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Last year, when Joshua turned 4, his parents Melvin & Wei Chin prepared a ‘Super Hero’ themed birthday party for him. This year, his 5th birthday party featured a Lego Ninjago theme. His birthday cake was topped with 2 Ninjago characters (Jay – blue and Lloyd – green) and decorated with icing made into the shapes of lego pieces. The party gifts for Joshua’s guests were Lego Ninjago Airjitzu building kits. These kits were a big hit with the children who raced to build them and then let their ninjas battle with each other. A piñata in the shape of a ‘Number 5′ was another highlight of the party. The piñata did not last as long as last year’s ‘Number 4′ piñata with the children having grown in strength over a year! Younger children like Joshua’s sister Isabel enjoyed watching the older kids build their lego sets and had fun playing with the many balloons lying around.

The following are some highlights from Joshua’s 5th birthday party:-

Allan & Acslyn were married earlier this month at the Blue Ginger Restaurant. It was a small and intimate affair that had the hallmarks of a perfect wedding – beautiful bride, handsome groom, laughter, tears, hugs, heartwarming words exchanged between the couple and excellent food. The overall mood was very relaxed, like a close family gathering which I was privileged to gain privy to. Allan & Acslyn are both working in the travel industry and Blue Ginger did a’ Travel’ wedding theme for them with countless paper aeroplanes in the decorations.

I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing and photo-documenting Allan & Acslyn’s wedding. The following are some highlights of the day.

Recently, I had the honour of Perfect Light being listed as one of the “31 Best Maternity, Baby & Family Photographers in Singapore” by Singapore Motherhood.

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When I cover birthday parties, most of the images I capture are unposed. During a recent party, I was talking to the father of the birthday boy while we were looking at the party scene before us. He smiled to me and said, “It is all so chaotic. Tough job!”. My response was, “The challenge for me as a photographer is to find the calm or quiet in the midst of the chaos and capture it”.

For baby shoots, I like to photograph the baby in his or her natural environment (with the parents or on their own) with minimal posing. I do not believe in overly posing a baby. Personally, most of the popular newborn poses look somewhat creepy and unnatural to me. I have never seen my children getting into any of the popular newborn poses when they were babies. Each baby has different fleeting characteristics when they are babies. They normally last a few weeks at most. Besides the normal shots, I try to capture these characteristics if possible. One of the funny characteristics my son Daniel had during his first month was that he would smile whenever he had just fallen asleep (see the 2 photographs below). The smile would only last a few seconds and I am so glad that I managed to capture it. This is something my family would want to treasure as a memory instead of Daniel contorting into some strange pose which might look cute but meaningless.

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If you are thinking of doing a family shoot or would like me to cover your child’s birthday party, do drop me a note via the contact me link.