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Family + Children Portraits

Family Portraits: Teck Cheong & Kelly

Teck Cheong and Kelly are based in Singapore and they got in touch with us for a family photo shoot. It was to commemorate a few family milestones at that point of their lives. One of them was that Teck Cheong would be turning 50 soon! “I’d like these photos to celebrate and remember what God and the family has given me!” he told us. So together with their girls Hannah and Hailey, I spent a whole morning with them and we took a stroll around Labrador Park for photos and later adjourned to Marina Keppel Bay for even more photos.

This particular bridge at Labrador was a walk down memory lane for Teck Cheong and Kelly because they took their wedding photos here in 1999! It was quite special to witness them reminiscing the start of their married life, this time with the girls being with them and imagining how their parents’ love story unfolded in these significant places.

– Grace.

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A Mother & Daughter Portrait Session at Home

We often get requests for family portraits where everyone dresses up and comes to our studio or we go to their homes. But once in awhile, we also get requests like this one from Allison. She invited us over for an afternoon just to capture the everyday moments that she shares with her daughter. We love how casual and laid back this set turned out, with lots of love and affection between mother and daughter. It was a real treat to follow them around the house, just capturing them in their element as they bonded over their usual activities at home… cooking, lounging by the pool, taking walks in the garden, or catching up over a glass of wine. We even managed to squeeze in a pillow fight! It’s often the simple moments shared with family that we treasure the most, and they’re also the ones that fly by the quickest. We’re so glad to be able to immortalise a few of these precious moments for Allison.

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Family Portraits: The Full Works

Everyone plays a part in making the family what it is – a place of security and lots of love and laughter! So whenever we’re asked to do family portraits, we take extra effort to spend time with everyone – from the littlest child to the most senior couple. It’s so important that we get to photograph moments between various family members during the shoot. The result? A fantastic collection of of memories to treasure together! Frame these up or print them in an album on your coffee table – you say it, we’ll do it!

Here’s a glimpse from the collection taken with Joyce and her family at our studio.


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Family Portraits: Janeen’s Graduation

Janeen recently graduated with a doctorate and wanted to commemorate her achievement with a family photo shoot. We had the photo session at her parents’ lovely garden in Bukit Jalil and had her nephews and in-laws join in too. We did two kinds of shots: a series with Janeen in her graduation gown and then a series of casual group shots and individual portraits. Janeen’s nephew also graduated – from kindergarten! So it was a double celebration. :)

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How to Style Your Family for a Photo Shoot

Family gatherings are a perfect opportunity for a photoshoot, whether its a birthday party or festive gathering. However, getting a great family photo sometimes requires a little more than just smiling at the camera. There’s some prep work involved and it’s called “styling”. You don’t have to be a professional fashion consultant to do this. In fact, it’s quite easy! Here are four ways to start having better looking photos with just a little bit of styling done right.


1. Consider your location and backdrop

If your photoshoot coincides with an event such as a birthday party or a dinner, think about how the location will look like: What colour will the wall or backdrop be where your group will be standing? Here’s a good rule of thumb you can follow: 

  • Plain background – You can wear either plain or bright colours, and outfits with more patterns. However not everyone should be wearing prints or else the patterns might clash, making overall photo look too messy. 
  • Busy background – It’s best to wear outfits with plain colours (no patterns) that complement the background. Eg. A green leafy background can go with full white outfits or white and khaki colours.


2. Agree on a style

What kind of photoshoot is this? A formal or casual one? Is there a theme? Usually your background also matters when thinking about this. For example, a hotel lobby would look more formal as a photoshoot location compared to a garden. Once you know what kind of photoshoot you’re going for, choose a style for your outfits which suits your location and communicate that to the whole family so that no one is left out.


  • Full formal

Ladies: Long gowns, knee-length dresses or pantsuits, heels or closed-toe shoes

Men: Suits and dress shoes

  • Semi-casual

Ladies: Knee-length cocktail dresses or pants and a nice blouse (jacket is optional)  

Men: Collared shirts, dark jeans or khakis pants, dress shoes

  • Casual

Ladies: Summer dresses, shorts and a simple blouse, sandals

Men: Presentable khaki or denim shorts, clean sneakers, a fresh tee

  • Thematic

Animal onesies, 1920s Gatsby (formal wear), pirates, cultural outfits, the list goes on! 


3. Coordinate your colours

While it is not necessary to colour coordinate all your outfits, grandma might stand out if she is wearing a bright red flowery top and everyone else is wearing white. We coordinate colours for our outfits so that the overall photo looks pleasant. Sometimes saying “everyone wear something colourful” might result in three out of ten people wearing orange, and the other 7 people wearing brown and hot pink! It just does not go well together.

 

Here are some tips: 

  • Wear complementing colours instead of “matching” colours. This helps your photo look more natural and dynamic. It also gives everyone a chance to wear something that reflects their unique personality while being part of the colour theme! Pick 1 + 3 colours. This means pick one colour, and find three more complementing colours. Eg. White + light blue, light brown, navy blue. The best guide for complementing colours can be found in nature and all around us. This colour palette generator is a useful tool. It extracts colours from a photograph so you’ll know what colours go well together.
  • Wear matching colours if necessary. This can be your next resort if it’s easier. Meaning, everyone wears the same coloured top (eg. white) and the same coloured bottom (eg. blue denim). If you plan to have everyone be fully dressed in just one colour, that usually only works for the colour white. Anything else might be an overkill.
  • Bring two different sets of outfits for variety. Bright, pastel, or dark (bright red is discouraged). Avoid outfits that have large, distracting text on it. Solid colours work best, instead of too many contrasting prints. While coordinating outfits, keep in mind that over-coordinating is bad too – for example, everyone wearing stripes!
  • Swaddles for newborn babies. Most outfits are really large for these tiny humans, so work with a few swaddles of different colours and textures instead of outfits. For babies below one year, cute underwear looks great in semi-naked photos. 

4. Look presentable: light make up, neat hair, and accessories!

You’re putting some effort into what you wear, so you’d want to do the same for how you look. Make sure everyone gets a good night’s rest the night before so you will all look fresh. For ladies, light makeup helps to define your natural beauty. Lipstick, eyebrow pencil, a bit of blush and mascara does the trick. For the men, bring some tissues to wipe away perspiration during the shoot. You don’t have to get your hair styled for the shoot but combing it down, tying it in a way that you’re comfortable with, or using a bit of hairspray and hair gel to keep stray hairs in place can make a huge difference.

Don’t forget the accessories! For ladies, if you’re wearing a plain-coloured outfit, all you need is a bold statement necklace or earrings to complete the look. For men, choose sock colours that complement your outfit and not steal the show. Wearing a watch that matches the style of your outfit makes a big difference too (eg. wearing a classic leather-strap watch with a formal outfit instead of your sports watch).