Korean Birthday Boy & Family Portraits: Vincent & Hanna

Now, isn’t this just the cutest Korean boy? Traditionally, a Korean boy who celebrates his first birthday (doljanchi) will wear the hood but this cutie pie kept insisting on taking it off! One part of the celebration is the¬†toljabee ceremony, where various objects are placed before the child for him or her to pick. This could be food items, books, money, etc. Depending on what the child reached out for, these items would represent his future! For example, if he picked up a book, he would be a good scholar; if it was money, he would be wealthy.

For Hanna’s child, he picked a ball, though I wonder whether that meant he would be a good sportsman in the future! It was my first time witnessing Korean traditions for a child’s 1st birthday. Thank you for giving me the opportunity, Vincent and Hanna!

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Jungle Gym Promo

If you are a parent planning your kid’s birthday party, you can check out Jungle Gym at Atria Shopping Gallery or Bangsar Shopping Centre as they have a large play area that will make your kids go crazy! The good news is that for the entire month of May, we have a partnership with Jungle Gym, where you can enjoy discounts both ways, when you spend on a party with Jungle Gym or a portrait session with Stories!


Spend minimum of RM2,000 in a single receipt on a party and receive a 15% discount from any Lifestyle Photography package from Stories.


Purchase any Lifestyle Photography package valued at RM600 and above this month, and you will also receive these limited edition discount vouchers from us:

1. 30% off on one entry to Jungle Gym Atria/ Jungle Gym’s Roller Sports World @ BSC
2. 15% off on Jungle Gym’s Healing Touch Foot Spa’s a-la-carte treatment

Terms & Conditions for Promo 1

1. Voucher valid for minimum spend of RM600 at Stories.my and for bookings made by 31st October 2017.
2. Offer is not valid with other ongoing promotions, discounts or vouchers.
3. Booking is non-refundable, but fully transferable to another name.

Family Portraits: Raymond, Lisa & Lucas

It’s always a joy to capture moments for families. I enjoy being a part of their day, even if it was for an hour. It gives me a glimpse into their lives and how much joy a little baby brings to a family. Indeed, children are a blessing from the Lord!

The first few months of your child’s life will fly by so quickly. First, you have a scrawny looking newborn baby, then a cute smiley infant, and slowly, a speedy Gonzales baby, and soon, a zippy toddler who just grabs at anything and runs after everything! I love seeing that transition. And a 1st year birthday is always a good occasion to celebrate the baby who has turned your world upside down.


Thoughts on Children’s Birthday Parties

Marc20140315_PATT_MORNING_004As a child, I remember begging my mom to hold birthday parties for me. Even at a young age, I knew parties were fun and the extroverted me just LOVED being around lots of people. To fulfil my requests, I recall the amount of preparation she put into making the party an awesome one for me- from cooking the food to preparing the gift packs and inviting friends and family. Now when I think about it, I really cannot thank my mom enough for making the little gathering a spectacular affair for the 9-year-old me.

Unfortunately, mom was so busy that she forgot to take a photo with me at the party.

Having shot a few kids’ birthday parties, I realise not much has changed. It’s easy to get caught up with coordinating the event and not enjoying it. I think what’s worst is when all your efforts in coordinating this event is not properly documented! Based on my experience as a photographer, I’d like to share a few points for you to help your photographers get the coverage you want.

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Happy birthday papa!

My dad turns 79 today. It almost felt like yesterday that I sat on his lap as a child. I remember those moments when I refused to go to bed at night even when I was exhausted – I would pretend to be awake in front of the TV, but then he knew better. There were times when he picked me up and carried me up the stairs to my bedroom, and I was probably about 20+kg at that time! Not a bad feat for a 5 foot man whose frame is pretty small too.

I also remember moments when I was studying for my exams and would stress out completely about it, but his words to me were… “Just do your best.” He was proud when I did well, but when I didn’t do so well, he would just say, “Just do better next time.”

My dad loved playing golf. Once, he got a hole-in-one and proudly hung his certificate on the wall of our home to show it off to everyone. There was one time too, when he swung his golf club a little over-enthusiastically inside our living room and accidentally knocked the chandelier, breaking it into a million pieces! (don’t ask me why he was doing that INSIDE the living room).

Unfortunately for my mum, my dad was a typical old-school ‘man’ who never really lifted a finger in the kitchen. My mum was a great cook but the kitchen was her domain, so she never got much help there. My mum’s a workaholic (just like how I am now!) so I do remember instances when he would lecture her into taking things easy and not stress out in the kitchen. Especially after she began having heart palpitations, but would still wake up at 5am to make hundreds of Chinese New Year cookies to fulfill the orders made by friends and neighbours.

Since I am the 3rd and final child in the family (with a huge age gap between my 2 older siblings!), I got away with a lot of things and was pampered as I was growing up. I used it to my advantage a lot (and also, though embarrassing to admit, I had temper tantrums too when I didn’t get my way). I don’t remember the rotan (cane) very much, like how my other siblings described their childhood, but now that I think back about it, I must have been a handful.

Due to my dad’s Alzheimer’s, I don’t really talk very much about these things to him anymore. He doesn’t realize it’s his birthday today, but just because he doesn’t remember, doesn’t mean that he cannot feel. So we’ll pop a small candle on Alex’s home made brownie later and sing a birthday song to him.

* Photos by Anna-Rina