Fingerprints Make Me Proud


I’m sitting in my hotel room and it’s much too early to be awake in Las Vegas. JD is breathing softly under his pillow (yes, he sleeps under his pillow) and the window shades are cracked in such a way where i can see nearby buildings reflect golden light and an occasional plane leave McCarran airport. In a few minutes, I’ll be packing our bags and heading home, and this makes me happy. I miss Polo.

From the seminars I’ve attended at WPPI and the conversations I’ve had with peers over the past few days, I’ve become a better photographer. It’s nice to see and hear what other people are doing and I’m excited to spruce up my business. One of the highlights, however, was seeing my dear friends launch their new website.

Some of my faithful blog readers will remember fabulous clients by the name of Gabriel and Carlie (you can see their photos here). A few months ago, we took them out to dinner and spoke about their new photography business. We spoke about branding and how important a website is to define who you are as an entrepreneur. I, of course, spoke about how my Showit Site changed my business in ways I could never dream. They were thrilled to work on their site, and we clicked our glasses in a toast to the future.

The Future.

Yesterday, Gabriel and Carlie sat in the Showit Suite in Las Vegas and launched their NEW WEBSITE, and I was beyond amazed. They’ve come so far, they’re so humble, and they’re people I trust will change the face of emerging photographers. When Carlie showed me their site, a little piece of me was proud. Perhaps I had nothing to do with their dream catching. But, perhaps, I did. And I was proud for this glimmer of hope that I might have made a difference in two amazing lives.

Their website is a total reflection of them. As my website is a total reflection of me. Both sites are completely custom, unique, and have our smudgy fingerprints all over the sites. If you’re a blog reader who fears your brand isn’t adequately displayed, I challenge you to find ways to carve your path and start loving your business and brand!

Happy Thursday!

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  1. Nicole Monique Photography

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    YAY! I am so excited to see what they accomplish in the future! Congratulations Gabriel and Carly! Jasmine, you have touched so many lives in so many ways you truly don’t know how much of an impact you have made! Thank you Jasmine for being such an inspiring photographer. You have definitely set the bar high! 😉

  2. ken kienow

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    dang girl…you’re the best blogger i know. most people (including me) talk about blogging frequently but fail to deliver…you’re sure consistent and post great stuff! oh and love gabriel’s new site. 🙂

  3. Kayleen T.

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I love ShowIt Sites!!! Gonna check out there site!

  4. Jane

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Gabriel and Carlie are one of my all time favorite couples featured on your site. The day after shoot in their house was simply, da bomb.

  5. Rich (nickel city studios)

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Jasmine, that’s a really cool website they have! You can definitely take some credit for our site, too, thanks again for the advice – it all worked out great!!

  6. Erin

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    That is so encouraging! I love how that site has captured their personality…the design is so happy, fresh and even motivating!

    I want one!! 😀

  7. Terrence Randell

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    You should definitely take some credit. People like you and them are inspiring a lot of people. I’m one of them. In just a few weeks I’ve gone from, "I could never do that.", to "Hell yeah, I can do that!" and it’s all because of stories like yours, Gabriel and Carlie’s and others. Thank you for the beautiful images that inspire me and your openness in sharing what you know and do.

  8. Becky

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so glad that you linked to were I could get an awesome website. I really have wanted to update mine. I love yours so much! Although, it’s your photographs that make it great!

  9. Julie G

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    oh i saw their site last night and loved it, ive been wanting to get my hands on a wacom pen so i can handwrite everything, from my blog to my website, and doodle. When i saw their site and what they did I knew I need to get on this, i love them, and their site but was a little envious they beat me to the punch.. soo cool though! I totally love you too Jas, dont want you to feel left out on feelin’ some love. I think it’s wonderful that you guys all got connected and I’m happy Ive been able to follow along your journies. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  10. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    February 19th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Hey, I’m an under the pillow sleeper, too! It often has to do with a snoring spouse. 😉

  11. Stephanie Stewart

    February 19th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    I have been thinking about this very topic of branding and websites, thanks so much for the inspiration. I’m sure Polo is so excited for you to come home to him!!! Today’s my b-day, and I was so excited to see that you had an awesome post for me to enjoy! 🙂

  12. Lydia Johnson

    February 19th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Jasmine,
    I am a part time wedding photographer, and I just came across your site a couple weeks ago. And I have now named you in and amongst my photography heros! Your work is wonderful! And your site is AWESOME. You have defiantly inspired me to do something amazing as far as a website for myself! I’m really excited about it.

    I do have a random question for you, if you have the time:
    I’m dying to know what kind of stuff you wear when you shoot a wedding. You are so stylish and always look so pretty, I would love to know how you mix the need to be well dressed, and yet be comfortable and free enough to focus strictly on shooting.

    Thanks for being so cool. Its a huge inspiration!

  13. Nicole Rogers

    February 19th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Their site is great! So clean, simple and fresh.

  14. Erica Velasco

    February 19th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I’m totally thinking about a ShowitSite…they look so amazing!

  15. Nick

    February 19th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Their site is great, but how do you turn off that awfully loud music?!?

  16. Tira J

    February 19th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    As someone who just launched her new brand to the cyber world on Monday, I will say that I owe a lot of my branding process to Miss J*. Since I went to the Freedom Tour – LA last summer, I knew that I not only needed a place to call home for everyone, but a place that reflected who I was as a photographer, woman of faith, wife, daughter and friend. Whatever venue you choose to showcase your brand and your work, make sure it not only reflects who you are, but how you want your business to operate. C + G’s site is amazing, and you can do so many fabulous things with Show It. Thank you Jasmine for continually inspiring myself and others to follow our dreams. Love you.

  17. jeramy

    February 19th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    inspiration is an amazing thing! give, give, give…

  18. Ashley

    February 19th, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I love Carlie and Gabriel! And I love both your sites…one of these days I’m going to get one…

  19. DJ

    February 19th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this site!

  20. Krysta

    February 19th, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks, Jaz! That was the boost I needed.

  21. Becka Knight

    February 19th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Love the whimsy of it. 🙂

  22. Carlie Renee

    February 19th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Oh my goodness jasmine!! You are such a blessing to us!!! Thank you so much for sharing such a huge milestone for us in our business with all your wonderful blog readers! Also just wanted to let your readers know, thank you so much for your emails about a couple cliches found. We are on our way home from an awesome week in vegas and will be working on the website when we are home. Thank you so much!

  23. Tracy

    February 19th, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    I’m attending my first workshop next weekend. I know this will be a part of it..(branding)so excited! Thank you to you and your friends for being inspirations.

  24. Hanssie Trainor

    February 19th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    I was so sad I missed you this week in Vegas 🙁 I really wanted to chat with you (even though I squealed -in a totally cool way- when I saw JD at Rouge last night).

    Have a safe trip home. See ya next year hopefully!

  25. Malia

    February 19th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Can you talk about branding more specifically in one of your FAQ posts? that is… if it is Frequently Asked about? I don’t even know what to ask about or where to start as a new photographer. Thanks!

  26. Laurie

    February 19th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    A new fave to add to the RSS feed. AWESOME!

  27. cassandra m

    February 19th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I just checked it out….AWESOME! It really gives me an idea of their personalities and I’ve never met them. I see your pics are on the website & blog. Both those shoots had beautiful images you captured. They look like really cool & FRIENDLY people.

  28. Lydia

    February 19th, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Their site is rockin’! It IS so them! I love how it totally goes with their client lounge (which I adore) too!

  29. brianna

    February 20th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    i feel like i know carlie and gabriel as good as you do…except i’ve never met them! i just remember seeing them from the beginning and now, after taking a look at their site, i’m amazed at how far they’ve come. that’s pretty fabulous!

  30. Jamie Delaine

    February 20th, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Mmmhmmm!! Gotta love Showit! 🙂

  31. Brian Khang

    February 20th, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Yay for Gabriel and Carlie! Their site is very them!

  32. Cynthia Q.

    February 20th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    love how amazingly supportive you! And thanks for letting us all know about the new look for Gabriel and Carlie 🙂

  33. Wendy Mayo

    February 20th, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Great new site! I really like the artsy-ness of it. (Is that a word?) One thing I would mention to them though is that in the section about them they used the word "their" instead of "there". Seems like this is a rather common mistake and I see it all the time on sites that I view. Not a bid deal, but if anyone finds errors on my site, I would want to know.

  34. Lesley

    February 20th, 2009 at 4:15 am

    This is one of the cutest sites ever!

  35. Wendy Mayo

    February 20th, 2009 at 4:15 am

    LOL! I just noticed my own mistake in my last comment. Duh!

  36. melissa schroeder

    February 20th, 2009 at 1:49 pm inspire so many other photographers with your talent and beautiful outlook on life. Thanks for sharing this gave me chills. i loove it.

  37. Christy

    February 20th, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I’m currently working on a website now and the whole branding aspect has been a major issue for me. I like a variety of things and I’m struggling to combine it all into one "image". I hit a block every time I try to "create" what reflects me best. AAHHH!!!

  38. allie

    February 20th, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    how wonderful, their site is gorgeous ineed!

  39. Tonya Peterson

    February 20th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I met them at wppi this year and they are about the sweetest people I have ever met. They were so cool!

  40. Rachel

    February 20th, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Super cool site! I just finished launching my own showit site last week – still tweaking a little here and there. Thanks so much for introducing the site to all of us – it really made my site building and updating easy!

  41. allyson magda

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    great advice!

  42. barbara (soon to be dieppa)

    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:34 am

    I love Gabriel and Carlie! They are super cute! My fiancee is also using show it sites to redesign his new website too! He loves it!

  43. Cathy Crawley

    February 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I love those guys, Carlie is soooo much fun. I see big things for them in the future 😉