On Meeting Jasmine Star

I'm embarrassed by my husband on a regular basis. I'm not quite sure how to explain this phenomenon, but I think it's a combination of his extroverted personality and the fact that he himself doesn't embarrass that easily. Both are qualities that attracted me to him in the first place, but every so often I find myself shaking my head and saying "Seth!" in an unusually high voice while wishing for Harry Potter's invisibility cloak. It's once in a blue moon that I embarrass myself to the point of wanting to disappear. There must have been a blue moon last week.

I had the pleasure of attending the WPPI Road Trip in Northbrook, IL on September 16th. It was my first experience with anything related to WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International), so I had no idea what to expect, but Jasmine Star was speaking and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to hear her, and *gasp* possibly even meet her. I've been following her blog for over a year now, and she's been such an encouragement and an inspiration to me. When Jasmine came up, I was blown away by her story and what she had to say. After everything was finished, I didn't want to seem too eager by jumping into the "meet jasmine" line, so I casually wandered over with my hands in my pockets as if I had some other business to attend to, and then slipped nonchalantly into line ("What? Huh?? This is the "meet Jasmine" line? Oh, well, I guess I'll meet her, since I'm here and all."). There was a problem, however. I had NO IDEA what I was going to say to her! I'd been wracking my brain for weeks to come up with some sort of thought-provoking question to ask Jasmine so I could mask the fact that all I really wanted to do was meet her. Something that made me seem professional and deep and not some ridiculous "I want to have your baby" fan. So there I was, looking right into her face, shaking her hand ("Hi, I'm Jasmine!") and I say the deepest thing that comes to my mind, "I love you." She laughed graciously (thank God, she must get that a lot!) and I told her my name, then apologized for being nervous, to which she replied "Shake it off, Chrissy!" while shaking my shoulders. Then there was silence. Ear piercing silence. I'm sure it was only a couple of seconds, but to me, it felt like ages and all I could think was "Did I really just tell JASMINE STAR that I love her??" But wait, it gets better. Sensing I had nothing else to say, she asked me what I shoot. For some strange reason, whenever someone asks me this, I immediately think they're asking what kind of camera I use. About halfway through answering, I realize what she really meant, so my answer came out "Canonportraitsandweddings." I then proceeded to tell her, what I felt, was my entire life story (and went into detail on Lucas 365), but I was talking so fast that it was over in a matter of minutes. She's so open about herself on her blog and during her lecture that you just feel compelled to share your life with her as well! So after shooting the breeze for a couple more minutes, I embarrassingly asked for a picture with her and her husband, JD, and they happily obliged. :) :)

thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU, Jasmine for being so so gracious and so giving of yourself to those of us that love you. :)

It would be a complete crime for me not to mention the other AMAZING speakers from the WPPI Road Trip. Sal CincottaBob and Dawn Davis, and the guys of Tricoast Photography, were all great and my brain was SO FULL of information when I left. It really is a wonderful thing to be in an industry where everyone is so ready to help each other out and genuinely wants their comrades to succeed. After attending the Road Trip, I'm seriously going to do all I can to make it out the full 2011 WPPI Trade Show in Vegas!