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So You Want to Photograph a Destination Wedding?


Dear Jasmine, I have a huge dream. It's just crazy weird. And I've been afraid to visualize it (you talked about it in Exposed Magazine). So I'm going to say it out loud for the first time. Here. I want to shoot a wedding in Bali. I do. I really really really do. I love Bali and I want to go back with every fibre of my being. I'm going to start visualizing. Dreaming.

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Palihouse Engagement : Erica + Carl


She didn't want to go. In fact, Erica wouldn't dream of attending a surprise birthday bash in Chicago for a friend while she was in the final semester of graduate school. No, no she had a thesis to write, tests to study for, and needed to focus on preparing for an upcoming job interview. A dear friend refused to listen to Erica and promised she'd help Erica study on the

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Sometimes You Don’t Get to Pick Your Chair


I'm the type of person who wakes up early, scours the pool for optimal sun-soakage, and saves lounge chairs for my return in the afternoon (yes, I realize this is completely annoying). On the last day of our stay, we slept late and arrived to the pool to realize every good chair was taken. Begrudgingly I selected the only two chairs available, which were located off in

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Malibu Engagement : Ferrah + Ali


It was the weekend and Hollywood was humming like a bumblebee hard at work. The neon lights, the oversized billboards, and the European cars made the evening alive with possibilities. Ali saw Ferrah from across the room and watched her from a distance. It was a party hosted at the Sky Bar and after a few sips of his drink, Ali made his way to Ferrah. It was her smile.

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Do I Need a Business Plan?


I created a business plan for my first year of business and here's a few things that were in that plan:     a. Second shoot/assist 5-10 weddings (ended up second shooting more than 30+ weddings)     b. Book one wedding (ended up booking three)     c. Attend a photography workshop (ended up attending five) Here's why I thought the goals were attainable:

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Viceroy Palm Springs Wedding : Melissa+John


Their friends referred to it as a Korean Soap Opera, a love story that seemed like it could only play out on television. The plot was filled with missed opportunities, false starts on first dates (his choice in frozen yogurt was apparently appalling), and complete with two mothers who knew their children were destined to be together. No, Melissa and John were never going

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Stop Doing + Start Creating


Lately I've been doing a lot of doing. Yeah, you know that thing that people do when they're unsure of the next move? Doing. That's me. I put my head down and charge toward the next thing on my To Do list because scratching things off makes me feel productive. But sometimes productivity is morphine for creativity. It makes you feel like everything is okay, but deep down

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Making a Budget Wedding Beautiful


    3. Embrace Your Role as a Stylist The truth of the matter is this: You are more likely to be hired to shoot beautiful weddings if your portfolio is filled with beautiful weddings. So how do you get there? Stylize. Find ways to gather details, florals, and environmental elements to photograph the wedding in a way that's fuller/richer than it first appears. For

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38 Years of Marriage


They sat next to each other on the couch, their legs lightly touching. My dad looked at her as my mom recounted what he was wearing the first time she saw him. Linen pants that flared at the bottom, a Hawaiian shirt, and a head covered with a thick afro of brown locks. Mom said he looked like one of the best dressed guys in East Los Angeles. You don't remember what I

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Pelican Hill Wedding : Alix + Ben


Ben's dad saw a lovely girl walk across the street with a plate of homemade cookies and into the surf shop his son owned. With the waffling scents of sugar filling the air, his dad turned to his brother and asked who she was. Ben's brother admitted Alix had been stopping by the store often, after Ben gave her a surf lesson. Since when did Ben start giving surf lessons,

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New Workshop Date Announced


And here are a few nice things past students have said about theWorkhop... "Jasmine is fun...and let's face it...HILARIOUS!! She is every bit as real as you'd imagine she is, and that's huge. You don't realize how important it is at a workshop to feel a connection to the instructor...but it makes the experience so much more impacting. Beyond that, Jasmine is a wealth of

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Should I Use Facebook for Marketing?


Dear Jasmine, How important is having a Facebook page? Not a huge fan of FB but am I missing out? Sincerely, Fear of Missing Out Dear FOMO, Social media is a crazy thing. There are professionals who share how to use it, fancy agencies with carefully crafted strategies to leverage it, and millions spent advertising with it. And then--seemingly out of no where--some kid

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Loft on Pine Wedding : Michelle+Kevin


She moved quietly throughout the room, passing out gifts with a light smile and thanking her bridesmaids for being there with her, in the moment. Michelle's sister gave her a locket with a photo of their mother inside. She would've been so happy to see you married... her sister said as her voice trailed off into a deep hug. The passing of their mother unwrapped pain, but

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