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Portrait Project – 52/52



My final post of this year’s 52 Portrait project is here. A day late, but that’s okay. I’m sure you’d understand one’s need to sleep after staying up longer, having too much fun with friends and family, who gathered together in the last hours of 2014.

Allow me to share some of the things I feel grateful for in the year 2014 (don’t worry, I have a lot of things I am grateful for, but I am only sharing the short version here):

  • I am grateful that I am surrounded by lovely friends and family who helped me to navigate my ways through 2014. A small number of these individuals are captured above, the rest I didn’t get to capture in the midst of the new year’s celebration last night
  • I am grateful and glad that I successfully completed 2014’s personal photography project, despite hiccups here and there. There was so much to learn
  • I am grateful for people who have put up with me and allowed me to practice my skills in portrait photography on them
  • I am grateful for those who trusted me to be involved in their project and paid good money for my services (yes you, my clients of 2014!).

I still don’t know what my next project of 2015 will be. But be sure, there will be something. As a part of my resolution, I will commit myself to hold myself accountable for my own growth. No more BS, no more excuses. I have a good feeling about this new year.  I’m sure it’s going to be challenging like any other years, but I think it will be exciting. I am allowing myself to be optimistic. Try it!

I wish you all a glorious year ahead. Happy New Year 2015.

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Portrait Project – 21/52



“If he thought at all, but I don’t believe he ever thought, it was that he and his shadow, when brought near each other, would join like drops of water, and when they did not he was appalled. He tried to stick it on with soap from the bathroom, but that also failed.” Peter Pan by James M Barrie

I could not help but thinking of Peter Pan and his shadow while watching Ms. 6 (and her shadow) twirling around, jumping and dancing one fine afternoon after school. It was like watching two little girls dancing from where I sat. There was no music. She was just happy and had a lot of energy to burn. She felt so much joy she probably thought she would burst if she didn’t do anything about it. It’s how she rolls, and isn’t that just so wonderful to watch.



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  • Luisa Coates27/05/2014 - 2:33 pm

    Such beautiful shots – Ayu, what a free spirit she is, just delightful , I hope she never grows out of it. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]27/05/2014 - 3:49 pm

      Thank you Luisa. She’s indeed a delightful child. My own personal ‘happy pill!’ Thx for checking my blog out and for being my new follower. Meant a lot. xReplyCancel

  • Indonesia in my pocket28/05/2014 - 4:37 am

    Very cool pics!ReplyCancel

Portrait Project – 14/52

candle lit girl

I was reading up for some ideas for my post today. I was reading a wide variety of photography techniques you can do in creating portraits. So many interesting ideas out there,which I’m sure I will visit again in the future, but in this wet Sunday, taking portraits using low light caught my intention.

I decided to use a single candle light to be the sole light source of my portrait today. It was dusk, we were in the room with the blind shut. I was in luck today as my girl was in a mood to play along. It helped that the little heart-shaped candle holder was her creation that she made at school.

It’s cute how a single light could be so mesmerizing.


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  • Jess6410/04/2014 - 6:59 am

    Wow that is a beautiful photo.ReplyCancel

Portrait Project – 11/52


The sight that greeted us as we arrived at the Fire Garden, as part of  Canberra Enlighten 2014 event last week, was simply amazing. Flickers of many tiny fires in the dark of the night would draw you in, made you want to get closer to their warmth and you couldn’t help but to come as close as it was permitted. And stare. The light and shadow dance was just mesmerizing beautiful to watch.

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