The Workshop, November 2009


To say they were a group of excitable, zealous, and energetic photographers would be an understatement. Way under. The group of 20 photographers who came from around the US and world (Canada and Holland, represent!) blew my mind. They were outstanding, creative, and inquisitive…and, let’s just be real, FABULOUS! They not only came ready to learn, they came with lists (and lists!) of questions. But what I was most struck with was their collective desire to connect. With photography, with each other, with me. It was all just positively overwhelming.

When the group arrived on Monday morning for The Workshop, I knew they were special. Before I announced The Workshop on my blog, I opened it up strictly to those who subscribed to my newsletter and ended up selling out…these attendees were legit! Hanging out with them at a group-planned mixer on Sunday night, I knew I was in for a real treat. Best yet, Sunday was just a precursor to how fun Monday would be.

Many thanks to JD and my mother who always help me and make the day complete…without them, I’m nothing. Now that I’ve written too much already, I’ll get straight to the pictures…

Look at all my beautiful attendees rocking it out…

I was especially thankful to have the ever fab Lauryl Lane for providing the fall inspired floral pieces…

Again and again…I need to thank the amazingness that is Vivian Tran of All Made Up for styling the shoot, and working wonders with hair and make up. She and her crew rocked my world and I can’t thank them enough!

One of the things we focused on was shooting in harsh light. It was about 85 degrees on Monday and we were shooting at 1pm…this is probably the hardest time of day and light to shoot in, but I wanted to show how people can natural reflectors to achieve the type of photos they want. The group offered feedback, asked questions, and proffered so much support that I couldn’t help but fall in love.!

JD caught me in action…which is sometimes a bad thing….

…OH LIKE THIS IS BAD STUFF!! I, apparently, like to talk with my hands…so much so, I could probably flag down an approaching plane. Or spaceship.

I want to take a quick second and mention Ashley is selling this gorrrrgeous Vera Wang wedding dress…it’s a BARGAIN I tell ya! For more info, shoot her an email:

I can’t express how much I appreciate Jeff and Ashley Rose for modeling for The Workshop…they’re so amazing and truly in love. Thanks SO much, you guys!!

This is my most favorite picture of the day! Words can’t express how thankful I am to have met so many truly fabulous people. I felt their love and support from our first meeting and I am so blessed because of them.
To my new friends…you’re awesome. Plain and simple. Your hunger and desire was palpable, and I’m honored to be just one small part of your future successes. I can’t wait to see all the fabulous things you’ll do! Thanks for your time and sharing your lives with me! Mwah!

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  1. anda

    November 20th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Oooo, Jasmine! Seeing your images is always a delight, but these are super extra special because of the entire Workshop experience. Knowing how you captured each shot is still just blowing my mind. I mean … I learned SO much more than I could have expected. I don’t want to fill up your entire comment section by gushing about how out-of-this-world awesome the day and YOU, JD, and your mom and the models and every single other photographer were … but WOW — one of the best days I’ve ever had. Thank you. For being the ultra genuine and Fabulous person you are.

  2. syreena b

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    I’m so JealouS… I hate to sound all extra SaltY but seriouslY…. one day Ill make it (SIGHHHH)

  3. Alexandra

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    To say I’m jealous is an understatement 🙁

  4. Melissa Papaj

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    GORGEOUS! I SOOOO wish I was there!

  5. Michelle sidles

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    SO FUN!!! 🙂 Lucky photogs!

  6. Jessica

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I can’t even express in words just how wonderful this workshop was. I think Anda said it perfectly…we could probably all gush about it! Simply put, when I see this last photo of the group I feel like i am staring at friends I will have for a lifetime. Thank you Jasmine, JD for one of the most amazing days, inspiring us that anything is possible, and showing us how to live our dreams! Lol, and I am gonna say it holla:)

  7. Christine

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    There is no such thing as writing too much! I enjoy reading your posts as much as I do looking at the pictures. The stories you tell – fabulous!

  8. Jason Grubb

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    When are you coming to do a Wedding Photography workshop in Colorado?

  9. Lissette Q

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Incredible photos. I soooo would love to attend your workshop.

  10. Kelli Taylor

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Sooo jealous! Wish I could’ve been there!

  11. s h e r r y

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I’d love to attend one of your workshops on day! (I’ll be in California in February ;D If you’re planning one for the near future again.)

    Fabulous photos, as always!

  12. Kare

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I hope to some day make it to one of your fab workshops; right now it seems like an impossible dream but I still hold tight to it! I hope the workshop attendees comment with links so we can check out their shots, too (I always stalk the attendees and they ALWAYS rave about you!).

  13. Christine

    November 20th, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    These are stunning images! I really hope I get to go to one of your workshops in the future 🙂

  14. gladys jem

    November 20th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Jasmine. Jaz-ma-tazz. Jazzy Star 🙂 I walked away a better person/photographer when I left your workshop. Seeing you do what you love to do best with JD and your Mom at your side made my heart swell with love. You are truly the best, and an everlasting inspiration to myself and my business. Love you.
    P.S. Can I attend another workshop? 😉

  15. Monica Guerrero

    November 20th, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Looks like it was an amazing workshop! One day… one day 🙂

    So Jasmine, it’s my 25th birthday and I was just wondering if you could maybe possibly find the time in your busy schedule to go to my blog and comment on one of my wedding posts! That would make my whole year! lol 😀 Have a wonderful day!

  16. Renee

    November 20th, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Jasmine, why oh why? Why won’t you come to Asian countries, like Malaysia perhaps? Think about it. Plus, it’ll make a good vacation location for ya. Btw, I’m totally digging the heels and sneakers shot!

  17. Radelle

    November 20th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Well as I wrote on your facebook fan page, the day was FAR beyond anything I expected! I challanged myself as a photographer and am blown away by the images I got (i’ll have them on my blog in about a week)! I never knew I was capable of such awesome stuff. Its all beacuse of you! Thankyou sooooOOOOOoo much for being such a motivator, inspirer (is that a word??) and SUCH a genuine sweetheart.
    I love you and JD forever!

  18. Diandra

    November 20th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I LOVE this shoot! I love everything about it! I am soooo wishing I could do your workshop right now!

    One day 🙂

    PS… Im still laughing from the spaceship comment. HILARIOUS. And possibly true. 😉

    You’re awesome!

  19. Jess

    November 20th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I love this photo shoot! The light is beautiful. The bride’s dress and accessories are so very cute – I especially love the fantastic hairpiece.

  20. Vi vian Tran

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Whooohhhooo!! I’ve been waiting all week to see these photos from the workshop! They are fabulous…love them!


  21. ohana photographers

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    rock on wit yo bad sef!

  22. Stephanie Stewart

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Wow, such a cute couple! Love the flowers and all the fun accessories! Another successful workshop, congratulations!!! I would love to attend some day! So, what were you explaining in the action shots JD caught of you???

  23. Brenda Landrum

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Gorgeous! I just had to comment about the 6th image set from the bottom. The bride holding the flowers down her side….LOVE! I’m keeping that in my ‘idea tank’!!! So wish I could attend one of these…..

  24. Candace Prokopets

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    These are beautiful!!! Your workshops look fabulous, JUST LIKE YOU! Thanks for sharing. Looking for models for the next workshop – my hubby and I are totally in. Yes, I just invited myself to model for you. I’m still bummed I didn’t win the contest to model for you in Las Vegas at WPPI this year. hehe! I don’t hold grudges. Nope, I don’t.

  25. Tina dela Rosa

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Love the 5th photo from the bottom. Beautiful expression!

  26. Kristy Cefalo

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Someday I will find a way to come to one or your workshops:(

  27. Trey Bohon Photography

    November 20th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    love the talking with the hands.. = )

  28. Oksana J

    November 20th, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Ahhh.. I can’t wait to be a attendee at your workshop!! Love the images, to not be afraid of harsh dream.

  29. amanda thiessen

    November 20th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    love everything she’s wearing! gorgeous!

  30. Aaron Shintaku

    November 20th, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Those two look familiar lol.

  31. Lynn

    November 20th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Ahh.. beautiful pictures!! And that dress.. .that’s MY wedding dress.. that’s I’ve not seen anywhere, on anyone except me! What a great inspiration for my trash the dress session!! lovely pics.

  32. Marissa Rodriguez

    November 20th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I’m so going to one of your workshops one of these days. I just am.

  33. Ashley Rose

    November 20th, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Oh Jasmine 🙂 gosh we ADORE you. Jeff & I love love love these!!!!! Thank you for being you, and such a beacon of love in the world (yes world )! We love you bunches!!!!!! xoxox. The Roses 😉

  34. Maalaea

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Aaaaah, it looks like so much fun! I’m so jealous.

  35. Michelle O

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Ahhh…all the memories are coming back! It’s almost like a cheezy Meatloaf song playing in my mind, "It’s all coming back, it’s all coming back to me now…" You know that horrible song I’m talking about! What a fabulous workshop and an outstanding group of people we had! We loved every moment of it J*…thank you to you, JD, and your mom, Lauryl, Vivian, and Ashley for making it such a wonderful day. {{HUGS}}

  36. Jackie L.

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    love your outfit! i love orange and it looks fabulous on you! plus the photos are AMAZING! maybe one day I’ll attend a workshop 🙂

  37. Lydia

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Oh how I would love to attend one of your workshops again! As if I could soak in some of your awesomeness by hanging around you!

  38. Tammy Stark

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:40 pm


    I’m sorry I missed you in Sacramento this week. Next time! I just signed up to get your newsletter, so now I’m in the know. 😉

    I’m loving your blog. My husband and I have been coming up with some mad-crazy-cool ideas for my photog biz and your site really inspires me.

    Thank you and God Bless – have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  39. claire

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    i so badly want to attend one of your workshops! maybe even a private one….when you start doing that!

  40. sandy

    November 20th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    I notice you don’t seem to have a strap on your camera in several posts. Aren’t you afraid you’ll drop it? (Especially if you hands are moving around so much!!)

  41. Life with Kaishon

    November 20th, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I know everyone had a fabulous time with you! I would like to sign up for your email so I can get invited to the next one :).

    You seem like a dynamic teacher! I love that!

  42. Leah

    November 20th, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Soooo jealous! Someday….:)

  43. Trude

    November 20th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    LOL that shot of them in action makes me think Shootsac REPRESENT! 😉 Lovely photos as always!

  44. dyan

    November 20th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Talking with your hands is a beautiful thing to do!! 🙂 Looks like a fun workshop!

  45. Ben

    November 20th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I’ve never seen so many shootsacs in one place 🙂

  46. Emma in London

    November 20th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    A spangly newsletter? Heck yeah I want in on some of that!
    Beautiful pics – waiting for the day that I can attend a workshop in SoCal or you come to London Town Jasmine!

  47. Bobbie Brown

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:11 am

    As always it looks like The Workshop was a total blast! I always cringe when I have to shoot in harsh light, like, I panic! I wish I could get images as amazing as these!! I love!

  48. lauryn galloway

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:22 am

    your outfit is super cute!

  49. Tasha Prescott

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Wow, Shootsac in the house! I have one because of Jasmine’s Blog, so I assume they do as well! Go ShootSac! 🙂 Awesome pics as usual.

  50. Brian Fletcher

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:26 am

    WOW…’s shots like this that make me just want to give up photography. Thanks a lot, Jasmine….lol.

  51. joseph

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:35 am

    great shots jasmine.. i dig your enthusiasm

  52. Julie Massie

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Jasmine, love, there are no words to adequately describe how thankful I am to have attended your workshop. My fellow workshop friends already said it all, but you are truly the total package girl. Your heart astounds me. Thank you so much for putting so much effort, time, and love into making the workshop such an amazing experience for all of us. You ROCK!

  53. Julie Massie

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Jasmine, love, there are no words to adequately describe how thankful I am to have attended your workshop. My fellow workshop friends already said it all, but you are truly the total package girl. Your heart astounds me. Thank you so much for putting so much effort, time, and love into making the workshop such an amazing experience for all of us. You ROCK!

  54. Vanessa M

    November 21st, 2009 at 2:02 am

    Awesome as always. Dang, that 3rd shot looks like a Shootsac ad 🙂

  55. Ginger Murray

    November 21st, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Absolutely stunning hair and makeup… just WOW. And of course she’s already gorgeous anyway, I’m sure!! I can’t get over her awesome accessories either!
    Looked like a successful workshop–congrats!

  56. ajira

    November 21st, 2009 at 2:13 am

    One of these days, I too will attend your workshop. Saving up for it already.

    I love this shoot so much… what a gorgeous couple, and what a great job on styling… I adore the grey accessories. Just delightful. Oh, and I would love to learn how to get shots like that in harsh light… that’s just awesome!

  57. Jen D.

    November 21st, 2009 at 2:58 am

    LOVE the shoes shot!!!

  58. Amy

    November 21st, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Aww!!! I love Jeff and Ashley! They look HOT 🙂

  59. Johanna Perales

    November 21st, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Hi Jasmine! I’m a long time blog follower and just wanna say thank you so much for being an inspiration to soo many! So before I ask my question I just wanna say I cannot get enough of your pictures, but I am also interested to see what some of your workshop attendees came up with. Is there anyway to (in the future of course) see some of your favorites of their work from the shoot?

  60. natt

    November 21st, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    can ‘t wait to do your jan workshop in sydney =)

  61. Jon Phillips

    November 21st, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    Looks like the workshop was a blast. Wish I could have been there and learned with one of the best.

  62. Mike Reed

    November 21st, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    shooting at 1pm and all natural light with no flash… I’m wowed!

  63. Anouschka

    November 21st, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    It was such an amazing day Jasmine. Again a huge thank you! I feel so blessed to have been able to be part of this. Attending your fabulous workshop was well worth the flight from Holland!
    With much love, anouschka & ray

  64. Therese Beth Photography

    November 21st, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Oh, how I wish at this moment that I was a California girl!

  65. Leyla

    November 21st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Looks like a fun filled day of learning, shooting & making new friends…

    The models were fab as well, and despite the harsh lighting conditions, the end result is awesome!

  66. Leyla

    November 21st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Looks like a fun filled day of learning, shooting & making new friends…

    The models were fab as well, and despite the harsh lighting conditions, the end result is awesome!

  67. Natascha

    November 21st, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    The workshop looks like you all had loads of fun. I like the pictures, especially when you talking with your hands…(I have the feeling that you always talk like that 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.

  68. michelle white

    November 22nd, 2009 at 12:37 am

    oh Jasmine! you are certain FABALISS!!! That’s my word for you!! It was such a pleasure, honor and Joy to meet you, your AWESOME husband JD! and of course you WONDERFUL MOTHER!! This workshop has definitely left a lasting imprint in my life!!! I’m so stoked to put the new things I’ve learned into use. Thank you for opening up your heart, mind, and sweet spirit! you’re a GEM 🙂

  69. ohana photographers

    November 22nd, 2009 at 12:52 am

    i spy cassandra!

  70. grace l

    November 22nd, 2009 at 2:53 am

    thanks so much for everything! your workshop was a blessing I have learned so much in one day then I have reading thousands of books!
    the pictures came out beautiful! Make sure to let me know if your ever in the LA area vegetarian style korean bbq~! 🙂

  71. Anh

    November 22nd, 2009 at 4:19 am

    Would love to attend your workshop one day … I LOVE LOVEEEEEEE your outfit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  72. Noelia Kline

    November 22nd, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Gorgeous pictures, I hope to join you guys at one of your workshops one day when I go to California. Keep it up!

  73. Alicia Swedenborg

    November 22nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Your workshops always looks like so much fun!!! Someday, I will have saved enough money to attend myself. Someday. <3

  74. David Sno

    November 22nd, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    WOW!! Thats Amazing!! Yeah, thats a huggee toughie! Shooting in that harsh light, you handle it soo well! I would love to come back home to Cali and take your workshop! Glad this one turned out to be a HUGE success, but its no surprise! 😉

  75. Felicity

    November 22nd, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Wow, that looks like it was such a great workshop! And almost all girlies too – that’s fantastic!

  76. Jo LeFlufy

    November 22nd, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Oh my! Look at all those Shootsacs! Jessica would be so proud!!

  77. cassandra m

    November 22nd, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I’m not sure if my comments can measure up to the other attendee’s expressions of love, excited, happiness, education & thankfulness. Shows what amazing people you attract J*. I will simply speak from my heart. I feel BLESSED by every possible means!! Your blog has been an inspiration, but to MEET YOU was simply was overwhelming. The investment has already paid for itself and the most amazing thing, the experience will continue to make me a better PERSON & PHOTOGRAPHER! Thank you J*, JD, your Mom, Rose, Jeff, Vivan, Lauryl & the other fab photogs I now call FRIENDS!

  78. Mitchel Wu

    November 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats on what looks to be an amazing workshop. I follow your blog religiously… love your work!

  79. Shuttersnap

    November 22nd, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Your photos are always so beautiful and inspiring – wish you had a few more workshops in Australia!

  80. Bartek Szmigulski

    November 22nd, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I’d love to be there. Great group of photographers, great workshop, wonderful person!
    Cheers from Poland 🙂

  81. Jaleen

    November 23rd, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    You are the best Jasmine. Thank you for sharing yourself with so many of us!!!

  82. Frank Manning

    November 23rd, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Love the pics…maybe one I can come to the east coast for a workshop….hey i rarely see any male photogs, mostly women at these workshops, why is that????

  83. Treva Tribit

    November 23rd, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I sure hope I can sell out workshops someday, my little 5 person workship a few months ago was definitely a blast, and its so inspiring being around fellow photographers! But, I really wanted to say that the way you inspire me most is through your Christian walk…you found a strong, principled Christian for a mentor (DJ) and you put your beliefs out there so the world knows who you are beyond the photography…something I try to do as well, and *that* feeling of community within the world of photographers encourages me daily! Thank you for that.

  84. {15:51} photography

    November 23rd, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Ummm…yeah…totally jealous of every person in that group picture!!!

  85. Erica Velasco

    November 24th, 2009 at 1:26 am


  86. Kelly Braman

    November 24th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    Oh J*! Look at how flippin adorable you look in that Anthropologie dress! *love it, girl!
    Oh, and yes…you rocked it out, as usual!~and with harsh lighting!

  87. Julie Blair

    November 24th, 2009 at 3:01 am

    What a beautiful couple! Great images as usual…

  88. Ashley

    November 24th, 2009 at 9:18 am

    When is the next workshop. I will be in my car driving to California for it. That is for sure. Can’t wait to get updates, I’m on the mailing list. That girl is STUNNING! (I’m sure it was pretty fun for her to be the star of the day. So fun!)

  89. Amber

    November 24th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Your absolutley AMAZING.. I love your work … you inspire me too much….

  90. arielle joy

    November 24th, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Ohh the second shot in B&W is fabulous! I love how creamy your images are!!

  91. Emilie

    November 25th, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Ashley Rose is so cute!!!! Gorgeous photos!!!

  92. Jeanette

    November 27th, 2009 at 5:27 am

    these are the most beautiful photos ever! I absolutly LOVE your work, it’s amazing.

  93. Tim - Wedding Photographer

    November 28th, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Love your style. Thanks for being awesome!

  94. Cathy Crawley

    November 29th, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Only 5 more weeks, OMG I could burst with excitement 🙂

  95. Korey

    December 30th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Ummm can I volunteer to model!? hehehehe