Family Portrait: The Wees

Speed.
Faster than fast, 
Quicker than quick,
I'm Lightning!
Lightning McQueen, Cars

A love for all things Cars, this cute speedster and I go way back! He is now all grown up and at 2, he can talk and walk really fast, just like his favourite character, Lightning McQueen. I've also never met a toddler who loved my bubble machine so much, that he would run smack into the bubbles and laugh himself silly. What a little ray of sunshine.

It's your Birthday: LA is ONE!

You're.Going.To.Love.Me!
Fluttershy, My Little Pony

Once upon a time, in the magical land of Equestria...a little princess threw an intimate party to celebrate her turning one! One of the coolest baby girls ever, the banquet was attended by everyone who adored her, both the very small and the big. It was filled with balloons, sweet yummy treats and lots of pressies (of course!). 

Graduation Portrait: The Teos

Go forth and set the world on fire!
St Ignatius

After spending more than a decade of primary school, high school, and then university - graduations are always a cause of CELEBRATION! Congratulations Teo Jnr! Wishing you all the best, as you step into adulthood. 

There will be added responsibilities, bills to pay and money & time to manage. It will be challenging, yet a fulfilling life adventure.

Family Portrait: The Yens

Children reinvent your world - Susan Sarandon
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One of the shyest babies I know, this just turned one-year old little girl has the cutest smile, once she came out of her shell. When she sees a stranger, her eyes would well, as her nose turns a shiny red. She was most comfortable with her parents and big brother. I was very glad that after a while, she warmed up to me and rewarded me with the most beautiful laughter.

When her very creative full-time working mommy baked her a beautiful cake for a cake smash session, she was curious, yet reserved. Dad and big brother, on the other hand, had no qualms as they decided to have a bit of fun too.

Love Begins: John + Chu

'I can conquer the world, with just one hand... as long as you are holding the other.'

I first met John and Chu at Kim and Jase's wedding at Abbotsford Convent in 2012. Chu is Kim's younger sister. The one thing that immediately attracted me to her was her beautiful ready smile. John and Chu are people that you naturally would want to be friends with. Within minutes of meeting them, they can put you completely at ease, and make you feel as if you've been friends for a very long time.

When I learned they got engaged early this year, I was so very elated as they are both such amazing people with big hearts. They also make a very gorgeous couple! These images captured in The Substation (where they are getting married), the University of Melbourne (where they both studied), and around the city tells their story.

They also have a very cute story on how they met.

Even though they had a lot of mutual friends, John and Chu have never met. That was until Chu's 18th birthday party.

John: Most of my friends were attending a birthday party and were talking about it. Someone asked me if I was going, I said no. I wasn’t invited and I didn’t know who’s party it was. My friend thought it would be fun if I attended, to hang out and he assured me the birthday girl would be more than happy to have me there. Chu and I ended up chatting on MSN and she was happy with me coming to her party, as long as I said hi to her on the night. 

So I tried to find her that night, to say hi. But she wasn’t anywhere to be found. I sat down some time after, and noticed the cutest girl with the most beautiful smile. My friend turned to me and saw me looking at her and said, "Hey mate, what you looking at, that’s Chu, lets go." We both went over and I awkwardly said Hi. That’s my first memory of meeting Chu.

Thank you for being such good sports and for your warm hospitality. Brunch was so awesome! So much love for the both of you.

I will be in Melbourne again (Nov 21 to Nov 24). If you are interested in having portraits in Springtime Melbourne, I still have one more session available. Click for more information. 


on choosing each other

John
Seeing her happy gives me a feeling that I always want to have. She makes me feel special and loved. She is kind and generous.

Chu
We are on the same wavelength and have similar values. We complement each other with our strengths. He's motivated and this motivates/supports me. It's also a bonus that he can cook and clean. ;)

Year End Special: Merry & Bright

Is it November already? The year has just whizzed by, hasn't it? And soon, the malls will be all beautifully decked out, and joyful carols will be playing. It's just one of my favourite seasons - Christmas!

Presents will be a-plenty and I'll be home celebrating and remembering His greatest gift to us.

At Christmastime, it's all about family togetherness, gift-giving and receiving. Celebrate this beautiful season with photos for your family, or gift a session to your loved ones. 

In the spirit of giving, when you sign up for a session, you will also receive the following from our friends.

A choice of 2 accessories & RM50 Voucher

A babies & kids online store selling quality baby equipment, wooden toys and lots of pretty accessories.

RM50 Voucher for balloons for your event needs

Puffing up happiness, one balloon at a time. Beautiful balloons for all occasions.

Family Portrait: The Francis

Family is a little world, created by love.

Loud infectious laughter and a huge heart for God - Winnie and I were part of the same all-girls life group, while I was in Perth. We also served in the Children's Church (Inside Out) for a number of years.

She now has an energizer-bunny little boy who makes cute grunts, indicating 'yes' and who stole my heart this visit back to Perth. It was so amazing that even after a decade, our conversation was easy as we picked up where we left off.

In true Winnie fashion (super sweet), she emailed me this after I shared her gallery with her:

Thank you so much for the photos , they are absolutely beautiful and looking at them brought tears to my eyes... We don't have many family photos as we don't get a chance to take them with all of us in them and these are the only family photos we have to date and they look amazing. Thanks for taking them, you are an amazing photographer and person.

Thank you for being an encourager and for sharing your family with me. Looking forward to our next catch up sesh over yummy cheese platter xx

Love Begins: Anthony & Jessica

Home is wherever I'm with you.

Bathers Beach at Fremantle holds a special place in my heart, as it was where BLee & I had our anniversary portraits taken, just last Spring. For Anthony and Jessica, it is even more special as it was where they went on their first date, as well as where Anthony popped the question, to ask Jess to spend her forever with him.

It was a beautiful sunny winter morning when we did their portraits. There was lots of laughing, jokes, cuddles and of course kissing!

During the session, Anthony & Jess clued me on a little secret... they just found out they were pregnant! #excitedsqueal. They wanted to do some pregnancy 'announcement' portraits, so we rounded up the session with some. Anthony & Jess, you guys are going to make a gorgeous bride and groom, as well as awesome parents!