Amanda Zettel : Anytime

Amanda Zettel : Anytime


She must have noticed us from a distance. Two aimless shoppers hoping–hoping!–the right furniture would jump off the showroom floor and into our arms. She was sitting on a brown leather sofa in Z Gallerie when I plopped on the opposite side. Tiredly, I looked to JD and gave him a look that was all, THREE HOURS and we’re just gonna settle on this?! I got up and walked around it for the umptheenth time and shrugged. That was when Amanda Zettel suggested looking for another sofa…one that perhaps was a little more comfortable and functional. Out of nowhere, this complete stranger offered me her advice…and I took it. I guess it was something I had known, just didn’t want to admit.

We spoke for less than four minutes before she had to dash from the store, but not before giving me her business card. I went home and discovered that this stranger knew exactly what she was talking about because she’s a professional designer. Duh. I then discovered her custom design site for do it yourself spaces and I was sold. After perusing her site and completing the furniture choices and vibes, the site made it super simple for me to find the right things for my home…all from my computer. Now, THAT’S what I’m talking about…home shopping in my PJ’s!

Shortly thereafter, I contacted her to let her know how much I loved her site and to thank her for stopping me from buying a truly heinous couch. We corresponded and have since become friends, so when she contacted me for updated photos for her website, I was honored. Here’s the ever fabulous, Amanda with Home Made Designs

Amanda took me to a few places where she finds unique furniture to incorporate into newer home designs and I was in LOVE…

I’ll end with these two photos because they are the truest reflection of Amanda…they were also the last two frames from our shoot and I couldn’t think of a better way to end our time together: Laughing.

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  1. Tira J -

    Oh wow! She is adorable, and I can’t wait to hop over to her site. Beautiful work Jasmine!

      1.26.09 - 8:58 pm

  2. Christopher -

    The last two rock. Talk about fun!

      1.26.09 - 8:59 pm

  3. Amber Grover -

    Beautiful Jasmine! You can really see her personality and creativity from these photos. Makes me want to redecorate my house! Thanks for sharing!

      1.26.09 - 9:11 pm

  4. mary beth graff -

    she’s stunning as are the shots. i never miss your blog posts!

      1.26.09 - 9:41 pm

  5. Stacy Cross -

    WAY cute, sister!

      1.26.09 - 9:46 pm

  6. Kristin Mizo -

    That dress is ADORABLE! Oh yeah, so are the pictures 😉

      1.26.09 - 9:53 pm

  7. stephanie -

    Gosh, I wish I lived in CA so you could take awesome pics of me for my site! I guess I’ll just have to settle for the whole turn-the-camera-around-and-get-part-my-arm-in-the-picture for now! 😉 Superb job and narration!

      1.26.09 - 9:58 pm

  8. Kate -

    That old-fashioned mirror is superfabbbb times 23597! love the umbrella shots too :]

      1.26.09 - 10:04 pm

  9. Rodolfo Arpia -

    Hey J*, small world… I love that place in Orange! We did a bridal shoot there and it was awesome!

    Great stuff… cheers!

      1.26.09 - 10:06 pm

  10. Paula Herko -

    oh goodness, i really LOVE the pic with the big brown door. So beautiful… 🙂

      1.26.09 - 10:13 pm

  11. Feuza -

    Wow, love the mirror shots and umbrella ones but my favorite is the BW one in fron of the hair shop.

      1.26.09 - 10:21 pm

  12. Jen O. -

    Cool locations! Love the interlude to the photos!

      1.26.09 - 10:29 pm

  13. jeramy -

    cute shots….anytime! 🙂 love it.

      1.26.09 - 10:35 pm

  14. jamie -

    You always have the best stories.. best meetings.. best new clients 🙂

      1.26.09 - 10:38 pm

  15. Kelle -

    Holy Crap. I’ve been following your site for awhile now…and you are just crazy fabulous. Your images have me drooling…what you do with light and the ubersharpness…and the angles and locations and…etc., etc. What the hey do you do to get your subjects to come out of their shell? You are truly an artist, and I enjoy my morning coffee lookin’ at your new posts. Truly inspiring.

      1.26.09 - 10:52 pm

  16. Kelley Lee gin -

    Love her outfit…especially the Burberry umbrealla!

      1.26.09 - 10:56 pm

  17. Abra Morris -

    These are GREAT! I think they are just perfect for her site.

      1.26.09 - 11:27 pm

  18. Lissa -

    Wow! These are awesome!! She is gorgeous! Love the last shot!

      1.26.09 - 11:28 pm

  19. Dennis Bullock -

    Fantastic Jasmine! The shots with the umbrella is great!

      1.26.09 - 11:32 pm

  20. Tracy -

    Gorgeous job! By the way, I LOVE the architectural salvage store Amanda took you to! Whenever I have lunch in Orange, I always wander through it =)

      1.26.09 - 11:34 pm

  21. Laura G -

    wow. i really love the setting. great ambience.

      1.27.09 - 12:07 am

  22. Jenny Sun -

    These are so ever fabulous Jasmine! I love how they are such a great fusion of fashion-forward AND naturale! 🙂 The last two shots + the ones of her with the umbrella + the one on the ladder are my faves! You are SO doing my anytime shots when I head to the states sometime in the next 12 months! 😀

      1.27.09 - 12:16 am

  23. Kevin -

    If these photos were on flickr I would fav that first one. I love that when you do not have photos for what is going on you paint pictures with your words. Thanks for sharing.

      1.27.09 - 12:17 am

  24. Bobbie Brown -

    Okay, I seriously LOVE this shoot! It is so different and so cool! That barber chair shot is off the chart!

      1.27.09 - 12:27 am

  25. Cathy Crawley -

    I love the locations you chose for these, especially the location with the gates, although that big beautiful brown door is pretty delicious too!

      1.27.09 - 12:29 am

  26. Amy -

    How fabulous! I’m very excited to look at her site too as I’m redecoracting 🙂

      1.27.09 - 12:35 am

  27. Katelyn -

    I LOVE THESE!!!! They’re so different, unique, classic, yet modern and chic! dang! They’re good! real good! Looooove it!

      1.27.09 - 1:33 am

  28. Amy Starks -

    The one in the barber shop is my favorite – so innovative! 🙂

      1.27.09 - 1:46 am

  29. Anne Nunn Photography -

    My favs are the first one in the mirror and the umbrella. Very cute!

      1.27.09 - 2:02 am

  30. The Last Forty Percent Photography -

    Why is there nothing like this around where we are? These are the coolest locations. Love her shoes and earrings!

      1.27.09 - 2:11 am

  31. Misty Dawn -

    I LOVE your work! I follow your blog in my Google Reader and although I’m ashamed to say that I rarely leave a comment, I’m leaving one now to let you know that I’m giving you a Blog Luv Award! You can check it out here:

      1.27.09 - 2:24 am

  32. Rizza San Agustin -

    Geez Jasmine, can you just suck for one day to give the rest of us a break? These are absolutely gorgeous! Rr.

      1.27.09 - 2:38 am

  33. Amy Clifton -

    Ohmygosh, love the double mirror shot, and of course the last two are adorable! Haha, funny comment Rizza San Agustin. 🙂

      1.27.09 - 3:11 am

  34. Lydia -

    She is so beautiful and adorable! Jasmine, one day you are so doing my pictures! Until then, I’m working on my personality, ’cause your skill at bringing it out in pictures is like no other!

      1.27.09 - 4:01 am

  35. Greg Moss -

    All stunning images! I love the way you used the lights above the mirror behind her in the photo. Excellent.

      1.27.09 - 4:05 am

  36. Jonathan -

    Awesome photos Jasmine! I recognize the location, it’s always a great spot to shoot at and then shop for antiques!

      1.27.09 - 4:10 am

  37. Ashley Mauro -

    Too adorable! Great locations!!!

      1.27.09 - 4:14 am

  38. nena -

    auuuugh…another GORRRRGEOUS shoot! you amaze me! always! =-)

      1.27.09 - 4:16 am

  39. kelly beane -

    you always amaze me. those last two are just lovely!!

      1.27.09 - 5:34 am

  40. scott westerman -

    Hi Jasmine, awesome work as always ! you always seem to be able to drag out the persons personality, probably without them even knowing.
    good work.
    Pretty lady too !

      1.27.09 - 12:40 pm

  41. carrie@urbanbaby -

    she is GORGEOUS and these photos are gorgeous. so funny, when my mother-in-law is here from nyc, we always go to that antique store in orange. off to check out her site! xo

      1.27.09 - 12:47 pm

  42. Daniele Florio -


      1.27.09 - 1:19 pm

  43. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs -

    Love them all! She is so photogenic!

      1.27.09 - 2:17 pm

  44. michelle cunningham -

    you always manage to get your anytimes looking like movie stars. this one looks like a star on a set!

      1.27.09 - 2:52 pm

  45. ashley bugg -

    gorgeous…per usual.

      1.27.09 - 3:00 pm

  46. Melissa Blue -

    Great pics! I was wondering if you used any sort of flash, or did you just use the natural light?

      1.27.09 - 4:03 pm

  47. lisa -

    I love this story! How fun!

      1.27.09 - 5:22 pm

  48. Casey Figlewicz -

    Great Pictures!

      1.27.09 - 5:39 pm

  49. Jen @ Green Wedding Shoes -

    Love these! So fun.

      1.27.09 - 6:20 pm

  50. Kellan -

    Schexy!!! These are so fun. I love the props in the background, really adds interest. Her putting the black tights on totally changes the feel of her outfit. She is so beautiful and photogenic! Great job as usual.

      1.27.09 - 6:57 pm

  51. Leah -

    These are fantastic!!! She has an amazing smile, I can almost hear her laugh.

      1.27.09 - 7:49 pm

  52. micki zettel -

    Lovely pictures. You are having way too much fun at your job!

    I want one of those fountains and a few more things. I will pass her name around.


      1.27.09 - 8:06 pm

  53. Sharon -

    I love LOVE the second one! OH! I just love it! And the last two are priceless!
    Even with all that is around her Amanda shines in each and every one of these photos.
    Jasmine… you RAWK!

      1.27.09 - 8:06 pm

  54. Sam Williams -

    Wow! Very nice! A very nice looking lady, along with very nice photos..

      1.27.09 - 8:33 pm

  55. Kirsten -

    WOW! What an awesome job you did capturing her true spirit!! And what a cush job…not all sessions hold THIS much joy 🙂

      1.27.09 - 8:50 pm

  56. B -

    I LOVE this shoot!!! She’s adorable. Great color and composition.

      1.27.09 - 8:54 pm

  57. Joan Solitario -

    The umbrella photos are my FAVORITE! Gives me a great idea to tell clients to bring props to play with during shoots 😉

      1.27.09 - 10:25 pm

  58. Emily Beaty -

    I love the umbrella ones, too! The last two are very cute. Wonderful job, as always. 🙂

      1.27.09 - 11:13 pm

  59. Jessica -

    Oh Jasmine, these are wonderful! I love the umbrella pictures, and the one directly above them. It is so hard to pick a favorite. They are all so FAB!

      1.27.09 - 11:54 pm

  60. cassandra m -

    fabulous!!!!! simply fabulous!

      1.28.09 - 4:20 am

  61. Kate Noelle -

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE old town Orange! That antique garage/junk yard is one of my favorite places to look around! So cool!

      1.28.09 - 5:42 am

  62. Lee Holmer -

    Jeff is one BLESSED young man to have you as his wife! I am so sorry that I missed your wedding. I want to go shopping with you! You will have to ask Jerry and Micki about me! Hopefully we will finally meet if I ever get to come back to So. Cal. for a visit! Blessings on your business, and if you ever happen to be anywhere close to Minnesota, please stop by and help us to decorate our home! Lee.

      1.28.09 - 11:34 am

  63. Sheri Zettel -

    Well, if the design thing doesn’t work out for you, you could easily have a second career as a model!

      1.28.09 - 3:38 pm

  64. Charise (Photography By Charise) -

    Awesome images Jasmine. Not only do you rock behind the camera but you have such a great talent for bringing out and capturing real personality. Love it!!

      1.28.09 - 4:21 pm

  65. adam @ shutterspeedster -

    She has a great smile!

      1.28.09 - 5:10 pm

  66. Anna -

    Your shots of her are absolutely awesome and she looks gorgeous in all of them! Thanks for sharing 😀

      1.28.09 - 7:32 pm

  67. Betz -

    Wonderful photos. I especially adore the photo outside Casey’s.

      1.28.09 - 11:07 pm

  68. Leanne Thormahlen -

    These are adorable. I have to say I love the one in front of the Hair Studio sitting on the bench. Such a classic look on you Amanda! Can’t go wrong with a classy lady. Awesome work! Kudos to the both of you.

      1.28.09 - 11:16 pm

  69. Pascal -

    I really like the shots with the umbrella: instant classic

      1.29.09 - 8:52 am

  70. Caprice -

    I’m Amanda’s cousin, and so proud of all her hard work and business savvy! She’s a beautiful person, inside and out! The camera loves her and you did a fabulous job capturing the "TRUE" Amanda, just as I know her!

      1.30.09 - 4:31 am

  71. Noel Del Pilar -

    Wow, beautiful picures… Wow, she has a beautiful legs!

      1.30.09 - 10:38 pm

  72. Tracy -

    I love this shoot. Would you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE share what lens you used and post processing? Thanks!

      2.3.09 - 6:45 pm

  73. barbara ( soon to be dieppa) -

    You captured the unique charm in Old Town Orange, and the beauty of your model. What a beautiful pictures! My favs are the ones in the barber shop, and the one outside Caseys.

      2.3.09 - 9:20 pm

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