The Workshop : January 2011


Whenever I have the honor of hosting The Workshop, I wake up extra early the morning of the event then pace my bedroom. I set the alarm for 5 a.m. but my eyes are usually open before the buzzard rings. I’m extraordinarily nervous because 20 photographers from around the world will spend an entire day with me, in my neighborhood, sharing openly about The Eight Components of Branding. For as open as I am on the web, I’m also a very private person, so the idea of exposing new levels of myself sometimes worries me. What if I let them down? What if trip during the shoot? What if I’m the only person laughing at my jokes?!

Thankfully, the group was more than a girl could ever ask for. Supportive, outgoing, funny, encouraging, ready to learn. But I knew this in advance because they created a Facebook group weeks before the workshop and created a network of fabulousness in advance. When everyone arrived in the morning, it was a mere extension of an online conversation…I loved it! I counted myself extraordinarily lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people.

I host the photography workshops in Orange County and while I enjoy where I live, Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms designed these beautiful centerpieces to create just the perfect environment to learn!

We start the day early and it’s quite possible that at the end of the workshop, people are silently begging me to shut up after hearing me talk

Lucky for us, we worked with an amazing couple, Dylan and Chrisoula as models. They’re so in love and have a beautiful chemistry…

Chrisoula is a beautiful girl and it looked like this Quail wedding gown was made just for her. Many thanks to Michelle from Quail for working with me on this workshop by providing an amazing dress…such an honor!

Like always, a HUMUNGOUS thank you must go to my good friend and hair/makeup stylist, Vivian Tran of All Made Up Team for working her amazing skills with the models…

The class was shooting in the bright sun, which could be difficult, but everyone rocked it out…

…and in case anyone doubted just how HOT and BRIGHT it really was, please note the really high-budget and classy technique I taught everyone. I’m way fancy.
The main reason I pulled the class into the full sun was to demonstrate that if you can shoot in this type of light and produce an image you’re proud of, you can shoot anywhere.

Here’s the resulting image I took from the photo above…85mm f/1.2 1/4000 100 ISO

Because of heat, we moved to the shade for a more enjoyable experience…

Dylan and Chrisoula met at a Salsa club (they’re both professional dancers), so I asked them to show off a few of their moves…I’m gonna come out and admit I was jealous.

Is this girl GORGE or what?!

I’m always so happy to work with Heavenly Blooms…I said I wanted hints of gold, so Jaclyne created a truly unique bouquet!

The wedding veil were created by Kristin at Petal and Thorn…her hairpieces are so fab and a perfect touch to a wedding day!

My favorite photo of the day…

To my new friends and peers…
Thank you for making me fall more in love with what I do. At the start of the day, I encountered a group of timid photographers, but by the end of the night we hugged and departed as friends. Yes, it could have been the carbs and wine that made everyone so happy, but I can’t help but think the network you created with each other goes much deeper than that. I have no doubt you’ll grow as a photographer and develop your brand in the process. I appreciate y’all more than I can really express. Air-kisses…. j*
p.s. A huuuuuuuge thank you must go to my mom and JD for being the backbone to the entire day…I couldn’t do it without them!

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  1. P E N N Y

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Stunning images!!!!

  2. Naomi Chokr

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I cant wait for your next one. Crossing my fingers you annouce it soon. I dont care what it takes Im flying over to your hood from Florida to take your workshop!

  3. Kate Douthwright

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Great pictures in the blazing sun. I might steal your genius hand blocking technique!

  4. Adrienne Byrd

    January 21st, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    the pictures are gorg as always! where are those gold rose earrings from??? LOVE them!

  5. Emma Sharkey

    January 21st, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Hurrah! I’m so glad to hear it was a big success. What a gorgeous group of people!

  6. felicia gwen

    January 21st, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    It was a true honor to get to be apart of this wonderful group of photographers! Jasmine and JD…I <3 you soooo much!!!!! Thank you for everything! Air-kisses!

  7. Alisha Cryderman

    January 21st, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    OMG, looove your images! Now Im afraid to blog mine lol. JD even got the one of us "focusing", ha! Jasmine, youre amazing.. thank you, thank you, thank you for everything!!

  8. Lorelei

    January 21st, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks Jasmine+JD!! What an amazing blessing of a day this was on SO many levels! Not only getting to hang out with you and JD, and learning massive amounts of branding knowledge, but also getting to meet 20 other really fabulous people that make me love photography even more. Is there a limit to thanking you?… because I don’t think I can stop ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Rachel Fesko

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    J… are you planning on doing a shootout or hands-on workshop at WPPI? Would definitely be interested!

  10. Serendipity Photography

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    What beautiful images and beautiful model !

  11. Maria

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Jasmine and JD, I can’t thank you enough! The Workshop exceeded all of my expectations and you are a doll! It was an honor to meet you both (and your mom!) and I’m so glad I can officially call you a friend (because now I’m not just a blog stalker LOL). Thank you for all of the inspiration, techniques and just a wonderful day all around. I walked away a better photographer and with 20+ talented friends. Air kisses!

  12. Kelly Mendoza

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I so enjoyed meeting you and JD and all these awesome photographers. The workshop and the opportunity to learn with you was invaluable. Thanks again!

  13. Nicole

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    OMG the salsa shots. FAB!

    JStar, I love you. That is all. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Diana Lupu

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    JASMINE STAR! STOP BEING SO FABULOUS ALREADY! =) Wow…these photos are incredible! I would DIE to have them hang in my house…though, that may be a bit creepy. SO, if you ever need any future models, HOLLAAA ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. erin vancura

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    why do i always have so much fun "hanging" out with you. . i LOVED mondays workshop. you’re the best- evah. and i made so many ah-mazing friends. yay! THANK YOU for hosting such a glorious day and sharing all your knowledge ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Alicia Candelora

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    This post is fabulous! I may need to attend The Workshop one of these days…

  17. David Cutts

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Mom, JD, and Jasmine* thanks for a great experience. I couldn’t recommend the workshop more, so much info in one day.

  18. Anne Elisabeth

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    wishing and hoping one day, I will be joining a workshop!

  19. Taylor Jackson (Toronto Photographer)

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Hi Jasmine! As always I loveee your blog! could you go into more detail on the hand above the camera technique? That would be awesome!!!

  20. maggie fortson

    January 21st, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Wow! Looked like a great workshop and beautiful couple to work with!

  21. Vivian Tran

    January 21st, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve been waiting to see these photos all week! I love everything and thank you for letting me shoot that day too, it was fun! I had a great time working the hair/makeup for our beautiful young couple and can’t wait to work with you again! Until next time…


  22. Christina Dely

    January 21st, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    From start to finish, the workshop was simply amazing. It is an experience I am so blessed I was able to have, and one I will not forget. Thank you for always being so candid and open. I loved catching up with you and JD! XO

  23. Eileen

    January 21st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Have anyone ever told you that you are FABULOUS! Because you are. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Gena D

    January 21st, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Always enjoy your posts! your humour, your candidness, you tips and ideas!

  25. Yuliya

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Maybe one day I could join you for a workshop. Have to book some weddings first ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Romonia Isaac

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I absolutely love her dress and those shoes!! Oh where are the shoes from J*? ๐Ÿ˜€ Wow what a beautiful woman she is and those shots are stunning. They are a cute couple and I wish them all the best. Question: are you preventing lens flare by holding your hand up like that? I think I will email that one in for a FAQ shooting star question. ๐Ÿ™‚ All of the details are beautiful and I hope that everyone walked away with a great experience. Happy Friday!

  27. Salwa

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    This look AMAZING. I would love to attend a workshop hosted by you – not just because you’re so awesome, but it seems like you attract fantastic, cohesive, fun photographers around you as well. I signed up for the newsletter; can’t wait to hear when you have the next one!

  28. Whitney Moore

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    I simply cannot thank you enough for opening yourself up and sharing your day with us. After meeting your Mom, I see why you are so great…and how amazing is JD? Real amazing. Beautiful images and what a beautiful experience. Thank you, thank you!

  29. Kari

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:21 pm


    I was wondering, what did you use for reflectors in that shot where it was bright and sunny? Natural reflectors or just a reflector?


  30. Claudia

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Any workshops here in NY soon??? ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Katelyn James

    January 21st, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    She is GORGEOUS! Absolutely gorgeous! I want that hair.

  32. Harmony Loves

    January 21st, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Jasmine!!! These are DELICIOUS!!!!! I keep looking at them and I seriously just want to eat them up!!

  33. damara

    January 21st, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    that couple is amazing… and comfortable easy intimacy…and the dress is gorgeous! congrats everyone on a great workshop!

  34. Mikaela

    January 21st, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Oh these photos are gorgeous! Such yummy light and color! Plus, this post reminds me of last June’s Workshop ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. jamilah

    January 21st, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    beautiful captures as always! And what a lucky group! Next year, my goal is to make it to your Workshop =)

  36. Sidney Morgan

    January 21st, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Sounds like it was a lot of fun! I would love to hear you talk! ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Danielle Hopkins

    January 21st, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I want to be back in Sunny Cali! Thank you Jasmine, JD and everyone else for such an amazing experience! xo

  38. angel canary

    January 21st, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    wow wow wow!

  39. Martha Davidson

    January 22nd, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Thank You again! Jasmine, JD, and your fabulous mom! The workshop was AMAZING. I’m probably annoying friends and family who I’m still talking to about it! I’ve learned so much! I hope I can apply it….

  40. Brittney

    January 22nd, 2011 at 12:55 am

    Ummm… yeah so just gonna let you know, meeting you and going to the "The Workshop" are high up there on my bucket list! Any chance you’d come to Oklahoma or Texas?

  41. James Reyes Photography

    January 22nd, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Love the images that you captured! Here’s hoping I can make your next workshop.

  42. amanda thiessen

    January 22nd, 2011 at 2:31 am

    such a gorgeous couple!!

  43. Katie

    January 22nd, 2011 at 4:06 am

    SOMEDAY I’ll be able to come to your workshop! Looks amazing! Her dress is absolutely stunning and the hairpiece broke my heart a little bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a beautiful vision.

  44. Kelsey Anderson

    January 22nd, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Lovely photos as always! So need to hit up one of your workshops sometime!

  45. natalie

    January 22nd, 2011 at 5:35 am

    This workshop looks like so much fun! What amazing photos!

  46. Jessica Rozof

    January 22nd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I am a changed lady! You have really gone and done something to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel alive again! This is what I needed! I am SO blessed!

  47. Emma Godfrey

    January 22nd, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    The photos are amazing and I am so jealous of the lucky photographers! I’m starting to play my next holiday around being in the OC at the right time (not sure my husband’s happy about that!)

  48. Calder Clark

    January 22nd, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    Just lovely!! Looks like they had a blast.

  49. Feuza

    January 23rd, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I so wish I was in that last picture but one day ๐Ÿ™‚
    these images are sick! amazing, love the one of their move and one of her on left with her veil, fabulous
    if you could share you editing with this, that would be sweet

  50. cassandra-m

    January 23rd, 2011 at 7:58 am

    smiling and reminiscing . . .

  51. brittani

    January 23rd, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    love this post!! the photos are beautiful, and i’m insanely jealous of those 20 photographers!! which brings me to my next question:: how often do you host a workshop?? so I know how to plan around this!! I didn’t know about this one till it was too late..

  52. michelle gunton

    January 24th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    All the photos are beautiful, but I love love image 4, and her dress was beautiful!

  53. Edouard Montfort

    January 24th, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Lovely workshop !!

  54. Ricky Tang

    January 24th, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’m usually not a fan of gold. But you made gold look good ๐Ÿ˜€

  55. Lidia - Chicago Wedding Photographer

    January 24th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    beautiful images as always. Are you planning on taking your workshops on the road. Chicago would love to have you!

  56. Erica Velasco

    January 24th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Love the photos! I have a hard time with bright light everywhere in Phoenix haha

  57. April Danielle

    January 24th, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    How do I get in on one of these workshops!?!

  58. Mike Cook

    January 25th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    First time on your blog! Love these images and this workshop looks great – only wish I lived a bit nearer than the UK! Love the magazine style of the blog, not seen anything else like it to date.

  59. Delshad

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Hi Jasmine! Great post! I was hoping to get on the news letter but it won’t except my email which is so strange. What should I do now?

  60. Odalys Mendez

    January 26th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    These are beautiful Jasmine! I love her dress, it is so unique. It’s so helpful to see how you handle shooting in bright sun. I’m amazed at how you use backlighting yet there’s no haze in the images. I am dying to attend your workshop so I can meet you, you rock!

  61. blue elephant photography

    January 26th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    wow! gorgeous photos! and i would love love love to attend your workshop someday. i bet it would be so much fun =)

  62. Fotograf nunta Timisoara

    January 27th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    Nice photos, I hope to come to your workshop as soon as possible, it will help me altoot, I have may thinks to learn

  63. Taylor Sparks

    January 27th, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I love the images, I cant wait to make it to one of your workshops ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Kelly H

    January 28th, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Jasmine, when is your next workshop? This looks like so much fun and great experience.

  65. Matthew Mead

    January 31st, 2011 at 2:08 am

    Your A STAR!

  66. Jenna Danelle

    January 31st, 2011 at 6:30 am

    One of these days I will be able to come out and attend one of these fab workshops! Looks like you had a great time. I understand the performance anxiety/stage fright/pacing and up before your alarm goes off feeling… Really… Every wedding I shoot.

  67. Michelle Bres

    February 3rd, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Iยดll be in the next one!!!!

  68. Bogdan Rusu

    February 4th, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Very nice photos….I love them…great job!

  69. Robert Briggs

    February 4th, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Looking forward to seeing an East Coast Workshop.

  70. PhilD Wedding Photography

    February 4th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Looks like a fantastic day for everyone!!

  71. Tiffany Pond

    February 4th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Jasmine, my friend Bethann took this seminar and "had a blast" doesn’t even begin to cover it. I love your style!

  72. Liz

    February 7th, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Looks like so much fun- wish I could have been there!

  73. Manchester wedding photographer

    February 10th, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Stunning shots – looks like a lot of fun! The models look so happy and relaxed, it just shows how talented you are in terms of building connections with people ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. Anny

    February 11th, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Woow, how many photographer take they shot? btw the girl is really beautiful, showing her inner beauty.. love it


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  76. Geanette

    February 17th, 2011 at 6:10 am

    I can’t wait till I can afford to attend one of these! What a gift you are! Amazing.

  77. Wedding Photographer New York

    February 18th, 2011 at 3:11 am

    I love your blog. I want to attend at the next wedding photography class.

  78. Columbus GA Photographer

    February 18th, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun. Hopefully soon I can attend one of your workshops. The hand over the lens technique works wonders =)

  79. Jonathan Ivy

    February 18th, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Looks like everyone had a lot of fun, I love the shot of everyone blocking the sun. priceless.

  80. Samuel Burns

    March 26th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    You have a way with evoking natural poses.. would love to do a workshop if you ever come to Australia.. hint hint ๐Ÿ™‚