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Family Studio Photo Shoot: Aaron & Jamie

Aaron and Jamie are friends of ours and we also took their pre-wedding photos in the past. As a couple, they love pandas. But when Joseph came along, he decided penguins were his thing. As you can see, this kid is full of personality! His mum describes him as “Extrovert, cheeky and talkative after warming up. Can be pretty loud and he has an infectious laughter. Warm and affectionate when in good mood… can be pretty bossy at times too.”

The funniest part was when she told us,

“Joseph looked at our wedding portraits and asked where is Joseph? So it’s time to take some family pic and add a nice canvas to the wall!”

That line pretty much sums up this family photo session at our studio!

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Family Portraits at Home: Danny, Janet, and Baby Darell

Have we said it before? We LOVE growing with people over the seasons of their lives! We met Danny and Janet when we captured their wedding day in video in the past. Fast forward to the present where we’re now capturing family moments with their son, feels pretty surreal! Darell travelled around the sun and picked up some skills along the way… at just age one, he sure knows how to melt everyone’s hearts with his charming smile. We were smitten with every camera click!

After a round of simple family photos in the garden, we went indoors for the cake smash. Darell needed a little bit of coaxing so he’d know it’s okay to dig into your food and make a total mess – just this one time!

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Raya Family Portraits: Alif Satar & Shadila Halid

With Raya just around the corner, it’s so exciting to welcome families for portraits at our studio. Malaysian artist and actor Alif Satar, his wife Shadila Halid, and their extended family popped by in April, all dressed up for their annual Raya family photoshoot. Both Alif and his wife are no stranger to the camera of course, so the photoshoot was quick and easy! It was so nice to meet their siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews too.

Always a joy to photograph families. More snaps of this good-looking family below!

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Remembering Their Malaysian Home: Sung Tai & Ofeliya

Sung Tai and Ofeliya met at a Christmas potluck for international students during their university years in Canada. It all started with his cooking skills. “He won my heart with his sticky rice!” Ofeliya tells us. Since then, they have been together for 17 years and married for 13 years. Prior to Covid-19, this nature and travel-loving couple used to travel to at least three counties per year and have been to over 20 countries in the last six years!

Moving from one place to another so often, only means there’s more reason to take photographs for good memories. So when their time in Malaysia came to its end they called us! We went to their home at Desa Park City and took photos to capture the life and precious memories they enjoyed as a family here.

Ofeliya left us a lovely testimonial:

“We love the short video! Great service from start to finish. I wish we knew about you earlier but definitely will use your service if we ever come back. Have a great weekend.”

Watch the BTS video below!

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Five Things I Learned About Live Streaming as a Virtual Wedding Guest

BTS of Stanley & Natalie’s live streamed wedding, Luther Centre Petaling Jaya.

2020 was the year our services at Stories naturally progressed to include live streaming as well. As one of the photo curators for our blog, I now see more images of family members holding devices with their loved ones on screen during group photos and such. Technology has definitely become the only bridge for many of us who have friends and family across the globe.

However, experiencing what it’s like to be a virtual guest at my brother’s wedding made me really appreciate the wonders of hybrid events! The livestream was casually set up by someone else using Zoom in this case, but it still made me see how a wedding like this involves more than just cool technology. It takes thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and everyone to play their role.⁠

Here’s what I learned about the art of live streamed weddings, as a virtual wedding guest.

1. Different camera angles make all the difference

The couple had made the effort to provide two camera angles for us virtual guests to enjoy. One was placed at the aisle, so we could get a close up of their expressions as they made their vows. What an honour! The other was at the corner, giving us a wider view of the whole stage and the first row of guests who were physically present. It was nice to see the crowd’s reaction even from behind. It felt “like the real thing”.

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