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Family Portraits: Edwin & Priscilla

When I launched the Lifestyle Portraiture Promo 1 month ago, the first person to email me was Priscilla. She called me the day after the promo was launched and immediately made a booking that very day itself. She related to me one of her previous portrait session where her son accidentally stepped on an ant’s nest and was badly bitten in the park! I felt so sorry for the boy. She warned me too that her son Joseph is really playful and would sometimes not pose for the camera.

So on the day of their shoot, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I certainly hoped that there weren’t any ants nest in the nearby vicinity! Despite the initial drizzle, we kept our spirits up and it turned out to be a really fun shoot! I’m not a mother yet, but I can imagine the feeling of coming home pooped after a few hours attending to children. Joseph and Joy-Anne were just so adorable! Here are some of my favourites from that day. Look at that drool!

Even grandma was involved that day!

I love Joy-Anne’s 2 little teeth.

Ian came along with me on this shoot. He took this next shot.

We even had a little ‘couple’ time for Edwin and Priscilla. Edwin was a natural! The moment we said we’d take photos of the both of them, he instantly swept Priscilla off her feet!

And lastly, my favourite from their couple portraits.

The Wedding of Bernard & Huay-Sien

I am back again with another post, this time it was for Bernard and Huay-Sien. It was a truly unique wedding and Ian and I had just so much fun shooting. The morning started with the usual preparation before the church ceremony. I love shooting at Huay-Sien’s place, the colour of the walls were so nice and vibrant and I can really think of so many places where I can shoot in the house.

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Ian on the other hand was over at Bernard’s place capturing the groom and his family.

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The church ceremony was held at St. Peter’s in Bangsar, it was the first time that I had the opportunity to shoot in this beautiful church.

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Once the ceremony was over, both Bernard and Huay-Sien were so happy that they just couldn’t stop smiling the whole time!

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Right after the church ceremony, we all then headed towards Le Meridien for the wedding luncheon. It is not very often that we get to attend a wedding luncheon instead of the usual wedding dinners.

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Bernard’s speech was so hilarious that I just couldn’t stop laughing myself!

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Both Bernard and Huay-Sien also requested that we have a portraiture session and I actually did a little scouting of Le Meridien a week before the wedding and found out that the hotel was just beautiful and there are countless of spots where you can capture lovely images. So while Huay-Sien was getting ready for the portraiture session, Ian took this beautiful shot of their wedding bands.

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From then onwards, we headed around the entire hotel shooting non-stop. It was great and both Bernard and Huay-Sien were so cooperative. They are so easy to work with and I had loads of fun just joking around and shooting.

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While Ian was taking the shot above, I caught a candid shot of Huay-Sien below.

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The one thing I really noticed about the hotel was that they had loads of interesting decorations about, like the image below.

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Even the lifts were not spared as well!

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They even had this interesting corridor linking both Le Meridien and KL Hilton as well.

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The lobby area was just awesome!

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I really love this photo taken by Ian below, it shows so much expression and feel!

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Trying out various silhouette shots, again ;)

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Found a hidden place outside with some interesting leading lines.

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I guess after having so much fun, we totally lost track of time. The sun set so fast!

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Finally a group shot of all of us at our final location.

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(from left to right: Mark, Ian, Bernard, Huay-Sien)

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And last but not least here is also a shot I sneaked in of Ian while he was trying to pose the lovely couple. Before signing off, I would like to extend my congratulations again to both Bernard and Huay Sien and that the two of you will have a great life ahead!

Eugene, Audrey and Shane

Eugene not only shares the same office space as me, but is one of my lunch kakis at Integricity. He introduced really yummy bak kut teh to everyone in the office and we’re all hooked on it now. But that’s not the point of this blog post. Eugene, his wife Audrey and kid Shane trooped over to a park in PJ recently and I had a great time photographing their portraits. Actually, it was more like, Shane playing and me running after him. Shane is such a cheerful kid. He never stops smiling and laughing.

I am told that Shane loves shoes. His crocs look so well adorned!

The only thing that can wipe the smile off Shane’s face is when he gets dirt onto his hands. I can’t believe what a neat and tidy kid he is! He didn’t want to go near the sand or anything ‘dirty’. I don’t usually take photos of kids screaming, but Eugene said, “I don’t mind photos of him like that!” So here it is!

But it didn’t last very long. After a few seconds, Shane returned to his normal self.

Ooh and since I’m not that much of a web guru, I’m really excited to have created this animated gif in Photoshop. (Alex thinks I’m more of a geek than he is)

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to get to know your family better, Eugene. I truly enjoyed our time at the park. 

New Creative Ideas for Wedding Cards

Kelvin and Cathryn are 2 really creative people. Kelvin is a talented musician and heads One Accord Sdn Bhd as the 1a.m. director. 1a.m has come up with a few albums and their style of music is contemporary and fun with meaningful lyrics. Cathryn is a pastor at Eagle Point Covenant Fellowship (ECF). In quite a number of weddings, I have seen Pastor Cat officiating the wedding, or saying grace before meals. But this time, it’s her turn to be married, and walk down the aisle! So Wedding Story is really excited to be a part of such a special wedding this 14th of March 09. We will be filming and photographing this momentous occasion.

It comes with no surprise then, having 2 such creative people come up with an equally interesting wedding invite! Their wedding theme is about God’s grace, and the invite resembles a movie poster.

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Photo credit: Benjamin Foong, Direction: Kareem Koh

As it says on the card (the pic is a bit small):
On the outside, it looks like things are falling apart. On the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding grace.

We will be doing a special interview with them soon to incorporate their life story into their wedding video. We love new creative ideas! If you are an engaged couple, come talk to us about your ideas and we are excited to turn it into a reality. Don’t just settle for the normal ways of doing things. Why not create an entire movie campaign for your wedding? Want to create a poster like this? Let’s talk about it!

You’re my African Queen: Kenneth & Laura

When Kenneth gave me the song “African Queen” to be used in his photo slideshow piece, I thought how apt it was, as Laura is indeed his prized African Queen! They are a lovely couple to work with. Their romance story is indeed a unique one, both coming from 2 different cultures, falling in love and proving that God is the glue that holds all things together. Even though they hit some snags in the process of getting married (for example, Kenneth finding out that he needs to buy Laura’s family cows in order to wed her, and that each cow costs a couple of thousand RM), they overcame all obstacles and said their vows above the clouds at the KL Tower in January 09.

Congratulations to the both of you! Here are photos and video from their pre-wedding shoot at Bukit Tinggi end of 2008. Photos taken by Grace Tan, Video by Kee Sitt and Sharon.