Big Things…Together.


There are days when I feel like my multiple personalities have a conference, war like they’re opposing political parties, and I don’t get an invite. I go from feeling one end of the emotional spectrum to the absolute other. I should get frequent flier miles. Last Sunday I sat around the dinner table and tried explaining it to my family (doing a horrible job at it) and then admitted the following: I don’t want to be remembered for what I do, but for who I am.

Sometimes it’s easy to feel so small.

There are moments–big, beautiful, amazing moments–when I see other people following their passions and making their dreams a reality…and when I get to play a small part of it, my heart swells to twice its size. Last week I received the following post on Facebook

What I came to find out was a group of Chicago-based photographers gathered together for a styled shoot after attending theFIX. They pulled together their talents, learned from each other, and produced amazing images! When ISS heard about their collaboration, they ran a story about industry innovation…

I’m incredibly proud Robyn Schwab, Christine Brizendine, Jenny Chavez, Nina Harwick, Dominique Strom, Jill Tiongco, Keren Chookaszian, Nikole Burrel Fasoranti, and Zipporah Kapambwe…and they reminded me that one person may feel small, but together we can do big things.

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. Robyn Schwab

    September 4th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    We’re still so incredibly motivated to keep moving and shaking in the industry. Thanks again, J*! We can’t wait to do another soon. Your inspiration goes way above and beyond chocolates and any words I can write here or otherwise.

  2. Christine Brizendine

    September 4th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    HOLY crap Jasmine… never in a million in one years would I ever think you would blog about our story! I’m so excited, sharing with the girls now 🙂

  3. Trevor Dayley

    September 4th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Love it! Way to rock things out ladies!

  4. May

    September 4th, 2012 at 4:47 pm


  5. Dana Laymon

    September 4th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    that is so awesome! It looks like an incredible shoot. Hooray for them for taking action and for you encouraging them! Together we can make big things happen!

  6. Lydia

    September 4th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    This is one thing I love about photographers in the wedding industry! We’re slowly starting to change things by working together and helping each other out! Hopefully other vendors will join the change as well!

  7. wendy bobarikin

    September 4th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Love how you bring photographers together!

  8. Erin Oveis Brant

    September 4th, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    This is awesome! Congratulations ladies!!!

  9. Keren Chookaszian

    September 4th, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Jasmine, you are amazing!! Thank you for continuing to inspire us!

  10. ZipporahK

    September 4th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Jasmine Thank you soo much for inspiring us to do this shoot! It’s soo true together we can do big things! We’re all so glad we attended the Fix.

  11. Jacqueline Agentis

    September 4th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    I’m a CreativeLive fan; and fan of yours, Chase,Zack, Tamara, etc. I wanted to let you know I’m grateful for your ‘giving back’ and sharing what you’ve learned with the rest of us. It has helped me up my game. Appreciation is so valuable, and we should all show it when we sincerely feel it. So, this is simply a note of appreciation… Thank you Jasmine for the information, openness, and inspiration…appreciate!


  12. applemoon

    September 4th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Behind every great person… is a bunch of other people.

  13. Tara

    September 4th, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    That is so awesome! And So awesome you posted about it on your blog! 🙂

  14. Laura Elizabeth

    September 5th, 2012 at 2:44 am

    How inspiring!

  15. neha

    September 5th, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I bet Christine is doing more than peeing in her pants after this post! 🙂

  16. Web design company for photographers

    September 5th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Very nice post. Keep up the good work.

  17. Andrea Townsley

    September 5th, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Jasmine, I think you are meeting your goal of being remembered for who you are (although you will also be remembered for what you do b/c your work is awesome!). I first saw you on creativeLIVE a few months ago and loved your personality and the way you present your knowledge and immediately went and bought your CL workshop from two years ago. Your commercials for the latest CL workshop you did about the stylized shoots seriously had me cracking up…usually I just go tend to other things while they’re playing but when yours came on, I actually stuck around to watch it! You are a wealth of knowledge and your personality is just over the top but in a good way. This is what you will be remembered for, at least by me, and I’m sure many of your other followers agree. God bless.

  18. Claudia

    September 5th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    So nice… I wish I had the time to do the same…

  19. Dominique Strom

    September 5th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    So so excited that you posted this. Thank you for inspiring us and photographers everywhere!

  20. Kelsey

    September 6th, 2012 at 5:46 am

    This is so fabulous! I’m trying to get photographers her in LA to come together to form a group a "Better Together" group & its like pulling big old alligator teeth!
    Maybe something like this would be a better way to bring people together:-)
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. Hannes Uys

    September 6th, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Wow what a story!

  22. Cami

    September 6th, 2012 at 6:07 pm


  23. Kelli F.

    September 6th, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Wow, this is an awesome giveaway. Thank you for the chance!! You inspire me, not just in photography.

  24. Jill Tiongco

    September 8th, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Thank you so much for posting this blog and for inspiring us to do the shoot! theFIX turned out to be so much more than I could have ever imagined. Not only was what you said inspiring, but the whole event connected me with some amazing photographers that I am so glad to still keep in touch with. Thank you a thousand times 🙂