The Workshop : New Zealand


Every so often there are moments when I stop in my tracks and realize–BAM!–I’m so lucky to do what I love. While in New Zealand, I experienced this emotion more times than I could count and every step along the way, things only got better. By the time JD and I arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand for The Workshop, we were ready to go. With the amazing help from Mirelle at The Crowne Plaza, all we had to do was show up ready to teach and take photos.

This workshop would not have been possible with the help and contributions of many people, so here’s a shout out to fabulous vendors…
Louise Anderson – The wedding gowns were drop.dead.gorgeous….thank you for generous sharing your creations and I’m thrilled to have worked with such an amazing artist. Thank you!
Melanie Brown – I was thrilled with the models were worked with and Melanie made things so lovely…I appreciate everything!
Kristen Stewart – Gennady was a perfect makeup artist. She did an amazing job and even stuck around all day for touch-ups…so appreciated! 🙂
Mod’s Hair – Despite the wind and bright sun, the models’ hair stayed in place and looked great…thanks!
Working Style – Thank you for providing the mens’ suits….they looked incredibly dapper and we have you to thank for that.
And, lastly, a HUGE thank you to the models. Brad, Katy, Leon and Anna….you made my day extra sweet. Thank for not only being beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well. I wish you all the best!

There was a bomb scare in Christchurch the day of the workshop, so all transportation systems were stopped for a few hours….so we were able to hop on board and snap a few photos…

We then ventured into the Art Centre and spent most of the shoot roaming the gorgeous grounds…

….and we had some awesome wind, too!

I know this is quirky, but when I saw this trailer and what New Zealanders call ‘chilly bins’…I wanted to have a little fun…

And my favorite shot of the day…

To my new Kiwi friends and peers, thanks for coming to The Workshop and rocking my world. I think the best of you all and I know great things are in store for you! Don’t forget to give back, to share, and to continue helping each other…y’all are destined for fabulous things!

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  1. abriana

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    her eyes in the first picture are amazing!

  2. Kerrie Mitchell

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Stunning work as always! I’d love to have the chance of coming to one of your workshops! They look like s much fun!

  3. Angel Pope

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    Ahh, I SO WISH I COULD BE THERE…just once. I want to take pictures with you!!!

    Looks like you had a blast! Awesome.

  4. Angel Canary

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Wowzers! Stunning work Jasmine! And that gown, wow, totally FAB!

  5. Shannon

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Absolutely Stunning shots. Every shot looks like it belongs in a magazine somewhere. Very Impressive.

  6. amanda thiessen

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:45 pm


  7. Alexandra

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Amazingly beautiful. You make my heart smile, Jasmine Star.

  8. Stephanie Stewart

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Stunning images! And, yes, those gowns are drop dead gorgeous, WOOOOOOOW! Congrats on another successful workshop!!!

  9. s h e r r y

    January 14th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    The photos are fabulous! 🙂 And it sounds like New Zealand was AWESOME! 😀 Can’t wait to see stuff from Australia next!

  10. marianne worlow

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    "………………………." the beautiful moments u captured just took the breath right from my body. u r so good!

  11. Kathrina

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    DELICIOUSNESS!! Seriously fabulous! What an experience for everyone!

  12. Jen May

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Those dresses are beautiful 😀

  13. Bhumi

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    You are so unbelievably creative. You go girl 🙂

  14. Elise

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    These images are absolutely stunning!

  15. jamie delaine

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    the light in the group shot? perfect. hahaha! seriously, these are incredible. my favourites are all the shots of the BOYS! groom shots are often put behind bride shots in priority, but i just love yours here.

  16. Carrie K

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    The models’ skin is flawless. That, or it’s some incredible make-up. But I have a feeling it’s the former. Gorgeous shots!

  17. jenny

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    looks like so much fun ! The locations of hte shoot is gorgeous

  18. Prema Buck

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Wow! These are fantastic Jasmine! I love the trolly and the models are all so beautiful. TFS

  19. Aaron

    January 14th, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Jasmine, are those shots inside the EMPTY Tram?..So awesomeness…always wanted to try to shoot inside it..never got a chance in Melb..
    Love all the shots!!!..Can’t wait for you to blog about Sydney’s!!!..

  20. Emily

    January 14th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Wow! Looks like you had a blast! Can’t wait to see Sydney’s workshop pics!

  21. jeramy

    January 14th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    looks like a blast….sorry i couldn’t fit in the suitcase. 🙁

  22. Dorie

    January 14th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Beautiful as usual. Thank you for sharing your gift.

  23. alex.kruk photography

    January 14th, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Beautiful ! Beautiful ! Beautiful !

  24. Maria Glassford

    January 14th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    So gorgeous! Not only are all the models fabulous looking but the sharp, crystal clear images from the day are just breathtaking. Such an inspiration!

  25. Brittney

    January 14th, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    beautiful! love it all! you had some rockin’ models too 🙂

  26. Paige Butcher

    January 14th, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    These images are gorgeous! What an exciting time for your business 🙂

  27. Harmony Loves

    January 14th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    oh Jasmine! Seriously out of this world good. and gorgeous models too 🙂

  28. arielle joy

    January 14th, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    You blow me away J. I just adore those first shots on the tram (?). Beautiful lighting!!!

  29. Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

    January 14th, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Wow this are insanely gorg!! Way to rock it out.

  30. Kyle

    January 14th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Those are some GUNS on you J*!

  31. Kyle

    January 14th, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    PS. I hope you know I mean that in a good way, as in you have really toned arms and I’m slightly jealous 🙂

  32. Kare

    January 15th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Fab. Just fab.

  33. Julie

    January 15th, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Ummmmm, GORGEOUS!! Beatiful models, beautiful pictures 🙂

  34. fiona andersen

    January 15th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    ohhh what a fabulous time we had. Loved having you two amazing people in our country and thank you for coming and sharing everything. I now have 18 new fantastic friends. Thank you xx

  35. Pol

    January 15th, 2010 at 2:12 am

    Beautiful! Looks like so much fun!

  36. Yuka photo art

    January 15th, 2010 at 2:40 am

    Congrats on Dream Come Trough!
    Amazing photographs! Models look awesome!

  37. Sarah

    January 15th, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Oh. My. Gosh. I am in looooove with those dresses!!!! The pictures are absolutely stunning. Again, I’m so jealous of you in NZ!

  38. Lydia

    January 15th, 2010 at 4:54 am

    I’ve seen a bunch of the pictures from the workshop, and yours still blow me away! These are amazingly beautiful!

  39. Dawn McCarthy

    January 15th, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Gorgeous models. And that white dress… fabulous isn’t even sufficient. Amazing session. What a lucky group of photogs.

  40. LEOLAK

    January 15th, 2010 at 5:12 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!! Perfect….everything! You ROCK! I agree w/ Kyle…work those guns lady!!! And the boots! Thanks for sharing…can’t wait to see Sydney’s!

  41. Bobbie Brown

    January 15th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I am blown away! These pictures are so fabulous!!

  42. Roxy

    January 15th, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Such creamy images! Wish I was there!!! Wondering if you’ll ever come to Canada Jasmine? Maybe a WINTER shoot?

  43. Izabelinda

    January 15th, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    As usual lovely light…

  44. Tiffany

    January 15th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    love like another fabulous workshop! They get better and better! I am in LOVE with the dresses…le sigh*! Gorgeous pictures..

  45. Karen Stott

    January 15th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Oh I LOVE it when the good Lord blesses us with some strong wind when there’s a bride and veil involved. That shot is rockin!

  46. jenc

    January 15th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    as always very sharp photos!!! i love it!!

  47. feuza

    January 15th, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    One of your best workshop pixs ever! so when you coming to the East Coast Miss Star?
    I loveeeeee the train and loveeeeee the wind

  48. {15:51} photography

    January 15th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Ah yes, bomb scares…they can be so convenient sometimes!!

  49. gladys jem

    January 15th, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    i love these images jasmine. those kiwis are truly beautiful. the first two are my favs. can we re-create those for our engagement photos on a trolley here in SF? that would be LOVELY! hehe 😉

  50. Michael Costa

    January 15th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Huge fan of the trolly, beautiful couple too!

  51. Denise Saucedo

    January 15th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    A.MAZ.ING!!!!!! Rock it out girl!!! LOVE these!!! Each and every one! You make it look so easy. If only it were. 😉

  52. FELIX WU

    January 15th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    These shots are beautiful. Bomb scare? Is that why you were able to get on the tramp to take photos?

  53. Kenny Grill

    January 16th, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Out of every post I’ve seen of yours, I think these are your best shots… ever. Flat out incredible.

  54. Carrie Ayn

    January 16th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Your photography consistantly takes my breath away. Thank you for always sharing…

  55. Cathy Crawley

    January 16th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Somehow I just knew that this was going to be an amazing post! Fi did such a great job helping you on this, the dresses are simply stunning and those models are gorgeous! I absolutely adore the photos in the tram, what a fabulous idea! So glad everything went well for you Jasmine, you deserve nothing but the best xxx

  56. Crystal Lee

    January 16th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    That 2nd image took my breath away… amazing DOF and color! Fabulous work, J*, as always 🙂

  57. ohana photographers

    January 16th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    beautiful models!

  58. Terrah

    January 17th, 2010 at 1:51 am

    If I were to get married again I would want THAT dress. Impeccable. 🙂

  59. trish Lee

    January 17th, 2010 at 5:35 am


    that’s all I have to say 😀

  60. Melanie

    January 17th, 2010 at 10:42 am


  61. Bhumi

    January 17th, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    You make my day with these gorgeous depictions of loveee.

  62. Jennifer O.

    January 17th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    How awesome to get to do what you love AND travel!

  63. Karen ReVelle

    January 18th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    GORGEOUS on all fronts: gorgeous models, gorgeous clothes, gorgeous makeup, gorgeous locations, gorgeous pix! But the one thing you glossed over… hello, bomb scare?? Yikes!

  64. Catherine Douglas

    January 18th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Holy hot models! And beautiful pictures, of course! I just admire your work SO much!

  65. Kim Spears

    January 19th, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Jasmine, these photos are off the charts !! It doesn’t hurt that those models are some of the most beautiful people I have ever seen, but you still brought out the best with your amazing style! Just when I think I can’t love your work anymore, you bust these bad boys out. Loved them all !!!

  66. cassandra m

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    I think the previous comments express all my emotions. simply gorgeous pics and I know the attendees walked away with hearts full of love & excitement and heads full of knowledge.

  67. Jonathan Brown

    January 19th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I love the shots on the trolley car. I want to shoot on a trolley car now!!

  68. Erica Velasco

    January 21st, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Why does it seem like every photo you put out there is creamy, deliciously sharp, perfectly exposed, the best light you can ever find kind of image? I need more of those! Amazing as always.

  69. Catherine Hall

    January 22nd, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Beautiful shoot location! These pictures are awesome..especially the trolley car shots.

  70. Stacey Malleck

    January 26th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    STUNNING! Gorgeous models 🙂

  71. Girish

    February 7th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    First time visitor to your website. Awesome photographs. I wish i could do workshop with you. But it’s always inspiring to see such lovely photos. Can you tell whether you used any strobes or reflectors.

    Bookmarking you blogsite.

  72. Alva Burroughs

    March 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Jasmine: you are a truly gifted person, your shots are very clean and precise. I love them and your ability to showcase professional photography. I wish that my shots can be as clean and stand out as yours. Guess I’ll get there soon. Thanks Alva.

  73. Brittany Parker

    June 10th, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    OMG….who designed that dress!!!!?? I need to know, my assistant wants it for her wedding!! Awesome pics by the way!