Scandinavian Christmas Winter Wonderland with Skye & Scott in Amsterdam

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This Christmas, we enjoy our time to celebrate Skye’s birthday (Skye is two now!) and Christmas in this houseboat in the west of Amsterdam.

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This house is filled with a modern and warm Scandinavian theme with festive spirit, with a Morocco carpet just in and sofa in Safari colour, Christmas tree from local store Karwei. Designed by mum Annelies Dorsman, she does not have a design background but an immerse interest in interior and styling. How amazing it is! She is super sweet and personable, and happy to share her styling and time with her kids Skye and Scott at her blog.

We have so much fun as we echo with the idea to let the kids play and be themselves, explore around the universe!

We had an interview with Annelies to share some design inspirations with us!

Design Inspirations

Q: What are the ideas when you work on the design of house? What inspirations do you draw from to make a collection?

A: Most of the inspiration I get from Instagram and Pinterest. But also I follow my own insights. When I have an idea, I know exactly what I want and go on a search the find the perfect colours and items with it. I don’t necessarily follow the trends.

Q: How often do you change the set up at home?

A: I think it’s never the same a whole year around. The last room I’ve changed is Scott’s Bedroom. And a half year before that Skye’s room. Also a few months ago we got a new couch and a few weeks ago a big, Moroccan carpet. Since these latest additions, it finally feels complete.

Tips in home styling…

Q: Do you have some tips for mums to decorate their house?

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A: Sure! Don’t let kids take over your house. Make a corner of a playground for them in such a way you can enjoy your home without all the toys. You’re not only a mom. You’re still you. You’re still a wife, a friend, a partner. You name it. Don’t forget that when decorating your living room.

And very important for me: make sure all the spaces in your house have the same vibes. Use the same colours /tints and materials in the rooms.

Celebrating Skye’s birthday!

For this winter wonderland photoshoot with everything in our dreamy pastel colour tones, baby Skye and Scott are blowing out candles together for Skye’s birthday! We have the dreamy set up and props from local design stores HEMA and card design from local studio Studio Maria-Loïs in front of the well-lit moon as the backdrop.

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Aww… See Skye is excited to have the candles light up!
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Mama Annelies lighting up the candles!

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Trying very hard to blow out all the candles! 😀
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I love the idea that Annelies would change around the design organically from time to time.

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We are so much in love with the Scandinavian Christmas theme with a modern twist.

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Hope you find the design inspirations useful. Wish you a Merry Christmas!

Also, featured on Amsterdam blog, Christmas Winter Wonderland Birthday fotoshoot , welcome to check out!

Photography | Little Stories – the Moment by Amy
Design | Annelies Dorsman at Dirksdotter
On Scott:
Hoodle | Nununu
Pants | be kind
Blouse | HEMA
On Skye:
Dress | Neck & Neck
Christmas Tree | Karwei
Christmas Props | HEMA
Card Design | Studio Maria-Loïs

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Weekend recharge with Emi Wong & Chad in Phuket


Weekend recharge in Thailand

Hong Kong is quite hectic to live sometimes. We escaped to Thailand for our birthday! Emi Wong and I knew each other since university. We did from engagement style shoot in Hong Kong to her real engagement in Phuket! And surprisingly to know Emi and my birthdays are in January with one day gap. We gather in one of our favourite beaches in Karon Beach in Thailand for the engagement shoot with her cute fiancé Chad.

Last time, we did the engagement shoot in studio with Vera Wang‘s stunning gown in Hong Kong. This time, we did the shoot outdoor with the warm sunlight in Phuket under the UK’s designer dress from Zaeem Jamal from bridal shop Daughter of Eve Boutique in Phuket.

Why film?

Something new this time is we did the shoot on film! Emi has never tried in film and we explored something new each time. They have some questions in mind while I was loading my film:

Chad: Why do you use film?
Amy: The colour is different! When you look at the skin tone, it’s more accurate.

Emi: What’re the differences between digital and film?
Amy: First, light tolerance. For the sunny condition especially in the afternoon in Thailand, it would be way too sunny and the details from the digital data would be lost. But film has the tolerance to be able to keep the details when film can absorb more light to the film for further processing in the film lab.

Second, the texture. From digital, the photos would be more flat while for film, the photos would be able to include a rich range of textures and dimension, especially because I use the medium format film camera, in which the film sensor is a lot larger than the full frame camera.

Third, the colour. Skin tone is what we care the most as portrait photographers. We would like to make sure that the photos can reflect and keep the true colours. Plus the colour tones that oringate from film stocks, that couldn’t be manipulated easily.

Chad: What do you get after using film? Where do you send to afterwards?
Amy: I would then send my film rolls to film labs in the U.S..
Chad: Why don’t you do it in Hong Kong?
Amy: It’s not as good as those in U.S.! Hong Kong has amateur photo labs while U.S. has professional graded photo labs which they do at least 100 rolls a day yet they can still keep the consistency in colours.
Chad: Wao! That’s expensive!
Amy: Yea… But the colour is significantly better. I do have some clients who could see the differences, they do value the quality from film and happy to wait a bit longer for the stunning results!

Chad: Is there no more digitals in after using film?
Amy: There are two steps in film in the digital world nowadays. First, get the film rolls developed in the dark room. Second, scan the negatives to professional film scanners to turn films into digitals (jpg). So you can get films and digitals out from the files!

Stunning colours from film

On the Best Medium Format Film Camera | Contax 645
Using our favourite film stock | Fujifilm 400H
Film processed in the U.S. professional photo lab | Richard Photo Lab

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Photography & Styling | Little Stories – the Moment by Amy
Gown | Zaeem Jamal, UK
Bridal Shop | Daughter of Eve Boutique, Phuket
Hotel | Avista Grande Phuket Karon – MGallery by Sofitel
Film | Fujifilm Global
Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab
With lifestyle & fitness blogger Emi Wong & Chad Davis

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Check out our travel plan for 2019, we may meet you there on the other side of the world!

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Cherry Blossom in Japan

“Challenge yourself, grow, blossom, and become who you were meant to be.”

– Carolyn Aronson


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We travelled to Tokyo, Japan for a break for cherry blossom (Sakura) and hope to share with you the beauty of it.

We love the simplicity here. We chose to come to Tokyo because we would love to see the sakura trees together with city views.

It’s the first time for us to see Sakura, we are simply amazed by the blossoms around the whole city.

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Sakura with Little Stories - the Moment by Amy

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Sakura Cherry Blossom photoshoot in Tokyo, Japan

There are couples and families everywhere. Some locals sit around the parks for a picnic while some travellers are busy enjoying the blossoms on various trees. What an interesting scene! We thought there would be mainly visitors but we noticed there are locals who would come here for a walk or a picnic with their bentos. Locals treasure the beauty as much as visitors.

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Sakura with Little Stories - the Moment by Amy

Sakura with Little Stories - the Moment by Amy

Isn’t it poetic to see couples and families rowing a boat for a relaxing day across the river with city views and cherry blossoms?

Go ahead and book your next travel! We also have our travel schedule for 2020. Maybe we can meet you on the other side of the world! Connect with us via hello@little-stories.co

late Mar to early April 2020

Japan (25 Mar to 7 April)
Osaka (FULL)
Kyoto (2 left)
Nara (2 left)
Tokyo (1 left)

Okinawa (1 left)

April to May 2020 United States

United States (April to May)
Philadelphia
Washington DC
Los Angeles
Charleston
Boston
New York
San Francisco

See our family outdoor session in the United States

See our Monet-inspired engagement session here

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Travel – Dream Airbnb house in Dallas

A dream house

What does your dream house look like?

For me, my dream house is…
Spacious
Artistic
Scenic

The house is surrounded and guarded by tall trees. The sky is always shining with marshmallow clouds moving around. The house sits around a quiet zone of the city. People enjoy life as much as I do. Inside the house, my photography and paintings that I collected are all around the house.

This is my dream house in my mind, yet I live in the dream house, in my host Adrienne’s dream house while I photographed some lovely family sessions(more will be posted in Blog on Happy Tuesday) in Dallas.

​I had a little interview with Adrienne, and she shares her design inspirations for the house.

Were you in charge of designing the house? What comes through your mind when you were designing the house?A: Just the interior design. What is practical to my lifestyle, makes it homey and lets me highlight what I want to see when I first get up and right before I go to bed.

What is art to you and your life?
A: It’s an integrated part of my life. The way I look at things and appreciate creation, to the way I express and create in reflection of that around me. It’s a sacred, vulnerable, place for me to express what verbally falls short.

Are there artists that you admire? Welcome to name a few.
A: My heaven Father. My father and grandfather.Brandon Boyd (an American musician and visual artist).Eugene Peterson(an American-born author and poet). Any makers of products for a purpose. Many of my friends…

It’s so great to see some great paintings and photography works around your house! Are they your works or collections? What inspired you when you worked on the design of the house?
A: Thank you, Amy! A little of both. Many of the photographs and painting are my pieces and some are part of a greater collection/series while a few are works from friends or pieces that have just caught my attention by telling a particular story.

Was it your original plan to welcome guests or for self-use?
A: Both, a house is a home but it is not a warm home unless you welcome community into it, where you put your heart and cultivate it. Hospitality is important – both as part of my job and lifestyle. My life gets hectic and I enjoy the quiet peace it embraces me with while also being able to open doors to its comfort – to use the peace to develop relations through the intimacy of deeper conversation or meeting someone for the first time.

What is/are the driving force(s) for you to take part in being an Airbnb host?
A: I am an avid traveler myself and part of the joy in traveling is meeting people from around the world. Airbnb offers the opportunity for people to “live where they stay” and I feel it’s an honor to give people a home, to be their family, while they are here.

Love Photography, Love Travel!

Welcome to say hello or enquire your interesting projects at hello@little-stories.co

Law Amy is based in Hong Kong. She is delightful to travel worldwide for your lovely story.

P.S. Let’s have a little secret chat weekly! You can find me on Instagram at @lawamy_  @littlestoriess and on facebook at Little Stories – the Moment by Amy

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Travel – Talking to an Airbnb Superhost

I love photography and I love travelling!

Airbnb slowly becomes the major accommodation for me. And it’s surprising to receive an invitation from Airbnb to share our experiences on travel. I had some amazing time with some airbnb guests, hosts and organizers in a café in Los Angeles. There were people from Cyprus, Brisbane, San Francisco, people came to Los Angeles for different reasons, business travels, vacations…

I talked to asuperhostNataliafrom Cyprus. With her background of working with tourists, she talked about her amazing hosting experience and why airbnb helps with travel experience.

Travel like a local“I would take my guests to places around in Cyprus. I make new friends from places around the world.” Natalia told me excitedly about her hosting experience. As a traveller, I love the beauty of airbnb not only due to a space to live in, but also the travelling experience to go to places that’s not on a tourist guidebook.

Have a friendly connectionGoing to a completely new place, we travel as a complete stranger, except we have some old friends there. Having a host becomes the first friendly touch connected to a new place. It becomes a first impression to me!

Hosting each otherShe even had some “crazy” ideas of taking turn to host people from different countries in her hosting group! “When you come over to Cyprus, I would bring you around to the local place!” When she goes over to her friend’s place, she would be a guest in a new place instead!

Airbnb Open
Natalia came over to Los Angeles for the annual event from airbnb –Airbnb Openfrom 17th Nov to 19th Nov. See more aboutAirbnb Openfor the vision for the future of travel.

Love Photography, Love Travel!

I’m writing on an airbnb project, about a few selected airbnb stays with great experience and design. Stay tuned for Travel Friday issue!

Welcome to say hello or enquire at hello@little-stories.co

Law Amy is based in Hong Kong. She is delightful to travel worldwide for your lovely story.

P.S. Let’s have a little secret chat weekly! You can find me on Instagram at@lawamy_ @littlestoriess and on facebook at Little Stories – the Moment by Amy

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