A baby’s first birthday is so significant. In one year, a baby can learn how to roll over, sit up, crawl, communicate with sounds and simple words, eat soft foods, use their hands and fingers to hold, wave, and even clap. What’s not to celebrate! Don’t forget, it’s also a celebration for new parents – for making through their first year of parenthood!
Ian and Melanie made a family event out of Louella’s first birthday and brought their extended family to our studio for photos. They are such a photogenic family and we loved seeing how much this little lady was loved on that day! More photos below.
This family session with Antoine, Josie and their girls, were one of the first few photoshoots we did right after the Movement Restriction Order in Malaysia. They brought some of the girls’ favourite toys and coordinated their outfits. The girls were lovely, and able to speak three languages too! English, Mandarin & French. Even from a safe distance, it was so nice to have human interaction again and to see our studio filled with family and loved ones. More photos below!
As a Canon EOS ambassador, I get to test out the new EOS R5 and a few lenses, namely the RF 15-35mm f2.8 and 85mm f2.0 macro. I contacted my friend, Joanna Koleth, who is an amazing dance-artist, and some other amazing vendors who made this shoot happen. Soon, we were doing jumps around KL city centre. This shoot is part of a bigger project, one that involves a few other photographers. But that is yet to be revealed. The theme of the shoot revolves around this word, Harmony.
When conceptualizing the shoot, I thought about this word and what it means to me. A quick Google search revealed the meaning of harmony as “the state of being in agreement or concord.” As a Malaysian, I truly desire a state where the people in our land can live in harmony with each other. Our country is full of culture and heritage, and we’ve gone through good and bad seasons since celebrating our independence in 1957.
Learning how to balance our diversity with unity is not easy. Harmony is not just an outward appearance of accepting each other, it’s respecting each individual as they are. It’s also about merging old and new mindsets so that we can grow as a nation.
Taman Rimba Kiara is one of our favourite locations for outdoor photoshoots. It’s near our studio, there’s free parking, and good eateries around the area for families to head to after the shoot. Joe Yee and Wen Tjin wanted a photo shoot with the whole family since having their second child. Joe Yee’s mom and sister and her family joined too. We arrived at 8am to catch the best light and cool weather. They were such a wonderful family, and their boys were like little gentlemen! Everyone wanted a photo with the new baby cousin / sibling / nephew of course.
Melissa was still under confinement when we did this at-home newborn and family photos shoot for them. She and her husband Calvin were so nice, they let us pretty much have free reign of the house as shooting options! Their boys were so much fun to hang out with and spent a great deal of time showing us their room and their toys – as kids do. When the photos were delivered shortly after, she wrote us a review that totally made our day:
“I loved the whole experience! From enquiry with Wai Teng [the studio manager] to the warm video explanation with Grace the founder. We are very happy with the photographer Chi Yin and her assistant. Chi Yin was experienced with handling our newborn baby and they were well prepared with props!
We are not good with poses but all the photos turned out beautiful because they are natural and we were constantly assured during the photography session. I truly appreciate their tips on how to pose better and where to take pictures around our house as I was under confinement at the time. I know it’s not easy to take pictures with our newborn and two other cheeky boys aged 5 and 7 then.
The whole session turned out to be like a fun family activity with no pressure. We love the photos ! Thank you! Would definitely come back for family photos again.”
We are always so grateful that our job involves meeting wonderful people like them. We always strive to give our best. So hearing feedback like this helps us know we’re doing something right, and we never take it for granted.