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

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    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!

  2. Karie Denny

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    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

  3. anda

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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

  4. Karie Denny

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    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. jamie delaine

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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

  6. Andrea

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    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!

  7. Damaris Mia

    May 20th, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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

  8. Maria

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:00 pm


    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!!

  9. Jennifer

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:11 pm

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

  10. ashley barnett

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

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

  11. gladys jem

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    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.

  12. Katelyn James

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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

  13. David

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    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

  14. Bianca

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Those boots are SO cute! ;P

  15. Life with Kaishon

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    What a wonderful group.

  16. Carissa Woo

    May 20th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I had an amazing time!

  17. Carolina Salcedo

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    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!

  18. Gail

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    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!

  19. LEOLAK

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

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

  20. Lauren

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I love your outfit jasmine!! 😀

  21. Daniela Burzese

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    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.

  22. Stephanie Elizabeth

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

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

  23. Kira Noble

    May 20th, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    LOVED the stylized shoot. So fresh and sweet.

  24. Autumn Teesdale

    May 20th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

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

  25. nena

    May 20th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

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

  26. Lynn

    May 20th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    You’re workshops sound so inspiring!

  27. JamieY (Las Vegas Wedding Photographer)

    May 20th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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

  28. Christina Dely

    May 21st, 2011 at 12:50 am

    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

  29. Mom

    May 21st, 2011 at 12:51 am

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

  30. Cindy Habel

    May 21st, 2011 at 11:29 am

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

  31. Michael Montalto

    May 21st, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    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

  32. Lydia

    May 21st, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    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!

  33. Kim Chan

    May 21st, 2011 at 8:11 pm

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

  34. Cristina

    May 22nd, 2011 at 10:04 am

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

  35. Kare

    May 22nd, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Looks like another fab day at the workshop!

  36. sydney wedding photographer

    May 22nd, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    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.

  37. Arnau Dalmases

    May 22nd, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    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!

  38. Erin - Kansas City Wedding Photographers

    May 22nd, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    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!

  39. Delissa Clardy

    May 23rd, 2011 at 1:53 am

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

  40. Simon Woodcock

    May 23rd, 2011 at 2:52 am

    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!

  41. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer}

    May 23rd, 2011 at 3:14 am

    lovely images!!!

  42. s h e r r y

    May 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 am

    BEAUTIFUL photos Jasmine!! 🙂 Love the dress <3

  43. Claudia

    May 23rd, 2011 at 2:54 pm

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

  44. Amy Gibbons

    May 23rd, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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

  45. Columbus GA Wedding Photographer

    May 23rd, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Awesome shots! Lively looking bunch.

  46. sandraC

    May 24th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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

  47. Jaz Ampaw-Farr

    May 25th, 2011 at 6:58 am

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

  48. best wedding photographer in chicago

    May 25th, 2011 at 8:33 am

    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.

  49. Neisha LLama

    May 26th, 2011 at 7:37 am

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

  50. PhotoIdeas

    May 27th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    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!

  51. Lizett Esparza

    May 27th, 2011 at 11:32 am

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