New family of four, new to Singapore. We started with popcorn and ended with chippies, thank you for having me!
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Life with 4 kids under 6 ... A family photography session doesn't get more real than this. Thank you Maryanne and John for wanting to document real life in your real home - embracing rather than glossing over the inevitable chaos, letting your kids play freely (mostly!) rather than corralling them into an aspirational family advertisement. Authentic lives deserve authentic imagery. May these pictures serve as a beautiful reminder of the time and the home in which you became a family of 6.
When I say that this film speaks for itself, I mean that in an almost literal sense. Video can be so much more than just a picture with motion - it has the ability to bring back memories of all your senses, through the addition of audio and an edit geared towards storytelling.
Little Spencer's family could not be a more perfect showcase of this. Their unbridled affection for each other and the new family addition (and for their sweet dogs), expressed openly through talking about their feelings and hopes, makes this little film completely about them, and completely theirs. Watch it with the volume turned up - I think that it will surprise you, even if you are familiar with the genre of documentary-style family photography. Let me know what you think, and if you'd like a little film for your own family, please get in touch and let's brainstorm!
Sometimes I come away from a session giving myself virtual high fives and pats on the back because heck, I know I aced it. This extended family session in Katong was not an example. I remember feeling anxious as I left because I knew that it should look amazing - a rambling house awash with morning light, characterfully decorated and filled with family members of diverse ages all ready to celebrate the recent arrival of a baby girl. I worried that I had focused too much on the house or hadn't incorporated it enough; that I had taken too few images of the baby because there was so much else happening that morning; that no matter what I had done, the images wouldn't be as great as this wonderful family deserved.
I remember sitting down to edit the photos and first feeling a huge sense of relief, then a sense of wonder at the opportunities I have to truly enter clients' homes and lives for a brief window of time. I observed the McGs for only two hours, but looking back at the images, I realised how much they had trusted me with unfettered access to their home and daily routines. They played, laughed, teased, fussed, comforted, rested and enjoyed each other's company without any artifice for the camera. They spoke to me honestly and shared their stories, their family heirlooms, their private moments. I saw many types of love and affection in that one morning - both loud and quiet, vigorous and gentle, playful and nurturing. And in the centre of it all, there was mum, happy to step back but always there when needed. Thank you for having me.
I'm slowing down a little for the holiday season before plunging full steam ahead in the new year ... so I figured this would be a good time to catch up on some blogging. And what a cracker I have for you folks today! Not much by way of introduction except - what would it feel like to hear and see your school-going child cooing, kicking, squirming and crying when s/he was a newborn? Or even hear and see YOUR parents talk about your first days together when you were a baby? Here's a little client film I made to help you along as you ponder (turn up the volume) ... just imagine having this for yourself and your children.
As it happens - why yes, you CAN have something similar for yourself! I am now offering family and newborn films starting in 2016, on a strictly limited basis (due to the intensity of editing needed). In addition, I am offering a special rate for the first family film booking in 2016 (at least 2 children, with at least 1 child above 2 years old). Drop me a line if you'd like to find out more!
This sweet family has literally not been far from my thoughts for the last 2 months. "You will be our first ever family photographer" ... these words came early in our communications, and created more than a little nervousness in me. Two beautiful children, with one more on the way, and no impetus to hire a professional photographer until now!
Some sneaky maternity photos and two newborn shoots later, I think we managed to get more than a few personal and intimate images to record this special time in all their lives. In the short time that I have spent with this family, I can already tell that Anouk will be brought up in an environment full of laughter, play, earnest discourse and mutual understanding. I particularly love the energy and joy that her siblings have for life, and the calm and inclusive way in which her parents engage the children. Hopefully some day I will be lucky enough to see how she has grown, and how her siblings have matured into their roles.
Just as I was their introduction to family and newborn photography, they were also exactly what I was looking for to trial a new little endeavour of mine ... Please check out this little clip of stills and motion from their in-hospital session, when Anouk was but a young 'un of 12 hours! Highlights from their in-home session are just below that.
So not only did I get to spend part of New Year’s Eve with this newly-minted family of three … I got to document them going home together for the first time. Ever. That just blows my mind - their trust in my work, and their openness and generousity, to grant me such intimacy and then to allow me to share a sliver of it publicly.
Everyone who knows them personally already knows how much this little fellow is loved. If these images seem full of peace, contentment and tranquility, it is entirely because of them. To the Dzakpasus - much love to all of you and all the best on this new adventure!
Jarvis' mother mentioned right at the beginning of the shoot that she works with a lot of photographers and had been looking for someone suitable to photograph her newborn to no avail. Much as it may be uncool to admit - well, that made me a wee bit nervous! I think we hit it off immediately though as she was very clear about wanting something completely natural, unposed, and as far away from a 'baby in a basket' as possible. I could not have said it better myself.
This ended up easily being one of my favourite shoots of all time. Just a new little person hanging out in his home, and two new parents losing themselves in wonder over his presence. What a privilege to be allowed to share this with them.