DIY maternity photos at home

Throughout my pregnancy, I had toyed with the idea of getting some maternity photos done. Partly for fun (I was itching to plan/ be involved in a shoot again) and partly for memory’s sake.

When the third trimester rolled around however, water retention and general tiredness just seemed to take over. The thought of frolicking in a field while sweating buckets really didn’t appeal to me. What’s more, purchasing all our baby necessities also increased our expenditure greatly and paying for maternity photos just seemed to take the backseat in terms of priority.

So what better to do than to do it yourself! We aren’t too picky and like things being simple, so random photos at home suited us just fine.

p/s I’ll be sharing some tips at the end of this post!

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Looking back at our honeymoon

This past weekend, we finally moved back to our new home! We’re 31 weeks today so that gives us just a bit of time to do up our home and nursery before the little one arrives.

Things have moved fast but as one of my husband’s favorite quotes by Helen Keller goes: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”.

I was looking through some of photos of our belated honeymoon to Perth and couldn’t help but place it on this beautiful blue sky. (I was tempted to write on it instead but both my wrists are currently injured…)

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This was taken at Rottnest Island. We went at a time where all the flies were coming out in full force and for some reason, Dan’s face seemed to attract a ton of them. And so we walked around the island like crazy people with clothing wrapped around our faces:

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Our pre-wedding shoot

Many pre-wedding shoots have brides decked out in their wedding gowns and romantic poses. While those are beautiful too, Dan and I felt we would have been way too awkward (and sweaty) posing in really formal wear for shots.

Furthermore, we had it such that he would only see me in the gown at the church walking down the altar, so a shoot in the gown would have been a no-go anyway.

We had toyed with the idea of not doing a pre-wedding shoot, but when my friend Rayern showed me Andrew Phua’s portfolio from andrewphuaphotos, we knew we had to have his photos for keeps!

pre-wedding photos by andrew phua | micheleng.com

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Inspirational infrared photography

With all the cool prints going down the runway, here’s a closer look at one of my favorite photography styles which I wish they’d print more on clothing. Infrared photography!

Using digital cameras that are sensitive to infrared light, a visible-light blocking filter and photoshop, many photographers have produced so many breathtaking images!

The end result is always so surreal and inspirational. Here’s some examples of beautiful infrared images to start off the week :)

tropical garden infrared photography by michilauke

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What else can you do with crepe flowers?

There have been many beautiful photos online of crepe flowers being used as event decorations. But after the party is over, it’d be a waste to toss them aside or store them till who knows when.

Here’s one idea: take photos and turn them into gorgeous cards or canvas prints! As examples, here are some of the photos and card prints I’ve made this week:

beautiful crepe flower cards set of four

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