A whole lot of love

Tan Family Portraits by Vania

I believe in family. I believe in its power to wrap us with warmth on a cold day, to cool us off on a scorching hot day, to encourage, to support, to be a place where we can find comfort, to be a safe haven whenever we need it, to be a space where we can be whoever we are and whatever we want to be. I believe that family makes a home. 

Like all relationships, family is never without any conflicts or challenges. Like all relationships that require openness, one needs to be transparent and brave enough to be vulnerable. In doing that we tear down the walls around our hearts and we allow ourselves to be hurt. But, in doing that also, we allow ourselves to grow, to prosper, and to find a home in each others’ hearts. 

Family is home, a place that no matter how rough it may be on the outside, it is always beautiful on the inside because we are certain that we are celebrated and encouraged to flourish there. That is what family means to me.

08 Nov 2015

Lovely Family

Suwandi family portraits by Ave


To be completely honest with you, it’s never easy to take pictures of two or more people, especially when the ones other than the two, are active little toddlers. But to me, that’s where the challenge and the beauty lies. 

Aside from loving newborn or baby photo shoots, I also love toddlers. Somehow that statement always makes moms smirk. They probably think that it’s because I don’t have any of my own yet, or because I don’t spend any more time than I have to with them that I develop some sort of attraction and attachment to these little beings. But I don’t see it that way. I really think that they are the cutest little angels. They are so innocent and pure, without a single negative bone in their bodies. They cannot make things up and everything the do comes from the heart. That’s why I am always caught by surprise and amazed at how they respond to things. Their response is always so unexpected and pleasant to see. And I love having toddlers on my set. 

11 Oct 2015

Rock 'n' Roll Love

Delon & Sharena Family Portraits by Ave

“Everyone has their own versions of happiness. This is ours.”

- Ryan Delon


31 Aug 2015

Where Life Begins and Love Never Ends

Vina family portraits by Adi

I am no expert at family relationships just yet but here’s my two pennies worth. We’re living in such times where the notion of family has changed over the years. Never before have we seen so many marriages fail and consequently we see more children growing up in broken homes than ever before. Never before has it been so culturally unfriendly to be a family raising kids with strong convictions and boundaries. It’s kind of frightening to see that happening in my generation.

No, I am definitely not trying to judge here or lament on our world’s degenerating family state. I am here to point out that we have the power to create a new family legacy, one that’s founded in love. I am truly convinced that transformation begins with us and with our family. I am grateful to have grown up in an environment like the aforementioned, thanks to my parents. When I say family, I am not talking just about husband-wife relationships, but also parent-child, siblings and in laws relationships. I know we’ll always get irritated over the silliest of things caused by our flaws and clash of personalities. If you watch Modern Family, you’d know that given the chance, each member will change at least one thing about their family if they could. But blood is blood and it’s always thicker than water.

I remember growing up the term “family time” has taken a new meaning for us as my brother and I were away overseas most of our teenage years. We’d savor every moment we get to spend with our parents during our holidays; we treasure our times even when they forced uncomfortable conversations out of us over meals. We may not always agree with our parents but the bond we have with them speaks for itself and we’d take a bullet for them. Family for us is  a place where “we do love, we do grace, we do hugs and kisses, we say sorry, we do mistakes, we do fun, we do loud really well”. We won’t always that ideal family we wish for, instead we’ll have the chaotic, crazy, real, unique family we should be grateful for, accept and celebrate. And I am truly thankful for mine.

Whoaa! That was heavy. I don’t think I have ever spent so much time drowning myself in deep thoughts about family relationships before I was asked to write this blog. Anyways, recently we had our family portrait taken by one of the island’s best photographer, Adi. We had such a memorable session and he made it easy for us to be in front of his lens. It's always good when you're comfortable with your photographer. And of course kudos to our very own stylist, Dae for making us look good.
Have a great weekend and enjoy your family time!


31 Mar 2015

Time Flies!

Baby Noelle & Baby Cassandra by Ave

We are nearing the end of March. We are on the third week of the third month in 2015. How did we get here so fast? It’s either we’re having a massive amount of fun that we don’t notice the days go by, or we’re just oblivious to everything that’s happened lately.   We hope that it’s because we’ve been too busy savoring the days that we forget about the time. And we hope that for you too.

One of the things that never fails to give us a wake up call like a punch in the face is to see our clients grow up. We are so fortunate to be invited to witness journeys where time is of the essence. From the time they were still inside their mothers’ bellies, to the week or month they first came into this world, and then to the time they celebrate their first years… we are honored to capture all their moments. In a way, we too have watched our little clients grow. And that always brings such warm feelings into our hearts. 

About a year ago, we had babies Noelle and Cassandra with their parents in our studio, to shoot their newborn portraits. They were two of the cutest, most adorable squishiest little babies I have ever laid eyes on. We had such a special time trying to capture some of their first moments with their Mom and Dad, taking so many pauses just to look at their cheeks and afraid to wake them up sometimes. Then time goes by and we didn’t hear from them until they visited our studio again for another set of portraits. This time they were walking. And babbling. And doing all kinds of big-girl things that made me think, “Wow, where did the time go? What have I been doing with my life?” That day, to me, was some kind of wake up call to consciously live everyday as if it were on purpose. And I hope that I can inspire you to do the same. 

22 Mar 2015


AXIOO Short Movie directed by Jimmy

We cry and we laugh. We fight and we make up. We argue. We share stories. 

I don’t always understand why she does what she does most of the time. I don’t always agree with what she says. In fact, I often let my rebellious streak get the best of me, trying hard to prove to her (and me!) that I am powerful just on my own, that I can take on the world - my way!

I say things I don’t mean. I mean things I don’t say. 

23 Dec 2014

Baby’s First Christmas

Baby Nicolle

Christmas is our favorite time of the year. 

We love it. We simply love it. 

Even when it feels like a hundred degrees out here, at the AXIOO House, we always seem to get that warm and fuzzy feeling that makes us want to pour ourselves a cup of hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows on top. 

14 Dec 2014

Christmas love

Cecilia & little Jose Portraits

Natalie Cole said that “as children we believe the grandest sight to see was something lovely wrapped beneath the tree”. I personally think there is no way to disagree with that. Even as we grow older, as Christmas draws near, we find ourselves trapped in the Christmas rush - finding presents, hosting parties, exchanging gifts, thinking about just how much of our yearly budget can we afford to blow away during the holidays. 


We rarely think of Christmas for what it really is. 

05 Dec 2014

A loving home

Jemmy & Silvi family portraits by Vania

"A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met."

- David A. Bednar


30 Nov 2014

Early Christmas at Baby AXIOO

Dre family portraits by Ave


 “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”


08 Nov 2014
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