Sunday, February 24, 2008

The One about Lunch with Jasmine Star

Starbox Lunch 3

I had the amazing opportunity to have lunch with one of my favorite photographers this past week, Jasmine Star. Not only is her work amazing, but she is such an inspiring person! She is always so real and down-to-earth on her blog, that I felt a little like I already knew her before I met her. There's not many people that you can say that about.

Plus, I felt like it was such an incredible blessing to be able to meet the photographer that has inspired me to get into my own work more seriously. It made seem a bit naive to think that ONE person that I only know through a blog could do that, but ever since I started following her blog last year, it has continued to inspire me more and more on a daily basis. Even more so than any other photographer's blog that I read (and I read A LOT. And just so you know, Google Reader stops counting the number of blogs after you have 1000 reads you haven't read because it says "1000+" Don't ask me how I know...)

Those that follow J* know that she is incredibly humble and modest and after meeting her in person, I have say that it's all true! She was incredibly gracious and gave everyone great tips. I found it amusing that she ended sitting in the "Pope chair" at our table. Serena Grace got some funny shots of her in the chair.

Fun in the Pope chair

Hilarious!

God works in such mysterious ways and I continually find myself amazed at what a detailed, intimate planner He is. Many of the people at the lunch, I learned, were also sisters and brothers in Christ. What a blessing that He brought some of us together. I'm looking forward to keeping in touch with them online. One of things that God has done a LOT of in the past month for me has been giving me opportunities to network with other photographers. And not only just that, but Christian photographers. Amazing.

Plus, it was also God's working that everyone that came to the lunch was JUST starting out in their own photography endeavors. How awesome is that?

I had an amazing time and am thankful for this opportunity to meet someone that inspires me so much. It's going to be interesting to see how He continues to work through me this year and I'm hoping that next year, when I look back at what transpired over 2007... that I'll look back with even more amazement at how far I've come and grown as a photographer.

Jasmine & Jasmine

On a sidenote: Does anyone know how to upload photos onto blogger without it losing so much of its quality? It uploads so small and then when I make it bigger, it's all pixelated. I'll try it with flickr.

UPDATE: Okay I figured it out. :) Not as intuitive as I thought, but it's actually pretty cool. I think I might enjoy flickr!

35 comments:

Rachel Brooke said...

you are so lucky! I hope yall had fun!

kymberli q. said...

This was a great post, Jasmine - especially about the brothers and sisters in Christ info - so true! God IS awesome!

It was nice meeting you too and I wish you the best of luck! :)

Kat said...

It was sooo good to meet you!I have to say that God really is the best wedding planner ever, because he plans even the smallest of details. :) He even planned for us all to go to that lunch last Thursday. I just wish that I could take his picture on the wedding day. He had to do so much to make it ALL happen ;)

I hope that 2008 is an amazing year and I hope to be in touch!

Jasmine Marie said...

@rachelbrooke

Thank you! It was such a treat.

Jasmine Marie said...

@kymberli q.

It's such a pleasure to meet another sister in Christ. Keep in touch!

Jasmine Marie said...

@kat

I just so happened to be online right now and you left the sweetest comment. Thank you. God IS so involved with our wedding planning right now that I continue to be amazed by how much He's working through us in this process. Wow.

:)

I look forward to seeing how 2008 unfolds for you too. It's exciting to think just how much He's going to work in our lives.

Mark Brooke Photography said...

Isnt it awesome how many christians are getting into the biz? we love all the connection we have made.

AHS Photography said...

Hi Jasmine! Thanks so much for stopping by our blog! I too am so blessed by all the amazing photographer friends God has brought into my life this year! I look forward to following your work!

<3 Amy

Ann said...

I'm really amazed at how many Christians are out there that are photographers!! I was really feeling like I was on this journey to be a "real" photographer on my own, but it's sooo encouraging to meet many other Christians that are fighting the same fight! Yea!!

Kelly said...

I am so glad you had this wonderful experience! I can't wait to see your beautiful photographs :).

david & kimi baxter said...

isn't jasmine awesome! many blessings to you and your business jasmine!

ashley & jeremy parsons said...

thanks so much for the blog love - it means so much to us!! It looks like you are off to an incredible start in your journey - and I love your profile description and the humility you are having in the journey - I echo david&kimi - many blessings!!!

Melissa Koehler said...

Jasmine is such a sweetie! Looks like you had fun!

serena grace said...

hey jasmine! seriously, God is so good! and He is constantly blowing me away with His goodness. btw, who's your bride's man? mine is my little brother.

amanda fales photography said...

ooo! now we can be blog buddies :) love your photos, as always. and i love YOU! :)

Jasmine Marie said...

Thanks for all the comment love. It has been so encouraging!

Caitlin Domanico said...

Hey!! The moo cards are so worth it:):):) xo
I'm a teacher too!

stephanie davis said...

Jasmine, thanks so much for stopping by my blog!! {and leaving a comment}
And how lucky are you? Jasmine Star!!
I love her and her sweet spirit! And that she Gives God the Glory!
I have booked marked your site so I will visit often!!!
Thanks again and I pray that you will be blessed in your business!

Dawn Malone said...

Thanks for stopping by and sending some blog love. What a blessed day to meet up with all those women. I see you were able to meet Serena, the Lord has great plans for her, she is beautiful inside and out and super talented. God has been so good to send all these talented people to meet up and be able to fellowship and lift each other up. I hope our paths meet up soon! :D

Christian said...

Thanks for the blog comment! WOW!!! 1000+! You must read A LOT of blogs!

:)

Caitlin Domanico said...

Hey! Actually, I teach early intervention (special ed)...so I have IEPs, progress reports, and evaluation reports. They all suck, and they are spread throughout the year (25 kids). I have a TON right now!!!! AHHH! I am prcrastinating by editing a shoot from today:)

hehe

xoxo

jen said...

thanks for the comment! what a great opportunity you had! the number of fabulous photogs in CA amazes me. best wishes!

Wayne Toshikazu said...

I wish I would have known about this! I'm glad that at least you were one of the chosen ones. :-)

Leah said...

lucky girl! Love your paper clip with paper and your name it rocks!

Ruby said...

how fun i'm jealous! great post.

thanks for stopping by my blog too.

adrienne said...

thank you for the comment! how exciting that you got to meet jasmine star! i've also been glued to her blog ever since i first discovered it - she really does seem so kind and down-to-earth.

best wishes for your business and i look forward to seeing more of your work!

Scott Robert Lim said...

I wish you all the best with your blossoming career and may God continue to bless you!! Just wanted to say hi and thanks for subscribing! love to hear from you!!

Kara May said...

Wow, lucky girl :) Sounds like so much fun!

david & kimi baxter said...

jasmine, san diego is perfection! hope you're well!

Ginger Murray said...

Hi Jasmine! Thanks for the comment on my blog!
I hope you'll consider NILMDTS if you feel that it's something you're being called to do!

How fun that you got to dine with Jasmine! She is a true inspiration for me as well-- she has such a gift in photography as well as in her kind spirit (I have not met her, but this is how she is portrayed to me via her blog!).

amanda fales photography said...

you might need to teach me how to upload with flickr! I wondered about the quality of my photos and shrugged it off as un-changable! the contrast is just terrible!

And! the "bean" is this thing in chicago that everyone has vacation pictures of... a giant silver "bean" right in front of a huge chicago city scape that is reflective! so you stand in front of the bean, and it looks like you're standing in front of all of chicago! :) it's really pretty cheesy, but i couldn't miss the opp! :)

miss you! update, lady! :)

Melissa McClure said...

Jasmine* is an amazing person inside and out! Glad you got to meet her! :)

susan said...

jas! i saw the comment about the bean! come visit me in chicago and i promise i will take you there. =) and for you...i know you would love all the photo ops in chicago. =D

Josh said...

Good luck on your photography journey! It's the most fun you'll ever have "working":)

Kevin Tsang said...

Hello Jasmine... you need to whip out the camera and capture your wedding planning.