Anti-Workshop: Day Three


Today was the last day of the seminar. It was kind of sad saying goodbye to all the amazing photographers I met here in Seattle, but I find solace knowing our paths will cross again because the industry is quite small and interconnected. Today was probably the best day of the seminar because it’s when all the dots were connected and the proverbial “Ah Ha” moment occurred. The first two days were spent laying the foundation and today the walls and roof were completed…and the interior design? That’s left up to me.

Today the Boutwell’s and John Michael Cooper discussed everything ranging from workflow, album design, and Photoshop and I have to give Chenin major props for keeping the lectures on track and thoroughly fruitful. Everyone has been completely transparent and willing to answer every and any question and I encourage anyone reading this to immediately sign up for the next seminar because it was worth every penny–and oh the many pennies there were! 😉

One of the main differences in this workshop is that while we’re given models to photograph, it’s not necessarily to buttress our portfolios, but, rather, to apply what we learned and prove that the hours of planning and lecturing have not been in vain. So we were assigned 24 photo projects to shoot in two hours around Downtown Seattle. A little daunting, eh? And to make things better/worse (depending on one’s perspective), the class was comprised of some out-of-control-amazing photographers, so everyone wanted to shine. Duh…who doesn’t want to look good in front of my not-so-secret-crushes?!

I was paired with Kate, Jen, and our amazing model, Rena. We couldn’t have dreamt for a more sweeter, kinder, and more courageous bride than Rena…she’s the true reason our images/pre-visualizations came to fruition. At the end of a very long day yesterday, Kate, Jen and I sat together and chose images that aptly reflected our assignments and tentatively submitted our final cut. We were happy with our choices, but after viewing the images the other groups were producing, we knew the Boutwell’s and Cooper’s were going to have a tough time choosing a winner.

Flashforward: This morning.
Everyone sat in class and waited to see each other’s work…I have to admit when our images were projected on the projector, my stomach somersaulted a few times because the class’ body of collective work was pretty darn cool. I can’t even begin to describe how wonderful everyone’s images were! What a talented group of photographers! At the end, when Chenin was about to announce the winner, there was a collective pause of breath. When she announced that my team WON, I was beside myself with pride. We worked hard and to be noticed for our images was beyond rewarding.

I want to personally thank Chenin, Dalisa, Doug, and John (my kick-butt pool partner from this evening!) for all their hard work. I’ve been blessed to attend six or seven seminars over the past year and this has got to be one of the very best. Nothing was left unnoticed and no question unanswered. The seminar was a true reflection of who they are as photographers, but–more importantly–as people. They’re nothing short of fabulous. From the bottom of my very deep heart, thank you.

Here are a few of my photos from our group submission

Assignment: Backlit

Assignment: Shoot Down on Subject

Assignment: Shoot in an Unexpected Place

Assignment: Humor

Assignment: Masculine Photograph

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  1. marisa holmes

    June 22nd, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Great job J* your photos rocked the house! You are such an amazing photographer and friend. I am so glad I got to spend time with you in Seattle and wake up to your smiling face every day. Keep up all the good work! 😉

  2. david baxter

    June 22nd, 2007 at 7:33 am

    WOW!!! that first image is killer!!! love the last 2 also. you sure you need workshops?? 🙂 maybe a jasmine* workshop!! me first!!

  3. david bornais

    June 22nd, 2007 at 9:19 am

    Hi Jasmine,

    Great your pictures ! Now, I want to make a workshop with you 🙂

  4. Kenny Kim

    June 22nd, 2007 at 12:19 pm

    I too love the first image! Sounds like a wonderful workshop!

  5. erin vey

    June 22nd, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Wow. It’s like you took the words right out of my head and wrote such an eloquent summary about the workshop. Loved all your images from that day and it was great to meet you! 🙂 Erin

  6. Kelley

    June 22nd, 2007 at 5:02 pm

    You guys totally rocked that shoot – way to go 😉

  7. Sinead

    June 22nd, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    Beautiful work, Jasmine. And thanks for the insightful review. Perhaps I should set up an anti-savings account for next year’s workshop!

  8. C.J. Scott

    June 22nd, 2007 at 5:57 pm

    Oh man…I wish I went! Seattle is just a stone’s throw away! Oh well, it’s so wonderful that you had a great time 🙂 That backlit shot is the most beautiful one I’ve seen in a long while.

  9. millie

    June 22nd, 2007 at 7:15 pm


  10. Melissa McClure

    June 22nd, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    See, Jen and I are not the only ones rooting for a Jasmine* workshop!!

  11. Heather Cole

    June 22nd, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Jasmine, I loved, loved, loved your shots. I’m so happy I was able to meet you at the workshop and even happier we were paired together on our first assignnmentt! I can’t wait to see you again.

    Until then!

    – Heather

  12. Chenin

    June 23rd, 2007 at 4:25 am

    Miss Jasmine… I can’t say enough how wonderful it was to get to know you and to see you put your all into each assignment. Your images were beautiful and I was blown away by what a warm, sweet person you are. I am glad you enjoyed the workshop!

    And, p.s., I have a little crush on you too! 😉

  13. Fred Egan

    June 23rd, 2007 at 4:32 am

    You are truly developing your talent my friend 😀 So glad you were able to come!

  14. Justine Ungaro

    June 23rd, 2007 at 6:22 am

    This looks like an incredible experience. Now I wish I had been there. 🙂

  15. James Christianson

    June 23rd, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    these photos are beautiful and so imaginative! WOW!

    p.s. who created your blog? it’s great

  16. dustin steller

    June 24th, 2007 at 2:53 am

    Jasmine…it was an honor to meet you this week and a pleasure to shoot a little piggy love-story with you. You are beautiful inside and out and your skills are a light for the world.

    Many smiles!! (oh and a blog is coming!)

  17. Jamie

    June 24th, 2007 at 4:48 am

    Girl is was so awesome to meet you. I would have never guessed someone could be as beautiful on the inside as you are on the outside. I am SO happy we were able to share a taxi ride 🙂

  18. Kate Mefford

    June 24th, 2007 at 4:58 am

    So glad to have gotten the chance to chit chat on our way out yesterday…you’re a cool chick, and I look forward to staying in touch!

  19. Jan

    June 24th, 2007 at 5:44 am

    You guys definitely rocked that assignment!! It was great meeting you at the ANTI and, yes, all these people are right…you are possibly super girl!

  20. Jasmine*

    June 24th, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Whoa! I just got internet access here in Santa Barbara, and y’all made my day! Thanks for feedback…I’m so blessed to have met such wonderful people.

  21. Kay English

    July 29th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Oooo! I love the backlit one! That model looks like one of my bridesmaids to the tee!