Behind the scenes || dallas, tx engagment & wedding photographer

Thursday, December 8, 2011



I can't believe it's December and already time for all those "end of year" posts. . .

All year long as I'm going through my second shooters pictures from weddings and other things I usually run across one or two pictures that they've caught of me while shooting--usually making a dumb face or looking like I'm bossing someone (which, I probably was) :P  And at the end of the year it's fun to go back through and pick a few to share with you :)  I mean, who wouldn't want to see pictures of me doing my ugly camera face?  You know, that face where you close one eye and scrunch up your nose and your forehead gets all wrinkly?? Or maybe that's just my face that does that. . .so attractive.

I get questions from photographers who want to know what I wear to shoot in (weddings and portraits) so here ya go ladies, feel free to check out my super exciting wardrobe in these pictures if you're wondering what I generally wear to shoot in.  It varies from wedding to wedding, depending on the setting, if it's indoor/outdoor, and how formal it's going on be, but generally speaking I try to find some mix of cute/comfortable/modest(so I don't flash anyone while I'm sitting on the ground shooting)/and neutral (i.e. mostly grays, blacks, blues, and brown).  I'd rather not be the red top that's bobbing around the sanctuary during the ceremony.

Some of my favorite pictures that I come across that my second shooters grab are the ones where I'm looking at the back of my camera like, "What is this thing and what am I supposed to do with it??"  So I've included a few of those for your enjoyment, and despite what it looks like, I really do know what I'm doing.

I've gotten to work with some fabulous photographers this year, thank you gals for grabbing these shots of me!



I have such a way with children...just call me "child whisperer"







I'm short.  And I climb on things all the time.

I once had a very sweet mother of the groom come up to me at the end of the wedding and say "I just want you to know that my daughter and I were watching you shoot and talking about how fun your job looks, you get to look cute and wear flowers in your hair and sit on the ground!"
I've never heard my job description put quite that way, but...there ya have it.  If you were wondering what it is that I do for nine hours during a wedding, I sit on the ground and wear flowers in my hair :)









One thing I love is all the opportunities I get to take part in the wedding day in so many non picture-taking kind of ways.  I've become an expert at pinning boutonnieres (but not at spelling the word, I def had to use spell check for that one:), I calm down sobbing flower girls who don't want to walk down the aisle, do starbucks runs for my brides, tie sashes, straighten the aisle runner that got dragged half way down the aisle on some bridesmaids heel, and teach the happy couple how they're supposed to hold the knife when the cut the cake.  I love weddings, every part of them :)




Some pictures just make me laugh.  I was not going in for a bear hug, just arranging people :)









Thanks to Natalie, Rachel, Allix, Sarah, and Felicia for these shots!

Much Love.
Jessica Shae
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19 comments:

  1. Hmm, went through the whole post and couldn't find a single ugly face...very misleading description! Also, so cool to see my church in a handful of these :)

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  2. What a fun blog post! Really enjoyed it and completely relate. :)

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  3. I totally love seeing 'behind the scenes' pictures like these! thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  4. Awwww... This post was so fun! I love all the behind-the-scenes pics. :)
    Oh, and you do *not* have an ugly camera face. I never notice it on anyone but myself. hehe

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  5. Girl, you are so adorable. I wish I had your beautiful curly hair! =)

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  6. haha, i love this: 'you get to sit on the ground and wear flowers in your hair.'
    I'd love to be a wedding photographer someday.
    ~simi

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  7. Love this post! It made me laugh that you have so many pictures of you taking pictures! ;) You are so stinking adorable!! :)

    ~Kimberly

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  8. These are awesome! I love behind the scenes type stuff, so these are great!

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  9. You are just too adorable. I love the description of your job...sounds perfect to me! ;)

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  10. This was SO fun to look at! You got way more behind the scenes pictures than last year :D. And it was very fun to see my pictures on here, gotta say :D. And by the way, I love you!! :D

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  11. I love these! You are SO gorgeous! My goodness. Your hair is amazing and you are just bright.

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  12. This post made me incredibly happy. You are gorgeous! And I love seeing photos of photographers in action! :)

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  13. I adore behind the scenes posts... it gives a glimpse into what the photographer looks like/is doing in order to get the great shots that you always get! I'm so glad I found your blog (through Laura Adams)... your photography inspires me so much.
    If you're ever up in Illinois I'd love to second shoot with you. :-)

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  14. Beautiful!! I love your hair :)

    Ever thought abt doing a camera equipment post?

    Keep up the beautiful work!

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  15. Your such a beautiful photographer. ♥

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  16. haha that's a really fun idea!

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  17. Cute pictures and its good to know that we will have a professional boutonniere pinner at our wedding ;)

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  18. such a great perspective on a photographer's life! kudos to your second shooters...they captured some amazing pictures <3

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Jessica Shae