january is the month of resolutions – new year’s resolutions are made, kept for a while, and often given up on all within the month… at least that’s what it’s been like for me many a year.
this year will be different though (of course it will!). i’m going to take more pictures of my own children, to photograph every day and complete a 365-project, and i’m going to be a part of this wonderful blog circle.
it’s called moments that matter, and that’s what you can expect to see. moments that matter to me. moments that i want to keep a lasting memory of. moments with my children. funny moments. sad moments. loud moments. quiet moments. moments at home. moments out and about. moments that are close to my heart.
january’s moments are more of the quiet, at home kind, because we started off the year with a round of HFMD that maxi caught first and promptly gave to me as well…
make sure to also follow the blog circle to see some wonderful photography, and check out the beautiful work of Juanita Haslett next. enjoy!
i could not have asked for a better session to start off 2017: one of my favourite families, who i have photographed since their first pregnancy, at one of my favourite locations – the capella hotel on sentosa. i loved every minute – especially getting to meet the latest addition to the family!
for their first maternity session, the couple wanted to incorporate their vintage suitcases, as both very much love to travel. and we have played around with those suitcases for each session we had at capella, so of course that’s what we did this time around as well! (check out older versions of our suitcase-images here)
i’m so happy to be able to show you a few images of this wonderful session.
not because i had such a great and relaxed time with this beautiful family – which i did.
not because the love they have for each other, their family bond, is so obvious – which it is.
not because their place was beautiful with gorgeous light – which it was.
all of the above are true, but i’m most happy to show you these images because this is the session that i auctioned off a while back.
this family made the highest bid of sgd 1,000 – and i was very happy to make the donation to the syria appeal of ‘Save the Children’!
(the amount is in usd, and with the current exchange rate, usd 700 equals just over sgd 1,000)
now – on to these wonderful images i keep talking about:
this little sweetie had just figured out how to take a few wobbly steps on her own, and she loved to show it off during our session! the looks on mom’s and dad’s faces were every bit as proud as the look on her own face!
i’m over the moon excited to announce that i won an award from the master photographers association (far east)! my image was the winning image in the category ‘newborn & children’.
i could not believe it when i heard my name during the award ceremony, as i had not been told before that i had won – then i looked up to see my image of my daughter nele on that massive screen! i actually felt quite shaky when i went up on that stage to collect my trophy… and as i was wearing rather high heals (while i’m normally in flip flops most of the time…), i’m glad i made it up and down those steps without any accidents… ;)
this award is such an honour – i’m overjoyed!
today i woke up to some wonderful news:
i had submitted some of my images to the international image competition hosted by ‘the monochromatic lens’. there were six different categories, and there would be only one winning image per category.
today, i found out that two of my images were ‘runner ups’, and another of my images received ‘honorable mention’! to be selected out of thousands of images and featured among such amazing artwork is such an honour, and i’m over the moon (happy dance!!!)!
please follow this link to check out the stunning images of the winners and all selected photographers.
and here are my selected images (the first two are the ‘runner ups’, the third ‘honorable mention’):
‘you always hear people say that having kids changes everything,
but you can’t fully realise it until you have children yourself.’
~ jeff bridges
well, for me this was certainly true!
you hear so much from other people, you read a lot, you think you are prepared…
and then this little bundle arrives, and you realise that nothing could prepare you for this profound change in your life and in yourself. you already knew that you would love this baby, but you didn’t know just how much love you’d be capable of feeling until you first laid eyes on this tiny human being!
some more adorable images of baby here.