We thoroughly enjoyed this birthday party celebration of Yu Cheng, who is the 2nd bundle of joy to this client. He was so cute and chubby that the guests couldn’t take their hands off him!
Similar to many other clients, this was not the first time I have met this family. The first time was at Yu Cheng’s elder brother, Yu Kang’s first birthday party. That was a couple of years ago. Naturally, I was delighted to be given the task of documenting Yu Cheng’s joyous occasion as well.
Such authentic moments will become more and more valuable with time. Kids grow at such an alarming rate that we tend to overlook so many moments without realising it. Fortunately, we can still return to specific points in the past through photographs. In a way, they are windows, or drawers, to fragments of our memories tucked away in some corner within us. That was what I learnt after going through some life events 🙂
Having said that, enjoy these cute candid moments of the birthday boy!
This was an exciting birthday party celebration with a Star Wars theme! How awesome is that? Taking a look at the details, you can easily tell that a TONNE of effort went into organising and getting all the various props. Some possible birthday party ideas and decorations include, a huge Star Wars poster, life-sized standing character cut-outs, costumes for the kids to dress up, themed tableware and even a Star Wars pinata kit! Take note not to miss the stunning custom made birthday cakes by Sensational Cakes!
This was not the first time we photographed Aaron and Isaac’s birthday party. Indeed, we felt privileged to have been covering their celebrations for the past few years! And the amazing thing is that they have different themes every time, with a different cake for each of them!
Check out some selected shots from their special day, with a showdown between all the kids and the evil Darth Vader!
Here is our list of resources for birthday party supplies for organising an amazing Pokemon theme birthday party! We realised it was very challenging for mummies or parents to find party supplies and resources on contacting the right vendors when planning a themed party, so we put on our thinking hats, sourced out the best vendors, and put this list together for your convenience!
And don’t forget to check out the free stuff below if you prefer to DIY. Included below are info and resources for awesome Pokeballs, cute cupcake toppers, water bottle labels and more!
Contact information of each vendor is provided at each section. We can’t wait to see how your party turns out! 🙂
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Pokemon Birthday Cakes
We came across some gorgeous custom made Pokemon themed cakes made by Sensational Cakes. The colours really pop, the characters looked perfect and the lettering were beautifully designed in a way that made them appear extra 3D to the eye. Currently, they have 2 designs and personally I prefer the one directly below with Pikachu looking extra cute!
Party City has a range of decorations, balloons, pinata and other supplies at their disposal. Visit their online site for the full range! Note that you may have to use postal services such as Vpost to ship to Singapore as they currently do not ship to international destinations. Be prepared to allow a few weeks for shipping.
Here is a video by Paula Biggs showing how to make your own Pokeballs! I was surprised at how easy it is! And the results were pretty stunning with a glassy and refined look. For favours you can include small Pokemon figurines or candies/snacks in the balls. Check it out!
If you prefer some DIY stuff, check out these free water bottle label templates! Generously provided by HaleGrafx, visit this page to download the full size print template, cut them out and you’re good to go!
Lastly, we have little cupcake toppers! To make a topper, stick 2 labels back to back with a toothpick in between. They can also be used for other food such as candies, biscuits, buns etc. Go here to download the template file.
What is a birthday party without beautiful moments and authentic expressions of your guests and birthday boy/girl to keep? Life’s most precious moments are worth documenting. And our goal is to make sure these images get more and more valuable with each passing year. We offer coverage for birthday parties and baby showers. Get in touch for our packages. We’re ready to “photograph ’em all”!
This brings us to the end of our resource list for Pokemon theme parties! How did your birthday party planning go? We’d love to see them if you have any photos to share!
Adobe Lightroom forms an essential part of my workflow and I use it daily for almost 99% of my work. Each photo assignment involves going through a range of a few hundred to a few thousand images at any one time. That is why I have been constantly on the lookout for tools and methods that will translate to any form of time savings as it works in my favour to cut down my post-processing work to a minimum.
I have used other presets in the past but have yet to implement any of them into my workflow. I ended up settling into a comfort zone of using the same few simple presets which I have created with some minor tweaks to get to my preferred look.
Recently, I was introduced to Sleeklens and their workflow products which helps photographers cut down on post-processing time and at the same time obtain better results. I decided to give the Strike A Pose Portrait Workflow a try for my portraiture work.
After running the presets and brushes over some of my favourite shots, I must say that it was truly a well-worth investment. There are plenty of presets and brushes to choose from. 69 presets and 62 brushes, in fact. For presets, the great thing is that they are editable, which means you are not bound to any preset. For instance, you can start off with a “All In One” or “Base” preset and make further tweaks to fit the style you envisioned, or you can edit and save it as your own customised preset. What’s more, presets can be “layered” or stacked together for multiple effects.
Before and after applying the Kaleidoscope preset.
As you can see from the example above, the “Kaleidoscope” preset made some significant changes to my original edit. I finalised the image with a few minor tweaks, but honestly, the preset by itself is good enough and I wouldn’t hesitate to leave it as that. The next example shows what the brushes are capable of achieving.
Before and after applying brushes for skin softening, eyes enhancing etc to the face.
I was already contented with what I achieved in my original edit, but the Strike A Pose brushes took it a step further and helped provide the finishing touches for a more vibrant and refreshing look. Skin is softer, eyes look shinier, hair and eyebrows are more defined, and blush is applied to her cheeks! Although changes could look subtle, the overall effect was significant, especially when printed into one of our signature albums or viewed on a larger screen. And all of this could be done in under 5 minutes!
These are just but a tiny fraction of what the entire bundle is capable of achieving. There are many, many more presets and brushes to experiment and with. I recommend it to photographers who are looking to cut down on some processing time as well as to people who do not use Photoshop yet hope to achieve similar results in Lightroom alone. You can find more details of the Strike A Pose bundle here. Or you could also check out the entire collection for Lightroom. So many options, there’s something for everyone!