boudoir, DIY, maternity, styled shoot

Wild Child Maternity Shoot

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photography by Fiona Sng of Smittenpixels Photography

Concept & Styling by Merrylove Weddings

Floral & Dreamcatchers by Fiona Treadwell

Lingerie by Lover

Robe by Olivesuite

Fringed Kimono and Dress my own

The grand idea came when ( of course ) i got pregnant, my last pregnancy was a breeze and I really thought i had the pregnancy glow the first time. So this time and DEFINITELY my last pregnancy, i really wanted to document it. When i first told the crew i was pregnant, it seemed like a sure thing to do. Shuying and Fiona were super excited and I definitely got hyped. But then, the nausea came, the cramps came, the acne came, the-whatever-you-can-think-of-pregnancy-symptoms all came I kinda was bouncing around the idea again. Shuying was however reassuring as she is, told me this would be my last time…

Shuying of Merrylove took the liberty to conceptualize something that was truly me, a boho-chic wild child moodboard. Xara Lee, my go-to makeup artist would doll me up, while Fiona of Smittenpixels would be the designated photographer. Celeste from Olive Suite to the last minute rescue with the chantily lace robe. Yup an all girls team, but come to think of it, its so ironic. If you are going to be in lacey-see-through-undies. half naked with a big belly and then showing the world your photos, who cares if you have an all girls team or not. but whatever it is, it made me more comfortable as they were people i worked with all the time.

Shuying’s moodboard made my heart flutter, a bed in the lush greenery. my boudoir shoot is in the woods, like where a wild child should be. hence, she and her elves had to drag a bed and lotsa fluffy pillows into the forest. and the typical me would be, if theres a bed there should be dream catchers. so i DiY-ed a few dream catchers and hung it on trees. and so this materialized…

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we shot late in the evening, where the lights are about to dim to create that dreamy feeling. to be honest, i don’t really enjoy taking photos. much less alone. I was really skeptical and feeling the jitters but the girls were reassuring. and i am glad i did it. I felt bad for Fiona though, she had a lot of ideas and poses for me but i shot them down one by one. Eh i don’t wanna show armpits so don’t ask me put my hands up ah, i told her. And because i was never in front of the camera alone before, i never knew how tiring it could be as well. I thought just standing there was easy, by the end of 1.5 hours i was ready to call it quits. But i am glad i managed to squeeze another 15 minutes out of myself… stay tuned to the end.

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I don’t really know what i wanted to do, but i knew for sure what I don’t want to do. I don’t want those typical maternity boudoir shoot wearing white in the bedroom kind of shots. And having a professional stylist as a friend really helps, Shuying knows me well by now i would say and Fiona definitely knows me but is still trying to push my boundaries. youngsters these days! Its a good thing though, I am a huge fangirl fan-mom of her work. simply because her photos always look clean and exude so much class. It couldn’t be anyone else doing my maternity shoot.

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If you haven’t heard, Xara is my go-to makeup artist. I kept wanting to explore other make up artists but just couldn’t let her go. sounds like an obsessive boyfriend i know but its really hard to find someone you are comfortable with and knows all your facial flaws and then transforms you into something graceful and beautiful. if you think how i look is who i am then you are wrong, i don’t act demure at all. all my friends said, i look prettiest if i sit still and i keep my mouth shut. The thing i like about Xara is, how she does my brows and eyes.

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so i was all tired out after this, but there are some more locations that we really want to feature. there are not many places in Singapore left that is not going to be urbanized, as we speak these places are now slowly being demolished. So i persevered for another 15minutes and Fiona managed to get some great shots out of it.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot, and i dare say we now do it right. so preggers please come forth if you want a conceptualized shoot for yourselves or your family. not only preggers, we are also calling out to all women for boudoir shoots.

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thanks for reading!

and till the next post

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achievements, Bridal bouquets, flowers, singapore

Thirty

its about time to talk about me. couldn’t be better timing than today. the day i have been dreading for the past 30 years. it happened. I AM OFFICIALLY 30.

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about me – photo credit goes to framewerks

so i have staked my name on my work, but how it all started is always the usual question my clients ask.

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flower head – photo credit goes to framewerks

as you know by now, blogging is not my forte. so i will do a Q&A with myself. most questions are asked by my clients most of the time. and most commonly, this is the first question….

Q: why are u chinese but you have angmoh surname ah? are you singaporean anot?
A: oh, thats because i am married to an angmoh lor. yar, born and bred. the name “fiona lim” is very common so fiona treadwell is chosen just because it has a nice ring to it and our marriage is the reason how it all started…

Q: wah! you married ang moh ar? so did you have 2 weddings?
A: indeed! i had 2 weddings, one in new york and another in singapore! and comparatively i enjoyed the one in new york more simply because it was an intimate garden affair. we had tapas in the garden with a boat filled with fresh seafood, flowers bloomed beautifully in spring and lots of dancing afterwards. fresh flowers for bridal bouquets and the wedding entourage is a must! though it was super pretty, i thought my bouquet was too huge and heavy.

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wedding in new york – butterfly release. photo credit goes to betsi ewing

and i had a typical chinese “yum seng” wedding about a year later. the wedding in singapore was more for my parents, thats what i felt. it was grand, showy but it was no lack of fun. though married and by then i already had a son, my hubby still had to go through gate-crashing with his diverse entourage against an all singaporean “jie meis” ( bridesmaids). we still pull up that wedding video every now and then and have a good laugh. the flowers however, was a pain in the ass to coordinate. when i had the most beautiful flowers in new york for almost one fifth the price i was quoted here, i was in shocked!!!!

so this is how it all started, i always loved flowers. i always loved receiving flowers. and sorry to be a flower-snob i hate receiving roses with baby’s breath, gerberas or worst carnations when i wasn’t even a mum back then. and whoever dated me back then knew i heart callas. not any calla lilies, it have to be from holland and in specific shades. my hubs got yelled at me when he sent me a bouquet of yellow callas with a lot of frills many years ago.

when we came back to singapore ( we were residing in hong kong for some time back then) i couldn’t find a suitable florist who would charge me reasonably for a bouquet of exotic flowers for my sg wedding. because everything is EXOTIC IN SINGAPORE! because we don’t grow any and our neighbors grow chrysanthemums, all flowers are expensive. they are expensive because they have to be air freight and kept in appropriate conditions. the freight charges are why it cost so much! so i took things into my own hands, i made my wedding bouquet, wedding corsages for my entourage by myself. and amidst all the wedding madness, i actually enjoyed it.

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wedding in sg – dress by time taken to make a dress and flower bouquet by myself.

Q: so… this is how it started, how did u learn the trade?
A: i learnt by trial and error, i learnt by reading, i learnt by wikihow, i went to floral classes conducted by local florist, i went to community center every week to join the senior citizens arranging flowers, i went to the countries i visited to talk to like minded people, i went to flower markets around the world to learn about them ( the craziest one is the one in tokyo! ) i learnt by unlearning everything i learnt above and make my own rules as i go along. the technicalities of floristry i retained, but the creative and innovative part i have yet to break out.  As you are reading this, i am most probably in class at the New York Floral School.

while business is a part of my life, it is not the entirety of my life. i have a supportive family with a too-cute son. they are the foundation of it all. i am glad that i can run my business according to my rules and most of the time its no holds barred rules. i love experimenting with new things but i do run my shop with a few mottos in life. as stubborn as it is, this is me.

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the tread wells – photo credit goes to framewerks

1. Everything happens for a reason

All the good, the bad. the mistakes, the rights. all the mishaps and happenings lead up to one moment in life that we will never regret. the one moment that you live for.

2. Take a stand

Take a stand in life. if you don’t make enemies, you don’t know who are your allies. Burn those bridges, because there are places in life that you don’t want to go back to. Or those people across the bridge to ever come back to your life.

3. do unto others as you would have them do unto you 

Quoting the bible even though i am not christian. because i believe the circle of life, karma. Someone said karma has no menu and i believe strongly that what you do comes back at you.

This is what i have accumulated for the past 30 years and it has become an important value in life. Thanks for taking the time out to read this. And to those who wished me happy birthday, thank you 🙂

 

xxx

fi

 

 

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