Just when you thought my period of giving thanks is over, I keep on finding lists of things to give thanks for. As they say, “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” And I’ve yet to hear crystal-shattering tones. There’s something about the festive season that render me reflective, which is something I love and appreciate, because there are countless things to be grateful and thankful for.
I’ve had more than my fair share of love, when I realise the extent of which I am surrounded my people who love me, it makes me tremulous (to take a page out of Anne Frank’s diary).
I have, inwardly and outwardly, beautiful friends. Only made more evident this year through all the help offered and received in preparation for the wedding; something that I’ll guard against taking for granted. I thank them because they will make writing “thank you” cards so easy when all the stress and hubbub is over. So, the one way I chose to pay homage to them this year, is look back at the years of friendships and look at random photos I’ve taken in retrospect.
This year, I didn’t have the need to play dress-up, I didn’t don a Santa hat, or make myself a golden wreath, because all I need for Christmas is right here.
Merry Christmas folks. I hope everyone out there experiences the same warmth and love as I have.
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Let’s change the tone up a little in here and talk about babies. Yes, babies! I’m only just beginning to notice that they seem to be everywhere nowadays, or perhaps it’s just a sign of my ovaries exploding.
Jokes aside, I have been honoured to be present at many of my clients’, past and present, milestones of celebrating their children. It started out with simple shoot with close friends and their new (well, now not so new) baby, Hannah. Since then, the session I’ve been doing have burgeoned into not just newborn and baby photography, but stretching to covering first birthday parties too – I find it apt that Hannah was the first birthday party I covered.
It’s amazing to be celebrating with clients turned into friends, it’s on a different level than weddings, but I’m always thankful to be privy to the families and the joy they are experiencing. Likewise, I’m happy to be able to share this with you guys too with a few peeks of some shoots I’ve done in the year, starting with Hannah’s Monster Bash!
*In case you were wondering, all the mini sock monsters were hand made by Hannah’s mom Eunice. They are too adorable!
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What I didn’t expect when I volunteered my services to Mizah and Jan earlier this year when I first chanced upon the work they do in the Macpherson community was the extent of which my heart would be touched when I embarked upon The Upcycle Project.
Participate !n Design works with the purpose of bringing an accessibility to art and design closer to communities in Singapore, with Upcycling being the chosen form of engagement with people through various events and activities. It was at the Upcycle Village that I first was introduced to Maggie – a stool upcycled from magazines donated by a publisher, and the rest as they say, is history.
With The Upcycle Project, they reached out to a number of local designers to gift five families within the MacPherson neighbourhood pieces of upcycled furniture designed according to their specific needs, some right in time for Hari Raya celebrations. But the furniture, though impressively done up, was not the real hero to me, but the connections and stories gained through the home visits of each family. For me, it was like an opening of horizons, when I realised that photography stretches beyond the aesthetics and I discover ways I can possibly aid people in giving them a voice.
It was beyond honour as well when I was invited to speak at their sharing session during the opening of the exhibition at the Civic Museum (opened by The Thought Collective). This is the last weekend you’d be able to catch the exhibition if you haven’t done so!
Thank you Jan, Mizah and the entire P!D team and designers. Please LIKE their facebook page and keep track with all the work they are doing. I had been thoroughly invigorated through the entire experience and can’t wait for more projects I may sling under my proverbial belt.
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