the party gig

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to do another gig, which was to document a special birthday party. I was excited for this gig, because this type of photography, lifestyle photography, is exactly what I aim to specialise in my photography services.

I love this type of people photography because I love taking portraits of people. Period. And this type of people photography, it’s all about documenting real-life events, which tend to have more emotional value to those involved. It’s about documenting personhood and family life. It celebrates connections, life milestones, personality, sentiments, and natural pieces of life. Birthday party is one of the best life events in a person’s life for me to capture. Especially for milestone years, usually family members are putting more effort in making them extra special, and it would be even better if the whole thing is properly documented so that you can look back and re-live the celebration, remembering the fun memories and treasure other things that happen in the party that you don’t get to see at the party.

This party was taken place in The Scented Rose Garden and Teahouse in Bungendore, NSW. It’s a beautiful outdoor place surrounded by flower garden. The weather was perfect, everybody was well dressed and happy to be there. Everything was, dare I say it, picture perfect. Indeed.

Here are a couple of photos of the joint. It’s a beautiful place with many interesting details to capture.

Here is the birthday man! Did I mention that it was a surprise party? Well, in the end he kinda suspect something was up (it’s hard to hide all the cars parking outside the teahouse), but he was surprised to see how many people actually showed up. Including relatives from other city.

Everybody had a great time, eating and drinking …

..and game playing..and other merry-making.

It was a long day. But it was a great day. The party had ended, but the memory should stay with us as long as we want it, (hopefully) thanks to the pictures I took that day!

Again, Happy 50th, H!

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  • yasmine ft dörr02/11/2013 - 8:09 pm

    love love it! you have successfully transported me to that event itself, it’s as if i was personally there! bagus!!!…ReplyCancel

    • [ayu]02/11/2013 - 9:28 pm

      Waaaaks!!! What a nice thing to say … Thanks for this, maaaak! Meant a lot…xReplyCancel

  • Cindy12/11/2013 - 2:37 pm

    This blog is too pretty, I like looking at all those faces! You’ve found yourself another follower <3ReplyCancel

autumn colours in canberra

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It’s early autumn in Canberra and we are slowly gearing up towards winter. The temperature dropped by two degrees or ten (at nights), and light jackets have started to see the light of days again.

I was out walking and enjoying the sun while really savouring the changing colours around me. I love the colours of Canberra around this time of year. This early in autumn, all the leaves with changing colours are pretty much still hanging on tight to the trees. Add the sun and bright cloudless sky, it makes it a real treat just to take a stroll and see what’s around.

The photos in this post represent only a little snippet of autumn colours here. The change will get more dramatic in the coming months, which guarantees more beautiful colours on our trees. I almost forgot how much I love trees, I have to ditch the car and walk around more often!

This is my walking buddy, Bruno. Looking at his big smile to the camera, I’d say he enjoyed our walk as much as I did.

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the 100th birthday: night celebration

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Now is the time to highlight the night entertainment during the Canberra Day long weekend. Again, I was a bit overwhelmed by the choices. Having a young kid who refused to walk by herself after 9 PM did help us remove some of the (fun) choices. The events were basically sprawled in the same area. But the area was quite big for tiny legs to walk all the way around so we decided to come two nights, taking different point of start on each, just to try to see everything.

On these nights, the National Library, the Old Parliament House, Questacon and the National Gallery was beautifully enlightened. Some graphic and colourful light was projected to the outer walls of these buildings so they looked quite spectacular. The surrounding areas were all busy with activities. I did not use my tripod these two nights since I wanted to move around and see as much as I could.

I have to say I really enjoyed taking photos that night. Everything seemed more dramatic at night. Somehow.


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the 100th birthday: 2013 Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular

Canberra has turned 100 on her birthday, the 12th of March, last week. A year-long events are planned in 2013 for the  Centenary of Canberra celebration. You can check here for details. The Canberra Day long weekend was like a big party weekend here in Canberra. There were so many things happening, day and night, from Friday to Monday. I went to a few events, and I am sharing the photos of these events here, starting with the hot air balloon event. Photos of other events will be in separate posts.

The Hot Air Balloon Festival in Canberra is an annual events that is held in March for about a week. This year it was called 2013 Canberra Festival Balloon Spectacular, as a part of Canberra Centenary Celebrations. Even when you are not flying anywhere with a balloon, it is always nice to see them before they launch from the lawn of the Old Parliament House. They are all so big and colourful. Every year we see different shapes, sizes and designs. It’s always interesting to see the whole process of inflating those big flat thing with hot air, to see them become bigger than life and then afloat.

It’s always nice to be in this event. It’s early morning, the light is usually gorgeous. Colours are everywhere, and everything was reflected by the water in the pond nearby. It really is a spectacular sight when you look up and the sky is dotted with all the balloons.

However, we came so late this year that by the time we reached the lawn that morning, most of the balloons were already in the air, including the giant Darth Vader head. We only got the chance to see a big Lion King head being inflated and coincidentally saw the Darth Vader’s head about to land on our way for breakfast. Now, that’s a sentence you don’t say every day.

And here are the two sleepy heads who I had dragged out from beds and made me really late that morning.


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up in the air

Do you remember when you were young kids and played so hard, you would run so very fast, or jump so high that your chest hurt and you had to stop to catch your breath just to do it again the whole day, and how happy that made you feel? Well, these shots of my son took me back to that time. There must be something joyful about keeping your body up in the air that he always try to bounce back up as soon as he landed. I love watching him go hard at it even when he had to stop a couple of times to catch his breath. It’s the joy of childhood, not yet  ‘play hard work hard’, it’s all about ‘play hard and go nuts’, until mum calls out for dinner.

Good times…

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