The task ...

As a photographer, capturing important moments of one's family is a rewarding experience. However, it can also be a challenging task. It wasn't easy rounding up everyone for these but my dad is getting on his years and my nephews are no longer the toddlers they once were. Time was moving too fast and the only way I could ever grasp their proofs of existence was to freeze them into photographs with a family photo shoot.

Truth be told , I've never thought of photographing my family before until I became a family photographer myself. Surprise surprise! I guess it hadn't occurred to me to do so because I knew exactly how much effort it would take to get things together. I knew I would have to coordinate everyone's schedule, I have to make sure everyone was wearing the right clothes, ensure the weather was correct and we would be at the right place at the right time. It's A LOT to deal with.

But when my dad became Covid positive at the beginning of last year , I was smacked with a reckoning. Would I regret not having this done if something bad happened and I no longer have the opportunity to do so ?

Happy Family photo shoot

Lower Seletar Reservoir

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is a pretty nice spot for family photography in Singapore. It is a picturesque location that provides scenic views, lush greenery, and tranquil waters. Additionally, the park features a variety of amenities such as picnic areas, playgrounds, and water park that cater to families with children. The Lower Seletar Reservoir Park is also a very convenient photoshoot venue as it is just a stone's throw away from Khatib MRT Station. It definitely offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, making it a great place to capture unforgettable family moments.

Truth be told, I pride myself as the cool auntie and I get along really well with my nephews who I love to bits. But did I have a lot of problem getting them to stay still and smile? You bet! These two free roaming little souls don't give two hoots to family photos and what we need. And even with the relationship I've established with them (all the good brownie points I accumulated with pure hard cash!) these kids are just kids being kids.

So instead of getting upset with them, I try to capture photographs that really freezes the moment and tells a story of who they really are.

The boys with Lower Seletar Reservoir in the back

In the family photoshoot guidebook I send out to all my family Portrait session clients , I encourage them to treat the day as a special outing and arrange a nice meal or special treat ( AKA bribe!) afterwards so everyone have something to look forward to after all the posing. Many of my clients have feedback how useful the guidebook was in alleviating their anxiety around planning and preparing for our session and that is such a gift to me!

All in all , I'm so glad we pushed through and had fun. The boys played in the grass and marvelled at snails ( well, the young one did 🤭) and we rewarded them with chocolates and soda afterwards =)