07.29.09 Photography

OC SmugMug Meeting : Jessica Claire

esterday I stood in a crowded room and felt an overwhelming sense of happiness. Surrounded by 235 photographers, life was good. I had the honor and pleasure of hosting the OC SmugMug Meeting with guest speaker Jessica Claire. The response was overwhelmingly positive and I look forward to future events with more great speakers.

Big props to the many people who traveled from the high desert, Los Angeles, Colorado, and Palm about dedication! :) I'm thrilled to see what the future holds, and here's a sneak peek of last night's event at the ever gorgeous Mesa Verde Country Club...

Not a bad view, eh?

Many thanks to Jeff Jochum for coming out and making the night extra special...

Here's Jessica in action sporting her Shootsac with a new cover....

Jess in action...

Happy Wednesday!
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cassandra m - Can't wait to hear more about SmugMug. I am reading everything I can find...way over here on the east coasttttttt. lol.  08.04.09 - 1:16am
Adam - Wow! Hello Seattle!?!? Wish we had this kind of representation! So green!  07.31.09 - 7:58am
Holli True - Haha! So the "♥" shown in my previous post is supposed to be a heart shape. Oops!! I heart SmugMug!! :)   07.30.09 - 11:13pm
Molly Williams - My best friend got married here a year ago on August 9th. Beautiful venue. I wish I could have been there. I had a sick husband at home though. Next one for sure!  07.30.09 - 10:09pm
Holli True - I ♥ SmugMug!! :) I wish I could attend your Smug Meetings- that would be way too much fun! Can anyone start these meetings? I think it would be a lot of fun to meet with other Photographer's like this!!   07.30.09 - 5:13pm
Nick Yutaka - i attended and WOW, what an event. i'm not usually the type to be starstruck, but seeing you, JD, jessica claire, and jeff norwood was so weird! you're characters in a fictions fairy land, not real people, right?! i wish i had the courage to thank you when i was there. next time i'll try not to be so shy. thank you so much for shining a torch for those of us walking in the dark. how about [b]ecker next? i believe he tweeted he wants to be there next time. thanks again!  07.30.09 - 4:40pm
Christine - This is so mean and cruel for all your non-LA friends!! :( COME TO AUSTRALIA!! :) The promise of kangaroos and cute little koala bears still stands!   07.30.09 - 4:17pm
Wayne Bradt - That looked like alot of fun!  07.30.09 - 10:12am
Tammy B Photography - I love Jessica's shoot sac's and I'm dying for her laptop bag to get back in stock. I NEED THAT BAG.. Hook it up for me J*. :-)  07.30.09 - 5:20am
Jessica Pressley - Thanks for hosting such a sweet event! Driving from the good ol' High Desert was definitely worth it ;) Continue to let that inner light shine girl!  07.30.09 - 12:02am
alex.kruk photography - Looks like great meetin ! Wish I was there... maybe next time  07.29.09 - 11:58pm
Kia Gregory - WOE! I always imagined SmugMug Meetings to be super intimate. Maybe a coffee shop. That crowd is crazy! I have read it was a good meeting so of course I am jealous! BRAVO!  07.29.09 - 11:45pm
Julie Blair - Had a great time. Thanks for hosting this event! And it was such a pleasure meeting you Jasmine!  07.29.09 - 10:24pm
Aimee - Thank you again, it was fun!! =)  07.29.09 - 9:32pm
Jaana - OK, I literally just spent the last 2 1/2 hours going through your blog, reading as far back as I could go. Your work is really amazing and I love how candid you are in your writing. Truly an inspiration to aspiring photographers!! I'm blown away. OK I'll stop gushing now.  07.29.09 - 9:04pm
Feuza - wow 235, that is a lot of photogs! Just attened the NY one couple weeks ago and I am excited for things to come!   07.29.09 - 8:25pm
Tiffani - So sad I couldnt make it. you and jessica are my idols!!! :o) and OMG! I would love Tara Whitney too!!! she is amazing!   07.29.09 - 7:48pm
Melissa - Ahhh I wish I could have gone to the Dallas one... I was on vacation :( But I WISH i could go to the CA one... yall have cool guest speakers!! You should come to the dallas one! You can stay at my house!! :)  07.29.09 - 6:14pm
mrozaidi - I Love You All...  07.29.09 - 6:06pm
Simon - Looks like a good time was had by all. Might try and make it if there's a next one!  07.29.09 - 4:32pm
Amanda - This looks like it was a great time!! I'll be there next time for sure! ;)  07.29.09 - 4:21pm
Thomas Frank - It was really a pleasure to meet you last night, thank you for taking the time to put on these events! I look forward to attending more.  07.29.09 - 4:13pm
diane ( - I so wish these meetings were close to me...I want to attend one of these someday....maybe it will be taken on the road?  07.29.09 - 3:42pm
Holly Steen - Fabulous good time. Absolutely delighted I could make you blush! Holla back at your contest winners.   07.29.09 - 3:01pm
Lam - Ohmigosh! Thank you so much for giving this to all of us--your time, your energy, your knowledge. It was a fabulously fun and educational evening. I'm so thrilled to have attended and cannot wait until the next time!!!  07.29.09 - 2:39pm
MelissaF - What an awesome turnout. Daggone it, I wish I didn't live in Kentucky so I could attend some of these meetings!  07.29.09 - 2:06pm
Jessica - Great evening! I second TARA WHITNEY as well!  07.29.09 - 1:48pm
Michelle - the most amazing night evere. I learned so much. Such insparation there. Can you please please please please get Tara Whitney to guest speak at the next one? :o)  07.29.09 - 1:17pm
Mapuana Reed Mataele - This was my first meet up. Loved it! Can't wait for the next one.   07.29.09 - 1:11pm
Melissa - Just found your blog - love that so many people were involved in the OC smugmug meeting! I will be at the next one for sure!  07.29.09 - 1:10pm
Brian Fletcher - Thanks for setting it up, Jasmine. I really enjoyed hearing Jessica speak!  07.29.09 - 1:07pm
Doug McNamee - Great evening! Maybe next time someone can suggest a local spot to continue the social activities after the meeting. And name tags!   07.29.09 - 1:01pm
Yolie Ramirez - I had the pleasure of attending this meeting and I want to thank you and Jessica for all the tips. I'm starting in this business and listening to you guys is very inspiring. Thank you so much!  07.29.09 - 12:59pm
Sarah - I am so glad I was able to meet you in person. You are such an amazingly kind person. Thank you for reminding me that no matter how important someone is or how busy they are, it is so important to alwasy think about others as well.  07.29.09 - 12:57pm
Nancy Ramos - Jasmine, cannot wait for the next meeting.   07.29.09 - 12:52pm
Gina - It was so wonderful to meet you and Jessica last night. I am overwhelmed my the generosity and kindness of this amazing industry. You just can't find that today (or so I thought)! Thank you for setting a beautiful example of what it is like to live a life full of humble generosity and while simultaneously bursting with creativity! I feel like I've known you and Jessica all my life because I've followed your blogs forever and you are just as wonderful in person. Again, thank you.  07.29.09 - 12:31pm
Andy Williams - WOOP What a great night - thanks Jasmine for leading the way and to Jess for guesting.... wtg guys!  07.29.09 - 12:10pm
Rachel Clare - What a great night. Thanks again Jasmine! Can't wait for the next meeting!  07.29.09 - 12:01pm
Chris c. - Wish I was there!  07.29.09 - 11:55am
David Quesada - My First meetup, look forward to the next one ! Thanks for hosting and at a Nice Venue.  07.29.09 - 11:50am
Jessica Shae - Awesome. So wish I could have come!  07.29.09 - 11:48am
Lydia - Wish OC wasn't so far away! California's just too big sometimes!  07.29.09 - 11:48am
Julie Boucher - Thanks Jasmine for putting this all together! I had a great time and can't wait for the next one!  07.29.09 - 11:45am
Amanda Picone - Wishing I lived on the west coast! Would you two ever consider coming to NY for something like this?  07.29.09 - 11:45am
Vivian Tran - Hi Jasmine! I keep missing these meeting is there newsletter/subscription on smug mug I can sign up so I don't miss it anymore! See you at your workshop LOVE! -Vivian  07.29.09 - 11:42am
jen berry - these are awesome. One day i hope to make it to the OC on a weekday. Regardless of me, I think you guys rule for dedicating your time/energy and experience  07.29.09 - 11:34am
Diandra - Wish I could have been there, but on a sidenote, your sister did EXCELLENT last night :) Hope to make the next one. xoxox  07.29.09 - 11:34am
Tira J - Looks like a great time. Sorry I couldn't make it. Maybe someone did a video on it with Jess speaking? Have a great day.  07.29.09 - 11:32am
Kayleen T. - Wish I lived in Cali! Jess is so cute and love the new shootsac cover!  07.29.09 - 11:32am
Christine (Artemis Clover Photo) - this is def the next meet up i will try to go to!  07.29.09 - 11:31am
Jen May - sweet location. wish i could've made it out. a group of friends were able to go and enjoy the night with ya'll  07.29.09 - 11:26am
Kaylee - Do you have another meeting planned soon? I hope so! Any workshops you think you'll be having?  07.29.09 - 11:25am
Liz Luna - Thanks for having all of us! Thank you all for your pearls of wisdom. God bless!  07.29.09 - 11:24am
Shawn Kloster - Thanks so much for organizing that last night, Jasmine! I can't wait for the next one. I'll be sure to bring my camera with me next time so we can generate more "post-meeting-buzz". The turnout was incredible... so great to meet new people and reconnect with others.  07.29.09 - 11:23am
Char Baiz - yay! I can't believe I actually won the shootsac hip slip. That was awesome!!! BTW it was super cool seeing you and JD again, maybe next time we could all grab dinner after :)  07.29.09 - 11:23am
Bill Blakey - Thanks for hosting! It was a great time!  07.29.09 - 11:22am