The Workshop : New Zealand

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very so often there are moments when I stop in my tracks and realize--BAM!--I'm so lucky to do what I love. While in New Zealand, I experienced this emotion more times than I could count and every step along the way, things only got better. By the time JD and I arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand for The Workshop, we were ready to go. With the amazing help from Mirelle at The Crowne Plaza, all we had to do was show up ready to teach and take photos.

This workshop would not have been possible with the help and contributions of many people, so here's a shout out to fabulous vendors...
Louise Anderson - The wedding gowns were drop.dead.gorgeous....thank you for generous sharing your creations and I'm thrilled to have worked with such an amazing artist. Thank you!
Melanie Brown - I was thrilled with the models were worked with and Melanie made things so lovely...I appreciate everything!
Kristen Stewart - Gennady was a perfect makeup artist. She did an amazing job and even stuck around all day for appreciated! :)
Mod's Hair - Despite the wind and bright sun, the models' hair stayed in place and looked great...thanks!
Working Style - Thank you for providing the mens' suits....they looked incredibly dapper and we have you to thank for that.
And, lastly, a HUGE thank you to the models. Brad, Katy, Leon and made my day extra sweet. Thank for not only being beautiful on the outside, but on the inside as well. I wish you all the best!

There was a bomb scare in Christchurch the day of the workshop, so all transportation systems were stopped for a few we were able to hop on board and snap a few photos...

We then ventured into the Art Centre and spent most of the shoot roaming the gorgeous grounds...

....and we had some awesome wind, too!

I know this is quirky, but when I saw this trailer and what New Zealanders call 'chilly bins'...I wanted to have a little fun...

And my favorite shot of the day...

To my new Kiwi friends and peers, thanks for coming to The Workshop and rocking my world. I think the best of you all and I know great things are in store for you! Don't forget to give back, to share, and to continue helping each other...y'all are destined for fabulous things!
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Brittany Parker - OMG....who designed that dress!!!!?? I need to know, my assistant wants it for her wedding!! Awesome pics by the way!   06.10.10 - 4:28pm
Alva Burroughs - Jasmine: you are a truly gifted person, your shots are very clean and precise. I love them and your ability to showcase professional photography. I wish that my shots can be as clean and stand out as yours. Guess I'll get there soon. Thanks Alva.  03.02.10 - 10:07am
Girish - First time visitor to your website. Awesome photographs. I wish i could do workshop with you. But it's always inspiring to see such lovely photos. Can you tell whether you used any strobes or reflectors. Bookmarking you blogsite.  02.07.10 - 10:55am
Stacey Malleck - STUNNING! Gorgeous models :)  01.26.10 - 10:50am
Catherine Hall - Beautiful shoot location! These pictures are awesome..especially the trolley car shots.  01.21.10 - 7:22pm
Erica Velasco - Why does it seem like every photo you put out there is creamy, deliciously sharp, perfectly exposed, the best light you can ever find kind of image? I need more of those! Amazing as always.  01.20.10 - 9:01pm
Jonathan Brown - I love the shots on the trolley car. I want to shoot on a trolley car now!!  01.19.10 - 9:03am
cassandra m - I think the previous comments express all my emotions. simply gorgeous pics and I know the attendees walked away with hearts full of love & excitement and heads full of knowledge.  01.18.10 - 9:16pm
Kim Spears - Jasmine, these photos are off the charts !! It doesn't hurt that those models are some of the most beautiful people I have ever seen, but you still brought out the best with your amazing style! Just when I think I can't love your work anymore, you bust these bad boys out. Loved them all !!!  01.18.10 - 5:11pm
Catherine Douglas - Holy hot models! And beautiful pictures, of course! I just admire your work SO much!   01.18.10 - 3:07pm
Karen ReVelle - GORGEOUS on all fronts: gorgeous models, gorgeous clothes, gorgeous makeup, gorgeous locations, gorgeous pix! But the one thing you glossed over... hello, bomb scare?? Yikes!  01.18.10 - 11:49am
Jennifer O. - How awesome to get to do what you love AND travel!   01.17.10 - 1:29pm
Bhumi - You make my day with these gorgeous depictions of loveee.  01.17.10 - 10:08am
Melanie - Amazing!  01.17.10 - 2:42am
trish Lee - woooooooowweeeeee!!! that's all I have to say :D  01.16.10 - 9:35pm
Terrah - If I were to get married again I would want THAT dress. Impeccable. :)  01.16.10 - 5:51pm
ohana photographers - beautiful models!  01.16.10 - 11:21am
Crystal Lee - That 2nd image took my breath away... amazing DOF and color! Fabulous work, J*, as always :)  01.16.10 - 11:19am
Cathy Crawley - Somehow I just knew that this was going to be an amazing post! Fi did such a great job helping you on this, the dresses are simply stunning and those models are gorgeous! I absolutely adore the photos in the tram, what a fabulous idea! So glad everything went well for you Jasmine, you deserve nothing but the best xxx  01.16.10 - 5:06am
Carrie Ayn - S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. Your photography consistantly takes my breath away. Thank you for always sharing...  01.15.10 - 6:36pm
Kenny Grill - Out of every post I've seen of yours, I think these are your best shots... ever. Flat out incredible.  01.15.10 - 4:11pm
FELIX WU - These shots are beautiful. Bomb scare? Is that why you were able to get on the tramp to take photos?  01.15.10 - 12:39pm
Denise Saucedo - A.MAZ.ING!!!!!! Rock it out girl!!! LOVE these!!! Each and every one! You make it look so easy. If only it were. ;)  01.15.10 - 12:09pm
Michael Costa - Huge fan of the trolly, beautiful couple too!  01.15.10 - 11:46am
gladys jem - i love these images jasmine. those kiwis are truly beautiful. the first two are my favs. can we re-create those for our engagement photos on a trolley here in SF? that would be LOVELY! hehe ;)   01.15.10 - 11:08am
{15:51} photography - Ah yes, bomb scares...they can be so convenient sometimes!!  01.15.10 - 10:34am
feuza - One of your best workshop pixs ever! so when you coming to the East Coast Miss Star? I loveeeeee the train and loveeeeee the wind  01.15.10 - 10:23am
jenc - as always very sharp photos!!! i love it!!  01.15.10 - 9:29am
Karen Stott - Oh I LOVE it when the good Lord blesses us with some strong wind when there's a bride and veil involved. That shot is rockin!  01.15.10 - 8:27am
Tiffany - love like another fabulous workshop! They get better and better! I am in LOVE with the dresses...le sigh*! Gorgeous pictures..  01.15.10 - 8:08am
Izabelinda - As usual lovely light...  01.15.10 - 7:48am
Roxy - Such creamy images! Wish I was there!!! Wondering if you'll ever come to Canada Jasmine? Maybe a WINTER shoot?  01.15.10 - 6:42am
Bobbie Brown - I am blown away! These pictures are so fabulous!!  01.15.10 - 5:02am
LEOLAK - WOW! WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!! Perfect....everything! You ROCK! I agree w/ those guns lady!!! And the boots! Thanks for sharing...can't wait to see Sydney's!  01.14.10 - 9:12pm
Dawn McCarthy - Wow! Wow! Wow! Gorgeous models. And that white dress... fabulous isn't even sufficient. Amazing session. What a lucky group of photogs.   01.14.10 - 9:06pm
Lydia - I've seen a bunch of the pictures from the workshop, and yours still blow me away! These are amazingly beautiful!  01.14.10 - 8:54pm
Sarah - Oh. My. Gosh. I am in looooove with those dresses!!!! The pictures are absolutely stunning. Again, I'm so jealous of you in NZ!  01.14.10 - 7:23pm
Yuka photo art - Congrats on Dream Come Trough! Amazing photographs! Models look awesome!  01.14.10 - 6:40pm
Pol - Beautiful! Looks like so much fun!  01.14.10 - 6:12pm
fiona andersen - ohhh what a fabulous time we had. Loved having you two amazing people in our country and thank you for coming and sharing everything. I now have 18 new fantastic friends. Thank you xx  01.14.10 - 5:43pm
Julie - Ummmmm, GORGEOUS!! Beatiful models, beautiful pictures :)   01.14.10 - 4:45pm
Kare - Fab. Just fab.  01.14.10 - 4:34pm
Kyle - PS. I hope you know I mean that in a good way, as in you have really toned arms and I'm slightly jealous :)  01.14.10 - 3:52pm
Kyle - Those are some GUNS on you J*!  01.14.10 - 3:52pm
Inland Empire Wedding Photographer - Wow this are insanely gorg!! Way to rock it out.  01.14.10 - 3:49pm
arielle joy - You blow me away J. I just adore those first shots on the tram (?). Beautiful lighting!!!  01.14.10 - 3:06pm
Harmony Loves - oh Jasmine! Seriously out of this world good. and gorgeous models too :)  01.14.10 - 2:01pm
Paige Butcher - These images are gorgeous! What an exciting time for your business :)  01.14.10 - 1:57pm
Brittney - beautiful! love it all! you had some rockin' models too :)  01.14.10 - 1:49pm
Maria Glassford - So gorgeous! Not only are all the models fabulous looking but the sharp, crystal clear images from the day are just breathtaking. Such an inspiration!  01.14.10 - 1:41pm
alex.kruk photography - Beautiful ! Beautiful ! Beautiful !  01.14.10 - 1:35pm
Dorie - Beautiful as usual. Thank you for sharing your gift.  01.14.10 - 1:16pm
jeramy - looks like a blast....sorry i couldn't fit in the suitcase. :-(   01.14.10 - 1:13pm
Emily - Wow! Looks like you had a blast! Can't wait to see Sydney's workshop pics!  01.14.10 - 1:07pm
Aaron - Jasmine, are those shots inside the EMPTY Tram?..So awesomeness...always wanted to try to shoot inside it..never got a chance in Melb.. Love all the shots!!!..Can't wait for you to blog about Sydney's!!!..  01.14.10 - 12:52pm
Prema Buck - Wow! These are fantastic Jasmine! I love the trolly and the models are all so beautiful. TFS  01.14.10 - 12:35pm
jenny - looks like so much fun ! The locations of hte shoot is gorgeous !  01.14.10 - 12:30pm
Carrie K - The models' skin is flawless. That, or it's some incredible make-up. But I have a feeling it's the former. Gorgeous shots!  01.14.10 - 12:24pm
jamie delaine - the light in the group shot? perfect. hahaha! seriously, these are incredible. my favourites are all the shots of the BOYS! groom shots are often put behind bride shots in priority, but i just love yours here.  01.14.10 - 12:21pm
Elise - These images are absolutely stunning!  01.14.10 - 12:20pm
Bhumi - Jasmine, You are so unbelievably creative. You go girl :)   01.14.10 - 12:14pm
Jen May - Those dresses are beautiful :D  01.14.10 - 12:07pm
Kathrina - DELICIOUSNESS!! Seriously fabulous! What an experience for everyone!  01.14.10 - 12:07pm
marianne worlow - "............................" the beautiful moments u captured just took the breath right from my body. u r so good!   01.14.10 - 12:05pm
s h e r r y - The photos are fabulous! :) And it sounds like New Zealand was AWESOME! :D Can't wait to see stuff from Australia next!  01.14.10 - 11:56am
Stephanie Stewart - Stunning images! And, yes, those gowns are drop dead gorgeous, WOOOOOOOW! Congrats on another successful workshop!!!   01.14.10 - 11:55am
Alexandra - Amazingly beautiful. You make my heart smile, Jasmine Star.   01.14.10 - 11:47am
amanda thiessen - beautiful!!!  01.14.10 - 11:45am
Shannon - Absolutely Stunning shots. Every shot looks like it belongs in a magazine somewhere. Very Impressive.  01.14.10 - 11:45am
Angel Canary - Wowzers! Stunning work Jasmine! And that gown, wow, totally FAB!  01.14.10 - 11:40am
Angel Pope - Ahh, I SO WISH I COULD BE THERE...just once. I want to take pictures with you!!! Looks like you had a blast! Awesome.   01.14.10 - 11:37am
Kerrie Mitchell - Stunning work as always! I'd love to have the chance of coming to one of your workshops! They look like s much fun!  01.14.10 - 11:31am
abriana - her eyes in the first picture are amazing!  01.14.10 - 11:28am