Family Portrait – The Chau Family

A long time friend of mine, Serene, got married over the weekend. Serene’s family came over to Perth from all over the world to attend her weddding. Her parents flew over from Malaysia whilst her brother and his family flew over from the California.
She asked me to shoot a family portrait session 3 days before the wedding day, so she would not need to allocate more time in an already tight schedule on the actual day. I was also her official wedding photographer, so it was all easy for both of us to arrange for the portrait session.

We did the session at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the late afternoon. The daylight saving time gave us plenty of good light for the entire session. UWA is a well-liked place for photographers. With its vintage architecture, great limestone walls, and beautiful sunken garden, the location is perfect for family portraits and weddings alike (I actually shot Serene’s wedding at UWA 3 days later).

The Chau Family

Shot just outside the Administration Office, the limestone pillars and beautiful background set the tone for the beautiful family portrait.

The Chau Family at the Sunken Garden

The sunken garden is a romantic and beautiful area favourited by many bridal couples. It also gave us great setup for the family portrait.

A young family

Here Serene’s sister had her family portrait taken as well. I love her children. They are just so adorable.

Family portraits do not have to be an all serious looking, all sitting down affair. Serene, her then fianc√© Benny, her sister and brother-in-law were certainly up for some fun…
If you say jump, they say "how high"

A family portrait of a different sort

Well, her brother and his wife were also up for some playtime, grabbing their boy by the legs and turning him upside down!

Children are often the center of family portraits. I love capturing them at their nature selves rather than forcing them to pose. Often the fleeting moments where they interact with their parents or other kids can produce some of the best images. Here are some of the photos that I really like

Mother and Son

Mother and Daughter

Cute kid
Cousinly love

It was certainly fun doing the family portrait session for Serene and her family. I am now working on processing her wedding day photos and shall post some up in the near future.

Serene and Benny… congratulations on your wedding. Thanks for sharing your big day with me in such a special way.

Baby Makayla – 1st Birthday Portrait

Makayla is a cute little baby girl. She also happens to be my niece. I saw her for the very first time back in August, which happened to be her first birthday. And due to the vast geographic distance between America and Australia, celebrating Makayla’s 1st Birthday is a rarity. These moments are so precious to us that nothing would beat the ultimate birthday present of having a photo shoot for Makayla and her parents. Oh, what sweet memories we have ………….

Mother and Daughter

Father and Daughter

She is a real cutie isn’t she?

Happy 1st birthday Makayla! With all my love – your uncle from Perth.

Photography and Children – Capturing them in their natural selves

Children make great subjects and are often fun to photograph as they have myriad expressions, emotions and energy. They have the ability to live in the moment, to laugh and to play. We love capturing the unexpected fleeting moments and priceless memories that the children so often bring.

Best Friends

We usually shoot on location. Sometimes the location is a playground, a local park, a garden, the beach, or simply their homes. We like to shoot mainly with natural ambient light; we do use portable lighting to fill in when necessary.

Confetti picking

A child photography session usually last an hour or more. We like to encourage parents of young children to let their children have fun during the shoot. This often means that we try to let their children be as comfortable, relaxed and happy as much as possible.

Swinging fun

We also like to interact and communicate with the children as this will allow us to capture their fun-loving and often playful and expressive spirit without having to prompt to smile at the camera or say ‘cheese‘ all the time. We like to capture their natural self rather than posing to too much to create uneasy, uptight and often overly serious looks on their faces.

marching kids

Great smile

Staring right back

Children can give the most genuine and natural images. Their images so often bring smiles to their parents and photographers alike. We absolutely love to photography children. Thank you little ones for letting us shoot you.