Archive for July 2013

Free Instagram Filter (Valencia) Photoshop Action!


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Download free Photoshop action, Valencia [here].

As I mentioned earlier, the second preset I shared on Keri-Anne's site earlier this month was this Photoshop action that pretty much resembles the Instagram filter, Valencia. It is my favorite filter ever so I was inspired to achieve the effects on Photoshop. It isn't exact but it certainly enhances the overall image with better contrast and color balance. Works well on all sorts of pictures! Tips: the color balance layer's opacity can be adjusted as desired.

Have a lovely day and comment below if you have queries!

love, M

Blurb Books.


It was a spontaneous idea to get myself a personal photobook to exhibit my favorite images in hard copy. Undeniably it was a little costly especially when it came to shipping to Asia but the quality amazed me beyond words! I was so in love with the matte finish on the inner pages and the clean concept of the outer cover. Blurb makes it so easy to pick and select your favorite layout. Customization is the word! 

Make your photobook [here]

love, M

Gear: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 50mm portrait lens; Editing: Photoshop Action, Valencia (coming soon)

Advertorial: Sneaker-Boo.


My brother has long been a fantastic sneakers collector, particularly those of Adidas and Nike. So when he came about setting up his own page to showcase and sell his collection I was delighted to collaborate and get shootings done for him. We had Natalie and her boyfriend for this season and they were such easy people to work with! Anyway, head to [Sneaker-Boo] to get your favorite pair today! 

love, M

Gear: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 50mm portrait lens; Editing: Photoshop Action, Disposable Film 

Rainbow fairies.


Last Sunday was well spent with my two lovely sisters who cooperated so well for the sisterly shoot themed rainbow. I absolutely love how they pulled off the look so well with their white lace dresses and pastel headbands! They are like the twin fairies. Also I am so glad they made it to so many years (of course with more to come) and created an amazingly strong bonding. If you have a girlfriend like that, never let go! 

I also had some indoor shots with the balloons! 

love, M

Gear: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 50mm portrait lens; Editing: Photoshop Action, Dreamy Light + Photoshop Action, Vintage Action 9 

Singapore with Love!


Few weeks back I visited my boy who is currently in Singapore working. It was like a honeymoon for us, and I can't tell how happy I was! It was those little moments before bedtime when we talked about the beautiful memories and the good future that I felt completely grateful for having somebody by my side all the time. We had small fights in between (like all couples do) but we always found our way back to each other eventually. Anyway, there aren't many things to do in Singapore to accommodate trip for a week but for me spending time together is what matters most. Now I miss loitering round the mall and watching Despicable Me while getting nice food with him! 

Pictures sequence: Antoinette Cafe @ Lavendar - Jurong Bird Park - Universal Studio - Aquarium - Siloso Beach - Marina Bay - Gardens by The Bay - Flower Dome - Wonder Full Light and Water Show  

love, M

Gear: Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 50mm portrait lens + Tamron 10-24mm wide-angled lens; Editing: Photoshop Action, Peaches + Photoshop Action, Valencia (coming soon) + Photoshop Curve, Twilight + Photoshop Curve, Rivers and Rain