A Year In Review : 2007

ow…I don’t even know how to begin this post. Where should I begin? I feel like I’m trying to write something prolific in my best friend’s high school yearbook…so much to say, yet finding the right words is nearly impossible.

2007 has been a year of memories. Some good, some bad, most absolutely fabulous. I think back to the person I was this time last year and I want cry. No, literally, I want to cry. Had I known what God had in store for me, perhaps I wouldn’t have been so worried, so consumed with learning everything and leaving no photography book unread. I’ve been so incredibly blessed and I owe everything to my amazing clients, for without whom my dream catching would be impossible.

If you’re a loyal blog reader, you’ll know that JD and I often photograph each other while we’re shooting. I’ve posted some pretty heinous pictures of myself gettin’ down and diiiirty for the shot…[not-so] thankfully, JD was there to catch me in action. I think we shot close to 400 images of us shooting this year, so instead of hiding them away (I seriously debated tossing the entire file for fear of being extradited to Loserville), I decided to put together a slideshow. Ya know, just to solidify the fact that I’m unbearably cool.

Eat your heart out, Tyra Banks…

...Yes, I know I have the flash on my camera pointing upward...but I wasn't using it...during the reception, we ran outside for a few shots before we lost the sun. And I left my flash on. I wanted to address this before I got not-so-friendly comments! :)

You will see this pose as a reoccurring theme in the slideshow...don't ask me why...I just ALWAYS hold my two fingers up. It's like, dude, am I a tourist at a wedding or what?!

To view the Behind The Scenes Slideshow CLICK HERE for a good laugh! :)

On a more serious note, I want to thank my family for their never ending support throughout this crazy year, my best friends for sacrificing so much of their time to accommodate my schedule, and, most importantly, JD for allowing me to spread my wings and pursue my passion. I love you all SOOOOO much!

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Sean McLellan - #1 is rockin'  01.27.08 - 4:43pm
Couple Studios - Hillarious!!! Loved it!  01.03.08 - 4:30am
Armin - That's the BEST slideshow evah! Love it! Behind-the-scenes stuff is da bomb!  12.21.07 - 4:22pm
Sarah Quiara - You're so freakin' cute. Peace! :)  12.21.07 - 2:33pm
Carolina - How cute are you? You seem like so much fun!  12.20.07 - 5:28pm
ashley - you two just scream fun! the inspiration i get from you two is just amazing- cheers to 2008!  12.18.07 - 8:53am
Chris - LOVE it. What an awesome slideshow....I'm inspired to have more fun together with my wife when we shoot! Thanks for the great reminder and inspiration to love life and live it to the fullest.  12.17.07 - 10:04pm
Melissa E Earle - I actually watched the entire slideshow! You guys are so cute together...and I love how touristy you are in the midst of "weddings?!" It is way too funny! I love how JD photographs with you...I guess I didn't realize that he does, Love that part of your relationship!!! Cheerio -Melissa E Earle  12.17.07 - 9:54pm
jenniferL - loved the slideshow!! thanks for sharing your outtakes.  12.17.07 - 1:23pm
melissa "the new" stava - i mean seriously...did you see how hot my husband looks in that pic from our wedding? woo hoo!!   12.17.07 - 7:48am
ASHLEY MCNAMARA - THAT WAS SO FUN!!! Can't wait to see what you guys come up with next year. :)  12.17.07 - 7:47am
ricki Ford - That rocked thats what I like to see more of you and JD. Really cool stuff!!  12.17.07 - 5:33am
Lulee - Can you puhleeeeeeze photography my wedding??? I just need you there--I swear, I'm going to cry if you say no!!  12.16.07 - 3:57pm
Linda - That slideshow makes me wish my amazing husband was shooting by my side. You love, playfulnees and joy in each other and your work shine through. Merry Christmas and the best to you both in 2008.   12.16.07 - 2:24pm
kristine - your slideshow was SO FUN to watch!!! haha that was awesome! so glad youve found PASSION in your line of work! thats hard to do nowadays! =)  12.16.07 - 8:58am
jen - Two people never made photography look so cool! I feel like I look very 'dorky' when shooting, but you guys looks so NOT dorky - you are both adorable and you are a daily inspiration to me! Hope to meet you one day! Enjoy the holidays!   12.16.07 - 3:09am
Terrica - I love these! Feels like we are all there in the mix with you!  12.16.07 - 2:03am
Shannon Post - Oh, you guys are adorable - you both have the best smiles! Great idea to save the files and you are so lucky to be able to share this with each other (photography). Thanks again for sharing!  12.15.07 - 7:15pm
nicole green - these are so funny! i love it! :) dan and i have a ton like this as well but i look like TOTAL crap! i don't think i could ever post them. you are the best. :)  12.15.07 - 11:49am
Jill Higgins - and your husband are so cute! :)  12.15.07 - 11:44am
Doug - I don't get it - what's wrong with the flash pointed straight up? As long as you have the diffusion dome on there you get that easy/neat "bare bulb" lighting effect that doesn't scream, "ON CAMERA FLASH." Keep on keepin' on.   12.15.07 - 6:44am
Dawn - I love all of the pictures! You and JD are so adorable, and such amazing photographers. I love number 6 especially! Good luck in 2008!  12.15.07 - 6:21am
Donna - OH Jaz that was just great! It is just truly a blessing that you and JD have the same interest and are able to work together and support each other. It is wonderful to see! I wish you even more success in 2008! Thanks for sharing!  12.15.07 - 5:42am
kymberli q. - Oh my gosh - this was great! You are so beautiful and sooo 'real', it's amazing. Thanks for sharing the 'behind the scenes' with everyone! It was awesome! LOVE the shot of your hubby behind the bride smiling with the fingers - that is too cute!  12.14.07 - 11:36pm
Fred Egan - You two make me SMILE!  12.14.07 - 10:06pm
Jasmine C. - I loved the slideshow and the photos even more than I love the song! You two look like you have so much fun with what you do. :) I'm so happy that 2007 was such a huge blessing for you. I can only imagine what God has in store for you in 2008!  12.14.07 - 9:32pm
Brian Khang - hahaha.. that was so great. thanks for sharing that. you and JD look like your having a blast at the weddings!!  12.14.07 - 7:29pm
Tira - Ohhh Jasmine! What a fun slideshow! Thanks for sharing that with all of us. It shows so many things about you. 1. That you absolutely love what you do, 2. You love all of your clients, and 3. You and J.D. are so in love and are a fabulous team. Can't wait to meet you someday. Blessings!   12.14.07 - 7:23pm
cassandra m - you are so funny and goofy...I LOVE IT. looks like you & JD have a blast when shooting together. i could feel the fun as i watched the slideshow. keep on rockin and keep on inspiring. many blessings will come your way. ;)  12.14.07 - 7:17pm
Jasmine* - Thanks, friends, for all your lovely feedback! We're blessed to do what we love...and it's quite evident we have a lot of fun too! Hi Juliann! Yes, I'm sure you totally remember me posing in front of their car...I looked like such a bafoon! But I had such a fun time being myself! :D Thanks for stopping by my blog!  12.14.07 - 6:56pm
patti miller - oh my gosh thank you so much for posting these!! I can't tell you how fun that was to watch! You guys are an amazing team!! Bless you both and keep on rockin' it!!   12.14.07 - 5:21pm
Juliann - Hey Jasmine! Those are cool cameo pics of you and JD. I like the one with you photographing the bride lying down. In the slideshow, I totally remember seeing you pose in front of Nicole & Aaron's cool retro car.  12.14.07 - 4:48pm
Lauri & Mikey - Hellooo! Lauri & Mikey here :-) You two are the funnest ever! We are just so psyched for you guys to shoot our wedding in August! Yaaay! :-)  12.14.07 - 4:29pm
Julie Avina - you guys are too cute!!! Miss ya.....Merry Christmas and God Bless  12.14.07 - 3:42pm
david & kimi b - loved it!!!!! even your goofin around shots are KILLER!!   12.14.07 - 3:37pm
kerri mcconnell - what a great way to document your time together... i personally am a big fan of the shot with just the elbow... LOL :)  12.14.07 - 1:57pm
Jeanette - What a fun one of my favorites! It tickles my heart to see the shots of you and your hubby together!! Congrats on a fabulous year!! ;)   12.14.07 - 1:35pm
WeddingWire Blog - Love the action shots. Great to see you're having so much fun at these weddings.  12.14.07 - 12:53pm
Gerry Blake - I love it, you guys ROCK!!!  12.14.07 - 12:44pm
angel swanson - you guys are SO dang cute! i loved this slideshow :-)  12.14.07 - 12:29pm
Tiffany - thanks for sharing these pictures! it's great seeing you both enjoying what you do!  12.14.07 - 12:27pm
Dave Richards - Hah, love it!! Great post Jasmine ;)  12.14.07 - 12:26pm
Jeanine - AWWWSOME, this was just so cute. I've I ever grow up I want to be you.  12.14.07 - 12:16pm
Amy Martin - This made me smile... and laugh... and smile some more :) I loves it!   12.14.07 - 12:13pm
Carlie - your silly.. but of course a COOL silly.  12.14.07 - 12:05pm
cesar perez - WoW how fun! I love the slideshow. Man you guys look hot at your weddings. Me and tanya need to go get some new threads!  12.14.07 - 12:01pm
brianna - i LOVE you and i am IN LOVE with your husband...he's the best. congrats on such an amazing year, nobody deserves it more.  12.14.07 - 11:50am
ScotWharton - That picture of JD holding the bride's dress, made me laugh. Being a second shooter, I can TOTALLY relate to that one! -- JD ROCKS!  12.14.07 - 11:49am
Janey - You two are so incredibly cute and you deserve every sweet moment of your success! Have the BEST holiday EVER! xoxo  12.14.07 - 11:26am
korey - You are so beautiful and wonderful and grateful and modest and's refreshing! But I have to admit that whenever you refer to yourself as looking unattractive at any time and in any way, I giggle. Impossible, I say!  12.14.07 - 11:21am
Jonilyn - You guys are so goofy and adorable!  12.14.07 - 11:16am
Johanna - These are sooo cute! I love the one of you as a tourist at a wedding! So orginal ;0]  12.14.07 - 10:39am
Taeler - I Love it!   12.14.07 - 10:30am
Stacy - I have only had the pleasure of reading your blog for a week, but I adore the tone of you!! If that makes sense. Your pictures are beautiful and your story is BEYOND inspirational!! Congratulations on a wonderful year and the slideshow is adorable!  12.14.07 - 10:27am
alicia - SUCH a fun treat jasmine! It's always exciting to hear your stories but even more exciting to actually see you in action! I just wanted to let you know as a blogreader I've thoroughly enjoyed following you as your career flourished this past year. I wish you nothing but the best in 2008 (when i can book you for my 2009 wedding) and beyond!!  12.14.07 - 10:16am
Dennis - Jasmine - this was great. Congrats on a great year and good luck in '08. I can only hope that mine is as good as your was this year. thanks...  12.14.07 - 10:11am
Gail - Jasmine, That slideshow was too cute! And definitely the sweet little pick-me-up I needed in my work day - a reminder to keep plugging away at the day job to, hopefully one day, find the happiness of doing what I love more!!!  12.14.07 - 10:05am
Trista - omg...that slideshow was soooo awesome! How wonderful to have shared such a great year with your significant second shooter :-)   12.14.07 - 9:57am
gabriel ryan - i have seen fingers in frame before, but an ELBOW... how in the heck did you manage that!?!? awesome! and the picture with the stained-glass-savior rocks!  12.14.07 - 9:55am
Jennifer Elaine - Awesome slideshow Jas:)   12.14.07 - 9:30am
Amy - You rock! I know part of the reason God blesses you so much is because you dump all that blessing right back onto others. Thank you for blessing me this year and I can't wait to see all the wonderful things God has for you next year!  12.14.07 - 9:23am
Simply Modern Weddings - all the "action" shots! You are such a nerd, but a very cool nerd! On a serious note, you are wonderful at what you do and I only see that making your career flourish even more!! You ROCK!  12.14.07 - 9:19am
Mark Brooke - so you ARE human! LOL! That was Awesome!  12.14.07 - 9:18am
Kenny Kim - regarding your 2 finger pose: haha you must have some asian blood in you. :-) All asians pose like that. Seems like you are really growing as a photographer. Congrats on a great year!  12.14.07 - 9:17am