MY NAME IS JASMIN SOPHIA MANNING, I was born in Lake Tahoe, California and raised among the trees in the Sierra mountaintops. I moved around quite a bit along the Pacific Northwest and landed in Palm Springs as a young adult.

Having traveled through parts of Europe as a kid and living part of my adult life in Brazil, I have an insatiable craving for travel and exploration. Even more than new travels, I love my husband, Ryan and our son, Emerson. After months of begging during our first year in marriage I convinced Ryan into an extensive trip through 16 European countries over the course of three months during our first year of marriage. After which, Ryan has also developed a fierce drive to keep exploring and we have travelled to over 23 countries and counting, yet our greatest adventure is our sweet baby boy.

As we take on the world together and we aim to achieve dreams both big & small and make a difference along the way. We would love to have you along for the ride to share in these experiences.


THIS BLOG has blossomed from a passion I have to share the processes and realizations of dreams big and small. An evolving place where the things I love most can have outlet into inspiration and community.

I want to hear from you and continue to build this Five For May community together. I look forward to reading your comments and emails. 

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CAN YOU FEATURE MY PROJECT ON FIVE FOR MAY? Let's talk a bit further, head on over to the advertise page or email me at to get the conversation started.

WHAT CAMERA DO YOU USE? I shoot with my Canon Mark III and various lenses. My favorite lenses include the Canon 35mm f/1.4L and Canon 50mm f/1.2L.

WHAT IS YOUR OTHER BUSINESS? Ryan and I are a husband and wife photography team composing Monocle Project shooting all over California and worldwide specializing in wedding + commercial + lifestyle photography. Take a look at our website and let's get connected there as well for all things photo related.

I'M HEADED TO PALM SPRINGS, WHERE SHOULD I GO? I think this question would be best answered in a dedicated blog post, stay in touch and I will do my best to do justice on a city guide.

WHERE ARE YOU PLANNING ON GOING NEXT? We always have smaller, domestic trips in the works especially given that we shoot weddings as Monocle Project both locally and as destination packages. Our next extensive adventure will find us in Norway, Ireland, and Scotland this Spring.

WHAT BREED OF CAT IS LEROUX? Our cutie girl is a Bengal f4 kitty from a reputable breeder out of Newport, CA.

I STILL HAVE A QUESTION, CAN I EMAIL YOU? Yep, shoot an email over to and I will do my best to address every one I can.