Monday, February 16, 2015  |  Personal

New beginnings :)

o, alot of you have noticed and asked about why I have been kind of hiding under a rock lately.... I had all these wonderful plans for the new year, gearing up for the blog, shoots, and just alot of fun ideas for JSP and Two Threaded Poppies. However, as life would have it, things usually don't go according to how I see it on pen and paper. Because, just after we welcomed in the new days of 2015, my husband and I were gifted with the news that we are expecting our first child in spring this year! 
Truth be told, we were not sure if we'd be the kind of couple that would want children... but God has amazing and funny ways of working in and changing even the most stubborn of hearts, and after being married for 6 years (and being together for about 15 in total), and finally feeling like we found some sort of rooted ground to plant our feet and hands into our marriage in the past 2 years, we felt like it would be the right time to think about extending our family of 2. My husband is beyond thrilled (he was probably more ready than I was haha), and I am a bundle of excitement, nerves, and panic all in one. It's a huge responsibility knowing you are carrying life inside you, and that you are totally in charge of what this little thing gets to grow healthily.  
Anyhow, that is why I have been so 'absent'. Being a person who has been fit, training/exercising, eating very healthy and the like for a long time, I stupidly thought being pregnant would be easy, but unfortunately, it hasn't been (another way God has taught me that I can do everything to be in control of something, but have it turn out completely out of my hands. So I am just praying to Him every day, and clinging onto His grace that He will carry me to full term in one piece!) - I've had pretty bad nausea which on alot of days has rendered me incapacitated to the bed almost all day, looking at my phone and computer made me dizzy, I am tired ALL THE TIME, even going up and down a flight of stairs or walking across the house to go to the toilet has made me go out of breathe and needing to sit to recover after...and it has made me really hate food! Anyone who knows me will know just now much I love eating and I have never been a fussy eater my whole life, however since becoming pregnant, my tastebuds have done a 180 on me and I no longer in control of what I can keep down.  
Now that I am about 10 weeks along, I am SO looking forward to this first trimester being over so I can understand why so many women call the next trimester the honeymoon period! Words cannot express how much I am looking forward to saying goodbye to the nausea, functioning like a human again, and enjoying my food once more.  
Before I continue, I thought it best to clarify and clear up a few pesky rumours that seem to have been floating around the past couple of months: 
1) Yes I have been more active on social media lately (mainly for the sake of business presence)... but that has been absolutely zero indication to how well or worse I have felt. Updating instagram/FB for even those single photos a day was really hard for me, making my head spin and needing to sit back down after. I know some have thought, oh Jenny is better now! And as a result, the emails that came in following up on work, and asking why I have been present at shoots was extremely stressful for me. Vincy, our studio manager did an amazing job informing all clients affected by this change in life before anyone else knew, just to respect clients and show them we care about keeping them in the loop, and if there were any updates, she would be the first to inform any of you. To everyone who respected my space during this time, I have really appreciated it and has really helped in keeping the stress levels of a pregnant lady down. Trust me when I say I am the first person who wants to be better and be well enough to resume work as per normal. I am not the type of person who enjoys sitting around debilitated, and unable to function like normal. Even this letter has taken me weeks to write when usually it would only take me about 20 mins to whip up. It has been extremely frustrating for me, as I have been used to being independent and fast moving my whole life. So when I say I want things to be back to normal, No one wants this more than I :) 
2) How have I been well enough to turn up to shoots? Firstly, I have had amazing team members to back me up. Secondly I had wonderful clients who allowed me to sit whenever I needed. And thirdly, any shoots that could have been moved, were moved.  
3) No, I am not closing down JSP :) In fact, we still have some slots left for this year but are now VERY VERY limited in number ... i can probably count them on my fingers :)  
To those that have been wondering what I will be doing with JSP now that I am going to become a mother (wow, even typing that does NOT sound normal! haha), we've already made all the necessary adjustments to accommodate the coming of this new little life, and unless you have heard from us, things will continue as per normal. We've been really blessed with the most understanding brides and grooms and I cannot tell you just how much that has meant to me - I've had real nightmares that involved psychotic screaming and tears for me to soothe over, but thankfully in real life, none of that panned out and only the sweetest messages of congratulations and smiles have come our way.  
Thank you to my entire team of 2nd shooters who have had my back on ALL shoots lately. I've felt so reassured working along side you at my wedding and portrait gigs. You are all so talented and kind and I call all of you my friends.  
To my family and especially my husband who has looked after me with as much patience as you can bear over the past few months, THANK YOU. There have been days where I have been so unwell and sick that I was overbearing for even myself to deal with, but it has meant everything to me that you have been by my side trying to keep me happy and comfortable. After being together for 15 years, this is such a massive milestone for Ju and I, and I'm really looking forward to figuring out this next chapter of our lives together, with God's wisdom and grace in tow.  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015  |  For Photographers

Jenny Sun Workshops 2015

You guys asked for it! So we're bringing it to you!! :D  
We're BACK this year in KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA and SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA for the only TWO workshop we are hosting in the region this year!! Some wonderful news about both workshops: 
1) We are having it a very private and exclusive venue that is just gorgeously beautiful, rustic, and BIG. You're going to LOVE learning in this space. 
2) The syllabus has been revamped, and the two days will be even more packed with topics, teaching, and information than the last time we were in KL including: 
- How to see and use different kinds of light, and pick/use light for the most flattering photos, and least editing 
- How to pose your clients, to look and feel natural 
- Post production, editing and workflow 
- Branding, and marketing techniques to attract the clients you want and love working with 
- Hearing how JSP started from day 1, to the international brand that it is today 
- How to stand out better and be more unique in an already competitive industry 
- How to spend less time in front of the computer, and more time living life 
- And much more! 
I have honestly, always always believed that the success of a photography business rides on how well a photographer does two things:  
(A) produce their art, and  
(B) run their business.  
My philosophy has followed the strength of that marriage and this workshop is about those two very things. We are going to spend 2 very intense days working from the inside-out. I'll be going through all things JSP: 
- my story, my successes as well as my mistakes, and how each has bettered my journey 
- what inspires me and how I work through creative 'dry patches' 
- the ins and outs of the JSP 'storytelling' style of photography and how it has changed my entire business 
- my gear, and what pieces I use for what kind of photos 
- how I use light 
- how I pose and interact with couples (ie. how to keep them relaxed, natural, and make sure they walk away having FUN at the shoot). 
- I'll also detail the JSP workflow, with photoshop and lightroom demonstrations, and strategies on how to spend less time in front of the computer, so you have more time to shoot AND live life :)  
We'll also be working out who YOU are as a photographer and YOUR style, and helping you carry that through to your photos as well as your business and brand. Sounds scary? It is! But that is the fun of it - Learning to be a better photographer AND a better entrepreneur! :)  
Our aim from the workshop is to help you walk away with the skills and confidence to shoot better photos that you love (that is covering use of posing, light, composition and post processing), AND running a business that works around YOU whether you want to go fulltime, or remain freelance while working a day job, as well as learning how to book clients that LOVE the photos that you shoot, pricing, workflow, time management, social media, etc) :) Time will also be spent learning about how I work with my clients from the moment I meet them, to the shoot, to the finished product.  
There will also be some opportunities for 1 on 1 time with me during the two days, however, to the first 5 students that sign up with the earlybird registration, I will be also offering a complimentary session of a dedicated 45 minute 1 on 1 time for questions and feedback/critique :)  
***Kuala Lumpur: 10am to 6pm each day, 25th and 26th April 2015. Lunch included every day.  
***Sydney: 10am to 6pm each day, 11th and 12th April 2015. Lunch included every day.  
***Kuala Lumpur: Ruang Venue - A beautiful private space in Subang Jaya :) That's right, the place is ALL OURS for the 2 days. With ample free parking, hotels and shopping malls nearby, and most of all, it is over a weekend meaning no fighting through traffic to get to this place, and no need to take leave from work! We can run loose and have fun!! :D FULL details will be given to each person registered. You'll LOVE it I promise!! Here is a sneak peek: 
***Sydney: We're going to be meeting in a gorgeous natural light warehouse in Surry Hills with beautiful white walls, large windows, and wooden panelled floors. Details will be given upon registration! :D 
- your own camera (even a basic SLR camera will do) 
- your own laptop (if you plan to edit photos for exercises at the workshop) 
- you will need a basic understanding of shutterspeed, ISO, and aperture as these elements will not be covered in detail, as the focus on the shooting component of this workshop will focus on posing, and how to use light best for your photos.  
CAPACITY: Limited to 15-20 people. First come first served basis.  
***Kuala Lumpur: $850AUD per person (earlybird rate). Regular rate will be $1200 after March 16th 2015.  
***Sydney: $995AUD per person (earlybird rate). Regular rate will be $1395 after March 16th 2015.  
So please do join me!! These will be the ONLY workshops I will be running in the region this year. The past 6 workshops we ran sold out in about a week, and with seats limited to only 15-20 people, do get in early to get your place and also take advantage of the early bird rate we have! It's a saving of $350AUD (which is about RM1000). 
And FINALLY, here are a couple of things to read and see about our past workshops... 
VIDEOS Of the the last few workshop we ran, so you have an idea of what it will be like:  
1) Our last Sydney workshop, filmed by Andy Yang Films 
2) Our previous Sydney workshop, filmed by (by The Big Films
2) Our previous Kuala Lumpur workshop that was filmed (Done by Nigel Sia from Visual Storytelling
1) If you go to instagram, and type in the hashtag #jspworkshop you will see a whole feed of photos by past students and their reviews of the workshop!! :D 
2) By Wishingtree: 
Full of gorgeous photos and a full write up of our June workshop in Kuala Lumpur 
3) For another full blog post with pictures, reviews and more, click {HERE
I'm ready! How do I sign up?? 
Perfect! Here are the step-by-step instructions! 
(1) All you need to do from this point is to press the 'PAY NOW' button below to make payment and reserve your seat. 
(2) Once you get to the next page, you will have the option to pay via PAYPAL or CREDIT CARD. If you do not have a paypal account, please select the 'PAY BY CREDIT CARD' option (which is the option to the left of the paypal login section - see picture below the PAY NOW button below). If you have ANY problems in paying, please email us IMMEDIATELY at 
(3) Enter your credit card details/log into your paypal account and follow the instructions. 
(4) Once payment has been finalized, THIS IS IMPORTANT - please drop us an email (at with a printscreen of the payment confirmation and the following details: your first name, your surname, your studio name, your studio website, phone number, and email address. 
You MUST complete the above steps to be properly registered! You can click the below 'pay now' button to make payment and get your registration process started :) 
Please select the CORRECT sign up button below: 
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA registrations here: 
***Note, as of 17th March 2015, there are only 2 seats left for the KL Workshop*** 
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA registrations here: 
***Please note that seats are no longer available for the Sydney Workshop. Please email us if you would like to be put on a mailing list for future workshop news*** 

Thursday, March 20, 2014  |  Engagements

Charis and Daryll: Sweethearts

I have the absolute fortune of meeting amazing people, with the kindest of hearts all the time with my line of work.... but every now and again.... like once every few years, I meet certain couples that are all that, but also people whom you can honestly just be friends with. You know, people you can easily just sit down and have a coffee with, laugh about silly things, and just be? Charis and Daryll are two such people....Two sweethearts, that I had the incredible honour of crossing paths with, over... get this... INSTAGRAM. The world is so small and funny these days. Just a random comment/like on my instagram feed by Charis, led to me meeting two people who have one of the sweetest love stories, and two people who are not just beautiful on the outside, but more over, gorgeous on the inside - I am sure anyone who knows them will attest to that. When I meet people like Charis and Daryll, it reminds me in big flashing lights why I am a photographer and have chosen to document people's love stories...they are humble, kind, outrageously fun, have huge hearts for other people, adore God, and love each other in the small ways...which, as I believe, are the big ways in a relationship. Thank you both, from the bottom of my hearts for allowing me to cement your love in photos.... I think out of the three of us, I am the lucky one. God has blessed me richly, in our friendship and I cannot be more thankful that we have crossed paths :) I just hope these frames are something small you can look back on as you continue to walk the journey of life hand in hand together, and remember how much you love one another. Keep being a light to those around you - I know God will be using you both in big and beautiful ways to bless those around you :) 
Oh and for those who are wondering if one of the faces is very familiar... you may have already guessed right - Yes, this is THE Charis Ow :) She is a fashion + beauty blogger, an actress, and a really talented singer all in one. Don't take my word for it... Look at her credentials like.... opening up for huge names like Jayesslee, Jason Chen, Clara C, and so on and so forth. But that's not why I adore this little soul....This girl is not just beautiful on the outside, she has the heart the size of mount everest :)  
So, on a day that included, rain, smoky haze, getting stuck in traffic for 45 mins (or more?), getting lost, red ants, garbage filled grass, mud, and an INSANE 38degrees in temps, these photos happened. I know these frames, at their essence, are simple, but I've stated time and time again on facebook, instagram, and when talking to couples in person, that photos that are simplest are always going to be my favourite...Why? Well.....For the sole reason that they remain timeless and untouched by the waves of trends and fads.... which I just LOVE, because it allows just the lovers in the pictures to shine (which is what it's supposed to be like), their love and their story to take centre stage, and it also means you can hang them on your walls for decades and they stay just as beautiful as the day they were taken :)  
ps: I should note that this is NOT a pre-wedding session. It's what I like to term as a 'sweetheart' session instead - who says you need to be engaged or married to celebrate and document your love in photos!! :D

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  |  Engagements

Paris Pre-Wedding: Jadyn and Kevin

There is always something inherently romantic about the city of Paris, no matter if it is raining, sunny, no matter if you are sharing your walk through the streets packed with tourists, or strolling through a market with just a sparse handful of locals amidst you. I'm not sure if it is the cobblestone pathways, the french language that fills the atmosphere along with the smell of freshly baked bread and the violin players that seem to be dotting the many corners of this city... or is it perhaps the local food and wine which so richly coats our palettes with joy whenever we visit the right restaurants. Or maybe it is all of the above. Whatever it is, this city seems to pull lovers from all over the world, and I have to admit, even when Ju and I made our first visit in 2008 when we went for our honeymoon, despite my cynicism for what the real travellers told me was an overrated city, I still loved Paris, and left the lights and sights with very fond memories.  
So you can imagine my delight when Jadyn and Kevin chose Paris as their city, to cement their love story in photos, and I got to be the person behind the camera. It was a rainy kind of day, and a little chilly, despite it being late into spring, but that didn't stop us from visiting some of the sights, walking through the streets, and making some of the below frames :) I can now understand why there are so many pinterest quotes with the statement "Paris is always a good idea" - I think, no matter how cliched it may seem, everyone should visit this place once in their life :)  
Which is why, I'm so excited to be going back to this place (along with London!!) in May this year! If anyone happens to be there then, or wants to join us while we are there, I'd love to hear from you!! :D Oh and....stay tuned for tomorrow's post as I'll be posting some travel photos from this visit then! :D 
The view from montmartre...
Strolling through the laneways of Jardin Du Luxembourg.
Quick change of clothes and a pit stop to warm up with some french hot chocolate drinks at La Creperie :D
And then when the sun went down, we did some quick photos around The Louvre and The Eiffel Tower :) Quintessentially Paris :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014  |  Portraits

Documentary Family Shoot: The Tses

ocumentary family shoots - i just love them. From the perspective of your eyes, I gather this post is a little different from me....however, the truth is, I have been doing these kind of family sessions since 2009 when a rather unique thinking lady asked if I would do it for her family. Since then, I have adored just being invited into a family's home for a day, and just quietly and candidly documenting their regular ins and outs. There's just something very special about capturing real day -to-day moments of you with your spouse and little one(s) doing your usual thing.... I know it goes against the regular and against the expected for family shoots, but this stems from what I'd want if I was ever a mother - that is, an album made up of real-life, real-moments of how we lived and loved together, inclusive of not only the joys and laughter, but also the tantrums and tears. I'm not a mother, but I know if I was, I'd appreciate and love both sides to be preserved in photos to be remembered later on when memories tend to become grey and foggy. And to dot this at the end, I personally love all photos in these sessions to be in b&w - there is a beautiful storytelling nature to the look of these photos when retained in this form.... Hope you can see what I mean! :D 
So, here are the Tses :) I feel like I have come full circle with this shoot. Angela and Wayne were one of the very very first JSP couples. They took a chance on me when I was a complete newbie in the industry, and it is so precious to be able to reunite with them 5 years later to see how they have grown, and also meet their gorgeous little girl Lexie (whom I fell in love with that day!! She really takes after her parents fun, high energy nature, and is overall a very happy little baby :D ). Thank you so much Wayne and Angela for inviting me into your home that day - and thank you Wayne for making me that cup of coffee - your barista skills are pretty cool and this coffeesnob gives you two thumbs up - thoroughly enjoyed my cuppa!) :D 
Hope these images find a little place in your hearts, and I hope they become a piece in your journey as a family unit, to look back on with fondness and smiles :)  
Much love, 

page 1 page 3
page 2 of 38