Happy Birthday, my love…


Dear JD
I’ve tried writing this letter a few times and I end up shutting my computer because words fail me, much like many things have failed me these past few weeks. I looked across the small table while we shared antipasti last week and I said I might have lost my mind. Stress, you said,it’s just the pressure you’re putting on yourself…don’t worry about it. I said it might be a tumor and you rolled your eyes, insisting it was not, in fact, a tumor.

The following day you found me in bed curled with my computer, crying. I said I was going to give up. You quietly shook your head and closed my computer. Well, if you’re going to quit, it’ll be tomorrow, after you get some rest.

When I came home from an engagement shoot in Las Vegas last week, you and Polo–parked just outside the Arrivals gate–waved from the front seat. Well, you waved. Polo barked. You handed me an apple (rightly anticipating my travel hunger) and threw my bags in the back seat.

Today is your birthday and I’m having a hard time thinking of something nice I could say that compares to the niceness you show me on a daily basis. I feel like the luckiest girl to be your wife and today marks the day the world became a better place by your birth. Thank you for being my best friend and I can’t wait to celebrate another year of life.

Happy Birthday, my love.

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  1. elisabetta {linen and silk}

    March 7th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Jasmine, it’s been a while since I commented on your blog (rest assured, I read it every day), but today I just want to say thank you, to you and JD, for reminding us with your ‘down-to-earthness’ what life is all about – love, friendship, family, respect. And never giving up.
    I don’t celebrate birthdays, but I do celebrate life. So I wish you and JD to continue year after year in this path the way you do. You’re going to have the most fulfilling life. Ever.
    Lots of love to you two. xx Betta

  2. Denise Karis

    March 7th, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Happy Birthday, JD!!!

  3. Rachel Greene

    March 7th, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Y’all’s relationship makes me happy :). So glad God brought y’all two together 🙂

  4. Natasha

    March 7th, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Happy Birthday JD, your a great example to others!! x

  5. Alli McWhinney

    March 7th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Happy Birthday, JD! I hope you have a great day!

  6. The New Diplomat's Wife

    March 7th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Happy Birthday JD!

  7. Cozart

    March 7th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    WOW, great post.

  8. Catie Ronquillo Wood

    March 7th, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Happy Birthday JD! I’m thinking good men, brave men, patient men, are born this time of year. It’s my hubby’s birthday on Saturday. God Bless them! 😉 PS you were amazing on Creative Live! Restart may have started as a crazy idea, but it blossomed into something that has truly impacted the photo community in a positive way, elevating the industry for the better. Thank you, J*. xoxo Hope to see you next week!

  9. Lindsey McClennahan

    March 7th, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Jasmine, you can’t make me cry two days in a row! : ) dang! : ) Happy Birthday JD! Thanks for keeping our Jasmine going! Every great photographer needs an amazing coach 🙂 With your help, you’re helping us all. love love love love to you both! have a great day!

  10. Lindsey Laughlin

    March 7th, 2013 at 1:44 pm


  11. Maïeva Voyage

    March 7th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Happy birthday to JD!!!
    You’re such an inspiring and lovely couple.
    Wish you all the best,
    Maïeva Voyage

  12. Shanna Duffy

    March 7th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Ohmigosh!! I’m all teary-eyed!!! This really makes me want to go give my fiancee a big hug and say Thank You for all of the things he does for me. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate the small, selfless moments of true love. P.S. Happy Birthday JD!!

  13. Paige Overturf

    March 7th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    You have an incredible gift for putting thoughts into words. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JD!

  14. ashlyn

    March 7th, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    awww, jasmine, this was sweet! happy birthday JD! y’all are so cute!

  15. Kristen

    March 7th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Adorable!! Happy Birthday JD!! 🙂

  16. Deborah

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Happy Birthday, JD.

  17. Jenna Kutcher

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Happy birthday to an amazing man who is nothing short of fabulous. The love and support you show Jasmine is evident in her strength and your sincere attitude. You two are incredibly blessed to lean on one another and are on exceptional pair. So great seeing you both yesterday, Happy Birthday JD!

  18. Sally Manlove

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Hope you get some rest and enjoy time together between restart and WPPI!

  19. Orlando Wedding Photographer | DSWfoto

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, JD!!!

  20. ashlee adams

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Isnt it amazing to be so loved by someone and have no demands of anything back ? ! xoxox

  21. Kat

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Happy Birthday J.D.

  22. Mark Potter

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Happy Birthday JD! Meeting you last June was a true honor. You have a way of making people feel very welcome and comfortable. Wish we could share a good glass of vino with you! Best wishes for a beautiful year ahead.

  23. Janet Gerbutavich

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Awww, so very sweet. Happy Birthday JD, you and Jasmine seem to be the perfect ying to each others yang, Have a spectacular day.

  24. Dallas

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    The part about the apple almost made me cry, it’s so sweet 🙂

    Happy birthday JD!!!

  25. Jacinthe

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I love everything about this post: the way you write, the photo, your husband’s niceness, the complicity you two share, his love for you, your love for him… Makes my heart smile. Happy birthday, JD! Hope you two have a wonderful day.

  26. Karen Massey

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Just beautiful,nothing more needs to be said x

  27. Lacey Rabalais

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Seriously….get a room! Noooo….just kidding! Yall are so cute and you both seem like such a blessing to each other. And the world! Happy Birthday JD!

  28. Dawn & Michael Mitchell

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday JD! And Jasmine, your sentiments hit home for Michael and me also!

  29. Annetta

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, JD!

  30. Nicki

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    This blogpost brought tears to my eyes! The love you guys share is so BEAUTIFUL. I think JD is as lucky to have you as you to have him – because you COMPLETE each other (:

  31. Jasmin TM

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I think you said perfect! Happy Birthday JD. Wishing you even more blessings in your life.

  32. Emma Garcia

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    beautiful post!… happy b-day JD!

  33. Jan

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    OMG, this totally made me tear-up! What a blessing it is to have wonderful men to call husbands. Happy birthday!! May the Lord continue to bless the both of you with many years of happiness and love.

  34. Sean

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    God bless you guys and keep you love flowing. I’m also blessed to have a wonderful wife so u can relate to what you feel as she’s my biggest supporter. Just bought your course on creative and I absolutely love it. You’re so full of energy and an amazing person. Thanks you jasmine and happy birthday JD

  35. Kelsy McCartney

    March 7th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, JD!!!!! Cheers from us & our cute puppy to you & yours 🙂

  36. Sara Holland

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    He really is a radiant soul. Blessings to both you two kids!

  37. Stephanie

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Aw, this was so sweet and touching. You and JD are such wonderful examples of how to love one another. Happy birthday to JD!!!

  38. Alyse Nicole Photography

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Aw! Sweet. 🙂 Happy birthday JD.

  39. Shannon

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Sounds like my husband! But JD is a superstar like you. Makes me so happy to see you both so in love. Happy Birthday JD!

  40. kayla :)

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JD!!! 🙂 Thanks for making the world a brighter place.

  41. Morgan

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Thank you for not only being a fabulous photography mentor but for also being a great role model. Your’s and JD’s relationship teaches me to be a better wife. Thank you for that. :0)

  42. Donna Stokes Kennedy

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Happy BDay JD!

  43. Angel Pope

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    awwwwwwwww :’-)

  44. Gail

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    AHHHH SUCH a sweet post for SUCH a sweet guy!

  45. jack

    March 7th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I think every girl needs a JD!

  46. Amy Jo

    March 7th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Happy Birthday JD!! I only met you once in passing at WPPI, but I knew you were good people because no one ever says differently. I hope your day is great!

  47. Tasha Prescott-Wilson

    March 7th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Is it weird that on my calendar it popped up "Today’s Jd’s Birthday!" and I was like Oh I have to send him a message lol I love the passion you have for your husband. Not sure if I put it on my calendar to remind me to wish him a happy birthday or to make sure I read your blog today to have just a peek into that love… Who knows but I’m glad for the reminder! JD have an amazing birthday!

  48. Jasmin

    March 7th, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I am truly and forever in love with your love to your husband!
    Congrats JD! And thanks for making my sister-in-names so happy every single day!

  49. LEOLAK

    March 7th, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Sweet post for an awesome man! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JD!!!!

  50. Mikaela

    March 7th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    You two are the best. Happiest of birthdays to you, JD!! Love, Mikaela & Shane 🙂

  51. Nathan Leduc

    March 7th, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Happy B-Day man!

  52. Candace Prokopets

    March 7th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    What an honest and sincere post! And so perfect to celebrate JD! Happy, Happy Birthday!

  53. Katie

    March 7th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Love that picture of your hubs! It’s the small things that make love great, so even though it is hard to verbalize the significance of an apple after a flight, it really SHOWS a ton. You guys are lucky to have each other:)

  54. Raquel Leeper

    March 7th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Jasmine and JD – First off, Hope you are having a wonderful birthday JD! I think you two are both rockstars and you are so lucky to have one another in each others life. Someday, I hope to meet both of you because each and everyday you both inspire me. You have an aura of love that is not always seen and compliment each other well. I am happy to have found your website many years ago!! happy birthday!!

  55. Marlene Grooms

    March 7th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I want, NO, I WILL HAVE an amazing relationship just like yours one day. Not only are you an amazing photographer, writer & wife (I’m sure DJ wouldn’t be soo dang nice if you weren’t), you are an incredible inspiration for a healthy and happy marriage. I recently left my very unhealthy 7 year long relationship because I want healthy, I want what you talk about in your posts. I will have it! Thanks so much for sharing your love of photography and DJ with all the world. You are so incredibly inspiring! Don’t stop being you!!

  56. Amy Steed

    March 7th, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Simply put, but beautiful. Happy Birthday JD!

  57. Ashley Rogers

    March 8th, 2013 at 1:50 am

    Beautifully said, J. Dang, now I’m crying!

  58. Darla Whisenand

    March 8th, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Ah That’s so sweet! I have a JD and his name is Paul! It’s so wonderful to have a man like that for a husband. I am so thankful because I see so many other men out there that are just so terrible to their wives or girlfriends! And some of them are very close to me and it just breaks my heart because they are treated that way. You go girl! Your such an inspiration to me, not only in my photography business but in life as well! God Bless!

  59. Elise

    March 8th, 2013 at 6:39 am

    So sweet Jasmine! Makes me so happy inside! You are both amazing.

  60. Peter West

    March 8th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Lucky man

  61. Alexis

    March 8th, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Your love story is so inspiring 🙂

  62. Falcon

    March 10th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    This post made me so emotional! Mainly because it’s exactly how I feel about my boyfriend and how appreciative I am of him for the small things, and keeping me totally sane! Thank you for being so vulnerable in this letter, it’s so beautiful. xo