Family Portrait: The Chews

Families are like fudge,
mostly sweet, with a few nuts.

"Hello, welcome!" that was Juin's first words to me.

When my husband first recommended that we tried a new cafe in Uptown, I was a little skeptical about the coffee it served (#coffeesnob). Little did I know that it would become one of our favourite cafes.

As I ingested a huge amount of coffee in our countless (almost once-every-two-days) coffee trips, a friendship began to form and grow with this very lovable, gorgeous inside out barista girl, Juin. Through our conversations, her love for her family shone through. Her face lit up as she spoke about the antics her many nieces and nephews get up to.

So when Juin asked me if I could take her family portraits, I couldn't wait to meet everyone.

Cake Smash: Baby C is ONE

"Have big dreams, you will grow into them."

Within the first 10 minutes of our session, the bubbly gorgeous miss C was already smiling, and crawling up to me, to touch my camera. Ah.. babies turning one.... just finding her feet, she breaks into the biggest smile when her parents cheered as she stood up unassisted, Babies learning how to walk are simply the cutest! 

Hello Bump: Chong Maternity

I fell in love with you, because of the million things
you never knew you were doing.

Smitten... completely and utterly with each other and the baby. Jo and Ivan are such beautiful souls who already had so many plans for their little one. I especially loved the gorgeous tailored lace gown Jo custom-made especially for the session.

Family Portrait: The Tohs

Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.
- C.S. Lewis

A smiley inquisitive baby who breaks out in the hugest grin and infectious laughter, when she sees a block of ice; a handsome big brother who is full of the cheekiest smiles - each unique in their own beautiful way.

Family Portrait: The Owyoungs

There is no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
- Walt Streightiff

The cutest little girl who smiles a lot, isn't afraid of the heat, and is so very inquisitive. Little V is a carbon copy of her cheerful mum, who was one of my first friends in primary school. 

When I first transferred to Singapore, I was scared and felt completely out of place. I was sitting all by myself on the first day at school, when Sophia, who was sitting behind me started speaking to me. I still remembered how our conversation went on and on - until 15 minutes later, she realised and asked, "Eh, why you didn't even ask me my name leh!". :) And the world is indeed a really small place (ok, Singapore is a tiny island lah), her husband and I were actually tuition class mates!!

It is truly an honour to meet her little family. The little girl was all good natured chuckles. The morning at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, was definitely made even more beautiful with the company.

Family Portrait: The Ngs

Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.
- EB White

An inquisitive two year old, a warm and cheerful papa, and a very fit expecting mama.

From the beginning, the Ngs were just so much fun to be around. I was particularly impressed with the glowing mama-of-two-to-be, who was almost full term, yet was game to try all sorts of poses. I later found out that the family practices yoga. I got so excited that I asked if I could incorporate some of the poses into our session.

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Family Portrait: The Ikings

Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible — the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. 
- Virginia Satir

2 newborns, 2 gorgeous little girls, and 8 adults - I love LOVE love large families. I also love families who are unafraid to show affection and just genuinely enjoy being together. After photographing Michelle-Ann's large photogenic in-laws (The Suppiah Clan), I was really glad when she contacted me again, this time to photograph her family, who were visiting from Sabah. 

The portraits are even more precious, as I found out a couple of months later, that the late patriarch of the family, Mozes M Iking II, passed on peacefully. RIP.

Family Portrait: The Chuas

Family faces are magic mirrors looking at people who belong to us,
we see the past, present, and future.

Easily one of the coolest families I've photographed! I love photographing families who aren't afraid to just get really comfortable in nature, a baby who lights up at the sight of food, and is just keen to explore everything around her.

Family Portrait: The Lees

It doesn't matter how big your house is
it matters that there is love in it.

With a ballerina for a mummy, it was no wonder this little tyke was really flexible, as he discovered his feet, when he put on shoes for the very first time. I especially loved all of baby's very cute outfits, which according to the father, Edward, was all picked out by his wife. Excellent taste!!

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After the session, Edward sent me a very lovely email:

I take photos too BUT the photoshoot with you was awesome AND the photos are gorgeous. It really puts a big smile on my face each n everytime I see the photos. Best of all I'm in most of the photos this time and had great fun just chilling out with my family at the park not having to bother with camera settings n lighting! I cannot remember when was the last time I had a smile that lasted so so long, and it keeps coming back over n over again throughout the day! : ) Bless you Samantha.

Family Portrait: The Tees

no companion better than a brother,
no friend better than a sister

One very cheeky little boy, and his very serious little sister. One almost 4 year old, and the other almost 2 years old. I enjoy photographing siblings, they look so similar, yet have completely different characters of their own! I was especially amused when the little boy invited me to go on his family trip with him to Tokyo Disneyland! 行きたいよ! Please pack me in your bags.