11.20.09 Photography

The Workshop, November 2009

o say they were a group of excitable, zealous, and energetic photographers would be an understatement. Way under. The group of 20 photographers who came from around the US and world (Canada and Holland, represent!) blew my mind. They were outstanding, creative, and inquisitive...and, let's just be real, FABULOUS! They not only came ready to learn, they came with lists (and lists!) of questions. But what I was most struck with was their collective desire to connect. With photography, with each other, with me. It was all just positively overwhelming.

When the group arrived on Monday morning for The Workshop, I knew they were special. Before I announced The Workshop on my blog, I opened it up strictly to those who subscribed to my newsletter and ended up selling out...these attendees were legit! Hanging out with them at a group-planned mixer on Sunday night, I knew I was in for a real treat. Best yet, Sunday was just a precursor to how fun Monday would be.

Many thanks to JD and my mother who always help me and make the day complete...without them, I'm nothing. Now that I've written too much already, I'll get straight to the pictures...

Look at all my beautiful attendees rocking it out...

I was especially thankful to have the ever fab Lauryl Lane for providing the fall inspired floral pieces...

Again and again...I need to thank the amazingness that is Vivian Tran of All Made Up for styling the shoot, and working wonders with hair and make up. She and her crew rocked my world and I can't thank them enough!

One of the things we focused on was shooting in harsh light. It was about 85 degrees on Monday and we were shooting at 1pm...this is probably the hardest time of day and light to shoot in, but I wanted to show how people can natural reflectors to achieve the type of photos they want. The group offered feedback, asked questions, and proffered so much support that I couldn't help but fall in love.!

JD caught me in action...which is sometimes a bad thing....

...OH LIKE THIS IS BAD STUFF!! I, apparently, like to talk with my much so, I could probably flag down an approaching plane. Or spaceship.

I want to take a quick second and mention Ashley is selling this gorrrrgeous Vera Wang wedding's a BARGAIN I tell ya! For more info, shoot her an email:

I can't express how much I appreciate Jeff and Ashley Rose for modeling for The Workshop...they're so amazing and truly in love. Thanks SO much, you guys!!

This is my most favorite picture of the day! Words can't express how thankful I am to have met so many truly fabulous people. I felt their love and support from our first meeting and I am so blessed because of them.
To my new're awesome. Plain and simple. Your hunger and desire was palpable, and I'm honored to be just one small part of your future successes. I can't wait to see all the fabulous things you'll do! Thanks for your time and sharing your lives with me! Mwah!

To be the first to know how future workshops, be sure to sign up for newsletter notifications!! I'm working on a swanky newsletter to include tips, tricks, and sparkly things, so holla back if you're interested! :)
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Korey - Ummm can I volunteer to model!? hehehehe  12.30.09 - 1:58pm
Cathy Crawley - Only 5 more weeks, OMG I could burst with excitement :)  11.29.09 - 5:58am
Tim - Wedding Photographer - Love your style. Thanks for being awesome!  11.27.09 - 10:36pm
Jeanette - these are the most beautiful photos ever! I absolutly LOVE your work, it's amazing.  11.26.09 - 9:27pm
Emilie - Ashley Rose is so cute!!!! Gorgeous photos!!!   11.25.09 - 10:18am
arielle joy - Ohh the second shot in B&W is fabulous! I love how creamy your images are!!  11.24.09 - 5:54am
Amber - Your absolutley AMAZING.. I love your work ... you inspire me too much....   11.24.09 - 4:30am
Ashley - When is the next workshop. I will be in my car driving to California for it. That is for sure. Can't wait to get updates, I'm on the mailing list. That girl is STUNNING! (I'm sure it was pretty fun for her to be the star of the day. So fun!)  11.24.09 - 1:18am
Julie Blair - What a beautiful couple! Great images as usual...  11.23.09 - 7:01pm
Kelly Braman - Oh J*! Look at how flippin adorable you look in that Anthropologie dress! *love it, girl! Oh, and rocked it out, as usual!~and with harsh lighting!   11.23.09 - 6:07pm
Erica Velasco - Lovely!  11.23.09 - 5:26pm
{15:51} photography - Ummm...yeah...totally jealous of every person in that group picture!!!   11.23.09 - 3:31pm
Treva Tribit - I sure hope I can sell out workshops someday, my little 5 person workship a few months ago was definitely a blast, and its so inspiring being around fellow photographers! But, I really wanted to say that the way you inspire me most is through your Christian found a strong, principled Christian for a mentor (DJ) and you put your beliefs out there so the world knows who you are beyond the photography...something I try to do as well, and *that* feeling of community within the world of photographers encourages me daily! Thank you for that.   11.23.09 - 9:45am
Frank Manning - Love the pics...maybe one I can come to the east coast for a workshop....hey i rarely see any male photogs, mostly women at these workshops, why is that????  11.23.09 - 9:29am
Jaleen - You are the best Jasmine. Thank you for sharing yourself with so many of us!!!  11.23.09 - 7:54am
Bartek Szmigulski - I'd love to be there. Great group of photographers, great workshop, wonderful person! Cheers from Poland :)   11.22.09 - 1:30pm
Shuttersnap - Your photos are always so beautiful and inspiring - wish you had a few more workshops in Australia!   11.22.09 - 11:51am
Mitchel Wu - Congrats on what looks to be an amazing workshop. I follow your blog religiously... love your work!  11.22.09 - 10:52am
cassandra m - I'm not sure if my comments can measure up to the other attendee's expressions of love, excited, happiness, education & thankfulness. Shows what amazing people you attract J*. I will simply speak from my heart. I feel BLESSED by every possible means!! Your blog has been an inspiration, but to MEET YOU was simply was overwhelming. The investment has already paid for itself and the most amazing thing, the experience will continue to make me a better PERSON & PHOTOGRAPHER! Thank you J*, JD, your Mom, Rose, Jeff, Vivan, Lauryl & the other fab photogs I now call FRIENDS!  11.22.09 - 10:09am
Jo LeFlufy - Oh my! Look at all those Shootsacs! Jessica would be so proud!!  11.22.09 - 9:54am
Felicity - Wow, that looks like it was such a great workshop! And almost all girlies too - that's fantastic!  11.22.09 - 9:23am
David Sno - WOW!! Thats Amazing!! Yeah, thats a huggee toughie! Shooting in that harsh light, you handle it soo well! I would love to come back home to Cali and take your workshop! Glad this one turned out to be a HUGE success, but its no surprise! ;)   11.22.09 - 9:22am
Alicia Swedenborg - Your workshops always looks like so much fun!!! Someday, I will have saved enough money to attend myself. Someday. <3  11.22.09 - 8:55am
Noelia Kline - Gorgeous pictures, I hope to join you guys at one of your workshops one day when I go to California. Keep it up!  11.22.09 - 3:48am
Anh - Would love to attend your workshop one day ... I LOVE LOVEEEEEEE your outfit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)  11.21.09 - 8:19pm
grace l - thanks so much for everything! your workshop was a blessing I have learned so much in one day then I have reading thousands of books! the pictures came out beautiful! Make sure to let me know if your ever in the LA area vegetarian style korean bbq~! :)  11.21.09 - 6:53pm
ohana photographers - i spy cassandra!  11.21.09 - 4:52pm
michelle white - oh Jasmine! you are certain FABALISS!!! That's my word for you!! It was such a pleasure, honor and Joy to meet you, your AWESOME husband JD! and of course you WONDERFUL MOTHER!! This workshop has definitely left a lasting imprint in my life!!! I'm so stoked to put the new things I've learned into use. Thank you for opening up your heart, mind, and sweet spirit! you're a GEM :)  11.21.09 - 4:37pm
Natascha - The workshop looks like you all had loads of fun. I like the pictures, especially when you talking with your hands...(I have the feeling that you always talk like that :-) Thanks for sharing.  11.21.09 - 2:30pm
Leyla - Looks like a fun filled day of learning, shooting & making new friends... The models were fab as well, and despite the harsh lighting conditions, the end result is awesome!  11.21.09 - 12:28pm
Leyla - Looks like a fun filled day of learning, shooting & making new friends... The models were fab as well, and despite the harsh lighting conditions, the end result is awesome!  11.21.09 - 12:28pm
Therese Beth Photography - Oh, how I wish at this moment that I was a California girl!  11.21.09 - 10:56am
Anouschka - It was such an amazing day Jasmine. Again a huge thank you! I feel so blessed to have been able to be part of this. Attending your fabulous workshop was well worth the flight from Holland! With much love, anouschka & ray  11.21.09 - 6:30am
Mike Reed - shooting at 1pm and all natural light with no flash... I'm wowed!   11.21.09 - 6:06am
Jon Phillips - Jasmine, Looks like the workshop was a blast. Wish I could have been there and learned with one of the best.  11.21.09 - 5:29am
natt - can 't wait to do your jan workshop in sydney =)  11.21.09 - 4:10am
Johanna Perales - Hi Jasmine! I'm a long time blog follower and just wanna say thank you so much for being an inspiration to soo many! So before I ask my question I just wanna say I cannot get enough of your pictures, but I am also interested to see what some of your workshop attendees came up with. Is there anyway to (in the future of course) see some of your favorites of their work from the shoot?   11.20.09 - 8:59pm
Amy - Aww!!! I love Jeff and Ashley! They look HOT :)  11.20.09 - 8:19pm
Jen D. - LOVE the shoes shot!!!  11.20.09 - 6:58pm
ajira - One of these days, I too will attend your workshop. Saving up for it already. I love this shoot so much... what a gorgeous couple, and what a great job on styling... I adore the grey accessories. Just delightful. Oh, and I would love to learn how to get shots like that in harsh light... that's just awesome!  11.20.09 - 6:13pm
Ginger Murray - Absolutely stunning hair and makeup... just WOW. And of course she's already gorgeous anyway, I'm sure!! I can't get over her awesome accessories either! Looked like a successful workshop--congrats!  11.20.09 - 6:11pm
Vanessa M - Awesome as always. Dang, that 3rd shot looks like a Shootsac ad :-)   11.20.09 - 6:02pm
Julie Massie - Jasmine, love, there are no words to adequately describe how thankful I am to have attended your workshop. My fellow workshop friends already said it all, but you are truly the total package girl. Your heart astounds me. Thank you so much for putting so much effort, time, and love into making the workshop such an amazing experience for all of us. You ROCK!  11.20.09 - 5:53pm
Julie Massie - Jasmine, love, there are no words to adequately describe how thankful I am to have attended your workshop. My fellow workshop friends already said it all, but you are truly the total package girl. Your heart astounds me. Thank you so much for putting so much effort, time, and love into making the workshop such an amazing experience for all of us. You ROCK!  11.20.09 - 5:53pm
joseph - great shots jasmine.. i dig your enthusiasm  11.20.09 - 5:35pm
Brian Fletcher -'s shots like this that make me just want to give up photography. Thanks a lot,  11.20.09 - 5:26pm
Tasha Prescott - Wow, Shootsac in the house! I have one because of Jasmine's Blog, so I assume they do as well! Go ShootSac! :) Awesome pics as usual.  11.20.09 - 5:23pm
lauryn galloway - your outfit is super cute!   11.20.09 - 5:22pm
Bobbie Brown - As always it looks like The Workshop was a total blast! I always cringe when I have to shoot in harsh light, like, I panic! I wish I could get images as amazing as these!! I love!  11.20.09 - 5:11pm
Emma in London - A spangly newsletter? Heck yeah I want in on some of that! Beautiful pics - waiting for the day that I can attend a workshop in SoCal or you come to London Town Jasmine!  11.20.09 - 3:01pm
Ben - I've never seen so many shootsacs in one place :-)  11.20.09 - 2:47pm
dyan - Talking with your hands is a beautiful thing to do!! :) Looks like a fun workshop!   11.20.09 - 1:14pm
Trude - LOL that shot of them in action makes me think Shootsac REPRESENT! ;) Lovely photos as always!  11.20.09 - 12:59pm
Leah - Soooo jealous! Someday....:)  11.20.09 - 12:46pm
Life with Kaishon - I know everyone had a fabulous time with you! I would like to sign up for your email so I can get invited to the next one :). You seem like a dynamic teacher! I love that!  11.20.09 - 12:31pm
sandy - I notice you don't seem to have a strap on your camera in several posts. Aren't you afraid you'll drop it? (Especially if you hands are moving around so much!!)  11.20.09 - 11:51am
claire - i so badly want to attend one of your workshops! maybe even a private one....when you start doing that!  11.20.09 - 11:46am
Tammy Stark - Jasmine! I'm sorry I missed you in Sacramento this week. Next time! I just signed up to get your newsletter, so now I'm in the know. ;) I'm loving your blog. My husband and I have been coming up with some mad-crazy-cool ideas for my photog biz and your site really inspires me. Thank you and God Bless - have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Tammy  11.20.09 - 11:40am
Lydia - Oh how I would love to attend one of your workshops again! As if I could soak in some of your awesomeness by hanging around you!  11.20.09 - 11:39am
Jackie L. - love your outfit! i love orange and it looks fabulous on you! plus the photos are AMAZING! maybe one day I'll attend a workshop :)   11.20.09 - 11:36am
Michelle O - Ahhh...all the memories are coming back! It's almost like a cheezy Meatloaf song playing in my mind, "It's all coming back, it's all coming back to me now..." You know that horrible song I'm talking about! What a fabulous workshop and an outstanding group of people we had! We loved every moment of it J*...thank you to you, JD, and your mom, Lauryl, Vivian, and Ashley for making it such a wonderful day. {{HUGS}}  11.20.09 - 11:33am
Maalaea - Aaaaah, it looks like so much fun! I'm so jealous.   11.20.09 - 11:17am
Ashley Rose - Oh Jasmine :) gosh we ADORE you. Jeff & I love love love these!!!!! Thank you for being you, and such a beacon of love in the world (yes world )! We love you bunches!!!!!! xoxox. The Roses ;)  11.20.09 - 10:54am
Marissa Rodriguez - I'm so going to one of your workshops one of these days. I just am.   11.20.09 - 10:45am
Lynn - Ahh.. beautiful pictures!! And that dress.. .that's MY wedding dress.. that's I've not seen anywhere, on anyone except me! What a great inspiration for my trash the dress session!! lovely pics.  11.20.09 - 10:40am
Aaron Shintaku - Those two look familiar lol.  11.20.09 - 10:23am
amanda thiessen - love everything she's wearing! gorgeous!  11.20.09 - 10:14am
Oksana J - Ahhh.. I can't wait to be a attendee at your workshop!! Love the images, to not be afraid of harsh dream.  11.20.09 - 10:02am
Trey Bohon Photography - love the talking with the hands.. = )  11.20.09 - 9:55am
Kristy Cefalo - Someday I will find a way to come to one or your workshops:(  11.20.09 - 9:40am
Tina dela Rosa - Love the 5th photo from the bottom. Beautiful expression!  11.20.09 - 9:35am
Candace Prokopets - These are beautiful!!! Your workshops look fabulous, JUST LIKE YOU! Thanks for sharing. Looking for models for the next workshop - my hubby and I are totally in. Yes, I just invited myself to model for you. I'm still bummed I didn't win the contest to model for you in Las Vegas at WPPI this year. hehe! I don't hold grudges. Nope, I don't.   11.20.09 - 9:34am
Brenda Landrum - Gorgeous! I just had to comment about the 6th image set from the bottom. The bride holding the flowers down her side....LOVE! I'm keeping that in my 'idea tank'!!! So wish I could attend one of these.....  11.20.09 - 9:22am
Stephanie Stewart - Wow, such a cute couple! Love the flowers and all the fun accessories! Another successful workshop, congratulations!!! I would love to attend some day! So, what were you explaining in the action shots JD caught of you???   11.20.09 - 9:20am
ohana photographers - rock on wit yo bad sef!  11.20.09 - 9:19am
Vi vian Tran - Whooohhhooo!! I've been waiting all week to see these photos from the workshop! They are them! -Vivian  11.20.09 - 9:18am
Jess - I love this photo shoot! The light is beautiful. The bride's dress and accessories are so very cute - I especially love the fantastic hairpiece.  11.20.09 - 8:51am
Diandra - I LOVE this shoot! I love everything about it! I am soooo wishing I could do your workshop right now! One day :) PS... Im still laughing from the spaceship comment. HILARIOUS. And possibly true. ;) You're awesome!  11.20.09 - 8:49am
Radelle - Well as I wrote on your facebook fan page, the day was FAR beyond anything I expected! I challanged myself as a photographer and am blown away by the images I got (i'll have them on my blog in about a week)! I never knew I was capable of such awesome stuff. Its all beacuse of you! Thankyou sooooOOOOOoo much for being such a motivator, inspirer (is that a word??) and SUCH a genuine sweetheart. I love you and JD forever!  11.20.09 - 8:35am
Renee - Jasmine, why oh why? Why won't you come to Asian countries, like Malaysia perhaps? Think about it. Plus, it'll make a good vacation location for ya. Btw, I'm totally digging the heels and sneakers shot!  11.20.09 - 8:15am
Monica Guerrero - Looks like it was an amazing workshop! One day... one day :) So Jasmine, it's my 25th birthday and I was just wondering if you could maybe possibly find the time in your busy schedule to go to my blog and comment on one of my wedding posts! That would make my whole year! lol :-D Have a wonderful day!   11.20.09 - 8:06am
gladys jem - Jasmine. Jaz-ma-tazz. Jazzy Star :) I walked away a better person/photographer when I left your workshop. Seeing you do what you love to do best with JD and your Mom at your side made my heart swell with love. You are truly the best, and an everlasting inspiration to myself and my business. Love you. P.S. Can I attend another workshop? ;)   11.20.09 - 8:01am
Christine - These are stunning images! I really hope I get to go to one of your workshops in the future :)  11.20.09 - 7:56am
Kare - I hope to some day make it to one of your fab workshops; right now it seems like an impossible dream but I still hold tight to it! I hope the workshop attendees comment with links so we can check out their shots, too (I always stalk the attendees and they ALWAYS rave about you!).  11.20.09 - 7:39am
s h e r r y - I'd love to attend one of your workshops on day! (I'll be in California in February ;D If you're planning one for the near future again.) Fabulous photos, as always!  11.20.09 - 7:38am
Kelli Taylor - Sooo jealous! Wish I could've been there!  11.20.09 - 7:34am
Lissette Q - Incredible photos. I soooo would love to attend your workshop.   11.20.09 - 7:33am
Jason Grubb - When are you coming to do a Wedding Photography workshop in Colorado? Jason  11.20.09 - 7:26am
Christine - There is no such thing as writing too much! I enjoy reading your posts as much as I do looking at the pictures. The stories you tell - fabulous!  11.20.09 - 7:24am
Jessica - I can't even express in words just how wonderful this workshop was. I think Anda said it perfectly...we could probably all gush about it! Simply put, when I see this last photo of the group I feel like i am staring at friends I will have for a lifetime. Thank you Jasmine, JD for one of the most amazing days, inspiring us that anything is possible, and showing us how to live our dreams! Lol, and I am gonna say it holla:)   11.20.09 - 7:21am
Michelle sidles - SO FUN!!! :) Lucky photogs!  11.20.09 - 7:19am
Melissa Papaj - GORGEOUS! I SOOOO wish I was there!  11.20.09 - 7:10am
Alexandra - To say I'm jealous is an understatement :(   11.20.09 - 7:05am
syreena b - I'm so JealouS... I hate to sound all extra SaltY but seriouslY.... one day Ill make it (SIGHHHH)  11.20.09 - 7:00am
anda - Oooo, Jasmine! Seeing your images is always a delight, but these are super extra special because of the entire Workshop experience. Knowing how you captured each shot is still just blowing my mind. I mean ... I learned SO much more than I could have expected. I don't want to fill up your entire comment section by gushing about how out-of-this-world awesome the day and YOU, JD, and your mom and the models and every single other photographer were ... but WOW -- one of the best days I've ever had. Thank you. For being the ultra genuine and Fabulous person you are.  11.20.09 - 6:39am