Extraordinary Hand Lettering Book

About a year ago, I met Doris (from Love Lettering and now the author of Extraordinary Hand Lettering) and we became friends fast. There's some people you meet that you instantly feel like old friends and that's exactly what happened with Doris, she is so genuine, hardworking, kind and caring that it would be hard not to want to be friends with her. She also has a daughter who's a year older than mine and they love playing together too.


We had already worked together before on some shoots before meeting in person and after hanging out a few times, Doris shared the exciting news that she was writing a book and asked if I wanted to be a part of it. I honestly didn't even hesitate, I was so proud of Doris to see another mom entrepreneur chase after her dreams that I wanted to do whatever I could to help. It has always been one of my dreams to one day write a book so it was really inspiring to watch Doris make this dream come true!


Her book Extraordinary Hand Lettering is all about inspiring people to letter beyond paper, to take an everyday object and personalize it. It could be something simple like a monogram or something more intricate like a quote or illustration, she really shows all the endless possibilities in her book and makes it look achievable. 


I photographed two projects in her book, the first one was of a vintage secretary desk that was repurposed into a breakfast nook. The outside was personalized with a fun quote and inside was a special little surprise that I absolutely loved. 


Actually the day we photographed this there was a blizzard happening outside which actually created beautiful even natural lighting but the entire time we were hoping the storm would stop since we had to go pick-up our kids after the shoot. The storm didn't stop but it didn't stop us mamas from getting our kids and safely! Thank goodness for winter tires! Even a year later we still talk about how that storm kept things interesting to say the least.


No breakfast space would be complete without some delicious hot tea!


For the second project, chalkboard mountains were painted in a little girl's play room which was then personalized with an inspirational quote " She may be little but she can move mountains", how cute is that? I need to incorporate an inspirational quote like that for my little girl! Hopefully next year I'll be able to tackle the decor for her room, I'm currently hoping and praying to finish our main floor renovations! You don't know how much I miss having a kitchen!


This was so beautiful to watch Doris create this from start to finish. It started off as an idea, then pencil to paper, and then paint to wall. She free-hands everything too, which is so amazing. 


The perfect little place space for a little girl and her sister! I would have loved something like this growing up, kids are so lucky these days. And now I sound like my mom, anyone else guilty of that?


Thank you Doris for having me part of this incredible journey and dream come true! It honestly sounded so daunting and a bit overwhelming when you first told me about it but it all came together because of you! Now so many people near and far can enjoy your gift!

Also as a PSA, the Extraordinary Hand Lettering makes a wonderful holiday gift if you're still shopping around for one or a beautiful book to add to your own collection.



Love Lettering (Signed by Doris Wai, Hardcopy)
Chapters (Paperback or eBook)


Photography | Heidi Lau Photography
Author | Doris Wai, Extraordinary Hand Lettering
Styling for the Secretary Desk Shoot | Madison & Ella
Food and venue for the Secretary Desk Shoot | Sweet Esc
Styling for the Chalkboard Mountains Shoot | Confetti & Bows and Love Lettering
Cloud Marquees for the Chalkboard Mountains Shoot | Pulp Function

How Flowers add to your Photos

It's the first week of Spring and all I can think about is the beautiful blooms coming our way soon! So I wanted to talk about one of my favourite things to photograph – flowers! I can't help but feel super excited whenever I arrive at a shoot and see soft, pretty, and wild flowers. They bring so much to a shoot beyond being "decor", they play a different role in different scenarios and I want to go over why it's worthwhile to invest in flowers for your shoot no matter if it's for a lifestyle, product or wedding session, even for travel photography flowers can add so much. 

Floral crown and mini bouquets by  Blush and Bloom

Floral crown and mini bouquets by Blush and Bloom

This one is definitely a fun one to play with for flowers, especially since flowers are seasonal you can really bring out different colour themes throughout the year. You can also use colours of flowers to either compliment your shoot or use them as a big pop of colour. I'm not really a bright, bold flowers kind of girl, definitely a sucker for the softer more pastel tones but still appreciate the wide range of colours that flowers come in. 

Creams and blush tones bouquet by  Flower 597

Creams and blush tones bouquet by Flower 597

I really love mixing textures in photos, especially contrasting hard and soft. Whenever I photograph elements that are hard in texture or has a hard edge, I like to break it up with something soft like flowers or fabric. Having different textures also allows you to create layers which will add depth and interest into your photos. Even when I'm photographing flatlays I like to have layers so that not everything is flat on one plane, I like how some things will have a softer focus. 

Wild and whimsy wedding bouquet by  Bloom & Co

Wild and whimsy wedding bouquet by Bloom & Co

Certain flowers have certain meanings and associations for different people and using this can help enhance your shoot. Any time you can make your shoot relatable to people or bring personal meaning definitely brings your shoot to another level. Similar to colour, the types of flowers can set the tone to how your shoot is suppose to feel. Flowers don't always have to be feminine.

Hand-tied fall inspired bouquet by  Sweet Woodruff

Hand-tied fall inspired bouquet by Sweet Woodruff

Flowers are so versatile so take advantage of all the shapes, sizes, colours and textures they come in.

I want to know what's your favourite flower? I have a hard time choosing, I feel like it changes for every season.


Boho Beach Photoshoot
Styling | The Vault Files and Lark and Linen
Flowers | Blush and Bloom
Hair | Cabello by Carolina
Make-up | Velsie Mak
Dresses | Aritzia

Garden Brunch Wedding
Flowers | Flower 597
Venue | Graydon Hall Manor
Dresses | Becker's Bridal

Summer Vineyard Wedding
Flowers | Bloom & Co
Venue | Ravine Vineyward

Fall Inspired Hand-tied Bouquet
Flowers | Sweet Woodruff