The Workshop : London

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nce I had to visit a doctor for what I thought were heart problems...I even carried aspirin in my purse juuuust in case. One can never be too prepared for a heart attack in their late 20s, right?! After an EKG and other tests, the doctor told me I wasn't experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, but, rather, stress. And right then? The weight of the aspirin in my purse made me feel like a drama queen. Capital d, capital q.

Before leaving his office, he handed me a glossy brochure of ways to deal with stress, one of them being deep breathing. Ten deep breaths, to be exact. So that's what I did. I breathed deeply. And picked up jogging.

Last week I resorted to my ten-deep-breaths technique as I rode the elevator to The Workshop mixer at The Sanctum Hotel in London. My heart felt like it was going to burst right out of my chest and run away. I was incredibly nervous to meet the attendees, but as soon as I arrived, I was greeted with warm British smiles.

The remainder of the night passed like flash, but by the next morning, everyone showed up like the party never ended...

I've always wanted to host a photography workshop in London, but the weight of organization held me back. When Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride offered her assistance in planning, I took her up and nervously flew across the Atlantic. What I expected was to host a workshop...what I didn't expect was to walk away with 20 new industry friends who are ready to change wedding photography in England. I'm incredibly honored to have met such an amazing group of people.

What's this? Well, it's this drink called elderberry juice. And it's like nectar of the gods. Only better. The next time I'm in London, I may walk around with an i.v. of this stuff on tap.

Many thanks to The Recipe for providing amazing food throughout the day...I felt like royalty eating such amazing meals!

Words can't even begin to describe how thankful I am for our wonderful, lovely, and gorgeous models for the day, Rachel and Dan. They're such a kind couple who offered to join us for the day...I'm incredibly appreciative of their time!

Many, many, many thanks to Alicia of One Marylebone. She kindly offered this wedding venue for the workshop and it couldn't have been more gorgeous. She also organized Great Hire to join our team for the day to provide the beautiful chairs and chaise for the photo shoot.

Rachel, you're so fierce! I can't even stand it! Augh.
Major love to Elbie Van Eeden for makeup and Severin Hubert of The Hepburn Collection for hair.

Many thanks to Restoration Cake and Janet Mohapibanks for providing cupcakes and a cake to photograph...

This photo is actually a screen capture of The Workshop video Richard Wakefield made (as seen at the end of this post), but I love how it captures the mood of the day!

The lovely ladies with Pollen Nation provided lovely florals for the workshop...

Okay, so can I please take a moment of tres chicness for Rachel and Dan's fashion choices?! Because, really, let's give it up for this Ted Baker suit...with top stitching and a matching vest. I swoon. Rachel wore her actual wedding dress (they wed last January) by David Fielden and a gorge gorge gorge headpiece by Liberty in Love...

Here's my favorite photo of the day...

To my new friends and allies...thank you for making my first trip to London something truly magical. It was better than I imagined and I can't express my sincerest appreciation for being such great friends. I loved seeing the way you all pulled together and created a network all your own...a network based on helping each other, giving feedback, and promising to make big changes in your lives. I'm so proud and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you! Much love and appreciation... j*

As a lovely recap of the day, the ever-fab Richard Wakefield of FX Films created a video of The Workshop...I can't tell you how lucky I am to have such talented friends! Check it out...

Jasmine Star - The London Workshop, July 2011 (Wedding Photography Training) from FX Films on Vimeo.

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Yuliya Callahan - That English accent is to cute !   09.15.11 - 10:18pm
Barbara Yasuhara - OMG! I cannot imagine a whole day with you but I did spent a few days with you per se through Creative LIVE, thanks. But to be in a workshop hosted by you in LONDON! Ummm fabulous!? This was a fun post, and everyone looks awesome in London right?  09.03.11 - 7:35am
hayley - I just came across this by accident, the hairpiece rachel is wearing is my own creation, this is a beautiful post.  09.01.11 - 8:41am
Mariellen - So sorry I missed this - I'm normally based in the UK but in USA at the moment. I hope to catch another one. Thank you for being so open and sharing with your advice and experience.   08.26.11 - 3:12am
Alejandra Torres - I scrolled through the comments and I didn't see anyone name that quote... "you're killing me, Small!" And if anyone did and I just didn't spot it, all I have to say that I was a huge fan of Smallville :) As I have become a huge fan of yours. You've inspired me and I hope to be just as fabulous as you someday. Thanks Chica! For all your great advice and tips.  08.17.11 - 12:40pm
Wedding Snapper - Looks fabulous Jasmine. Next stop Australia?!  08.15.11 - 4:42pm
Lynne McSweeney - great work shop great models. i guess Im abit bias as Dan is my nephew. what a good looking couple. good one Jasmine.  08.09.11 - 11:00pm
Jillian Tree - Jasmine, looks like another amazing workshop! Can I volunteer myself & my hubby to be the models for your next US workshop? Because we will literally fly from Florida to do it. Seriously. Let me know :):)  08.03.11 - 8:47am
Erin Oveis Brant - Awww love the video!! Looks like it was a blast and a total success (duh)!! And now I want hot pink hair...   07.30.11 - 7:36pm
Ana Sofia - You are so pretty Jasmine. JD is a blessed man. :)  07.29.11 - 3:29am
Julie - Looks like yet another fabulous event and the photos are gorgeous, as always. But I have to say, the outtakes at the end of the video were my favorite part. :-)  07.28.11 - 3:40pm
Derek Martinez - Love it! Looks like a great time.   07.27.11 - 6:10pm
JessicaLee - me + your workshop = next year! I'm soo there :) haha **If you ever want to come to the East coast, I'd be happy to help you plan!  07.27.11 - 3:27pm
Kristin Nicole - Gorgeous as always  07.27.11 - 1:34pm
Corlis Gray - Wish I could have been to this one! Love hearing you speak Jasmine. And getting to shoot next to you would be amazing.  07.27.11 - 11:46am
Julieann - Hey girl YOU CAN BUY ELDERBERRY EXTRACT HERE! it is VERY good for your immune system. You can only buy it in powder or elixr form but if you drink it once a week YOU WON'T GET SICK! I've been COLD AND FLU FREE for 300 days and counting and I WORK IN A HOSPITAL! :D  07.27.11 - 11:31am
Ria Mishaal - Jasmine, thank you. Thank you. Thank you. It rocked :)  07.27.11 - 7:07am
Falcon - That video was amazing and totally made me want to take the Workshop! Come to NYC! xx  07.27.11 - 6:22am
Shauna - I can't believe another workshop has come and gone. It seems like just yesterday we all met in the OC! You're awesome, thanks for sharing!  07.27.11 - 5:45am
Jessica Sweeney - Lucky London! And well done you. It's no small feat to bring a group of people together and get them to accomplish something, as well as give them something to walk away with. PS I love elderberry juice!  07.26.11 - 11:20pm
cassandra-m - Sorry I've been MIA, but what an awesome post to come back to! Congrats on your amazing workshop in London! So happy and PROUD of u & JD! Much love from savannah!  07.26.11 - 10:23pm
Gail - So ridiculously proud of you girl (not that you need one more friend to tell you they're proud of you, but fo REAL, go ON with it! ;) ) PS - Was there no way to dub your voiceover with your awesome faux British accent? 'Cause I KNOW you've been working on it!   07.26.11 - 9:06pm
jessica vidmar - Jasmine, you are awesome : )  07.26.11 - 7:44pm
Bianca - Jasmine, you make me WANT so much to push the envelope and make my dreams a reality. To attend a Jasmine Star workshop is a big dream for a girl from a small island nation, but after seeing how utterly amazing this workshop looks and sounds i'm determined to be there the next time you make it side of the world. I CANT WAIT.  07.26.11 - 7:18pm
Christa - Love the video :)  07.26.11 - 6:31pm
Stephanie Rose - Beautiful! That gown is sooo dreamy.   07.26.11 - 5:19pm
DENISE NOONE - I think it would be great if you bottle the inspiration you gave each and every one of us at the workshop. Your enthusiasm is gob-smacking (another quaint english phrase!). Don't ever change. Thanks to both you and JD.   07.26.11 - 4:59pm
Agi Magyar - PLEASE COME TO AUSTRALIA!   07.26.11 - 4:19pm
Emma Gardiner - So glad you had a fab time over here Jasmine! Lovely of you to bring over a little Californian sunshine too!  07.26.11 - 3:32pm
jeramy - i think i need to go to one of your workshops just for the food. it always looks SO YUMMY!  07.26.11 - 3:07pm
Richard Wakefield - Jasmine: your photos are jaw-droppingly good, and lovin the blog entry too! Do come back to the UK ok :) Lauren: my cousin is honestly called Lauren Wakefield! She lives in the UK and has worked on all the Harry Potter maybe you can see yourself in the credits, haha!  07.26.11 - 2:37pm
Molly - Beautiful couple and I love love the video!  07.26.11 - 2:17pm
gladys jem - you're amazing jasmine! love that video, and the photos. im sure the brits totes loved you! why wouldn't they? ;)  07.26.11 - 2:15pm
LEOLAK - Love this post! That video...awesomeness! Love the blooper reel! That staircase picture...swoon!!! They have awesome stilo too! Glad to see all was a I knew it would be.   07.26.11 - 1:09pm
Lauren Wakefield - Richard Wakefield! I bet we're related! Long lost second cousin maybe??  07.26.11 - 12:58pm
Amy Arrington - Love these!   07.26.11 - 12:22pm
Eva - Check out IKEA's grocery section, that's where I get my elderberry fix!  07.26.11 - 12:11pm
Kellie Michelle - Jasmine- every part of what you do is nothing short of extraordinary and beautiful. Thank you for sharing your journey and being willing to teach others.   07.26.11 - 12:01pm
Lucy Gregory - Such a fantastic video and such a fantastic day!! Thank you a million times for coming over to us :) You are both wonderfully amazing and we all love you.... just a little bit.... ;)  07.26.11 - 12:01pm
Jamie - Although I can't complain about attending the workshop in OC, there's something so much cooler about London, I wish I could have gone! And Kat is adorable, I secretly wish she would be my Photography BFF (along with you and JD, of course). ps. you look gorgeous in the video!  07.26.11 - 11:42am
JaNicki Photography - oh my, same thing just happened to my husband. after an EKG, it's all stress! I'll tell him about the breathing technique!  07.26.11 - 11:26am
Sarah Jaeger - Great post and awesome video! It was great to get a little peek into how the day went. I hope I get to be a part of these one day! Thanks for being fabulous!  07.26.11 - 11:20am
Mikaela - oh my!! this post, these images, that styling, make my heart swoon. not to mention your video :) xo!  07.26.11 - 11:19am
Barbara - When I first saw you were holding a workshop in London, I was indescribably sad cause I wasn’t able to go... So I decided to make a “Jasmine Star piggy bank” – when you decide to come “across the pond” again, I’ll be waiting :) Don’t make me wait too long...   07.26.11 - 11:04am
Becca - I totally thought I had a heart attack when I was 22. Carried aspirin around too and when the doctor told me it wasn't my heart, instead of feeling like a drama queen, I was a drama queen and went for a second opinion. It still wasn't my heart (it was my gallbladder, though). Then I felt this weird combination of foolish and vindicated (the other doctor told me it was heart burn).  07.26.11 - 10:58am
Jodie Lemke - I love it!! haha I loooveee the bloopers ! you are so cute girl! Looks like alot of fun and wish i could have been there! one day i will make it to one of your workshops! Its on my bucket list! :P  07.26.11 - 10:51am
anda - Love your workshop, love the video, love YOU.  07.26.11 - 10:41am
Amy - This looks like an AMAZING day - we so wanted to attend, please come back soon. I was just watching (for the third time) your last creativeLIVE course. Felt like I needed a little Jasmine confidence boost.  07.26.11 - 10:34am
Caroline Nicholson - Jasmine and JD - you rock! Love the post, LOVE the video and LOVE your work. You are both such wonderful people and it was a privelege to be part of your first UK workshop - here's hoping it's the first of many - Jasmine your British accent was too good not to use it again - so come back soon!   07.26.11 - 10:30am
Mikkel - Really cute video, Jasmine! Thanks for sharing. I'm jealous you were in London! I got to go for 2 days and it wasn't enough time. I just want to go back!  07.26.11 - 10:26am
Marissa Rodriguez - This is so wonderful! Congrats on your London workshop and I am LOVIN' the video at the end! Keep doing your thang' girlfriend! :)  07.26.11 - 10:25am
Delia - Thank you over and over again! You made my wish come true, I feel so privilaged to have met you, spend a day with you and learned from you. You truly reflect your brand...fabulous ;)   07.26.11 - 10:09am
jeramy - looks fantastic. glad everything went well.  07.26.11 - 10:02am
Angel Pion - oohhh wonderful When a workshops in Paris. I promise to works my english for that !!!   07.26.11 - 9:55am
Nessa K - I've started so many emails to you, Jasmine, talking about anxiety. I'm not sure why, though -- I suffer from occasional panic attacks and anxiety and for some reason, I really felt like you were kindred in that respect. I get all caught up in the timeline of the wedding day and making sure things are happening when they should be that I can't do anything but drink a ton of water, put on a smile, and power through. I'm so glad you had fun at your workshop. It looks like it was an amazing time. =)   07.26.11 - 9:52am
ReginaMarie - I get stressed (and panicked) about the littlest things. LOL... At least yours is over BIG things! hope you had a great time. I'd totally LOVE to get to make it to a workshop one day! Let me know if you make it to southern FL!!! If my boat's better together by then, I'll even take you out sailing. <3  07.26.11 - 9:45am
Jeff Dostalek - Awesome video. I love your photography. I could only hope to spend a day with you learning how to capture such a beautiful moment. Congratulations of a great workshop. :)  07.26.11 - 9:45am
Janet Mohapi-Banks - You are very welcome. My Rose cake is loved by many so I hope you loved her too. The day looked like it was fabulous and your photography is absolutely gorgeous.  07.26.11 - 9:40am
Emily Dobson - Love love LOVE the bloopers! I watch them and think, yep, we could be best friends. So one day, when I come to workshop, be prepared. We'll be B.F.F.E.s.  07.26.11 - 9:39am
Nicky Chadwick-Buckley - Would love to have been at this workshop to see your take on the world of wedding photography - it looked awesome! x  07.26.11 - 9:38am
Cathie Heart - Thank you soooo much for visit Brit land! I finally had one of my wishes come true and your advice is invaluable. Ps. I adore the blooper real <3  07.26.11 - 9:34am
LaRissa - I LOVE it! Can't wait until I can make one of your workshops!!  07.26.11 - 9:33am
fiona kelly photography - I am so going to be there for your next one (which if the comments from this one seem anything to go by will definitely be happening!) Looks like an amazing day and Jasmine Star seems like such a fabulous lady. An inspiration and I look forward to getting the chance to attend one in the future fiona x  07.26.11 - 9:31am
Emma - This workshop was amazing! I learnt so much from you and JD! I am just sad because the day went so fast! Thanks again for making the trip across the pond to inspire us!  07.26.11 - 9:31am
Damaris Mia - Aw! Looks like a ton of fun! Not sure what that food is but it sure looks yummy!  07.26.11 - 9:31am
Sam Coran - Wow! Awesome! any chance you'll do a workshop here in Dubai? :)   07.26.11 - 9:26am
miguel angel photography - Ahhhh... I need to start looking for my piggybank to save for you next workshop you rock girl. C(:  07.26.11 - 9:23am
Tanya De Leeuw - Looks like a blast was had by everyone! Wondering if you're ever coming up here to do a workshop ... Calgary, maybe, or Vancouver? Signed up for your newsletter to stay in the loop!  07.26.11 - 9:22am
Cristina Rossi - It has been an incredible experience and I have loved every minute of it! The video is FAB and I know I will keep watching it a few times...Thank you once again for being fabulous! xxx  07.26.11 - 9:21am
Gabby / En Route Photography - I've just seen Kat's review of the event too and I stay melted in my chair ever since.... this must have been one of the most gorgeous workshops ever! I hope I can make it next time you hop over the pond! ;) xxx  07.26.11 - 9:19am
sherri lynn - Looks like an amazing workshop! I love the couple and the details of the shoot!  07.26.11 - 9:18am
Lily - love love love. Thank you for sharing - what a great video, too, FX! Now I'm starving after seeing all that yummy food...  07.26.11 - 9:16am
Maria (aka Mavi) - Everything looked amazing, J*. Made me miss our January workshop. Love the video and the bloopers ;) Hope our paths cross again some day. Air kisses!  07.26.11 - 9:15am
Eileen - I am so jealous. I want to attend one of your workshops sooooooo much!  07.26.11 - 9:13am
autumn Teesdale-Dash Photo - Looks so fun! I am saving my money so I can jump on your next workshop you host in the US!!  07.26.11 - 9:10am
Carrie - Such an amazing couple of days. Such a great blogpost. That film is BRILLIANT - I'll be watching it again and again! Thank you again Jasmine and JD for such an experience. x  07.26.11 - 9:08am
Life with Kaishon - That drink is so pretty.  07.26.11 - 9:05am
donna good - good for you honey. your Star is on the rise!!!  07.26.11 - 9:04am
kat - rocknrollbride - how many times can i say thank you thank you thank you for coming to London and making my dreams come true!   07.26.11 - 9:04am
Sue Gauthier - Jaz ~ You're truly incredible no matter where you find yourself on this earth!  07.26.11 - 9:02am
Laura Stricklin - LOVE!!!!  07.26.11 - 9:01am
Dana - looks like you all had a wonderful time! how awesome! and you are just too adorable in the video out-takes!!! ;) xo  07.26.11 - 8:58am