Diandra : Anytime


I try to live my life without my head screwed on backward. You know, looking to the past. I like to think the decisions I make are right and never defer to the What Ifs self-doubt can throw my way. When it comes to making business decisions, I may vacillate for a moment, but once I have an answer, I’m a locomotive and you can’t move my caboose!

There are moments, however, when I look at people and applaud them for making decisions I wish I made earlier in my career. Newer photographers who see the industry trends and try to climb the learning curve as quickly as possible. These are the people I applaud.

When Diandra and I initially made contact, I assumed we were the same age. She’s a newbie photographer trying to navigate the labrynth otherwise known as the wedding industry, but I was so happy to hear she wanted headshots taken. Not only is Diandra sweet, charming, and kind…she’s incredibly smart for building a brand around herself. During the shoot, I found out Diandra’s in her early twenties and my mouth dropped. She’s just starting her business, but she’ll be going places based on her amazing personality and business prowess.

Diandra, I applaud you. And I thank you for allowing me to document the start of your fabulous career!

Diandra, you’re gorgeous. Plain and simple.

I couldn’t love this picture more…its just so Diandra!

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  1. Anne Nunn Photography

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    the one of her holding the camera and the sun behind her are my favs! Always love how crisp your image are!

  2. Jamie Delaine

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    SOO stinkin’ cute. Great light and obviously, I am a big fan of young photographers. 😉

  3. Stacy Cross

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    She’s gorgeous – and you captured her beautifully!

  4. Halli

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Once again fabulous photos! Awesome job, Jasmine!!

  5. Lou

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Wow, very nice shoot. She’s very striking, and seems to have a lot of passion. I really like the one of her holding the cam that Anne mentioned as well. Good stuff!

  6. Stephanie

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    I love this shoot! I just did head shots for the same reason with Clary Pfeiffer in St. Louis! (but i’m trying to do wedding planning….seeing another young girl doing the same is re-affirming to say the least). Great job!

  7. Katie Slater

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Beautiful girl, beautiful photos! Go get ’em Diandra!!!! 🙂

  8. Andrea

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Gorgeous pictures!

    As an ameteur photographer myself, her story truly inspires me. Best wishes to Diandra!

  9. briana

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    beautiful, i am so jealous! if you are ever around the tampa bay area i def need some pics taken myself!

  10. jeramy

    October 24th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    she is beautiful. great shots jasmine.

  11. Gina

    October 24th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    wow.. those are so cool and beautiful… okay!.. Where do I sign up for a session like this?… I love it…

  12. Diandra

    October 24th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Oh Jasmine I LOVE them! You did an AMAZING job! Wow! I cannot wait to see the rest… I hope it’s okay if I steal these for now 🙂 And for anyone wondering… that amazing car really just happened to be there 😉 Jasmine you’re incredible! I cant say enough! THANK YOU!

  13. Melissa McClure

    October 24th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    That car in the first shot (correct me if I am wrong) is a 1960’s Austin Healy bug-eyed Sprite. There are only about 200 of them left in the US! I know this because my dad has had his since the early 60’s and I used to drive it around my town (when he was supervising of course!)

    Gorgeous Jasmine. I adore that shot of her laughing with the sun behind her. These rock!

  14. Larry Reeves

    October 24th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Thank you, Jasmine! These shots are stunning and I love the locations. Creative and brilliant, as always!

  15. Doug Ferguson

    October 24th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Jasmine, you’ve captured Diandra perfectly, and you’re right, that picture is so her. Great job!

  16. Mia

    October 24th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    SUPER CUTE!!!!

  17. Korey

    October 24th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Oh my is she cute! I LOVE those pink shoes. And the silver bangle. And the turquoise jewelry! These pictures are beautiful. You always get the light so perfectly and it is like BUTTER. Love it!

  18. Jackie L.

    October 24th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Just beautiful! You captured her personality so well…awesomeness!

  19. Joan Solitario

    October 24th, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    This just gets me more excited for August 2009 when we book you to take our photos Jasmine! Woohoo!! 😀

  20. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs

    October 24th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Gorgeous and Fabulous, J*! Diandra looks like she is having a ball!

  21. kymberli q.

    October 24th, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    She is ADORABLE and these images are outstanding! Love the shot of her ring and camera – too cute! Great job!!

  22. B

    October 24th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Jas, she’s fierce. Seriously, great shoot!

  23. Caitlin

    October 24th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    One thing I noticed – other than the coolness of you as usual, she is incredibly accessorized — attention to detail – what a really great photographer needs 😉

  24. Melissa

    October 24th, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    These are stunning!! Love the shots with the awesome ring and the camera! ;o)

  25. nena

    October 24th, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I adore these photos! I think I want you to take my photo just because I’m young and single! Please say yes! =-)

  26. Liza

    October 24th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    I love the camera shots! And of course there is hardly anything more beautiful than a strong woman going after their dream! =)

  27. cassandra m

    October 24th, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    Did the "sun gods" kiss that last photo or what? ha ha. AMAZING light. BEAUTIFUL! She sounds like an amazing person and girl definitely has some great taste in jewelry. Sweeet shoot!

  28. Candace Prokopets

    October 24th, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Love the pictures Jasmine! I love your style and I love how you make everyone so comfortable that their personality shines brightly through.

  29. Joan Solitario

    October 24th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I just had to comment again… the picture of her on the beach.. where the sun is peaking through… I agree with you! That’s beautiful and a favorite!

  30. Camille Elise

    October 24th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    Wow! What a gorgeous shoot! So happy for Diandra as a young photographer to be excelling forward in her business 🙂 A goal not only for my business and career, but for my life is to eventually have headshots of my own taken by you. Hopefully one day 🙂 Great photographs Jasmine!

  31. Ryel j

    October 24th, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    I love the arch way sequence and how you capture her joy. So sweet!

  32. Cathy Crawley

    October 24th, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Absolutely stunning! One day, when I get my butt to the US you can expect a call from me too 🙂

  33. Blair Van Bussel

    October 24th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    How exciting!!! These turned out so beautiful! I am also in my early 20s and its so hard to make a name for yourself in such a competitive world. I am having some photos taken for my site in a few weeks and I am even more excited now! 😉
    Okay so I went on a bit of a tangent but you did an amazing job Jasmine!!!!!

  34. lin

    October 24th, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Love the poses! You’re have such an eye!

  35. James Day

    October 25th, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Jasmine – Could you make me look as sexy as Diandra? I expect a personal reply as to the answer….

  36. Ashley

    October 25th, 2008 at 12:48 am

    These are amazing! I need one of these photo shoots in the worst way! I learned how important branding is from you so I need to get my butt in gear!

  37. Natarsha N. Wright

    October 25th, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Lovely! She is so beautiful!

  38. joshua k

    October 25th, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Lovely !She is so beautiful 🙂

  39. Jillian Louise

    October 25th, 2008 at 3:48 am

    i love these. she looks so incredibly natural!

  40. katie

    October 25th, 2008 at 5:50 am

    Holy wow! Totally loving ALL of these! The one on the beach with the sun coming through her arm is to die for and if Diandra is reading these comments, I would love to know where you got that kickin’ turquoise ring! 🙂

  41. Katelyn

    October 25th, 2008 at 7:22 am

    So exciting! I’m a beginner too! Still in college so I love hearing success stories! What a beautiful subject! These look great as always!

  42. Jessica Price

    October 25th, 2008 at 11:58 am

    Again, super images – she is a doll! Your work is spot on in focus, so naturally edited and that beach location!

  43. Bree

    October 25th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Aw. My pastor looks super cute. Jasmine, you did a really good job on the photographs of her. She looks really pretty [: <3

  44. Prince

    October 25th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I love the natural, fun, happy expressions you get in your portraits. Just shows how your clients are comfortable with you.

    It would be awesome if you post something on those lines..

    Thanks for sharing.

  45. ronnie

    October 26th, 2008 at 12:20 am

    nice…I want to know where she got the ring as well!

  46. Diandra

    October 26th, 2008 at 12:38 am

    For everyone asking about my ring… it was a gift from my amazingly fashionable mom. As was the turquoise necklace I’m wearing. 🙂

  47. erica sergio

    October 26th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    these are beautiful!

  48. shawnreeder

    October 26th, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Jasmine, I love your work and how much "YOU" you share with us. Thank you for being so genuine. Diandra, you are beautiful and inspired me to post here for the first time even though I’ve read forever. Thanks for the inspiration!

  49. Lydia

    October 26th, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Jasmine, I think you could easily guarantee an increase in business for your clients who are photographers. Who wouldn’t book Diandra after meeting her in these pictures! If I didn’t have to think about replacing my stolen camera and equipment, I’d be signing up for your next session!

  50. Shannon Post

    October 26th, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Great images! What a beautiful woman and even though I don’t know her, through your writing and images you brought her personality to life. I wish I wasn’t so darn far away or I’d hire you to do my head shots too! Maybe some day. (sigh)
    Another great shoot, Jasmine! You continually rock it!

  51. Dave Shilling

    October 26th, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Holy Smokes!!! That last one was.. well… lets just say I’d hire her! Nice work ladies!!!

  52. Heather/OneShotBeyond

    October 26th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    what a variety of classy & modern photos! I think she will love these for years to come. I can just see from her smiles…how comfy she was with you!

    Great stuff girl!

  53. Sugar & Spice Event Design

    October 26th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    This seemed like so much fun!

  54. Pam and girls

    October 26th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    "Wow!" Thanks Jasmine, for helping our friends have such a great experience. You’ve come a long way since you were 3, Diandra – We love you lots!

  55. Feuza

    October 27th, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I so wish I was in west coast to also do a photo shoot with Jasmine, I too am a newbie! started 6 months ago and really know nothing yet but I am trying, I just fell in love and feel like when you are a teen dating a boy, just so happy! great shots of Diandra and I am so happy I found you Jasmine and others like Diandra too! God Bless.

  56. brianna

    October 27th, 2008 at 3:48 am

    ooh la la…is this downtown seal beach perhaps??!! awesome shots jazzy.

  57. john waire

    October 27th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    schweet shoot!

  58. Pascal

    October 27th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    She is gorgeous. The setting is great she must be very happy with the result!

  59. Shelly Valentine

    October 27th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    I LOVE the last shot! GORGEOUS!!!

  60. Christine Meintjes

    October 27th, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Great shoot! Love the shots in the arch!

  61. Onsite Minnesota Photography

    October 28th, 2008 at 12:57 am

    I love the picture with the sun behind her.

  62. Jessica

    October 28th, 2008 at 6:11 am

    Hooray for Diandra! And Jasmine, your work is beautiful!

  63. Tracy

    October 28th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    I just shot her at a TTD event in Riverside! She IS amazingly gorgeous. And I totally agree, she will be a great success.

  64. vanessabrooke.net

    October 28th, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Great shots! Photographers make great models!

  65. Val McCormick Photography

    October 29th, 2008 at 7:42 am

    Ooooo, that last shot is KILLER!

  66. Mike Cunningham

    October 30th, 2008 at 2:20 am

    Dear Diandra,

    I want to take you to dinner.



  67. Bobbie Brown

    October 30th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    Wow. I love this shoot! I always love your ‘anytime’ shoots though! But these pictures really are amazing!!

  68. Hannalee

    November 1st, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Unfortunately I am not in my twenties anymore, but also starting out in my career as a wedding photographer. I wish I had the opportunity for you to take my headshots too, Jasmine! I have been admiring you from a distance for some time and you inspire me to become my best! Also, you go Diandra!

  69. Jamie Burnett

    November 2nd, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Amazing shots, Love the variety and the warm sunny glow.