For Love

Nadia pregnancy portraits by Vania

I think I’m among the lucky few who gets to work with expecting mothers and that is not a privilege that I take for granted. More than the honor of being able to take part in the joy, I appreciate the stories they share and the life lessons I get by listening to them. 

In between the conversations about the mixed feelings they have as their babies toss and turn inside their bellies - joy they get from knowing that there’s a precious being growing inside of them, awe in what their bodies can do, to discomfort from having to carry the weight - about sweating in the hot weather, about the newfound joy in “eating for two” or the struggle on keeping their food down, about the good and the downside of making a baby, I learned from these mommies-to-be what pregnancy is all about. From out of everything I have learned, and that is a lot, there is one thing remarkable that sticks with me and that is how this 9-month experience can impact their lives and alter their perceptions about love so drastically. 

Within this short period of time, these mommies claim that they have changed the way they see and value love - love for and from God, love toward their spouses and love for themselves - and the word “sacrifice” have received a new meaning. It is no longer a burden, no longer an obligation that needs to be carried out with a heavy heart; instead it has become something they do willingly and wholeheartedly because love has empowered them. 

In between the conversations we share, expectant mothers have taught me that through everything they have been through, they would gladly do it again, because the beautiful things that come out of that journey is worth all that. And in between these conversations, I realize that I am blessed indeed to be able to gain their wisdom. 

 

Love, 

 

Vania

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18 Sep 2016

Simply Adorable

Luna Luna Collections by Ave

It all starts with an idea. Just one big idea that is then broken down into a few workable sets. That’s the creation of the photo concept. And that’s one of my favorite part of my job. 

During the concept building, I work together with stylists and designers to translate what the client wants into pictures. We brainstorm and throw ideas around until we find something that clearly tells the client’s story.

A few weeks ago, the team and I were lucky to be chosen to create the images for the Luna Luna catalogue. The creation of the photo concept was so much fun in this project not only because we couldn’t wait to see their beautiful collection in pictures, but also because the client was a team of creative people who had the best ideas. They threw ideas around like confetti and the only challenge was to choose which one we were going to do because we wanted to do all of them! 

We finally settled on putting a nostalgic and classic background to their collection. We choose Kota Tua in Jakarta as the venue and the Luna Luna team picked out the most adorable little girls as models. They wore the new Luna Luna collection beautifully. 

Thank you, Luna Luna team, for choosing BabyAXIOO to create the images for your newest collection. We had a great time!

 

Cheers,

 

Ave

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10 Sep 2016

Parenting Corner: God Makes Me A Good Mother

Melinda Maternity Portraits by Herna, Written by Maya

On the day I found out I was pregnant for the first time, I sent my mother a bouquet of flowers with a note “Please show me the way to be a good mother.” It’s sweet, I know. But if you know about the relationship I had with my mother, you’ll know that it’s weird.

My mother and I weren’t exactly the best of friends, and despite the love we have between us, we didn’t get along too well. I always felt that she favored my brothers who might be more obedient that I was. I was highly opinionated and stubborn and I usually didn’t agree with her or her expectations. Despite the good we share on our good days, our relationship was filled with conflicts, fights, and dramatic arguments. When I found out I was growing a little girl inside of me, my fear materialized. Call it hormonal or whatever you want, but I was scared to the core that my daughter was going to be just as miserable as I was. 

To me, the note I sent to my Mom was a clear message, a loud cry for help, and a blinking sign in the middle of my dark road, telling me I was scared because I didn’t know what I was doing or what I was going to do. I was so scared that I’d run to just about anyone for cover. But no matter how scared I was, there was no turning back. There was no pause or rewind button on this life-changing process. Of course, the relationship with my mother didn’t repair itself suddenly and I was still left clueless and scared. I turned to God and asked Him to show me how to be a good mother for my child. 

As mysterious as God works, the answer to my prayer came in a form of my old childhood diary I haven’t seen in a long time. Most people would find their old diaries and laugh at how silly they used to be. I read mine and wept. One particular entry caught my attention. It was entitled “the confessions of an unwanted child”. Apparently, I had just been in a fight with my mom who may have called me something in anger that hurt me. As I read the angry and messy handwriting in red with smudges where the tears used to be, I remembered the feeling I had clearly. I didn’t even remember this happened and suddenly at that very moment, I felt a deep pang in my heart. I could not hold back the tears as I read the last few words on the page: “and when everything else fails, God will lead me back. So all I have to do is keep my faith and let Him show me the way.” God was there. When I was pained, when I was scared, He was there. He was there when I feared for myself and He was still there when I feared for my child. It was a tiny miracle that reminded me who was still on my side.

After my daughter was born, I had many moments of extreme cluelessness, panic and fear; even more after my sons were born. No matter what grade I got in college or how many books I read on parenting, nothing could have prepared me enough for the thrill that is motherhood. Still, I kept in mind that God was on my side, guiding me and strengthening me.

I’m happy to say that I am now able to make life-changing decisions fearlessly, to love and to grow my children with love. I’ve learned to take responsibility over the little precious gifts that God so knowingly bestowed upon me. I’ve also learned to forgive my mom and consciously began the process of repairing our relationship. I’ve got to say that I’m pretty happy with where we are now. 

I don’t know when I’ve transformed from that scared little girl into the brave and confident mother I am today. But I do know that God’s divine intervention has been present every step of the way. And I know that it is He who is teaching me to be a good mother for my children, everyday.

It is a relief to know that I won’t be alone to face the challenges that come as my children grow. It is a relief because I am now free to weave big dreams for them as they sleep, comfort them during thunderstorms and dance with them in the sunlight. It is a relief to be nothing else but grateful for their presence in my life. And it is a bigger relief to know that the God in my life will be the same God that lives in the lives of my children.

As I write this on my bed with the Wonderbabies softly snoring in the background, I am reminded of He who is faithful. And for His faithfulness alone, I am grateful beyond words.


Love, 

Maya


 

PS: Thank you, Herna, for sharing your space with me today. 

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03 Sep 2016

Two Peas In A Pod

Wilson & Stacy Baby Portraits by Vania

Ever heard of the expression “two peas in a pod”? That’s what exactly came to their parents’ minds when they saw these fraternal twins. Wilson was born only one minute earlier than his sister and roommate at Hotel Uterus, Stacy. Their parents, William and Stephanie, chose a two peas in a pod theme hamper to celebrate the twins’ first month in the world. It’s very fitting, I think. 

I’ve always loved shooting for twins. I think that I (and probably the rest of the world) find twins so adorable. It’s like, two of the same thing. In the world of individuality and uniqueness, seeing two of the same things, handmade by God, is truly an amazing sight. 

The photo session itself was amazing too. Unlike the usual challenges that comes with taking pictures for twins who would take turns being tired or cranky, these two were exactly the same. They were both calm and they didn’t seem to mind getting their pictures taking. In fact, they just slept right through it. Like two peas in a pod. Amazing. 

Although I might be biased here… but can you seriously tell me that these two aren’t the most adorable babies you have ever seen?

Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday! 


Love,

 

Vania

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28 Aug 2016

Faith

Baby Jillian Portraits by Ave

I always love meeting expecting mothers. I love hearing their pregnancy stories. It doesn’t even matter what it’s about, I know that I am always entertained by their stories. Their stories vary too. So, even when I think that I’ve heard that particular story, I’ll still listen anyway because there’s bound to be something different about it. Often I’d hear about expecting mothers who say that their feet swelled up so much they could no longer fit in their shoes or that their bellies grow at warp speed that they had to buy new clothes (which was a happy problem to most, I’m sure.) I also often hear of those moms who couldn’t eat because their morning sickness was so overwhelming that they couldn’t keep their meals down. All of these stories captivates me, however, there is one story that has touched my heart like nothing else. It’s the story of a mommy named Erna, who waited for her baby for three and a half years. 

She and her husband, Andy, desired a child and was ready to welcome one into their family almost as soon as they were married. They waited and waited but none came for them. They visited a few doctors but none of them could help them have a baby any faster. They decided that they will just patiently wait for their baby. Three years later, Erna was pregnant. Later, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Jillian Faith Williem. Andy told me that they named her Faith because they believe that God will give them a child. 

To hear these stories is to be reminded time and again that God’s promise is always true. That God is always faithful. And that He will never let us down. We can - and we should - have faith because God is faithful. 

Welcome to the world, baby Jillian Faith Williem.


Love, 

 

Ave

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20 Aug 2016

Dear Baby

Baby Charlotte Portraits by Herna

She’s here! She’s here!  She’s finally here! Oh, I am having a hard time finding the words to describe my excitement over the arrival of Baby Charlotte!  

Since I work with Charlotte’s mother, Michelle, I feel like I have been on this journey with her from the beginning. I’ve seen Michelle through her wedding, her pregnancy and now, the beginning of motherhood. I keep thinking, if I’m this excited about the anticipation of Charlotte’s arrival, how excited can Michelle be? Her excitement is pretty unimaginable to me, but I'm sure, she's over the moon!

It’s been only a few weeks since I posted Michelle’s maternity portraits on this blog. She was expecting then, and now she’s a mother! (She's a gorgeous mother. She still looks stunning even after delivering her baby! We all know what an accomplishment that is.) 

Today, I’d like to share with you the pictures of beautiful baby Charlotte. She is an adorable little darling, who has both her mother’s and her father’s good looks. 

Welcome to the world again, Baby Charlotte. You have been here for just a few weeks, but we feel as if we’ve known you for a lifetime. You are loved and we bless you. To your parents, I wish them a wonderful journey of parenthood. They’re going to be awesome mom and dad to you! 


Love,

 

Auntie Herna

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14 Aug 2016

Double The Love

Stephanie Maternity Portraits by Vania

You know how you see a set of twins and you can’t help but gush and say, “Awwwww!” because they are so adorable? Yep. Twins are special indeed. That’s how I feel every time twins come into my studio. In this month alone, I have had five set of twins in for pictures. And every time, I always feel really excited, because no matter how many times you’ve seen two little ones with impeccable resemblance, it still feels really special. 

So, in this month alone, I’ve had five sets of twins. That’s a total of ten babies, all bearing resemblance to just one, but all having unique personalities. From the tiniest ones to the bigger ones, from the most fragile ones to the ones actively running all over the place and from the calmest to the crankiest ones, each babies are unique. And in having them in front of my camera, I have had double the privilege and have had double the fun, but I’ve also had double the lessons too! I’ve learned that in having double the babies in the studio, it takes double the effort. When there’s double the crankiness, I get double the sweat (from calling different names at one go and making a tailored joke or funny face for each), but I am always rewarded with double the giggles. I can feel double the tiredness, but I also feel double the happiness, because I get to be a part of the journey of not one, but two, people at once! I can imagine how their parents might feel… Double the effort, but also double the reward. 

Stephanie and her husband, Will, have always dreamt of having twins from the very start. Their dreams came true when they found out that they were indeed having a set of babies. God had granted the desires of their heart, with a bonus too, because they will be having a boy… and a girl! I cannot wait to see these siblings grow up and I am grateful that they have allowed me to be a part of this journey. I hope that all these pictures will double the memories! 


Love,

 

Vania

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07 Aug 2016

As I Watch You Grow

Baby Eleora Portraits by Vania

Do you know how much you mean to me? As you grow into what you will be.

You came from within, from just beneath my heart. It's there you'll always be, though your own life will now start.

You're growing so fast it sends me awhirl, with misty eyes, I ask, "Where's my little girl?" 

I know sometimes to you I seem harsh and so unfair, But one day you will see, I taught you well because I care.

The next few years will so quickly fly, with laughter and joy, mixed with a few tears to cry.

As you begin your growth to womanhood, this fact you must know, you'll always be my source of pride, no matter where you go.

You must stand up tall and proud, within you feel no fear, for all you dreams and goals sit before you very near.

With God's love in your heart and the world by its tail, you'll always be my winner, and victory will prevail.

 

For you this poem was written, with help from above, to tell you in a rhythm of your Mother's heartfelt love! (Kay Theese)

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06 Aug 2016

Lessons for Life

Karissa, Tristan, and Katelyn portraits by Ave

Bandage scraped knees. Kiss away fears.

Watch their heartbreak and dry their tears.

Teach them to know what's right and what's wrong.

Show them how to be gentle and when to be strong.

Tell them you love them, and then let it show.

That's the easiest part of helping them grow.

There needs to be discipline, but don't over do it.

Praise and encouragement strengthens their spirit.

Show them respect for their feelings and thoughts.

They should know their important, self worth can't be bought.

Show them some patience and always be kind.

Developing minds make mistakes time to time.

Teach them to be the best they can be.

When they're happy within,

WHAT A RIDE LIFE CAN BE! (Wanda Oleson)

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31 Jul 2016

Before I Met You

Temmie Maternity Portraits by Herna

 

Small fingers and tiny toes.

A nose that twitched

And lips that moved.

I felt you move

And now I know.

 

I had my doubts, but now I'm sure

When life's the disease, you, my baby, are the cure!

And I'm counting the days to meet you.

 

Love,

Your Mama

 

 

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24 Jul 2016
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