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Orange County, California
When asked what sets her wedding photography apart, Jasmine Star replies, "Laughter!"
"I might not have the abundance of awards that my peers have, but what I do know is how to make people laugh in front of my camera. I know how to make people feel like themselves. A couple is at their most beautiful when they're laughing, and I've been blessed with a gift in guiding people to this point."
Star actually came to the wedding-photo field via personal hardship. "In 2005, while I was in law school at UCLA, my mother had a relapse with brain cancer," she recalls. "My life flipped upside down. But I woke up one spring day and I decided to take a break from law school and stop living the life I thought I was supposed to lead and instead lead the life I wanted."
She was engaged at the time and had planned a destination wedding in Hawaii. "My mother, against all odds, went into remission and was healthy enough to walk me down the aisle to marry the man of my dreams," Star says. An avid amateur photographer, she decided to become a full-time wedding photographer. "My husband told me, 'I would rather see you fail at something you love then succeed at something you hate,'" she says. "And, with that, my journey began."
Star specializes in destination weddings. "One day I wake up in my Orange County home and the next day I'm waking up in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, for a wedding," she says. She keeps her schedule flexible, as well as her aesthetic tack. "I don't have an agenda, nor a list of shots I need to procure on the wedding day," she says. "I like the event to naturally unfold, much like an old quilt. Each wedding is unique. I simply show up to document it all."