Reza & Lianny by David, Written by Kinsky

I met Lianny way back when we were just snotty little girls in Junior High School. She and I were always last to leave the school, not because we were the studious types, but because we were too caught up with basketball practice. Lianny may be small in size, but she is still the best playmaker I have met to date. Because of basketball practice, Lianny and I became really good friends. There were four of us in our exclusive little clique (or at least that is how we refer to ourselves). The four of us were inseparable, we hung out together, went everywhere together, until one by one the four of us became separated by distance during college years. We maintained contact, keep really close in touch, and we were always there for each other when one by one, each of us found our soulmates and got married. Lianny was the last one left. And so you can imagine the excitement we all felt when we received a message from her last year that she was getting married to her boyfriend of seven years! Finally!

Lianny and I have been through a lot together and we've always been there for each other through the thick and thin. I've also seen her in her past relationships, and it really doesn't take a genius to know that Reza is the perfect match for her! Although I rarely meet Reza, it is so easy to notice that he is head over heels in love with her and treats her like the Princess of his heart, just as she deserves.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that "many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." And that is how Lianny is to me. Distance will always stand in between us, but our hearts will always be intertwined by history. So, please allow me to once again congratulate the happy couple on their new journey in life. In one way, it's like letting go of a girlfriend into the big and scary new world... but on another, it's like welcoming her into a world that I have come to love over the past year. Welcome to the club, nek!

Much love,


27 Jul 2012

Romantic in Dubai

Owen & Evelyn by Dre

Guys, I’m sure that at one point of your life, you found a friend who has a really cute sister and you wondered what it would be like to date her. Well, in the case of Owen, he doesn’t have to wonder. In fact, he will be marrying his friend’s sister this weekend. So congratulations in advance to the happy couple!

Today I’d like to share with you some of the pictures we took of them during their pre-wedding photo shoot in Dubai. Yes, Dubai! It’s an exciting city, amazingly photogenic, and absolutely gorgeous from all angles. I was surprised when Owen and Evelyne chose Dubai for their destination version of “some place different and unique” and I was excited because I’ve never been there. It turns out that it was the first time for both Owen and Evelyn as well. We had a lot of fun visiting the usual tourist spots and shooting there. We were there during the summer time and the beauty of the city, its erratic mix of old and new, and its friendly and hospitable people successfully captured our attention to not give into the scorching heat of approximately 40 C degrees. It was hot!

The highlight of the trip has got to be the nerve-wrecking hummer ride to the dessert. We all had more than our share of adrenaline, a little too much for me. But for Owen and Evelyn, it was probably nothing compared to the adrenaline they are about to feel this weekend when they finally tie the knot! Adrenaline in a good way. In an over-the-moon, winning-the-world-series kind of thing. And I wish you both all the happiness in the world. Congratulations again!

25 Jul 2012

Oriental Elegance

Adrian & Viallyn by David

There is something in Viallyn that makes capturing her so addictive. She exudes sophistication and elegance effortlessly, as if every move is telling a story, making every expression a perfect moment.

We put a lot of concept choices on the table and attempted at several different ideas but clearly, classic and oriental is what suits these two elegant people most. Her dresses were graceful, her smile was exquisite, and all the while we were capturing the moments, Adrian looked at his wife-to-be with a look still unbelieving that this beautiful woman will be spending the rest of her life with him.

We were on a roll, shooting for these two. I simply couldn’t get enough! There was a moment where Viallyn almost fainted because we were having doing so much that she skipped lunch (big oops on my part!) but after a bottle of TehBotol and Pocari Sweat, we were back to capturing healthy doses of romance once again.

I love how these images turn out, and I hope Adrian and Viallyn enjoy these too! All were shot in Gedung Arsip, Jakarta. That makes me even more convinced that we don’t have to go far to get great shots because sometimes the best places are hidden in our own little city!



21 Jul 2012

Our own little Island

Christian & Melvina by Ivan

If you have been married for over year, you would know what I mean when I say that marriage is kind of like living on your own little island. When I left my family to be united with the woman I love, it kind of felt like we just sailed off into the vast ocean in search for a place to call our own, where we could build a home and started our own little clan. Sometimes being on the island is filled with worry, wondering if anyone would come and rescue us when the waves come rolling in, only to learn soon enough that the island is a peaceful and quiet shelter from the restless tides. But on the brighter days when the sun is shining strongly in the clear blue skies, the island is a relaxing haven away from the stresses of daily life, where we can explore the adventures that are waiting to be discovered. The island can be whatever we want it to be, as long as we work hard to make it the nice place it is intended to be. That way, my wife and I never felt like castaways even though we have been adrift for so long. We have actually found ourselves a home.

Alright! That’s enough figuratively speaking for one day. Moving on to Christian and Melvina… this is a shoot that I absolutely loved! I love the concept, I love the colours, I love the place and I love this couple! Shooting two people in love is a wonderful experience… but shooting for two people in love in a beautiful place? That experience was nothing short of awesome! Christian and Melvina are two beach lovers with the heart for the ocean and to capture their love under the clear blue sky in the midst of the vast ocean is what simply perfect looks like!

Congratulations Christian and Melvina! Here’s to a peaceful life on your own little island called marriage!



Location: Kepulauan Maratua, Kab. Berau, Kalimantan Timur.

18 Jul 2012

Aurelia & Robert in SF

We've been wanting to post a few more couples we shot during our last US trip. Here comes the first part of Aurelia & Robert portraits in San Francisco...We're excited to shoot them again in Chicago this coming end of May. But for now, enjoy our first installment of their pre-wedding portraits.

30 Mar 2009

Viva Las Vegas - Cecilia & Felix

I hope the preview of our Vegas shooting trip brings you back for more action. For the Vegas night scene, we found the Downtown Vegas, the older part of the town to be a lot more interesting to shoot..compared to the popular Las Vegas Boulevard aka The Strip. Rich neon lights calling our attention at every turn, the challenge is finding what to shoot, coz there's just way too many good ones.

28 Feb 2009

LA LA Land

Here's a little bit about Jeyson & Laurie, they've been in love for quite some time now before finally decided to be with each other forever. So last summer, we head up to LA for some portraits. The concept of the shoot revolves around their everyday life, keeping it real yet capturing love. We really enjoyed shooting them, they just look so good together ;) 

28 Dec 2008
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