this session will most likely stayed on me for a while ...
Jeffery and Melissa booked an engagement photoshoot with me, and everything was pretty much set on a friday evening photo session.
given GA weather is pretty unpredictable, it rained on and off while we were at location.
Stopping for rain was not fun as light was diminishing right before my eyes!
towards the end, the golden hour was gone and i have to be creative with some shots. the bad part was i didn't get to the other location that we had previously discussed. so i proposed to Melissa that we do the second part of the photoshoot the very next morning by a river.
i got to the second location early to check the place out. noticed fast rapid water - okay... not going in to the water today...
okay... can't go to the flat rock surfaces as it wasn't visible at all due to the heavy rain we had.
Melissa called, said they were delayed because of traffic hiccup so they were forced to make a detour.
no problememo ...
by the time Jeffery and Melissa arrived, it was getting a little humid, both Jeffery and I were both sweating beads hahah.
GA weather - pretty much like Singapore's haha - hot and humid.
about 45 mins into photographing time, we took quite a lot of pictures ( i promised them an hour tops as they were also trying to get to another location for a special wedding "thingy" - i don't want to let the cat out of the bag just yet! ) and as i was posing them on a nearby bench facing the river...i noticed 2 men in the river. being my goofy self, i yelled, "hi...!!!!!!!" and waved ...
then i noticed that it was strange that both men were in the river outside their kayaks...i mean shouldn't they be IN the kayaks??
within split seconds, i realised their kayaks were capsized and they were hanging on to their dear lives struggling in fast rapid waters with one remaining kayak!
we had to stop our session immediately and Jeffery had to call 911 for help!
we were all so worried, especially Melissa, she was in tears!
we screamed to the 2 men, "hang on! 911 is on the way!".
we prayed and ask God to save these men!
fire truck came, police came. the rescuers were pretty deft and went straight for the rescue.
then we heard the policeman said those precious words, "yup! they are SAVED!".
OH! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! our hearts were extremely relieved to hear that both men were saved!
i kept thinking... God has a purpose for everything!
had the weather been nice the night before, we would have kept on with the photoshoot, i may have finish my session and went home happy.
BUT... God has other plans...
i am so thankful that we were there by the river ... at the right place, at the right time.
i was there to deliver my service to Jeffery and Melissa - to celebrate their love.
but i believed God had given all three of us a straight view of His miraculous love through this event.
The Lord your God is in your midst, a MIGHTY ONE who will save...
yes, He saves!!!
here's a gallery on some images of Jeffery and Melissa, and some on our eventful day!
followed by their wedding plans!
1. How did you two meet Jeffery and Melissa?
we met unexpectedly...
2. How did Jeffery proposed?
He put my engagement ring on our dog's collar and brought him over and proposed to me!
3. Tell me what you're most excited about for your upcoming wedding!
I am most excited about the ceremony. We are getting married on Rosh Hashanah and I'm really excited to see how everything will turn out that we are implementing.
4. Where are you getting married?
We are getting married at Porter Memorial Gymnasium in Porterdale, Ga.
5. Where is the reception?
Reception is in same place as ceremony.
6. Who is catering the wedding?
Jack's BBQ Shack in Covington is catering.
7. Who is the DJ?
Spotify is the DJ !!!
8. What did you each wear to your engagement session?
I wore 2 different dresses to our first session and a nice shirt and blue jeans to the second. Jeffrey wore nice dress shirts and blue jeans to both. We both wore our wedding boots to the sessions.
9. What kind of look were you going for?
We were going for a romantic country kinda look.
10. Do you have any tips or advice for other couples about to have engagement photos taken?
Relax and be comfortable.
11. How was your overall session experience?
Overall experience was great. Very exciting!
with Melissa's permission, here's a sneak peek for Jeffery ...
my second year with PWTP!
i learnt that it was their 9th year making this event possible for the boys and young men.
GA summer had been weird for me this year because all the years that i've been living here, it has always been hot and dry; but this year we are having rain on most days.
but the rain or liquid sunshine as they called it - didn't stop these big brothers from coming together and make it possible for these boys to come and learn some football techniques.
the training session was fun, the boys enjoyed it and towards the end of the training session, the boys learnt some positive coaching on life from these big brothers.
it is always good and a blessing for me to see these professional footballers giving back to the community and help educating the next generation with their positive message.
i love nature
but the humid weather doesn't necessarily agrees with me hahah
i sweat so much that it gathers around my eyebrows and drips into my eyes, and i can't focus in my view finder!
oh well...perhaps the 80s head band will come back in fashion much like everything else such as chanel fanny pack?
put up a hummingbird feeder in hopes of catching a glimpse of those wonderful beautiful birds. i saw my neighbour had one and i thought perhaps i'll put one up too and see if the bird comes visit?
bam! one came! right after i put it up! i am so excited!
i timed its visit to the feeder so i can catch a glimpse. my efforts wasn't wasted, yay!
some macro at a butterfly farm last week that i went with DeAnn and oh some fairies having a garden tea party...
another year of clickin' walk!
this was my second year on the walk with a group of talented ladies from around GA.
unless i'm around with people that i'm familiar with; otherwise i'm relatively a quiet person.
some people said photography is a hobby best practiced in solitude, which i felt that was why photography is best suited for my personality.
so going on a walk and communicating with others sometimes intimidates me...
but once the walk started, we either stayed in groups or we went on our individual trail to explore.
having an inquisitive mind and being a forever student at heart helped me a lot; going on a photowalk such as this helped broke my own fear of being an introvert.
started my journey with mostly nature and macro, but street photography captures my heart.
the thought of capturing a frame in split second and immortalises in time fascinates me.
hence i love my street photowalks anytime.
well, this year's walk was a blessing to me as it was pretty interesting!
met a group of beautiful talented ladies and a BIG THANK YOU to the leaders for picking an interesting location for us to explore. i enjoyed meeting all of you!
where did time go?
i've known this young lady for some years
she's the most jovial girl i've came across and has a heart of gold
can't believe she's graduating soon and embarking on a journey of adventures
she's beautiful, bold and courageous
and there's nothing to stop her from having a great, wonderful life
young lady, keep smiling, keep being awesome
and all the very best in your future endeavours Gabby!
it has been a nice winter, decent weather...
not too cold...kinda wished we had a colder weather and not all warmth all too quickly
but i give thanks for nice weather.
took a fun trip to old car city in feb with my tog club...
a place where many photographers took time to travel to.
hiked through the land where hundreds of classic cars came to spend its declining days in this junkyard.
as i approached each passing car and try to look for an angle to take its photo...i did entertained in my mind
who drove that car and where had they travelled ...hmmm
our tog club lost a precious member too soon.
she was an amazing lady with a lot of grace and kindness, her images often depicted her sense of serenity and beauty.
our little group had chatted before her untimely passing that we would go for some photoshoot at various places when i get back from my NE trip ... awww we chatted with such enthusiasm...
Oakland cemetery and Gibbs Garden were suggested.
we sure missed you walking around with us on both field trips, Cynthia... and you're forever be fondly remembered in our hearts.
was invited to take photos at the practicing with the pro camp this afternoon...
it was an encouraging event as it was geared towards building strong integrity and self-respect for the young men.
these footballers had been through some in life, and now they are coming together with the desire to help children and young teens to have positive attitudes towards society and life ... to stay positively strong and say no to drugs ... be a hard worker; be responsible and to have respect for themselves and others.
previous participants have grown and went on to military careers and other great things!
what a marvelous group !
7 The right-living act with integrity;
the children who follow their example are happy.
i have been toying around with the idea of playing with steel wool for a very long time since i started photography like 3 years ago.
i researched and read all the articles and looked for inspirations.
there was a chance last year that i could do a steel wool shoot with my friends when i visited her but alas time was too short, and we couldn't make it and boy was i and my friend disappointed so i waited...
and waited... and finally earlier this year, i offered the idea up to my photography club and WE MADE IT HAPPENED!
oh boy i was excited.
since then, I made it a point to keep a look out for location to do another :)
p.s: thought i...erm... add 2 shots of sparklers :D
love going to reenactments. each year i geared myself to go for at least 2 reenactments and in spring this year i had already been to 2.
i love spending time and talking to the re-enactors asking them how they got into the reenactments, and they have the most interesting stories to tell.
learnt some interesting facts, got asked to be a part of the reenactment - i had fun each year !