Cypress College


My stomach dropped a little when I received his email. Greg Bumatay was a good friend, but—first and foremost—a mentor when I first started my photography business. In fact, he was the only photographer who repeatedly invited me to second shoot weddings with him and I’m forever indebted to his kindness and time. He’s such a nice guy and has a warm heart, which makes him an even better wedding photographer!

Greg is a professor at Cypress College and invited me to speak to his class…hence me being nervous as I read his email. Yes, I get nervous speaking publicly, but it’s an entirely different thing lecturing when your teacher is sitting in a student’s chair!

The class went very well and the students were kind, responsive, and welcoming…all the things that make me feel all warm and fuzzy. If the students are any indication of the people entering the industry, I’m proud to call them peers.

Thanks Greg for inviting me to share your platform and a special thanks to all the students for making my day so bright!

During class, Greg took a picture of himself. I particularly think it’s hilarious because he forgot to push the focus button. Don’t worry, folks, he’s a total professional! 🙂 (Just kidding, Greg, you know I think you rock!)

Here’s the Cypress College photography class in all its glory…thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcomed! 🙂

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  1. Jeff Sipper

    September 25th, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    WOW! Doesn’t look like a ton of stuff has changed since I went to Cypress in ’92-’94! I spent WAAAAAAAAY too much time in the photo labs over there! 🙂

  2. ashley o.

    September 25th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    check out those arms jasmine!! you’ve been workin’ it! and i love you pointing out your mentors inadequacies- classic

  3. Alicia

    September 25th, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    ‘Scuse me missy, where were you when I was in college? Congrats on all the speaking gigs though. xoxo

  4. Greg Bumatay

    September 25th, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Dang girl you blog FAST – seems like I just walked you out just a few minutes ago! THANK YOU so much for the amazing and inspirational talk today. You’re a true superstar and now you have another 27 photographers gushing over you. You gave so much today and we can’t thank you enough for your time. You rock!!!

  5. brianna

    September 25th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    skinny b!%$#

  6. Meg

    September 25th, 2008 at 11:52 pm

    Buffy Mc. Buffster! Look at those guns!

  7. Linda

    September 26th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Thank you so much for coming in today. You were phenomenal!

  8. lin

    September 26th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    Wow, I would have loved to have been in that course! Hehe. Soo. When’s the next Starbox lunch?

  9. Regina White

    September 26th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Jas will you mentor me? Oh! and dang you are a buff-ster my sista. Very Cool for this class to have you and Greg.

  10. Lindsay P.

    September 26th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Your outfit is seriously to die for!!! Love it love it love it! :o)

  11. Bob P.

    September 26th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Wow, nice pipes!

  12. Nikki

    September 26th, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Hi Jasmine, thanks so much for coming to our class. I think you’re awesome…

  13. Kelly T

    September 26th, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Every one said what I was thinking too – nice guns!!

    I was watching Hitched on the bus to Colorado today and realized how much Eva Mendes reminds me of you!

  14. makeupbynora

    September 26th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    You look beautiful. I love your outfit, and your arms are HOTTTTT!!!! I am leaving to go to the gym after I type this. Nora

  15. Rachel

    September 26th, 2008 at 1:35 am

    I love checking to see if you have a new write up on your blog…I get so happy when I see a new post!!! Maybe you need to add a workout/diet section on here! You look in excellent shape! Just like Nora who commented below…I am going to hit the gym right now too!!!!

  16. serena

    September 26th, 2008 at 1:45 am

    love your dress!

  17. Kasey

    September 26th, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Wow! What I would give to have you come lecture in one of my classes! What an awesome experience for those students! And I LOVE the outfit!

  18. tish

    September 26th, 2008 at 1:59 am

    wow! where’d you get that dress???

  19. Catie R

    September 26th, 2008 at 2:31 am

    That’s so cool Jasmine! You’re a great speaker 🙂 PS, you have amazing arms!!

  20. Kayla

    September 26th, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Girl, you look buff in that top pick! I think those kickboxing classes (and purchasing more workout clothes) has really been paying off! 😀

  21. Lisa

    September 26th, 2008 at 3:17 am

    You’re awesome Jasmine!

  22. angel swanson

    September 26th, 2008 at 4:57 am

    you look absolutely gorgeous. 😉

  23. DK from the Philippines

    September 26th, 2008 at 5:08 am

    dear ms. jasmine star, i recently discovered your blog through older entries in DPS. and I instantly fell in love! I subscribed to it via rss in lj. yey! keep up what you do. you sincerely make people happy 🙂

    xoxo, dk from the Philippines

  24. ricki ford

    September 26th, 2008 at 5:10 am

    I am a big fan of Gregs work!

  25. Jasmine*

    September 26th, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Clarification: My arms don’t look that buff in real life. Honestly. I think it was just the angle and a particular moment. It makes me feel weird to see my arms like that because I’m afraid that if someone saw me in real life they’d think I photoshopped myself! 🙂 @Tish: JD bought me the dress at a fashion show in Union Square, San Francisco. I think it’s cute, but I love it for sentimental reasons more! 🙂

  26. stephen

    September 26th, 2008 at 6:20 am

    the Lord has blessed you with such a talent to bless others and i can truly see that when u are with people. its inspiring thanks for posting =)

  27. Bobbie

    September 26th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Heehee! Your arms are like the first thing I noticed in that first shot! Even though you clarified that your arms don’t look like that in real-life it still makes me want to start working on mine as soon as I can (I am 8 months pregnant right now!)

  28. marlene

    September 26th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    i bet you rocked the class! i’m setting myself up for nervousness each day (i’m starting my MFA in photography next year), and i am SUPER peopleshy when it comes to public speaking! i’d better get over it in two years when i finish my program!

    PS: your arms are SUCH an inspiration! i need to get back into the gym STAT!

  29. D700

    September 26th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    WOW! top photographer, great arms – stunning looks!! JD you are soooooooo lucky

  30. Tammy Hileman

    September 26th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Jasmine,
    First I wanted to say Thank You for sharing with our class yesterday, you have a great way of inspiring all of us to follow our dreams and have faith in ourselves. It is not often that you have a professional who is so willing to put themselves out there and be honest about how they made it, I applaud you. You have inspired me to really get on and work my blog.

  31. ksenija

    September 26th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    girlllll! it doesn’t hurt to hear a compliment more than once… so i have to say it (even though apparently many others have already expressed it below) — but you are so fit! those arms are to die for… & i love, loved your outfit. seriously… you need to lay off those ‘cute & sassy pills’ j*! 😉 j/k!

  32. jack

    September 26th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    when did you go to cypress ?
    I go there.

  33. FishGirl

    September 26th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Everytime i see your website and your blog i fall more in love with photography..

  34. Trev Jones

    September 26th, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    You inspire me woman. Thank you.

  35. Lydia

    September 26th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I’m so jealous of those people! Please say you’ll be doing another workshop or offering one on one time soon!

  36. Joan Solitario

    September 26th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    What!?!? I wish I took his class! Hmmrph.. I mean it when I say… I’m going to meet you one of these days! 😀

  37. Tiffany

    September 27th, 2008 at 2:42 am

    way to go Jasmine! fabulous outfit…would LOVE to raid your closet btw

  38. Russell

    September 27th, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Hey Jasmine, I just wanted to taki the time to say thank you for making me fall in love with my dream. I am so glad I took this course and had the opportunity to hear you speak to truth. There are not enought people like you. I admire your determination, somehow you passed it on to me. Thank you and keep posting in your blog! You Rock!

  39. Rhonda S

    September 27th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Beauty, incredible talent, a heart of gold & great arms!!! Wow, some people have all the luck! Thank you for always inspiring us reader’s out here. I am sure I can speak for many, we are greatful for all that you share and are. 🙂

  40. Raul J. Gonzales

    September 27th, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Hello Jasmine! First and farmost, kept meaning to type in this box of comments of saying, thank you for coming out to Cypress and giving us a nice and strong-forward words of wisdom you had to share with us in class. The way you word the lecture or being the guest speaker– better yet, has really inspired me and I am sure inspired many more, of us in class. I applaud you and thank you for having endeavors of dreams, hopes, and living it up.. 🙂

  41. Manuel

    September 27th, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a great presentation! Your slideshow was killer and your words were inspiring! Loved every minute of it. You’re awesome!

  42. eliesa Johnson

    September 27th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    YEAHHH!!!!! I HEART GREG!!!! I bet this was a TON-o-FUN!

  43. A. Weight

    September 27th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    alrightey, I have to say it….Whaddup with the big guns JStar???!!!! You are soooo buff…do you lift weights or is that from doing Yoga?

  44. ohana photographers -- david & kimi b

    September 29th, 2008 at 2:48 am

    greg just plain rules!!!!

  45. Maureen

    September 29th, 2008 at 3:04 am

    LOVE that dress! And no, you really do look buff in real life! 🙂

  46. Lisa Scarsi

    September 29th, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Simply saying thank you for spending quality time with us newbies is not nearly enough. I gotta tell ya that your presentation was so flipping helpful in several ways. I mean it’s great to listen to photographers talk about how they shot this or how they like that lens and such and such light (and you did do some of this when prompted) but first and foremost you told us specifically how you have become so wildly succesful. What candor, what balls and how cool is that! I like your style and apparently, I’m not alone. Thanks so much for the "rocket" of a presentation. (Luckily, I too speak and understand fast-talk.) I wish I had a stripper name just like you but I’ll have to work with what my mama gave me : )) Lisa – the Loud one.

  47. Susi

    October 1st, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Thank You so much! You are an inspiration to all Latinos! I loved your presentation you have such a way of bonding with people. I am getting married in January and I would love to have you as my photographer, but I’m poor people. LOL I was woundering what was that song you had on while the slide show was on, I need to know. Please!! Thank you once again for all the knowledge. I will pray for your Mom.

  48. Nathan Gehman

    October 3rd, 2008 at 2:13 am

    The picture of you teaching reminded me on the Freedom to Succeed Tour in NY because "I am motivated" 🙂

  49. Brandi Apodaca

    October 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Thank you so much for being a guest in our class. You are such an inspiration and i love your attitude. your CHUURCH attitude =).

  50. Rachelle~from the class

    October 23rd, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Jasmine ~ from our time spent with you in class, I can tell you are truly a down to earth person, and that makes you unique in every way! The lecture was GREAT, I took 3 pages of notes and I will definitely use all of it when launching my own business. The "branding" section of your lecture was KEY, and so very powerful, and helpful for students like myself that want to do into this wedding business – maybe not as a photographer, but a wedding venue owner, and making my name stick out from others. I hope to meet you again sometime later in life, and I will forever keep those notes I took during your visit to Cypress College. YOU KILLED IT! "My Brand is my stone" : ) Thank you for everything!

  51. Kimberly

    June 25th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Going through your archives, I’m bummed that I missed you at my school! I was planning on taking that class that semester too.