My Life(style) Photography Work
What kind of a photographer are you?
I am laidback and carefree and I love capturing who your family is right now, and not make you do anything stiff or unnatural. I promise we will have a lot of fun! I will gently direct you, say things to prompt you as a family. That’s why it’s lifestyle photography. I totally understand how awkward it might feel to be in front of the camera, but rest assured, there will be light guides.
When I am engaged to refresh your professional portraits, I make sure I capture a true and authentic representation of yourself. My headshot shoot tends to feel like a friend get-together; there’s coffee, there’s chatting, there’s laughing and getting to know you.
What are your gears like?
I bring these to every session: a Sony A7 body, 35mm f2.8/f1.4, 55mm f1.8, 85mm f1.8.
I usually start off with the 85mm as I let the family relax a little without having my lens up close. I will then usually move to a 55mm to get a touch bit closer. I try to end it with the 35mm as it’s a lovely environmental lens - I can get everything (almost!) in the picture, it’s why we do outdoors photography right? I love to add the outdoor elements and the light, I am a light chaser.
For professional portraits, I usually use my 85mm or my 55mm as it produces stunning portraits.
Where will my session be held?
Outdoors usually though I do in-home too if you have a newborn or young ones who feel far more comfortable to be in their own home for the shoot. There are some of my favourite locations to shoot in Singapore:
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Asian Civilisation Museum Outdoor Area
National Gallery Singapore
Gardens By The Bay *clients must purchase a ticket for photographer if you’d like a photo within the dome area*
Sentosa Quayside Isle
Your private residence lawn, swimming pool area, anywhere with lush greens
In front of shop houses in East Coast
I am a creature of habit so I tend to come and shoot at my favorite places over and over again, haha! I am open to other ideas too.
The above applies to clients looking for a suitable location for professional headshot.
How long will my session be?
It depends on what you select. Let me break it down for you:
Professional portraits: 30 - 40mins is a good enough time to get most of the great photo composition done. This session is usually good for 1 person. It’s hard to squeeze in another person in the shoot unless you understand that you will get much lesser photos.
Family portraits, newborns and everything else: 1hr is a good enough time. Children are so active and any longer, you will start to lose their attention span, resulting in crankiness, general tiredness etc (I am a mother too, so I totally understand this well!). Plus, I do a few mini breaks, we move about etc. They are all factored in the full-length session.
What will my session be like?
Family portraits: My goal is to make the session stress-free for everyone in the family. My shoots are fun, silly, candid, loads of emotional connection and above all, meaningful and loving.
There are gentle styling and direction to achieve the look and feel of the photos but most of the time, I will be capturing your unique family moments. Expect standing, lying down and close contact poses. Expect blurred, breaking-the-rules type of photos. Expect me telling your husband or partner to lean in very close to you, mummy, and kiss your temple as your children hug you, yes even your teenage children. Expect intimate and close interaction so I can capture these very beautiful and heartwarming photos of you and your family. Expect to have a fun time with me in the photoshoot. I promise you, you, your husband, your child will enjoy it.
>Caveat: I also need to share that I am not that photographer if you’re looking for all of your photos to be looking directly at me and my camera. In my sessions, I hardly tell everyone to look at my camera so I don’t want you to feel like you have to tell your entire family to look at me. We will have that token 1 or 2 photos of the entire family looking at me doing the “Grandma” pose as I call it, otherwise, it’s very much authentic, natural, beautiful and organic, unique love of your family captured. There are plenty of amazing photographers who specialises in traditional posing, and I am not one of them. My expertise lies in casual and unposed lifestyle photography. Please look at my portfolio to see the nature of the work I capture
Professional portraits: I am all about connection, so in any professional portrait session, my aim is to make sure you’re feeling safe, confident and stress-free. I want to capture you in your best personal self and I usually do this by chatting with you during the entire session. I don’t see you as a client, I’d like to think of you as a friend who needs some bad ass awesome photos and I am there to help you capture that. I hope you see me as a friend too who can make you laugh, talk and pose when I guide you.
How should I prepare my children about the shoot?
As a parent myself, I will definitely encourage you to prepare your children before the shoot. Remember that children are not usually fond of being told to pose or smile. It is best if we just give the children time to relax and try to capture their natural self. Don't worry if your child is running about and active, most of the images you see of young children on my site were captured with a little gentle styling but otherwise, they are how they are!
To get the family shots, I usually direct the adults to simply "be" with the child, or hold the child and we go from there.
To get the most out of your session, make sure that your little one has rested and has had adequate snacks and water. We can take breaks for snacks and play, however I will probably still shoot during the breaks. Bring dry, non messy snacks so their little faces stay clean during the session.
Prepare the child for the session by letting them know that a friend will be taking some photos of them, it's best not to surprise them. To do this, you can scroll through my Instagram or the website to let them see what will be happening the next day or the weekend ahead. You can show them “me” from my “Meet Lisa” page or Instagram and tell them “this is mama’s/daddy’s friend who will be coming down to help take photos of you and your awesome smile” for example. The idea is to build the connection pre-shoot for your children so they are not being sprung on. If your little one is too young to understand, that’s okay, a lot of cuddles and love and kisses will make them feel secure. If you have an active little one who runs around, fantastic! We will definitely get the shots we want, trust the process.
Please, please, please don’t stress if your little ones won’t look at the camera at any point of time.
Where will my newborn session be held?
100% in your home unless you request otherwise. I don’t have a flash as I think its disruptive nor a studio as I prefer the outdoor elements or real light. For newborns, I will still gently direct you and you’ll definitely see me climbing up your bed, chairs etc just to get the shot that I want. That said, with in-home, I really need you to tell me more about the light coming through as it will be all about the natural light and your house lighting. It must be sufficiently lit. I will usually do a quick sweep of the house and open curtains, switching off your ceiling lights etc. However, the key factor remains, it must be a sufficiently naturally-lit house for beautiful photos to emerge.
I have very active children and in the past, my shoot had to be done well over 2 hours and more. How can you do it in 1 hour?
Well, it is possible. I am very quick with my camera. I style everyone, I get everyone involved. And running around, it’s normal and part of the dynamics of a young child. Rest assured the good photos can be done and taken well within the time. It’s really all about managing our own expectation and trust that it will go well. Children can feel it if we are getting skittish and nervous. My tip to you dearest family is to come to the shoot session assured, calm and confident. Oh and the point above about preparing your children helps too!
Do you use props?
I don’t. Let me know what you have in mind pre-shoot. I prefer to take photos without props as it steals away the focus of the shoot - you and your family. But if there’s something you really need to have, say, an heirloom, let me know in advance so we can figure it out together.
What should I wear?
This is something I regularly get asked. I highly recommend that you wear something coordinating as a family rather than matching colors. No loud big prints, no loud colors, just something muted, comfortable and a reflection of you as a family. I wished we have 4 seasons so I can direct you to my Pinterest board hahaha but here’s generally what I will advise my families to wear to a shoot:
Mom in a lovely dress, muted colors but something that’s totally her. Dad in a pair of shorts with covered shoes (hopefully) and a short-sleeved polo tee where possible. Children to wear clothes that they’d like to wear on that day (let them pick it out the night before) but minimize loud colors, prints, logos.
I highly recommend parent to let their older children pick from a set of 2 so children feel empowered coming to the photoshoot knowing that they had a say in this too!
How far out are you booked?
Please reach out to find out more about available dates.
Will I get the digital photos from my session?
Absolutely! My families often ask how many photos they can get in any shoot and it’s hard to say actually. Unless stipulated, I’d love to give the great photos to my families. They will come to you edited and ready to be printed at your favorite local store. I really want you to relive the moments and experience. I want you to see the beauty that is your family.
Can’t wait to hear from you soon!