Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Astrid & Lila - Session no. 2

I lost for words how excited I was photographed Astrid and her little girl 'Lila' last Sunday. I photographed them before not long a go, last seen (here).  Here are top of the list of my favorite subjects to photograph; 1.  maternity, 2.  newborn, 3. senior, 4. children, 5. a couple, 6. a family.  But in general I love photograph people. What is your favorite subject to photograph? And why?

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Baby "Kyna"

I photographed Kyna's Mom when she was in her belly a month a go. So when Neena, Kyna's Mom contacted me telling that Kyna was already born and about 7 days old I was very excited especially she wants me to photograph baby Kyna.

To be honest this was my second time shooting a new born and I am still learning. So prior  the shooting day; I learned as much as I could through internet search and youtube about how to photograph a newborn; including how to wrap the baby, how to pose them, and how to calm them down when they get a little fussy.  On the D day I was super excited as I wanted to photograph a newborn so badly.   But then baby Kyna got very upset and never calm down, so as per her father's request I should just photograph her they way she was and not trying to wrap or pose her. I was a little disappointed but I would not try and force the baby to pose or position her in a certain way when each time we try to start to touch her she woke up kicking and starting to make a funny face. To my surprise the photos was not as bad as I thought it would be.

Then after two days I called Neena asked her if she could come with the baby to do another session again as I wanted to get some perfect poses and pictures of Kyna.  I thought may be I got lucky this time and Kyna is calming down but she has gotten worse than the first session even when the mother was holding her and trying to put her to sleep. I did not hold Kyna because if the mother could not calm her down I knew it won't work with me. 

Neena even hugged Kyna on the posing bed trying to put her to sleep. But when we tried to put the head band or fix the wrapper she started to cry as if she knew we were trying to do something that she did not like. I then started to take pictures of Kyna without the poses I wanted but I love these pictures. And she is so adorable.

This experience will not stop me taking pictures of a newborn. I love to style them, and I love the whole process of photography a newborn; from setting up the backdrop, choosing the right wrapper and head band  to to try to position them in a certain way to get some beautiful pictures. Although I have not there yet; I know one day I will. 

These are the techniques on how to wrap a newborn (here) and (here). I know this techniques just wont work with Kyna, she just won't let you touch her, period! And here is a tips on photograph a fussy newborn (here)

Baby girl head band and flower crown DIY by Ellya last seen  (here), (here) and (here)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I have no words to describe Nicole's beauty. I let my camera's results  do the talk for you. What strike me most about Nicole is her long lustrous thick hair. It would be every girl's dream to have such long thick hair. I know I do.

What I have learned about Nicole is that she is studying psychology and in her second year. From what I understood Nicole likes things to be simple. I then realized later on that Nicole did not wear any bracelet, necklace or earrings during the photo session. Even her make up is very minimal as you can see on these pictures.

She is a little shy and need some of my direction to pose which she took my instruction very well. I love Nicole's expression and simple poses each time I shot her with a multiple shoot mode. Sometimes it shows her looking down, others  shows she is playing with her hair, all which are easy poses and very simple. But still the result are really beautiful. Looking back and looking at these pictures it does shows Nicole's personality; simplicity, feminine and elegant.

I created a fresh bouquet flower and tiara for her to wear during the shoot. She then asked me how do I know that purple is her favorite color. Well, I did not know. I just picked the easiest flower to create into a tiara and Wax flower is very easy to create into a tiara for her to wear.  She liked the small bouquet flower and the tiara and at the end of the photo session  I gave them to her. 
Nicole is a true natural beauty.  I think you would agree with me. Don't you?

Already I am having some difficulties to pick which photos to put on the blog post as they are all beautiful. In the end I ended up with these images which I think it's a little too much for a blog post. But I can't help and wanted to share these pictures with you.

As far as editing; I always love the look of images from process film. So I tried to imitate those the ones that comes from a roll of film. I searched high and low on how to capture this and I love what I have found and learned so far. For other images I am using Pretty Presets (here) just for fun and to see how they turn out to be. They are beautiful too. 

 From the beginning I told each of my model/client that I wanted the photo session is as much fun for her and as for me. It is very important that my client feels happy and have fun during the session, especially outdoor during summer as many bugs and mosquitoes might come to them. Not only that, I wanted my client finished the session having a great experience photographed by me.

Photographed Nicole was a great experience for me. Not only I captured her elegant natural beauty, I have learned so much about shooting outdoor; lighting condition, poses, composition. I also learned more about my camera. I guess, each session is different and each session guaranteed that you (as a photographer) will learn new positive and negative experiences.


If you  have any idea and would like me to photograph you, please inbox me through my FB page (here) or email me (here). I love trying new stuff and we can work together to create beautiful photographs that we both like.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Astrid & Lil' Lila

Trying to take picture of a young child is sometime can be a challenged especially when the child is very active. 

I found out that when you do not stress yourself by trying to have the child be still when the child is totally not into it but running around is turned out to be much easier job. I just told Astrid, the Mom to smile and interact with the child as long as possible. The result turned out to be  prettier than I thought it would be. When I tried to capture the right moment of Mom and her daughter I shot with multiple shoot mode. 

I love capturing a special moment of a mother and her child especially when she is expecting. And seeing these images is truly making me happy. 

I DIY the little teepee for them to pose in front of. And I am liking it very much. I am planning to make more teepees with different material tent for in the future photo session. And it is quite easy to create. (here)

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happy Sunday Everyone!

Saturday, September 6, 2014


This was my first time visiting Brooklyn Dumbo. I know the name is pretty funky, 'Dumbo' - it stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  I was very happy to have found  this pretty cool small water front area of Brooklyn. When you are standing in the park (Brooklyn Dumbo Park); you will see the two massive beautiful bridges; Manhattan bridge on your right and Brooklyn bridge on your left. It's quite lovely. And no wonder this place is 'the place' for photographers to choose for their photography background. 

I wanted to have a city background for the shoot this time. That's why I chose Brooklyn Dumbo for the shooting location. More about Brooklyn Dumbo (here).

I can tell that Gaby loves being photographed. During the shoot often I told her to smile like, "big smile Gaby, big smile Gaby!" And I love all her pictures with the big smile on her face. Just look at these pictures, I think her smile is very pretty!

This shoot was a total success. Although Gaby came a little late; it all paid off because I got to shoot when the sun just on the horizon. So beautiful. It is the golden hours for photographers enthusiasts. Not only that; I found about this lovely place that I would have not known and I promised myself to come back for another photography shoot or to dine and walk around.

This is Brooklyn Bridge.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ontbijtkoek [Spice Breakfast Cake]

Ontbijtkoek means 'Spice Breakfast Cake'. Yes  this cake is typically eaten as breakfast in The Netherlands.

One day my heart went to my mother's cook when I was growing up as a young girl. I remember when my mother cooked this cake and we loved it very much. Back then my father was working for the US rubber plantation called Uniroyal and I remember our neighbors was the American and the Dutch families. When my parents became friends with the Dutch family, she gave my mother the recipe a long with the spices. But when they moved back to their country as their post was ended, my mother could not find the spices and she stopped making it completely.

Thanks to the internet now I can relive my fondest child hood memory; my mother's cooking 'The Ontbijtkoek Cake'.

I have not told my mother that I successfully made this cake and I knew she would be thrilled that I can make the cake that I know she would love to make again.  I will call her soon as she lives in Jakarta, Indonesia and will tell her the story.

Meantime, this cake is burst with spices. You can strongly taste it in your mouth and it is good to have it with hot tea or coffee especially when the weather is cold outside. But I will not have this for breakfast though! It tastes even better when smeared with butter.

If you love the taste of spices, this cake is for you.

Here is the recipe.


~ 2 cup all-purpose flour
~ 1/2 cup brown sugar
~ 1 tsp baking powder
~ 1 tsp baking soda
~ 2 tsp cinnamon
~ 1/3 tsp cloves, optional
~ 1/3 tsp nutmeg
~ 1/3 tsp ginger
~ 1/3 tsp salt
~ 1 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
~ 1 egg beaten
~ 1/3 cup honey
~ 1/4 cup dark molasses, optional

Preheat oven to 350 deg.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a medium sized bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients together until well blended. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until moistened. Pour batter into an oiled 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan and baked for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and remove from pan.
Set on a rack to cool. Serve with margarine spread and strong coffee or tea.

Note; For a more moist loaf, reduce flour by 1/4 cup and add a little more honey or buttermilk. It is normal if the cake is dry, however it will taste wonderful when toasted.


Happy baking Everyone!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Book from the Past

As if it was yesterday this book still gives me some excitement when I look at the page by page photographs.

I only bought this book about 12 years a go when I was a student. Buried somewhere in a box, I was thrilled to have found it when opened up boxes in our new home. Still it gives ton of inspiration as I turned the pages.

Do you have one book although it is old still gives you an inspiration and excitement each time you open up the pages? For me, this book embodied that one particular feel. Already I brewed some inspiration in my mind that I wanted to tackle as a home decor project in the future.

These images were shot with Nikkor 50 mm and 85 mm f/1.8D AF Nikon lenses. As a result the close up images creates an artistic photography rather then showing the full image of pages.

In the past I always fulfill my client's request to shoot them during mid day; for example 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm. It is up to you to educate your client to ask them to shoot around 4:00 pm or even 5:00 pm depends on the hours of the year like winter time or summer time as 5:00 pm it gets dark quicker during winter time. Shooting  portrait during this hour is so glorious. You will get that sharp soft images. From now on I will try to talk into my client to shoot during these hours only. It is a two way street. It is good for you but even better for your client as they will get a beautiful images of themselves.

Some of these images shot at 2:00 pm and some at 5:30 to 6:00 pm. Can you tell which one which  are those images?

If you interested in purchasing this book, it is available (here).

I do hope you enjoy looking at these images taken from Carolyn Quartermaine's REVEALED book.
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