Crystal : Anytime


JD and I spent the last couple of days in Santa Barbara enjoying the company of each other. JD will be traveling a lot in the near future, so he thought a weekend away will be the perfect way to escape the electricity of everyday life in Orange County.

Any trip to Santa Barbara wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t see a few of our friends, so we stayed at David Jay’s house and soaked up the gorgeous view and beauty of California. I make no qualms expressing how much David means to me, but I do have to admit that he wouldn’t be half the man he is without his amazing assistant extraordinaire, Crystal.

Crystal has morphed into David’s right-hand and made his life so much more enjoyable because he’s freed to focus on what he’s called to do, not what he needs to do. Not only is she selfless, professional, efficient, caring, and loving, she’s so much fun! She’s beautiful inside and out, so when she asked if I’d be able to take a few pictures of her, I happily obliged!

Because DJ was away while I photographed Crystal, I snagged his 50mm, 1.0 and shot everything between a 1.0-1.2…dang, I really love that lens and I’m trying to figure out a way to steal it from DJ without him noticing. I’m taking a ideas, so holla back if you got a good one! 😉

Because one picture can’t possibly sum up Crystal’s awesomeness, I had to create a little collage of who she really is! 😉

DJ and Crystal, thank you SOOOO much for always being so wonderful. JD and I love you and while we try to express our appreciation, we often fall short. We’re shackled to your kindness and hospitality and want to thank you for always being examples of how we should live our lives!

EDITED TO ADD: Here’s a picture from DJ’s blog I grabbed of all of us at breakfast…Deyl found out Sharkee’s offers a HUGE breakfast and unlimited mimosas for only $3.50, so we ate like royalty! 🙂

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  1. DJ

    February 18th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    OH MY GOSH! So CUTE!!! So FUN!

    I LOVE that top one!!! Crystal – You are AMAZING!

  2. Allison

    February 18th, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!! Wow! Crystal you look absolutely lovely. And Jasmine, way to capture her Crystalness! First two are my favorites 🙂

  3. Bobbie

    February 18th, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Wow! These are stunning!! I especially love the first two… Thanks Jasmine for the inspiration that you never fail to give me. Now I just want to go outside and take some pictures! (but I am stuck in the office till 5:00:( Oh well, have a fab day!!

  4. Mia

    February 18th, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Good luck getting the famous Denis Reggie 50mm 1.0 out of DJ’s hands.
    Sounds like there is a line forming to steal that lense, first Jessica Claire, now you and . . .

  5. DJ

    February 18th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    The 50mm 1.0 has been outfitted with an internal GPS tracking device… and is kept under Airsoft security at the Freedom House.

  6. cassandra m

    February 18th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    oooooooohhhh…I have heard of this lens. GPS tracking DJ…that is funny! Simply beautiful…Crystal & the photos! I love the collage. seems you captured all her personality & she looks amazingly fun! glad you guys had a weekend break 😉

  7. angel swanson

    February 18th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    love these pics, especially the 2nd one. she looks so natural + happy! glad you were able to enjoy a little sb getaway!!

  8. Crystal

    February 18th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    JASMINE!!! I LOVE YOU! They are all so great…the collage is hilarious…my eyes in 2 of them are scary! LOL!! Thank you so much for doing this. I LOVE THEM! : )
    I’ve been dying since yesterday for you to post. And you and JD are truly the sweetest, most genuine and amazing people I know. I am so blessed to have you in my life.!!!

  9. Penny

    February 18th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    The fourth one down…STUNNING!!!! I’d love to know what you do for bw/sepia conversion. I just haven’t found that combo that makes my shots look that good. AWESOME job. You really feel her personality in all the shots.

  10. gabriel ryan

    February 18th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    good people attract good people, and it is obvious that you are surrounded by such amazing people for a reason. and i love the collage… so fun.

  11. nicole green

    February 18th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    she is so beautiful! i love the series of her fun faces. 🙂 so cute!

  12. Jason

    February 18th, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Nice 1.0 work Jasmine! The bokeh is beatiful with that thing! Question, you’ve mentioned that you use Magic Sharp on all your images… you apply it more than once per photo? I just picked it up and it’s awesome. Just wondered if one dose is enough or if you hit the button twice or three times! Thanks for everything.

  13. Jason

    February 18th, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Ok…so I can’t spell beautiful! Not trying to be a perfectionist, but you’re a good writer so I thought I should do my best! 🙂

  14. Jamie Delaine

    February 18th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Gorgeous stuff girl. The first is such a classic beautiful portrait. As for ideas about stealing that lens?? Hmm…I’ll get back to you!! Haha.

  15. Simply Modern Weddings

    February 18th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Beautiful shots! I love the silly photo collage…it looks like you both had tons of fun!

  16. Donna

    February 18th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    The 3rd photo—Definitely! Heard Crystal’s from Ohio. Go Ohio Girls!

  17. Kelly Bowie

    February 18th, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Jasmine, could you tell me how you make the border with keyline on the strip collage? I’m definitely a CS3 flunky but am quickly learning!

  18. Erika Lais Photo Blog

    February 18th, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Hi J*, nice pics once more, Crystal look is so funny!!!! could you show us how do you do these collages … thanks anyway

  19. lauren c.

    February 18th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    crystal…HARK!!! you’re SO CUTE!! you look SO beautiful, as always!!!!! jasmine, awesome job of completely capturing crystal as she is…SO FUN and FULL of LIFE!!!!!!

  20. david & kimi baxter

    February 18th, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    that collage is too cute! about that 1.0 you could say, there was an earth quake that knocked it out of your hand, rolled into a crack, and the earth swallowed it up. and say it in a reeeeally cute and weepy voice. he can’t resist!

  21. Jasmine*

    February 19th, 2008 at 12:04 am

    @Jason: Yes, I adore Magic Sharp and use it on every image I post…but I only run it once. If you run it more than that, it’ll make the image look totally funky! 🙂 @Erika and Kelly: I wish I could tell you I was a PS Pro, but I’m not! I’m more of a cheater than anything else! 😉 I actually use Kevin Kubota’s borders for all my images and collages. You can find them at: . Hope this helps! 🙂

  22. Kenuy Kim

    February 19th, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Jasmine, these are amazing photos of Crystal – almost as amazing as her 🙂 !

  23. Shandon

    February 19th, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Hey… forgiveness is ALWAYS easier than permission…. just take the lens… LOL 😉

  24. Jess Strickland

    February 19th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    CRYSTAL….you are GORGEOUS girl!!! 🙂 LOVE these!!

  25. Christa

    February 19th, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Jasmine, you truly captured the beauty, as well as the personality of my good friend! Crystal is a gem. She is a magnet…people just want to be around her. Thank you for doing this! 😉 I so wish I would have had the chance to meet you when I was there visiting! I love visiting this site! I can tell that you are so genuine and incredibly sweet! Take care!

  26. Hilary

    February 19th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Jasmine – you don’t know me, I’m a long-time friend of Crystal’s – but you captured her beauty so completely! Amazing job! I could write a book about how beautiful she is on the inside! She’s a friend for life. We’re blessed to have her!

  27. kymberli q.

    February 19th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    These are beautiful (as usual!) and she looks like a lot of fun! 🙂

  28. Erik Dungan

    February 19th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    How is being what you’re "called" to do different than what you "need" to do? I’d honestly like to know.

    Great pictures.

  29. Rachel Brooke

    February 20th, 2008 at 4:40 am

    i thought that lens was an urban myth! I’d try to steal it too! 😉

  30. Rochelle

    February 20th, 2008 at 7:38 am

    k.. i missed this one! wow, the 1.0 is amazing! ((of course it’s your hands that work it)) but all that sparkle–i’m all fuzzy inside! 🙂
    and I am lovin’ the leaves in the collage– very artsy! 🙂 BEAUTIFUL AS ALWAYS!!

  31. Tiffany

    February 21st, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    the series is her being silly and smiley is great


    February 22nd, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    these photos are beatiful. it looks like you really captured her. how in the world do you get both eyes in focus at f/1.2 when her head isn’t straight on? (like #2) Is that a basic stupid question? anywho, great shots.

    btw, i had the 70-200 2.8 for the first time at a wedding ceremony (only my second wedding) and though it was great my arm about fell off :o) i traded it in for the lovely 85 mm 1.8 which you originally recommended and i LOVE it! thanks for your advise!

  33. Jasmine*

    February 22nd, 2008 at 11:03 pm In the case of picture #2, I focused on the eye that was closest to me…this is what I do all the time. Yes, the left eye may not be as sharp, but it’s definitely sharp enough to maintain the integrity of the image…at least I hope! 🙂 @Erik: Being "called" to do something is much different than "needing" to do something. For instance, a fireman is called to extinguish flames, not, say, make his breakfast every morning. He’s called to the line of duty, but he needs to also eat. If the fireman had someone to cook for him, it’d free him to focus on putting out fires, working out, or staying focused on his job. Having an assistant frees a person to focus on their calling, rather than their needs. 🙂

  34. Crystal

    February 23rd, 2008 at 2:01 am

    What a perfect way to describe what an assistant does. 🙂 You are the best!

  35. Jay Tsai

    February 25th, 2008 at 7:06 am

    I love the long horizontal collage, that’s a great idea! So many different faces, expressions, and emotions!