Bump-to-Pop: The Khoo Family

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.

Bump-to-pop: The Selvasegaram Family

and suddenly
ALL the love songs were about you.

I cannot even begin to write about how much I loved this set of photographs. J + A is one of the sweetest, most loving, and most musical couple I know. It was truly an honour to be invited into their very homey space as they prepare for their little bub... and a joy to get to know the little bub who has them irresistible cheeks, easy laughter, and cheeky smile. #smitten

Hello Bump: Chong Maternity

I fell in love with you, because of the million things
you never knew you were doing.

Smitten... completely and utterly with each other and the baby. Jo and Ivan are such beautiful souls who already had so many plans for their little one. I especially loved the gorgeous tailored lace gown Jo custom-made especially for the session.

Family Portrait: The Ngs

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.
- EB White

An inquisitive two year old, a warm and cheerful papa, and a very fit expecting mama.

From the beginning, the Ngs were just so much fun to be around. I was particularly impressed with the glowing mama-of-two-to-be, who was almost full term, yet was game to try all sorts of poses. I later found out that the family practices yoga. I got so excited that I asked if I could incorporate some of the poses into our session.

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Baby Makes 3: The Ngs

Snuggles and cuddles welcomed!

Ohmyheart! When I first photographed this gorgeous couple, baby K was just a tiny little human snuggled comfortably inside mummy's womb.

He was so comfortable that he decided to stay on way past his due date!

All of 6-month old cuddly chuckly goodness, this little boy was all curiosity, bursts of infectious laughter and chubby cheeks. He definitely splished splashed his way into my heart.

After the session, sweet Sheryn left me a very nice note:

I got to know Samantha after seeing a couple of preview shots from a friend of mine. Immediately I loved her work as I was looking for natural shots for my maternity potraits.. After a few messages with her, I felt like we've been friends for sometime as she is friendly n very accommodating to my requests..
From maternity portraits, I also decided to let her shoot my family portraits too. When I met her the first time at the shoot, we immediately connected n the best thing is, we were wearing the same necklace!! 
And she is very SEMPOI (simple an easy going) lady photographer. She only needs that one camera to do a marvellous job. She was also very kind for getting presents for my baby n me each time we met. I am very happy n no regret that i made the right decision to engaged her as my photographer. And also I gained a friend.

Bump-to-pop: The Kos

Life reveals her beauty, one precious miracle at a time.

Every bit the expectant parents to be, the Kos were completely excited for the arrival of their little one. I couldn't help but get caught up in their glowing happiness, as they smiled and spoke in hushed tones throughout the session.

When baby K arrived, she was all big eyes and cute babbles, especially when she sees herself in the mirror (she probably thinks the baby staring back at her is a friend). She may be just a teeny tiny little human being, but she already has her parents (especially daddy) smitten and wrapped around her little fingers.

Bump-to-Pop: The Chins

Every good and perfect gift is from above.
James 1:17a

It is only when I look at my friends, that I realise I'm growing older. From engagement parties, to wedding invites, and then to baby showers, full moon parties... and soon, very very soon... first year birthday parties - I'm now resigned to introducing myself as 'Aunty Sam'.

Ben & Serena are very good friends of my husband and I. We were there for each other's life celebration - from the proposals and engagement parties, to the weddings. And now, for Ben & Serena, from bump to welcoming little baby D. 

So when Ben asked if I could make some trips to Singapore to photograph their maternity portraits and subsequently their latest addition, of course I said yes! When I first said hello to baby D, it is immediately apparent that he has inherited both his parents best qualities - his mummy's sweet smile, and his daddy's cheekiness (those dimples!).

Hello Bump: Ng Maternity Portrait

The first pregnancy is a long sea journey to a country where you don't know the language, where land is in sight for such a long time that after a while, it's just the horizon...
Emily Perkins

When Sheryn first contacted me, I felt an instant connection with her. She was warm, friendly and down to earth. Meeting her for the first time during the session, I discovered that we had a lot of things in common - we were wearing the exact same necklace!

She was every bit the beautiful, gorgeous glowing mother-to-be. I was blown away by the love J has for her, as he laughed and posed for photos together with her, even though he must be quite jet lagged, after flying a plane (he just touched down from a very long flight). 

Hope you are adjusting well to the new baby! I cannot wait to meet the chubby little baby K. 

Hello Bump: Tan Maternity Portrait

Pregnancy is like the beginning of all things
wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.

Sutji and I go way back. Back when singing 'Majulah Singapura' was a daily routine, when uniforms were the norm, and when $2-a-day pocket money is enough to get you a full meal at the school canteen. She was a year my junior in secondary school.

This gorgeous soon-to-be mother-of-two is someone who understands completely how I feel about the constant moving around - uprooting and setting roots, leaving friends and family and creating new bonds. We share a very similar story, despite spending our formative years in Singapore, we were but foreigners - she from Indonesia, and I, Malaysia; moved to Australia for uni - she in Melbourne, I, Perth; and finally, settling down in Malaysia - she after getting married to a Malaysian. 

When she got in touch with me for a family shoot, I was honoured. The hour flew by as we caught up quickly with each other about life. It was also my first time meeting the beautiful cheeky chocolate loving little Miss H. I cannot wait to see number 2, who will be making his debut next month. If he looks anything like his older sister, I'm sure he will be a handsome little tyke, primed to set all the ladies hearts aflutter.

Bump-to-Pop: The Yees

Children are a Gift of God
Psalms 127:3

Love is something that I love celebrating, and strikes a deep chord in my heart. I tear a little when I see, the loving exchange between a daddy and his little girl before he walks her down the aisle. My heart misses a beat when the groom claps eyes on his bride for the first time and cannot take his eyes off her; the moment they make their forever pledge. I get butterflies in my tummy when a couple share their hopes and dreams, as they wait patiently for their little one  to say: "Hello World"; and the moment baby is born, how they are just firmly wrapped around baby's little fingers.

Cheryl and Robert are dear friends of ours, who got married a couple of months after us. So when Cheryl shared that she was pregnant, I was over-the-moon elated for them. I also knew immediately that I want to photograph them, cause they were just tremendously beautiful people, both inside and out. This series of photograph, was taken in their gorgeous new home.

When Cheryl gave birth, I remembered being in the vicinity of the hospital, and going over to say hello to the less than a day old baby C. She was the tiniest little perfect human being, and you could tell she had her whole family smitten.

Fast forward six/seven months, we finally managed to have a family portrait session.  By then baby was a sweet smiley little girl. #theygrowupwaytoofast!