I didn’t realize I was expecting

Jenifer Patricia Maternity by Vania | Written by Jenifer

It’s a funny story. I didn’t have any morning sickness so I didn't realize I was expecting. Out of the blue, my husband blurted out, “I think you’re pregnant with a boy.”

 

Well, that explains all my cravings. Before I was expecting, I always eat clean. Now, I crave meat everyday, especially if it’s cooked with Indonesian spices. I get random urges to eat meatball mee and nasi campur. 

 

Other than the cravings, I didn’t really feel “really pregnant” before feeling the baby’s kick for the first time. Now that he's stronger and always rolling, I never feel alone. It feels magical to carry a living tiny human inside of me. 

 

It feels like the beginning of a new season. I think every pregnancy is personal. It has different story. I think capturing those unique moment of your life is worth the while. This is my first pregnancy and I want to remember every bits of it. So, I decided to book a photoshoot.

 

The photographer Vania was so good at directing the poses and quick to capture, it felt almost effortless. The whole team gave a positive vibe and made it easy to feel comfortable. I had a really good time during the session.

 

Cheers,

Jenifer Patricia

 


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24 Jun 2017

A Brave Boy

“Don’t do that! Don’t climb. Don’t push. Don’t… Don’t… Don’t…” I hear parents, moms especially, shout these “warnings” out to their children a lot. Whether I’m in a playground, in a mall, in Sunday school, even in my studio, I often hear parents tell their children to not do something. I guess that it’s human nature, a natural reaction, of knowing about the consequences. A mother would tell her son not to climb because she’s afraid that he will fall. She would tell him not to push because he might hurt himself or other. Out of fear of the consequences, a mother would tell her child not to do something. That’s so natural. On the other hand, I wondered, isn’t she limiting her child from experiencing first hand knowledge? Does her fear stop her from letting her son learn something on his own? How does a mother decide what to do? My non-parent mind can’t wrap itself around the complexities of raising a child and I always find myself gaining new-found respect for parents after such wondering thoughts.

Especially after I met William and Elaine, the parents of baby Ethan. As I watched them together, I kind of got an idea of how to handle in case I find myself in the above situation (not now, but later on, when I have kids, of course): should I stop my child from doing something that I fear will have harmful consequences or should I let him learn first hand? William and Elaine let their son, Ethan, do whatever he wants. They don’t seem to limit him from doing anything. They give him “warnings”, but instead of stopping him from doing something, they will tell him to be careful. When I asked them if they worried he will fall, they told me that even though they do, they know that he is able to take it, and so they let him be. Interesting, isn’t it? Instead of letting their fear be the standard, they got to know their son’s ability to handle things and let that be the standard. 

 

As a result, Ethan is a brave boy. He’s confident and very sociable. He’s easily the friendliest one year old boy I have ever met. He isn’t afraid of everyone and usually the first to greet people, even the ones he’s never met before. I think that’s an amazing personality to have in a child and a great indicator of parental success. 

 

William and Elaine, you’re doing a wonderful job. Your Ethan is truly adorable! Definitely the cutest sumo baby in town! 

 

 

Love, 

 

 

Ave

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18 Jun 2017

My Number One Man

Daddy Christian & son Arjuna portraits by Ave

Many people said that artists are snobbish in real life, very different than their TV personality. That’s not the case for Christian Sugiono. Christian is not just some other good looking guy I normally see on TV, he’s a great dad.

 

He’s friendly and he’s supportive, especially with his son Arjuna. I could really see it from the way he communicate with his son. He lighted Arjuna up! He cheered for his son. He praised his son, saying things like good job and you did great.  

 

Seeing how Christian lifts his son up reminds me of my own dad. Ever since I was a little girl, I could always feel his love and support for me. He never says I love you. But he always speaks his love through his actions. For example, when he’s in Jakarta, he wakes up early to make me breakfast. Sometimes, words just can't describe how you love someone right?

 

My dad’s not just my hero, he's my number one man. 

 

By the way, today is Father’s Day! 

Let’s not forget to spend time with our dads.

 

 

Cheers,

Ave

 

 

Photo is courtesy of dad Christian Sugiono and son Arjuna Zayan Sugiono.

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17 Jun 2017

Capturing the Miracle of Birth

Maikha Newborn Portraits by Vania

There’s always something exciting about shooting a newborn, especially when I also shoot the delivery. Always, I can taste the anticipation and love in the air. I met the mother-to-be Cecilia an hour before the c-section began. Despite feeling nervous, failing to sleep the night before, Cecilia wore a simple makeup, looking as pretty as always. It feels like she wanted to be beautifully ready when welcoming her baby boy to the world. 

 

The baby’s birth was so fast! Not more than half hour, baby Maikha arrived to the world, healthy and handsome. Thank God! Cecilia & Ardion were so happy. They couldn’t express their feelings through words, but I could see it in their eyes. Feeling their relief and happiness, tears rolled down my cheek. 

 

Later, Cecilia told me, “at first I was really scared about the labor process, but when my baby pops out from my womb and kissed my cheek, it feels like a miracle.”

 

Although remembering how it feels, actually, Cecilia didn’t really know what’s going on during the operation because of the dope. “When I received the video from baby AXIOO and watched the whole labor journey, my tears suddenly dropped. Pieces of my blurred memories turned crystal clear. It relives that magical moment for me.”

 

It was magical indeed. The moments I captured, the roller-coaster feelings I feel were so beautiful that I can’t imagine not doing what I’m doing right now. I am so honored. Thank you for Ardion & Cecilia for trusting me to capture Maikha’s newborn moments!

 

Love,

 

Vania

 

Photo is courtesy of dad Ardion, mom Cecilia, and baby Maikha.

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29 May 2017

To the Fullest

Herlina Maternity & Newborn Baby Portraits by Vania

Since the beginning, Sujono and Herlina wanted a normal birth. A couple doctors were against the idea. However, they didn’t give up. They prayed and looked for another doctor until they found a doctor who supported their decision.

 

Even though Herlina had the operation option, which could avoid most of the pain and sweats, Herlina chose a normal delivery. She said, “whenever I look at Joshua’s face, I almost forget the pain.” 

 

Wow. The couple really went through an extra mile to make their moments as real as possible. They even flown from Makassar all the way to Jakarta only for this maternity photoshoot. They understood how precious their moments are and willing to make those moments last forever. 

 

Almost 3 months after the maternity shoot, it’s my turn to fly to Makassar to shoot their newborn baby Joshua. I was very excited. The last time I saw him was on his mummy’s tummy! Baby Joshua was so calm, like he loved getting his pictures taken. 

 

Wanting to experience her motherhood maximally, Herlina took care of Joshua with the help of her loving mother and sister. She didn’t hire any nanny! The new mother said, “it’s tiring, for sure, but it’s worth it.”

 

It’s really inspiring to witness the couple’s determination in living the fullest parenthood experience. Even though it takes a lot of effort, the result is really shown in their satisfied smiles. It’s so amazing.

 

 

Love,

Vania

 

Photo is courtesy of Sujono and Herlina.

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27 May 2017

Mother-to-be

Engelica Maternity Portraits by Herna

I’ve always dreamed to raise kids someday, when the time is right. Honestly, if you ask me if I’m ready right now, I’m not. I’m not sure if I can handle the responsibilities of being a mother. Although I see pregnancy to as a wonderful miracle, I can’t help to feel a little scared. What if things go wrong?

 

Engelica’s journey to be a new mother is not 100% smooth. However, she handles it really well. She said, “Pregnancy is definitely a blessing. I always feel super excited to go to the doctor to see how the baby is developing. I’m always curious about how she looks, how much she weights. I just can’t wait to meet my little princess.”

 

Hearing her talking, I smiled. Engelica’s definitely ready. I’m not. God knows if we’re ready to be given bigger responsibilities, bigger gifts. I believe the most precious gift He can give us is a child. Since He knows our capacity really well, He’ll give us the gift only when we’re ready. Someday, on His time, I’ll be ready. 

 

Seeing how ready, how excited Engelica is on her less than perfect road to motherhood, I have a great feeling: she’s going to be a great mother. 

 

Love,

Herna

 

Photo is courtesy of Engelica.

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27 May 2017

His Trip to Outer Space

Luke Owen Baby Portraits by Herna

Outer space is a tricky theme. Out of nothing, I had to think about a lot of details to make the final frame looks outer spacey. Plus, the Owen’s outfit material was uncomfortably hot. I remember, on the day of the photoshoot, I got up thinking, “this is going to be a challenging day!” However, later that day, when I saw Owen jumped behind my lens, I know the shot is going to be great.

 

Owen’s such a wonderful boy! He’s very smart and imaginative. To get his poses, Owen and I played pretend that we’re in an outer space. The look in his eyes was so curious and happy, as if he’s really imagining that he’s exploring outer space and discovering a lot of new things. I almost always get the perfect shot at the first “cheese.”

 

We had a lot of fun during the photoshoot. Seeing Owen’s huge smile, I can see that he’s enjoying the photoshoot so much! Since I clicked with Owen, the photoshoot went 100% smooth, faster than I ever imagined. 

 

I learned one important thing that day: as long as I connect well with my clients, I can nail every shot, even on the trickiest theme like this. After all, the photoshoot is all about the client. The theme is an artsy extension of the client’s personality and dream. 

 

Cheers,

Herna

 

 

Photo is courtesy of dad Andy, mom Fransisca, and baby Owen.

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20 May 2017

The Greatest Honor

Mommy Putri & Bianca Portraits by Ave

I’ve always known that I’d be a mother. Even when I was just a little girl who knew nothing about growing up, I always knew that I’d be a mother. Even when there were times I didn’t know if I wanted to be one or if I’d be any good at it, I knew that one day, I would be a mother. However, never in my wildest dreams had I thought that being a mother would feel this good. 

 

People often think that being a mother is about us, about gaining new roles, about fulfilling a dream. But after becoming a mother myself, I realize that it isn’t about me at all; it’s about my daughter. 

 

To watch my daughter, Bianca, grow is an exhilarating experience beyond anything I’ve ever dreamed about. Everything she says and do always keeps me anticipating for what comes next and I love every surprises she throws my way. Even the unfavorable ones, much to my surprise. To see her learn new things, develop new skills, and interact with her surroundings never fails to put a smile on my face regardless of the ups and downs I’m facing in life. 

 

Being a mother isn’t just about giving unconditional love, but it’s also about getting tremendous love in return. It isn’t just about forever walking with my heart outside of my body, but it’s also about being watched over like the way I watch over my baby girl. It isn’t just about teaching life values, but it’s also about learning to see things in simplicity from the perspective of innocence. Before becoming a mother, I always thought that I’d be gaining a new role, but I never knew just how much that new role would mean. It is greater than myself. It’s not about me, but it’s all about her, about putting her first, above anything else in my life. It’s about selflessness. 

 

Yes, being a mother is an experience wilder than anything I’ve ever dreamed about. And it is the greatest honor and privilege I have ever been given in my life.

Love, Putri
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14 May 2017

Taking Newborn’s First Picture

Babies Newborn Portraits by William Xu

Hi! I’m William Xu. It’s my first time writing for this blog! I take baby pictures, specializing in newborns. Since my first photoshoot, I’ve been learning a lot of things. There’s so much I want to share with you! For me, taking pictures of newborns is a special thing. My priority is making the baby comfortable. Since every baby has to be taken care differently, we have to pay attention to a lot of things.

 

The first thing I do when as I enter the photoshoot place is looking for the spot with the best natural lightning. I minimize the use of artificial lightning, because newborns’ eyes are very sensitive. I don’t want to surprise the baby with strong blitz. 

 

The next thing is a little tricky. I make sure the temperature is right for the baby as every baby adjusts to temperature differently. One baby would be scared of warmth. Another would be scared of cool temperature. While doing the photoshoot, I observe the baby’s reactions and, once in awhile, check the baby’s hand and feet temperature just to make sure they’re not cold.

 

Then, to avoid any allergy, I make sure everything, including myself, is hygiene. Face mask and hand sanitizer are necessary. Every photo property, like fabrics and blankets, has to be dry cleaned after the photoshoot. 

 

Last but not least, the baby shall be comfortably full during the photoshoot. We may feed him before the photoshoot. I like to remind mothers to provide a little breastmilk stock for the baby to drink a few times during the photoshoot.

 

I hold on to those points tightly to make a safe, wonderful experience for the newborn. I am proud to capture the newborn’s first moment in life and make it last forever. When the newborn grow up, which is going to be very soon, we would look back, showing him what he looked like when he just got out from mommy’s tummy. Just like that, the memories would linger eternally. 

 

With love,

William Xu

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06 May 2017

From Dating to Marriage to Parenthood

Putri Titian Maternity Portraits by Vania

There’s a certain privilege of being a photographer for BabyAXIOO that often escapes other people, that no other people usually think about, but ourselves, and that is the privilege of growing together with our clients. Alright, alright… maybe I’m being just a little bit overly dramatic here, but that’s honestly how I feel, because as a photographer, I get to freeze the important milestones in time towards their growth. From the waiting period to the birth of their child to the time they’ve settled in together as a family… I get to witness it all. And that’s a privilege I never take for granted. 

 

I met Jun and Tian for the very first time when they were expecting their baby. And we hit it off right of the bat. This celebrity couple destroyed any assumption I had that all people who were usually under the spotlight were cocky and bossy; like they wouldn’t have mingled with the likes of me. But this loving couple were kind and sincere, and from the very start, I felt comfortable around them. 

 

Jun and Tian found out they were pregnant not long after they were married. I guess that, in a way, that’s a wonderful thing. Although their days following their wedding felt slightly like a rollercoaster ride - moving from dating to marriage to parenthood in lightning speed - they went through it with their hands firmly gripping on each others’ as their laughter drowned out the uncertainties of the situation. They were more excited about being parents than they were nervous. They went through the changes in Tian’s body to picking out baby stuff to learning about being great parents, together. And I enjoyed listening to the stories their shared as I clicked away on my camera and watching their beautiful chemistry from behind my lens. 

 

The day Baby Lori arrived earthside, I couldn’t hide my excitement for the happy parents. I remember anxiously waiting till the day I would have this little family in my studio. Finally, when Baby Iori was two weeks old, I got to spend a few minutes to just gaze at his beautiful face, before watching how their chemistry never changed and how Baby Lori made them look even more complete. 

 

To watch couples like Jun and Tian move from being two people madly in love with each other to one family that have settled in beautifully with the new addition, is like watching a miracle. And that experience alone is the privilege I never take for granted. 

 

Thank you for sharing your precious moments with me.

 

Love you,

Vania

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30 Apr 2017
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