Our 5th Valentine’s Day together

This year, the boyfriend and I spent 90% of our Valentine’s Day slaving away making macarons & cakes for other people until we forgot to even eat and have our regular meals.. so we ended up not really having any plans at all, except for a pretty rushed dinner together. We don’t make a big deal out of V’day anymore, considering since it’s our 5th one together by now – we’re getting more practical over the years. Flowers and fancy dinners are just too expensive and unnecessary. (I can’t believe I’m saying this) Still, I wanted to have something to remember this Valentine’s Day by… so I arranged for a couple photoshoot (without him knowing anything) and surprised him a few days before the 14th of February!

In all our time being together, Sam and I have taken thousands of photos together. I’m extremely trigger happy and I make him pose for photos for keepsake & blogging purposes all the time. But we’ve never actually taken proper photos with a professional photographer together – something fancy, something planned, something we can frame and put on the wall. Who says you have to be engaged or married to take a couple’s photoshoot?!

I made him dress up, sneakily pretending we were going on a date, when really we were going to Chijmes to snap away for an hour (that was really all we could spare out of our crazy hectic February schedule) and I’m so happy we did this because I wholeheartedly adore the photos. I can’t wait to get them printed!!!! 
These are my top picks from the whole shoot, but the first one’s my absolute favorite. I could stare at it all day and smile to myself. The corners of my lips can’t help but turn upwards every single time I see this.
Photography by the wonderful Ace Chia. 

Thank you so much for capturing these moments for us, Ace!!! :) You were a joy to work with. This is Ace’s first couple photoshoot and we’re honored to be her first lovey dovey subjects. She normally does fashion photography, but we decided to switch things up a little because V’day was just around the corner. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with this talented young lady on more than one project, and we had a lot of fun even though it was the first time we’d met! Sam is still kinda stiff when it comes to posing in front of the camera (understandably), but we have more shoots in the planning so hopefully he loosens up in time to come. 

Happy 5th Valentine’s Day together, Sam.
We’ve been through so much together, it’s mind boggling. We’ve went from gaming friends on opposite sides of the globe to having a house together, from riches to poorness to building a business, confusion to bliss to misery to stability & comfort, and even though we scream and fight all the time….

You’re still my Valentine. To have and to hold, always.