Monthly Archives: June 2013

Newborn Photo Shoot

The photos from the newborn shoot are now available! As always, Trayc did a great job and we really liked the photos. I posted a behind the scenes last week and its very interesting to see it from both perspectives. Here is a selection of the pictures:

Thanks again Trayc, we are looking forward to working with you again in the future!


Happy Father’s Day!

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To all the fathers out there,

Happy Father’s Day!

I came across some nice Father’s Day quotes today and I thought I’d share one that I liked:

What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail…

– Anonymous

The day for me was full of the normal newborn stuff, receiving several “gifts” from my daughter. We spent some time competing in staring contests and she fell asleep a couple of times in my arms. I received a few messages from friends (Thank you all!). My parents came over, helped prepare dinner, and celebrated my induction into fatherhood.

All in all, my first Father’s Day was a nice and quiet one. I look forward to more in the coming years.


Newborn Photo Shoot – Behind the Scenes



Last week we scheduled our newborn photo shoot with our photographer, the wonderful Ms. Trayc Dudgeon of Blue Rooster Studio. She had done our maternity shoot a while back (see some of the highlights here). This is the second part of the package that we picked. It is a newborn photo shoot scheduled shortly after her birth. Due to the long drive and some traditions that we are trying to follow, we did not make the trek to her studio, but instead had her come over to do the shoot in the comfort of our home.

This time she brought along her assistant, Shelly, to help out with transforming our living room into her studio. Luckily, we have large windows at our place and we were able to use it to get some pretty good natural lighting. When we opened our door, we saw that Trayc was well prepared with props, backdrops, and lighting equipment. The surprising part wasn’t the amount of equipment (though it was shocking how much stuff they brought), but how she managed to unpack everything, rearrange some furniture, and was ready to go in such a short amount of time.

From my limited experience, I think babies and photographs are generally easy IF and ONLY IF you are taking pictures of them doing what comes natural to them, e.g. eating, sleeping, etc. However, when it comes to posing and positioning them, it can be quite challenging. We sometimes have trouble having her hold still while we try to swaddle her in blankets and changing her diaper. She manages to ‘Houdini’ an arm free or have her whole body in an odd angle that requires us to re-wrap her. Furthermore, because of their lack of motor control, babies are generally unable to keep a position for long. Despite these challenges, Trayc and her assistant had no trouble with Evelyn and managed to coax some very good shots out of her.

Similar to the maternity photo shoot, I was more or less a prop in the whole process as the focus was on Evelyn. So again, when I was not busy as a prop, I was able to get some behind the scenes shots. Here are some shots I took from behind the scenes:

Again, it was a pleasure working with them. We are excited to see how these photos turned out and look forward to getting them printed and placed around the house!


Week 2 – Of forgetfulness and always being late…


Evelyn happily falling asleep

With the blink of an eye, the second week of parenthood is over.
This week was a bit more challenging as my vacation time was over and I had to get myself back to a regular schedule. It isn’t that bad, with the exception of having to stay awake. Since I was up well before the regular schedule wake time (due to a crying baby), it wasn’t hard to just stay up and get ready for work.

The hardest part comes when baby decides that it demands your attention right before you have to leave the house. Any schedule that you thought you had no longer exists, you drop everything to figure out and solve the baby’s problem first, and then continue on your ‘current’ tasks. Further complications to this cycle comes from the lack of continuous sleep that we had enjoyed prior to Evelyn’s arrival. Because of this, ‘current’ tasks tend to get forgotten after she is back soundly asleep… :-S

There were lots of lessons learned this week, some of them are:

  • You can’t have both parents up to deal with the kid at all times, it’s not sustainable
  • Diaper changing is an art form, more on this in a later post
  • A live cam feed accessible via the internet is a little distracting, but comforting
  • If you sit a lot and eat to stay awake, you will easily gain back pounds loss from the trials and tribulations of week 1
  • Plan to leave the house an hour earlier the usual ‘Plan To Leave’ time. Chances are, you’ll still be late, but you just won’t be late as much…
  • Next time I put together a nursery, I would strongly consider putting a sink in there…

To everyone out there, I apologize in advance for being late in the coming days, weeks, months, and years…

Introducing… Evelyn!

Helen and I welcomed Evelyn into the world on May 23rd, last week. After many many hours of labor and some crazy pushing, Evelyn took her first breath of air.

Apologies for the ‘late’ posting, I made it a point to stay away from the computer and the internet in general so I can concentrate on the new addition to the family during this first week. (I have been tweeting a little though. :$)

As first time parents, this week has been quite an emotional roller coaster. Bouncing from states of anxiety, frustration, triumph, and pride, it has been quite draining on both of us. It is further exacerbated by a screaming baby that is in an environment that is very different than what she has been accustomed to these past 9+ months. Like I was saying earlier, a baby crying at you while you are trying to soothe them is like trying to get something important done while getting yelled at constantly.

Here are a couple of thoughts and insights that I had over this past week:

  • I now know exactly what my parents mean when they told me -“you’ll understand when you are a parent”
  • That moment when she looks at you for the first time….and you’re done. That’s real
  • I never thought I would be so glad to see pee and poo
  • I have never been so tired in my life. I now know why parents sleep at like 9pm…
  • I have never had to do so much laundry consecutively in a week
  • Think of the worst and toughest project deadline you had to meet, all the pressure, the lack of sleep, take that, multiply that by 10, and repeat that feeling every few hours. That’s how bad it can get just in the first week
  • This first week has felt like a month… but I would love more time with my lovely ladies
  • Babies snore too

Here are some pictures that we have accumulated since then.