Ivy

Ivy and I met for the first time on the day we moved in together as roommates back in our university days. I am just one super lucky chic to get someone like Ivy as a roommate. She has the biggest and most gentle  heart, and she put up with all my pranks. Even when I don’t see her for a long time, we can always pick it up where we left off last time.

Ivy bravely volunteered to be my model. I loved the photos, and I love Ivy. :)

FYI, the bottom two photos are Ivy wearing a traditional Singapore outfit.

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Bath for baby bear

Ever since Savanna was born, Josh laid claimed to my bear toy and it became his “Baby Bear”. He like to take care of Baby Bear the same way I take care of Savanna. Josh would put Baby Bear down for naps, teach her how to walk, nursed her with his belly, and take her to the playground to go down the slide. It’s really sweet how he is so protective of this bear.

Over time, Baby Bear got really dirty, but Josh didn’t want to put her in the washer. Eventually he agreed that we need to give Baby Bear a bath, and he was going to do the work. He looks like a proud daddy, washing his baby for the first time.

Start with a scrub with some soap.

Start with a scrub with some soap.

Daddy gets in to help make sure all the parts are scrubbed.

Daddy gets in to help make sure all the parts are scrubbed.

Rinsing off the soap.

Rinsing off the soap.

He put his thumbs over the bear's eyes so water won't get into her eyes.

He put his thumbs over the bear’s eyes so water won’t get into her eyes.

Baby Bear all washed and cleaned, wrapped up in a towel to dry.

Baby Bear all washed and cleaned, wrapped up in a towel to dry.

A clean bear.

A clean bear.

Geoff & Jacqueline

Cliff and I have known Geoff and Jacqueline for about 20 years. They’ve always been a couple we respect and look up to. They are down to earth, fun, and un-traditional (is that even a word?).

We had the opportunity to photograph them and their little ones this past weekend. And I say “we” because Cliff was there too, taking video of the session. Even though it was quite a cold day, they were such good sport and we had a blast.

I have to say that my favorite shot is this first one of Geoff and Jacqueline. After being together for all these years, they are still so in love and having so much fun with each other. It makes my heart dance with joy.

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Contemporary glamour

Last time when I photographed my friend Lisette, she gave me a little taste of what modern glamour portraits can look like. I was hooked. It was hard for me to admit that I was hooked, because I’ve always seen myself as the families and babies photographer. So what happens when I am now entering unchartered waters? I have no idea what it means. I don’t even have a gallery category on my website for this type of work!

Erica bravely volunteered to be my model. I am not sure if she knew what she was getting herself into. Ha. I was studying like mad for the days leading up to the shoot, trying to remember all the rules about making a successful portrait and all the posing instructions. I was nervous.

Well, I think the results were amazing. I had a lovely model with a great wardrobe, and an awesome team of hair stylist and make-up artist. There’s nothing more I could ask for. Other than the images looking amazing, if I may say so myself, I felt like they captured Erica–intelligent, fun, successful, confident, and a go-getter.

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The “air” series

One of the best things about being on vacation is throwing all common sense out the window. We spend all our energy on playing, and make no effort to be the responsible adults we’re supposed to be. A part of the playing is throwing our kids up in the air, and capturing the mid-air moments on camera.

The first time I did this, I showed Josh the picture and said, “Look how much air you got!” That got him hooked. He kept asking for “more air”. The place we were staying at in Whistler is perfect for this. It had a king size bed that is super soft to land on. With a little speed light mounted on the camera’s hot shoe, we got to work every night.

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The big slide

Josh and Vanna-1MVI_2775-1When we were in Whistler last week, we took the kids to an indoor playground. There was an inflated slide probably 15 or 20 feet high. Josh is old enough to climb up and slide down quickly.

Savanna was ambitious enough to climb up there, but she refused to slide down when she got to the top. She was holding up the line with 5 kids behind her. We tried coaxing her, the other kids tried encouraging her, and she just wouldn’t budge. She didn’t look freaked out, but I can tell she was a bit scared. I was starting to get a little anxious for the kids waiting behind her.

Just then, Josh ran by while on his way to something else. He looked up and saw Savanna up at the top of the slide, and without me prompting, said, “Oh, I’ll go up to get her!”

Why didn’t I think of that? I don’t know.

Before I know it, he has climbed to the top, positioned himself right behind her, held her, and pushed the both of them down the slide safely. And when they got to the bottom, he said to Savanna, “You did it, little girl!” with a smile and enthusiasm.

I must have been pms’ing, because I felt so emotional about this that I actually cried. My baby boy is no longer a baby. He is so confident and so loving.

 

Family Christmas Day

Christmas is so much more fun now that Josh is old enough to understand what is going on. Everyday, Josh asked how many more sleeps till it’s Christmas.

This morning, he was patient enough to actually wait for all of us to sit down to open the presents. All throughout the morning, he kept saying, “Mommy, I am so happy with my new toys!” Seeing him so giddy was certainly lots of fun for us. Savanna joined in the action in ripping wrapping paper off her presents. She loved the little Winnie the Pooh and Piglet figurines that Cliff got for her. I’d like to think that she also loved the baby doll I got her.

 

After we had Cliff’s family over for brunch, we headed out to the park for a bit of play time. It was gorgeous and sunny today in Vancouver. Then we had my brother’s family over for dinner to round up a perfect Christmas Day.

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