Have you heard of Jasmine Star? Jasmine is a super talented wedding photographer who shoots gorgeously lavish and beautiful weddings in California. There is something really special about her photography and it’s not only the materials that go into how she creates a photograph, but more what she pulls out of her models and how she makes them shine. Jasmine is quite the personality and she uses that to her advantage to get something really special out of her models. Take a look at her work and you will see this confidence and beauty in every bride she shoots. This comes not from her choosing overly confident brides, but her ability to make ordinary women feel beautiful and strong.
Over the weekend, the team at Creative Live broadcast a 2 day workshop with Jasmine sharing how she does business live to the internet for free. Yes, for free. To take part in a 2 day workshop, all you had to do was log on to the Creative Live site and you got to sit in on an amazing 2 days of education. And this wasn’t the first time they’ve done it. Creative Live have free photography workshops happening all the time and it’s such an extraordinary and powerful way of thinking. The people behind Creative Live are giving back to the community with no strings attached and it’s such an incredible resource. Last year, Jasmine also did a marvelous 3 day workshop on shooting a wedding. The cameras actually followed her around for an entire day as she shot a wedding. Talk about stressful! She was amazing and I knew I couldn’t miss out on her next workshop. Jasmine’s personality is infectious and her message and teaching is so inspiring, no matter what kind of a photographer you are.
Of course, if you miss the free workshops, they replay them later that night and they are also available to buy so you can watch them at your own leisure. The next course that I am looking forward to is Food and Culture Photography with Penny De Los Santos.
Another website that also offers an incredible insight into the lives of photographers is Framed. Every Tuesday a new show is posted on the site which showcases one photographer and how they shoot. One of my favourites was the recent episode with Lisa Warninger, Urban Weeds street style shooter. Lisa also has been interviewed here on Mocking Bird for my What’s In Your Kit series. Check out Lisa in action on a shoot ( with a guest appearance by the lovely Chelsea Fuss of frolic) and as she encounters her “weeds” on the street.
Both Framed and Creative Live are brilliant websites that are really giving back to the photography community with such a wealth of information. I love that there are photography leaders who are offering their knowledge to those who are willing to learn. It’s such a new and fresh attitude towards supporting one another and building community. I urge you to take part in these wonderful productions if you haven’t already! Those of you that have watched either productions, what do you think?