled behind the counter, he's sitting by the fireplace! I smiled at her and raised a gloved hand in appreciation. I walked over to you and you helped me out of my coat and told me to toast my hands by the fire. You grabbed my hand and

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When Doing Business, Always Have a Contract


If you've received a retainer (a designated amount of money to reserve for your services for the wedding day), this--in legal terms--is called consideration. In simplest terms, this is proof that you and the client are going to engage in a business transaction. If the bride has paid a retainer, then you must do everything you can to have her sign the contract before you

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What Questions Should I Ask a Wedding Photographer?


So often I see articles in bridal magazines or on wedding planning websites instructing what questions a bride should ask before hiring a wedding photographer. I understand they're meant to help, but most of them omit truly revealing components to what wedding photographers aspire to achieve. For example, here are a few questions I came across in a recent article

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Family Ties


The older I get, the more I realize things I should've realized decades ago. Don't respond when you're angry...never leave the house without saying I Love You...wear new underwear on your birthday...basically, all the things my mother told me a thousand times before, but I refused to pay attention. My mother would yell reminders as we ran out the door on the way to

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Filing for a DBA, LLC + Taking a Paycheck


Dear Jasmine, I have no clue where to start with how to pay myself out of the business. I finally figured out that I need to do the DBA, LLC, tax ID (not that I've figured out that exactly yet)... If I need to talk to an accountant, tax person or WHAT. You know, the stuff you don't learn when you decide to get a degree in art photography... I can't find anything in my

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Featured : Grace Ormonde Wedding Style


One of the most profoundly moving things as a wedding photographer is the ability to work with a girl for about year before her wedding, then watch her become a bride on one of the biggest days of her life. All the emotions, hard work, and chaos inevitably comes together and a perfect day unfolds. I met Jamie a few years ago at her sister's wedding. I was lucky enough

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In Infamy


So here's a backstory...five years ago, JD and I attended an ugly sweater Christmas party. Except we couldn't find ugly sweaters. So I ran to Sav-On and picked up two tacky Christmas shirts for $9.99. At the party, we thought of the cheesiest poses for the photo booth (say, like, Sadie-Hawkins-Dance-in-7th-Grade pose) and laughed it off. Years later, this picture is

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I’m Headed to Australia!


theWORKSHOP will be a full day of branding, specifically focused on the Eight Components of Creating a Brand. While having discussed these topics before online, I'll go into depth about personal decisions I made to cultivate and foster my growing business. The day will be filled with the steps I took to start my business, branding components, how I market my business,

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Ignore it. Ignore it all.


Man, oh man...was this person mad. Fuming, really. I came across a Facebook update from a photographer who was upset because the industry was filled with newbies and amateurs who were taking away their business. Price cuts! Discounts! Inferior camera gear! Soccer moms with cameras! This photographer was on a roll. At the end of the rant, I felt icky. I wanted to wash

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Black Friday + Cyber Monday SALE


Happy Black Friday! Today I've spent the better part of my morning scouring the web for great deals for myself others and getting an early start on Christmas shopping. Buying gifts in a pajamas? DOES LIFE GET ANY BETTER?! JasmineStarStore.com is hosting a sale as well, so if you'd like to score a 20% DISCOUNT on all the items, go get your bargain on! Sale ends at

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The THANKFUL List


There were moments growing up when groceries would be left on the porch of our childhood home. Once a lady from church passed my mother an envelope with cash. I was sponsored to attend summer camp because everyone knew (but I had no idea as a kid) we were poor. But where others saw struggle and strife, my parents raised their five kids to see opportunities and have faith

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Kisses + Disses : Forest Fear


(This is a recent photo JD snapped of me walking through the forest at my sister's wedding after changing my shoes...because I was convinced snakes might have been around.) For these (and many other) reasons, I shy away from nature. I thought we'd called a truce, but recently I was swimming in a pool (not exactly nature-ish, but anything outdoors can be dangerous

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