The Dip Kiss

This shot was made possible by Nick and Rachel. Not only because they hosted an awesome wedding, but because they so deliberately paid attention to where I was at while shooting, and seemed to make it a point to dip while facing me.  I’m not sure if they took lessons (their dancing was pretty top notch) and had an instructor tell them to do this, but I appreciated it because it felt like they were letting me know that pictures are important to them, and they wanted something wall-worthy.

I’m feeling pleased as punch about how this one turned out, and I’ve got good news for the honeymooning couple… there is a lot more where this came from!

August 10, 2011 - 4:01 pm E @ Oh! Apostrophe - So good it looks posed! I'm sure they will love this Jenna, beautiful as always.

October 25, 2012 - 5:35 pm bryan denver photographer - i cant tell you how many back of the dip i have

Jenna Cole Blog has Moved!

I thought a new home for the Jenna Cole blog was in order,

Isn’t the URL fun? It’s where you’ll find all of my “freshest” content. :)

Teaser: Candice and Brian

I’m shooting the wedding of some dear friends in March. These two are beyond fabulous in front of the camera, and I’m a lucky girl to get to spend an entire day following them around taking their picture next spring.

The only sad thing about this session… it was my last one in Deep Ellum. Actually, it was my last one in Dallas for awhile. I’m really going to miss it here!

A Brenizer method shot. These are so fun to create!

More to come. These two babysat for me twice so I could spend some baby-free time with my husband so I think they deserve some extra special treatment. :)

August 17, 2010 - 9:01 am Gabby - Yay, first comment! (I think.) They are so great! Awesome shots! I love the first one (them laughing with their shades on) and the one with them by the fence -- both look as if you're capturing these special moments where they're the only ones in the world right now. Can't wait to see more!

August 17, 2010 - 1:11 pm Mariko - Wow, she definitely got some air!

August 24, 2010 - 5:54 pm Ashley Swallow - This is going to sound crazy but I totally saw you doing this shoot. I'm a photographer also and was in Cafe Brazil at the same time. :) Small world! P. S. I love your work!

May 13, 2013 - 12:54 pm Alexis Voltaire - Would you be willing to share your lighting setup for the third shot? :) It's lovely.

Teaser: Laura and Matt

Dear Matt and Laura,

You are oh-so-fabulous.

I like that you were up for anything (and made taking pictures such a big part of your day!)

It was a pleasure to spend this Saturday with you.

From the first dance…

all the way through the last.

Enjoy your time in Mexico!

August 9, 2010 - 2:16 pm Jessica - Beautiful shots and they look like a fun couple! Best wishes to them and their future together!

August 9, 2010 - 5:44 pm Tiffany - Standing in pots? How cute are they! I love it :)

August 9, 2010 - 11:39 pm Brandy Frank - I love the standing in pots image. They are having so much fun!

August 11, 2010 - 9:22 pm Laura Elizabeth - Jenna!! You are incredible!! We are SO SO grateful that you spent the day taking photos of us! And we are absolutely in love with these four pictures...thank you!! Now we are SO looking forward to seeing the rest!! You're the BEST!!!

Aspirations: The Beginning

Last week I hosted the first of what I’m going to be referring to as an “Aspiration” session. Me, a group of people with dSLRs that don’t feel 100% comfortable using them, and a model to smile for the camera. The end result will be a grou pof people walking away with smiles on their faces and the confidence necessary to get out there and start taking better photos.

This is what one of the girls who attended had to say:

First we started out with Composition. I went into this knowing a few photo techniques, i.e. placing the subject(s) on a grassy hill with hands placed just right and saying, “don’t move”, or as my husband chimes in “try to look natural, but don’t move too much”. HA. Jenna taught us how to make the subject look flattering, how to make them look and feel natural, how to not take awkward ‘up the nose’ shots. All around, I learned the right angles to take and not take photos. For example, Jenna stood up on the bench above our model and took an above picture. Why I didn’t think of that angle before I do not know!
We moved on to ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, using our histogram, and a few other techniques. She explained them in ways that make absolute sense! I won’t get into every single detail of each one, but if you had absolutely no idea what those words/acronyms meant going into the session, you would walk away completely knowing AND understanding what to do with them and how to get every shot at its best.
Jenna gave us plenty of time to photograph our model, helping us in each step to process the information she gave us and use it! She was there to guide me through what buttons to press and what settings to be on. She even let us use her lenses she had on hand (and even let us play with the precious 5D Mark II, which I did not want to let go of) and gain a visual on the difference between what we own and what we could have.
I’m now completely on the other side of the fence. And will not go back on again. Jenna Cole’s Aspirations session was completely unexpected in a very good way. I learned more than I thought I would, and can USE what I’ve learned, which I think is the most important aspect of workshops/mentoring sessions.

I’ll be posting more about this session soon, but if this little teaser has tempted you to set up your own, send me an email and we’ll set something up!

August 3, 2010 - 9:11 am Kari - When you are settled into Chicago, I would LOVE to set one up. This is just what I need!

August 3, 2010 - 11:20 am Ashley C. - I hope you'll always post your travel schedule. If you're ever in Knoxville, I would definitely sign up for a workshop! Or if I ever manage to visit a place you live, that would work, too. The workshops sound awesome!

August 4, 2010 - 8:25 pm Erica - I would love for you to do more tutorials about DSLR's on your site

August 5, 2010 - 11:00 am Jenna - Erica, Have you seen the links under my photography page at That Wife?

August 5, 2010 - 2:29 pm Kristin ~ Bien Living Design - I'm with Kari - once you are settled here, I would LOVE to attend one of these workshops!!

August 9, 2010 - 11:41 pm Brandy Frank - Jenna, I love that you hosted this! TX sure will miss you when you move to Chicago (but I'm mighty jealous of that gorgeous light in your new apartment!!! squeal!!) xoxo Brandy

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