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photos: Mother-daughter shoot

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I did a mother-daughter photo shoot when I was back in Malaysia recently.  I must say, a cheery daughter and a sporting mom combination definitely means a fun session.

There was no need to pose these girls. They were just so cute and pretty together.

Here are some pics from the session.

The radiant mom.

The adorable daughter.

And another of her smiling naturally.

The fun mother-daughter combination at work!

And another of it. She’s just so cute.
Both of them were trying to hide from the blazing sun.

Loved this the best. Serenely beautiful.

( On ways to make collages, you can refer to an entry I posted a few weeks ago. :) )


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December 29, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Posted in Photos

Adding Texture to Photos

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It’d be good if I’ve got a picture for Christmas, but I don’t. So, let this be just another normal post.

During my last trip back in Malaysia, I did a mother and daughter photo shoot for a friend’s friend. It was great fun and I’ve been wanting to blog about it for a long time now but never found time. And still haven’t found time for it yet. This blog post, sadly, won’t be a showcase of the pics from the photo shoot. But instead, I’m taking out one pic from the photo shoot to share with you.

As you will see, one of it is the original pic and the other is one where I added texture to it.



I sometimes like to add textures to certain pictures because it creates an altogether different feeling. Like in this case, it adds a classic touch to it. While in other cases, it could give the picture a dreamy feeling (like the picture below which I found in my archives). And of course with your own creativity, you can just about create any mood you like for the picture.

It might seem like I’ve done a lot to the pic but actually adding textures to pictures is honestly, quite easy. There are many tutorials out there on how to do so, so I don’t think I need to give you a step by step here. Instead, you can check out this, this or this on how to add texture to your pictures. Here’s also a video tutorial, just in case.

And, here are some good sources for free textures online: 1. Texture Lovers 2. Deviant Art 3. Design Reviver

Have fun with the textures! Oh, and Merry Christmas! :)

Written by SE

December 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Posted in Tips & Tutorials

Book: Wedding Photography Unveiled – Part II

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II. Here, There, And Everywhere – The Role of the Photographer on Wedding Day

  • The photographer is a preserver of memories, especially on the wedding day, when emotions run high and the entire event is a blur for those involved. As the years go by, the memories that last are the ones that are captured in the photographs. It is a huge responsibility, and it is part of the reason capturing the authenticity and emotional substance of each wedding is so important to the wedding photographer.
  • The photographer should try to stay calm and make sure they aren’t adding to the chaos and stress that surrounds most wedding days. ~Liz Banfield
  • They don’t know how I’m composing my images; they don’t know that by talking to them and having the bride look halfway back to me, I’m actually posing them. Technically, I am, but I’m not really expressing that to them while I’m talking to them. That’s what I mean by ‘anti-posing.’ ~Jose Villa
  • She had a beautiful dress, they had a cake … It was wonderful and intimate – up until a torrential downpour began, and the bride was beside me. I looked at her and said, “This will be the memory of your day forever. It’s raining on your wedding day, but it’s not a bad thing – every time it rains it will remind you of this moment – it’s a beautiful thing.” The bride looked at me and said, “Oh, my god, you’re right,” and after that it unfolded beautifully and the mood and energy shifted and we went outside with umbrellas and I took shots in the rain, as well as images of the windowpane with raindrops on it. These were the unique details of their day that they will always remember. ~Elizabeth Messina
  • For me, it’s important to remember to have fun during the celebration while remaining respectful and discreet. I photograph from my heart. Establishing a strong relationship is a key factor. ~Virginie Blachere

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December 12, 2009 at 10:54 pm