Starbox Lunch


We sat the dark room oddly lit with Christmas lights tucked away in the corner and spotlights on random pictures of Italian paraphernalia—Meatballs, soccer players running along the Spanish Steps, and the Pope. As the plates and plates of steaming food were placed in front of us, we talked, laughed, and swapped stories like we were veterans. Only, we’ve never been on the frontlines…just in front of brides and grooms.

A few weeks ago, I hosted Happy Hour on Blu Domain. Not only did I have a blast, it was awesome meeting other photographers and answer a few questions. In the midst of the crazy typing frenzy, I encouraged photographers to ask another photographer out to lunch if they had questions or just wanted to get to know that person better (I got this idea from [b]ecker…who’s pretty much an industry forefather of giving back). Well, shortly thereafter, I received quite a few emails from photographers inviting me to lunch…so cool! Because I wanted to keep the lunch small, I invited a few photographers (some of which had contacted me about going to lunch before Blu’s Happy Hour), to join me at Buca Di Beppo in Irvine this afternoon. We had a GREAT time together and I’m so stoked to have made new peers within the industry! I’m honored to be associated with such a stellar group of people, and I’m happy to call them friends!

Who’s Who (and their bloggity blogs)…
*Amy of AHS Photography
*David and April of Ohana Photography
*Katy of Katy Regnier Photography
*Kimberlee of Boucher Photography
*Marlene of Marlin Munoz Photography

Here’s a group shot…

…And apparently only THREE of the seven of us know how to make silly faces!!! 😀

I want to send a special thanks to David for bringing EVERYONE a box of Godiva chocolates and awesome Suzy’s Zoo star sticky notes…he’s so wonderful! I had an awesome time and I also want to apologize if I spoke too much or too quickly…I’m working on it! 🙂 Thanks again and I can’t wait to see what your futures hold for you!!!

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  1. kimi b

    August 31st, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    i’m so bummed i missed this!! whaaaaa :(… my hubby doesn’t know how to make silly faces? ha, you should see him when i ask him to do something. hope you all had an awesome time! hope you liked the chocolate my hubby is a bit girlie at times.

  2. olivia

    August 31st, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    ahh…man. Wish I lived closer 🙁


    August 31st, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    ahh, man none of the links work boo hoo. i had an awesome time with everyone. everyone was super nice and a special thank you to jasmine* for taking the time to sit with us and share your knowledge. you are like the funniest and nicest photographers i’ve ever met , yes i’ve met a few 🙂 hopefully someday i’ll be half as good as you. thank you!!!! you are a blessing to the photography world! may God bless you & all your loved ones always!

  4. Amy

    September 1st, 2007 at 12:09 am

    Thanks so much Jasmine! You’re the best!

  5. Kristen Dawn

    September 1st, 2007 at 12:34 am

    jelouse….. i wish iiiiiiii lived in calli so i could hang out with cool photographers, everyone here is cut-throat man!
    love, the east coast

  6. Brian Khang

    September 1st, 2007 at 1:40 am

    Oh man.. i’m in Irvine and I missed this!! Let me know when’s the next one. I would love to meet so other photographers out here. I’m still new to the area.

  7. gloria

    September 1st, 2007 at 1:46 am

    How fun!!!
    When we are you going to do this again.
    Let go out to Dinner!!!
    Hope you can do this gain.


  8. Marlene Munoz

    September 1st, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Jasmine, thank you soooo much for lunch today! I had such a great time! I really hope we can do it again soon! David–thank you for the adorable goodie bag! You are so thoughtful!

  9. Callie

    September 1st, 2007 at 3:40 am

    That sounds like so much fun! I wish I lived closer to have lunch with you! 🙂

  10. David Baxter

    September 1st, 2007 at 3:45 am

    What are you talking about Jasmine? I definitely look silly standing next to all of you beautiful women. Who’s that guy in the back? He kept staring at us. I think he wanted some chocolate. Thank you so so much for inviting us to lunch. We were so honored. The food was great, but your company was even better. Everyone there was super nice. I love meeting other photographers & hearing their stories. It was awesome getting to hang out with so many talented people. We were all chatting amongst ourselves while waiting for you to get in all the way from…where was it again? Oh ya, Irvine. 🙂 Tell JD you didn’t talk too much. Fact: You left us all wanting more. I could have stayed there A LOT longer. I’m not just saying that because I didn’t want to get on 5 south heading back to San Diego during rush hour on a Friday on a holiday weekend. 🙂 I truly wish we could have all talked longer. That’s part of your magic Jasmine. You make hours feel like minutes (in a good way).
    I feel like saying "thank you" just isn’t enough to express our gratitude for you taking the time out of your busy schedule to meet with all of us & talk shop. Gracias for sharing your time & knowledge. Mahalo for sharing your fun spirit (and your pizza). You are definitely a shining star in this industry & we are so blessed to not only know you, but to call you a friend. Aloha Oi, until we meet again.

  11. David Baxter

    September 1st, 2007 at 3:48 am

    Sorry for the book Jasmine. I like to talk too. Sadly, I’m not nearly as good at it as you.

  12. Katy Regnier

    September 1st, 2007 at 4:12 am

    Hey! Don’t knock my silly face. I just happen to have a silly face that’s very similar to a smile 🙂 Or maybe I didn’t hear the "make a silly face" directions!
    It was so great to meet everyone this afternoon. THANK YOU so much Jasmine for inviting us to come out and hang with you. You did talk a lot but you can tell JD it wasn’t your fault… we had all those questions 🙂 And it definitely wasn’t too much talking… I could have stayed all afternoon! Thanks again!!

  13. Jasmine*

    September 1st, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Hi friends!! Please, please forgive me for the jacked up links…I don’t know what happened, but they’re all fixed now…my bad. Thanks again for such an awesome time! xoxo…

  14. Shannon

    September 1st, 2007 at 7:43 am

    Hi Jasmine, I don’t know you at all, only what you want us (blog stalkers) to know….. but I get the feeling from your blog, & reading the comments, that you should run for MAYOR!!!!!! Sounds like you have the personality to draw a good crowd!!!! I too wish I lived closer to have lunch with you, but if for whatever reason, you end up in Alabama, let me know, I would LOVE to have lunch with you;)

  15. kerri

    September 1st, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    i put dibs on jasmine for lunch when/if she comes to Tampa!!!! 🙂

  16. Kimberlee Kinney

    September 1st, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    Jasmine, I have to agree with the others… I couldn’t believe how fast the time flew by! It was so great to meet you, and I definitely could’ve stayed there all afternoon. Your humility and openness is so awesome. You are a huge encouragement to me… and after our lunch meeting, I’m much inspired to just take the plunge and get going on my own! (Always a little scary, but I know it’s time!) 🙂 Thank you SO much!

  17. Carlie Davis

    September 1st, 2007 at 7:22 pm

    JD does know how much of a stud his wife is right? stud in a pretty feminine way.

  18. erin

    September 2nd, 2007 at 12:39 am

    love the silly face photo!! What a wonderful looking group of photographers too!!

  19. Kay English

    July 29th, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Omg!! cool! Can I go out to lunch with you? That would be so much fun 🙂

  20. Cairith Turner

    December 31st, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    OK J*, You mentioned Presets….do you create your own? Or do you purchase them? and if you purchase them, who do you use mainly? Thanks!