Pretty Little Things Asther Lau Photography

“(S)he’s very forward thinking…” were the exact words used to describe Asther of Asther Lau Photography by one of Malaysia’s most notable female photographer. Asther is one of the extremely few photographers who focuses her efforts solely on family portraits, and it has paid off tremendously. She has carved a niche for herself which has made her one of the most well known photographer capturing pregnancy, baby and family portraits.

It’s pretty awesome that Asther has announced her new offering for 2012, and it is special. Asther’s Artisan Keepsake Box not only features a custom size, but exclusive fabric imported for her studio. So right now, there is no other studio with the same precious cover material, which makes it all that more special!


These gorgeous keepsakes from the Artisan Series are covered with precious Japanese fabrics specifically and exclusively imported for her, which makes her range probably the most unique in the country, simply because no one else will have these fabrics. To learn more about exclusivity, give us a holler at ask@simplr.my.

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Posted by jared at 02 November, 2011, 6:09am

18 new fabrics! The Artisan Swatch Set is now available!

We started with just 6, but the Artisan family has grown to a total of 24 gorgeous Japanese fabrics. Check out our entire range of fabrics in our online gallery at gallery.simplr.my. These fabrics are exceedingly gorgeous, and there’s just no comparing to the real thing. So we’ve carefully handcrafted each of these darling Artisan Swatches to let  your clients have a ‘feel’ of the fabrics. They’re simple, they’re gorgeous and most importantly, they’re a breeze to carry around.

Like everything else in the Artisan Series that only uses the finest materials, these swatches come in cute little handcrafted boxes, made from acid-free Italian rag paper. Each Artisan fabric swatch is hand-cut and mounted onto a beautiful textured acid-free paper, from, where else, Italy!

You can now order the Artisan Folios and the Artisan Keepsake Boxes covered with these precious new fabrics. Mix them, match them, the only thing stopping you is your imagination!

Login at simplr.my to order your swatches today!

Visit the gallery of fabrics here.


About the Artisan Series fabrics.

The Artisan Series now comes in a selection of 24 Japanese fabrics. The fabrics can be used as cover materials for the Artisan Keepsake Box and the Artisan Folios (and of course, the upcoming Artisan Albums) and are made of acid-free materials.

5 of the 6 existing fabrics has been renamed to include the term Shangtung- Pastel Blue, Ocha Green, Dark Chocolate, Gold and Steel Blue (for example, Pastel Blue is now known as Pastel Blue Shangtung). The other existing fabric remain as Platinum Cotton.

The 18 new addition to the Artisan Series are: Venetian Red Royal Shangtung, Mint Brocade Premium, Country Linen, Burgundy Ribbed, Midnite Black Weave, Ivory Weave, Black Mohair, Crimson Mohair, Natural Canvas, Teal Canvas Premium, Emerald Shimmer Shangtung, Purple Plum Shangtung, Carolina Blue Cotton, Lime Green Cotton, Coffee Cotton, Caramel Cotton, Candy Apple Cotton and Peachy Pink Cotton.

Among the 24 available fabrics, 3 fabrics are optional upgrades – Venetian Red Royal Shangtung, Mint Brocade Premium and Teal Canvas Premium.

Currently, imprinting can be done on all fabrics EXCEPT for the Venetian Red Royal Shangtung, Country Linen, Ivory Weave, Midnite Black Weave, Teal Canvas Premium and Natural Canvas (all is not yet lost, we’re working on a solution!).

Login at simplr.my to order you Artisan Swatch Set.

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Posted by jared at 13 October, 2011, 5:08pm

Congrats Jacques Mateos on being Featured in Cosmopolitan Bride UK!


An AWESOME photographer and one which I have the amazing honor to call not just a client, but a partner! Congratulations to Jacques Mateos on being featured in the world renowned Cosmopolitan Bride magazine in the UK and China! Jacques is based in France, but has been called upon to travel all over the world capturing many amazing weddings and portraits. His images never ceases to amaze me. I look forward to many more of his shots, and without a doubt, to see them popping up in magazines all around the world! Visit Jacques Mateos to see more of his works here.

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Posted by jared at 26 September, 2011, 2:38pm

Spotlight on Photographer: Radmila Kerl


The über talented Radmila Kerl is our chosen Spotlight on Photographer this time around. Ramila shoots in the gorgeous city of Munich, Germany, but has traveled to different corners of the earth capturing people, landscapes and of course, moments. Her work and passion has brought her to the likes of Kilamanjaro, NYC, Thailand and Botswana to name a few.

We’re so proud to be supporting a photographer as talented as Radmila Kerl. You can view Radmila’s website here, or have a peek at her blog here. If you do not understand German, not a problem, her images speak for themselves really. Here’re some lovely images from a couple of her recent wedding shoots. Enjoy!


We’re truly proud to support a photographer like Radmila Kerl. Visit Radmila’s site here, or her blog here to see more of Radmila’s work.


Radmila presents all her clients with the handcrafted Artisan 6×6 Duo Fold Folios. Made of the finest acid-free materials, Radmila opted to print her own images on fine art paper, and mounts the print herself. Highly sought after, Radmila has her entire year’s shooting schedule locked in. We’ve crafted her folios for the entire year, and each mat has been elegantly imprinted with the client’s wedding date.

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Posted by jared at 21 August, 2011, 5:12pm

We’re on Facebook! Finally!


It took some time, but our Facebook page is finally up! Visit our facebook page and click Like. Why? There’re so many reasons. Here are just a few:

1) You Like our stuff!

2) We’ve got loads of new stuff coming soon, so stay in the loop.

3) See the doings of photogs around the world.

4) Got a question? Click Like and pop it into our facebook wall.

So click on the massive Like button above to visit our facebook page or the little one to like our page.


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Posted by jared at 19 August, 2011, 9:11am

Our Most Precious Keepsake Yet. The Artisan Keepsake Box

I have to admit, I personally am in love with these boxes. They take several hours of measuring, cutting and crafting, but the effort is totally worth it. Inspired by album makers from the USA, these beautiful boxes were nowhere to be seen or found in this region. I’m so excited to be the first to offer these boxes to photographers who are in search for something more than albums.

I’ve made so many, but never got around to making one for my family. So perhaps the next round, that would be something to look forward to. I’ll be sure to post up some images of those. You’d think a box like this would only be suitable for weddings, but they make excellent keepsakes for family portraits too. They’re acid-free, which means with proper storage conditions, they’ll likely outlast the current generation.

If you’d like to find out more about these gorgeous boxes, feel free to visit the Simplr website or if you can’t wait to get your hands on one of these beautiful boxes, then login to order!


About The Artisan Keepsake Box

Handcrafted of the finest acid-free materials and available in standard sizes or fully customisable to suit your studio, the Artisan Keepsake Box brings this never before available concept to this region. Perfectly houses the Portrait Perfect Matted Prints, or even Fuji Crystal Archive Prints, the Artisan Keepsake Box adds a new dimension of keepsake and offering to your clients where at one time were only limited to albums.

Standard sizes are 5″x7″ with a height of 2½”, which fits over 200 Fuji Crystal Archive Prints, 6″x8″ or 8″x10″ which fits either Fuji Prints or 10 Portrait Perfect Matted Prints. These boxes can be customized to any size to suit your studio’s requirements. Available in 6 precious Japanese fabrics, with optional inset on the front. The Artisan Keepsake Box comes with single line imprint on the front, with the same imprint on acid-free rag paper used on the acid-free vellum wrapping, and single line studio name or website imprint on the inside cover. Fuji Prints and the Portrait Perfect Matted Prints can be ordered together with the box. The Artisan Keepsake Box is the perfect complement to the Artisan Folios. Login to order or visit the Simplr website to find out more.

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Posted by jared at 16 August, 2011, 10:25am

Leaning Tower of Artisan

Having still the photographer’s blood running in me, I couldn’t help but grab a picture of this. Just for kicks, I nicknamed it the Leaning Tower of Artisan.

No matter how many folios I make, it always is a joy whenever the folios start to take shape (numerous paper cuts aside). The final touches of having the names imprinted is my absolute favourite. It is when just another folio now become someone’s folio.

Next, ribbon, vellum, tag, and ribbon again, and off it goes! Visit the Artisan Folio page here.

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Posted by jared at 13 July, 2011, 1:00pm

New fonts!

We’ve got ourselves some gorgeous new fonts folks! Fine, clean, elegant. These fonts will automatically replace the previous 18pt fonts used for imprinting. If you’d like to use the previous fonts, just let us know in the comment/instructions box at the bottom of the order form.

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Posted by jared at 13 July, 2011, 6:43am

The Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Series. Here, Now.

I recall that in the many weddings I had shot, bouquets of flowers and the like were presented to the parents of the newlyweds, and thought “those are lovely, but sadly in a week, they’ll probably be gone” (I mean the flowers, of course). And they’re certainly not inexpensive. Other times when I had gigs shooting portraits of families and kids or babies, the only thing my clients took home was a DVD, because albums were simply out of their budget. So I was in search mode, for a keepsake that’s elegant, simple, relatively inexpensive, just the right ‘gift size’, and most importantly, would last a generation and probably more with proper care (acid-free keepsakes can last up to 100 years. It is after all, a keepsake). The idea behind it is extremely simple, but the combination of affordability and yet has to be acid-free and elegant at the same time posed a challenge. After much research, thought and testing, I’m extremely delighted to introduce the Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Set. The possibilities of the Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Set, in terms of design or use, are only limited by your imagination, but here’s a suggestion:

The Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Set now gives you the ability to offer your clients what you couldn’t before, due to price and also it’s uniqueness.

– Gifts for the parents of the newlyweds, even bridesmaid and best man.

– The perfect keepsake to be packaged with portrait shots

– Simply as an upgrade for the newlyweds, to compliment the album, or even an album alternative.

– Design wise, the combination of multiple openings with different placements is virtually limitless.

The Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Set truly exudes a feeling of elegance, but that’s only my opinion. You’d need to pick up a set and see for yourself.

Login at simplr.my for pricing and order details on the Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Series.


About The Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Series.

The Portrait Perfect Matted Prints Series is available in Sets of 10, 15, 20 or custom, and includes prints, personalised imprinting on heavy stock rag paper used on the wrapping of acid-free vellum, and finished with a ribbon. The matted prints come in 4 standard sizes –  6×8, 8×8, 8×10, 10×12 or custom sizes with openings (or windows) of several standard sizes for each, with optional custom sizes and number of openings and sizes.

Also available are Singles, individual matted prints in 8 standard sizes or custom sizes, with the option of including prints (Print & Mount), or sending us your own prints to be mounted (Mount Only). Window (opening) sizes available in standard sizes depending on the mat size, with options of any custom size openings.

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Posted by jared at 01 July, 2011, 1:03am

Portrait Perfect Series. 1st July 2011.

Exquisite, elegant, extremely affordable. The Portrait Perfect Series.

Before any further launches in the Artisan Range, I’m SUPER EXCITED to introduce another first,  first in this country that is.  The Portrait Perfect Series will debut on the 1st of July 2011! The Perfect Portrait Series will offer a very elegant, yet affordable alternative to albums, is also perfect for photography packages catered with costs in mind.

Great for portrait packages, or even gifts for the parents of the bride and groom, this versatile gift will also give photographers an extension to their current offering and expand your income stream. So make your way back on the 1st of July 2011, because this is something so new, so unique, you would not want to miss out on it!

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Posted by jared at 25 June, 2011, 5:21am

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