Family Photoshoots – Watching Kids Grow
Since we started in 2009, we had been very lucky to witness the love and care in families, and watch them grow from the family photoshoots they’ve had with us through the years.
One of the most common reason why people come to have a professional photoshoot is to celebrate and capture the moment. Celebrate the milestones of a person’s life such as birthday, children, mum, dad, grandparents, years of wedding anniversary, new addition to the family, wedding, having a newborn baby, baby’s milestones or graduations.
For some it starts with their first Maternity Shoot as a couple, then a 6-Months Baby Shoot, then a Family Shoot, and then a Generational Family Shoot. Sometimes, the list goes on because photos are never too much – every major milestone is different.
Too often we hear parents say, “It feels like it was just yesterday when they were little.” Time passes us by, and before you know it, our babies are all grown.
The best part of having your photos taken every milestone? Is being able to watch your family change and grow over time again and again, and being able to remember the little moments and feelings that came along with it. We may have different reasons to why we are always taking photos, even if it’s of the same people. Being able to capture our journey, allows our history to be something our future kids can be a part of, from just looking at the photos – letting them see and know who we were once like, how we were like. Your memories become theirs.
Chronicles of the Reijngoudt Family
We first met the Reijngoudt family of 7 at Singapore Botanic Gardens in 2012. The youngest boy was 16 months at that time.
The following year, they were back for another family session, this time at West Coast Park.
In 2015, they came back to capture the memories of the kids, this time in our studio. The growth we saw in these kids were phenomenal. We can’t help but keep staring at the photos of them and thinking to ourselves how much they’ve grown since our last session. It seemed like yesterday!
In 2018, we got a note from mum saying this time round, we have a new member, one of the boy’s girlfriend will also be joining in the photoshoot too!
Photos are sentimental. These are the things families look back to and remember how far they’ve gone as a family. It may even be a source of motivation to them, the reason why we keep going.
There is a saying that goes, “Children Spell LOVE as TIME. There may be many reasons as to why you cannot be with your children but none of them can replace the time lost. Once lost, it’s gone forever, you can never recreate the moment again.” The older kids from the Reijngoudt family are already in their late teens, early 20’s now. Perhaps away from home for their studies.
Being able to watch Reijngoudt family and many families grow, and to provide a tangible memory for families is the greatest reward to us.
If you would like to know more information on the photoshoots we have, drop us an email at email@example.com or give us a call at +65 8717 1558 to chat with our friendly team :)
Remember the feeling you got the first time you took a photo? When you wanted to capture and seize that moment so that it could last for a lifetime? It’s that warm fuzzy feeling when we get to have a memento of the people we love.
Printing Photos – In the Past
Back in the days when we couldn’t view the images immediately, we had to wait patiently until we use up all the 24 or 36 frames in the roll of film before we can send it in to the lab for processing and printing before we can even see the finished photos.
We would compile all of the prints in those albums that came together for free with the prints. The more artistic ones will take the trouble to put them in nicer looking albums instead of the ones that the lab give to us free :D The even more artistic ones will take more time to turn the prints into a photo album or scrapbook by adding some text or story in the album – where it was taken, when it was taken and what was the occasion…
The best part about that is it becomes a tangible memory for us. It is one of the main reasons why we became photographers ourselves. Being able to witness a family make time to come together for a photoshoot, gets us emotional inside and we just want it to be able to last forever for them.
Printing Photos – Now
We all know the drill. We take a ton of pictures on our phones, and they just sit there. Or, we post them on social media but never really do anything with them. And then, when we want to look back at them, we can’t even find them!
Even though photos are more easily taken these days with smartphones, we don’t seem print photos as much as we used to. We do post them on social media to update friends and families what we’ve been up to lately, by sharing what we have eaten to sharing beautiful moments with the family. Aside from that, it is also partly to “archives” the photos in social media platforms as a back up just in case the computer crash or we lose our phone. The only back up left is the preview resolution of those stored in social media. Social media is known to be notorious in compressing the image so they save some space by allowing you to use the platform for free. When you need it, and when it is time to print, the compressed resolution images looks good from far… but it is far from good once you see it up close!
It’s always easy to convince ourselves that we will print the photos soon, someday soon… but there is never really a good time. We are pretty occupied with our daily tasks, caring for our own kids, running the household, juggling work, and caring for parents. Sorting photos and printing photos from the gazillion number of images stored in our phones is time-consuming and we tend to procrastinate on this task. We just had several clients who only keep “digital copies” on their computers and ask if we still keep them after many years as they have lost their images due to computer crashes.
Memories are like money, there is no purpose of it until you need it. Like when someone has passed on, or when our kids need a shot of our family for school the following week, or you need those pictures for a birthday announcement coming up. It is easy to not do anything now… only to find yourself in dire situations when you need it.
So here are our top 3 reasons why we feel printing photos are important:
1. It becomes a tangible memory
A printed photo becomes something our future kids can touch and look closely into. It’s displayed, its on the wall, its on the desk, its inside the album. You don’t need to search through the various files, folders and deep archives to find the images that you took years ago in the computer. Its there! Printed and hung on the wall or compiled in an album.
Just like when our parents showed us their old photos, it creates conversations about how our families were like when they were younger – how they used to climb on coconut trees or went for a swim in a longkang. Who would have thought our fierce aunties were that playful!
Mini details like these, helps to paint a picture of how our loved ones were once like and bring us closer to them. It’s very heartwarming to see our kids taking out the family albums or even those kindergarten graduation photos and making jokes about how small their siblings were or commenting that they still remember our relative who has passed away.
Plus, printed photos are more accessible for our non-tech savvy parents and our very young kids who we want to limit their screen time to the ‘wonders’ of phones and computers. They wouldn’t need to reach out to the phone or computer to find the files, its just there everyday.
Worst case scenario when you need them in a digital copy, have them converted.
Enjoy your photos every day you when you walk past where the images are being displayed.
2. It ties people to places, experiences and emotions
When we look at the image taken the first time, we might notice things like how we used to look. But as time passes, what we get to see are the moments, the emotions, and the experiences that we had with people that was with us.
The first few seconds from just looking at a photo immediately brings us back to our old homes, our old playgrounds, our old treasured memory. Sometimes when we pause for a little while and just take a look around us, we get to see how far our families have come and remember how we first started out. It ties us back to our roots and our purposes in life. Small things that we see on a photo, like that blanket we used to hug to sleep, reminds us of even the atmosphere, feelings, and scents of that particular time in our lives.
Our world is so fast-moving and there isn’t time to look for the images in our phones or our laptops; have it there ready every time and its great to just stop and re-live those moments…
3. It strengthens us
Lately with the fast-paced life, we get too pre-occupied with our work and we lose sight of our purposes in life and why we do what we do. Sometimes when days are low, we forget about how fortunate we still are to be where we are now. Some people place photo frames on their work-desks, some along the walls of their house, just to remind them of who we are and the people who have made the person we are today… and that even when we have bad days, we will always have our family behind us and in our hearts to push us through in life.
Our vision in Bambini as photographers is always to help families preserve their memories.
Memories is an essential part of us.
Memories brings people closer together.
Memories grows the love stronger.
We will always strive for that no matter how fast the digital world is changing. That is the reason why we at Bambini Photography always include printed photo in all of our packages even if it is just 1!
If you need ideas on how to turn your soft copies to tangible photos, do let us know and we can work with you to come up with something.
Or are you thinking of buying a personal and lasting gift for your loved ones to remind him/her of the milestone in their life? We have gift vouchers available that can be personalised to include your personal message and the recipient’s name.
If you want to know more or would like to create new memories, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, dial our number at +65 8717 1558 or Message Us to chat with our friendly crew to chat further about creating a memorable photo session for you :)
Have Singaporeans Forgotten The Existence of Staircases?
If you have ever been to a HDB built before 1990, you may have realized that the lift doesn’t stop at every floor. For instance, those living on the seventh floor may have lifts that stop only on the fifth and ninth floor, forcing you to walk either upstairs or downstairs.
For many of us who now live in buildings with direct lift landing access, we don’t find it being an annoyance. However, for those living in these flats, it’s a greater hassle than you might expect. Heavy groceries take a greater toll on knees, and buying new furniture would require a small team of people to carry them up the stairs. Not forgetting the young parents carrying kids, diaper bags, baby carrier and extra shopping bags and the stroller at the same time.
HDB Lifts – A Life Saver For Families With Young Children And Elderly
Thankfully, HDB had the foresight and introduced the HDB Lift Upgrading Programmearound 2001 aimed at relieving these inconveniences by building direct lift access on every floor. This is so that the residents’ to have direct access to their homes conveniently, especially the elderly, mobility challenged and families with young children.
It’s interesting how some things we take for granted can be so easily forgotten. In Singapore, many of us have become so reliant on the convenience of lifts that we’ve forgotten about the existence of staircases.
Why We Built A Mobility Friendly Studio
Our experiences with our own elderly parents is that if they had a choice, they’d prefer to go somewhere with lift access, firstly because their knees are weaker and require walking aids; secondly, they have the fear of falling while coming down the stairs.
With that in mind, we often plan our outings around places with lift access or with the least number of stairs to climb for their convenience. It is also with this in mind that we chose a studio where the building where our studio is located provide easy access for the elderly, mobility challenged and for young parents.
Afterall, these are the group of people we serve in our studio day in and out; and eliminates the need for special arrangements when you bring your elderly parents to our studio for a photoshoot.
Mobility Friendly Studio is only one of the few considerations one should be thinking of when tasked to book a photo studio for their family photoshoot. Learn the Top 5 Tips for Selecting A Photo Studio For Your Family Photoshoot.
Over the years of photographing families of all shapes and sizes, we have come to realised that these families that make time to do Professional Family Portrait come, because of various events that triggered them to do so. Here are the Top 8 Reasons Why Families Do Professional Family Portraits.
The human mind is a powerful tool and if you set yourself up to make it happen, It will happen!
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We had our family photoshoot on 10/4/22. I am very pleased with the photography session. Although it was a rather last-minute booking, they managed to accommodate us on a Sunday. Our photographer, Mr Shafiq was such a pleasant guy and he was able to capture the attention of my 2 young granddaughters and my son’s three dogs. My grand-daughter had an abrasion and Shafiq even went out of the way to look for a plaster for her. The photos were very well-taken and we were pleased with how they had turned out. Thank you Shafiq and Bambini for the pleasant, stress-free experience. – Mdm Chew, April 2022