Wednesday, August 25, 2010

J* Wedding Workshop - Day 1

Today was the fist day of Jasmine's workshop on CreativeLIVE. I cried and I laughed, and then I cried some more. They're live in Seattle, so I had the whole morning to wait in anticipation.. MAN, did she deliver?! She gave her back story and talked about how she came to be a wedding photographer. She candidly revealed her insecurities and mistakes she's made along the way. When she shared the following blog post from 2006 she had me in tears...

Why am I such a chicken? I swear, I should just lay an egg to complete this metamorphosis. I mean, the chicken and I both share entities like feet, breasts, and pointed breathing orifices, so if I sprouted feathers tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised.
I need—need—to be willing to go out on a limb and ask people if I could take their pictures. I mean, I know couples who are engaged, so why can’t I bring myself to ask them if I could snap their engagement photos? For crying out loud, I wouldn’t charge them and I would give them a CD of all their pictures, so what’s stopping me? My fear. Of rejection. Of incompetence. Of embarrassment.
I need to do this. Just need to.

I. know. the. feeling. 
Did you notice that I said 2006? Yeah, she went from chicken Jasmine to J* in less than four years. Incredible! The rest of the day was packed with tips about branding, marketing on social media, second shooting and a wedding day walkthrough. So much information and I'm soaking it all up!

1 comment:

  1. I know is amazing!! My husband says Im her blog stalker! ha ha I just felt so encouraged and inspired by her story! Is trully incredible! I could only saw bits of the Live one, time difference ( im in the Uk) and I have a 2 year old running around me at all times! he he

    By the way..I saw you blog in the opensourcephoto...Im new there and Im just browsing some topics:)