11.30.10 Personal

The Perils of Taking the Family Christmas Picture

To: The Family
From: Jasmine Star
Date: Monday, November 29. 2010
Subject: Family Pics

hi family!
a few things...
1. i love you.
2. please be ready to shoot at 4pm.
3. we are meeting on main street and 3rd (from main, make a left and there will be a parking lot)
4. please wear neutral colors (beige, light gray, light pink)
5. please do not wear patterns on clothes.
6. i promise to be loving and nice today. and speak in love. please hold me to this. and help me.

A couple hours later...

We're late...
He can't find the parking lot...
Who said dark green was a neutral color?!
She had a fashion crisis, something about silk pants...
Can you move outta the way?! MOOOOOVE!
Please stop fighting.
Pay attention.
Don't pull her hair extension!
Jasmine needs to calm down.
I'm losing light.
Who's next?
Pay attention.
Dad, you're being too loud!
Pay attention!
I'm having a bad hair day.
Who has a jacket for mom?
Real Madrid is playing tonight.
If you smile, I'll buy you a toy from Target!
I know how to count to six in German.
Please go give her a hug.
You just made Kim Kardashian sad.
It's a self-timer!!
Darn it.
No blinking this time.
I love you.

Words can't express how much I adore my parents. At Thanksgiving, my father apologized for not being the type of father he tries to be. Everyone sat in stunned silence. Our dad--in spite of his flaws--is the type of person we all strive to be. And he makes my mom even better.
Alexandria is is the middle child. And she suffered from the syndrome for a few years, but is back to normal now. I'm kidding. She's amazing, artistic, and finds a way to always help everyone...even if it's at the cost of herself.

And here are the teenagers. Dun dun dun.
I love Zoe Belle and Sebastian more than I can put into words. I'm older than them by a few years and I've always felt like a second mom to them. In fact, I'd say that Sebastian is the person who started my photo career. When I was eleven, I'd take him and pose him amongst my stuffed animals...or in a large pot on the stove (what the heck was I thinking?!)...or dress him like the Village People...and take pictures of him. In fact, I have albums dedicated just to him. Which is creepy, I know.

This is Parker and Ryen. My new niece and nephew. And--oh my goodness--these kids just kill me. They make my heart melt and they make our family even better. Bianca and Matt were married earlier this year, and our family was blessed with three new members!

Us. In an alley.

This photo will keep my mother happy until December 2011...when she'll be asking for a new family photo for her living room walls.

Happy Tuesday!

For those who asked, all the individual portraits were shot with the 50mm, 1.2 at f/2.0. The family photo was shot with the 35mm, and all photos done with natural light.
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Alicia - I love that you added at the end what you used to shoot with. :) Thanks for being brilliant and sharing with us. x  06.22.11 - 5:15pm
Anna Rebecca - Hey girl! I love it, and wish my family could get fly in and take pictures! Are you and Bianca twins?  12.31.10 - 6:59am
Apple - OMG! I loooove your mom's hair jas! you have a very beautiful family!!!<3  12.25.10 - 10:06am
Felix - great pictures! could you tell me how you added the border, especially using two different pictures? did you use a plugin or did you do all by yourself using photoshop? thanks!  12.12.10 - 8:50am
Heather - I simply love your sisters wedding ring! In the blog you did on her wedding I fell in love with it and am always hoping to see more shots of it somehow :) Anyway you could post a close up :)   12.09.10 - 12:11pm
Christan Parreira - hundreds (literally) have already said this...this is great work! I love the natural lighting and composition.   12.07.10 - 1:53pm
Lizeth S. - Fabulously gorgeous family! (Zoe Belle...such a beautiful name!) Happy Holidays!  12.06.10 - 1:43pm
Kenia Faria - Linda, linda, linda família!  12.06.10 - 11:31am
Maria - Your little sister is BEAUTIFUL! Wow! Just like her older sister(s)! :) Great job!   12.06.10 - 11:03am
arnie isa - your family looks ahmaaaahzing... but your brother, oolalaaaaaaaaaa!!! yummmmmsssss!!! :) :) :)  12.06.10 - 4:14am
RAMYAD London Wedding Photographer - Haha, reminds me exactly of my family. But they so cool too! :-)  12.05.10 - 10:18am
Rachel - Woolala! Is your brother single?!  12.05.10 - 9:52am
Jonni - Jasmine, I love these gorgeous pics of your gorgeous family! Thanks for sharing. Great post. :)  12.04.10 - 7:02pm
Megan Hayes - Lovely family!!  12.04.10 - 10:35am
Rory Mole - Just absolutely fantastic......  12.03.10 - 9:40pm
Emily Dobson - Awesome pics! Wish the weather was still that nice around here. Goodness, I'd love to be wearing clothes like that right about now!  12.03.10 - 8:25pm
Jackie - Ooo I need to do photos soon! Now you have me all jacked up for them!  12.03.10 - 3:37pm
naomi chokr - awwwww!! amazing family pics!!! gorg! are you and biance twins?? sorry if i missed that post :)   12.02.10 - 9:12pm
Laura Georgina - Such a gorgeous, happy family! And so beautiful that you range in ages like that with your siblings--as a sister to much younger sisters, it's beyond awesome to have such different and changing relationships with people close to you. Oh yeah--I also used to put my sisters in a pot and take pics. It's no thang, right?  12.02.10 - 3:24pm
Bobbie Brown - Love these! You have a beautiful family.   12.02.10 - 12:05pm
Lisa Cour - That's so great! Thanks for sharing. beautiful people.  12.02.10 - 11:41am
Edie Layland - Beautiful photos and words, all about love! Thanks for posting!  12.02.10 - 11:31am
brittani - honey, you have a beautiful family. &hearts;   12.02.10 - 11:10am
Cristi - What a gorgeous family! Merry Christmas!  12.02.10 - 10:27am
Suzanne Naomi - Oh my Goodness, your family is so, so handsome, all of them! Love the pics :)  12.01.10 - 11:10pm
Natalie - This is witty and a perfect description of family the photos!  12.01.10 - 7:10pm
AnneMarie - Would your parents like to adopt all your followers?!!! xoxo  12.01.10 - 6:37pm
Kelsey Anderson - I LOL at your blog posts all the time! Add another to your list of people who think your funny :) Lovely images and if your family is ever looking to adopt sign me up ha!  12.01.10 - 5:09pm
Kim Lee Schmidt - Oh Jasmine, your family is so beautiful. You can feel the love you all radiate through your smiles. :-) You are so blessed. :-)  12.01.10 - 2:44pm
Vanessa Paris - Love all of you, what an amazing family:) My almost-17-year-old-daughter thinks your brother is just gorgeous - here she is: :0, Love Vx (Australia:)  12.01.10 - 10:53am
Nicole Glenn - Hilarious! I can imagine exactly how the day went! Annnnnd your family?? So flippin' beautiful!   12.01.10 - 10:52am
Andrea Husted - Incredible! Such a real and beautiful family. You are truly blessed :)  12.01.10 - 10:47am
jamie delaine - i don't understand how your family is so good lookin'.  12.01.10 - 9:46am
vincent - What a beautiful family!! great shots! Have a great holidayseason Jasmine x  12.01.10 - 9:45am
feuza reis - how can one blog post make me laugh hysterically and then cry, you are so blessed, you teen sister, she is GORGEOUS, well your whole family wow! and love the new niece and nephew..... and love the colors you guys used to dress, beautiful family  12.01.10 - 9:22am
Wani - For some reason, I thought it was just you and Bianca. Good looking family - happy holidays :-)   12.01.10 - 9:20am
Rina Marie - Jasmine, I've just recently started following your blog and had no idea you had a twin sister. I thought it was you in the picture with your niece and nephew and then I looked at the family picture and couldn't figure out why there were two Jasmines! Googled "does Jasmine Star have a twin sister" and found your post about her. Too funny, especially as I think you're one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen (does that sound creepy, coming from another girl?) and now I find out there are TWO of "you." Great family pictures! Makes me homesick for my family in Florida (we are also Hispanic)  12.01.10 - 9:16am
Jerusha - OH. MY. GOODNESS. I totally did the in-a-pot-on-the-stove photo. It was my first baby (only 8 years ago) and my sister and I were trying to be all Anne Geddes in a really twisted way. This post really made me smile.  12.01.10 - 9:16am
Michelle Guzman - What a gorgeous family you have!!  12.01.10 - 8:39am
Stephanie Stewart - What a gorgeous family! Love this post!   12.01.10 - 8:21am
Algernon Parker - Great post! I love your work Jasmine!  12.01.10 - 8:07am
Josephine - Wish one day I can do the same for my family....i'm all grin looking at yours! =) Thanks for always inspiring and i mean ALWAYS!!!!  12.01.10 - 8:00am
Joe Anna H. - What a beautiful family! Great shot :) and good times!  12.01.10 - 7:27am
sandra finner - Your family photo session sounds alot like my tree decorating stories. Never quite how I expect and somehow just a perfect presentation of our family story. Beautiful photos Jasmine.   12.01.10 - 5:33am
Heather - What a beautiful family.   12.01.10 - 5:26am
Mark Coons - A brilliant post! While I was laughing I was also filled with a sense of dread as I have to photograph my wife's family this month. The location they've chosen is not the best and I know they will all be inappropriately dressed! Thank you for sharing this session with us, the photos and your comments are great, as always!  12.01.10 - 5:11am
M. Bear - J*, Great photos, but I have one criticism. The photo of the children is at too high an angle. Always shoot kids on their level, otherwise it looks authoritarian. Happy shooting, Mikey  12.01.10 - 3:36am
Hollie Edwards - Please can I be adopted into your family ;-) The photo's are stunning - I hope one day I can take portraits that are as half a stunning as yours.   12.01.10 - 2:43am
Elena Hernandez - a lovely family with wonderful stories of the moments shared...I love your writing and feel instead of just being a photographer that your writing reminds me of a long lost writer whose spunk and musings always made me smile...her name was Erma Bombeck...she was a total doll with such a great sense of have that spirit too...Happy holidays Jasmine and family!  12.01.10 - 1:37am
Elizabeth - Beautiful Jasmine!!! Happy Holidays to you and your family.   12.01.10 - 1:28am
Véroniquen El youssfi(Vely) - Jasmine, you have a beautiful family, and what portraits and pretty souvenirs.... Vely  12.01.10 - 1:26am
Cathy Crawley - I totally wish I had just one portrait of my family. I digress. This won't happen any time soon as these days my Dad refuses to smile or wear his teeth! Nuff said!   12.01.10 - 12:19am
Pamela Topping - Your family is gorgeous!! <3  11.30.10 - 11:52pm
Inna - Jasmine, something funny happened with me after I read your post today... I have 4 kids of my own - from 1 to 6 years old. Every day, especially during dinner time is like in your post - all 4 of them (yes, even a baby) are talking to me at the same time and every time i am going crazy, telling them to STOP!!! except today... - I was actually enjoying it, realizing that is what I LOVE - a big, crazy family and i hope that in 20 years we will be as close as we are now and all of them will be sitting by the big table with their wives, husbands and talking - all at the same time....))) I think your mom should start a Blog on giving advise how to keep your family together and your children to adore you...)))))))))) LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!  11.30.10 - 11:51pm
Jeanette Sanchez - Very cool. Love reading your posts that are so familiar to all of us who have close knit families. Beautiful pictures!  11.30.10 - 11:48pm
Leeka K. - So incredibly cute!!! Thanks for sharing, Jas, you have such a wonderful family! this reminds me that I am still due for my family portraits, it is funny how sometimes we, as photographers, neglect our own families... :(((   11.30.10 - 11:47pm
Nate Perkes - Hey Jasmine! I love these little snippets into your life. You have a beautiful family full of light. I love it. Love the photos as well... : )  11.30.10 - 11:24pm
Amanda Tacie - oh my gosh your family is gorgeous! What an amazing family. It sounds like trying to shoot my family especially my brothers! ;) (ps your parents are cute)   11.30.10 - 11:20pm
Michelle Feeney - Awesome, love it and smiling. :)  11.30.10 - 10:34pm
Anh - Hi Jasmine :) Your family is so gorgeous and I particularly LOVE the pic of your dad kissing your mum on her cheek .. that put a grin on my face :) I love family pics .. it's priceless.  11.30.10 - 10:33pm
Jessica Williams - I love these!!! I always get scared that 2.0 would make only the center people crisp. Do you think it's the camera you use that helps this? Or the person taking my photograph? (me!) I have the 50mm you have. Thanks!  11.30.10 - 10:14pm
Julie Arellanes - LOVE your photography! I've never seen anything like it! Amazing art! Great family! I love your Dad! So loving, truly a man after God's own heart! Your Mom, beautiful inside and out! Bianca..What can I say? She's a JEWEL! LOVE her! I haven't met the others but I'm sure you're all awesome! ;o) BTW, you're hilarious!  11.30.10 - 10:07pm
Karen - You have a gorgeous family! I love that you shot these in an alley. =]  11.30.10 - 10:05pm
VeronicaH - Oh Jasmine... I LOVE this!!! It's so nice to meet your family ;) Great photos... and I loved how you told the story of how it went. So funny! P.S. your parents are so cute! And your brother :) Actually, you ALL are a beautiful, good looking family! :) Happy Holidays!  11.30.10 - 10:03pm
Rudi - That is such a great picture of your parents! You can never have enough pictures of them and all the other ones you love. My parents died young. If I had a picture like this, it would be the one standing in our livingroom.  11.30.10 - 9:49pm
Noe and Vicky Mendoza - Thank you for sharing your awesome photos with us! Love them! Also enjoyed reading the perils involved in the family real!  11.30.10 - 9:30pm
Liz Kausteklis - Beautiful family! Happy Holidays :)  11.30.10 - 9:14pm
Christy Ordonez - Jasmine - you are truly an inspiration to me and I can never get tired of expressing that to you. You are not only blessed with amazing talent but also a great husband, parents and siblings. Just by looking at the pictures you share of your family provides a true testament of where you originated from. Thank you for always sharing so much inspiration and reminding me to love life. Happy Holidays and God bless you and yours always. Much love, Christy O.  11.30.10 - 9:00pm
cassandra-m - laughing so hard...your family stories are funny and always add a good feeling to my day! thanks for sharing...beautiful pics (all of them)  11.30.10 - 9:00pm
Lydia - Please make me feel better, how many pictures did you take to get the last one?? ;-) Maybe this will be the year I am able to get everyone together on the same day and have a real "family picture!"  11.30.10 - 8:17pm
Cathie - oh-mu-goodness! That last picture it's like three Jasmine's!! How will we cope??! Just kidding J* :P  11.30.10 - 7:55pm
Jodie C - what a stunning family you have Jasmine!!! Fabulous as always!  11.30.10 - 7:49pm
karen eagle - i love, love, love your work, I aspire to be like you! Thanks for continuing to raise the bar. Beautiful.......  11.30.10 - 7:41pm
Kelly Beane - Everyone is so dang beautiful!   11.30.10 - 7:33pm
Bunn Salarzon - I think that should be JD's new Facebook profile photo! :) BTW, can homeboy ever take a bad photo??? "No Fair!" says the girl with chipmunk cheeks who always has to find her "angle." It's a 24/7 job. *sigh*  11.30.10 - 7:28pm
Melissa - Good Gravy!!!! How is it fair that one family can be that beautiful? These are amazing!!! I love that you picked an alley to shoot too. I don't think I could find one that clean in NYC haha. Happy Holidays!!!  11.30.10 - 7:14pm
Nina - How lovely =)  11.30.10 - 6:59pm
Sissel - ooooooh! your mom is sexy! beautiful job!!!  11.30.10 - 6:11pm
Leah - LOVE these, Jasmine.   11.30.10 - 5:56pm
Dee - Simply Beautiful!  11.30.10 - 5:29pm
kristin @ petal and thorn - Your family is sooo good- lookin!   11.30.10 - 5:21pm
Jenna Danelle - And that's much nicer than it would go with my fam... Just thinking about it makes me giggle! Gorgeous fam and as always so are the pics!  11.30.10 - 5:21pm
Evie Perez - What an amazing family!!! I hope to be just as good as your parents are when I have my kids. I am pretty sure they are very proud of you all :) Beautiful Jasmine!!!!! You gotta love the timing of "Hispanics"  11.30.10 - 5:16pm
Marie - I really wanna be adopted.   11.30.10 - 5:15pm
Keri B - Absolutely stunning! Happy Holidays to you and yours! Thanks for sharing:)  11.30.10 - 5:11pm
emily troutman - thanks for keeping it real Jasmine & letting the rest of us know that you all didn't just glide into that alley with halos waiting to be captured :) gorgeous images!  11.30.10 - 4:57pm
anda - your family is so beautiful that i'm not sure it's fair. LOVE these!!  11.30.10 - 4:51pm
Pua - Beautiful family!!!  11.30.10 - 4:50pm
Annetta - You have a beautiful family, Jasmine and did a wonderful job of capturing that. You little sister looks like a miniature of you.  11.30.10 - 4:33pm
Angie Mack - Oh my goodness, gracious -- what a beautiful family! Can I be adopted as one of y'all? Please? Por Favor? But wait a minute...we come from a Royal bloodline, therefore, we're brothers and sisters. Thank you, Jesus!   11.30.10 - 4:10pm
Alejandra C - My first comment! I'm just a blog stalker. But I absolutely love this. Your family pics and story make my heart full. You and Bianca are very inspirational and I always tell people to follow your blogs. I feel like I know you!! Especially since we went to the same hs. Ok. Done sounding like a creeper. Have a wonderful Christmas & keep playing that Christmas music!!!  11.30.10 - 4:05pm
Sandra - Hysterical!! And gorgeous as always...  11.30.10 - 3:49pm
Alexis - beautiful photos! you have a beautiful, healthy and happy family! May God bless you and your loved ones abundantly during this holiday season and always! *Jeremiah 29:11*   11.30.10 - 3:48pm
lrn - Love the re-enactment, and of course the photos. Fantastic post  11.30.10 - 3:37pm
Tira J - To Pancho & Millie, you have the most beautiful family. God has truly blessed you a million times over. Each member of your family is a true blessing. Thank you for sharing them with us. xoxo  11.30.10 - 3:35pm
Christina - Oh I just love these pictures... you are sooo fabulous : ) Always be true to who you are. Loveyaalot's  11.30.10 - 3:33pm
Corina Peyroux - OH MY GOSH what a beautiful family! I thought I was getting confused with your sister Bianca! Are you's twins coz you are identical almost!! I remember seeing her wedding photos and thinking... isn't that you!! lmao.. Your family are beautiful and you can see how much your bond radiates through these pictures. Thanks for sharing!!!  11.30.10 - 3:32pm
Regina White - Your Familia is beautiful. What a blessing. These are great.   11.30.10 - 3:30pm
Alejandra Vidal - I didn't know you had a younger brother!! Awww. Your younger sister is SO photogenic!! Well... your entire family is! Hmm.. I wonder if this is just due to *training* over the years?! haha :) Lovely photos Jasmine!  11.30.10 - 3:28pm
Linda - sheer gorgeousness. no more so than any other family, I suppose. But still. . .  11.30.10 - 3:26pm
Kim Spears - How are there SO many good looking people in one family ?!! Love that you can feel the love in these images :)  11.30.10 - 3:25pm
Lorrie Prothero - my favorite kind of photo session - love all the loving bickering =) You mom must be in HEAVEN this year - with new grandkids for Christmas!!! I bet this year is going to be one to literally put in the books.  11.30.10 - 3:13pm
Cris - Beautiful pictures-they literally make me smile! Blessings to your entire family and Merry Christmas! Hoping to see Polo in a christmas sweater!  11.30.10 - 3:08pm
wenyin - oh my goodness, your family is GORGEOUS. love the photos.  11.30.10 - 3:07pm
Rhonda Brown - Beautiful family...beautiful are truly blessed!!  11.30.10 - 3:06pm
Marissa Nicole - I am taking my own family photo this year too..oh boy! Any tips? I love the one of Bianca and Matt and the kids.   11.30.10 - 3:02pm
trudy - Your family is so adorable and your little sister is a mini you and Bianca!   11.30.10 - 2:56pm
Marta V - What a fabulous family! I absolutely love that your whole family has the same big smile. It's beautiful.  11.30.10 - 2:52pm
Melody - Jasmine, you have the most beautiful family! :)  11.30.10 - 2:49pm
Keri Doolittle Photography - What a BEAUTIFUL family!!! Your mom is stunning!  11.30.10 - 2:47pm
Annie - "Don't pull her hair extension!" Got to be one of the funniest lines I've heard in a while! You are a beautiful family :)  11.30.10 - 2:38pm
Trude - LOL I had a similar experience with my family! Loooove these, thank you for sharing!  11.30.10 - 2:37pm
Tacey - As if I needed any more reason to adore you! Your family is absolutely precious...Thank you for sharing what a 'real' family can be like. Huge hugs to you and yours...  11.30.10 - 2:16pm
Marryam Lum - Gorgeous, all of u :)  11.30.10 - 2:15pm
Ashlee @ Ashlee Lauren Photography - Oh my, family Christmas pictures are always an adventure... :)  11.30.10 - 2:12pm
Jennifer Hudspeth - You have a beautiful family! Thanks for sharing!  11.30.10 - 2:08pm
Mikkel - Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this piece of your life with everyone.  11.30.10 - 2:04pm
crystal dimond - Love it!! You have a beautiful, happy family. I love all the comments you post before the pictures....too funny!  11.30.10 - 2:03pm
krista Anderson - What a gorgeous family Jasmine!!!!  11.30.10 - 2:01pm
Lea - It's just wrong for you all to be so beautiful. Seriously. Too much gorgeousness. My eyes can't handle it!  11.30.10 - 1:52pm
Kyla - So funny! I love that your Christmas pics in SoCal include a sleeveless shirt!   11.30.10 - 1:45pm
Renee - Ha ha this post was so darn cute. You have some serious talent with the self-timer! What a beautiful set of photos of the fam! I wish I had your talents to capture my family like this each year. Photos really are forever treasures.  11.30.10 - 1:40pm
Christina Calloway - Great family photos! Your family is beyond gorgeous:)  11.30.10 - 1:36pm
Amanda - I love your pictures!! You're blessed to have such a wonderful family... from your blog they sound just like mine. Have wonderful holiday beautiful lady!  11.30.10 - 1:32pm
Tina - BEAUTIFUL Jasmine.. I love it. well capture for a beautiful family - Cheers - your frined in Thomasville, Georgia!! ~ Tina  11.30.10 - 1:30pm
Life with Kaishon - Oh! I just love your Daddy! And your Mom is so pretty! And the kids. LOVE the flippin kids. The teenagers are too cute for words. Laughed my head off about the dressing up of your little brother. That is pretty special. And not creepy at all! Family is everything!  11.30.10 - 1:30pm
Joshua Gull - Your dad has some style J. Great shots. Gotta love family photo time. ;)  11.30.10 - 1:29pm
Rosa - You all are gorgeous! Picture perfect. I love the individual personalities that shine through their portraits.  11.30.10 - 1:23pm
Megan Hulsey - Your little sister is working that camera like a pro! You have a gorgeous family, and obviously a lot more patience than I do. Group pictures are the bane of my photographic existence!  11.30.10 - 1:20pm
Ashley - Oh Jasmine. Your blog is like soul food. Seriously. Probably the best family picture post I've ever read (:  11.30.10 - 1:20pm
Angela - You guys rock! Love it!  11.30.10 - 1:20pm
claudia - what a beautiful post.... however, it makes me feel bad!... I never take photos of my family and I.... its always them without me on the pictures....   11.30.10 - 1:18pm
beria Charles - What a beautiful, blessed family!  11.30.10 - 1:14pm
ashley goodwin - HA! Hilarious! Sounds like my family this Thanksgiving! These are the bomb! That younger girl is adorable....and who's the one with the extensions? HAHAHA.  11.30.10 - 1:14pm
erin - flash or no flash, that is the question??  11.30.10 - 1:11pm
Gabriela Fuentes - What a lovely family.  11.30.10 - 1:01pm
heather boren - You are amazing! So inspiring! You have a gorgeous family!  11.30.10 - 1:00pm
Ginger Murray - Okay, such a funny post. As if shooting family photos wasn't hard enough, haha! Oh, the chaos! I saw the kiddos in your facebook pic, and thought, oh my gosh, does she have a niece and nephew now?? AWESOME. I won't have any for a few years, although all my husband's sibs are married... we have bets who will be the first to have kids. I vote the sibs have them first so I can play with them and give them back, haha:)  11.30.10 - 12:58pm
Katelyn James - holy cow.... I love your momma and I think she's gorgeous! and your baby sister? oh my word. Your whole family is gorgeous!!! ... and I fell like JD could definitely go as an older brother:) Maybe when you date for almost a decade, you start to look like the rest of the family......that hasn't happened yet for Michael and me:)  11.30.10 - 12:58pm
Lea Ciceraro - Brilliant! I LOVE the photos! Especially the group shot! And I lovvve your comments leading up to the photos... Thanks for sharing and letting us see "a day in the life." :)  11.30.10 - 12:56pm
Sheree - Please adopt me Jasmine! You have a wonderful family.   11.30.10 - 12:56pm
Mikaela - That is one seriously attractive family! Because you can see the inner beauty and warmth too :) Thanks for sharing!!   11.30.10 - 12:55pm
Megan - You all are so. stinkin'. gorgeous. What a beautiful family and beautiful photos!  11.30.10 - 12:54pm
Nicole Raine - Glad to see you survived! Mine was a pretty similar story - plus astro turf hats. Don't ask.  11.30.10 - 12:54pm
Jen - Gorgeous family!!  11.30.10 - 12:44pm
Anita Larsen - Beautiful captures - soulful. Your family sure have gorgeous genes en masse :)  11.30.10 - 12:41pm
Christina Lee - I LOVE the one of your dad kissing your mom! Her face is priceless! Gorgeous family! Your teen sister looks so much like you and Bianca. Love these!  11.30.10 - 12:41pm
Lauren B - Oh my gosh! i love this!! :) the last picture is the BEST!  11.30.10 - 12:40pm
Romonia Isaac - JASMINE!!!!! These are absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful family you have--on the inside as well as the outside. You captured them so strikingly--not that I would doubt you would--and these all are just jaw dropping portraits! I absolutely love the picture of you and JD. :) You two are such a beautiful couple that is a part of a beautiful family!! You guys are beyond blessed to have such a solid family core and I must admit that I am a tad envious but grateful to know there are families out there with so much love like yours. BTW, your mom is stunning and I see where you and your siblings got your gorgeous smile--your dad! Thanks for sharing!!  11.30.10 - 12:38pm
tracy - and by the way...AWESOME pictures as always :)  11.30.10 - 12:37pm
Tracy - This is my favorite post from you EVER. I wish i was there!!!! I just took pics of my own kids....what a riot!!!  11.30.10 - 12:36pm
Kelsey Tice - Dude... Is your brother single?? Hook a sister up! :) Haha... But seriously.  11.30.10 - 12:35pm
Catie Ronquillo - You have beautiful family! Tell me about the perils of taking the family Christmas photo... This year we totally ran out of light, thanks for nothing Daylight Savings time! Next year, we need an alley, so in case I need to take someone out back for misbehaving, I'm already there ;) Happy Holidays! Next year with Polo! :)  11.30.10 - 12:29pm
Stephanie Miller - Yet another moving session. Reminding us of what is important and what really matters in the end. Beautiful portraits Jasmine!  11.30.10 - 12:29pm
Corinna See - So beautiful. I love your commentary too!  11.30.10 - 12:28pm
Diana Rush - I'm right there with you on this one!  11.30.10 - 12:27pm
Amy - Aww, Jasmine, I love it! You have an incredibly beautiful family (and talent!) What a blessing!  11.30.10 - 12:27pm
Kira Lauren - "You just made Kim Kardashian sad." I'm dying. So hilarious. I'll never forget that one! :) happy holidays to you and your family!   11.30.10 - 12:23pm
Eduardo!!! - JS! This is super dope son! Love the alley! I love shooting in alleys. I've found so many dope ones here in DC! Good stuff! Good stuff!  11.30.10 - 12:22pm
Miz Boo - Absolutely delightful Jasmine! Love hearing about your whole family. I didn't know you had younger sibs! How fun!! What a gorgeous group!!!  11.30.10 - 12:22pm
Kimberly Murray - Wow! What an attractive family. Not a bad shot in the bunch.  11.30.10 - 12:17pm
Matt - Maybe you could Photoshop in Polo, right down between your Mom and Sister....although it is a beautiful family portrait. I get the impression you feel about Polo like we do about ours--part of the family. I think your dad kissing your mom is my favorite shot. It kind of reminds me of my own parents and how they still feel about each other.   11.30.10 - 12:15pm
Mariko - Jasmine, you have the most beautiful family. Seriously, they are gorgeous!!  11.30.10 - 12:15pm
Paige Butcher - This makes my heart happy :)  11.30.10 - 12:12pm
Nicole Landgrebe - OHHHHHHH my how amazingly gorgeous is your family, what a FAB Portrait....... LOVE IT!  11.30.10 - 12:12pm
ELMK - LOVE THEM. Judging from your tale of the day I'd bet there's a silly shot in existence- I want to see that one!  11.30.10 - 12:11pm
Rhonda - Wow, Jasmine! your whole family is just wonderful. Your dad looks so much fun and your mom just popped ... so beautiful. I could go on and on, but.... Thanks for sharing your family this Christmas! Thanks for sharing You!  11.30.10 - 12:11pm
Candice - Where's Polo?!? Your family is STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL.  11.30.10 - 12:09pm
Lacy - AHhhH! This makes me miss you OODLES and OODLES and OODLES and OODLES and OODLES!! I definitely have to see you in January! xoxoxoxxoxo  11.30.10 - 12:05pm
Donna - I was in tears laughing as I read the comments about what was being said during the shoot. For my family add... "Mom, why do I have to smile? It's your stupid business.." I will pray for you all the way to Dec. '11 when you have to do it again.   11.30.10 - 12:05pm
Mindy Metivier - Gorgeous Jazzy*!!! Love all the descriptions and portrait shots of each member of your family!!! Your family shot came out fab!!! Tell Alexandria that there are a lot of us middle children out there...I feel her pain and can empathize because I too suffered from middle child's what makes us special and unique!!! :)  11.30.10 - 12:05pm
Kathy Ward - It should be illegal to have a family that is this gorgeous! Just saying...  11.30.10 - 12:04pm
Courtney - Beautiful family! And I can only imagine what it would be like if I tried to get my whole family together for a photo, lol.  11.30.10 - 12:03pm
Sarah Danaher - I do this SAME THING every year. And I usually end up in tears by the end of it. I'm the oldest of nine, and holy cow... my own family shoot is THE MOST STRESSFUL shoot of all eternity!! But there it hangs, in our living room, for EVERYBODY to see, and it makes me happy every year. It's worth the tears, I think.  11.30.10 - 12:03pm
crestine - Lovely photos and love the back stories.  11.30.10 - 12:02pm
sherry boles - I ADORE this post!! It's so great to know that you go through that same hectic routine when getting family photos (love the!). Great images!  11.30.10 - 12:02pm
Doug L.. - Sometimes, the best part of my workday is to stop in and check out your posts - through FB. Today was a homerun. Your pictures of your familiy are just beautiful. I love how you used the brickwall in the alley. Keep it up!   11.30.10 - 12:02pm
Tasha - This is so funny! And we did the exact thing last week while we were vacationing in the Keys. I had my kids get up for sunrise photos and nobody was happy about it...then when I set up for the photos I realized that the 2 second timer was never going to be enough time for me to jump in the picture...every shot had this blonde swish acrossed the left side...yeah, that was me trying to be part of my not-so-perfect family...haha...  11.30.10 - 12:01pm
eric vargas - can't over how much you and your sisters look so much alike wow love the family and location  11.30.10 - 12:00pm
natasha - Jealous is not the word that you don't have to wear your own body weight in layers of clothing to stay warm in the winter.England is freezing.   11.30.10 - 12:00pm
Eileen - I don't know if you know this but I LOVE your family!  11.30.10 - 12:00pm
Emily Crall - I totally love, love your reenactment of your family's pictures. It's the SAME WAY with me and my family, except, I don't know. Two parents, 4 in-laws, 5 siblings, and 8 grandkids... So, yeah, I look stressed by the time we get around to actually getting the picture taken. You, on the other hand, look just gorgeous!  11.30.10 - 12:00pm
amanda thiessen - i loved this post! and daaaammmmnnn...that is one gorgeous familia! :)  11.30.10 - 12:00pm
Liz - This is happy! Love it! What a beautiful family Jasmine!  11.30.10 - 11:58am
Melissa Pearce - What a GORGE family! And the family pic is always the hardest shoot I have every year. F'real.   11.30.10 - 11:56am
Gail - My favorite quote about family from Desmond Tutu: “You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.” Love seeing this post. What a GOOD looking family! :)   11.30.10 - 11:56am
Anne Bünnig - So lovely! I often think, we should start such a tradition too, I mean taking pictures of the family once a year. Maybe this year is the year :-) Thanks for sharing and encouraging. xoxo  11.30.10 - 11:55am
stephanie - What proud proud parents you must have. You are all so blessed.....and gorgeous and more gorgeous! Beautiful family, from the inside out. Thanks for sharing!   11.30.10 - 11:55am
Jessica - Polo is missing!!! ;)  11.30.10 - 11:55am
Salwa - Your family is absolutely beautiful!  11.30.10 - 11:54am
Alex - I love it :) Your family is gorgeous and you all seem so happy :) Thanks for sharing!  11.30.10 - 11:54am
LEOLAK - Wow...what a gorgeous family you all are! (hey don't knock the kid in a pot picture...I did one recently..although it wasn't on the Your mom looks so sassy...I see where you ladies get your style! Thanks for sharing!   11.30.10 - 11:53am
Lara Rios - This is soooo funny... Your typical latin family, mine it's just as loud... LOL I love it and I love the pictures. Always such an inspiration :)  11.30.10 - 11:52am
Kelli Taylor - Jasmine I feel your pain! My Mom wanted a family photo this year and let's just say it wasn't something I could/would blog! UGH!  11.30.10 - 11:52am
natalyn - Um, this is awesome. Superlatively awesome. What a blessing it is to have such a close-knit family. It is one of the greatest gifts ever. And I totally laughed out loud reading about the drama that ensued while trying to get these photos together. And the fact that you used to put your little brother in a pot. haha  11.30.10 - 11:51am
JamieY - What a beautiful family you have!! Just like your pictures.  11.30.10 - 11:51am
Alejandra - BEAUUUUTIFUL!!!!  11.30.10 - 11:51am
gladys jem - hahaha man this post was funny, and beautiful all at the same time! you have a gorgeous family jasmine. inside and out :)  11.30.10 - 11:50am
Jamilah - First of all, you have a gorgeous family... literally everyone is oozing with beauty... and kindness... Second of all, every time I come to your blog, tears start rolling! The last picture got me teary eyed because family pictures is what I never get to do with my own family... everyone living in different states... and get togethers are just too hectic to even think about my camera... with my Dad's passing away two years ago -- get togethers feel incomplete without him... but this Christmas when I fly up to see my family, I'm going to make it a point to gather everyone together... and capture the family... -thanks for sharing your beautiful family portraits  11.30.10 - 11:49am
Stephanie - Pretty family!  11.30.10 - 11:49am
Birdie Mendoza - Your family is BEAUTIFUL!!! and your a GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER...  11.30.10 - 11:48am
Andrew Lipsett - Simply awesome Jasmine:). Your attitude, humor, and openness is inspiring:)  11.30.10 - 11:48am
cat - Fab shot...! Tell me, did you use lights for the main family photo? The exposure is fantastic.  11.30.10 - 11:48am
lydia gross - wow J* your family could ALL be models.. like in a JCrew magazine or something. How can every single person in one family be soo stunningly beautiful!! Your brother is going to break some hearts, that is for sure :) LOOOOVe this family photo idea.. might have to steal it over here in the midwest... where it is cold.. and rainy.. ugh. Maybe not haha :) Happy Holidays!  11.30.10 - 11:47am
Cecilia Flaming - Gorgeous family photos! I find it so challenging to take family portraits of my own family and you made it look easy. :)  11.30.10 - 11:47am
Kami - "Don't pull her hair extension!" Bahahahahaha!   11.30.10 - 11:47am
Nadine Burzler - GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS!GORGEOUS! I Can carry on like this for ages! Your whole family is just gorgeous...and as for your younger brother and sister...uhmmm...have they ever considered becoming models...? GORGEOUS!x  11.30.10 - 11:46am
Barb - Stunning! You have a beautiful family, Jasmine. I bet they are just as beautiful if not more on the inside. Thanks for sharing these with us.  11.30.10 - 11:45am
Eddie - You have a beautiful family...Love the blog that went along with this picture!   11.30.10 - 11:44am
Lacie Lacy - This post seriously cracked me up. This was me last week. Running in heals in the mud from the tripod to my 2 year old son and husband, whom hates having his picture taken. I had to promise them booth toys from the store! ha! Your pics look amazing J! Merry CHRISTmas!  11.30.10 - 11:44am
Nadya - Oh i love this, such a modern family photo! great location! you all look so happy, its beautiful!  11.30.10 - 11:44am
Mary - gorgeous!!! your family's all so beautiful :) and your younger brother's pretty darn cute ;) (not to be creepy)....AH the little kiddies kill me!!! xoxo Blessings for the New year :)!  11.30.10 - 11:44am
Shannon Gray - Amazing pics! I just did our family pics and it wasn't too bad...took about 10 minutes, because that is about the extent of their attention span. All went well except when I took a fall on the ice while holding one of my twins and my camera...not. good. It is now in Nikon land...getting some R&R and hopefully returning in the near future!! :) Your family is so beautiful!   11.30.10 - 11:44am
Rommy - This family photo puts all others to shame! Your family is G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!! Your parents are adorable, your sisters are drop dead gorgeous, your brother is handsome as hell, and you and JD, well, we all know you guys are the hottest couple ever! Your sis's hubby is a keeper! and those kids, my goodness!!! Thanks for sharing!!   11.30.10 - 11:44am
RAquel - that's a beautiful family photo. I have been commissioned to do the same with my family this year, and i'm really hoping it turns out something like this!!! :)  11.30.10 - 11:43am
molly - You have a beautiful family! Gorgeous pictures!!!  11.30.10 - 11:43am
Sara - LOVE that you live in the real world with the rest of us. Cheers!  11.30.10 - 11:43am
Mette Laurent - Your family is amazingly beautiful and of course the photos are stunning:) You are a beautiful person and you inspire me, as well as so many others:)  11.30.10 - 11:43am
Amelia Renee - Jasmine, I just wanted to say that your blog posts always make me smile, and laugh, and sometimes cry. Thanks so much for being real and honest. You inspire me to be a better photographer but also a better person & daughter. ps Your family is GORGEOUS! (of course...that's where you got your looks!) not to mention your younger brother. ;)  11.30.10 - 11:43am
Leah G. - LOVE this post! Makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one who struggles when it comes to taking family pictures of my own family! lol! You have a beautiful family, Jasmine!  11.30.10 - 11:43am
Faith Cherisse - EVERY ONE of these people are over-the-top GORGEOUS! J*, you have an awesome family! I agree that the little ones add so much more happiness to this photo! Your mom looks beautiful! xoxo  11.30.10 - 11:43am
Helen Okey - Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful family with us. I loved the commentary - hilarious, made me giggle. I am looking forward to catching up with my extended family over the xmas period. Thanks Jasmine. H  11.30.10 - 11:42am
Summer C. - Your family is gorgeous!  11.30.10 - 11:42am
Erin Lassahn - Beautiful family portraits, and what a beautiful family!!!!   11.30.10 - 11:42am
Jen Mishkin - Beautiful Jasmine! I think when we photograph our family a monster switch comes on and all patience fly out the window (well for me at least). You have captured everyone beautifully feel free to come to Texas and photograph my family anytime. :-)  11.30.10 - 11:42am
Karmen Lindner - I think I just died laughing at the commentary! Well stated and yet a stellar group shot!   11.30.10 - 11:42am
felicia gwen - Love!!! What a gorgeous family!  11.30.10 - 11:42am
Linda Williams - These are amazing. I pray one day I can get there. You have a lovely family. God bless you all   11.30.10 - 11:42am
brooke snow - How delightful! So fun to meet your whole entire family! Love the narrative of the experience just as much as the pictures! I  11.30.10 - 11:41am
Carrie McCluskey - You have such a beautiful family. You are all so blessed to have each other.  11.30.10 - 11:41am
Kristin Tatem - Wow! These are amazing! Love all the variety you got in that one area! After seeing your Mom, its no wonder you and your sister are so gorgeous! Beautiful portraits!  11.30.10 - 11:41am
StephanieB - You have SUCH a good looking family!  11.30.10 - 11:41am
alicia schneider - Amazing Jasmine! You're even a photo genius taking your family portrait with a self-timer! I am consistantly striving to better my photography business following your model! Thank you & happy holidays!!  11.30.10 - 11:41am
Kayla - Your family is too beautiful. So not fair.   11.30.10 - 11:41am
Alicia - I'm so, so, so happy that you posted these! I saw your fb update yesterday and I was hoping you'd share the finished result with all of us. Beautiful, beautiful family!  11.30.10 - 11:40am
//Dani - Jasmine, you all look so FABOULOUS! Have a nice holiday season! Love you guys!!  11.30.10 - 11:40am
Jordanne - What a beautiful family you have!! Thanks for sharing!!   11.30.10 - 11:40am
annie - serously. THE most gorgeous family I've seen. seriously.  11.30.10 - 11:39am
Amanda - You have a GORGEOUS family!!!  11.30.10 - 11:39am
jackie lynn - This is so great... so funny =) I'm doing mine in a few weeks, and I can just imagine how mine will be.   11.30.10 - 11:39am
Carmen Whittaker - Loved seeing all your family. Looks and sounds like mine. Merry Christmas!!!  11.30.10 - 11:39am
Jeanette - LOVE, LOVE, LOVE em all!!! Fabulous post! xoxo  11.30.10 - 11:38am
Angela - You have one of the most beautiful families I've ever seen.  11.30.10 - 11:38am
Ian Hamilton - Great photos Jasmine, and a tale about family photos that rings true to many of us! :)  11.30.10 - 11:38am
Kelly Sauer - Oh. My. Gosh. I love this. Love it. You're hilarious. Your whole family. Thank you so much for sharing! It's fun to meet you all!  11.30.10 - 11:37am
Jamie Siever - Your family always looks like you are having so much fun! I bet family gatherings are a blast. I think I love your dad!  11.30.10 - 11:37am
Toby Roybal - Good stuff! Love the pics!  11.30.10 - 11:36am