Speaking in Brisbane, Australia


When I first got the email from Joel Strickland, I thought I misread it. Or he sent it to the wrong person. Luckily, he also cc’d JD on the email and he was downstairs reading at the same time. I checked my calendar before I joined JD on the couch. Next thing we know, we’re booking flights to Brisbane, Australia. And, yes, it happened just like that. My life? IT’S RANDOM.

I’ve been asked to speak at the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s Hair of the Dog Conference. I’ll be giving the keynote on Monday, February 7, 2011 and I’d be honored to meet you there.

As I’ve said many times before, Australia holds a special place in my heart, a dreamworld of sorts. It’s a country that’s captivated my childhood dreams and to go in a professional capacity is, literally, beyond my wildest dreams. JD and I taught in Sydney earlier this year, so I revisited some of the photos I took and found this little photo taken at Manly Beach…

I suspect I didn’t edit it before because it looks like we’re mad at each other. We’re not. The photo is a composite of two photographs since we didn’t get very many photos of us together. If I remember correctly, it was a lonnnnnnng day, we just finished dinner (Thai), waited in line for Ben&Jerry’s ice cream, and walked along the ocean at night. And look at the blue shopping bag…if that doesn’t scream TOURIST, I don’t know what does.

Dear Australia, please get your blue plastic bags ready…I’m coming back!

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  1. JudithRomance

    December 13th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Fab photo! My sister is currently in Australia, your post makes me think about her EVEN more! Thanks!

  2. Robyn

    December 13th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Our 20 hour drive across the states when we moved to Boston this summer just left the two of us… and the camera. And, I swear, we have a photo just like this that I had to edit together. And we also kind of look mad. Too funny. Thanks for sharing! Safe travels in February!!!

  3. jeramy

    December 13th, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    wowzers! we’ve got friends in brisbane. maybe i could carry your suitcase? 🙂

  4. stephanie

    December 13th, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    have a great time in the land down under! take lots of pictures so we can soak in the beauty as well 🙂 you are truly blessed, jasmine star!

  5. Jessica Hunt

    December 13th, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I absolutely love that JD is wearing Toms. Love it!

  6. Kelsey Anderson

    December 13th, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    How exciting! I so want to visit AU someday. I just love the accent!!

  7. Angela

    December 13th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Hey Jasmine

    While you are down under why dont you pop across to New Zealand?? We would love to see you over here 🙂

  8. Kaylee Sizemore

    December 13th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Can you fit me in your bag? pleeeease?

  9. Gabriela Fuentes

    December 13th, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Totally random question. If this is a composite, which you said it is, why is your purse only JD’s side? Does he carry your purse? even while he was taking your Picture? I love it 🙂 You see, I tell my husband that it’s OK to carry my purse when I’m tired, but he doesn’t trust me.

  10. Rich Park

    December 13th, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    sounds like an amazing event! hope you have a great time out in australia again!

  11. Jessica

    December 13th, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    If you need someone to carry your camera bag when you are there..just let me know…I’m just sayin’.

  12. Tracy Jane

    December 13th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    woo hoo your coming back… very excited for u Jasmine 😉

  13. Life with Kaishon

    December 13th, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    How exciting Jasmine and JD. Hope you have the most sensational time!

  14. Candace Prokopets

    December 13th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Love getting to watch you live out your dreams. Always in inspiration.

  15. Pamela Topping

    December 13th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I love Australia!! You’re a lucky girl 🙂

  16. Nicole

    December 13th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Yay!! We are so excited to have you visiting us in BrisVegas!! I can’t wait to hear you speak at HOTD!!

  17. Bec

    December 13th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Awesome! I might just get to meet you this year! excellent!

  18. Sam@Shuttersnap

    December 13th, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Woohoo! Just bought my ticket! I’m so excited! See you in Brissy next year:)

  19. Joel Strickland

    December 13th, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Yes we can not wait to have you hear Jasmine

  20. Melinda - AIPP Queensland President

    December 13th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    We’re so excited to have you speak for us at Hair of the Dog in February, Jasmine! You’re sure to bring a whole new crowd of folk…!

  21. Joyce D.

    December 13th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Your randomness is quite amusing!

  22. Michelle

    December 13th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Yay! I’ve already booked my spot at HOTD and cannot wait to hear you speak!

  23. Annie

    December 13th, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I think I might faint… Can I meet you!?!?!?! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  24. Annie

    December 13th, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Also, the link doesn’t work… do we register through aipp?

  25. Christine

    December 13th, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    You already know I’m excited but… WHEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! SEE YOU THERE CHICKY!!!! 🙂

  26. Kristen

    December 14th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Booked and bought, can’t wait 🙂

  27. Louise Fletcher

    December 14th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Oh yay! We’d love to have you back in Manly.

  28. Hayley

    December 14th, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Awesome – any workshop in the pipeline for Australia?

  29. Rebecca

    December 14th, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Booked! Just my luck – I buy tickets to WPPI to come and see you in Vegas, then you come to Australia! Oh well – double dose of J* 🙂

  30. Kansas City Wedding Photographers

    December 14th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    I love the pic Jasmine. And I to agree, there is something fascinating about the Outback. I used to sing, take opera classes, and preform before I was a photographer.
    In fact my husband, Marco and I, met IN an opera. Well, Sydney was a dream. To sing there, to photograph there, to sit way up in the nosebleed section and it sound as though I were in the front row. Enjoy your conference wish I could go! 🙂

  31. Josephine

    December 14th, 2010 at 12:44 am

    OMG OMG OMG….*goosebumpssss* i might just i might just…..have a dream come true of meeting YOU and travel from SG to Brisbane just to see YOU!!! Oh Universeeee, hear me out!!!!!!!!! *on my knees*

  32. LEOLAK

    December 14th, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Ohhhh…jealous! Australia is my dream destination!

  33. Jess Jarrett

    December 14th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    OMG, OMG, OMG !!! I can’t wait to see you and JD. I look at your Blog EVERYDAY!!!! What a shock to see today that you are coming to my home town Brisvegas!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  34. Angela Higgins

    December 14th, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Yay you! I knew you’d be back soon 🙂

  35. Captured

    December 14th, 2010 at 1:27 am

    the http://www.hotd.qaipp.com.au/ website says this seminar is 28th Feb…???

  36. Melissa

    December 14th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Let me know what you think of the Wedding Photography Scene in Brisbane 🙂

  37. Josh

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:23 am

    We look forward to seeing you at Hair of the Dog Jasmine 🙂

  38. Geoff Dunn

    December 14th, 2010 at 9:18 am

    ………with tears streaming down my face, I get to see and hear my hero!
    Jasmine, you have made my year! :o))

  39. Neal Edgeworth

    December 14th, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I had to double check I wasn’t seeing things. When I saw Brisbane, Australia I thought to myself surely not I’ve just misread! Thankfully it’s a dream come true. Now all I need to do is tell work I’m having the day off & purchase a ticket! I’m sure yourself and JD will love sunny Brisbane even more than you did Sydney!!

  40. flava

    December 14th, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    absolutely keep the video blog going!!! u r awesome, Jasmine!!! this is a great idea, i think your video blog will be a huge hit.

  41. Joel Strickland - AIPP Events Manager

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:21 am

    WOW I am so excited to read how excited all your fans are Jasmine that we are bringing you to Australia !!!
    The link has been fixed for bookings look forward to seeing you all at HOTD!!!

  42. Jodie - Merge Photography

    December 15th, 2010 at 4:06 am

    OMG!!! Thats soooo exciting! Just wish the AIPP here in Western Australia could lure you over here to do a talk, I for one would love to hear you speak.

  43. Rebecca Patterson

    December 15th, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Hey Jasmine, i have read your blog for what feels like forever… I am so, so, so excited to hear you are coming to Brisbane!!!!!!… First Oprah now you.. It’s just like Christmas…Bec

  44. amanda thiessen

    December 15th, 2010 at 7:02 am

    congrats!! that’s so great! and i can’t wait to see and read all about it!!

  45. Geoffrey Sinclair

    December 15th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Fantastic that you are coming down under again, would love it if you would do any workshops while you were here, I would love to attend one.

  46. Geoffrey Sinclair

    December 15th, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Fantastic that you are coming down under again, would love it if you would do any workshops while you were here, I would love to attend one.

  47. Jo Lynch

    December 15th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    What an awesome opportunity! I’m flying back into Aus on the 5th…I wonder if I can make it to Brisbane on the 7th…

    Enjoy your trip!

  48. Leani Holmes

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I wish you’d come to South Africa too!

  49. Album fotografico matrimonio

    December 16th, 2010 at 5:54 am

    I am so excited to read how excited all your fans are Jasmine that we are bringing you to Australia!!! I am very happy to see this blog. That’s having a lot of excitement.

  50. Mark Matthews

    December 17th, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    OMG OMG OMG!!! I HAVE to come to this! I love your pic btw I was shooting in Manly the other day! tee hee! see you in Feb!!

  51. Michelle (NZ)

    December 17th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Thats awesome! Ok its not New Zealand lol, but cool, so there!

  52. Polka Dot Bride

    January 1st, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Can’t wait to have you back on our shores Jasmine!

  53. Agi

    January 27th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    OMG! Jasmine!!! I just saw this now! Are you stopping by in Sydney too by any chance??
    Would love to come to Brissy, but can’t due to work commitments in Sydney 🙁