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

    January 26th, 2009 at 8:58 pm

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

  2. Christopher

    January 26th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    The last two rock. Talk about fun!

  3. Amber Grover

    January 26th, 2009 at 9:11 pm

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

  4. mary beth graff

    January 26th, 2009 at 9:41 pm

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

  5. Stacy Cross

    January 26th, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    WAY cute, sister!

  6. Kristin Mizo

    January 26th, 2009 at 9:53 pm

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

  7. stephanie

    January 26th, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    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!

  8. Kate

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:04 pm

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

  9. Rodolfo Arpia

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:06 pm

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

    Great stuff… cheers!

  10. Paula Herko

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:13 pm

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

  11. Feuza

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

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

  12. Jen O.

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Cool locations! Love the interlude to the photos!

  13. jeramy

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    cute shots….anytime! 🙂 love it.

  14. jamie

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

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

  15. Kelle

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    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.

  16. Kelley Lee gin

    January 26th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Love her outfit…especially the Burberry umbrealla!

  17. Abra Morris

    January 26th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

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

  18. Lissa

    January 26th, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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

  19. Dennis Bullock

    January 26th, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Fantastic Jasmine! The shots with the umbrella is great!

  20. Tracy

    January 26th, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    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 =)

  21. Laura G

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    wow. i really love the setting. great ambience.

  22. Jenny Sun

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:16 am

    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! 😀

  23. Kevin

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    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.

  24. Bobbie Brown

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:27 am

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

  25. Cathy Crawley

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:29 am

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

  26. Amy

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:35 am

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

  27. Katelyn

    January 27th, 2009 at 1:33 am

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

  28. Amy Starks

    January 27th, 2009 at 1:46 am

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

  29. Anne Nunn Photography

    January 27th, 2009 at 2:02 am

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

  30. The Last Forty Percent Photography

    January 27th, 2009 at 2:11 am

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

  31. Misty Dawn

    January 27th, 2009 at 2:24 am

    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:

  32. Rizza San Agustin

    January 27th, 2009 at 2:38 am

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

  33. Amy Clifton

    January 27th, 2009 at 3:11 am

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

  34. Lydia

    January 27th, 2009 at 4:01 am

    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!

  35. Greg Moss

    January 27th, 2009 at 4:05 am

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

  36. Jonathan

    January 27th, 2009 at 4:10 am

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

  37. Ashley Mauro

    January 27th, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Too adorable! Great locations!!!

  38. nena

    January 27th, 2009 at 4:16 am

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

  39. kelly beane

    January 27th, 2009 at 5:34 am

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

  40. scott westerman

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    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 !

  41. carrie@urbanbaby

    January 27th, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    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

  42. Daniele Florio

    January 27th, 2009 at 1:19 pm


  43. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs

    January 27th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Love them all! She is so photogenic!

  44. michelle cunningham

    January 27th, 2009 at 2:52 pm

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

  45. ashley bugg

    January 27th, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    gorgeous…per usual.

  46. Melissa Blue

    January 27th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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

  47. lisa

    January 27th, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I love this story! How fun!

  48. Casey Figlewicz

    January 27th, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Great Pictures!

  49. Jen @ Green Wedding Shoes

    January 27th, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Love these! So fun.

  50. Kellan

    January 27th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    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.

  51. Leah

    January 27th, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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

  52. micki zettel

    January 27th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    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.


  53. Sharon

    January 27th, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    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!

  54. Sam Williams

    January 27th, 2009 at 8:33 pm

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

  55. Kirsten

    January 27th, 2009 at 8:50 pm

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

  56. B

    January 27th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

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

  57. Joan Solitario

    January 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

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

  58. Emily Beaty

    January 27th, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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

  59. Jessica

    January 27th, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    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!

  60. cassandra m

    January 28th, 2009 at 4:20 am

    fabulous!!!!! simply fabulous!

  61. Kate Noelle

    January 28th, 2009 at 5:42 am

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

  62. Lee Holmer

    January 28th, 2009 at 11:34 am

    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.

  63. Sheri Zettel

    January 28th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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

  64. Charise (Photography By Charise)

    January 28th, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    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!!

  65. adam @ shutterspeedster

    January 28th, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    She has a great smile!

  66. Anna

    January 28th, 2009 at 7:32 pm

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

  67. Betz

    January 28th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

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

  68. Leanne Thormahlen

    January 28th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    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.

  69. Pascal

    January 29th, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I really like the shots with the umbrella: instant classic

  70. Caprice

    January 30th, 2009 at 4:31 am

    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!

  71. Noel Del Pilar

    January 30th, 2009 at 10:38 pm

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

  72. Tracy

    February 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

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

  73. barbara ( soon to be dieppa)

    February 3rd, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    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.