Family Portrait: The Oons

"Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale."

An inquisitive bubbly 2 year old, a sleepy baby, and a very organised mum and dad - makes for a very enjoyable session! I first photographed Rebecca and Solomon when they tied the knot a number of years ago. To see them now, each with their 'mini-me', made me dance a happy little jig. Love celebrating life's milestones.

Location: Setia Alam Park

Celebrating Love: The Kons

laugh together, stay together
- #jkandpb
@trapyourass

I photographed their intimate and super sweet April Fool's Day wedding (they really signed on the dotted line #notajoke); their joint instagram handle is @trapyourass.

What not to love about easily one of my favourite-ist clients.

So when they asked for a post-wedding portrait session, I knew it was going to be awesome fun. And I was not disappointed! He told me 'no cheesy shots please', she laughed. That set the tone for the entire session. Adventurous, funny, with a huge love for coffee and each other, Feebs + Jase, marriage definitely looks good on you! You've also convinced me that #postweddingportraits are the best.  

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Family Portrait: The Hos

... and then there were four ...

I first photographed the Ho family, back when little E was just a year old. He was a reserved little boy, whose rare smiles can light up the space around him. It was such a pleasure to get reacquainted with the now chatty almost 3-year old. His smiles (which come a lot easier now), high energy, and affection for his little sister, were such joy to photograph.

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A Warrior's Story: Sharizan

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
- Vivian Greene

"A single mother, fighting the biggest battle of her life."

Cancer.... it just creeps up on you, when you least expect it. It doesn't care if you are young or old; fat or thin; healthy or unhealthy. It doesn't care if you're white, brown, or yellow; rich or poor; good or bad... 

When I first read Sha's story through a friend's (Kimberly) dayre post, my heart instantly went out to her 4-year old. My first thought was... besides donating money, what else can I give? I reached out to Kim, who connected us ... and I had the honour of making memories for Sha and Aniq, her adorable son. 

For Sha, her journey began in April 2016. What she thought was pain, possibly caused by her pregnancy a few years earlier, was diagnosed by doctors as Stage 3 lung cancer. A surgery and bouts of chemotherapy later, she was given the all clear - NED (no evidence of disease).

6 months after, while at work, she suddenly collapsed and was taken into the hospital. Because she was a cancer survivor, doctors did a full scan. That was when they discovered that the cancer is back, this time with a vengeance.

"I was told that the cancer is not only back in my lungs, it has also metastasised to my brain. And when there is a relapse, the cancer is immediately classified as Stage 4," she told me softly.

What impressed me most about Sha ... She doesn't let the disease define her. She told her story without any anger or 'why me, why me'. Instead, what I sensed was her positivity, and her steely determination to overcome and survive this, for her son.

The relationship she has with Aniq, her 4-year-old little boy is also something so precious to photograph. "Aniq knows where my meds are, and he understands when I'm tired and need to rest. I'm very thankful for him." 

HOW YOU CAN HELP
Living with her parents, who are pensioners, Sha is the sole-breadwinner of her family. Her only hope of survival now is through monthly immunotherapy sessions, for at least 2 years. Unfortunately, these sessions are only available at private hospitals. This means, that they come with a heavy pricetag. With her insurance quota almost bursting, and a lack of funds, Sha chose to stop her sessions.

However, with her Give.Asia page set up by Kim, at the time of writing, enough funds have been raised for at least 2 immunotherapy sessions. If you can help, please continue to give and support. No matter how small the amount... a little bit goes a long way.

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HELP SHA BEAT THE BIG C
For every family portrait session in the months of September and October 2017, I'm giving RM200 into Sha's fund. So if you're looking at getting good family photos, while helping a little boy have his mother for longer... now is the best time :)

Family Portrait: The Wongs

Happiness is...
a BIG, CHAOTIC family!

A little boy, a little girl, a set of twin baby boys, their parents, their grandparents... I enjoyed every minute - yes even the sweaty ones - spent photographing, this loud, boisterous, and very friendly family. Their love and joy overflowed, and made me smile as I photographed them. There was never a dull moment!

Family Portrait: The Yaps

'Siblings share childhood dreams and grown up memories'

Expressive, endearing and blessed with the cheekiest smiles, it was such an adventure photographing this pair of siblings. 

I've been asked numerous times, what do you enjoy most about photography? Aren't you tired of chasing after the little ones? At times, I find myself struggling, just a little, to keep up with my tiny clients (they seriously can run circles around me). But when I photograph the genuine unscripted love connection ... like the image above - which is also one of my favourites from this session, my heart beats slightly faster, and my grin grows a lot wider.

Family Portrait: Twins Rule!

Double the trouble...
Double the fun!

Oh life is so much more fun when there are two of everything! This pair of just turned two year old energiser bunnies and their doting sweet big brother were the cutest! The babies just celebrated turning 2 the day before with a huge party - so they came with balloons and lots of pressies. They certainly kept me and their parents busy, running after them. 

Family Portrait: CSDEE

My big brother, my best friend

High energy, hilarious, and so completely lovable. I had the best time with these two little ones and their parents. There are definitely pros and cons when you've got siblings close to you in age. You fight, you make up, you share your deepest darkest secrets, you can scream at them the first minute, and hug them the next. No matter what, you're grateful for them.

Hello Bump: Cheang Maternity

A grand adventure is about to begin
- Winnie the Pooh -

Tim and Suwen are dear friends. We've been through so many things together. I've also photographed their engagement session, as well as coordinated their wedding. We usually do boardgames and coffee together... #itsbeensolong! When we were hanging out one day, we decided to do a quick 20-minute maternity portrait session with them.