Mile Grazie, Danke, Gracias, Thank You


Well, I’ll be. Today I woke up and realized my little photography blog was voted as the winner of PPA’s Fresh Blog Contest! Hollllllla! I, of course, had nothing to do with the win since all YOU did the voting, so three cheers to my blog readers for making me feel so blessed. Seriously, I never dreamed of making the connections with readers as I have and I’m incredibly rich having you in my life.

I’ve been thinking of ways to express my thanks, but I don’t know how. If you have any ideas, leave them in the comment box and I’ll see what I can do! πŸ™‚

In other news, I’ll be speaking in Portland, Oregon THIS Monday, February 23, 2009. The ever amazing team of the the PPO Convention has put together a fabulous event and I’m so honored to be speaking! If you’re in the area, I’d love to meet you in Portland at the convention! Many thanks to those of you who’ve written and offered to take me and JD out to dinner…y’all know how to make a girl feel welcomed! Unfortunately, it’s a turnaround trip for us, but we’ll be there rocking it out all day!

If you’d like to check out a pre-interview PPO completed, definitely check out their blog!

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  1. Kristin Mizo

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I think you should offer a drawing for a free seat to your workshop!

  2. heidi @ indy photography

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    i’m all for giveaways. you know, as long as i win.

  3. Chris c.

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    CONGRATS Jasmine!

  4. lucy

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Congratulations Jasmine. It was nice meeting you at wppi.
    Throw a big party for all your readers…or we can amake it a pot luck.

  5. Meghan

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Congrats! I instantly fell in love with your blog and you should be awarded for all it’s amazingness! Can’t think of anything other than doing more FAQ posts πŸ™‚ Those posts have been really helpful!!

  6. Lydia

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Well, it would be AWESOME if you did another workshop and held it in San Francisco! πŸ˜‰ Congratulations!

  7. Ava Martinez

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    congrats – that’s awesome

  8. J

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Congrats!!! Hmmm… how about the story of you and JD… complete with wedding photos? πŸ˜‰

  9. Jacqueline fronters

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    It is well deserved! You have an amazing blog! What about another post with your post-processing trade secrets? That would be very nice.

  10. Jacqueline fronters

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    It is well deserved! You have an amazing blog! What about another post with your post-processing trade secrets? That would be very nice.

  11. Jamie Lapeyrolerie

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    That’s AWESOME!! Congrats!!!

  12. tanni

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    You deserve it. I looked though many many of the blogs submitted and yours was truly the best.

  13. Michele B

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Congrats on your win! You rocked it girl πŸ™‚

  14. Jen Davis

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Congrats! You certainly deserve it πŸ™‚ So nice to meet you this week.

  15. Darina

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Congratulations! I think it would be awesome if posted some tips about shooting babies, and post processing tips. Also, pics of Polo would be nice as well!

    Congratulations, again!

  16. Laura G

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Congrats! Your blog rocks for a reason! I agree with Kristin-a drawing for a free seat to your workshop would be sooooo fab πŸ™‚

  17. Melissa Tomeoni

    February 20th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Totally stoked to see you speak Monday!

  18. Faye

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    congratulations! you certainly deserve this! πŸ˜€

  19. Kristin Mizo

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I forgot to say CONGRATS!!! I was so excited to be the first comment that I forgot the most important thing πŸ™‚

  20. Claire

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    YESSSSSS! i knew you would totally win! I love you, everyone who follows your blog loves you! AND of course Polo and JD love you! way to go Jasmine!
    I have a great way to show your appreciation…more photography tips…..please!
    You ROCK jasmine * and pretty soon the whole world will know it!

  21. Crystal

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    How about a virtual pizza party? I’ll sit here and eat my pizza, you sit on the other side of the country eating yours, and we’ll pretend we’re celebrating together. I don’t know better way to celebrate than pizza.

  22. Kate Callahan

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I went to the site because you mentioned it on this blog. But, I voted for yours because I clicked through the pages and genuinely thought yours was the best : ) Congrats!

  23. Cindy

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Β‘de nada! Congrats! Your blog rocks!

  24. Kim

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I knew you would win. Congrats!!!

  25. Sarah Rhoads

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    HOLLA is right girl!! I am honored to be up there with you. You are amazing JStar. keep rockin’ the free world sister!

  26. promise tangeman

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    congrats jasmine. what was the prize???

  27. Karyn May

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Girl you are on FIRE! I’m SO happy that you won, seriously, there was not a doubt in my mind! And I think it would be super cool of you to offer 1 free hour of your time to chit chat on the phone. I know I would love it being based here in Michigan. πŸ™‚

  28. The Last Forty Percent Photography

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    That’s fantastic! Congratulations!

  29. Fishgirl

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    WOW. Congrats.. well deserved!!!

  30. gina amin

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Congrats! I voted! Oh, and I agree…a spot in a workshop would be phenomenal.

  31. jason

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    congratulations. definitely well deserved

  32. Casey Figlewicz

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Jasmine when you built your show it site did you have a programmer or designer help you?

  33. Dee

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    HOORAY! Congratulations! I was one of the millions who voted! I’m so glad you won!

  34. jeramy

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    congrats! you can let sharon and i take you and jd to dinner as a ‘thank you’ gesture. let me know…. πŸ™‚

  35. Heather Kincaid

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Congratulations, Jasmine! What a fun honor!
    It was really great to get to hang out with you and JD a little bit this week. I loved chatting with you a little and getting to pick your brain about photo stuff. πŸ™‚ Hope you’re able to get some rest now after that whirlwind week!

  36. erica Velasco

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:56 pm


  37. Jessie

    February 20th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Congrats!!! You have things backwards – we voted for you because of what you do for us already! There is no need to do anything more for us than to keep up with your beautiful images, inspiring words, and useful advice! You deserve all the best!!!

  38. Cristy Cross

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Uhh yeah you deserved it. I voted for you too. Why? Well, because you are one of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. So sincere, so real, and so fun! Your energy is so contagious and you have made me want to be a writer πŸ™‚ What a blessed year you are already having.

  39. Kacy Jo

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Congrats! I’m bummed that I won’t be making it to PPO this weekend, would’ve been fun to see you speak. It’s been sunny but it’s supposed to start raining this weekend, so enjoy our lovely weather ! πŸ˜‰

  40. Lindsay Ernst

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I love Kristin Mizo’s idea of a free seat to your workshop..that would be amazing!!! Or I have another crazy idea…fly to one lucky blog readers city for a day to be their side kick…I know, WAY OUT THERE, but that’s how I roll! Something different, something fun, something crazy!

  41. Marissa Rodriguez

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I’m so glad you won! congratulations!!!!!! I really like the idea of you posting the story of you and JD complete with wedding pictures πŸ™‚ And by the way thank YOU for all of your amazing and encouraging words! You have no idea how much you have inspired me, just by reading your blog everyday I feel so motivated! Oh and P.S. I saw you at WPPI during breakfast on Tuesday and I wanted to say hi so badly but people kept beating me to it! πŸ™‚ Maybe next year! Keep doing what you do and thank you so much!

  42. Seini

    February 20th, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Congrats! You deserve it! It was such a treat to meet you in Vegas:) keep on, keepin on Jaz! You and JD rock!

  43. Whitney Gray

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Congrats!!! Of course you won! Never doubted it for a minute!
    I sure would love a seat at your workshop!!!! Hint, hint…

  44. Miranda Wasmundt

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    YEAH you won! I totally voted for you. SO your welcome! You are the most fabulous one! πŸ˜‰

  45. courtney d.

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    YAY! I’m so happy for you! You DEFINITELY deserved it. Woop woop! You really are a STAR in every way. πŸ˜‰ I heart you big time!

  46. terri Z

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    congratulations j* !!
    you totally deserve this ….. your blog is so original, heartfelt, informative, unique and creative !!!
    you inspire many ….
    thank-you for all you do and share !
    i hope to meet you someday and personally thank-you for all your inspiration πŸ˜‰

  47. Chris

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Your continued blogging is all the thanks we need!!!! Congratulations!

  48. Rich and Alyssa

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Congrats – since you launched the new blog, it’s been one of our only truly regular reads. Keep it up!!

  49. Melissa Schollaert

    February 20th, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    Congrats on winning! Would love to get into one of your workshops soon! Please have another!

    Melissa πŸ™‚

  50. Kevin

    February 20th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I agree with Chris that if you continue blogging that would be thanking us. The only other thing I could think of is since you inspire us….maybe you could share with us who inspires you.

  51. Roxie

    February 20th, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I would so love to hear the story of you and JD. I know you all met at an early age and that’s so awesome. And to throw in your wedding photos would be an added bonus! πŸ™‚

  52. Christine N

    February 20th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Congradulations!! Why not post another FAQ? Or even post your wedding photos! We haven’t seen any of those!

  53. Joan Solitario

    February 20th, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    YAY!!!! COOOOLLLNESSSS!! Congratulations Jasmine!!! — Just reading your blog is enough! Thank you for all your posts and for your time whenever I e-mail you! You’re so awesome! :o)

  54. Amanda

    February 21st, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Congratulations Jasmine! The award is well deserved. I am NOT a photographer but am a total stalker of your blog. I love it! You make me want to be a photographer someday!

  55. Kelly Braman

    February 21st, 2009 at 12:24 am

    So Happy for you! πŸ™‚
    Keep paving the way, J*!!

  56. jenberry

    February 21st, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Another Workshop. (period) before May

  57. Mom

    February 21st, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Congratulations Jasmine. We are so proud of you!!!

  58. Jessica

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I totally voted for you!! You deserve it, I love reading your blog! I’m so bummed I wasn’t able to go to WPPI this year and meet you and JD! Hopefully I’ll be there next year!! Congrats again!!

  59. Lisa Love in Alabama!!

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Jasmine "all" I have to say is *~*Yay*~*Yay*~*Yay*~* I just knew you would TOTALLY win!! Congratulations!!!!!

  60. Jamie Delaine

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Congrats Jasmine! πŸ™‚ That’s so exciting; you totally deserved it. Sweet to see you’ll be in the Northwest–looking forward to the workshop soon! Can’t wait to see you and JD again. -J

  61. Tracy

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Congrats! I figured you would win!!

  62. Oakstream Photography

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Hey that’s AWESOME…big congrats to a HUGE ROCKSTAR!!!!!

  63. Bobbie Brown

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:16 am

    Whoohoo! Congrats girl! You totally deserve it, your pictures paired with your writing = one fabulous blog!

  64. Helga Schaefer

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:17 am

    WAUUUUU!!!! I was thinking from the beginning on, that you will be the one of the *sweat-hard* blgerina!!! Yuppie!!!

  65. Rene Skrodzki

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Congrats, you won.

    You going to Disneyworld ? LOL

    This really affirms the power of blogs though.

    Good work

  66. sandy

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:23 am

    cam on you forgot to had at!!
    great job just had same music and more slideshow on your wedsite and your blog…..

  67. Nicole

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Wow Jasmine… congrats!! You rock and we all *heart* you

  68. Los

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:56 am


  69. Dawn

    February 21st, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Thats awesome. Congrats!!!! = )

  70. Treva Tribit

    February 21st, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Congratulations! I don’t like to read many blogs but yours is by far my favorite!

  71. Crystal

    February 21st, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Congrats Girl!

  72. Maria

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:08 am

    AAhhhh!! Congrats! Many of the blogs I follow asked readers to vote for them, but I voted for you! πŸ™‚


  73. Jessica Moores

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:20 am

    you totally deserve it, you have the most awesome blog ever and you always make it so interesting. good for u.

  74. wedding photographer

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I kind of though you would win. Congrats!

  75. Mark Chambers

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Congrats Jasmine! You deserve it! Keep up the great work.

  76. Moondog Photo

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:35 am

    Congrats on the win. I was so close to meeting you at WPPI. Maybe another time but I did catch some other blog readers getting the oppurtunity to meet you. I could see from a distance how much you inspire them. Also in Ann Hamilton’s class during the video I could hear a fellow attendee whispering" thats her, the girl from the internet." It seems your blog is growing daily.

  77. Carolyn

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Congratulations on your Fresh win. You deserve it. I love your blog!!

  78. Mel

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:29 am


  79. Shannon K.

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:41 am

    Thank YOU! You deserved to win this. You inspire and entertain all of us!

  80. denise karis

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:44 am

    omg – congratulations! Thats great news πŸ™‚

  81. Susie Solorio

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Congratulations Jasmine! Ever since I found your blog showcasing your amazing images & personality I’ve been coming back daily to see what’s new! I’m glad our votes counted to show you how much fun we have reading. Keep up the great work!

  82. Holli True

    February 21st, 2009 at 6:32 am

    Congrats, Jasmine!! I would have been shocked if you hadn’t won! πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for Monday! Woo-hoo!! There is quite a buzz about you and JD coming to the PPO- we are all so thrilled to meet you! Oregon hearts you!!!

  83. Jollence

    February 21st, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Congratulation winner!

  84. niccolew

    February 21st, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Seriously, Jasmine, it’s our turn to give you some thanks. Congrats.

  85. Riz Crescini

    February 21st, 2009 at 7:43 am

    You are well-deserving of this award! Congrats! I was glad to finally meet you and JD at WPPI. Good luck on your talk.

  86. Affi

    February 21st, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Jasmine you are the "bomb" girlfriend! That is absolutely fantastics news. No thanks required. You provide so much inspiration and share so much and that is more than enough of a "Thank you!" from you.

  87. manon

    February 21st, 2009 at 9:34 am

    finally someone who feels the same about laundry

  88. Ruby Slippers

    February 21st, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Congratulations! You deserve it.

    You know what I love? I love that you tell a story about every couple you photograph. It must be a pain writing all that stuff out, but it shows how much you care and how you really try to make a connection with every couple. That’s why I voted for you…there are lots of photographers whose photos I love, but what you do makes your blog stand out from the rest.

  89. Leo Bojesen

    February 21st, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I love the design of this blog. Very creative. That alone would make me vote. Not to mention the great images and clever writing.

  90. Tripping the light fantastic

    February 21st, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Congrats Jasmine – I only discovered your blog recently after you were featured on Shutter Sisters. Now I’m hooked – your photos are gorgeous & I totally love the way you weave in your words. I would fly over from London for another workshop in a heartbeat! Thank you for the inspiration!

  91. Dawn McCarthy

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    You totally deserve that win J*. Congratulations!!!

  92. Christopher

    February 21st, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    Blog love is always good. Thanks for showing us some of the little tricks how to make life 1% better each day.

  93. liam hennessey

    February 21st, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    yep. you deserve it.
    its the kind of blog where you stop in for a little photography and leave with more fluffy bunnies & rainbows than you can shake a stick at. congrats

  94. Kevin Le Vu

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    YAY!!!! Congratulations Jasmine!!! You totally deserve it.



  95. Maggie Hendrix

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I’m with the others! You deserve it!
    However, it would be cool to see more of your post-processing recipes! I love them!

  96. Jamie

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    CONGRATS on the win!!! (though I am not surprise!) I am an avid reader but rarely comment. In fact, I read your blog daily often before my daily dose of headline news. Your site is inspiring, especially to the novice eye. Your work is brilliant! Thanks for all of your tips and witty posts!

  97. Gina Meola

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm


  98. Rita Clifton

    February 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Congrats J*! You so deserve this honor…you have given so much of yourself and have been blessed by an amazing talent and multi-tasking that you can do anything you put your heart into. Thanks for inspiring, teaching, and storytelling style that keeps blogger’s like me addicted to your site!

  99. christina Littleton

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    You own it girl!! I have shared your site with my non photography friends and they enjoy reading what you write. I always look forward to your RSS feed I get excited to see I have a unread message from Jasmine!! Your a ROCK star!!!

  100. Deyla Huss

    February 21st, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    WOW truly what an honor to hold the #1 most fabulous Blog and shall I say well-deserved! Your Blogs are inspirational and insightful and its fo fun to follow your posts. I will miss you guys while in Portland for the PPO, Not going to get a chance to go, went last night which was a blast but would have loved to hear you speak. Cheers to you J*! Oh yeah and I vote for a free photo shoot or seat in your workshop!

  101. imthiaz houseman

    February 21st, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Congrats J*, its well deserved! Everyday the anticipation kills me waiting for you to update your blog to see what’s on your mind that day.

  102. Apple

    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:51 am

    I voted!!! πŸ™‚

    I go with J and Marissa’s suggestions. please? thank you!:)

    you know we love you!;D

  103. cassandra m

    February 22nd, 2009 at 1:48 am

    CONGRATS girl! My heart is smiling for you. you deserve recognition for all your hard work. I will just dito all the other many many many well wishes. Heres to YOU making 2009 rock…keep inspiring!

  104. mandi

    February 22nd, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I am so glad to hear that you won. You truly deserve it. You are truly an inspiration to those of us who are new to the business world. Your tips are great and I truly appreciate that you are willing to share with us. Keep up the good work!

  105. Cathy Crawley

    February 22nd, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Congratulations Miss J*! It does however come as no surprise that you won πŸ˜‰ xxx

  106. de

    February 22nd, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Congrats!!!! You so deserve it! I voted for you and I’m glad my vote counted! I follow quite a few photography blogs and yours tops the list. When I see your name pop up in my Reader, yours is the one I always read first and right away! The combination of your talent of photography and capturing the essence of special moments is enhanced by your spirit, and caring nature. Your narratives are a work of art as well… thanks for sharing your talents with the world! You’re an inspiration!

  107. Lindsi

    February 22nd, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    That’s awesome! Congrats! I definitely voted for your amazing blog πŸ™‚

  108. Karen

    February 22nd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    congrats jasmine, you are so talented – !

  109. Jen MacNiven

    February 22nd, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Your writing style, your personality and your amazing photography definitely reflect WHY you won! Congratulations! Wish I could come see you speak in Portland (since I live in SEattle), but I got the info a little late….bummer. Have a great time!

  110. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs

    February 22nd, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Congrats, J*! I knew you would win. Your blog is so awesome…It is a daily read for me.

  111. Val McCormick Photography

    February 22nd, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Congrats Jasmine! Of course you are the freshest blog! So many look forward to reading it. Your so inspiring to so many πŸ™‚

  112. Karen Stannard

    February 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Congratulations on your win. Your blog is da bomb! I’m subscribing, right now! Way to go and keep it up!

  113. Calvin Hill

    February 23rd, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Congrats on winning. That is fantastic.

  114. Carrie

    February 23rd, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I voted for you!! Congrats!! Your wit and amazing pictures bighten my day and give me ideas for hopefuly future projects.

  115. Cezanne

    February 23rd, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Congratulations Jasmine! You SO deserve it!

  116. Michael Sablone

    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:55 am

    Congratulations! Your blog’s unique design concept, your exceptional photos, your effective writing, and your devout readership makes your blog the clear winner. I think there are things we can all learn from and enjoy — and that’s what it’s all about, right? Kudos! But … am I crazy here? I seem to remember something about a lasagna recipe??

  117. Events by Evonne

    February 23rd, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Congrats, Jasmine! You totally deserve it… and keep blogging! πŸ™‚

  118. Kimberly Hoang

    February 23rd, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Congrats Ms. Star!
    Your posts and work have turned this non-romantic believer into a diehard hopeless romantic πŸ™‚ Though marriage plans aren’t in my future anytime soon (still in college!) your work makes my days of midterms, papers, and exams a little brighter! Keep blogging, you’ve got fans at the university level!


  119. ksen : )

    February 23rd, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    you deserve this hands down! you rock… so happy for you. πŸ˜€

  120. Stephanie Stewart

    February 23rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Congratulations, Jasmine!!! You deserve it! I’m so happy for you!!!

  121. Melanie Sikma

    February 23rd, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Congratulations Jasmine! You
    most certainly deserve this recognition.

  122. Megan

    February 23rd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    You’re welcome πŸ˜‰

  123. XoXo

    February 24th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I think the best way you can express your thanks to us is to continue doing what you do and being an inspiration to all!!
    Congratulations J*!!!

  124. JenniferJC

    February 24th, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Wow, because of your win, I thought Id check out your blog. Sigh, Im addicted. I spent the last two days reading the entire blog!!! Stunning Photography, absolutely stunning, Im in such awe of you!! Thankyou for giving me back the spark I needed!

  125. Melody

    February 27th, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Congrats! Great job