Starbox Lunch : 3

eople often underestimate the time a wedding photographer spends alone. The only moments I have human interaction in an average day is when I go to the gym and I’m ashamed to admit I see my fellow workout-a-holics more than I see my own family. I spend my day firmly planted behind my computer and while I absolutely LOVE what I do, I also miss the touch, sights, and sounds of a regular job. This is probably why I call JD 372 times a day.

Wha’cha doin’!?!
Oh, you know…this little thing called WORK…
Pffft! Okay, so I totally forgot to tell you that The Hills is starting again soon

And I also forgot to tell you that I need a pedicure
Uh huuuuh
And for lunch, I grilled soy chicken and veggies…and it was delish!

This is very much how a mid-day conversation with me will sound. Totally.Enthralling.

So you could just imagine how torturous life is when JD is away! He’s in Austin, Texas, but yesterday ten amazing people filled his shoes. Because, really, JD’s shoes are really hard to fill! ;)

Yesterday, I hosted my Third Ever Starbox Lunch! Woohoo! If you’d like to read about the last two, you can Click Here for a review. I love arranging these lunches because it’s a great way to meet new photographers and create an opportunity for people to network and build friendships. I LOVE IT! Every time I think the lunches can’t get any better, they do! Yesterday was a total blast…at least I had a good time…I hope everyone else felt the same way! ;)

We met at Buca Di Beppo in Irvine and, because of the size of our group, were seated at the notorious Pope Table. I somehow managed to sit at the center of the table with a picture of the Pope giving his blessing right above my head…I must’ve looked totally vain sitting in that chair, but I SWEAR it was an accident. Everyone must’ve thought was completely vain and conceited…either that or totally holy! Thank you to my new friends for not holding my chair choice against me...and providing the touch, sights, and sounds that I sometimes miss.

Top Row: Serena Grace Photography, Araxi Photography, Kymberli of Webbed Foot Photography, Ann Pasquini Photography, Danielle Reedy, Molly Yarchin of Luminaire Images
Bottom Row: Micah Gilmore Photography, Kat Willcox Photogaphy, Jasmine Star Photography, Sarah K. Chen Photography, and Jasmine Marie Photography

If anyone has snapshots from lunch, feel free to send them my way and I'll add them here...well, on the condition that I don't look completely heinous talking with my mouth full or something like that! ;)

I don't have another lunch planned soon, but as soon as I get one going, I'll be sure to blog about it and accept requests...please note, I cannot respond to Starbox emails until then. Thanks in advance for understanding! :)

EDITED TO ADD: Here's a couple pictures Serena caught of me dying of embarrassment as I sat in the Pope Chair

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kay english - Sweet! When is your next one??  07.31.09 - 8:53am
Kristin - I wanna come I wanna come!  03.03.08 - 10:15pm
Jasmine* - @Samantha: No, I don't send out invitations...although it would be cute! :) People have invited me to lunch in the past, so I archived their emails and created a contact list. From that list, I created an email invite for lunch. And, no, I've never met any of them before! :)  02.28.08 - 6:57am
Mel Watson - hahaha... I call my husband at his "real" job absurd amounts of time to tell him nothing at all. In desperation I plead "I need human contact..." it does no good when he hears this daily. So I go back to work... and talk to my dog. She is an exceptional listener and loves when the hills are on! Bless you for being a little crazy just like me ;)   02.25.08 - 7:00pm
samantha - Hey Jasmine! How do you go about arranging the lunch? Do you send out paper/email invites, etc.?? This is a great idea! Do you know any of these photogs before you meet for lunch? How do you know who they are? Sorry for the simple questions. : ) I'd just love to try this and get to know other photogs in my area as well.  02.25.08 - 4:07pm
Jasmine* - @Lisa: It's funny...I don't view these awesome photogs as 'competition', but as peers. As friends. I want them to succeed just as much as I want myself to succeed. It raises the entire industry as a whole when we're all actively lifting each other up. Besides, there's only one me and thousands of weddings here in the OC...there's enough for all of us! :)  02.25.08 - 12:40pm
Lisa - So, you actually host a lunch with your competition? I think that is awesome! :)  02.25.08 - 12:30pm
mark and Candice Brooke - Star box Lunches Rock like its 1999!  02.25.08 - 8:13am
Blair Helms - Jasmine! I cant wait till I could be part of one of these lunches! Sounds great - I will be watching for the next post about it! xoxo  02.25.08 - 8:03am
Danielle - Jasmine~Thanks for including me. It is always great to see you. You are the best!  02.24.08 - 11:22pm
Amanda Auer - Jasmine, I know exactly what you mean about tangible, human contact! Sometimes it's hours into my day before I open my mouth and actually speak! I feel you- glad that you have an outlet in others meeting for lunch, and a best friend for a husband. We are on the same page!  02.23.08 - 9:17pm
Tanya Jose - So I just wanted to say that if you are EVER in Seattle for ANYTHING at all...i'd LOVE to have lunch with you...MY TREAT! :)  02.23.08 - 6:56pm
christina LeMar - We have buca here too and it soooo yummy!! It cracks me up about their different rooms!   02.23.08 - 6:12pm
Emily DeWan - What a great idea! I do lots of one-on-one lunch dates, but a big group sounds fun! It's definitely good to get out and be social!  02.23.08 - 1:53pm
Caitlin Domanico Photography - Looks like a great time! Too bad you're across the country....I'd crash it:)  02.23.08 - 8:40am
Jasmine C. - I had such a wonderful time. Thanks for having us. It was such a pleasure to finally meet you and the others. I learned a lot! Love the shots Serena caught too. Priceless!  02.22.08 - 9:56pm
david baxter - it's as if that creepy guy in the background knows when you're going to have lunch. weird. :) glad to see you still make time for these jasmine. thank you for being you.   02.22.08 - 9:08pm
Ginger - Ha! I'm glad I'm not the only one callin her husband! Mine says, "... yeah, can we talk about this when I get home? I'd love to hear about it then..." "But... I'm lonely NOW..." ha:)  02.22.08 - 9:07pm
Stacy Cross - You should have come to Austin too!!!! Sad you didn't, but looks like you had fun! :)  02.22.08 - 8:30pm
Jamie - Jasmine, I've been stalking your blog for a while, and thought I'd better come out of hiding! ;0) I'm not a photographer, just a Momma who wants to take good enough pics of my kids growing up that they won't hate me for failing them in that department! ;0) Your blog is always a happy, fun place to visit. I love your attitude, your style, and the inspiration I get from "watching". Thanks! -Jamie in Oregon :0)  02.22.08 - 7:40pm
Trina Knudsen - Jasmine, you have a million dollar smile!  02.22.08 - 6:55pm
Tiffany Aicklen - How fun! I'll have to make the drive next time:)  02.22.08 - 3:29pm
Sean McLellan - Mel and I love Buca Di Beppo. We NEVER get the Pope table! Next time, I will *demand* the Pope table!  02.22.08 - 3:19pm
Molly - Thanks for inviting me, J! It was great to finally meet you =) PS, work that holy seating! Pope chairs are the new black.  02.22.08 - 2:59pm
Annemarie - Hi Jasmine ! I've been an admirer and lurker until now, but had to say HI! I live in Austin, and when I read that DJ was here, I said outloud "Hey! I live in Austin!". It was 66 today, so the weather is nice. Hope DJ is enjoying his time here. If I happen to run into him, I'll be sure to scare him and say HELLO! :) Have a great weekend! (PS Love Buca!)  02.22.08 - 1:17pm
Araxi - It is so obvious why so many people just love you. You are so REAL! What you see here is what you get folks! It was so much fun hanging out, learning, and meeting some really cool people! I look forward to crossing paths with everyone again. Thank you so much for doing this Jasmine! Oh and you rocked the pope chair!  02.22.08 - 11:57am
Hannah Suh - Forget about the Hills, did you catch the America's Next Top Model premiere on Wednesday? Back in New York City! I bet it's gonna be fabulous. Also, I sent you an email about it but I'll comment too. I'd love to come along on one of these things someday!   02.22.08 - 11:42am
Tanya Perez - The hills rocks!  02.22.08 - 10:59am
Tiffany - I love your whole starbox lunch concepts...looks like photographer fun! I'm loving the pope chair pics!  02.22.08 - 10:27am
Simply Modern Weddings - Sounds like fun. Look at you in the Holy Seat! :-)  02.22.08 - 10:27am
Ann - What an amazing time we had yesterday!! Apart from the WEALTH of knowledge about photog stuff, it was waaay cool to meet other photographers. I think I talked to my family for the entire hour ride back to San Diego about how excited I was and everything that I came away with. Jasmine, thank you, thank you!   02.22.08 - 9:56am
sarahkchen - hi jasmine! it was so great meeting you and the others yesterday! you're so sweet, so fun, and so giving and helpful to us n00bies! i went home feeling so much better with all the info shared and the sense of community made with others in the same boat as me. so thank you for the encouragement, the help, the relief of knowing it's hard a$$ busting work, but so rewarding and so worth it! :)   02.22.08 - 9:29am
ashley parsons - jasmine, I love that you do these lunches, and you always have such great people there! we are coming out this summer for a couple of things, maybe a starbox lunch could fall on one of the days we're there! ;)  02.22.08 - 9:13am
kymberli q. - OK, what is with my crazy smile and facial expression?! I look like I'm like "OK, whattteeevveeerrr!" Did I not know she was going to take the photo?! Lordy! :/ Anywho... I had a FABULOUS time!! So many great people and Jasmine was just too cute for words and soooo informative. I took away so many great tips for the cost of a lunch! Crazy! Jasmine, karma is going to keep coming back to you in good ways for doing things like this. Thank you so much for your time and your advice to all of us. You seriously ROCK!!!! P.S. Thanks for helping scratch #9 off my 101 list! I get to have dinner with Gabriel (Hi Gabriel! ;)) and Carlie next month (also on my #9) and I just feel blessed to be have connected with so many helpful souls. :)   02.22.08 - 8:37am
serena - also, that pope bust is kinda freaky!  02.22.08 - 8:37am
Ava - LOL...I thought I was the only one with days like yours, although I don't host lunches, it's a wonderful idea.  02.22.08 - 8:32am
serena - thanks again for lunch, jasmine! you are so sweet! oh btw, i got a picture of you in the pope chair. =P  02.22.08 - 8:30am
dawn davis - What a great idea... chalk another up to Becker! I'd love to share in this idea! Thanks for posting about it. I'm new to our blog and I just love it! Keep up the good work!!!!! ~ Dawn  02.22.08 - 8:28am
Sarah Skow - Serena-- it looks like the man in the painting has his arm on your shoulder! haha! So J* I am not from Cali, but will be visiting over spring break. Any chance you will be having another next month?  02.22.08 - 8:25am
Maegan Michel - I agree with Oscar...but I'm in the Toronto area....maybe you should come visit here too. LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!  02.22.08 - 8:13am
Oscar Lopez - I think you should come to Canada and plan some of those lunches here in Calgary. I would love to attend to one of those. Im sure i will be blogging about this too.  02.22.08 - 7:50am
Melissa Koehler - How very cool! I would love to do a lunch with ya whenever :) Have a great day  02.22.08 - 7:33am
micah - ah and the gorgeous ladies. dude, my neck and face looks chubs! as if i just ate a family sized portion all by myself! Thanks so much for hosting J, it was a blasty blast.  02.22.08 - 7:31am
gabriel ryan - i see my friends, micah and kymberli... hi you guys [<--- such a cheese ball... me that is]. its all about community, and i still keep with me something you said at starbox lunch #2... you said "just be nice." so simple, but sometimes overlooked. thanks jasmine!!!  02.22.08 - 7:30am
Gena McMillan - I wish I lived in Cali so I could join a lunch!! Your awesome J* keep sharing the wealth!  02.22.08 - 7:27am
Cheyenne Schultz - wish I lived in CA so I could come along sometime! Looks like fun!  02.22.08 - 7:24am
Eric McCarty - an appalling dearth of facial hair (and those capable of producing it) at this event.  02.22.08 - 6:59am
delores - wow.. being the first to comment is like knowing that you are at your computer typing this stuff in right now.. i know it sounds silly.. keep doing what you are doing J* i don't give comments easily.. you are great!  02.22.08 - 6:36am