The Workshop : London


Once I had to visit a doctor for what I thought were heart problems…I even carried aspirin in my purse juuuust in case. One can never be too prepared for a heart attack in their late 20s, right?! After an EKG and other tests, the doctor told me I wasn’t experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, but, rather, stress. And right then? The weight of the aspirin in my purse made me feel like a drama queen. Capital d, capital q.

Before leaving his office, he handed me a glossy brochure of ways to deal with stress, one of them being deep breathing. Ten deep breaths, to be exact. So that’s what I did. I breathed deeply. And picked up jogging.

Last week I resorted to my ten-deep-breaths technique as I rode the elevator to The Workshop mixer at The Sanctum Hotel in London. My heart felt like it was going to burst right out of my chest and run away. I was incredibly nervous to meet the attendees, but as soon as I arrived, I was greeted with warm British smiles.

The remainder of the night passed like flash, but by the next morning, everyone showed up like the party never ended…

I’ve always wanted to host a photography workshop in London, but the weight of organization held me back. When Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride offered her assistance in planning, I took her up and nervously flew across the Atlantic. What I expected was to host a workshop…what I didn’t expect was to walk away with 20 new industry friends who are ready to change wedding photography in England. I’m incredibly honored to have met such an amazing group of people.

What’s this? Well, it’s this drink called elderberry juice. And it’s like nectar of the gods. Only better. The next time I’m in London, I may walk around with an i.v. of this stuff on tap.

Many thanks to The Recipe for providing amazing food throughout the day…I felt like royalty eating such amazing meals!

Words can’t even begin to describe how thankful I am for our wonderful, lovely, and gorgeous models for the day, Rachel and Dan. They’re such a kind couple who offered to join us for the day…I’m incredibly appreciative of their time!

Many, many, many thanks to Alicia of One Marylebone. She kindly offered this wedding venue for the workshop and it couldn’t have been more gorgeous. She also organized Great Hire to join our team for the day to provide the beautiful chairs and chaise for the photo shoot.

Rachel, you’re so fierce! I can’t even stand it! Augh.
Major love to Elbie Van Eeden for makeup and Severin Hubert of The Hepburn Collection for hair.

Many thanks to Restoration Cake and Janet Mohapibanks for providing cupcakes and a cake to photograph…

This photo is actually a screen capture of The Workshop video Richard Wakefield made (as seen at the end of this post), but I love how it captures the mood of the day!

The lovely ladies with Pollen Nation provided lovely florals for the workshop…

Okay, so can I please take a moment of tres chicness for Rachel and Dan’s fashion choices?! Because, really, let’s give it up for this Ted Baker suit…with top stitching and a matching vest. I swoon. Rachel wore her actual wedding dress (they wed last January) by David Fielden and a gorge gorge gorge headpiece by Liberty in Love

Here’s my favorite photo of the day…

To my new friends and allies…thank you for making my first trip to London something truly magical. It was better than I imagined and I can’t express my sincerest appreciation for being such great friends. I loved seeing the way you all pulled together and created a network all your own…a network based on helping each other, giving feedback, and promising to make big changes in your lives. I’m so proud and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you! Much love and appreciation… j*

As a lovely recap of the day, the ever-fab Richard Wakefield of FX Films created a video of The Workshop…I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have such talented friends! Check it out…

Jasmine Star – The London Workshop, July 2011 (Wedding Photography Training) from FX Films on Vimeo.

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  1. Dana

    July 26th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    looks like you all had a wonderful time! how awesome! and you are just too adorable in the video out-takes!!! πŸ˜‰ xo

  2. Laura Stricklin

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:01 pm


  3. Sue Gauthier

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Jaz ~ You’re truly incredible no matter where you find yourself on this earth!

  4. kat - rocknrollbride

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    how many times can i say thank you thank you thank you for coming to London and making my dreams come true!

  5. donna good

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    good for you honey. your Star is on the rise!!!

  6. Life with Kaishon

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    That drink is so pretty.

  7. Carrie

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Such an amazing couple of days. Such a great blogpost. That film is BRILLIANT – I’ll be watching it again and again! Thank you again Jasmine and JD for such an experience. x

  8. autumn Teesdale-Dash Photo

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Looks so fun! I am saving my money so I can jump on your next workshop you host in the US!!

  9. Eileen

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I am so jealous. I want to attend one of your workshops sooooooo much!

  10. Maria (aka Mavi)

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Everything looked amazing, J*. Made me miss our January workshop. Love the video and the bloopers πŸ˜‰ Hope our paths cross again some day.

    Air kisses!

  11. Lily

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    love love love. Thank you for sharing – what a great video, too, FX! Now I’m starving after seeing all that yummy food…

  12. sherri lynn

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Looks like an amazing workshop! I love the couple and the details of the shoot!

  13. Gabby / En Route Photography

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I’ve just seen Kat’s review of the event too and I stay melted in my chair ever since…. this must have been one of the most gorgeous workshops ever! I hope I can make it next time you hop over the pond! πŸ˜‰

  14. Cristina Rossi

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    It has been an incredible experience and I have loved every minute of it! The video is FAB and I know I will keep watching it a few times…Thank you once again for being fabulous! xxx

  15. Tanya De Leeuw

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Looks like a blast was had by everyone! Wondering if you’re ever coming up here to do a workshop … Calgary, maybe, or Vancouver? Signed up for your newsletter to stay in the loop!

  16. miguel angel photography

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Ahhhh… I need to start looking for my piggybank to save for you next workshop you rock girl. C(:

  17. Sam Coran

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Wow! Awesome! any chance you’ll do a workshop here in Dubai? πŸ™‚

  18. Damaris Mia

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Aw! Looks like a ton of fun! Not sure what that food is but it sure looks yummy!

  19. Emma

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    This workshop was amazing! I learnt so much from you and JD! I am just sad because the day went so fast! Thanks again for making the trip across the pond to inspire us!

  20. fiona kelly photography

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I am so going to be there for your next one (which if the comments from this one seem anything to go by will definitely be happening!) Looks like an amazing day and Jasmine Star seems like such a fabulous lady. An inspiration and I look forward to getting the chance to attend one in the future
    fiona x

  21. LaRissa

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I LOVE it! Can’t wait until I can make one of your workshops!!

  22. Cathie Heart

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you soooo much for visit Brit land! I finally had one of my wishes come true and your advice is invaluable. Ps. I adore the blooper real <3

  23. Nicky Chadwick-Buckley

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Would love to have been at this workshop to see your take on the world of wedding photography – it looked awesome! x

  24. Emily Dobson

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Love love LOVE the bloopers! I watch them and think, yep, we could be best friends. So one day, when I come to workshop, be prepared. We’ll be B.F.F.E.s.

  25. Janet Mohapi-Banks

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    You are very welcome. My Rose cake is loved by many so I hope you loved her too.
    The day looked like it was fabulous and your photography is absolutely gorgeous.

  26. Jeff Dostalek

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Awesome video. I love your photography. I could only hope to spend a day with you learning how to capture such a beautiful moment. Congratulations of a great workshop. πŸ™‚

  27. ReginaMarie

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I get stressed (and panicked) about the littlest things. LOL… At least yours is over BIG things!

    hope you had a great time. I’d totally LOVE to get to make it to a workshop one day! Let me know if you make it to southern FL!!! If my boat’s better together by then, I’ll even take you out sailing. <3

  28. Nessa K

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I’ve started so many emails to you, Jasmine, talking about anxiety. I’m not sure why, though — I suffer from occasional panic attacks and anxiety and for some reason, I really felt like you were kindred in that respect. I get all caught up in the timeline of the wedding day and making sure things are happening when they should be that I can’t do anything but drink a ton of water, put on a smile, and power through.

    I’m so glad you had fun at your workshop. It looks like it was an amazing time. =)

  29. Angel Pion

    July 26th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    oohhh wonderful

    When a workshops in Paris.
    I promise to works my english for that !!!

  30. jeramy

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    looks fantastic. glad everything went well.

  31. Delia

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Thank you over and over again! You made my wish come true, I feel so privilaged to have met you, spend a day with you and learned from you.

    You truly reflect your brand…fabulous πŸ˜‰

  32. Marissa Rodriguez

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    This is so wonderful! Congrats on your London workshop and I am LOVIN’ the video at the end! Keep doing your thang’ girlfriend! πŸ™‚

  33. Mikkel

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Really cute video, Jasmine! Thanks for sharing. I’m jealous you were in London! I got to go for 2 days and it wasn’t enough time. I just want to go back!

  34. Caroline Nicholson

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Jasmine and JD – you rock! Love the post, LOVE the video and LOVE your work. You are both such wonderful people and it was a privelege to be part of your first UK workshop – here’s hoping it’s the first of many – Jasmine your British accent was too good not to use it again – so come back soon!

  35. Amy

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    This looks like an AMAZING day – we so wanted to attend, please come back soon. I was just watching (for the third time) your last creativeLIVE course. Felt like I needed a little Jasmine confidence boost.

  36. anda

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Love your workshop, love the video, love YOU.

  37. Jodie Lemke

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I love it!! haha I loooveee the bloopers ! you are so cute girl! Looks like alot of fun and wish i could have been there! one day i will make it to one of your workshops! Its on my bucket list! πŸ˜›

  38. Becca

    July 26th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I totally thought I had a heart attack when I was 22. Carried aspirin around too and when the doctor told me it wasn’t my heart, instead of feeling like a drama queen, I was a drama queen and went for a second opinion. It still wasn’t my heart (it was my gallbladder, though). Then I felt this weird combination of foolish and vindicated (the other doctor told me it was heart burn).

  39. Barbara

    July 26th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    When I first saw you were holding a workshop in London, I was indescribably sad cause I wasn’t able to go… So I decided to make a β€œJasmine Star piggy bank” – when you decide to come β€œacross the pond” again, I’ll be waiting πŸ™‚
    Don’t make me wait too long…

  40. Mikaela

    July 26th, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    oh my!! this post, these images, that styling, make my heart swoon. not to mention your video πŸ™‚ xo!

  41. Sarah Jaeger

    July 26th, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Great post and awesome video! It was great to get a little peek into how the day went. I hope I get to be a part of these one day! Thanks for being fabulous!

  42. JaNicki Photography

    July 26th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    oh my, same thing just happened to my husband. after an EKG, it’s all stress! I’ll tell him about the breathing technique!

  43. Jamie

    July 26th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Although I can’t complain about attending the workshop in OC, there’s something so much cooler about London, I wish I could have gone! And Kat is adorable, I secretly wish she would be my Photography BFF (along with you and JD, of course).

    ps. you look gorgeous in the video!

  44. Lucy Gregory

    July 26th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Such a fantastic video and such a fantastic day!! Thank you a million times for coming over to us πŸ™‚ You are both wonderfully amazing and we all love you…. just a little bit…. πŸ˜‰

  45. Kellie Michelle

    July 26th, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Jasmine- every part of what you do is nothing short of extraordinary and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey and being willing to teach others.

  46. Eva

    July 26th, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Check out IKEA’s grocery section, that’s where I get my elderberry fix!

  47. Amy Arrington

    July 26th, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Love these!

  48. Lauren Wakefield

    July 26th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Richard Wakefield! I bet we’re related! Long lost second cousin maybe??

  49. LEOLAK

    July 26th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Love this post! That video…awesomeness! Love the blooper reel! That staircase picture…swoon!!! They have awesome stilo too! Glad to see all was a success…as I knew it would be.

  50. gladys jem

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    you’re amazing jasmine! love that video, and the photos. im sure the brits totes loved you! why wouldn’t they? πŸ˜‰

  51. Molly

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Beautiful couple and I love love the video!

  52. Richard Wakefield

    July 26th, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Jasmine: your photos are jaw-droppingly good, and lovin the blog entry too! Do come back to the UK ok πŸ™‚
    Lauren: my cousin is honestly called Lauren Wakefield! She lives in the UK and has worked on all the Harry Potter films…so maybe you can see yourself in the credits, haha!

  53. jeramy

    July 26th, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    i think i need to go to one of your workshops just for the food. it always looks SO YUMMY!

  54. Emma Gardiner

    July 26th, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    So glad you had a fab time over here Jasmine! Lovely of you to bring over a little Californian sunshine too!

  55. Agi Magyar

    July 26th, 2011 at 11:19 pm



    July 26th, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I think it would be great if you bottle the inspiration you gave each and every one of us at the workshop. Your enthusiasm is gob-smacking (another quaint english phrase!). Don’t ever change. Thanks to both you and JD.

  57. Stephanie Rose

    July 27th, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Beautiful! That gown is sooo dreamy.

  58. Christa

    July 27th, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Love the video πŸ™‚

  59. Bianca

    July 27th, 2011 at 2:18 am

    Jasmine, you make me WANT so much to push the envelope and make my dreams a reality. To attend a Jasmine Star workshop is a big dream for a girl from a small island nation, but after seeing how utterly amazing this workshop looks and sounds i’m determined to be there the next time you make it side of the world. I CANT WAIT.

  60. jessica vidmar

    July 27th, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Jasmine, you are awesome : )

  61. Gail

    July 27th, 2011 at 4:06 am

    So ridiculously proud of you girl (not that you need one more friend to tell you they’re proud of you, but fo REAL, go ON with it! πŸ˜‰ )

    PS – Was there no way to dub your voiceover with your awesome faux British accent? ‘Cause I KNOW you’ve been working on it!

  62. cassandra-m

    July 27th, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Sorry I’ve been MIA, but what an awesome post to come back to! Congrats on your amazing workshop in London! So happy and PROUD of u & JD! Much love from savannah!

  63. Jessica Sweeney

    July 27th, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Lucky London! And well done you. It’s no small feat to bring a group of people together and get them to accomplish something, as well as give them something to walk away with.

    PS I love elderberry juice!

  64. Shauna

    July 27th, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I can’t believe another workshop has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday we all met in the OC! You’re awesome, thanks for sharing!

  65. Falcon

    July 27th, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    That video was amazing and totally made me want to take the Workshop! Come to NYC! xx

  66. Ria Mishaal

    July 27th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Jasmine, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. It rocked πŸ™‚

  67. Julieann

    July 27th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Hey girl YOU CAN BUY ELDERBERRY EXTRACT HERE! it is VERY good for your immune system. You can only buy it in powder or elixr form but if you drink it once a week YOU WON’T GET SICK! I’ve been COLD AND FLU FREE for 300 days and counting and I WORK IN A HOSPITAL! πŸ˜€

  68. Corlis Gray

    July 27th, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Wish I could have been to this one! Love hearing you speak Jasmine. And getting to shoot next to you would be amazing.

  69. Kristin Nicole

    July 27th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Gorgeous as always

  70. JessicaLee

    July 27th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    me + your workshop = next year! I’m soo there πŸ™‚ haha
    **If you ever want to come to the East coast, I’d be happy to help you plan!

  71. Derek Martinez

    July 28th, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Love it! Looks like a great time.

  72. Julie

    July 28th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Looks like yet another fabulous event and the photos are gorgeous, as always. But I have to say, the outtakes at the end of the video were my favorite part. πŸ™‚

  73. Ana Sofia

    July 29th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    You are so pretty Jasmine. JD is a blessed man. πŸ™‚

  74. Erin Oveis Brant

    July 31st, 2011 at 2:36 am

    Awww love the video!! Looks like it was a blast and a total success (duh)!! And now I want hot pink hair…

  75. Jillian Tree

    August 3rd, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Jasmine, looks like another amazing workshop! Can I volunteer myself & my hubby to be the models for your next US workshop? Because we will literally fly from Florida to do it. Seriously. Let me know :):)

  76. Lynne McSweeney

    August 10th, 2011 at 6:00 am

    great work shop great models. i guess Im abit bias as Dan is my nephew. what a good looking couple. good one Jasmine.

  77. Wedding Snapper

    August 15th, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Looks fabulous Jasmine. Next stop Australia?!

  78. Alejandra Torres

    August 17th, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I scrolled through the comments and I didn’t see anyone name that quote… "you’re killing me, Small!" And if anyone did and I just didn’t spot it, all I have to say that I was a huge fan of Smallville πŸ™‚
    As I have become a huge fan of yours. You’ve inspired me and I hope to be just as fabulous as you someday. Thanks Chica! For all your great advice and tips.

  79. Mariellen

    August 26th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    So sorry I missed this – I’m normally based in the UK but in USA at the moment. I hope to catch another one. Thank you for being so open and sharing with your advice and experience.

  80. hayley

    September 1st, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I just came across this by accident, the hairpiece rachel is wearing is my own creation, this is a beautiful post.

  81. Barbara Yasuhara

    September 3rd, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    OMG! I cannot imagine a whole day with you but I did spent a few days with you per se through Creative LIVE, thanks. But to be in a workshop hosted by you in LONDON! Ummm fabulous!? This was a fun post, and everyone looks awesome in London right?

  82. Yuliya Callahan

    September 16th, 2011 at 5:18 am

    That English accent is to cute !