As some might have realised, I took a break from my active photography life this year to spend more time with my family as Sheraz, my youngest son craves for our attention more and more now. Well, photography has always been just a medium for me to capture memories for them to last a lifetime. And this year, I focused more on creating them rather than documenting them. Yet, it doesn’t mean that I stowed my gears away. So I present to you now, a visual walkthrough of my 2014 memories which I manage to capture.
As I stop dragging my DSLR all over the place, my instagram account instantly became active with more snapshots. I started my year with #ikeahack-ing my own bathroom mirror. Yes, it’s a no-big-deal but being able to use the hashtag was kinda awesome already.
I started capturing moments of Raif and Sheraz together, primarily using my phone especially at home. This was one of the earliest brotherly gestures Raif did to his then 4 months old brother.
This next photo was taken when Sheraz visited mummy at the hospital and became all too friendly with the curtains.
I can never get bored with this sight from my office window at the PETRONAS Twin Towers.
and in case you missed it on my instagram, this was from 2013!
Saleha’s engagement ceremony happened to be the only assignment I took this year as I agreed to it the year before. Saleha is one of the colleagues I used to work with previously. Together with Melissa, Seri and Shamina, these four ladies happened to be my main photography subjects during our time in Bangi and believed in my skills from way back then. It was an honour to be part of this ceremony held at her parents’ place.
There’s no way I could ignore Safeerah (Shamina’s daughter) when she puts on that look in front of me.
In April, we celebrated Atuk Burn’s 67th birthday in Dungun, Terengganu.
The Abu Bakars, all out (including my tummy as an extra cushion for Sheraz).
Come May, we celebrated my 31st birthday, Mothers’ Day and Atuk Wan’s 62nd birthday. We started with the numero uno.
and later the new mothers joined in~
aaaaand The Ridzuans, in full force. Ryan, if you happened to read this post, you were actually in your mum’s tummy in this photo.
Then it was time to bid farewell to Aunty Long and Uncle Misu.
In August, it was the month of festivity as we celebrated Eid Mubarak with the rest of the family. We started in Malacca and later joined the Negri Sembilan family.
We also took the kids to Legoland, courtesy of their Uncle Haja and Cik Ti in Kulai, Johore. Raif enjoyed it so much, not Sheraz though.
Late August, we went to Johor Bahru again for Aunty Rina’s wedding. Uncle Najim, welcome to the family!
Sheraz turned one in September, with 7 teeth secured.
I honestly think that he looks like his Cik Kin in this next photo.
Raif, being the big brother, could not tolerate any indecent act done by Sheraz, like mashing the birthday cupcake.
Yet, he performed his brotherly duty by feeding Sheraz his cake like a cultured man.
Later that month, we continued his birthday celebration in Dungun, Terengganu, in conjunction with his cousin, Rania’s Aqiqah ceremony…
Well before that, Rania took the center stage…
Ufairah (Aunty Mimi’s daughter) came by to say hi too.
Then Raif took his cycling to the next level during Mummy’s primary school reunion at Putrajaya.
I went to conduct a graduation photo shoot for one of my ex-interns from IIUM in October. Gosh, it really reminded me of the hectic jam-packed crowd I used to endour during my own graduation ceremonies. But it was fun to see all those warm smiling faces to mark the end of a chapter in the graduates’ life, what more their parents’.
and we wrapped that month with a small get-together at Shammy’s place.
In November, we took up a photo challenge #mothercaremyrep organised by Mothercare Malaysia. Initially, we wanted the kids to win the contest and become their social media brand ambassador but after going through their T&Cs, we opted out. Yet, these were the photos we captured for our own keepsake.
Then we went to JB again for Aunty Huda and Uncle Palee’s wedding.
This year on his birthday, we gave Raif a whole day for himself and we took him to his movie outing at the cinema to watch Disney’s Big Hero 6 (he has been watching too much Frozen lately). Then we took the train from KLCC to KL Sentral and visit Nu Sentral shopping centre which was recently completed.
These photos pretty much summed up my 2014. I could not ask for any other way to spend my time with my family and experience the moment at the fullest than what I had this year. Hoping that 2015 will bring more awesome memories for everyone to treasure.
Happy New Year!