Fiona and Allen : Anytime


She’s from Malaysia. He’s from Malaysia, but currently lives in Hong Kong. They live three and half hours apart, but they found themselves together on the other side of the world. In Laguna Beach, California to be exact. The sky was a dark shade of grey, but hues of purple begged to been seen. They unfolded themselves against the crashing ocean and beckoned the sun’s arrival.

The morning air was crisp and fresh, so Fiona and Allen cuddled closely as they awaited the sunrise. From a distance, he whispered something in her ear. Fiona threw her head back and laughed. Allen pulled her in closer. Love was in the air. The crisp and fresh air.

They visited the United States for business and pleasure. And photos. Fiona is owner of Fi Foto in Malaysia and came across my work. Oh blessed Internet. She emailed me a few months ago and inquired about an Anytime session, which I was more than happy to shoot. From the moment I met them under the grey sky, I knew we’d be friends. Instantly. They’re simply fabulous and it was an honor documenting their love…

I guess Allen wasn’t into public displays of affection! 😉

After taking this shot, I thanked God for my career. There I was…shooting at the break of dawn…along the California coast…with an amazing couple. It doesn’t get any better than that! 🙂

After playing on the coast, we hung out in Downtown Laguna Beach for a bit…

Work it out, Fiona!

I’ll end this post with this series of pictures because it just makes me smile…

To see more of their Anytime session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. Paula Herko

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    simply amazing! Really, it is so crazy how I feel like i am a part of the picture when i look at them. You have an amazing gift Jasmine.

  2. tracy

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    they got it on like Donkey Kong!

  3. andrea

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    i just loooooooove the shots of Fiona and Allen sitting in the grass at sunrise! gorgeous! what i wouldnt give to have that beach by me!

  4. rachel

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the shots on the coast! Beautiful!

  5. Karen

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    These are amazing photos!
    You are very talented and they both look great. I love the one on the boardwalk.
    What is your camera of choice?

  6. March 31st, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Such cute photos… they look like such a fun couple, oh and I love Fiona’s hair! 🙂

  7. Velia

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    As always Jasmine Faboulous work. I love them all. I do like the shot you were thankful for, you have a great talent and it really works for you. Thank you for being an inspiration.

  8. Diane -

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    So fun……the day looked amazing! What an adorable couple.

  9. Seini

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    What an adorable couple! You are so lucky to have the coast near you:)…spring fever is here and its still snowing in UT! Your pix give me hope that the sun will shine for good soon. Beautiful pix as always!

  10. Simone

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    So beautiful Jasmine! I love everything about these- the good looking couple, the lighting, the locations! Seriously girl, you’re gifted.

  11. Oakstream Photography

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    AMAZING! You are such a talented ROCK STAR!

  12. Marissa Rodriguez

    March 31st, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Oh wow! I love these!! I love her hair and dress in the last few pictures! Every morning before going to work I check your blog and smile. I look forward to the day I can work on my photography full time, I can only imagine how wonderful it must be 🙂 but for now, off i go to my regular job 🙂 have a great day Jasmine!

  13. eden lang

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful. I looove these!

  14. Jackie Beale

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Oooooooh awesome slideshow song!! I love Josh Radin. We saw him live in Orlando along with Skyler Fisk about two years ago 🙂

  15. Nicole

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Beautiful. They look so sleak! Her hair cut is sick! LOVE. It.

  16. Melissa Blue

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Beautiful shots J. How cute is her hair??

  17. B

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    A-MAZ-ING! Love EVERY single one.

  18. Lydia

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Such a cute couple! One thing I love about my job is not having to wake up at the crack of dawn. I’d say these pictures are worth it though!

  19. kristin brancaleone

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Well look how cute and sassy they are! Sassy pics, too!

  20. Arancha

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Really cute! I love it!

  21. johnwaire

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    the last series is awesome jasmine. they look like they’re having a blast.

  22. Bungalow Photography

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Wonderful photos! I absolutely love them!

  23. imthiaz houseman

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I love photos at the break of dawn..they give off the most beautiful light! Love the session.

  24. Dee

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    What amazing photos! Everything is perfect!

  25. Stephanie Stewart

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Another fun shoot! My favorite is the one where the sun is just coming up behind them. I love that you love your job, and it shows! Keep it comin’!

  26. Tiffany

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    love this couple…great photo sess! The ones along the coast have such a good feeling about them

  27. Sara Gray

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Isn’t it great when serendipity steps in and introduces us to people like this? Awesome work.

  28. Roxie

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    They are ADORABLE. The images are amazing.

  29. serena

    March 31st, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    they are so stylin’ and just too cute for words!

  30. Shawn Kloster

    March 31st, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Jasmine! These are some of the best shots I’ve seen from you… truly beautiful photos! *high five*

  31. Shuva Rahim

    March 31st, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    Wow… what fun photos! I especially love the last set.

  32. Ashley

    March 31st, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    How adorable! Could they get any cuter? Awesome shoot Jasmine. Just curious, what time did you start shooting?

  33. Fishgirl

    March 31st, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Love them, Love Them

  34. pinky

    March 31st, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    i love them! beautiful shots, beautiful couple! =)

  35. Jasmine*

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    @Ashley: I started shooting at 6:45am. Yes, it was kinda early! 😉 @Karen: My camera of choice is the 5DMarkII.

  36. Tara

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    It’s so crazy to see the sun hitting people from that side on the beach and calling it "sunrise"! (I’m an east coaster!) Beautiful shots! I don’t envy having to get up early to get the sun on that side though. 😉

  37. Jamie Sheasby

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I love Fiona’s hair, she is super cute 🙂

  38. jeramy

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    wow! typical! no joke….serious!

  39. Alice

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    This is my favorite of your most recent photo sessions. You totally caught &/or created the magic in that sunrise shot. In addition to finding great inspiration for your photos, I also just love how you express yourself with words. Thanks for sharing!!

  40. Ash McSorley

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Jasmine I was curious what lens you prefer for your wide shots on the 5DMII? Great shots, I also love the random shots of Polo! Our pup is 7 lb.s whats polo weigh?

  41. Alicia

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I love a girl that can rock the bangs. =) And her LBD is so cute!

  42. Tracy

    March 31st, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Ok, Jasmine. I just spent the past couple of weeks going through your entire blog, and I am in love with your work and writing. You are such an inspiration. This session is absolutely what I aspire to be as a photographer. Thank you for all that you do.

  43. Stacy

    March 31st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    They’re cute – you’re cute . . . cute cute cute!

  44. Arielle

    March 31st, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Jasmine, love all the pictures, it’s remarkable and such a strong suit of yours to capture genuine fun candid expressions, and always love. And the music fits just right.

  45. Trish

    March 31st, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    These shots are rockin’…You go girl!

  46. Chris c.

    March 31st, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Hey! These folks are from my neighborhood! Great shots, Jasmine!

  47. Joan Solitario

    March 31st, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    The Break of Dawn shot is beautiful!! Lucky to have you as a photographer! ;o)

  48. oneshotbeyond

    March 31st, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    wonderful love story & cute set of photos…I love her hair and that little black dress!

  49. denise bovee

    March 31st, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    sheeeesshhh!how cute are they! her hair is adorable & those cliff beach shots are ridiculously gorgeous! love emm!!

  50. Cristen Clark

    March 31st, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Love the color and emotions in these photos!

  51. Alyssa Dawn Photography

    March 31st, 2009 at 9:40 pm


  52. Kayla

    March 31st, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    These are fabulous! Awesome lighting!

  53. carla Ten Eyck

    March 31st, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    love the series ending shots!!

  54. Melissa Jill :)

    March 31st, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    Man, she is just the cutest thing ever! Yay for internet!

  55. Lesley

    March 31st, 2009 at 11:00 pm


  56. Jackie L.

    March 31st, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Cute photos!

  57. Melinda M

    March 31st, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    What a HOT couple!! Nice work!

  58. Ashley Rose

    March 31st, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    I love her style!!!! So fabulous =) cutest lil black dress ever! Beautiful light J* =)

  59. Deyla Huss

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:10 am

    This is my favorite series of yours by far!! And may I ask what kind of yellow flowers those are in the 5th pic??

  60. Katelyn

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:13 am

    Beautiful photos! I love the laughing series!

  61. Nicole (perfectlyposh)

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:21 am

    These are fantastic! The colors are gorgeous, the couple is gorgeous! Another one out of the ballpark.

  62. Aileen

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:21 am

    So inspiring! The slideshow music was great as well. Makes me want to cuddle with the hubby next to a glass of wine and share a laughs.

  63. Holli True

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Jasmine, I just adore these!! I love when you post the little collage of images of your clients, it’s just too adorable!! You have such an amazing gift and I love how comfortable people are around you to goof off like that!! You rock, my dear!!

  64. Jonni

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Girlfriend, that totally rocks how Fiona came across you on the internet. Best decision she ever made I bet. OMG, this couple is so adorable! You captured them beautifully (as always) and it looks like they had so much fun. I don’t know what you talk to your clients about while shooting, but whatever it is, it works! Wow! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


  65. Megan

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I adore those first few shots in the post and on the slideshow in the white jacket on the bench! Those are just awesome! They are such a cute couple too!

  66. Anna

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Finally! Someone I personally know on the blog. Woot! 😉 Fiona had mentioned in her blog that she was gonna be shot by you a couple of weeks back and I was quite excited to see what the outcome was. And I must say, you’ve really captured their essence here. Gorgeous shots of a gorgeous couple 🙂

  67. Tracy Anne

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Love the b&w series… you can’t look at those images without feeling the fun they’re having!

  68. Tara

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:49 am

    SO great! I love the last little series….

  69. meg manion silliker

    April 1st, 2009 at 1:29 am

    beautiful photographs. i love the black and white series!!! laguna beach is truly lovely isn’t it?!!! what a gorgeous couple. great job!!

  70. Jenny Sun

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:01 am

    yay!! I’ve been looking forward to this session since Fiona mentioned it to us a few weeks ago!! 🙂 You rocked it out J*!! Love it! And Fiona – you look fabulous! Cya when you get back home 🙂

  71. karla

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:04 am

    Hands DOWN. Jasmine this is my favorite shoot! Style.smiles.true love.= beauty captured in a photo. These made my eyes smile! If that’s even possible….. : )

  72. Amanda Suanne

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:19 am

    These are too cute! Your making me want to come back to Orange County!!! I so could live there !

  73. Jollence

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:45 am

    Wow! nice set, this is the first couple I’ve seen u shoot from my country of Malaysia.

  74. Jessica Hope

    April 1st, 2009 at 3:11 am

    What a beautiful serendipitous story of how these two met!…My husband and I just returned from a trip to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and they were the most amazing cities I have ever been to. Those two are lucky to live in such an amazing part of the world. I would live there in a heartbeat if I could! These photos are really stunning. So soft and yet so bursting with life and joy!

  75. Lia

    April 1st, 2009 at 3:29 am

    It so rocks to have people from my country of Malaysia here 🙂 LOVE LOVE the pix 🙂 Maybe I should hint to hubby we go to the US for our 10th anniversary and ask for a pix session from you 😀

  76. tish

    April 1st, 2009 at 4:35 am

    1. Do you carry a stepstool for shots like the overhead one on the grasses?
    2. Do you have an arsenal of jokes or some other secret to get such belly laughs out of your clients?
    Awesome work!

  77. Allie Richter

    April 1st, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I love her LBD and her sleek hair, this is such a great shoot and this couple is truly feerrooosshhhhh!

  78. tishgoff

    April 1st, 2009 at 4:47 am

    1. Do you carry a stepstool for overhead shots like the one in the grasses?
    2. Do you have an arsenal of jokes or some other secret to get such belly laughs from your clients?
    Awesome work!

  79. Fiona

    April 1st, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Hi Jasmine! I’m currently in SF on transit to HK! I wasn’t expecting our photos to be up on your blog so soon but I had received an email from someone who visited your blog and wrote to me! Awesome photos! I love em! We had so much fun that morning, albeit the windy and cold weather at dawn! Can’t wait to see the rest of them! Again, you are always welcome in HK and Malaysia!

  80. Amy

    April 1st, 2009 at 6:14 am

    These are awesome and I am in love with her haircut!

  81. Fiona

    April 1st, 2009 at 6:37 am

    By the way, what’s LBD?

  82. tunji sarumi

    April 1st, 2009 at 6:49 am


  83. Diana B. Mattar

    April 1st, 2009 at 7:26 am

    What an adorable couple! Great pictures! They all really seem to tell a story.

  84. Events by Evonne

    April 1st, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Such a beautiful couple… I love her LBD too! 🙂

  85. Feuza

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Oh Jasmine, you take my breathe away, I so need to do an anytime session with your, what a great place! and the couple so much fun huh, they look fabulous!

  86. tish

    April 1st, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    oop! sorry my comment posted twice!

  87. claire

    April 1st, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    hey jasmine, Did you shoot this whole session with your fixed 50mm lens? I am going to try this on my next shoot! I love this shoot! You are truly connecting with people all over the world… rock Mrs. *!

  88. Cathy Crawley

    April 1st, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Yummylicious! I’m loving that sunrise shot over the grassy headland. *sigh* I heart you too miss J*

  89. Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Fabulously Fierce Subjects shot by a Fabulously Fierce Photographer…Go Jas!

  90. ohana photographers - david & kimi

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    the 3rd image just makes me smile 😉

  91. Amanda

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    Awesome shots…. and she is ADORABLE!

  92. lauren clark

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Wow! Look at her hair! So sleek and amazing! These are perfect!

  93. LFP Photography

    April 1st, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    This is such a beautiful post – I love that street lamp – it’s awesome!
    – Bri


    April 1st, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    again, awesome job. the beautiful sunrise is the just icing on the cake of layers of this beautiful couple. someday, *someday* i hope to have an anytime sesh with you! 🙂 amazing!

  95. linda good-hart

    April 1st, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    LBD = Little Black Dress. Great shoot, beautiful light and happy people. So FUN!

  96. Robin M in AR

    April 1st, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Beautiful work, Jasmine! And a beautiful couple, too!

  97. ayesha

    April 1st, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Beautiful Work. Beautiful Photos as always.

  98. Bob P.

    April 1st, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Hi J*. You know I’m not into commenting often, BUT wtf!? Those shots with the tree and lamp post are amazing!!!!

  99. Jessica Hanaumi

    April 1st, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    So gorgeous!

  100. Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography)

    April 1st, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I try to wear vests and tanks like that but I never look as cute as she does.

  101. Jen May

    April 1st, 2009 at 8:26 pm


  102. Jasmine*

    April 2nd, 2009 at 12:53 am

    @Claire: No, I shot this session with a mix of the 50mm, 85mm, and 24mm. I, however, use the 50mm the most! @Tish: No, I don’t carry a step ladder for the overhead shots…Fiona and Allen were sitting so this made the shot a lot easier to capture. And I don’t have an arsenal of jokes…I think my clients laugh AT me, not WITH me! 😉 @Deyla: The yellow flowers are mustard flowers…I think. 🙂 @Ash: I prefer the 24mm, 1.2 for my wide shots…I love it! And Polo weighs 11 pounds…he’s a total porker!

  103. Lizett

    April 2nd, 2009 at 4:34 am

    hi jasmine, great shots! 6:30am is a great time to start, I’m an early shooter as well:) just curious, which 24mm, 1.2 lens did you use?

  104. Liza Roberson

    April 2nd, 2009 at 4:35 am

    You are…A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! These shots are great…how does it feel to be told you’re the coolest like, EVER?

  105. Dian Garber

    April 2nd, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Cute couple, great capture.

  106. elena

    April 2nd, 2009 at 7:40 am

    i’m so jealous these are totally amazing, you are the coolest, thank you for inspiring me

  107. joshua k

    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Great shots Jasmine 🙂

  108. Lisa Austin

    April 2nd, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I haven’t commented in a long time but I just have to say these photos are amazing!!! The series in the grass are my favorites 😀

  109. Gail

    April 2nd, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    She has the FIERCEST hair cut – LOVE these!

  110. cassandra m

    April 2nd, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Ohhhh…absolutely gorgeous. I’m not much of a sunrise person, but wow this makes me want to schedule a shoot asap. beautiful light. Of course our sunrise is a little more harsh I think. ha ha. PS. that last 4-shot makes me laugh. so great.

  111. Grant Perry

    April 2nd, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Absolutely love the top down shot in the field. Nice work

  112. Ashley

    April 2nd, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    Jasmine, you are just SO GOOD! wow.

  113. L VALERIE

    April 3rd, 2009 at 12:34 am

    i’ve been a silent ‘stalker’ to ur blog. i can’t wait to read ur blog everyday. These are FANTABULOUS!! love love those in the grass set. btw, fiona LBD = Little Black Dress 🙂 luv that too.

  114. Emily Elizabeth

    April 3rd, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Oh my goodness! These are GREAT! =) Keep it up!

  115. April Greer

    April 3rd, 2009 at 1:57 am

    LOVE her haircut! Such a sexy dress. This couple rocks!

  116. Α.

    April 3rd, 2009 at 2:06 am

    one of your most brilliant works i believe! artisticly realistic. you are excellent and you are a light into the no-man’s land. thank you. more than well done. you are inspired and that i believe it is your main charisma. wish you well.

  117. Brad Ross Photography

    April 3rd, 2009 at 3:01 am

    That last series is unreal. The emotion is raging out!

  118. michelle cunningham

    April 3rd, 2009 at 3:22 am

    awww.. the series of shots at the end made me smile too!

  119. sarah smith photography

    April 3rd, 2009 at 5:55 am

    LOVE these, what a fun couple! she really knew how to work the camera too 🙂

  120. Kathleen Hennessey

    April 3rd, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Jasmine. . . you have seriously out-done yourself!! This is the most incredibly beautiful work, and that picture on the coast with the sunset just makes me wanna go to bed so I can dream myself into that photograph!! Wow, woman, Wow!

  121. Sandra Wong

    April 3rd, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Wow, is wonderful to see Fiona in your website 🙂 we are from the same country! =D

  122. Vanessa - V3 Weddings & Events

    April 4th, 2009 at 5:33 am

    There’s something so magical about this set. What an adorable couple!

  123. sarah black

    April 5th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Um, wow, just discovered your work and totally blown away. Love this session, possibly the best e-session I’ve ever seen.

  124. Grace Tan

    April 6th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Wow great series, it’s so nice to see someone I know on your blog, Jasmine! Fiona’s a great person and photographer. Not many of us female photographers around, especially in Malaysia!

  125. holly rouse

    April 6th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    i am constantly amazed at your ability to make images so creamy and delish! you go, girl.

  126. Pascal

    April 7th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Great series at the end I was really laughing when I saw these. The pictures by the beach are so great!

  127. mandi

    April 7th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    These are great but love the last ones of them laughing.

  128. Bella Taylor

    April 7th, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    These are gorgeous! What a lovely couple. I love the ones on the coast the light is just stunning.

  129. Brian Fletcher

    April 13th, 2009 at 6:13 am

    Jasmine, these photos are absolutely stunning! Thank you so much for letting us know which lenses you prefer for these shoots. What I really want to know is how do you get that great fill lighting? Do you use a softbox or anything like that or just a speedlight with a diffuser?

  130. Adrian Lim

    June 7th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Love Fiona’s hair! Love your work! simply amazing! 🙂 keep up the good work of yours. Cheers!

  131. MrB

    April 8th, 2011 at 3:02 am

    The light and colours in the grassy shots is just stunning. such a nice feel to this whole shoot

  132. Brad Resnick

    May 28th, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    I could almost feel that crisp morning air as you were describing it. What a beautiful couple and stunning photos to match.