M’s going to be the best big brother…

I’m so happy for my friends and their upcoming baby, they’re going to have so much fun as a family of four.   For this awesome maternity shoot, we met up at their home and headed off to a provincial park that’s was right around the corner from them.   For the life of me I couldn’t remember the park’s name but this place was amazing… had animals and ton of open space, felt like we had our own private zoo to ourselves.    J (the mom) looks amazing and of course the Dad too =)  Their son is so full of energy and so much fun to take pics of.  Their newest addition is going to love have him as a big brother and of course vice versa.

I’m really thankful for this family’s support as over the years from doing shoots for them to doing some amazing shoots for their family and friends.  I’m super thankful for J’s friendship… for whatever reason, she’s been one of my first go to in telling our kids crazy birth stories – so I appreciate the big ears.  I want to wish you both a smooth, easy, fast birth and I can’t wait to meet the little baby.

Leon

 

 
MORE [x] CLOSE
1/27
View Thumbnails Previous Image Next Image

My Growing Family

I haven’t been blogging often with Leon …couple of reasons….busy with a 21 month old, work, and being pregnant. Now the world is going to be even crazier when this little guy is born so before his arrival I am taking a quick chance to put down some thoughts.  Really it is a blog about all the things I am thankful for.

First off,  I have to thank God for the gift of our daughter and everything she has taught us over the last 21 months.  Now I have to thank God again because I never thought I was going to be given the gift of two children.  I won’t lie but I am a little more scared the second time around.  Scared of whether I will be able to raise a boy since I have always been surrounded by women in my life, scared of how I make sure that neither of my children feel favoured or left out at the same time, scared of how I can be a good mother, a good wife, and a career woman all at once, scared of how my decisions impact those around me.    This I guess is what they call parenthood.

I am super thankful for Leon who has been the backbone to this family during this crazy time.  He is my superman and super dad when I am a nervous wreck.  He deals with my emotions whether they are up or down and supports all of us through it all.   We still fight, we still battle it out, but at the end of the day I am thankful that we do because it only means that we are willing to challenge each other and care enough to make it work. Raising a family isn’t easy, keeping a marriage together is even harder, and remembering how lucky we are to just be alive is the reality of life.    We both remind each other of that and I am lucky to have a partner in life that is my best friend, my husband, and a father who is truly hands on.  I can’t really ask for more.

It takes a village to raise a child and I can’t finish this blog without mentioning one more important person in this family unit.  My mom.   She is in HK right now at a reunion of sorts ( wish I was there but for some reason being 36 weeks pregnant they don’t recommend flying :p ).   She has been the reason why I have been able to do all the things that I have accomplished in life and in recent months.   She is the reason why Alexis feels loved from all sides and why Leon and I have a great relationship.  From the day I was born she has been my guardian and she continues to be.  I can only hope that I can take care of her half as well as she has taken care of me over the years.

And with that I am anxiously waiting for little boy’s arrival.   His room is almost done, I have two more weeks before I am off work, and I am so excited for my daughter to have a built in friend for life.   I know that just because they are siblings they are not guaranteed best friends but I hope they growing up knowing they have one another.  Maybe it is my wishful thinking since I was raised as an only child and always saw how all my friends had these enviable relationships with their siblings.

So to my child who is joining this family in less than a month.   Mommy is excited for you to join us and she wants to remind you that as lucky as we are to have you join us.  You are a lucky child because you have a family that will love you more than life itself.   As the theme in our household goes…”All you need is love”
MORE [x] CLOSE
1/21
View Thumbnails Previous Image Next Image

She’s going to be a big sister! Maternity & Family Shoot

I miss these guys a lot. Ironically enough, a few weeks before this shoot, we ran into each other at Whittamore farms during the pumpkin patch time, which was a nice surprise… as we got to intro our toddlers to each other.

Their daughter L is just so, so adorable.. and it’s not even because I have a daughter around the same age and related to the adorableness.. she’s just so sweet. We totally lucked out with the weather for a late November shoot.. which gave us a chance to head outside to do these pics.   We did our best to get in a few family portraits looking at the camera and what totally helped was a family walking their golden lab who helped get little L’s attention as I snapped away.

E&N, miss you guys and thanks so much for setting this shoot up. Not sure if baby number 2 is here yet, but wishing  you both a smooth and healthy delivery – congrats again.  When things settle in.. lets do our long awaited dim sum =)
MORE [x] CLOSE
1/21
View Thumbnails Previous Image Next Image

Sidney & Dat’s Maternity Session

It was great that we got to use Sidney and Dat’s beautiful home as the location to capture this special life stage.  It’s comfortable and I got a chance to see all the great effort that went into their baby’s nursery room.   Speaking of nursery room… you might notice in some pics I specifically blurred out the baby’s name or any hint of it.. as they want to make the announcement when the baby arrives.  What I can say is ironically enough, the chosen name is one that we narrowed down as a top 3 fave for our baby.

I met Sidney and Dat for the first time on the day of their shoot and have to say that Sidney looked amazing.  Totally glowing and you wouldn’t have known  she was carrying if you didn’t look at her belly.  We used various spot in their house and headed out quickly to capture some fall colours.

I’m not sure if the baby is here yet but I want to wish them a healthy, smooth labour if not.  Thanks so much again guys for having me capture this sweet life stage.  Here are a few pics from the session.

 

Your Friend, Leon Chai
MORE [x] CLOSE
1/21
View Thumbnails Previous Image Next Image

Amanda, Roddy and Noodle + baby bump. Maternity Shoot

I literally cheered out loud when we read that our friends Amanda & Roddy were expecting!   Fast forward 6+ months and I’m stoked to be able to capture this family / maternity shoot for them.  This whole shoot was a win-win scenario..  aside form the shoot itself … we got to do brunch afterwards and spend some quality time.  Gi and Alexis also came down with me,  which was nice.  So when we began our shoot, Gi was strolling around Liberty Village trying to get our daughter to nap.

Aside from capturing pics of Amanda and her baby bump (she looks wicked btw) a good part of this  shoot as you’ll see involved Noodle (as he’s the first baby in the fam).  We did a bunch of portraits and made sure that we got Noodle in pics with the future baby.

Congrats again guys and sorry I wasn’t able to make the shower.   Thank you for this session and thanks for the delicious popcorn… when I saw that in Gi’s car on  Sunday… it was like a life saver to my starving stomach =) Can’t wait to meet the little one.

Your Friend, Leon Chai

 
MORE [x] CLOSE
1/20
View Thumbnails Previous Image Next Image

My heart sings with joy.

There are so many emotions that run through me as I write and post this blog today. I feel so blessed, humbled, scared and so in love all at the same time.

Where do I begin? Gi and I got married 5 years ago as of this Saturday and like all my friends that are married, the question we often hear is “when will we see a little one?” I had this humorous response which I told everyone “ July 10th, 2010 @ 3:00pm .” As much as that was meant to be a joke, after a year of that response, we figured when July 10th 2010 came around – what the heck… lets do it =) So to give you guys some insight, our journey began 4 years ago in wanting to start our family. I won’t lie and say that it hasn’t been tough times for us these past 4 years. However, what I really want to focus on before I dedicate this entry to my beautiful Gi, is how thankful we are. From all the support, the love and generosity that came in so many ways, we’re humbled and blessed.

So for all my long time followers and people that know us well, Chicago has always been a spot that’s special to us. Ironically we didn’t initially plan this trip to be Chicago as Boston was the original plan but because of the Marathon, we thought it would be too crazy to head there. So just like life plans change, we ended up in Chicago, which was perfect. 6 years ago, when I proposed to Gi in Chicago, we took some pics here and 6 years later I’m excited to show these pics of my beautiful wife I shot.

Dear Gi, I dedicate this entry to you. I really owe it to you for keeping us strong and sane throughout this journey. What we walk out of all of this with is not only a beautiful baby but also the knowledge that we can get through anything together. You continue to keep my soul calm and make me better person each day. I love you and I thank God everyday that I have you in my life. As much as I can’t wait to meet our sweet pea, I can’t wait for her to meet her amazing mummy. Happy upcoming 5 years gorgeous.

Love, Leon // aka Dad 2B.
MORE [x] CLOSE
1/28
View Thumbnails Previous Image Next Image