The Workshop : May 2011

The Workshop : May 2011


I’ve always maintained that each Workshop attracts an entirely different group of attendees, all perfectly suited for each other. Some groups are vibrant and loud, others quiet and thoughtful. Everyone interacts in a new way and they somehow forge friendships that are unique their own.

Last Tuesday I had the honor of sitting with 20 talented photographers from all over the world. Most of them walked in as a large group and the room buzzed with their positive energy. They were hungry to learn, support each other, and walk away more in love with their growing brand.

At the end of the night, JD and I got into our car and chatted about how amazing this group was. We felt blessed to be a small part of their lives.

The workshop is focused on The Eight Component of Branding and one piece of this equation is Photographing for Your Brand. We headed out during the brightest and hottest portion of the day to shoot in difficult lighting…if we could photograph in this setting and produce images we’re proud of, then we could do it anywhere!

Many thanks to the cutest of cute couple Stacy and Joe Kokes who joined us all the way from Arizona to model…

Oh, Stacy, I can’t even DEAL WITH YOU. Augh. Gorge…that is all.

Much appreciation goes to Emily with Ferndale’s Bridal who’s become my right-hand girl and stylizing guru here in Orange County…love her…love her shop!

A uber HUGE thank you goes to Vivian Tran of All Made Up for an amazing job with hair and makeup.

My good friend and amazing florist Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms created the most stunning bouquet and boutonniere (<-- I needed spellcheck for that word!)...

And, like always, this is 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. Meeting you, learning with you, and growing together has been a true highlight…and I hope this is just the start of even more amazing things to come for you. Your futures are bright and I know you’re destined to become wildly successful simply by the passion you posses. Much Love and Appreciation… j*

To see past workshops, feel free to check them out HERE…and if you’d like to be the first to know about future photography workshops, be sure to sign up for the newsletter as I announce them exclusively through it!

Happy Friday!

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  1. Kate Douthwright -

    So sad that I live so far away and cant easily attend one of your workshops. I WILL make it to one, one day though! You rocked it as usual Jasmine!

      5.20.11 - 4:28 pm

  2. Karie Denny -

    Love,LOVE,love!! I know that some day I’ll be a member of one of those groups and when I do, it will be the one that is just right for me.:-) Thank you Jasmine Star for sharing your talent, being willing to share it and continuing to raise the bar. Much Love-karie

      5.20.11 - 4:31 pm

  3. anda -

    i made my most favorite and best photographer friends at your workshop 🙂

      5.20.11 - 4:32 pm

  4. Karie Denny -

    Love,LOVE,love!! I know that some day I’ll be a member of one of those groups and when I do, it will be the one that is just right for me.:-) Thank you Jasmine Star for sharing your talent, being willing to share it and continuing to raise the bar. Much Love-karie

      5.20.11 - 4:32 pm

  5. jamie delaine -

    ah! if that dress was floor-length it might be my dream wedding dress. wow.

      5.20.11 - 4:38 pm

  6. Andrea -

    I love your workshop posts. Every time you announce one I get so excited … and then I get sad because I can’t afford one yet. Saving my pennies (that’s a lot of pennies) so that I can join the team one of these days. Great shots!

      5.20.11 - 4:39 pm

  7. Damaris Mia -

    So beautiful! Stacy is gorgeous!! And the bouquet is exceptionally beautiful!

      5.20.11 - 4:48 pm

  8. Maria -


    I LOVE your shirt! It’s so super cute! <3

    One day I will attend your workshop, it’s on my photography bucket list. 🙂

    See you soon!!

      5.20.11 - 5:00 pm

  9. Jennifer -

    Stacy is gorgeous!!! That dress… to. die. for!!!

      5.20.11 - 5:11 pm

  10. ashley barnett -

    I WILL get to one of these! Jasmine, love your top! And the blonde girl’s boots in the first row! Those are killer! 🙂

      5.20.11 - 5:18 pm

  11. gladys jem -

    LOVE these Jasmine! I agree w/ Anda…I too, made my best and fav photog friends at your workshop! Im dying over her bubble veil.

      5.20.11 - 5:23 pm

  12. Katelyn James -

    I’m convinced the prettiest people in the world live in CA! gosh!! She’s gorgeous!

      5.20.11 - 5:28 pm

  13. David -

    Hi Jasmine,
    Could you share some tips for shooting in that mid-day difficult lighting??? Flash? Natural light?…using some of the photos in this post as examples?

    Many, many sincere thanks…Dave

      5.20.11 - 5:29 pm

  14. Bianca -

    Those boots are SO cute! ;P

      5.20.11 - 5:44 pm

  15. Life with Kaishon -

    What a wonderful group.

      5.20.11 - 5:46 pm

  16. Carissa Woo -

    I had an amazing time!

      5.20.11 - 5:58 pm

  17. Carolina Salcedo -

    Absolutely gorgeous! Ok, just a tad bit sad. Many of the last year’s workshop participants are going through withdrawals, but happy to see a new awesome group. Hope this group takes advantage of each other’s knowledge. It’s worth gold! I heart my group 🙂 Thanks again Jasmine!

      5.20.11 - 6:04 pm

  18. Gail -

    YEAH! No rain clouds in those photos! So glad it cleared up for the big day 🙂

    Now, how about you return that weather mojo this direction — my first wedding of the season is Sunday and I’d be OH SO GRATEFUL if rain didn’t factor into the occasion!

      5.20.11 - 6:16 pm

  19. LEOLAK -

    They are an adorable couple. Those it Stacey! Jasmine…your fashion style is so awesome! Thanks for sharing the knowledge as always.

      5.20.11 - 6:22 pm

  20. Lauren -

    I love your outfit jasmine!! 😀

      5.20.11 - 6:25 pm

  21. Daniela Burzese -

    3 things I’m grateful for. 1. Being able to attend your workshop 2. having met you and 3. the fact that Brady and I made it on your blog!!! day EVER! And as always, amazing work Jasmine. xx.

      5.20.11 - 6:39 pm

  22. Stephanie Elizabeth -

    Beautiful images and perspective on what looks like a fun day! Thanks for sharing 😉

      5.20.11 - 6:44 pm

  23. Kira Noble -

    LOVED the stylized shoot. So fresh and sweet.

      5.20.11 - 6:56 pm

  24. Autumn Teesdale -

    That dress is so flippin’ adorable!!! My goal for 2012 is to make it to one of your workshops!

      5.20.11 - 9:20 pm

  25. nena -

    Your work is such an inspiration to me and one day you WILL be my wedding photographer! =-)

      5.20.11 - 9:24 pm

  26. Lynn -

    You’re workshops sound so inspiring!

      5.20.11 - 10:16 pm

  27. JamieY (Las Vegas Wedding Photographer) -

    Dang, that is one super hot couple! Looks like so much fun.

      5.20.11 - 10:21 pm

  28. Christina Dely -

    One of my most fond memories… attending the J* Workshop! I’ve made some of the most amazing & supportive photog friends! I am sure this workshop was nothing less than amazing! …slightly jealous I did not attend again 😉 XO

      5.21.11 - 12:50 am

  29. Mom -

    Loved being there!!! It was wonderful being around this great group of photographers. I wish them all the best!!

      5.21.11 - 12:51 am

  30. Cindy Habel -

    It would be amazing to attend one of your workshops 🙂 Stunning images like always! Thanks for sharing.

      5.21.11 - 11:29 am

  31. Michael Montalto -

    As you’ve now become one of my personal heroes, I look forward to the opportunity to potentially do one with you in the future J*. Till then enjoy your annual holiday J Super * Day! 🙂 -mM

      5.21.11 - 2:50 pm

  32. Lydia -

    Everyone who hasn’t attended your workshop needs to go! I’m still using the information I learned at it and refer back to my notes once in awhile!

      5.21.11 - 5:56 pm

  33. Kim Chan -

    Oh Jasmine, I had the best time!! Thank you so much for everything! xoxo

      5.21.11 - 8:11 pm

  34. Cristina -

    This makes me even more excited about attending the July workshop! I can hardly wait!!!! xxx

      5.22.11 - 10:04 am

  35. Kare -

    Looks like another fab day at the workshop!

      5.22.11 - 3:02 pm

  36. sydney wedding photographer -

    Unfortunate that you live on the other side of the world! Alas for the moment I’ll have to stick to your creative live sessions.

      5.22.11 - 3:10 pm

  37. Arnau Dalmases -

    Have you ever thought about going to Barcelona (Spain) to make a workshop? I’m pretty sure you would have plenty of audience! Great job!

      5.22.11 - 9:52 pm

  38. Erin - Kansas City Wedding Photographers -

    Looks like a wonderful workshop. And the photos are amazing, as always. The soft box sky is to die for but there is something wonderful about the sun and when the photos work…They Work!

      5.22.11 - 10:14 pm

  39. Delissa Clardy -

    Your outfit is amazing! Where did you get your shirt?!

      5.23.11 - 1:53 am

  40. Simon Woodcock -

    Some great looking results Jasmine.
    So, when are you coming to Melbourne, Australia to run a class?
    Although I run my own growing business here in Melbourne I’d love to take part in one of these sessions – there is always something new to learn!

      5.23.11 - 2:52 am

  41. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} -

    lovely images!!!

      5.23.11 - 3:14 am

  42. s h e r r y -

    BEAUTIFUL photos Jasmine!! 🙂 Love the dress <3

      5.23.11 - 4:20 am

  43. Claudia -

    wow. what a cute couple. I’m sure it was a heck of a workshop!

      5.23.11 - 2:54 pm

  44. Amy Gibbons -

    Sure you’ve heard this a thousand times over..but I’d love an EAST COAST workshop…pretty please!!! 😀

      5.23.11 - 5:26 pm

  45. Columbus GA Wedding Photographer -

    Awesome shots! Lively looking bunch.

      5.23.11 - 9:55 pm

  46. sandraC -

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Love the dress- way too cute! Hope to attend a workshop in the future, you are so inspiring.

      5.24.11 - 1:02 pm

  47. Jaz Ampaw-Farr -

    I’m giddy with excitement that this’ll be me in July!

      5.25.11 - 6:58 am

  48. best wedding photographer in chicago -

    Very nice photos! Attending to workshops will not only develop our skills but we can also gain new friends. Learning together with people that have the same interest and passion is fun.

      5.25.11 - 8:33 am

  49. Neisha LLama -

    Great pics. Very lovely angle. It’s really passionate. Having been in this workshops would be expertise.
    What a great post…

      5.26.11 - 7:37 am

  50. PhotoIdeas -

    Great shots! Good job with the lighting. Looks like your workshop had a lot of fun, as well as your models. Keep up the good work!

      5.27.11 - 12:24 am

  51. Lizett Esparza -

    OMG!!!!!!! I want her Dress!!!! These shots turned out amazing!!!! Once again I’m speechless:)

      5.27.11 - 11:32 am

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