While blogging is not as easy as how some people may see it, I am always thankful to have an outlet to share my thoughts and to have gained exposure, made like-minded friends and received sponsorship opportunities since A Happy Mum started in 2011.
One of the opportunities that excites me most is going for sponsored family photoshoots. Thanks to a spontaneous hubby and two lovely kiddos who also like to capture precious moments, every of our photoshoot has left behind memories that would last us for a lifetime.
Thanks to Kids Pictures, we were kindly invited to do a studio family photoshoot in August. Started in 2000, Kids Pictures is a pioneer photography boutique studio which specialises in infants, kids and family photography. Through the years, they have grown to become a renowned family-oriented photography provider both locally and internationally. In fact, it is an honour for them to have had the privilege to capture precious photos for royal families around the world.
For the first time, we wore matching family outfits in a photoshoot! Thanks to our kind apparel sponsor MidouCeur (read our previous review here), four of us were clad in the Surfer Zag outfits. Instead of the usual girly hues, it was refreshing to see us dressed in white and blue for a change.
Apart from showing you all the gorgeous shots captured that day, I would also like to share with you a handful of things that impressed me about Kids Pictures.
1) Highly efficient
Excluding the time used in preparing the backdrop and for us to get changed, the entire shoot took less than 30 minutes. Yes, it was definitely the fastest shoot we have done so far. Previously, it would take us on average 1-2 hours, sometimes even more, and we would have time to change into more outfits, try out more poses or even have snack breaks for the kids. Thus, I was a little surprised and you might even say a little skeptical when it was a wrap.
That said, I began to think about the benefits of having a short photoshoot and while that means you might have less varied poses in less outfits, it would also mean many things like less tired kids and more time to spend as family on a precious weekend. You can never have the best of both worlds, right?
When I received the pictures, I was even more surprised at how Yan, the photographer, managed to capture so many lovely smiles and happy looks in such a short span of time. That, I must say, is true efficiency and professionalism.
You know how sometimes portraits just end up looking more posed than natural? For Ariel, much of it depends on her mood whether she would do what she is told or laugh for the camera. For Angel, I realise although she is usually cooperative and would smile, many a time it would end up looking posed and just does not exude a look of true joy. I like to avoid posed shots as much as possible and it was a relief to see that many of our pictures turned out to be informal and natural looking.
I have to say part of the credit goes to the hubby and I for being quite professional 'clowns' and have many tricks up our sleeves to attract the attention of the kids and make them giggle, smile and laugh. However, it would not have been possible if we did not have a photographer and an assistant who knew how to capture these shots at the perfect moment. It surprised me a little and was in fact quite heartening to see the kind folks from Kids Pictures getting on their fours to play tickling games or racing with the kids in a bid to make them laugh from the heart.
One of the things that struck me most about the photographer was her bubbly, positive self. Yes, I do think that photographers who work with children need to be more animated and dynamic than usual but Yan was so zestful and full of life that it was inspiring, even to me.
Besides being friendly and responsive, what impressed me was that Kids Pictures made an effort to personally pass us our printouts and soft copies when we were all feeling under the weather. No, I'm not saying it will be fair for them to do this for every customer but this instance just goes to show how they are willing to go the extra mile when it comes to providing service.