P+S+S

Portraits

I was recently in Perth and had the pleasure of meeting up with P+S+S whom I’ve worked with twice prior to this when they were still staying in Malaysia. You can imagine how easy the session was since these three were already seasoned pro’s by then ;)

We wandered the streets of Fremantle then headed to Leighton Beach to catch the sunset and I must say, what made these my favourite shots was because they trusted me fully and just set out to have fun during the session. Thank you again for having me shoot your family session :) Heartfelt gratitude as capturing memories for famillies like yours remind me just how blessed I am to be doing what I am.

Much love! x




That must’ve been a really good dirty joke if it got you two laughing so hard ;)


However much older you get, you’ll always be mummy and daddy’s little girl ;)

Love, love, love these three shots. You three make my heart glow :*)

Jumping shots are compulsory for beach sessions! Yes, it’s an unspoken rule in my books ;)


  1. LiCin says:

    love the last pic! so much joy, even thou you can’t see their faces :)

  2. onald says:

    so beautiful.. a pictures with heart… =D

  3. Mei Hua says:

    I love your work. Are u interested in taking my 14 month photo. Please. Please write to me. Thanks

  4. Subashini says:

    Love these photo’s Uncle! Hopefully see you soon either in England or Oz!! X

  5. Subashini says:

    Lovely photo’s!!! Look forward to seeing you all one day!! Miss you loads Patrick Uncle! X

  6. Uncle Ray says:

    This portraits must comment, the family so lovely and cheerful… and the lighting control so well by AR… good job…

  7. Rayyan says:

    Happy family… GOOD pictures as well…

  8. Zalman says:

    Juts thought I’d drop a line. Found ur blog through friends. It’s amazing how you find the beauty in everyone, and tell a story with your pictures. Keep it up. You’re really good! Got me to post a comment! haha. Cheers.

  9. esther says:

    so sweet family…:)

  10. amiera says:

    may i know. whats kind of lens has been used for this shoot.. and using speed light or not.. setting manually or auto.. please respond to my email.. amierarifhan@rocketmail.com … i just want to learn more about photography.. hope u can help me.. tq



Felicia & Aravind

Weddings

You know what? I don’t know whether it’s cos I come from a multi-cultural family myself but I totally love shooting multi-cultural weddings. Having a mix of culture celebrating a couple’s union proves to me that love goes beyond your skin color and it shows acceptance despite what your beliefs may be.

So it came as no surprise that I had so much fun shooting Felicia and Aravind’s wedding celebrations nearly 6 months ago (yes, I’m very late with blogging -___-”). I actually met up with them nearly a year prior to their wedding day and I can still recall thinking to myself that hey, this is a couple that I would love to work with. With Aravind’s no-nonsense, event management background and Felicia’s laid back, Sarawakian charm, they balanced each other off like coffee and donuts ;)

Instead of squeezing the whole festivities into a day, Felicia and Aravind actually had 2 celebrations, a month apart, giving them time to ‘recuperate’ and really enjoy themselves for both events. Here are some of my favourite shots from their traditional temple ceremony, church ceremony and also dinner reception in Kuala Lumpur :) More will be shared on Facebook next week!
















Aravind & Felicia, seriously, I had a blast shooting your wedding celebrations :) Despite Aravind’s macho exterior and Felicia’s ‘no cheese please’ request :p, it was really sweet to see moments of tenderness between the two of you when you thought no one was looking (gotcha!). Thank you again for the pleasure of letting me celebrate with you two and here’s to much love and laughter in the years ahead for you both :)


  1. LensaDigital says:

    I am always looking at your blog to get some idea of taking pictures, especially on composition. This is my first comment after few years looking at your blog. Nice job Anna!

  2. Summer says:

    Well put, sir, well put. I’ll cernaitly make note of that.



Post Bloom Workshops

Personal

As some of you may know, I recently ‘joined forces’ with 3 other female photographers to organise a ‘female only’ photography workshop. Together with Asther Lau, Fiona Lim and Grace Tan, as well as Diane Lee who was behind the scenes, we worked hard on Bloom Workshops months prior to the March 2012 event. And we were thankful enough to have immense support from our main sponsors Canon┬áMalaysia as well as Schmidt Marketing, WCA Fine Arts, Tech Garage (Kelly Moore bags!), Simplr Album, Laura Mercier Cosmetics and Liez Cakes & Etc.

The weekend came, and like a nervous bride (with 3 ‘grooms’ in Asther, Fiona and Grace ;p), I actually had the jitters the night before and couldn’t sleep! It was a weekend filled with insights from all four of us and together with 30 participants, I myself learned a lot from the other three presenters as well :)

Fiona’s presentation was on starting up your own photography business and hearing her share business tips made me wish that somebody had shared all this to me when I first started up my business. Grace’s session on ‘seeing light’ was very much a practical session peppered with tips on how to see and use both available and artificial light for on-location shoots. With 2 gorgeous couples to work with, I reckon we all had fun fiddling around with the reflectors and external flashes. Asther’s baby photography session not only got us all going “awwww…” but it also got us all gobsmacked as we didn’t realise just how much preparation is involved in newborn photography. It was also then that I found out there’s even an application which emulates the sound waves babies hear in their mummy’s tummys!

You can check out all the pics on Bloom Workshops Facebook page here :D

As for me, my presentation was on bringing out the natural side of your subjects where I actually went blank for the first 5 seconds. Despite my tendency to ‘tokkok’, I actually get stage fright and am not very good with public speaking. But I thought to myself, I’m gonna be talking about what I’m passionate about, what I love doing, this shouldn’t be hard. And true enough, once I started, it felt like I was born to share about my passion. What I can remember from the session was that there was a lot of laughter – I just hope they were laughing with me instead of at me 0_o

The whole weekend was truly an awesome learning experience for me. Meeting the participants reminded me that even though I’ve been doing this for 4.5 years, there is still so, so much for me to learn and by sharing, I’m learning more. Some have asked why we’re sharing ‘trade secrets’, why bother letting others know easily what took us years of trial and error to learn.

I believe that one way or the other, people are going to learn. Be it through workshops, magazines, google, it’s just a matter of time and effort. Whilst it’s true that we’ll have more competitors, it also means we’ll have to upp our game and work harder at being better. Another thing I always remind myself when it comes to sharing is that, at the end of the day, there can only be one ‘you’. Your personality, your style of photography, your business ethics will be your own. Even if someone else knows all your trade secrets and buys all the gears that you use, no one else can be 100% you. So there.

There’s so much more I wanna write about how I feel (cos I haven’t had the opportunity to gush to anyone about the joy and gratitude I felt throughout the weekend!) but lest I bore you all, let me just end this post with a ginormous THANK YOU to all the participants, speakers and sponsors of Bloom Workshops inaugural event! You all reminded me just how blessed and humbled I am to be in such a wonderful industry!

Much love and gratitude xoxo

Group shot of Bloom Workshops’ participants & speakers courtesy of Wei Ming :) Thank you!


  1. farah says:

    I’ve always follow your blog, in fact in some ways you have inspired me, been saving for sometime but unfortunately things came up…was so sad I couldnt make it in the end =( look forward to the next workshop =)

    Keep up the good work ! U inspire me ! and I am sure other people tooo…some where , some place (^^)

  2. Lesley says:

    It was a great workshop, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend, for the information, fellowship and the great food. There was a great emphasis on sharing and there was much laughter throughout – certainly not directed at the presenters, who all spoke and demonstrated their craft so effectively. I’m not a baby person, but I learnt lots about photographing babies and I have some lovely photos of my brand new grandson, thanks to what I learnt from Asther. I took back something from each session and now feel much more confident to experiment with all the bells and whistles on my camera.
    Thank you Anna-Rina. Thank you all.

  3. Laviinia says:

    Would love to join the next workshop you have! :)