The Perils of Taking the Family Christmas Picture

The Perils of Taking the Family Christmas Picture

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To: The Family
From: Jasmine Star
Date: Monday, November 29. 2010
Subject: Family Pics

hi family!
a few things…
1. i love you.
2. please be ready to shoot at 4pm.
3. we are meeting on main street and 3rd (from main, make a left and there will be a parking lot)
4. please wear neutral colors (beige, light gray, light pink)
5. please do not wear patterns on clothes.
6. i promise to be loving and nice today. and speak in love. please hold me to this. and help me.
xxx
j*

A couple hours later…

We’re late…
He can’t find the parking lot…
Who said dark green was a neutral color?!
She had a fashion crisis, something about silk pants…
Can you move outta the way?! MOOOOOVE!
Please stop fighting.
Pay attention.
Don’t pull her hair extension!
Jasmine needs to calm down.
I’m losing light.
Who’s next?
Pay attention.
Dad, you’re being too loud!
Pay attention!
I’m having a bad hair day.
Who has a jacket for mom?
Real Madrid is playing tonight.
If you smile, I’ll buy you a toy from Target!
I know how to count to six in German.
Please go give her a hug.
You just made Kim Kardashian sad.
It’s a self-timer!!
Smile.
Darn it.
Smile.
No blinking this time.
SMILE.
I love you.

Words can’t express how much I adore my parents. At Thanksgiving, my father apologized for not being the type of father he tries to be. Everyone sat in stunned silence. Our dad–in spite of his flaws–is the type of person we all strive to be. And he makes my mom even better.
Alexandria is is the middle child. And she suffered from the syndrome for a few years, but is back to normal now. I’m kidding. She’s amazing, artistic, and finds a way to always help everyone…even if it’s at the cost of herself.

And here are the teenagers. Dun dun dun.
I love Zoe Belle and Sebastian more than I can put into words. I’m older than them by a few years and I’ve always felt like a second mom to them. In fact, I’d say that Sebastian is the person who started my photo career. When I was eleven, I’d take him and pose him amongst my stuffed animals…or in a large pot on the stove (what the heck was I thinking?!)…or dress him like the Village People…and take pictures of him. In fact, I have albums dedicated just to him. Which is creepy, I know.

This is Parker and Ryen. My new niece and nephew. And–oh my goodness–these kids just kill me. They make my heart melt and they make our family even better. Bianca and Matt were married earlier this year, and our family was blessed with three new members!

Us. In an alley.

This photo will keep my mother happy until December 2011…when she’ll be asking for a new family photo for her living room walls.

Happy Tuesday!

**EDITED TO ADD**
For those who asked, all the individual portraits were shot with the 50mm, 1.2 at f/2.0. The family photo was shot with the 35mm, and all photos done with natural light.

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  1. Toby Roybal -

    Good stuff! Love the pics!

      11.30.10 - 7:36 pm

  2. Jamie Siever -

    Your family always looks like you are having so much fun! I bet family gatherings are a blast. I think I love your dad!

      11.30.10 - 7:37 pm

  3. Kelly Sauer -

    Oh. My. Gosh. I love this. Love it. You’re hilarious. Your whole family. Thank you so much for sharing! It’s fun to meet you all!

      11.30.10 - 7:37 pm

  4. Ian Hamilton -

    Great photos Jasmine, and a tale about family photos that rings true to many of us! πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 7:38 pm

  5. Angela -

    You have one of the most beautiful families I’ve ever seen.

      11.30.10 - 7:38 pm

  6. Jeanette -

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE em all!!! Fabulous post! xoxo

      11.30.10 - 7:38 pm

  7. Carmen Whittaker -

    Loved seeing all your family. Looks and sounds like mine. Merry Christmas!!!

      11.30.10 - 7:39 pm

  8. jackie lynn -

    This is so great… so funny =)
    I’m doing mine in a few weeks, and I can just imagine how mine will be.

      11.30.10 - 7:39 pm

  9. Amanda -

    You have a GORGEOUS family!!!

      11.30.10 - 7:39 pm

  10. annie -

    serously. THE most gorgeous family I’ve seen. seriously.

      11.30.10 - 7:39 pm

  11. Jordanne -

    What a beautiful family you have!! Thanks for sharing!!

      11.30.10 - 7:40 pm

  12. //Dani -

    Jasmine, you all look so FABOULOUS! Have a nice holiday season! Love you guys!!

      11.30.10 - 7:40 pm

  13. Alicia -

    I’m so, so, so happy that you posted these! I saw your fb update yesterday and I was hoping you’d share the finished result with all of us. Beautiful, beautiful family!

      11.30.10 - 7:40 pm

  14. Kayla -

    Your family is too beautiful. So not fair.

      11.30.10 - 7:41 pm

  15. alicia schneider -

    Amazing Jasmine! You’re even a photo genius taking your family portrait with a self-timer! I am consistantly striving to better my photography business following your model! Thank you & happy holidays!!

      11.30.10 - 7:41 pm

  16. StephanieB -

    You have SUCH a good looking family!

      11.30.10 - 7:41 pm

  17. Kristin Tatem -

    Wow! These are amazing! Love all the variety you got in that one area! After seeing your Mom, its no wonder you and your sister are so gorgeous! Beautiful portraits!

      11.30.10 - 7:41 pm

  18. Carrie McCluskey -

    You have such a beautiful family. You are all so blessed to have each other.

      11.30.10 - 7:41 pm

  19. brooke snow -

    How delightful! So fun to meet your whole entire family! Love the narrative of the experience just as much as the pictures! I

      11.30.10 - 7:41 pm

  20. Linda Williams -

    These are amazing. I pray one day I can get there. You have a lovely family. God bless you all

      11.30.10 - 7:42 pm

  21. felicia gwen -

    Love!!! What a gorgeous family!

      11.30.10 - 7:42 pm

  22. Karmen Lindner -

    I think I just died laughing at the commentary! Well stated and yet a stellar group shot!

      11.30.10 - 7:42 pm

  23. Jen Mishkin -

    Beautiful Jasmine! I think when we photograph our family a monster switch comes on and all patience fly out the window (well for me at least). You have captured everyone beautifully feel free to come to Texas and photograph my family anytime. πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 7:42 pm

  24. Erin Lassahn -

    Beautiful family portraits, and what a beautiful family!!!!

      11.30.10 - 7:42 pm

  25. Summer C. -

    Your family is gorgeous!

      11.30.10 - 7:42 pm

  26. Helen Okey -

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful family with us. I loved the commentary – hilarious, made me giggle. I am looking forward to catching up with my extended family over the xmas period. Thanks Jasmine. H

      11.30.10 - 7:42 pm

  27. Faith Cherisse -

    EVERY ONE of these people are over-the-top GORGEOUS! J*, you have an awesome family! I agree that the little ones add so much more happiness to this photo! Your mom looks beautiful! xoxo

      11.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  28. Leah G. -

    LOVE this post! Makes me feel better to know I’m not the only one who struggles when it comes to taking family pictures of my own family! lol! You have a beautiful family, Jasmine!

      11.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  29. Amelia Renee -

    Jasmine, I just wanted to say that your blog posts always make me smile, and laugh, and sometimes cry. Thanks so much for being real and honest. You inspire me to be a better photographer but also a better person & daughter.

    ps Your family is GORGEOUS! (of course…that’s where you got your looks!) not to mention your younger brother. πŸ˜‰

      11.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  30. Mette Laurent -

    Your family is amazingly beautiful and of course the photos are stunning:) You are a beautiful person and you inspire me, as well as so many others:)

      11.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  31. Sara -

    LOVE that you live in the real world with the rest of us. Cheers!

      11.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  32. molly -

    You have a beautiful family! Gorgeous pictures!!!

      11.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  33. RAquel -

    that’s a beautiful family photo. I have been commissioned to do the same with my family this year, and i’m really hoping it turns out something like this!!! πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 7:43 pm

  34. Rommy -

    This family photo puts all others to shame! Your family is G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!! Your parents are adorable, your sisters are drop dead gorgeous, your brother is handsome as hell, and you and JD, well, we all know you guys are the hottest couple ever! Your sis’s hubby is a keeper! and those kids, my goodness!!! Thanks for sharing!!

      11.30.10 - 7:44 pm

  35. Shannon Gray -

    Amazing pics! I just did our family pics and it wasn’t too bad…took about 10 minutes, because that is about the extent of their attention span. All went well except when I took a fall on the ice while holding one of my twins and my camera…not. good. It is now in Nikon land…getting some R&R and hopefully returning in the near future!! πŸ™‚
    Your family is so beautiful!

      11.30.10 - 7:44 pm

  36. Mary -

    gorgeous!!! your family’s all so beautiful πŸ™‚ and your younger brother’s pretty darn cute πŸ˜‰ (not to be creepy)….AH the little kiddies kill me!!! xoxo
    Blessings for the New year :)!

      11.30.10 - 7:44 pm

  37. Nadya -

    Oh i love this, such a modern family photo! great location! you all look so happy, its beautiful!

      11.30.10 - 7:44 pm

  38. Lacie Lacy -

    This post seriously cracked me up. This was me last week. Running in heals in the mud from the tripod to my 2 year old son and husband, whom hates having his picture taken. I had to promise them booth toys from the store! ha! Your pics look amazing J! Merry CHRISTmas!

      11.30.10 - 7:44 pm

  39. Eddie -

    You have a beautiful family…Love the blog that went along with this picture!

      11.30.10 - 7:44 pm

  40. Barb -

    Stunning! You have a beautiful family, Jasmine. I bet they are just as beautiful if not more on the inside. Thanks for sharing these with us.

      11.30.10 - 7:45 pm

  41. Nadine Burzler -

    GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS! I Can carry on like this for ages! Your whole family is just gorgeous…and as for your younger brother and sister…uhmmm…have they ever considered becoming models…? GORGEOUS!x

      11.30.10 - 7:46 pm

  42. Kami -

    "Don’t pull her hair extension!"

    Bahahahahaha!

      11.30.10 - 7:47 pm

  43. Cecilia Flaming -

    Gorgeous family photos!
    I find it so challenging to take family portraits of my own family and you made it look easy. πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 7:47 pm

  44. lydia gross -

    wow J* your family could ALL be models.. like in a JCrew magazine or something. How can every single person in one family be soo stunningly beautiful!! Your brother is going to break some hearts, that is for sure πŸ™‚ LOOOOVe this family photo idea.. might have to steal it over here in the midwest… where it is cold.. and rainy.. ugh. Maybe not haha πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays!

      11.30.10 - 7:47 pm

  45. cat -

    Fab shot…! Tell me, did you use lights for the main family photo?
    The exposure is fantastic.

      11.30.10 - 7:48 pm

  46. Andrew Lipsett -

    Simply awesome Jasmine:). Your attitude, humor, and openness is inspiring:)

      11.30.10 - 7:48 pm

  47. Birdie Mendoza -

    Your family is BEAUTIFUL!!! and your a GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER…

      11.30.10 - 7:48 pm

  48. Stephanie -

    Pretty family!

      11.30.10 - 7:49 pm

  49. Jamilah -

    First of all, you have a gorgeous family… literally everyone is oozing with beauty… and kindness… Second of all, every time I come to your blog, tears start rolling! The last picture got me teary eyed because family pictures is what I never get to do with my own family… everyone living in different states… and get togethers are just too hectic to even think about my camera… with my Dad’s passing away two years ago — get togethers feel incomplete without him… but this Christmas when I fly up to see my family, I’m going to make it a point to gather everyone together… and capture the family… -thanks for sharing your beautiful family portraits

      11.30.10 - 7:49 pm

  50. gladys jem -

    hahaha man this post was funny, and beautiful all at the same time! you have a gorgeous family jasmine. inside and out πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 7:50 pm

  51. Alejandra -

    BEAUUUUTIFUL!!!!

      11.30.10 - 7:51 pm

  52. JamieY -

    What a beautiful family you have!! Just like your pictures.

      11.30.10 - 7:51 pm

  53. natalyn -

    Um, this is awesome. Superlatively awesome. What a blessing it is to have such a close-knit family. It is one of the greatest gifts ever. And I totally laughed out loud reading about the drama that ensued while trying to get these photos together. And the fact that you used to put your little brother in a pot. haha

      11.30.10 - 7:51 pm

  54. Kelli Taylor -

    Jasmine I feel your pain! My Mom wanted a family photo this year and let’s just say it wasn’t something I could/would blog! UGH!

      11.30.10 - 7:52 pm

  55. Lara Rios -

    This is soooo funny… Your typical latin family, mine it’s just as loud… LOL I love it and I love the pictures. Always such an inspiration πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 7:52 pm

  56. LEOLAK -

    Wow…what a gorgeous family you all are! (hey don’t knock the kid in a pot picture…I did one recently..although it wasn’t on the stove..lol). Your mom looks so sassy…I see where you ladies get your style! Thanks for sharing!

      11.30.10 - 7:53 pm

  57. Alex -

    I love it πŸ™‚ Your family is gorgeous and you all seem so happy πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

      11.30.10 - 7:54 pm

  58. Salwa -

    Your family is absolutely beautiful!

      11.30.10 - 7:54 pm

  59. Jessica -

    Polo is missing!!! πŸ˜‰

      11.30.10 - 7:55 pm

  60. stephanie -

    What proud proud parents you must have. You are all so blessed…..and gorgeous and more gorgeous! Beautiful family, from the inside out. Thanks for sharing!

      11.30.10 - 7:55 pm

  61. Anne BΓΌnnig -

    So lovely! I often think, we should start such a tradition too, I mean taking pictures of the family once a year. Maybe this year is the year πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and encouraging. xoxo

      11.30.10 - 7:55 pm

  62. Gail -

    My favorite quote about family from Desmond Tutu:

    β€œYou don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”

    Love seeing this post. What a GOOD looking family! πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 7:56 pm

  63. Melissa Pearce -

    What a GORGE family! And the family pic is always the hardest shoot I have every year. F’real.

      11.30.10 - 7:56 pm

  64. Liz -

    This is happy! Love it! What a beautiful family Jasmine!

      11.30.10 - 7:58 pm

  65. amanda thiessen -

    i loved this post! and daaaammmmnnn…that is one gorgeous familia! πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 8:00 pm

  66. Emily Crall -

    I totally love, love your reenactment of your family’s pictures. It’s the SAME WAY with me and my family, except times…um, I don’t know. Two parents, 4 in-laws, 5 siblings, and 8 grandkids… So, yeah, I look stressed by the time we get around to actually getting the picture taken. You, on the other hand, look just gorgeous!

      11.30.10 - 8:00 pm

  67. Eileen -

    I don’t know if you know this but I LOVE your family!

      11.30.10 - 8:00 pm

  68. natasha -

    Jealous is not the word that you don’t have to wear your own body weight in layers of clothing to stay warm in the winter.England is freezing.

      11.30.10 - 8:00 pm

  69. eric vargas -

    can’t over how much you and your sisters look so much alike wow love the family and location

      11.30.10 - 8:00 pm

  70. Tasha -

    This is so funny! And we did the exact thing last week while we were vacationing in the Keys. I had my kids get up for sunrise photos and nobody was happy about it…then when I set up for the photos I realized that the 2 second timer was never going to be enough time for me to jump in the picture…every shot had this blonde swish acrossed the left side…yeah, that was me trying to be part of my not-so-perfect family…haha…

      11.30.10 - 8:01 pm

  71. Doug L.. -

    Sometimes, the best part of my workday is to stop in and check out your posts – through FB. Today was a homerun. Your pictures of your familiy are just beautiful. I love how you used the brickwall in the alley. Keep it up!

      11.30.10 - 8:02 pm

  72. sherry boles -

    I ADORE this post!! It’s so great to know that you go through that same hectic routine when getting family photos (love the self-timer…lol!). Great images!

      11.30.10 - 8:02 pm

  73. crestine -

    Lovely photos and love the back stories.

      11.30.10 - 8:02 pm

  74. Sarah Danaher -

    I do this SAME THING every year. And I usually end up in tears by the end of it. I’m the oldest of nine, and holy cow… my own family shoot is THE MOST STRESSFUL shoot of all eternity!! But there it hangs, in our living room, for EVERYBODY to see, and it makes me happy every year. It’s worth the tears, I think.

      11.30.10 - 8:03 pm

  75. Courtney -

    Beautiful family! And I can only imagine what it would be like if I tried to get my whole family together for a photo, lol.

      11.30.10 - 8:03 pm

  76. Kathy Ward -

    It should be illegal to have a family that is this gorgeous! Just saying…

      11.30.10 - 8:04 pm

  77. Mindy Metivier -

    Gorgeous Jazzy*!!! Love all the descriptions and portrait shots of each member of your family!!! Your family shot came out fab!!! Tell Alexandria that there are a lot of us middle children out there…I feel her pain and can empathize because I too suffered from middle child syndrome…it’s what makes us special and unique!!! πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 8:05 pm

  78. Donna -

    I was in tears laughing as I read the comments about what was being said during the shoot. For my family add… "Mom, why do I have to smile? It’s your stupid business.." I will pray for you all the way to Dec. ’11 when you have to do it again.

      11.30.10 - 8:05 pm

  79. Lacy -

    AHhhH! This makes me miss you OODLES and OODLES and OODLES and OODLES and OODLES!! I definitely have to see you in January! xoxoxoxxoxo

      11.30.10 - 8:05 pm

  80. Candice -

    Where’s Polo?!?

    Your family is STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

      11.30.10 - 8:09 pm

  81. Rhonda -

    Wow, Jasmine! your whole family is just wonderful. Your dad looks so much fun and your mom just popped … so beautiful. I could go on and on, but….

    Thanks for sharing your family this Christmas! Thanks for sharing You!

      11.30.10 - 8:11 pm

  82. ELMK -

    LOVE THEM. Judging from your tale of the day I’d bet there’s a silly shot in existence- I want to see that one!

      11.30.10 - 8:11 pm

  83. Nicole Landgrebe -

    OHHHHHHH my how amazingly gorgeous is your family, what a FAB Portrait……. LOVE IT!

      11.30.10 - 8:12 pm

  84. Paige Butcher -

    This makes my heart happy πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 8:12 pm

  85. Mariko -

    Jasmine, you have the most beautiful family. Seriously, they are gorgeous!!

      11.30.10 - 8:15 pm

  86. Matt -

    Maybe you could Photoshop in Polo, right down between your Mom and Sister….although it is a beautiful family portrait. I get the impression you feel about Polo like we do about ours–part of the family. I think your dad kissing your mom is my favorite shot. It kind of reminds me of my own parents and how they still feel about each other.

      11.30.10 - 8:15 pm

  87. Kimberly Murray -

    Wow! What an attractive family. Not a bad shot in the bunch.

      11.30.10 - 8:17 pm

  88. Miz Boo -

    Absolutely delightful Jasmine!
    Love hearing about your whole family. I didn’t know you had younger sibs! How fun!!
    What a gorgeous group!!!

      11.30.10 - 8:22 pm

  89. Eduardo!!! -

    JS! This is super dope son! Love the alley! I love shooting in alleys. I’ve found so many dope ones here in DC! Good stuff! Good stuff!

      11.30.10 - 8:22 pm

  90. Kira Lauren -

    "You just made Kim Kardashian sad." I’m dying. So hilarious. I’ll never forget that one! πŸ™‚ happy holidays to you and your family!

      11.30.10 - 8:23 pm

  91. Amy -

    Aww, Jasmine, I love it! You have an incredibly beautiful family (and talent!) What a blessing!

      11.30.10 - 8:27 pm

  92. Diana Rush -

    I’m right there with you on this one!

      11.30.10 - 8:27 pm

  93. Corinna See -

    So beautiful. I love your commentary too!

      11.30.10 - 8:28 pm

  94. Stephanie Miller -

    Yet another moving session. Reminding us of what is important and what really matters in the end. Beautiful portraits Jasmine!

      11.30.10 - 8:29 pm

  95. Catie Ronquillo -

    You have beautiful family! Tell me about the perils of taking the family Christmas photo… This year we totally ran out of light, thanks for nothing Daylight Savings time! Next year, we need an alley, so in case I need to take someone out back for misbehaving, I’m already there πŸ˜‰ Happy Holidays! Next year with Polo! πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 8:29 pm

  96. Kelsey Tice -

    Dude… Is your brother single?? Hook a sister up! πŸ™‚ Haha… But seriously.

      11.30.10 - 8:35 pm

  97. Tracy -

    This is my favorite post from you EVER. I wish i was there!!!! I just took pics of my own kids….what a riot!!!

      11.30.10 - 8:36 pm

  98. tracy -

    and by the way…AWESOME pictures as always πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 8:37 pm

  99. Romonia Isaac -

    JASMINE!!!!! These are absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful family you have–on the inside as well as the outside. You captured them so strikingly–not that I would doubt you would–and these all are just jaw dropping portraits! I absolutely love the picture of you and JD. πŸ™‚ You two are such a beautiful couple that is a part of a beautiful family!! You guys are beyond blessed to have such a solid family core and I must admit that I am a tad envious but grateful to know there are families out there with so much love like yours. BTW, your mom is stunning and I see where you and your siblings got your gorgeous smile–your dad! Thanks for sharing!!

      11.30.10 - 8:38 pm

  100. Lauren B -

    Oh my gosh! i love this!! πŸ™‚ the last picture is the BEST!

      11.30.10 - 8:40 pm

  101. Christina Lee -

    I LOVE the one of your dad kissing your mom! Her face is priceless! Gorgeous family! Your teen sister looks so much like you and Bianca. Love these!

      11.30.10 - 8:41 pm

  102. Anita Larsen -

    Beautiful captures – soulful. Your family sure have gorgeous genes en masse πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 8:41 pm

  103. Jen -

    Gorgeous family!!

      11.30.10 - 8:44 pm

  104. Nicole Raine -

    Glad to see you survived! Mine was a pretty similar story – plus astro turf hats. Don’t ask.

      11.30.10 - 8:54 pm

  105. Megan -

    You all are so. stinkin’. gorgeous. What a beautiful family and beautiful photos!

      11.30.10 - 8:54 pm

  106. Mikaela -

    That is one seriously attractive family! Because you can see the inner beauty and warmth too πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!!

      11.30.10 - 8:55 pm

  107. Sheree -

    Please adopt me Jasmine! You have a wonderful family.

      11.30.10 - 8:56 pm

  108. Lea Ciceraro -

    Brilliant! I LOVE the photos! Especially the group shot! And I lovvve your comments leading up to the photos… Thanks for sharing and letting us see "a day in the life." πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 8:56 pm

  109. Katelyn James -

    holy cow…. I love your momma and I think she’s gorgeous! and your baby sister? oh my word. Your whole family is gorgeous!!! … and I fell like JD could definitely go as an older brother:) Maybe when you date for almost a decade, you start to look like the rest of the family……that hasn’t happened yet for Michael and me:)

      11.30.10 - 8:58 pm

  110. Ginger Murray -

    Okay, such a funny post. As if shooting family photos wasn’t hard enough, haha! Oh, the chaos! I saw the kiddos in your facebook pic, and thought, oh my gosh, does she have a niece and nephew now?? AWESOME. I won’t have any for a few years, although all my husband’s sibs are married… we have bets who will be the first to have kids. I vote the sibs have them first so I can play with them and give them back, haha:)

      11.30.10 - 8:58 pm

  111. heather boren -

    You are amazing! So inspiring! You have a gorgeous family!

      11.30.10 - 9:00 pm

  112. Gabriela Fuentes -

    What a lovely family.

      11.30.10 - 9:01 pm

  113. erin -

    flash or no flash, that is the question??

      11.30.10 - 9:11 pm

  114. ashley goodwin -

    HA! Hilarious! Sounds like my family this Thanksgiving! These are the bomb! That younger girl is adorable….and who’s the one with the extensions? HAHAHA.

      11.30.10 - 9:14 pm

  115. beria Charles -

    What a beautiful, blessed family!

      11.30.10 - 9:14 pm

  116. claudia -

    what a beautiful post…. however, it makes me feel bad!… I never take photos of my family and I…. its always them without me on the pictures….

      11.30.10 - 9:18 pm

  117. Angela -

    You guys rock! Love it!

      11.30.10 - 9:20 pm

  118. Ashley -

    Oh Jasmine. Your blog is like soul food. Seriously. Probably the best family picture post I’ve ever read (:

      11.30.10 - 9:20 pm

  119. Megan Hulsey -

    Your little sister is working that camera like a pro! You have a gorgeous family, and obviously a lot more patience than I do. Group pictures are the bane of my photographic existence!

      11.30.10 - 9:20 pm

  120. Rosa -

    You all are gorgeous! Picture perfect. I love the individual personalities that shine through their portraits.

      11.30.10 - 9:23 pm

  121. Joshua Gull -

    Your dad has some style J. Great shots. Gotta love family photo time. πŸ˜‰

      11.30.10 - 9:29 pm

  122. Life with Kaishon -

    Oh! I just love your Daddy! And your Mom is so pretty! And the kids. LOVE the flippin kids. The teenagers are too cute for words. Laughed my head off about the dressing up of your little brother. That is pretty special. And not creepy at all!

    Family is everything!

      11.30.10 - 9:30 pm

  123. Tina -

    BEAUTIFUL Jasmine.. I love it. well capture for a beautiful family – Cheers – your frined in Thomasville, Georgia!! ~ Tina

      11.30.10 - 9:30 pm

  124. Amanda -

    I love your pictures!! You’re blessed to have such a wonderful family… from your blog they sound just like mine.

    Have wonderful holiday beautiful lady!

      11.30.10 - 9:32 pm

  125. Christina Calloway -

    Great family photos! Your family is beyond gorgeous:)

      11.30.10 - 9:36 pm

  126. Renee -

    Ha ha this post was so darn cute. You have some serious talent with the self-timer! What a beautiful set of photos of the fam! I wish I had your talents to capture my family like this each year. Photos really are forever treasures.

      11.30.10 - 9:40 pm

  127. Kyla -

    So funny! I love that your Christmas pics in SoCal include a sleeveless shirt!

      11.30.10 - 9:45 pm

  128. Lea -

    It’s just wrong for you all to be so beautiful. Seriously. Too much gorgeousness. My eyes can’t handle it!

      11.30.10 - 9:52 pm

  129. krista Anderson -

    What a gorgeous family Jasmine!!!!

      11.30.10 - 10:01 pm

  130. crystal dimond -

    Love it!! You have a beautiful, happy family. I love all the comments you post before the pictures….too funny!

      11.30.10 - 10:03 pm

  131. Mikkel -

    Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this piece of your life with everyone.

      11.30.10 - 10:04 pm

  132. Jennifer Hudspeth -

    You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing!

      11.30.10 - 10:08 pm

  133. Ashlee @ Ashlee Lauren Photography -

    Oh my, family Christmas pictures are always an adventure… πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 10:12 pm

  134. Marryam Lum -

    Gorgeous, all of u πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 10:15 pm

  135. Tacey -

    As if I needed any more reason to adore you! Your family is absolutely precious…Thank you for sharing what a ‘real’ family can be like. Huge hugs to you and yours…

      11.30.10 - 10:16 pm

  136. Trude -

    LOL I had a similar experience with my family! Loooove these, thank you for sharing!

      11.30.10 - 10:37 pm

  137. Annie -

    "Don’t pull her hair extension!" Got to be one of the funniest lines I’ve heard in a while! You are a beautiful family πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 10:38 pm

  138. Keri Doolittle Photography -

    What a BEAUTIFUL family!!! Your mom is stunning!

      11.30.10 - 10:47 pm

  139. Melody -

    Jasmine, you have the most beautiful family! πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 10:49 pm

  140. Marta V -

    What a fabulous family! I absolutely love that your whole family has the same big smile. It’s beautiful.

      11.30.10 - 10:52 pm

  141. trudy -

    Your family is so adorable and your little sister is a mini you and Bianca!

      11.30.10 - 10:56 pm

  142. Marissa Nicole -

    I am taking my own family photo this year too..oh boy! Any tips? I love the one of Bianca and Matt and the kids.

      11.30.10 - 11:02 pm

  143. Rhonda Brown -

    Beautiful family…beautiful portraits…you are truly blessed!!

      11.30.10 - 11:06 pm

  144. wenyin -

    oh my goodness, your family is GORGEOUS. love the photos.

      11.30.10 - 11:07 pm

  145. Cris -

    Beautiful pictures-they literally make me smile! Blessings to your entire family and Merry Christmas! Hoping to see Polo in a christmas sweater!

      11.30.10 - 11:08 pm

  146. Lorrie Prothero -

    my favorite kind of photo session – love all the loving bickering =) You mom must be in HEAVEN this year – with new grandkids for Christmas!!! I bet this year is going to be one to literally put in the books.

      11.30.10 - 11:13 pm

  147. Kim Spears -

    How are there SO many good looking people in one family ?!! Love that you can feel the love in these images πŸ™‚

      11.30.10 - 11:25 pm

  148. Linda -

    sheer gorgeousness. no more so than any other family, I suppose. But still. . .

      11.30.10 - 11:26 pm

  149. Alejandra Vidal -

    I didn’t know you had a younger brother!! Awww. Your younger sister is SO photogenic!! Well… your entire family is! Hmm.. I wonder if this is just due to *training* over the years?! haha πŸ™‚ Lovely photos Jasmine!

      11.30.10 - 11:28 pm

  150. Regina White -

    Your Familia is beautiful. What a blessing. These are great.

      11.30.10 - 11:30 pm

  151. Corina Peyroux -

    OH MY GOSH what a beautiful family! I thought I was getting confused with your sister Bianca! Are you’s twins coz you are identical almost!! I remember seeing her wedding photos and thinking… isn’t that you!! lmao.. Your family are beautiful and you can see how much your bond radiates through these pictures. Thanks for sharing!!!

      11.30.10 - 11:32 pm

  152. Christina -

    Oh I just love these pictures… you are sooo fabulous : )
    Always be true to who you are.
    Loveyaalot’s

      11.30.10 - 11:33 pm

  153. Tira J -

    To Pancho & Millie, you have the most beautiful family. God has truly blessed you a million times over. Each member of your family is a true blessing. Thank you for sharing them with us. xoxo

      11.30.10 - 11:35 pm

  154. lrn -

    Love the re-enactment, and of course the photos. Fantastic post

      11.30.10 - 11:37 pm

  155. Alexis -

    beautiful photos! you have a beautiful, healthy and happy family! May God bless you and your loved ones abundantly during this holiday season and always! *Jeremiah 29:11*

      11.30.10 - 11:48 pm

  156. Sandra -

    Hysterical!! And gorgeous as always…

      11.30.10 - 11:49 pm

  157. Alejandra C -

    My first comment! I’m just a blog stalker. But I absolutely love this. Your family pics and story make my heart full. You and Bianca are very inspirational and I always tell people to follow your blogs. I feel like I know you!! Especially since we went to the same hs. Ok. Done sounding like a creeper. Have a wonderful Christmas & keep playing that Christmas music!!!

      12.1.10 - 12:05 am

  158. Angie Mack -

    Oh my goodness, gracious — what a beautiful family! Can I be adopted as one of y’all? Please? Por Favor? But wait a minute…we come from a Royal bloodline, therefore, we’re brothers and sisters. Thank you, Jesus!

      12.1.10 - 12:10 am

  159. Annetta -

    You have a beautiful family, Jasmine and did a wonderful job of capturing that. You little sister looks like a miniature of you.

      12.1.10 - 12:33 am

  160. Pua -

    Beautiful family!!!

      12.1.10 - 12:50 am

  161. anda -

    your family is so beautiful that i’m not sure it’s fair. LOVE these!!

      12.1.10 - 12:51 am

  162. emily troutman -

    thanks for keeping it real Jasmine & letting the rest of us know that you all didn’t just glide into that alley with halos waiting to be captured πŸ™‚ gorgeous images!

      12.1.10 - 12:57 am

  163. Keri B -

    Absolutely stunning! Happy Holidays to you and yours! Thanks for sharing:)

      12.1.10 - 1:11 am

  164. Marie -

    I really wanna be adopted.

      12.1.10 - 1:15 am

  165. Evie Perez -

    What an amazing family!!! I hope to be just as good as your parents are when I have my kids. I am pretty sure they are very proud of you all πŸ™‚ Beautiful Jasmine!!!!! You gotta love the timing of "Hispanics"

      12.1.10 - 1:16 am

  166. Jenna Danelle -

    And that’s much nicer than it would go with my fam… Just thinking about it makes me giggle! Gorgeous fam and as always so are the pics!

      12.1.10 - 1:21 am

  167. kristin @ petal and thorn -

    Your family is sooo good- lookin!

      12.1.10 - 1:21 am

  168. Dee -

    Simply Beautiful!

      12.1.10 - 1:29 am

  169. Leah -

    LOVE these, Jasmine.

      12.1.10 - 1:56 am

  170. Sissel -

    ooooooh! your mom is sexy!
    beautiful job!!!

      12.1.10 - 2:11 am

  171. Nina -

    How lovely =)

      12.1.10 - 2:59 am

  172. Melissa -

    Good Gravy!!!! How is it fair that one family can be that beautiful? These are amazing!!! I love that you picked an alley to shoot too. I don’t think I could find one that clean in NYC haha. Happy Holidays!!!

      12.1.10 - 3:14 am

  173. Bunn Salarzon -

    I think that should be JD’s new Facebook profile photo! πŸ™‚ BTW, can homeboy ever take a bad photo??? "No Fair!" says the girl with chipmunk cheeks who always has to find her "angle." It’s a 24/7 job. *sigh*

      12.1.10 - 3:28 am

  174. Kelly Beane -

    Everyone is so dang beautiful!

      12.1.10 - 3:33 am

  175. karen eagle -

    i love, love, love your work, I aspire to be like you! Thanks for continuing to raise the bar. Beautiful…….

      12.1.10 - 3:41 am

  176. Jodie C -

    what a stunning family you have Jasmine!!! Fabulous as always!

      12.1.10 - 3:49 am

  177. Cathie -

    oh-mu-goodness! That last picture it’s like three Jasmine’s!!

    How will we cope??! Just kidding J* πŸ˜›

      12.1.10 - 3:55 am

  178. Lydia -

    Please make me feel better, how many pictures did you take to get the last one?? πŸ˜‰ Maybe this will be the year I am able to get everyone together on the same day and have a real "family picture!"

      12.1.10 - 4:17 am

  179. cassandra-m -

    laughing so hard…your family stories are funny and always add a good feeling to my day! thanks for sharing…beautiful pics (all of them)

      12.1.10 - 5:00 am

  180. Christy Ordonez -

    Jasmine – you are truly an inspiration to me and I can never get tired of expressing that to you. You are not only blessed with amazing talent but also a great husband, parents and siblings. Just by looking at the pictures you share of your family provides a true testament of where you originated from. Thank you for always sharing so much inspiration and reminding me to love life. Happy Holidays and God bless you and yours always. Much love, Christy O.

      12.1.10 - 5:00 am

  181. Liz Kausteklis -

    Beautiful family! Happy Holidays πŸ™‚

      12.1.10 - 5:14 am

  182. Noe and Vicky Mendoza -

    Thank you for sharing your awesome photos with us! Love them! Also enjoyed reading the perils involved in the family gathering…so real!

      12.1.10 - 5:30 am

  183. Rudi -

    That is such a great picture of your parents! You can never have enough pictures of them and all the other ones you love. My parents died young. If I had a picture like this, it would be the one standing in our livingroom.

      12.1.10 - 5:49 am

  184. VeronicaH -

    Oh Jasmine… I LOVE this!!! It’s so nice to meet your family πŸ˜‰ Great photos… and I loved how you told the story of how it went. So funny! P.S. your parents are so cute! And your brother πŸ™‚ Actually, you ALL are a beautiful, good looking family! πŸ™‚ Happy Holidays!

      12.1.10 - 6:03 am

  185. Karen -

    You have a gorgeous family! I love that you shot these in an alley. =]

      12.1.10 - 6:05 am

  186. Julie Arellanes -

    LOVE your photography! I’ve never seen anything like it! Amazing art! Great family! I love your Dad! So loving, truly a man after God’s own heart! Your Mom, beautiful inside and out! Bianca..What can I say? She’s a JEWEL! LOVE her! I haven’t met the others but I’m sure you’re all awesome! ;o) BTW, you’re hilarious!

      12.1.10 - 6:07 am

  187. Jessica Williams -

    I love these!!! I always get scared that 2.0 would make only the center people crisp. Do you think it’s the camera you use that helps this? Or the person taking my photograph? (me!) I have the 50mm you have.

    Thanks!

      12.1.10 - 6:14 am

  188. Anh -

    Hi Jasmine πŸ™‚ Your family is so gorgeous and I particularly LOVE the pic of your dad kissing your mum on her cheek .. that put a grin on my face πŸ™‚ I love family pics .. it’s priceless.

      12.1.10 - 6:33 am

  189. Michelle Feeney -

    Awesome, love it and smiling. πŸ™‚

      12.1.10 - 6:34 am

  190. Amanda Tacie -

    oh my gosh your family is gorgeous! What an amazing family. It sounds like trying to shoot my family especially my brothers! πŸ˜‰ (ps your parents are cute)

      12.1.10 - 7:20 am

  191. Nate Perkes -

    Hey Jasmine! I love these little snippets into your life. You have a beautiful family full of light. I love it. Love the photos as well… : )

      12.1.10 - 7:24 am

  192. Leeka K. -

    So incredibly cute!!! Thanks for sharing, Jas, you have such a wonderful family! this reminds me that I am still due for my family portraits, it is funny how sometimes we, as photographers, neglect our own families… :(((

      12.1.10 - 7:47 am

  193. Jeanette Sanchez -

    Very cool. Love reading your posts that are so familiar to all of us who have close knit families. Beautiful pictures!

      12.1.10 - 7:48 am

  194. Inna -

    Jasmine, something funny happened with me after I read your post today… I have 4 kids of my own – from 1 to 6 years old. Every day, especially during dinner time is like in your post – all 4 of them (yes, even a baby) are talking to me at the same time and every time i am going crazy, telling them to STOP!!! except today… – I was actually enjoying it, realizing that is what I LOVE – a big, crazy family and i hope that in 20 years we will be as close as we are now and all of them will be sitting by the big table with their wives, husbands and talking – all at the same time….))) I think your mom should start a Blog on giving advise how to keep your family together and your children to adore you…)))))))))) LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!

      12.1.10 - 7:51 am

  195. Pamela Topping -

    Your family is gorgeous!! <3

      12.1.10 - 7:52 am

  196. Cathy Crawley -

    I totally wish I had just one portrait of my family. I digress. This won’t happen any time soon as these days my Dad refuses to smile or wear his teeth! Nuff said!

      12.1.10 - 8:19 am

  197. VΓ©roniquen El youssfi(Vely) -

    Jasmine, you have a beautiful family, and what portraits and pretty souvenirs….
    Vely

      12.1.10 - 9:26 am

  198. Elizabeth -

    Beautiful Jasmine!!! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

      12.1.10 - 9:28 am

  199. Elena Hernandez -

    a lovely family with wonderful stories of the moments shared…I love your writing and feel instead of just being a photographer that your writing reminds me of a long lost writer whose spunk and musings always made me smile…her name was Erma Bombeck…she was a total doll with such a great sense of humor…you have that spirit too…Happy holidays Jasmine and family!

      12.1.10 - 9:37 am

  200. Hollie Edwards -

    Please can I be adopted into your family πŸ˜‰ The photo’s are stunning – I hope one day I can take portraits that are as half a stunning as yours.

      12.1.10 - 10:43 am

  201. M. Bear -

    J*,
    Great photos, but I have one criticism. The photo of the children is at too high an angle. Always shoot kids on their level, otherwise it looks authoritarian.
    Happy shooting,
    Mikey

      12.1.10 - 11:36 am

  202. Mark Coons -

    A brilliant post! While I was laughing I was also filled with a sense of dread as I have to photograph my wife’s family this month.

    The location they’ve chosen is not the best and I know they will all be inappropriately dressed!

    Thank you for sharing this session with us, the photos and your comments are great, as always!

      12.1.10 - 1:11 pm

  203. Heather -

    What a beautiful family.

      12.1.10 - 1:26 pm

  204. sandra finner -

    Your family photo session sounds alot like my tree decorating stories. Never quite how I expect and somehow just a perfect presentation of our family story. Beautiful photos Jasmine.

      12.1.10 - 1:33 pm

  205. Joe Anna H. -

    What a beautiful family! Great shot πŸ™‚ and good times!

      12.1.10 - 3:27 pm

  206. Josephine -

    Wish one day I can do the same for my family….i’m all grin looking at yours! =) Thanks for always inspiring and i mean ALWAYS!!!!

      12.1.10 - 4:00 pm

  207. Algernon Parker -

    Great post!
    I love your work Jasmine!

      12.1.10 - 4:07 pm

  208. Stephanie Stewart -

    What a gorgeous family! Love this post!

      12.1.10 - 4:21 pm

  209. Michelle Guzman -

    What a gorgeous family you have!!

      12.1.10 - 4:39 pm

  210. Jerusha -

    OH. MY. GOODNESS. I totally did the in-a-pot-on-the-stove photo. It was my first baby (only 8 years ago) and my sister and I were trying to be all Anne Geddes in a really twisted way. This post really made me smile.

      12.1.10 - 5:16 pm

  211. Rina Marie -

    Jasmine, I’ve just recently started following your blog and had no idea you had a twin sister. I thought it was you in the picture with your niece and nephew and then I looked at the family picture and couldn’t figure out why there were two Jasmines! Googled "does Jasmine Star have a twin sister" and found your post about her. Too funny, especially as I think you’re one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen (does that sound creepy, coming from another girl?) and now I find out there are TWO of "you." Great family pictures! Makes me homesick for my family in Florida (we are also Hispanic)

      12.1.10 - 5:16 pm

  212. Wani -

    For some reason, I thought it was just you and Bianca. Good looking family – happy holidays πŸ™‚

      12.1.10 - 5:20 pm

  213. feuza reis -

    how can one blog post make me laugh hysterically and then cry, you are so blessed, you teen sister, she is GORGEOUS, well your whole family wow! and love the new niece and nephew….. and love the colors you guys used to dress, beautiful family

      12.1.10 - 5:22 pm

  214. vincent -

    What a beautiful family!! great shots!

    Have a great holidayseason Jasmine

    x

      12.1.10 - 5:45 pm

  215. jamie delaine -

    i don’t understand how your family is so good lookin’.

      12.1.10 - 5:46 pm

  216. Andrea Husted -

    Incredible! Such a real and beautiful family. You are truly blessed πŸ™‚

      12.1.10 - 6:47 pm

  217. Nicole Glenn -

    Hilarious! I can imagine exactly how the day went! Annnnnd your family?? So flippin’ beautiful!

      12.1.10 - 6:52 pm

  218. Vanessa Paris -

    Love all of you, what an amazing family:) My almost-17-year-old-daughter thinks your brother is just gorgeous – here she is: http://vanessa-paris.com/blog/?p=2127 :0, Love Vx (Australia:)

      12.1.10 - 6:53 pm

  219. Kim Lee Schmidt -

    Oh Jasmine, your family is so beautiful. You can feel the love you all radiate through your smiles. πŸ™‚ You are so blessed. πŸ™‚

      12.1.10 - 10:44 pm

  220. Kelsey Anderson -

    I LOL at your blog posts all the time! Add another to your list of people who think your funny πŸ™‚ Lovely images and if your family is ever looking to adopt sign me up ha!

      12.2.10 - 1:09 am

  221. AnneMarie -

    Would your parents like to adopt all your followers?!!! xoxo

      12.2.10 - 2:37 am

  222. Natalie -

    This is witty and a perfect description of family photos…love the photos!

      12.2.10 - 3:10 am

  223. Suzanne Naomi -

    Oh my Goodness, your family is so, so handsome, all of them! Love the pics πŸ™‚

      12.2.10 - 7:10 am

  224. Cristi -

    What a gorgeous family! Merry Christmas!

      12.2.10 - 6:27 pm

  225. brittani -

    honey, you have a beautiful family. &hearts;

      12.2.10 - 7:10 pm

  226. Edie Layland -

    Beautiful photos and words, all about love! Thanks for posting!

      12.2.10 - 7:31 pm

  227. Lisa Cour -

    That’s so great! Thanks for sharing. beautiful people.

      12.2.10 - 7:41 pm

  228. Bobbie Brown -

    Love these! You have a beautiful family.

      12.2.10 - 8:05 pm

  229. Laura Georgina -

    Such a gorgeous, happy family! And so beautiful that you range in ages like that with your siblings–as a sister to much younger sisters, it’s beyond awesome to have such different and changing relationships with people close to you.
    Oh yeah–I also used to put my sisters in a pot and take pics. It’s no thang, right?

      12.2.10 - 11:24 pm

  230. naomi chokr -

    awwwww!! amazing family pics!!! gorg!

    are you and biance twins?? sorry if i missed that post πŸ™‚

      12.3.10 - 5:12 am

  231. Jackie -

    Ooo I need to do photos soon! Now you have me all jacked up for them!

      12.3.10 - 11:37 pm

  232. Emily Dobson -

    Awesome pics! Wish the weather was still that nice around here. Goodness, I’d love to be wearing clothes like that right about now!

      12.4.10 - 4:25 am

  233. Rory Mole -

    Just absolutely fantastic……

      12.4.10 - 5:40 am

  234. Megan Hayes -

    Lovely family!!

      12.4.10 - 6:35 pm

  235. Jonni -

    Jasmine,

    I love these gorgeous pics of your gorgeous family! Thanks for sharing. Great post. πŸ™‚

      12.5.10 - 3:02 am

  236. Rachel -

    Woolala! Is your brother single?!

      12.5.10 - 5:52 pm

  237. RAMYAD London Wedding Photographer -

    Haha, reminds me exactly of my family. But they so cool too! πŸ™‚

      12.5.10 - 6:18 pm

  238. arnie isa -

    your family looks ahmaaaahzing… but your brother, oolalaaaaaaaaaa!!! yummmmmsssss!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      12.6.10 - 12:14 pm

  239. Maria -

    Your little sister is BEAUTIFUL! Wow! Just like her older sister(s)! πŸ™‚

    Great job!

      12.6.10 - 7:03 pm

  240. Kenia Faria -

    Linda, linda, linda famΓ­lia!

      12.6.10 - 7:31 pm

  241. Lizeth S. -

    Fabulously gorgeous family! (Zoe Belle…such a beautiful name!) Happy Holidays!

      12.6.10 - 9:43 pm

  242. Christan Parreira -

    hundreds (literally) have already said this…this is great work!
    I love the natural lighting and composition.

      12.7.10 - 9:53 pm

  243. Heather -

    I simply love your sisters wedding ring! In the blog you did on her wedding I fell in love with it and am always hoping to see more shots of it somehow πŸ™‚ Anyway you could post a close up πŸ™‚

      12.9.10 - 8:11 pm

  244. Felix -

    great pictures! could you tell me how you added the border, especially using two different pictures? did you use a plugin or did you do all by yourself using photoshop? thanks!

      12.12.10 - 4:50 pm

  245. Apple -

    OMG! I loooove your mom’s hair jas! you have a very beautiful family!!!<3

      12.25.10 - 6:06 pm

  246. Anna Rebecca -

    Hey girl! I love it, and wish my family could get fly in and take pictures! Are you and Bianca twins?

      12.31.10 - 2:59 pm

  247. Alicia -

    I love that you added at the end what you used to shoot with. πŸ™‚ Thanks for being brilliant and sharing with us. x

      6.23.11 - 12:15 am

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