Thursday, May 21, 2009

Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)

We've been pretty busy this month, with photo shoots of birthdays, weddings, annivesaries, and making trips to and fro to see our loved ones. Travelling time is thinking time. 2000 (over) km of travels = lots of time to reflect. Cut the long story short - Treasure every living moment. Complement, not compete. Stay true. You're probably wondering what these ramblings are all about. It's sunscreen.

Till we're back on earth again to update this space, muse over this. It's been awhile since I heard this. It re-appeared somewhere between here and 2,000km. Click on:- (or alternatively, google "sunscreen song")
Credited to Baz Luhrmann - 1999 UK number one single, released by EMI.
Luhrmann with Nicole Kidman taken by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. Luhrmann directed Moulin Rouge, Strictly Ballroom and Australia (Hugh Jackman & Nicole Kidman). Interesting to note that this Australian director turned an article from Chicago Tribune writer, Mary Schmich into this song.

EVERYBODY'S Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.

The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proven by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, IT'S ONLY WITH YOURSELF.
Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium. Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.
Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Azman & Nasreen - One Special Day

Nasreen & Azman tied the knot just last week (30th April) amidst this very elaborate and elegant settings at the bride's home. The very much in love couple finally became husband and wife at about 6.15pm.
Surrounded by very close friends and relatives, they had all the love they need to go through what some would call a nerve wrecking moment! The script that says it all and changed it all...

Mum's love.
A loving embrace, a moment of relief, an expression of love - it was a cyclone of emotions!Bringing two families together.

The Man and his Wife!
Congrats, you two!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Couple of The Year - Adilah & Rizal!

We voted them the Couple of The Year! They're both so charming, so loving, so cool and sporting! Having been with them for 2 days covering their Akad Nikah and Persandingan, we were amazed at how calm and collected they were, despite the hectic preparation for their big day. Rizal and family, were amazingly punctual (and we mean right on the dot kind of punctuality!) at both events, and everything went on so smoothly, Alhamdullilah. We had so much fun taking their pictures!

Even after about 6 hours of shooting, we were so charged up when we left for another wedding shoot that same day itself. We just had to tell them that they are, to us, indeed the couple of the year! Dr Rizal and Mum!

Thank you, both, and your families (incl all the aunties!)

Jun & Danial

It's been a very hectic past few weeks for us here! Nevertheless, after some 72 hours of sleep (!!@#!), we'll going to post some of the images taken from weddings, engagements, birthdays, etc etc from April to early May. Start off with Jun's engagement photos. Jun's a bubbly and sweet girl - anyone who meets her will surely be affected by her infectious smile and loving character. She's not seen our work, but we met at her cousin's wedding and since then, she's been wanting us to cover her engagement. We're so humbled by that, and glad we were there to see her and Danial (very shy young man) get engaged in a simple, yet elegant ceremony.

In a family dominated by ladies, Danial's gonna be the centre of attention alright! Congrats you two - and we wish you every happiness as you plan for your wedding next year!