All My Issues…And Texas.


It was 4a.m. when my alarm blared, and I jerked awake trying to remember where I was. Oh yeah, my bedroom. And it’s dark out. JD moved around the room in a comfortable silence and at 4:45a.m. we headed to the airport to catch our flight to Texas. JD mentioned something about me arriving too early to the airport and I simply replied I’m a responsible traveler. More like crazy traveler, JD corrected me. And then I was all, Huh? Which led to a litany of other questions and left me asking, Oooooh, really? Well, then, tell me what my issues are…

And here’s where any husband reading this post will yell at his computer screen: It’s a trap! No! RUN THE OTHER WAY!

There we were, driving along the 405 freeway and JD said…
*You can’t eat left-overs.
*You can only write with a fine-point pen.
*You leave drawers and cupboards open.
*You’re obsessive compulsive.
*You looked me in the face and said you were allergic to doing laundry. Allergic?!

Hey there Mr. Self-Realization-Before-Sunrise! Would you like a side of Truth with your plate of Honesty? Yummmmm.

As we boarded our flight an hour later, I reminded JD of that one time I ate left-over pizza that one night. And, I’m pretty sure I did get hives that one time when I touched Tide With Bleach. Last night–after meeting with hundreds of photographers in College Station, Texas–I crawled into bed. I was exhausted, but I heard JD shutting the drawers I left open in the bathroom.

Okay, so maybe I have issues, but I’m incredibly happy to travel with man who deals with them all. And takes pictures of our adventures.

Last night I had the pleasure of speaking to Brazos Valley PPA group at the Hilton Conference Center and I couldn’t have been more welcome. The board embraced us with open arms and it was an honor sharing the night with such a fabulous group of people.
Is it just me or do I point alot when I talk?

Okay. During the presentation the ever fab crew at Showit donated three FREE websites to give away to a few lucky winners. On whim I decided to give a website to the person wearing the cutest cowboy boots. The crowd voted and an amazing pair of tan and turquoise boots won the website. Now, if that ain’t Texas, I don’t know what is! 😉

I absolutely love what I do. I’m blessed to share this industry with the people I have the chance to meet on the road. I feel a distinct change in the culture of the photo world and I’m honored to hang on for the ride with truly awesome people I can now call friends.

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. eve

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    When are you coming to Atlanta…please Oh please Oh Please…. and tag Polo with you too!!

  2. Jessica Frey Photography

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    A fabulous boot contest? In good ‘ol College Station!? That’s amazing! Those Aggie girls sure do know how to rock a cute pair of boots! I also hope you were overwhelmed with Howdy’s and Hey Ya’lls and the amazing friendliness that Texas is! Whoop!

  3. Tab McCausland

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Bwahhhhh allergic to laundry LOVE LOVE it 🙂

  4. Faye

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    It’s okay, I can only write with a fine-point pen too! 😉 They have to be the Japanese fine point pens though, haha.

  5. Alicia Candelora

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Wait…there’s something wrong with leaving drawers and cabinets open? My boyfriend and JD should form a support group.

  6. Ryan Price

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    It was so great to have you come talk to us last night. I left with so many things running through my mind, and I can’t wait to implement some of them in the way I do business! Thanks for your honesty and the way you call people to get out of the box and do things better. Although I opted to not stand in the forever long line to talk with you personally, I managed to talk with the equally cool JD for a few minutes, and considered the night a success! Thanks again for both of you coming and sharing!

  7. Marcus Bullock

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I wish I had known of this event. I SO would have been there!

  8. Linda

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    What kind of change? You said you see a change happening in the photography world? BTW God Bless you for all of your positive words and being a very honest person

  9. Stefanie

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I would love to be able to do that, stand in front of people in our industry and talk to them about I what I do.

  10. Kathy Norwood

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Again, if we haven’t said it enough-Here’s a big Texas thank you. It was a great pleasure to be your hosts and we were certainly challenged to see where we could expand our reach and I will certainly start working on the listening to my inner voice about being different. Love ya and "yee haw". Happy trails back to CA. Kathy and Robert

  11. Amanda Hagood

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Girl, it was great having you in Texas! Now we just have to get YOU (and maybe even Polo) an awesome pair of boots 🙂
    Y’all come back now, ya hear?!

  12. Claire Garrett

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Seriously – please write a book!! You make me laugh out loud often & that is a gift x

  13. Yadira

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    OK I’m mad that there is not a full color shot of the winning boots! They sound FABULOUS! xoxo

  14. Heather Bird

    January 25th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I am guilty of leaving the drawers and cupboards open too and have a husband that goes insane with my habit! He is also the main laundry-doer in our home. Love ya, Jasmine!

  15. Kellie

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I looooove to leave drawers and cabinet doors unclosed!!! I have no idea why! It’s just me …. and my kind and patient husband just goes right along behind me shutting them with a smile!

  16. Cheri Root

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Oh…good ‘ol College Station, Texas-home of Texas A&M-my alma matter-Gig’em Jasmine! Hope you had a great big Texas time!

  17. Matt

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    So when you speak in L.A. do we get to have a "Best Sunglasses" competition to win a free website?

  18. MartaV

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Leftovers are just wrong! And by the way my husband thinks I am way weird to think so too. I am so picky about my pens too. Not only is fine point necessary but I really dislike black ink, it must be blue ink. I absolutely cringe when I am at my FT job and all they have are medium point BLACK pens. I bring in special pens and guard them. 🙂 Just wait til I can do photography full time. My office will only have the best pens. :)Doesn’t everyone get hives from laundry? Unfortunately there is no one else in my house who would do it so I must suffer thru. 🙂 Thank goodness we have such amazing husbands who put up with all our quirks.

  19. Krystal

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    You feel a distinct change? I’d like to hear more about that! What do you feel?

  20. Jared Tseng

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Jasmine, it was such a pleasure and a treat having you come speak last night. No lie, my roommate (who also came) and I spent the following 2 1/2 hours discussing all you had talked about. Really loved how you pushed all of us to be open, honest, and vulnerable with ourselves and our work. Thanks tons!

  21. CNicole

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    So glad you enjoyed the Lone Star State (did I just say that?). Hopefully you’ll come back soon. I would love to see you speak.

  22. Jennifer Beitchman

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Jasmine-If it makes you feel any better, I went 37 years without doing laundry…and I mean I seriously didn’t know how! Then I had a baby and I realized I couldn’t get away with that anymore. And turns out….I don’t mind it. I still don’t like folding it though….OH and I taught myself how to iron…sort of. Growing up sucks!

  23. Sheree

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    4 out of 5 I totally do too, and I am sort of allergic to laundry, but it has to be done…oooh, and that reminds me need to get myself some cowboy boots!

  24. B

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    And a side note, your jacket looks great.

  25. Life with Kaishon

    January 25th, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I love that you share your joy : )

  26. Dianne

    January 25th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    We had a BLAST! I signed up for the newsletter today and hope I can attend more of your seminars in the future!!


  27. Julie Randall

    January 25th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I’m allergic to leftovers, too. Something about the smell of things that should be hot when they’re all congealed and cold and…okay, I need to stop before I get all nauseated.

  28. Stacey - Total City Girl

    January 25th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I’m sorry to say I’m with JD on the open drawer issue. My husband make sme crazy with this! I’m always finding open drawers around the apt and having to close them. Why is it so difficult to do in the first place??

  29. Lydia

    January 25th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Both JD and Texas are pretty much amazing!

  30. Maria

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    You are awesome and always such an inspirations to other in the industry – that is all! 😉 I love all the cowboy boots…I think it’s time I get a pair! xoxo

  31. Home Girl

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I have issues as well, but hey…it is what makes us unique.

    I do not eat leftovers….I am allergic to dishes…I know if something has been moved that I put somewhere whether it belongs there or not.

    Love me…love my issues!

    Rock On!!

  32. Shanna Leigh

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you SO much for sharing your awesomeness with us last night! It was so nice to meet you and all of the other photographers there!

    YEHAW! 😉

  33. Chung Nguyen

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I’m curious about your aversion to leftovers now….

  34. Mike Najera

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Here are more photos of you guys. You’re the best. See you guys in Vegas! WPPI here we come.

  35. Ria Liu

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I LOVE the boots! AND the fact that all of those up on stage in those fab boots also have some fab bling! I love me some big bracelets and bigger rings 🙂

  36. Adriana H.G.

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Hey, my husband could also make a list of my issues! but I’d rather not go there right now… lol

  37. jeneile

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Glad to see that I’m not the only one with some of those ‘issues’. I have to have Bic Roundstick Grip FINE point pens special ordered to Office Depot. 😛

  38. ashley barnett

    January 25th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I love your blazer Jasmine! Something about a cute blazer with contrasting sleeves gets me everytime!

  39. Claudia

    January 25th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    love the boots image!

  40. Yvette Villareal

    January 25th, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    WOW!!! You are surely & truly blessed with many things. May the Lord keep blessing you & JD : – )

  41. LEOLAK

    January 25th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Cracking up! I can so hear you saying the…Ohhhh really…what are my issues..with a little bit of neck roll in there too! LOL Thanks for the laugh…and don’t worry about pointing and using hands when you talk…there’s a club of us…and well…those who don’t are jealous! lol

  42. Hedi kloy

    January 25th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Ha! I love that you allergic to laundry as I am to dusting. Life can be boring without issues.

  43. Katelyn James

    January 25th, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Of course the teal ones won:) thats my girl!

  44. AnneMarie

    January 25th, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    That’s a lot lot lot of cowboy boots in one room!!!

  45. Alex

    January 25th, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    You and JD are so cute 🙂

  46. Valerie Yamile

    January 26th, 2011 at 12:27 am

    I’m so happy I have a picture of you and me. Now, I don’t feel like a weird blog stalker. And you have evidence, that I’m not some weird, bald, sweaty guy with a beer belly that leaves you comments on your website.

  47. Kevin Wrenn Photography

    January 26th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I so love how you just put it all out there! Inspirational!

  48. Anne

    January 26th, 2011 at 12:57 am

    I think needing to write with fine point pens isnt so bad. I share in that 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us !

  49. Nicole Delaney

    January 26th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I only write with fine point pens too.

  50. Sam@Shuttersnap

    January 26th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Ha, ha, I leave the drawers and cupboards open too. See you in Brisbane next month!

  51. Mom

    January 26th, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I am sooooooo glad you had a great time. I understand Texas has some of the warmest people around. Take me with you next time you go!!!!

  52. Terri Thomas

    January 26th, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I sure wish I could have been there!!

  53. Emily Burlingame

    January 26th, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I am pretty sure ALL women have the same issues – at least all my friends husbands seem to complain about the same things!

  54. susan jennings

    January 26th, 2011 at 2:50 am

    I love the cowboy boot competition!! What a wonderful idea! Enjoy Texas.

  55. natalie

    January 26th, 2011 at 2:56 am

    You have a great way of speaking that makes your audience feel comfortable. I just watched a preview of a presentation on the show it freedom tour. It brought me to tears! I was so inspired! Thank you for sharing and caring:).

  56. Kelsey Anderson

    January 26th, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Love the idea of the boot contest lol

  57. Christy

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:10 am

    I am the same way on all parts! (Except I eat leftovers… oh yes, I eat leftovers.) 🙂

  58. Stefanie Russell

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Giiiirl! My vintage boots are on there! 😉

  59. Kari Layland

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Love your ideas! The boot thing is awesome 🙂

  60. amanda thiessen

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:21 am

    i looove the boot idea winner! 🙂 so good 🙂

  61. lentie

    January 26th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Those issues don’t sound too bad!

  62. andrew poster

    January 26th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks so much Jasmine and JD. Not only did you share your amazing info on how to approach our photog biz in todays fast pace world, you also shared your hearts with us. I hope you had a safe trip home and all is well in Cali, Thanks again!

  63. Molly

    January 26th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Looks like it was a good time! Wish I could’ve gone.

  64. Paula

    January 26th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Come to Nashville. PLEASE?????

  65. Katie

    January 26th, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Thank you for everything. It’s been 2 days and I’m still inspired. I don’t think the energy is going to disappear anytime soon. 🙂

  66. Diana Lupu

    January 26th, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    When you come to South Florida (still crossing my fingers) you can host a flip flop contest and i’ll do my very best to win! 😉

  67. Shayla J

    January 27th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Jasmine it was a pleasure meeting you and thank you, thank you , thank you for sharing your knowledge!!

  68. Lee Moffatt

    January 27th, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Hi Jasmine, this is my first comment. I just want to say that your blog and story is very inspiring, I just wish you could come over to the UK. I’d even meet you and JD at the airport lol

  69. lmend

    January 27th, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    and let me second the request for you to come to florida, but TAMPA! any further details about the type of industry change you have noticed?

  70. Lisa Youngblood

    January 27th, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Jasmine, I’m glad you had a good time here in Central TX. I was so looking forward to your seminar. I paid and planned to come, but had to miss due to an upper respitory infection. I so hate that I missed your information. Do you by chance sell a DVD of the presentation?

  71. Chris Aram (Columbus OH)

    January 28th, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I hope you ate Freebirds while you were there? 🙂

  72. Christopher

    January 28th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Really? Was nearly every attendee there wearing boots!?

  73. Jim Rand

    January 30th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I wish I could have made it! Any plans to do the same in San Francisco?

  74. Tiffany Lauderdale

    January 31st, 2011 at 12:47 am

    I just moved from Texas or else I would’ve been there with my BOOTS on!! That’s awesome!! Jasmine come to Wichita, KS PLZ!!!!

  75. Jenna Danelle

    January 31st, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Husbands everywhere, beware! Lol – you write so beautifully you make the best of the worst seem so, well, funny and light hearted in the end… It’s ok JD, men everwhere feel your pain – but I know she’s worth all that work! lol. Mine seems to do the same for me – I’m glad we have such awesome guys to support out quirkyness.