Archive for 'Family'

December 18, 2013

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March 21, 2013

You may recognize one or two of these characters.  I’ve photographed both the kids on separate occasions for a ‘fashion’ type photo session.  Now it’s time for the parents to jump in… finally!  So glad I was able to capture everyone together as a family.  We had a bit of rain to contend with. And, as most people are aware who live in this region, it doesn’t just rain, it pours!  But it eventually cleared up into a very bright sunny day.

March 10, 2013

Sometimes kids just don’t feel like being the star of the show.  But I actually embrace this challenge as it allows me to come up with whole new ideas and some unique shots.  I truly believe that kids don’t have to be smiling all the time in order to get a good image.  As a matter of fact, I prefer to capture something much more authentic.  I even get some of my favourite shots on these days!  That certainly happened on this shoot!  We started out in some colourful spots, ran around on an old bridge, and ended up playing on the beach. I had a really great time chasing the kids around and eventually splashing in the water with them.  Here’s a few of my faves:



March 05, 2013

I had so much fun on this shoot!  I love it when parents let their kids explore, run, jump and play even if it means letting them fall.  The Dantons are like that with their boys.  So much so, that the boys don’t even skip a beat when they do fall.  They keep smiling, get right back up and continue to enjoy the ‘rough and tumble’.  Of course, it’s always ‘safe’ fun!  I also love how Mom and Dad can have fun too!

I was able to get quite a lot of different scenery, thanks to the wide range Lutong has to offer…  we even got to get on the roof of one of the shop blocks!


November 30, 2012

I had the pleasure of photographing Elise and her family here in Miri before they start their new adventures in Singapore.  I love that they were keen on trying a few ‘out of the ordinary’ locations.


The kids were fantastic!  So polite, full of joy and fun to photograph!



This was the shot they used for their Christmas card!


November 13, 2012

I had so much fun photographing Nicky and Noreen and their two boys!

Initially I had quite a few conversations with Noreen about locations and what to wear.  Needless to say she was a bit concerned about getting it ‘right’.  But I assured her the most important thing was to just have fun.  It’s quite common for ‘Mom’ to want to keep everything under control.  Make sure the kids are going to stand still and smile at the camera, make sure the clothes are absolutely perfect and make sure that ‘hubby’ doesn’t feel like he’s being dragged to something that will cause a lot of physical and mental pain.  haa haaa!!   This really is most often the case.

Fortunately, part of my job is to make sure ‘Mom’ has just as much fun as hubby and the kids.  And I think these pictures show just how much fun we had!

Yes!  It was Noreen’s idea to get some shots in the middle of the busiest road in Miri!  As I am always up for something unique, I was more than happy to oblige.  Secretly, I love doing shots that are a bit risky.  I find they add so much more flavour to the image.  Fortunately, I had already sourced out this section of the highway (in the hopes someone would be up for the challenge) where I knew there would be a significant break in the traffic.

Miri is full of locations with rich textures and fun backgrounds.  I must admit, they’re not always the nicest smelling or the cleanest places, but I love what my camera captures in some of these areas.

But there are also places with beautiful greenery.  Most of these places are a little farther out, but worth the traveling distance just to get ‘the shot’!

As much as I love capturing kids at their best, I also love to capture the romantic moments from Mom and Dad.

Thank you Nicky and Noreen for letting me snap away all afternoon with you and your family!  I had a great time !



July 15, 2012

Since Kelly and Pat are getting married in Vancouver, Canada, I won’t be photographing their wedding.  But I was thrilled to have the opportunity to catch them here at home in Miri before they traveled the 22 hours back to Canada.  They are both the nicest people you’ll ever meet and I had a great time capturing the family despite the mid-day, equatorial heat. Congratulations to all three of you!  Have a fantastic wedding day!

June 20, 2012

Seona was one of my cycling buddies and asked me to take photos of her family before they left Miri for another posting.  I had never met her daughters, or her husband for that matter, but truly enjoyed photographing them all.  Originally from Scotland, they were quite keen to show their roots.  They said they were really going to miss the camp in Miri and wanted to get their pictures taken in the immediate area.  Of course, the camp is well laid out and gorgeous with all the indigenous trees and plants so it was easy.

May 03, 2012

I’ve known Mike for a few years now.  We used to work for the same aviation company (after I had taken some time away from photography). At first I was at the head office and he was half a world away.  It was great fun for me to give him a hard time over the phone and through copious emails just as I did with many others in my office.  But he knew how to give it back and, at times, we would team up and play harmless practical jokes on others.  Indirectly (or perhaps directly…) Mike introduced me to my husband.  For that reason, I consider him a very good friend!

Now, two years later, I am lucky enough to live on his side of the world and my husband and I are able to spend a few weekend afternoons with his family.

It’s not hard photographing his two daughters.  They’re beautiful!  But they’re also a lot of fun and know me well enough not to shy away from the camera… well, not as much anymore.

One day, while Jasmine was in school, I took Kinnaree and her Mom, Ya around the shop blocks near Seria (Brunei).  I LOVE the urban look of the old buildings.  There is so much texture and richness in the chaotic structures and it translates well on camera.  K was not only a bit shy, but she had also stained her dress a bit from lunch, so I whipped out my trusty too-too which ALWAYS gets the girls excited and let her have a whirl.  That’s when the smiles came!


Once J finished school and arrived back home, I took the opportunity to capture both the sisters.  I love watching kids running around, using their imaginations and only sticks in their hands, to create their own adventures.  Have you ever noticed the spark in their eyes, the huge smiles on their faces and the energy they exude from such play?  I get so much joy seeing this!

By the end of the afternoon, Mike also arrived home from work and I was able to capture the whole family out on the beach.  They were all SO much fun!   But I have to admit, the best part for me was the BBQ steak dinner that evening before my husband and I went back home…

Thank you Mike, Araya, Jasmine and Kinnaree!


April 25, 2012

Brunei is actually a great place in which to photograph.  It may look sparse when one first arrives, but there are treasures everywhere.  One beautiful afternoon I was lucky enough to photograph the Ganeshan family at their home and out on the beach.  Bharath was amazing as he had just met me for the first time.  Of course, there was the initial hesitation and tiny little cries of protest, but it didn’t take long until he was smiling and having a great time with Mommy and Daddy and the girl with the big black camera.

Once he was dressed, we headed to the beach.  But not before I was able to get Mom and Dad on their own.  As much as baby becomes the focal point, I find it a crucial thing to capture the love between the parents.  It is this love, connection and attention to one another that creates the web of safety and security for each child.  It is this love that wraps itself around this new life and builds self-worth, self-esteem and confidence.


Bharath is one lucky little boy!  His parents are also blessed…