Taking Time For Family (Photos)

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As a blogger I take millions of photographs— all the time.  And not just for my blog, but for other projects/jobs, as well as personal photos of family and friends.  This is always a lot of fun for me and I love looking back at past moments.  The one drawback is either my husband or I are the ones taking the photos.  Which means we rarely have shots of us together.  This is even more of an issue now that we have the little one- there is so much I want a record of!

I know what you are thinking: just hire someone to take some family photos!  Well, easier said than done.  See, I am wildly picky.  Painfully.  And I am not a fan of traditional staged photos (for any major event—even our wedding photos have a slightly more candid feel to them).  I like to get a peek into someone’s reality and I want to capture a moment of life.  Call me a voyeur, but I love for photos to feel personal.  Needless to say your average photo studio wasn’t going to work for me.

Fortunately I found photographer Paulo Legaspi.  From the start Paulo and I were on the same page when it came to the overall feel of the shoot.  He had a great eye and was beyond easy to work with.  We shot this past Saturday in The Spice Garden at Fort Canning.  It was a beautiful morning and for Lukus, the baby and I it was really like a normal play day in the park.  Okay, maybe normal for say the Stefani-Rossdale clan or some other family used to paparazzi capturing their personal moments…

Here are some of the black and white images:

Family photos 1

Family photos 2

Family photos 3

Family photos 4

Seriously, though- we are thrilled with the outcome of the shoot!  We definitely now have a record of this moment in our lives.  Only problem: deciding which shots to frame!  Honestly these are just a couple of my favorite images- take a peek at some of the color photos on Paulo’s blog HERE (while you are there be sure to check out some of his other photography- love the photos from his trip to Sri Lanka!).


Tell me- how do you capture moments in time with your family and/or friends?  What do you think makes a good photo?



Hong Island, Thailand

I’m back!!!!!!  Thailand was amazing and I am feeling refreshed and renewed and all the other amazing stuff you hope to achieve on a vacation.  We interacted with elephants, enjoyed lots of food, visited the spa and much more.  One of my favorite activities was our visit to Hong Island.  We spent the day kayaking (we traveled around the whole island!), snorkeling (saw a parrot fish!) and lounging on the beach (I fell asleep!).  And, just as I’d hoped, it offered a load of beautiful imagery.  Of course I have to share some of the photos with you…

Hong Island


Hong Island


Hong Island

I loved the different shades of blues throughout the water, the greens in the foliage, and the vibrant colors on the boats.  The islands in the area are characterized by their vertical cliffs, but instead of being imposing the lush landscape and beautiful beaches make them the idyllic escapes (it is no wonder the move The Beach was filmed in the region!).   We traveled by speed boat to the island, but another popular means were these long boats that seemed to enrich the overall aesthetic.

Tell me, do you have any travel planned for the last few weeks of summer?

Escape To Thailand

ThailandI know!  I disappeared all week!  But with good reason!  We escaped to Thailand for a few days to get in some much needed R&R.  I promise I will be back next week with lots of fun new content (and perhaps a new look for North On Harper!).


Have a great weekend!!!

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

Honestly, when the Fall 2013 Ad Campaigns first started to come in I wasn’t in the mood.  After all, tropical Singapore isn’t really conducive for jackets and boots (hmmm— what will I wear this fall?!).  But then I saw the Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Ad Campaign.  And my eyes were opened and I fell in love.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Ad Campaign 1

This campaign is soft, moody and just a little eerie (but in the way that draws you in).  Model Sasha Pivovarova seems almost to be an apparition in this mysterious setting.  Meanwhile, photographer David Sims strikes a beautiful balance between the artistry and showcasing the clothing.  It is a story that I like seeing from the duo Proenza Schouler and seems to speak directly to their brand.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Ad Campaign 2

What do you think of the Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Ad Campaign?


Images via ProenzaSchouler.com – see more of the campaign there.



Inspiration: Food Photography

Last Monday I spoke about looking for inspiration in different places.  And one area that has been a serious source for me is food- and no I am not just talking about all the food I’ve been eating!  Since arriving to Singapore I have had the opportunity to take lots of food photography.  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to capture the vibrant colors and varied textures of the different dishes and ultimately translating those images into ones that leave your taste buds calling out.  Or at least that is the goal!

Here are some of my favorite images from this past weekend:

Food Photography 1


Food Photography 2


Food Photography 3


Food Photography 4


I took these photographs at brunch this past Sunday and was just wildly impressed by all of the displays.  I love the greens and different shades of oranges and reds and pinks.  There also was some fantastic contrast in terms of texture that gave the dishes beautiful dimension.  Too me the dishes were almost too perfect to eat…. almost!


Tell me, do these photos leave you inspired?  Or more importantly, do they leave you hungry?  Where did you find inspiration over this past week?