04.21.10 Photography

The Workshop : April 2010

t usually works like this: I get nervous and a tad stressed out. I pace my hallway and insist I have nothing to wear, then quickly grab the closest thing to in the closet and dart out the door. I drive in my car and worry they'll think I'm way lame in real life. And then I bite my nails. Or sing outloud with MGMT. But the worry? It all goes away when I see them. The group of amazing photographers who've traveled from around the world to join me at The Workshop.

On Monday night I joined a small group for a pre-workshop mixer planned by the attendees and I had a blast!! They were nothing short of amazing and I was amped for what was in store for Tuesday. By the time everyone arrived, it was like seeing old friends and the day flowed perfectly...because this group was awesome. Their energy was palpable and the hunger to learn was invigorating!

The Workshop focuses on the Eight Components of Branding and my goal is for everyone to walk away prepared to develop, hone, and move their brand forward. One of the components deals with how shooting style and brand interrelate, and we were stoked to work with Michelle and Colton Cross, who flew out from Virginia for the workshop...Michelle is just starting her photography journey, but I heavily suspect she'll soon be rocking both sides of the camera!

How could the day be not perfect when shooting a natural beauty like Michelle?

We were lucky to work with Colton...he is a Marine based in Virginia and he's the nicest thing EVER...

This picture just kinda happened...everyone waited for the couple to get situated...and I snapped this photo. Something about it makes feel it's a nod to a different place and time...

Yesterday the day threatened of rain, so we decided to shoot in the morning to avoid getting wet...but in true California nature, it was a mix of BLAZING heat and diffused light...

One thing I loved about yesterday's impending storm was the presence of clouds...they made me so happy!

They have two gorgeous smiles...

Work it out...'re killing you!

Please don't ask me what I was saying here...but, really, don't I look like I speak with specificity?!

Many, many amazing thanks to Kristin of The Treasured Petal for creating one of her gorgeous bouquets...I'm in awe of her work and this bouquet just made me so thrilled to shoot!

This is my favorite photo from the makes me happy. I just want to squeeeeeeze Michelle and Colton! :)
And if you lurve her bridcage veil, you can find more of Kristin's handmade wedding accoutrements at her Etsy Store...

Okay, so I lied...THIS is my favorite photo of the day!!

To my new friends and peers...thank you for such an amazing day!! I walked away so refreshed and inspired by all of you and I'm incredibly honored to have spent an entire day by your sides. Thank you for making me see the world in new ways and I can't wait to see what the future holds for you! Stay Fabulous... j*

I don't have another workshop planned quite yet, but if you'd like to be the first to know when it's announced, be sure to sign up for the j* newsletter! :)
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Evan & Melissa - I immensely enjoyed your creative live appearance, thank you for your generosity in teaching!   06.04.15 - 11:20am
AlexanderKiselev - Jasmine i met you on Creative Live and wish to visit your trainings!  02.01.12 - 5:57am
angel canary - I can't believe that it's been a year. I am still so grateful to you and JD and for all that I've learned. I hope that the changes I've made over the year in my work, although small here and there, reflect the influence this has had on me and m work. Much love, Angel  06.02.11 - 9:52am
Abbie - WOW!!!! I love these pictures!! :-) And her dress! Wow! :-)  04.26.10 - 10:45am
nick - awesome. just awesome.  04.25.10 - 10:23am
nicole benitez - Absolutely stunning!!!   04.23.10 - 8:35pm
Emily Scott - Jasmine, the workshop was so what I needed in every way. You are a blessing.  04.23.10 - 4:22pm
Laura Stone - Jasmine, these are some of my favorite images I've ever seen on your blog! Very memorable and fun.   04.23.10 - 10:57am
Michelle Cross - HOLD THE PHONE! Jasmine Star fans are officially the nicest people on the whole entire planet! WE were the lucky ones to be able to be in the presence of such incredible photographers. For those of you who asked, the dress was made by the mother of one of my best friends. Best. Wedding. Present. EVER.   04.23.10 - 10:01am
laura B - LOVE! I noticed on you nut & boltz shot you say email engagement tips ... Can you share that letter? Whatever you tell your clients to do ... I want to know! Hugs!  04.23.10 - 6:19am
elei - these pictures are amazing. the models were amazing. my new favs.  04.23.10 - 3:55am
Cindee Lynne - Fabulous photos, as usual, Jasmine. No need to bite your nails: we all thought you were even more cool in person. It was such a great experience to see how you work and to meet you & your sweet family. Thanks for sharing your 'secrets' with us!  04.22.10 - 5:50pm
Brittani - You're models are beautiful! Love her dress. Love his uniform, the old school nature was brilliantly beautiful. And I am insanely jealous of everyone that attended your workshop!! Rock n roll, J.   04.22.10 - 1:56pm
Simone Anne - Love the dress! Those buttons down the back are TO DIE FOR. Love it! Also, you really just can't go wrong with a man in uniform! Wow! Beautiful images as always, wish I could have been there!  04.22.10 - 12:57pm
Leah - Michelle (the model), as well as being beautiful and super sweet, is also a talented photographer. Check her out at  04.22.10 - 12:38pm
Bobbie Brown - Eeeiiiiii! These images - and that couple - are so gorgeous! Congrats on another great workshope!   04.22.10 - 12:15pm
Diandra - This post got me a little teared up. I dont even know why. I think it may be my favorite shoot you've EVER done.  04.22.10 - 11:40am
elaine gates - seriously just gorgeous!  04.22.10 - 11:23am
Papi - I don't know much about photography...and I don't know why I feel the way I feel...but oh, my, oh, my....the Marine Corps officer looks so squared-away and sooo stinkin' handsome in his uniform! Semper Fi...Hooooorah! ;)  04.22.10 - 10:07am
feuza - Mcihelle is OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG gorgeous gorgeous, what lucky you all were to have her and her man in uniform. I so love her dress, kind of what I want to wear when I renew my vows for my 10 year wedding anniversary so wish I was in this workshop, one day, one day  04.22.10 - 8:51am
Alexandra - Beautiful!  04.22.10 - 8:43am
LEOLAK - WOW...WOW...WOW!!! LOVE THAT DRESS! Gorgeous a man in uniform - THANK YOU for your service Colton! Michelle worked it! Jasmine, I don't think you could ever look bad no matter how hard you tried. Thanks for sharing such fabulous pics as always - keep rockin!!!  04.22.10 - 7:25am
Megan (Best of Fates) - Normally I'm reading the posts for the photography, but I admit today I was distracted by the wedding dress - that's just beyond gorgeous.  04.22.10 - 6:54am
Apple - one day! i'll definitely be part of the team!:) love this shoot! i love how the clouds and the field looked so perfect together it seemed like it was shot with one of those studio backdrops!<3  04.22.10 - 6:44am
Jessica - These two are crazy beautiful! I just love their style and the uniform!  04.22.10 - 6:06am
Carrie K - My 2 favorites-when Colton is putting on his gloves: it looks like something out of the 1940s and when Colton is holding the bouquet-you'd think he was presenting you with an American flag. I just love men in uniform. Gorgeous couple! Carrie  04.22.10 - 5:56am
Leah - Man, you blog fast!! Thanks Jasmine the workshop was awesome!!  04.22.10 - 5:54am
Lisa - Ok, that couple?! They are fabulous! Those photos were out of this world. I really couldn't pick a favorite! Wish I could have been there... plan a trip to MI soon!  04.22.10 - 5:36am
Girish - Very nice shots. I hope you can post a little informative posts or ideas about photographs and little from your workshops for people who can't go to US from places like India.  04.22.10 - 2:31am
Natasha - How about a uk workshop ?? You'd like it over this side of the pond :-) x   04.21.10 - 11:22pm
Angel Canary - I looooved your workshop! It's 1 am and I finally am home and after squeezing the breath out of Steven, the entire hour ride from the airport was nothing but good things about the workshop, you and J.D. and all of the new friends I made. You filled in all of those missing pieces for me, thank you, thank you. ;) Oh, and you're so stinkin cute!!  04.21.10 - 11:07pm
Stephen Motte - I love these Jasmine! You totally killed this shoot :)  04.21.10 - 10:57pm
s h e r r y - These are awesome! They are a gorgeous couple!! :)  04.21.10 - 10:13pm
Cathy Crawley - Oh how gorgeous! LOVE it all :)  04.21.10 - 9:40pm
Leah G. - Great post! I'd LOVE to attend one of your workshops one day! In my  04.21.10 - 9:28pm
Sabrina - again. wow. i just love them. all of them. the pictures that is. i don't know the people and while i'm sure they're wonderful that would be a little odd ;-) i know you said you don't have another workshop planned just yet but if you happen to have one on Nov 16 that would be perfect. b/c i'll be in LA! if not, i'll just swing by with a cupcake for you. with sugar crystals on top... and try to persuade you (again) to come to the east coast. :-)  04.21.10 - 9:19pm
Leslie Savage - Jasmine, love the photos. I dream of attending. But this time I have to inquire about the dress, as I'll probably be buying one within the next year :) Do you know where it's from/brand/any details? I'd be perfection for my body type, and I don't usually fall in love with wedding dresses. Until now... help?  04.21.10 - 8:31pm
Holli True - PS: These pics are blowing my mind. I think this is my absolute FAVORITE session you've ever done. Smitten!!  04.21.10 - 8:14pm
Holli True - One day, Jasmine, one day I will get to attend one of your workshops. I am determined!! :)  04.21.10 - 8:13pm
krista lucas - such a beautiful couple! i'm hoping to make it to the next workshop...saving my pennies. :) xoxo  04.21.10 - 8:12pm
JEnnie - Must have been shirt and belt day! The shot of you talking with specificity has two other people wearing the same style as you! LOL  04.21.10 - 8:09pm
mariel - these look like soo much fun!!!!!!!   04.21.10 - 8:06pm
Lora Ayers - I met Michelle while waiting in line to hear your WPPI presentation. She is not only gorgeous but very sweet! :) Amazing pics! I would so love to attend your workshop J*! ~Lora  04.21.10 - 7:29pm
Maria - I love all of these shots -beautiful! I'd love to attend one of your workshops but I'm all the way in Florida!! jealous right now!   04.21.10 - 7:00pm
jenny - love the workshop photos ! you always have a way to make people smile !  04.21.10 - 6:46pm
veronika - what a gorgeous model! she is beautiful :) great shots!  04.21.10 - 6:32pm
Jeremiah Spray - I wanna come to one of these workshops soooooooo bad. It looks like an amazing time.  04.21.10 - 6:25pm
Jessica Smith - gah! i knew i shoulda signed up for this workshop! Michelle, you look GORGEOUS!! i can't wait to hang out with you and meet Colton now that you live in VA :0) beautiful images Jasmine, as always! :0)  04.21.10 - 6:23pm
Velia - WOW Jasmin I think these are my fav. They are all gorgeous!  04.21.10 - 5:23pm
Marissa Rodriguez - Your second favorite photo is AMAZING!!!! Totally made me smile. Big time! Congratulations on another successful workshop!   04.21.10 - 5:10pm
amanda thiessen - wow they are a beautiful couple!!   04.21.10 - 5:03pm
Jamie Sheasby - As always gorgeous couple and fantastic location. Where is that by the way?  04.21.10 - 5:01pm
brianna - this is my favorite workshop couple yet!  04.21.10 - 4:54pm
Zurina Bryant - Another successful workshop! :-) Loving the photos.   04.21.10 - 4:51pm
Lydia - Michelle and Colton make gorgeous models! And your outfit is fabulous! I can totally see myself wearing that at my next engagement shoot!  04.21.10 - 4:42pm
Elise - These photos are just amazing! And I have decided I can't read your workshop posts anymore. I cry inside to think of all of the wonderful experiences I'm missing out on. What I wouldn't give to have the kind of money to go to one of your workshops! All of that talent and expertise! Amazing!  04.21.10 - 4:26pm
Kelly Lane Lusk - OH MY GOSH Michelle is sooooo gorgeous!!!! And a sweetheart too! I met her at WPPI and was blown away by her! Looks like another great workshop! JEALOUS!  04.21.10 - 3:21pm
ashley nicole - How fun! I'm so envious of all the attendees. I get your newsletter Jasmine and want to attend one of your workshops so bad but I live in Middle America and Cali isn't a 20 min drive. :) It would take a bit more planning to attend but one day I will. I relate to so many of your struggles to get where you are and I think it would be a great boost to just absorb your knowledge and creativity, not to mention your motivation! For now, I absorb it through your thanks for posting everything from your struggles to your successes.  04.21.10 - 3:14pm
Shayna - Your favorite is my favorite too! Just perfect. If I were them (well, one of them, I suppose), I'd be gaga for that shot and it would go straight onto the mantle, and my parents, and facebook, and maybe some flyers on the street for good measure.  04.21.10 - 3:09pm
Sarah Brewbaker - Loved this post! Mainly because we have our first military wedding this summer and those were some awesome ideas for poses! (As usual!) Hope to attend one of your workshops...someday! :D  04.21.10 - 3:05pm
Lindsay - How can you not tell us where her dress is from? I love it. I want it! PS GREAT pictures!  04.21.10 - 2:54pm
courtney - totally wish i could come to your workshops! some day, right?!  04.21.10 - 2:46pm
whitney law - dang girl. that couple is smokin'! nice work... the lighting is superb.  04.21.10 - 2:46pm
michelle carrillo - thank you thank you THANK YOU!!! I can't say ENOUGH wonderful things about this experience... where words fail me, the tears of joy will help me express my gratitude.   04.21.10 - 2:42pm
Nicole Glenn - Yes, you teach with precision. :) Your (first) favorite photo is diviiiiiine! xoxo  04.21.10 - 2:42pm
Seleta - What an awesome experience! Thank you Jasmine and J.D. for everything! I'm so excited looking through my images and processing all that I learned yesterday!  04.21.10 - 2:24pm
kelly Green - OH. MY. GOODNESSS!!! I am in love with all of these images - and how gorgeous are those two - not fair!  04.21.10 - 2:17pm
-brittany- - Wish I could attend every j* workshop! Mine was perfection, but I am 100% certain all of them are!  04.21.10 - 2:15pm
Laurie Bracewell - Absolutely amazing shoot, as always, Jasmine! And, ohhh, how I love a man in uniform! These two were just gorge!  04.21.10 - 2:10pm
Kim - That dress is stunning! Ohhhh I want it!! Gorgeous work - the clouds and diffused light make the light per-fecto!!! And it helped to have amazing models! Loooove it!! Can't wait until the day I am able to make a workshop!  04.21.10 - 2:10pm
gladys jem - oh my dear goosssh! she is stunning and i love her dress. i also love your outfit and these photos. gah! amazing as always.  04.21.10 - 2:07pm
Erica Rose - I WILL be at the next one! Being in a room full of photographers and learning from one of the best sounds like such a refresher...a fantastic thing for anyone's business. I hope you put up registrations for the next one SOON!  04.21.10 - 2:07pm
robbie hickman - we would luuuuv to have you bring your Workshop to Va Beach. i have an extra room and i'll even bring the donuts.....just sayin  04.21.10 - 2:01pm
Jake Reece - It looks like you guys had a total BLAST! I can't wait to see you at escalate (the rhyme was unintentional i assure you :P) You always kill it Jasmine, say hi to JD and Polo for us. Jake  04.21.10 - 2:00pm
Evie Perez - I meet Michelle at WPPI!!! She is a fab person, I love her :) She is gorgeous and you all did a killer job on the pictures.  04.21.10 - 2:00pm
Dustin Francis - As a The Workshop attendee, I have a close connection with these and I have you and all the wonderful attendees to thank! Thank you for sharing what is the ghetto fabulousness that is j*. Keep it real yo!  04.21.10 - 1:58pm
Brent Pilgrim - Oh how it would be nice to head to SoCal right now and attend one of these shindigs. One day, I say, one day!  04.21.10 - 1:57pm
megmanionsilliker - wow - looks like everything came together so beautifully. stunning images.stunning models. stunning light. one of these days. i will be there. my sister lives in newport beach so i really don't have an excuse! boston's not that far.  04.21.10 - 1:55pm
Krissy - I must attend the next workshop! That dress is so stunning!  04.21.10 - 1:54pm
Bryce Smith - The one of him putting on his gloves is gorgeous. My father was in the service. Made my heart smile!  04.21.10 - 1:53pm
ellie m. - even though i've been to the workshop im jealous. I want to go again :) Jasmine, where is the location with flowers at? Since I'm flying in for the mixer I wanted a scenery like this to shoot my parents in.....thanks!  04.21.10 - 1:52pm
joan solitario - i miss your workshop! this made me wish i can go again! :o)  04.21.10 - 1:52pm
Verenice - This was such an amazing experience! Loved every minute of it! Still on cloud 9 today! After thumbing through my images from yesterday, I can see a real difference in my photos! Thank you for everything!  04.21.10 - 1:50pm
Valerie - Wow, these have got to be my most favorite photos of yours ever! I love them! I am in awe!  04.21.10 - 1:49pm
Becky - wow.... u get nervous??! im sure all the other ppl who attended were WAAAAAAAAAY more nervous than you.... i bet they were all trying to impress you.... which is always good.... u know to impress. lol  04.21.10 - 1:49pm
Katelyn James - I LOVE Michelle!!!!! What a sweetheart! I was so excited when I heard she was modeling!!!! :) beautiful!!!  04.21.10 - 1:44pm