… a giggle wrapped in sunshine and glitter …
… a giggle wrapped in sunshine and glitter …
'Oh baby, we've waited a long time for you to arrive...'⠀
The beautiful Sogawa family were completely adorable to photograph! Kohki-chan was one cool little baby, who when he smiles, becomes the cutest thing ever! One thing I love about photography is that in that short span of an hour, I feel like we've become good friends - as we swap life stories. I especially enjoyed having cups of coffee (they met as baristas in Starbucks in Tokyo) over sweet cakes at the end of our session.
Baby Kohki is Malaysian made, and as the family make plans to head back to Tokyo after 5 years here, they wanted photos to remember this brief, but love-filled chapter.
Before they flew back to Japan, they surprised me with such a sweet message - that caused me to grin from one ear to the other, and reminded me why I chose to do what I do.
In a nutshell, she said that she would only love to have me as their family photographer, to document baby's growing up years. And that if I visit Tokyo, to please get in touch with her.
My one big reason to be happy - YOU!
Jonathan and Liane are very dear to me. They were the very first international wedding assignment I photographed. 3 years later... they are back with their entire family, for a short visit, with the cutest little bub in tow. It was such an absolute joy getting to know little miss K, with her very cheeky smiles, and cute coos. I was completely smitten by her. Cannot wait to meet you guys again in Perth, next year!
she's a combination of sugar, spice,
sunshine and stardust.
I met Lina in church when we were both studying in Perth. She is somebody who just radiates warmth and friendship. As we were both in different universities then, we gradually lost contact as life took over. I was really glad when Liang whom I met through my then boyfriend-now-husband, brought Lina to visit our Young Adults Bible Study Fellowship class. Fast forward a few years later, it was such an honour and joy to photograph them as they grow another member. Baby E is the cutest little thing, with easy smiles, and the chubbiest cheeks.
let me love you a little more
before you're not so little anymore.
It felt just like months ago when Tim and Suwen shared the happy news that they were pregnant. And felt like yesterday, when I photographed their maternity portraits... where did time fly? Little Ian has turned the grand age of ONE! It has been such a joy watching him grow...
Cake is ALWAYS a GOOD IDEA
I've received so many requests from parents about photographing their baby's first cake smash. Each time, I'll stress this - for a successful session, baby must be used to sensory play - where he/she is unafraid of mushing hands into things soft and doughy. I say this, cause almost 8 out of 10 babies will begin crying halfway through our cake smash session. I highly recommend that you give them a cupcake to smash and eat with their hands, before our session. Baby K was a trooper, as she explored and enjoyed her cake!
.. our family is now complete ...
When Pying contacted me about their annual family portrait, and said 'we've got one more this year', I was completely over the moon! Instead of having it outdoors, we opted to have an in-home session instead - where big sister was free to roam around, and everyone was comfy.
YOU are the start of so many things!
A beautiful gracious heart, and a personable character - the first time I met Chin Yi was when I photographed little M's first birthday party, it felt as if we were long lost friends. Our conversations just flowed ... we could talk about shopping, dresses, and everything in between. I was elated when she contacted me again, when she welcomed baby number 2!
p/s: who looks this good, right after giving birth? Baby J was all of 10 days old when I photographed this.
them bouncy curls, and sass...
When photographing, I vibe off families. I love families who are completely laid back, who come as they are (preferably without a pinterest board full of ideas on poses). The Ritrosi family was one like that - they came dressed down, and fully prepared to have some fun in the park, with their gorgeous curly-haired, bubble-loving, cheeky, smiley little toddler.
To laugh together, to live abundantly, and to love fully.
I always love photographing large families. They bring with it so much character, personality and whole lot of fun. The Chins are awesomely photogenic and very hospitable - they kept wanting to feed me, and made sure I had enough water. For a moment, I felt very much part of the family. Thank you for spending a beautiful morning with me.