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Thursday, November 10, 2016  |  Engagements

A Spring Prewedding: Sarah and Roy

Hello friends! 
I know it has been quite some time since I have updated this space. Not for lack of content, but JSP has gotten so much busier since March when I returned from a year off from work. I'm so SO grateful that you have not forgotten about me here, and that on top of that, there are those of you who have still chosen me to be your photographer to document some of the most special chapters of your lives.  
I have to admit, it feels GREAT to be back in the full swing of things, getting creative with light, love, and your stories again. So these past few months have been wonderful for me as an artist, but also as a mother. Sienna is growing up to be such a fun and happy little girl who makes me and Ju laugh ALL the time, every single day. I adore spending time with her, and growing as a family of 3 together. But this blog post isn't about that... I know you're all here to see photos (my personal life updates can be found on my personal blog at Two Threaded Poppies and its respective instagram account HERE), so photos is what will be shown from here on out in this post :) 
There is just something about spring that I absolutely adore.... the air gets warmer, and the landscape before our eyes starts to transform into a myriad of cascading colours as the trees burst into luscious greens and the flowers (oh my the flowers!!) begin to dress themselves with the most spectacular shades. 
So when Sarah and Roy flew in to my home base in Sydney (our other base is in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!! :D), I was so thrilled when they decided to do their shoot at one of my FAVOURITE estates just out of town, called Summerlees. And it is my favourite for good reason - one, the estate is HUGE. Two, there is a white horse!! Three, the gardens are seriously amazing in every sense of the word. Four - the owner Patty is SO lovely! She gets us tea and cookies while we settle in. Did I mention, A WHITE HORSE! haha :)  
Anyway... I wont babble. I'll leave the talking for my other blog, while I'll let this one have the pictures do all the talking.  
Gown: Vera Wang (white), Celest Thoi (blush) 
Venue: Summerlees 
City: Sydney 
Season: Spring 
Lets start with some of the film rolls I shot that day. I just love these colours... it is almost impossible to replicate the look 100% on digital photos! :)
And now the digital files ;)

Monday, July 4, 2016  |  Engagements

A sunset floral and fields Pre Wedding: Delany and Luke

Hello friends! 
Sorry I wanted to post way more often since the last post a few weeks back, but with a trip to Europe to plan for (i didnt finalise bookings for hotels and ground arrangements til the night before we left - that was how busy it was!), several weddings and pre-weddings to shoot, and also making sure everything was ready for my family to housesit and babysit Sienna while we were away really meant that the past month or so was a little crazy in my corner.  
Now that I am back, and well over the jetlag (no one told me that the older you get, the harder it is to slap your body back into the original routine!), I'm so excited to be able to share this sweet session with you! Shot in one of my favourite play areas in Sydney! And you will see why! The light (when it behaves in Sydney), is so honey-drippingly gorgeous when the sun goes down. Thank you the amazing Chanele Rose Flowers for the so very pretty red-toned blossoms you see below (this lady seriously makes the most AMAZING bouquets!!), and to the beautiful Delany and the very cool Luke who flew all the way from the other side of the country (Perth) to join me on the east coast in Sydney! I love it when couples come to my home town... I truly love showing them our beautiful countryside and the splendour it has to offer. Especially when the leaves are changing colour like in this session. Thank you again Delany and Luke! You were so sweet, and I left thinking if only everyone I met were as nice as you both! Photographing you both didnt feel like work at all! :)  
Enjoy the frames, my friends! Til the next post! :)  
PS: thank you to all my social media friends who gave the above frame so much love online! I swear, I have never received so many comments and likes for a single photo on my instagram before! And to see it featured on so many sites there on after was extremely humbling. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting what I do! xo

Thursday, April 21, 2016  |  Engagements

A Garden Estate Pre-Wedding: Jon and Cynthia

It feels soooooo GOOD to be back in this space. I know I have left it collecting dust for the past 1.5 years, and I'm sorry for that. Life, as a new mother, has been all consuming, amazing, crazy, and wonderful all at the same time for the last 8months, and the 9 months prior to that when I was pregnant.  
The old me only knew one kind of life before my daughter Sienna was born, and I was comfortable.  
I was good at that life.  
Then, when she entered the world, everything kind of felt like I was thrown in the spin dryer for awhile, hanging on for dear life as I was learning the ropes of parenting, and coping with the demands of a little human being. Since then, I have been trying to find my feet and working out what my new 'normal' was in terms of work, scheduling, sleep, time with family, time with friends, time for myself, and so on. I have to say, it has taken a good solid 6-8 months but I feel like I have found a beautiful little balance that I couldn't be more in love with. Life feels full and I am so grateful for everything and everyone who has gotten us to this point (I think I will eventually journal and share with all of you what motherhood in detail has really been like on my other blog at, but for now, I've been kind of DYING to share with you this MASSIVE vault and collection of work that seems to have just grown into some sort of a mountain since I've last posted here.  
So I hope you are ready over the coming weeks and months to have a look at all of it! Because I'm SO excited to show it all to you! :D 
To start, here is a sweet little session in one of my favourite places. I am so honored everytime a couple decides to fly into Sydney to do their engagement sessions (or pre-weddings as some of you like to call it in your part of the world :D) - its quite a trek, and a fair bit of an investment, so I know how precious these shoots are to you who do come from overseas and have me as your photographer :) I hope you enjoy looking through this session as much as I enjoyed shooting it! :) If you have any requests on what you'd like to see me post next, do let me know in the comments below!  
Thank you again for sticking around and for being the most amazing bunch of readers and followers a girl could ask for :)  
Much love,  

Thursday, March 20, 2014  |  Engagements

Charis and Daryll: Sweethearts

I have the absolute fortune of meeting amazing people, with the kindest of hearts all the time with my line of work.... but every now and again.... like once every few years, I meet certain couples that are all that, but also people whom you can honestly just be friends with. You know, people you can easily just sit down and have a coffee with, laugh about silly things, and just be? Charis and Daryll are two such people....Two sweethearts, that I had the incredible honour of crossing paths with, over... get this... INSTAGRAM. The world is so small and funny these days. Just a random comment/like on my instagram feed by Charis, led to me meeting two people who have one of the sweetest love stories, and two people who are not just beautiful on the outside, but more over, gorgeous on the inside - I am sure anyone who knows them will attest to that. When I meet people like Charis and Daryll, it reminds me in big flashing lights why I am a photographer and have chosen to document people's love stories...they are humble, kind, outrageously fun, have huge hearts for other people, adore God, and love each other in the small ways...which, as I believe, are the big ways in a relationship. Thank you both, from the bottom of my hearts for allowing me to cement your love in photos.... I think out of the three of us, I am the lucky one. God has blessed me richly, in our friendship and I cannot be more thankful that we have crossed paths :) I just hope these frames are something small you can look back on as you continue to walk the journey of life hand in hand together, and remember how much you love one another. Keep being a light to those around you - I know God will be using you both in big and beautiful ways to bless those around you :) 
Oh and for those who are wondering if one of the faces is very familiar... you may have already guessed right - Yes, this is THE Charis Ow :) She is a fashion + beauty blogger, an actress, and a really talented singer all in one. Don't take my word for it... Look at her credentials like.... opening up for huge names like Jayesslee, Jason Chen, Clara C, and so on and so forth. But that's not why I adore this little soul....This girl is not just beautiful on the outside, she has the heart the size of mount everest :)  
So, on a day that included, rain, smoky haze, getting stuck in traffic for 45 mins (or more?), getting lost, red ants, garbage filled grass, mud, and an INSANE 38degrees in temps, these photos happened. I know these frames, at their essence, are simple, but I've stated time and time again on facebook, instagram, and when talking to couples in person, that photos that are simplest are always going to be my favourite...Why? Well.....For the sole reason that they remain timeless and untouched by the waves of trends and fads.... which I just LOVE, because it allows just the lovers in the pictures to shine (which is what it's supposed to be like), their love and their story to take centre stage, and it also means you can hang them on your walls for decades and they stay just as beautiful as the day they were taken :)  
ps: I should note that this is NOT a pre-wedding session. It's what I like to term as a 'sweetheart' session instead - who says you need to be engaged or married to celebrate and document your love in photos!! :D

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  |  Engagements

Paris Pre-Wedding: Jadyn and Kevin

There is always something inherently romantic about the city of Paris, no matter if it is raining, sunny, no matter if you are sharing your walk through the streets packed with tourists, or strolling through a market with just a sparse handful of locals amidst you. I'm not sure if it is the cobblestone pathways, the french language that fills the atmosphere along with the smell of freshly baked bread and the violin players that seem to be dotting the many corners of this city... or is it perhaps the local food and wine which so richly coats our palettes with joy whenever we visit the right restaurants. Or maybe it is all of the above. Whatever it is, this city seems to pull lovers from all over the world, and I have to admit, even when Ju and I made our first visit in 2008 when we went for our honeymoon, despite my cynicism for what the real travellers told me was an overrated city, I still loved Paris, and left the lights and sights with very fond memories.  
So you can imagine my delight when Jadyn and Kevin chose Paris as their city, to cement their love story in photos, and I got to be the person behind the camera. It was a rainy kind of day, and a little chilly, despite it being late into spring, but that didn't stop us from visiting some of the sights, walking through the streets, and making some of the below frames :) I can now understand why there are so many pinterest quotes with the statement "Paris is always a good idea" - I think, no matter how cliched it may seem, everyone should visit this place once in their life :)  
Which is why, I'm so excited to be going back to this place (along with London!!) in May this year! If anyone happens to be there then, or wants to join us while we are there, I'd love to hear from you!! :D Oh and....stay tuned for tomorrow's post as I'll be posting some travel photos from this visit then! :D 
The view from montmartre...
Strolling through the laneways of Jardin Du Luxembourg.
Quick change of clothes and a pit stop to warm up with some french hot chocolate drinks at La Creperie :D
And then when the sun went down, we did some quick photos around The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower :) Quintessentially Paris :)

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