Monthly Archives: July 2012

Family Photography Singapore – The Pros and Cons of Taking Family Photography Outdoors and on a Studio Setting

There are two kinds of images that you will aim to achieve when doing family photography. These are the posed type and the kind that will come off as natural. While some clients may request specifics when it comes to this project, there are also some who would allow you to be the boss and just tell them what to do.

Studio Setting

If you are aiming to take portraits of your subjects, it is best that you use a studio setting. In this kind of venue, you have complete control of everything, including the lights and other effects that you want to attain on your shots.

The ease of the shoot will depend on how cooperative your subjects on this family photography project will be. Here’s a peek to the pros and cons of this kind of setting:

1. The setting could be quite intimidating for our subjects. You cannot expect them to relax in front of your camera. You have to help them find their angles where they will look perfect, without sounding too bossy, which may only add discomfort on their part.

2. The hardest thing to achieve in a studio setting is a natural smile from your subject. You just have to place yourself in their position. They are being made to pose and smile in front of the camera, which can really feel awkward, no matter how young or how old your subjects are.

You have to make them feel that the camera is a friend. It would help if you will talk to them about the things that they are fond of or try telling them of stories that you’ve had experienced on your job. You have to make them feel at ease. Through this, the smiles will come out all natural as you proceed with the shoot.

3. The good thing about this is that you are not bounded by time. You can patiently wait for the perfect shots to be achieved because you have complete control of the setting and ambience.

Outdoor Setting

It would be easier to get natural smiles on your subjects when they are outdoors. Here are some more of the pros and cons on this kind of setting.

1. The creativity is easier to attain when your subjects are outdoors. You just have to let them do what they want to with the setting and environment that they are in. Your task is to simply wait for the right smile, right pose and capture all these on your pictures.

2. The main disadvantage in this kind of setting is that time is limited. You have to complete your shots before the sun sets if you are aiming for a day effect. You have to get done with the tasks before the rain falls or the weather changes, which will affect the effects on your photos.

Just like any other kinds of photography, family photography can be quite challenging. It is best that you are equipped with the right materials and you know what to do in case something that you did not expect happen during the shoot.

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Maternity Photography Singapore – How to Prepare For Maternity Photography

A birth of a new baby is one of the momentous events in a family. The new parents would like to document every step of the journey. The best way to start capturing this miraculous moment is through maternity photography. Include in your baby album your maternity portraits. A wonderful addition as well is to include you and your partner – the new parents-to-be.

Here are things to consider in order preparing yourself and other members of the family for a maternity photography:

Proper Timing
The best time to conduct your photography session is once your tummy is in between 30-36 weeks. However, you have to consider that you need to choose the best schedule when you want to have the photo session. Make sure that it is very convenient on your part. Remember, you are expecting to give birth anytime. You have to be cautious in every activity that you will do.

Prepare Yourself
A photo session of a pregnant woman must be stress-free session. It should be fun, happy and full of excitement. One of the ways to come up with the best memorable and smooth photo session is to prepare for it. Discuss with the photographer how you would want to come up with maternity portraits. Sit down with him in order for you to brainstorm ideas the output you are expecting.

Maternity Photography, Pregnancy Photography Here are other specifics that must be included in your preparation for the maternity photography:
o Husband and family members are excellent addition in maternity photos. It would be great to see other important people in your life in your maternity photos.
o Your outfit is another crucial factor that you need to decide. Do you want to have topless or nude photos? Tell your photographer if he can shoot the concept you want because not all photographers can shoot topless or nude maternity photos.
o The setting that you will choose must suit your tastes and preferences. Do you want to have a studio or do you want to shoot at your place? Do you want to create a storyline on your photos? Most pregnant women would want to have it at their home because it gives intimate and homey feeling. If you want to move around comfortably, your home is a great choice.
o Props help a lot to give great impact and effects in your maternity photos. Plan what you want to have as props. Photographers who have been taking maternity photos have ready props that you can borrow and use such as toys and other baby stuff. If you will have the photo session at your place, excellent props are your baby’s furniture, baby room, toys and your own stuff.

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Baby Photography Singapore – Costumes and Theme Ideas for Baby Photography

Baby photography is growing more popular than ever. Some stick to the classic style and choose to shoot the little one in her most innocent and peaceful state, sleeping while naked. This highlights the infant’s features and is a must-do for all parents of newborns. However, while this is a no-fail style for beautiful and gush-worthy shots that prove to be timeless, other parents, especially those of older babies, have gone the more creative and fun route and started dressing up their little ones in fantastic costumes that are too darn cute. Here are some charming costumes and clever baby photography themes and ideas.

Newborn photography, baby photography 1. Go with the parents’ hobbies or interests. This does not necessarily mean the child has to realize her parents’ unfulfilled dreams in future, but wouldn’t it be cute to dress the baby up as a chef with huge pots and pans and lots of vibrant fruits in the background, if the mom or dad was a big cooking enthusiast? Or how about a bouncing baby boy dressed in a leather vest, boots and dark sunglasses with guitars and a drum set in the background for a dad who just loves his rock and roll? There can also be a baby dressed in loose overalls and some plaid, sitting amongst stacks of hay and farm animal toys for the child of farmers or ranchers.

2. Go with the seasons. Is the baby ready for the photo shoot and it’s October? Get an adorable pumpkin costume to kick off the Halloween festivities. If the little one is sitting upright by the time December rolls in, set up a Christmas tree shoot and place the cutie pie in the biggest gift box around, complete with a huge bow as a headdress. Is February just around the corner? Style the baby in her diapers and add some wings, lots of hearts all around and that’s an instant Valentine shoot waiting to happen. When out of ideas, let the season decide the theme instead.

3. Go with what appeals to the baby. If she likes a certain cartoon, dress her up as her favorite character. If she has a favorite toy, try to find a costume of that exact creature. If the baby is old enough to have favorites, then she is old enough to recognize that character as herself in costume. If this makes the baby happy, then expect to have a fun baby photography session and lots of happy pictures.

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Newborn Photography Singapore – Joel

When Petrina contacted me again to arrange for the newborn shoot for her bundle of joy, I was quite surprised.  I did a full family photography session with her last year, and she did not show any signs of pregnancy nor was she sporting a baby bump. Coincidentally, little Joel’s birthday is just one day after me. Nice! 🙂

Below are some images to share.

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography

Newborn Photography, Baby Photography


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