SmugMug Christmas Party 2009


I came to a sad realization yesterday. My dog is fat. Not fluffy, puffy, pudgy, rotund, or chubby. Fat. Two Christmases ago, I bought him a red, Santa-like jacket and he proudly wore it to my parents’ house for Christmas morning. Well, yesterday I rummaged through his box of clothes (please ignore the fact that my dog has a BOX OF CLOTHES) and decided I wanted him to wear it for a special blog announcement.

Well, guess what? That red Santa jacket? Doesn’t fit. Like, at all. I was so determined to shoot him in it, that I still tried making it work. And it did-ish. It didn’t close all the way, but I made him smile and LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT.

Onto the announcement….

Ladies and gentleman, Polo would like to cordially invite you to a SmugMug Christmas Party! Please join us in Orange County, as we combine the Los Angeles and San Diego SMUGs for a night of revelry and debauchery. Okay, maybe not that, but we’re definitely going to have a good time! We’ll be providing a holiday dessert station, complete with apple cider and hot cocoa, and a full bar should you like to make it a night you’ll never forget! 😉

What: SmugMug Holiday Party
When: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 7pm
Where: Mesa Verde Country Club 3000 Country Club Costa Mesa CA 92626
Cost: One can of food. We’ll be collecting canned food to donate to the Los Angeles Mission, so please feel free to bring what you can.

The night should be a wonderful time to connect with other photographers, give a little back to the community, and enjoy the holidays together. If you plan on coming, please leave a comment so we can plan accordingly…hope to see you there!

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  1. Mollie

    November 25th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    The hubby and I will be there!

  2. Nancy

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I’ll be there! You just made my day.

  3. Diandra

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    I should be there 🙂 I usually am!

  4. Troy Grover

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Aimee and I will be there 😉

  5. maria hedengren

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    oh why is Orange Country so far away…

    have fun you all!

  6. Joe+Kathrina

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    We’re SO there. We never miss a Smug really, love them. Guess we know what Polo’s New Years Resolution should be…

  7. Blair Van Bussel

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I would LOVE to join! P.s. my Cali has the same "little" problem as Polo….I figure its just more to love 🙂

  8. anna brewer

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    polo still looks GREAT! 🙂

  9. Erin Marie Hall

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    MANNNN, I wish I could! I’ll only be out in socal from Christmas day till Jan 7th. 🙁 I’m so lucky my boyfriend’s family is all in the OC… maybe one of these times I’ll be able to meet all of the amazing California photographers while I’m visiting.

    Have fun everyone! 🙂

  10. carlie

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    we’ll be there!!! miss you j!! love to jd…

  11. Khristen

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Oh man, west coasters have all the fun 🙁 Thats it.. I’m moving…

  12. Kirstinrose

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Cuuute! Those dogs are so fun to dress up. =)

  13. imthiaz houseman

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    seriously i just had to comment because i think its so darn cute that polo has his own box of clothes…what a cute photo! 🙂

  14. Alexandra

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    he is too cute 🙂

  15. Karen ReVelle

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I **definitely** will be there. It’s also a bday celebration for me too! 😉 (yay for the December babies, right?) Can’t wait to meet the LA and SD Smuggers (proper word??) as well!

  16. Peyton Cooke

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    RSVP-ing for 2! 🙂 I love the cost! It is a great idea! This sounds like it’s going to be BIG!

  17. Katelyn Fraser Photo

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I wish I lived in Orange County so I could come to this event!

    P.S. Even though the jacket is too small your dog looks super cute…and happy!

  18. serena

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    sounds like fun…..i’m in!

  19. Lydia

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    This pretty much goes without saying…southern cal people are so lucky! You all are going to have a blast!

  20. Mariea Rummel

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Polo your so cute! Have a blast everyone! ONE CAN? Pssssh I know our photog crowd can do better than that! What about whoever brings the most in weight get a year of Showit Sites? Huh huh? Then the competion would be on like Donkey Kong! Just a thought…

  21. Tamara Kenyon

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    You guys should come to Idaho for a Smug Mug meeting!!

  22. Hanssie

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I’ll be there but I’ll leave my I’ll fitting Santa suit at home

  23. Molly Ann

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    2, please =)

  24. MANDA

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:38 pm


  25. Jayme

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    How FUN!!! I am going to try and come, with a guest.. cant wait!!!

  26. anniecat

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Wish I lived closer… I missed the last Smugmug meeting when I was actually in town but was busy that night. =(

  27. Stephanie Stewart

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Polo, you are too cute!

  28. Cristina G Photography

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Gosh, I need to move closer already. All the fun the photographer community is clearly in Cali! Have fun you guys!

  29. Fishgirl

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    What if I am not a photographer but i want to go and begin to chase my dream as photographer. can i go? I will be there !!

  30. Annie

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    If I had a smaller adorable doggy like Polo, I would have a closet devoted to him! LOL He’s so adorable! My Labby is always without clothes due to her sheer size.

  31. adam

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I’ll grab my undersized Santa jacket and hop a plane. SM when will you show love to the Puget Sound!?!?!?!

  32. Pol

    November 25th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    He is SO cute!

  33. Karen

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Fat dogs are cute. I’m not entirely kidding here.

  34. Jennifer O.

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Totally wish I could be there!

  35. Jennifer

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Polo is SO cute! He’s still workin that Santa jacket.

    I’m so sad that I don’t live in Orange County! I’ve been with smugmug for at least five years… maybe there should be satellite Smugmug communities!

  36. jenny

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Polo’s hair is pushed up by the outfit, makes it look like it’s part of the outfit ! He looks cute nonetheless !

  37. Michael

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I’ll be there…and maybe my other half.

  38. [ b ]

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    count me in!

  39. Jen Johnson

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Looking forward to it! Please let me know if you and your elves need any help! : )

  40. jane

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Polo is not fat – he’s more like the Hulk post transformation. Happy Thanksgiving!

  41. Tira J

    November 25th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    So there! Oh Polo….I went to Petsmart today and they had a full line of Christmas clothing for your Mom to choose from. I am sure if you ask, she will take you on a field trip to pick out a new outfit for Christmas morning.

  42. Kaysha

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Oh, I’m so there! Add 2 please! 🙂

  43. Sabrina

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Had to tell you that when I pulled up your page, my 4yr old cousin said, "Hey, there’s a dog!" I told him, "That’s Polo." He then goes on to say, "Polo’s my favorite." LOL, the kid cracks me up. But at least he knows a super cute dog when he sees one!

  44. Tim

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:31 pm

    Man, I’d love to go.. as it’s right in my backyard. But I feel like it’d be so awkward, I’m just a noob that doesn’t know anyone.

    Anyways, CUTE DOG! Our Silky/Yorkie is getting kind of chubby too.

  45. Diana Rush

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Yay! I can finally make it to a SmugMug event! See you all there!

  46. Diana Rush

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    … this is a revision to my previous post, it’s me + 1!

  47. Angela Hubbard

    November 25th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I hear ya sister. Whiskey just got put on low fat food. Those darn treats and cuz the pups are so darn cute… SPOILED! 🙂
    (wouldnt change a thing though)

  48. Brent Pilgrim

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Have you been feeding Polo Reese’s PB Cups? Cuz you know how good they are! 😉

  49. Kelly

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Count me in! I’ll be there! 🙂

  50. Mitchel Wu

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Going to try and make it. It’s a haul from Valencia though ;(

  51. lroah

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    So bummed to miss! I am flying to Orlando to do a newborn session that day. Have fun!

  52. amy b

    November 25th, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    sounds fun! You are always so generous with your time. I will get to one of these events one of these days. Hopefully this one! Have a nice Thanksgiving.

  53. s h e r r y

    November 26th, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Omy, Polo is SO cute <3 (Even if he can’t fit in his Santa jacket. :/ )

  54. Kate Noelle

    November 26th, 2009 at 12:43 am

    I’ll be there! 🙂

  55. Alice Hu

    November 26th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Will try to make it to this one!

  56. evie

    November 26th, 2009 at 1:25 am

    so sad I live in Missouri….wish I could come:(

  57. Lorrie Prothero

    November 26th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    sounds FUN!!! count one for me 😉

  58. Brian Fletcher

    November 26th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    I’ll be there! Thanks as always Jasmine 🙂

  59. Cooper Marantz

    November 26th, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Dear Polo, listen to me we are not fat…we are big boned. Now smile extra big so you get some more treats. Shake paws if you have to. Eyes on the prize P-dawg. Eyes on the prize.

    Your bff

  60. Feuza

    November 26th, 2009 at 2:47 am

    Thats so funny about Polo, feeling like him lately, nothing fits! Wish I was a bit closer to attend your holiday party, have a great time.

  61. Jackie

    November 26th, 2009 at 3:15 am

    oh my he just looks fabulous! I wish my dog was more of a model like Polo!

  62. Bong

    November 26th, 2009 at 3:15 am

    Thanks for organizing this Christmas Party!!! I’ll be there! BTW, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  63. Ma'ele

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:38 am

    I’m there, with a friend. Maybe two. YAY!!!!

  64. Jihan Cerda

    November 26th, 2009 at 4:45 am

    Polo’s not fat; he’s voluptuous! Lol….I wish I could go to the SmugMug, but unfortunately I’ll be nine months along….this little man can come any time. Enjoy!

  65. Sissel

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:17 am

    I was just thinking to myself as I was stirring the cranberries of all the things/people I was thankful for, and you came to my mind. I have to meet someday soon and mention this in person, this would be a perfect opportunity. Hope I can make it! PS Santa was a little pudgy too. Just more to love…

  66. Amber Fox

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Thanks Jasmine and Smug Mug for creating this awesome community of photographers. I am so looking forward to some Christmas cheer and hot apple cider. I love this time of year!

  67. Mindy Metivier

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:16 am

    Darn, I wish I lived in the OC!!! Your party sounds like fun!!! Thanks for the laugh J*…I am glad that I am not the only one who is having trouble fitting into my clothes from 2 years ago!!!

  68. Shell

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:21 am

    Sounds fabulous! I will be there. 🙂

  69. dorelies

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Maybe he was a little baby-dog the years ago and has been growing up. That could be an easy plausible explanation. Ha, ha.

  70. promise tangeman

    November 26th, 2009 at 6:40 am

    I LOVE YOUR DOG!! i want to kiss him

  71. sarah

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:00 am

    fat, but cute!!!

  72. Suzanne Reid

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:04 am

    I’ll be there.

  73. Tamara

    November 26th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    OMG…that is too funny…he doesn’t seem to mind the "snug" jacket…he still looks happy…probably because no one was So cute.

  74. Anouschka

    November 26th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    OMG! Polo looks too adorable!!

  75. Michael Boardman

    November 26th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Count me in! I’m looking forward to it!

  76. alex.kruk

    November 27th, 2009 at 3:52 am

    I am so happy I guess we will make it this time 🙂 I will come with my husband. Polo is so cute !

  77. Connie Sithi

    November 27th, 2009 at 5:54 am

    I can’t go since I live in the Bay Area, but I LAUGHED OUT LOUD like CRAZY at your reference to Polo being fat and outgrowing his clothes. Seriously a great laugh – thanks!

  78. Thomas Frank

    November 27th, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Please count me in too! Gotta love Polo!

  79. Frances

    November 27th, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I don’t think Polo has gotten pudgy at all. I’m sure his hair just got thicker!

    Fun post! You made me giggle!

  80. gina

    November 27th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    what jacket? it’s a vest. and it fits pefectly!! :O)

  81. cassandra m

    November 27th, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    oooooooo…Polo…too cute. And I am liking this new look, its "vest-like". nice. All you need is some bling hanging around your neck.

  82. oneshotbeyond

    November 28th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I want to…I want to…I will!

  83. Keri Welch

    November 28th, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Can’t wait for the SmugMug gathering! Happy Thanksgiving!

  84. Ashley

    November 29th, 2009 at 3:47 am

    J and I will be there! Will Polo be there too? You NEED to bring him!

  85. Seanny Ma

    November 29th, 2009 at 5:39 am

    I’ll be there! Polo looks super cute, even if the jacket didn’t fit.

  86. Youkeun Oh

    November 29th, 2009 at 7:24 am

    i’m in!

  87. Danny Mendoza

    November 30th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Count me in!!

  88. Nicole Velarde

    November 30th, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Please add 2 more…

  89. Brandi

    November 30th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I will be there with bells on, plus 1. Cheers!!!

  90. Allison

    December 1st, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Kyle and I will be there for sure.. but is [ B ] finally going to dance on some tables!!! I keep waiting to see it…

  91. Anthony J. DeMeglio

    December 1st, 2009 at 5:19 am

    I’m there but I’m not wearing the red Santa like jacket. There’s no way it’s going to fit me either.

  92. Events by Evonne

    December 1st, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Polo is such a cutie pie. Are you sure it’s not Polo but the jacket just shrank after all these years? 😛

  93. Julie Boucher

    December 1st, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I’ll be there!

  94. Joelle Leder

    December 1st, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Wouldn’t miss it!!

  95. Chris Diset

    December 1st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Looking forward to it!!

  96. ohana photographers

    December 1st, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    see ya there!

  97. rizzariz photography

    December 1st, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    OMG. That is hilarious. I’ve never heard of any one dog who couldn’t fit into his clothes! lol like really hard!

  98. Kyle Richter

    December 2nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Allison and I are in! (Count 2. Please.) and we totally understand you when it comes to clothing not fitting on your dog anymore.. Chloe (our office manager) is the same way! Haha.. Hilarious.. see you there. Kyle at s28

  99. natalie

    December 2nd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    count me in! 🙂

  100. Nancy Ramos

    December 4th, 2009 at 12:52 am

    See you then.

  101. Natasha Najand

    December 8th, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I’ll be there!

  102. Miguel Pola

    December 8th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    see ya there.

  103. Tamara Y.

    December 8th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Count me in!

  104. Meg

    December 8th, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    I’ll be there!

  105. Pamela

    December 8th, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Looking forward to it! By the way, your dog is SO adorable 🙂
    ~ @PamelaSD


    December 8th, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    count me in with one of my great photo friends!

  107. Ralph Misa

    December 8th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Looking forward to attending the party!

  108. lucy

    December 8th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    I’ll be there

  109. Char Baiz

    December 8th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    Joel & I will be there 🙂

  110. Lauren Bauer

    December 8th, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Can’t Wait!

  111. Katie Neal Photo

    December 8th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Can’t wait! Sounds like SOOO much fun!

  112. Sean McDougal

    December 8th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Just saw this. Looks super fun. Brooke and I should be there.

  113. James

    December 9th, 2009 at 12:26 am

    I’ll be going solo. =)

  114. Rachel

    December 9th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    HAHA This is way too cute! SmugMug meeting sounds awesome, wish PEI, Canada wasn’t so far away 🙁