Today was the first day of the CreativeLIVE workshop with Jasmine Star. I felt like a kid on the first day of school: Nervous and excited, not sure what to expect, full of questions and expectations… and just hoping that people would like me so I would have someone to sit with at lunch time.
As it turned out, our little posse (Nate, Audrey, Sachin, Stephanie and I) met Jasmine on the sidewalk just after we had finished our yummy breakfast and were headed to the studio for the workshop. We were laughing and talking amongst ourselves, and then suddenly someone said, “There she is!!” and it was like we had just spotted Brad Pitt or something: 5 adults just gushed with total giddy excitement. Only Jasmine was not surrounded by an entourage and did not disappear into a conveniently parked limo, instead, SHE seemed just as giddy and excited as US. Seriously. She bounced over and hugged us all and it was just… well, I don’t know, but better than meeting Brad Pitt! JD was there too; the perfect balance to Jasmine’s exuberant personality. He was super sweet; recognizing and greeting each one of us by name with a big sincere smile. This impromptu meeting set the tone for the rest of the day.
Jasmine in person is exactly like Jasmine on her blog. She talks like a California valley girl (like totally!!) and she KEEPS IT REAL! She is funny and genuine and insightful in a down to earth way that I can completely relate to. She shared so much of herself with us and was not afraid to open up about the challenges and struggles she has faced both personally and professionally. I laughed, I cried - then I got mascara in my eye and cried some more. But mostly I just listened and absorbed and was truly inspired.
Tomorrow we will be shooting Laura and Billy’s “first look” with Jasmine and JD… and I’m back to having the first-day-of-school butterflies about that. I did have a full table of new friends at lunch today though, so I’ll be walking with a more confident swagger tomorrow
Just to ramp it up a notch, I’ve challenged myself to shoot with my 50mm 1.4 – especially since Jasmine called my trusty 24-70mm the “lazy girl’s lens” today! I don’t usually shoot with prime lenses, so this will be a little out of my comfort zone, but that’s what learning and growing is all about, right? Just to get warmed up, I took a few behind-the-scenes shots with the 50mm 1.4 today. I’ve posted a few of my favorites below: