Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nicole

I have no words to describe Nicole's beauty. I let my camera's results  do the talk for you. What strike me most about Nicole is her long lustrous thick hair. It would be every girl's dream to have such long thick hair. I know I do.

What I have learned about Nicole is that she is studying psychology and in her second year. From what I understood Nicole likes things to be simple. I then realized later on that Nicole did not wear any bracelet, necklace or earrings during the photo session. Even her make up is very minimal as you can see on these pictures.

She is a little shy and need some of my direction to pose which she took my instruction very well. I love Nicole's expression and simple poses each time I shot her with a multiple shoot mode. Sometimes it shows her looking down, others  shows she is playing with her hair, all which are easy poses and very simple. But still the result are really beautiful. Looking back and looking at these pictures it does shows Nicole's personality; simplicity, feminine and elegant.

I created a fresh bouquet flower and tiara for her to wear during the shoot. She then asked me how do I know that purple is her favorite color. Well, I did not know. I just picked the easiest flower to create into a tiara and Wax flower is very easy to create into a tiara for her to wear.  She liked the small bouquet flower and the tiara and at the end of the photo session  I gave them to her. 
 
Nicole is a true natural beauty.  I think you would agree with me. Don't you?

Already I am having some difficulties to pick which photos to put on the blog post as they are all beautiful. In the end I ended up with these images which I think it's a little too much for a blog post. But I can't help and wanted to share these pictures with you.

As far as editing; I always love the look of images from process film. So I tried to imitate those the ones that comes from a roll of film. I searched high and low on how to capture this and I love what I have found and learned so far. For other images I am using Pretty Presets (here) just for fun and to see how they turn out to be. They are beautiful too. 

 From the beginning I told each of my model/client that I wanted the photo session is as much fun for her and as for me. It is very important that my client feels happy and have fun during the session, especially outdoor during summer as many bugs and mosquitoes might come to them. Not only that, I wanted my client finished the session having a great experience photographed by me.

Photographed Nicole was a great experience for me. Not only I captured her elegant natural beauty, I have learned so much about shooting outdoor; lighting condition, poses, composition. I also learned more about my camera. I guess, each session is different and each session guaranteed that you (as a photographer) will learn new positive and negative experiences.

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If you  have any idea and would like me to photograph you, please inbox me through my FB page (here) or email me (here). I love trying new stuff and we can work together to create beautiful photographs that we both like.





































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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Astrid & Lil' Lila

Trying to take picture of a young child is sometime can be a challenged especially when the child is very active. 

I found out that when you do not stress yourself by trying to have the child be still when the child is totally not into it but running around is turned out to be much easier job. I just told Astrid, the Mom to smile and interact with the child as long as possible. The result turned out to be  prettier than I thought it would be. When I tried to capture the right moment of Mom and her daughter I shot with multiple shoot mode. 

I love capturing a special moment of a mother and her child especially when she is expecting. And seeing these images is truly making me happy. 

I DIY the little teepee for them to pose in front of. And I am liking it very much. I am planning to make more teepees with different material tent for in the future photo session. And it is quite easy to create. (here)









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happy Sunday Everyone!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Gaby

This was my first time visiting Brooklyn Dumbo. I know the name is pretty funky, 'Dumbo' - it stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass.  I was very happy to have found  this pretty cool small water front area of Brooklyn. When you are standing in the park (Brooklyn Dumbo Park); you will see the two massive beautiful bridges; Manhattan bridge on your right and Brooklyn bridge on your left. It's quite lovely. And no wonder this place is 'the place' for photographers to choose for their photography background. 

I wanted to have a city background for the shoot this time. That's why I chose Brooklyn Dumbo for the shooting location. More about Brooklyn Dumbo (here).

I can tell that Gaby loves being photographed. During the shoot often I told her to smile like, "big smile Gaby, big smile Gaby!" And I love all her pictures with the big smile on her face. Just look at these pictures, I think her smile is very pretty!

This shoot was a total success. Although Gaby came a little late; it all paid off because I got to shoot when the sun just on the horizon. So beautiful. It is the golden hours for photographers enthusiasts. Not only that; I found about this lovely place that I would have not known and I promised myself to come back for another photography shoot or to dine and walk around.















This is Brooklyn Bridge.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Ontbijtkoek [Spice Breakfast Cake]





Ontbijtkoek means 'Spice Breakfast Cake'. Yes  this cake is typically eaten as breakfast in The Netherlands.

One day my heart went to my mother's cook when I was growing up as a young girl. I remember when my mother cooked this cake and we loved it very much. Back then my father was working for the US rubber plantation called Uniroyal and I remember our neighbors was the American and the Dutch families. When my parents became friends with the Dutch family, she gave my mother the recipe a long with the spices. But when they moved back to their country as their post was ended, my mother could not find the spices and she stopped making it completely.

Thanks to the internet now I can relive my fondest child hood memory; my mother's cooking 'The Ontbijtkoek Cake'.

I have not told my mother that I successfully made this cake and I knew she would be thrilled that I can make the cake that I know she would love to make again.  I will call her soon as she lives in Jakarta, Indonesia and will tell her the story.

Meantime, this cake is burst with spices. You can strongly taste it in your mouth and it is good to have it with hot tea or coffee especially when the weather is cold outside. But I will not have this for breakfast though! It tastes even better when smeared with butter.

If you love the taste of spices, this cake is for you.

Here is the recipe.

Ontbijtkoek 

~ 2 cup all-purpose flour
~ 1/2 cup brown sugar
~ 1 tsp baking powder
~ 1 tsp baking soda
~ 2 tsp cinnamon
~ 1/3 tsp cloves, optional
~ 1/3 tsp nutmeg
~ 1/3 tsp ginger
~ 1/3 tsp salt
~ 1 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk
~ 1 egg beaten
~ 1/3 cup honey
~ 1/4 cup dark molasses, optional
 

Preheat oven to 350 deg.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In a medium sized bowl, combine all the liquid ingredients together until well blended. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until moistened. Pour batter into an oiled 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan and baked for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and remove from pan.
Set on a rack to cool. Serve with margarine spread and strong coffee or tea.

Note; For a more moist loaf, reduce flour by 1/4 cup and add a little more honey or buttermilk. It is normal if the cake is dry, however it will taste wonderful when toasted.

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Happy baking Everyone!
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Book from the Past








As if it was yesterday this book still gives me some excitement when I look at the page by page photographs.

I only bought this book about 12 years a go when I was a student. Buried somewhere in a box, I was thrilled to have found it when opened up boxes in our new home. Still it gives ton of inspiration as I turned the pages.

Do you have one book although it is old still gives you an inspiration and excitement each time you open up the pages? For me, this book embodied that one particular feel. Already I brewed some inspiration in my mind that I wanted to tackle as a home decor project in the future.

These images were shot with Nikkor 50 mm and 85 mm f/1.8D AF Nikon lenses. As a result the close up images creates an artistic photography rather then showing the full image of pages.

In the past I always fulfill my client's request to shoot them during mid day; for example 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm. It is up to you to educate your client to ask them to shoot around 4:00 pm or even 5:00 pm depends on the hours of the year like winter time or summer time as 5:00 pm it gets dark quicker during winter time. Shooting  portrait during this hour is so glorious. You will get that sharp soft images. From now on I will try to talk into my client to shoot during these hours only. It is a two way street. It is good for you but even better for your client as they will get a beautiful images of themselves.

Some of these images shot at 2:00 pm and some at 5:30 to 6:00 pm. Can you tell which one which  are those images?

If you interested in purchasing this book, it is available (here).
























I do hope you enjoy looking at these images taken from Carolyn Quartermaine's REVEALED book.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Best Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am not much of a cookie baker. But when saw this recipe over at Pinterest (here) I was excited to try it out for the first time. And it came out just like the original cookies I got the recipe from. It is moist, soft and delicious.

If you love cookies; this chocolate chips cookies recipe is one recipe to keep. You won't be disappointed. It is easy and quick to make and you do not need an electric mixer to mix the batter.  If you follow and read the instruction carefully; you can go wrong and you will end up with a delicious moist soft cookies.

If you feel like having these cookies go over to my Pinterest cookies collection here and the chocolate chip cookies recipe,  here. 
Just to warn you that you need to read the whole lengthy instructions in order to get it right. It is not difficult once you read the whole explanation and instruction.






Happy baking Everyone!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thinking of You




'What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. 
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
-Helen Keller-



you were once brought a rainbow
everyday,
appeared on the horizon of my deepest soul
I, danced in colors
of your love, sorrow and tears
we swam to the end of the  universe
 giggling amongst stars
running through the valley of thunder
bare feet smothered with
rain fell  on our body
 
that was  a decade a go
today
I am seeing  your smile
behind the curtain of a thin lace
covers 
the aging face of mine

"what if.........."
a soft voice gently whispering in 
my ear

"what if......."
a soft sweet voice rushing in from the bottom of my feet 
to the tip of my hair

my eyes wide open

there is no one there, but my breathe
do you hear me?
                                                                       















This post is dedicated to a long lost people who used to be a part of our lives, whom used to have a special place in our heart, whom  smile, anger and laughter was once a part of ours. They exit from our presence for once and for all for what ever reason and no where to be seen again.  
I still remember them as yesterday. I smile for their tender care and kind and I let go the painful history we have spent in between. 
In my heart they come and go; but they are always there still in me.

~~~o0o~~~

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Have a great week end Everyone!