November 15, 2010

A GIRL IN A CHAIR : JASMINE STAR + YWD WORKSHOP | Rancho Las Lomas, California

I set two pretty lofty goals (in my opinion) for my photography business in 2011: 1) Attend a Jasmine Star workshop, and 2) Get published in some type of wedding publication - blog or print. So when I saw Jasmine Star's post about an exclusive, unique workshop she'd be doing, partnered with the fabulous Editor in Chief, Thea Lignos-Hargrove, & Creative Director, Cathryn VanBreene of Your Wedding Day magazine, I couldn't believe my luck.  It was the perfect opportunity, and the very first workshop of its kind: a collaboration of a renowned photographer and a renowned magazine - how could I NOT jump at the chance?  The workshop's focus would be on shooting editorially and submitting work for publication. The venue: the beautiful Rancho Las Lomas in the hills of Silverado, California. My excitement level? Through. The. ROOF.  The experience itself?  Indescribable.  I walked away with a wealth of information and inspiration, and I am SO excited for what the new year will bring.

When I started this photography "venture," it was sort of on a whim, and I was unsure of where the road would take me.  I had a love and passion for photography that I felt I needed to acknowledge at the very least - and whatever would happen next, I'd planned to simply enjoy the ride.  In my very first blog post, I mentioned Jasmine Star, one of my utmost favorite wedding photographers, and I didn't think I'd so quickly get the chance to meet her, let alone shoot alongside her!  Jasmine was just as down-to-earth and awesome as she comes across in her blog, and her husband JD was so friendly and welcoming as well.

STAR-struck! :)  Not the most fabulous picture of me, but I take consolation in the fact that it's still a photo with J*!

I was SO excited to be meeting Thea and Cathryn of YWD too, and I was equally amazed with them!  YWD is a wedding publication I love to read/look at, cover-to-cover.  It was truly a welcomed opportunity to meet, in-person, the creative geniuses behind the scenes!!

The workshop was held on a Thursday and I'd originally planned to just fly in and fly back out. Instead, I ended up taking some vacation time and spending a few days in sunshine (getting to visit my mom again in less than 2 months - double score!).  Sadly, I missed the soiree YWD hosted the evening before, but made it early to the workshop the next morning.  You know you're a serious fan when your 4-year-old can peek out a car window and say, "Look -- there's Jasmine Star!" and be right! lol  My little Eden LOVES watching J*'s CreativeLive videos with me :).

Four BREATHTAKING wedding sets were designed and set up for the next YWD publication, so I'm unable to post images of those until after the next issue of the magazine is released, but I, along with Jasmine and almost 30 other uber-talented photographers, did get to shoot two gorgeous models, and those images, I can post :).

Here are a just a few photos - for now - of the Girl in A Chair workshop.

A HUGE thank you to J* & JD, Thea, Cathryn, Rosalind Bordo of Two Bright Lights, Sofia Singelstad, and everyone else who made the workshop happen!  SO thrilled to meet such amazing photographers who also attended as well!  xox 

The light was A-MA-ZING.

I LOVE a dress in motion...gorgeous!

And here is the awesome group with J*, Thea and Cathryn - photo credit: Jasmine Star Photography.


Karen Stott said...

These are SO gorgeous! It was so amazing getting to attend this one of a kind workshop with you. I loved every second. The only downfall is that I feel I didn't get much chance to get to know you and some of the others better. Hopefully we will cross paths soon!

Sara said...

Pua!! These are GORGEOUS! I love the third to last one, it might be my favourite! Beautiful!!!!!!!!

Jasmine said...

I LOVE IT!!! So happy to have met you, Pua! Say hello to your daughter for me! ;)

Janet said...

Great images Pua!!! I cant wait to take one of Jasmine's workshops :)

Alex said...

Wow these are so fabulously beautiful! Great job!

sepa said...

so proud! xox

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness. How awesome that 2 of your goals came true! Way to go. It looks like it was a very fun day. I am visiting via your comment at Jasmine Star's blog. Your daughter sounds ADORABLE! I think it is so cute that she recognized Jasmine Star. That is the sweetest!

Artemis Clover: The real L.A. love story. said...

congrats on achieving your dream of attending a j star class!! she was who inspired me to first do photog and if i were still working at it, this would be a dream of mine too! YAY!
psst. sorry for all the late commenting. i have been out of the blog world for a few weeks...