Dear Awie and Fen

David & Fen Anniversary 2017

Dear Awie and Fen, 

 

You’ve probably received countless wishes and love and expressions of gratitude for being you by now. From those who are close to you and those who have loved you from afar. It seems as though the whole world celebrates this milestone with you. “Happy anniversary to the sweetest and most inspiring couple,” they say. “You are our #relationshipgoals / #couplegoals.” Everything they say is true. Each and everyone reflects the constant awe of your hearts and the work you have put in to make your relationship not only work, but worldly inspiring. However, everything they say is only bits and pieces of what we have in our hearts for you, for in all honesty, there’s a difference between those who love you from a distance and us, who are privileged to do life with you, day in and day out. Because the greatest honor is to actually witness the things that are not big enough to make it to the social media pages.

 

The adoring look Awie gives Fen when you’re deep in your thoughts, with a pencil and paper in your hand. 

 

The “I love you” at the end of every phone call every time you’re apart, even if you’re just in the room next to each other at the office. And, our personal favorite, “What do you want to eat tonight, Fen?” knowing for certain that Awie will cook up whatever you wished for. 

 

The quick dash Awie makes as you gather your things on the way out to meet Fen. 

 

The starstruck heart-eyes Fen has when you’re watching Awie talk in front of a group of people. 

 

You are his biggest cheerleader. And you are hers.

You’re his visor through every blaze of glory that life brings you. And you are hers. 

You are his inspiration. And you are hers. 

Every single day. Every single time. Day in. Day out.

 

People may swoon over how cute Bunny and Panda are, but we know that this inspiring relationship didn’t just magically appear, despite what many believe. We know just how much effort you put in to make this work, because a relationship like yours requires faith, hope, love and a lot of falling in love with each other over ad over and over again. 

 

It’s by seeing you that we have learned about what love really is. It’s by being around you that we know the feeling of love. It’s by watching you love each other that we have come to understand how relationships work. And in a world where many have easily given up on each other, we look to you, and see that love is indeed worth fighting for. 

 

Many great things in our lives have happened because you happened. We are the lucky few who have been given the chance to witness love first hand. And that is a privilege we never take for granted.

 

Happy anniversary, Awie and Fen. May God continue to bless your marriage and may he allow you to continue to do what you have done, and that is to inspire the world with true love. 

 

We love you, from the depth of our hearts. 

 

 

AXIOO



Credit Photos by Sweet Escape

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23 May 2017

Mom. I Miss You.

Mother's Day Portraits by Winson

Gadgets aside, when was the last time you talk with your mom or maybe just listen to her day through a quick call? Do you miss her? The things I miss about my mom inspired me to create this portraiture series. So, let me share you a little bit about the woman who inspired me.

My mom was not only pretty, but she was blessed with a lot of talents too. Back when she was young, she was in a beauty pageant in the 70’s. Just by looking at the trophy case, I see she won other competitions too. 

 

My mom was the most easy-going person that I've ever know. When we went to supermarket, she put on her friendly face and greeted everyone--yes, from the security, the butcher, to the cashier. I was like, “You don’t have to do that mom.” I was shy, but deep down I'm amazed by her positive vibe. After spending time with her, everyone feels better about themselves.

In the pursuit of becoming a good mother, she grew to be a tough mom for me. When I was a little boy, just like any other typical boy, I could be very naughty. My mom twisted my ears or sometimes hit me with feather duster (I think most of the 90’s kids will understand this feeling. LOL.) The most annoying thing she did was when she woke me up by pulling my leg out of bed every morning, and, not to forget, when she lectured me with her high-pitch Manado accent that you could hear from 2 blocks away: “Don’t come home late!” “Don’t be lazy!” “Don’t shower too late!” “GO EAT!” “Don’t do this!” “Don’t do that!”

We used to do a couple things together. Just the two of us. We both loves music, so we played the guitar and sang together. She wanted me to be a singer. (Sorry to disappoint you mom.. haha). Other times, we just dined and spent quality times together.

Cancer latched on her for 3 years before it took her away. Passing every single day without her is not easy. I miss everything about her. I miss her silly jokes and her laughter. The thing I miss the most is those annoying high-pitch lectures. Every time I’m home, I’m dying to hear that again, but I can’t. I really wish I could just hear her voice once again.

On her last years, she always had the urge to have her picture taken in every occasion. But I didn’t feel like doing it, as it will be her way of saying goodbye. Deep down, I still wish God will give a healing miracle for her. I really wish I did capture her more often. If I could just turn back time, I would collect more memories of you, mom.

Realizing that our time with our loved ones is limited, I feel honored that I'm able to  captured unique “mother and child” moments. In order to do so, we have gathered some families. I’m really glad, despite their busy lives, they made the time to do this with their mothers.

However, after all, this is for you, mom. Thank you for a lifetime of love you have poured into me. I always will remember your love. I miss you so bad. Until we meet again someday. We will.

With love,
Winson

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16 May 2017

I Love You Furry Much

Coco & Lulu feat. Richard & Shalvynne by Fen

Coco and Lulu are the jealous types. When one of them thinks I love one of them more, the other one gets mad. One time, I was so tired that I slept on a sofa, coincidentally near Coco. Lulu ran from the farthest corner of the room, jumped, and landed on Coco’s body, possessively asking Coco to leave me alone with her. Being the good bigger sister, Coco gave her spot up. 

 

Well, my love for them is equal. Unfortunately, sometimes, they don’t know what. They need reassurance. So, I have to show them both by that I care for them equally or one of them will get mad, usually by pretending by not hearing me when I call her. When I get home and they run to greet me, I have to call and pet them both at the same time.  

 

Coco and Lulu are also the understanding types. On normal days, they play and run around the house. When I don’t feel well, they would accompany me all day. They would stay so close to me that I can feel their fur and their tiny heartbeats on my skin. It feels like Lulu and Coco can feel my pain and they would be willing sacrifice their fun activities to take care of me. That’s so sweet of them. 

 

Everyday with Coco and Lulu is memorable!

 

Love,

Shalvynne

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15 May 2017

Before You Say “I Do”

Stephanie Beauty Portraits by Winson

Only a few days left before you say “I do”? Only moments before you become someone’s wife and your whole life will change forever? We’re pretty sure that you’ve settled everything and there’s nothing much left to do but wait. We can also imagine that the wedding preparation process was hard on you. It has probably left you physically and mentally exhausted. However, the prospect of being married is still exciting and so you don’t think about being tired at all. Instead you look forward to it and you’re increasingly agitated as you wait for that one big day to arrive. 

Don’t spend it watching the clock tick. This is, after all, your last few days of being a single lady! (And girl, this moment ain’t ever coming back!) You should revel in these moments, savor it to the fullest. And we’ve got some pretty good ideas about how you can spend it.

 

You can spoil your parents. Go shopping with your mom. Have tea with your Dad. Take them out for dinner so you can bond and you can show them just how blessed you are to be raised by them. By the time you’re someone’s Mrs, you might not have enough time to spend with them.

 

You can go for a sleepover with your best girlfriends. Spend some quality time with your girls before you step into marriage. Host it at a place you won’t be able to share with them later on: your bedroom! Reminisce the good old days, watch romantic comedies, eat lots of comfort food, and have lots of fun! 

 

You can be alone and get lost by yourself. You don’t even have to go far away because getting lost in your own city can be quite fun too. Reconnect with yourself. You may be surprised how being "lost" really opens the door to being "found" and it can reinvigorate you and remind you of what is really valuable.

 

Whatever you do, take your mind off of your wedding and focus on you.

 

Love, 

AXIOO

 

Photos are courtesy of Stephanie, photographed by Winson

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05 May 2017

Inspiration: Outdoor Wedding: Choosing Dates & Decors

There’s something romantic about outdoor weddings; bright blue sky as your limitless ceiling, freshly mowed grass as your carpet, the birds chirping (and the waves crashing, if your wedding will be near the beach) as the melody, the sun shining as bright as your faces. Really. Nature is the most beautiful scene to speak your vows. 

 

However, preparing a wedding with mother nature is a bit tricky. We have to work around the weather. Nonetheless, when we see our clients pull this off, we know those weddings are going to be the ones to remember. 

 

We asked a couple of our friends who set outdoor decorations on a couple tips on making it happen. 

 

Everyone agreed: you have to be sure your D-date would sit in the right season. 

 

“June, July, and August are the perfect months to have a Bali outdoor wedding. Since it’s winter in Australia, the wind blow coldly, which is a relief from the hot tropical sun,” said Yu Cien from Lotus Decor.

 

Since it’s Indonesia, we can’t predict the exact weather. One hour, the clouds would rain buckets. The other hour, the sky would part, letting the hot sun strikes. “I suggest you to choose the vendor who provides an alternative room or a tent. If the weather goes bad, we would move to that room,” added Yu Cien.

 

“If you really wish to have an outdoor wedding on rainy season, you should really prepare a tent,” advised Steve from Steve Decor. He doesn’t trust shaman to chase away the rain, “Let’s be logical. Let’s be exact. I mean, you’ve dreamed this wedding since you’re a kid. It would be very unfortunate to not see it come true because of the weather.” 

 

After considering the season and choosing the date, let’s think about the style. 

 

“Before you look for reference, remember be true to yourself. Your wedding shall reflect your personality as a couple, so it will be memorable for you and the guest as well. These questions can usually be a starter point to decode your wedding theme: what you love, what you don’t like, what’s memorable in your life, what elements you find amusing, what object are meaningful. ” suggested Emil from Designmill

 

The style should go with nature. Steve said, “Nature is already amazing. Pastel colors fits so well. Also, using natural props works too! You know, props like candles and torches. They would create romantic ambience. If you wanted something a little grand, you would love French garden style.”  

 

“After you decide on style, budget, and vendor. You should work on improving the ideas rather than comparing and starting all over again when you find other concept,” Emil added. 

 

To give you more inspiration, we also would love to share some of the pictures of our clients’ amazing outdoor wedding decors. They are so wonderful! Please enjoy.

 

 

Happy prepping!

 

Cheers,

Natasha

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02 May 2017

#axiookartini: To settle down or to chase a career?

Ladies, our fairytale is evolving. Back then, society expected us to be like Sleeping Beauty: have flawless hair and settle down early with a handsome prince. They said, “Girls are like Christmas trees. By 23 and 24, people would be racing to buy. After 25, we would be putting on our neon SALE sign.”

 

Now, on top of getting married and giving birth, some of them added being successful into the equation. At every high school reunion or family gathering, they keep asking, “Where do you work? How’s your business? When are you getting married?” or sometimes, “Who do the best eyebrow embroidery?” The questions kept playing on repeat like that new Ed Sheeran song. 

 

We’re not complaining. We are very, very, very grateful for the opportunity to reach for our dreams;  no matter what they are, whether it is opening bakery in France, building a fashion empire in Milan, or making business deals in Wall Street, making it come true is only a matter of our learning pace and our growing guts. Having this new privilege, we can’t even imagine what it’s like to live in the past, in which we don’t have any opportunity to reach our dream.

 

On the other hand, it feels great to dedicate 100% of our time to take care of our home, the people that matters the most to us. Even though we don’t need a prince to make our lives, deep down inside, we also want to be somebody’s princess. I mean, isn’t it wonderful to have someone to come home to and talk about our days with, and perhaps, a daughter and a son to watch cartoons with? 

 

However, in some situations, we have to choose between sacrificing our career or our relationship. “Let me know when your entire life goes up in smoke, then it’s time for a promotion,” this The Devil Wears Prada quote is sad but true.

 

Well, whatever you decide, you’re right. Don’t worry. You have an entire generation of women standing behind you. We know how hard it is to make such decision. We are proud of you. Nevermind about the things they judge behind our backs. Let their whispers sleep in a forgotten tower. Besides, we are the Belle of this generation. We are smart, brave, and someday somehow we’ll meet a prince. He might not understand us at first, but later, he’ll love our quirks. 

 

Happy Kartini’s Day, ladies! 

 

Hugs,

Natasha

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21 Apr 2017

#AXIOOHeroes

Axioo People Portraits by Fen & Winson

I roamed the city of Paris on my own last week. I had a few days to myself before I had to meet clients for a pre-wedding session. It wasn’t the first time and it definitely wouldn’t be the last. I had been to the romantic capital of the world countless times in the last fifteen years, since I made wedding photography my day job and especially since Paris gained popularity as pre-wedding destination. Often I am accompanied by the my wife who loves Paris just as much as I do or by other photographers on the team, but it’s not seldom that I’m there on my own. 

Being in Paris, on a job, on my own gave me a lot of time to reflect on AXIOO and the joy it has brought me in the past fifteen years. This was the dream. This is now the life. And I couldn’t help but be filled with overwhelming gratitude, because we have come so far from that one desk at the corner of our tiny apartment. 

When I think about how we got here, I can never escape from each and every faces that have made AXIOO what it is. The people. The AXIOOers. The creative, loud and crazy bunch that Fen and I are blessed to call family. Each and everyone of them worked hard to support my dreams. More than that, they have made it their own. The dreams I had didn’t need me to nurture because they have taken it into their own hands and grew it. The AXIOO I had in mind fifteen years ago wouldn’t have turned the way it is if not for the people who have made the dream their own. 

I am constantly amazed by each and every one of them. I salute the photographers and videographers with the crazy schedules and the back-to-back jobs for I know that there are many periods in a year when they are forced to live out of their suitcases, yet still, they manage not only carry out their assignments but also to do it really well. I am in awe of the pool of talents we have on our creative team - the stylists, the editors, the designers, the product designers, the promotions and events team - who think outside of the box and in technicolor every single day of their lives. You know that quote, “Eat glitter and sparkle”? Yeah, whoever came up with that line must have been thinking of these people! 

I believe that it is out of these brilliant minds that AXIOO continuously creates beautiful masterpieces. And that it is because of these people that AXIOO has moved from simply being “beyond words” to being able to “capture love and life” before being able to “grow old with you” as we do now with BabyAXIOO, AXIOO Family, AXIOO Portraitures and even AXIOO Pets. I know that it’s because of these people that AXIOO now holds so much meaning, not just for me and my family, but for everyone on this journey with us.

As I spent some time in Paris thinking and reminiscing, a photo shoot was held in honor of #AXIOOHeroes. This is everyone who made AXIOO the way it is today. This is my team. This is my people. This is my family. I just want to take a few moments to say just how grateful I am for each and everyone of them. I love you guys… beyond words!


Love, 

David 

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17 Apr 2017

Can Men Talk About Feelings?

Don’t you just hate it when you’re asking your boyfriend about his feelings and he just gives you the most confused look? Feelings? Huh, what feelings? Men aren’t the best at talking about their feelings. They would much rather talk about thoughts and ideas, but hardly ever about emotions. Women, on the other hand, love to talk about how we feel. And it can be frustrating to talk to our boyfriends about it because they simply don’t get it. 

Why do you think that is? We brought our curiosity to a relationships expert who shed a light into the subject. Let’s just say that after a few minutes with her, we came out feeling so much better because we understand more and we’d like to share what we learned with you. 

First we asked her, “Are men just not as emotional as women? Do they even have emotions to begin with?” to which she replied with a resounding, “YES!” Apparently, men have just as much emotions as women do. The only difference is that men do not have the language for it. Scientifically speaking, women and men differ in the way they use their brain when it comes to emotions. Women have the ability to connect two sides of the brain, one side being responsible for language and the other being responsible for emotions. However, men don’t have this capability, hence, causing the frustration from our side. 

On top of their inability to connect between feeling something and communicating it, men are also afraid to express their feelings. From a very young age, they’ve learned that “boys don’t cry” and to appear unaffected by whatever is happening inside. They also worry that being in touch with their feelings, they’d become more “feminine”.

So, what can we do to help? We often assume that just because our boyfriends don’t talk about their feelings, it means that they don’t care. First and foremost, we need to understand that men don’t have the luxury to express their feelings as openly as we do. So, instead of assuming that your boyfriends doesn’t want to tell you how he feels, understand that he might not how to do that. Remind yourself to not ridicule, instead show your empathy, even when he sheds a tear, because “real men cry”.

 

Love, 

AXIOO

Courtesy of Martin & Janet Prewedding by Ivan

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13 Apr 2017

Picking Simple Dresses for Bridesmaids

We all have one group of girls who know a complete history of our dating career, from our first heartbreak to the day he proposed. Each of them has offered us wonderful advice, which sometimes we ignore. Deep down, we know they know what’s best for us. But still, when the horrible consequences happened, they stayed awake, listened to our cries until 4 AM without saying, “I told you so.”  

 

The closer we get to our wedding day, the more mixed up our emotions will be. We definitely need our best friends during that day, so we turn them to be our bridesmaids.

 

Speaking of our best friends, do you remember those moments when you wear matching outfits with them? Those moments are fun! So, why not pick matching dresses for them on your wedding day? It would be really pleasant, just like the old days. Plus, wearing those dresses would make them feel so special. 

 

While choosing the dresses, there are some things that keep coming back into our minds. First, the style should complement our wedding theme and our bridesmaids’ personal tastes. Then, the dresses should be within our wedding budget.


When in doubt, choose simplicity. From what we have seen over the years, simple dresses fit into any theme and personal style. You can see the pictures below. We hope they would inspire you. 

 

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10 Apr 2017

Do you dream?

Gabriella Beauty Portraits by Winson

“Do you still have dreams? What dreams do you have in your heart now?”

When people ask us this question, most of us fall silent. Our fingers fiddle with our pens, our eyes look up, down, left, right. But no answer could come out of our mouths. When did it start to be such a hard question to answer? I imagine that when we were little, we never found it hard. As children, we never had any problems to dream big dream. But as life responsibilities pile up and we grow up, it’s easy to forget how to dream.

There might be a peer-pressure, a daily routine that can’t be left behind like schoolwork, or maybe parents who force their will to select a different option away from what we want. We tend to over-analyze everything. We spend our time to focus on the 'what ifs' instead of the 'what can be'. We fear the worst of what people around us will think about our dreams. Sometimes, a dream even felt selfish when there were so many great needs. And in the end, we stop dreaming.

I do not know what you're facing to make you stop dreaming. But here's what I know. Inside each of us, God already deposited seeds of unique talent and potential. We can be anything we dream to be and most of the time, the only limit is ourselves. Try to stop being affected by circumstances beyond your control. Let yourself be the best version of you. Let yourself go and fly. You can do whatever you set your mind to. In case no one has ever told you, let me be the first. I believe you can make your dreams come true. Believe in yourself the way a complete stranger believes in you. You can and will do great and amazing things with yourself if you allow it to happen. It’s never too late to do something with your life that you always wanted to do.

Even if dreams are never easy to accomplish and sometimes they seem too impossible to be true, it would indeed be impossible if you stop dreaming and pursuing that dream. Let's rip that "impossible" label off and put in the garbage. And then, like a child, let's remember to dream again.

So let me ask you the same question again,

“What dreams do you have in your heart right now?”


Winson

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03 Mar 2017
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