Finding The Happy

Looking for joy in all the right places


family photography

Point and Click

But before I begin, let’s start with this pretty picture:

No television on entertainment unit
“Where’s our TV, Mummy?”

And yes. As much as we started out as parents who wanted to keep our child away from the “evils” of television, we ended up losing our way. Repeatedly, and without regret. I don’t know who I was trying to kid – I love film and television. I think I watched, on average, a movie a week when I was Single in Singapore. And I grew up with the original Disney heroines, long before they thought to package them as Princesses. Watching Arddun’s eyes widen and sparkle as she is introduced to my animated companions of old is always a very special treat we both share.

But our 7-year-old Samsung seems to be of that special factory breed which has a glitchy capacitor, so it’s been taking longer and longer to wake up when we point and click. In one of the rarest times an extended warranty actually worked in our favour, the tech people came today to take our TV away and fix it for free. And so we find ourselves without the gogglebox for a whole week.

Thank goodness S5 GoT just finished.

Naturally, this called for an arsenal of other distractions. I had recently recharged our old point-and-shoot Olympus (8 megapixels, 10x optical zoom), only to find the lens or digital monitor damaged. So today, I splashed out a little on a cheapie – just to see how well Arddun takes to photography.

It’s only a 2mp with a very slow reaction time, so most shots end up blurred after pressing the button. But Arddun was pretty thrilled with it. “I take pictures like you!” she beamed at me, which more than made up for the $25 price tag!

And off she went, working out how to place her fingers so they didn’t block the lens and how to use the digital monitor to frame her shot. The first few times she took a picture of me only to find my head chopped off, she accused me of “not standing right”. So yes, practice needed on how to frame a shot, methinks.

Photo of me without head
“You’re not standing in the right spot, Mummy!”
Velle and Atticus on left of shot
“That’s better!”
Photo of drawers
“I take your drawers.”
Photo of ceiling
“Look, Mummy! The ceiling!”
Photo of toys
The Princess and the Hammock
Photo of Velle holding Atticus
I think I’ve had more photos taken of me in this half an hour than I’ve had in a looooong time.
Photo of Tony without his head
Daddy’s home.
Blurred photo of Arddun's dinner
“My dinner!”

Every time she managed to take a picture without her fingers in the shot, she just beamed. After just 20 photos, you could see a marked improvement. Can’t wait to see if this becomes a passion of sorts!

Welcoming Poppy

Another trip to the airport to receive another beloved grandparent. xx

Arriving at the airport
Arriving at the airport and discovering we’re a little early
Magazine montage at the airport
Top: Reading a magazine | Centre: Who You Lookin’ At? | Bottom: Don’t take photos! (Followed immediately thereafter by requests to view photos taken.)
Poppy is here!
Poppy is here!

Hugging Poppy

Poppy Nanna Arddun
Too anxious to show Poppy her sponge craft Santa to pose for the camera
Arddun, Tony, Nanna, Poppy and Velle
A family photo. Arddun is suddenly taken shy because a total stranger is holding the camera.


Daddy Day 2014

The rock of this family
This little girl’s hero
My complement
And Love.

Collage of photos of Arddun and Tony playing Horsey
Daddy: sometimes the knight, sometimes the steed. Sometimes, even an elephant.

Collage of monotone photos  with Tony and Arddung hugging

Bentspoke Brewing Co.
A chilled-out early Father’s Day luncheon at Bentspoke Brewing Co.

Collage of photos of Arddun placing necklace on Tony

Tony and Arddun looking serious
Her eyes may be mine, but that stare is definitely her father’s.

Father's day gift from Arddun

Tony at Blackfire solo shot
Ain’t nothin’ sexier. Happy Father’s Day! xx

The Gene Pool

Travelling with baby did shrink our socialising considerably – at least with this trip. And as you can imagine, I really didn’t feel like whipping out the camera and going all happy-snappy either. But I’m glad we got to sneak in a few photos with the family.

Andrea and Arddun
Aunty Andy
Shawn and Arddun
Uncle Shawn
Pop, Nan and Arddun
Pop and Nan
Nan, Great-Grandma Joan and Arddun
Nan and Great-Grandma Joan
Grandma Singapore and Arddun
Grandma Singapore
Family Ang and Lee
Clockwise from left: Mum, Dad, Aunty Andy, Uncle Shawn, Grand-uncle Edward, Grandma Singapore (mama), Tua Yee-Poh Rosalind

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