I’m still in the middle of my “Love Yourself (LY)” Concept which is all about Women & Connectivity Through Photography so, this post can never come at a perfect time. I am still developing it, ironing out details but the gist is simple : It’s not about glamour nor fashion. I don’t even care what you have or the stuff you own. It’s just loving who you are and celebrating womanhood and feeling good about yourself. I am quite excited but first let me tell you about this fabulous friend of mine who for me represents the LY vision.
Just call her Tin. I’ve known this woman long enough to let everyone know how amazing she is — a Full Iron Man finisher (ooh and did you know her husband proposed at the finish line?!! — yes so sweet!) , a marathon runner, a triathlete and my was my Underwater Hockey team mate both in Manila and Singapore. Don’t even let her petiteness fool you because she is fierce, fast focused and strong. She is the reason why I was able to complete my first ever 21K run. She trained me well with a no-mercy training program. It is her who taught me : Start slow but finish strong.
Tin was always On-the-Go training and running everyday plus training me on the side. On top of that she was our UWH Team Captain (TC) and we were in the middle of training for an international meet when she announced she was with child. Only over a year married that time , I knew the pregnancy was unplanned but I was so happy for her! I knew she was not ready but she quickly got over it. It took her only a week to embrace and accept that life was to change. It was sad that she had to quit as our TC but she kept going on with her daily exercise , of course on a much lower intensity. I admired her for that. I admire her for a lot of things (I must say, her running form is wicked!). By the time she was almost her 8th month, I have been practicing my photography a lot and just had to ask her if she can model her beautiful belly for me. Without hesitation, she said yes. During the session, still in my learning curve, I’d ask her to do lots of poses and request to expose her belly and body but never once did I hear about her being shy or ashamed. I was in awe of how comfortable she was in her own skin and loving her curves. Really, she is a dream maternity model! That was about 5 years ago. I treasure all the images I’v’e captured. The pictures are not perfect. Some of the images had inconsistencies on lighting and exposure but when I showed her the outtakes she was so happy which me made happy too. I am so proud to have captured her and her beautiful bump which she was so proud of.
Tin had a baby boy which I was glad to meet before I moved to Bangkok. She and her family had moved out of Singapore too , I think 2 years after we did but we still connect like we live 5 kilometres apart still.