Agnes : Anytime


In November 2007, I received the sweetest email from a blog reader. She informed me that she had connections with a luxury hotel in Jakarta, and if I ever wanted to escape from life for a bit, she’d be my personal host in Bali. I was immediately struck with her forwardness, kindness, and sincerity, especially since I’ve had a childhood dream of visiting Bali ever since my mom subjected me to soundtrack of the musical, South Pacific. I stored her email and prayed that one day—someday—I’d be able to take her up on her offer.

A few months later, I received another email from her asking if I’d be able to photograph her while on holiday in the United States. In addition to being a classically trained chef, speaking five languages, and being an amazing aunt, Agnes is also a photographer. She claims to be a serious hobbyist, but there’s something more to the sparkle in her eyes when she speaks of her love for the art. She hopes to launch her business soon, and one of her first steps was to get a few photos of herself for her website and blog. I was SO incredibly happy to hear she wanted to start branding her business, but happier when she asked me to document her smile, humor, and the sparkle in her eyes.

Agnes, you rock. Thank you for allowing me the honor of freezing your laugh in time. I think you’re absolutely amazing and are destined to do amazing things in the Jakarta wedding photography industry!

One thing about Agnes is that after a few minutes, she’s quirky, fun, and quick-witted…my kind of girl!

When Agnes first emailed me, she informed me that she’s never without two cameras: a point&shoot, and a digital SLR. Here she is working the P&S like nobody’s business…

We spent most of the shoot just laughing. I’m, however, not sure if Agnes was laughing with me, or at me. Either way, it doesn’t really matter because she told me that part of the reason she booked me was because she thought I was a little crazy…and so is she! I’m sure we were a sight to be seen: Two crazy girls prancing down the streets of Orange County, looking for good light, talking about food, and laughing uncontrollably…

Toward the end of the shoot, she brought out her camera for a couple shots…

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  1. Melissa

    September 23rd, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    What an awesome story! How cool.

    Great photos!

  2. Dani

    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Isn’t it funny how we sometimes meet people? Love the photos, especially the last one!

  3. Sissel

    September 23rd, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Great job Jasmine! Love the last one….great legs there Agnes, and not a bad lens either.

  4. Fabiano

    September 23rd, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    her camera is so shiny that makes me feel bad about the way mine looks sometimes…dust dust dust everywhere.

  5. Stacy Lykins Ziegler aka Stacy Z

    September 23rd, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    OMG! I canNOT believe this. I went to college with Agnes and was in the same business fraternity (the only reason I put in my full name here) Agnes if you are reading this come find me on Facebook or email me girl. I LOOOOVE your pictures! We gotta talk cutie! Jasmine you did a fabulous job capturing this sweet lady. Knowing her personality I know you captured her perfectly. Agnes you are gorgeous lady work it!

  6. Cathy Crawley

    September 23rd, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Aww, good luck to her! They’ve had a few tough years over in Bali. She looks like a sweetheart 🙂

  7. Rob Kemp

    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    What an honor! It is really special when a photographer asks you to shoot "THEM"… After meeting you, I would agree Agnes chose the right person… When Kathi and I re-new our vows we are talking about getting you to come be a part of it…

  8. Agnes

    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Jasmine, I look great! 🙂 Thanks for the shoot. . . I had so much fun and learned so much. Come visit Asia! I’ll look after you. 🙂 Can’t get rid of me now cos I’ve promoted myself from blog stalker to Asian buddy. HAHAHA!!

  9. bettie

    September 23rd, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    LOVE the shots – how did you setup the backlit shots – the sunlight in her hair is gorgeous! Agnes, good luck! You’re off to a great start with great shots…

  10. Bobbie

    September 23rd, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    I love this story and these pictures!!! Best of luck to ya Agnes!

  11. Sarah Shalley

    September 23rd, 2008 at 11:32 pm

    Gorgeous! What I wouldn’t do to have you take my picture! You are VERY sweet. Looks like ya’ll had so much fun.

  12. michèle

    September 23rd, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    she is adorable! you captured her well (of course.)

  13. kymberli q.

    September 23rd, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    I love the image of her camera hanging by her feet – soooo cute! I also love her comment to you. What a crack-up she must be! 🙂

  14. Lauren

    September 24th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Gosh, I can feel Agnes’s personality from this post, she’ll go far in this business! Love your photos too, might have to make a trip to the US so you can shoot photos like this for my site too….. or maybe you can come to Australia, I dont run a luxury hotel, but I do own a 4 bedroom house! 🙂

  15. Linda

    September 24th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Helping and encouraging other photographers. YOU got it going on, girl!!

  16. Yuka photo art

    September 24th, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Beautiful session! I and my husband love Bali and I wish you will visit this island in nearest future and bring new inspiration from this culture!

  17. Agnes

    September 24th, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Ooooh! We both forget to thank 2 very important people for this shoot. Mr Sun for his excellent lighting and Little Miss Breezy for my "Hollywood" hair. 😀

  18. Lia Supatra

    September 24th, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Holaaa from a fellow Indonesian here! 🙂 Bali is definitely one of my fave spot in Indonesia. Maybe we can tour together sometimes and I can be one of the guide too.. 😉

  19. brianna

    September 24th, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Girl, you need to book a trip to Bali immediately!!! Agnes is a sweetheart…it totallly shows! 🙂

  20. cassandra m

    September 24th, 2008 at 4:09 am

    I can feel her personality in these pics. great job. I love the purple flowers adding a hint of color in the last pic. I love this shot, very different…very unique. she is a beautiful person and she looks very friendly.

  21. Karen Kirkland

    September 24th, 2008 at 6:09 am

    Jasmine! These photos are great – it’s always nice to make new friends…

    My favorite, favorite photograph is the last one…what an interesting place to put a camera…hmmmm…don’t know what your intentions were…but my mind is definitely in the gutter…! Camera cajones! LOL

  22. Brian Khang

    September 24th, 2008 at 6:28 am

    So cool and we so want to go to Bali too. Maybe some day.

  23. Jessi

    September 24th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    So cute! Love that last shot!

  24. Amanda

    September 25th, 2008 at 1:45 am

    What a fun shoot! It looks like you really captured her personality! I love the last shot!

  25. melissa

    September 25th, 2008 at 3:20 am

    hi jasmine…first time commenting. I have a question…what is your fav. lens? You have such crisp colors and images. I saw you in Chicago at FTS tour…very inspiring!!! =)

  26. Ashley

    September 26th, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Agnes IS amazing. I had the opportunity to meet her today when I assisted for her family’s photo shoot. She’s one of the most generous individuals I’ve ever met. You captured her perfectly!

  27. Natarasha N. Wright

    September 26th, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Absolutely love these images!

  28. Lydia

    September 26th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    She’s gonna be booking a ton of clients with pictures like these! I love how they show her personality and spunk!