Welcome 2015

Assalamualaikum and lovely day to you.

It's been a long while.
I was browsing through some websites today.  And I got so inspired.
I was triggered.
Motivated, to be exact.

To know there are photographers out there who stand so firmly doing what they love.
To do things differently, and not feel awkward about it.
Instead are proud of what they do.
Their works, and theirs words speak so loudly of what they believe.

I've been wanting to do something different - something I truly believe - since long ago.
But I got so hesitant to be open about it here.  I dunno why.
I told my family about it.  I told my friends about it.
And I even told strangers - who became friends  instantly because we have things in common masha Allah.

But today, I realise I should not be hesitant any more.
This is what I believe, for so long.
And I wanna go ahead with it. No compromise.
In shaa Allah.

Welcome 2015.




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In Loving Memory

Today is my dad'd birthday. He would be 67 if he is still here with us. But Allah love him more.  He passed away on 1st Jamadilawal 1435 that is on 3rd March this year.  Not until today do I have the courage to write my usual entries  what more to write about his passing here.  It has been a difficult time for us since he left us.  It is with the Mercy of Allah that we brave through and continue our life without him by our side.  We miss him so, so much.....

Yet indeed to Allah we belong, and to Him we shall return. In shaa Allah he is in a better place now.  Indeed this life in this world is only temporary. For there will be the next life, the eternal one. I pray that his passing will be a beautiful beginning of the next life for dad. May Allay forgive him and have mercy on my dad, and put him among the solihin.

One day - sooner or later - our time will come too.  For this life is only a delusion, a temporary one;

"Every soul will taste death, and you will only be given your [full] compensation on the Day of Resurrection. So he who is drawn away from the Fire and admitted to Paradise has attained [his desire]. And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion." [Quran 3 : 185]

He may no longer be with us.  But his love and his memory will live on and stay in our hearts for as long as we live in shaa Allah.  He always believed in me.   Dad always thought that I will do great in photography. And to him, I was fluent in writing.  As if writing is something that is second nature to me.  Every time he mentioned that, I doubted it but never brought myself to tell him, probably because I so wished what he said was true.  In terms of writing, I always see myself similar to Jack of  all trades. Neither great in English nor in Malay writing.  Dad always told me to pursue writing, but I have long left it. Yes, that much I doubted myself that I did not even give it my best try.  When in fact I know so well that writing takes practice.  You do not become good in an instant.  You do not become good because you took a writing course; or you were a Journalism major back in school.  Yes I took Journalism, yet I always have this fear to write thinking my writing is not good enough.   How silly I was! You become good when you practice.  You write, and write and write.  Till you become better, and better and even better.  Writing is a journey, and will always be.  From time to time, you will see yourself progress and grow.  Just like in photography.  You grow.  Your pictures developed through years of practice.   And so does writing.  I  believe in my dad now, and perhaps I always believed in him. But I let fear got in the way.

I do not want to let fear get in my way any more.  How many years have I wasted because of my fear.  It is time that I take up writing again.  I would love to see myself grow in writing.   Perhaps in 5 years time, I hope to look back and see how my journey has been.  I do not want to be afraid any more, or fear that my writing is not good enough or my grammar is bad.  The most important is to share. Perhaps someone can benefit from my writing, even if it's only for one or two persons.

And in shaa Allah I will improve from time, to time.  Not only in the language.  But my own self.  A good friend of mine told me that writing is like a self-motivation.  I  could not agree more with her.  When you write, you record your thoughts and words.  You capture them in writing.  Just like photography.  While a camera preserves a memory, a pen or a writing tool preserve someone's thoughts and words.  And similar to photography, when your thoughts and words are written you get to see [read] them, learn and improve.

I did write couple of years ago when my eldest was about three years old.  She is eight now.  I wrote some articles for an online photo community.  I still keep them.  Early this year my best buddy invited me to give a talk to a group of mothers on 'Photographing Your Baby.'  I took up her invitation, excited to share my experience.

Fast forward the talk was then held in early April. I also took the chance to share one of the articles with them.  I rewrote the article a bit, printed and shared with them during my talk that day.  I felt good sharing what I know and my experience with others.  To know that actually someone can benefit from your sharing is such a humbling experience.  I would love to continue the journey.  In shaa Allah.

For I believe sharing is joy. That is probably what my dad felt.  He loved to share.  One of them was sharing fruits from the tress he planted - he loves gardening very much.  And when sharing he not only gave, he gave the best from his harvest.  And not only the best, he made sure the fruits were washed and cleaned properly, one by one. And then wiped with a clean cloth.  He was very meticulous when it came to that.  You give the best of what you have.  He lived by that.

I miss you so much Dad....

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Gong Xi Fa Cai

To all my dear family, friends, clients and viewers who are celebrating;
I wish you a Happy Chinese New Year!!!
May this year brings you many, many more prosperity, joy and happiness.

xoxo,
Milin.

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mom's love | selangor, malaysia children photographer


Assalamualaikum (May peace be with you).

Hi there beautiful people!

I would like to share with you among my most favourite pictures. These were taken quite a very long while ago but I never got a chance to blog about it. A session I had with a very dear client who is more like a sister to me. We share lots of similarities and that probably made us clicked so well the moment we met.
This session was held to celebrate S and her hubby's wedding anniversary. And alhamdulillah I also had the chance to capture these beautiful, unguarded moments of S and her gorgeous daughter Little A.  Oh how I love those unguarded moments!  That moments when family had such a wonderful time together the surrounding became oblivious to them. I treasured time like this so much during my session that sometime tears of joy began to stream down my face no matter how hard I tried to hold them - ok I know I am that hopeless romantic!
I hope one day when Little A grows up and probably on her own away from mom and dad to chase her dream, these pictures would be one of the treasures she brings along with her, reminding her of beautiful memories she had with the most beautiful person in her life. Photographs that tell beautiful little stories of her childhood, unfolding those sweet moments together with mom.  Tangible, cherished memories that Little A would hang on the wall to greet her every time she starts her day, or during that tough time burning the midnight oil the photographs would be there with her to remind of mom's love, and keep her motivated.

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introducing littlestori mini!





Assalamualaikum (May peace be with you) and wishing you a blessed Friday.

Alhamdulillah I'm so happy to introduce you our new session, Littlestori Mini.
Long I have been planning for this, and finally it's here!  To celebrate this, you will get to enjoy
our new session only at RM450 instead of RM499 if you book your session before January 1st, 2014.
So wait no further, contact me at littlestori@gmail.com to book your session and I can't wait to meet your little one! :)

xoxo,
Milin.

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mini session coming soon!



Assalamualaikum warahmatullah
May peace and mercy of Allah be with you)

I'm so delighted to announce that I will be introducing mini session starting year 2014. It will be released very soon!
So watch for this space :D

xoxo,
Milin.

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little explorer

Assalamualaikum warahmatullah
(May peace and mercy of Allah be with you)

I'm just so excited today, alhamdulillah!  Finally today my blog is getting a new look.  Sweet, simple and neat.  And notice the new blog background?  I could not be more than happier!  The new look is just like how I wanted it to be, thanks to someone very dear .  All I need to change now is my blog header, in shaa Allah will be getting help from my sister dearest, yeay!

And I'm thrilled to share with you a sneak peek for a session I had just before November ended. Such a wonderful time I had with this beautiful family and these are pictures of their eldest, Little Y.  I have lots of beautiful images I wanted to share with you but I must do a sneak peek for these pictures first.  We were about to wrap up our session - everybody finally is getting tired after much great fun - and while packing up Little Y discovered my paper towel.  And magic happened right after!   Curious, cheeky yet almost-tired Little Y ended up having another round of fun, this time playing with her new-found 'toy'. Who would have thought a simple household item like this would make a child really delighted!  And of course I'm the happiest photographer that day. What a beautiful way to end our lovely session.  Alhamdulillah.

To Little Y mom, thank you so much for a great time I had with your family.

xoxo,
Milin

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2009 KLPA

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KL Photo Award finalist Milin Kassim is a custom, natural light portrait photographer. She specializes in newborns, babies, children and family portraiture. Contemporary in her approach, Milin strives to capture memorable, heartfelt images of childhood. She especially loves, loves to capture family connections and relationships; that sweet love and special bonding family members have for one another. And she has a big, soft spot for children natural expressions - be it sulking, cheeky, giggle, shy, angry, curious, etc. Those expressions melt her heart in a way she could never possibly describe in words. With thoughtful attention to details, Milin dwells in her dreamland of picture-processing giving a special touch to each of her images; turning them into artistic portraits that she hopes will tug the hearts of families for many, many years to come.

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