SmugMug Christmas Party 2009


I love the holidays. Last Monday I hung out with a fabulous group of people and we ate food, sang Christmas carols, and decorated cookies. It was like a Christmas chick flick…only better! Then last night I had the pleasure of hosting the SmugMug Christmas Party, along with the Los Angeles leader Peter of Peter Garr Photography and San Diego leader Garrett of Garrett Photography. Talk about getting my holiday partying on!

As JD and I walked back to our car at the end of a wonderful evening, I couldn’t help but feel so insanely blessed. Everyone who came out and supported the event just blew my socks off and I’m proud to call my peers, my friends. More than 250 photographers came to Orange County to enjoy an evening of just hanging out. The canned food drive was a total hit and with everyone’s help and support, we collected hundreds of pounds of food! When Peter loaded his car to take it to the LA Food Bank, he looked like a low-rider gansta because of the weight of the food. Hollllllla!

Many thanks to everyone who showed up, and a BIG thank you must go to Jeff Jochum for making his way from Denver to spend time creating a group based on fostering a caring community on behalf of SmugMug.

Now onto two of my favorite things….trees and sugar!


Here’s Peter hosting an awesome raffle…seriously…there were some awesome prizes!

Garrett representing SD….

Yours truly. With a truly bad bang day.

Jeff talking about his stint in prison….no lie! 😉

Dear Mom…this is why we don’t have kids…

So, so, so proud of this amazing donation of food! Lots of boxes!

Some kind soul brought an entire box of Neutrogena hygiene products…so awesome!

Again, thanks to everyone and I can’t wait to hang out again in 2010!

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  1. ohana photographers

    December 9th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    love the tree, sad i missed it 🙁 hope you got lots of cans!

  2. Tira J

    December 9th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Yay! That’s me and Jen on trying not to be "clicky" here on your blog! ha ha! Thanks again Jasmine for organizing such a fun night. I would have emptied my entire pantry for such a great cause. You are fabulous and I am thankful for you!

  3. Renee Francis

    December 9th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Such an awesome thing ya’ll did!

  4. jessica claire

    December 9th, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    is that Lincoln? he did that when I held him too, so I gave him right back to dad 🙂

  5. Rustin

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I had a great time last night. So glad you grabbed a picture of the box of Neutrogena products I brought. My wife works there and gets goodie bags like every other month. We constantly have our bathrooms overflowing with product. We offer it to friends and make donations to shelters or charity events as often as we can.

    It’s funny, this year when people ask me what I want for Christmas, I have two answers. I would love to book some weddings so I can provide for my family. The other answers is to go through all our stuff and see how we can use it to help others by either donating or putting it up on Freecycle. I mean how much stuff do we really need. God is still working on me and I probably won’t want to give up some things that will still be sitting in the same place unused next year. It’s a process.

  6. Michael

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    @katelynjames would be proud I am commenting. Just saying this is awesome and I really like the baby pic. Something to look forward to

  7. Lerissa

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    awwww…I think JD will make a wonderful Dad!!! they look so cute!!

  8. Paula

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    it is so great to give back especially during the holidays! Sounds like it was a great get together!! Merry Christmas!!!

  9. Lerissa

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    awwww….I think JD will make a wonderful Dad…they look so cute!

  10. Lorrie Prothero

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    What a TERRIFIC evening! Thanks again!

  11. B

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    JD is just busting out a Cesar Millan… he’s like the Baby Whisperer 😉 Mom, your grandkids will be fine! Keep nagging Jas for more kids…

  12. Grace

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Hey… I get to post the first comment! Great pics!

  13. Tiffany

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I LOVE the photo of JD with a crying baby! great caption

  14. Moyo

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Love the caption for JD& baby..

  15. Tina

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Me lovey the sleek straight ‘do! Looking mighty lovely my friend! JD with baby is pretty funny.

  16. Matthew Saville

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Thanks so much for being an awesome host and bringing your energy to the community! It’s been a wonderful year for amateur and professional photographers alike… 🙂 =Matt=

  17. Lydia

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    The picture of JD + the baby is so cute! All babies cry, even with the best of parents! 😉

  18. Rachel Perry

    December 9th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    The "Dear Mom… this is why we don’t have kids…" made me laugh out loud!

  19. Kate Noelle

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Good to see you briefly last night 😉 Thanks for doing such an awesome job hosting the OC SMUC group… OC definitely has the best leader!

  20. Katie Whitcomb

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    When I read about your "bad bang day" I instantly thought of Jerry Ghionis and him singing "She Bangs She Bangs". They call it Fringe, not Bangs.. Hilarious…

  21. Diandra

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Bummed I missed it. Next time 🙂 Im sure it was fantastic! And such a GREAT idea to do the canned food thing.

    And Jas…. babies cry. it’s not JD’s fault 🙂

  22. Julie Massie

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Ummm…that photo of JD and the terrified baby pretty much made me spit out my orange juice all over my laptop. Thanks for that… ; )

  23. Molly Williams

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    There we are! Off to the right in the middle! Jasmine, I just have to thank you for last night. It was my first but definitely not my last smug. I met some amazing people who were so generous in giving out their knowledge to a newbie like me. It was just a positive and fun night and I feel so inspired and invigorated to start my business knowing that these awesome people will be my peers. Thank you again Jasmine for putting it together!

  24. s h e r r y

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Haha, the picture directed at your mom was HILARIOUS. The SM meeting had an awesome turn out. I hope there will be on in February! :]

  25. Jen Johnson

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks for not making my butt look big in that pic. : ) No, but seriously, thanks so much for taking the lead on this wonderful community here in OC. I love attending the meetings and networking/exchanging ideas with other photogs! Merry Christmas!

  26. rachel darley

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    oh, how insanely jealous I am of the west coast. there, i said it. and I love Jeff’s "tradition" shirt from Hee-larious!

  27. Jenne

    December 9th, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I so wish I could have been there… It’s too bad I’m stuck in snowy Toronto! Thanks for the blog visit!

  28. Nancy Ramos

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    So wanted to give you a hug last night and wish you a wonderful month. You were sorrounded by your loving fans. See you at the next smug.

  29. Angel Canary

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    "Dear Mom…this is why we don’t have kids… " hahahahahahha

  30. Curtis Moore

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    So much Fun!

  31. Karen R.

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    SUCH a great time, seeing not only familiar faces but meeting new ones too (at least 3!). 🙂 What a great way to get to know our SoCal neighbors and I love that we all brought more than just the requisite 1 can for admission, too. We are a great group in community as well as in spirit, and that makes me proud to say I’m from Southern California and arguably one of the best photographic communities in the nation (at least in my book — I haven’t been to all the others so I’ll have to get back to you on that). 😉 Thanks, Jasmine, for helping lead the way to a better group for us all!

  32. michelle sidles

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I *LOVE* the guy in the "Peeps" shot doing the international sign for CALL ME! 😉 I don’t know why but of ALL the images that is the one that totally makes me smile. hahaha! 😉

  33. Stephanie Stewart

    December 9th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    What an awesome event!!! Good work!!!

  34. Kristin Vaughan

    December 9th, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Like I told you, thank you so much for putting this on last night!

  35. Shefali Shah

    December 9th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Jasmine, it makes my heart bubble with joy to know that you all helped the less fortunate out! Amazing people I have to say! P.S. The picture with JD and the baby and your comment made me laugh out loud. Love it.

  36. Diapers & Divas

    December 9th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    It looks like a blast! Those cupcakes are making my mouth water. And great job on the canned food donation!

  37. kristin @ the treasured petal

    December 9th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    hehe you kind of look like you’re singing gospel songs in that picture 🙂

  38. Maalaea w/ i and m photography

    December 9th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    What a lovely tree and those cupcakes look yummy!!

  39. Evonne & Darren Photography

    December 9th, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Wow, looks like an awesome party with great friends and all that amazing canned food and the Neutrogena box? Unreal! Hahahaha… I feel the same way about kids, but great photo of JD and that crying baby though!

  40. cassandra m

    December 9th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I am sad I live so far away and missed this…but my heart smiles at all the wonderful and amazing things you all enjoyed last night. I love the photo of JD and that crying baby. That is so funny…I love it.

  41. Peter G.

    December 9th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks to all the photogs who came and donated. Thanks to you Jasmine for always being such a gracious host. You all inspire me every single day. Such a fantastic community to be part of. I’m humbled, honored, and blessed. 🙂

  42. Brian Fletcher

    December 9th, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Kids are sick 🙁 …I dropped by for 10 minutes but wish I could have stayed longer – it looked like a lot of fun with great food and conversation! Good job Jasmine, Peter and Garrett for putting it all together!

  43. Leyla

    December 9th, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    What a lovely event and so nice of everyone to pitch in with the food donations! You guys are all amazing and I wish I lived closer so I could participate as well…

  44. Laura

    December 9th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos Jasmine*! I was reading on your website that you love reading. What good books have you read recently?

  45. Stephen Knuth

    December 10th, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Hey! I can see my head in the very back of that first picture!! COOL! It was great to hang out with so many fun people. How great that was for so many people to bring food to donate! 😀

  46. Erica Velasco

    December 10th, 2009 at 1:57 am

    You and me…eye to eye with the kid photo…haha.

  47. uLi

    December 10th, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Nice X’mas party =)

  48. Jackie Lamas

    December 10th, 2009 at 4:00 am

    I’m so sad I didn’t make it! hopefully I’ll make it to next year’s meetings!

  49. Brandi Welch

    December 10th, 2009 at 4:00 am

    That’s awesome!!

  50. Crystal

    December 10th, 2009 at 4:07 am

    Look at JD!!!!

  51. alex.kruk

    December 10th, 2009 at 4:47 am

    The cans idea was such a great idea that maybe it should be a smugmug tradition. There is so many people hungry ….it was my first smugmug meeting hopefully not last. I am glad I got to say thank you to you Jasmine for all your help and that I got a chance to meet you in person…. and I won camera bag which was such a nice surprise 🙂

  52. Laura Lawson

    December 10th, 2009 at 4:52 am

    I laughed out loud at that photo of JD. Way too cute Jasmine.

  53. Vania - SimplyBloom Photography, LLC

    December 10th, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Jasmine, you look so beautiful in that pic above– stunning!
    hoping we’ll meet at WPPI 2010!!!

  54. feuza

    December 10th, 2009 at 5:44 am

    that JD picture is the best and you two should start ordering some babies soon (j/k ( that is a saying in brazil) what a great event, wish there were more cool happenings in the east coast like over there.

  55. Ashley

    December 10th, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Seriously awesome party! But wait, where’s the pic of your dance off with Jeff? Ha ha. Just kidding (: We’re getting a DJ next year, right?

  56. Syreena B

    December 10th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I ditto leyla’s "wish I lived closer" comment…you guys are awesome!!!

  57. Life with Kaishon

    December 10th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I love all of the pictures. Especially the one of the crying baby : ) How funny is that! I don’t think your Mom will care if the baby cries or not! Trust me : )

  58. Jason Grubb

    December 10th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Once again… wishing I lived in Orange County!

  59. gabriel.ryan.

    December 10th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    stupid good??? maybe we spoke too soon 😉 love you guys!

  60. Melynda Bean

    December 10th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for collecting the food! Great pics Jasmine

  61. brooke bowland

    December 10th, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    awesome. so wish i was closer!

  62. nena

    December 10th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    So fun! =-)

  63. Lola

    December 10th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Very nice! Orange County knows how to throw a feast 😀

  64. Michael Boardman

    December 10th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    That was a fun event (and only my second SmugMug meet) and happy I was able to help donate. It’s always a plus if you win something! 🙂 Looking forward to the next meet!

  65. Kristin Partin

    December 10th, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    I think you deserve all the props in the world for keeping your dress up all night. I am seriously tube-top dress retarded.

  66. Brian Khang

    December 10th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Oh that was so much fun! I was confused when I first got there, expecting some kind of formal lecture to happen. I kept chatting away with people while looking over my shoulder seeing if someone would say "Attention People!" .. ha ha

  67. Kayla Renckly

    December 11th, 2009 at 5:19 am

    Wow looks like an amazing party, too bad there isn’t something as awesome as that here in Phoenix, well heck it wouldn’t have you so it wouldn’t be anyway 😉

  68. Katelyn James

    December 11th, 2009 at 7:55 am

    ah hahahha! JD will be an amazing dad…..just caught him during an off moment. 🙂

  69. Anouschka

    December 11th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Your comment next to the image of JD with the baby had me in stitches…. You are too funny!

  70. Jennifer O.

    December 11th, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Whoooo girl, you are gorgeous!

  71. Courtney

    December 11th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    Oh wow, that picture of JD and your comment made my day. I am still laughing! But seriously, you would both be amazing parents. 🙂

  72. Corinna Hoffman Photography

    December 12th, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Wonderful work! Blessings to all of you and those that donated 🙂

    PS-loove your dress 🙂

  73. portrait retouch

    December 12th, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Hi, Happy Christmas. Thank you for your blog. Great photograph.

  74. Temecula Wedding Photographer Theresa Minnette

    December 13th, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Hey! I’m in this pic! You can see half my face peeping into the frame on the left side 🙂 That was a great time.

  75. amanda thiessen

    December 14th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    haha the baby photo is priceless 😉

  76. Vicki

    December 16th, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I blogline your blog so I never come to your actual blog. I drink up, hoard up, your words and pictures and then never leave a comment. Rude of me I realize after seeing my page views jump up and nobody is commenting? I love comments, so I’ve decided if I love them, I must give them. 😉

    Honest a HUGE fan of your work and look forward to your blog posts every week.