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kids at the back porch


I think I have said it before and I will say it again. Friends are the family that we choose, and they are, if not more, are as valuable as the family we were born to. This rings true in my case, since our families are everywhere around the world BUT here. That is probably why I decided to post this lovely photo of my kid and her friends, who are the children of our close friends here.  This photo is meaningful. It’s the last group photo I took before one of the families moved away to Melbourne. The kids have all stayed together, slept over in this house, my friend’s house. Granted, this was not all of us, but enough, to represent all of us and their friendship.

Other friendships will come and grow, but I hope these kids’ bond remain strong and that they stay close throughout the years. I would love to look back at this photo in 10 years time, to go back to that lovely afternoon where we spent one of our last days together and held each other closer.

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the wild west

My children are at the enjoyable age to hang around with. Yes they fight sometimes, but they also love to play together. When they play, it’s so much fun to watch, or listen to. They are not always welcome spectators, let alone a spectator with a lens, but this one day, they didn’t mind me hovering around.

The scene was the Wild West. We just got back from a local fair where my son bought a Cowboys showbag. As soon as we got home he got dressed up as a sheriff (cowboy hats, the badge, gun holder, etc) , and created a story and played it out with his sister. We keep a lot of costumes at home, they love to play dress-up, so it’s quite enjoyable to watch them mix  and match old and new costumes to really get into characters.

the town's sherif

My son stayed the town’s sheriff the whole time, but my daughter moved from the sheriff’s deputy to the town’s worst bandit, and changed her outfit accordingly.

And Bruno the dog played the town’s drunk very very well. He was snoring, didn’t even move a muscle even with all the commotion around him.

the town's drunk


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Day 261 #Project365


261-365 sick boy

The big windows in our lounge room allows a lot of light in and there is a certain time in a day, especially when it’s cloudy outside, when this room is beautifully lit by the nicest, softest, diffused, natural light.

Mr 8 was not feeling too well so he stayed home for the day, and was lying down on the couch after lunch at the ‘perfect light’ time. Since he was unwell, he did not move too much, which even though unintentional from his part, really helped me in getting the right shot.

He gets his much needed rest by lying there, and I get my shot of the day. I believe it’s a WIN for both of us.

Nikon D90 | AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G | ISO640 | f/4.5 | 1/20 |

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Day 118 #Project 365

118-365 kiddos

I have done project 365 for over 100 days, and one thing I know for sure I love in photography is photographing children. Strangely, I only posted a very few children photos to date. Not that I did not take a lot of them, I consciously wanted to try to shoot other things, and posted them instead of the children photos. I feel there is a danger of specialising too much too soon if I only limit myself of photographing little children. As a newbie photographer my approach is to try to imitate the learning process of a management trainee in a corporation. A management trainee has to go from one department to another in order to learn as much as knowledge as possible that at the end of the program they can choose which area suits them best based on skills and interest. I may not be as systematic in my learning, but you get the idea.

Children are both a joy and a nightmare to shoot. Their expression is so pure and raw, which is a joy. But their sudden mood swift can be quite a nightmare. They are not as self-conscious as us adults. When they are happy then their whole being just brighten up buzzing happiness and joy; twinkling eyes, ear to ear grin, probably even a jump. But to get them that happy is a different ball game all together. Even when they cry some kids can still look cute. I think their energy is what draws me to them. To capture the energy and innocent emotions of children in photographs is one of the things I want to master.

Today was the last Friday of the kids’ school holiday, we were just mucking around at home, then I suddenly had the idea of taking photos of my kids together because we haven’t done it for a while of them together. After we agreed on acceptable bribery, I told them just to sit together and ready for my instructions. I did not want them to pose too much, not that they would be willing to listen to me anyway, but I asked them to sit together. I wanted a nice brother&sister photo of them together that hopefully will show each kid’s personality.

It was a simple plan, wasn’t it? Noooo. I caught myself yelling out things to them it was so far away from a nice peaceful photo session that I envisioned in my head.

“foot out of your brother’s face, please”
“no, I said take her shoulder, not strangling her”
“Toys OFF your mouth, please!!!”
“Look at me! Look at me with eyes OPEN”
“No, thank you, but we are not shooting your bellybutton”
“Can you just let her breath?!”
“Don’t squash your brother’s eye!”
“Hair. Off. Your. Mouth”

Despite the “colourful” session, we had a good time and had a lot of laughs. It’s a good thing the room was beautifully lit and I have a great fast lens that I did not have to spent too much time changing the set up. A lot of images turned out really great. This one is my favourite of the bunch. Hope you like it.

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