05.22.08 Photography

Cleanliness, Carpets, and Craftsmen

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t’s like JD wrapped my mind in saran wrap, tied a big, red bow around it and handed it to me this morning when he said he scheduled a carpet cleaning for today. I seriously tackled him in delight. Cleanliness is such a THING for me that when my soul mate surprises me with a deluxe package, I’m like Dude, I’m seriously gonna bear you a kid for this!

I walked Polo as the cleaners worked their magic. Out of nowhere, the seemingly blue skies changed to dark grey and we were caught in a rainstorm. Wearing flip-flops, without an umbrella, in a tank top. Totally awesome.

When we returned home, Polo shook himself dry on the clean carpet. Totally Awesome. Again. If he didn’t look at me in a way that was all, Whhhhat? You would’ve done it to, I would’ve clobbered him.

The best news is that I came home to a nice treat from my album company, Leather Craftsmen, which made the day so bright! Whenever I receive new albums for clients, I squeal with excitement because it’s like the cherry on top of a 68-tiered wedding cake. Well, you know, if wedding cakes HAD cherries. With many thanks to Amy at Albumesque, the designs are clean and classic, and I SO stoked for my clients to receive them.

The furniture is still removed from our living room, so Polo and I are sprawled next to each other. He, with his squeaky frog toy, and me with my laptop. The sound of rain is soothing and my pot of vegetable soup is calling me. Life is sweet on a clean, white carpet.


This is a 12x12 Black 3500 Album


The awesome Jane decided to use a layout directly from my blog for this spread...which happens to be my favorite of the album!




Here's Mark and Tiffany's Album, which is an 11x14 Black 3500








Happy Thursday!
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Karen Mikols - PS-post your kickin album designs around here!!!!! Please? I totally wanna see MORE!  05.29.08 - 6:31am
Karen Mikols - You're gonna bear JD a child .... and have it live on WHITE carpet. You're SUCH a brave woman! :-)  05.29.08 - 6:30am
Lydia - These are so beautiful! I can't wait to make some sample albums for myself. Thanks for posting these pictures!  05.28.08 - 7:28pm
JORY CORDY - seriously rad images. the layout is great as well!  05.28.08 - 4:56pm
Hannah Suh - The images you post on your blog are amazing enough, but somehow, seeing them in these lovely albums elevates them. They absolutely look like fine art albums, something a family could treasure forever. Seriously, my jaw almost dropped looking at these images. Just beautiful. And I love love LOVE the clean simple designs. It's something that's going to stand the test of time. Thank you for sharing with us!  05.28.08 - 2:26pm
Jeff Youngren - Big ups to Amy @ Albumesque - she's incredible!! :) LOVE her.   05.28.08 - 10:52am
Erin - I rarely comment but had to come out of hiding for this post. Thank you for sharing pics of your albums. A clean + simple girl myself, I love these designs. They let the images speak for themselves. And how do I ever wish I had a Leather Craftsman album of my wedding. Truly Awesome.  05.27.08 - 11:17am
Andrea - "Dude, I'm going to bear you a kid for this!"...awesome. :)  05.26.08 - 5:06am
Greg Moss - Hi jasmine, Love your photos! for the few albums I have done I have used leather craftsman the 3500 and love the quality. Tha is a great idea I should suprise my wife with a carpet cleaning, she is the same about cleanliness and vacums every day.  05.24.08 - 10:07am
scott westerman - Hi Jasmine, Wow the album looks awesome, I currently use more traditional post bound albums but i must look into albums like these. As i have just started in the business i have done what everyone told me not to do, Start at the lower end of the price scale but i think if i bought a album like this and filled it with my best shots i could use it to upsell from the albums we currently use. Wow once again that bride and groom are going to be so so happy. Great job.  05.24.08 - 3:42am
cassandra m - Sweeeeeeeeeeet Albums! Love the story of you & polo...what a perfect day!  05.24.08 - 1:06am
Danielle - I have to agree with Iliana...You are so inspiring!   05.23.08 - 6:12pm
Ginger - flawless!  05.23.08 - 5:44pm
serena - these are so gorgeous, jasmine!  05.23.08 - 5:21pm
Iliana - Jasmine...that's all i really have to say...you are so darn inspiring!  05.23.08 - 3:28pm
Korey - Is it weird that I'm more excited for the pictures and album in some ways than the wedding day. The wedding is one day, but marriages and albums are forever! ;)  05.23.08 - 1:16pm
kelly - WOW!!!! Your albums are just fabulous! Thanks for sharing!  05.23.08 - 12:49pm
Erika Gerdemark - BEAUTIFUL JASMINE!  05.23.08 - 11:40am
Donna - These albums are awesome I can see why you would be excited!   05.23.08 - 11:10am
mike larson - Jasmine, this is awesome. I love the design and your images, its been honestly 4 months since I've been to your blog, I've been so busy building our new studio and traveling with my bride around this big big world, so i've been out of touch. but your work is getting better and better! I'm inspired by your stuff. Keep it up.  05.23.08 - 10:50am
jeanette sanchez - These albums are killer, thanks for giving us a peek! You really do set the standard for fun, fresh, and modern wedding services.  05.23.08 - 10:34am
morgan - Beautiful, clean, classic = jasmine :) Who prints your pages? I may come visit Cali soon and would love to meet up!!  05.23.08 - 9:29am
Maggie - BEAUTIFUL! Wow, wedding photography has come a loooong way! :)  05.23.08 - 8:42am
New York City Wedding Photographer - Work it out with your bad self! These are primo. I love em' great simple layout. Really captures the scale and depth of the photos. Good stuff :)   05.23.08 - 7:03am
Ronke - Jasmine you are simply amazing. You work is awesome. My only aspiration is to one day take photographs at the same level as you. Love the album design..so simple yet so elegant.   05.23.08 - 6:53am
nicole green - i cannot wait until we get the carpet cleaned here. our dog is a basset hound so he's a little smelly, which in return causes the apartment to be smelly .. not good! he's just so cute though! i can't be mad at him for smelling a little. :) haha! beautiful albums by the way!  05.23.08 - 6:28am
Furious Photographers - Wow those are some inspirational designs! I love how simple, yet elegant the books look. I use Leather Craftsmen for my wedding photography books too, but they never look as awesome as yours.  05.23.08 - 12:41am
Katie Beverley - These look so fantastic, Jasmine!!! Gorgeous!  05.22.08 - 11:32pm
m i n - Polo is very cute! My dog uses the carpet like a huge napkin to wipe his little dirty face after a good meal! O the rain~ and beautiful pictures!   05.22.08 - 11:22pm
Kristin - Wow, these are stunning!  05.22.08 - 11:06pm
kimberlee - hey j* - gorgeous albums! and i love the new look!  05.22.08 - 10:02pm
Rachel Brooke - This is beautifully classy.....I'd squeal if I got this in the mail too!!  05.22.08 - 9:52pm
ricki ford - I got 2 words for ya. Rock Star!!  05.22.08 - 9:30pm
Ryel j - Fun-ness!! Clean carpets and super sleek albums... Happy Thursday indeed!!  05.22.08 - 7:18pm
Syreena B - ok....so i get off of work today, tired, hungry, ready to relax. and i decide to check for any updates since i was going through j* withdrawl from not going on in about a week or so :/ i click the link on my favs and what do i see?....HeLlO!...NeW bLoG!......the first thing that comes to mind is W.T.H (what the HeCk...LoL) "she didnt tell me she was getting a makeova?! I wanted to go pick up the phone and press numero uno on my speed-dial and thats when I realized that i couldnt...b/c you have no flippin' clue who i am...LoL... i have been stalking your blog, somethin' like a 7 yr old to hannah montana, ForEvA now...and have yet to post OnE single comment (shame on me)...today is when I realized that if i were to run into you on the street i would probally walk up and start chattin away like we were bff's and that is when things would probally get a lil' AwKwarD! So please...allow me to introduce myself...im syreena....im a bran bran newbie to photography...and i LoVe J* PhoTgraPhy...now this is when you say...."HIIII syreena...LoL....  05.22.08 - 6:50pm
ashley o. - simply beautiful! keep it up :c)  05.22.08 - 6:31pm
Armin - Lovely albums! I just might have to give Leather Craftsman a shot!  05.22.08 - 6:13pm
mark brooke - wow these albums look awesome.   05.22.08 - 5:41pm
Cynthia - ...by the way GREAT ALBUM  05.22.08 - 5:16pm
Cynthia - OMG ~ My girlfriend & I decided to go for a morning walk/run...we both thought WONDERFUL it's not too hot nor too cold, let's roll. AND then just like it happened to you it started to poor down rain like in the days of Noah!! Goodness by the time we returned home we were SOAKING wet! Good Times  05.22.08 - 5:15pm
Cathy Crawley - I love how clean and simple these albums are. I can't wait to order from Leather Craftsmen! It's on my list.  05.22.08 - 4:51pm
Tiffany - 1) I'm so jealous you have clean carpet! I've been wanting to get that done. 2) that's awesome that you were caught in a lil rainstorm...so fun! 3) your dog is classic 4) woohoo so excited about our album!!!!  05.22.08 - 4:23pm
Regina White - These albums are awesome. But they couldn't look this great without your photos. Oh! and I love a good rain storm.  05.22.08 - 4:17pm
Jane - I canNOT wait to get this in my hands. *squeal*!!!  05.22.08 - 4:01pm
Laura Ivanova - Incredible albums! The design perfectly enhances your gorgeous images!  05.22.08 - 3:21pm
lynn - wow these are simply stunning.  05.22.08 - 3:17pm
Nena - I can't wait for the day when I get married and I get to have as Jasmine Star wedding album of my own! Now, I just need to find myself a husband! =-)  05.22.08 - 2:39pm
Rachel Dallaire - I *love* the albums. The clean and graphic look is amazing. Seriously amazing.  05.22.08 - 2:31pm
Chantal - I love clean carpets too!! :)  05.22.08 - 1:57pm
tanya jose - i too love a clean look to albums, because i feel that each image should be represented & not cluttered amongst others. i'm still in search for a company to do that for me...albumesque huh? i'll have to check that out!  05.22.08 - 1:26pm
gabriel.ryan. - can't wait for ours... so excited!  05.22.08 - 1:12pm
Vanessa Ard - I know you mentioned in another post how you like clean design for your clients. I love these samples you've shown!! The clean and simple design compliments the beautiful images you captured! So inspiring... =)  05.22.08 - 1:10pm
Charise - BEAUTIFUL albums and beautiful work to accompany your beautifully clean carpet :)  05.22.08 - 1:07pm
Dennis Urbiztondo - "Good Stuff" :^)  05.22.08 - 1:01pm
Ashley - I can't believe how fast your turnaround for that album is! Amazing. And congrats on your clean carpets! I'm just as obsessed with cleanliness as you are.  05.22.08 - 12:59pm
dj - That shot of the guys is off the hook! Wow!  05.