I've been on POTN for a while contributing on the Small Flash and Studio lighting forum. I've learned alot, learned how to use Elinchrom strobes, Skyports and Mola beauty dishes... My pics thus far have been "model" type shoots with heavy photoshop in post.
A friend at work asked me to do a bridal shoot after her photographer shot. I did and all her friends loved the pics but someone mentioned they would use me for "pre-bridal" because my style was more a fashion style shoot, which I now realize is true. You can see the pics on my flickr. That got me mad and I started looking into wedding photography. Like many others when you search the web for popular wedding photogs, Jasmine Star comes up. I really like her style.
Some things I've discerned from checking out her blog:
-she shoots mostly wide open for a shallow depth of field ie-50/1.2 which really isolates the subject giving a 3D feel. Something I think she got from Mike Colon. I watched his 4 day intensive dvd and she was a model in it.
-mostly natural light and very little flash. From watching Colon's dvd, in terms of flash, he sparingly uses an on camera Nikon speedlight but avoids it in favor of hi iso, wide aperture and ambient light.
-skies are usually overexposed because she doesn't believe in fill flash outdoors. She exposes for the subject so the skies get blown out. However, after looking at many of her pics the blown out skies look simple and nice. Kinda like a hi key background.
-she likes bright colorful images and probably significant sharpening in photoshop. I find it hard to believe that an L lens alone can render the sharpness seen in her images
-her greatest strength- she's able to get true emotions and generate genuine smiles in her subjects
I'm going to be shooting a friend's wedding (less than 50 people) in November and it seems like Jasmine Star's clean, simple style would make the bride and groom happy. Anyone else care to opine on her techniques?