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!
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.”
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”.
We’ll admit, we’re starting to really love cosy parties. Yuin Quan celebrated her 21st with her closest friends and family at the gorgeous Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Kuala Lumpur. It was a simple affair… just dinner, cake cutting, and photos. But because the exquisite decor and guest outfits were so glamourous, it almost felt like a wedding! The birthday lady herself was adorned in a bejewelled gown for the occasion.
While everyone enjoyed the oysters, cocktails, and warm company… we were just glad to be there to capture all details of the day!
It’s Jason, Xian, and their baby James’ first photoshoot together as a family. James was barely a year old in these photos! We had 30-minutes with them at our studio – not a lot of time for a baby to warm up with strangers, but in the end… everything turned out alright. Mummy played his favourite game of peek-a-boo and daddy gave him snuggles. That was good enough to bring out his little smile for the camera. Phew!
We also had some pampas grass decor in the background for this one. Xian loves the Korean culture and they remind us of Jeju’s gorgeous autumn Eulala flower. It suited this little family perfectly!