The Face of an Olympic Competitor


We spent every chance we could this weekend watching the Olympics and anxiously awaiting a country medal count. Who knew I was way into archery or skeet shooting? When it comes to winning a medal plated in six ounces of pure gold, apparently I am. Because I started feeling left out of the competition, I thought of what events I might medal in and I came up with the following:
   *The US Eating Team <-- America's the heavy favorite (I worked hard for that pun).    *The US Eye-Rolling Team    *The US Hairspray Team (the team who achieves maximum volume with least aerosol emission takes the gold)    *The US High Heel Sprinting Team    *The US Talking Team (JD suggested he'd be on the US Listening Team) The aforementioned list makes me sad because I have, like, no athletic ability. Once during gym class in high school, I had to jump over a box but missed the peak and tripped flat on my face. It was then when my Olympic dreams were dashed. However (and you knew this However was coming), I will say that if there was a competition for organizing people to pose for a photo, I'd be on the top podium. I mean, just look at the determination in my face at Saturday's wedding...

I’m so glad JD captured my photo finish.

Happy Monday, Internet.

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  1. sharon elizabeth

    July 30th, 2012 at 2:21 pm


  2. Tara

    July 30th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Love that deterimined face!

  3. Rachel McCloud

    July 30th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    And the gold goes to…..Jasmine Star for being super awesome and great at making wedding parties focus and getting the job done 🙂 I could learn a ton from you. 🙂

  4. Dana Laymon

    July 30th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    My god that is a lot of Uncle Bob’s! I don’t know how you do it. But I’d give you a gold medal for sure.

  5. Kristen

    July 30th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    This picture cracks me up. You are in the biggest sea of people trying to get their attention I’m sure. How successful were you? In true Olympic style, you should’ve had a blow horn!! Haaa!

  6. Bryan

    July 30th, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Is that a balance weight on your DSLR?

  7. Melissa Paul

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Love that you’re making it happen while keeping the paparazzi at bay, all while working it in hells… you win the GOLD in my book.

  8. Scott Herdling

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Gold medal for you j*

  9. Alex Sablan

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The focus in a crowd of people and ability to communicate clearly still is amazing

  10. Harmony

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Woa, that is a lot of paparazzi there!!! You by far take the cake (wedding cake that is, hee, hee, sorry, couldn’t resist;)

  11. Chris Grave

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    LOL!!!… your a trip : D

  12. jamie

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    haha, love it!

  13. susieq3c

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Um. You are shooting a wedding in a dress and heels. That alone is worthy of Olympic gold in my book. For real Jasmine…you shoot gorgeous weddings AND you look fashionable doing it? There you go, raising the bar for the rest of us once again.
    Happy monday- your blog sure made mine better!

  14. Kate Douthwright

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Oooh man, I know that look on your face all too well! That is way too funny!!!!

  15. Kate

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I just love how many shoulder photographers you have around you! It’s hilarious, but so true, people don’t want to buy photos, so they stand next to the photographer and copy the photo. Oh boy.

  16. Kitrin Jeffrey

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I love it that you are confident enough to laugh at yourself and share this picture with the rest of the online world. Me, I would delete that puppy so fast….but that’s what makes you fabulous 😉

  17. Lisa Lee

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    This shot actually made me LOL!

    If I was the judge, I’ll definitely award you a Gold Medal for your commitment and energy!

  18. Candace S.

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    If you won gold, I’d get silver – determination is my middle name…lol love this post J, you rock!

  19. Faith Cherisse

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Love the game face Jasmine!

  20. Juliana Goldberg

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Do you seriously shoot weddings with heels on????

  21. Dianna

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Holy uncle bob attack!

  22. Maggie Fortson

    July 30th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    hahaha! This is so funny. You do deserve a gold metal 🙂

  23. Mariano

    July 30th, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Great moment

  24. Yuliya M.

    July 30th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    How about a medal for best outfits? Where’s your dress from?

  25. Frances Otero

    July 30th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    My dear. You get another gold medal for the absolute best sense of humor in our photography community. You are quirky, smart and incredibly talented. Kudos!

  26. Angela

    July 30th, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for the big laugh this morning!

  27. Ramona P

    July 30th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Wow Jasmine . . how the heck do you shoot a wedding in a DRESS??? I am stooping and kneeling, laying on the ground and climbing chairs, etc etc!!! What is your secret to doing it all in a dress?? 😀

  28. Steph S

    July 30th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    How do you shoot in heels like that??

  29. Jasmine*

    July 30th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Just to clarify: I wasn’t wearing heels…I just stand on my tip-toes so I can give a commanding appearance! 😉 @Bryan: No, it’s not a balance weight on my camera, but actually a Pocket Wizard I screw into the bottom of my camera to fire an off-camera flash. I was prepped for the First Dance inside the Reception, but also photographed pictures during the cocktail hour 🙂

  30. Haley Johnston

    July 31st, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Seriously loved this! You are so fab!

  31. LEOLAK

    July 31st, 2012 at 5:29 am

    LOVE THE DRESS (Purple always rocks!!). Thanks for the laugh on this crazy Monday!

  32. Liesbeth

    July 31st, 2012 at 8:44 am

    COOL! And I also wonder how you can work in a dress… I would be a total mess! Just last Saturday, I wore white pants – WRONG choice I tell ya. My bottom was totally gross and green as grass when I came home!

  33. Sophie

    July 31st, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Too funny. So cool to see you in action!! 🙂

  34. Wanda Malfara

    July 31st, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Hey…congrats. However….(see, there I did it too) it amazes me how many "Uncle Bobs" there are that we have to fight with for the best shooting position.

  35. rich

    August 1st, 2012 at 2:27 am

    well – you were named top 10 wedding photographer so that definitely counts for an olympic team! the photo at the end of the post is just priceless!

  36. Karl Stelter

    August 2nd, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Nice! I love that everyone is focused on the group obviously to the right of frame, and the man taking a photo on the right side of this shot is taking a photo of something entirely different.

  37. Mandy

    August 3rd, 2012 at 8:21 am

    WOW Jaz! Looks like the papparazzi……

    Leads me to a question….how do you deal with all the family getting in your way of a photo? We had a wedding about a week ago and actually got shuffed out the way by family to take pix. We handled our business in a very polite way 🙂 but gets quite annoying.

  38. April Vest

    August 4th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I don’t know why, but it is seriously comforting to know that you deal with the same scenarios. haha, I always warn my bridal parties and family that I snap my fingers a lot and bark orders during this part.

  39. Ashley Christine

    August 5th, 2012 at 3:14 am

    I just had to share this with my family! We were all in stitches. =) Thanks J for the laugh!

    If the Lord sees fit to bring me my Groom; it is my dream to have you be my photographer. You’d have me crying from laughter. =)

  40. OC Family Photographer

    January 11th, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I think you need a couple of assistants who walk around with caution tape and parking cones, who just set it up behind you at each location. Just saying.