WPPI Roadtrip : Seattle


There’s no mistake. I’m my mother’s daughter. Puerto Rican, passionate, expressive. She was an actress, received a promising scholarship to study theater, but gave it up when she met my father. She can still recite her favorite scene from Oliver Twist from memory, which includes holding an invisible bowl of porridge and incredulously asking, MORE?!

Yes, she’s a bit odd. But she’s my mom. And I love her and all her pretend bowl holding ways.

I spoke last night for the WPPI Roadtrip in Seattle. I was exhausted and didn’t think I’d be able to form a single coherent thought. Lucky for me, the 400 photographers in the room were darn amazing. Together, we made it through and I can’t wait to see the changes we’ll make to move our businesses forward. I’ll also be speaking in Chicago and Washington DC, so if you’re in the area, I’d be honored to meet you.

From the appearance of these photos, it may look like I was reenacting my mother’s favorite scene from Oliver Twist. I just need to work on my English accent.

Happy Tuesday!

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  1. jamie delaine

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    hahaha. i love talking with my hands. brilliant.

  2. Life with Kaishon

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Prettier than Sophia Loren : )

    Glad you had an amazing time.

  3. Sinead

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    You know, I was going to go to the Detroit event, but I think I’d rather come listen to you and Jed Taufer in Chicago!

  4. Alejandra Amador

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    I ALWAYS talk with my hands and speak so excitedly. Okay, okay. I’m also loud 🙂 Thank you for everything you did this weekend Jasmine!

  5. Rachel F.

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Jasmine – You’re a total rockstar. I’m more or less a silent reader, but I appreciate you so hard. You need to write a J Star Dictionary. I love your language. I’m working on learning to speak it. Thanks for the inspiration. Toodles.

  6. The real L.A. love story.

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    wow how do u have all this energy to work nonstop? i need my weekends! but i really enjoyed the creative live course.

  7. Carlos Bruno

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    One day they will discover not Coal, Electricity or even Nuclear Power is the answer to power this nation … but simply J* source of energy: LOVE.
    Guuuurl … YOU ROCK!
    See you in Chicago?

  8. Marta

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Amen!!! You did an amazing job. This whole last week of CreativeLive has been so amazing. What a gift you have given to so many people. You totally lit a fire under my rear-end. I have so many things to accomplish today. I have been struggling this year to get my business started and legit. I have wanted to do this for so long and it was time to take it serious. I kept stalling because there were so many things I felt I had to do because that’s what good little photographers do but I could never finish anything and put it together. In 8 months still no website,pricing,logo,etc because nothing felt right. Thanks to you over this last week and also just WPPI in general just hit right where I needed it to. Those things didn’t fell right because they weren’t me. You have helped me reevaluate. Also I knew how I felt about certain things but I didn’t know how to translate that to my business. So many of your views on why you do certain things matched up with just what I was feeling. Now I have a direction to go with that to make it a reality. Some of this may not make total sense to you as I type it but I just sincerely wanted to say thank you for re-lighting the fire and for such inspiration and advice. You and JD have been so generous to give of yourselves to Laura and Billy and to the world in general. Also thanks to JD for being so kind and genuinely interested in someone who he seriously could have just ignored in the Starbucks line yet he took the time to introduce himself to a fellow photographer.
    So to sum up, thank you, thank you, thank you from a fellow bookworm and photographer. I can’t wait for WPPI Vegas! Wooo!

  9. Jen

    August 31st, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    LOVED it Jasmine!! Knew you were exhausted but so glad you were there! Thank you!! Hope you can rest today, tomorrow…

  10. Erica

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    can’t wait for chicago! : )

  11. Peyton Cooke

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Oh, Jasmine, you speak with your hands and facial expressions so well! I got a sense of sadness yesterday when I couldn’t tune in anymore to watch you live. I bought it though! Thank you so much, I knew you’d do great! <3 Go home and REST! 🙂

  12. Nicole Glenn

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    You are amazing. F’real. Get lots of rest before your sister’s wedding! And I was thinking more footbal ref! Touchdown! xoxo

  13. Shannon Gray

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I am trying to go see you speak after seeing the creativeLive workshop! Totally inspiring! I have identical twin 15-month daughters, so we will see if I can manage a trip away (only been away for one night since they were born!).
    Your workshop was amazing and I wish you nothing but continued success and happiness!

  14. Jake Reece

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Your animation is one of the things that makes you such a great speaker! It is so much better to watch someone who is passionate than someone who just stands behind the podium, gripping it with fear and praying that their presentation ends. You always have rocked the stage when I have seen you Jasmine, and the hand motions just make it that much better. Keep on rockin!

  15. LEOLAK

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    I sooo have to see about attending the Chicago stop….I may have to take a day off…but it will certainly be worth it if I get to meet you! I love the "you want a piece of me" pic – third column second pic down – LOL. Work it!

  16. Holli True

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    LOL! Girl, I talk with my hands, too! It just means we’re expressive. I feel that hand movements give emphasis to the words we speak. 🙂 You are so amazing! Take a break and moment to breathe. You deserve it!!

  17. LT

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    My husband and I can’t thank you and JD enough for remaining humble and for providing words of encouragement to all us groupies. Your mom could only be so proud to have raised such a talented and inspiring boricua. 🙂

  18. Rich Park

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Congrats on surviving Seattle!

  19. Chad Pennington

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    You could be teaching sign language class. lol

  20. Talin Bee

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Jasmine, you are so fabulously amazing! Thank you for sharing so much with us!!

  21. Melisa

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    It was great seeing you speak live! I watched you on Creative Live too! You did a great job and sooo inspiring 🙂

  22. Coleen Hauth

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Oh Geez. I’m Puerto Rican and Cuban, so I talk fast and gesture A LOT! The few pictures that don’t have a giant blur of hands flailing; I look like I am throwing up gang signs.

  23. brittani

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Chi-Town baby!!!

    can’t wait!!

  24. steve

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I followed your workshop on Creativelive which blew me away. You are clearly very hardworking and talented, I wish you lots of success and look forward to following what you do next. Keep up the great work, all the best from Oxford England

  25. Kathryn

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Jasmine, thank-you so much!
    I loved listening to you speak, it came from such an honest place and I really connected with what you were talking about. I would have like to meet you but I am also like you, shy in social situations…maybe I will over come that:)
    Thank you for being you and letting us all share in your experiences!

  26. Stacey Malleck

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I’m the first to comment! I’ve never been the first! Makes me want to type really fast before someone else sneaks in front of me! Anyways… I bought the downloads from CreativeLIVE. I’m barely into the third day, and am SO glad I paid the hundred bucks. Small and worthwhile investment. I appreciate your honesty… even when it maybe made you feel a little dumb. Hope to one day attend a workshop – just got to scrape my pennies together. Love love love who you are.

  27. Krystle Correll

    August 31st, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    See you in Washington, DC! I just watched your CreativeLive course and can’t wait to see you speak in person! YOU ROCK

  28. IPBrian

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Too funny! I assume at events like this JD becomes the first shooter? I have a blog post pending on my feelings about your creativeLIVE class. It’s been hard putting it all in words. Very Emotional indeed. Congrats on speaking at WPPI!

  29. Pamela Topping

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    You’re a rockstar<3 Gave ya a shoutout on my article on MCP Blog today 🙂 http://www.mcpactions.com/blog/2010/08/31/tips-for-your-first-portrait-portfolio-building-session-part-2

  30. creativeKayt

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    HA HA! I love this and wish I could have been there. I’m surprised you and JD are still standing after the past week!

    Travel safe!

  31. Lee Ann

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I loved it! I loved meeting you, you are so inspiring. And I love how sweet and kind you are. Thank you for sharing, for taking the time to talk to me and answer questions. 🙂 It was great. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

  32. John Borkowski

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Looking forward to DC…

  33. Melissa J

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    I CANNOT wait to hear you in Chicago! Speaking of which, I sent you an e-mail today with a question that I hope you’ll be covering.

  34. lola

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:39 pm


  35. Ali Black

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Yay! Its been so fun watching you work for the past few day over the internet. Hope to meet you in DC!

  36. laetitia

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    oh I love you Jasmine, you are just too funny !

  37. Cindy

    August 31st, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    I love reading your posts. I saw you all last week on the creative live. We don’t even know each other, but I feel like I know you. crazy huh? I’m having jasmine withdrawl. lol. you are a great teacher. keep up the good work and god bless.

  38. Christy Velasco-Ordonez

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Jasmine – you are amazing! I don’t know how you do it.. I TRULY admire your spirit and ADORE your sense of humor. Good work on the Live Web Program. Looking forward to your next adventure. Much love, Christy

  39. Brianne

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    You are so funny and I absolutely love reading your blog! Great job this past weekend!

  40. Natalia

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    If that was you exhausted then I can’t imagine you on a full tank. You were awesome and funny and REAL. (WORD). I came away from WPPI with renewed inspiration and motivation for my fledgling business… and a promise to myself to KIR and get a ‘legit’ website, pronto.

  41. Victoria (AKA KookyCatChick)

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Wish I could have been there to get more insights from you, but could not change my flight 🙁 I have no doubt that you inspired each and every one of those 400 photographers as much as you inspired me during the CreativeLIVE workshop. You’re amazing and I feel very lucky to have been able to meet you. I am a follower for life 🙂

  42. Gregory Bettis

    August 31st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    You look more like you’re directing traffic! lol Great job with the Creative Live session. I learned a lot!

  43. Amandalynn

    August 31st, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I’m sure you did great, even if you were totally exhausted. I can’t wait to see you in Chicago in a few weeks!

  44. Kellie

    August 31st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    You were awesome! Thanks for giving of yourself to us, especially after your long, long week.

    You were inspiring, helpful, and encouraging. THANK YOU!

    And… I love that the photos you posted are ones where you still looked "professional". Ha ha ha.

  45. Kellene Maynard

    August 31st, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    It was such a pleasure getting to finally meet you! Your presentation at the Seattle WPPI was awesome and I am so excited to start making some healthy changes to my business. Thank you for being "real"! HUGS!

  46. Corrine

    August 31st, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    you’re awesome Jasmine. I’d love to hear you speak… come to Florida girl! I’d love to create some florals for you to shoot here! (wink, wink!)

  47. Renee Swigert

    August 31st, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    You must have the energy of an Olympian!!! Ha ha. Way to muster through it. That right there shows your determination and the love for what you do!

  48. Joseph Kravis

    August 31st, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Didn’t the Mariners play last night? I see the safe signal oops I also see the touch down signal! Um, I don’t think the Seahawks had a game either. But, I did catch the wedding classes and it was awesome!

  49. amanda west

    September 1st, 2010 at 12:02 am

    when do you speak in dc and how much does it cost???

  50. E Schumann Foto

    September 1st, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Look at you inspiring all those Seattleites! I have to find out when you’re speaking in DC because I’ll be there visiting family soon! I’m European/Puerto Rican (and a million other things), but I most relate to my PR portion and I have to say it so awesome to know you’re a fellow Puerto Rican ;)!

  51. Feuza

    September 1st, 2010 at 12:57 am

    you talk with your hands, so do I.
    great job Jas

  52. Magalie

    September 1st, 2010 at 1:04 am

    That’s you when you are tired?!?!? What vitamins do you take? 🙂

  53. KD Monk

    September 1st, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Please come to Orlando soon!

    I’d love to hear you speak, especially after all you taught me during the creativeLIVE seminar. You are truly an inspiration!

    KD Monk

  54. Christy Tyler

    September 1st, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Excuse me …. Did you say CHICAGO???? When??? Where??? Details please! 🙂

  55. Chloe

    September 1st, 2010 at 1:38 am

    yay can’t wait for chicago!

  56. Regina White

    September 1st, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I’ll be at the Chicago one. But you already met me but you can give me a HOLLA!

  57. Natalia

    September 1st, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Any plans to come speak in NYC? That would be so fantastic. And as far as talking with your hands – makes life SO much more fun, really. I am a pianist and since my hands are essential, I "talk" with them all the time :). Love the last photo – you almost broke out into the YMCA song…hehe. Thanks so much for the wonderful CreativeLive workshop!!!!

  58. Heather Walker

    September 1st, 2010 at 4:15 am

    I so was trying to book the Chicago trip to see you. But even if the event is fairly resonable, the travel, lodging, time away etc makes it un-feesable for me. So.. I purchased your week of shooting the wedding with Creative Live! WOW, that has been amazing… I love it. You have so much energy…great job Jasmine! I shoot boudoir and am shooting a wedding this New Years Eve..so studing up on weddings, and who better to study! Great Job. Wish I could see you in person..maybe another time!
    Thanks for being so open and honest on that 5 day video course!

  59. Troy Grover

    September 1st, 2010 at 4:22 am

    You deserve a big vacation 🙂

  60. Karen

    September 1st, 2010 at 4:35 am

    You are like the Energizer bunny! I have no idea how you muster up the energy to do so much, but you are such an inspiration. Those photos are hilarious, you are so expressive.

  61. Eric Carlson

    September 1st, 2010 at 4:48 am

    You have an amazing gift, Jasmine, and I was so honored to have the opportunity to hear you speak yesterday! I went home inspired, and I’m hopeful for the future success of my business. Thanks again for being the match beneath my rear, and motivating me to get my butt in gear!

  62. Melissa

    September 1st, 2010 at 5:03 am

    It was so lovely to meet you yesterday, it truly made my year!!!
    You game me so much inspiration and made just want to be a better me. No fancy words, just sending love and thanks your way 🙂

  63. James Reyes

    September 1st, 2010 at 5:04 am

    You rocked the house at creative live! Now if I, a recent law school grad, can put together enough scraps, I’ll try to catch you at the WPPI roadshow in DC. Sigh.

  64. Jessica Ho

    September 1st, 2010 at 5:51 am

    I super wanted to meet you but at WWPI Roadtrip in Seattle, but people seemed to be swarming you! I kind of felt bad, seeing that must be completely drained after Creative Live. I hope you are home, in your own space. Where you can take more than one deep breath. Enjoy and rest. You have done well! :]

  65. Stephen Jackson

    September 1st, 2010 at 5:59 am

    I’m just amazed you didn’t hide behind the podium, pretend everyone isn’t there, and take a nap. You’ve gotta be dog tired after your amazingness on creativeLIVE!

  66. Cindy

    September 1st, 2010 at 6:08 am

    at the end of the pictures it kinda looks like you are busting out the ROBOT!! Nice moves.

  67. AnneMarie

    September 1st, 2010 at 6:38 am

    Yes, a bad-ass from Orange County who is setting the world on fire. I love it. Look at the second picture down on the right. You are a force! aMw

  68. Marissa Rodriguez

    September 1st, 2010 at 6:55 am

    I have ONE long day doing something not even close as intense as your days have been lately and I’m EXHAUSTED. Pathetic much. And you are still going after EVERYTHING you’ve done in five days! Wow Jasmine, you are seriously amazing. You go girl!

  69. malika marie

    September 1st, 2010 at 7:36 am

    last 3 pics look like your the teacher in traffic school =P

  70. Ginger Murray

    September 1st, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Well at least you have arms in these pics–unlike the cell phone pic I snapped of you at Escalate, ha!! My favorite is the middle row, far right photo:) 🙂

  71. Megan

    September 1st, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Can’t wait to meet you in Chicago! 🙂

  72. Sherry McFarland

    September 1st, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    As we discussed and you wanted me to blog: Every home run leader also holds the record for the most strike outs. Aim for the bleachers every time, you won’t make it every time but you won’t kick yourself for the attempt, just the lack of attempting.

  73. Angel Canary

    September 1st, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    I’m sure you are so exhausted!! Props for you girl! I will see you again in Chicago in a few!! *hugs*

  74. shaina

    September 1st, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    i was one of your website winners from monday. i was energized and inspired by you. since monday i have been busy branding ME and am eager and truly "like where im going."
    thank you for coming and giving your all to us even after such a long week. meeting you was an honor.

  75. Cassandra

    September 1st, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I agree with Sherry….Awesome Awesome Awesome….Im trying to arrange to come see you in Orlando….

  76. omar rivera

    September 2nd, 2010 at 1:30 am

    I didn’t know you were puertorican, i’m fron Puerto Rico born and raised, from Puerto Rico, hoping one day to one day go to the states to check is my luck changes 🙂 mucho exito!!!!

  77. Josephine

    September 2nd, 2010 at 1:31 am

    You writing and your thoughts, — it all tickles me. Thank You Jasmine for everyday inspiration. Is there a mailing list somewhere to receive a ‘Jasmine Star Quote’ of the day/week? Aheheh xo

  78. sachin khona

    September 2nd, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Jasmine, after Creative Live, I was there to hear you speak again. I wrote at the top of my page, ‘What else can J* teach me?’
    Well, I have 5 pages of notes from that day (yes, I take a lot of notes)!
    Thanks for the recap and for the pearls of wisdom you share each time you speak.
    All the best,

  79. Karen Stott

    September 2nd, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Oh my word you are hilarious! I LOVED seeing you speak live in Seattle, and your WPPI impressions made me laugh for nearly my entire 6 hour drive home. Thanks so much for sharing. I do hope you got some good rest afterwards. xoxo

  80. Caroline Joy

    September 2nd, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Oh Jasmine, you are just so delightful. I love your transparency. You inspire so many simply by being yourself.

  81. Tina

    September 2nd, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Jasmine you sure can talk with them hands girl.. I love it.. Especially the last one.. it looks like a "TOUCH DOWN" so that means you rocked their socks off at Seattle! Make sure you get some rest you have been on a roll lately girl.. Sincerely, your friend in Thomasville, Ga.. Cheers ~ Tina

  82. Steffen

    September 2nd, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I’ll be at the Chicago show! I’m so excited, and I can’t wait to hear from you and the others!! Your work is such an inspiration to me!

  83. Steven Fielding

    September 2nd, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Oliver Twist, that’s funny. Please Sir, may I have seconds?? – that’s what folks will be asking for at upcoming Roadshow appearances. Great job in Seattle. All the best. /sjf

  84. Melanie @ Whimsical Creations

    September 2nd, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    LOL! My husband makes fun of me all the time because I use my hands when I speak.

  85. tawnya gagnon

    September 3rd, 2010 at 2:35 am

    You were amazing! I loved meeting you. I have to admit, I was a bit scared when I received the twitter about JD trying to get you in Birks…what was he thinking?!
    Your advice was inspiring and encouraging..I hope you will be in Vegas too! I will totally meet up and have dinner with you so you don’t have to repeat the pizza experience. 😉 peace.

  86. Lea

    September 3rd, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I wanted to attend so badly but couldn’t get someone to watch my three kiddos all day! I’m so very thankful that you were on CreativeLIVE so that I could still glean from you! Thanks so much!

  87. cassandra-m

    September 3rd, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I love that you talk with your hands (I do too) . . . I am surprised you had an energy left that day, but looks like you were amazing.

  88. digital Slr

    September 7th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    wow, you do some amazing photos. you are very talented.

  89. Claire O'Hara

    September 8th, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Sooo bummed to have missed this and hope to be able to go in the future. You are amazinggg to be able to do soo much!

  90. Apple

    October 27th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    This is so funny!!!! bummed i missed it. :))