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Your Family Session

So you have booked your session with me, now what?

Remember to fill up the session form as it’s key for me to get to know you way before the photoshoot day. I get to know your kids and their names, your partner and his/her unique personality etc. If you haven’t fill it up yet, please click here.

I am excited to capture you and your loved ones. Lifestyle photography is unique and emotive because its captures honest photos of your family and children. The goal is not to get a stiff and posed shot (we will have some of these “money shots”) with everyone looking at the camera, but to capture the true essence of your family. I take a documentary approach to photography and use my understanding of my equipment and natural light to create images that will truly make your heart warm.

Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your session with me. Please, take your time to read them.

Location: Together, we will decide on the best location for your photos. I have many locations that I love to shoot at regularly but I am always open to new locations as well. You should choose a location that fits your style and personality. I can help you along with this decision.

Some of the locations I love to do the photoshoot in Singapore are:

  • Singapore Botanic Gardens

  • Outdoor frontage of Asian Civilization Museum

  • National Gallery Singapore

  • Lawn, greeneries of your private condominium

  • Emerald Hill or places with historical shophous

  • Gardens by the bay

Time: If we are shooting outdoors, my favorite time to do the photoshoot is between as humanely early as possible for everyone and 9:30am. If we are doing golden hour shoots, it’s typically after 5:30pm. We know how hot and humid it gets here in Singapore and hence, these are the hours that’s perfect and manageable still. If we are doing a family and newborn shoot and this is typically done at home, I highly recommend slightly late morning start. I cannot begin to stress the importance of bright and adequate light in your house. Most of the time, these shoot will happen in a room with a lot of light. My photos turn out the way they are because of the timing as I have mentioned above.

What To Wear: Wardrobe should be comfortable and reflect who you are. I do not recommend matching but rather coordinating. Here’s a quick guide to assist you. I am also happy to consult you directly on wardrobe. Just let me know.

Props: I do not use props during my sessions, however if you have something in mind please let me know.  

Your Children: 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 while the child or toddler was busy playing and exploring. 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.

Please arrive on time or be ready to start on time: Remember, your session is scheduled according to light.  It is important that we start on time.  Please plan for traffic or parking constraints.  It's best to arrive early.  

I can't wait to capture your family!  Do not hesitate to ask me any questions you have.  See you soon!