Featured : Rangefinder Magazine : Uncomfortable


Yesterday was my nephew’s 4th birthday party, which normally wouldn’t have been an issue with the exception that the night before we didn’t get home until past 1am from a wedding in Los Angeles. I blinked my eyes open on Sunday morning then moaned immediately as my feet hit the floor. My body felt like it’d be tossed around in a dryer all night. Permanent press cycle.

We spent the afternoon at the park and–like always–JD was a hit with the kids…and I…well I ate my weight in snow cones, held a baby to avoid the water balloon fight, and took pictures of the birthday cake. I was way efficient. There were times when I was overwhelmed being around JD’s super-sized family (he has 16 aunts and uncles), but I’ve somehow managed to come out of my shell through the years.

I suppose that’s been the story of my life in the past five years. Getting Uncomfortable. I recently had the honor of writing an article for Rangefinder Magazine about this very notion and how it’s helped me approach attending conferences like WPPI and ways a photographer can optimize his/her experience by Getting Uncomfortable. And, no, it doesn’t require a person to eat his weight in snow cones.

You can read the entirety of the article HERE. Happy Monday!

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  1. Mary Veterano

    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Somehow your posts always come in a timely manner to what I’m working through. Like today? Phone consults with my first two brides that I’d be booking on my own. The phone terrifies me for some weird, unknown reason. I’m much cooler in person or in an email. Thank you for giving me the courage to suck it up and get uncomfortable to make myself better! 🙂

  2. elisabetta

    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Hey Jasmine, I’m going to my first wedding professionals networking event next Tue (rather intimate in comparison), and I’m already looking for any plausible excuse to get out of it for fear of meeting unknown people! This is exactly what I needed. Thank you so much… Encouraging, as always!
    x Elisabetta

  3. Michelle

    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    you Seriously make me want to break my little box I’ve created… THANK YOU…!

  4. Sharma Shari

    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Great Article! Once more, it feels like you are talking directly to me! I’m battling with the uncomfortable right now. I decided to start my business as a portrait/wedding photographer, and I’m paralyze with the idea. I have everything I need except the courage to jump…but I’m working on it…I’m there, I’m all uncomfortable all right…let’s see how it goes!

  5. nauheim

    August 22nd, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    as always…thank YOU! I’m a 55 yr old woman, successful in corp America, photographer wanna-be! I go to my first official workshop in a couple of weeks and am scared to death of all the pretty young ‘real’ photographers who will be there! I’m getting ‘uncomforable’ because I truly want to learn…even if it’s just a side-job of passion and I take photos for people who can’t afford to pay someone. I want to honor the craft. I always ALWAYS appreciate your kind words and your belief in your readers ability to be the best they can!

  6. Gabby / En Route Photography

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Sounds very interesting! Checking it out right away!!! and 16 aunts and uncles???? I have 2 but sometimes even that is too much! ;D


  7. Catie Ronquillo

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I just received the new Rangefinder and hadn’t perused it yet, but I opened it up and found your piece! 🙂 Love it, great advice. Have a fabulous week 🙂

  8. Falcon

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article, I keep hearing about it! I always know something’s not right unless I feel a tad uncomfortable, and I’ve always been told that you can’t be truly playing a big game in your life unless you’re willing to get uncomfortable 🙂

  9. Emily Crall

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I loved this article so much! I have been contemplated WPPI for a year now and am still too terrified to go for the very reasons that you described in your first experience. You don’t know how much I appreciate your sharing of knowledge and your push to make me be uncomfortable and grow. THANK YOU.

  10. Columbus GA Wedding Photographer

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Really great read. Now you have me thinking of snow cones. Looks like the ice cream truck this afternoon may get some business after all.

  11. Cathleen Siler

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I hear ya Jasime. I hope my future goes in the direction yours did! I have faced a few fears in the least three years (public speaking and taking a photo workshop w David Beckstead that had nothing but really good professional photographers in it with a 40D!) that have prepared me to just hang in there and be strong, but it is hard when it is like a reunion and you feel so unequal. The thing for people to remember is that there are a lot of us there trying to meet people. Keep your eyes open everyone and just talk – you will be shocked at the welcome response you will have if you step out of your comfort zone.

  12. Rachel Tatem

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    That’s awesome! Sounds like you need a couple days vacation!

  13. sherri lynn

    August 22nd, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Great article!

  14. Manya Keseloff

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you for getting uncomfortable for us! I’m always fell uncomfortable before and after or when I see myself in the mirror. We just need to keep truckin along. K.I.R. 🙂

  15. Kate Douthwright

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    I agree with Mary, i will rock your world in person, on my blog or over email but if you get me on the telephone, I suddenly become a mute. Not sure they can make out what I’m saying when I’m miming the motions of my own comfort box on the other end.

  16. Stephanie Rose

    August 22nd, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Very inspiring! : ) Awesome article.

  17. Carla Barnett

    August 22nd, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Wow, like a few who have commented, i too have just signed up for a BIG workshop NEXT SUMMER and the day after I put in my deposit I woke up with anxiety and wondered how I could get out of it. Will I be the worst one there? The one with the least experience? Will anyone talk to me? But a friend said, "It’s only about YOU and where you are right now. It’s not about anyone else. go." So I’m going but I’m scared to death! Thanks for your post!!

  18. Belinda

    August 22nd, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Great article! It’s so funny, over the weekend I was thinking about how badly I want to go to WPPI and how rough it would be to do alone.

  19. Colorado Wedding Photographers, Jason+Gina

    August 22nd, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Great article!!

  20. Karisa Joy

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Been there. Read that. I yes, even clipped out your photo to put on my inspiration board. Stalker much? Yes.

  21. Life with Kaishon

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Big families are the best, aren’t they?

  22. Nam

    August 22nd, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    As a new street photographer in Pakistan, I totally get what you mean by "getting uncomfortable". There is so much that I see on the streets that I’d love to capture, but… I hesitate. I fear what people would think of the sensitive situation or if they would disapprove. Ah. But gotta push through this! 🙂
    It’s good to read your post on this.
    – Nam xo

  23. Maggie

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Such a great article Jasmine! Thank you so much for being open and honest. I know I feel insecure and left out at times, but thanks for the reminder that those uncomfortable times really help us grow. Thanks for the tips too! Great ideas to make attending conventions and events more successful.

  24. Ivan Luckie

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    cool going up and up! great Jasmine!

  25. Lydia

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    This is something I know is good for me and have experienced as helpful time and time again…but have to pep talk myself up to doing each and every time! Thanks for living it out as a reminder for us!

  26. pixelmixture

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    RF magazine ??!!! are you about to buy a leica ? 😀

  27. Alexis

    August 22nd, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Aww! Great article Jasmine!

    I meant to compliment you before on your creative writing skills! Did you ever take a class? You’re good! 🙂

    And I love the adorable factor at the end of your mini-bio about spelling rhythm on the first try! It reminds me of a word I have problems with not writing but saying: "aluminum" for some reason my tongue twists all over that word and at first try I sound like a toddler trying to pronounce a big word.

  28. Kira Noble

    August 22nd, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for speaking TRUTH. Loved this article.

  29. JamieY | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

    August 23rd, 2011 at 3:45 am

    loved this article. i really found it inspirational. i am totally the keep to myself shy one and then i beat myself up for not meeting more people at things like wppi. next year i think i will take your advice

  30. Jonni

    August 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Hi Jasmine,

    I read your article the other day when I received Rangefinder and I have to say, your writing is always a real treat and of course your photography is too. 🙂 Congrats!


  31. Kristin Nicole

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:53 am

    love it

  32. {nataliebrayphotography}

    August 23rd, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Congrats and what a great article!! Love it!

  33. Wedding Snapper

    August 24th, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Great article, inspirational.

  34. Matt

    August 24th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Thanks for writing/ sharing. definitely something I can relate to!

  35. james darden

    August 26th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    You know what they say about the road less traveled…. I would have sat with you in the food court after saying hello and asking if I could share your table. I did struck up a conversation with someone in the parking lot going into the David Hobby/Joe McNally Flashbus Tour seminar earlier this year. It made it more fun actually. I would have been too embarrassed to show you my Pentax film camera and probably left it in the car because that’s all I had at the time.

  36. Shannon Von Eschen

    August 26th, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I just love how you write! It makes me smile at your wit! =)

  37. Carolyn Clement

    August 26th, 2011 at 3:42 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this article. I read it yesterday and I guess it made quite an impact. All day, all I keep thinking is: enjoy being uncomfortable…it demonstrates growth! Wonderful advice that I won’t soon forget.

  38. Brooke Summer Photography

    September 1st, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Holy moly, 16 aunts and uncles? Wow! That can definitely be overwhelming. But fun too. 🙂

  39. Kaitee Doll

    September 3rd, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Jasmine, I am going to WPPI 2012 and am extremely nervous. This is m first time going. I am completely revamping my business and it is making me uncomfortable every step of the way… but I am loving it! Do you offer workshops? I thought I saw that you offered workshops at your home teaching everything about your workflow and process… I could have been dreaming or wishful thinking, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

  40. Cyprus Wedding Photographer

    November 6th, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Although I read it now, this article remains a great inspiration for all of us, people in the wedding photography business! Thanks Jasmine!