Monthly Archives: November 2012

Making Photo Sessions Fun for the Whole Family

If you want family photos that really recreates the dynamics of your family, then it might be time to do away with the idea of “posed” shots. Gone are the days when family photos had to look serious and stiff, because now, your family photos can be as fun and colorful as you want it to be. Sure there are still a few photography basics that you need to keep in mind to be able to compose good shots, but as most professional photographers will tell you, it’s much easier to get good pictures with fun photo sessions. If you want to make family photography an experience for the whole family, then here are a few tips to help you out.

Play around with different concepts
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box if you want to make family photography fun. Play around with creative concepts that can help express the different personalities of the family members. If you have to use costumes or props, don’t be afraid to go all out. Just remember to not let the concept get too out of hand because you’ll still want to keep the look cohesive to be aesthetically pleasing.

Present a relaxed environment
Next, make sure to shoot family photos in a relaxed environment. If you’re not quite happy with the set in the studio, you can try taking the shoot outdoors. Look for a quiet park where the family can feel relaxed for cheerful sunny pictures. Or if the family feels more comfortable in their own home, then you can develop your concept from there. The point is to shoot photos of the family where there won’t be too much stress or else it will show on the prints.

Be candid
Last but not the least, you might also want to give candid shots a try. Instead of asking them to pose, have the family members talk to each other about their happiest memories of being together. Then take your shots inconspicuously and see what comes out. Sometimes, the only way to get great pictures is to ignore the camera completely.

Fun family photography need not be a cause of stress, especially if you have ingenious ways to get your subjects to open up. Always remember that the secret to great family pictures is to take photos of your subjects at their happiest moments. Just be creative, relaxed and let them do their own thing.

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Maternity Photography Singapore – Onsite photo-shoot with Biker Mama

Sometime back, I received an email enquiry asking for a maternity photo-shoot with a special theme. Shirley wanted to have a photography theme with her beloved bike, a Suzuki Hayabusa. During her wedding, the bike was utilized for the march-in at the dinner banquet. This time round, in taking pictures to commemorate the pending arrival of a new member to the family, without a doubt, the bike has to be involved as well.

Initially, the photoshoot was to be at a workshop. But due to unforeseen circumstances, the location was changed to her dad’s factory at Defu Lane. It’s really a blessing in disguise, as the place resulted in the photos having a unique character and rustic feel to them.

Once again, this proves that good photos does not need a “proper” studio contrary to traditional beliefs. A place that has meaning and is most comfortable for the clients has so far created the best results in my experience.

Below are some images to share.

Makeup by: Yukiko Lim

Darren (123 Photography)

Posted in Maternity Photography