The Workshop : January 2011

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henever I have the honor of hosting The Workshop, I wake up extra early the morning of the event then pace my bedroom. I set the alarm for 5 a.m. but my eyes are usually open before the buzzard rings. I'm extraordinarily nervous because 20 photographers from around the world will spend an entire day with me, in my neighborhood, sharing openly about The Eight Components of Branding. For as open as I am on the web, I'm also a very private person, so the idea of exposing new levels of myself sometimes worries me. What if I let them down? What if trip during the shoot? What if I'm the only person laughing at my jokes?!

Thankfully, the group was more than a girl could ever ask for. Supportive, outgoing, funny, encouraging, ready to learn. But I knew this in advance because they created a Facebook group weeks before the workshop and created a network of fabulousness in advance. When everyone arrived in the morning, it was a mere extension of an online conversation...I loved it! I counted myself extraordinarily lucky to be surrounded by such amazing people.

I host the photography workshops in Orange County and while I enjoy where I live, Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms designed these beautiful centerpieces to create just the perfect environment to learn!


We start the day early and it's quite possible that at the end of the workshop, people are silently begging me to shut up after hearing me talk all.day.long.


Lucky for us, we worked with an amazing couple, Dylan and Chrisoula as models. They're so in love and have a beautiful chemistry...


Chrisoula is a beautiful girl and it looked like this Quail wedding gown was made just for her. Many thanks to Michelle from Quail for working with me on this workshop by providing an amazing dress...such an honor!




Like always, a HUMUNGOUS thank you must go to my good friend and hair/makeup stylist, Vivian Tran of All Made Up Team for working her amazing skills with the models...


The class was shooting in the bright sun, which could be difficult, but everyone rocked it out...


...and in case anyone doubted just how HOT and BRIGHT it really was, please note the really high-budget and classy technique I taught everyone. I'm way fancy.
The main reason I pulled the class into the full sun was to demonstrate that if you can shoot in this type of light and produce an image you're proud of, you can shoot anywhere.


Here's the resulting image I took from the photo above...85mm f/1.2 1/4000 100 ISO


Because of heat, we moved to the shade for a more enjoyable experience...




Dylan and Chrisoula met at a Salsa club (they're both professional dancers), so I asked them to show off a few of their moves...I'm gonna come out and admit I was jealous.




Is this girl GORGE or what?!


I'm always so happy to work with Heavenly Blooms...I said I wanted hints of gold, so Jaclyne created a truly unique bouquet!


The wedding veil were created by Kristin at Petal and Thorn...her hairpieces are so fab and a perfect touch to a wedding day!




My favorite photo of the day...


To my new friends and peers...
Thank you for making me fall more in love with what I do. At the start of the day, I encountered a group of timid photographers, but by the end of the night we hugged and departed as friends. Yes, it could have been the carbs and wine that made everyone so happy, but I can't help but think the network you created with each other goes much deeper than that. I have no doubt you'll grow as a photographer and develop your brand in the process. I appreciate y'all more than I can really express. Air-kisses.... j*
p.s. A huuuuuuuge thank you must go to my mom and JD for being the backbone to the entire day...I couldn't do it without them!

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Samuel Burns - You have a way with evoking natural poses.. would love to do a workshop if you ever come to Australia.. hint hint :)  03.26.11 - 12:44pm
Jonathan Ivy - Looks like everyone had a lot of fun, I love the shot of everyone blocking the sun. priceless.  02.18.11 - 1:53pm
Columbus GA Photographer - Looks like a lot of fun. Hopefully soon I can attend one of your workshops. The hand over the lens technique works wonders =)  02.18.11 - 11:59am
Wedding Photographer New York - I love your blog. I want to attend at the next wedding photography class.  02.17.11 - 7:11pm
Geanette - I can't wait till I can afford to attend one of these! What a gift you are! Amazing.  02.16.11 - 10:10pm
AGUSTIN MARIN - FELICIDADES POR EL WORKSHOP. IMAGENES MARAVILLOSAS. CONGRATULATIONS!! FROM SPAIN.  02.14.11 - 8:09am
Anny - Woow, how many photographer take they shot? btw the girl is really beautiful, showing her inner beauty.. love it  02.10.11 - 6:00pm
Manchester wedding photographer - Stunning shots - looks like a lot of fun! The models look so happy and relaxed, it just shows how talented you are in terms of building connections with people :-)  02.10.11 - 8:30am
Liz - Looks like so much fun- wish I could have been there!  02.07.11 - 1:32pm
Tiffany Pond - Jasmine, my friend Bethann took this seminar and "had a blast" doesn't even begin to cover it. I love your style!  02.04.11 - 1:14pm
PhilD Wedding Photography - Looks like a fantastic day for everyone!!  02.04.11 - 8:25am
Robert Briggs - Looking forward to seeing an East Coast Workshop.  02.03.11 - 8:22pm
Bogdan Rusu - Very nice photos....I love them...great job!   02.03.11 - 4:52pm
Michelle Bres - I´ll be in the next one!!!!  02.03.11 - 5:30am
Jenna Danelle - One of these days I will be able to come out and attend one of these fab workshops! Looks like you had a great time. I understand the performance anxiety/stage fright/pacing and up before your alarm goes off feeling... Really... Every wedding I shoot.   01.30.11 - 10:30pm
Matthew Mead - Your A STAR!  01.30.11 - 6:08pm
Kelly H - Jasmine, when is your next workshop? This looks like so much fun and great experience.  01.28.11 - 11:06am
Taylor Sparks - I love the images, I cant wait to make it to one of your workshops :)  01.27.11 - 10:52am
Fotograf nunta Timisoara - Nice photos, I hope to come to your workshop as soon as possible, it will help me altoot, I have may thinks to learn  01.27.11 - 9:15am
blue elephant photography - wow! gorgeous photos! and i would love love love to attend your workshop someday. i bet it would be so much fun =)  01.26.11 - 10:33am
Odalys Mendez - These are beautiful Jasmine! I love her dress, it is so unique. It's so helpful to see how you handle shooting in bright sun. I'm amazed at how you use backlighting yet there's no haze in the images. I am dying to attend your workshop so I can meet you, you rock!  01.26.11 - 8:59am
Delshad - Hi Jasmine! Great post! I was hoping to get on the news letter but it won't except my email which is so strange. What should I do now?   01.25.11 - 8:16pm
Mike Cook - First time on your blog! Love these images and this workshop looks great - only wish I lived a bit nearer than the UK! Love the magazine style of the blog, not seen anything else like it to date.  01.24.11 - 11:44pm
April Danielle - How do I get in on one of these workshops!?!  01.24.11 - 3:44pm
Erica Velasco - Love the photos! I have a hard time with bright light everywhere in Phoenix haha  01.24.11 - 10:07am
Lidia - Chicago Wedding Photographer - beautiful images as always. Are you planning on taking your workshops on the road. Chicago would love to have you!   01.24.11 - 8:18am
Ricky Tang - I'm usually not a fan of gold. But you made gold look good :D  01.24.11 - 5:39am
Edouard Montfort - Lovely workshop !!  01.23.11 - 10:54pm
michelle gunton - All the photos are beautiful, but I love love image 4, and her dress was beautiful!  01.23.11 - 4:19pm
brittani - love this post!! the photos are beautiful, and i'm insanely jealous of those 20 photographers!! which brings me to my next question:: how often do you host a workshop?? so I know how to plan around this!! I didn't know about this one till it was too late..  01.23.11 - 2:19pm
cassandra-m - smiling and reminiscing . . .  01.22.11 - 11:58pm
Feuza - I so wish I was in that last picture but one day :-) these images are sick! amazing, love the one of their move and one of her on left with her veil, fabulous if you could share you editing with this, that would be sweet  01.22.11 - 5:59pm
Calder Clark - Just lovely!! Looks like they had a blast.   01.22.11 - 3:30pm
Emma Godfrey - The photos are amazing and I am so jealous of the lucky photographers! I'm starting to play my next holiday around being in the OC at the right time (not sure my husband's happy about that!)  01.22.11 - 8:59am
Jessica Rozof - I am a changed lady! You have really gone and done something to me. :) I feel alive again! This is what I needed! I am SO blessed!   01.22.11 - 12:56am
natalie - This workshop looks like so much fun! What amazing photos!  01.21.11 - 9:35pm
Kelsey Anderson - Lovely photos as always! So need to hit up one of your workshops sometime!  01.21.11 - 8:23pm
Katie - SOMEDAY I'll be able to come to your workshop! Looks amazing! Her dress is absolutely stunning and the hairpiece broke my heart a little bit. :) Such a beautiful vision.   01.21.11 - 8:06pm
amanda thiessen - such a gorgeous couple!!  01.21.11 - 6:31pm
James Reyes Photography - Love the images that you captured! Here's hoping I can make your next workshop.   01.21.11 - 5:13pm
Brittney - Ummm... yeah so just gonna let you know, meeting you and going to the "The Workshop" are high up there on my bucket list! Any chance you'd come to Oklahoma or Texas?   01.21.11 - 4:55pm
Martha Davidson - Thank You again! Jasmine, JD, and your fabulous mom! The workshop was AMAZING. I'm probably annoying friends and family who I'm still talking to about it! I've learned so much! I hope I can apply it....  01.21.11 - 4:00pm
angel canary - wow wow wow!   01.21.11 - 2:32pm
Danielle Hopkins - I want to be back in Sunny Cali! Thank you Jasmine, JD and everyone else for such an amazing experience! xo  01.21.11 - 1:28pm
Sidney Morgan - Sounds like it was a lot of fun! I would love to hear you talk all.day.long! :)  01.21.11 - 1:27pm
jamilah - beautiful captures as always! And what a lucky group! Next year, my goal is to make it to your Workshop =)   01.21.11 - 1:27pm
Mikaela - Oh these photos are gorgeous! Such yummy light and color! Plus, this post reminds me of last June's Workshop ;)   01.21.11 - 11:13am
damara - that couple is amazing...such..style and comfortable easy intimacy...and the dress is gorgeous! congrats everyone on a great workshop!  01.21.11 - 11:08am
Harmony Loves - Jasmine!!! These are DELICIOUS!!!!! I keep looking at them and I seriously just want to eat them up!!  01.21.11 - 11:06am
Katelyn James - She is GORGEOUS! Absolutely gorgeous! I want that hair.  01.21.11 - 10:54am
Claudia - Any workshops here in NY soon??? :)  01.21.11 - 10:31am
Kari - Wonderful! I was wondering, what did you use for reflectors in that shot where it was bright and sunny? Natural reflectors or just a reflector? Thanks!  01.21.11 - 10:21am
Whitney Moore - I simply cannot thank you enough for opening yourself up and sharing your day with us. After meeting your Mom, I see why you are so great...and how amazing is JD? Real amazing. Beautiful images and what a beautiful experience. Thank you, thank you!  01.21.11 - 10:19am
Salwa - This look AMAZING. I would love to attend a workshop hosted by you - not just because you're so awesome, but it seems like you attract fantastic, cohesive, fun photographers around you as well. I signed up for the newsletter; can't wait to hear when you have the next one!  01.21.11 - 10:18am
Romonia Isaac - I absolutely love her dress and those shoes!! Oh where are the shoes from J*? :D Wow what a beautiful woman she is and those shots are stunning. They are a cute couple and I wish them all the best. Question: are you preventing lens flare by holding your hand up like that? I think I will email that one in for a FAQ shooting star question. :) All of the details are beautiful and I hope that everyone walked away with a great experience. Happy Friday!  01.21.11 - 10:16am
Yuliya - Maybe one day I could join you for a workshop. Have to book some weddings first ;)  01.21.11 - 10:10am
Gena D - Always enjoy your posts! your humour, your candidness, you tips and ideas!   01.21.11 - 9:35am
Eileen - Have anyone ever told you that you are FABULOUS! Because you are. ;)  01.21.11 - 9:27am
Christina Dely - From start to finish, the workshop was simply amazing. It is an experience I am so blessed I was able to have, and one I will not forget. Thank you for always being so candid and open. I loved catching up with you and JD! XO  01.21.11 - 9:08am
Vivian Tran - I've been waiting to see these photos all week! I love everything and thank you for letting me shoot that day too, it was fun! I had a great time working the hair/makeup for our beautiful young couple and can't wait to work with you again! Until next time... -Vivian  01.21.11 - 9:04am
maggie fortson - Wow! Looked like a great workshop and beautiful couple to work with!  01.21.11 - 8:47am
Taylor Jackson (Toronto Photographer) - Hi Jasmine! As always I loveee your blog! could you go into more detail on the hand above the camera technique? That would be awesome!!!  01.21.11 - 8:38am
Anne Elisabeth - wishing and hoping one day, I will be joining a workshop!  01.21.11 - 8:35am
David Cutts - Mom, JD, and Jasmine* thanks for a great experience. I couldn't recommend the workshop more, so much info in one day.  01.21.11 - 8:26am
Alicia Candelora - This post is fabulous! I may need to attend The Workshop one of these days...  01.21.11 - 8:23am
erin vancura - why do i always have so much fun "hanging" out with you. . i LOVED mondays workshop. you're the best- evah. and i made so many ah-mazing friends. yay! THANK YOU for hosting such a glorious day and sharing all your knowledge :)   01.21.11 - 8:22am
Diana Lupu - JASMINE STAR! STOP BEING SO FABULOUS ALREADY! =) Wow...these photos are incredible! I would DIE to have them hang in my house...though, that may be a bit creepy. SO, if you ever need any future models, HOLLAAA ;)  01.21.11 - 8:18am
Nicole - OMG the salsa shots. FAB! JStar, I love you. That is all. :)  01.21.11 - 8:18am
Kelly Mendoza - I so enjoyed meeting you and JD and all these awesome photographers. The workshop and the opportunity to learn with you was invaluable. Thanks again!  01.21.11 - 8:13am
Maria - Jasmine and JD, I can't thank you enough! The Workshop exceeded all of my expectations and you are a doll! It was an honor to meet you both (and your mom!) and I'm so glad I can officially call you a friend (because now I'm not just a blog stalker LOL). Thank you for all of the inspiration, techniques and just a wonderful day all around. I walked away a better photographer and with 20+ talented friends. Air kisses!   01.21.11 - 8:11am
Serendipity Photography - What beautiful images and beautiful model !  01.21.11 - 8:06am
Rachel Fesko - J... are you planning on doing a shootout or hands-on workshop at WPPI? Would definitely be interested!  01.21.11 - 8:04am
Lorelei - Thanks Jasmine+JD!! What an amazing blessing of a day this was on SO many levels! Not only getting to hang out with you and JD, and learning massive amounts of branding knowledge, but also getting to meet 20 other really fabulous people that make me love photography even more. Is there a limit to thanking you?... because I don't think I can stop :)  01.21.11 - 7:54am
Alisha Cryderman - OMG, looove your images! Now Im afraid to blog mine lol. JD even got the one of us "focusing", ha! Jasmine, youre amazing.. thank you, thank you, thank you for everything!!  01.21.11 - 7:51am
felicia gwen - It was a true honor to get to be apart of this wonderful group of photographers! Jasmine and JD...I <3 you soooo much!!!!! Thank you for everything! Air-kisses!  01.21.11 - 7:32am
Emma Sharkey - Hurrah! I'm so glad to hear it was a big success. What a gorgeous group of people! E X  01.21.11 - 7:02am
Adrienne Byrd - the pictures are gorg as always! where are those gold rose earrings from??? LOVE them!  01.21.11 - 6:54am
Kate Douthwright - Great pictures in the blazing sun. I might steal your genius hand blocking technique!   01.21.11 - 6:50am
Naomi Chokr - I cant wait for your next one. Crossing my fingers you annouce it soon. I dont care what it takes Im flying over to your hood from Florida to take your workshop!  01.21.11 - 6:19am
P E N N Y - Stunning images!!!!