This is the 4th year that we have photographed the Nasimuddin family during the Raya celebrations. It’s a wonderful way to see the family grow, especially the children who were so tiny 4 years ago and have now blossomed into cuter versions of themselves. Thank you for trusting us yet again! We love this annual tradition that you have and I hope more families will adopt the same tradition so that their family heritage of images will continue to grow through the years.
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault
Sometimes, all we need is that photo to remind us of the happiness we feel when we are with our family. It is just the simple things that give us the biggest pleasures in life; relationships with the most important people in our life.
It’s a great idea to take family photos during festive seasons… the family is back together, everyone is in a good mood and the house is clean! We’re glad to have the opportunity to photograph Datuk Radzif’s family at their traditional wooden home in KL. It’s a beautiful house with a lot of character and memories. The best place to take your family photos!
Azin & Kasra are from Iran but have family living in Malaysia. The planning for their post-wedding portraits took place remotely over WhatsApp calls, with voice messages in English and also translated into Persian through their relative living here. We felt really happy to meet them, and to bring them around our beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur. Though language sometimes hindered communication, eventually, we had a successful shoot thanks to body and sign language! This can be quite tough when you are trying to get natural expressions from the couple, but I think the photos turned out well, thanks to Jennifer’s direction.
The moment we met Jason and Victoria, we fell in love with them! As a couple, they are just so adorable together and they are just so full of life. The fun and warm energy they exude just bubbles over and infects everyone they meet. When we were discussing ideas for their pre-wedding video, we got to know them so much more as a person… including all of Jason’s OCD actions and Victoria’s love for all things girly. But in all seriousness, we see their love for each other, people and for God that binds them together as a couple.
This video was played as an intro before Victoria’s grand entrance into church during the wedding ceremony. Chi Yin did a great job shooting the video below. We revisited Lake Gardens for the shoot – the location where their original proposal took place.
We’re glad to have the opportunity to meet Elaine Daly, actress, TV host, former beauty queen and National director of Miss Universe Malaysia Organization together with her husband, Dr Nick Boden, who is an accomplished chiropractor, originally from South Africa. As a family, they were both warm and welcoming as the team headed over to their home for some family portraits. We were pleased to be acquainted with Eva and Mia, their adorable daughters. Not to mention, their lovely dog who happily sat there for some photos (though refused to be in the group shots).
Although it was a drizzly day, we managed to sneak some photos out in their backyard, making images in corners they said they hardly visited. Thank you for your being so accommodating and we hope you enjoyed the session as much as we did!
Nick and Elaine are supporting our fund raising campaign for Make-A-Wish Malaysia. We aim to raise a minimum of RM5,000 to donate towards critically ill children so that they have the courage to face the future. To find out more about this fund raising campaign, and how you can help by booking a photography session with us, please visit www.stories.my/make-a-wish.
The perfect sisterly love – a hand smash right in the face!
Oh and I love photos like the one below. It shows our imperfect our sessions are. Kids will just be kids and they won’t really pose for the camera. Hey, there’ll be tears and laughter, but that’s all part of a normal, everyday family life.
It took me a while to decide whether I wanted to have a birthday party for myself to celebrate this huge milestone – reaching 40. I’ve been planning my kid’s birthday parties, so organizing one for myself seemed like another tiring task on the plate. In the end, I contacted Rachel of Pretty Little Things to assist with the decorations for the party and she did an amazing job setting everything up. Alex helped to source and sandpaper all the wooden pallets you see here. And I added stress to myself thinking about my guests and what I could do to make it really fun for everyone, yet filled with things that were meaningful to me. So this was what I came up with:
1. A 15 minute massage station for guests
2. A personalised photo frame with all my guests’ names calligraphed by a friend, Cherbreena
3. A photo corner where my dedicated photographer, Chi Yin, took photos of all my guests who walked in and then Abel printed it out and placed it in the personalised frame
4. A pre-loved book section for my guests to adopt some of my personal book collection for their reading pleasure
5. A corner where guests could choose an air plant or succulent to bring home as gifts
6. A station where people could buy Naam.asia products (a social enterprise) and essential oils from Oilees (a business started by a friend, Michelle)
7. A soap making workshop corner, made possible by Esther & Elizabeth
Honestly, halfway through planning this party, I was wondering whether having a birthday party to celebrate yourself seems very narcissistic! I had to remind myself that it is ok to pamper yourself once in a while and to just enjoy the process. In the end, I truly had a blast on that day with all my precious friends. Seeing them happy made me truly happy too.
Instead of an overly fancy cake, I just opted for something simple and delicious and just topped it off with a real plant, thanks to Rachel who showed me how to wrap a foil around the roots and stick it in.
You can’t go wrong with yummy, authentic Peranakan tarts brought all the way from Malacca by my aunt.
I didn’t get to try the massage, but I heard it was goooood!
The soap making workshop was a blast. Everyone tried their hand at making soap, including the kids.
Photos of guests as they entered the house, then frames all ready for the images to be placed in.
I was touched when my daughter read out a prayer she had written for me. If only she had a mic! Everyone was struggling to hear what she had to say! :)
And so begins a new era as I enter my 40s!
I am blessed. As I get older, I no longer just live for the moment, but I live intentionally.
I know that God has more in store for me. Over the next 10 years, this is what I want to be intentional about…
1. Raising my children well so that they will be grounded in God and motivated to make a difference in this world. (in 10 years, they will be 17 and 15 years of age)
2. Continue to build a sustainable and financially stable business so I can support my children’s education.
3. Strengthen my team at work so that I can have time to refocus my life on topics that really motivate me like marriage, parenting and personal wholeness in God. Find out where God wants me to be in building other peoples lives.
4. Build and be part of a community that supports each other through life.
5. Merge my creative passions together in a new venture that is yet to be seen.
6. Ensuring my marriage stays strong and fun.
7. Stay healthy. Make time for personal self. Start a new hobby.
8. Listen to God’s prompting.
Over the past 11 years since we opened our doors, we have been privileged to meet so many different people, from all walks of life. It also gives us such pleasure to see the family grow, photographing milestones from their wedding day to their first pregnancy and 2nd child! Here are just some of our ‘before and now’ collections taken through the years. Enjoy!
We are blown away by the city view from Nawal’s apartment in KL – the perfect spot to do a maternity shoot! I personally love visiting private living spaces for photo sessions because it is always different. I am able to incorporate many different interesting elements into the session and hopefully, help the couple or family see a different side to their home. Thank you for inviting me and allowing me to be part of an important moment in your life. All the best to you as you enter into a new phase of life!
The last time I photographed this huge amazing Pang family was in 2011. At that time, there was only 1 child in the portrait. Now there are six! Everyone made sure they caught up with Pierre & Lay See. I love taking huge family photos like these, especially in places that are special or has some sort of emotional attachment to them. It’s the best place where memories are made. So recently, over the Chinese New Year holidays, I went back to Malacca to do a few family portrait sessions. It is truly an honour for me to photograph Tan Sri Pang Tee Chew & his family.
Amanda, can’t believe our friendship has spanned over 30 years. Can’t wait for our 40th birthday holiday with the girls!
The following photos were taken at the new Liu Men boutique hotel in Melaka. It was such luxury to be able to have the entire space to ourselves without any guests walking around since our photo session was done prior to the opening. Love the Peranakan style decor, tiles and artwork.