Tuesday was a great day. A fabulous day. A Jasmine Star day. But let’s start with Monday. I met 19 other photographers and Jasmine Star for a dinner/mixer thingy at Javier’s. It was really fun to get to know everyone in person! You see I had become facebook friends with these people, followed them on Twitter, and even stalked there blogs. But the internet is one thing. Real life? That’s something different entirely. So ooooh boy was I relieved to see how friendly and open everyone was. Everyone was so supportive. And a few people even said how much they admired my blog and work, which almost made me cry. Really? ME?!! I needed to be pinched. A year ago I would have never imagined this for myself. When Jasmine arrived she was so friendly, down to earth and personable! She truly is sucha giving and generous person. I thought I’d be a bumbling fool in front of her, but she made me feel like an old friend. She is truly that cool!! Then she treated us to Pinkberry and I nearly died! How deliciously sweet! Oh J* you know the way to my heart is through my tummy 😉
By the start of The Workshop Tuesday morning, I felt like old friends with everyone. Not intimidated at all but just ready to learn. We spent the morning talking about branding, which was so helpful as its a concept that I didn’t fully understand. I didn’t take any photos of Jasmine talking ’cause y’all I was taking notes! I don’t mess around with note taking. I wanted to get every word of what she had to say down on paper. But I did take a few pics of the pretty stationary Jasmine gave us…looksy…plus its branded 😉
Jasmine reiterated a concept I already knew to be true. A hand written note goes a long way! I will be saving this one for sure 😉
One thing that really struck me about Jasmine is how self aware and deliberate she is. Everything in her business is done with clear understanding and reason. Its like “I am doing this because of this…”And I think that being intentional is such a key part to running a consistent, successful, well defined business. This year I will be spending A LOT of time further developing my brand, and being intentional with what I do in my business. No more just doing because I feel I am supposed to do it that way or because peers seem to do it a certain way. No more haphazard actions or intentions. I will be intentional and aware from now on!
My other favorite part of the day was of course THE PHOTO SHOOT. Oh my gosh! First can we talk about the yummy prettiness going on here?! The models, married couple Jodi and Matt, were so good looking it hurts, and also sooo sweet together! The hair and make up was done by Vivian Tran’s All Made Up Team. The divine jewelry was provided by Noaki Jewelry. And Jodi’s breathtaking dress was designed by Joan Shum. I’m kinda in total awe of Joan’s work! Its just so unique and fashion forward– pure art, to say the least! Make sure to check out Joan’s etsy store!
I would always read on Jasmine’s blog how she uses “natural reflectors” to get stunning images even in the harshest of lighting conditions and I had NO CLUE what the heck she meant! Thankfully, Jasmine planned the day with this lesson in mind. Our photoshoot was in full day sun with harsh light, and J* showed us how to rock it out using natural reflectors. And it all clicked. J* you are a smart one, you really are. I will be using this technique all the time!!!
Jasmine wanted us to all walk away with a signature image from this shoot! The following image is most definitely mine!!
The florals were provided by Kristin of The Treasured Petal, someone who’s work I’ve been obsessed with for awhile now! She just comes up with the most stunning arrangements. And I loved the bouquet and boutonniere she designed for this shoot! Just lovely!
Jodi you are stunning! Really really stunning!