Monday Tip| Editing Time Lapse | Jessica Janae

Hey guys! So this week for Monday’s tip, I wanted to give a little peek of what my editing process looks like, for beauty shots in particular. This was for a shoot with Maskcara Cosmetics about a month ago for her makeup line! Do yourself a favor and go check it out.

The model, Madison, is already so perfectly stunning that I thought she’d be fab for this video. Because she obviously doesn’t need anything done to her. She one of the prettiest people I’ve ever seen. So I had to exaggerate this editing video for the purpose of showing you guys what can be done, not because she needs it! In reality I’d actually probably do a tiny bit less than what I did!

So this type if edit is what I do for close up beauty shots, close up fashion shots and close up bridal shots. When the picture is more full body the editing is less extensive on the face. Also, this editing process is what I do for photos that will be published online, and printed for receptions or portfolios etc. If the picture will be in print for a magazine I will do a much longer process with the skin.

So for the smoothing of the skin I use spot healing brush, healing brush and the dodge tool. I dont use gaussian blur or any other type of blur. Thats my biggest tip is to not just blur over the entire skin surface.

Next month I will be selling editing tutorial videos on my website! I did an editing seminar which was awesome but there were so many people out of state that couldn’t come that I thought videos would be so much easier for everyone to access!

I will also be selling my light room presets along with the videos so you can follow along!

Anyways, I love sped up editing videos and have wanted to do one for a while now cuz you always end up shocked in the end haha.

I hope you guys enjoyed it! Leave a comment below and let me know what you guys would like to see for these Monday Tips! I’m excited about these videos and have a lot of them planned that I’m excited to share with you!!!

xoxo

Jess

Jessica Janae Photography Backstage Pass | Canada Trip

My little fam went on a trip this week to Alberta, Canada! This was our first time since Willa was 3 months old that we’ve flown with our babies. So it was definitely a new and insane experience haha..

My mom grew up on a tiny little farm here in Canda a town called Fort Macleod. So we spend most our time there where I spent every summer growing up. Pops (my grandpa) takes the babies out to see the cows and to explore the farm. The babies just love it here. No internet, no tv shows, just the outdoors to play and get dirty in for hours.

Fort Macleod has a tiny old amazing little main street where they actually film a lot of movies now days. The movie Inception was filmed here. So every time we come, we go walk down main street to the antique stores and bargain stores and get some yummy Canadian candy! Which is WAY better than american candy haha.

My husband, Jake went on his mission to Ontario, Canada and a bunch of his best friends from his mission moved to Alberta! So anytime we go up to Canada we drive all over Alberta visiting my grandparents and his mission friends etc. Alberta is one of the most beautiful places on earth. My absolute favorite and best childhood memories are in Canada.

This year our trip was to visit family and also to shoot a wedding I got hired to shoot in Edmonton! The reception was on a beautiful little ranch in the middle of fields as far as the eye can see. It looks like a patchwork quilt. Green fields, wheat field, brown fields, yellow fields. Any photographers dream location!!

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Rosser Family Pictures | Utah Mountains | Lifestyle Family Photographer

These family pictures turned out so stunning I just cant even handle. They’re the sweetest family first off, and Lorena is just a knock out. Her incredible dress from free people combined with magical makeup skills by Vivian Makeup Artist and miles of mountains covered in wild flowers was just ridiculous. I feel like my 3 year old could have gotten pretty pictures of them cuz it was just so dang perfect.

We explored lots of the canyon for this shoot, just pulling off to the side of the road when we saw something amazing, which was every 3 feet. Utah is such an amazing state to live in. I feel so lucky when I’m in the mountains. It is so breathtaking I feel like pictures will never do it justice. But I sure tried haha.

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Jessica Janae Photography | Backstage Pass | 20 Minutes of Editing Madness

A lot of people ask me how I balance my life and how I do it with all the editing.

Welp. most of the time I don’t have an answer. Balance is something Im figuring out little by little. I just MAKE IT WORK. unfortunately we cant afford for me to stop working. And we cant afford for my husband to stop working and we cant afford a full time nanny, and I want to simultaneously be a stay at home mom and full time photographer! SOOOOOO yeah. most days it looks like this. haha

But heres the thing. I think I thrive on craziness without even realizing it. My life has always been crazy since forever. Im always doing a billion different things and always working to be the best at something.

This video right here is why when you ask me for just a quick sneak peek of your pictures I say NOOOOOOO. Within the time this video took place I touched up 2 pictures on photoshop. I had already downloaded them off my camera, culled them and lightroom edited them the night before. Editing takes me a LONGGGGGG time. Cuz Im an editing perfectionist.

Willa can sense when I sit down in my office to edit I swear. hahaha She can feel it and instantly goes into whiny, mad ,sad, need to be up on mom, and glued to mom and helping mom -mode. My office doors have glass so that when I do close them I can still see through. their play room is right next to me so I can see and hear everything. But after about 2 minutes of the door being closed Willa stands on the outside with her face smashed against the glass screaming her heart out for momma. And I cannot stand it. I feel like the worlds worst mom. So I always cave and open it up. Always thinking this time she will just sit next to me and play hahaha…

So here is the breakdown.

I am a full time photographer.

I am a stay at home mom.

I have a shoot about 4-5 times a week. In the summers just about every day.

I travel a lot.

I have a nanny twice a week for 4-5 hours who is amazing and watches the girls at her house so I can strictly edit.

I need at least 20 hours of editing a week. So most my editing is done after the girls go to bed. so from about 1030pm-230pm. But some days I have to do this in the morning for 1-2 hours which is the hell editing time.

I just hired a personal assistant who is 3-4 times a week does whatever I need.

My husband and I don’t see a lot of each other during the week. But we try once a week to have a date night whatever day works with our schedules.

So its just madness all the time and we’ve gotten used to it! But our kids are happy, they love life. Im with them a lot and thats all that matters!!

 

 

 

Fashion Shoots as of late | Jessica Janae | National Fashion Photographer

Hey Y’all!

So I have had SOOOOOOOO many fashion shoots this summer and I do not have enough time to pose each one but I really want to share them with you because they have just turned out stunning and deserve a post of their own.

So heres my fave shots from my recent fashion shoots with:

Sadie Jane has been a HUGEEE inspiration to me for a long time. She lost over 80 lbs and has 2 kids and an amazing blog. She is soooo fit and eats so clean. I just cant even wrap my head around it. We shots for a bunch of different clothing companies for her shoot and we just explored all around my studio and downtown slc. Fitness shoots either make me super pumped or super depressed. this one made me pumped haha. Simply Sadie Jane: http://simplysadiejane.com/

Momcrushmonday! I LOVE shooting with Destiny and her little love honor. They are the most beautiful mother and daughter Ive ever seen. Hands down. And Destiny is an Incredible mother. We drove an hour up the mountain to get to this gorgeous spot and only shot for about half hour cuz Honor was done! haha But thats the great thing about shooting with them, I can get amazing shots in the first 5 minutes! Momcrushmonday:  http://momcrushmonday.com/

Makennas shoot was like any shoot me and Makenna do; See inspiration, instantly call or text each other, start the planning process, get together shoot for 20 minutes then go get food haha. While getting food I have a bomb idea to take pictures of her eating food on top of her car. Spend 5 minutes shooting that and then realize were the best team ever. the end. Makenna Alyse:  http://www.makennaalyse.com/ 

Maksara’s shoot was for the rebranding of  her incredible makeup line! For the shoot we went out to the great salt lake to get that wind swept desert sunny vibe. What we weren’t expecting was there to be an insane wind storm that made it so we could barely even take one shot without hair swirling in a twister around their faces and the reflector flying away haha. so literally each good shot we got was like on in a million of hair pictures haha. Maskcara: http://www.maskcara.com/

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Top 6 couple poses I do every time | Jessica Janae Monday Tip

For todays tip I wanted to share a little tidbit that I shared at my “Posing and Interacting with your Clients” Seminar last year!

The top 6 poses that I do almost every single time I shoot a couple!

They’re fool proof, you can do lots of variations of each, and they work on couples that are the same height and super different heights. And each couple is unique so each pose will look different every single time!

1. Traditional announcement pose. Every couple needs the traditional smiling shot with the girls hand on the boys chest. If you don’t get this the parents will come after you! haha

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2. The wrap pose! The girl in front and the guy wrapping his arms around her from behind. Have him wrap his arms around her right above or on her chest, trust me its not as weird as it sounds. Just as long as his hands aren’t on her lower stomach cuz it could look like she’s pregnant ! haha They can both look at the camera, then the girl looking down and guy looking at you, guy kissing her neck etc etc etc.

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3. The hand kiss! I love doing this cheesy pose. It always makes the couples laugh and is so sweet.

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CO1A27964. the “Tilt the chin up” pose. This one is always just swoon worthy. Have the boy tilt the girls chin up with his fingers and get in super close for a kiss. You can capture the boys face looking down at the girl and its a killer every time!

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5. The Spin pose! Toward the end of every shoot I have the couple do some sort of spin or dance or lift etc. Just have the guy grab her and swiftly spin her around. They cant help but smile and the girls hair always flies and its just magic!

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6. The forehead kiss. The moms always love these shots haha. I always try to capture the light in between their faces to add another element to the picture, to make it dreamy…. Have your couple get close and snuggly and the both close their eyes, the girl needs to tilt her head down a bit, then the guy goes in slowly to kiss her forehead. Sometimes the “before kiss” is my favorite part.

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So thats it for now! hope that gave you guys some ideas to do every couples shoot! Right now we are actually in the process of planning our next seminar which will have a lot to do with posting and interacting. its gonna be a good one so look forward to info on that!!

Jessica Janae Photography Backstage Pass | Meet the Team

Hey guys! Announcing the second exciting thing this week! JESSICA JANAE PHOTOGRAPHY BACKSTAGE PASS!!! Every Friday we will be posting a video to show you guys a little bit of our crazy lives trying to run a successful international photography business! Some weeks it will be a day in my life, or sometimes it’ll be about the team, or a behind the scenes on a photoshoot!

This week I wanted to introduce my bomb team and explain what each of them do, because Jessica Janae Photography is not just me anymore. Heck no. Then were playing a really funny awkward game kind of like the Jimmy Fallon whisper game haha… bless it.

 

Farah and Trent Engagements | Salt Lake City, Utah

So it was a bloody miracle that this shoot even happened because it rained on and off the entire time!!! My camera was hidden under my shirt for like half the shoot. But they were super good sports and just ran through the rain and are the cutest people on the entire planet!

When we pulled up to this location I about had a heart attack. It is breathtaking. I feel like pictures dont even do it justice because you need to feel it. Miles of green rolling hills and a slight breeze overlooking the entire salt lake valley. Its like you’re in a dream up there. I think it looks like Ireland.

This bomb couple brought along their sick vintage white bug which just added this whole european vibe that was magic!!! Rain and clouds and all I thought it pulled together and gave the shoot such a gorgeous feel. Loved shooting this couple… they just got married a couple days ago so congrats to your gorgeous faces!!!!!

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Behind the Scenes | Maskcara Cosmetics

Hey guys!! I have another behind the scenes video for you this week!!!! We have been working with Cara of Maskcara Cosmetics for quite a while now, and seriously I just love the crap out of her. She is the most genuine and down to earth person ever!!! We always have so much fun hangin out and shooting for her makeup line. And can I just say…… her stuff is out of this world amazing!!!!! I’m not kidding it’s unreal. Go check out her website! http://www.maskcara.com/ Anyways I hope you guys enjoy seeing a little bit of what a day of commercial shooting looks like!!

xoxo

Jess

Cara Brook Family Shoot | St George, Utah | Family Photographer

As many of you already know I shoot a lot for this beautiful woman! Cara Brooks also known as Maskcara the makeup goddess of the universe! She has her own makeup line which is the coolest I’ve ever seen. Her contour kit is revolutionary haha. but seriously. http://www.maskcara.com/

I got to shoot her sweet family a few months back in St. George, Utah. It was gorgeous. Her boys are perfection. Ive never seen a baby that I honestly think is as cute as my kids hahahahha

I was on my way home from a girls trip in Vegas when I stopped off to do their family pictures and I was late!! So by the time we got to the location we had a half hour or less of light to shoot in so I was secretly stressing cuz light is my jam. But of course it just turned out to be perfection because Cara is the hottest mom on the earth apparently and because they are just all so sweet together, their interaction made for some gorgeous easy natural shots. exactly what I wanted. Just a family in love and playing/enjoying an evening in the desert; while just happening to be dressed up to the nines!

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