OC SmugMug Meeting : Jessica Claire


Yesterday I stood in a crowded room and felt an overwhelming sense of happiness. Surrounded by 235 photographers, life was good. I had the honor and pleasure of hosting the OC SmugMug Meeting with guest speaker Jessica Claire. The response was overwhelmingly positive and I look forward to future events with more great speakers.

Big props to the many people who traveled from the high desert, Los Angeles, Colorado, and Palm Springs…talk about dedication! 🙂 I’m thrilled to see what the future holds, and here’s a sneak peek of last night’s event at the ever gorgeous Mesa Verde Country Club

Not a bad view, eh?

Many thanks to Jeff Jochum for coming out and making the night extra special…

Here’s Jessica in action sporting her Shootsac with a new cover….

Jess in action…

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Bill Blakey

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Thanks for hosting! It was a great time!

  2. Char Baiz

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    yay! I can’t believe I actually won the shootsac hip slip. That was awesome!!! BTW it was super cool seeing you and JD again, maybe next time we could all grab dinner after 🙂

  3. Shawn Kloster

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks so much for organizing that last night, Jasmine! I can’t wait for the next one. I’ll be sure to bring my camera with me next time so we can generate more "post-meeting-buzz". The turnout was incredible… so great to meet new people and reconnect with others.

  4. Liz Luna

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks for having all of us! Thank you all for your pearls of wisdom. God bless!

  5. Kaylee

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Do you have another meeting planned soon? I hope so! Any workshops you think you’ll be having?

  6. Jen May

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    sweet location. wish i could’ve made it out. a group of friends were able to go and enjoy the night with ya’ll

  7. Christine (Artemis Clover Photo)

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    this is def the next meet up i will try to go to!

  8. Kayleen T.

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Wish I lived in Cali! Jess is so cute and love the new shootsac cover!

  9. Tira J

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Looks like a great time. Sorry I couldn’t make it. Maybe someone did a video on it with Jess speaking? Have a great day.

  10. Diandra

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Wish I could have been there, but on a sidenote, your sister did EXCELLENT last night 🙂 Hope to make the next one. xoxox

  11. jen berry

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    these are awesome. One day i hope to make it to the OC on a weekday. Regardless of me, I think you guys rule for dedicating your time/energy and experience

  12. Vivian Tran

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Hi Jasmine! I keep missing these meeting is there newsletter/subscription on smug mug I can sign up so I don’t miss it anymore! See you at your workshop LOVE!


  13. Amanda Picone

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Wishing I lived on the west coast! Would you two ever consider coming to NY for something like this?

  14. Julie Boucher

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks Jasmine for putting this all together! I had a great time and can’t wait for the next one!

  15. Lydia

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Wish OC wasn’t so far away! California’s just too big sometimes!

  16. Jessica Shae

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Awesome. So wish I could have come!

  17. David Quesada

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    My First meetup, look forward to the next one ! Thanks for hosting and at a Nice Venue.

  18. Chris c.

    July 29th, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Wish I was there!

  19. Rachel Clare

    July 29th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    What a great night. Thanks again Jasmine! Can’t wait for the next meeting!

  20. Andy Williams

    July 29th, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    WOOP What a great night – thanks Jasmine for leading the way and to Jess for guesting…. wtg guys!

  21. Gina

    July 29th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    It was so wonderful to meet you and Jessica last night. I am overwhelmed my the generosity and kindness of this amazing industry. You just can’t find that today (or so I thought)! Thank you for setting a beautiful example of what it is like to live a life full of humble generosity and while simultaneously bursting with creativity! I feel like I’ve known you and Jessica all my life because I’ve followed your blogs forever and you are just as wonderful in person. Again, thank you.

  22. Nancy Ramos

    July 29th, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Jasmine, cannot wait for the next meeting.

  23. Sarah

    July 29th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I am so glad I was able to meet you in person. You are such an amazingly kind person. Thank you for reminding me that no matter how important someone is or how busy they are, it is so important to alwasy think about others as well.

  24. Yolie Ramirez

    July 29th, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    I had the pleasure of attending this meeting and I want to thank you and Jessica for all the tips. I’m starting in this business and listening to you guys is very inspiring. Thank you so much!

  25. Doug McNamee

    July 29th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Great evening! Maybe next time someone can suggest a local spot to continue the social activities after the meeting.

    And name tags!

  26. Brian Fletcher

    July 29th, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Thanks for setting it up, Jasmine. I really enjoyed hearing Jessica speak!

  27. Melissa

    July 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Just found your blog – love that so many people were involved in the OC smugmug meeting! I will be at the next one for sure!

  28. Mapuana Reed Mataele

    July 29th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    This was my first meet up. Loved it! Can’t wait for the next one.

  29. Michelle

    July 29th, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    the most amazing night evere. I learned so much. Such insparation there. Can you please please please please get Tara Whitney to guest speak at the next one? :o)

  30. Jessica

    July 29th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Great evening! I second TARA WHITNEY as well!

  31. MelissaF

    July 29th, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    What an awesome turnout. Daggone it, I wish I didn’t live in Kentucky so I could attend some of these meetings!

  32. Lam

    July 29th, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Ohmigosh! Thank you so much for giving this to all of us–your time, your energy, your knowledge. It was a fabulously fun and educational evening. I’m so thrilled to have attended and cannot wait until the next time!!!

  33. Holly Steen

    July 29th, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Fabulous good time. Absolutely delighted I could make you blush!
    Holla back at your contest winners.

  34. diane (www.sagephoto.com)

    July 29th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    I so wish these meetings were close to me…I want to attend one of these someday….maybe it will be taken on the road?

  35. Thomas Frank

    July 29th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    It was really a pleasure to meet you last night, thank you for taking the time to put on these events! I look forward to attending more.

  36. Amanda

    July 29th, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    This looks like it was a great time!! I’ll be there next time for sure! 😉

  37. Simon

    July 29th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Looks like a good time was had by all. Might try and make it if there’s a next one!

  38. mrozaidi

    July 30th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I Love You All…

  39. Melissa

    July 30th, 2009 at 1:14 am

    Ahhh I wish I could have gone to the Dallas one… I was on vacation 🙁 But I WISH i could go to the CA one… yall have cool guest speakers!! You should come to the dallas one! You can stay at my house!! 🙂

  40. Tiffani

    July 30th, 2009 at 2:48 am

    So sad I couldnt make it. you and jessica are my idols!!! :o) and OMG! I would love Tara Whitney too!!! she is amazing!

  41. Feuza

    July 30th, 2009 at 3:25 am

    wow 235, that is a lot of photogs! Just attened the NY one couple weeks ago and I am excited for things to come!

  42. Jaana

    July 30th, 2009 at 4:04 am

    OK, I literally just spent the last 2 1/2 hours going through your blog, reading as far back as I could go. Your work is really amazing and I love how candid you are in your writing. Truly an inspiration to aspiring photographers!! I’m blown away.

    OK I’ll stop gushing now.

  43. Aimee

    July 30th, 2009 at 4:32 am

    Thank you again, it was fun!! =)

  44. Julie Blair

    July 30th, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Had a great time. Thanks for hosting this event! And it was such a pleasure meeting you Jasmine!

  45. Kia Gregory

    July 30th, 2009 at 6:45 am

    WOE! I always imagined SmugMug Meetings to be super intimate. Maybe a coffee shop. That crowd is crazy! I have read it was a good meeting so of course I am jealous! BRAVO!

  46. alex.kruk photography

    July 30th, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Looks like great meetin ! Wish I was there… maybe next time

  47. Jessica Pressley

    July 30th, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Thanks for hosting such a sweet event! Driving from the good ol’ High Desert was definitely worth it 😉 Continue to let that inner light shine girl!

  48. Tammy B Photography

    July 30th, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    I love Jessica’s shoot sac’s and I’m dying for her laptop bag to get back in stock. I NEED THAT BAG.. Hook it up for me J*. 🙂

  49. Wayne Bradt

    July 30th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    That looked like alot of fun!

  50. Christine

    July 30th, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    This is so mean and cruel for all your non-LA friends!! 🙁 COME TO AUSTRALIA!! 🙂 The promise of kangaroos and cute little koala bears still stands!

  51. Nick Yutaka

    July 30th, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    i attended and WOW, what an event. i’m not usually the type to be starstruck, but seeing you, JD, jessica claire, and jeff norwood was so weird! you’re characters in a fictions fairy land, not real people, right?! i wish i had the courage to thank you when i was there. next time i’ll try not to be so shy. thank you so much for shining a torch for those of us walking in the dark. how about [b]ecker next? i believe he tweeted he wants to be there next time. thanks again!

  52. Holli True

    July 31st, 2009 at 12:13 am

    I ♥ SmugMug!! 🙂 I wish I could attend your Smug Meetings- that would be way too much fun! Can anyone start these meetings? I think it would be a lot of fun to meet with other Photographer’s like this!!

  53. Molly Williams

    July 31st, 2009 at 5:09 am

    My best friend got married here a year ago on August 9th. Beautiful venue. I wish I could have been there. I had a sick husband at home though. Next one for sure!

  54. Holli True

    July 31st, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Haha! So the "♥" shown in my previous post is supposed to be a heart shape. Oops!! I heart SmugMug!! 🙂

  55. Adam

    July 31st, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Wow! Hello Seattle!?!? Wish we had this kind of representation! So green!

  56. cassandra m

    August 4th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Can’t wait to hear more about SmugMug. I am reading everything I can find…way over here on the east coasttttttt. lol.