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The Jasmine Star Workshop

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!

I’ll end this post with the group shot!! I’m the silly little blonde one in the lower right 😉
Thank you again so much Jasmine & JD for being so open, honest and generous! This was such an amazing experience, and I know will make me a much better photographer and businesswoman! To Diandra, Kristy, Melissa, Ellie, Lara, Caitlin, Meng, Laurie, Sia, Suzanne, Anna, Anna Kim, Carrie, John, Angela, Janna, Molly, Brittany, Tracy, Jennifer and Cori — thank you all for being so awesome! I had so much fun getting to know you and hope we can all stay in touch! I am excited to see where 2010 takes you!!! 🙂
  • Katie Neal Photo - Soooo excited to see what you do with all that amazing info in 2010!! I’m jealous that I didn’t get to go with you!!! 🙂 So glad you had such a lifechanging time!!

  • erika - WOW!!! Very excited for you Ash! Love the pics, they look awesome!! I look forward to working with you again!!

  • Thomas Frank - So cool Ashleigh, your images came out amazing! Very J* but with your own style!

  • Molly Marie Williams - Oh my goodness. You are such a great photographer! I love all your images and the fact that you got them up so quickly. way to go!

    I’m so glad I met you and I really hope to keep in touch and connected. You are so talented and fun to be around and I just love ya!

  • Sean - I love everything you wrote, I love everything you experienced and… translated from such a valuable time. Soak it up like a sponge, Ash! These images are INCREDIBLE! Some of your best yet?! I think so. You’re going places, very quickly indeed.

  • Jasmine* - It was SO awesome meeting you, Ashleigh! I can’t wait to see what you do in the near future! The photos look awesome and I’m thrilled with the outcome! Woohoo!

  • kym - wooah, something strange happened to my comment! I’ll try again! Gorgeous!

  • Vivian Tran - All Made Up Team - Thanks Ashleigh for posting them so quick…I love them!

    -Vivian Tran

  • Laurie Bracewell - LOVE these! They are awesome! You’ve got such a talent, girl. 🙂 Can’t wait to see you again at WPPI!!

  • Michelle Kane - Looks to be a wonderful learning experience. You are just absorbing all sorts of valuable info at all these workshops you are attending. You have no choice but to soar this year! Best to you my friend!

  • gina - simply gorgeous! i heart j*

  • Samantha - Ahhhh!!! Ashleigh these are gorgeous!! I’m sooo going to go to a Jasmine Star workshop the next time I visit my bff in LA… WOW! Congrats on a great experience hun!

  • Nicole Glenn - BEAUTIFUL Ashleigh!! I love the first image and the shot of them laughing. So glad you were able to go!! 🙂

  • cindee bae - Glad to hear you had an amazing time, makes me more certain that I should take her next workshop! Can’t wait to see what you do in 2010! 🙂

  • Alissa Ferullo - So beautiful! Just love Jasmine’s work, and I bet her workshop was amazing!!! Your images are awesome, way to go! =)

  • Jessica Feely - Thanks for your comment girl- it was AMAZING 🙂 But HELLO! You went to the J* workshop?? I would have traded any day hehe 🙂 No but really, that is awesome, and your images are just GORGEOUS….beautifully done!

  • Caitlin - SO nice to meet you Ashleigh! Wish we would have had more time to get to know one another. Your signature image is definitely my favorite :O) Keep up the awesome work girl!

  • Virginia Vo - nice shoot! looks like it was a lot of fun!

  • Paige - Wow! Beautiful pictures. Though I’m thinking (without having looked at the rest of your blog) that you must have been this amazing before these were taken. I would love to go to one of Jasmin’s workshops one of these days! Now I’m seriously inspired.

  • Angel Pope - Thank you so much for sharing these photos. I’ve been reading other photog blogs and everyone just posted photos that they took of the models. I love the shots you posted of the personal touch that Jasmine added by the handwritten notes! How awesome. I am going to a workshop in May and thinking about it now makes me nauseous, that is how much emotion I have wrapped up in it!

    Anyhoo, thanks again!

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