29 December 2015

For the past few years I did a yearly recap at the end of each year. This year wouldn’t have any ‘proper’ recap (say what?!). 

The past few months have slowly shifted my focus on different things. Photography will still have a part in my life but in this chapter, it has taken a back seat. I can count on one hand the number of times I took out my camera this year. One interesting thing was that in all my trips travelled this year, I did not bring my DSLR at all. Not once. And it was like having a huge burden removed. I did two family shoots, one birthday shoot, one couple shoot, one ROM shoot and finally, one wedding. That was it. I didn’t really feel the urge to break out the camera to take pictures. I was content using my phone and Sony RX100III (awesome little camera) to capture memories.

I had a total of two posts this year (three if you count this). When I said that this year would be a wild ride (29 January 2015 blog post) I never imagined how wild it would be. For all the trips I did this year (not that many, actually), I only visited one new country – Cambodia. And that was for work. I did my first semi-solo trip this year to the US and loved it. I look little steps out of my comfort zone to try things that seemed a little scary at first. I made new friends, build stronger relationships, spent lots of time with people I love and happily left toxic ones at the door without a tinge of regret. I realized that I made time for people I cared for. It wasn’t about having ‘no time’ but making time for them.

I am not the same person that I was earlier this year. Some people have entered my life and some have left…all of them making some sort of impact on who I am today. I would like to think I have mellowed a bit but I doubt that is the case. I still stubbornly and firmly hold on to what I believe in (in fact, my boss told me I was too stubborn because I refused to budge on something I felt strongly about J). But there were times I’ve let certain things float above and away from me.

Next year is when I move on to my late twenties. I am a tad apprehensive on what will come into and through my life in 2016. Changes are definite, what kind I don’t know.     

One thing is for certain, I would not be able to handle certain things this year if it were not for the Lord’s help. Like what someone said recently, He is the unchanging God in this ever changing world.
Most times I would end the yearly recap with the lyrics, “Another Year is Dawning” but since this year is just a tad different, I’ll be leaving you with, “Blessings” by Laura Story. When I first heard it months ago, the words just jumped out at me and couldn’t leave my mind.

We pray for blessings 
We pray for peace 
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep 
We pray for healing, for prosperity 
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering 
All the while, You hear each spoken need 
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things 

'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops 
What if Your healing comes through tears 
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near 
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise 

We pray for wisdom 
Your voice to hear 
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near 
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love 

As if every promise from Your Word is not enough 
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea 
And long that we'd have faith to believe 

When friends betray us 
When darkness seems to win 
We know the pain reminds this heart 
That this is not, this is not our home 

What if my greatest disappointments 
Or the aching of this life 
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy 
What if trials of this life 
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights 
Are your mercies in disguise

Sneak Peek: S Family

01 May 2015

Hey guys! I realised that I love to do sneak peeks on my blog but always never post up more of the shoot later. My bad. Hopefully I can break that habit.

Here's a little peek of a shoot I had last week at Fort Canning. The weather nowadays is pretty hot but last Saturday was surprisingly bearable. 

Here goes...

Hope y'all had a great Labor Day!

The New Year...2015

29 January 2015

2015 will bring some changes around here...not surprisingly. As I mentioned a few times, I took a 'break' last year from photoshoots. This year? Well, I'll just take things as they come.

One thing I have done in the past 1-2 years was to stop doing newborn photography (except for one...for an existing client). When I first started doing paid photoshoots I was so sure that I wanted to be a newborn photographer, inspired by photographers like Anne Geddes. After a few years of doing newborns...I have come to the realization that it just isn't for me. Unless its more of a lifestyle type of newborn photography, which I would want to explore in the future.

So, I'll officially say it here...I will no longer be doing newborn photoshoots and will be concentrating on children, family, individuals and events.

Events/birthday parties was something I dabbled in for a while but it was only this year that I realize that it could actually be fun (with the right lighting, that is). 

Wedding Photography - my only experience in wedding photography was being one of the official photographers for my cousin's wedding. I have had always turned down wedding photoshoot requests just because it is not my forte but when an old friend of mine sent me a message and asked if I could take her ROM pictures...well, I decided to say yes. The wedding is scheduled for the later part of this year and I'm pretty excited about it! Of course, one of the reasons I said yes was because I was always interested to see how the ROM looks like.

On a personal note, this year will hold quite a few changes at work. For one, I will now be managing someone and I have no experience in management...unless you count in the times I 'managed' my siblings. Also, expectations and requirements from the bosses are different (as in higher) this year. The first three months will be pretty crazy for me with a few different projects going on at the same time and numerous deadlines, but I'll survive.

Other than that, I have no idea what this year would hold. But one thing is clear...it will be a pretty wild ride. :)

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