Wedding, portrait photography & cinematic films: Stories.my https://stories.my Photos and stories unveiled Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:00:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Colourful Maternity Portraits: Marbella https://stories.my/colourful-maternity-portraits-marbella/ https://stories.my/colourful-maternity-portraits-marbella/#respond Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:47:10 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=38071 I love how there are pops of colour in every shot, with hues of our favourite tones… turquoise and blues! Marbella had an interesting idea of using her daughter’s hands to create art on her baby belly, and it turned out to be some of my favourite photos from the session. It’s a great reminder of how small the firstborn was at that time, and the connection she shares with her younger sibling through the belly. Thank you for inviting me to your home and for documenting such a special milestone in your life. I got to know more about Latin American culture through the both of you. Congratulations once again!

Credits:
Photographer: Grace

 

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Tips for Posing Families https://stories.my/tips-for-posing-families/ https://stories.my/tips-for-posing-families/#respond Wed, 07 Feb 2018 01:22:30 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=37162 Posing is more than just placing people in a specific position and having them hold still. It is about using your skill (and a few tricks) to help your subjects look their best in your photos. Here are 3 simple tips that will help you get better, natural and more authentic family portraits.

  1. Composition makes a difference
  2. Show emotional closeness
  3. Let children play

Watch the video for more information!

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Church Wedding at Luther Centre: Jeremy & Melissa https://stories.my/church-wedding-at-luther-centre-jeremy-melissa/ https://stories.my/church-wedding-at-luther-centre-jeremy-melissa/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 09:05:30 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=35348 Jeremy and Melissa’s wedding had all the elements that made it special for us as a team. It included a cool couple who really cared about us as individuals (not just as vendors), lots of interesting moments like when Jeremy took out his wedding vow ‘scroll’, Melissa’s vows that was sung emotionally, and a rather unconventional dinner reception with friends at an industrial area in USJ. I loved how there were lots of personalised touches to the wedding, like how Jeremy’s father officiated the wedding ceremony itself, all the DIY decor and flowers and the bride’s gown that included lace from her mother’s wedding dress. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously at their wedding! We wish you years of adventure as you put God first in your marriage!

Do watch their wedding slideshow for more photos and to hear Melissa’s beautiful voice as she sings her vows.


The #jeremelized story

I (Jeremy) first met Mel on a trip to Penang in 2008. She was the choir master of the carolling team and my first impression (in my defence, she was in work clothes) was that she was this older lady because she was so capable and talented. The next day, I wound up sitting next to her at breakfast and telling bad jokes and puns. I have no recollection of her next to me but she’ll tell you that she was wondering who this scrawny noisy boy was.

We properly met in university in 2009 when she came down from Penang to do her degree and we were group mates (and became good friends) for 3.5 whole years! We were dating other people at the time and Mel thought I was immature. I obviously thought differently. We saw each other (along with 3 other friends who are our groomsmen and bridesmaids respectively) through ups and downs, tough time and happy times, we celebrated and we cried, we worked together in various committees and on various projects and assignments.

Fast forward to 2014, we were both single and I was interested in Mel. We had stayed good friends after graduation and so I decided to tell her I was interested in her. I did, and she rejected me. Boo. But we decided to remain friends and continued spending time together until one day.. I’ll let her tell this part..


I (Melissa) always thought of Jeremy as a really great friend. In fact, he was my first friend in university! A mutual friend had introduced us and tasked Jeremy with looking out for me and getting me settled into uni. As time went on in uni, we worked well together but I’d always found him rather overprotective and annoying. Having said that, we did have lots of fun together but mostly in a group context.

Fast forward to 2014, we were both working in the university itself. We started spending more time together doing projects, mostly helping other people with whatever was needed. We did some music gigs with friends, and photography gigs together. Later in the year, I did my honours year in uni, and needed help with stats. Guess who came to the rescue!

The first time he told me he was interested in me, it wasn’t a surprise. Many people had forewarned me, but I was totally uninterested. Partly because I didn’t want to spoil the relationship we already had, and partly because I felt our personalities were too different (he’s way too emotional) and there was no way we’d get through a romantic relationship because it would be too hard to sort out those differences (for me).

One day after he’d dropped me home, as I was walking into the house, I felt a strange warm, prodding feeling and a voice at the back of my head that whispered “give him a chance!”. It took me 2 whole months to think about it but finally I thought perhaps I should put aside my pride and give this boy a chance :)

And so, I did! But how to tell him? To be honest, in the last 2 months, we’d actually been growing closer as well – he acted very differently after expressing interest the first time. It was as if he’d let go of trying to impress me and he really started being himself more. I enjoyed that. To cut the long story short I sneakily made him take me out for dinner, and told him we needed to talk about “the future”. I thought he’d gotten the hint! But trust me, boys often DO NOT get the hint. He took me to a fancy restaurant, dressed up all nice for that, even made a song request for me (that the pianist never played), and we talked about all our plans…. but NEVER got to talking about US! When we reached the car after a lovely evening, he offered me his hand and I held it back.. thinking it was time to talk about us! Still nothing.

Finally I said, “are we going to talk about this?”
“What?” he asked.
“THIS!” I said, holding his hand up and shaking it in his face.

So we talked.

And the rest as they love to say, is history.


We gave each other a month to “try” what being in a romantic relationship would be like for us. It was strange, but comfortable. The long time we had together as group mates, friends, committee leaders etc. was very good in providing us situations (often stressful) to really get to know one another and learn how to work with each other, and thus being in a relationship was just like another day in the life of Mel and Jem (what I call Jeremy).

All this has led us to today; we’ve been dating since 20 Nov 2014, and he asked me to marry him on his birthday, 8 May 2016. We’re getting registered on my birthday, 21 Dec 2017! No excuses for forgetting celebrations! While we do have our ups and downs, I think over the years we have learned to communicate better, fight better and are continually improving on working together as a team. He’s my favourite partner, the person I would always pick first to be on my team as I can see that together, we accomplish so much more. We’re so thankful for all that God has done in our lives and can’t wait to see what’s in store!


Credits:

Photographers: Grace, Jamie & Jennifer
Ceremony location: Luther Centre, Petaling Jaya
Dinner reception: W_are_house
Groom’s Attire: David & Co. Tailor
Evening Dress: Dressabelle
Shoes: Lui Lui (bride’s), Obermain (groom’s)
Make up & hair: Suyenpang Artistry
Decorations: Just Rent It Malaysia (Ceremony), W_are_house events (Dinner)
Flowers: DIY
Videography: The PicCha Guys

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Our Little Nook: The Stories Studio https://stories.my/our-little-nook-the-stories-studio/ https://stories.my/our-little-nook-the-stories-studio/#respond Tue, 30 Jan 2018 04:24:32 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=35010
If you are looking for a cosy environment for your family or maternity portrait sessions, our studio is the perfect space for it. We are based at Oval Damansara, Jalan Damansara, which is just along the Sprint highway next to Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Another landmark would be Glo Damansara mall, which is a stone’s throw away. If you are coming from KL city centre, it takes about 20-30minutes by car.

Here’s a few reasons why we love our little nook so much:

1. There’s just so much natural light!
While we have the backdrop and lighting for a more formal corporate shoot, we tend to use a lot of the beautiful natural light streaming through our ceiling to floor panels. It is perfect for family sessions with babies and young children. We can use our black out curtains and sheers to control the quality and quantity of light that comes into our studio. Our natural light studio looks best between 9am-4.30pm on a sunny / cloudy day.

2. It feels like home
We have arm chairs, sofas, bean bags and mattresses to make the space feel so cosy, almost like home. We even offer snacks, water, coffee or tea to ensure you have a comfortable session with us. While we do not require you to remove your shoes, our studio is cleaned regularly so that hygiene is maintained. If you need a steam iron, a hair dryer, gel, facial blotting paper or wet wipes, we have it all. We even have toys and bubbles to entertain your little ones when they get antsy!

3. We have various background options available
Our walls are painted white, brown and we have a white brick wall available as backdrop options. If required, we can set up seamless white or grey backgrounds for shoots that need it. While it might seem ‘plain’ to some, our style is to keep everything minimal and classic.


4. Need to make it more colourful with props? Yes, you can!
If you would prefer a more ‘set up’ look for the session, you can bring your own props or utilise some of the items we already have. For example, we have a child size tent, rocking horse, paper flowers in various shapes and colours, chalk boards, vintage luggage bags, Scrabble letters and more. Just share with us some thoughts about the theme or look you want to achieve, and we can contribute ideas to make it happen. Alternatively, we can recommend decorators that you can hire to style your shoot!


5. We can accommodate a large group

Our little nook is approximately 400 sq ft, so it can accommodate large groups as well. We have photographed up to 26 adults and children in our studio before! It just takes a bit of coordination and lots of patience from everyone as we work through the groupings. We also have a separate overflow space where family members can relax while the session is ongoing.

6. Easy access
We have 2 entrances to our studio, one through the lift from the main lobby if you need wheelchair access and the other directly from the carpark at zone F. We can reserve a parking lot for you at our carpark so it makes it convenient for you. The entrance from the carpark is our main entrance and it leads you through our shared office space with our other colleagues from Integricity.

We invite you to make an appointment and visit our studio if you would like to have a look at our space, or book it for your next family, maternity, couple, newborn or corporate headshot session! Have a look at some sample photo sessions taken at our studio.

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Pin Up Style Maternity Portraits: Josh & Tasha https://stories.my/pin-up-style-maternity-portraits-josh-tasha/ https://stories.my/pin-up-style-maternity-portraits-josh-tasha/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 04:34:22 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=34864 We love Tasha’s 60s pin up girl look for her maternity portraits at our studio. It was a pretty fun session to do, and she was all into character! We love the pop of colour from the balloons and the lollipop too. After we were done with all the colourful photos, we did some classic shots with Tasha too. We love this black, flowy outfit that she bought online! Outfits that show off the baby bump are preferred during shoot sessions. So if you are considering a maternity session, think about your outfit… does it hide or highlight your bump?  
Credits:
Photographer: Grace
Location: Stories Studio

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Wedding Video Highlight, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Alex & Lenny https://stories.my/wedding-video-church-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-alex-lenny/ https://stories.my/wedding-video-church-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-alex-lenny/#respond Fri, 26 Jan 2018 09:21:28 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=34858 We filmed Alex & Lenny’s #SagoGulaMelakaWedding at the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya recently. We loved how it was full of laughter, made even more colourful by their fun friends who performed at the wedding. There were heartfelt moments when Lenny’s mom teared as she walked her down the aisle at the church. We felt truly honoured to be part of this beautiful occasion.

Alex & Lenny’s Story

It all started in 2010. At a fitness outfit called Original Bootcamp Malaysia (OBC). Training was at 5.45am, 3 times a week at Padang Astaka. Sometimes after the training, the recruits as they were called, often hung out for breakfast and also went on hikes together at various locations within the Klang Valley. It was through this activities that Alex and Lenny became good friends.

Interestingly, they were also ‘technically’ colleagues. Alex worked at BMW Malaysia based in Cyberjaya while Lenny worked at BMW Financial Services Malaysia. So they often met when there were company events. Then one day in October 2012, Lenny got offered a position at BMW Financial Services Australia, based in Melbourne. Alex was devastated – and he didn’t know why. It then clicked that he’d miss her more than he would miss a good friend who got a transfer overseas.

Lenny was scheduled leave and start her new role in Melbourne on 16 December 2012 (a significant date since it was also the date of the wedding). So Lenny and Alex increased the frequency of their OBC activities, hiking excursions and happy hour sessions. There was just something there and they just wanted to make the most out of their remaining time together.

As the days came closer towards Lenny’s departure, Lenny and Alex grew closer too (movie dates and teddy bears involved). And then the day of Lenny’s departure came, and despite the impending separation, they finally spoke to each other about being together and…that was the conversation that sealed it in for them.

Embarking on a long distance relationship (LDR) is no easy feat. But they survived. In August 2016, Alex made the move to Australia and planned to pop the proposal question at the Coldplay concert on 9 December 2016.  The stage was ‘literally’ now set. After weeks of memorising the order of the setlist, Alex picked ‘Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall’ to be the song where he pops the question. The song came. She said yes! Everything after was Magic. An Amazing Day it was with a Sky Full of Stars. Again, literally.

Credits:

Videographers: Chi Yin, Joel & Jemsen
Church Ceremony Location: Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, KL
Dinner Reception: Crystal Crown Hotel Petaling Jaya
Groom’s Attire: Ken’s Tailor (church), Surya Amitbals Trading (dinner)
Wedding Gown: Luv Bridal & Formal Melbourne
Evening Gown: Surya Amitbals Trading
Make up & Hair: Jenny Fan
Decorations: Sophia (church), Crystal Crown (dinner)
Cake: Accidental Bakers
Dinner Entertainment: Colour of Voices, Soraya Barakbah
Photographer: James Lew

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Family Portraits: Sasi the Don https://stories.my/family-portraits-sasi-the-don/ https://stories.my/family-portraits-sasi-the-don/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:29:01 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=33547 We met the famous Malaysian reggae singer, Sasi the Don through Puvan and Poornima’s wedding last year. He has released a number of albums and had the support of the local music industry with the work he is doing. As a creative professional, we recognize that it takes a lot of hard work to be successful, so hats off to you, Sasi! Thank you for coming to our studio for your family portrait session. Wishing you all the best and even more success in all you do!

Credits:

Photographer: Jamie
Location: Stories studio

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Tips on How to Survive an Outdoor Family Shoot https://stories.my/tips-on-how-to-survive-an-outdoor-family-shoot/ https://stories.my/tips-on-how-to-survive-an-outdoor-family-shoot/#respond Tue, 16 Jan 2018 02:02:02 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=25109

It is common to receive an enquiry requesting for a two to four-hour long family shoot. People tend to have the impression that you get more out of longer sessions. However, that is usually not the case. At Stories, most of our Lifestyle packages are an hour long. Some people seem to think that’s too short but do remember that if it involves children, you’ll be surprised that a single hour can seem like forever to them! I tagged along on some family sessions and here’s why I think an hour is really good enough, especially for an outdoor shoot in our beloved country.

1. Humidity
Even if it isn’t a terribly sunny day, you can be perspiring within five minutes of starting the shoot! On one of the shoots, the perspiration showed through the dad’s dark blue shirt. Fortunately, his wife had insisted he bring along an extra shirt to change into! Mum and child were neither not spared from the icky feeling of sweat. Can you imagine spending three hours posing for photos feeling like this? Believe me, an hour is just right. We all love our country but not the humidity.

TIP: Always bring along some extra clothing and a small towel for outdoor shoots. A hand fan can be very useful too.

2. Timing of shoot
If you’re a local, you’ll know that our tropical weather is quite unpredictable. Due to the heat, outdoor shoots should take place in the early mornings or late afternoons. However, certain months are prone to rain in the evenings so if you plan for an afternoon shoot, it could end up a washout. The other thing about being surrounded by greenery is that it’s perfect for creepy crawlies and mosquitoes to come out and play! You won’t be able to enjoy your shoot if you’re being eaten alive by mosquitoes.

TIP: Check the weather forecast nearer to the shoot date and speak to your photographer about contingency plans. Bring along some insect repellent too!

3. Attention Span
Children are usually quite excited at the start of a shoot but that initial excitement fades very quickly. They don’t like being told what to do, where to stand or where to look! Most of the time, young children start getting fussy even before the hour is up. Tantrums are common when children get tired and an hour will seem like too much to ask from them.

TIP: Bring along some snacks (but nothing too messy!) for your child. Food usually helps to change their mood. We also usually start the photo session with the large family photo so that we get the safe shot done!


Now if you were thinking of doing an outdoor shoot, don’t let the negative aspects frighten you. Come prepared and you will have an enjoyable experience, plus beautiful photos in the park to last a lifetime. But if you’re toying with the idea of having a three-hour family shoot in the park, maybe you should reconsider shortening it. An hour really is sufficient.

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Comma Pre-Marital Series 04: Communication & Conflict https://stories.my/comma-pre-marital-series-04-communication-conflict/ https://stories.my/comma-pre-marital-series-04-communication-conflict/#respond Fri, 12 Jan 2018 04:56:30 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=24401 As a wedding photographer, I have seen many couples going into marriage with rose tinted glasses, so in love with each other and oblivious to each other’s faults. But just one year into marriage, it is easy to find the ‘honeymoon’ phase has passed and now, the glasses are removed, and both eyes are wide open. I believe it is important to go into marriage with a realistic point of view while maintaining some form of idealism.

Conflict will surely happen in any marriage. Unmet expectations can creep up easily, and soon, you’ll find yourselves dealing with more than you can handle. Don’t worry, this is really normal in any relationship. The important thing is to develop the tools to help you deal with conflict when it happens. In our interview below, John and Radiance are an everyday married couple, sharing how they handle conflict in their marriage.

And if you missed Episode 3 of Comma on how to NOT sabotage a relationship, click here to watch it!

Script & Content Development: Grace
Filmed & Edited by: Chi Yin

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Wedding at Quat Quatta, Melbourne: Benny & Esther https://stories.my/wedding-at-quat-quatta-melbourne-benny-esther/ https://stories.my/wedding-at-quat-quatta-melbourne-benny-esther/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:08:55 +0000 https://stories.my/?p=32503 I am always really honored whenever a couple decides to fly my team and I to another country to photograph their wedding. It really is a big deal, because it meant that they chose you over every other vendor they found in that city. I was also really excited when I found out their wedding location – a beautiful Victorian mansion named Quat Quatta. I love the classic interior and exteriors! What was special about this wedding were all the loving, detailed planning that Benny and Esther did for their wedding. I love the turquoise colour theme, the Volkswagen Kombi that was so chic, and also how they incorporated their love of coffee into the wedding with a coffee mixing ceremony! Even their wedding ring ‘pillow’ was a unique book!

The dinner decorations at the Sandringham Yacht Club were beautiful with the huge arch above the main table (it had mandarin oranges in it!). We were also blown away at the delicious looking wedding cakes, not one, but three! Thank you, Benny and Esther, for bringing us all the way to Melbourne, Australia. Wishing you years of marriage bliss and may the honeymoon continue years and years from now!


About Benny & Esther:

We bonded over coffee and travels, and we both work in the same industry. We are opposites in many many ways, but yet compatible, and have found this journey one of the most interesting experiences, learning to grow and embracing different things and being open to new adventures with each other. We have a lot of fun laughing and being silly together, and find joy in simple and special moments. We are immensely grateful for having each other as a companion in good and bad times.

Credits:

Photographers: Grace & Jamie
Wedding Ceremony Location: Quat Quatta, Melbourne, Australia
Dinner Reception Location: Sandringham Yacht Club
Groom’s Attire: Saibu No Akuma and George and King
Wedding Gown: Erin Clare
Evening Gown: Hannii Bridal
Wedding Shoes: Hey Lady and Jakii
Make up & Hair: S.A.S.S.Y. Hair & Makeup
Flowers & Decorations: Botanics of Melbourne
Wedding Kombi: Fisch & Co
Cake: Don’t Tell Charles and Regnier cakes
Entertainment: Top Dog Entertainment
Videographer: Me and My Camera

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