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JUST BECAUSE :: New Year 2015

Confession - 2014 was an extra challenging year for me; lots of heartaches and hardships in all shapes and sizes, coming towards me from all angles. That's life I was told, and if everything goes smoothly, life would be very boring. Quite true I must say, but I really need a break and wouldn't mind a boring 2015, hahah! :D



We lost another family member in May 2014 :( My granny left us to be with the Lord at the age of 98. She was a wonderful and intelligent lady who dedicated her entire life to her family and God. She taught me how to play chinese chess! I also remember her dedication towards complicated jigsaw puzzles too. Wish I have inherited her green fingers. Yup, she planted her own vegetables at the backyard :) We are missing her dearly...

Ok, ok, I definitely did not perform very well in achieving my 2014 resolutions. Sigh. Don't want to bore you with the details but looking at the bright side, I did manage to upgrade my camera and add another great lens to my equipment list. Oh, and I made it to Cambodia too! :)

So what's my plan for 2015 you asked? Plenty!! BIG plans as I have a milestone to celebrate amongst other things. Will not be listing it out here and spoil the surprise ;) Keep up with me and my blog posts - you'll find out later this year!

By the way, a friend gave me a thick book and a project this year - 365 days worth of photography assignment yo!! I'll be snapping one photo every day for 365 days and post it on my Instagram account as well as printing the images captured + documenting them in the photo journal. Been thinking about doing this project for a while now but never really got to it until 2015, heheh.. All I need is a little push (more like a shove really, lol) from a dear friend to make it happen :P Feel free to follow my journey on Instagram and beep me there if you see something you like.

Have a Fabulous 2015 everyone! :)


FAMILY :: Baby Rigel's First Family PhotoShoot

When it comes to maternity & newborn portraiture session, the baby dictates. What was supposed to be a maternity session became a family portraiture session because baby Rigel said so! He decided to pop out of the oven a day prior to the scheduled photoshoot. Luckily, Daddy came back to Malaysia in time (the night before!) for his arrival. Phew!


It's all good :) The important thing is baby and mommy is happy + healthy. We can always plan for another maternity photoshoot, perhaps 1 - 2 years from now *hint, hint* ;) Check out some of my favourite images from the session! :D








Oh, did I tell you that baby Rigel has a big brother? Orion is such a sweet, sweet boy. Thanks to mommy and daddy, he now has a little bro to play with! :)






 







Thank you Mommy Belinda, Daddy Andrew, Little Orion and Baby Rigel for sharing your precious family moments together with me. May the images captured be a constant reminder of how lucky all of you are to have each other to cherish forever and ever. xoxo



EVENT :: Ayden's 6th Birthday Party

These days, lots of mothers are into DIY-ing their kids' birthday parties with themed decor + props, dessert buffets, games and fun activities. Some enjoyed it so much and are so good at it that they eventually set-up their own party planning business to cater to the high demand especially within Klang Valley. And what wonderful work these mothers can do! :) 



It's amazing to see how much effort and time are put into these customised themed birthday parties - Frozen, Peppa Pig, Hello Kitty, Thomas & Friends, etc - every single detail counts for each theme! Everything look so pretty, yummy and nice until some invited guests find it a little tough to 'disrupt' the dessert buffet by helping themselves with the goodies laid out. I know I am!


Ayden's soccer themed birthday bash was all planned by his capable mom. Almost everything was DIY-ed with the help of family members, supported by a reliable caterer and fun kids gym. Here's a snippet of what went on that memorable Sunday afternoon :)



FAMILY :: Portraits For Mom

Five siblings got together and agreed that they should have a professional family photoshoot on mom's 80th birthday. Only one problem - mom may not go for it and will probably give a lot of excuses, etc. And so, they told her a little white lie - a 'friend' (me!) has just started her boutique photography business and needed help with her portfolio (this is not entirely untrue by the way, lol). Mom said, "Okay, let's help your friend." :) 



It became a family project involving a total of 15 persons including mother, sons, daughters, son-in-law, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. They even had a makeup artist to come over to doll up the ladies! At that time, this was the largest group of people I ever had to photograph for family portrait session. A bit nerve wrecking at first and it's quite a challenge to get some of them to put away their mobile phones! Hahah! But it's all good; everyone did as they were told and a whole lot more! It was a relaxed, natural and fun-teasing photoshoot, especially when the jokers of the family were in attendance :D




 















 

There were a lot of memories and images captured that day - on my camera as well as in the minds and hearts of those who were there. Should it all fades away over time and somehow forgotten due to busy schedules, I hope the memory could be relived again and again, each time they look at the photographs. 


P/S: The birthday celebration did not end here! Will post about the surprise birthday party soon! :) 



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