Any Way Better.

t started when I received an email from Chris Allen. He wrote he and his fiance were visiting Southern California and asked if I could meet with Gladys, a bourgeoning photographer. Due to my work schedule being as hectic as it was last year, I couldn't meet but I hoped we'd have a chance to hang out in the future. That's what I wrote back. A bit later Chris inquired about my photography services, and I responded I was, unfortunately, unavailable on the date requested and sent him referrals for bay area wedding photographers. Then he sent another email. The wedding date was changed, and I was excited to meet Gladys.

The meeting came earlier than I expected.

Chris encouraged Gladys to register for my photography workshop and we met for the first time in Laguna Beach at a pizza party she planned the night before. There, surrounded by photographers, I fell in love with her. And I wasn't the only one...everyone loved her. She's magnetic.

Fast-forward to last Friday night. Chris and Gladys married each other in Sonoma on a perfect day. And if that weren't enough, Gladys invited a few people from the workshop to the wedding. As the music pulsed through room, and people danced, we gathered for a group photo. Because that's the photographers do. We like being photographees as much as photographers. And in that moment, I have never been more assured that I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing with my life....surrounded by people I absolutely adore.

It was my last wedding for 2010 and I couldn't have dreamt of spending it any way better.

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Radelle - Oh jasmine, I loved seeing you again (and in action!!) and all of my friends (thanks to you). You are a class act and as you know from my comments on your blog, I adore you. Thanks for the hug & wish I could have chatted more...but I was right....rockwell was up early & I was on mom duty xoxoxoxo love you guys tons! Thanks for making it possible for me to meet such an awesome group of friends. p.s. promise me that you will email me that picture. xo  11.23.10 - 11:19pm
jeramy - boy, they WANTED you! it's nice to be wanted...huh? :-)  11.23.10 - 11:07am
amanda thiessen - can't wait to see these gorgeous photos!  11.22.10 - 12:46pm
Natalie - I can't wait to see the pics! Happy Sunday!  11.21.10 - 9:50pm
Joshua Gull - LOVE the filmstrip and the polaroid!  11.21.10 - 9:15pm
erin - i CANT WAIT to see the rest of the wedding pics. . . i dont know gladys very well, but i adore her already!!   11.21.10 - 7:11pm
ShannonK. - You're so photogenic! You should be in FRONT of the camera more often :)   11.21.10 - 7:06pm
Athena - Love.   11.21.10 - 6:22pm
Anda - "And in that moment, I have never been more assured that I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing with my life....surrounded by people I absolutely adore. " Couldn't agree more with this sentiment, Jasmine. I felt exactly the same way on Friday ... that I've met the greatest, most passionate people since changing careers. Was so good to see you and JD again. Troy commented a few times about how nice and down-to-earth you both are. We both had an amazing and fun time at Gladys and Chris' wedding. Can't wait for us all to meet again at WPPI! xoxo to infinity.   11.21.10 - 6:13pm
Erica Velasco - Too cute!  11.21.10 - 6:12pm
Liz Kausteklis - I love this post and I think that attending your workshop have changed a lot of our lives...for the better!! I can't wait to see the rest of Gladys and Chris's pictures...and she is photographing my wedding next year and can't wait!! xoxo  11.21.10 - 4:29pm
Vanessa Velez - Don't know why this post made me tear up, I feel all warm and fuzzy thinking about how wonderful it is to be so lucky to do what I do too.   11.21.10 - 4:22pm
anouschka - It was such an amazing night! We loved loved loved being part of it! Miss you all already :(  11.21.10 - 3:58pm
MartaV - Oh my goodness. Looks so fun. I can't wait to see the photos. You and JD look adorable in the photobooth. Enjoy the rest of the year off. Can't wait to see what weddings you do in 2011.  11.21.10 - 3:25pm
Life with Kaishon - : )   11.21.10 - 3:24pm
Claudia @ Fabuluxe Photos - love JD's face!... Can't wait to see more next year!  11.21.10 - 2:59pm
Evie Perez - This is so sweet!!! I am so glad you had a great last wedding for 2010. Gladys and Chris are such an adorable couple and I can't wait to see their pictures.  11.21.10 - 2:13pm
Michelle Ocampo - Had a blast with you all...what an amazing could seriously feel the love in the room. Miss you all already!  11.21.10 - 1:42pm
AnneMarie - Congrats on your last wedding of the year, J*. I'll miss not seeing photos of the weddings you shoot. They always turn out awesome!!! aMw   11.21.10 - 12:56pm
kimille smith - Jasmine you are an insperation to me i'm sixteen and love photography...and you. your the reason I decited to be a photographer THANK you! and you are so beautiful.   11.21.10 - 12:47pm
Danni MacCue - That's is very cool  11.21.10 - 12:22pm
gladys jem - You're going to make me cry lots again. Oh Jasmine and JD, it was the best day ever and our families absolutely love you both. We couldn't have asked for better photographers. F'real. Best decision EVER was to change our date to have you. Love you!!!  11.21.10 - 12:06pm
Emily - Coming to your workshop was a turning point in my life and business last year. I am grateful for you and for Gladys and for the photography community. Xoxo.  11.21.10 - 11:39am
Gabriela Fuentes - Enjoy your semi down time and Happy holidays!  11.21.10 - 11:35am
Claudia Carter - Jasmine, you are a true sweetheart and an inspiration! I'm planning on finding a wedding photographer to assist over here in the UK, looking forward to every second of it. Best of luck CC xo  11.21.10 - 11:30am
Stephanie - There's something very harmonious about seeing a herd of photographers together. *sniff*  11.21.10 - 11:29am
LEOLAK - How cool! Gladys looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see the rest of the pics! Love that they changed their wedding date to get you...that's Rockstar-ness right there! Go J*!!!  11.21.10 - 11:24am
Jessica - Love the photobooth idea! Looks like you all had a great time.   11.21.10 - 11:21am
Michelle Feeney - How fun, love the photo booth shots. :) I'd like to think as you reflect back on 2010 you're going to be really happy with it. If not, you should be. thx for sharing.   11.21.10 - 11:18am
Pua - LOVE this! Can't wait to see Gladys' wedding on the blog!!  11.21.10 - 11:15am
Alex - Gladys is one of my favorites :D:D So excited to see the photos of her special day, and was so excited to read this beautiful post! Congratulations to Gladys and Chris!! <3  11.21.10 - 11:12am