I was waking up at night, and somehow I felt that I needed to check my emails.
Somehow my eyes were already sparkling even though I didn’t know what would happen in the next moment (that’s what you call intuition I think!).
“Tim, I just got an email from Rangefinder. I am one of their Rising Stars 2018.” – “Oh Darling, that’s exciting news.” SNOOOOOOZE.
I would love to write a story here how exciting this moment was! I would love to tell you that we danced in the kitchen and drank a bottle of wine. But the truth is: We didn’t. Because we couldn’t really believe what was happening here. And writing those lines, reading my name on Rangefinder again and again, flipping through the sites of this printed magazine.. yes, somehow I slowly realize it: I am a rising star of wedding photography 2018.
It’s already one day since Rangefinder revealed their list and I feel like I’m the only one of all photographers who hasn’t shared a post yet or shown off the submission.. But today is the day I REALIZE that all this really happened!
This morning I got up and felt like someone has just poured a a bucket of stardust above my head! (Can recommend achieving this feeling to everyone out there!)
I just want to say THANK YOU! Thank you to my wonderful family which is always standing behind me and cheering on me. No matter what I do. I’m a person which is struggling with doubts sooo many times. There are days in my life I get up in the morning and feel like the worst photographer out there. But who is feeling awesome everyday? I have already gone through stages in my photography life I didn’t know if I was really made to be a photographer because there are so many freaking amazing people out there doing a WONDERFUL job. But there were people always believing in me. In what I do. And that’s what kept my fire alive. I can’t be more thankful for my real friends (believe me, if you are having 5 real FRIENDS in your life that’s a lot!) who are always like a mirror for me. Going through the good and the bad with me. And I can’t be more thankful for my wonderful bridal couples. I don’t want to say clients because we don’t have this weird relationship. I am allowed to be so close in peoples lives. They share their life moments with me and their LOVE. One of the most precious things anyone could ever share with me. You are GOLD. Not to forget Tim.. he really celebrated the 30-Rising-Star-Day to his fullest! Started the day cooking breakfast, doing a bicycle tour with me and eating at my favourite japanese restaurant although he craved for mexican burgers! Do I need to say more how this man puts all of his love into me?
So and here comes my special straight-from-the-heart-awesome-thank-you: Thank you RANGEFINDER! Thanks to all of the editors, directors and all of the lovely people out there who work so much for making all this possible! You are the ones that always keep this industry going! You’re the one that make dreams come true for so many photographers out there! You are the ones that make people chase for the stars! THANK YOU.
And just one last thing I wish everyone (because I really had to learn it for such a long and hard time): Believe in yourself. You are so full of love and wonders. It’s time to show the world how amazing you are! If there’s anyone telling you that you can’t chase dreams: Throw a bucket of stardust in his face! If I can do this, you can totally do this!
Here you will find the amazing article on Rangefinder and all of the other Rising Stars (whooop whooop):
November 2, 2018
"There will never be enough words in any language to express our gratitude to Jasmin and Tim at Flora&Grace. We were introduced to them through our wedding planners and as soon as I saw their work I knew we would be working together. Every image tells a story and takes you right back to that day. They captured our wedding weekend completely. When we saw our photos and videos for the first time we couldn’t even speak right away. They are an absolute dream."
"There will never be enough words in any language to express our gratitude."
FROM NEW YORK
"Thank you so much for these wonderful photographs! Words cannot describe how happy it makes us to look at these recordings of time. Tim not only captured the look of this wedding - but above all - how it really felt for us and for our guests. Whenever we look at the pictures, all the excitement and bliss comes right back to us and we discover new favorite shots each time. Thank you for giving us this perfect memory!"
"Whenever we look at the pictures, all the excitement and bliss comes
right back to us"
"Jasmin and Tim of Flora & Grace really captured our
attention because their photography was so elegant, stylish, yet without pretense. We really loved their aesthetic and the fact that their shots looked
more like fashion editorials than typical wedding photos. We really loved how positive and excited they were about the wedding and the fact that their
shooting style was to simply capture us as we were naturally."
"their photography was so elegant, stylish, yet without pretense."
FROM NEW YORK
"Dear Jasmin and Tim,
thank you so much for your wonderful work. It's incredible where you've been, what you've captured, what you've seen and how you've orchestrated it. And the way you selected it, edited it - we’re honestly deeply impressed. You have created art "en passant", which in our perception on the day, we hardly noticed - and if then only as very pleasant. You have far exceeded our expectations and given us a wonderful gallery of memories to last a lifetime. We cannot thank you enough.
See you soon - hopefully in Mallorca."
"You have given us a wonderful gallery of memories to last a lifetime."
"On a wedding day, multiple things can be stressful, but with Jasmin, photography was not one of them. She talked with us a lot before and understood what we wanted out of it and what we're comfortable with. She was light as a feather the whole time and everything felt very natural. She was smiling, laughing and open to all our needs. We trusted her art and she trusted our story. Once we saw the final pictures, we actually got to relive our entire day which was priceless. Everything was captured with the same energy it happened, from the location, to getting ready, to the first look, the ceremony, the guests, the hugs, the tears and the smiles."
"She was light as a feather the whole time and everything felt very natural."
"Jasmin & Tim, you guys were super amazing and accommodating, made us feel at ease and beautiful. I'm so glad we had the chance to see Positano together and share these moments. We just wanted to express our gratitude. Thank you guys so much!
Lisa & Russell"
"You guys were super amazing and accommodating."
"We cannnot thank them enough for their absolutely gorgeous photos and film. We were both blown away by their pure talent and dedication to their craft! We cannot recommend them highly enough and thank them for making us feel comfortable and for all they've done to capture our day so beautifully! These guys are true treasures!"
"We were both blown away by their pure talent and dedication to their craft!"
"Their images are so incredibly beautiful and touching. They documented their bond perfectly. Just wanted to say how grateful I am that they accepted to come and capture Josephine and Micke's wedding. They were such a joy to be around and brought lots of happiness, laughter and positivity to the day - it would've been entirely different without them there! They made Josephine and Micke feel so relaxed and just blended into the day and celebrations seamlessly. The photos look sensational. I can't thank them enough."
"They made Josephine and Micke feel so relaxed and just blended into the day seamlessly."
Thank you SO much for capturing our DREAM with such beauty! We are obsessed with the photos & film and will always treasure all the wonderful memories thanks to you!
Lots of love,
Marie & Tomas
"thank you so much for capturing our dream with such beauty."
"Your photos are so romantic, light and so perfectly captured in a moment of pure love. You capture details that almost no one can see. I love seeing our photographs on and on and on. When something is so beautiful it will never be boring! I’m very happy I have so much luck that I found you."
"You captured details that almost
No one can see. "
"I was amazed how much effort you have put toward shooting photos on our wedding including all sorts of details. I was thrilled to see details which I did not recognize during the wedding! I can not thank you enough and most of all, I could never find a photographer like YOU who is a talented young beautiful lady! So Arigato (=thank you in Japanese!)"
"I was thrilled to see details which I did not recognize during the wedding!"
"We were instantly thrilled with Jasmin style: emotional, with a timeless beauty and a dedication to capture even the smallest details with her sense of aesthetics. After our first phone call, I was very happy that Jasmin was also very relaxed and funny. We quickly realized that we were united by a penchant for little details, so I was very sure that she was the right photographer for us. This was finally confirmed on our wedding day: with her cheerful and relaxed nature she did not let an initial tension arise. ..
The pictures of our wedding have become really beautiful, each one is a work of art!"
"each picture is a work of art!"