I still remember the moment when I read Amy's message requesting a family shoot "on-location in a super old school SG coffeeshop". 'Heck YEAH', ' where do I sign up?!', and 'Santa knows I've been good this year!' were all thoughts that crossed my mind - perhaps more than once - before I played it cool and replied a few seconds later. I feel only slightly bashful admitting that the location idea was what got me hooked from the get-go. Little did I know that it would turn out to be only the icing on the cake, or in this case the chili on my wanton mee.
The Shangs were an absolute blast to hang out with. I wanted to start in their home (sure!), turn up at 7.30 a.m. (come at 7 instead!), our original choice of coffeeshop was closed (no problem!), little Sierra had a mind of her own (it's ok!). They were laid back and clearly relished their time together, and the dual locations of their gorgeous home and the Joo Chiat area supported rather than overshadowed their story of a young family enjoying an old neighbourhood, just as they would on any given weekend. I won't deny that I was slightly nervous about how the images would turn out, especially after finding out that Amy is a wonderful travel photographer herself. But working my way through the edits, grinning at the mischief in Sierra's wide-eyed expressions and laughing at the tiny hints of Amy and TQ playfully tussling for her attention, I know that this will always be one of my favourite shoots - entirely because of them.