When you are ready

Suhandy & Ervine by David

Before you walk down the aisle, be sure you are ready for marriage will bring and to spend the rest of your life with this person. Marriage is a big commitment and I wouldn’t encourage anyone to embark on this incredible journey without first making sure they are mature enough to handle it. Maturity will play a big role in the way individuals respond to trials, tribulations and the successes that life throws at your relationship. Most people too hastily end their single life and get married without realizing that marriage life is hard work. It takes two people who are really ready, confident, have a strong commitment and can love unconditionally through every moment and situation.

I’ve got to be completely honest with you. Sometimes it really saddens me to know that some people just want to get married simply to have a wedding. They get married because they can’t wait to walk down the aisle and into the spotlight for a whole day. They don’t realize that marriage is a one way ticket with no way out. Then, at the earliest signs of hardship or worse, boredom, they end it. They quit. They got out. Simply because “it’s too hard”. I don’t want to be a downer here, but people… marriage is serious stuff. Don’t get married just because you’re getting older or because you’re fed up of being single. Don’t get married because your big extended family keeps on asking you when you’re going to settle down. Instead, get married because you know that you’re ready for what marriage will bring you. 

To be married should be a decision made by two mature people who love and respect each other, who understand the purpose of your marriage. Marriage is not a game, if you lose you can’t try to play again. It's once in a lifetime.

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10 Nov 2016

The Journey of A Thousand Miles

An & Rath by Will

3 days of photo shooting. Another 3 days of pre-wedding video shooting (with Jimmy Indra). And 3 different cities. Altogether, we travelled more than 1000 KM on the road and spent ten days with this lovely Cambodian couple who flew miles and miles away from their hometown to capture their love story against the breathtaking views of Europe in the background.

We started our journey in Venice, Italy, then explored the beautiful (less discovered and quieter) Burano Island before heading to the top of Europe, the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, and we ended the ten-day trip in Paris, the city of love. 

As you can probably imagine, it was a pretty tiring trip. But honestly though, I don’t think that it could have been anymore perfect. Since we spend a lot of time together, there was a lot of potential for us to get to know them, thus making it easier for us to capture their love story. The best part of the trip was in the conversations we shared with them, in between the laughters as they taught me some Cambodian words, and in the memories that we now have of the times we spend together. I sincerely hope that it was as memorable for them as it was for me. 

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02 Nov 2016

Couple Personalities

Wiryawan & Regina by Paulus

So you think you know what kind of person you are. You’re funny. Or sarcastic. Or dramatic.  You are who you say you are. And that never bothered you one bit. But do you know what kind of person you are when you’re with your boyfriend or your husband? And why does it bother you when people say something about your couple personality? 

Sure, everyone wants to be the fairytale couple, the ones who meet in their dreams and have everything all figured out together. Or the comedy couple who share love in between the laughter. But what if you’re not either one of those?  What if you’re the kind of couple who find each other’s presence annoying and you still can’t keep away from each other because you’ll miss each other too much? What if you’re the kind of couple who likes to keep to themselves, just chillaxing over coffee, a good book or maybe a good movie? What if you’re the kind of couple people think are weird? 

Think about it. People’s opinion on your couple personality shouldn’t affect you. It shouldn’t bother you at all, because really, who cares what they think? What matters is that you enjoy each other’s company, you know how to deal with each other’s differences, to minimize conflicts and to overcome them, you know with all your heart that you are each other’s safe place and that you can’t stand to be apart from each other. That’s all that matters. If you know who you are and who you are together, everyone else’s opinions are just noise. The only opinion that matters is your own. 

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01 Nov 2016

Love, City Life.

Edward & Levina by Donny

I love taking pictures of couples in love with a nice Bali atmosphere in the background. The island is full of great photo-op places and beautiful little corners. I don’t think that I’ll ever tire of it (or at least, I hope I never do.) However, I do love the chance to experience taking pictures with different backgrounds too. And so, I almost screamed in excitement when I learned that I’ll be doing the prewedding session of Edward and Levina in Singapore. 

This country has left a big impression on me. Not only do they offer world-class tourist attractions that will keep anyone who visits it busy during their stay, it is also a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities that bond by an obsession of food - from street hawker to Michelin-star restaurant. In other words, you will never leave this city hungry. This vibrant little red dot in Asia bowls everyone over, me especially, by their amazing hospitality, their cleanliness and orderliness. From the cozy, laid back vibes of Bali to the vibrant and dynamic city life in Singapore, I found the change much refreshing. 

I went with Edward and Levina to the iconic Gardens by the Bay. Actually, according to the schedule, we were supposed to be taking pictures there at 7pm. But on the way there, we saw just how beautiful the view was overlooking the Marina Bay Sands, we just had to stop and take some pictures there. Then we rushed to the Gardens, hoping that they weren’t closed yet. We got there at about 20.55 and an Uncle there told us that a light show was about to start. I call that a brush of pure luck because how else could we end up with such beautiful shots with the dancing lights in the background?

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26 Oct 2016

Why I Love You

Steven & Eliza by Jan

You give to me hope and help me to cope

When life pulls me down, you bring me around

You teach me to care and help me to share

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19 Oct 2016

Beautiful Maluku

Charlos & Nana by Dre

There are places that overwhelm me with amazement for God’s work and make me feel small in light of His creation - those are places that brings me closer to nature. Then there are places that make me beam with pride and fill me with gratitude - and those are places that bring me closer to the natural landscapes of my country, Indonesia. 

One of those places is the Maluku islands - the original spice islands, a hidden, almost undiscovered gem, with dreamy beaches, spectacular reefs against a backdrop of lush mountains. Where below there water’s surface lies a world so mesmerizing, decorated with world-class coral gardens and the regular - yet rare to the rest of the world - sightings of resident marine species, including the largest fish on earth known as the whale shark. Yes - the underwater world surrounding the Maluku island is breathtakingly beautiful, but I know that (through my photographer eyes), the white sandy beaches have truly captured my heart. 

Charlos is from Maluku. And so, when he suggested that he and Nana head back to his hometown for their pre-wedding session, I supported them without any hesitation. Because more than knowing that it is a beautiful place, I also know that it is a beautiful place that is somewhat undiscovered and that there is a huge chance that we will be able to shoot series of pictures without the crowds in the background. 

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18 Oct 2016

Love Language

Chaintana & Jamekani by Aha

There are many ways to see whether people are in love with each other. Some will gush about how special the object of his affection is; some will talk about how their lives have changed after meeting this special someone; while others don’t need to say anything or do anything, but simply need to just “be” and people can see the undeniable love they have for each other. 

Chaintana and Jamekani are one of those couples. 

Tana is an ex-boyband member who have left the stage to build his own business. Jame is runner-up of Miss Grand Thailand 2013 with unmatched beauty and a great sense of humor. They are the picture perfect couple. But underneath that beautiful exteriors lie beautiful souls with a great personality to match. Having met this Thai couple in Barcelona for the pre-wedding session was an experience I will never forget, although at first (and I’m going to be really honest here) it was a bit challenging since we didn’t speak a common language and it was hard to communicate with each other. 

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14 Oct 2016

Rest

Winston & Evelyn by Donny

Have you ever sat in a quiet beach? A really quiet one - not one that is often referred to as the “must visit” place, or that is filled with tourists in their fancy beach getups; not one that makes you spend a lot of your holiday money on overpriced coconuts and useless souvenirs that you’ll never look at again after you bought it? 

I’m talking about the secluded beaches… pristine, almost undiscovered, that anyone barely visits. 

After months of living in Bali, I finally sat at a secluded beach recently. Alone. Just me, the beach, and a good book. I brought my phone but I wanted to keep it at arms length that day. 

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12 Oct 2016

You are my home

Frederic & Jessica by Jan

Recently, I travelled and photographed a few couples for their pre-wedding portraits in Paris, the city of love, the most romantic city in the world. A place where starry-eyed lovers stroll hand-in-hand along the River Seine or linger in sidewalk cafes speaking French, the “language of love.” It is a city whose beauty strikes us at every corner, with its elegant architecture, iconic monuments, and the subtle combination of art, history and nature, creating the perfect canvas on which love can be conceived and painted into its own masterpiece. Standing above the Eiffel Tower with its glittering lights illuminating the birth of evening, couples share romantic moments, wedding proposals and honeymoons that create memories that will last for an eternity. As I was there, I was really excited to capture every moment.  

While in Paris, I had to go to different places, taking pictures for some couples and then capturing moment on photographs. When I travel, I know that it’s normal to feel tired, exhausted and missing home. But at that moment, I didn’t feel any of that at all. During that time, I understood that a home is different than a house. A house is a place you live, but a home is more than that: it’s a feeling, a sense of belonging, an overwhelming abundance of happiness. And home isn’t a place, but a person.

My recent visit to Paris seemed to be different than the other journeys I had been on, because this time, I wasn’t alone. I was with someone that I called “home” - my partner, my best friend, my wife; someone who was always with me through the journey of our love and will always be. Whenever I’m with her, it always feels like home. She’s the shoulder where I rest my head, the most secure and comfortable place on earth. I know that I’ll never be a stranger and I’ll never be alone, whenever we’re together. That’s my home. She’s my home.

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11 Oct 2016

What is love?

Edwin & Shierla by Ivan

Sometimes it's the simplest question that can be the most difficult to answer. When you ask people a question about love, they offer so many different perspectives. Everyone has different stories, different journeys, different experiences. What people know about love definitely could be different than other by how they understand and describe it.

How about you? What does love mean to you?

Lately, a four-letter-word itself mostly become miss understanding, even lots of misconception and will ended up in unhealthy relationship. Some say “I love him, I can’t live without him”, but the truth is they may in unhealthy relationship. What is true love? It’s that the example of love? It’s when they say “I love you”, or could there be another definition?

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07 Oct 2016
All the way to the bottom already?