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Portraits: Lavinia

This session technically was not planned. My circle of friends hardly ever get photographed by me unless we are socialising and I want to change that. So when Lavinia reached out to me to go for a screening of “Kati Kati” at South London Gallery, I took this an opportunity to break that cycle. So after we watched the film and made our way home, we stopped off at Westminster area and then walked towards the South Bank area of London to take a few shots.

If there is anything I learnt from this experience, I AM NOT A FAN OF THE COLD. Lavinia, on the other hand, was a trooper, but we didn’t last long. The cold got the better of us.

Anyway, here are some the images I managed to conjure up in between frozen fingers and a very leaky eye.

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Portraits: Khai

You photograph one, then you have to photograph the other.

I have to say though, I think my kids are teaching me a valuable lesson here. Don’t be so quick to judge mummy.

My son was a breeze to photograph (I think it’s an age thing) and at one point, his sister was shouting the same instructions I was when photographing her and if he wasn’t listening, I would get a tap on my shoulder, “Mummy, Khai is not putting his legs down.” Ahhh…I think I have an assistant in the making.

And, when I was chimping, Khai would shout at me to take his picture as he was ready for his next pose. These kids of today, I tell you! 😑

Anyway, here are my eldest best shots from his shoot. I am actually pleased with them seeing as I had just woken up and I was still in my pyjamas when I did these.

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Bonus image of the siblings together

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Am I on to something here? What do you think?

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Portraits: Makena

It is winter here in the U.K. and in London, it just gets cold, wet and windy.

On this day, the sun came out to play, but it was just too chilly to go outside. So, I decided to take advantage of all that light that was streaming into our home and photograph my youngest. This was a good way to kill time before the school run and to also test my levels of patience when it comes to photographing kids. I just have a feeling that when it comes to your own and you don’t do this kind of thing, it becomes a nightmare scenario. Or is it just me?

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All I can say, I am actually happy with the final images despite the challenge of getting a 3-year-old to sit still and listen to posing instructions.

Photographers who deal with kids, you are my new heroes.

The big question here is, if you photograph children, how do you make them listen to you?

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Lumiere London 2018

This is an annual event that happens in January in London. In 2018, the art light installations were up for four nights from the 18 – 21 January and they were switched on from 5.30pm – 10.30pm.

This year, the family and I braved the cold streets of London see the light installations. Looking at the Lumiere London map, I settled for King’s Cross area as it was an area where we could see a few installations and the station wasn’t far. Just incase the little legs of my babies decided enough was enough. We were meant to go to Trafalgar Square, but the cold, cries of “I am hungry” and the crowds just let that plan slide. There is always next year…no?

Here are a few shots I took of the installations and a vlog with more. So, scroll to the end to watch it and ENJOY!

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IFO (Identified Flying Object) by Jacques Rival (France)

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Waterlicht by Daan Roosegaarde (The Netherlands) – this was one of my favourites.

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Entre Les Rangs by Rami Bebawi / KANVA (Canada)

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On our way how, the tunnel to the station had this wall of light. I wasn’t sure if it was part of Lumiere or not. It was cool though!

What fun and exciting things are happening where you are?

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