Exposed.

Personal

Last night was a little tough for me. I’ll spare all the details, but suffice to know I didn’t feel like myself and threw myself a pity party. There. I said it. Ugh. It was hard just even typing it. I’ve never felt so stretched in my life and pushed beyond my normal expectations of myself. JD even tried bribing me with promises of miso soup and sushi, but even that didn’t work.

Mostly, I felt exposed. Like those dreams when you’re naked. In front of your in-laws.

I sat in our suite and worked in silence (let’s be real…I’m way sick of hearing my voice) and a couple hours later–after pizza and ice cream–I was feeling better. I woke up this morning and I’m feeling much better. Partially because of the Internet’s continued support, partially because today is the last day of the creativeLIVE course, and partially because I’m learning to be okay with me. The flaws, the pity parties, and all.

Many thanks to Sachin Kona for this photo taken at Friday’s wedding…it truly embodies who I am in relation to my business partner, husband, and best friend.

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  1. joan zeller

    August 29th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Jasmine that makes me feel sad that
    you feel this way.. May I say you
    did an amazing job.. Very few people would ever tackle this enormous project. But you DID and
    did it with style and finesse.. I envy
    your sense of self and wish to only
    one half as personable.. So rest up
    and know that you and JD gave this
    your all. I am so appreciative .. Thank you….

  2. Mavi

    August 29th, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    No need for a pity party. You are amazing! I don’t know how you juggled it all but the end result is amazing and you are changing so many lives. I know God will shower you with lots of blessings as a result of these crazy five days.
    Much love,
    Mavi
    PS. Great shot Sachin!

  3. Rosie

    August 29th, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    love that picture of you two πŸ™‚ it says SO MUCH…

  4. Katie Frank

    August 29th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Just saw this photo on Sachin’s blog, and thought it was the most adorable, most honest photo of the two of you. Love it!

    Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us. You are openness and honestly is such an inspiration.

  5. Rose Dykstra

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    I teared up a little bit reading this posting. I can only imagine what an emotional ride this has all been for you and JD. You are probably the most inspiring person I have known. You have forced me to really take a look at what I am doing, how to make it better and ways to work harder and smarter. I cannot thank you enough for being so vulnerable and transparent, this truly has been an overwhelming experience, even on my end. I will definitely be digesting all of this for a long time to come….

  6. Dominic (Dmoe)

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Just like to second the support i almost gave up on photography even sold my camera not so long back, but after watching you and JD over the last couple of days has made me realise how much i love photography. I’d just like to say from bottom of my heart a BIG Thanks to the both of you for the last couple of days you’ve put in to helping people like me re gain the love for photography and helping to educate us on what to do better. Thanks πŸ™‚ X

  7. Lydia

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Jasmine, you continue to amaze and inspire me! Your transparentness is beautiful!

  8. Sonia Jansson

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Oh, Jasmine! you’re the bravest and most generous photographer I know. You’re a wonderful person, always smiling and making people feeling confortable…even here at home in Sweden, I feel so near you and your kindness. You gave me and the world so much these 5 days, sharing your experience and knowledge. That’s so rare! I understand if you were tired, but remember this: You are just wonderful! That’s what came across to us . Nothing more.
    A big hug to you!and a big THANK YOU!

  9. Miri

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you so much for everything you did, I know it is very hard to be in front of the cameras and share your life. But you kept it real and honest and I really appreciate it. I learned a lot about photography and about the awesome person that you are. I used to live in LA and maybe when I come to visit my family in LA, I’ll meet you! May G-d continue to give you joy, love, health, and always be fabulous!

  10. Amy

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I’ve been a fan of yours for awhile now, and your CreativeLive weekend has only increased how much I adore you. Thank you for being authentic. (I appreciate that more than you know.) Your spirit truly comes through in your work, in your interactions, in your life. You’re an inspiration to so many, me included.

  11. Gabriel

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    There is no need for a pity party. You have no idea how many people’s lives you are changing just by doing what you did…

    Truly.

  12. Shane

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    While you might feel exposed, your teaching and exposing yourself πŸ™‚ has really helped all of us wannabes gain a HUGE amount of information that simply isn’t available. Let alone in real time. We like you for who you are, your style and your grace. You pulled it off, like we all knew you would. Self doubt is the worst… leave that to us wannabes and you enjoy the fact that you are the professional and you took the bull by the horns and rocked our socks!

  13. Jet

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Dear Jasmine and JD, Thank you so much for everything.
    Jet

  14. Sarah Southlake

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Growth is painful sometimes – stay with the tide and you’ll make it to shore. LOVING these creativelive classes!!

  15. Jonathan

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks Jasmine for doing all of this! It’s a great insight for many aspiring photographers!

  16. felicia Gwen

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Your have done a beautiful job!! Thank you for all your help…and I am not tired of hearing your voice at all!! πŸ™‚

  17. Malika

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    you J*, as you would say in your own word, fabulous.

  18. joni girvan

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Jasmine,
    Your "exposed realness" that you sacrificed for all of us watching on the "interwebs" was a gift. I don’t think one person out there has one ounce of criticism for what you did, or how well you did it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge & talent and for being 100% real.

  19. E Schumann Foto

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Jasmine, you have inspired me and thousands of other people in these past couple of days.

    After watching you prior to the wedding, you mentioned that failures & mistakes are okay, because they help you learn along the way. So even if you made a mistake or failed in some way (to yourself) on the day of the wedding/throughout the CreativeLIVE process, it would not have been if you had not pushed yourself to new expectations and new boundaries that you have never reached before!

    You are a source of inspiration and encouragement for other photographers. Your personality shines through amazingly, because you are amazing. Thank you for everything, exposed or not, because you have taught the world so much!

  20. shawnee pedraza

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    It was awesome to watch! my house is a mess because I was glued to the computer for 4 days but whatever it was worth it πŸ™‚

  21. Lala @ Lenzlove

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I can’t imagine what that kind of exposure would feel like. I can only be empathetic with you. Having your everything monitored. But truly, you are amazing and that is why we were all watching with bated breath. I was! I’m such a newbie and having all the green behind my ears sticks out like a soar thumb. You offered invaluable information to this newbie and I’m sure to others alike. Questions that most were in fear of even asking, you answered! And all because you put yourself out there. I can only hope and Persevere with my dreams to have that kind of wild ride. Many blessings to you!

  22. Barbara Dobbyn

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Once again, you show you are just like the rest of us. I was wondering if you would feel a "crash" after this event and how you would go about picking yourself back up. Putting yourself out there like this to the whole world is both mentally and emotionally exhausting. You don’t make the risks look easy… but you make them look worthwhile – I htink more people will choose to follow t heir dreams because of you… you can’t ask for a better legacy. Thank you!

  23. Nancy

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Anyone and I mean ANYONE would feel this way. We are all, after all, human. You have put yourself through this so we can learn and we truly aprreciate both of you. Thanks

  24. Astrid

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Jasmine, I follow your blog for such a long time but never left a comment. But now I wanted to say THANK YOU, thank you, thank you for sharing with us. I’m from the Netherlands and stayed up till 4.30 in the middle of the night to watch the creative live "live" πŸ™‚ I’ve learned so much, YOU ARE THE BEST!!!

  25. Ariane

    August 29th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    You give us aspiring photographers the strength to know that is ok to be ourselves; flaws and all. Thanks for helping us to keep moving forward.

  26. Marissa Nicole

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I only caught the Live Wedding part of this expereince. But let me tell you, you rocked it out. I can understand why you feel so exposed, but it was so cool to see you in action. I constantly am following your blog, but I felt so honored to be able to watch you in action…almost like I got to shoot the wedding with you. You have no idea how amazing it was to see you and JD in action. I feel so blessed that I was able to feel like a part of the wedding and get to learn from you in such a capacity.

  27. Marie

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    You’ve been a HUGE inspration to many. All I can say is Thank You!

  28. Kirstin

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    That is an adorable picture. <3 Thank you so much for agreeing to the live broadcast the other day, Jasmine! I learned SO much, it was amazing. =)

  29. Ashley Sellers

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I woke up randomly in the night and prayed for you Jasmine. You’re doing what you love – but it doesn’t mean you will never be stretched. You’re great. πŸ™‚

  30. Jennifer

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I know what you mean. I think you are so brave for what you have done. You should be proud that you let so many people learn about what you do!

  31. Laura Radniecki

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I absolutely adore this photo. I think as photographers, we are so busy being behind the lens that it’s rare to be in front of it. This photo of you and JD is worth 10,000 words. Thanks for everything you’ve shared with us all… and even that isn’t thanks enough. xoxo

  32. Kaylee Sizemore

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Chin up jazz… you have the world at your fingertip πŸ˜‰

  33. Anda

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    xoxo BIG HUGS to you, Jasmine! I stayed up until 4am to watch the rewatch after my wedding. Unfortunately my eyes would only physically stay open through you showing the first look images. I’m so thankful that you and CreativeLive have put this together. I know that a year ago I would have given my left leg to see someone, especially you, shoot a live wedding. And maybe now I wouldn’t give my left leg, but it’s still a super huge deal and I still learned a TON. Thank you thank you thank you.

  34. Mia Blake

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Jasmine – be strong. You have impressed the h*ll out of the internet over the last five days! I am blown away by your courage and generosity in putting yourself out there. I am so grateful to have been on what is basically a five day job shadow with you – this is an experience that I probably would never have had otherwise. You are mentoring so many through this crazy cool project. Major props to you and the creativelive crew.

    Today I am energized, inspired and awed at the world around me and am looking for the light. Thank you.

  35. Jenni L

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve so enjoyed watching the CreativeLive course! Thanks for being you and sharing with all of us. I can’t imagine how stressful it was and how exhausted you must feel. I’m looking forward to watching this afternoon.

  36. Marissa Rodriguez

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I love this photo of you guys. Jasmine, I haven’t been able to watch the entire event because I’ve been out of town and I just got back, anyway, but I have seen a few minutes of it and honestly I don’t really know what to say. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough. You have no idea how much you have helped so many people these past days. You are amazing and I hope you never forget that.

  37. melina wallisch

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    it takes a lot of courage to expose yourself like that but worth it for all of the people you are inspiring. you don’t make it to the top without some people forming pre-conceived notions of you, but it’s better then trying to stay small because you’re scared. i am brand new in this biz and have learned so much from you, i cannot wait to get out there and shoot so THANK YOU

  38. Nicole

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Jasmine, we (the internet, those relatively new to wedding photography, etc.) cannot thank you enough for what you’re doing and what you have done… This is revolutionary. HUGE. THANK YOU.

  39. Coleen Hauth

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    You are wonderful. I feel like I have learned more in these 4 days than I did in my college photo class.

    I hope you start to feel all of the good karma all us "students" are sending your way.

  40. Coleen Hauth

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    You are wonderful. I feel like I have learned more in these 4 days than I did in my college photo class.

    I hope you start to feel all of the good karma all us "students" are sending your way.

  41. Sergey

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I know how that feels. Glad that you’re feeling better.

  42. angela young

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    You have taught so many people to love themselves by being real. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  43. Iqral LA Rode

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Thanks for showing us so much your photography, and skills are amazing but as a person you rock !! God Bless

  44. Carrie Krupke

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I was thinking about you guys this morning in church. With your faith, you both seem quite comfortable in the roles you’ve developed into, even though Jas is at the head of the business. Is JD really the "leader from behind" that we just don’t see?

  45. Chrystal

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    You are just wonderful. I cannot put into words how lucky the photography community is to have you. I wish I knew how to make sushi so I could personally deliver it to you in thanks for how much you have inspired me. Not just this week but in my life in general. <3

  46. Shillawna Ruffner

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Dear Jasmine,

    Thank you for being who you are and sharing all that you do. I have followed your blog for a long time and have thoroughly enjoyed the creativeLIVE series. You’re an inspiration….I was about to quit pursuing my dreams in photography because I was frustrated, hungry for information and growth and not really knowing where to go or how to find it. What you have shared of yourself through creativeLIVE has re-ignited my passion for photography and my drive to work toward my ultimate goals. Thank you for that. You’re amazing! (Sorry this was a super long comment!!!)

  47. Maile

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    …behind every overworked, driven Woman? Her hot man to lean on & rub those toesies! Have a hot bath & just exhale…you did amazing!

  48. Jessica Morrisy

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Jasmine… you, JD, and the CreativeLIVE team totally exceeded all expectation. I am totally blown away. Being exposed in that way has truly helped so many photographers…so thank you, thank you, thank you. You did a fabulous Job!

  49. Tammie

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    I read the title of this blog post and thought you split your pants on live tv!!! πŸ˜‰ (I missed bits and pieces of the wedding day)

    From what I have been able to watch, you are doing a wonderful job. You are right, you have fully exposed who you are as a photographer, so I can understand all those feelings you are feeling. It’s not the easiest thing in the world telling and showing everyone (on the internet) exactly what it is you do — but as one of those photographers who has been able to watch you, I just want to say thank you for sharing. I am not sure if I will ever have a chance to 3rd shoot with you, but now I (almost) feel like I have.
    Wishing you nothing but the best – Tammie
    p.s. I noticed you’re scheduled for wppi roadshow in seattle tomorrow! have fun with that too! (then go home and sleep a few days πŸ˜‰

  50. Deepa

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Its very difficult to find ur soul mate and even difficult to have ur soul mate as ur life partner. Those that have found these both dont really realize and appreciate the strength and value.
    Jasmine I am glad u are one those ppl who know the true value of JD – ur soulmate, friend and partner in crime. Having seen u interact and talk abt JD in the past 3 days just makes me want to find my JD soon πŸ™‚ God bless both of u guys πŸ™‚

  51. Marcie

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Jasmine- I have been one of those many hundred watching you on creative live. As stretched and stressed as you have said you were and are, it never showed. At least I didn’t notice it. Maybe those closest to you did. You have been fantastic.

    What I saw was this. You were amazing to Laura and Billy as their photographer. You were fantastic to the students, both there and on the internet, as their teacher. You were awesome with Daniella and the entire Creative Live team. And to me the best part of it all was to see how amazing you and JD work together. That "team" you two have created.

    You are an inspiration. You can show the world what it really means to follow your dreams and to be passionate about something you love. So, THANK YOU!!!

  52. Leigh Culpin

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Sounds like the last few days have been very intense for you… thank you SO much for putting all of this energy and so much of yourself into this for everyone! It has truly been amazing. I think it says a lot about your character that you’re willing to be so open and honest in order to help a bunch of people you’ve never met!! Can’t say enough good things πŸ™‚

  53. Sachin Khona

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Jasmine, thank you so much for everything you do. You are a true blessing and I’m so happy to have met you & JD.

    I wish you all the success and happiness in the future… and more!

    Love Sach

  54. amanda

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Jasmine, we can all thank you for your time, your talent, your generosity and your brilliance but I also really want to thank you for being brave.
    Everyone watching knows how hard what you did must have been and knows that only someone truly amazing and kind hearted could share THAT much of herself with the world.
    You can never know how indebted all of us that watched over the last 5 days truly are.
    I am blown away by your grace, your strength and your infectious laugh. =D
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  55. Emma

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I discovered you by chance through CreativeLive and all your words have been truly inspirational for me. You just say what I always think about shooting normal people, making normal girls feel beautiful (as they are) and catching the before and after of a kiss… For me, your words have been very inspirational for my life as a photographer, life that I combine with a pre-phd master… so truly… I needed this. I know it’s hard… The key days when I have to shoot for a client I’m out of myself and I think I can’t take care of anyone else. But I can’t stop talking and making laugh such as you did… so it was such a nice and beautiful thing to find you, by chance…
    With this I want to send you a big hug to bear this. It’s the last day so enjoy the "while" and the "end" πŸ˜‰
    Sad, I couldn’t watch all the days Live, I’m writing from Spain.
    Be happy! πŸ™‚

  56. Jennifer

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    You rocked! First time posting here and I just need to tell you that you.are.an.inspiration! I hope you are able to enjoy some down-time this week, you and JD totally deserve it! Thanks again for all your knowledge and especially for being SO REAL:)

  57. Ingrid

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Yesterday as I watched I couldn’t have admired or respected you more. To open yourself up to so many viewing (I by the way saw no pity partying) and to be so generous with not only your time but your knowledge, your work and yes your humor ..I was and am appreciative of that. Honestly..you gave so much without expecting in return. Thank you for being honest and frank and open.

  58. Eliza

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I am sorry the creativeLIVE course has been so hard for you in some ways… but I want to thank you for doing it. Even if you don’t think everything you do is awesome, I have never been so inspired and in awe. I feel as if I have learned so much, and can’t wait to start watching all the downloads so I can take my time. You are a wealth of knowledge, and really are an inspiration. I so admire you, just for you being you. Thanks for doing this, it has been beyond amazing.

    Btw, I love the picture Sachin captured of you and JD. I saw the angle from above on the live feed, and thought it would make a spectacular picture. I am glad someone got it =)

  59. Ashley

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Jasmine — On the behalf of all of us who sat at our desks at work this week while slyly listening to your broadcasts, I want to thank you. Thank you!

    You’ve shown those of us that are in the middle of juggling jobs and starting a business that is possible. And that makes spending all of our newlywed savings (which ain’t that much, mind you) at new equipment just a little less terrifying.

    Thank you for being so… you.

  60. Stacy

    August 29th, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I had the chance to catch you here and there throughout the weekend…just want you to know I think you are brave and real! I love it!! I could never be that open, that vulnerable…being watched every second! It was a joy to watch you, learn from you, and "hang with you"! πŸ™‚ I can honestly say your ‘realness’ is so refreshing and lovable! Keep up the good work…keep letting God use you to bless others…and keep helping people like me to grow learn all the time!!

  61. Tiffany Herndon

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    Jasmine, I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this. I am just starting out and you inspire me everyday to be a better photographer and a better person. Thank you for sharing yourself and your knowledge with everyone. I truly appreciate it.

  62. Ann Keen

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Jasmine we all have our flaws and pity parties. It is what makes us for we are. If everything was a breeze we would not be able to succeed in life. We would never grow. You are an amazing woman, photographer, and teacher. This course has been such an amazing experience for me and I am just watching. I have truly gained some great knowledge. You have managed to even show my husband what I need to do. He loves what you are doing for everyone right now. He wants to be like JD. πŸ™‚ Have fun today!

    BTW This is a great shot Sachin!

  63. Fabulousterrah

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    You are the most fabulous photog/ writer ever. Keep your chin up. *BIG HUGS FROM TEJAS*

  64. Vicky

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I think you’ve been fantastic on creativelive… seriously! You have been so informative and it has been really great to see you shoot a wedding. Thank you for laying yourself bare and rockin’ the wedding. I’ve bought the downloads because, despite having watched the majority of it live, I feel like I would benefit from reviewing your posing techniques and thought on lightening. Also JD rocks – thank you both so much for this course!

  65. Melanie

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    You have done such an awesome job all week Jasmine! I can’t imagine being under that kind of pressure and having thousands of people watch! You have shown all of us how truly talented, kind, funny, and classy you are! Thank you for giving so much of yourself to this!

  66. Drea Wood

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    You did amazing… but I cannot even imagine the stress you were under.

    Hang in there, take a breather and go enjoy some stress free time with your husband and dog πŸ™‚

    Love this picture too.

    Thank you for doing what you did tho.. it helped more than you know.

  67. Candy Whiting

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I can’t imaging how much stress this week has been for you! But to all of us out in internet land, you had been a wonderful mentor and teacher for the last 5 days. I appreciate what you have done for this week more than you can imagine. I am taking a whole new outlook on myself and my photography.

  68. Jen

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Jasmine, I have to say that this has been an incredible blessing. MORE than I can even begin to express! I hear your critique of yourself and I must chime in here….. if you had been PERFECT (which darn it gurl, ya pretty much were) we wouldn’t have learned much of anything. We are all real people, trying desperately to find our way through life. If we only saw perfection, the bar would be raised so high that many of us would have quit before the end of day one! How can we learn from someone that has it all together ALL of the time? Answer: we can’t! We need incredible people like you, JD, the Creative Live crew, and Five πŸ˜‰ to show us that it’s ok to be us. It’s ok to be REAL! It’s ok to make a mistake. It’s ok to fall on your face (which NONE of you did!) Just fall FORWARD. I don’t want to be a phony. Thanks for showing us what REAL is. This is how God uses the gifts He’s given to us to minister to others. Thanks for letting Him use you to minister to me (and the world wide web, teehee!) β™₯

  69. Todd

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Just as you want your brides to be ok with feeling beautiful, feel beautiful about your talent, spirit, hard work & vulnerability. Hardly anyone could have pulled off what you did on Friday. The photos (which rocked) were only a small part of it. Your positive, gracious energy was a big part in making Laura & Billy’s wedding an unforgettable moment.
    For us, it was enrapturing to watch you work. Then to show yourself "naked" yesterday was an invaluable selfless sharing which thousands will burn into their hearts with gratitude.
    Thank you, Jasmine, JD, and the whole gang.

  70. Molly W.

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Oh Jasmine, I bet you are so exhausted, emotionally, physically, etc. Just know that you did what a lot of others wouldn’t dare to do. Be so proud of yourself and now just relax and take a deep breath. Its over. just breath. xo

  71. Tanya Jose

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I too caught the livefeed off & on throughout the week & i thought you did fantabulous! I learned a lot in the few hours that i got to watch & that means you did your job. You taught us SOMETHING & isn’t that what this was for? To open up doors, to teach us things & to be brave. GREAT GREAT JOB! See ya tomorrow!!

  72. Elizabeth

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    You have been so inspirational to me as an aspiring photographer who is desperately trying to get to the next step. I had no idea where to go or what to do, and it has been so reassuring to hear about your struggles. A wedding fell into my lap today…How crazy is the timing? I’m scared to death and incredibly excited! Thank you so much for doing this and being so open and REAL!

  73. lyndsay london

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    You are such an inspiration to me, Jasmine! Your willingness to be real and be vulnerable, while still being absolutely, wholly, and totally fabulous as a person and photographer is outstanding. If I can even be a fraction of the amazing everything you are, I will be thrilled! Thank you!!!!!!

  74. Mindy A

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Could you be any cooler? You are yourself and we all GET that. That is the VERY reason we LOVE you J*!

  75. Noa

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Jas – you totally rocked it out. Seriously. Although I am currently a lifestyle portrait photographer, I have gotten soooo much from the creative live show. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there candidly – the bad, the ugly, and the SUPER FABULOUS! xoxo Noa

  76. Becky

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    This weekend has totally inspired me after watching you work yesterday and Friday I was ready to go out and shoot right then!! Thank-you so much for being you!! You are one of a kind!!

  77. Carrie

    August 29th, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I love this photo. I love everything about this experience, I feel like i have been walking in your shoes, you are remarkable.

  78. Jaime

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Jasmine, your are a beautiful person and your vulnerability makes you even more beautiful! Thanks for being inspiring to all of us!

  79. Stacie

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Girlfriend, the effort you (and the team) put forth this week is appreciated (big time) and made me have MORE respect for you not only as a photographer but as a HUMAN BEING. Keep making beautiful photographic music. πŸ™‚

  80. Laura Beekmann

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Thank you so much for all that you offered of yourself during the past five days. Take heart in knowing how much you and your support to everyone else has been appreciated.

  81. Studio Hera Bell

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Great enviromental portrait of a wonderful team. BRAVO Sachin. It tells the story and carries a soul. Lot of athmosphere in it. Jasmine enjoy the rest of the last day, and I hope you’ll get some down time soon. Cheers, Hera Bell

  82. Christina Juleson

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve dedicated my weekend to watching you on line. You did such an awesome job yesterday. You’re one of a kind and I love you! Your willingness to be soooo open is a true inspiration!

  83. cassandra-m

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    WOW. I didn’t think I could be more impressed by you until this week. Your STRENGTH is overwhelming. JasmineStar RAW = FLAWLESS-ness!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing and being REAL! You are a blessing & inspiration!

  84. Catherine

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    You will never know how much you have impacted the lives of photographers everywhere. You are such a true inspiration and an incredible person. Not only did you let us in on your business, but you have let us in on you and who you are. You and JD are so incredible as a team and as a brand… and of course a real couple. I can’t imagine what you have been through doing this project, but just know that you are even more loved by your fans for being so raw and unedited. With grand appreciation, I Thank You.

  85. Kelly Langner Sauer

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Just wanted you to know – I was praying for you. I know how hard it is normally to be shooting a wedding – to be doing it live, girl, you’re incredible. I saw your eyes in front of the camera, though, saw the "am I going to be able to do this" – and I prayed for you. Because you were doing something you couldn’t do, and everybody was expecting you to do it and you had no idea how you were going to survive, and let’s just say I really, truly admire you for being the person you are and doing the thing that you do and sharing that with all of us. I loved "getting to know you" over the course of this week. I wish I’d known you when we were booking wedding photographers. You keep being you, being real. It’s okay. You have no idea how much you have given.

  86. Sissel

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Oh no no no…..I wish I had room to leave an entire page of a comment because I would. What you have done on creativeLIVE is monumental. Truly monumental. I can’t imagine the pressure. You have surpassed what I thought it would be and helped me know that what I am feeling at weddings or any shoot is NORMAL. That is beyond a gift. And this has been such a gift to all of us, because you were willing to accept the pressure and share yourself. You really did a spectacular job. So, no reason for pity here, just pride girl. Only pride.

  87. Mindy

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Jazzy* you are a pioneer in the photography world…you are willing to put yourself out there and share with the world who you are as a photographer and human being. I definitely have learned from you and this fabulous experience. Listening to you speak and learning from you has helped me to believe in myself a little more…especially as I am starting out my new career journey…thank you for being brave and providing the world with this fabulous experience!!!

  88. Amanda Mann

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Jasmine- Thank you for putting yourself out there. Thank you for sharing your ‘secrets’. Thank you for being you! Love the picture above.

  89. Alicia

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Jasmine, you kept saying you were so bored hearing yourself, but I just want to let you know that I am completely enamored with everything you say. So, please, don’t stop talking. I have totally neglected my family this weekend and will have to make it up to them later, but it has been so worth it and they forgive me b/c they know I love you….but, not in a stalkerish way. πŸ™‚

  90. Dianne

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Sachin did a great job capturing this shot of you & JD.

    Learning to be okay with yourself, flaws and all, is huge. You’ve been awesome, Jasmine. Love how you really KIR! πŸ™‚

  91. Jennography by Jennifer Kent

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Jasmine, you made a lot of wonderful bold statements yesterday. I’ve noticed that anytime I stand up for the realness and truth of what I think, and say that I don’t allow things to get to me, etc, it seems that almost immediately I get tempted in that area. Or I get a lot of opposition from others who test me in that area (mean people lol). So, you keep being strong in your faith in the Lord, keep those "seeds of remembrance" of who you are in Christ, and who you are as an artist. We should not expect perfection from you or anyone else, and please don’t expect it from yourself. Your are loved for being so real and true. SO MANY are blessed by your vulnerability and how you have put yourself out there for us… to teach us…that we may learn and grow in any of our creative ventures! You are a blessing, and you are adored! πŸ™‚ God has used your life to remind me not to give up on my gifts and talents, but to keep learning and to just "be available" for what God has in it. If I hadn’t caught your sessions, I’d have totally missed the mark! Thank you!!

  92. Anouschka

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Jasmine, thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you do but mostly for who you are. You are such a blessing to all of us and speaking for both myself and Ray we absolutely adore you.
    Showing the good, the bad and the ugly takes courage and strength and I absolutely applaud you for doing this so openly.
    Lots of love and hugs to both you and JD. You both rock our world!

  93. maureen

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Jasmine – I must tell you that for me this week has been so amazing. I feel thatt in many areas I’ve accomplished or achieved my Brand. However after being mesmerized by you all week I feel that I will be better and more confident in what I do. Thank you for being so open, honest and giving us all of your secrets. You are tryly AMAZING in everyway!!!

  94. shari

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    jasmine, i have said several prayers for you throughout the weekend. that sounds cheesy, but i really have. i don’t think any of us could go through this without feeling the pressure. gold must be refined through fire. and that’s what has happened while ‘exposing’ yourself through all of this. you have been refined. and what has come out has been pure and beautiful gold. your heart, your passion for photography, and your love for JD….pure, pure gold. thank you for sharing so much of who you are. we need more people like you in our industry.

  95. Wendy Carter

    August 29th, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Jasmine,
    I am one that has lurked on your blog for the past few years. I just wanted to say thank you so much for giving so much of yourself…. always. Not just this past week but in every thing you do… you are an inspiration!

  96. Kasey

    August 29th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for everything you have shared with us all week! You have done an amazing job! You rock!

  97. Mindy

    August 29th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Jasmine I have LOVED every minute I’ve been able to watch of this last week (wish I could have watched more)! Your real, vivacious, self-deprecating personality put me so much at ease and I just ate up everything you had to say. I’m a new photographer who doesn’t ever plan to do weddings, but you sure made it look fun and easy (I know it’s not)! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  98. Amy

    August 29th, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Oh for heaven’s sake J* — you are amazing. I would have crumbled under that kind of pressure. You managed to get wonderful shots for the bride and groom to remember their important day, WHILE teaching the 5 and the Internet at the same time. I think the normal part of the Internet knows how great you are. Anyone who says differently has something up their bum. πŸ˜‰

  99. Kristen

    August 29th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Jasmine! You rocked it!!! It was the most insightful class ever! I’ve always observed photographers but it was so awesome to be able to hear what goes on inside your brain when you shoot! You gave everyone such great pointers! You have really got such a great system going, especially with your husband as your partner! SOOO cool! Love your work!

  100. Laura

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    We are so grateful for you that you took this risk… please don’t regret it, I ‘ve learnt a tremendous amount from listening to you and the students… and moreover, your sincerity and ability to just be ‘you’ is refreshing and inspiring… perhaps you don’t have to always ‘expose’ yourself per se, but don’t doubt that you are an amazing person, with whatever flaws you have…we all have them, but not everyone is brave enough to be honest enough about them πŸ™‚ thank you!

  101. Marieke

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Dear Jasmine,

    So sorry to hear that you’re thi tough on yourself because there’s really no need to!!You made so many people doing this Creative Live and I’m sorry it’s ending today!Thank you for all your inspiration, this has been such a big learning experience. It’s a thrill to see you work.You are truly a pro!And you and JD, what can I say πŸ™‚ What a team πŸ™‚

  102. Sarah

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for being so real and transparent and YOU! It has been totally inspiring.

  103. Gabriela Fuentes

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Hi J*. My heart and thanks go out to you. I’ve learned a lot watching your crealive live workshop: like removing the salt and butter from the tables πŸ™‚ Just kidding. Now seriously, it was a great experience, and I learned a lot from you. If you feel expose, I guess it’s the reality TV syndrome that only happens to real and good people. You were kind to share your work without reservations, and for that you could be incredibly proud, and we should be incredibly thankful. In the past, mentors were found in Universities, now they can also be found in the blog, forums, chat rooms, and live streams. I’ve found one who made feel like I was listening to Eye of the Tiger as I was getting ready for yesterday’s wedding.

  104. Leeka K.

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Oh, dearest J *. Words can not even describe what you did for us! I so know what you were feeling as I watched you concur the stress of the wedding day with all of us- I FELT exposed myself! But you did awesome! We loved you before but now my love for you now is indescribable. To be bold enough and do what you did- it takes some balls! Glad you had JD with you and pizza + ice cream always work for me! πŸ™‚

  105. Renee

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’ve been watching on and off all weekend and I’m truly SO GRATEFUL that this was put on. I can only imagine the rollercoaster ride of emotions it was for you! It was truly and honor to watch you!! I can’t even tell you how many times I got the chills watching….awesome chills! I’m JSO and I always said to myself – how can i work with someone to see what exactly goes on in the photography world. I’m VERY visual…omg! thank you! thank you! thank you!! this was a huge eye opener for me, and of course, even though you were totally exposed, it was amazing to learn from you (i consider you my mentor!) and i still have SO much more to learn! You are SO authentic and that’s why I love you so! Doing this is going to bring you SO many great things ahead…you and JD! It’s an honor to have found you! πŸ™‚

  106. Emily Heizer Photography

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    L-O-V-E the shoot sac cover! Fits you like a T to a bumble bee! Sorry you had a bad day… so did I. Among just going through a huge loss and suffering some serious depression I cam home from a wedding last night to find that my beloved pet fish had passed away while I was working and I had to bury him in a pot on my front porch at midnight. πŸ™ I didn’t have any pizza or ice cream at my house though so I still feel terrible. πŸ™

  107. Nicole Lubin

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    You are amazing! I really liked your idea of getting the client to love your pictures before seeing your images. That is soo true. I think back and my best sessions (I am a portrait photographer) were those that the families said were "so much fun, we should play at this park more often". Or the kids said "I don’t want to go home, I want to stay and play more. " I need to remember this more and not get so stressed out by my settings and stuff. Thanks!

  108. Noble Girl

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Jasmine, I have had only a couple of interactions with people who are well-known… semi-famous… and they were very negative for me. It was so refreshing, and surprising to see the vulnerable, stressed, emotional, and gracious side of you. Through it all, you stayed true to who you really are. It takes an amazing person to lay it all out there… and who wants to get to know someone who’s perfect anyway?? Your vulnerability makes me like and admire you more! You rock. πŸ˜‰

  109. Kevin Graham

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Jasmine, Absolutely amazing. Thank you thank you thank you! I’ve always known you were a great photographer and fabulous businesswoman. Add to that resume one heck of a sincere and friendly resume (I don’t know how you kept your chin up and the smile on your face through the thick and thin). And lastly, one wonderful educator. There will be so many impacted by your work.
    I had a shoot yesterday and felt much more energized after the past several days with you.. I bought the workshop and will keep it in my back pocket to use as my photographic red bull. Thank you again.

  110. Eileen

    August 29th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Don’t be hard on yourself. You were AWESOME and I learned so much. You are so down to earth, real and have so much joie de vivre!

  111. Kerri Jessep

    August 29th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Big Hugs Jasmine, you were AMAZING! We watched from Australia from early in the morning. I shoot Weddings and know the pressures well – it was an astonishing, ground-breaking event. You rocked it and everyone loved you for being yourself. In 2000 I used to live stream weddings and the pressure was incredible.
    xxx

  112. Heather

    August 29th, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Thank you for teaching me so so much during these past five days.
    I have a wedding to shoot in Sept and I am so excited to put all these new teachings into work!
    My husband thinks I’m crazy for not missing a day and talking about this none stop.
    But seriously, I love you. You are my guru and I can’t stop learning from you.
    Coming from a small town, I worry I won’t get the higher end clients but if my work shows and I show they will come to me
    so thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!

  113. James Reyes

    August 29th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    You rocked it this weekend! Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this course!

  114. Denise

    August 29th, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve stayed up until 2am catching up – downloading everything you shared with the rest of the world. And although you’ll hear from all your fans that adore you – I want to throw in my 2cents and say Thank You. As I dive into this business that’s been kind to me my first year – I had all these questions but was always to afraid to ask for fear of exposing my newness…. and you answered all of them and then some. I felt the shift in my knowledge after this weekend and the shift in my motivation – and I will always be thankful for your rawness in sharing.

  115. sherry boles

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    After watching the course/wedding and all the amount of hustle and stress, I can say this is truly Priceless! πŸ™‚

  116. Chell

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Jasmine thanks so much for all you have done and shared. I can’t imagine how stressful it was for you and I am in awe with how much you have shared.

  117. Cassandra

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:31 am

    I’ve been watching you for hours….and every minute I seem to adore you more…I guess I see a little bit of me in you…I freaken love your honesty. I luv luv luv it. I luv that you exposed your flaws, the small ones that you dont show but you tell everyone about..which inspires me soooo much..so thanks. I will continue to stalk you…..and one day I hope to be as talented and adored as much as you…..
    Thanks

  118. Svetlana Yanova

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:46 am

    Hi Jasmine, I didn’t get a chance to watch whole thing but what I have seen I LOVED. I think you’re very brave for doing this live broadcast – and thanks so much for being you! Funny, a great photographer, an amazing marketer (is it even a word? haha) and just a beautiful person! I learnt so much from you these past few days and I think you did such a good job! Ok I’m off trying to define myself, my style and the type of clients I want to attract…thank you for giving me this kick in the bum, I guess having your own business is a lot of work!! :)))) Hugs!

  119. Christal

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:56 am

    I love this picture of you two! πŸ™‚ I really, really enjoyed your classes and learned so much from them! Even my husband sat down and kept telling me things I should be taking from you! I am just getting started in my photography business, and I really enjoyed all that you taught us. Thank you so much for exposing yourself to us. I am always afraid of people seeing my sooc shots, so I can understand how hard that had to be. But, thank you for doing it. Thank you for the wonderful class!

  120. Aurelija aka Olly

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Tank you so much! You are amazing!

  121. MaΓ―a

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    Thanks Jasmine for this amazing workshop ! I m sad i only heard of it the day of the wedding so I missed the other days and don t have 99 $ to buy them. But it was very interesting to watch ! You were very courageous to do it !
    I hope you ll rest a bit after monday πŸ˜‰
    I ll be visiting here and your facebook often ^^
    Cheers from Paris, France !

  122. Julie O'Dell

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Jasmine & JD, Just want to say thank you for doing the live shoot & the creative live classes. The whole process was awesome and I learned so much. I’ve been trying to "AMP" up my photography business and now have clear direction on what to do to take it to a new level. My head is full of ideas and my heart is full of possibility. There really are no limits except the ones I put on me. Thank you for helping to remove the doubt that I can do this for real. J

  123. Karen C, Florida

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Jasmine, it was such a privilege to be able to observe and learn from you these past several days. You are funny, articulate, and dang… you are an awesome business woman!!! It was great to see that side of you, too. ***And forgive me for saying, but JD is just incredibly adorable, and you are so, so blessed to have such an incredible partner in life and in business. Should we all be so lucky as to have a JD!

    Thanks again for sharing yourself with all of us. It was an incredible and valuable experience! Well done! πŸ™‚

  124. Kari

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Thank you so much for the past five days. I was only able to watch the wedding and the day after but I learned so much (I also brought the course so I could learn more.) You are amazing. Your spirit, your understanding, your support, and most of all you don’t take all the credit. You rock! You handle yourself with such grace and stayed open and strong through it all. SO many people, I am sure of it, were helped that you will never meet or know but you changed their live in some degree. Thank you.
    I also enjoyed seeing how you and JD worked together and also with other photographers. You two have something really special. God Bless and thank you.

  125. Denise

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Thank You for being totally open and exposed! It is so refreashing….nothing fake, nothing made up, just you-live and on fire! We can pay for classes and listen to motivational speakers all day but that didn’t compare to all that you showed us these last few days. I am just inspired by your enthusiasm and appreciate your love for what you do…you truly care about the people you photograph. You are not just a photographer shooting a wedding, you are an artist bringing out the beauty and joy of the day! Thank you for opening my eyes to the beauty in others!

  126. brittani

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:33 am

    J, you did amazing.

    Tons and tons of props go to you for what you did with CreativeLIVE. =)

    At least you helped better those of us who aspire to be great. And I thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

    you made that wedding look so easy. I kid you not, I am saying to myself:: What were you so afraid of? lol πŸ˜‰

    You picked some great "3rd" shooters. And this is a great photo from Sachin.

    I really don’t know how to express how thankful I am that you really did this. Because it wasn’t for me you did it, but for the whole, I feel…selfish?…saying THANK YOU.

    Gratitude, my dear, is all yours.
    &hearts; &hearts; &hearts;

  127. Neil LaHaise

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Sounds like an attack of the enemy. Will be praying for you over the next week, be blessed! On another note I just wanted to say how much I have loved the course. With my full time work, the death of my grandmother, and life in general I have had every little time to watch live. But with a lot of late nights and early mornings I am almost caught up on everything. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I am inspired and so excited you work are really starting my photography business. I bought this course a long time ago and am sure I will be watching it over and over.

    PS I was never bored and appreciated everything you had to say. KIR Someone who was really technical would have been boring.

    Loved it!
    Neil
    Chilliwack, BC, Canada

  128. Sheri Girard

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    You are amazing you proved it to us a long time and after this week you should soooo have proved it to yourself!!
    I love this pic of you and JD it reassures all your internet groupies that you two are still strong and a major force to be reckoned with !
    It is what it is…LOVE:)

  129. Debbie S

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    The best thing about you, for me, is your honesty and openness. Of course you’re an amazing photographer and I’m soaking in all that you have to teach and share. What I truly value is knowing (and seeing) that it is totally OKAY to be who you are, put yourself out there and be confident regardless of how many years in the business you’ve got. Only 5 years…. and you’ve made such a name for yourself. What a role model for all of us starting out with a career that sort of found us. Thanks for sharing your spirit.

  130. Magalie

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I think the CreateLive course just proved, validated, showed all the haters that you are who you say you are! The J*brand rang true through and through. Great job under so much pressure. Not many could do it and you and the whole crew totally pulled it off! You can’t fake sincerity. Thank you for exposing yourself so generously.

  131. Michal Fanta

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    I have seen all photography courses/classes over @ creativelive, quite a lot of photography DVDs. I have been to online and in person workshops.
    Nonetheless your 6-day CreativeLive course (counting the session at Chase’s studio) is the best photography learning experience I have ever experienced.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you so much JASMINE!

    I also THANK GOD for making this all possible for everyone of us.

    I truly appreciate it!

    Michal

  132. Jen

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Thank you so much for a fantastic learning experience! I am so grateful for all the work you and the CreativeLive team put into it. It was so wonderful.

  133. Wendy

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Jasmine – I’ve watched you online for 5 days now and I want you to know that you are amazing! Really! Thank you a million times THANK YOU for your sacrifice and for sharing your gifts with us. I know it was tough and I could see that the project was overwhelming you…I prayed and asked God to strengthen you…and you kept going. That, my dear, is true commitment. Now…try to rest so you can keep living in your purpose. We can’t wait to see what’s next! Love, love, love you!

  134. Deborah

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Because of you "exposing" yourself, you gave me confidence to be completely myself and take the next step for my photography business, that I love dearly. I only hope to be as "famous" as you and hopefully one day I’ll be able to officially meet you and give you a huge hug for this incredible 5 days that gave me the inspiration and confidence to pursue my dreams. Thank you so very much!

  135. rlowryjr

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:30 am

    Jasmine, I can’t thank you enough for your willingness to share. You are a credit to the profession, and humanity. As for your performance, you rocked it. We worry because we are passionate about our work, just remember to not let worry stand in the way. Just Keepin’ It Real.

  136. Rebecca D

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Jasmine, you are amazing. You struck a chord with me. I was ready to shut my business down last week. I was not motivated, in a rut and a big ball of emotion. But I tuned into creative live and i’m totally remotivated, out of the rut and still a big ball of emotion. HAPPY AND SUPER EXCITED EMOTION! Thank you so much for saving my business and putting yourself out there. The photography world is so much better with you in it and you are such a blessing to all of us. Thank you so much and I can wait to get my email with the downloads tomorrow…eeeek, can’t wait! Is it weird that i’m crying right now, haha!!

  137. Kim Spears

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    Jas I hope you are feeling so much better. You were AMAZING !! And seeing you and JD in action was a blessing to witness. You guys rocked it with everything that was thrown your way πŸ™‚

  138. Marcy

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:37 am

    J, you are so great! I watched all five days amazed at who you are! I love the way you and JD work together. My husband and I are practicing family photojournalistic style shooting…basically a wedding for the family without the venue. We’re trying to figure it out, and your business sense really helped. Thanks so much!

  139. Kellene Maynard

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Thank you for sharing this incredible experience with us! You are so amazing and such an inspiration to me. I cannot wait to see you tomorrow at Seattle WPPI Roadtrip!!

  140. Shannon Gray

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I thought it was nothing less than amazing!! You and the entire crew definitely have inspired me and have helped me to figure out what I want to do! Thank you so much!!

  141. Angela Higgins

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I didn’t think it was possible to learn more from you or fall in love with you both more after doing your workshop – but here I am, in awe. Thank you for being so sharing and for giving us such a wonderful gift. You will go down in the history of the interweb for being so brave πŸ™‚

  142. Vicki

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:44 am

    You’re simply amazing, thank you for the inspiring week!

  143. Lindy

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    LOVED, LOVED, LOVED every minute of your journey. You inspire me to be the best version of myself I can be. Thank you.
    x

  144. Chris Van Atta

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:48 am

    You have always gone so far to make others feel welcomed and to be a inspiration. I first met you in San Fran with DJ.On the freedom tour, Thanls for being real, I cannot believe it has taken me this long to find your blog, I think i been busy cutting my own path and journey and just now learning how to blog and to be of support to those who have helped shape me. Sending you some love. Chris Van Atta

  145. Lukas

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Jasmine and JD – you guys did hell of a job in past 5 days. My wife and I were following you all the time online and after 5 yrs in this business I have to admit – you are the champs. And I’m not even talking about your photos – but the way you run the business and the way you work with each other and your customers – they’ll write books about you soon!

    Now I wish you guys all the possible rest and time off, so you can go back to "normal" life as quickly as possible.

    All the best from NJ,
    Lukas and Marta

  146. Chango Bi

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Honestly I was at the brink of giving up on photography. You renewed me this week. You inspired me to not give up. Thank you.

  147. Chung

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:06 am

    JD is so damn awesome, just like you. It must be hard to have to feel so exposed. I don’t think people realize how much of a toll it can take on you so, don’t fret the small stuff and feel free to indulge in the Pinkberry. Do it! πŸ˜€ And thanks for sharing, j*.

  148. mike

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Such a huge sacrifice on yours and JD’s part. Thank you for your willingness to positively impacting literarily thousands of lives. And those thousands… well they will impacts hundreds more. If 10,000 people positively impact 150 people each? Well J* you just touched 1.5 million people. wow. major props!

  149. Sandy a la Mode

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:12 am

    hey jasmine! what a ride these last 5 days have been. thanks so much for letting it all out there and sharing your view and business with all of us! you are truly an amazing woman, are extremely strong and are a wonderful photographer! now go get some rest! πŸ™‚

  150. Rich Park

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:14 am

    You did a SUPER AMAZING JOB! My wife and I watched since day one and are so thankful for all you honest insights! You are such an inspiration!!! Thank you again!!!

  151. Nilda V. Negron

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:16 am

    Thank You soooo much for putting yourself out there like that. I personally learned so much and I am truly grateful. I admire you. Congrats on such a fabulous Job. I am a firm believer that through Christ ALL things are possible. The amount of people you were able to reach through this event it’s amazing.

  152. Jerome

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:17 am

    you really did a great job the past 5 days. I learned a lot. I’m now getting rid of my speedlights and just shoot natural light. lol!

    Even my 6 yr old niece knows you now. Every time she’d walk in my room the last 5 days i was in front of my computer watching the workshop. She came in today and said…"are you still watching that lady who talks so fast…i can’t even understand her." hahaha!

    Thanks a lot, Jasmine.

  153. Christy Cropper Photography

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Adore you J*!

    Boy howdy! That photo makes me cry. Love it! Nice snap Sachin πŸ™‚

  154. Tina

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Outstanding Job J* KUDOS for everything, for putting yourself out there, I think U will continue to shine thru anything that will head your way in the future. After all u have done, things can only get better for you & JD wishing U lots of dreams and best wishes for the future and for what you’ve done with creative live, God will bless U for your greatfulness and I only imagine good things will come your way. Thanks again your friend in Thomasville, Georgia. PS – the Fab 5 – totally rocks with J* Love ya too JD! JUST LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT ~ Cheers, Tina

  155. Kate Craft

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Your exposure is not for nothing thank you so much I finally feel like maybe someday I can do weddings the way I want to

  156. Melissa Cramer

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:37 am

    You may have felt exposed, but ultimately that there’s nothing more "freeing" than being honest and true to who you are and how you got HERE. I have to say that while I learned so much, and was inspired so much, the one thing that I truly appreciate is the self confidence your creativeLIVE experience gave me. It’s like a gift with a pretty red bow. I may (do!) have things to learn or improve upon… but now I also know that I know much more than I was giving myself credit for. You’ve lifted much of that insecurity away. Thank you Jasmine. Hugs.

  157. LEOLAK

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:43 am

    Congratulations to you and JD, Laura & Billy, the photography winners, and CreativeLive for a successful course! It was great to see you and JD working your special magic and speaking in your team language. =) I can’t wait to apply all that you’ve shared this past week to getting closer to my goal of making photography my full time passion. You shared such a strong wealth of knowledge, not only on photography, you have no idea! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! You truly do ROCK and I hope this showed you that more than ever!

  158. Michelle Newell

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:55 am

    I know this is 1 of 136 comments left on your blog… which is a lot of reading =) But, wanted to say "THANK YOU" for being willing to open yourself up on the world-wide-web about your passion. God has given you an incredible gift, not only to capture love as it happens, but to share His love as you work with couples… and it shows. I am looking forward to hearing you speak tomorrow at WPPI and although I hope this doesn’t sound cheesy, pray that tomorrow you feel refreshed tomorrow morning =)

  159. Faith

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Jasmine, you are simply amazing. The CreativeLive workshop was absolutely incredible! The information was so valuable and I am very appreciative of you and CreativeLive for hosting such an awesome event. You have God given talent and are truly an inspiration… & I love how you run a successful business and yet it doesn’t take over your life (yay outsourcing! lol). Rock on. πŸ™‚

    -Faith

  160. Sarah Silver

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:09 am

    You may have felt it- but you sure didn’t look it! You were so poised and professional the whole way through! I can not thank you enough for all the powerful knowledge you have filled my head with. You have inspired me and taken away layers of fear all in one step. I have set some pretty big BHAG’s and need to start- right now!

  161. diane (www.sagephoto.com)

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:10 am

    Nice!

  162. gladys jem

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:16 am

    i love you. i just really really really do. as a photographer and as your bride, you are a blessing to me in so many ways. a blessing to people all over the world. a million thank yous. and a million hugs.

  163. Chrystal

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Jasmine we are all so blessed by you, JD, your family (for giving up time with you both), the creativelive team and all of the wonderful people involved in this course. I know you have heard it a million times now but I will be the million and one person to say from the bottom of my heart…THANK YOU. For being you and giving all that you have.

  164. Candy

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Wow. Don’t even know what else I could possibly say. And I’m not one that is usually at a loss for words…

  165. Apple

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:26 am

    I feel so bad I wasn’t able to catch all of the workshop. so now I’m trying to absorb your teachings vicariously through your participants’ blogs.. I was able to catch day 2, and some of day 3 too-I had to go to class. and may I just say you did fab jas! I can only imagine the pressure of getting the best photos for your clients on top of keeping your live and online audience updated with what your doing. I’m sure you absolutely rocked it jas! if there was another one, hopefully not during our finals week (which this one coincided with) I’d definitely tune in all day everyday! We love you jas! and we really greatly appreciate what you did!!!<3 hope you get to relax now and know that you did an absolutely fabulous job!:)

  166. Marcella Caldwell

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Jasmine, I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must have been to show the world everything you got. But GIRL!! You are truly amazing, an inspiration, and most importantly a BLESSING. The fact of the matter is regardless of what anyone has to say…you are where you are because of who YOU are and you DESERVE to be there. Enjoy the RIDE!

  167. jenny w.

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:30 am

    I used to listen to a very wise woman on the radio everyday when my children were small. You may have heard of her she was a missionary many years, Elisabeth Eliott. Anyway, everyday she would say on her radio program, "You are loved with an everlasting love and underneath are the everlasting arms." Remember that Jasmine. Even when we feel we don’t measure up, He is Faithful. He will never leave us nor forsake us. What an amazing relationship you and JD have! That is truly a blessing! Keep pressing on. Rest in Him!

    Sachin….this picture is absolutely wonderful!

  168. Mike Moore

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Jasmine,
    You WERE exposed and you pulled it off like a rock star. I watched all five days and I felt the emotion of the "first look", the live wedding and every emotion you felt, I seemed to have felt as well. Thank you for the inspiration and renewed look on photography. You taught me many lessons on branding and photography. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    You are awesome. Keep it real,
    Mike Moore (working on my three words)

  169. Eric

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Thank you for doing this creativeLive course. I think you’ve made teh entire intarwebz better people through the experience you provided. It gave us a better glimpse of who you are, and that is a very brave thing to do. You may think you’ve exposed a bunch of flaws, but that actually makes us love you more for who you are what you do.

    Keep up the awesomeness.

  170. Katelyn James

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:59 am

    Girl, people love YOU….tangents, forgotten questions and high shrieks when you get a good shot…. we love it all. The fact that you are willing to show the REAL you, flaws and all… makes it a lot easier for all of us watching to except our flaws. So thank you. I didn’t get to see the whole thing but the little I did see, I truly appreciated…. really Jas, this project was a huge sacrifice on your part. Now that it’s over, go home a hide away for a WEEK! Be with your hubby, your cute ball of fluff and relax:) love u.. take care of yourself!

  171. Alicia

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Jasmine…

    I am one of the many silent blog stalkers, but wanted to come here and say, I sat at my computer for 3 hours yesterday just listening to you chat about photos and photoshop (I know nothing about either) just to see your passion made my night. Watching you talk made me excited about photoshop, right… I don’t even have photoshop!? It’s just that you are so excited about what you do, and it comes across 110%!

    Thank you so much for doing this! It truly is a breath of fresh air to see someone who loves what they do so much!!!

  172. Abigail Taylor

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Thank you for pouring your hard work and soul into this, it was amazing to watch. You have inspired and taught so much to so many. I truly appreciate what you have done.

  173. Jen Lapuz

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:29 am

    It is endearing how you were willing to show such a large audience your true self. It is the hardest thing to show flaws because we all to be accepted. Thank you so much for teaching this class. It was truly inspiring. You and JD are a great team. Your class transcends wedding photography. The true lesson is you have to be you.

  174. Melanie Toutai

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Jasmine..you are an amazing woman! Thank you for being you and being willing to put yourself out there. That is no doubt why you are so successful and a total inspiration to so many! xox

  175. Leah Godfredson

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I can’t possibly imagine what got you down, you have lifted me and everyone else so high in the last few days that I thought surely you were floating on air. I can’t say anything that hundreds of others haven’t already said, so I’ll just add my deepest Thank YOU to the pile. I’ll never forget the phrase "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail." Can’t wait to use that one with my kids. Kudos to you and your mom!

  176. Jo-Anne Kyle

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I can’t even begin to imagine how overwhelming this whole experience must have been for you. Hope you are feeling better about it now. Huge thanks to you, JD, the CreativeLive Five, the CreativeLive team, the vendors and everyone else who helped make the last 5 days so amazing!!!

  177. Christin

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:59 am

    You kept it real, Jasmine! That’s exactly what you are always wanting to do, right? Well, congratulations on a job well done! By feeling "naked", I gather you just felt incredibly vulnerable to what all of us out here were thinking. Well, the jury is back and the verdict is a resounding "GREAT JOB JASMINE AND JD"! You always are wanting to help just one person, right? Well, this time I think you helped about 100,000!!! Thanks and God bless!

  178. adelina

    August 30th, 2010 at 6:18 am

    You are extremely fabulous!!

  179. Amanda Key

    August 30th, 2010 at 6:36 am

    You are an amazing person! Totally willing to share, give, and give some more. Flaws? You have flaws—never! It is so easy to be hard on ourselves–but today–be kind, you deserve it!

  180. Heather Maynard

    August 30th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    I was able to watch most of the wedding live (but I’ll definitely be re-watching the entire thing again!) and I had two thoughts:

    1. Wow, they’re awesome, and
    2. Wow, the internet can make ANYONE second guess themselves. If I had someone following me around saying "What about this shot, and did you get that shot," I couldn’t do this job!

    But really, you were great and so inspiring. The wedding I shot Saturday was probably my most relaxed so far, thanks to you! I figured if you can do a Q&A during a wedding, I can take a step back to live in the moment! Thank you!

  181. Holli True

    August 30th, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Jasmine, I know there are about 130 people who have posted a comment here already, but I really hope you see this one. You are incredible. No, more than incredible. You have been my #1 inspiration for a few years now and I am so amazed by everything you do. You are so open and so willing to share so much of your life with us. I watched 8+ hours of Billy & Laura’s wedding and you and JD (and the rest of the crew) were AMAZING! I can only imagine the pressure and nerves you felt, but it didn’t show. THANK YOU for everything you’ve done and continue to do. You are simply fabulous and so very real. I think you rock!!

  182. Camille

    August 30th, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Seriously Jasmine…words can’t describe how amazing, inspiring, humble and generous you are. I have never met you in my life but feel like we are great friends (oh how great that would be if it were true one day). You rocked the socks off the wedding of Friday. You truly inspired me as a beginner photographer. I just want to give you a big hug. Thank you. Thank you for your willingness to improve the industry. You make a huge impact.

  183. Cathy Crawley

    August 30th, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Jas, you did an amazing job and you should be so proud. But I do understand and can relate to the ‘next day blues’. I had it after Benny’s birthday party and after your Sydney workshop. It’s just part of being a perfectionist and thinking, living and breathing one mammoth task for so long. You did an outstanding thing and you shouldn’t have any regrets πŸ™‚ xxx

  184. Victoria (AKA KookyCatChick)

    August 30th, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Jasmine, after only 5 days I feel like I’ve known you for years; gone to summer camp with you, painted our toenails together and had marathon "Toddlers & Tiaras" marathons while eating ice cream. It’s so brave of you to expose yourself for all the world to see, flaws and all (minor though they may be). I’m proud to have been a part of it and I’m proud of you for putting yourself out there. Bravo on an inspiring week that has left me feeling not only motivated, but empowered to build a stronger brand, accept MYSELF (flaws and all) and have the confidence to grow my business. "Thank-you" doesn’t seem like enough for the tremendous impact this week has already had – and will continue to have – on my life. Bless you!!!

  185. Josephine

    August 30th, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I slept and in between thoughts, I’m SERIOUSLY HEARING YOU. Hahahah How else to THANK YOU Jasmine but make sure I put into action what I’ve learned from YOU and everybody else on the Creative Live show and I hope to pay it forward to anyone else I come across with. And if I get to visit SC, I hope you won’t mind I might just take the guts and popped in to your door and throw a REAL HUG. =) Undying THANK YOU. God Bless You Foreverrrrrr!!!! Love from a Filipina finding her niche in Singapore =)

  186. Jodie Lemke

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Watching the rewatch’s because I am busy during the day! πŸ™‚ You’ve been a huge blessing to me πŸ™‚ I honestly can tell ya that God’s used you to help me grow in confidence and encourage and inspire me! Thank you! It’s been an emotional ride for me and am so blessed by this WHOLE experience! I can’t wait to afford the videos! Thank you for the sacrifices, your honesty, your transparency. I can see god’s blessing throw your beautiful gifts !! Great work J* & JD πŸ™‚

  187. Courtney

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Jasmine + JD,
    Just wanted to give you both major props for putting yourselves out there and doing something like this. I think the people you wanted to benefit from this, surely did. Consider yourselves nothing less than pioneers in the industry and my wishes for your continued success! Wedding photography is a genre lucky to have such passionate people!

  188. Anne Elisabeth

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Jasmine, thank you so so much for the past days. I have been watching as much as I can from Sweden. All the time I was thinking wow, how is a person able to do so much as you did. IΒ΄ve learned so much, more than I would ever learn in a course.. Props, really!

  189. Dania

    August 30th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Thank you Jasmine, inspiring five days. Wonderful new ideas, wish you the best!

    A photographer from Switzerland

    Cheers:)

    Dania

  190. Tanya Little

    August 30th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    What an amazing event all of you just finished! I am just beginning in the DSLR photography world, and I thank you soooo much for doing this. I doubt myself and my abilities, and worry too much about what people might think. Seeing you and the team so ‘exposed’ the last five days.. really put things into perspective for me. I’ve been thinking constantly about three words that I can connect with in my photography, and sometimes.. well I may be rambling now.. heh.. anyway, sorry, and thank you! You did a fantastic job!

  191. shani barel-desser

    August 30th, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Jasmine- I didn’t have lots of time to watch the whole thing, but I caught what I could between work , kids, and sleep, and what little I saw I learned so much! it was so generous and brave of you to put yourself out there with every secret and every detail that you learned the hard way, and were willing to exposed=s completely. But the most tender moment that was the most revealing, and touching, was this afternoon, when I had a moment I went online and caught the tail end of the show- it was the thanks, and credit- you were still in your chair and the end was near, and then it was over, and JD came over to you and you leaned into his chest and it was clear you were crying, and I could feel the relief, the drain, the stress, the everything, in that lean in. You are so strong, and still allow yourself to feel and to be vulnerable. it was a beautiful moment, a little voyeuristic too, peeking through the bodies blocking the camera. Thank you for being so wonderful, I have learned so much from you! all the best. Shani

  192. Kare

    August 30th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    The past five days have been absolutely fantastic and I am so incredibly grateful. Thank you to both you and JD for sharing yourselves with us so openly.

  193. Robin

    August 30th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I read your blog every day, and enjoy it, you have to be commended for doing what you did over the last few days, not many top end photogs would open their working format to the world warts an all, well done.

  194. Dasha

    August 30th, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Jasmine, I so can feel how hard it must have been, but I just wanna say that you touched so many lives and souls during those 5 days, you can’t even imagine. The positive impact you’ve had on peoples’ lives is unbelievably amazing! We are all very-very grateful to you and you have a special place in our hearts. THANK YOU!

  195. Veronica

    August 30th, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Jasmine, you are truly a STAR!! You were wonderful in every way!! I could follow it only at times since I had my 2 year old near by and time difference was not helping me much! I stayed up way too late! πŸ™‚ I wish you were my wedding photographer! You are amazing, if I could only have that day again….thanks so much for sharing with all of us, is trully appreciatted! a big blessing! Hope you have a good rest now !!! Veronica James ( from Argentina, in the UK)

  196. Melanie @ Whimsical Creations

    August 30th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for being so honest and real through the whole process. I took away so much valuable information about photography and running a business. Not just even a photography business, just a business in general. I am not a wedding photographer, but enjoyed watching all 5 days of Creative Live sessions. You are very inspiring and should be very proud! =D

  197. Britney

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Jasmine, I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times already, but you are truly awesome! I greatly appreciate your openess with everything – especially in an industry that seems to be so secretive…how the heck can we make this industry better if everything is a secret! This Creative Live course has been amazing and I feel so lucky to have been able to watch you work – you’re simply the best! Keep up the great work and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Jasmine *

  198. Harry Ghislandi

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Muchas gracias por esta grandiosa experiencia!!! , y por compartir tus fortalezas y puntos debiles con nosotros de manera totalmente honesta, thanks again Jasmin πŸ˜‰

  199. Taylor Perkey

    August 30th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Jasmine, just wanted to say that watching Creative Live these past few days has really inspired me to shoot more weddings. I’ve done a few but have mainly focused on senior pictures etc because weddings have always intimidated me and scared me away, but after watching you shoot live and being so transparent with your work, I’ve been encouraged to pursue more weddings. Thank you so much for such a great job! You are such an inspiration! I love your personality!

    Taylor

  200. Paige

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    No shame — no fear. You were amazing this week. The whole (photography and twitter) world is behind you. Much, much love.

  201. pluimerphoto

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Oh dear girl – you WERE exposed ! As was wedding photography and a whole bunch of other things.. I saw my weekend wedding through different eyes, my camera performed differently, my results look more like me and it’s all good. There just isn’t any way to properly thank you for doing this – but it’s not just "doing it".. it’s opening up and exposing to us the REAL soul of wedding photography. You’ve changed lives … inspired. That’s so cool…

  202. devon

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    J* …WOW…wow…WOW..Every moment I was home for the last 5 days…you were on the iMac…even as I was sitting there editing my photos on my laptop…you were on the iMac. You know the saying that when something sounds to god to be true…it usually is? Well…not in this case…I guess I could understand if the las…t 5 days would have brought you more business…but…you are already booking a full year (23-25). You are sooo brave to be sooo open and honest…so inspiring. Just know that we (the photography community) have been blown away with the last 5 days!!
    And on top of that you had a big 6’2 270 lb guy at times teary eyed…now come on….that has to mean something to ya πŸ™‚

  203. marcia tumminaro

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    i just wanted to let you know that you did a SPECTACULAR job this weekend! i totally think you should have your own tv show! you could call it "How to shoot like a Star!" (ha ha…get it?), because you are an incredible teacher, and you make it seem so effortless! so, THANK YOU, for being so open, so informative, and so…YOU!!!

  204. Tracy

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Jasmine, I can not thank you enough for just being yourself and being totally and completely open. You are a daily inspiration to me as I start this journey, you make me feel like I can accomplish my dreams as well. Thank you a million times over!

  205. Ana T

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Jas, it’s just like you say: KEEP IT REAL. IT IS WHAT IT IS. I just love when you say these things… lol You’re just that: amazing and great. Loved. It is what it is. This is you. And the Internet just love you. I finally understood the meaning of the term "rockstar photographer". You are, because you rock. Thank you so much for all the teaching (and that’s for a person who only watched de 1st day of workshop. i can’t wait to watch the others i’m downloading!). Seriously, can’t thank you enough. You changed me. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Forever!

  206. Belinda

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    It was amazing watching you work! I love how generous and candid you are with your talent. I loved your ‘it is what it is’ attitude. I need to be that way in all aspects of my life, not just photography. I’m only a year in the industry and am intensely working on trying to improve my craft. Watching you was very refreshing and inspiring for me. I’m sure that you are exhausted and drained but you have no idea how many people you touched…myself included! Here’s to hoping that I can make it to WPPI (for my first time!) to hear more from you.

  207. Sinead

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    That photo says so much to me about what one hopes for in marriage, in business, and in life. You are an amazing person, Jasmine, and a wonderful asset to the photographic community.

  208. Lily

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Jasmine, I am just in awe of this whole CreativeLive event. To everyone who worked so hard, Thank You! My husband and I saw you at WPPI this year, and while we enjoyed your presentation, our respect and admiration for you has grown exponentially in the last 5 days. You truly showed us who you and Jd are "in the in-between" and I it was so beautiful. As a husband and wife team ourselves, you two gave us inspiration in ways far beyond lighting,branding, and post production. So thank you! You’re totally invited over for some of my husband’s famous shrimp and grits next time you’re in Northwest FL:) May God continue to pour His blessings on your business and your marriage!!

  209. Emory

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Thank you so much for an amazing five days!! I don’t know if you fully understand just how much people around the world appreciate you and the fact that you are so willing to share your insights, knowledge and struggles. You are honestly a daily inspiration for me. So thank you thank you thank you!!

  210. Mireille

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Jasmine, now I know why you would not want to be the main photographer at your sisters wedding even if this creativelive wedding would be 10 times the stress level of a normal wedding you would not be able to enjoy any of it. But honest thank you so much for providing the Internet with this opportunity. To show us first hand what you deal with during a wedding but now with the whole world looking over your shoulder. Thank you. I now witnessed how different a wedding is from here in the Netherlands. And what the expectations are when you are a top 10 wedding photographer. But now every one knows why you are! So don’t feel exposed because you did and truly are great!!!!!

  211. Regina White

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Girl please get up and brush yourself off. I know I know it’s okay to just sit and let ourselves feel this way at times. But you did a fabulous job. I only caught one of the airs and totally missed the wedding. Dan-G! But I will see it some how. Anyway. Like I said, your great, down to earth and really out did yourself with this workshop. Give yourself props. Now move on and be you cause you know your the bomb-weezy at it. Have a good one. Enjoy life. Andale’

  212. jamielauren

    August 30th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Jasmine, you WERE exposed. And I loved what I saw!!

    You’re just perfect – imperfections and all.

  213. Karla Pitts

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Jasmine, you truly did put yourself out there. You need to know that the risks you took, the ones you may feel "exposed" you to the viewer, are what made this so valuable for me. I felt an internal "click" as I listened to you. My perspective on my work and myself has changed. I thank you for allowing yourself to be you. And thanks to JD, too!

  214. Sabrina

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    You have no idea how much your "realness" has pushed me in my own life – on my blog, with my friends, with my high school girls at church, with my community group, with people I work with, etc. It actually makes life easier and hopefully helps others see they aren’t the only ones struggling. Plus, I’m a horrible actress and if I’m sad or hurt or upset, you’re gonna know it b/c I’m horrible at hiding how i really feel! Anyway, thanks for being REAL (even for thousands of us who haven’t met you in person). Thanks for stretching yourself and being obedient to God and what He’s calling you to do πŸ™‚

  215. Heather

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you so much for you willingness to team up with Creative Live this past week Jasmine – This will go down in the record books as "The Best Wedding Photography Training…EVER" You were so open, honest, and Exposed in how you work. What tools, vendors, tips and tricks that you use, and I am so thankful!! This past weekend I had the rare opportunity to second shoot, so decided to use some of your input (mainly going "fill-flashless" :D, with a prime lens) Then of coures I did my regular David Jay – "Be first or be forgotten" and posted my showit video on the blog by 2am. Thank You – Thank You – Thank You – I will be watching these videos over again several times! ~Arkona, Canada

  216. Avel

    August 30th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Wow! No amount of well composed words can say how amazing these last few days have been. I managed to watch most of them (not all due to low internet connection that I was leaking from my neighbor) It amazes me how much you have grow in just a few years. From where you started to where you are now. And what amazes me more is that you boldly proclaim the your faith in God. That right there gives me a new jolt to push on and push forward. Like everyone already said, thank you. Know that even though you though it was hard, we on this end didn’t notice that. You pulled it off like a pro! May God bless you more and more in your life.

  217. Sarah Ciccone

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Jasmine!! Thank you so much for putting yourself out there. I was able to watch just a little bit of the live feed during the reception and it was sooo cool being able to see you work! I had a wedding on Saturday and after watching you shoot, you gave me the confindence to really push myself the next day. It worked too!! I am so grateful for everything you share…so no need to feel weird at all…you taking that chance and having the guts to "expose" yourself has helped so many people…including myself!! Congrats for doing something a lot of us could not be able to do :)) Keep being Awesome!!

  218. Ashley Scobey

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Girl… I cannot even IMAGINE doing what you have been doing this week, but I can tell you one thing: I am SO glad that you did it. The past several days my husband and I have just been sitting in our studio, editing and listening to you teach. What you did this week was helpful and inspiring on so many levels that all I can say is Thank You!

  219. Lindsey

    August 30th, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Jasmine,
    Thank you so much for investing so much of yourself in this event. Your uncanny ability to keep it real is exactly what makes you so fascinating/enjoyable to watch. I couldn’t tune it to the whole thing but feel like I learned so much from the footage I did get to watch. You are truly an inspiration! Love and blessings to you and JD.

  220. Nicole Wong

    August 30th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Jasmine, Thank you, thank you so much for the past five days of the creativeLive broadcast. You are sooooo amazing and I’m speechless!

  221. Jessica Swartout

    August 30th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Ok, one your fab, flaws, pitty party, and all! Two, is it weird that now, whenever I read your stuff, it is literally your voice saying it in my head, southern cali, with a hint of hispanic flair accent and all! i love it! haha!

  222. Stephanie Stewart

    August 30th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    Oh, Jasmine! Watching your course over the last few days has been so much fun! I am more excited than ever about my business, my love of photography, and I know I learned a few things. Because I couldn’t watch it all, I ordered the downloads, and I cannot wait to watch them! Thank you so much for letting us in to your world. I even had my hubby watching! Love to you and JD! You both ROCK! I hope you’re able to rest and relax some now!

  223. hpb

    August 30th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    You exposed yourself in a good way – like the first in a group of skinny dippers to rip off your clothes and jump in the lake showing the rest it was ok and fun! As a new wedding photographer, I just want to say thank you for putting yourself out there. The info was invaluable. Also, you probably saved me thousands of dollars in shrink fees because, above all, you confirmed that it is ok to do your own thing, to have fun, and be imperfect . Thank you thank you thank you!

  224. Tina Russell

    August 30th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Jasmine ~ We all have pity parties for ourselves from time to time and someone as "Famous" as you in the photography world, I can only imagine those raw feelings times 1000. None of us know how you’re feeling, we just know how you made US feel. You are real. You are amazing and having you put yourself "out there" for all of us to live with you was far beyond anything you could imagine for your fans, followers and friends. THANK YOU for your selfless gift. We all adore you.

  225. Ginger Murray

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I heard from a few people very good things about what they saw of you doing Creative Live. I haven’t heard anything bad at all:) I wasn’t able to watch at all, and I was bummed. Congrats for making it through this milestone. Kind of a big deal. .. and food usually makes me feel better too… haha.

  226. nadya

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    nice moment captured, kinda summed up your entire experience. the course was great and soo informative!!

  227. Ginger Murray

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    K, I didn’t know it was still going on! Watching you right now. Rocking it, Jas:)

  228. Angela Liddle

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Seriously Jasmine, I was completely blown away at how you handled that much pressure! I’m sure ANY photographer would have felt that exposed and not like themselves if they had been in your shoes, but you probably handled it way better than most people! I seriously am amazed by you and completely and totally appreciate you putting yourself out there even when it was exposing to who you are. I always admired you before, but now you are my hero in the photography world. I think you are a great person. Thanks for everything you did last week!

  229. Michelle - Shadowbear Photography

    August 30th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    I must say… I scrolled down and saw this picture of you and JD and my eyes got all teared up. I can’t even explain why. You’re both so amazing together and so lucky to have found one another. I know it must have been pretty scary to have done the Creative Live gig, but we all think you did wonderfully. xoxo

  230. Anne

    August 30th, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Being real is always commendable. And having integrity when you do it is admirable. Thank you. Truly.

  231. Kaylee Sizemore

    August 30th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for "exposing" your heart and talent to us all… you are inspiring…

    http://twoworldsphotoandart.blogspot.com/2010/08/being-kaylee.html

  232. Eileen

    August 31st, 2010 at 12:05 am

    What can I say… I so admire the fact that you have found your passion in such a young age and are fulfilling your dream. Your focus and determination are really admirable. I enjoyed watching you and celebrate your success! Thank you so much for being so open. May His light continue to light your path… always!

  233. Carrie Mundy

    August 31st, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Jasmine – I just wanted to thank you for EVERYTHING!!! I first saw you speak at WPPI this past Feb and I have read every single one of your blog posts since then. You are an inspiration to me (and the very large community of photographers out there)! I am still a β€œnewbie” – been shooting for $$$ for almost 2 yrs now but still hold down my 9-5 corporate job. I aspire to be a full-time photographer one day…it is my true love and passion in my life. When I have a camera in my hand I am absolutely H-A-P-P-Y, like butterflies in my stomach, jump for joy happy! This past week watching you on creative live I walked away with the feeling of WOW! I want to be a photographer like Jasmine Star! You should be proud of this past week. It was emotionally inspirational to me and moved me to make a change in my life. THANK YOU!!!!

  234. Theon Carrier

    August 31st, 2010 at 1:02 am

    first of all, you did an outstanding job! thank you for opening up what you do. We would all like to think that everyone in the community is as open, but the fact is that it just isn’t so. As far as people people thinking that can shoot like you … they can’t! As humans we like to think that we can do what someone else can, but the reality is that there can never be another jasmine star. Even if we could get them in the same position and have the same camera settings, what you produce has more to do with YOU than any camera, camera setting or location. Both you and JD inspire me (and I don’t even shoots weddings, I shoot youth sports!) But aspects of what you do I would love to incorporate into what i do if even only for my personal work. i was drawn in to everything that goes into business as well as how you approach your craft. i think we all look for reaffirmation of what we do and who we are but you don’t to worry about what others say. You ahve a great foundation built on faith and family. You are so blessed. you should be walking on the clouds. We are fortunate that you took a moment to drop in and drop some knowledge on us. My family and I are moving back to SoCal and I would love to take you and JD to Olive Garden (i think my budget can make that happen!)

    Best wishes and thanks again.

  235. Sandra Marcelin

    August 31st, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Hi Jasmine,
    Thank you for putting together such an incredible online seminar. You will always be blessed because you have a humble heart!!!The info you gave out during this seminar has been a blessing for me. I’m new to the business and my saying now is.. "thanks to Jasmine in California and Rick Fernandez in Miami" my photography will soon be great. God Bless you!

  236. Tori Wible

    August 31st, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Jasmine,
    I was blown away! I saw so much of me in you and that was a breathe of fresh air. The feeling that I am not artistic enough, the quickening of my voice when I get nervous…forgetting to breathe, except it looks cuter on you! I shot a wedding and watched you right up until. I was inspired and blessed by your vulnerability! I think you are incredibly real, and I love that you analyze your flaws like the rest of us. Thanks so much for what you do πŸ™‚ You are one of a kind and so amazing.

  237. Tania Aguayo

    August 31st, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Thank you!!! You are my daily dose of inspiration.

  238. katie osgood

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:31 am

    you were an inspiration the other night. I ditched my friends and hung out at home with the creativelive window open on my computer. i knew i’d learn something, and come saturday, i found myself shooting details of tables and thinking… ‘the tongs cheapen the shot.’

    you were naked in a way, like a scary weird dream. but you did it with honesty and grace. watching you go through the motions has made me tear up like a good movie does. knowing even the best people doubt themselves is, in a weird way, reassuring. it reassures me that even great people have doubts, but the difference is, they do what they do in spite of those doubts. you’ve been more inspiring than you can ever imagine. keep it real jasmine. thank you for being out there πŸ™‚ thank you for being you.

  239. Megan

    August 31st, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Jasmine, the photos from this wedding are beautiful, but then again all of yor pictures are! I just wanted to say thank you a million times over for doing that workshop, it completely changed my life, I know that sounds all dramatic and cheesy, but I was so close to giving up on my dream of being a photographer. Well you my friend gave me a huge kick in the pants! Thank you for being so transparent about every aspect of your business, and keepin’ it real. Your words of wisdom have truly changed my life, Thank you!

  240. Casey

    August 31st, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Jasmine-I know this was totally out of your comfort zone but I think you should know what a fabulous job you did!! Not many people could handle that kind of pressure, myself included. I am not a wedding photographer but I was able to watch the first 2 days and felt like I was learning so much that I went ahead and purchased the downloads and I’m so happy I did. My biggest weakness is working with adults (I am a child photographer) and this weekend helped me a lot. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there for the rest of us to be able to learn!!!

  241. Shannon

    August 31st, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Jasmine – I have to say I rarely have time to sit and read blogs (even though I want to), but this weekend you have a NEW Jasmine convert. I’m glued to anything you might post and have been checking in daily to see what’s new. This weekend was truly magical. I feel so inspired by your honesty and just how ‘real’ you kept it. My husband laughed at me because I kept my computer programmed to your face ALL weekend – they even had to listen to you during dinner! HA! So, even though you may feel exposed, just know how many people you have helped to become better photographers and individuals in such a short amount of time. Seriously. Don’t start your own church! I’m afraid you’d create a religion all your own and we’d be following right behind you like some weird cult! Just sayin’…

    Thanks for being you!

    Shannon
    http://www.shannongurneyphoto.com/blog

  242. Bobbie Brown

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Oh girl… where to begin? I was going to send you an email, but then decided not to since that is just one more thing you would have to read! But, I couldn’t not tell you how much I appreciate what you did this past weekend. Wow. wow. wow. You totally rocked it and did it SO well. I was not able to watch every minute (with two small girls that is very hard!) but, I watched a lot and felt totally insired and love how ‘real’ you are. I was amazed at how you handled it all, I cannot even begin to imagine the pressure you felt. And the nerves, whew! I didn’t get into the chatroom to ask questions at all, just becase I couldn’t manage that and my girls! But, a lot of questions I had were answered anyway, so it was all good. THANK YOU AGAIN AND AGAIN! XoXo

  243. Life with Kaishon

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Sometimes pity parties help us get thru all the other wonderful fantastical days : )

    LOVE the image. Love. Love. LOVE! : )

  244. James J

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Hey Jasmine,

    Having taught before I couldn’t imagine doing 5 days on air. I’m guessing you won’t be doing that again anytime soon. FWIW, the things that probably made you feel worst – the hiccups, critiques, mistakes, over-exposure – are what made it worthwhile to watch and why I lost so much of my work-week last week watching. The reality of being a professional "tools" person means we make magic from paper and tinfoil. Everyone has paper and tinfoil. Not everyone puts in the effort to make it magical.

    I hope that this episode means you are just starting to explode on the scene and not that you have jumped the shark. You are very good in front of the camera. Despite what Chase says about his own openness I don’t think anyone has asked him point blank what he charges and why for general public dissemination.

    James

  245. Cathy

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    I wasn’t someone who planned on watching the CreativeLive event on Friday, but I ended up keeping it open while working and found myself glued to it. It was wonderful to get to see you at work– it was inspiring to see your confidence and control. And maybe I shouldn’t be saying this, but it was comforting to see that not everything went perfectly (which is real life!). How courageous it was of you to take on this project, and I just wanted to give you a shout out for going for it!

  246. Ivona

    August 31st, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Jasmine, I am in awe of your fearlessness…I truly admire you for it. You chose to help others move forward and give them courage and say "oh my gosh, the same thing happens to me during weddings, I’m not the only one!" and you completely put yourself out there knowing that people are going to be judging you…maybe the way you shoot, the way you "are," the way you are with JD…you put it ALL out there…but the thing is you absolutely rock! It’s so easy to see that you have nothing but wonderful intentions, you and JD are amazing together, and truly this list could go on and on but this "comment" is already turning into a novel.. Just know that from now on there should be no pity parties, only celebrations for all that you (and JD) do!

  247. feuza

    September 1st, 2010 at 1:07 am

    you two are so cute, we were all saying how great it was to hear JD’s voice and how great of a team you are! and we all said we all wanted a JD of our own πŸ™‚

  248. dan!

    September 1st, 2010 at 1:23 am

    good heavens, there are a lot of comments! You have a lot of support. I just wanted to add my voice to the mass:

    Thank you for putting yourself out there. It was wonderful.

    peace.

  249. jim atyeo

    September 1st, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Wow, what an amazing job you did. It not only "is what it it", it was what it was and it was wonderful to watch. Thanks for being so brave and you totally nailed it. You looked like you always have a video crew following you and giving instruction and advice. I have seen Denis Reggie and Joe Buissink live and I thought you were better. Bravo! All the best. Jim

  250. Sue McFarland

    September 1st, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Jasmine, if you only knew how much you did for other photographers such as myself, you would never second guess anything in your life. I am so sorry that you were so very stressed over all of the shooting and talking and worries of the broadcast. Can I just say thanks you and you were totally AWESOME!!!!!!!!

  251. Cheryl Johnson

    September 1st, 2010 at 6:36 am

    I am yet to watch all the video’s but wanted to say how much I admire your ability to illuminate any room, people skills, photographic talent but most of all I admire your ARMS πŸ™‚ Get some rest you both more than deserve it.

  252. Sandra Cheng

    September 1st, 2010 at 9:18 am

    when i grow up, i want to be like you…
    seriously, you rocked! i can imagine it was exhausting being in front of camera all the time. but you were amazing, slash that, you ARE amazing.
    thank you so much for everything, i’ve learned a lot.
    thank you.

  253. Margriet

    September 1st, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    You have an extra fan!
    I realy admire you for who you are and how you deal with everybody around you. I have learned so much from the CreativeLive course and your FaQ’s on your blog.. Hope I remember everything next week when I have a wedding to attend as photographer and friend.
    I will keep track of your website and blog and wil continue learning and learning and learning. You ROCK!!

  254. Marleny Marsh

    September 1st, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Pa’delante!!! Sigale, que su trabajo es bello e inspirante!! Felicidades!

  255. Jonni

    September 1st, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Love ya girl! You and JD definitely rocked Creative Live! Thanks for all you do to help all of us. It means the world.

  256. Janel

    September 1st, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Jasmine, Thank you so much for "exposing" yourself! I can’t imagine how hard that whole experience was! I haven’t been able to watch all of it yet, but during the parts I did get to watch, my adrenaline was pumping, too! But I was transfixed… You work is amazing and your are truly inspiring to watch. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there for us!

  257. Heidi

    September 2nd, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Jasmine, you have no idea how much you have helped newbie photogs like myself who feel scared and inadequate. Your generosity in giving us a glimpse into the workings of your professional and personal life is so much appreciated. I’ve never seen anyone else in the photography world who is so unselfish and giving. You are the Mother Theresa of photography! No kidding. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Please don’t ever stop sharing. It’s truly a gift.

  258. jaqueline faria

    September 2nd, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Jasmine you are such an inspiration to new photographers like myself. I look up to you like a role model. You are seriously amazing, and I feel that the photography world is blessed to have you. Your story to success connects with me on such a personal level to know that you achieved your dreams gives me hope to keep pursuing mine. You taught me so much those last 5 days and you deserve a round of applause for your courage in exposing yourself to the whole world. It makes us love you all so much more. Girl you are a true star, and I seriously thin you should have one registered as JASMINE lol.

  259. flaii

    September 3rd, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Jasmine! πŸ™‚ I ADORE YOU. You are such a keep-it-real girl, so earthly, so friendly, so you. πŸ™‚ It makes you so much more human and reachable to share these things with us, but please be assured that you are talented and an absolute inspiration, truly. πŸ™‚ You were amazing on CreativeLive, i really got bored when I couldn’t hear you. πŸ™‚
    A big hug and keep up working!

  260. SΓ©bastien D'Amour - Montreal Wedding Photographer

    September 8th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    I watched the whole Creative course. Thank you so much for bringing us into your world. I really respect and love your work. Simple yet so powerful. I have been reading for months…and I’ll keep on reading for sure!

    Thanx again!

  261. vasily

    September 10th, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Jasmine, thank you so much for allowing yourself to be so exposed throughout the creativelive workshop! I learned volumes and will always be grateful!

  262. Sara Aghajani

    September 14th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Jasmine, after seeing you online, I am even deeper in love with who you are and how you rock it! Keep your head up! Love from Amsterdam.

  263. Truc

    October 1st, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Jasmine. You’re an inspiration.