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Photography is something which anyone can do - everyone has a mobile phone now and it's so convenient to snap photos. But being the mother of an energetic toddler and a sports mad husband, those mobile pics just doesn’t do justice to the moments anymore.

So I picked up photography once again and started to immerse myself in the beauty of capturing these moments once more.

What started as a hobby to immortalise those precious family moments (or sporting achievements), led me to snapping family, friends, then friends of friends.

Check out what I do and what others have shared about me. If there's something I can help you with, drop me a message!


For Children & Family Portraits

 Toddler in Hyde Park. Give her sun and she's your child model!

Toddler in Hyde Park. Give her sun and she's your child model!

I love natural light and non too-posed style. Children don't sit still and there will always be funny and cute moments when families are involved. My toddler is shy around strangers but when she trusts them and warms up, oh her personality comes through.

How I approach doing a shoot of children, families, loved ones:

  • Children are very fast-moving ball of energy and while they may smile for their family and relatives, they may not do so for me. Don't worry or stress, parents!
  • I try my best to be a goofball to allow them to warm up to the idea of being photographed. Sometimes, they'll do it, sometimes they won't. It's all part of the experience and they'll come around eventually. Patience is key :)
  • I get down to their level as it makes them feel like we are equal. I do that often with my toddler and she appreciates it.
  • I go with the flow - really. This is not a studio posed shot. This is about capturing authentic moments, funny moments. When young children are involved, I take whatever happens and go with it!

If there are no children involved, this is how I approach the shoot:

  • I start with chatting and interacting with the clients to warm them up to the idea of being photographed. A casual chat helps.
  • We will then take a short walk to the location and when you are ready, we can do some quick test shoot.
  • While taking photos, I make it a point to continue to chat with you. This will help ease your mind off having a lens pointing at you.
  • You can tell me at any point if you're feeling uncomfortable or need a break.
  • Above all, have fun at the shoot. Easier said that done but you will realise your facial muscles, movements will start to "warm up to the idea" and you'll be a natural model at the end of it.

I approach photographing children and families the same; I take my time, I don't point my lens straight to their face, I let them see any awesome photos taken. Children love to see themselves on the screen. It makes them excited and even more keen to do more from my experience.


The location can be as easy as within the comforts of your beautiful home, your estate, condominium/hdb play area, your familiar neighborhood, your frequent go-to family cafe; whatever that makes you happy and feel a sense of comfort, love and familiarity. Alternatively, I can also scout out nice areas for you if you've got some ideas in mind.

For Professional or Casual Portraits

 Margaret is an entrepreneur and a strong amazing mom to 2 children. Her energy is infectious!

Margaret is an entrepreneur and a strong amazing mom to 2 children. Her energy is infectious!

I love natural light. I've mentioned in twice now but I can't say this enough. There's something warm, soft and light using the natural sunlight or even overcast weather to create and illuminate any and every occasion. I also find that natural light photography makes you look more approachable, authentic, warm and relaxed. 

This is how I approach my shoot:

  • I like to start my shoot with a cup of tea or coffee and have an easy and casual chat before we take a short walk to the location.
  • This will help take the discomfort or pressure off you when we start shooting.
  • When you feel much comfortable and relaxed, we can start to ease in to the session by doing some test shots. I might ask you to walk, or lean against a wall, or laugh and smile and pull faces just to relax your facial muscles and relax around me and the camera. You'll be surprised how even the most confident person can feel that nerve when the lens are pointing at them :)
  • I'll be chatting, interacting and reassuring you throughout the shoot. I find this helps you forget that you're being photographed and often, amplifies your personality.
  • Above all, have fun, pull funny faces and stunts (yes, even in professional headshot, work that muscle and relax!) and just have a good time. The shoot is about you and framing your best authentic self.


I often like to shoot my clients not too near to their work environment; sometimes, it can be stifling than fun. A finance professional can rock a soft artsy background just like an entrepreneur can look good against an industrial backdrop. Let me know if there's a place that stands out or a place you have in mind so I can scout the best places to share with you. Alternatively, I'll always scout for nice places if you've got an idea in mind and share them with you.

I'm on Instagram (@foliobylisa) and here are my latest photos: