Dress-up party!!!

More to be posted soon.

2 year old birthday girl party

More details to be posted soon.

Beautiful Moments (Part 29) - 3.2.1 Walk for Children!

Today, I took part in taking pictures for a Walkathon, which aim is to raise money for children.   The event took place at the peak.  More details to be posted soon.

Beautiful Moments (Part 28) - Enlighten Epilepsy Awareness Month Launch Ceremony

Anson Chan at Enlighten Epilepsy Awareness Month Launch Ceremony

In-home session with a 1 year old happy girl!

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3 year old Toy Story themed birthday boy party at Gymboree

More details coming soon!

2 year old birthday girl party with Elmo & Goofy!!

Details coming soon.

1 year old baby girl birthday lunch at the Peninsula Hotel

Details coming soon.

Chinese New Year Holiday

Happy Chinese New Year and Kung Hei Faat Choy!!!   Wish everyone will have a very happy Chinese New Year holiday and lots of luck, prosperity, and health at this year of Tiger!   Please be noted that my CNY holiday will be from Feb 13 - Feb 21.  Business shall resume on Feb 22, 2010.

Baptism Ceremony at St. John’s Cathedral

Today, I photographed the baptism ceremony for a 6 months old boy at the St. John’s Cathedral on this bbeeeautiful sunny day.  The ceremony is followed by a cocktail reception at the courtyard.  I will share with you the photos shortly.

Beautiful Moments (Part 27) - Portraits for the members of Regeneration Society

Today, I was invited by Regeneration Society to help their members do some beautiful portraits for memories.  More details to be posted soon.

Wall Climbing Party

Today, I went to shoot for a 7 year old boy’s birthday party at YMCA.  A challenging wall climbing session was offered to the children guests and they all had great fun!  More details to be posted soon.

Beautiful Moments (Part 26): Photography workshops for the Pregnant Girls!

I was invited by Mother’s Choice to provide their  hostel’s pregnant girls some photography workshops!  Today, I just completed the 6-session weekly workshops and has been re-invited by them to continue future classes, with more course contents. I will share some details with you soon on what has been taught in my workshops.

In-home newborn session with a 5-weeks old sweetie!

Today, I had an in-home newborn session with a 5 weeks old baby girl.

Winnie-the-Pooh themed Birthday Party

Today, I was photographing for a 2 year old girl’s birthday party at the Harbour Plaza Metropolis Hotel.  The party theme was Winnie-the-Pooh and the event organizer Kareena from Personalizestuff.com did a really good job.  The whole party was very well planned and beautifully decorated. All the guests had a great time.  Besides taking picture for the party, I also helped the guests and families take some family portraits on the spot and give them instant photos to take home for memory.  This is a new service that I had been carrying at parties.

In-home pregnancy session at 32 weeks pregnancy

Today, I had an in-home pregnancy session with a 32 weeks mother.  More details to be shared with you soon.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone!   Wish you all had a GREAT Christmas and a relaxing holiday with family, friends and loved ones.  What is your meaning of Christmas?  For me, it had always been about seeing all those whom I value most in my life.  It is a season about LOVE.  Spending Christmas eve with my loved one, Christmas day with family, and other dates with friends.  It is about dressing up, stuffing food into stomach, last minute x’mas gift shopping, clearing deadlines (yes, i am serious), and going to annual balls (there is one that I go to every year with family)!    These had marked my past Christmases memories.   However, this year, my Christmas holiday seems  quiet (i.e.: peaceful).   Strangely, there isn’t any familiar friends’ parties to go to, no high school reunions, no annual balls (probably due to organizer had cut budget / something).  Although I managed to grab a few good friends out but I really have no idea where everybody else is.  It is strange that it is only through change and contrast can I reflect and clearly see the value of those gatherings.  They were opportunities, happened as an invitation at a fraction in time to give us a Christmas memory feeling.  I am actually missing those parties (OMG)!  After all, everyday, what we are doing is just building memories, don’t you think?  That’s the only thing we can carry with us when we leave.

Having said that, I am also grateful for this year’s opportunity to experience quietness to allow me to see the contrast.  Otherwise, I would take things for granted easily. All these, is about living at the moment of now, and enjoy the present moment of what flows into our life. Opportunities come and go, time is ticking.   Thus, this new year, I hope I can clean up my head and re-prioritize what I really want my life memory to be about. Is it about work?  love? family? friends? charity? money?  Life could be about many things.

I would like to treat my life as a Christmas Feast, and every part of life is just like a dish.  My role, as a chef, is to select every ingredients, cooking method, timing, and presentation of every dishes within my feast menu.  Every dish is an expression of myself and my time.  At the end, I just want to create a great Christmas Feast that me and my guests will feel satisfy and content with as we finish up and leave the dinner table. One thing I know for sure is that I want my main course and dessert to be solely about my love. :)

My Christmas Holiday

Just a quick announcement that my Christmas holiday will take place from Dec 22, 2009- Jan 4, 2010.   All office, enquiries, post production, shoots .. well basically everything will be OFF. Business *shall* resume on Jan 5, 2010.  As I am still not sure whether I will be going anywhere outside HK this holiday. so.. the resume schedule will  need to be confirmed at a later time.

Beautiful Moments (Part 25) - Changing Young Lives Foundation Centre Opening Ceremony

Today, I was invited by Changing  Young Lives to help them shoot for their Pak Tin Centre’s opening ceremony.  I hope I can share some photos here with you.

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1 year old Birthday Party + Cake Smashing Session

Today, I went to photograph for a 1 year old sweet boy’s birthday party held at the Aberdeen Marina Club.  There was so much to share and I will post this one up soon!!

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Beautiful Moments (Part 24): McDonald birthday party for a group of babies!

Today, I was invited by ACA (again.. yes, they love me haha) to help them take some photos of a birthday party they’ve organized for their Good Parenting Project users. The birthday party took place at McDonald!!!   Tell you frankly, I’ve NEVER been to a McDonald birthday party before.  When I was a kid, I always dream to have a McDonald birthday party.  All those birthday hats, gifts, and meal sets look all very attractive to me.  Since back in those days, having birthday parties was a luxury for kids, I never thought of asking to have one nor been invited to one.  I  can’t believe after xx years now, I am finally invited to one!

The party includes around 12 birthday babies who are born in the month of September to December.  There were more than 20 families whom attended the party and everyone enjoyed the food (which you can order like a buffet, thanks to ACA), the games, the cake cutting, and the chatting and sharing times.  I of course enjoyed the kids!  There were so many smiling faces there!

I finally had my ‘first time’!  I enjoyed it alot!I can’t remember how many years I had my birthday lunch at McDonald (well that WAS my favorite back then and when my mom ask me where to go on my birthday, I would scream “McDonald” with my sister!).   I still remember collecting all of the 漢堡神偷 (Hamburglar) souveniers, as he was my favorite character.    滑嘟嘟 (Grimace) is my second favorite! After my lunch, my mom and dad would let us play at the McDonald playground for a loooong time.

Upcoming package price changes

There will be a price change on my Signature In-Home Session Package and its details starting November 22.  Signature In-Home Sessions will be HK$6080 and would include all unedited high resolutions from the session on CD.  For those who are interested in preserving old package price and package, you may make your purchase with the old price (HK$3380) by placing your order during this ‘transition period’ (i.e.: now til November 22nd, 2009).   This applies for Gift Certificate purchase too, which have 3  years expiration period for redemption.

Macau

Details to be posted soon.

In-home session with a family of 7

More details and photos to be posted soon.

Outdoor session with a 4yo girl!

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Beautifulmoments Project (Part 23): It’s almost Halloween!! BOO!!!

Today, I joined with 突破十九 to do some instant portraits to fund-raise for the under-privilege children via this Halloween Party!  It was real fun!  I will post more details to share with you soon.

In-home session with 10 months old boy

More details to be posted soon.

Outdoor session with a charming boy

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Beautifulmoments Project (Part 22): Family portraits for HKFB members

Today, I was really really excited to have been invited by HKFB to help their members take some family portraits.  This lovely lady Obi contacted me thru Ho-sum.org few months ago as she thought it would be nice to give some family portraits for their members.  As their members are all visually impaired, thus, their children rarely have the chance to take family portraits.  I thought this was a very meaningful idea and I was all up for this!

Obi arranged over 10 dress-ups and costumes for the children to put on for the photo session.  She even arranged a professional makeup artist to help the kids do the hair and makeup.  I shot for 8 hours straight and I was still super hyper and clicking my shutters non-stop till the last session.  I really enjoyed kids from the 4yo-9yo range. They are so full of character and personality. During the session, the kids were so keen to learn photography and wanted to try shooting themselves. I gave them my camera, gave them few quick instructions (such as how to turn the lens to zoom), and they ended up directing the shoot within minutes.  They already observed how I did it, so they just regurgitate what was seen.  They directed the model, told them how to pose, help them fix their dress, told them what expressions to make etc..  It was totally funny and I truly enjoyed looking at them shooting their way.  They looked like mini art directors or fashion stylist to me.   Too bad I didn”t have a second camera with me that day otherwise I would definitely snap the scene and show you.  Frankly speaking, their works rock!   Some of them, you can’t tell the difference whether it was I who shot it or them :P

I hope I can teach them some day!   I always have the idea that it would be so good if I could have a team of photographers who are either all children, all 更生人仕, or all youths, who can go out with me to service the community as a professional team. It would be such a nice concept and I think it would be loads of fun!

I basically shot over 1800 photos today, for 11 families.. around 45 mins photo session each.  Loads and loads to post process!
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Beautifulmoments Project (Part 21): Annual family portraits for the Caritas elderly homes

Today, I went to one of the elderly homes of Caritas at Sheung Wan to take some portraits for the elders and their family.  I will share some photos and thoughts with you soon.

Beautifulmoments Project (Part 20) - Annual Report Shoot for an Orphanage

Well, not exactly an orphanage I guess, it was Mother’s Choice.   A place with many babies waiting for loving parents to take them home permanently, as well as a place with many single pregnant young girls for training, consultations, counciling  and nurturing care.   I had shot for MC 2 years ago for their annual report.  This time, they wanted to have some diversified shots around their hostel and center so that they can use the photos for their annual report.  I must say, I was DEEPLY INSPIRED by their Wee Care center.  Wee Care is a place where there are many cute cute special needs babies, waiting for a home. The room has around 30 babies in a room, with experienced volunteers playing with them and looking after them all day long.  I met a cute cute boy, he was sooo adorable and was a super model in front of the camera, posing and smiling, and playing with his feet in the cradle.  I took dozen of portraits of him!  As these babies are all categorized as children ‘under the government’, I was not allow to post or disclose any photos with their face from the shoot to the public.  I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). It is good to know these babies’ privacy are protected and I am more than happy to abide to their requirement.

Anyway, I really missed the babies there.  While I was in the playroom with around 10 < 1.5 yo babies, they were crawling to me from all directions and were very interested in my camera (not me probably :P ).  But it feels so good that I was surrounded by babies.   I should have been a kindergarten teacher!  The babies there all love taking photos.  I proposed to MC if I could help them do some real real portraits (in dress-up costumes! hee heeh.. ) just for their memories and some fun-time.  Wouldn’t it be nice if their adoptive parents still have some records of their adopted child at different age with some professional baby portraits as memories (despite the fact that they were not there with them during that time)?  I think these children shouldn’t miss out what other children have for their childhood phase, such as, a set studio childhood photos!

If you are a parent or a children lover and  interested  in volunteering for MC, please sign up their online volunteer form.  They need volunteers who could commit regularly.  Or if you like what they do, make some donations :)

Beautifulmoments Project (Part 19) - Capturing smiles for the Physically Handicapped

Today, I had a super wonderful time capturing the smiles for the members of 1st Step Association during their 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner held at the Regal Oriental Hotel.  I setup a portable studio at a corner of their dinner venue and the members and families could just come to the set and take some portraits for some fun time and memories.  What’s different from my past volunteering events was that this time 1st Step had brilliantly arranged facilities to do instant printouts of the photos on the spot!!   I felt so hyper and excited to see a long line up of members, waiting patiently and wheeling excitingly to the set to have their photographs taken.  I had a wonderful time and I’m sure the members did too!  As this is my first time working for the physically handicapped, this opportunity had brought me many inspirations as well.    In roughly 2 hrs, I have took portraits for around 60 members and staffs, some with families, some with their friends.  I sincerely hope they liked their photos.   Well, it was really sweet to have a member came up to me to ask for my autograph on his photo :)))).  Moments like these would fuel me, as it means they liked the photo.

I hope 1st Step can allow me to spend some time  on editing the rest of the good shots so that I can post more prints back to their members to keep for memories.  As they only printed one photo for each member that day, and I took more than 5  good shots each. …. but guess the handling part might be too complicated as this is suppose to be an one-off event.

Double Moon Party at the HKJC Beas River Country Club

More details to be posted soon.

Mid-autumn maternity portraits

Today, I had an excellent in-home maternity session with a 32 weeks first time pregnant mom and her husband.  Shooting maternity session at 32 weeks is a suggested time as the belly size and shape was perfect.  Not too big but big enough to show the beautiful pregnant body curve and form!   I love the work I created today.   Not only due to that my subjects are fun and active, but because I just got two new background paper colours in and new colours always bring me new inspirations! Will post a few up soon.

Beautifulmoments Project (Part 18) - Elders portraits

Today, it’s China 60th Anniversary and it’s a public holiday.  Helping Hand has organized a day camp and dinner for their members and families to go to Cheung Muk Tau Holiday Centre  ( 樟木頭老人度假中心 ) to spend their day.  The elders can freely participate in any activity booths (i.e. : making their own mooncake, lantern workshops etc).  My part was to give them some beautiful family portraits using the mid-autumn festival as theme (we have got many different lanterns as props).  What’s satisfying for my part today is, when I show the elders the photos from the back of my camera’s LCD after the session, many of them said to me with the most grateful voice that they love the photo!  They kept on saying ‘thank you thank you. very beautiful! really very beautiful!’.   They sound as if they haven’t seen themselves looking this beautiful for a long time.   I felt very happy about this.    I hope my final prints will give them another big smile!

In-home session with a 17 months old girl!

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Beautifulmoments Project (Part 17) - Pumpkin Carriage at Studio

More details to be posted soon.

Good Parenting Project sharing meeting

I was invited to take some event snaps for this parents sharing meeting held at the Christian Family Service Centre (CFSC).  It involves many participant families from the Good Parenting Project (GPP) organized by Against Child Abuse (ACA).  And when I arrived, wow!!  Babies everywhere… all < 1 year old. The youngest was only 80 days!   I wish I had my portable studio and proper gears (backdrops + softbox etc..) with me so I could take more formal portraits of these lovely babies and families, as this was the perfect occasion to offer them some quick family portraits to keep.  I guess this opportunity would come again soon as they might host a family camp in December.  Anyway, I took many cute portraits of the events, will share with you soon.

Three 1 year old baby girls’ birthday party!

Many cute babies, home-made birthday cakes, and baby talks everywhere (coz almost all are < 18 months old).  I notice babies can REALLY communicate among themselves. It is amazing to hear them talking.   It was a friendly and cozy party!  and we even did a mini cake smashing session outside.  More photos to share with you soon.

Gorgeous family

I always feel blessed to have really gorgeous families contact me for family shoot…gorgeous meaning beauty inside out.  Nice and friendly people with beautiful face and personality.   Their grandparents came to HK for visit, and the girls will be leaving HK for college very soon so this time is a perfect time for an in-home family portraiture session.   We’ve got tonnes of nice moments captured.  More photos to be posted soon.

7 months old baby girl

I had an in-home session with a 7 months old baby girl today.  Her grandparents came to HK for visit and thought it would be a wonderful time to capture some family moments with her.   During the shoot, her godparents dropped by and joined a few shots too.  It was indeed an exciting and busy day for this baby girl!!  More photos would be posted soon.

Beautifulmoments Project (Part 16) - Pumpkin Carriage

More details to be posted soon.

Beautifulmoments Project (Part 15): BGCA Annual Report Shoot

I was invited by BGCA to help take some shots for their annual report this year.

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More business portraits

This is the 2nd part from the 10th Anniversary Brochure shoot.. just a couple more executives business portraits done at their office.  More photos to be shared with you soon.

A fun family of 4

It was so fun to spend time with these two super cute boys today.  We’ve done some in-home shots plus some shots down at their swimming pool and playground.  More photos to be posted soon.

Quick update

Sorry for not posting for a month… I had been super busy again with shoots and post production.  I will be back on track pretty soon and would share some of the wonderful photos I took by backdating the blog post to where they chronologically belong.  Obviously I am poor at time-management.  >_<

Time really flies and the month of August has just begun!   I am again, taking a look at my 2009 resolution and it seems that my progress didn’t turn out as I intended.  One of my main resolution items is to serve at least 100 families via my Beautifulmoments Project.  7 months passed and I am not even 1/2 way there!!  This makes me feel bad.  If any of you are working at hospitals, elderly homes, NGOs, orphanage, or are social workers whom you think your organization can make use of my volunteering service, please contact me.    My Beautifulmoments project’s aim is to bring smiles and memories through my lens to the community.  If you know any families or clients who would value this little personal gift from me, please contact me for more information.   I just hope to give them some valuable memories on print that would one day bring a smile.  My target are those who otherwise cannot have a set of professional family pictures on their own due to physical conditions, health condition, financial conditions, or just wouldn’t have this thought in the first place on their own but would happily accept if offer such opportunity).  My information is also being posted on Ho-Sum.org’s Do Good Offers (ID: happymoments, DGN200810150911012).

There are so many things I want to do.. so little time.  Instead of prioritizing my to-do list, I actually spend a little time to re-prioritize my life recently!  Thus, please expect some changes coming!  My shift will be towards more community works and limit the quantity of commercial shoots I take.

Commercial Shoot for 10th anniversary brochure

Today, I went to their office to setup a portable studio inside their meeting room and were shooting some shots for their 10th anniversary brochure. More photos to be posted soon.

I just love her! A shoot at Inspiration Lake

This little girl… it is like watching her grow.  I had a session with her when she was around 8 months old…. now she is no longer a baby but a beautiful young lady with the cutest expressions and attractive personality.  Today, is also her first time to try ice-cream.  Milestone captured!  More photos would be posted soon.

8 Bbbbeaautiful girls! A fashion shoot party!

I feel extremely excited throughout the session.  These girls rock!   I mean rock hard!   Shooting them makes me feel younger :P  They are full of energies! More photos would be posted soon.

I could eat him up!

This 7 months old baby boy is soooooooo adorable, with the most innocent looking face!   Would post a few up to show you what i mean.

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