Win a FREE Guest Sign In Album


It always feel like Christmas when the Leather Craftsmen courier appears on my doorstep with an array of boxes for me. The minute I say thanks and close the door, I squeal with excitement to see what’s in store. Like always, I’m thrilled when I see my clients’ wedding or engagement albums. It’s such a perfect way to memorialize the wedding day and every album is perfect in its own way.

Yesterday I received Damaris and Donald’s Guest Sign In Album, and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face…it was truly the perfect documentation of their engagement session. Like I mentioned in the past, most my clients order Guest Sign In albums and have their wedding guests sign it at the wedding reception. At the end of the wedding night, I always take a peek at the final result and I adore seeing love messages fill the pages and make the album that much better.

I called my good friend Ira Gershoff at Leather Craftsmen and asked if he’d be able to give one lucky blog winner a FREE 15 page/30 side Engagement/Guest Sign In album and he was all for it! HOLLLA! Normally, a LC client must order a Print&Bind album 10×10 or larger to qualify for the Companion Album, but Ira is hooking up the winner with no strings attached. He’s the best! To read more about Leather Craftsmen’s Companion Albums, I blogged about them in this post, so check it out.

Here are the rules for the contest:
*You must leave a comment of something you’re thankful for…and get creative! Yes, I know you love your spouse and kids, but have a little fun with this!
*You must leave a valid email address as this will be the point of contact.
*One entry per person.
*Deadline for entries: Sunday, August 23, 2009 @ 8pm PST
*The winner will be announced next week.

Here’s a couple snapshots from the Guest Sign In Album…

Okay, so I can admit it…when Damaris asked for this replicated spread from my blog, my heart smiled…I have the best clients ever!

If you’d like more info regarding the Companion Albums, feel free to email Ira (…as I’m sure he’ll answer you WAY faster than I could! πŸ™‚
If you’re new to Leather Craftsmen, you can receive a 50% Discount for your first print&bind sample album if you use the Jasmine50StudioSample. Also, if you’re a new client, you can also receive a 15% Discount for your first print&bind client album if you use Jasmine15Discount.

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  1. Elaine

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I’m thankful that you are running this contest…(simple, but true!)

  2. Melissa Blue

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    I am thankful for my love of reading. I love reading mysteries, magazines, the Bible, Jane Austen, and now, business books–which have helped me be more creative in my business! I think you are what you read, and I want to better than I am!

  3. terri zollinger

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    i am thankful for every breath i take …. thankful for the wonder of life and all it has to offer πŸ˜‰

  4. Charlotte

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I’m thankful for the makers of Puff’s Plus tissues. They’ve kept my son and me from turning into rapid pitbulls while we both had the flu this past week!

  5. Dawn R

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I am thankful for so many things right now, but I have to say at this moment right now it is the fact that my 10-year-old nephew, who has been diagnosed with Leukemia, went through one chemo treatment and it took care of all but 5% of the cancer in his body!!!! God is amazing! Things were not looking good for my nephew at all, but with lots of prayer and being the strong little guy he is, he is getting better, very rapidly. πŸ™‚

    I would also like to say that I am thankful for you, Jasmine. No, really, I am! Your blog inspires and helps me every single day. I have learned so much from you, and your posts are so beautiful, wonderful, and heartfelt, and I enjoy them more than you’ll ever know, as I’m sure all of your readers do.

    Thank you for the contest, J. Keeping my fingers crossed. πŸ™‚

  6. ohana photographers

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    creative huh. hmmm….let me get back to you on that one πŸ™‚

  7. Lerissa

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    I am thankful for where God has put me. No one has a choice or control over what family they’re born into, what country. I am thankful that God has placed me in America….in my family. These are things I could not have chosen, but I am SO thankful for.

  8. Christina

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    ooh, fun… I want one!

  9. Ayesha

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    how awsome is that…. your genorosity rocks xx

  10. Gabriel Gonzalez

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I’m grateful that even though my wife is out of a job… this situation has given her the opportunity to follow her dreams and try to make them happen.

  11. Chrystal

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Hmmm, Thankful for.. My God, and the usuals (kids, fam, friends, health and happieness)
    then the great things such as the wonderful internet where I can find a plethora of information and keep this dream of photography going. Also cheese fries!!

  12. Ayesha

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    ooops i was excited i was 1st lol

    im thankful for my 2 beautiful girls and my husband i truely would be lost without them

  13. Bree Hester

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I am thankful for Diet Coke. It makes me happy many, many times a day.

  14. Josh Ulmer

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I’m really thankful for my site…I’m a that might seem a typical thing to say..but really it comes down to being able to see in front of me every day the majesty of God…in all that is around me!

    I’m thankful that though I might not always have money or wants..that I have my eyes to see His wonderful creation & glory everyday!

  15. Christine (Artemis Clover Photo)

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    i am thankful for the confidence in myself i have built over the years.

  16. Atlanta Wedding Photographer Lauren Wright

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I am SO thankful for treadmills and elliptical machines with built in TVs. Now I can work it out AND watch designers make it work on Project Runway.. at the same time! πŸ™‚

  17. Nicky Peterson

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    I am super thankful for all the ways that I am able to just be creative! Through my camera, computer, beading, knitting! I am thankful for my eye sight and ability to hear!

    Love your blog!

  18. Alan Amato

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I’m thankful for….
    Being given the courage and encouragement to shoot my two great friend’s wedding in June. They entrusted their wedding day memories to me and I tried to employ many of the great ideas, tips, and that personal connection with my clients (friends) that I read about on Jasmine’s site every day. Thanks, Jasmine.

  19. Michelle sidles

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I am SO GRATEFUL for high speed internet access! How else would I tweet, update my status, stalk COOL blogs and download music from itunes ALL at the same time!! πŸ™‚ Cancelled our cable TV this year as a family experiment BUT there was NO WAY we were cancelling our high speed internet! πŸ˜‰

  20. Kevin

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    I am thankful for contests. In some weird way they give a sense of happiness…kinda of like an internet scratch ticket of sorts. Ya you are unsure of the results…but it is always fun to play. I am thankful that if I win this contest I would be able to give a great gift to my clients whose wedding I am shooting on Sept. 6th. Thanks for having this contest!

  21. karen

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    thankful for where i am right now, its not perfect but it makes me feel alive.

  22. Stephanie Greenwell

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I’m grateful for my blood sugar being normal since finding out I have gestational diabetes! Fo’ real! This is my 3rd pregnancy and never experienced pricking my finger 3x’s a day, but all is good in the world because my blood sugar is just fine! πŸ™‚

  23. Jessica Lee

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Ok. I’m thankful for who ever thought of filtered water. πŸ™‚ oh and I’m thankful for the blood of Jesus. Always!!!

  24. Denise Karis

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I am thankful for words. I love reading. I love the way people can piece words together to make me cry and laugh at the same time. I love books and blogs alike. I love writing poems that no one else will ever see. I love and am thankful for words πŸ™‚

  25. TH

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    I’m thankful for the fact that when I wake up in the morning, I know that my family (mom, dad, sis) are all well half way around the world. And since I have 12-hour time difference between where I am and many of my friends, I’m thankful for staying younger than them by 12 hours! Yay! I don’t want to grow old, well, older but non-wiser. And I would be very thankful if I win this!

  26. Jessica Lee

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I’m thankful for filtered water!! Give a shout out to filtration systems!! Hip Hip Hooooooray!!! *But most importantly I’m thankful for the blood of Jesus!!!

  27. Christine AKA @FandangoChica

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    First? Sweet.
    I’m thankful for so many things, but this morning I was able to help brighten a patient’s day, and I was so encouraged. I’m thankful for God’s reminders that my life could be so much worse, and for the opportunity to make someone smile who doesn’t seem to have many reasons to do so!

  28. Diana Rush

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    This is exactly what I’m thankful for this morning (I was already thinking this)… I am thankful that even when I feel completely exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed out about my little beginnings of a business, and when I’m having trouble figuring out how to balance my family, full time job, the taking of classes, ministries at church & my business, that God can carry you through if you lean on him (literally I was singing Lean On Me yesterday). I am to the crying and running out of steam point in my business, so I am putting faith in God & trusting that He will carry me through these times! (ok, so this might sound totally cheesy, but it’s what I’m thankful for right now in the this moment)… now back to my day job!

  29. Alej Keigan

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    That looks really nice! The thing I am most thankful for at this very moment is that I just learned my hospitalized baby kitty Oliver is coming home today! I visited him yesterday and he looked so depressed and unhappy in a cage with iv, etc…So my most immediate gratefulness is that he’s doing well enough to bring him home in a few short hours.

  30. Raquita

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    This is easy today I am so thankful for my husband and his super awesome motivational speech that contained not only a Nemo/Dori video link (just keep swimming!!! I love to SWIMMMM! but always says what I need to hear not what I want to hear – and my boss’ boss who baiscally came behind him and cosigned everything he said on purpose.

    and Zack Arias for kickin me off hte dock with his blog posts from the last two days..

    yep real easy to know what I am grateful for today.

    ……just keep swimming..

  31. Jessica

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    I am greatful for life-changing experiences like my time living in Israel doing volunteer work. I had to pay my way to be able to do that trip but what I gained from it was worth so much more. I learned what the most important things in life are, like being able to serve someone else and just appreciating everything you have. I learned what I was capable of and that from then on I wanted to live my life always remembering what is really important. That trip had a profound effect on my life and for that I am truly thankful!

  32. Erin Hoffman

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    It’s funny you should have a post today about being thankful. I had a big realization last night about this exact thing.
    I was reading a friends journal entry about her son’s battle with a brain tumor. She was talking about how God’s hand is in all that we do, and that coincidences are more often God’s will at work. Whoa! Talk about a wake up call! So, today, I am thankful for the ability to "see" God in a new light. To realize that what I’ve always seen as luck or coincidences are really God showing me his love and providing for my every need.

  33. Tommy Huynh

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I am thankful for all the veteran pro photographers (Kevin, Jasmine, Gene, Jules, Scott, Ann etc…!) in the industry who has paved the way for new comers.

    Thank you for all the workshops, business classes, marketing tips & advice, and countless photoshop courses. New photographers actually have a chance to make their mark, more than ever before.

    The industry has never been buzzing with so much excitement like this!

    Hopefully, all this will last!


  34. Glenda

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Wow how sweet that would be!!

  35. Anda

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I’m thankful that I work at a library with a huge lost-and-found box. Because on days like today, when it’s pouring rain, I will always have an umbrella to borrow from said lost-and-found box for my walk home πŸ™‚

  36. Erica M

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I am thankful for a stranger, a child, actually teaching me about understanding and patience yesterday. From my blogpost…

    They come into the library weekly to peruse the internet and search the shelves for new finds. Today they approached me silently. The girl greeted me and reached into her mother’s handbag, fumbling through it, then pulling out a wallet. She looked up at her mother to get an indication of which pocket the library card was in. They communicated silently. Through looks and minute gestures that are unreadable to anyone but them. But they communicate just as quickly as any two people would when speaking aloud. I too am speechless, but smiling, just watching the small scene unfold. The daughter can’t be more than ten years old but there is already so much patience and understanding in her eyes. Her mother can not speak, only soft inaudible murmurs, her body has experienced some sort of illness, probably a stroke. She relies on her daughter to understand her. To speak for her. To fold a piece of paper for her. And her daughter does all these things not just willingly nor begrudgingly. She is happy to do it, but not overly happy. She is not taking pride nor being boastful in her tasks. She looks at her mother with respect. They communicate, again silently. The mother smiles. The daughter laughs. And the only person the joke is lost on is me. And it was so beautiful.

    I am thankful for what I have. Not only for my health but for my family and friends. And I want to remember to help them. Not just willingly. Not begrudgingly. Without taking pride. Without being boastful. But with a sense of understanding and patience.

  37. Patti Mustain

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    I am amazingly thankful for the basics of life…in these tough economic times I believe that we are still blessed by God and need to be extra grateful for our cupboards being stocked, our gas tanks being full, our beds being soft and our family’s arms around us.

  38. Heather Barnes

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Jasmine, I LOVE your work! I am VERY thankful for my best friend Jessica Hicks ( she is an amazing photographer and if it’s even possible an even better friend. She has been an inspiration to me and she has been great enough to take the time to teach me her passion! I am new to photography, and have a lot to learn…and I am thankful that I have her to guide me along the way. She is the strongest person I know, just recently loosing her father (also a photographer and HER inspiration for her work) and has been so strong and inspiring through everything. I am very greatful to have such a friend and inspiration in my life!

  39. synda rorex

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I love your work, you are a true inspiration. Not to mention, you are totally adorable.

  40. Lori Anderson

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    We have a lot to be thankful for, but at the top of my list right now…glow sticks and game of Skipbo. These two things capped off fun weekend reconnecting with friends while camping in the mountains.

  41. Michelle

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I am thankful for my parents. The unconditional love they have always given me. Their guidance. Their example of what a relationship with God is all about. For taking us to church each week. For being awesome grandparents to my children. For always putting all of us kids first! For showing us that family is everything! And of course for all of the wonderful family vacations!

  42. Julia Holman

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I am thankful for the beautiful light today and my life and relationship with God that gives me assurance each day and for my sweet Doggie who loves me regardless of how moody I can be…

  43. Aynsley Gibson

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I am thankful that, although it doesn’t seem like it at times, there are still kind and courteous people in the world that don’t rush in the elevator before you can get off, will let you merge into traffic without trying to run over you, and believe "please", "thank you" and "you’re welcome" are still magic words.

  44. Beth

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    oh cool Jasmine! I am thankful for life and thankful to the fullness of it God gives me πŸ™‚

  45. Alex Nelson

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Looks like a great quality album. How did you decide to use them in the 1st place?

  46. Ellen Stephens

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Hey Jasmine, thanks so much for this opportunity to shout out why I am thankful. Most every day of my life I am thankful for Revlon, Maybelline, Beauti-Control, etc. etc. Yes, you guessed it –makeup. I know in the eyes of God I am beautiful but in the eyes of everyone else, jezz, they are begging me to slap the makeup on. It’s indulging but a necessity around here. Thanks for letting me have a lil fun!

  47. Shannon

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    I am thankful for pistachio ice cream with no nuts from Carvel’s πŸ™‚ Much more to be thankful for but that is my creative way of answering πŸ™‚
    Mmm… I could go for a big scoop right now! πŸ™‚

  48. james clark

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    Hola!!! I’m thankful for God’s mercy and grace and the fact that when I’m down and feel like the world wants to squash me and my photography business, His Word says that "Greater is the One who is in you than anyone who can be against you."

  49. Brown Girl

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I am thankful for my eye sight. My aunt who is not even 40 will be fully blind in a couple of years due to a rare genetic eye disease. Over drinks last night she said that she wishes she could see her daughter get married before she goes completely blind which likely won’t happen. It made me realize how many things I take for granted. I am so thankful for the ability to see my dogs smiling faces each day and my finances huge grin when his ‘team’ wins the game. Thanks for the giveaway and always sharing your beautiful photos with us!

  50. Yvonne LeBrun

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    One thing I’m thankful for is my computer. Seriously! Not only does it allow me to be in touch with so many friends who are spread across the world, blogstalk AWESOME (J* totally pulling out the big guns here!) photographers, download and organize my LIFE… oh and photos! but right now, it allows me to SEE my hubby who is deployed. With out my computer I would of been spending the last 6 months more alone than ever. It’s kept me sane and drove me insane at the same time! So… to the PC I so frequently swear at, soemtimes, shut down with out waiting for the prompt, often forget to back up, run updates and generally degraf… I am THANKFUL for you! Thanks for being MY PC! PS… don’t tell PC that I’m getting a mac as soon as hubby gets home! πŸ˜‰

  51. Brooke

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I am thankful that I survive everyday with two preteens…and thru it all they get just as excited about photography as I do.

  52. Brooke

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I am thankful that I survive everyday with two preteens…and thru it all they get just as excited about photography as I do.

  53. Otto Rascon

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I am so thankful for my pillow. Yes, my pillow. It is soft and cushy and it makes me go to my happy place every night. It also supports my wife’s head when we watch a movie and she lays her head on my lap. I also use it to pillow fight with my 2 year old daughter. My pillow. I am thankful for it.

  54. Jamie

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    I am truly thankful for peanut butter. The amazing noise the foil top makes when you peel it back for the first time, the spoon filled with it and M&M’s piled on the top. Filling the core of an apple with it. The way it makes my daughter, my husband and myself smile alike. The way it can always make you feel at home no matter where you are.

  55. Melinda M

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I am thankful for technology that allows me to book flights to see my immediate family 3,000 miles away (and spread across three countries) and allows me to video chat with my husband when he’s gone for days or weeks at a time. I am thankful for handwritten notes of love and friendship received via snail mail. For sudoku, tea & honey and solitaire.

  56. Meegan Weaver

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I am super thankful for obviously my family, friends, and clients… but also for Braums frozen yogurt… makes a bad day good at the end of the day! and makes me feel like im not getting as many calories as i would real ice cream =)

  57. Melinda M

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    I am thankful for technology that allows me to book flights to see my immediate family 3,000 miles away (and spread across three countries) and allows me to video chat with my husband when he’s gone for days or weeks at a time. I am thankful for handwritten notes of love and friendship received via snail mail. For sudoku, tea & honey and solitaire.

  58. jeannine

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    this is such an awesome contest, i am thankful for it. i am also thankful to wake up with the sun shining and the ocean just steps away from my office <3

  59. jessica cornett

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Every single day I am thankful that there is a God in Heaven who loves me enough to open doors and provide a way for me to be a photographer. What a gift. what a dream come true. It’s seriously humbling.

  60. Oana Befort

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    I love it!

  61. geanette

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Holla! I have been wanting to try them!!

  62. katie denise

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Your albums are always beautiful. I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

  63. Catlin Humes

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I am thankful for being sick. It allows me to appreciate how I feel when I’m NOT sick.

  64. Meg

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    I just posted a twitter about this…. but I am thankful that I get to be reminded of the power of love every weekend! What could be better than this job?

  65. Cristina Giurgea

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Apart from good health, a loving family and great friends there is always one more thing I like to thank God for every day. My talent. It is a gift not everyone gets. The recipient of such an extraordinary gift is β€œhand-picked” by God. As a photographer, you have the ability to see what others cannot, to feel what others don’t feel. Every picture is a mental image that you create. And through art, you are given the ability to share that with the world. Everyone creates images with their minds, but only few can call those images photographs.

  66. jane button

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    hollaaaa! nice album, as ususal πŸ™‚ thanks for the info!

  67. Emily

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Your work always inspires. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  68. Charla

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’m thankful that the sun in shining because when you live on the most easterly point of Canada that doesn’t happen very often. And I’m really thankful that I get to meet Mike Colon in NYC at the end of October!

  69. Amanda

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’m thankful for my Dyson vacuum. With two kids and a dog… well, if I didn’t have it I’d be fluffy with dog hair and covered in honey nut cheerios!

  70. Kellie Carter

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I am so thankful for wonderful photographers who are so grateful about sharing their love for what they do with people like me! =]

  71. Jackie Beale

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I am thankful for inventions, and how there are people out there who are constantly being inspired to invent new practical things that make our lives SO MUCH EASIER! I can’t imagine my life without: the light bulb, A/C units, washing machines and most of all, dishwashers! Love the chocolate album btw, thanks for the contest Jasmine πŸ™‚

  72. Assaf

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    I’m thankful that I picked up that camera for the first time! It’s been an amazing journey that just gets better and better

  73. Jesica

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Jasmine – I love your photography. I have literally looked at your website for hours on end – and I’m not even close to being engaged/married!! hah.

    Anyways – I am thankful for my brain. It has powered me through my first year of nursing school with a 4.0 GPA!! I am SO ready for year number 2!!

  74. lora

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    How likely would it be for the 1st person to comment to win?? I say VERY..pick me! I need to get this album thing figured out. πŸ™‚

  75. JaeKae Deatherage

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    As you stated, I am thankful for my four beautiful monkey kids and my loving husband, but above that; I am thankful for the eyes I was given: aside from complements how pretty the look from the outside, its the inside that matters. They allow me to see beyond the beauty around me and truly see memories for people.
    My hands: They allow me to hold my monster size D300 for 7 hours at a wedding. They control my fingers to be able to quickly switch shooting modes and still click the perfect picture.
    My knees: they hurt like hell after a wedding, but allow me to use them to get the perfect angles.
    My feet: sore and blistered, because no shoes are comfortable for a 7 hour wedding, they have carried me this far in life and I am thankful for every blister and callus.
    Most of all, I am thankful for my courage and will power: it took courage to get my business license and takes courage daily to not fold if I don’t have weddings booked for a month, takes courage to present myself to a client so they will use my services and it takes will power to stop playing FARKLE on facebook and edit wedding pictures!
    Thank you for your consideration, this was a fun look into myself.

  76. Brooke

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I am thankful that I survived another day with two preteens. Even more thankful that they get excited about photograhy

  77. kellyhicks

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I am thankful for rainbows which I believe are little reminders of God’s promises, hope and his unconditional love for us πŸ™‚

  78. Emily Slaughter

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Honestly, I’m thankful for high school seniors. Right about the time when I feel my creativity lagging, I’m getting tired of the same things with family shoots (imposed, not by what I’d like to do), I feel like I’m repeating the same poses (even though I’m usually not..), or just times when business is slow, I find a high school senior who just blows me away. They’ve thought about what they want, they bring in magazine tearouts and tons of clothes and accessories for us to play with, and then I get to just cut loose. It’s such fun! It’s never work!!!

  79. Leah

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    My 25th birthday is on Sunday, and I am extremely thankful that I am living a better and even more amazing life at this age than I ever imagined or dreamed for myself as a child.

  80. Leyla N

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I am grateful to be Human.
    To be alive,
    To be able to breath,
    And see & hear
    And be limitless if I choose to be
    I am grateful to be able to Love & Be Loved
    I am grateful for sunshine & rain & water & fire..

    I am grateful for Life

    Keep Smiling =)

  81. lora

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    oops, got too excited! I’m so extremely thankful for a God who loves me, and gives me a new beginning every day. His grace is amazing, and his gifts are never ending.

  82. kristen holly

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Gorgeous album! I’m thankful that I live in a state that beautifully handles changes of seasons… and I must admit, I’m a little excited for the fall wedding season! πŸ™‚

  83. Katie

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I’m thankful that when I was 15 years old and working my first job at Arctic Circle, that my dad made me ride my bike about 8 miles to work when I was late, to teach me the importance of having a job and making it there no matter what. I was running late and told him I would just call in sick and he made me go anyway. It taught me the importance of responsibility and living up to your obligations. I’m a better person and harder worker because of that one moment; where I hated my dad for making me ride my bike in my uniform, through town, to go to a $4.25//hour job. I love my dad!

  84. Janelle Zeller

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    I have much to be thankful for…but I am thankful for who God made me. That I can celebrate who I am in Him. That He loves me more than my mind and heart can fathom. Yes, truly I am thankful for that.

  85. Chris Stern

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    My name is Christopher Stern. I am thankful for my Cochlear Implants.

    I have been hearing impaired all my life and wore hearing aids until I experienced additional loss of hearing in February 2005. After numerous hearing tests, I was approved for my first Cochlear Implant in June 2006. A year later, I received approval for my second implant in July 2007. I am happy to say that both implants were a success and I am hearing more than ever before.

    Here is an example of I how privileged I am to receive this technology. Soon after receiving my first cochlear implant, I was on a ride with my in&#8209;laws. We pulled over to the side of the road and my mother&#8209;in&#8209;law asked if I heard the sound outside the vehicle. The sound was of a cricket chirping and it was the first time I had heard one. The power of this technology is amazing and I can only imagine what is in store for the future.

    To give back, I am participating in the New England Walk4Hearing on October 25th at Artesani Park in Boston, MA to help raise money for the hearing loss community.

    For more information about the Walk4Hearing, I encourage you to visit the website at

  86. Ray Ferguson

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    I am wildly blessed to be able to capture the love, laughter, beauty, and utter joy in my clients’ lives. No other professionals are as lucky as photographers!

  87. Rachel Clare

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    After listening to an NPR interview this week about the millions of American adults who can’t read, I’m so grateful I can. I’m grateful that I can get lost in a book and read to my children. I realize it’s a blessing most of us totally take for granted. I don’t anymore.

  88. Krysta

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Something I’m thankful for? Hmm … I’m thankful to be alive! This life goes by so fast and there is so much evil in it. But there is also so much good. My life seems to be falling apart but I just remember that everyday can be started anew and I’ll be okay. … Something funny I’m thankful for are Grobanites! Josh Groban’s fans are the greatest! Love you all! <3

  89. Marissa Rodriguez

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I’m thankful for my hair straightener. Without it, my bangs would be a hot mess!!! πŸ™‚

  90. Jennifer Skoog

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Awww! Cool contest, I don’t usually enter any but today’s a new day!! πŸ™‚
    I am thankful for the rainy days as they make the sunny ones that much more brilliant. (Literally and figuratively).

  91. Rachel

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Found your blog through Kristen Leigh. I think you’re awesome!!

  92. Jen Roh

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I’m thankful for the heavy equipment that I lug around — tripods & cameras/camcorders and all — because slowly but surely, my arms are getting CUT.

    LOVE your blog, Jasmine!

  93. neal carpenter

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I am very thankful for RAW!

  94. Katie J

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    Wow, this is amazing!

    Thankful… I am most thankful today for the window washers that just cleaned the one window in our office. The office archivist has stacked boxes so high up the window sill that the sunlight can only peak in at the very top. And now that the window has been cleared of all the pollen and environmental pollutants, there is stronger ray of sun coming into the room. It’s the only connection I have to the outdoors during the workday, saving me from all the artificial lighting in this office building!

  95. Stephanie Snyder

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I am thankful for this talent and passion that God has given me, and thankful that I’m so blessed to be able to follow this dream. I’m also thankful for people like you, Jasmine, who help all of us who are striving to succeed and learn, get there a little bit more knowledgeable day-by-day.

  96. Tina

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    This is not nearly as deep as the other entries, but I’m thankful for finding Big Sexy Hair hairspray:) My hair is so straight and thick that it would always fall out of any type of updo I attempted, but now it stays put no matter what (like at a 10 hour wedding) and I feel like a new woman with all my new-found updo possibilities:)

  97. Courtney

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    I’m thankful that in only 5 more days I will be living my dream of being a self employed full time photographer!!!!! :):)

  98. Rebekah

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    the sighs of a newborn, the smell of fresh oatmeal cookies, the feel of dirt between my toes, rainy days, blue eyes and blond curls, warm wind in my face… it’s a wonderful world after all.

  99. Karen Long

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Something I’m thankful for?! Oh that’s easy peasy lemon squeezy!! I’m thankful for the fabulous Tokyo Restaurant in Huntsville Alabama which has THE BEST chef, which we adoringly call "Transformer guy" because his hat is adorned with Transformers fabric! (we also like you, "Cars guy", but TG, you’ve got our hearts)… more thankfulness goes out to the Dr Pepper manufacturers, the inventors of Southern Sweet Tea, my sweet doggie Beau for running to me everyday as if he’s been on a desolate island for years and I’m the only human that came to rescue him, I’m thankful for my laptop for keeping all my windows open and quickly accessible (I tend to have many apps running at once cuz I’m just multi-taskingly fabulous like that), I’m thankful for Ms Elaine running my paycheck again this week after I washed the first one, I’m thankful for my SUV for being so reliable as to get us from here to there, I’m thankful for my stove working even though it knows its just "being used… I admittedly don’t give it enough attention (I’ll try to do better, but not during football season), I’m thankful for the FedEx guy that just shared his "I fell going up the stairs, but I’m ok" story with me…I’m thankful for Natalie Norton & Digital-Photography-School for teaching me how to use my camera, I’m thankful for you, Jasmine Star, for sharing so transparently on your blog and letting me into your life and mind even though you have no idea who I am… (I think if you realized how much "I heart u", you’d probably ban me)… and last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for my Savior that snatched my soul from the pit, my kids and hubby for loving me through my forgetfulness, craziness and "stand right there and smile"sessions, and for just being them… I could go on and on and on, but I think this will do for now, I’d hate to keep you here for hours… but beware, I could.

  100. joop Rubens

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    This morning I spent a full hour on a bench in the park, talking with aa old blind man. We did not know each other. Jeff was born blind. Ironically he gave me insights to the things I merely see. Thanks Jeff.

  101. Carrie Ayn

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Your albums are absolutely stunning! I hope I can be a good as you someday. Thank you for sharing your work and your words. All my best…..

  102. Lisa

    August 21st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Well, at the moment I am deeply grateful that no one in my family EVER throws anything away, because I just found a box full of clothes I used to wear 18 years ago (sad, but true – I apparently still own these entertainingly hideous clothes!) and I now have the PERFECT wardrobe for an 80’s party I’m attending next weekend. I’m also grateful that after all these years, everything still fits… πŸ™‚

  103. Melissa Gartner

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I am thankful that God sent his one and only son to die on the cross for my sins so that I can spend eternity with him!! Praise the LORD!!

  104. Joncee May

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I am thankful for my relationship with my grandmother. Her health is not so great and I know we will be loosing her soon, but she has taught me MANY great things. Like how to cook, how to garden, and how to act with respect and dignity. I am very thankful that she has been a part of my life, and for the memories I have with her!

  105. Sia

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    I’m thankful that life is full of risks. I’m thankful for that feeling you get when you don’t know what is going to happen but you know the potential for reward is so great. Oh and of course a nice bag of sweet maui onion chips and a diet coke! As always your work is beautiful!

  106. Jami

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I am thankful that my summer nanny experiment is finally over and I won’t come home to a bigger mess in the house than when I left it.

  107. Carrie Ayn

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    What a goof! I forgot to put what I am thankful for….. Well, you of course! I am also thankful for kids who have and use manners. So many kids today don’t use manners because they are not taught. It is so refreshing when one uses them! That maks me happy and thankful….

  108. Vanessa Clark

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I am thankful to have my mother! I say this because she made the sacrifice to leave her native country in Central America to provide a better future for me in the United States. To leave behind your entire family at the age of 26 to come to the US alone with a young child and start a new life is the most difficult thing to do if you ask me. At her age, I couldn’t fathom leaving my family behind to begin a new life in a foreign country. To this day, my mother has demonstrated to be truly loving, caring, and most of all, completely self-less. I am truly blessed and thankful to have her as my mom.

  109. Jen

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I am thankful for Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Without it, all the other people and things I’m thankful for wouldn’t happen the way I remember them! And a HUGE thank you to you, Jasmine – the way you share is just amazing.

  110. emily

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I am thankful for the wonderful, kind, patient dental hygienist that put up with my screaming wailing unreasonable child this morning as she flipped out over the lack of cherry toothpaste.

  111. Judy

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I am thankful for Pandora. Whether I am in a Tupac Shakur, Taylor Swift, or Frank Sinatra mood, it finds it and helps me get through the day.

    Pandora, it what gets me through the day sometimes. It’s better than crack! (technically, anything is better than crack)

  112. Alex Canada

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I’m thankful that my kids still love me when I get foolishly upset or impatient. I am thankful my wife tells me I love you before we go to sleep every night, even though I put my foot in my mouth or said something without thinking. Most of all, I thank God for the blessings given to me everyday of my life.

  113. Tasha

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    So hopefully this doesn’t sound too corny, but I’m so thankful for my eyesight. I have always had a love of and for photography but I never got serious about it until a year and a half ago. I think many times, we take the simple. little things for granted so to be able to capture them, not only for myself, but for others to see and enjoy for many years is truly a beautiful gift!

  114. Julie G

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    Well, for the past 21 days I’ve considered writing you but always backed out until today. On Aug 1st I had my first wedding and along with everyone else I had a blast to say the least! AND from just this first wedding, I booked 6 more! I cannot believe it! I am just overwhelmed and have had alot of "laughing tears" as of late.
    I met you nearly a year ago:
    I felt so deceitful because i wanst even a wedding photographer but there was in a room full of them.
    I learned so much from you and DJ, and now a year later here I am beginning my own adventure. I have so much to do! Currently someone is working on a logo for me, and I hired a friend to work on a promo,intro video as well, and I am in the midst of working on my show it site.
    Everything is so crazy and surreal, but I love it! Thank you for your FAQ posts, goodness I learned so much from them! I practiced shooting manual all winter! I have to keep pinching myself! Thank you Jasmine for your generosity and passion, and thank you to JD & Polo as well. Love, Julie Gendron

  115. Melissa

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I am thankful to be a stay-at-home mom though I feel like I’m living on the brink of poverty. ha ha

  116. Jenna

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    I am thankful for a lot of things every day but lately I am most thankful for my camera! My husband got it for me about a year ago and it has totally led me into a new and creative world I never knew existed!

  117. tracy

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Well aside from all the non-shallow things that I am thankful for…my creative thing is

    Digital photography. -I am so thankful to be able to see the picture instantaneously! Helps me improve!

  118. Corneli

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    I’m thankful for blossom.
    Just google blossom (pictures) and it should make anybody smile.

  119. Alana

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    I’m thankful for 7:30pm, when my husband and I kiss our sweet kids good night and snuggle on the couch with brownies, ice cream, and a little tivo!

  120. Dana

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Funny you would ask this question on such a week where I had to really stop and looking around at what I have to be thankful for when so much time is spent looking around to see what others have instead. I am actually really grateful for my brother. He has always been my rock and almost like a father to me. He stood by me when things were hard and even to watch me get married. We can laugh at each other, cry with each other and just be thankful to know that someone always has your back. We might not always get along, like the time I broke his favorite framed picture or took all this CDs – lets face it, he always had better taste than me. So I am thankful for my brother even if he’s dorky and leaves me the most random voicemails about the weather.

  121. Katie Anderson

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I am thankful for my new job. I recently made the switch from being an interior designer for schools and healthcare to full-time portrait photog this past Dec. and am LOVING it. It was one of the best choices ever! I am also thankful for your blog – you are a constant source of inspiration!

  122. amy s

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I am thankful for LAUGHTER!!! If I don’t laugh several times a day, (and by several, I mean at least 10 good hardy laughs) I totally feel it at the end of the day. When I was about 5 years old, my mom came up to me at the end of day and said "Amy, why do you look so sad?" and I sighed and said, "I only laughed 15 times today." I stand by that. I need to laugh. Every hour. And I’m thankful that I can.

  123. lauren

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    diet coke. I am extremely thankful for lots of the little things in life, one being a fountain diet coke. It is filled with bubbles to give a bite going down and has the perfect amount of sweetness unlike other competitors in the soda market that pour in the syrup. It is refreshing and awakening and makes any meal of mexican food or any salty snack complete.

  124. Kia Gregory

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I am so thankful for my brother-in-law coming home safe from serving a year long tour in Afghanistan last week. The stress placed on his family has been RELIEVED!

  125. Sarah Fletcher

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    lululemon. my new D700 that took me all summer to save for. parent’s willingness to let me move in to save up for a house. baskin robbins in the hot summer. family reunion w/ 115 cousins. the fact that Mac’s don’t get viruses. Seattle bound from DC tomorrow to chill lakeside for 10 days. College starting in 12 days, SENIOR SEMESTER!!!! and the chance to learn and better myself.

    these are the things I am thankful for this month.


  126. Christopher Yellina

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I am thankful for that pain in my right hand from holding a heavy camera and lenses while shooting an 11 hour wedding. Why am I thankful for that pain? Because it means we are doing what we love. Photography πŸ™‚

  127. Joy Lyn

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Disclaimer: for all of you cat lovers out there, stop reading.

    I am thankful for an understanding neighbor, who didn’t freak out when we told him that we ran over his cat yesterday. Poor cat, it was an accident. My husband and I were both so traumatized, we couldn’t leave the house all evening.
    We went on a LOST marathon to take our minds off the poor cat. So in a way, I am thankful for LOST too, and again, our neighbor who hasn’t spoken to us yet, but at least hasn’t torched my flower beds….or knocked over our mailbox…or thrown a rock through our window. Oh and did I mention we just moved to the neighborhood? Poor cat.

  128. Julie Kjorsvik

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    I am thankful for shoes…..after all, shoes are reflection of each occassion in your life. πŸ™‚

  129. Patricia Sampson

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I am thankful for the journey that is my life and that I have the courage to try new things. I am thankful for music that touches my soul and compels me to sing at the top of my lungs in the car…with the windows down. I am thankful for good books that transport me to another time and place, even if only for a little while. I am thankful for my friends that through the years have become my family and for my family that through the years have become my friends. I am thankful that I am not afraid to dance like no one is looking and that I genuinely appreciate all of the little things in life that all too often go unnoticed. I am thankful for every choice that I have made that has led me here to this exact spot and moment in my life. I am thankful that I am me.

  130. Alicia Salcedo

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I am thankful for having my dad for only 7 short years. At only 7 years old I lost my dad to a work accident. As a child I couldn’t really understand that I would not be able to ever see him, touch him, play with him ever again. My dad was a very charasmatic man. He had a big smile and a much bigger heart. Growing up without him I felt sad to not be able to share all my accomplishments and special moments with him. So I clinged to what I did have. My dad loved to have his picture taken. That is what he left me. The portraits of his life. Black and whites as a young man. Military headshots, working as a barber, hanging out with friends and then his life with us. Holding my mom’s pregnant belly, holding me in his arms as a newborn, shaving my head as a one year old….yeah…just because they said it was a Mexican custom…hmm…lol My mom said she begged me to cry so he wouldn’t do it but I just sat there happy as a lark. So I was bald at one! Then pics of my baby brother in his arms with me looking on. Finally my youngest brother was born and my dad is putting him in my arms. This was his life unfolding. And I had it in my hands….in little square prints with dates printed on the bottom.
    One pic still melts my heart the most. It was one of the last ones we took of my dad playing with us. He used to drive his motorcycle…(we lived in a rural area with dirt roads)he would tie a rope to the back and attach a radio flyer wagaon to it. We would all jump in and he would ride us along the path. I remember it so vividly…air in our face, and dirt. We would wave at the cows that were in corrals to the sides of us. My mom yelling at him that he was going too fast all the while taking pics. Once the rope untied and we kept yelling for him tostop but he couldn’t hear us over the noise of the motorcycle.He was cracking up when he came back for us.
    I only had him for 7 years and yet I had pics of his whole life. My mom says that he always insisted on taking pics of everything….I’m mean everything. If he got a new hat or a new haircut or a new t.v., lol he had my mom take pics of him. She says, its as if he knew we would need all those pics some day. And he was right! After he passed my momcontinued his wish. She always took pics of everything. I remember our first family pic we took without him. It was hard todo. My mom cried when she got it back from the photographer. He was really gone. Today I give that gift to my clients. As hard as it is to get the family together,all dressed and pretty. With the dad huffing and puffing that they don’t want to do it. Chasing that run away kid. At the end it is all worth it! For you never know if this will be the last gift you will leave your family. I am thankful for having my dad for only 7 years but the portraits will be here forever!

  131. Sam

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I’m thankful I get to work with my best friend, lover and wife. she is the true tallent, but I love being her 2nd shooter and fetching whatever she needs!

  132. Caitlin

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I am so thankful for the job that I hate! Yes, that doesn’t sound right, but I’m so thankful for it. I started at the beginning of summer, and I’m working through my senior year of college. It has taught me a lot about people in the ‘real world’ and about what I don’t want to do when I graduate and get a job! I have learned so much from it!

  133. Vitaliy

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I am most thankful for my lovely wife, who makes me laugh every day and who is my best friend.

  134. Terri

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    As a newlywed in the mid ’70s (really!), I had this vision of what my ideal life would be, but with marriage, kids, and the REALITY of life, those dreams were soon forgotten. I don’t know how it happened, but 30+ years later, I am living the very existence that was a mere fantasy back then…and it wasn’t even something I worked toward; I literally woke up one day and said, HOLY COW…I’M LIVIN’ THE LIFE! I am thankful that dreams really DO come true and am forever grateful to all that is God and good in this world.

  135. Brianna

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I’m thankful for so many things: laughter, hugs, smiles, friendly strangers, small town quietness, sweet tea, game nights with wonderful friends, and most importantly grace, forgiveness and love from Jesus Christ.

  136. Harmony

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    So this is a little personal and I may be putting my business out there… I’m grateful for loseing my house (home). And my car. I’m grateful because I was working so hard to make ends meet that I never took the time to enjoy life. It was not my choice to lose my home but I feel it was a blessing in disquise. It was a heart wrenching experience, something I don’t want to experience again but I’m so grateful it did happen. It opened my eyes to a life I was not happy living. I took this "oportunity" to examine what I was doing in my life and with my life and I made some major life changes. I am now pursueing my life dream of living by my rules. πŸ™‚

  137. rebekah

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I am thankful for a steadfast God. One whom continues to give me strength with an 8 week old who doesnt sleep, a husband who is in and out of the hospital holding onto a sickness that doesnt seem to go away. A God who gives me grace and blesses me with clients who do the same. A God whom with all these things and these struggles, shows me mercy when I fail Him daily. I am thankful for a God who never changes!

  138. tim dinofa

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    i am thankful for the struggles during my journey, because without them i wouldn’t enjoy the final destination nearly as much.

  139. jemimah sandifer

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    this may sound corny but i am thankful for the freedom i have. the freedom that allows me to sit at my computer at home in Germany while still being a US citizen. i am thankful for my husband who fights for that freedom and other freedoms that you might not think of. freedoms like allowing me to see the word. the freedom to follow my dream of being a photographer. the freedom of being able to say what i think, when and how i think it without punishment. the freedom to eat ice cream. the freedom to dance in public. but most of all the freedom to be ME in all my craziness and emotions and uniqueness. the freedom to use my own mind to decide what is right and good for me and my family. thanks for this opportunity j* you rock!

  140. brandi schwartz

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I am thankful for my life. Everyday I wake up, I am so proud of what I have accomplished. My life was really hard growing up. It damages a person but I have completely changed the way I was, and now I have a beautiful life with true friends, family and positivity.

  141. Mandi

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Those books are gorgeous!! You know, lately I’ve been thankful that we had to move into a SMALLER place. It’s really forced us to go through *stuff* (yes, just plain STUFF) and get rid of it, garage sale it (another blessing – we got PAID to get rid of our junk!), and simplify our home! It’s also made it easier to keep clean with less clutter! So yes. I’m thankful we had to downsize, even if the circumstances were less than ideal πŸ™‚

  142. Christina

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Today in particular I am quite thankful that I woke up without an alarm & on time since my electricity went out about an hour and a half earlier, its Friday, and I do good to normally drag myself out of bed after hitting the snooze button three times in a row most mornings.

  143. Amna Hakim

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I’m thankful for the freedom I have – the freedom to make my own decisions, the freedom to breathe, the freedom to be who I want to be! I think it’s the biggest blessing ever!

  144. LD

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I am grateful for the hope of love. I have been single for about 5 years, and have days where I just can’t imagine coming home to an empty house again. I am young and have some good friends, but as they continuously marry off I still find myself still coming up empty-handed in the search for "the one." It has really been a rough road alone and I’ve had days when I’ve wanted to give up, but then I meet a great couple or go to a fabulous wedding of two really amazingly-in-love people, and I’m reminded again how in love with love I am. As hard as it gets sometimes, I truly believe God has something special in store for me, and that these past 5 years of "me time" have been a test of sorts. I have to hope that when the test is over, I will find that person who I can love with my whole heart, who will love me back unconditionally and without fail. So that’s what I’m grateful for. The hope of love!

  145. Deanna

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    With the sudden appearance of foster kids in my parent’s home and observing all the injustices in a child’s life that come with it, I am grateful that my parents were willing to learn and do what it takes to raise balanced children. Its not us that I’m proud of, but my parents. And I am oh so grateful, thankful and appreciative for everything that they are more and more each day!

  146. Tracy (Serendipity Images)

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    I am grateful that 2 1/2 years ago I became so unhappy at my "real job" that I decided to quit. If I were just mildly unhappy I would have stayed there for years — maybe I’d still be there. Some changes occurred at work that caused me to become stomache-achingly miserable, and I was making my brand new husband miserable. I am grateful for that work experience because it gave me clarity on what I want from my life & job, and led into a tremendous amount of personal development for me. I quit in May 2007, and two months later, Serendipity Images was born! πŸ™‚

  147. Lydia

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I’m thankful for family camping trips!

  148. anna brewer

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    i am thankful for almond roca, chipotle dates, and the coolest keychain from puerto rico, from one of my favorite people! holla!!

  149. Tasha Prescott

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I’m thankful for the job that was not intelligent enough to realize they had a diamond in the ruff and let me go after 3.5yrs of complete dedication, many travels away from my family, and a kid with pneumonia, that week.. I came into work to be let go. I would of NEVER pursued photography fulltime. I’m thankful they are idiots! lol

  150. Carrie Hachadurian

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I am thankful that I don’t have to deal with freshmen orientation OR freshmen move-in day at Western Carolina University this year! w00t!

  151. Doug

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    First… you do beautiful photography work Jasmin! I love that you are so creative with your 50mm and the shallow DOF!! And yes, the video intro to your site really brings your warm smile and outgoing personality – I bet your clients love you! Second… I am thankful for many things. One being the awesome pro photographer friends that are so willing to give advice and help me out! Ross Tanner, photographer/designer from Moldova, whom I have never met in person, has been so generous with answering any photography or business questions I have. I am treated like family. It is a testament to the value of just being a good person. Jess Baumung, a music photographer in Toronto who grew up in little town Dauphin, has done the same for me. Little do they know the positive impact they leave. In the end, if the world contained more people who were kind to each other, it would be a better place. Regardless of religion, ethnicity, orientation or gender… smile and the world smiles back. Bring joy into other’s lives and you will be at peace. I am thankful for the great friends I have, even those I have never met in person!

  152. MegganB

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I am thankful for the little kicks I feel in my belly. I’m starting to be able to distinguish little hands and feet. I cannot wait to meet my sweet Kate – just a few more weeks! πŸ™‚
    Thanks for this contest – my sister just got engaged and I did her engagement session – this would be the PERFECT gift! Your the best J!

  153. Michelle M

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I am thankful for the rare, simple moments when my little ones decide to sleep in and I get to wake up on my own. It is a beautiful moment.

  154. Chaubella

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I am thankful for my eyes ,which are the outlet to my creative-nesssssss….even though I am legally blind πŸ™‚ It’s the way I see things, and with these eyes, I choose to make people happy.

  155. Jacqueline Elizabeth

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I am thankful for heated seats. Living in Canada, in a city where anything is possible weatherwise (it snowed in July!!!) heated seats are my bestfriend, and keep my bum nice and toasty.

  156. Jami Peters

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I am thankful to have found photography and the giving people like Jasmine in the photography community. This career makes me feel like I’m doing exactly what I was meant to do.

  157. Nicole

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I am so thankful for the outpouring of support we are receiving for a benefit I am putting together for a 5 day old baby who passed away. He was born at only 27 weeks! This is a perfect way we felt we could help give back to the community we live in. All but $5 of each session we book for the week of September 7-13th is being donated to the Meriter NICU in memory of the little boy. I’ve been thinking about getting a book put together after all the sessions are complete for the mother to look back on and physically see the love and support she has from people. Strangers, friends or family.

  158. Jena Alviti

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I am thankful for my eyelash curler and my Garnier Anti Puff Eye Roller – this kick a** combo makes me look like i’ve gotten a solid 10 hours of sleep, even though it’s usually more like 6 πŸ™‚ Can’t live without them!

  159. Kristi

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    I am thankful for the confidence to be me. Reading so many of these posts, other people’s blogs, websites, news about their lives can make a person serious doubt their skill, life and future. I am an avid follower of so many fabulous photographers and often allowed myself to feel below par compared to these. But recently I have decided to just learn from others, soak up as much information as I can in the photography world and let it flow out of me. And be me. And it works. My clients are so happy and so am I.

  160. Dusty

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I am thankful for love. The love of Christ. The love of my husband. The love of my grandfather. The love of my mother. The love of my best girl friends. The love of my puppies. And I am thankful for the love I feel in return. Of all the experiences in the world…love, in its many forms, is the most grand.

  161. Julie Blair

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, so many amazing posts already! Some of these made tears come to my eyes! I am thankful and grateful to be healthy and living in such amazing although challenging times. My life isn’t perfect but I still look at all the wonderful things life has to offer everyday. I am also grateful for the gift of sight so I can do what I love so much-Photography!

  162. Tonhya Wysong

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I am thankful for today πŸ™‚

  163. ATelles

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I’m thankful to have the ability to laugh no matter how bad the situation. I really feel God can take a bad situation and make it a blessing in disguise.

  164. MariaB

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I’m grateful for many blessings in my life…i know sounds cheesy,but i DO… and i’m talking about not just things that happen, i’m greatful for people in my life…my parents in law,who took me in their family as iif I AM theirs doughter,who understand how hard it is to leave your own parents far far away,who pays for calling card so i could call my parents and feel their love,even when i’m far far away..

  165. Heather

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Besides my darling hubby, I would have to say that I’m thankful for second chances. It’s amazing that no matter what choices I’ve made in my life in the past, today is can be different! That is hope and for that I am thankful ^_^

  166. anna

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I am thankful for sunsets & margaritas!

  167. kathleen nugent

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I am thankful for free time! I don’t seem to get much of it these days so when I do it is such a precious gift!!

  168. Ohana Photographers - David Baxter

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    summertime, and the southern california sun sizzles the sidewalk. beads of sweat slide down my face like kids at a water park. heat waves dance in the distance and my vision is blurred. the ocean is screaming my name, but work undone has deafened it’s calls. i stagger to my fridge and find respite in the form of sir isaac lime, louie-bloo raspberry, strawberry short kook, little orphan orange, poncho punch, and alexander the grape. as they melt away, so do my chances of getting heat stroke. thank you otter pops. i am thankful for you πŸ™‚

  169. Danielle Simone

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    I am thankful for outsourcing! Now if I could just outsource cooking…..

  170. Nikole Bordato

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I’m thankful for Mixmaster C – my amazing husband. He cleaned the house.

  171. TJ

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I AM THANKFUL FOR LIFE! Almost 39 years ago, my birth mother could have aborted me. Instead, she chose to give me life by giving me up for adoption. She insisted that I be put into a protestant home with loving parents. I was indeed put into an amazing home with two of the most amazing parents. I am thankful for everything they have given me and are still giving me. We are all thankful for something or someone and at times we are selfish. Every single day, I take the time to thank God for my life and the lives of those around me.

  172. Michelle Moore

    August 21st, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I am thankful for Red Mango (Seattle’s version of Pinkberry). The end.

  173. Anya Hershberger

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I am thankful that I am not the one who will be reading through these comments to chose a winner. I’m sure they’re all really great answers with a lot of thought put behind them, and I know that choosing the best response will be VERY tough. A second thing I’m thankful for is CHOCOLATE!! Without it, I would not be sane. Chocolate just tickles my tongue. Mmm..

  174. Juan L. Gonzalez

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I am so happy when I win something, like a friendship from cool people or a smile from my kids,,, but anybody in general. I am so simpel that water, food and a smile from a love one get’s me going.

  175. Lori L. Stottlemyre

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    This might be selfish but I am thankful for my strenght. I am a military wife who has her husband deploy every year for 6mo. at a time. We have 3 children all under the age of 10yrs old and yet I manage everything- when he gets home I look back and ask myself how did I do it?! I am thankful God has given me this gift of strength, a lot of people break under pressure.

  176. Andrew

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    You know, I am thankful for mirrors. What we do without them? I certainly wouldn’t be married. I wouldn’t have gotten any job. I wouldn’t be taken seriously, would I? What if I didn’t know about my vengeful cow-lick or that God-forsaken stray nose hair? Sure mirrors can perpetuate vanity, but they can also create sanity; and for that, I am thankful.

  177. Leann Neal

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I am thankful for the relationship I have with my sister. Some say its a little unhealthy because we depend on eachother so much…. She’s 5 years younger than me and since our mom passed away when she was 5, I’ve been mommy, sister and friend. As we’ve grown older I am sooo grateful for her. The tables have now turned and she is my biggest supporter. I cant imagine where I would be in my life with out her. She inspired me to go after my passion (photography) I love you Amanda! Your the best! I’m soooo thankful for you!

  178. Miriam

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    I am thankful for the moment just before this: my daughter spilled the last glass of lemonade all over the couch and me. And I was really angry at first, but when I saw how she reacted? She was so sorry. She went and curled up in the corner and started crying. So I took a deep breath (because I was really mad) and went over to where she was and apologized for getting angry. I told her that lemonade isn’t that big of a deal and that I didn’t care about the couch. Then I held her for a little bit.
    So I’m thankful for instant forgiveness from the people who love me the most and I pledge to work on being the same way.
    And I’m thankful for the opportunity to write all of this down right now.

  179. Melissa Diep

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I’m thankful for finding my passion in wedding photography and pursued it. I’m thankful for my health to marry my husband. I wouldn’t be able to breathe w/o him.

  180. Ning

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I am thankful for too many things to name. Supportive husband, wonderful friends, cutest cat babies in the world, mostly, I am thankful for life. My husband and my best friend both got diagnosed with cancer last year (they are both in their very early 30s), and I am thankful that they are alive and fighting.

  181. Chelsea McGowan

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I read the other comments, and there are a lot of sweet things in here. I, too, am thankful for family, friends, country, and God’s faithful provision.

    But you know what else I’m thankful for? I’m thankful for Central Market. I’m thankful for affordable red wine and fancy cheese and "artisan bread", that I can load into a basket with a good book and take to the park with me. That hour alone, with no phone and no music, with a little wine buzz, for only $25… it’s worth everything in the world to me.
    So that’s me. Central Market and cheap red wine are my happy place.
    Hope you have a great weekend, J!

  182. joan.solitario

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I am thankful for my iPhone + Facebook, because now I am really always connected. πŸ™‚

  183. Shannon

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I am veryyy thankful for the time that I have right now. I am currently going through "chemo". I am also thankful my husband bought me my first DSLR camera so I have something to focus on while going through treatment. Photography Rocks!!!!!

  184. Karen Snyder Photography

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:16 pm

    I am grateful for dancing! Anytime I can break it down on a dance floor, I am there. Fo’ sho!

  185. Tracy Kelly

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I’m thankful for my child; through him, I’ve gotten to know myself. I’m also grateful for slippers and a nice cozy fire in the winter time; ice-cold water in the fridge, carving pumpkins at Halloween, my chihuahua and kitty cat. Oh, and lipstick πŸ™‚

  186. Angie

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    I am thankful that my friend Kathi told me about your blog several months ago. I appreciate your generosity & humor:)

  187. Mary

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    I am thankful for sleep! And food…and lazy Saturdays!

    oh my, what a picture I have just painted of myself. πŸ™‚

    I’m not getting married anytime soon and I’m not a photographer of any caliber so I don’t think I should win the album (which by the way…GREAT idea for a guest book) I just happened to be thinking how much I wanted sleep, food, and Saturday to be here…and then I checked your blog and it seemed like fate.

  188. Rachele

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    There are so many things in this beautiful life to be grateful for, but this morning, I’d have to say that I’m thankful to God for chocolate and patience. With either (or preferably both) of these things, I feel like I can handle the less-than-perfect situations that come my way. :o) After that, I’m thankful to photography for creating something in my life worth looking forward to, as exhilarating and humbling as it can be. After a long week at job that does little to inspire or fulfill me, I’m glad to have a creative outlet that shows me that I am more than what I do from nine-to-five. That I, too, can create something unique and beautiful in my own little way. :o) (I’m thankful to have my dull job too, though. I understand that these days there are many who aren’t so fortunate.) Thank you for providing such an inspiring place to learn more about the art of photography. Reading your blog gives me hope that I can learn enough about my camera to grow into an artist someday too.

  189. Leslie Walker

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    I am thankful for a blessing in disguise… a year ago in October I lost my job and in the wake of that I decided to pursue photography. At the time, I was so sad because I loved my job but now I get to do what God has called me to do. I’m also thankful for my cowboy boots, my husband, my weiner dog, my family and friends. Oh and I’m thankful for coca cola…the real stuff. ….but not all in that order πŸ™‚

  190. Angie Cardenas

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I am thankful for not have given up on a dream of completing my goals besides all the downfalls in my life, losing my grandmother and mother in less than 2 years and being able to still believe in happiness, love and success. I am almost 30 years old and soon will complete my undergrad graphic design degree next may 2010, thanks to a man that pushed me to believe in myself and my capabilities. I am thankful for the little mistakes in life that have made me the person that I am today, the little mistakes like taking a photography class because there was nothing else available and discovering a new beginning and a new passion. Passion for photography.

  191. kymberli q.

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I’m thankful for the unsightly faded stretch marks I have on my stomach. It reminds me that I grew and gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby girl…and vanity means nothing compared to that.

  192. Magdalena

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    I am thankful for a life that is growing inside me right now. It is the most magical thing I have ever experienced. Seeing a footprint stick out of my stomach yesterday made me cry my eyes out for hours.

  193. Karin

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    I am thankful for all the mistakes I have made because they make me the person I’m destined to become.

  194. Evie Smith

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    This past week, I’m TOTALLY thankful for my new camera:) I’ve waited 3 years pinching pennies (I’m a stay@home mom) and I love it so much I’ve named her…lol…my Canon 40d is Macy Canon Smith…my third child;) Hoping to start my own photography co. in the future!

  195. Lindsey Turner

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I am thankful for waking up to little hands and feet crawling all over me and then giving me a big kiss. My son reminds me of the simple things in life to be thankful for…

  196. Amanda Picone

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I am thankful for chocolate cupcakes from Crumbs. Plain and simple.

  197. tamsen

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    i can’t sing, i have a HORRIBLE memory and I am always late, but I am so thankful that at least I am creative. I always have been , down to my toes. Clothes, photography, scrapbooking, decorating and art, I love it all. My creativity provides me with endless hours of joy and smiles on my face when no-one knows what i am thinking about…it’s always the next great idea I have in mind and can’t wait to try.


  198. Jen MacNiven

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I’m thankful for SO much in my life, but today I’m thankful for sore muscles. One, it means I did a good job working out. Two, the fact that I’m able bodied and healthy is huge blessing.
    Thanks also be to God! Just b/c.

  199. Kristin

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I’m thankful for those moments of clarity when you are able to take a step back and realize that foundations of the things that are happening in your life today have been in the works for years. The knowledge that God knew exactly what you would need today before you did.

  200. Amanda

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Air Conditioning in Oklahoma in the summer!

  201. Kisha of Sahara Blue

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    hmmm…right now i’m thankful for my free showit website. as someone just starting out i’m very aware of how important an online presence is and wanted something totally awesome..but i’m also on a budget. i’m SO thankful that i found a provider that offers me something fully customizable, totally professional looking, and super easy to use – i almost can’t believe it’s free! i can’t wait to officially launch it πŸ™‚

  202. Amanda Rae

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    I am thankful that I’ve never had to go without a meal, shelter, clothes, love. I’m thankful that whenever I’m hungry I can make something to eat, or I can pull out my wallet and buy anything I want. I’m thankful that whenever life feels like it’s just too hard I can take off on vacation and recoup. I’m thankful that I always have shoes on my feet and running water to wash my hands even though they’re probably not dirty. I’m thankful that no matter what goes wrong I always have someone there to pick me and tell me I am good enough. I’m thankful for passion and comfort and always having enough, even when it doesn’t feel like enough.

  203. Nori

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Ok… here goes… I’m thankful for my kids for many reasons of course, but here’s one particular reason why: Because of them, I had to be a SAHM, and live in a routine which I have to get to accustomed to. There are times that I love the ‘home life’, and other times that I dwell on my past- the working days, the business lunches, lunch breaks…, and it gets me down…

    However, recently, my dear husband gave me my first DSLR, and my senses have woken up once again. My routine has some spice now, some excitement. I now have this hobby that has me tuning into my creative side, capturing memories in ways I never imagined before, and even has me fantasizing about being big some day. Who would’ve thought?

    So yes, I’m thankful that because of my children I’m a SAHM who became a little bored, and who’s hubby said, ‘a DSLR should make her happy’. Thing is my simple DSLR doesn’t make me happy, but rather it brings me joy, and has lifted me to a place, I haven’t been to in years =o)

  204. Manuella Pararas-Hulbert

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    What a great giveaway, Jasmine you rock,lol. Ok, I’m grateful for you, lol, but seriously, I feel so blessed and am so grateful for every breath I take. I am grateful for my kids, hubby, mom and my bff and even my big bro but lately I have been so grateful for my health. As I see many people around me getting sick, and have a dear friend that just lost his 5 yr old little girl to brain stem cancer, and only had a year with her to say goodbye. So I am beyond thankful for my health, that I can walk and talk and see and hear (although I have problems with that) but still I can hear for the most part. I’m grateful that I can hold my kids and kiss my hubby and pray to my God for I am well and am able to do all these things.

  205. kelli jane

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I’m thankful for my contacts and glasses, because without them I wouldn’t be able to see (and without them, I couldn’t be a photographer).

  206. Amanda Patrice

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I’m thankful for spellcheck (because the ‘i before e’ rule has waaaay too many exceptions), chapstick, and my husband’s willingness to play with my hair at night so I can falls asleep despite my migraine. Thanks for the great contest, Jasmine!

  207. Laura

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    I am thankful for the knowledge I have and my hope for the future. That’s my story and I am stickin to it. πŸ™‚

  208. Dain

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I’m thankful for bad days and when things go wrong. It is from these moments that I most learn and grow. It’s from those moments that I am able to cherish when things are great and things go well. It provides perspective. It’s the shadow to our highlights. Without either a picture is boring. So too, would be our lives.

  209. Samantha Tavarez

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Outside the obvious (my beautiful little girl) there are a number of things I could talk about being thankful for. My mother, for one, who was so severely abused as child that most people wouldn’t believe if they saw it in a movie. I’m thankful for her strength, but also for her vulnerability. She showed me that it’s okay to shoulder all the responsbility, to put one foot in front of the other, and also to cry when it all becomes too much to handle. She taught me that emotion is much more of a weakness when people are too affraid to show it. I’m thankful for my struggles and that I DIDN’T have a perfect life. That I was made to work for everything I’ve ever been given. I’m grateful for all of the dysfunctional, dramatic, gut-wrenching – and yet – triumphant moments that have molded me into who I am today. I’m indescribably thankful that God believes I am either strong – or insane – enough to handle everything that I think I can. Above all, I’m happy to be alive today (despite some close calls), pursuing my LOVE of photography and an education in geoscience … writing about all of it on a pretty awesome blog that I’m glad I found.

  210. Sandra

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I am very thankful for not giving up so quick. Had I given up, my marriage would of been done. I’m thankful I didn’t move.

  211. HKimbrell

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    I’m thankful for the breeze which God sends my way on those hot, sunny days when I’m sweating while mowing the yard or weedeating. It is always a relief~

  212. Nathan Walker

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I am thankful for cookies and milk. Who doesn’t love the comfort it brings? A gallon of milk and 52 cookies later… life’s problems don’t seem that bad πŸ™‚

  213. Lindsay

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I am thankful for early morning walks with my boxer dog, Philly. The unconditional happiness of Philly, the smell of the flowers, the Southern California sunshine, and the silence before the storm of the day always make getting up early just a little bit easier.

  214. Malia

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Oh I love it!!! I’m thankful for this world wide web that we use! I love how I can grab some inspiration anytime I need it from amazing blogs of photographers and REAL people like you! I’m thankful for the simple life I lead and that I live in a small town where I don’t feel bad for not getting all dressed up and made up just to run to the store (I couldn’t live like that). I’m thankful for the small talents I’ve been given to grow… I have nowhere to go but up!

  215. Emily Beaty

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    I am thankful for Jesus Christ, my Savior.
    (I think their albums are gorgeous!!)

  216. sharla

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I am thankful for photography because being a stay at home mom is awesome but having something creative to go to is SOO important for my sanity! I am thankful for other awesome talented photographers (like you) who will give great tips to someone like me just starting out.

  217. Isaac Wu

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I’m thankful for my socks…sure, barefeet on the sand is nice, but honestly, tell me, the feeling of a new thick and cushy sock is heaven sent.

  218. Lana DenHarder

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I am thankful for my OPI nail polish. My toes can’t live without it in the summer!

  219. joanna

    August 21st, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    i am extremely thankful for my fiance who wakes up 5 minutes early every morning to make me my breakfast smoothie! (He knows I’m not a morning person!)


  220. Tami

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    I am thankful for my fiance pushing me and kicking my butt until I started my photography business… it was the best butt kicking he could have given me because my life is a million times better because of him!

  221. sharla

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I hope Im not commenting twice, my last comment didnt show up…Hmm I am thankful for photography-cause without the creative outlet in my life I might go crazy being a stay at home mom! Also I’m thankful for talented photographers like you who not only inspire but share awesome tips for beginners like me! I would love an album like this for a client who is also my cousin it would be such an awesome wedding gift.

  222. Amanda

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I’m thankful for close calls because they remind me to be grateful for what I have. Things like loved ones’ health scares, trees barely missing my house as they come down in a storm, and walking away from a really bad car accident have all made me grateful for the things I *almost* lost. So I’m thankful for those little wake-up calls that remind us to be appreciative of everything else!

  223. Melissa Espindola

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I’m thankful that I lost my job in March… strange huh? Besides the obvious sucky part of losing the $$, I’ve been given so many opportunities that I couldn’t have taken otherwise. For one I got to keep my niece for a week and that was Heaven!! She’s 9 months old and toooo adorable right now! Second I’ve been able to build my little itty bitty photography business!

  224. Heather Negrete

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I am thankfull for rainy days, and being stuck inside with mi familia playing games and watching movies πŸ™‚

  225. Misti

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I’m always thankful for a Honeydew Melon flavored Snow Cone on a HOT Summer day! …mmm πŸ™‚

  226. Mara

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I am SO thankful for air condition right now.
    Thank you, thank you for keeping me from passing out from heat stroke.

  227. Alicia Sisk

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I am thankful for my supportive parents, my wonderful hubby, my angelic daughter… plus…
    Nikon, Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, Black Iron frying pans, Mountains, sunsets and grits.

  228. Melissa

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I am thankfull for family, we laugh we cry, we share, and even when we squabble we kick each other in the behind and then give eachother a hug. Family is the best, whether it is family we are born into, join, or gather around us.

  229. Suzanne Reid

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I’m thankful for the invention of photography so we can capture moments in time to remember. How uncolorful our lives would be if we didn’t have photos in books, photos of loved ones, photos in blogs…you get the picture. Without photography there would be not need to for this competition and a lot of people wouldn’t have a career that they love. Yes, today, I’m thankful for photography and all the color and memories it brings into our lives.

  230. Neiman Bates

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I am thankful for my independence. Not only in this country but within myself. Not everyone in this world has the ability to be independent and it’s something everyone should have.

  231. Katrina Wheeler

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I am very thankful for my husband returning home safely from Afghanistan! He has been deployed away from me and my two children many times, and every time has been so scary. This last time probably holds the candle being the most difficult. We knew Afghanistan was dangerous for our men but no one really starts to find out how, until its your husband, and the father of your children.. Praise God for protecting him and his men the entire time! I’m very thankful for his, and all their safe return!

  232. Tricia

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    At the moment, I’m incredibly thankful for my blow dryer without which I would have really big, frizzy, uncontrollable hair.

  233. Jenny

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    I am thankful for Hungry Howie’s 5 Cheeser Bread and Diet Dr Pepper!! That is how I make it through editing after the kids go to bed. . . .

    Thanks for your AWESOME blog! I learn so much from you!!!

  234. Emily Abril

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Right now I am in my motherland, Peru. I am thankful that my parents worked really hard for me to have an easier life in the US. Everyday I see what my life could have been and I am just thankful.

  235. Deya Huss

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    HA! I love this! a way for us peeps to share something fab about eachother! Im thankful for those perfect Hot Pink Post Its that spread all over my desk, because without them I would discover what unorganized means and that is no good.

    I’m always thankful for the obvious that I holler about each day but thought Id give my faithful Post Its a shout out from deep within my heart!

  236. diane (

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I am thankful for spray tanning! I don’t like sitting in the sun or tanning booths so my pasty white body needs something. When I’m feeling low, getting a bronze tan makes me happy.

  237. Erin Elizabeth

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I never comment on your posts, but I always read them! A LC album would be too good to pass up! I am so darned thankful for my kitties. The way they keep me up at night meowing, and scratching my fingers, and biting my hands, perpetually keeping my pillow warm, and being the cutest darned kitties ever! πŸ™‚

  238. Lori Calhoun

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I’m thankful for showit. Next to my family and wonderful friends of coarse. I just created my own website. I love it! So do my friends, family, and clients. I had gone back and forth on creating one for a while. Not really having the money to pay anyone to do it. See it being I’m still pretty new at this. I first saw show it on your blog. I thought why the heck not. At least I can try it for free first. It was so easy, and my site is totally me. Which is usually the second comment I get when people see it. Right after I love it! So thanks Jaz! Oooops, I forgot the court order says I’m not aloud to call you that anymore. Totally kidding! Thanks, again.

  239. Jennifer michelson

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I am thankful blue skys and grey. I am thankful laughs and tears. I am thankful for the struggles, the losses, the gain and the wins. I am thankful for it all…. I am thankful for having yet another day.

  240. Andrea Mariño

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Ok, So I will try to post my answer in english and in my Birth language (spanish).
    I’m thankful with my Lord, for all his kindness he had given to me, I didn’t realized that I love him β€˜til 3 months ago. I didn’t have an accident or any other traumatic experience to realizad that, I just Woke up one morning and start to feel something greatest in my heart. I can’t describe it, is something you have to feel it, something that you think you’re gonna explote.
    I’m thankful of every morning I’m able to see the Light, to see my daughter, to see my husband and to experience every bad or good decision I make every second of my life. I love simply details, I can cry literally when I wake up and take my first breath of peaceful, and I want to thank you Father, because you decided to give me the chance to live my life, the one that is always guide by you. I love you
    Estoy agradecida con mi Padre, por toda la compasión que ha tenido conmigo, no había experimentado el amor hacia él, sino hace 3 meses atrás, no tuve necesidad de tener una experiencia traumática o un accidente para darme cuenta de que él me ama. Simplemente desperté una mañana sintiendo una alegría que rebosaba mi corazón, que el simple hecho de pensar en él, mi vida toma sentido, toma su rumbo.Es algo inexplicable, algo que solamente alguien que lo haya experimentado, sabe de eso que digo que siento, del que hablo.
    Estoy agradecida por cada mañana que puedo despertar y ver la luz, por ver a mi hija, a mi esposo y experimentar cada decisión mala y buena que haga en cada segundo de mi vida. Puedo literalmente llorar, por el simple hecho de despertar y dar el primer respiro del día, por sentir esa paz. Amo las cosas simples, creo que en ellos está la verdadera belleza de la vida.
    Y quiero agradecerte Padre mío, porque tú un día decidiste darme la oportunidad para que viva mi vida, para estar aquí, la misma que siempre es guiada por ti, te amo.

  241. Cindy G

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I am thankful that my favorite shoe store had a cute pair of sandals in my size the other day. They were the first pair of shoes I saw, comfortable and they were under $50. That never happens! And that I was in and out of the store with a cute pair of shoes in under 15 minutes was enough to put a smile on my face the rest of the day. πŸ™‚

  242. Abbie Rufener

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I am thankful today for the guys at Firestone tires. We just moved to Nashville, TN from Virginia and had to get new plates. One of the screws had rusted into place and my husband spent the better part of two hours last night trying to figure out how to get it out: screwdriver, wrench, powerdrill, WD40, etc.

    This morning he was about to try to drill into the screwhead (mind you, he already bent his powerdrill trying to do this last night). I begged him to let me take it to Firestone.

    Under his breath he said, "I guess… but there’s nothing they can do that I can’t." Within 3 minutes of being at Firestone the screw was out and our brand new TN plates on! And they didn’t make me pay! YAY!

  243. chandra

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    I’m thankful for so many things (Love, my family, my fiance) but right this second, I’m thankful for harvest cheddar Sun Chips, because they just provided me with a delicious (albiet slightly less than nutritious but better than fast food) on-the-go lunch!

  244. Racheal Hollowell

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I am thankful for the faith that my Momma instilled in me. It is absolutely the only thing that keeps me going when everything seems to be falling apart. It was the one thing that helped me to be able to stand by her hospital bed and sing all her favorite hymns while her heartbeat slowly tapered off and stopped. I would be nothing without my faith, and I am so thankful that Momma gave it to me.

  245. *nudrat*

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Seriously, there are so many things to be thankful for in this little life I’ve got, I can’t even mention! But, at this very moments, I’m really, reaaaalllyyyyy thankful for not getting hit by that jumbo Chevy Tahoe this morning! People drive like crazy in Cali sometime, especially in the rush hours. Changing lanes is becoming a nightmare for me!

  246. Jenny Liu

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I’m thankful for normalness . A normal dinner at home, a normal drive back home, a normal day. I appreciate simple things in life, things that I have taken for granted for many years. A simple day is what I’m thankful for.

  247. Trevor Connell

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I am thankful for my fingers that allowed me respond to this wonderful post! Jasmine, YOU ROCK!

  248. Daryn

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I am grateful for my legs. Being a *typical* girl, I often obsess about my body and what is too big, what needs to get tightened, and goodness gracious where did that cellulite come from?!? However, this weekend, my lovely grandmother had to move into an assisted living condo since she can no longer move around or climb the stairs in her beloved home. So, even with the dreaded cellulite, I am grateful for these strong legs that can walk me (heck, I can even skip or run!) over to visit my Mimi.

  249. Jamie

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    my health. i am thankful for my health at this moment in my life b/c in a second it can be taken away. in a second….

  250. Tamara Kenyon

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I’m actually getting married in 3 weeks. I’m so thankful to be marrying my best friend.

    Not only that, but I’m thankful to be healthy, young and happy. I have nothing to complain about and I take life’s bumps as they come and live positively.

    That is what I’m thankful for.

  251. Melissa Hatcher

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I know you wanted us to get creative with this, but truly…there is nothing I am more grateful for than my husband. If it weren’t for him I would not be pursuing my passion, or living my dream. He is the one that made it real for me…the one that has supported me every step of the way. It is because of him that my life is whole. I love him more than I breath. He is my best friend and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.

  252. Beverly Lynn

    August 21st, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I am thankful for my swing. We just bought a new house recently and my husband put up a wooden tree swing for me in our back yard. It makes me smile. :0)

  253. Janet McKnight

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    A thankful haiku. sort of.

    I say thanks for wind.
    It brings change both good and bad.
    Feel it on your face.

    Thank you, too Jasmine, for such a great give-away!

  254. Lucy

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I am thankful for the rainbow that follows a storm – literally and metaphorically. It gives me hope and warm fuzzies to know all will be well at the end of the day.

  255. sarah nixon

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    We just moved into a renovated dorm and for the first time we have a mini-fridge in our room. Hooray for hummus always at my fingertips! (And for not having food stolen by hungry hallmates!)

  256. Chris c.

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    Grateful I am.. for my blessed life even with obstacles, challenges, and aggravations.

  257. Marisol Izaguirre

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I am thankful for Daisy T. I know I found her not to rescue her but because she was meant to rescue me. This beautiful, mischevious, and lovable little puppy has glazed over a deep emotional wound. Daisy T. has brought me back to being myself… with a true smile on my soul and she’s only two months old.

  258. Katelyn James

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    I’m thankful for friends that are like family and a family that I consider my best friends. The people in my life are incredible!!!!!

  259. J.P.

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I’m thankful for 3"x5" note cards. I use them to keep my life from spiraling into an unholy mess, as bookmarks, as coasters, as love notes to my sweetie, and as (admittedly inefficient) napkins in a pinch.

  260. Laura Manzare

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I am thankful for the book Twilight. Seriously! My heart leaps and craves the love of Edward and Bella!

  261. Kaysha Weiner

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I am thankful for laughter throughout my day! Simple, but laughter has been my trusted companion throughout good, bad, and awkward times. Thank you for always making me feel better!

  262. Carmaleta Harris

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    There are so many things in my life that I am thankful for but I think it’s time for me to give some shine to the little things in my life. With that said, I am thankful for bright colored nail polish. Although I don’t paint my fingernails often I always have a wildly bright color on my toes!!!
    I’m thankful for this little opportunity of sassiness because it allows you to express your personality in away that cannot ever be denied. A nice bright polish color makes me feel completely unique and spicy!!!
    Thank God for Bright colored nail polish!

  263. C.J. Scott

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I am thankful for modern medicine and the fact that the tumor recently discovered in my mom’s brain was removed last night.

  264. Marla

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I’m thankful to have been laid off in July. Seriously, it was such a horrible thing – wondering what we would do, etc, but I’ve had the whole summer with my kids, my house is nice and clean, my husband gets actual meals from me now, and I’ve got a much better job lined up. I’m so thankful and greatful for God’s little mysteries – who would have thought that something that I thought was so terrible would end up being such a gift?

  265. Adam

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Thankful for… digital noise. Reminds us that we are not capable of producing a perfect machine…

  266. shani Barel-Desser

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    They say Diamonds are the girls best friend; but I believe her best friend is the HAIR DRYER! I am very thankful for that, as well as women’s liberation, rights, freedom and our lives as we know it. I am thankful for all good and not o good things in my life.

  267. beth

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    I am thankful for my twins. They make me smile everyday:)

  268. Mark Hayes

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I’m thankful for being a photographer in this day and age where people work together to foster the community as a whole instead of just taking a me versus them mentality.

  269. Candace Prokopets

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I am thankful for culture. It gives us fun accents. It reveals our selfishness and if you let it opens up new horizons. It gives us all kinds of yummy food. It makes everyone unique. It gives us so many shades of color to add to our world. It truly makes life interesting because it always gives you something new to learn.

  270. Tara Templeton

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I am so thankful for my husband’s job! He works so hard every day installing waterlines. We know of so many people who are struggling right now because of losing their jobs, downsizing, pay-cuts, etc. that I am truly more thankful than ever that my darling husband brings in a consistent check. His hard labor allows for me to be creative and to work from home as a photographer. He never complains even when he’s exhausted and covered in mud. I guess you can say that I’m actually just thankful that God provides and that my husband is a gem! πŸ™‚

  271. janessa

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I am thankful for 2 little hands and 2 little feet that keep my camera from collecting dust.

  272. Beth Dryfuse

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    What an awesome album! Would love to have it – thanks for the oportunity!! =)

  273. Kristyn Hogan

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I am thankful for the unexpected.

  274. Lauri

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    I’m thankful for VACATION! πŸ™‚ Who isn’t thankful for getting to escape for a little while and just relax? And how much fun is it to even just plan vacation? Love it!

  275. Cindy Jimenez

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I’m thankful for my lifesaver this morning. NOPE not the candy, but my knight in shining armor. He rolled up on the white horse, ohh I mean the white tow truck! Saved me in hour of need, late for work, friday traffic, stuck on the side of the freeway in 108 degress. Changed my blown tire faster than a speeding bullet, just in time for me to clock in for my day of work!

  276. Bianca Valentim

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    My husband tucks me in every night, he talks to me like i"m a 5 year old girls, in a good way, he makes my laugh all the time and I love his bye-bye kiss before hi gos to work, I can still smell his perfume. He’s passionate and love everybody like Jesus asked us to do. I admire him so, so much. I love that he let me call him ‘beach bear’ or ‘brownie’. He rocks my world and life is colorful because of him. Yeahhhhhh, I’m crazy, very craazy for him as you can see. I thank God every single day for this warm and cozy blessing. Yeah, he’s cozy. πŸ™‚

  277. Melissa Pearce

    August 21st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I’m thankful for an easy easy business class this semester. Normally, I skeeve at teh text books chock full of illustrations geared toward seventh graders. This time, I am rejoicing. With a toddler, an infant, a husband, and three other classes–on campus and more heavy duty– I am thankful for cheesy McGraw Hill Text books.

  278. Beth Dryfuse

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    OOPS! I left a "thank you" on here instead of facebook- sorry! Anyway, I am thankful for each and every day that I have been given to love those I am blessed with, cherish the beautiful gifts God has given to me, share all that I can with others, fall time and time again and know that God will pick me up if I let him, and the chance to learn the lessons that are presented to me! Each day, whether good or bad, is a treasure. It is up to me to treasure it!

  279. Ashley Smith

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I’m thankful for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I know it’s odd to be thankful for cancer but I am. I was diagnosed at 29yo. and at stage 3. The journey it has put me on has made me realize how much I need to be thankful for and all the blessings I have big or small. I appreciate everything and am a way happier person. I think that’s why I like to hug everyone. I just like to show everyone how much I appreciate them. No matter who they are.

  280. Linnea

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I am thankful for Pink Highlighters! Hello!?!? a drab day at the office can easily be lighted up by using a thick, pink Sharpie highlighter! There is always one catch……i usually go home with more highlighter ink on my hands than i do my reports πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend!

  281. megan

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I am thankful for quiet and space.

  282. Christi Burton

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I’m thankful for hot showers on cold winter days. :]

  283. Lauren Bauer

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    I am thankful for Starbucks, because without which I might never make it through each morning sitting in my cubicle, at my 9-5 job, wearing power suits, waiting for the day I can seriously pursue my dream (photography of course) –in specific, I am thankful for my Grande, Non-fat, P. Spice Latte w/whip that although is a Christmas time drink, each year astounds me and lasts until my birthday in April =D .. Thankyou Starbucks!

    ::Steps off Podium::

  284. Kailee Higgins

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    I am thankful for the french language. It is so romantic and gives me the drive to learn new things and be inspired.

  285. CC

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I am thankful for the best invention ever made …. the DVR … really, how is anybody these days supposed to watch their favorite TV programs at the times they normally come on … and to skip through all the commercials …. awww that’s love!

  286. Whitney Gray

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Wow- this is hard!! There are sooo many things- I have quite a list! But here’s just one: I’m thankful that at 45 yrs old, I’m NOT bored with life. I’m excited about the joy I get from photography and can’t wait to get up in the morning! I’m not living my life through anyone else- my husband or my kids. I’m thankful for that!

  287. Jordana

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I am so thankful for the ENORMOUS Air Conditioner that was just installed in our house this week. 80 years without it, we thought it was time! I’m feel so happy about it, I put on a sweater and sit in front of the vent with a cup of tea to really get the most use out of it! Summer in the valley sans AC… no good.

  288. Valerie Acosta

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Hahaha! I bet you’ll have way more comments than for the Kubota giveaway! That was like a year ago, and a lot more people follow you now. Anyways, I don’t need an album right now, so don’t pick me, but I still want to say that I’m thankful for the internet. I know, I should be saying my family, or my life or whatever. But I’ve learned so much more about the world through the internet than any other way. I love that I can meet people that are thousands of miles away from me, that I wouldn’t have met in any other way, I love that I can see what happened today in China or Russia or wherever, because I can look it up on the net. I love all the things about photography that I’ve learned through the internet, and of course I love that the internet makes it possible for people to share everything that they love. I’m addicted to the internet, and I love it.

  289. Kevin Keith

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    I am thankful for my personality, though my hair is a close 2nd (it keeps me looking young:). I have been blessed to make people laugh and smile when their day is not always going down like chocolate ice cream on a summer day. I love to encourage others and have been fortunate to have never met a person I didn’t like. Thank you Lord for allowing me to enjoy life and passing it on to others!

  290. nic

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I am thankful for dirt – good rich dirt that makes the awesome organic vegetables in my giant garden! YUM

  291. Mark A Higgins

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I am thankful that in this crazy industry that we call wedding and lifestyle photography that there are so many wonderful people willing to share their knowledge to help the community prosper. I am thankful for all the great folks in the Boston area who have shared their knowledge and expertise with me.

  292. Kathleen Elam

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Man the things i am thankful for…everytime I start to bitch about life I remember I am free to breathe the air, free to bitch about my job, free to be who I am. And for this I am so thankful.

  293. Savannah Kenney

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    I am thankful for hair color. A $2.50 bottle can instantly create a whole new look. Cheapest way to get a fresh look on life and feel refreshed.

  294. Feuza

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I am thankful that no one has hired me in corporate America after going on interviews since the economy is tough and my husband’s job is unstable and I am happy they have not called because I want to pursue my photography dreams, even if there is nothing on the other side, it is all about the climb and I so dread that 9-5 job and am happy I am moving towards the lifestyle I think my family deserves

  295. Shuva Rahim

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I am thankful to have the ability to love – love myself, my family, my sweetheart, my friends, and the people who have come into and out of my life throughout the years. This ability to love – be it through a hug, a kiss, a smile or a simple "thank you" – is huge and can never be taken for granted.

  296. Katharine

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    I am thankful when I am the one appointed to pick up McDonald’s for dinner … which means I get to steal piping hot fries out of the top of everyone’s fry bags the whole drive home.

  297. Kim

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I’m thankful for knowing people who really are folowing their hearts and chasing their dreams. I’m in a job that I don’t think is my true calling, but I keep it anyways, for now, since I need to pay the bills, and the economy is bad, but when I listen to my friends or read blogs of other inspirational people, I have hope. And of course, for God, who gives me this gift of life.

  298. Michelle Elisabeth

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I’m thankful for bubbles. For the way they can light up a child’s whole world and leave me feeling mesmerized for the joy I just witnessed. Yes, bubbles, how I love thee.

  299. Paula

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I am thankful for my mom and my sister who have gotten me through things I thought I’d never survive and continue to do so. They are my heroes.

  300. Ashley

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I am thankful to do to what I love for a living!!!

  301. Yimeem Vu

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    I’m thankful for my horrible vision. Say what??? Yup, my horrible vision. Every morning, I wake up, and the whole world is a blur. If I’m lucky, I remember where I put my glasses – usually, I’m not that lucky. Everything’s out of focus and blurry, and everything seems to be a shade of yellow from the ceiling light. And then I put on my contacts (after dropping it in the sink a couple of times, of course) and the whole world changes. Colors are actual colors. Shapes actually have edges and sharpness. I stare at things sometimes just to try to distinguish colors and sharpness. I race to read those small prints on t.v. commercials just because I know that in a year, as my vision gets worse, I wont be able to read it again until I get a new prescription. That’s what really inspires my photography. I get to freeze one moment of what I see – sharp as a tack – forever; or until my hard drive crashes. Whichever happens first.

  302. Caroline Ghetes Photography

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    I am thankful and forever grateful that I get to do what I love as my job. There are so many 9-5’ers out there who are in the rat race of making it to the top and either they never make it, or they do and then they’re like: "now what?" I used to be there, and now I get to be at home with my four little ones, the love of my life (my hubby) and all at the same time, my job is to document people’s lives! I mean seriously, can I even call it a job, if I love it so much? I guess you never have to "work" another day in your life when you do what you love for a living. The best part about this, and I know you were trying to get us to stay away from being cheesy and all, but my husband has been there for me when I started the biz from the very beginning. He was my support when I had no support from anyone. He pushed me when all I wanted to do was give up. I am forever indebted to him, my soulmate…and speaking of cheese. I am SO thankful for cheese. Having a bad day? Put some cheese on it and I promise, it will be better.

  303. Caroline Ghetes Photography

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I am thankful and forever grateful that I get to to do what I love as my job. There are so many 9-5’ers out there who are in the rat race of making it to the top and either they never make it, or they do and then they’re like: "now what?" I used to be there, and now I get to be at home with my four little ones, the love of my life (my hubby) and all at the same time, my job is to document people’s lives! I mean seriously, can I even call it a job, if I love it so much? I guess you never have to "work" another day in your life when you do what you love for a living. The best part about this, and I know you were trying to get us to stay away from being cheesy and all, but my husband has been there for me when I started the biz from the very beginning. He was my support when I had no support from anyone. He pushed me when all I wanted to do was give up. I am forever indebted to him, my soulmate…and speaking of cheese. I am SO thankful for cheese. Having a bad day? Put some cheese on it and I promise, it will be better.

  304. Thresha

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I am thankful for wide open spaces. Many people have asked me why i live in south dakota because there is nothing there. That is exactly what I like about it. πŸ™‚

  305. Lauren Aves

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    I am THANKFUL that I am my own boss, baby! Being a wedding photographer is truly an amazing gift in itself. I never would have believed that I would be 26 years old and working on creating awesome photography for people, with nothing but my own drive and my love for my clients to push me forward. How did this happen to me??

  306. Liz Applegate

    August 21st, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I love photography, light, my 50 1.4 lens, the fall season… Need more?!

  307. Tricia

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I am very thankful for the relationship I have with my mom. Being an only child with divorced parents, I am super lucky I ended up with a carrying, compasionate, loving mom! Not until I graduated college and was living on my own did I realize how much work she did between working, managing the household and raising me. Thanks Mom!

  308. C. Kenneth Miller

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I love, and am thankful for, my drums. I can yell at them, lie to them, play loud music around them, "drink" in front of them, laugh at them, kick them, scratch them, beat them, make funny faces at them, and they don’t mind. I can caress them, stroke them, talk softly to them, while thoroughly manipulating them. No matter what I do, they respond to my actions with grace. What they give back to me are echoes of exactly what I put into them – just like a true lover would. I am thankful for my drums.

  309. ginny

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

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    August 21st, 2009 at 10:11 pm

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  315. Jamie Burnett

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Gorgeous album. Your designs are so clean and simple.

  316. Ginny

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    You can go the route of the what-ifs and why-nots, or you can say my life is exactly as it’s supposed to be. ~Bonnie Hunt. And I am thankful for reading this today.

  317. Missty

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I am thankful for nuts. Yes, walnuts in my yogurt every morning. They just make my day. The simple things in life…..who knew walnuts had so much power.

  318. Michelle

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    I am often afraid of bees, but I am also very thankful that they exist to pollinate all the flowers around town. The smell and the simple beauty in each flower and color make me smile. Also, can’t forget about the honey.

  319. Elizabeth

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    I am thankful that I serve a god that allows me to wake up everyday. That he allows me to pursue and expand the gifts he has installed not only into me but everyone. Thankful that he has created trials and tribulation in my life good or bad so I can learn from life’s experience so I can then help others. Thankful that I now after 30 years of life I am able to enjoy a job which is photography and does not FEEL like a job! Thankful for the lords mercy and grace… Thankful for mentors and teachers that poor out there gems of wisdom to others. My list can go on and on… Thank you Jesus.

  320. Jenna

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    HOLLLA! I’d love to win!!

    I’m thankful for most of the trials and tribulations that I have had in my life. The greatest blessings to my spirit have been being broken down only to be rebuilt with such clearer understanding about love and life!

  321. Kim Zardus

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I am thankful for a new wedding to photograph. I have been at my job for 14 years and I have always had a passion for photography. The last year I have had the opportunity to follow my dream. With the blessed support of amazing friends and family. In 2 weeks I get to photograph my first non friend/family event. I am terrified and over the top excited!!

  322. Cindy Simbulan

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Each day, I try to remind myself to count my blessings. To recognize and acknowledge something whether it’s big or small and tell myself to be happy about it. At the end of each day I ask myself what was I thankful for that day.

  323. Catherine Badrak

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    I am thankful for the year of 2009. On a scale of 1 to 10, it ranks a 25… It started out with the addition of our Springer Spaniel puppy, Fife (now 7 months old) and continued not only with the offer (and acceptance!) of a fantastic job offer in Oregon – a place I had been wanting to move to for two years – but also my impending wedding on September 5th where I get to marry the man that complements me better than anybody. But that’s not all – our closest friends and family from ALL OVER THE WORLD are coming – Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, London, Canada, D.C., Wisconsin, New York… you name it. I feel SO blessed and fortunate for friends and family that would make such a HUGE investment in both time and money to see us married (especially since, let’s face it, this will be the first and probably only time they will all meet). Quite simply, I love 2009.

  324. Christina Juleson

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I’m thankful that there’s life after this.That with even all the beautiful things I’ve seen in my life, I have yet to behold the most marvelous of marvelous things. No more sickness, no more war, no more worrying about the "economy", no more struggling to bring home another paycheck. What is waiting on the another side is much more than I’ll ever be able to grasp or realize. I’m thankful it is there, I’m thankful HE is there, I’m thankful because without it, there would be no hope in this life.

  325. Kati Debelic

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    I am thankful for human resilience through adversity… Starting with myself. Hard times shall pass too…

  326. Gisela

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I am thankful for being me. If I am not me, I would not be surrounded by wonderful family and friends in life! <3

  327. amanda thiessen

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I am thankful for Ranch Dressing – seriously!! It goes with everything and tastes great!! Ranch & Mashed Potatoes..great. Ranch & Chicken..great. Ranch & Fries, Salad, Tater Tots, Wings – EVERYTHING! πŸ™‚

  328. Betty

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I’m thankful that God has blessed me with my first teaching job! In light of a terrible economy and education budget cuts, I finally have my first classroom!!! Although I’m not teaching my ideal grade level, I’m thankful that it’s better than my past 3 years of subbing. Now I can make an impact on my students and gear their eyes towards college, especially UCLA πŸ™‚

  329. Tom Li

    August 21st, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I’m thankful for being introduced to digital photography! It has opened a great creative outlet for me. =-)

  330. annie smith

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    I’m thankful for Photoshop!!! I can’t imagine my life without it!! This might be cheesy, but I really am so grateful for all of those masterminds over at Adobe. Oh, and I shouldn’t leave LR in the dust, it’s changed my life too!!

  331. Stephanie w/ VMP

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    I love the opportunity to say what I am thankful for!!! Even though I tell him every day… I am thankful for my fiancé. He saved my life. No, he didn’t pull me out of a burning building or out from in front of a fast moving car. He saved me from a life of depression, verbal abuse and despair. He pulled me away from so much pain and has shown me that love can be supportive and as fantastic β€œas they say it can be.” He is the reason I picked up my camera again. He is my creative inspiration and he makes me happy to be alive. Corny yes, but Brandon is my knight in shining armor and I am thankful he chose me.

  332. James Morton

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    I’m thankful that I’m as busy now than I ever was! I’m thankful for all that has come my way and also, that I will be able to give back.

  333. Hannah Suh

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I’m thankful for my my senses. Sometimes throughout the day I just pause and I listen, feel, watch, smell, and as often as I can, TASTE. And I’m just so awed by the miracle that is human life. How crazy is it that we have these eyeballs that can visualize the world around us, and hands that can feel everything from soft to hard to rough. Maybe it’s because I was a completely horrible biology and human anatomy student that all this stuff comes across as completely and insanely amazing rather than simple science. But all the same, I appreciate the beauty of my 5 senses.

  334. IsaSalvino

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I’m thankful that I got to hold my dad’s hand when he passed on.

  335. Kristie Ferronato

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    very cool book, love the ‘feel’

  336. karen c.

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I am thankful for Dove Chocolate, without which it’d be impossible to patiently raise a two year old.

  337. kate Callahan

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    This will be your most cliche answer … but it’s the one that rings most true to me at this point in my life. I’m thankful each and every day for so many of my unanswered prayers. Like the one I prayed each and every night pleading that it would work out with … er, what’s his name. Suuuuch a good thing it didn’t. And for years, when I dealt with debilitating health issues and had to undergo painful surgeries, I would pray night after night, and begged Him to let me fall asleep in death like Enoch … because I was just too tired to cope anymore. But now it’s gone … and I’m happy to be alive. He knew best then. And He knows best now. And I’m very thankful for it.

  338. Frances Mileski

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    I am thankful for:

    1. Hurricane Bill for bringing surfable swells to our shores!
    2. A vacation to Block Island next week
    3. Jasmine Star Blog, because viewing her photos is like taking a mini-vacation during my day

  339. Amber Baker

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    I am thankful for the ‘new baby’ smell of my one week old baby. I can’t stop holding him, smelling his sweet smell and feeling his soft peach fuzz head.

  340. Anh Ma-Nguyen

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    OMG .. I was just on your blog 9 hours ago and logged off to go to bed .. and thats midnight in Australia .. I didnt see this new post! and as soon as my eyes open, I’m on your blog again and there are already over 250 messages! wow! I’m addicted to your writing … and your pics πŸ™‚ If you ever need a tour guide when you are in sydney I’m all up for it!!

  341. wenyin

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    i guess this highlights my frugality…but i’m thankful for the air conditioned hospital where i work. i had the option to go home hours ago, but instead, i’m trying to get some extra work/web surfing done here because i hate heat and humidity, and my apartment feels like a steam room.

  342. michelle

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    I am super-duper grateful that my 3.5 month old puppy is learning more and more to use the PUPPY PAD to do his "business" instead of leaving warm spots on the carpet. (and when there are those occasional messes, I try to look at the bright side and think of the $$ I’m saving by spot-cleaning the carpets myself… by the time he’s fully potty trained, I’ll have cleaned the entire carpet by hand!)

  343. Katie Scott

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I’m thankful for: Puppy kisses and tail wags. Friends and family will always let you down at some point, but a dog will always unconditionally love you, be there for you, and be excited to see you!!!

  344. Katie

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I am so thankful that I have a healthy strong capable body. It is perfect? Not always, but it’s mine. It’s gotten me around the world and out of bed every morning. Whenever I want to get down on it, I remind myself of this and say "Thank You"

  345. Heather Corporan

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I’m a stay at home mommy to two toddlers, and have another one on the way. My husband’s been laid off for four months now, so you can imagine where that puts us, with no income at all. But when my step-father (truly the only father i’ve ever known)heard back on Monday that a suspected lymph node that he had removed in an earlier surgery, was in fact NOT cancerous as they had first thought, I felt like the richest, most blessed person in the world. No money could bring that kind of joy! So I’m thankful for answered prayers, no cancer, and joy that money can not buy!

  346. Adria Peaden

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I am thankful for those who break the mold. As a 29 female software engineering professor at a Community College, students often have a preconceived notion of what that type of professor should look like….older male. I walked into a course last night to teach and I hear two older women (late 40’s early 50’s) ask "Is that our teacher." Funny how I break the mold but those with the preconceived ideas also break their mold….college students are usually 18-22. Interesting but it makes me thankful there are those of us who can break that mold.

  347. jennifer Dalton

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I am thankful for hot chocolate. it is a great way to begin my day:) I am thankful that it is hot and sweet. I am thankful that it taste so good:)

  348. HuckleberryKim

    August 21st, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    What a beautiful gesture of kindness.

  349. HuckleberryKim

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:01 am

    I forgot to put what I was thankful for. I am thankful for all the people who are kind. Those that will let you in during rush hour traffic, hold the door open when your hands are full! Thank you if you are one of them!

  350. elena wilken

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:05 am

    thanks for all the fun giveaways, for all the sharing and for just being such a cool and down to earth person and professional!

  351. Kayla

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I am thankful for moving all the way across the country. It has been a really tough experience, but I am stronger for it. I am also thankful for rain. We don’t get it here in Phoenix, and sometimes you just want a rainy day.

  352. MaryAnn Pacheco

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:10 am

    I am thankful that I am loved by the Abba Father, who is the lover of my soul. He gave me eyes to see myself the way He sees me.

  353. Caitlin

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I am thankful for the smell of a freshly blown out match. There is something so comforting about that smell. A candle was just lit because company is coming over. Or maybe just to set the mood. Or maybe it is to light the grill for a family get together. Whatever the case, it always seems to be joyful, and soothing.

  354. Sarah

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:19 am

    I am thankful to God for knowing that I’d need a sister who in so many ways is the exact opposite of who I am, who challenges me on every level to be a better person, every day. And that’s a lot of "every’s."

  355. Patrick Ang

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I’m thankful for people who pay it forward. As an aspiring photographer, I’ve had the opportunity to shoot and learn from some amazing photographers, such as Jasmine Star. I don’t hesitate to help out new photographers in hopes that they will pay it forward someday.

  356. Sheri Johnson

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:31 am

    I am truly thankful for the photography skills that God has blessed me with. I am also thankful that God has always taken care of every small little need in my life even when times were tough.

  357. Dorean Pope

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I’m thankful that life is getting back to "normal" after the arrival of my 2nd child when my oldest was 18 months old. It has been a crazy three months, but I am starting to feel like I can leave the house again. =)

  358. Jennifer King

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:38 am

    I am thankful for this life, to be able to experience all of the joys and the sadness, the experiences and the lessons. I am thankful for this life that gives me opportunities to see the beauty the earth has to offer me. The landscapes, the night sky, and even small things like the tiniest insect, on a blade of grass wet from the dew of the morning. I am thankful for my breath and my heart beating, they keeps me alive to take in all that this world, all that the universe has to offer me. I am thankful that my mother chose not to give me up for adoption and to give birth to me and raise me to be a strong independent woman. I am thankful that life has been challenging but very very good to me. I love my life. And yes I am thankful for this life because it gave me my husband and my two beautiful children. I couldn’t imagine life without these 3 people. I always tell my children how thankful I am that they chose me to be their mom. πŸ™‚ I am a very thankful, a very happy gal!

  359. Jihan Cerda

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:56 am

    At this exact moment, I can’t be more thankful for anything more than STUFFING! Oh my god, have you had turkey stuffing lately?!?! And yes the hormones of pregnancy have my cravings running wild….and the best part its available all year round at the local grocery store. I’m sitting there, editing photos as usual, and the craving arises faster than a speeding bullet. And I’m definitely talking about Stove Top! Chicken flavored. Just the wonderful aroma and the perfect texture makes my mouth water……okay, time out! Its time for some stuffing!! I must say this baby is one lucky boy! lol

  360. Colin

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I’m thankful for Jasmine and so many others out there who are willing to, and often love to share their hearts and ways and means to help others pursue their passion behind the lens. Thanks J!

  361. Sue McFarland

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:13 am

    I am thankful for the kindness of strangers. I have just begun a new "hobby", hopefully career. (My husband will say my!)
    This new love is photography. I took a few classes to learn about my camera and the salesgirl where I bought the camera also gave me some private lessons when the store was not busy. I asked a friend of a friend (who has a photography business herself ) a few questions and she came to my home and taught me even more about exposure and shutter speed. I started scouring the web to learn and I have come across some amazing websites and blogs of phenomenal photographers (Jasmine is my top bookmark!). These strangers have shared so much of themselves and their craft that I have learned so very much! I am very grateful that they have opened their hearts and given others (strangers) an opportunity to learn and love this wonderful form of art!! Yep, I am grateful for kind strangers .

  362. Chad Banning

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:23 am

    Wow! I guess I’m thankful that I’m only the 355th person to comment. Ha! Totally thankful for a high school teacher that recognized my creative talent as a possible career path. 23 years later I am still getting paid to be artistic on a daily basis. Peace J*

  363. shannon dale

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:39 am

    i am so thankful for each time my unborn daughter stretches out her little foot against the side of my stomach. kind of weird- maybe- but i know she’s alive and well and it beats the heck out of the times when she just ricochets back and forth like a cannon ball. πŸ™‚ also, i’m thankful that i have my photography business in a time of such financial uncertainty. thank you, God!!

  364. Shannon McFarland

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:40 am

    ONLY ONE?!?!?! I am so thankful for so many things on so many different levels, but for today, I am thankful for my ability to see & hear!!! In the quiet moments of life to be able to hear the glorious sounds I hear is such a blessing. From the crickets in the evening to the sound of laughter around me, it brings a smile to my face, ALWAYS, especially when it from those that I love. To be blessed with sight, & to be able to see the beauty & love around me, it truly amazes me on a regular basis. Not to mention the god given ability to capture those moments in my camera, I just can’t explain it. I AM SO TRULY BLESSED, I THANK GOD EVERY SINGLE DAY, more then once!!!!

  365. Leah

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:46 am

    I am so thankful for the passion God put in me this past year for photography. Even though it scares me to death, wanting something that seems so out of reach, just having God awaken it in me gives me something to live for everyday. Being able to work hours and hours for no pay to establish something I adore and totally believe in and not care about no money is thrilling (and terrifying) at the same time. I must add (without sounding like I’m a complete and utter suck up) that if I win I’m am totally going to donate this album to the first couple to take a chance of me with their wedding photography this past June. They are young, apart a lot because they are both in the airforce and I just love them to bits. To show them how thankful I am for THEM in this way would blow my mind. (I’m just sayin) πŸ™‚

  366. Kristen

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:00 am

    I am thankful for the TALENT and PATIENCE the good Lord has given me to pursue a career in newborn photography!

  367. Brianna

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:12 am

    I’m thankful for so many things: laughter, smiles, hugs, kind strangers, small town quietness, game nights with wonderful friends, sweet tea, fresh fruit! and most of all the grace, forgiveness, and love from Jesus Christ.

  368. Leanne Stamatellos

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:15 am

    Each day I have something new to be thankful for. Today I’m reminded of how amazing my husband is. Without saying a word, he happily bundled our 6 and 3 year old into the car and took them to the hardware store ahile he bought some soil for a new garden bed he is digging. When I suggested I come along to help him with the children, he insisted that I have some ‘me’ time and rest. I’m so thankful for another day with my beautiful husband!

  369. Droze

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:25 am

    I’m thankful for my friends 19 year old little brother giving me a copy of the "Power of Now" at age 30. Which in turn has made an incredible difference in my life and enabled me to drop and baggage I was carrying around. wisdom can indeed come from anywhere. Thanks Justin

  370. Candace Wilson

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:26 am

    What a beautiful albums! Thanks for the new vendor to check out!!

  371. Cynthia Q.

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 am

    I’m thankful that my silly stupid faces and crazy accents get my best friend to laugh every time! Nothing better than having a sure-fire someone who will crack up at your silly antics.
    Aside from that I’m thankful that your blog post is giving us all a reminder to practice thankfulness–a habit we’d all be better for making as natural as breathing! Cheers!

  372. Amy Cameron

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:29 am

    I am thankful for Jesus and coffee. Both keep me going everyday. Truly.

  373. Daniel Eskue

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I’m thankful I don’t have to read all the comments on what people are thankful for ; )

  374. Jess

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:44 am

    This may come across as a little nutty, but I am thankful for uncertainty. The moments when I feel that uncertainty is a blessing are usually random. Monday was a particularly sunny Texas day with blue skies and white clouds. I was in the car with my sister, sipping a Sonic diet cherry-limeade and listening to Dave Matthews Band. I love those moments, as I sing and hit all the wrong notes, when the road becomes a metaphor. The figurative road behind me is filled with love and wonderful memories and there is still so much more ahead, love and adventure I can’t yet imagine beyond the curves. In those carefree moments belting out tunes, I realize how incredibly blessed I am to not be sure about what awaits. I can’t see around the bend, but I’m grateful that there is uncertainty. Uncertainty means possibility. These moments happen every now and then and when they do, I give a contented sigh and sing a little louder, unafraid of the people in the car next to us seeing my American Idol wannabe act. It is that recognition of the charming side of uncertainty for which I am grateful.

  375. AbiQ

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:48 am

    I’m thankful for that quite hour at dusk.. sitting outside on the porch, drinking in the evening, smelling the fresh cut grass, enjoy a ice cold club soda and listen to the kids in the neighborhood playing. Bliss? I. think. so.

  376. Karen

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Very simply: I am grateful for having the COOLEST job on the planet. I get to spend the day with people during some of the happiest moments of their lives. Does it get any better than that?

  377. Catherine Ward

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:53 am

    I am grateful for honest, vulnerable, and original people. Makes life more interesting

  378. Jen

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:54 am

    I am thankful for being laid off in March of this year. At first it was devastating. But slowly I began to see the possibilities open wide for me. I didn’t have to just find a job for the sake of finding a job. I could reexamine my entire life (as painful as it was) to see where this new path could take me. I rediscovered my love for photography. I may not change careers for photography yet but I’m sure enjoying the journey. Cheers!

  379. Laura

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:58 am

    I’m very thankful my husband has a job and that he’s willing to work it, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, with never a complaint. He came home today dripping in sweat and exhausted from an 11 hour day that should have been an 8 hour day and he’ll do it again Monday without a second thought.

  380. Lynn

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:00 am

    I’m thankful for a really good korean meal, like korean bbq, and i love how a piece of meat gets stuck between my infamous gap between my right upper molars; because later sometimes i get to fish the meat out and it reminds me of that good korean bbq meal and korean soju that i had with my family. gross but true.

  381. Rachel Lindley

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:02 am

    I’m thankful for wine, it is the relaxing part of my week.

  382. Gwynne

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:11 am

    I am thankful for the wonderful smell of fresh cut grass and cool breeze that came in today.

  383. Tacey

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:20 am

    I am grateful for my medical care….even the scarey medicine that I have to take for my disease.
    One must always find gratitude…

  384. Raquel Leal

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:24 am

    I’m thankful for hope. The ability to anticipate and know that the future holds something great. Something better than today. That someday I will have the strength to leave the life I am supposed to live and live the life I want to live. The hope that someday, maybe not today, but someday soon I will be free.

  385. Rachel

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:32 am

    I am thankful for having a job where I make a difference. I am a cop. (A Detective to be specific). It is a thankless job. It is a job where I am hated by many people. But, I am thankful and grateful that no matter how many times I get yelled at, cussed at, spit at, etc, I know it is because I am actually helping someone…somewhere.

  386. Brielle McClain

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:35 am

    I am thankful for every single person who has been brave enough to stare into my scary lens and trust me when I say things like "You see that huge broken down train over there? Yeah. Let’s get on top of that."

  387. Christa

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:35 am

    Be creative eh?
    I’m thankful for orange juice.
    It covers the taste of my crushed up vitamins that taste yucky. I’m too big of a baby to swallow them whole πŸ™
    Was that creative enough to win this AWESOME prize?!?! Huh huh? Was it? πŸ™‚ Love you J*

  388. Sara

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:37 am

    I’m thankful for the people in my life that have molded me into the person I am today.

  389. Brittany Dawson

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Just is sad – but at the moment I’m thankful for life’s memories – this week a friend took his life – and now it’s what I am thankful for having – a slideshow of his life in pictures – memories.

  390. Diana

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:40 am

    Like everyone else, I’m thankful for many things… Jesus dying for me is at the top of my list. But besides the family, health, and great friends I have, I am thankful for this country. I come from a communist country and my father literally ran and escaped when I was 3 months old. He sacrificed his life so that my mom and I could live in a country that was free. So I’m thankful that everyday I can pray in public, say whatever I want (not always a good thing), and have a chance to live happily, safely, and successfully.

  391. Kim

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:41 am

    I am thankful that there will never be a day in my life when I don’t learn something new.

  392. Sasha Ball

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 am

    I am thankful for the fact that I keep pushing myself, and just when I think something is impossible, I surprise myself and do ten times better that I thought! The little surprises in life are what keep me smiling and thankful!

  393. Theresa

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:55 am

    This contest made me realize that I have so many things to be thankful for that I can’t pick one, and so I have already won no matter what.

  394. Jennifer

    August 22nd, 2009 at 4:04 am

    As a budding professional photographer, right now I am most thankful for the selflessness and open attitudes that I have seen in the photography world. At my first job as a photographer’s assistant, I became very discouraged and disheartened because I was trying to learn from him and when I asked how to figure out the correct settings on my camera, he would respond with "wouldn’t you like to know" (I mean, how RUUUDE can you get!?) As a side note, I am also thankful that I promptly quit that job and ventured into starting my own business! But I digress… so since then, I have found SO many inspiring artists and the fact that you all share your secrets, ideas, techniques, thoughts, hopes, and dreams makes you that much more admirable and noteworthy. To be honest, I don’t really care if I win the free album. This just created the perfect opportunity to express my gratitude and awe for photographers like yourself. Thanks for being such an incredible inspiration!

  395. barbara (soon to be dieppa)

    August 22nd, 2009 at 4:14 am

    I am thankful for life. Thankful for the ups and downs of it- the ride. I’m thankful for the lows because it gives your strength and empathy. I am thankful for the highs, because it reminds you of how thrilling life can be. I am thankful for the NOW because every moment in life is precious. I have had the honor of being present in the sacred moments of individuals beginnings and endings of life. It is within these moments that I can stop and be thankful of my own in between times .

  396. Angie

    August 22nd, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Besides my family and friends (of course, I adore every one of them), I am probably most thankful for my MacBook Pro. I love it in ways I cannot express. It completes me (LOL! Laughing that I just said that). I think I’ll give it a hug and a scratch behind the casing now. Ahhh, pure happiness. πŸ™‚

  397. Jen Amato

    August 22nd, 2009 at 4:52 am

    It’s really ironic that today you blog asking your readers to comment on what they are thankful for. I happen to post what I was thankful for this morning on my blog. I am a New Orleans Wedding & Portrait Photographer that follows your daily posts and months ago you inspired me to begin my blogging journey. A few weeks ago I was in a pretty bad car accident in the middle of shooting an Engagement Session, driving from one location to the next. Here is an excerpt from my entry today as I was relaying my story ……"The following day at Sunday Mass, I think I prayed harder then I ever had. I could have gotten aggravated and questioned why this happened to me? I could have wondered if I deserved this? Instead I prayed and said thank you. Thank you for allowing me to be okay and for it not to have been any worse. Thank you for protecting me." To read the whole story, its my lasted entry at Even if I don’t get picked, I just thought I would share my story πŸ™‚

  398. cori derksen

    August 22nd, 2009 at 5:18 am

    I am thankful that my husband will talk with me. I’m thankful that my little boys love to be held upside down and giggle. I’m thankful that I have friends that think I’m wonderful when I’m not. I’m thankful for peace, always. Oh, and for my 5d mark II. πŸ™‚

  399. Sarina

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I’m thankful for all harships I had to overcome in life. Over the recent years I’ve experience so much heartache, confusion, and disappointments. But because of all this, I have become stronger. I have found this great hobby turned business called Photography. I have become so much more fulfilled in my life than I ever have been. So THANK YOU to all the people who made my life HELL. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to become such a strong person and find myself through the tough times. =)

  400. Liz Ness

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I’m thankful that the Sharpies didn’t kill any brain cells yesterday — though I did feel a bit light headed — while I added a new entry to my art journal. Also, I am thankful that Jasmine rocks, is so generous (with stuff and her nugget), and I’m thankful to have learned so much already (still have more to learn) wrt photography and a bunch of other arty goodness. =)

  401. Kira Lauren Photography

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Thank God for my MOM. To my surprise, she offered yesterday to pay for my 2 year old son to attend preschool so I can have time to work throughout the day on building my photography business. I’m a stay at home mom focused on doing wedding photography full-time, and the only thing that has stopped me was that I could only get anything done late at night when my husband comes home from work. She must have had a taste of my life after babysitting him last week and realized I can’t possibly focus if I have him home all day! So, yes, I’m extremely thankful for my mom’s generosity… which makes it possible for me to work toward my dreams. =) Thanks Jasmine!

  402. Jennifer Lebron

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I am thankful for the reassurance God gives me to deal with–everything that we’ve had to deal with. My husband is getting ready for his second deployment to Afghanistan (after the first one was so terrible).

    The security and reassurance that I feel when I have to send my husband away is something that I can’t describe in too many words, or comprehend fully on any given day–but it is definitely there.

    My theme verses for last deployment were Psalm 91: 14-16, ""Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

    That was God’s big promise to me, "He knows that I am here for him, so I will protect him for you."

    And my favorite, Philemon 1:15, "For perhaps he was parted from you for a while so that you might have him back forever."

    It’s my mantra for military spouses–every training exercise, evert 24-hour shift, every week, month, or year that you have to spend away from your servicemember–there are those moments, those days that feel like forever.

    πŸ˜€ I can talk on forever about how at peace I feel and how much God has reassured me of his promises.

    THAT is what I am thankful for. That "Hakuna Matata" feeling.


  403. Mayra M.

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:17 am

    My memory. To remember is to relive…I thank God for that! πŸ™‚

  404. Kare

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:39 am

    I’m thankful for all the usual things: family, friends, my health, having a job, a home, getting to spend long lazy days with the nieces and nephews, all that other stuff. But this week I have been extra thankful that I get to go to work in an office – an office with air conditioning! Seriously. Whew! It’s hot!!

  405. Danielle

    August 22nd, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I am thankful for my strength and courage. My whole entire life I always thought I was such an incredible weak person when it came to anything emotional, but I have learned a lot about myself in the last few months. I just lost my son 3 months ago at birth. I was 9 months pregnant and had no idea something like this would happen to me and especially the perfect beautiful bubble I felt I lived in. He passed away 5 minutes before they got him out. That amazing little boy taught me more about myself than I ever thought was possible! I had the strength to hold him for 15 hours after his passing, love him, kiss him, bathe him and photography every inch of his perfect little body so I would never forget a single moment with him! Something inside me that I thought I never had, came out . . . . my strength & courage. Strength and Courage for my husband, my two other little boys, myself and my sweet angel Deegan Chase Paynter.

  406. Detrick Branston

    August 22nd, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Right now it would have to be for warranties. I’ve had to send in my 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and Nikon D300 body in the past two month. I was so thankful that they were still under warranty. Can you believe the D300 body was shipped out about one week before the warranty expired! Holla! for warranties. πŸ™‚

  407. mindy@STUDIO6.23

    August 22nd, 2009 at 9:20 am

    the color yellow…… aqua, orange and fushia, too……. laughing till it hurts……. crazy adventures…… fields of sunflowers….. sprinkles on ice cream…… music that moves me……. giggles from my children…… cool summer nights……. spontaneity….. ginormous balloons……… making out wtih my hot husband, (oh yeah!)…….. kindred spirits……… dancing the night away…….. SURPRISES…… singing in the shower……… serving others……. gas station cappuccinos……. my life.

  408. Stephanie

    August 22nd, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I am thankful that my camera decided to work today after 10 minutes of refusing to focus!! Finally I was able to get some great engagement shots!!

  409. Tim King

    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I’m thankful for the time in between. My girlfriend and I live such busy lives, I have learned to cherish the time in between everything else. I always tell her I love just "hanging out" with her, and she gives me a weird look…but I’m really thankful for those times in between. Whether it be just chatting in bed in the morning or flipping through channels looking for a movie – there’s no person I’d rather spend my time with – even if we’re just "hanging around".

  410. Dave Shilling

    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:59 am

    This one really brought out the blog lurkers!
    I’m thankful for the sunshine that breaks through my window every day. It reminds me that each day is new, each day is full of possibility, and each day is a chance to examine my life and decide whats next.

  411. Kat Forsyth

    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I’m thankful for music. For my love of it and that I’m able to sing it. Music is such a big part of me; I’m not sure that there’s any part of the day when I don’t have a tune swimming round in my head! It calms me down, cheers me up, makes me cry – whatever I need it to do.

  412. Sandy Keys

    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I am thankful for the 16 1/2 years that my family and I had with our beloved dog, Elliott. We had to have him put to sleep last night after he became ill this past Wednesday. For all you pet lovers out there, hug your pet today and enjoy every minute with them.

  413. kellie

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    i’m thankful for my job and my partner’s job. it allows us to live in the part of the city we want to. our last suburb had gangs roaming the streets and our house was constantly broken into. our new suburb is one of the best in the city. i no longer jump at every sound i hear and i know i don’t have to lock doors while i’m at home. i know i’m safe and i’m so, so thankful for that.

  414. Shannon Kelley

    August 22nd, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I’m thankful for that blessed time of year in the spring when you stroll down the aisle of your local grocer and there they sit, the Reese’s egg!!!!

  415. Matt Parks

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    the lingering smell of fresh ground coffee seeping up the stairs inviting one to join his lovely wife of years in one of those "just fits right" hugs, where her shoulder slides perfectly under mine, my hands seems to be the "just right’ size to rub her back and she’s "just tall" enough to pull her chin up towards mine for a delightfully perfect good morning kiss. That is what I’m most thankful for this morning. The "just right" moments one savor over a Saturday morning cup of coffee.

  416. Melissa Oholendt

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    I am grateful for my flat iron. (You said get creative!) Without it I would look like a poor-man’s Farrah Fawcett and I’m pretty sure no one would hire me….ever.

  417. Mandy Sroka

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I am thankful for being able to go grocery shopping alone…I find it so relaxing to cruise the aisles by myself.

  418. gianne

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I am very thankful for cupcakes and all of my cupcake recipe books, Without them life wouldn’t be as fun as it is now. I am also thankful for my new Nike running shoes, because without them I wouldn’t be able to burn off those cupcake calories!

  419. Jennifer

    August 22nd, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I am thankful I haven’t thrown my kids and hubby off a bridge yet! They drive me insane! I love them anyway! But there are days….;)

  420. Andrea Wiseman

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I am thankful for losing my mothers point and shoot camera when I was 17. If I would have never done that, my mother wouldn’t have said "never be a photographer, because you’ll lose your cameras too"…I guess I rebelled a bit when I went to art college for photography. I’ve never ever looked back since…despite my lack of responsibility when I was 17.

  421. shipra

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    thankful today for when the oven goes on the blink and I get to order out from Spiros Greek deli. Yum.

  422. Kay English

    August 22nd, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I always think when I’m in the shower how grateful I am for the water. Not only do I have water, but it’s warm. Millions of people around the world do not have water even to drink and I feel selfish wasting that water for showers. I often donate to which gives water to villages in Africa just by having kids play and spin it. But I think it is somehow better to be grateful to God for that water and to always appreciate it

  423. Amy Paulson

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    I am thankful for deep, full bellied giggles shared with my 3 year old, curly haired, musical theater-bound daughter and smiley, blue-eyed, round-bellied 9 month old boy on Starbucks dates complete with library books, an iced half-caf americano and a kids hot chocolate. (And sometimes a shared "Crispy Rice Square") The only thing better is when my amazing husband can join us, because he adds an incredible bass component to our giggles. Those are the days where I’m overwhelmed that God would surprise me with such beauty in my life on a daily basis.

  424. DeAnna

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I am thankful for a fresh start everyday.

  425. Rendy Tucker

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I am thankful for sleep. Random, I know, but there’s nothing like falling into a comfy bed after a long day and knowing that you’ll wake up rejuvenated in the morning. Even if the baby does wake you up once or twice every night.

  426. Tracey Buyce

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I am thankful for my corgi-hound mix Roxy, she makes me smile about thousand times a day!

  427. Asad

    August 22nd, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I am thankful for my mom’s cooking. She’s been a housewife her whole life, and in some ways this is the one skill she has always dedicated herself to. I love you Ammi!

  428. Katie

    August 22nd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I am so completely thankful for my parents. I was recently married in June, and my parents funded the entire event. I was floored by their generosity, especially in these hard times. They told me that marriage is the single most important decision I will make in my life, and they wanted to show how much they support me and now my husband by financially supporting our day. My parents have always been a pillar of love and support and an exemplary show of what it means to be madly in love, but to see them on that day, standing by my side giving me away, meant the world to me. I would love to win this book to give to them. I know that giving their first born away on June 28, was tough and wonderful all at the same time and I know how much they cherish the images and how they would adore a book to sit in their house.

  429. Maalaea with i and m photo

    August 22nd, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I am thankful for my Nana and her complete selflessness and sacrifice. I am thankful for the memories she forever instilled in me and the motivation she left me with. My nana gave me my first slr camera and she would always oooooh and aaaaaw over my photos even when the focus or lighting was horribly wrong. I am so very thankful my nana simply loved everyone unconditionally and I cannot wait to see her again one day.

  430. Maggie Coursey

    August 22nd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I’m thankful that after FOUR years of working for a boss that is rude, arrogant, obnoxious and who always finds it somehow ok to yell, curse and slam doors, I finally had the courage to grab my things and walk out of there. I’ll be putting a one week notice in on Monday morning (only because he’s gone for that entire week and it’s just not fair to my co-workers). I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know that I love photography and maybe now is the time to go full force with my business!

  431. Bethany Murphy

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I am thankful for the little things in life. Things that don’t necessarily need to cost money, like spontaneously driving to the beach to watch the sunrise with the love of your life, but those things that make you thankful for the people you are sharing it with and the memories that you have because of it!

  432. mel

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    i am grateful, that i can still say ‘i love you’, even after being hurt.

    i am grateful to hear it said back.

  433. sarah Javaheri

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I am soooooo very thankful for CLIENTS! Without them ~ I would not be where I am today! These are the people that belive in me, admire my work, and put money in my pocket.

  434. Rebecca Quiroz

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    I am thankful for having a Strong HEART. Don’t get me wrong it does soften at times, but in the profession I am in it needs to stay as strong as possible. I am a Family Advocate for a non-profit organization called Human Options in Orange County. We help women, men and their children who fall victims of domestic violence. As I hear the stories of (mostly) women saying how the person they came to fell in love with beat, sexually, and/or verbally abused them without any remorse in front of their children it takes a lot for me not to cry. Our mission is to "Help restore hope and rebuild lives." When I tell people what I do for a living I get a lot of criticism. Such as "why are you doing that, you should be doing something fun," or "why would you want to help that population?" I believe God brought me into this world for a reason and it was to help those less unfortunate. No matter what there situation might be I always try to be the first to help. There is an immense joy and fulfillment in me when I see the smiles on peoples’ faces when they feel they are not alone and gain the hope that one-day their living nightmare will end. I am so thankful that I have the ability and strength to help bring back smiles into families inner and facial emotions.

  435. hannah gray

    August 22nd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    I’m thankful for Fiber One bars. Don’t hate! πŸ˜‰

  436. Stephanie Stewart

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I’m thankful for being able to do what I love every day. I had been "stuck" in my 8-5 office job for almost 5 years, just waiting for the right opportunity for me to leave and pursue photography full time. Meanwhile, God and my boss had other plans. I was laid off due to downsizing, the day before Thanksgiving in 2008. Although my husband and I were not prepared for the downsize financially, we looked at it as my chance, my opportunity, to pursue my passion. My husband, family and friends have been such great support, and my biggest cheerleaders. I’m thankful to live in a country where I’m free to pursue my passion, where I found the man of my dreams, and where I have found my happy self. I am truly blessed.

  437. Emily Dobson Photography

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    I am thankful for the trash man. No one knows him, but without him, life would be a mess! πŸ™‚

  438. Caitlin

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    I am thankful for small comforts on bad days. I’m thankful for a hot bubble bath jacuzzi and a cherry coke from Sonic. I’m thankful for the music of Michael Buble and Renee Olstead to help bad days become good days. I’m thankful for my Jesus and how incredibly good he is to me on bad days. I’m thankful for long afternoon naps that seem like a waste to everyone else, but seem like the greatest two and a half hours to me. I’m thankful for a giant golden retriever that thinks she’s small enough to snuggle on my bed. I’m thankful for life. πŸ™‚

  439. Brianna Phelan

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I’m thankful for my ability to read. It brings me knowledge, comfort, determination, perspective, insight and humour. Books are something I cherish very much and my husband and I are enjoying watching our 2.5 year old enjoy books. We look forward to when she can read as well.

  440. designer los

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    nice clean elegant design

  441. Aliyah Dastour

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I am thankful that I have my passion for photography…it gets me through my day/week/month.

  442. Brian Fletcher

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Thankful for my two beautiful, amazing children and what they have given my life. I could not ask for anything more in my lifetime and when it is my time to go, I will go knowing that I did my part in gracing this earth with two of the most loving beings God has ever produced.

  443. corey

    August 22nd, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Im thankful to have the vision to create good portraits for clients, thankful to have my good health and most and formost very thankful that I have a loving mother to totally renovate our house and also add an additional 1100 sq ft for me to shoot portraits in everytime I snap the shutter I really think if how thankful I am.

  444. Carrie Roseman

    August 22nd, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Gratitude is the realization of appreciation, and I feel it in bundles for many different reasons. I maintain thanks for this healthy body and sound mind that carries me through these days. Also, for this creative gift I’ve discovered and nurtured in myself to show the world how I see and bring more beauty with the art I create. I am thankful to have a positive support system and huge cheering section in my corner. I’m proud to be a self-made woman, who is awake in her life and not afraid to go get what she seeks. And I’m thankful to realize that all we have is this moment, so I am trying to live it the best way I can. And I’m thankful to you, Jasmine, for reading this!

  445. Rebecca J

    August 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Jasmine I am thankful for time. Each of us is allotted a different measure for our life, but whether it is the minutes that a mother holds her terminally sick baby, our the 80 years a married couple shares with each other, it is poignant, tangible, and altering. Sometimes it passes slowly and other times too quickly, and all the while it is forming and shaping the world. In times of sorrow we cling to it, in anticipation we toss it aside, but it is not just a part of our every moment – it is our every moment.

  446. fiona andersen

    August 22nd, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I wanna win, I wanna win… ok I am grateful for CHEESE… I LOVE cheese, you can melt it, eat it straight out of the pack, put it in a sandwich, make souffle, fondue!!!! I love CHEESE…. must be something special as the moon is made out of it!!!!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you lord for CHEESE

  447. Danielle Bryan

    August 22nd, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I am thankful for chaos, cuz in the mix of everything, life is only what you make of the chaos and the joy you can find in it!

  448. Jessica Grace

    August 22nd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    I’m thankful for life, for Christ who gives me life, and for the amazing gift of my humble, kind and servant-hearted boyfriend, Lee, with whom I’m celebrating one year of dating tomorrow! Holla!

  449. Jen Avril-Rae Shannon

    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Great blog post and contest! Yes, I am thankful for my spouse and family, but I think I am most thankful for the the talents God has given me to bless other people. I love giving and seeing that something I’ve done or given has brought joy to another person.

  450. Kim Gibson

    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I am thankful for all the change in my life. The change that causes strain and inner strength to push through challenges. The change that opens a window when another slams shut. The change that teaches me remain faithful in my life. I am thankful for change.

  451. Karen Slate

    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:39 pm

  452. Karen Slate

    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I am thankful for many things but most of all for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave His live that we may live and have everlasting life.

  453. Michelle

    August 22nd, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I am thankful for the angry looking nurse at my doctor’s office who tells the truth when I ask her if the epidural will hurt – due in 10 days!

  454. Amber

    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Wow after reading a few of these posts I’m not sure that I have a right to post some flimsy "i’m thank for…" comment…but this is what i’m thankful for–I’m thankful that every once in awhile i am so greatly reminded that i have a beautiful life and that i need to be thankful for that life with all of it’s stresses and imperfections. after reading a few of these posts i was reminded of this and earlier last week i was again reminded when i walked into the pediatric oncology/hematology clinic of a local hospital. i was there for my 11 yr old daughter’s yearly check-up with her oncologist just to make sure she’s still a-ok. and there i was surrounded by all of these beautiful children with their beautiful bald heads receiving their chemotherapy treatments. there i was with my perfectly healthy daughter and a 10 wk old baby was receiving chemo. this was truly my reminder to be thankful!

  455. Steph S.

    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I am grateful that every morning I get to wake up and EAT!

  456. Sandi

    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I am grateful for Story Time with my kids. Thank you to those that have created beautiful works of art we call children’s books.

  457. Frances Ramos

    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I thank God for my taste buds.

  458. Jeannine

    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I am thankful for blogs like yours that give me inspiration as a new photographer…especially if they choose me for a free album! Pick me, pick me…

  459. Diane Lewis

    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Thankful for my dog Bailey, who lays right at my feet no matter how long I sit at the computer working; he was my inspiration to start my pet photography bussiness and he’s the heart and soul of why I do what I do. I love him more than words can say and he has changed my life forever, for had he not come into my life I would probably still be sitting in a corporate job hating my job! I have him to thank for inspiring me to take the leap to start in the career that I love so much….

  460. Heather Beadles

    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:53 am

    I’m thankful for GRACE. Second chances. Forgiveness. Mercy. Compassion. That though I was deserving, He took my place. That my family loves me even when I screw up. That things work out without me even having to try. That ultimately I can’t try hard enough or do enough…so there is grace.

  461. Ashley

    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I’m thankful for all the little things we used to take for granted: my old car that gets us where we need to go, our first apartment, not having all the money in the world, the tunnel and not just the light at the end of it.

  462. Peggy Li

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:03 am

    I am truly thankful to be alive to see all the interesting unpredictable things that happen in this world especially people watching – I adore sitting anywhere and just watch people do their daily tasks, you should try it sometimes you never know the outcome! I am thankful to be able to breath the fall weather rolling around (even though my allergies are coming, I feel it in my nostril) I am still thankful to breathe. I am definitely thankful to have all my teeth in tact because this past week my fiance had his front tooth chipped off and had 12 stitches on his bottom lip…..
    On top of that, we schedule for engagment pictures for next week and planning on taking our big picture, framed for the wedding banquet on the day of our wedding of Nov. 27, 2009
    (I can send a picture!! But beware its awful! LOL)

  463. Monica Guerrero

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:04 am

    I am thankful for the freedom to be educated! Today I dropped off my fiance at the airport today to head to ASU to begin his Masters program. Now I sit here studying for the GMAT hoping preparing to apply to ASU’s Master of Accounting Program… our parents and grandparents never would have imagined such possibilities πŸ™‚ … As a result my dreams for our future children can be even greater!!!

  464. Ricky

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:14 am

    It’s always good to see sharing, tips and advice from successful photographers such as yourself and others. I think it inspires everyone that read your blogs to go out and shoot more. I’ve only started taking photography up and stumbled across your blog, and I am in envy that you can do it as your day job.

    Of course, you had to work hard for it. I am just too scared to take that step haha.

  465. Ricky

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:14 am

    It’s always good to see sharing, tips and advice from successful photographers such as yourself and others. I think it inspires everyone that read your blogs to go out and shoot more. I’ve only started taking photography up and stumbled across your blog, and I am in envy that you can do it as your day job.

    Of course, you had to work hard for it. I am just too scared to take that step haha.

  466. Erica Young

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I am thankful for my husband for being my rock and my support system. I don’t know where I would be without him. We can’t have any kids and he is there to comfort me when I see babies or kids having kids and I just have a breakdown. And when I am working 24/7 between my full time job and my part time job as a photographer, he is still there behind me supporting me.

  467. Wendy R

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:16 am

    I am thankful for finding your blog.. you are my newest inspiration!

  468. Rannva

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I am thankful for olive bread, marshmallows, gummy bears and California wine! And even more thankful that I finally got an awesome looking beach cruiser so I can shave off those calories I love to consume!

  469. TeresaZ

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:28 am

    I’m thankful for LIFE. The ups and downs, the good and bad … it all adds up to MY life. Thanks for helping me remember that today!

  470. Lety

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:41 am

    I am thankful for rainbows, the promise God made with us that there will never again be a flood to destroy all life. Rainbows represent that no matter how strong or long a storm is, in the end there is always a rainbow to brighten the day. Plus, the colors are so pretty :0)

  471. Syreena B

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I am thankful that God made babies be born with all gums and no teeth… 1. that would just be plain freaky and 2. there is just something about that toothless smile that sends my heart afloat πŸ˜‰

  472. Rachael Hughes

    August 23rd, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I am thankful for my "enemies" (AKA-people who don’t like me or who are very discouraging)….they help me push harder to achieve my dreams and stand up for something in life. [By the way…I am a PEOPLE PLEASER…I do not in ANYway enjoy having "enemies", but unfortunately its part of life! It’s all how you look at it] πŸ™‚

  473. David Quesada

    August 23rd, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Thankful for full frame with fast lenses and Seinfeld for laughs =)

  474. Tiffany Converse

    August 23rd, 2009 at 2:43 am

    I am thankful for presents I get. Its true! πŸ™‚

  475. Tab McCausland

    August 23rd, 2009 at 3:29 am

    I am thankful that I only have 12 more days of being in this cast! I broke my foot hiking in TN trying to get a picture of a bear! It’s really really hard to shoot weddings in a CAST so very very thankful only 12 more days….

  476. Gena

    August 23rd, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I am thankful that my sweet Mama has her wonderful husband to stand by her….she was just diagnosed with breast cancer at the beginning of this month, has gone through a mastectomy, and is now recovering. It is so wonderful to see my sweet dad…who holds her hand…kisses her tears away…and tells her every few minutes how beautiful she is to him. What a great strength he is to her. I am thankful for that πŸ™‚

  477. Leah Sloan

    August 23rd, 2009 at 3:38 am

    This is a great post! My husband picked up a certified mail letter at the post office the other day and as I watched his expression of OMG my heart sank… he has 10 months left where there is a slight chance of being called up for deployment (he has already been in Iraq for 15 months) shortly after I found out it was a letter regarding legal matters that we never thought we would have to deal with.. this leter totally stinks BUT I am still just sooooo thankful that it was not a deployment letter and knowing that I will be able to continue spending time with my husband who I completely love and adore!

  478. Erin Summerill

    August 23rd, 2009 at 4:31 am

    I am thankful for my hubby, who loves me when I’m a total turd, and tells me when I need to shape up, but loves me reguardless!

  479. catie

    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:04 am

    man… this is hard…because there is so much i am thankful for… the simplest things… the normal things… the extraordinary things… people… places… lessons… memories… so i got to thinking… trying to think of something that maybe is unique to me… and i thought of it… pennies on the ground… because a couple of months ago i stopped seeing them as "good luck" and started seeing them as "pennies from heaven" simple reminders that there is a God who loves me and very now and then showers down a reminder of His grace as a walk along…

  480. Catherine

    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I am thankful for moving to Atlanta. Moving here has brought new beginnings, new friends, and the actualization of living my dream as a photographer, bottom-up. All things are possible!

  481. Christopher Wren

    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I’m thankful for kids who squeal with delight when I pretend to dance.

  482. Shannon R.

    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:50 am

    I’m thankful that I am in an industry were so many wonderful photographers are willing to share their knowledge. Just got back from Vegas at Skip’s Summer school. Besides the wonderful speakers there. They turned us on to others like yourself that are just so willing to share.

  483. Cindy

    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:53 am

    I am thankful for second chances. It may not be what I hope in my heart but it’s a second chance with my who i believe owns my heart.

  484. Robin

    August 23rd, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I’m thankful that I decided to watch the movie "PS: I Love You" tonite on dvd, making it possible to pause it to write down this quote: "We’re so arrogant, aren’t we? So afraid of age, we do everything we can to prevent it. We don’t realize what a privilege it is to grow old with someone. Someone who doesn’t drive you to commit murder or doesn’t humiliate you beyond repair. "

  485. Rima (Occasion Photography)

    August 23rd, 2009 at 8:31 am

    ooooh this looks nice..Ive never used leather craftsman before, but Im really tempted now!

  486. FELIX WU

    August 23rd, 2009 at 10:23 am

    I am thankful for people, close or not so close, loving or not so loving, talented or not so talented, Godly ot not so Godly…so I could find out where I am at and what I need to change in order to be really living.

  487. Jo Ann

    August 23rd, 2009 at 11:53 am

    I’m thankful for rainbow chard. Now I know that this sounds incredibly random and pretty ridiculous, but I really and truly am. I make it the way my Greek Grandmother made it…steamed with olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. I’m not sure which nutrient is responsible, specifically…but eating chard truly turns my mood and entire outlook around and everyone in my life benefits from this. I won’t lie, chocolate tastes better…but rainbow chard’s effects are magical.

  488. martencja

    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I am thankful that I live and I am who I am….I am not perfect and my life is not easy, but I can make a lot of fantastic things. I am musician, designer and now I found my new passion – photography…. I am thankful for opportunity to go a shop and buy a good camera. Earlier it was impossible to do that …..And I am thankful for internet!!! It gives me the chance to contact with you πŸ˜€

    Big hugs from Berlin


  489. Stephanie

    August 23rd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I am thankful for the innocence of my children. Even when I make BIG mistakes or lose my patience too quickly, they still think I am the best.

  490. Kate L

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    My husband groans. It’s the middle of the night and I get a head-butt to the middle of my back. I assume he got a foot in the ribs (or lower).
    A few hours later, an arm flops into my face and I think my nose may be bleeding.
    It’s now morning. I open my eyes, the sun barely peeking through the blinds. I can just see her big brown eyes staring back at me through a curtain of wild curls. Her face is perched on top of her hands underneath her chin and half painted with pink fingernail polish.
    She stares back at me with a big grin and says, "You’re awake? I love you, you’re my best friend."

    I am thankful for and cherish every one of these nights with my three-year-old wedged between my husband and I like an "H". For some day I know that those words will likely change to "I hate you. Where are the car keys?"

  491. Terri B.

    August 23rd, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    This morning, I am incredibly thankful for espn2 and their morning broadcasts of hunting shows. I love my husband more than anything, but this is the perfect tool to insure a little peace and quiet while I edit, edit, edit…thank you espn2!

  492. Kimberly Wilson

    August 23rd, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    I am thankful for good books that you can get lost in for a few hours. Pretty words weaved together in a way that casts a spell over you and work their magic inside you. No matter how awful the day has been, it’s nice to know you can have a little escape in between those two covers! πŸ™‚

  493. Bridgeworks Photography

    August 23rd, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I am grateful for the power in good choices.

  494. Catherine

    August 23rd, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I was just thinking this morning as I was making breakfast for the familia…’why is it that something has to happen, something life threatning or a diagnosis of an end of your life disease…for us to be thankful for our loved ones?’ I am thankful everyday for the things that God has blessed me with, including each day that I have those that are most important to me. I am thankful for those that trust that even though I am new as a photographer……my clients trust that I will capture their families and those special moments. I am thankful for me and my deep desire to capture through photographs, the special moments of their lives, even if it’s a day at the park….

  495. RL

    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I am thankful for this blog…it takes me to a different world. In the world I live in, I have had my father get t-boned while riding on a motorcycle and a brother-in-law get crushed under a semi while at work….all within a year from each other. So, it might sound cheesy, it might sound selfish, but this website (a website I can get away and see others in their amazing worlds with amazing smiles) is a site that I am thankful for. Thanks Jasmine for an amazing blog and beautiful pictures. You are an inspiration in which I take to my world and look through a different ‘lens’

  496. Jessica

    August 23rd, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Ode to my Opposable Thumbs…
    My dear sweet opposable thumbs…
    without you my life would be numb.
    How would I open my bottle of wine?
    What would I twiddle while standing in line?
    No more thumbs up, for a job well done…
    And how would I pick at my cinnamon bun?
    Together forever, so happy we’ll be.
    My opposable thumbs so thankful for thee.

  497. Erin Fults

    August 23rd, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    I am thankful that my daughter will not stay 2 forever. I love her with all my heart, but if she were a 2 year old forever I just might end up in an insane asylum. πŸ™‚

  498. Cherron

    August 23rd, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I’m thankful for warm, breezy days with lots of beautiful rays of golden light that make me oh so happy.

  499. monica

    August 23rd, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    How amazing is it to be a photographer? Despite the competition, sometimes long hours and hard shooting conditions – how could I do anything else??? So, so thankful and privileged to get to wake up every day and do this.

  500. britttney hale

    August 23rd, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    i am thankful for love…. for what it has given me- for where it has taken me- for the things it has shown me. everything i do, every decision i make, all revolve around who and what i love. and i cant help but be more than overwhelmed with the knowledge that i am loved in return. sometimes i do not feel worthy, but yet i never feel ungreatful!

  501. Courtney Berkers

    August 23rd, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    I am thankful that my parents are so understanding that they let me move back home while I finish my last year of university. Love you mom and dad!

  502. Erin Jensen

    August 23rd, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Lame alert!!! He loves to sleep on his back, but I don’t love his snoring. While the snoring is annoying I love the fact that when he sleeps on this back he has his left hand on me. Not having to wake up alone is a blessing indeed! Happy Sunday Jasmine!

  503. L Finau

    August 23rd, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I am grateful for ELMO.. He has been very useful these past couple of months.. My kids have been occupied with him while I edit photos and update my blog not to mention follow your blogs as well as the blogs of all the other great photographers.. Yep thats it.. ELMO will win the award for what Im grateful for.. hahaha

  504. Belida Olsen

    August 23rd, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I am grateful that school starts tomorrow and that this is my last semester! As dorky as it is, I have loved learning!

  505. ashley bugg

    August 23rd, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    BEAUTIFUL album, per usual!

    today, I am thankful for the deserts in my soul. that when I go through a desert, I have the oportunity to glorify my Creator through my response — that I have the opportunity to find joy within the pain.

    but on a lighter note, I’m thankful my gluegun — such a simple tool that can make such beautiful creations!

  506. Meg

    August 23rd, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Today I am thankful for my sweet Momma…..because she knows the next few months of wedding season won’t led time for these things….Not only did she help me and my husband clean and organize our entire garage today, she helped disinfect (and wash) my daughter’s crib/room/clothes from an after nap accicent with a soiled diaper. Need I say more?! What would we do without our moms?

  507. CEM

    August 23rd, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I am ThankFul that I believe in God, and He believes in me, and gave me an Eye to observe His beauties and capture these beauties’ unique joyful moments.

  508. Nikki Wells

    August 23rd, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I am thankful for you. You probably have 490 other comments telling you that too, but I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for being you. Your love for your work and your clients has been such and inspiration to a newbie like me. You totally rock my photography world as well as touch my heart! Keep going on wit yo bad self!

  509. Xylia

    August 23rd, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    I am thankful for blogs – because without them, I would not have become in love with photography again! The moments that you capture are amazing!

  510. yolanda diaz

    August 23rd, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I am thankful for being on the crazy side and for being abnormal =)

  511. Honey

    August 23rd, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I am thankful for photoshop actions. MCP & Totally RAD … next to my babies, husband & camera … the love of my life! They have made my life so much easier and given my photographs that extra pop! XOXO

  512. Amber Grover

    August 23rd, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    I am thankful for the 11 minutes and 6 seconds that my precious daughter Olivianna Grace lived in my arms. I am thankful that she is with Jesus and that she can breathe and is whole and healthy. I am thankful for her strong heart that blessed another mom who prayed for her baby to live…even though mine had to die. I am thankful for family and friends who surrounded my husband and I during dark nights with empty arms. I am thankful for hope and new promises each morning.
    Olivianna Grace Grover 6/24/2008.

  513. Shari Schoener

    August 23rd, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    I am ever so thankful for my health. It is not guaranteed, or even deserved- but it is a gift that I’ve often taken for granted. Last year I was told I had a tumor on my pancreas. This year it is almost gone. It has shrunk by almost 90%. No chemo- no radiation- Just Prayer. For that I am thankful- and may I always be reminded to remain so thankful.

  514. Kaitlynn

    August 23rd, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Smores & dirty feet. I just rolled in from a very needed relaxing camping trip.

  515. Adriana Casey

    August 24th, 2009 at 12:04 am

    I am thankful for the confidence to be myself.
    I am thankful for the strength my mother pours on me from up above. I am thankful that I believe that.
    I am thankful for the courage to face fear and for the faith to follow my dreams.
    I am thankful for understanding that life is about the journey.

  516. Dee

    August 24th, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Today I’m thankful for my soon-to-occur retirement from my daytime job giving me opportunity to finally focus on photography and other interests but more importantly to focus on improving my health. I’m also thankful for chocolate, remembered puppy breath kisses, orange balloons, butterflies, Grand Marnier french toast (prepared by my husband), pedicures, cinnamon mints, sappy romantic movies, happy people, silly giggles. Above all I’m thankful for God and all the blessings of family He has given.

  517. Luke Goodman

    August 24th, 2009 at 12:27 am

    I’m thankful for the way that life just sort of works out for us. Everything happens for a reason! Believing that there is a master plan relieves much of the planning stress.

  518. Karen Eller

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:02 am

    So I thought long and hard as I am thankful for like a trillion things…..but no answer could lend to the word creative unless it involved my 10 year old pit bull, Jada. I am thankful for Jada because after a long day at work and school, no matter how late she is the only one standing at the door for me ready to jump on me and almost knock me down. She is the only one that will give me almost a million, maybe a trillion kisses each day. She is a true definition of what unconditional love truly means.

    In her eyes I am her mom and I do not have to go out of my way to make her happy, she is happy just to be around me. My husband works at home and she sleeps all day. When he says "Mommy’s home" she jumps right out of bed to see me.

    I am thankful for her because she knows exactly when her dad is not home or he is upstairs and she will sneak on the couch with me to cuddle. (We never tell him) She loves to share french fries with me and loves a good lifetime movie and yes i will admit it…we love reality tv.

    Today she was given a piece of bread…and yes she put her paw on the middle of the bread, pulled the crust off to eat it, and then ate the middle part…..what dog does that???

    She is the only dog who appreciates her mothers love for photography. On her 10th birthday I had to take like 30 pictures of her posing next to her birthday cake and the whole time she would pose for me so I could get that perfect shot. (My husband is in the background…"look at mommy " (You can see her with her cake at

    I am thankful for her because no matter what kind of day I had or how tired I may be…or how much time I spend on the computer editing….she is always by my side no matter what….whether it’s under my desk by my feet or under the blankets…she is truly the best dog in the world and I am thankful to have her in my life.

  519. sharon snow

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:04 am

    wow, so many blessings to count, but I will always be thankful for courage. I believe that each one of us are blessed with the virtue of courage. It gives us the strength to face our daily struggles or challenges, big or small, and it gives us the will to chase our dreams.
    Each day I am reminded to consider the gift of courage when I offer prayers to the birth mothers of my children. With what must have been an immense amount of courage, she chose a better path in life for them than she could give at that time in their lives. A birth mothers decision does take love as well as courage, but because of her bravery my life has been blessed beyond words. I never want to be in a place where my courage is tested to that degree, but every time I look at the beautiful little faces that are my children, I thank God for the courage he placed in the hearts of these amazing women who are their birth mothers. Courage, I am thankful for courage.

  520. Kaylee Sizemore

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:06 am

    I am thankful for love. That there are people (and pups) in my life that love me, and that I love back. For that I am grateful πŸ™‚

  521. Kaylee Sizemore

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:11 am

    I am thankful for love. That there are people (and pups) in my life that love me, and that I love back. For that I am grateful πŸ™‚

  522. Catara

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I’m thankful for PB & Jelly sandwhiches! If they didnt exist, I would starve for most lunches πŸ™‚

  523. gina

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:26 am

    i am thankful to fail, for it provides opportunities for sucess.

  524. Katherine Bowman

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:54 am

    I am thankful that I get to read my Bible and worship my Lord in a free country and not behind closed doors.

  525. Robert Tran

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I am thankful for Steve Jobs. THANK YOU!!! Without him the technology industry would look very different. Imagine a world with no Ipod, with no Iphone. I can’t. Can u? Here’s to you Steve Jobs. (who by the way allowed me to post this comment by the deadline via Iphone.). P.S. Thank you for inspiring us to think differently.

  526. Robert Tran

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I am thankful for Steve Jobs. THANK YOU!!! Without him the technology industry would look very different. Imagine a world with no Ipod, with no Iphone. I can’t. Can u? Here’s to you Steve Jobs. (who by the way allowed me to post this comment by the deadline via Iphone.). P.S. Thank you for inspiring us to think differently.

  527. Jennifer

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:10 am

    I am thankful for completing my first engagement album and have another one to do.

  528. Kelly S

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:13 am

    I am thankful for Saturday mornings. There’s nothing better than waking up early with the whole day stretched out before me, knowing I get to do it all again tomorrow before trudging back to work on Monday.

  529. Stephania

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    I am thankful for some yummy Double Fudge Espresso Brownies & Milk before bed tonight…did I mention yummy? Oh yum, I love chocolate!

  530. Jessica Elizabeth

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    I am thankful for Serendipity. Happy accidents make each day an exciting new adventure filled with many more things and experiences for which to give thanks πŸ™‚

    BTW- The famous dessert and ice cream parlor by the same name is worth giving thanks for also.

  531. Robert Tran

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:58 am

    I am thankful for Steve Jobs. Can you imagine a world without the iPod or the iPhone? I can’t. He has lead Apple to change and impact practically every industry you can think of to new heights. Think about it, from movies to medicine Apple products have revolutionized the way we work. THANK YOU STEVE!!! … for being the innovative outside-the-box thinker you are and an being inspiration and an example for us to follow. Sure Bill Gates has done some incredible stuff too but, with Steve we get to be sexy cool while using his toys.

  532. Shannon White

    August 24th, 2009 at 3:06 am

    I am thankful for popcorn. It doesn’t matter that I worked in a movie theatre as a teen. It has never and will never get old for me. The yummy fluffy bowl/bucket/bag filled with crunchie goodness will always be a hit with me!

  533. Monica Hodges

    August 24th, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Of course I am thankful for all of the things that are so important – faith, family, friends, health, etc.. BUT!!! There is a new thing I am thankful for… CHOCOLATE COOL WHIP!!! How awesome is that?? No more melting chocolate to have strawberries and chocolate… Just open the chocolate cool whip!!! Woo-hoo!!! Seriously, can I get a witness?? Or an amen?? Chocolate cool whip!!!

  534. Rita

    August 24th, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Simply put, I’m ever so thankful for you… your charm, your humor, your creativity, your honesty, your professionalism, your sensitivity… your friendship.

  535. Shannon Smith

    August 24th, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Grateful for hope.

  536. Kate Rose

    August 24th, 2009 at 5:05 am

    I’m thankful that there are so many thankful people out there. It brings me peace to know there are so many people out there who care. Sometimes it can be hard to see this when you look at certain aspects of the world but I’m refreshed and inspired by your blog readers.

  537. Kate Rose

    August 24th, 2009 at 5:12 am

    I’m thankful that there are so many thankful people. It brings me peace to know that there are so many people out there who care. Sometimes when you look at certain aspects of the world this can be hard to see but I’m refreshed and inspired by your blog readers.

  538. Candice

    August 24th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    I am oh, so thankful for my oldest brother because without him, it would not be possible to have Jasmine* photograph my wedding next year. Oh, and I’m thankful for my mom, too! If it weren’t for her passing on what we were interested in, he would have never known. You see, he (my brother) was talking to my mom about his wanting to help somehow with the wedding but didn’t know how. My mom mentioned that I really wanted this amazing photographer (you), but with j (my fiance) losing his job, being out of work for a while and just now getting back on our feet, we wouldn’t be able to afford it after all. So my ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL BROTHER came to me and didn’t just say, "if you want, i’ll cover it." He said, "get a hold of the photographer you want because you are getting her!" I will be forever thankful!!
    p.s. I’m not sure if this contest is for photographers only, but I thought it’s worth a shot to try. =] and whether I win or not, I am still forever thankful to my brother and don’t mind boasting about how wonderful he is to a blog full of strangers! πŸ˜‰

  539. ohana photographers - kimi

    August 24th, 2009 at 6:31 am

    i know it’s all over, but i’m thankful for this big bowl of watermelon! it’s SO hot :o) oh, and my hubs. he’s awesome!

  540. ChristineDS

    August 24th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    i know Im late, but I don’t mind, had trouble logging on yesterday. I am thankful for my birthday next month, it means God has given me another year to live, another year to spend with my loved ones, another year to make my dreams come true, another year at cherishing each new day He has given me, thank you Jesus!

  541. Rima (Occasion Photography)

    August 24th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Iam thankful for simply doing what a do…I know Boring answer! A couple of years back I hit the lowest of lows I was at rock bottom, ready to end my own life, and the life that was growing inside me. But my path was to go on and be strong and Iam so thankful I am still here being able to simply share this with you..I touched a little of this subject on my blog and I am slowly opening myself up to the world after reading your blog j* I realised people need to acquaint with me to feel comfortable as their wedding their you go..corny but its true!

  542. Renee Camacho

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Im thankful for my ex-boyfriend breaking up with me (he’s crazy) and allowing me the opportunity to find someone who will not only love me but will love my passion for photography!

  543. Amanda

    August 24th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    People who show kindness and offer a helping hand to others. Those who do so and expect nothing in return. They restore my faith in what is good and true in this world!

  544. Melanie

    August 24th, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    There are so many little things that I am thankful for…but this morning, being so exhausted from a night of no sleep….I am thankful when I get to lay my head down on my wonderful pillow at night..You know that feeling when you’re really exhausted, and you slip under the covers? BEST.FEELING.EVER. At that moment, anyway. Little moments like that make my life.

  545. MP

    August 24th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I’m thankful for unselfish photographers such as yourself, DJ, [B]ecker, Jessica Claire, and many more. Because of you guys and your willingness to share your wealth of information to help, others can learn and pursue their dreams. Think about it, where would you be without DJ? Thank you all for your desire to help other photographers. It has truly helped me in my pursuit of my dreams which seemed so daunting but now seem attainable!

  546. KT

    August 24th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Puppy breath. A simple pleasure!

  547. Crystal

    August 24th, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I am thankful for my mother. Seems cliche because we ALL love our mammas. My mom lost most of her vision when she was a young gal like me, mid 20’s. She learned braille and prepared herself to live a dark life alone. She managed to move on and deal with her disability, got married and brought 3 beautiful girls into this world, even though people said it was a "bad Idea." I am thankful for her and her ability to teach me to cope with challenges and make the best out of every situation. I’ve also had an obsession with photographs since I was a wee little thing. Her inability to see the world like most of us do has lit a fire in me to take as many pictures of what I see today so it can live on much longer than I ever will.

  548. Michaelle Janet

    August 24th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I’m thankful for the inner strength I have to choose to be happy, even if it means never taking the easy path.

  549. Bobbie Brown

    August 24th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    WHAT?!?!?!? 547 comments! WOW! Well, i wish I wasn’t to late to play… but maybe next time… just had to say a big "wow"!

  550. Sheree

    August 24th, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I am thankful for…having the opportunity to make each day memorable, regardless of how you do it, do it well. Share, smile, love, be yourself, it’s the little things each day that I have come to appreciate, and with that comes new experiences, renewed friendships, more time with the family and loved ones and gorging on my favourite foods without feeling guilty! The moral of the story, be thankful for anything and everything, life’s too short not to enjoy it to the best of your ability. I know, I try to do just that!

  551. Becky

    August 25th, 2009 at 3:57 am

    I’m thankful for roman noodles and for all the nights they have feed me when I might have just starved.

  552. Carolyn

    August 25th, 2009 at 4:34 am

    I am thankful for laughs, hands, hugs, phone calls, the youth, parents, friends, LoveSacs, Seinfeld, donuts & coffee, butterflies in my tummy, never-ending smiles, answers to prayers, dreams, the Law of Attraction, God, Love, Life, this day.

  553. nikka Colorado

    August 25th, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    i know the deadline is over and im not in need a the album ;P but thought id join in anyway. I am THANKFUL FOR my emotions. i have been told most of my life i am a very emotional person and always took that as a negative, now i take it as a positive and see myself as not over emotional but passionate. thanks jasmine for reminding me to think glass half full! xoxo

  554. Paula Player

    August 25th, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I am thankful for God, he has given me life. Thankful for my husband, he gives me great sex! Thankful for my baby, he gives me great inspiration. I am thankful for my mom, she cleans my kitchen. Thankful for "The Office" it makes me laugh! Thankful for dog, because of him, I go on a walk everyday. Thankful because of all of my organs work! Thankful because of the sun! It gives me vitamin D. Finally, I am thankful for love. Because I am not perfect, yet God, family and friends Love me with all my imperfections!

  555. Karen (Mikols) Bonar

    August 26th, 2009 at 11:58 am

    HA! I feel the same way when I get an album or guest book, too!!!!!

    Ok, this is dorky, but I"m thankful for Kalamata Olives because they make my Greek Salads siiiiiiing.

  556. Korey

    August 28th, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    I know it’s over but here’s mine for fun:
    Red shoes. I am thankful for red shoes. They cheer me up, make me feel fierce and interesting underneath work slacks. They elicit stares and comments from women in my office (my favorite "did you get dressed in the dark today?")

  557. aubry startin

    September 12th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    i’m grateful for…unexpected flowers, a long run in the morning with my fellow mommies, eating the sweetest orange right from the tree, favorite restaurant opening up nearby, bbq’s, tankini’s, bodyjam groupfitness class, monsoon season storms, showing up for a photoshoot where everyone looks fabulous and ready for fun!!! grateful for blogs that inspire me πŸ™‚

  558. Natalie Moreland

    September 15th, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Jasmine, I got married last year and am in the process of ordering my album…could you tell me switch leather and color the album on this post is? Thanks for your help!