How I Feel Right Now


Every year I feel like this and every year I say I won’t repeat it, but here I am sitting in my Las Vegas hotel room preparing for a presentation I’m slated to give later today. I tell JD I’m dehydrated, I’m dizzy, I want to learn how to Zumba…he pulls the pillow of his head and says to focus on reviewing my notes. Oh, right, thaaaat. My presentation is at 3:30pm today. I’d love to see you there if you’re at the WPPI Conference…bonus cool points if you can teach me some Zumba moves.

On the reals though, I’m writing this note to remember how I feel at this moment: unsure, nervous, and absolutely terrified. I hate admitting this. I wish I had it together and walk the hallways of MGM with a level of confidence found only in leprechauns, but instead I’ll find a way to be okay just being me. It’s not exactly what I imagined, but it’s served my life well up until this point and I hope it’ll continue to do so. At least until tonight. When I can drown my nerves in a Vegas buffet.

In other news, here’s sneak peek of what’s in store later this week…

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  1. Christa

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Wish I was there to hear you speak. You’ll knock it out of the park like always I’m sure 🙂 Will pray for you in the meantime girly.

  2. Holly

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    You will rock it! Love the photo!!

  3. kayla :)

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    WHAAT?!!! You’re are fabulous, Jasmine and I cannot wait to hear you speak in Miami at The Fix, although I know your audience in Vegas will be huge, you will shine like the star you are. Aaaaand you just got bonus cool points too since I see you’ve got a quick "add to pinterest" option on your bloggity! 🙂

  4. Eugene Essel

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    I like your openness, this is the true Jasmine. Well, if it’ll make you feel better. I’m counting on you that you’ll be super great at this conference.

  5. alexandra

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    bah. you’ll be awesome sauce. good luck!

  6. Ashley S

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:07 pm


    You continue to amazing me. Wish I was there to hear you speak. I love how grounded you are at this level of your career. You’ll rock that stage and do fabulous as always. You are so, so loved.

  7. Lori yohe

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    🙂 xo

  8. Robyn

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    SO wish I could be in Las Vegas right now. You’ll do so well, Jasmine. Per the usual. Find a bottle of water and remember to do you. xo

  9. Eleonora

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I know everythings going to be okay and I’m sure you’ll do great. As always 🙂

  10. martin castein

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    This is one of the most important things you do Jasmine and you have to remember we need you to do things like this or where is our hope.

  11. kimberly butler

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    i love how real, candid and down to earth you are.

  12. Serena

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Be yourself 100% and you can’t go wrong with the crowd. Looking forward to hearing you speak. 🙂

  13. Fran Colonna

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    You will do awesome BECAUSE so many of us, who love and admire your talent and generosity, will be lifting your spirit up in our thoughts and prayers…..everyone is rooting for you and once you utter your first sylable on that stage, you will be off and running!!! You go girl!!!!!

  14. Tami Inoue

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    The "just being you" is our favorite version of you. 🙂 We love your nerves and honest emotion. I hope I’m at WPPI next year! Good luck.

  15. Shannon Wimberly

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Jasmine…… you are a Star!! They will all be Star struck when you walk in the room…… that is your persona…… your brand proceeds you….. let it fill that room.

  16. Anta

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    You go girrrrlll! It’s always worth remembering that if it’s you that’s speaking, it’s because people want to hear what YOU, Jasmine Star, have to say. YOU. Otherwise someone else would have been standing and speaking in your place. That alone means that what YOU ARE is more than ENOUGH, and that what YOU ARE IS what people want to see and hear about …..and that should make your confidence level skyrocket. Of course we’re all human and nerves set in despite how great we are. It’s a positive sign – that you’re passionate about what you do and always want to do it to the best of your ability. Worry when you DON’T feel that anymore. Now go out there and work those MGM hallways with your magic…I’m 100% sure that if those hallways had a voice and could come alive, they’d be doing the "Jasmine Star is gonna walk through us" happy dance!

  17. Lea

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I’m sending you Fairy dust and unicorns running on rainbows for good luck. But I know you won’t need it bec you have an inner Leprechaun that will take over;-) Cant wait to meet you at "the fix" in Boston!!

  18. Skyla

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    You are my hero. You constantly give me the courage to push myself further and harder.
    I wish I could be there today but I know you will be amazing!

    Now go kick some butt girl!

  19. michelle travis

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    thousands of people can’t wait to hear you (wish I could!)….you know you’ll rock it! have fun!!!!

  20. michelle travis

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    thousands of people can’t wait to hear you speak! (wish I could!) you know you’ll rock it!!!

  21. Tammie Gilchrist

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Hey neighbor (yes, me from the room next door 🙂 I love Zumba , it’s the best! Once you start you’ll be addicted…you’ll do great today. Good luck!

  22. Rylie Sata

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I think its amazing you have a pinterest button. 🙂

  23. Laura Metzger

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I am always so inspired by your willingness to bare your raw emotions so publicly. The need to present a strong front has me hiding my feelings most times. You make it okay for me to let go of that. Thank you.

  24. Marina from Dubai

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    You are the most amazing, open and giving person I know. You can do it with Jasmine. Good luck!

  25. Clisty

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Sounds like you need to experience the Wicked Spoon buffet at the Cosmopolitan.
    You’ll do great today, sorry I had to miss it (left early).

  26. Sue McFarland

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    SOOOO wish I was there to hear you! Love that gorgeous photo. Have fun, I am sure you will blow them away!

  27. Tara

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    you will do great! I know it! You always rock it! And lets face it… you rock being you! 🙂

    Good luck! Hoping next year I will do WPPI!

  28. tracy

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    You know you’ll have fun! You always do…just think of your nervousness like prewedding jitters that some brides have 😉 You can empathize even more than you already do!

  29. Rachel Tatem

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    I love how you captured the love on his face. You will do great! Courage is not the absence of fear but acting with fear to do something awesome… mod on Ambrose Redmoon famous quote

  30. Christine

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Jasmine, you may not feel it right now but you are one of the most confident photographers I’ve come inyo contact with. You share you life openly and honestly which takes a lot more guts then you’ll ever realize. And even though we have never have met you have always made me feel important by responding to my comments on your wall. Like we could be the best of friends! Don’t worry you’ll do great today… Go knock them dead with just being you 🙂

  31. Malinda Warder

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Jasmine- No matter what your feeling at this moment when you’re walking down the hallways of the MGM know that those of us who look up to you see you as put together, impressive and downright BRAVE! You’ve put yourself out their girl and you’re lookin good for those of us that notice!

  32. Angela

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Saw you two years ago and you were amazing then! Won’t be there this year, but I’ll say a prayer that those butterflies flutter off and that you actually ENJOY those moments up there!! You’ll do awesome, and even if you didn’t everyone loves you so that would not change!! Have fun!

  33. Christine

    February 20th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Jasmine… Even though you may not feel very confident right now, you are one of the most confident photographers I have ever come across! You share yourself with so many of us openly and honestly, which takes a lot of guts then you may realize. You have always made me feel important with a simple response to a comment on facebook, which may not seem much but to me it means the world! Because even though we have never met I feel like we are the best of friends. Jasmine, you will do great today… just go knock them dead by being the wonderful you that you are!

  34. AmyEphotog

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    So excited to hear you speak today! My first voyage to WPPI not to mention Vegas so feeling a little overwhelmed right now. You are awesome Jasmine!

  35. LEOLAK

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    You are so going to ROCK IT OUT!!! I’m jealous I can’t be there to hear you speak! BUT…The Fix Chicago is getting REALLY CLOSE!!! Have a great time and go knock their socks off! =)

  36. Meredith Lord

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    You still inspire me, nerves and all! Good luck for the presentation – we all know you’ll rock it! And thanks again for your honesty and awesomeness! xx

  37. Maria

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Oh Jasmine!!! You’ll do wonderful. You’re that kind of girl that when a challenge comes you’re not easily overtaken. I know you’ll do great…. 🙂

  38. Elizabeth at Seaport Photo

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Remember to breathe 🙂

  39. Nancy Mitchell

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Praying for you Jasmine! I know you will ROCK the attendees socks off for sure. "God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him."~Jim Elliot

  40. Lin Y

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Jasmine, I just want to let you know that I just finished reading your magazine last night and your story is absolutely inspiring. I am sure you will be an inspiration to everyone who’s there for your presentation as well.

  41. Alexis

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Aww! I hope you feel better soon, Jasmine! And that you find someone to teach you how to bust a move, ZUMBA style!!! 😉

  42. Haley Johnston

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    You will do AWESOME today!

  43. Dianne

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Thank you for being so real and transparent. For those of us who feel insecure, it helps so much to know that those who look like they have it all together don’t. I don’t really think anyone does. You’re going to be awesome today! Wish I was there.

  44. Danny

    February 20th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Jasmine, you’re totally going to rock this out! No worries! On a different note: My wife and I were speaking with a lady at the WPPI booth (her names escapes me at the moment) who was ImagingUSA last month. She believes you will be the next Oprah. No, I’m not kidding.

  45. mal

    February 20th, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    so you are Human sheez i was getting a lil scared there. just to let you know you are my inspiration

  46. Trisha

    February 20th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Good luck today!
    And if you’re ever in WI, you can take Zumba with me and this lady… yeah… it’s awesome

  47. Melanie

    February 20th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    So beautiful! Good luck today 🙂

  48. Stacey - Total City Girl

    February 20th, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I’m sure you’ll be great Jasmine! Good luck even though you don’t really need it! 🙂

  49. Richard Skoonberg

    February 20th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    You will be great! and even if you are not great, your charm will win them over.
    What a handsome couple in the picture you posted. Very nice.

    Best of luck today!


    February 20th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Break a leg!! You’ll be great.

  51. Jodi Harris

    February 20th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    You are SO going to ROCK! Be yourself because thats what attracted all of us to you! FYI. I’d be honored to buy you and JD dinner at the best buffet in Vegas! MResort!

  52. Jodi Harris

    February 20th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    You are SO going to ROCK! Be yourself because thats what attracted all of us to you! FYI. I’d be honored to buy you and JD dinner at the best buffet in Vegas! MResort!

  53. Bobbie Brown

    February 20th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Sigh… I just wanna be there in Vegas right now! I have no doubt you’ll rock it 🙂 Best of luck to ya! And this sneak peek leaves me excited to see more!

  54. Annetta

    February 20th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Hope everything goes ok today.

  55. Laura Kelly

    February 20th, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Hey Jasmine!!! I’ll be there in your class today and I will be trying to hold back my tears…you know…the kind you get when you’re simultaneously star struck and having an out of body experience lol. Every single person in that room LOVES you. The same way you tell your clients you have no expectations for them, we have no expectations for you, other than you being you 🙂

  56. Kevin

    February 20th, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    You just got a new Fan!!!
    Stay kool.

  57. biAnca

    February 20th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Good move with the Pininterest option! Ive pinned your images before 😉

  58. Life with Kaishon

    February 21st, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I am 100% sure you rocked it right out of the park. Or the MGM Grand : )

  59. Suana Cristina

    February 21st, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I am sue you did amazing today!! Enjoy your Vegas buffet afterwards!

  60. Tina Mahina

    February 21st, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Aloha Jasmine! Thanks for being so real always! So next year when I am at WPPI for the first time… I’ll walk nervously down the hall with you and can you make sure I am not eating pizza in my room alone? Have a AmaZing time with everyone!

  61. Tina Nandi

    February 21st, 2012 at 6:19 am

    You’re brave and amazing and what Dianne said. Go kicksomeass!

  62. Kelly

    February 21st, 2012 at 6:29 am

    As usual you did great. I totally understand your nerves but we all feel the same way no matter how famous you get. (((hugs)) Thanks for always keeping it real and giving us the ok to do the same <3

  63. Christina Shumway

    February 21st, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Random thoughts on Zumba … the one time I went to Zumba all the girls at my gym wore belly dance skirts with COINS on them. So it clang, clang, clangs when they shake it. So, does this happen everywhere?! 🙂

  64. emily

    February 21st, 2012 at 7:46 am

    jasmine, you rocked it out this afternoon. you were a real inspiration as always, and had no problem KIR 🙂 i forgot to tell my friend stephanie to teach you some zumba moves! see you again in SF next month!

  65. Ela

    February 21st, 2012 at 7:52 am

    You knocked your presentation out of the ballpark!! It was amazing hearing you speak. Awesome job Jasmine. 🙂

  66. Carissa

    February 21st, 2012 at 8:09 am

    You did an amazing job today! Your talk was so inspiring to me, as usual. Thank you for always being honest and always being real. One day I’ll get up the guts to stay after and meet you, and when I do, I’m going to give you a big hug.

  67. Andre Maltais

    February 21st, 2012 at 8:35 am

    J* – You totally rocked it out today. I know you say your not a professional speaker, but I am blown away every time I hear you speak.

  68. Paul

    February 21st, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Jasmine! Hope you rocked it yesterday!! Looking forward to the next post the couple look beautiful.

  69. shani

    February 21st, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    there’s probably a line of people already waiting … you could all start a Zumba line right there! So sorry I am not in Vegas this week! Have fun everyone who’s there!

  70. Jenny

    February 21st, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    really nice photo

  71. Nicole Diehnelt

    February 21st, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I’m sure you were amazing! I’m sad I missed it, but I cannot wait to see you on Monday at The Fix in Phoenix! The whole time I’ll be telling myself "be cool, be cool".

  72. Zumba Master

    February 21st, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    You can stop on your way from DC to NYC to Zumba with me!!!!!!! I had 80 ppl in my class last night!! and people line up to talk to me after class like I’m the Jasmine Star of central PA Zumba. =) I can’t wait to see this years WPPI dress!!

  73. Adam Queen

    February 21st, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I absolutely love this image. Thank you so much for everything! Have fun in Vegas!

  74. marissa nicole

    February 21st, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I pinned on Pinterest just because I saw your button. Thought I’d spread the love.

  75. Maggie W

    February 22nd, 2012 at 2:54 am

    I saw you speak at WPPI, and you were wonderful. I am a portrait photographer (not weddings AT. ALL), but I couldn’t pass up a chance to hear what you had to say. You were fantastic, and I was so inspired by your challenge asking me HOW I’m going to change my business. Thank you!

  76. Meredith Sledge

    February 22nd, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    AHH! Gorgeous picture!! And man, I wish I was at WPPI. ONE DAY!!! One day!

  77. May

    February 22nd, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Well you rocked at WPPI!! great info, great energy and CUTE DJ 🙂

    See you in Dallas!

  78. Crystal Worley

    February 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    ***I was there! WPPI and I almost missed you…found myself sick (hypoglycemia) but thanks to Jesus you spoke later in the day so I had a chance to sleep it off. By far you were the most captivating speaker there! Thanks for being a willing vessel and sharing your success and failures…****

  79. Marie-Laure

    February 23rd, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Love the picture. Love is in the air : – )

  80. Rebecca C

    February 23rd, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Jas–I’m not sure if you follow non-photog blogs, but if so, you would LOVE this blog. She reminds me of you so much!!!
    Great job at WPPI!

  81. Ali Lee

    February 23rd, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Hey girl! First of all, I’m NOT a photographer, but my hubby is so we were both at WPPI and both in your presentation. We have watched your videos on the computer before, but never seen you in person….it was a wonderful experience seeing you live!

    I assist my husband on most of his shoots, and do a lot of his culling for him. I’m also a makeup artist trying to get my business off the ground and running. So I just wanted to let you know, that even though I’m not a photographer, I learned a lot from your presentation. I’ve said this on Facebook before, but my goals would be reached if I could somehow become the "Jasmine Star" of the makeup industry! I will keep following you and your work, you rock girl!


  82. Janelle Morcombe

    February 23rd, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Hey J. I was one of the lucky to see you at WPPI, and I told my husband as we walked down the hall, ‘if we see Jasmine, it is your job to push me into her, because I’ll totally wimp out and not say anything to her unless you make me!" Well, I didn’t run into you, but I adore you and your business. Thanks for always sharing, and thanks for the encouragement you give all of us…

  83. Amy

    February 24th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Jasmine, you were phenomenal at WPPI, I loved your talk, informative and so so helpful. I’m going through my notes making a to do list for myself 🙂

  84. Jessica Chavez

    February 27th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    1) you looked GREAT!!
    2) you ROCKED it!!
    3) it was amazing to see you!!
    PS. I hope you liked the sweets!! hugs!

  85. randy

    April 12th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    these are gorgeous! which lens were you using primarily?