The adjectives to describe Mrs. Jasmine Star wedding photographer extraordinaire have surely not been created because she is beyond Awesome, Inspiring, Talented, Driven, Funny, Humble, Sincere, Loyal...OMG..I could go on all day but these words still cut her short of what a Wonder Woman she truly is! This is one gal that I can see sporting a red cape as she works her magic!
Creative Live and Jasmine Star equally struck this project out of the ball park! I mentioned both before and gave links in previous post, but I love both so much I had to write a second follow up post after completing the full 5 day course. I am so glad I made this a priority! For those of you who are curious you are able to purchase the whole wedding photography course over at Creative Live
for $149 and let me tell you it is worth every single penny if not more..trust me on this!
What Jasmine Star* did for me? Wow...you may think I am a bit over the top but her course was THAT great! It literally lit a fire under my bum and scarred me for life...lol...in a good way! See I was already taking courses and learning online here and there, so I knew I WANTED to pursue photography in a bad way, but after hearing Jasmine speak, now I know it's a NEED and I should not feel guilty for NOT taking the traditional expected route I was headed. Life has a funny way of working things out! She is the voice I wasn't hearing inside my own head saying, "YOU CAN DO THIS" I doubted myself and I never give myself enough credit and lets face it no one takes me seriously for some reason...lol..wait that's not so funny? Or maybe I wanted, craved, looked for that push from family and friends and it never came so I thought to myself, "Am I the only one who thinks I can do this?" As time passes they will realize this is not a passing moment but a Moment in time.."THE" Moment in time when I fell into my Sweet Spot. One day they will take me serious, but for now the only person I have to prove anything to is Myself. I Got This!
How do I know I Got This?!?! There is only 1 other moment in time that my spirit was awakened that my eyes and heart opened equally. Only "ONE" other time I felt this new! Where no other human being was the reason for my happiness and that first reason was the day I was Saved, when I dedicated my life to the Lord. I definitely experienced a sense of newness, being, who I was meant to be was clear. I knew "FINALLY" why they used the term, "BORN AGAIN" that is literally how I felt! It is a feeling I could never duplicate. I was about 18 when I experienced God's calling. Sure I have fallen off path, missed church service time and time again...I am human not perfect and I just can't pull off pretending to be. God knows my heart and that's all that matters at the end of the day. But THAT DAY~ Oh how "THAT DAY" changed me forever! That day reminds me of how I will live my life in gratitude, love, inspiration, giving, so much more under the hands of God. I walk with him in mind always. So after hearing Jasmine speak she sealed the deal! Ok nothing can compare to the day I was Saved~ let me be honest~ but it came pretty darn close! What I had already knew in my heart I had always wanted to do was delivered in a message I felt delivered to me over 5 days and it came from a fellow believer in Christ. This is how I know I am where I am supposed to be. Some will call me crazy and some will say, "I GET IT" I say, "I wish you could have been there~ both times~ because then you would understand this girl is serious!"
It's Time to Live In My Sweet Spot...All Aboard!
P.S...If she or anyone who took the course reads this~ you will get the A+ pic:)
GASP! I cannot believe August is coming to a close and I have yet to post pics of Mikayla's 1st Birthday Luau. I will post a few but REMEMBER these pics are taken with a simple point and shoot Canon Powershot~I am filling up the piggy bank as the minutes pass to snag me a DSLR so I can take it to the next level. I am a photographer @ heart learning, growing and being inspired daily...my journey has only just began.
It's Fab Friday and I am super excited to sit in on a live wedding shoot with wedding photographer Extraordinaire Jasmine Star! But before I get into how great she is I want to just say Creative Live is doing great things over in Seattle and using the web to the fullest....it's a good thing! They are taking MEGA talent and sharing it with the world FREE! Come on are you kidding me FREE..YES FREE! At first glance I thought something free cannot be good there has to be a catch 22. Something's gotta give..right? Boy has Creative Live proved me wrong! They are taking their passion for creativity of all genres and are sharing it with the world and it is A~M~A~Z~I~N~G! Need I say more?!?! So for all you Creative Minds here you go~Check it out!
Now back to Mrs.Jasmine Star who I from this day forward will call "MY HERO" literally this girl needs a cape. She is Superwoman in disguise I just know it...better yet Wonder Woman...either way she is definitely a Super Hero! I had first hand of seeing her shoot Live yesterday and she blew me away! I do not think there are words to describe this woman. She is incredible to watch..this is a woman doing what she loves and you can tell just by watching her in action. I would also like to refer to her as my Puerto Rican Soul Sista! She has turned on so many light bulbs upstairs it's not even funny! I have cried and laughed simultaneously more in the past 2 days than I have all year. I could go on for hours how great she is and what a beauty inside and out but I am assuming by now my point has been driven:) Jasmine you definitely are Fun, Fresh & Fierce! Here is a link to her website~ http://www.jasmine-star.com/
So cheers to a Fab Friday everyone! I await day 3 with much anticipation..this is good stuff people...better than good...IT'S GREEEEAAAAT!
"Sweet Spot" I have heard this term a lot lately reading Max Lucado's Cure For the Common Life~Living in Your Sweet Spot, from photographers who are teaching, even golfers use this term..."Sweet Spot" It can mean so many different things to so many people. So what does it mean to me?
I am 30 something and having sort of a mid life crisis early, why? Well part because I grew up faster than most, started a family way to early, felt heart ache the kind that brings you to your knees. I have experienced great highs and great lows. But I guess that's livin life to the fullest just in another aspect. But mainly my crisis came from being in my mid-30's and having to ask myself, "What do you want to be, do, say...how do YOU want to live your life?" I am making decisions, pondering some of the same questions my 17 year old is at this very moment as she follows her calling in life. Then I ask myself, "Is it ever too late to start over.. begin again" My answer to myself, "NO!" It can't ever be too late or I'm screwed. Maybe I never really began, maybe this is just now my beginning and it has taken me this long to figure it all out. I could blame a lot of reasons why I am where I am but when it comes down to it, Everything happens for a reason in my book. I have learned more valuable lessons from life than any book or school could teach. I have learned to appreciate the good with the bad for it has kept me grounded, built character I would not have other wise. I can't say I am resilient after all I am human, but I can say I will always look for the good in the bad.In that determination to find the good in my current bad I think I FINALLY found it...MY SWEET SPOT!
My Sweet Spot~The very thing that wakes me from my sleep because I am craving to learn more. That very thing that I go to bed thinking about and wake up yearning to learn more about because I want it so bad I can taste it. My sweet spot...my calling...FINALLY! What is it you ask? Well if you read some previous posts and knew me it's probably obvious that it HAS to be Photography. I am in love 100% no doubt. It's what gets my blood pumping, excites me to the core, it's what drives me. Am I any good? Well anyone can criticize and think I am nuts, isn't this a hobby not a career? I know I will have my harsh critics and yes that scares me because I am a very private person who guards her soul from the most evil of people:) But I am trying to fix that insecure little girl inside and open myself up to critique. To not be afraid, to be who I AM, who I NEED to be in life so at the end of the day I feel accomplished and fulfilled instead of accomplished and unhappy. So I'm doing it! I am going to eat, breathe, sing, dance whole heartedly dive into what makes me...ME!
In taking a photography course by Jasmine Star wedding photographer extraordinaire, an inspiration of beauty inside and out. Who may I also add chose photography over a full ride into Law School at UCLA because she just wasn't happy. It just wasn't her! I totally get it! Some would say she is nuts how could she give up a full ride? But at the end of the day she knew it wasn't her cup of tea and not where she pictured herself..I GET IT! I am honored to hear her speak and learn from her. She has said many inspiring things that have flipped that switch in my brain to say..I GET IT! One of the many things she said that sticks with me and it also made me cry because her husband got it, gets it too. She quoted him saying this to her upon making the hard choice to leave law school for good, "I would rather see you fail at something you love, than succeed at something you hate." I cried hearing this, now that is a great man, husband, friend, all of the above. They both get it! Get it...got it...GOOD!
So in my journey thus far I have learned it is never too late to begin again, I must give myself more credit(someone has to), I must take the good with the bad equally to grow, life never goes the way I planned therefore it's always best to have a plan B and to simply be ME! So do tell~ what is your Sweet Spot?