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Aqiqah – Nuh

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When Maz informed me that she wanted photos of her baby, Nuh and her during the aqiqah, I was excited. I almost brought over a basket to use as prop but thank god I didn’t as the baby was a healthy 9-kg (seriously) 6 month old baby.  I arrived about an hour before the event so that I could snap some shot of Nuh sleeping. Nuh was indeed sleeping on the bed and face down. He was positioned somewhat rather towards the corner of the wall. There were some funny moments when I tried my best to squeeze in between the only availbale space between Nuh and the wall and attempted shots while lying down sideways. Lol.

Nuh was such a good boy. When he woke up, he did not cry nor make a sound. Yet flap his hands and kick his legs as if to announce, “I’m awake mummy!”. And boy… does he kick a lot. For 9-kg, his kick was pretty strong too. Dressed in his baju melayu I continued to take shots of him as mummy entertained him with his toys. In the mean time, the Aqiqah ceremony had began in the living room but me, Maz and Nuh stayed in the room till it was time for Nuh to be introduced to the guest by the father. Think of it as a cotillion for little babies.

About few hours later, we returned to the room to feed Nuh – he was turning all red and angry – ie signal for food please! Maz placed him in this cute baby chair made out of rubber (sorry, I have no idea what’s its called but you’ll see it in the pictures) and started feeding him. While feeding him, came the elder cousins into the room. One 8-year-old boy started asking questions..

B: Why is Nuh so fat?
Maz: Nuh is just baby. All babies are like this.
B: No. I wasn’t this fat when I was small.
(LOL!)
B: Is he circumsized yet? If not, he will be when he turns 8.
Maz: So why at 8? Why not 3 or 5?
B:  Because when you’re 8. You are more naughty and thus you will feel more pain. (then he continues to describe the experience). First you giggle giggle…and then…and then… OW!

*rolls on the floor laughing*

Kids are so smart these days.

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Ara Music Fest 2 / KL Bike Rally 2009

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With the number of gigs I’m attending, I’m hitting with a few backlogs of pictures to be selected and edited. I still have pictures from Laundry session from last Thursday and the Thursday before that but I guess that can wait. For this gig, we return to the same venue where Search held its concert which is the Bukit Kiara Equestrian resort. (With the number of events held at the polo field, it will only be a matter of time before the members at the Bukit Kiara club strike back. I mean, the noise pollution and garbage from the events are just not good for the horses. I’ve stopped horse riding for 10 years but if I was spending RM20,000 per month on maintaining my horses, I would want it to be top-notch service, no?) Anyway. Side rant.

This gig was held as part of the Kuala Lumpur Bike Rally 2009 where (I assume) bikers from around the ASEAN countries (I remembered there was an Australian team – if I’m not mistaken) gather around to… err..parade their bikes? Anyway, I’m not much a fan of bikes even though dad did had one when I was growing up. I think it was a Gold Wing and Ducati. Ah good times. Anyway. The stream of bikes came in some time around 9pm when the rain halted. It’s been raining every afternoon in KL and for this day it was no exception. The rain began pouring at 5pm and thankfully stopped in time before the Indie bands started their show.

First impression of the stage: lighting was much much better than the Search concert. Sounded better too but according to the Pesawat boys, the monitors were a bit on the low side. There were two screens on each side of the stage where a video of bike rallies from other countries (most likely the States) were on replay. Here comes rant number two. So Beyonce was not allowed to perform 2 years back because she wore sexy clothes and it was derogatory to the Muslim image of the country. But here, in full view (or should I say sebesar alam), girls were clad in skimpy bikinis or butt-cut-out pants parading their assets on the video. I kid you not, the videos were very distracting.

Turn out was pretty small. Again, obviously due to the rain but it slowly picked up towards the end of the night. When me and the boys first arrived, I swore the ratio of photographers (i.e. those with a dSLR) was 5 to 1. *chuckles* There were no barriers set up in front of the stage so that made easier access for the photographers to get up-close to the performers. A good thing I guess if you have the crowd under control – which was not really a problem if the crowd is small. My intention was just to shoot Pesawat but I can’t help get hyped up by the energy of Incarnation – head-banging music almost always produce good photos.

Here ya go peeps!

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Dara Fashion Showcase at Aristo, Zouk

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Coming from a studio background, I have to admit that I was nervous about shooting events. Funny, you’d expect that with 4 years of experience (wow. Its been 4 years!), I’d have this as my fingertips but the lack of exposure to events or weddings is certainly a drawback.

Last Friday I was entrusted by a friend who own’s Dara boutique to shoot their fashion showcase at Aristo, Zouk. For those who are not familiar, Zouk is popular night club in Kuala Lumpur which consist of various sections for the different types of music. For this particular event, it is hosted in elegant setting of Aristo (think chandeliars and big sofas).  As I’ve been to a fashion show held here before, I knew that lighting will be a major problem in the club. Not only that, as there isn’t a proper stage, models will just be strutting among the crowd – and with it being Friday night, you can expect the place to be packed. Oh and did I mention the ceilings were black too – horror setting for a photographer.

Nonetheless I arrived early and was greeted by the sight of three models getting their hair and make-up done by three different make-up artist … and get this, they were getting ready in a corner of Zouk’s admin offices. I also met another photographer there who were under the MUA team but can’t recall his name (sorry! My business cards aren’t ready either. Bah). Whipped out my camera and started shooting the makeup process for quite a bit. Wait, make that for quite a while. See I was there from 8.30pm. The event started at midnight. Though…in between I did make some time to get some shots with the lovely hostess, my dear friend Melati.

Let’s fast forward a bit towards 45 minutes before the show. I had instructed Mado to set up a brolly at a corner of a wall – my plan is to have individual shots of the girls in their attire. Girl number 1 came up – then bam, I started to feel the pressure. I was so used to my 50mm that shooting on Mado’s 17-35mm 2.8 was tricky. Tricky in the sense that I had to find the balance so that the models would not look distorted. At that point I knew why most photographers either use a 70-200 for their full body (and shoot from a far) or an 85mm 1.8. I would choose the latter as I find prime lens to be really sharp. I did my best to get a few full-body shots before moving up to a much closer/tighter crop of the models. I repeated the process for all the girls – 8 in total.

Midnight. Showtime. I tucked myself between a table and round sofa somewhere inside Aristo which gave me straight view of the first part of the walk – imagine the girls walking on a straight line, through the crowd, which are standing on both left and right. I pitied the guy who was sitting next to me – my flash was bouncing off him the entire time. Nonetheless, lighting was bad as I’ve mentioned, and most of the shots were lighted up sideways. I wonder if in these cases a Canon 5D MII pushed up to ISO 6400 and without a flash would help. Probably. Adding to the pressure of the lack of proper lighting, the girls were walking extremely fast. No wait. Let me rephrase that, they posed way too quickly. I don’t blame them though; all except one were actual models; the rest were friends of the boutique owner.

Right after the first round of walk, I quickly went backstage and informed the girls to take their time and posed. The girls took heed and the second walk was way better. We completed the night by taking a few group shots and a few more individual shots of the girls. Oh, I should thank Nik Azwaa who came by to take some shots of the crowd at Zouk while I had my hands full with the girls. It was a hugeeeee help for me.  Of course, not forgetting Mado – who took my instructions without (much) complain even though I wasn’t paying him for assisting me. Hehe. I love you guys!

By the time me and the boys wrapped up, it was almost 2 am. I had been standing for most of the time since 8.30pm. Hello back pains! :)

Below are some of my favorite shots which are still heavily leaning towards portraitures. Still so much to learn! Thank you Adrina & Shareena for the enlightening experience! Hope to work with you girls again in the future! :)

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