2010 Bloggie Award


So, you know that feeling when you walk into the cafeteria during junior high and all the cool kids are sitting at The Table. You know, corner of the popular universe where gel stays perfectly in hair, girls smile like they’re auditioning for Colgate commercials, and food never gets stuck in teeth. The Table. This is precisely the place where Joseph Tessier will sit with his tater tots and with a single wink make your world come crashing down.

You know that feeling? Well, I felt like that today. But way, way uncooler.

I recently heard my blog was nominated for a Bloggie Award. And this–my dear friends–is like Joseph Tessier winking at me with a MACK TRUCK OF TATER TOTS AT HIS SIDE. I was nominated for Best Photography of a Weblog Award and while this a huuuuge honor, I was kinda embarrassed too. Because, really, the other blogs nominated in my category are so incredibly legit I feel like such a dork. So legit, in fact, I’ve blogged about most of them here on my blog as people who inspire me….and…wait for it…most of them have books. Like, books they’ve written themselves and I’ve purchased. As in, they’re the popular photo bloggers and they’re sitting at The Table in cyberspace.

And I’m standing in the cafeteria with my trembling tray and spinach stuck in my front tooth. With my fly down.

The bloggers on the list are so incredibly amazing and I’m honored to be a part of this competition. For those of you who already voted, thank you. Regardless of the outcome, I’m incredibly blessed to do what I do and I appreciate the time you spend coming here.

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  1. Brandon M Sweet

    January 25th, 2010 at 3:28 pm


  2. Katelyn James

    January 25th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Wow! You go girl! Very exciting!

  3. Heather D

    January 25th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    congratulations, and thanks for being an inspiration!

  4. Dawn Regan

    January 25th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Congratulations, Jasmine! You deserve it!

  5. Erin Brannan

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    That’s weird because I’ve been thinking lately, "Jasmine should really write a book." You know everyone would totally buy it.

  6. Stephanie Stewart

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    You go, girl!!! I’ll be sure to vote for you! You work super hard, and it shows in your passion and dedication.

  7. analy

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    i luv your blogging abilities!
    me encanta leer to blog x ke siempre es una inspiracion para ser unomismo.


  8. Tara Parker

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Jasmine you so totally deserve to win this and in fact you should be sitting at the head of "The Table"!! You have been a true inspiration to so many of us to follow our dreams and you have been so giving of your time and insight to help the rest of us along. If I could enter you in every "Best Of…." contest I would! You truly are FABULOUS!

  9. Vanessa

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Jasmine, you’ve without a doubt created the most inspiring blog I’ve ever been to. So if I had an award to give, I’d give it to you. Without knowing it, you’ve helped push me to get where I am today, because you helped me believe in myself. While I’ve got a loooong way to go, I believe I’ll get there. Honestly – I don’t know how you did it, you’ve never even met me! But, thank you for all the advice you give so freely and really, just for being you.

  10. Kayleen T.

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    congrats Jasmine! That is major and definitely deserved!

  11. cyndi

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I voted for you this morning πŸ™‚

  12. Angel Canary

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I love love love reading your blog! Okay, THANK YOU for this photo! So THAT’S how you shoot in a dress/skirt! πŸ˜‰

  13. Shillawna Ruffner

    January 25th, 2010 at 4:47 pm


  14. inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    OH MY GOD!!!What an honor. Jasmine you are so totally cool right now.

  15. Heather LaBone

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Ha! You should so win. I think it’s cause your you, and that’s all there is to it! You are a *!

  16. Tammy Stark

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations Jasmine. You soooo deserve it. I’m thrilled for you. I’m guessing JD took that picture of you photographing a wedding. I so wish I could actually follow you around at one of your gigs, but pictures of you doing your thing is great! Post more. I’m trying to figure out which lense you’re using in that photo.

  17. Nina

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    do a book J*! I’d buy it on the spot! =)

  18. Lerissa

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I SECOND the book idea…can I pre-order?

  19. Jared Crawford

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Jasmine, everyone that’s been following your work and your life on here knows you deserve to be at The Table.

  20. Missy Desiree

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    You were in the same categorie at the sartorialist which made it very hard for me to choose between both of my favs! But in the end the only reason I choose you was because that adorable handsome man on your blog named Polo! πŸ˜‰ Congrats Girl & I hope you win because you deserve rock star status!

  21. Angela Smith Photography

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Well deserved, Jasmine. You may not realize it, but you’ve been sitting at the cool table for awhile now. Thank you for being an inspiration to the rest of us longingly looking over at The Table. πŸ™‚

  22. Katie

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Go, Jasmine, Go! Congratulations!

  23. charlotteelizabeth

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    your blog is da bomb diggity! way to go j*! you SO deserve it!!!!

  24. Jennifer Brotchie

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Congrats jasmine! It’s just proof that you are doing right. Just remember where you started and all that you’ve accomplished. Well deserved! Kudos!!!!

  25. shannon

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    congrats…cool kid!

  26. Alli Mc

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    I just voted and think you definitely deserve to win! Good luck!

  27. Sarah Permeh

    January 25th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Seriously? Ok girl.
    Here’s the deal, don’t let the rest of us wallflowers down, now!
    Stand up straight, order a double basket of tots, and stroll on over and SIT DOWN at that table.

    Don’t forget to send a wink or two our way…. πŸ™‚

  28. Kira

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    You know, I think the whole ‘legit blogger’ thing is in our minds- Frankly, your blog looks every bit as legit as the next photographer’s and I’ve enjoyed your posts for quite some time now, right along said those other published bloggers ;). Maybe you haven’t written a book yet- doesn’t mean you won’t. And in any case, the beauty of this modern cyber-space technology is that you actually get to BE whatever you project!!! I love your work, I love your humility- but take charge of this career, because you really, REALLY earn it!!!! <<333

  29. ajira

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    J*- congrats. You totally belong there, the nomination is well deserved. Also- I bet you if you go to Blurb and publish a book of some of your blog posts you’d sell a ton. I would certainly buy one. And then hey presto, not only would you be published, but self-published which is way awesome. πŸ™‚

    Now off to vote… Great pic of you in action by the way. Love it!

  30. Wendy

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Ok… seriously? It is so hard for me to see you feeling small next to any of those other people. You are seriously the only wedding blogger I keep up with as of right now. It takes a lot to impress me I guess… but you have. Keep it up! You deserve this award.

  31. Angie

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I voted for you! You rock! πŸ™‚

  32. Marisa Schibilla

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I love your humble nature, but let’s be real, you are the bomb!! So deserving, congrats Jasmine! πŸ™‚

  33. joan solitario

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    you know i’m gonna vote for you! i want you to win the $20.10 grand prize!!!!! wooo hooo!! heheh ;o)

  34. amanda thiessen

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    your amazing work speaks for itself and you have without a doubt earned it. you are rolling with the big dogs now πŸ˜‰

  35. Jowi

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Go, Jasmine! Congratulations! you deserve it!!!

  36. gina

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Wow Jasmine! You very much deserve it! Congratulations!!

  37. Megan Beth

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Book-schmook. You still rock.

  38. Molly Williams

    January 25th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Jasmine you shouldn’t say you aren’t at the cool table because if you’re not cool enough to sit at that table then that makes me the kid that eats lunch with the janitor. I was totally fine with not being as cool as you but I don’t think my ego can handle being the janitor’s bff. Regardless, congrats! You got my vote, and not just because I’m incredibly intimidated by your popularity but because you deserve it wholeheartedly.

  39. Carrie K

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    That is an awesome shot of you in action! In weddings, I feel like I’m imposing if I move around the front like you are in this shot… Do you ever feel gun-shy to get that close during an intimate ceremony? If so, how do you get over it?! πŸ™‚

  40. Jihan Cerda

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:11 pm


  41. Paige

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Aw, congrats!! And you totally deserve it! You’re not THAT big of a dork πŸ˜‰

  42. Joar AndrΓ©

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    You just got my vote. Seriously, this is The Best photography blog I have ever seen!

  43. Rachel

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    You’re doing great, but do remember to XYZ πŸ˜‰

  44. Jo Carr

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    You definitely deserve to be there!! You are my fav blogger by far and I’m sure there are thousands of others that feel the same way. Your blog is perfect in every way – cutting edge, awesome photography, great writing and witty down to earth humour! Stand tall!!

  45. Gina Meola

    January 25th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Umm. No competition. Obviously, you are the world’s ultimate phoblographer. xoxo

  46. sarah

    January 25th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    already voted for you! and if you had a book, i’d buy it!

  47. Meg

    January 25th, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    Along side the Sartorialist??? I have goose bumps.

  48. Shelby Hurst

    January 25th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    We are going to vote your perfect hair and "colgate smile" right on over to the cool kids table! You are awesome and good luck! Just voted!

  49. Harmony Loves

    January 25th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Of course you deserve to be there and you deserve to win! And how in the heck is your hair always so perfect??? Every picture I see of you, your hair is so neat and perfectly groomed. I always look like a hot mess πŸ™‚

  50. Ginger Murray

    January 25th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    HUGE honor, and well deserved, Jasmine!!! Congrats:) I think so many of us photographers aspire to be as avid a blogger as you. I can always count on there to be a new post every few days… I love it.

  51. Vicki James

    January 25th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Congratulations. A well deserved aknowledgement for your time, planning and commitment to your fantastic blog.

  52. MelissaFoscardo

    January 25th, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    It always amazes me when you talk about how you feel that you aren’t cool. To me, you are the epitome of ‘cool’. I put my vote in!

  53. Megan Siana

    January 25th, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Congrats! You deserve this recognition. Your humbleness makes it that much sweeter! πŸ™‚

  54. Cindy

    January 25th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Congrats!! Every accolade you receive is so well deserved! You’re an incredible photographer that we(other photogs) look up to!

  55. frannie

    January 25th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    You know you’ve got my vote…:)

  56. Alicia Damron

    January 25th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Okay, I have the same question as another commenter, how do you get over being in front like that shooting? I too, feel like I am imposing. And I’ll ask another question, how do you pose like that in a dress without worrying that all the guests can see up it?! But, you totally deserve the award, I love your blog, you are inspiring and so open with your feelings, thanks!

  57. Evie Perez

    January 25th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Congratulations, Jasmine!!! You deserve this award..Yipee!!!!

  58. megmanionsilliker

    January 25th, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    dear jasmine. you’re fabulous. period. love me.

  59. Adrienne Gunde

    January 25th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Congrats! The nomination is so well deserved!!

  60. Lydia

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I know for a fact that you’ve helped to write a book before, and I’m hoping you’ll do so again in the near future! Totally voted my conscience…go Jasmine and Pioneer Woman!

  61. Shannon

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    You completely deserve this! (i may or may not have voted twice for you) I love reading your adorable stories. congrats!

  62. Lisa H. Chang

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:21 am

    What? There isn’t a book? I swear I remember reading it just the other day … πŸ™‚ You totally deserve the award! I LOVE your blog!

  63. Diana Lupu

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    You know those photographers you mention? The ones you blog about and the ones you look up to? The ones you feel are so much cooler than you? Yea, thats how I feel about you. You are cooler than cool and you deserve every big of that award. ROCK ON JASMINE STAR!

  64. Edward Maurer

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Work it girl!

  65. Ed Hamlin

    January 26th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Jasmine, I was going to say I am surprised, but I am not. I have a few things to say about you.

    First, we both know Imthiaz, she told me about you and we have exchange a few emails since. I say this because you provided some inspiration through your blog and our correspndence.

    Second you are about being artitstically passionate wedding photographer and creating the memorable moments couples want to hold onto even when they are 60.

    I thought the bloggies were like the peoples choice for weblogs. If that is the case then you should definitely being a top runner. Not only do you inspirie through your words but the images you create. if that isn’t reason enough to be a front runner then, people criteria needs to be re-evaluated.

    It doesn’ matter that you haven’t written a book. That will come with time and in a year or two there will be another young photographer who will say the same things you have said.

    So shoot on and enjoy the ride. Keep on being the inspiration others need to be successful at following their passion.

  66. Johanna Perales

    January 26th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I second what Alicia Damron said! Please fill us in! HA HA I saw your picture and immediately thought how does she do that in a dress?! Must be her ninja moves. πŸ˜‰ And congrats!! What an honor! You have my vote hands down!

  67. Jewelielyn

    January 26th, 2010 at 4:44 am

    i guess this just means you had better get busy writing a book. just make sure that when you do, it sounds like YOU, not some generic editor . . .

  68. Stephanie Klein

    January 26th, 2010 at 4:51 am

    Very well deserved Miss Jasmine. Congratulations!

  69. Jo-Anne Kyle

    January 26th, 2010 at 5:02 am

    I just voted – for you, of course, you so deserve to win! I only wish I could have voted for you in more than one category. Good Luck!

  70. Ryan Parent Photographers

    January 26th, 2010 at 5:10 am

    AMAZING BLOG!! Congradulations! You are so talented!

  71. lisa.k

    January 26th, 2010 at 5:25 am

    Congrats Jasmine! Your deserve it for all your frequent, inspiring and honest blogging. Oh, and can I just say points to you for rocking our your photography in a dress! I love this photo! And your arms look seriously toned! You’re simply fabulous! ; )

  72. Apple

    January 26th, 2010 at 6:05 am

    woohooo! i’m rooting for you jas!:)
    dorks are cool!

  73. Shawn

    January 26th, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Congratz!! You are LEGIT (taking a word from your post)

  74. Karen

    January 26th, 2010 at 7:38 am

    You’ve got my vote.

  75. e'lisa

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    congrats jasmine! so happy for you!!

  76. Lara Rios

    January 26th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I already voted for you of course!!!

  77. Celesa

    January 26th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Congratulations Jasmine. You deserve this. Your blog is so inspiring and you are as well. You are constantly paying it forward and you are just overall amazing. You go Rock Star!

  78. Chad Banning

    January 26th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Yay J*!!

  79. Jasmine*

    January 26th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks so much for the support, friends! πŸ™‚ For those who asked, I snuck in the front to get a shot of the groom before the bride walked down the aisle. There was a slight pause in the ceremony and while people waited, I snuck in like a ninja. πŸ˜‰ Also, when shooting in a skirt, just make sure and keep at least one part of each leg connected at all times. Whoa. That sounded so lame!!! πŸ™‚

  80. Anouschka

    January 26th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Just voted πŸ˜€ Congrats Jasmine, your blog so deserves to be nominated! (and win!!)

  81. caroline

    January 26th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Congrats! More people feel that way than you’d think (I remember a friend had just started teaching college, and won some award. He said he was still waiting for someone to bust into his class yelling "Fraud!") Also, your skirt advise is dead on.

    Personally, I ate lunch with the stoner kids. Explains so much…

  82. Katie Whitcomb

    January 26th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Congratulations!!! That is so awesome.

  83. inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    January 26th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    @ jamine That did sound funny, you know this past year was the first time I have ever shot in a knee length dress. I always felt before that if I wore a dress it screamed "watch out women photographer coming your way" I guess it’s the fact that photography was mainly a male dominated industry.But Jasmine you inspired me to embrace my femininity. the photography industry is no longer a male dominated one. & I can be a girl photog πŸ˜€

  84. chandra

    January 26th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I voted…you totally deserve it. Yours was the first blog I became additcted to and inspire me in my blogging everyday! big fan of your blog, even bigger fan of your work!

  85. Olivia

    January 26th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Wow! What great news- congrats!! You definitely deserve it πŸ™‚

  86. Hiroko

    January 26th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Congratulations! I have loved looking at all your great photography work!

  87. Christine

    January 26th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Oooooh… I know exactly that feeling from when I was up for a Bloggie years ago! Congratulations – you totally deserve it!!!

    So are you going to go to SXSWi to accept it when you win? Hope so!

  88. Dawn McCarthy

    January 26th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    Of course I voted for you and of course you are deserving! Congratulations.

  89. Renay

    January 26th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Three things: 1. Congrats! 2. You are as legit as they come! 3. Does "An Altered Life" mean anything to you? πŸ˜‰ I’m just saying!

  90. feuza

    January 26th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Congrats J*

  91. Juli L.

    January 26th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    I love reading your blog and the photography of course is fantastic! I checked out the other contenders and still yours came out on top for me. Hope you win! You deserve it. πŸ™‚

  92. simply modern weddings

    January 26th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    congrats on the nomination girlie! you got my vote!

  93. Jubilee Lau

    January 26th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Congratulations! Your blog is always informative and fun to read. You deserved it!

  94. blissfulcreationsblog

    January 27th, 2010 at 3:47 am

    wow, do you really dress like that when you go on gigs? You look amazing! And I hope those are flat shoes you are wearing. Props to you!

  95. Nellie Guerrero

    January 27th, 2010 at 3:55 am

    Holding your hand in straight cheerleader fashion and we will squeal and scream like a bunch teenage girls!!

  96. Izabelinda

    January 27th, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Congratulations Jasmine!

  97. Tamara

    January 27th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Congrats Jasmin! You so deserve the nomination and to win. Your work is amazing, your posts are interesting, funny, generous…if you just put your blog posts into a book you would have a best seller. You are the best…(even if spinach was stuck in your front tooth..lol :))

  98. Ashley Sellers

    January 27th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    On a side note. I love how you rock a dress and banging heels to shoot a wedding. The day I pull that card is the day I’m a real photographer.

  99. brenda Aguilar

    January 27th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Congratulations Jasmine.

  100. Melanie

    January 28th, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Congratulations!! Love reading your blog

  101. Stephanie Osborne

    January 28th, 2010 at 6:12 am

    I voted…. Love your blog πŸ™‚

  102. Paulette

    January 29th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Congrats on the nomination! You know, someone thought you were good enough, so you should, too. Now get out there and sit at The Table!

  103. Katie Dixon

    January 30th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Oh Jasmine. You’re oh so humble. I think of your blog as the Godfather of blogs. I look at it every time I feel a writers block. I am so redundant and you always have great fresh thoughts to share. YOU DESERVE THIS. πŸ™‚

  104. B

    March 3rd, 2010 at 8:17 am

    You have an amazing style of writing. You are (it must be said) quite funny. lol And I bet you did great. When is the outcome announced?? Or am I waay behind??

  105. Jennie Renaudo

    March 7th, 2010 at 6:30 am

    This post was awesome. I laughed sooo hard at Picture Ruining 101

  106. Dillon Driscoll

    July 10th, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Brb, dying XD Love you J*!