Fiona and Allen : Anytime

he'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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MrB - The light and colours in the grassy shots is just stunning. such a nice feel to this whole shoot  04.07.11 - 8:02pm
Adrian Lim - Love Fiona's hair! Love your work! simply amazing! :) keep up the good work of yours. Cheers!   06.06.09 - 10:37pm
Brian Fletcher - 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?   04.12.09 - 11:13pm
Bella Taylor - These are gorgeous! What a lovely couple. I love the ones on the coast the light is just stunning.  04.07.09 - 3:39pm
mandi - These are great but love the last ones of them laughing.  04.07.09 - 1:28pm
Pascal - Great series at the end I was really laughing when I saw these. The pictures by the beach are so great!  04.07.09 - 9:35am
holly rouse - i am constantly amazed at your ability to make images so creamy and delish! you go, girl.  04.06.09 - 11:07am
Grace Tan - 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!   04.06.09 - 3:29am
sarah black - Um, wow, just discovered your work and totally blown away. Love this session, possibly the best e-session I've ever seen.   04.05.09 - 3:41am
Vanessa - V3 Weddings & Events - There's something so magical about this set. What an adorable couple!  04.03.09 - 10:33pm
Sandra Wong - Wow, is wonderful to see Fiona in your website :) we are from the same country! =D  04.03.09 - 12:50am
Kathleen Hennessey - 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!  04.02.09 - 11:01pm
sarah smith photography - LOVE these, what a fun couple! she really knew how to work the camera too :)  04.02.09 - 10:55pm
michelle cunningham - awww.. the series of shots at the end made me smile too!  04.02.09 - 8:22pm
Brad Ross Photography - That last series is unreal. The emotion is raging out!  04.02.09 - 8:01pm
Α. - 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.  04.02.09 - 7:06pm
April Greer - LOVE her haircut! Such a sexy dress. This couple rocks!  04.02.09 - 6:57pm
Emily Elizabeth - Oh my goodness! These are GREAT! =) Keep it up!   04.02.09 - 5:49pm
L VALERIE - 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.  04.02.09 - 5:34pm
Ashley - Jasmine, you are just SO GOOD! wow.  04.02.09 - 4:31pm
Grant Perry - Absolutely love the top down shot in the field. Nice work  04.02.09 - 4:29pm
cassandra m - 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.  04.02.09 - 4:13pm
Gail - She has the FIERCEST hair cut - LOVE these!   04.02.09 - 10:37am
Lisa Austin - 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 :D   04.02.09 - 6:51am
joshua k - Great shots Jasmine :)   04.02.09 - 6:18am
elena - i'm so jealous these are totally amazing, you are the coolest, thank you for inspiring me  04.02.09 - 12:40am
Dian Garber - Cute couple, great capture.  04.01.09 - 10:47pm
Liza Roberson - You are...A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! These shots are does it feel to be told you're the coolest like, EVER?  04.01.09 - 9:35pm
Lizett - 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?  04.01.09 - 9:34pm
Jasmine* - @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!  04.01.09 - 5:53pm
Jen May - Fun!   04.01.09 - 1:26pm
Becka Knight (Studio222 Photography) - I try to wear vests and tanks like that but I never look as cute as she does.   04.01.09 - 12:56pm
Jessica Hanaumi - So gorgeous!  04.01.09 - 11:04am
Bob P. - Hi J*. You know I'm not into commenting often, BUT wtf!? Those shots with the tree and lamp post are amazing!!!!   04.01.09 - 10:35am
ayesha - Beautiful Work. Beautiful Photos as always.  04.01.09 - 10:18am
Robin M in AR - Beautiful work, Jasmine! And a beautiful couple, too!  04.01.09 - 9:50am
linda good-hart - LBD = Little Black Dress. Great shoot, beautiful light and happy people. So FUN!  04.01.09 - 9:44am - 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!  04.01.09 - 9:10am
LFP Photography - This is such a beautiful post - I love that street lamp - it's awesome! - Bri  04.01.09 - 7:56am
lauren clark - Wow! Look at her hair! So sleek and amazing! These are perfect!  04.01.09 - 7:36am
Amanda - Awesome shots.... and she is ADORABLE!  04.01.09 - 7:28am
ohana photographers - david & kimi - the 3rd image just makes me smile ;)  04.01.09 - 7:15am
Kelly | Purple Lemon Designs - Fabulously Fierce Subjects shot by a Fabulously Fierce Photographer...Go Jas!  04.01.09 - 7:05am
Cathy Crawley - Yummylicious! I'm loving that sunrise shot over the grassy headland. *sigh* I heart you too miss J*   04.01.09 - 6:12am
claire - 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 rock Mrs. *! c  04.01.09 - 6:09am
tish - oop! sorry my comment posted twice!  04.01.09 - 5:53am
Feuza - 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!  04.01.09 - 5:44am
Events by Evonne - Such a beautiful couple... I love her LBD too! :)  04.01.09 - 1:13am
Diana B. Mattar - What an adorable couple! Great pictures! They all really seem to tell a story.  04.01.09 - 12:26am
tunji sarumi - Stunner!!!!  03.31.09 - 11:49pm
Fiona - By the way, what's LBD?  03.31.09 - 11:37pm
Amy - These are awesome and I am in love with her haircut!  03.31.09 - 11:14pm
Fiona - 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!   03.31.09 - 10:35pm
tishgoff - 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!  03.31.09 - 9:47pm
Allie Richter - I love her LBD and her sleek hair, this is such a great shoot and this couple is truly feerrooosshhhhh!   03.31.09 - 9:43pm
tish - 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!  03.31.09 - 9:35pm
Lia - 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 :D   03.31.09 - 8:29pm
Jessica Hope - 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!  03.31.09 - 8:11pm
Jollence - Wow! nice set, this is the first couple I've seen u shoot from my country of Malaysia.  03.31.09 - 7:45pm
Amanda Suanne - These are too cute! Your making me want to come back to Orange County!!! I so could live there !  03.31.09 - 7:19pm
karla - 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..... : )   03.31.09 - 7:04pm
Jenny Sun - 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 :)   03.31.09 - 7:01pm
meg manion silliker - beautiful photographs. i love the black and white series!!! laguna beach is truly lovely isn't it?!!! what a gorgeous couple. great job!!  03.31.09 - 6:29pm
Tara - SO great! I love the last little series....  03.31.09 - 5:49pm
Tracy Anne - Love the b&w series... you can't look at those images without feeling the fun they're having!  03.31.09 - 5:38pm
Anna - 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 :)  03.31.09 - 5:37pm
Megan - 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!  03.31.09 - 5:37pm
Jonni - 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. Hugs. Jonni  03.31.09 - 5:36pm
Holli True - 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!!  03.31.09 - 5:23pm
Aileen - 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.  03.31.09 - 5:21pm
Nicole (perfectlyposh) - These are fantastic! The colors are gorgeous, the couple is gorgeous! Another one out of the ballpark.   03.31.09 - 5:21pm
Katelyn - Beautiful photos! I love the laughing series!  03.31.09 - 5:13pm
Deyla Huss - This is my favorite series of yours by far!! And may I ask what kind of yellow flowers those are in the 5th pic??  03.31.09 - 5:10pm
Ashley Rose - I love her style!!!! So fabulous =) cutest lil black dress ever! Beautiful light J* =)   03.31.09 - 4:24pm
Melinda M - What a HOT couple!! Nice work!  03.31.09 - 4:15pm
Jackie L. - Cute photos!   03.31.09 - 4:13pm
Lesley - Beautiful!  03.31.09 - 4:00pm
Melissa Jill :) - Man, she is just the cutest thing ever! Yay for internet!  03.31.09 - 3:40pm
carla Ten Eyck - love the series ending shots!!  03.31.09 - 3:20pm
Kayla - These are fabulous! Awesome lighting!  03.31.09 - 2:53pm
Alyssa Dawn Photography - LOVE THESE!  03.31.09 - 2:40pm
Cristen Clark - Love the color and emotions in these photos!  03.31.09 - 2:37pm
denise bovee - sheeeesshhh!how cute are they! her hair is adorable & those cliff beach shots are ridiculously gorgeous! love emm!!  03.31.09 - 2:31pm
oneshotbeyond - wonderful love story & cute set of photos...I love her hair and that little black dress!  03.31.09 - 2:20pm
Joan Solitario - The Break of Dawn shot is beautiful!! Lucky to have you as a photographer! ;o)  03.31.09 - 1:36pm
Chris c. - Hey! These folks are from my neighborhood! Great shots, Jasmine!  03.31.09 - 1:33pm
Trish - These shots are rockin'...You go girl!  03.31.09 - 1:28pm
Arielle - 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.   03.31.09 - 1:22pm
Stacy - They're cute - you're cute . . . cute cute cute!  03.31.09 - 1:07pm
Tracy - 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.  03.31.09 - 12:42pm
Alicia - I love a girl that can rock the bangs. =) And her LBD is so cute!  03.31.09 - 12:41pm
Ash McSorley - 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?  03.31.09 - 12:37pm
Alice - 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!!  03.31.09 - 12:31pm
jeramy - wow! typical! no joke....serious!  03.31.09 - 12:25pm
Jamie Sheasby - I love Fiona's hair, she is super cute :)  03.31.09 - 12:19pm
Tara - 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. ;)   03.31.09 - 12:09pm
Jasmine* - @Ashley: I started shooting at 6:45am. Yes, it was kinda early! ;) @Karen: My camera of choice is the 5DMarkII.   03.31.09 - 12:03pm
pinky - i love them! beautiful shots, beautiful couple! =)  03.31.09 - 11:53am
Fishgirl - Love them, Love Them  03.31.09 - 11:29am
Ashley - How adorable! Could they get any cuter? Awesome shoot Jasmine. Just curious, what time did you start shooting?  03.31.09 - 11:29am
Shuva Rahim - Wow... what fun photos! I especially love the last set.   03.31.09 - 11:28am
Shawn Kloster - Jasmine! These are some of the best shots I've seen from you... truly beautiful photos! *high five*  03.31.09 - 11:27am
serena - they are so stylin' and just too cute for words!  03.31.09 - 10:58am
Roxie - They are ADORABLE. The images are amazing.  03.31.09 - 10:50am
Sara Gray - Isn't it great when serendipity steps in and introduces us to people like this? Awesome work.  03.31.09 - 10:48am
Tiffany - love this couple...great photo sess! The ones along the coast have such a good feeling about them  03.31.09 - 10:40am
Stephanie Stewart - 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'!  03.31.09 - 10:35am
Dee - What amazing photos! Everything is perfect!  03.31.09 - 10:28am
imthiaz houseman - I love photos at the break of dawn..they give off the most beautiful light! Love the session.  03.31.09 - 10:27am
Bungalow Photography - Wonderful photos! I absolutely love them!  03.31.09 - 10:22am
johnwaire - the last series is awesome jasmine. they look like they're having a blast.  03.31.09 - 10:21am
Arancha - Really cute! I love it!  03.31.09 - 10:21am
kristin brancaleone - Well look how cute and sassy they are! Sassy pics, too!  03.31.09 - 10:20am
Lydia - 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!  03.31.09 - 10:18am
B - A-MAZ-ING! Love EVERY single one.  03.31.09 - 10:17am
Melissa Blue - Beautiful shots J. How cute is her hair??  03.31.09 - 10:14am
Nicole - Beautiful. They look so sleak! Her hair cut is sick! LOVE. It.  03.31.09 - 10:09am
Jackie Beale - Oooooooh awesome slideshow song!! I love Josh Radin. We saw him live in Orlando along with Skyler Fisk about two years ago :)  03.31.09 - 10:03am
eden lang - Beautiful. I looove these!   03.31.09 - 10:00am
Marissa Rodriguez - 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!  03.31.09 - 9:59am
Oakstream Photography - AMAZING! You are such a talented ROCK STAR!  03.31.09 - 9:55am
Simone - So beautiful Jasmine! I love everything about these- the good looking couple, the lighting, the locations! Seriously girl, you're gifted.  03.31.09 - 9:54am
Seini - 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!  03.31.09 - 9:53am
Diane - - So fun......the day looked amazing! What an adorable couple.  03.31.09 - 9:50am
Velia - 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.   03.31.09 - 9:48am
- Such cute photos... they look like such a fun couple, oh and I love Fiona's hair! :-)  03.31.09 - 9:44am
Karen - 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?  03.31.09 - 9:41am
rachel - LOVE LOVE LOVE the shots on the coast! Beautiful!  03.31.09 - 9:39am
andrea - 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!  03.31.09 - 9:30am
tracy - they got it on like Donkey Kong!   03.31.09 - 9:30am
Paula Herko - 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.   03.31.09 - 9:27am