Reaching and Touching

I'm such a sucker for good marketing. No, I'm not into commercials or slogans, but I love good marketing when I see it.

Just Do It.
Got Milk?
Think Different.

When I was a child, AT&T launched its Reach Out and Touch Someone campaign and--even after all these years--the words have always stuck.

As a full-time photographer, I find myself alone more than I find myself interacting with others. I love working from home and the silence of my work space, but there are times when my desk--complete with its myriad of colorful post-its and a bottle of water--feels lonely. Polo keeps me company and even though I know he understands me when I speak to him (sort of, anyway), he just snuggles up next to my legs and naps most of the day away. I call JD at least 1,762 times a day, but it's still not a true substitute for human interaction.

A couple nights ago, myself, Jessica Claire, Marisa Holmes, and Kelly (Marisa's good friend) got together for dinner in Laguna Beach. We dined on the rooftop of Mozambique and if it wasn't for the continuous music of U2 playing in the background, we might have heard the waves crashing. It was an amazing evening! Not merely because of the great company, but because we were able to simply connect. The whole reach-out-and-touch-someone feeling, if you will. We spoke about life, business, and--ahem--boys, and when the time came for us to go our separate ways, we realized we needed to do it more often.

If you're a photographer right now and you're wondering about the last time you went out with some friends, it's been too long. If you haven't spoken to your best friend in over a week, it's been too long. If you've spent more hours in front of the computer than you have been away from it, you need to go out and smell the roses. Or the salty Laguna Beach sea air.

Reach Out and Touch Someone!


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Kay English - Great advice! I have a full time job and sometimes with I could do photography full time, but I know I would miss interaction with people too much. It's great to have photographer friends! :)  07.29.09 - 8:20am
Lindsay - I know I am totally out of date responding to this post nearly a year after it was written but I just found your blog the other day and I'm slowly catching up! While I'm not a photographer (yet!) and I share an office with other people I spend nearly all of my day staring at a computer screen and having very little interaction with people...something I really struggle with. I need to laugh more and spend more time with friends. Good job I'm off to a comedy club tonight!   08.21.08 - 6:51am
Tracy - The last paragraph of your blog entry struck home.....I've been processing my life away. It has been too long for all of those things on the list. Oh, how I wish I could strike a balance between processing and living life !!! I know this is an old post, but I was reading back through your blog (which I love, btw....). Ok. Enough of this. Tonight I'm off to do......whatever.... :) Thanks J*  05.31.08 - 8:02am
marisa holmes - i had so much fun! we have to do it again soon!  10.04.07 - 4:09pm
Amanda Padgham - Amen to that! I think a girls night is on the horizon for me. Thanks for reminding me!!!  10.03.07 - 2:40am
Sarah - So true... after about hour 5, my eyes glaze over and then when my hubby gets home I can't see him so clearly. :) Breaks for friends, food and sunlight do wonders.  10.01.07 - 6:23pm
cassandra m - weird...i think i just read about myself...in front of the computer...a bottle of water and mocha curled up in his bed napping the day away...ha.ha. your post made me want to just jump in the car, take the 20 min drive to the beach and smell the salty air and then come home. good point about taking a break...thanks for the reminder. remember all work no play makes us miserable...ha.ha.  10.01.07 - 4:01pm
Chantal Stone - Ahhh!! I totally FEEL this post, Jasmine. Connection is what its all about :)  10.01.07 - 3:24pm
Simply Modern Weddings - nice post...so very true. I spend hours in front of my computer and rarely get a chance to get out with friends!  10.01.07 - 3:03pm
Amy Martin - That restaraunt sounds yummy :) Way to reach out and connect!   10.01.07 - 12:34pm
Rebekah - kevin! i do all my editing at panera:) thats where I am right at this moment! and jasmine, I admire your desire and longing for more than just the day to day...but for the investments into relationships. they are truly what make the difference at the end of the day!  10.01.07 - 11:38am
Kevin Keith - Amen to that. It can get lonely editing photos with noone else around, especially when you don't have a family of your own. I enjoy going to Panera (free WiFi) to do my work just to keep me from going crazy. Time with friends is so valueable to me. I need at least 1-2 nights a week with them. It is easy to get caught up in your work. Thanks for the reminder. I enjoy reading your blog Jasmine! -Kevin Keith www.kevinkeithweddings.com  10.01.07 - 10:05am
Justine Ungaro - I wish Oliver would sit by my feet but he prefers the couch. And as for my workspace, you'd have to ask Gary about the graveyard of water bottle caps. :)  10.01.07 - 8:27am
Tanya Perez - You all look beautiful in this pic.   10.01.07 - 6:15am
jackie - I definitely know what you mean! You couldn't have put it any better!  09.30.07 - 10:11pm
Brian Khang - I love it down there in Laguna. You guys picked a pefect place to have dinner. Oh geez.. now I have that theme song stuck in my head.. great!!  09.30.07 - 9:24pm
Shy - ugh... bummed I couldnt make it to hang out with the HOT girls of OC :( I KNEW I'd kick myself for missing this :(  09.30.07 - 9:04pm
Gloria Mesa - Hello, I think you are totally right!!! We are spending to much time in fronm of the monitor... Thanks   09.30.07 - 9:04pm
jessica claire - we are so hot.  09.30.07 - 8:39pm
Michael Blanchard - What a great post... I bet A LOT of people feel this way. I do photography, but also work at a restaurant 4 days a week and tomorrow I start school full time. It seems like I'm always doing something... Finally today I said enough-is-enough! I took the day off work and went to the Red Sox game with my friends. We sat in the front row, ate great food, laughed and had a great day! Cheers!  09.30.07 - 8:11pm
david baxter - so true. today i actually took a break ( i probably shouldn't have) and took the kids to the zoo and watched a football game. even did some work around the house, which oddly was relaxing. great post jasmine!  09.30.07 - 7:25pm
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