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Family Photographer in SG

Professional family photographer in Singapore

What is a Family Photographer?

A family photographer is a professional photographer who specialises in taking photographs of families. These photographers typically work with families of all sizes and ages and may take photographs in a variety of settings, such as in their studio, at a park, or in the family's home.

The family photographs are typically used for personal use and as cherished keepsakes and memory for the family. They can be photographs of the whole family or just the kids or a new baby, or in different milestones such as birthday or special events.

Family photographers typically have experience working with children and are able to capture candid, natural images of families interacting and playing together. They use different techniques to create beautiful and meaningful photographs that reflect the personalities and relationships of the individuals in the family.

Family photographers may also offer a variety of services such as photo editing and retouching, the printing of photographs, and the creation of photo albums and other photo products. Some family photographers also offer outdoor photography sessions.

One of the important things that a family photographer should possess is the ability to make the family feel comfortable and relaxed during the photoshoot which will result in natural, candid and relaxed images.

The family photographer is different from other types of photographers like wedding photographers or portrait photographers. Family photography is more about capturing the family's dynamic and personalities and special moments that will be cherished for years to come.

Why are Family Photographers Important?

Family photographers are important for a variety of reasons:

  1. They help to preserve memories: Family photographs are a way to preserve memories and document important milestones in a family's life. Family photographers help to capture these memories in a way that is both beautiful and meaningful and allow families to look back on them in the future and remember special moments in their lives.
  2. They help to tell a family's story: Family photographers use their skills and expertise to create photographs that tell a family's story. They capture the personalities, relationships, and dynamics of a family in a way that is both candid and beautiful, and help to create a visual record of a family's history.
  3. They allow families to see themselves in a new light: Family photographers can help families to see themselves in a different light. They capture candid and unposed images of families that show the true personalities and emotions of the family members, which can be very meaningful and powerful.
  4. They create a sense of continuity: Family photographs can help to create a sense of continuity and connectedness within a family. They allow families to look back on their history and see how their family has grown and changed over time.
  5. They bring families together: Family photographers can help to bring families together. By planning and participating in a family photoshoot, families can spend quality time together and create shared memories that will be cherished for years to come.
  6. They create art: Family photographers create artful photographs that can be displayed in homes and shared with loved ones. They create beautiful images that families can be proud of, and that reflect their personalities and relationships in a meaningful way.

Overall, family photographers are important because they help to preserve memories, tell a family's story, create a sense of continuity, bring families together and create art. They offer an opportunity for families to have beautiful, meaningful photographs that they can look back on and cherish for a lifetime.

Why Do People Do Family Photoshoot?

There are many reasons why people choose to do a family photoshoot. Some common reasons include:

  1. To create a visual record of the family: A family photoshoot provides a way to document the appearance and relationships of the family members at a particular point in time. These images can be shared with family members who may not live nearby and can be treasured as a way to remember and celebrate the family's history.
  2. To celebrate a milestone or special occasion: Many families choose to do a photoshoot to mark a significant event or milestone, such as a wedding, the arrival of a new baby, or a family reunion.
  3. To update family portraits: Some families choose to do a photoshoot to update their family portraits, either because their previous portraits are outdated or because they want to capture the family at a different stage in their lives.
  4. To create a gift for loved ones: Family photoshoots can be a meaningful and thoughtful gift for loved ones, such as parents or grandparents.
  5. To have a fun and memorable experience: Many families enjoy the process of planning and participating in a photoshoot as a way to spend quality time together and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Common Challenges for Family Photography

There are many challenges that can arise when doing a family photoshoot. These challenges can be overcome with patience, planning, and the right approach. It can also be helpful to work with a professional photographer who has experience working with families and can offer guidance and direction during the photoshoot.

Some common challenges include:

  1. Children who are restless or uncooperative: Children can be unpredictable, and it can be challenging to get them to sit still or follow directions during a photoshoot.
  2. Siblings who don't get along: If siblings don't get along or are prone to squabbling, it can be difficult to get them to cooperate during the photoshoot.
  3. Difficult lighting conditions: Working with natural light can be challenging, especially if the lighting conditions are difficult, such as on a very bright or overcast day.
  4. Uncooperative weather: Inclement weather can be a challenge for outdoor photoshoots.
  5. Posing difficulties: It can be difficult to get everyone to pose naturally and comfortably, especially if they are not used to being in front of the camera.
  6. Dealing with shy or self-conscious subjects: Some family members may be shy or self-conscious in front of the camera, which can make it difficult to capture natural and relaxed photographs.

Should I Hire a Professional Family Photographer?

Whether you should hire a professional family photographer is a personal decision that will depend on your individual needs and priorities. However, there are some good reasons why you might consider hiring a professional family photographer.

  1. Quality: Professional family photographers have the training, experience, and equipment to create high-quality, beautiful images that will stand the test of time. Their photographs will be well-composed, correctly exposed, and properly lit. They are trained on how to use the camera and lighting to create the best image possible.
  2. Experience working with children: Professional family photographers are experienced in working with children, and they know how to capture candid, natural images of children in a way that is both beautiful and meaningful. They know how to make the children feel comfortable and get the best expressions out of them.
  3. Creativity: Professional family photographers bring their own unique perspective and creativity to their photographs. They have a good eye for composition and can suggest different poses and settings to create photographs that are both beautiful and meaningful.
  4. Efficiency: Professional family photographers have experience working with clients, and they know how to schedule, plan and execute a photoshoot efficiently. They will typically have a good understanding of light, composition and camera settings, allowing them to produce great results in a short time.
  5. Keepsake: A professional family photographer's images are often a valuable keepsake that a family can treasure for a lifetime. They will have the best equipment and the experience to create high-quality photographs that will be cherished for years to come.
  6. Stress-free: Professional family photographers will handle all of the details of the photoshoot, so you can sit back and relax. They will take care of the setup, lighting, posing, and organization of the photoshoot, so you can enjoy the experience with your family without any stress.

That being said, if you have the time, talent, and equipment, you may be able to take your own family photographs. However, if you're looking for high-quality, professional photographs that will be cherished for a lifetime, hiring a professional family photographer might be the best option.

Types of Family Photography

There are many different types of family photoshoots, and the specific type of photoshoot that is right for a particular family will depend on the family's needs and preferences.

Some common types of family photoshoots include:

Traditional family portrait

This type of photoshoot typically involves posing the family in formal attire in a studio or outdoor location, with the photographer directing the poses.

Candid family portrait

This type of photoshoot captures the family in a more relaxed and natural setting, with the photographer taking candid shots of the family interacting and enjoying each other's company.

Lifestyle family portrait

This type of photoshoot combines elements of both traditional and candid photography, capturing the family in a natural setting doing everyday activities such as cooking, playing, or reading together.

Extended family portrait

This type of photoshoot includes multiple generations of a family, such as grandparents, parents, and children.

Milestone family portrait

This type of photoshoot marks a specific event or achievement in a family's life, such as a wedding, graduation, or the arrival of a new baby.

Seasonal family portrait

This type of photoshoot captures the family in the midst of a specific season, such as fall or winter, with the goal of capturing the atmosphere and feeling of that time of year.

Preparation for Family Photoshoot

When preparing for a family photoshoot, there are several things to keep in mind in order to ensure that the photoshoot runs smoothly and that you get the best possible results.

  1. Location: Consider the location of the photoshoot. Choose a location that is meaningful to your family and that provides a beautiful background for the photographs. If you are unsure, ask your family photographer for suggestions.
  2. Clothing: Think about what you and your family will wear for the photoshoot. Coordinating outfits can look great in photographs, but also try to choose clothes that are comfortable and that reflect your family's personalities. Avoid wearing clothes with bold patterns or logos, as they can be distracting in photographs.
  3. Hair and makeup: If desired, consider getting your hair and makeup done professionally before the photoshoot. This can help you feel more confident and look your best in the photographs.
  4. Timing: Plan the photoshoot at a time that works best for your family, and try to schedule it when everyone is well-rested and in good spirits. If you have young children, consider scheduling the photoshoot for a time when they are usually well-behaved and in a good mood.
  5. Props: Consider bringing props to the photoshoot, such as a special blanket or toy. These can be used to add interest to the photographs and to reflect your family's personality.
  6. Communication: Communicate with your photographer about your vision for the photoshoot and what you hope to achieve with the photographs. Share any specific requests or concerns, so the photographer can be prepared.
  7. Plan for contingencies: You never know when things may go wrong on a photoshoot, but being prepared and planning for contingencies can save you a lot of stress and hassle.
  8. Enjoy the moment: Remember to relax and enjoy the experience! Family photoshoots are a great opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones and create memories that will last a lifetime.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can help ensure that your family photoshoot is a success and that you get the beautiful, meaningful photographs that you desire.

Locations for Family Photoshoot

There are many different locations that can be used for a family photoshoot, and the best location will depend on the specific needs and preferences of the family. I would advise you to choose a location that is meaningful and reflects the personality and interests of your family.

Here are a few ideas for locations:

  1. Outdoor locations: Scenic outdoor locations, such as parks, beaches, gardens, or forests, can provide a beautiful and natural backdrop for your photographs.
  2. Studios: A studio can provide a controlled environment with a range of backdrops and lighting options. This can be especially convenient if you're planning a photoshoot during inclement weather.
  3. Homes: A family's home can be a meaningful and personal location for a photoshoot. This can be especially suitable for candid, lifestyle-style photoshoots.
  4. Cultural or historical landmarks: Consider having your photoshoot at a cultural or historical landmark, such as a museum or a monument. This can add a unique and interesting backdrop to your photographs.
  5. Urban locations: Urban locations, such as city streets or rooftops, can provide a modern and edgy backdrop for your photographs.

What to Wear for Family Photoshoot?

When planning what to wear for a family photoshoot, it's important to choose outfits that are comfortable, coordinating, and suitable for the occasion.

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:

  1. Coordinate, but don't match: Choose outfits that coordinate with each other, rather than matching exactly. For example, you might choose a colour palette and have each person wear an outfit in a different shade within that palette.
  2. Avoid clothing with busy patterns: Solid colours and simple patterns tend to photograph better than clothing with busy patterns or logos.
  3. Consider the location: Think about where the photoshoot will take place, and choose outfits that will be appropriate for the setting. If the photoshoot is outdoors, for example, you might want to dress in comfortable, casual clothing that is suitable for the weather.
  4. Accessorise: Accessories can add interest and personality to your outfits. Consider adding scarves, hats, or statement jewellery to your outfits.
  5. Dress for comfort: Choose outfits that are comfortable to wear, as you'll likely be standing and posing for extended periods of time.
  6. Choose clothes that fit well: Clothes that are too tight or too loose can be unflattering in photographs, so make sure to choose outfits that fit well.

Props for a Family Photoshoot

Props can be a fun and easy way to add interest and personality to a family photoshoot. Remember to choose props that are meaningful and represent your family's interests and personality.

Here are a few ideas for props that you can use:

  1. Signs: Have each family member hold a sign with a word or phrase that represents their personality or interests.
  2. Balloons: Balloons can add a festive touch to your photographs, and can be especially fun for children.
  3. Hats: Hats can be a fun and easy prop that adds character and interest to your photographs.
  4. Scarves: Scarves can be a stylish and versatile prop that can add colour and texture to your photographs.
  5. Musical instruments: If your family enjoys music, consider incorporating musical instruments into the photoshoot.
  6. Books: Books can be a great prop for a family that loves reading. Consider having each family member hold their favourite book or incorporating a stack of books into the photograph.
  7. Pets: If you have pets, consider including them in the photoshoot. This can be especially fun if your pets have unique personalities or characteristics.

How to Pose for Family Photoshoot?

Posing for a family photoshoot can be intimidating, especially if you're not used to being in front of the camera. Here are a few tips to help you pose confidently and naturally:

  1. Relax: Take a few deep breaths and try to relax your body and face. Tensing up can make you look stiff and uncomfortable in photographs.
  2. Find a comfortable position: Stand or sit in a position that feels natural and comfortable for you. You don't have to stand perfectly still, and in fact, small movements and expressions can add interest to your photographs.
  3. Use props: Props such as signs, balloons, or hats can be a fun and easy way to add interest and personality to your photographs.
  4. Practice good posture: Stand up straight and keep your shoulders back. This will help you appear confident and composed.
  5. Experiment with different poses: Don't be afraid to try out different poses and see what works best for you. You can ask the photographer for suggestions or look for inspiration online.
  6. Be yourself: Above all, try to be yourself and have fun. The most important thing is to capture the unique character and personality of each family member, so don't be afraid to let your true self shine through in the photographs.

Sample Family Photo Albums

🔍9   Night Family Photoshoot - Family: Matt, Tika, Justin, Jevon & Joleen @ Helix Bridge
1. Family: Matt, Tika, Justin, Jevon & Joleen

@ Helix Bridge
⚑ Flash photography
🔍1   High-End Bedroom Family Photoshoot - Nathaniel Lam, Rachel Liew, Floofy, Quinn & Mochi @ Bedroom, Tampines
2. Nathaniel Lam, Rachel Liew, Floofy, Quinn & Mochi

@ Bedroom, Tampines
⚑ Flash photography
🔍8   Casual Outdoor Family Photoshoot - James, Cherlyn & Isaac @ The Minton
3. James, Cherlyn & Isaac

@ The Minton
⚑ Flash photography

Skai the Family Photographer

Hello, my name is Skai and I am a professional family photographer based in Singapore. I specialise in capturing the love, laughter, and personalities of families through my lens. My goal is to create beautiful and meaningful photographs that will be cherished for a lifetime.

I have a keen eye for detail and a passion for capturing candid, natural images of families. I understand that a family photoshoot is a special occasion, and I strive to make it a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone. I have experience working with children and families of all ages and I know how to make them feel comfortable and capture their true personalities.

I am an experienced and creative photographer who will work with you to understand your vision for the photoshoot and help to create a set of photographs that reflect your family's unique story. I take pride in my work and am committed to creating photographs that are beautiful and meaningful.

I would be honoured to be your family photographer and help you to create beautiful and meaningful photographs of your family that you will treasure for a lifetime. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you are interested in booking a family photoshoot.

Why Skai Loves Doing Family Photography?

I love doing family photography because it allows me to capture the love and connections that exist within families. It also offers me the opportunity to be creative, tell a family's unique story, and create beautiful and meaningful photographs that families will treasure for a lifetime.

Some other reasons why I enjoy doing family photography include:

  1. Capturing real emotions: Family photography allows me to capture real, raw emotions and candid moments between family members. This is particularly true for candid images of children, capturing their innocence and joy. I find this type of photography to be very rewarding because it creates a beautiful and genuine record of family dynamics.
  2. Building connections: Through family photography, I often form strong connections with my clients, especially with the children. I enjoy being a part of a family's special moments and getting to know the family on a personal level.
  3. The opportunity to be creative: Family photography allows me to be creative in my compositions, poses, and use of light. I enjoy the challenge of capturing a family's unique personalities and relationships in a beautiful and meaningful way.
  4. The joy of giving families something they'll treasure forever: I love being able to give families something they'll treasure forever, beautiful photographs that will be remembered for a lifetime.
  5. The satisfaction of a job well done: Family photography can be challenging, but also very rewarding, especially when the final product is a set of images that perfectly captures a family's unique story and dynamic. This satisfaction and sense of accomplishment is one of the reasons that I find family photography to be so rewarding.

Overall, I enjoy doing family photography because it allows them to capture real emotions, build connections, be creative, and create beautiful, meaningful photographs that families will treasure for a lifetime.

Testimonials: What People Say about Skai

night family photographer

Skai is a kind, friendly, and talented professional photographer. We did outdoor night shoot family (of 5) photos which pretty challenging however we loved the results! Its unique and beautiful. Definitely recommended! - Matt and Tika

I would love to invite you to look through my testimonials to know what my clients think about my photography services.

Prices & Packages for Family Photography

🌞 Professional

Up to 1 Hour: $280
Up to 2 Hours: $380 $450

Additional Hour: $150/block hr

Deliveries
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Up to 40 photos/hr
  • Photos selected by Photographer

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Get back remaining good photos:
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$50/hr booked
  • Advanced edit (skin retouching) for photos: +$50/photo

⚑ High-End

Up to 1 Hour + 1 photo: $350
Up to 1 Hour + 5 photos: $550
Up to 2 Hours + 10 photos: $900

Additional Hour: $150/block hr
Additional photos: $50/photo
  • ⚑ Flash photography (one-light set-up)
  • 🌞 Use of natural light when necessary
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

Deliveries
  • Advanced Edit (skin retouching)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selection in low resolution PDF

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Additional lighting set-up: +$50/light
  • Revision of photo edit: +$15/photo
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$35/photo (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$100/hr booked

⚑ Studio Shoot

Please note that my home photography studio is not available until further notice.
1) My studio,
2) Your booked external studio, or
3) Makeshift studio @ your location

Details: Photo Studio

Hairstyling & Makeup

$180 /Female
$120 /Male
  • 1x Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 Look (Hairstyling for a neat look & Makeup)

  • Add-Ons
  • Follow through the photoshoot: +$60/hr
    (subject to availability)

Details: Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)

NOTE

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All booked duration

Includes changing of equipment, wardrobe, makeup, hairstyle, and travelling (if applicable) during the shoot.
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Please read

(1) Checklist for hiring a photographer, (2) FAQ and (3) Service Agreement before making enquiries.
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Ideas and advice

Will only be given to serious clients after a booking fee is being placed.

βœ† Contact me now for a customised package tailored to your personal needs.

FAQs

How Long will the Family Photoshoot Take?

The length of a family photoshoot can vary, but most photoshoots take anywhere from one to two hours for a casual shoot that's using natural light.

It's important to allow enough time for the photographer to get a variety of shots and for any necessary breaks or changes of clothing. Therefore, it's advisable to book a longer photography duration.

Can we bring our pet?

Why not? If you have a pet that you would like to include in the photoshoot, it will be great. However, do note that it may require extra duration, depending on how cooperative your pet is.

Can we bring our own props?

Yes! Some props can be meaningful or interesting to your family. If you have specific props that you would like to use, do discuss them with me.

Can we take the photographs at a specific location that is meaningful to us?

I'm definitely open to shooting at locations that are meaningful or special to your family. If you have a specific location in mind, do discuss this with me to see if it is feasible and to see if there are any additional fees or considerations.

Can we do a themed photoshoot?

Yes. It's normal for some families to be interested in doing a themed photoshoot, such as a holiday or a specific decade. If you're interested in doing a themed photoshoot, it's a good idea to discuss this with me.

Can we include extended family members in the photoshoot?

Yes, you can include extended family members, such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles, in your photoshoot. However, do take note that the duration of the photoshoot may increase, depending on the situation.

Can you Photoshop out my double chin?

If you opt for advanced editing for the post-production, I will try, but there's no promise that it can work. Not all photographs can be edited to look natural (unedited).

Can we have the photoshoot in our swimming pool?

Yes! It's going to be fun! However, do take note that the water may affect the makeup.

Can we bring our own special effects, such as smoke or confetti?

Yes! It will add interest to the photographs. However, do discuss with me so that I can plan better and see what additional equipment I would have to bring along.

Can you Photoshop us into a different location or setting?

It's possible but I don't do this kind of editing. If you really want it, I will have to give a higher quotation for it really takes effort to make the photographs look not fake.


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