New family of four, new to Singapore. We started with popcorn and ended with chippies, thank you for having me!
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Another family shoot in the Singapore Botanic Gardens to follow up my last post, but with a different look and feel entirely because of the family. I find that outdoor shoots in the same locations run the risk of looking the same, if the majority of the session is focused say on a few tried and tested poses (e.g. sitting on a mat and smiling for the camera). Letting the family roam and play freely is sometimes a bit more challenging, but makes for more personal and meaningful imagery.
The Thams already had a few favourite activities in the Gardens from their regular weekend visits, and were up and ready for a morning of fun and family bonding. Alongside brother Evan, little Nadia in particular was curious and eager to explore as a brand new toddler, even in the face of some bold birds and one angry looking swan! I must admit to being a bit more nervous than usual ahead of this shoot, as Dawn is an old friend with experience and impeccable taste across many spheres of life, including the creative. On this sunny morning however, she and Billy were first and foremost parents enjoying some free play with their young, active children, and I hope that these images help them remember a little of the plentiful joy and laughter from this period in all their lives!
My recent weeks have been filled with shoots for delicious little babies, and I think it's time for a break before I explode everywhere in a clucking mess! This family that I'm sharing with you today has the most gorgeous, cheeky boys ... little bro Isaac will be running after Elliot in no time at all, probably smothering each other in kisses or rolling on the ground in mock (or real!) fighting.
In some ways, I find outdoor shoots a little more challenging as my preference is to spend as little time as possible on 'look at me' portraits. I want the focus to be firmly on the family members and their interactions, no matter how pretty the surroundings. The Lees made it so much easier by being completely up for an afternoon of gentle horseplay and general hanging out. Our shoot was a couple of months ago (bad blogger Kerry!), but looking back at these images I can still hear their laughter and Elliot's chatter ...
I spend most of my time shooting kids and families with kids, but every now and then, a special couple comes along with a special story. Goz and Phoebe got married in Singapore almost a year ago, but moved to Hong Kong shortly after to start their life together. A casual walk around their 'old' neighbourhood felt particularly meaningful and captured both the vintage loving side of Phoebe and the so-hip-it-hurts side of Goz.