The Same Streets


The following is a text message from my best friend from law school, Dan, last Friday night:
If you had stayed in law school, you would have just found out you passed the bar. I’m happy you found something much better to do.

As I read the message in my hotel room, the small iPhone screen illuminating my otherwise dimly lit quarters, my stomach flip-flopped. So much has changed since law school.

The last time I was in San Francisco, it was a last minute decision. I had been accepted to UC Berkeley Law School and, part of being a prospective student on a full-scholarship, I was invited to stay a week and participate in law school mixers and things of that nature. A few days into the trip, I called JD crying. I was homesick and missed Southern California. I felt unbearably out of place and even if I wore bright yellow polka dress and green cowboy boots, I couldn’t have stuck out more.

JD booked a last minute flight to San Francisco and we met in the city, throwing caution to the wind and wandering the chilly streets together.

Just a few years later, JD and I wandered the same chilly streets. However, this time around, I was much happier and content…with a fresher outlook as to where I’m headed, both personally and professionally. We sipped tea in Union Square, watched the Christmas tree illuminate against the black foggy sky, and—with many thanks to my amazing client, Jenny—ate the most delicious food. Ever. Jenny compiled a list of her favorite cafes and restaurants, so our entire weekend was centered around our reservations! 😉 It did nothing but bad things for my new diet, but I rationalized that with all the walking I did, I could pretty much eat a horse and be calorically guilt-free. Sort of.

I’ll be blogging the engagement pictures soon, but I just wanted to thank Jenny&Andrew and Helen&David for being such wonderful hosts and tour guides. I experienced San Francisco in many new ways, so thank you! And a special thanks to JD for never letting me roam the hilly streets of San Francisco alone.

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  1. Jennifer Farris

    November 19th, 2007 at 4:11 am

    You guys are soo cute 🙂 I think you made an awesome decision J. Just reading your posts, have too big a heart to have been a lawyer. OOOO! Did I say that out loud?? :0

  2. Joy Bianchi Brown

    November 19th, 2007 at 4:27 am

    Jasmine, SO fun to run into you on the streets of San Francisco! Glad you enjoyed your stay, it is a great town!

  3. Jasmine C.

    November 19th, 2007 at 4:39 am

    God has an interesting way of bringing us through the journey of life, doesn’t He? 🙂

  4. WeezerMonkey

    November 19th, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Hmm. Boalt or meeting wonderful people nearly every day and doing what you love? You made the right choice, and this is coming from someone who has practiced law for six years. 🙂

  5. Simply Modern Weddings

    November 19th, 2007 at 5:14 am

    J*, we have much in common. I realized before applying to law school that it wasn’t right for me. It is great to find a career that is truly….you. I am sure you wouldn’t change you path one bit!

  6. Ricki Ford

    November 19th, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    You 2 look like an add for a colthing company.. I have started a surf shirt company called LiquidTunnel Thoses shirts would look great on you 2.

  7. Joseph Adams II, Esq/ Photographer

    November 19th, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    And here I always wondered how you went from earning a JD to moving over to Wedding Photography. Yeah, going would have driven you nuts, especially during L1 but its all good. Bar, Schmar… make money but be unhappy vs. make the same amount, less stress shooting Weddings and be happier. 🙂
    Dr. Joseph Adams II, Esq – Hahaha.. I’m kidding about the Dr./Esq. too..! Ya gotta love those who use it though.. its just funny…!

  8. kimi baxter

    November 19th, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    we’re ALL so glad you chose a different path! you have blessed us all. i’m sure i speak for a huge percentage of the photography community when i say this. 🙂 keep on rockin it baby!

  9. cassandra m

    November 19th, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    The fact you take nothing you’ve accomplished for granite is amazing to me and such an inspiration. God has blessed you and it shows that you are thankful. 🙂 wishing your much success on your journey ahead.

  10. Melissa Koehler

    November 19th, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    So glad you are doing what you were born to do. You have recognized God’s gift for you. Thank you for you insipiration and sweet spirit 🙂

  11. Mary

    November 20th, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    you know I feel you on this one!! I think we should start some sort of club…the lawyers who escaped guild of america!! blah…I know exactly that flip flop feeling you’re talking about! everytime I think about what life would be like if I took the firm job after graduation I feel the exact same thing!! I’m very proud of you for following your heart!! xoxo M:)

  12. Regina

    November 20th, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    am so glad you went with your heart and true gift of photography. I have no doubt you would have been a kick ass lawyer but boy you big bigger ass in the photography world and I love looking at each photo you take.

  13. dee

    January 18th, 2009 at 7:27 am

    omg – i love your hat! where did you get it?