Depth of Field: Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star is a real person. By that I don’t mean to imply that she was thought to be some fictional character. What I mean, is that for someone who has rocketed to fame in a few short years as she has, she has maintained a grip on reality. She’s not pretentious. I did not find her to be egotistical or unapproachable. Jasmine Star is real. I feel like in this interview, even though it was only one hour, you will get to know her. Jasmine is one of the most respected and sought after wedding photographers in the United States. She has one of the most popular blogs on the net. Yet, she maintains a realistic view of the world around her and is eager to help her clients as well as other photographers. To put it simply, she is a nice lady.

Take a few moments and drop by her blog. Just reading a few of the post you see the honesty that comes out. She talks about her work, her struggles with clients, her husband and yes, even her dog, Polo. For someone who picked up a camera just a few short years ago she is amazingly talented.  The only thing I have against Jasmine is that this interview costs me about $1500. Jasmine is in love with the 50 mm 1.2 lens and her love was infectious. After the interview I played with the 50mm 1.4 while in India and new I had to get the 1.2. I did and I love it but, OUCH!

I think you’ll enjoy this interview as much as I did.  Just stay away from afterwards.

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About Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer.

In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.

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18 thoughts on “Depth of Field: Jasmine Star

  1. Great interview, Matt! I didn't know about Jasmine or her blog before I saw this post, but was really captivated by her enthusiasm for the craft and most of all her fearlessness–it was very contagious. Thanks for sharing!

  2. As I am a fan of Jasmine Star's work, I immediately downloaded this interview, as well as, two others and it is did not disappoint. While I was working today, I listened to them and I have to say I really enjoyed listening to them as I gained alot of info from each one of them. I look forward to future interviews. Thank you for making this available to your viewers.

  3. Thanks for this outstanding interview. Jasmin is just great and listening to this interview is not only worth the time for wedding photographers.

  4. I LOVED this video!!! Thank you so much for posting this video. I am the BIGGEST jasmine star fan out there and her interview speaks volumes why. =) She's so candid and open to share all the “secrets” and is truly passionate about her craft. More than anything, she believes in helping others and is blessed because of it. Thanks again!!! You made my day!

  5. Loved Jasmine's Interview. I wanted to say thanks. I sat editting and listened to it all. I love how open she is and real. Saw her at WPPI this year and it was standing room only. So worth it.

    The only thing i didn't like is the comment on how much you paid her. Seriously that was your choose to do that. But the bright side is that i had no idea about you or this site. Now i do. I didn't mean this as a dig at all.

    Thanks for sharing it. I will now come back for more.

  6. James – I think you missunderstood my houmor. I did not pay Jasmine anything. I was just joking – she and I spoke about lenses and she told me how much she loves the 50mm 1.2. So I tried it and also fell in love with it. So much so I went out and bought it. So I that wY the interview cost me. Sorry my attempet a houmor bombed. Glad you like the interview though. BTW I neve pay for any interview.

  7. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of your interview with J*. I attended one of her workshops & yes, she is just as genuine as she sounds. Your interview was awesome, I listened to several parts again and again. I loved the humor you guys added…I was laughing right with you. So glad to connect with you Matt. Thank you for sharing!

  8. “Life is too short to have a job, you want a passion”- Well said Jasmine. You make me want to shoot weddings. And great interview Matt!

  9. I very nearly simply deleted this podcast before listening to it, I was put of my the fact it was going to be about wedding photography. I am so glad I did not delete it though, it turned out to be one of the most interesting and inspiring interviews you have ever done. Whether you are interested in wedding photography or not you should take the time to listen to Jasmine.

  10. Matt, thank you for interviewing Jasmine. I loved listening to her stories and that infectious laugh of hers while navigating a rural Mozambican dirt track of Niassa Province on Monday (after finally being able to download your podcasts). I've done a few wedding myself recently so feel that I could really begin to relate to just a few of the things she said. Cheers.

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