Here’s the video highlights of Benedict’s first birthday celebration. A simple celebration but a part of a child’s life that’s worth treasuring. Hope you like it. Kindly like, subscribe or leave a comment below. Cheers!
Prenatal Photography – Baby Kailin’s First Ultrasound
Me and my wife didn’t know that she’s with child until last December, and it’s already been 3 months. Despite all the very physical photo/video projects that we did together (since September) I was amazed that she and the baby were fine. She also didn’t suspected it ’cause she always had an irregular monthly cycle (I won’t elaborate) and everything seems normal. We already decided what name to give her, Kailin – old Celtic name meaning Keeper of Keys and pure; and Jei – open-mindedness, traveler and one that craves for knowledge (like Mum and Dad), together it’s Kailin Jei (sounds very Asian, hehe), I guess we’ll just call her Kai for short. We’re all excited to meet the new member of the family. All the routine check-ups show that all vital was A-Okayand we’re just thankful that we’re having a new baby. Hope you enjoy the photos. Can’t wait to see HER. Cheers!
One day at the office I received and email from my senior high schoolmate and asking me to vote for her son. I followed the instructions and voted. I replied “done” – informing her that I already voted. I went to the contest website of Little Pepo and saw the mechanics. Sounds interesting. I have no plan in sending Baby Kirsten Jae’s photo but my wife insisted. I said I will but I won’t get involved in any way. She agreed on our small talk and submitted Baby Kirsten Jae’s Photo. After few minutes or so they already uploaded the photo of Kirsten Jae on Little Pepo Facebook page. I’m the first to vote. I informed my wife and start her campaign for the Cutest Baby Contest 2011. As I follow the progress of votes I was drawn to it by some invisible force, I can’t resist the urge to promote my little angel. Now I know how it feels like to be a stage father. This will be an interesting and exciting game. If you’ll read some comments you’ll see that things are getting pretty hot on the parents side exchanging comments on how cute their babies are (love your own), different strategies and campaign. Let’s all remember that this is only a game, not much is at stake here only a custom design t-shirt with the baby’s name, top 3 babies will be features on Little Pepo’s website and most important the parent’s pride (priceless). All in all its an exciting game for the parents and a fun contest to participate in (even though the babies have no idea what the heck is going on). Continue reading →
There’s a lot of ways to achieve a good baby portrait – the right equipment and the right timing when the baby is in the mood for vogueing and there’s a lot of materials on the web to give you tutorials and advice but the most important teacher of all is experiencing it yourself. It’s not a walk in the park either specially for babies within 6 months to a year old but for babies with the age of 0-4 months is still manageable (‘coz they just sleep most of the times) You might wanna shoot the first yawn. I remember the first time I saw my baby on the nursery window she yawn at me good thing I have my trusty camera with me. You cannot direct babies on what to pose you have to shoot the right timing. Some babies don’t like props because it’s irritating to them. They put everything inside the mouth so don’t put any props that might get swallowed. If possible use hypoallergenic materials on your props so your baby or the client’s baby won’t get rashes – you don’t want clients suing you for that specially if it involves babies, people will see you as Dr. Evil or some evil creature that harms babies (hehe). Use lights that won’t harm babies. Just use a simple speed-light or much better if you can manage without one and use available lighting. A 50mm f1.4 prime will do the trick. Hope this helps, click away and treasure every captured moment (sounds like a good tagline to me).
A good remedy for stress (in my opinion and it works for me) is looking at baby photos. Why? Because it reminds us how beautiful life is. Babies grow fast. If you don’t monitor them frequently you will miss a lot on their developments. Every second counts – every expression they make; the first smile; the first sound; the first time they play close-open wiith their hands is just amazing. Before I say to myself “What’s the bigga’ deal with this baby stuff?” (that’s when I was single and no kids of my own) yeah it’s cute but that’s it – No! there is more beneath the cuteness and cuddliness of babies. The magic of something peaceful and vulnerable coming to this dangerous chaotic world gives me an indescribable sense of protectiveness so it’s my responsibility to make sure may little angel is safe from harm. This photo session with my baby means a lot to me (actually it’s my whole world). There is no single day that passes without me viewing the photos of my Baby Kirsten Jae.
To Kirsten Jae:
Eventually you will grow up and may choose not to be with us anymore (or get married… something like that) but one thing is for sure – You’ll always be my Little Angel.