Vancouver, eh?


Yesterday was a great day. Not because I got to visit Canada for the first time in my life, not because JD and I found this amazing Japanese restaurant where they spoke verrry little English, and not because I convinced JD to buy me a jacket from Lululemon because I left mine at home. Actually, those moments made the day special, but what made the day great was the chance to meet an amazing group of photographers in Vancouver.

I spoke at ImageQuest Conference at the River Rock Hotel and being surrounded by such an amazing group of photographers rocked my world. I was incredibly welcomed and I felt like an honorary Canadian. I even tried ending my sentences with eh?, but I was quickly informed that it made me sound like a tourist. Pffft.

JD snapped a few photos of the event, but I was emailed today by Mikaela and she blogged a few photos, so I decided to just borrow hers because, well, if I was being honest, I’m just too tired to edit my own! 😉

Mikaela grabbed this quick photo of me and JD and I really, really love it. Or maybe I just love him. Anyway…it’s here…so deal with it! 😉

I decided to sit at the end of the presentation for Q+A…it was a four-hour presentation, and my heels were not cooperating with me….

To the many amazing photographers who showed up…thank you. I know you heard many different perspectives and opinions during the three-day conference, but I appreciate your willingness to be open. And to share. And laugh. I’m so excited to make my way back to Vancouver soon and when I do, I can’t wait to hang out again! 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Michelle Guzman

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    You and JD are so cute together! Okay, now I want to visit Canada.

  2. Jen Williams

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    From what I’ve heard everyone left Imagequest inspired…so sad I missed it 🙁 I did get to see you speak at WPPI though and you were awesome – TRUFF!! 😀

  3. Jihan Cerda

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Hopefully your new jacket kept you warm. Glad you had fun and have a safe trip back. =)

  4. Michelle Dixon

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Jasmine! thank you SO MUCH for coming here to chat with us yesterday!! I was TOTALLY moved by your session, as I connect with you in so many ways. I have talked about my experience on my blog… if you would like to read it 🙂 and just want you to know that your section of the conference is the one that hits home the hardest. I admire you!!! Thank you so much for coming and just being YOU!

  5. Howard Haby

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Sooo glad you enjoyed your visit to Canada! Like everywhere, you have a lot of fans up here too.

  6. Marissa Rodriguez

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Four hours!? Whoa! I so wish I was there! But I’m sure you did amazing! Love the pic of you and JD!

  7. Lisa

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    You need to come to Michigan!! Love of photo of you and JD!

  8. Emily Hoskins

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    It was so awesome to hear you and meet you, Jasmine. Thanks for coming to Canada!

  9. julie whitlock

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I think you should say eh all you like. I sometimes catch myself saying it and I feel like a cultural stereotype! Love from Canada eh!!

  10. Daniela

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you so much for coming up here. I really enjoyed your presentation and you are soooo funny!!

  11. Natalie Tuggle

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I can’t believe you stood four hours in heals! You really are amazing :).

  12. AmyPunky Photography (Emilie)

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    That photo of JD and you is too cute!!! I love your jacket and your shoes!! 🙂

  13. jamie delaine

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    thanks for coming, eh? — ugh. i feel wrong typing that. ha! loved seeing you speak again jas!

  14. kelsy mccartney

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    you are such a busy woman! i love the fact that you’re willing to genuinely help everyone you encounter. in fact, my photographing partner in crim {my hubby} and i are hoping to meet you at escalate 2010!! you are such an inspiration 🙂

  15. Rebecca

    March 24th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Thank you so much for coming Jasmine! Vancouver <3 ‘s you!

  16. Cait Scott

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    LOVE the picture of you and JD – its a fun and relaxed one of you guys! Wish I could have made the conference.

  17. l2njpx

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, 4 hours! Congratulation!!! I am from Hungary and I love your blog…and want a marriage like your’s:-)))

  18. Lara McAllister

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Thank you so much for coming to Vancouver and sharing so openly with us. You are truly inspiring!


    March 24th, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Oh, I’m so curious which Japanese restaurant you went to if it wasn’t Hapa! There are so many in Vancouver. When you’re back in town, we’ll def hook you up. 🙂 Thanks again for sharing your story and for being so real. I learned a ton and I’m so excited to work on my business. Thanks also to JD for being so great! Hope to see you two again soon. 🙂

  20. Bentley B.

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Wow. I’m a recent fan of you and your work. I didn’t know you were coming to Vancouver at all. And you spoke at River Rock, which is 15 mins. away from where I live. Quite unfortunate for me to miss this 🙁

  21. Rachel Peters Photography

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    Hi Jasmine, I met you in Vegas the night of your big "sold out" presentation!!! I live at the other end of Canada but would have loved to seen you again, except for the 10ish hour flight – would have been there! I am sure that all the photographers you presented to learned a lot! Take Care Eh!

  22. Leyla

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I love that photo of JD & you… it’s got so much warmth and character.. . How did you like Vancouver?

  23. B

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Ohhh, sister child, you’re hair looks fabulous.

  24. Eileen Whitmore

    March 24th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    First of all, I’d like to say, you rocked my world too! I have been so inspired and can’t thank you enough! And it doesn’t matter wether or not you can pass of "eh" you’re an honorary Canadian nonetheless!

  25. Richard Schmon

    March 24th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Jasmine, I absolutely loved your presentation. I learned a ton and had a great time. So glad I busted in on your lunch too!

    Thanks again,


  26. Amy Williams

    March 24th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks so much for sparking our creative juices! (I know they are a little cold up here!!) You rocked the stage heels and all.

  27. melissa

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    You need to come to the Eastern-ish part of Canada next! We’ll welcome you with open arms in Ottawa (the capital of Canada) Jasmine! We love you up here too 🙂

  28. Kare

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Jealous of the West Coast Canadians – I’m going to ask you to come East every chance I get.

  29. JenP

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Seriously, Jasmine, you and JD are my favorite blogging couple EVER!

  30. Rose Dykstra

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    It was such a pleasure meeting you and hearing you speak. You are such an inspiration. Thanks for coming to our neck of the woods and hope you can come back!

  31. Cathy Empey

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    You rocked my world yesterday! Thank you, and so glad to have met you and JD! Please come back and visit again! xo

  32. Anne Adams

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    You know there is a lulu outlet in Vancouver, right ;)?

  33. Sarah Funk

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for coming to see us in Vancouver! I really enjoyed listening to you speak, and despite the way I am sure your feet felt at the end, those shoes were fab!!

  34. s h e r r y

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks SO much for sharing your knowledge! I think you were hilarious!! :):) I hope you enjoyed Vancouver, and I heard you got to check out Lululemon.

  35. Anna Kim

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Okay, I’m surprised you didn’t use ‘eh’ not even once. You must not have been in Canada long enough.

  36. Mikaela

    March 24th, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    What an afternoon of fabulousness and learning! And you rocked it all in heels. Like I said, I’m honored you snagged the photos 🙂 PS don’t worry, we don’t all say eh…

  37. Chantel

    March 24th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Could you and JD get any cuter? Seriously, God was totally showin off when you two got together! F’real! I CANNOT wait for ESCALATE 2010! You truly are a bright star in my life and I am so thankful for who you choose to be in this industry. Blessings to you, JD, Polo and your fabulous business!


  38. Tanya Kaselj

    March 24th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    You are definitely a STAR in my books. You were everything you show to be on your blog plus so much more. Looking to come to a workshop in California this summer if you offer one. You are so inspiring. Truff!

  39. Jillian Kirby

    March 24th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    It was sooo wonderful to have you here… awesome presentation, insightful, entertaining, and nothing but the "truff"!
    Thanks for the great advice re: my chucks and american eagle hoodies! haah!

  40. Deanna McCollum

    March 25th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge. You are were fun and inspiring, excellent presentation. And Caesha says "Hi" back.

  41. Manuella Pararas-Hulbert

    March 25th, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Vancouver was lucky to have you, but like others have mentioned, you need to come see some of the other parts of Canada too. Personally, I think your next stop should be Toronto!!lol. J* in Toronto, has a nice ring to it eh?

  42. jenny

    March 25th, 2010 at 12:37 am

    Vancouver is so fortunate to have you speak ! I’m sure you’re exhausted. Love your jacket btw ( oh and those pretty heels !!)

  43. Shannon

    March 25th, 2010 at 12:39 am

    4 hours presenting in heels. Sounds like a nightmare.

  44. Jenny Sun

    March 25th, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Jasmine, where do you do your shopping! I LOVE ur clothes! That jacket is aweeeesome! 😀

  45. Patti

    March 25th, 2010 at 2:33 am

    Jasmine, I am so happy that you were able to enjoy a little bit of our part of the world! I am sure those Canadians treated you well. I agree with Manuella, Toronto is a lovely place to visit! If you would ever like to venture this way let Brent and I know and we would be more than happy to help arrange anything you and JD would need. It would be great to see you guys again eh!

  46. Camillia

    March 25th, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Jasmine…thank you. I’m pretty sure you changed my life. I am oddly in love with you. Is that weird?

    I hope in 5 years I’ll meet you again with my own success story…


  47. Peggy Millar

    March 25th, 2010 at 3:39 am

    Wow! Four hours went by way too fast! You rocked the podium big time. After all I learned at IQ this weekend, the most valuable lesson was, without a doubt "keeping it real".

  48. Lydia

    March 25th, 2010 at 3:45 am

    LOVE the picture of you and JD!

  49. gladys jem

    March 25th, 2010 at 3:52 am

    the photo of you and jd melts my heart. love it.

  50. Blair

    March 25th, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Jasmine!! Come to Calgary we love you here too!

  51. Lindsay

    March 25th, 2010 at 4:30 am

    I love that you loved it here. You are amazing. Please come back soon!!!!

  52. kira lauren photo

    March 25th, 2010 at 4:51 am

    ok, jasmine. seriously. where did you get that blazer!?

  53. bethany schiedel

    March 25th, 2010 at 6:33 am

    you were inspiring!!! thank you so much for your southern truffff!
    i am so charged! i was "toying" with the idea of revamping my business… now… it’s happening! I’m changing everything and I am so so stoked! thanks for the Life 😉

  54. Kim Spears

    March 25th, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Jasmine, it was a dream come true getting to watch you speak. I met you with CJ and kicked myself after for not getting a photo with you, which I am thinking means I hope to meet you again someday and make that happen 😉 You are an inspiration in so many ways and I am excited to start making some fabulous changes to my business. Thank you for coming to see us! I hope you felt welcomed and enjoyed our beautiful westcoast. Thanks for sharing nothing but Truff !!

  55. Katie Whitcomb

    March 25th, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I’m glad to know I’m not the only one that is determined to wear heels for a long period of time.

  56. Natascha

    March 25th, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    You are amazing "little shrimp" 🙂

  57. Derek Frenzel

    March 25th, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Go Canadia! Vancouver is one of my favorite big cities; glad you had a chance to visit.

  58. Barbara Halstead

    March 25th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I would love to see your presentation…if you are ever in Seattle let me know!

  59. cassandra-m

    March 25th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    What an amazing opportunity and honor. congrats. I imagine your presentation simply ROCKED!

  60. Oswaldo Acevedo

    March 25th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Great work Jasmine, Keren & Pieter you look excellent.

  61. Patti

    March 26th, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I forgot to ask… did Polo come with you and JD to Canada and wear his little Canadian shirt? Does it fit?

  62. Heidi Massie

    March 26th, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Jasmine, you have made me a fanatic. Thank you so much for coming to our "cold" city and speaking the troof to us. You rocked!

  63. Brent Pilgrim

    March 26th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I 2nd what Patti wrote! We’d love to help!

  64. sarah r

    March 26th, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Very good talk Jasmine. You are a talented speaker and don’t worry if you didn’t get any *AMENS*, we were all just being quiet well behaved Candians ;). Thank you for sharing your experiences…

  65. Stephanie Stewart

    March 26th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Congrats, Jasmine! And love that photo of you and JD, sooo cute!!!

  66. amanda thiessen

    March 26th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    such a cute picture of you and jd!!!! and so awesome you guys are making your way around the globe! 😉 awesome!

  67. feuza

    March 27th, 2010 at 4:36 am

    that is so cool eh,

  68. Therese

    March 30th, 2010 at 12:55 am


  69. Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz

    April 5th, 2010 at 5:26 am

    OOOOhhhh I am so sad I missed it 🙁

  70. Carolina Thompson

    April 15th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    You should come to Brazil. I am reading all of your posts, and I loved your job! Thank you for share that with us.

  71. Joee

    April 17th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    J*, you need to seriously come to Toronto ! If you do, let me know. I will take care of all the arrangements.

  72. darciesutherland

    June 25th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Jasmine I just read this post, come to Toronto!!! You can stay conmigo!!! LOL