Not Cool, Man.


Every so often I get random ideas and become fixated on them it borders on obsession. Borders? Nope, it’s definitely obsession. And I specialize in obsession. Like this one time I decided to do a cleanse that required only drinking lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and ginger extract…it promptly ended when my dentist said I could lose teeth enamel. Or this one time in a high school art class when my teacher taught me how to make a picture using a series of ink dots…I decided to create a mural that took, oh, seven million dots to complete. I’m, like, a ink dot specialist these days.

Yesterday, after looking at JD and realizing he hasn’t shaved in a while, I got the idea of photographing him with a mustache. And then I became fixated. And then I became obsessed. His answer was no, no you will not photograph me with a mustache. But I continued asking and begging and the more he resisted, the more I pushed. I even told him he was stifling my creativity. HOW CAN YOU DO THAT TO ME?!

After begging, cajoling, and promising not to post the picture on the blog, I took this photo. Makes me think he belongs on a 1970s beach drama. The kind where they have bonfire with Richard Nixon kindling and say things like, Not cool, man.

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  1. Penny Wolfe

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Um…Does JD read your blog? He might figure out that you posted the picture? LOL!!! 🙂 Happy Friday!!

  2. Dan

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I know the style is a little different, but from this pic the first thing I thought of was Dean from "The Iron Giant" – who was an artist as well, so I’m pretty sure it makes it ok that Dean happens to be an animation. 🙂

  3. Brad Halladay

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    HAHA! My 2 year old has that kind of persistance. She once got me to play ‘Jingle Bells’ on the guitar in April, when I have a firm rule that Christmas music is only to be played in December.

  4. Laura Stricklin

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    LOVE! How funny! Curious how the "promise not to put on the blog" is playing out with JD! 😛

  5. Karin

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    OH NOOOO!! Poor you, that itches!!! =))

  6. Michael Montalto

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    You sometimes make me smile, sometimes make me squint…but you are ALWAYS interesting J*

    Just started reading The War of Art btw. Thanks for the recommendation.


  7. John Payne

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    That. Is. Awesome! Nice work Jasmine! No one can say no to your persistence, right? LOL

  8. Will McGregor

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Handlebar baby!! we had a thing over here last year called Movember where everyguy had to grow and keep a moustache for the whole of November, it was brilliant.

  9. Stephanie Shepherd

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I’ve always been a fan of scruff! Hey JD, if you’re reading this, I like your scruff!

  10. Kimberly Carlson

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    ..and that’s what I call The Zappa Beard 😉 very nice.

  11. Abby Grace Photography

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    way cool, man. way cool.

  12. Bethany

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I love how you promised not to post it on the blog and yet here it is. I think he looks awesome with facial hair!

  13. Elsie

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I love it, it’s sexy! Rock on JD! =)

  14. LEOLAK

    April 29th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I’m a fan of scruff…nice! So…what do you have to do to get out of the dog house since you posted this? LOL Hope you have a good Friday after JD sees this. 😉

  15. Sarah Danaher

    April 29th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    haha. jd looks good with the facial hair. =)

    (side note: I’ve TOTALLY done that cleans before. twice. brutal, man. brutal.)

  16. Michael

    April 29th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    JD has that Hulk Hogan look down. Oh Yeah Brother!!!

  17. Kristen Johnson

    April 29th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Oh, last year, my husband thought it would be cool (and funny) to sport a fu manchu. He definitely looked straight out of a bad 70s flick!

  18. Kristopher Gerner

    April 29th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I think he look good with a little facial hair, maybe it should stay.

  19. brianna

    April 29th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    and now I hope he’s gone straight to the bathroom to get rid of it!!

  20. Susan

    April 29th, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Jasmine (& everyone who read this ;)) not sure if you already saw this but Steven Pressfield’s new book "Do The Work" is free on Kindle right now!! It’s awesome and he talks about why we have so much resistance towards the things we love and are most passionate about. 🙂 Thought ya’ll would enjoy. XO

  21. Wedding Photographer in Columbus GA

    April 29th, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    LOL. Love this line, "stifling my creativity." Classic

  22. erikam

    April 29th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    hahaha, too funny. Sorry JD, but the soul patch has got to go! 😉

  23. AnneMarie

    April 29th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    haha. He looks like one of the Hell Ride guys.

  24. Shane O' Sullivan

    April 29th, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Ha, no country for old men 2

  25. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer}

    April 29th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    LOL My husband grew a mustache and only a mustache with the rest of his squad. I hated it lol Threatened to shave it in his sleep if he didn’t do it himself first lol

  26. Mary

    April 29th, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    So FUNny! If your going to wear it then maybe he should try to grow it a bit thicker. Totally cool DUDE.

  27. Marissa Rodriguez

    April 29th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Hahahaha! This is great! Happy Friday you two!

  28. Gaby Fuentes { NJ Wedding Photographer }

    April 30th, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Can’t believe he fell for … I won’t post if on the blog.. seriously JD…

  29. Stacy

    April 30th, 2011 at 3:27 am

    HAHAHA! Yay, JD! Love it! And I love that you posted it here for us to share in the glory, Jas!

  30. Life with Kaishon

    April 30th, 2011 at 5:05 am

    He has the best smile : )

  31. Pauline

    April 30th, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Hi Jasmine. I just have a few questions I wanted to ask you.

    * I’m from Sweden, here wearing black is a big no no when going to a wedding. Is this the same in the US? Since I’ve seen you in black in several BTS photos I was thinking maybe it’s okey since as a photographer you are working not a guest?

    * Do you find out what the Dress Code of the wedding is and try to match your own outfit as much as you can to it?

    * What are the big no no’s (both from a practicality view and what is just plain wrong)? What should I never try to wear? Both in clothing and shoes?

  32. Vanessa M

    April 30th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Haha! JD looks very Chinese in this pic. His mom would be so happy! 🙂

  33. Breanne

    April 30th, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    WOW! We are the same person hahaha I become obsessed with things like that too. I did the cleanse, mine ended when I started to develop an allergic reaction to it and my face broke out in tiny bumps. And my art project in highschool was the ole’ ‘stippling’ or dotts images too.
    Too funny. Thanks for the memories. 🙂

  34. Kim

    May 1st, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I can see him saying No in the photo ha ha. My boyfriend had a 70’s cop mustache for years before I met him, I’m glad he trimmed it short & grew a T. I love reading your posts & it’s first time I’ve commented. You are an amazing writer, photographer, & teacher. Sure glad you’re cool J*


    May 1st, 2011 at 1:17 am

    Awesome! Shaving everyday = not fun. Sometimes a little "wild man" is exactly what’s needed 🙂

  36. Lorrie Prothero

    May 1st, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I see beatnic, he’s on his way to the old coffee houses to hear poetry read.

  37. s h e r r y

    May 1st, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    LOL. Your posts often make me laugh out loud 🙂

  38. Erin Hernandez-Reisner

    May 2nd, 2011 at 12:45 am

    Gotta Love it!

  39. Jessica Sweeney

    May 2nd, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Yes! Evan never listens to me. So glad you got JD to bend to your will. 🙂

  40. Kate Craft

    May 2nd, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    MY husband says JD has nice teeth and he is happy I don’t post pictures of him on my blog …did I hear a challenge

  41. Ally

    May 12th, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Style it up JD 🙂