family, photography, portraits



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I can’t believe what God has done
Through us he’s given life to one
But isn’t she lovely made from love”

Little toes and little fingers, small and delicate features, and when she awoke, her eyes shone with bright lights. Only a small person, yet the room instantly illuminates with her smile and gaze. A pleasant smile, a wave of a hand, tiny fingers reached upwards towards the sky.  A warm cuddle, soft hair, a treasure of  joy. She’s made with love, weaved with wonder and is truly one of a kind.

Special, remarkable and precious.

There are many words to describe the little wonder that is Leah. But I’m lucky, I’m blessed beyond belief to have a word that only I can use to describe her. So I would like to introduce you to my god daughter, Leah.

When Virginia and Reuel asked me to take photographs of Leah, I knew it would be special. And I was right. Taking pictures of people in love is one thing, but taking pictures of family, well you can feel the love, play and joy shine through these images. Almost as tangible as colours; the feelings of warmth and love simply paint these pictures with a warm glow. A bright glow of security, hope, beauty and pure deep joy.

Wonderful parents Reuel and Virginia, my dear friends, thank you so much for asking me to be god mother to your precious daughter. Thank you for this gift that you’ve given me and I will strive to love Leah with the same love that you pour over her.
Dear gorgeous Leah, I can’t wait to experience life with you and watch you grow. As you see things for the first time, as you learn, as you love. When you find what you’re passionate about, I’ll be here to cheer you on. When you are disappointed, I’ll be here to encourage you. Keep shining bright and just being you, simply wonderful.

Thank you so much friends for enjoying our blog and for looking at these images that are very special to my heart. I’m a little bit in love with these images and I hope you’re just a little bit in love too.

With much love

vess copy squareVANESSA BONG   –  Founder & Content Executive
Vess is a writer, graphic designer, illustrator and creative director based in Melbourne, Australia. Passionate about design, art, fashion and story telling she has worked with a number of well known clients including the Melbourne Zoo, Kelly Thompson Illustrations and currently holds a position at SMASH enterprises as a junior designer.  Website Instagram






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  • Virginia Vun 01/06/2014 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you so much my dear. I love the family photos. U should have been in it too!!

  • Ruth Vun 05/06/2014 at 12:48 am

    Wow!Gorgeous and lovely photos of the”Vuns” family. Vess you are a genius.

    • Val & Vess 09/06/2014 at 7:26 am

      Thanks so much Auntie Ruth! Someday, we’ll need to have one with the grandparents too! 😉


  • Val & Vess 09/06/2014 at 7:25 am

    Yay! can’t wait to see these photos hanging up in your home!