Beverly Hills Anytime Photos : Anna Brewer


I saw her from a distance and I knew it was her before my mind registered her flashy smile. The Starbucks, the heels, the purse. It was Anna and seeing her made me laugh. For no other reason than Anna’s personality is comical, yet completely understated. Her jokes are dryly proffered and she keeps a straight face while spiking a punchline. She’s fastidious, organized, and timely…and one of the sweetest people you’ll meet. I first met Anna via her sister, Angel Swanson of Events of Love and Splendor, as they’ve coordinated more than a few weddings I’ve photographed in the past couple of years.

When Anna told me her role at Events of Love and Splendor was changing to a lead coordinator and booking her own weddings, I was thrilled! She’s garnished a ton of experience working with Angel and to know she’ll be taking on clients of her own is such wonderful thing for her! What made this news even sweeter was Anna asking me to shoot photos of her to update their website. I was honored and I bubbled with excitement! We met in Beverly Hills yesterday and roamed the windy streets for a little fun.

As I’ve probably stated too many times before, having a personal photo on your website is a vital component to business growth. If you’re a professional photographer and you don’t have a photo on your site, shame…shame…shame on you! Fo real. I’m calling you out on the world wide web. Having a photo conveys who you are more than a 1,000 words, so set up a camera on a self-timer, call a friend, or con your toddler into snapping a picture because it’s one of the best things you can do for your business! 🙂

Here’s the lovely Anna as I saw her in gorgeous Beverly Hills light….

Anna, you’re gorgeous…

It was so, so windy yesterday…I’m not kidding…it was hard to walk down the street! Though it made things difficult sometimes, the wind was a little fun to play with…

If you’re in need of a wedding coordinator, be sure to check Angel and Anna out at: Events of Love and Splendor!

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. jackie g.

    October 28th, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    she is adorable!! good work, you two!

  2. Bolanle

    October 28th, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    woohoooo i can’t believe i’m the first to comment…lol…. Love ur work as always Jasmine……

  3. Kay English

    October 28th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    She looks like Demi Lovato!!

  4. Stephanie Stewart

    October 28th, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    So fun! Congrats to Anna, and her new position! How will she ever decide which photo to use on the website??!!

  5. kristin @ the treasured petal

    October 28th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE how you captured Anna’s spirit! You are so right about Anna. She can deliver a quip with such a straight face that it sometimes takes me a while to catch on. But she is such a dear, and so adorable! I love working with her!

  6. kristin @ the treasured petal

    October 28th, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    And she ALWAYS has a ‘bucks in her hand too, so very accurate portrayal 🙂

  7. angel swanson

    October 28th, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    adore!!!!!!! jasmine, you captured anna perfectly!!! she looks so comfortable in front of your lens. i am seriously in love. 🙂 anna — who did your makeup ’cause you look HOT!!! xoxo

  8. larry reeves

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:00 pm


  9. amanda thiessen

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    shes beautiful!

  10. anna

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    jas!! thank you. thank you! thank you a hundred times. L.O.V.E. them! LOVE you even more! everything about yesterday was amazing. the wind (although i think that’s kind of a love/hate thing), dinner, the par-tay! 🙂
    see you soon!

  11. Michael Fletcher

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    What a cutie!

  12. Brandon M Sweet

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Great Shots Jasmine!!!!! I guess im one of the photographers without the photo of myself 🙁 I have one on my facebook though!!!!!

    Thanks for the awesome photographs as always

  13. Samuel Lippke

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Anna is a favorite with the Lippke family. Nice images. Love the last 2 especially! Jasmine & Anna, what a fun shoot!

  14. Lydia

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    These are so fun and fresh! Love how her personality comes through! I desperately need an updated picture for my site…

  15. Linda Sherrill

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    The reminder about having a personal photo on your own website was timely…thanks for the kick in the pants!

    Great shots and as always, so colorful! Thanks Jasmine!

  16. jeannine

    October 28th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    beautiful photos, jasmine! anna was the lead coordinator for my wedding last month, love her and think you captured her personality and style so well 🙂

  17. Leah Godfredson

    October 28th, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I do have a photo of myself on my website, and my 6 year old took it of me! Not quite a toddler, but close enough. I think he did a fabulous job.

  18. miriam

    October 28th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    inspiring what you can do despite the wind! i have a photo and i wasn’t so sure about using it. glad to hear from someone more experienced what a good idea it is!

  19. Narrelle

    October 28th, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    She looks like she’d be a blast to work with, and just to plain hang out with. And how gorgeous is she! LOVE LOVE LOVE those shoes with the ‘purple’ dress.
    And timely advice about the photo on the website – I’ve been on the verge of taking mine down, but couldn’t stand you telling me Shame on you! 🙂

  20. Wendy

    October 28th, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Aw- she is super cute! Love the outfits she’s rocking! Got me wondering what does she drink at bucks! Ha!

  21. Pua

    October 28th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Very cool! Loved these photos – she’s a natural in front of the camera :)!

  22. nena

    October 28th, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    So if I’m not getting married any time soon, can you shoot photos like this of me? She looks so happy =-)

  23. Lauri

    October 28th, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    She’s adorable. I love everything about this session! It’s so free and fun. 🙂

  24. Jenny Meli

    October 28th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Events of Love and Splendor coordinated my wedding last year and I could not have done it without them!

  25. Char Baiz

    October 28th, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    she’s adorable! I love the photos. I am also super jealous of her 1st outfit!!! I totally want to have you do some photos of me for my website, Jasmine!

  26. Pol

    October 28th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Lovely shots! The wind really does make a shoot interesting

  27. Marissa Rodriguez

    October 29th, 2009 at 1:16 am

    She is gorgeous! Love her outfits and I love how you guys used the wind to your advantage!

  28. Celia

    October 29th, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Where did she get those second pair of shoes?? Love them! The photos are awesome… as always!!!! 🙂

  29. Joshua J. Frost

    October 29th, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Hey Jasmine,

    Long time reader first time poster. What was your trick for getting such a shallow depth of field in that top shot on the left? It’s so crisp around her and the background is perfectly out of focus. Is that photoshop or a great lens or both maybe? Anyway, love your work. 🙂

  30. nancy

    October 29th, 2009 at 1:30 am

    These are SO Anna! She is perfection and has the cutest style! Anna and Angel together will be unstoppable. Best of luck, Anna!

  31. Chris c.

    October 29th, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Love these!! Someday Jasmine, someday! What is the camera setting for the first image- left? Please share. THANKS!

  32. Sherry

    October 29th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Love it! Her smile is contagious even over the internet! 😀

  33. oneshotbeyond

    October 29th, 2009 at 2:57 am

    She looks so fun in these!

  34. Lori

    October 29th, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Her multicolored shoes are AMAZING!

  35. jonathan

    October 29th, 2009 at 3:28 am

    she’s pretty and these are great pictures

  36. Brian Fletcher

    October 29th, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Nice work, Jasmine!

  37. Jenny Sun

    October 29th, 2009 at 3:36 am

    i LOVE it!! really hoping you’ll be able to take mine when I hit LA in a few months! 😀

  38. Jasmine*

    October 29th, 2009 at 4:36 am

    @ChrisC and @JoshuaFrost: The first photo on the left was shot with the 85mm, 1.2. The settings were f/1.8, 200 iso, 1/2000. The bokeh is 100% in-camera and no Photoshop was used to achieve this look…it’s just that the lens is so beautifully amazing. I just have to stand there and click away! 😉

  39. Tacey

    October 29th, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Beatiful shoot Jasmine! What a sweetie she is…I admit I felt a tad guilty the last time you ranted about not having profile photos….Butttt…I went out and got me some profile shots (as much as I despise being in front of the camera…). So ladies and gentlemen, if I can do it, y’all can too! Cheers!

  40. Becka @Studio222 Photography

    October 29th, 2009 at 5:43 am

    LOVE her scarf!

  41. melissa

    October 29th, 2009 at 6:24 am

    okay………need details of the 2nd pair of shoes. THEY ARE GORGEOUS & the dress is ultra fab as well

  42. simply modern weddings

    October 29th, 2009 at 7:03 am

    i love these! she looks not only fab, but is having tons of fun!

  43. Tim May

    October 29th, 2009 at 9:36 am

    The last one is great. So much personality comes across in just one photo. Great work

  44. Mark Daams

    October 29th, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I love the colors in the last two photos.

  45. Siegrid

    October 29th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    awesome photos – as usual!!! I still can’t believe you shoot wide open and get such a sharp image! I work mainly with kids and they move so fast that I wouldn’t dare go under 2f! Do you tell your "models" to keep still in a position? I think that 85mm/1.2 is next on my list 😉

  46. Chris c.

    October 29th, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks J*!

  47. Bobbie Brown

    October 29th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I love love love your anytime shoots!!!! I do have a picture of myself (several in fact!) on my blog that my hubby snapped for me, but I’d love to have YOU do mine! Next time your in NC could you give me a shout please? Thanks! haha!

  48. anna

    October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    umm, pretty sure you have the nicest blog readers ever!!
    and to answer some silly questions, right now my fave bucks drink is a nonfat peppermint mocha, with 1/2 the mocha and dare i say, whip cream? 😉
    and my colorful heels are marc by marc jacobs.
    and thanks all, for your sweet comments. jasmine is THEE bomb!

  49. imthiaz houseman

    October 29th, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    she looks so fabulous, i love the colors.

  50. Erika

    October 29th, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Last one on the left! Beautiful and perfect for a wedding events site! =)

  51. Lindsay

    October 29th, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I love these photos, they’re so cute. I love her purple dress!! where’d she get it?? whose it by???

  52. joan.solitario

    October 29th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    you made her even more beautiful than she already is! how do you do it!?

  53. anna

    October 29th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    ps. purple dress by my fave store-banana republic. 😉

  54. Katie Denise

    October 29th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    She’s so cute! I love the way you capture people’s personalities in your photos. I feel like I know them after only seeing a few pictures.

  55. Iain King

    October 29th, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Loving these shots. The vibrancy of the colors are fabulous. Anna looks so natural and obviously having fun.

  56. Sage Hall

    October 31st, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Hi Jasimine!
    First of all, I wanted to thank you for a kick a** presentation at Re:Frame. You livened that room up the minute you stepped into it! I also wanted to let you know that I am one the shameful wedding filmmakers who do not have a personal pic on my website! Yikes! But, I’m changin my ways, can I get an Amen! Thanks for the inspiration.

  57. Life with Kaishon

    November 2nd, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    She is so pretty! I hope her business just skyrockets!

  58. Kristen

    November 3rd, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Oh girl, you just did me a HUGE favor! You found my next haircut. God BLESS you (seriously) for photographing fabulous people, because I’ve been searching for the next coiff, and this is it. Tell her she has a hair stalker in NY who is going to copy her oh-so-fab hair. I have a little growing to do, but LOVE how the bangs aren’t really "bangs".

  59. Jennifer Rodriguez-Cruz

    November 3rd, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Cute! Love the compositions!

  60. Angel Pope

    January 7th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I am SO digging her colorful shoes. I’d never wear them, but they are awesome!

    As always, you inspire!