If you’re thinking of a professional photographic shoot, it’s good to plan ahead. That way you can get the most out of your session, and some gorgeous photos to cherish at the end.
We chatted to Elaine Lim, director of the award-winning White Room Studio (specilising in informal, documentary-style photos) to give us her ‘before, during and after’ tips for ensuring a wonderful experience, and a beautiful outcome!
Location: studio or outdoors?
The choice of home, park or studio will depend on the type of results you’d like to get. Outside is often spot on for kids and dogs because of the large space and freedom to run about. It’s also great for couples as it’s more casual, you’ll find it easier to let go. But there’s the uncertainty of the elements – Singapore is hot and sweaty and we’re approaching rainy season. (We won’t even mention the haze!)
Or, remove all risk of potential disaster by opting for a controlled indoor environment – with air-conditioning! It’s a great advantage if the studio is set up to utilise natural lighting as most people tend to feel more relaxed without having a huge flash blinding them with each shot.
White Room Studio offers the best of both locations; it’s set in a nostalgic black-and-white, Peranakan shophouse in River Valley, overlooking Fort Canning Park, so it gives the look and feel of being outdoors with an abundance of warm, natural light, and different creative corners for that cosy, intimate shot. You won’t get all sweaty and uncomfortable either. (No mosquitos or ants!)
Ask around – it pays to do your research
Photographers in Singapore vary according to cost, style and professionalism, so always check the credentials of the photographer you use – awards and accolades are given for a reason. I recommended visiting the studio to get a feel for the environment and to look at examples of their work.
Choose a photographer you can all be yourselves around
Having photos taken is such a personal experience and you definitely want to feel comfortable in the studio and with the photographer. You’ll need a photographer who can coax even the shyest member of the family out of their shell and who’s willing to scramble around getting dirty with your kids in pursuit of that perfect shot! Many of White Room Studio’s clients return to them year after year, so they build a great rapport with the whole family, which really shows in the pics!
The right photographer will work with you to tailor-make a package and, to avoid any confusion later on, always discuss what your expectations are. For example, if you’re interested in albums, let your photographer know this before your shoot. White Room Studio is offering all Expat Living readers $50 off their Studio Collection package (for $340; usually $390). The Family Portraiture Studio Collection (up to four people), includes a one-hour studio session, three 5”x7” prints and one 8”x12” print.
Photography studios are often booked out in advance, so it’s best to pre-book a slot at least a couple of weeks before the date of your intended shoot. For baby shoots, (try to!) book a time when your baby is least cranky, and give your little one a full feed right before leaving home. The perfect time for a baby photo shoot is during your little one’s naptime.
Be prepared for the day
For a one-hour shoot, aim for three outfits for every participant; remember to think about everyone’s best colour and style. A tip is to iron (and hang, don’t fold) everything the night before to minimise the mad rush on the day.
Keep it simple & tidy
Leave behind loud busy prints, crazy vibrant colours and neon nail polish! Wear neutral, ironed, lint-free clothing. Natural make-up for the ladies and neat nails and hair for everyone and Dad’s, it’s important to be clean-shaven, unless you are going for a rugged look. For maternity shoots, it’s best for mums-to-be to moisturise that tummy for a beautiful sheen.
Don’t forget to eat!
Avoid the dreaded sugar-lows (not only from the kids!) by not arriving on an empty-tummy and bring along some (non-messy) snacks just in case!
Keep your cool
A family photo session last between one and one-and-a-half hours as kids tend to get distracted and tired. It’s hard initially, but it’s essential not to get stressed out if your child is uncooperative at first.
Time to choose your photos
The real excitement comes when it’s time to visit the studio to choose your photos. Looking for something to hang at home or in the office? Measure your walls before the viewing session to help decide on the sizes of frames and canvases you might choose; it’s also helps to take a couple of quick shots of your home to show your photographer.
White Room Studio’s style embraces moments of spontaneity to capture expressions that are real, natural and reflective of you and your loved ones.
Until the end of November 2015, White Room Studio are offering all Expat Living Readers $50 off a Family Portraiture Studio Collection ($340; usually $390) for a 1-hour studio session. This package includes: Three 5”x7” prints | One 8”x12” print | Retouched soft copies of these 4 images at web resolution – great for online sharing | Please note: one promotion per family | Promotion valid until the end of November 2015
For details of other collections suited for graduation and bridal sessions, or tailor-made packages contact White Room Studio for a chat.