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A Minion Photoshoot At Home: Hamzah Alang Azman & Nadia Nasimuddin’s Family

Families are spending so much time together at home these days compared to before (for obvious reasons), and it’s so nice to capture some of these simple yet precious everyday moments for them. Nadia invited us over recently and got the whole family dressed in Minion pyjamas! How cute! Managing kids on a photoshoot is no easy task and with four of them bouncing off the walls and goofing around, we also captured a few shots of the “imperfection behind the scenes”. But the truth is, these moments will still be part of their memories and a reflection of what life can sometimes be… imperfect but still beautiful.

More photos below!

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Pre-Wedding Photos at Rawa Island Resort: Rick & Su Mei

Sometime in September we had the privilege of strolling around this idyllic island with Rick and Su Mei. It had been raining in the days leading to their pre-wedding shoot but the weather here turned out fantastic. We stayed at Rawa Island Resort which is a truly serene location. There were plenty of picturesque spots around the island for two lovers to get lost in each others arms, and for photographers like us to to go giddy with excitement behind the lens.

Fully determined to explore every nook and cranny, our expedition with them involved a little bit of climbing at one point just to get to THE scenic point. Okay, maybe it was more than just a little. It was such a hot day when we did that! With the sun beating down our backs, I had a heat stroke and felt quite faint. Thank God for Chi Yin who took over immediately to do some shots at the top of the hill. I am also amazed at how Su Mei could climb those steep steps with her large gown. These photos you see are truly a team effort on all sides!

The adventurous couple initially wanted to go overseas for a pre-wedding shoot but decided to book us and do it locally just before the MCO happened. So it’s a blessing that they chose Rawa Island Resort instead. Even though we can only do “Cuti-cuti Malaysia” this year, there are many beautiful locations like this to be found within Malaysia itself.

Then in true holiday fashion, we wrapped up the end of our shoot with a massage, fresh coconut, and well-deserved cocktails by the beach!

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Studio Maternity Photoshoot: Jacques & Pei Shing

What do you get when you have a pregnant dancer and an enthusiastic partner? These gorgeous maternity shots of course! Jacques and Pei Shing were expecting their first child together – the youngest of siblings from this beautiful blended family. This photoshoot, like so many others, was special in its own way. For them, this marriage they now have together was like a second chance after going through many challenging life lessons from the past.

It was Jacques’ idea to have the photoshoot, and to be included in it as well. More photos below!

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A Harajuku Styled Shoot on Kuala Lumpur’s Streets


Imagine if we could only use colours, textures, and fashion styles to express who we truly are – no words allowed. What would that look like? What would YOU wear? ⁠⠀
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I have never done a Harajuku-inspired shoot before. So when our friend and bridal make up artist Cindy, suggested the idea of doing one as a creative exercise, we jumped at the opportunity. She roped in Yon Lynn, an artist who fronts Raijin, a Japanese pop rock cover band in KL. Lynn thinks that the Japanese are very expressive and these costumes are a way for her to express herself in a bold and creative way. ⁠⠀

We spent almost five hours on the shoot with breaks in between. Each ‘look’ took about an hour for hair, make up, and styling to be done, but it was all smiles as we could do all the prep work in the comfort of our room at Four Points by Sheraton, Chinatown. We took photos at the hotel and around the premises, including the newly restored back lane – Kwai Chai Hong.

It was a very interesting experience for me and the team. Once the costumes are on, it feels as if a different person emerges, but in reality, it is a true representation of who they are. ⁠To me, the shoot represents boldness. Just like the people on Harajuku Street whose individuality and boldness soon came to define a significant part of a nation’s cultural identity. It takes boldness to be different, to stand out in the crowd, and be unique.
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Big thanks to everyone for making this happen. It feels so good to keep our creative juices flowing with opportunities like this! More photos below with some interesting facts about each Harajuku style.

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Maternity Studio Photoshoot: Chris & Sindee

In 2017 Chris and Sindee officiated their marriage with a super fun “Double Happiness” wedding in Kuala Lumpur, and we had the privilege of being their photographers! So when they found out they were expecting their first child this year, Sindee had no hesitation in getting in touch with us again for the maternity shoot. Both of them came to our studio with a few outfits for Sindee to change into throughout the session. We’re especially in love with the kebaya piece!

Not long after she delivered, Sindee took the time to write us a really thoughtful review:

“We love Grace and the Stories team. They were our wedding photographer almost 4 years ago and we have no regrets. The team was amazing and amazing at how fast they turned the photos into a beautiful slide show for our dinner guest. Also, the music they used was a perfect fit! We love our wedding album so much and it was greatly crafted to show the happenings of the day.
Now after almost four years, I’m pregnant and we wanted to take maternity photos as well as photos of the baby soon. There was no question that we would go back to Grace. Thank you for fitting us in so quickly and we managed to get really beautiful photos of my belly just four days before my delivery!”

Thank you for your incredibly kind words, Sindee! We’re so happy to be able to journey with you through life’s most precious milestones! More photos below.

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