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.
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.
Themed Baby Milestone Photoshoot – Sitter Session – What Is It?
We are pretty sure that by now, you have seen lots of professional baby photos in cutesy poses and props. Either you have seen them on your news feeds, calendars, greeting cards, posters, coffee table books or have known of friends of a friend who have had those photos taken before.
Where Was It All Inspired From?
The name Anne Geddes might sound foreign to you but I am very sure you would have seen her work or even own one! Anne Geddes was once the Queen of Baby Photography (based on the ArtNet News by Noor Brara on 30 April 2020) and has sold more than 18 million books and 13 million calendars worldwide! Inspired by reading bedtime stories to her young daughters, Anne began to envision fairytale telling through photography which lead to the creation of her first book “Down in the Garden”. It was New York Times Best Seller and this book changed the face of children’s photography globally and launched Anne’s international career as bestselling author.
Triplet sunflowers babies peeking out of the flower pots individually? Does this ring a bell now?
I Want One For My Baby Too!
For first time mums, you’d think that all the baby photos taken are all the same. If THAT baby can fit in a bucket, mine can too! If that baby can curl up and suck their toes, I’m pretty sure mine at 11 months old can too!…… Or is it really? Keep reading to find out why in reality, doesn’t happen anytime, any age.
First year is the time where baby goes through tremendous growth and development. Apart from physical growth, they are also learning all sorts of new skills during this time from lifting head, rolling over, sitting, standing, crawling, walking, running etc. Babies get to experience all of their FIRSTS during this time…..
First Steps…. or even their
First Expression when tasting new food.
Wouldn’t you want to remember those first moments forever? In moments like these with YOUR BABY IN IT — So — what are the different milestones in baby’s first year of life that are worth getting a professional photoshoot done? Let’s do a quick visual recap below.
Baby’s 1st Year Milestones
5-10 Days Old Newborn Baby
This is the best time to capture early memories of your baby’s life with their fresh wrinkly skin in all their sleepy and snuggly glory when they are still so tiny and in their tight foetal position.
3 Months/ 100 Days Milestone
Some traditions and customs celebrates the first 100 days of a baby birth as a sign that baby would live to see their first birthday. Besides celebrating their good health and bestowing sweet smiles on you, your little one may start rolling over laughing and chuckling as well. Baby might protest when placed on her tummy but she needs tummy time on a daily basics for exercising her neck, chest and arm muscles.
Sitters Milestone – 6-9 Months
Some of baby’s big achievements include sitting up independently, doing ‘sit & reach‘, and attempting to “respond” to peek-a-boos, music and sounds. Baby might even have his/her own opinions now and show you with those cute cheeky expressions.
Crawler Milestone – 9-11 Months
Your baby might be an all-four crawler, three-legger crawler, commando crawler or could also be a forward/backward ‘bum shifter”!
If baby hasn’t started crawling, he/she might try to push up on his hands and knees to explore movement. Being curious, baby will also likely be grabbing his/her favourite toys and holding objects.
One Year Old Birthday
Reaching the one year old mark is a big deal for both your baby and yourself as this calls for a celebration. This is a major milestone as baby’s personality has begin to blossom and is not shy about expressing their preferences for people and activities. Baby may already be standing and cruising along while holding on furnitures or your hands while trying to take steps. Some babies would have started to walk but not quite know how to ‘brake’ yet.
12-18 Mths Toddler – Walk, Run, Hop
During this time, they are more confident walkers who knows when and how to apply their ‘brakes’, and will then move on to developing their running and hopping skills. Memories of them being happy & carefree at this milestone — Priceless!
Why Sitter Milestone Session?
Since 2009, Bambini Photography have been photographing babies and families of all ages and milestones with focus on the family with the baby; instead of baby with the family with the exception of newborns.
Over time, we have had the privilege of gathering feedback with our clients, peers and our own market research to identify new trends and to push ourselves to go above and beyond to create more for our clients. We listen, we analyse, we innovate with our own flavour and come up with a new series of imagery for your sitter babies. It was always in our mind to create this, and after months of working behind the scenes, we are happy with a new set of images that we are happy to call our own and so proud that we think your kids deserve to have one too. At Bambini, we are always at the forefront of the innovation so our clients have something new to look forward to when they choose to have their images captured again.
We get it! Parent’s are overwhelmed in the early days after baby arrives and by the time they remember they want to do a newborn photoshoot, they missed the optimum 2 week window.
At about 6-8 months, parents have:
- more or less eased into the baby’s routine,
- gotten over the initial shock on lifestyle changes from 2 to 3;
- have perhaps been able to have longer uninterrupted sleep.
- lost some postpartum weight.
- got back to working and trying hard to balance work and home life without feeling guilty either way.
Hence found the courage and motivation to arrange for baby’s photoshoot before the baby grows even more.
Furthermore, once they discover their next milestone of cruising/walking, they would be more interested in trying and practicing to get to their next milestone instead of sitting down or being on their tummy doing the cobra pose for you. (tell me about baby’s instinctive desire to do better, to improve, to learn! We adults need to keep up!)
I’m really happy had my baby 6 months shoot with bambini ! The team are very friendly and patient . And the most of time they make me feel they really provide a good service👍🏻 me and hubby like the outcome of the picture and definitely will come back soon for other session! Thank you!
Top 5 Reasons Why Sitters Are Among Our Favourite Ages To Photograph
- They are sitting up confidently unaided or with little help but not walking yet;
- They are very interactive at this milestone;
- They are full of curious expressions and oh those cute baby rolls too! (Please tell me I’m not the only one who loves the roundness and chubbiness of a 6 months old baby!);
- They are excited to practice their newfound skill of sitting up independently thus allowing us to capture their growing personality and adorable faces;
- Parents are happy as they don’t have to ‘chase’ the baby around yet:)
What To Expect From A Sitter Milestone Photoshoot?
What’s for Boys?
What’s for Girls?
These theme setups are not only beautiful but they also bring out the curiosity in your child. To be able to see their first reactions and capturing them is just priceless.
We often experience all the awwww’s and woww’s by parents along with their laughters when they are on set with us for they get to also see their babies’ immediate response.
For instance we often get feedbacks from parents that they didnt know baby loves dinosaur so much he wouldn’t let go or that their little girl is so smiley putting on our bonnets they would like to head straight to the mall to get her a hat now!We love doing what we do; to be able to capture all your little bubs first-hand reactions and making them into a lifetime memory. Making it Tangible by Personalising The Memories of Fairytales & Adventures WITH YOUR BABY IN IT!
When & How To Book?
Every baby is unique. Some can sit up independently at 6 months, some at 8 months.
Hence, like newborn photography, you book ahead before your child sit up independently, so we can always adjust the shooting time once they are ready. We often hear mothers saying that they are feeling guilty for missing out on something important for their child. Time passes quickly. Mothers, you tend to be the superwomen at home and need to take care of everything. Without you knowing it, your baby start to crawl and miss this milestone! You simply don’t want to add this to your endless list of guilt that you could have got it done it before.
Themed Sitter Milestone Sessions are usually done in our studio and can be an add-on to a family photoshoot; or a standalone mini shoot for baby only.
There are so many great things about Bambini, I hardly know where to start!
– Jenna Wang
We had such a great experience with Bambini Photography. First, they’re the most reasonably priced of all the baby photography studios I looked into. There are different packages so you can choose what you want based on what you need, and I never had that sinking feeling of being up sold. – Lydia Clark
Mother’s Day Celebration
To us, everyday is Mother’s Day but there is one particular day in a year that is dedicated just for mothers. On the 2nd Sunday in the month of May, this is the day the world celebrates Mother’s Day.
Its the time of the year again where in normal times, we see mothers from young to old receiving flowers; 1-5 generations of mothers celebrating Mother’s Day with a special meal with the family; Baby girl, mum, grandma to great/great grandmas spending the day together visiting /revisiting places of interest reminiscing memories spent with the family.
Mothers Day in 2020
Mother’s Day in May 2020 is going to be very different. For our elderly mother’s safety in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the best love and gift for our mothers this Mother’s Day is instead for us to stay home, get them to stay home, and visit and check in on them via phone or video calls. This time round to protect them instead of the other way round. And we do this all for their safety.
For our young mothers with younger kids, we try to rise above this chaos and temporarily adapt to all things new – to be patient to guide our young kids through home schooling while cleaning, cooking, working at the same time, all under one roof.
To also be adaptive to new habits of frequent hand washing, remembering to wearing masks and observing social distancing in rather tight living and business spaces.
To get used to planning things ahead so we can be efficient to get all things done in one quick outing to the markets/hawker centre.
To learn new skills of ordering things, groceries and food online (if we haven’t jump on the bandwagon yet).
That said, there will always be light at the other end of the tunnel. We persevere, we do our part, we get through it together and we will all end up on the other side soon enough.
Since 2009, we are privileged to see many families come through our door to celebrate their motherhood journey in the form of photographic memories. From maternity to newborn to family to extended generation family photography.
Here is a short video of some of the families that comes through our door for us to document their love and bond together as a family. All of us at Bambini Photography wishes all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!
For fathers, bosses, co-workers and friends who are navigating through these chaos, yet want to gift a meaningful gift to mothers or grandmothers who were your primary carers when your own parents were busy working to support the family? Learn more about gifting ideas through personalised voucher this Mother’s Day. Make up for the lost time and get a professional family portrait done when the time allows.
We had a really good experience at Bambini for our big family photoshoot!! The photographer is experience and the follow up experience is very pleasant! We are glad that they made changes to our photos based on our needs. Thank you for making this whole photography session a great one for us! Highly recommend! :)
Ah Hooi Lee
Over the years of photographing families of all shapes and sizes at Bambini Photography, we have come to realise that these families that make time to do a professional family portrait come, because of various events that triggered them to do so. The ultimate objective is always the same, portraying the idea behind “One Happy Family”. This idea though sound simple, there are many permutation to this.
The trigger events however is varied between each individual or family.
We have compiled the Top 8 List of Reasons Why Families Do Professional Family Portraits.
1. Celebrate Life’s Major Milestones
Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations.
One of the most common reason why people come to have a professional photoshoot is “Celebration”, its to celebrate the milestones of a person’s life such Birthday… Child, Mum, Dad, Grandparents, Anniversary, 10, 15, 25, 50 years wedding anniversary, New addition to the family, Wedding, Having a newborn baby, or someone’s graduations. If you’ve missed your Graduation shoot at the time you graduated in the past, its never too late to get your graduation / family shots done. Our studio does have a small collection of graduation gowns that clients can use if they need that special shot:)
Not forgetting the baby milestones where they can lift their heads and be on their tummy around 3 months; sit up, cruise or stand around 6-9 months, their 1 year old big party and when they’re walking and running while parents chase after them with joy albeit frantically at the same time!
Once babies hit the next milestone, most prefer to chase the next big milestone. For example, once they can roll and be on their tummy, they will do it again and again until they can sit. Once they can sit, they’ll chase the next millestone instead of going backwards to lying down or be on their tummy unless they are super tired…..when they can stand, they will want to try to crawl/walk instead of being on the tummy and so on.
Many a times, we have a 1 year old in the studio and parents want us to take the tummy time shot… However, whenever parent put baby on the tummy, they turn around and sit up and stand again. The baby simply is not interested to go back to where they were before and its totally understandable and totally natural for them to do that. Hence, if you are planning on capturing these special baby’s milestones in their 1st year, some form of planning would be necessary to get the specific shots you want during baby’s first year.
These are the moments people want to remember their life with and usually its one of the top reason why people contact us for a family photo shoot. It can be done in our studio, outdoor or at your home.
2. Someone in the family is ill or dying.
Life is beautiful until we received a death sentence by our sickness. After the sadness passed, the only thing we all want to do is to have everyone in the family around. Majority of time, it is the time to do the shots that immortalised what it means to be a family. And that includes the family pet too!
We have done plenty of family in this setting… what makes or breaks the shoot is the ability to be sensitive and be professional to get the best shots of everyone and the individual. Yes, it will come a point where someone in the family need that one photo. Many make it in time to get the portrait done but some sadly don’t.
In shoots like these, we often get hinted by the ‘organiser’ to get a proper and nice individual shot of the individual to stand-by for the ‘Lorry Photo’. It’s something everybody wants deep down but nobody wants to talk about. It is never too early to get it prepared. We have professional experience that we know for sure how to navigate and make it pleasant for everyone.
So next time you arrange a family photography, include the grandparents and let us get you the “shots” in the most pleasant way.
After spending weeks researching for a family portrait photoshoot we’ve chosen Bambini Photography and did not regret doing so!
Lydia coordinated the photoshoot arrangement and recommended packages for a family of 12 pax. She was very prompt on my many queries asked via Whatsapp, very efficient and hassle-free.
Joy was our photographer on 11 Aug, she was extremely warm and friendly and created a nice environment for my family to settle in. Not only did she provide clear directions but she also sought our opinions on what we liked to do for the photoshoot.
She was also very brilliant with the children. My nieces and nephews were between 1 to 4 years old and she worked very well with them, engaging them and making sure they provide eye contact with her camera. We were a group of 12 and I’d said she managed our family very well.
We had an indoor photoshoot and the studio is very spacious and clean. Additionally its very kid-friendly, many props and toys for the young ones to be entertained. My young nephew even had an emergency diaper change in the studio and Joy was perfectly fine with it. She also gave us some freebies for the little ones!
Bambini’s after sales service is very commendable. The basic edited photos for selection were provided very promptly in 2 days on Dropbox. What impressed me was that Joy was very available when I contacted her to discuss and seek her opinion on how to edit some of the photos and recommendations for further printed products.
Overall, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Bambini to friends who want a fun and stress-free photoshoot with good service. And it’s not difficult to see why they have established so many regular customers. – Dominic Mak
3. Frustrated for Not Being In The Shots.
It is all nice and good when you have tonnes of the images of your spouse and children. If you look through your phone and don’t see yourself. What makes you think that people know that you exist? No one want to be in the position to be known as “the person who is not there”.
Sure, occasional selfies or wefie might be great, how many of that is printed, showed and appreciated like an art? That’s right… it stays in the phone until something happen to it and it is all gone.
I am not saying that you shouldn’t take pictures yourself, but merely wanted to bring awareness that even professional like ourselves get people to do a portrait for our own family every now and then.
It may sounds superficial to have “that” family photo, but the fact is, it is about the family connection that we are trying to portray.
Some are happy being out of the picture as they feel they need to lose that extra few kilos to get back to pre-child weight before considering to be in front of the camera. You know it… if you are one of the few lucky ones who can achieve it within 3 months, we congratulate you and we are filled with envy. However, the reality is the majority of us do take quite a while to get back to pre-child weight or shape (fingers crossed). Your child it not going to know how big or small you were before child birth, they see you as you. The only critique is yourself:)
There is a tipping point where enough is enough. This tipping point is usually a time where you scroll back the photos and realise you’re not in it most of the time and when your kids ask ‘why aren’t you in the photo’ or “I remember where we were at xxx place this photo” and starts to describe what they remember of that day the photo was taken…. with no mention whatsoever of mummy’s weight or looks at that time.
This tipping point varies and some take many years to realise, some see it within the first year or so. And this is when they decided to look around for recommendations for a family photographer that they believe will get beautiful pictures of their family, with YOU in it.
One of our long time client mentioned that they love photographing and videoing their kids on their mobile phone but would still want to have at least ONE PROPER family and sibling photo a year and religiously made time to schedule in their family shoot every year. It’s their form of getting the kids to remember they are ONE Family and they do have lots of love and fun with one another. Others, simply love to have their family photos done at multiple milestones like the Rinihartini family.
This my 3rd photoshoot wif bambini and this time is wif Mag. She interacts alot wif my kids and patience while my younger gal was cranky. Thanks for the photos taken. And lydia for the great communication to make the whole process much easier. Lastly thanks shawna for rushing the edits and print out which arrived before the end of 2019. – Rachel
4. When Everyone is Back Home
Globalisation has made travel easier, living in different countries and places for your immediate family seems to be a norm nowadays. Even in normal life, how much time do you really come together as one family and do something together?
You wake up, go to work, come home late, dinner, play with the kids, sleep and tomorrow is another groundhog day and before we know it, our kids are grown, our parents getting old.
Festive season gives a reason for everyone to sit back, relax and reflect on their achievements, creating some bonding time.
This is a perfect time and perhaps the “excuse” that you are looking for to get those important but not urgent kind of shots done once and for all.
Leave it to professional like us as we make it simple for you and all you need to do is turn up and walk away with beautiful shots of everyone.
190119 was the day we decided to take an overdue Family Photoshooting that my parents had long waited for.
Although I have enquired with Bambini on Jun 18 and Dec 18 before I finalise the date. Lydia had been very patient and prompt reply.
The photoshooting experience was wonderful. I was almost in tears when I saw my parents getting close again when posing for the shoots. The laughter and joy filled up the studio. Tks for our photographer Illiyin to make this happened and she handled kids so well. Our boys missed her the moment we left the studio.
We are over joy that Bambini have featured 3 photo of us in their Bambini page. Which means not only we are satisfied with the photos turnout, Bambini Photography also love it.
Thank you, Bambini Photography to create such a sweet and awesome memories for our family. – Sabrina
5. When you have visiting family from back home (eg. grandparents)
For many expat families, Asia is an interesting place and Singapore is one of the major city that many people want to visit.
When you have families who come for a visit, wouldn’t be nice to create memories that they can be proud of for many years to come?
Grandparents are people who treasure memories and a gift of photograph is perhaps the most valuable one that you can give them.
A lot of our expat clients told us that, doing a shoot like this allow them to kill 2 birds with one stone. Present for the grandparents and present for their own family.
The UNESCO site of Botanic Garden, The wonder of Cool Flower Dome at Garden By the Bay, The relax area of East Coast Park, The heritage Peranakan houses in Joo Chiat, Emerald Hill and Club street, The Marina Promenade of the futuristic urban Singapore’s landscape… Or it can be as simple as your home and its surrounding.
Whenever it is, it is as easy as a phone call to our studio and we will assess which locations would suit your family if you need some professional input.
Had a lovely shoot and an even lovelier service afterwards. Received my edited pics today and a big thank you for capturing so many sweet moments. (Even working thru this CB period and I’m sure it is difficult on your end dealing with all the affected shoots). I’m spoiled for choice to pick my fav pic as there are so many nice shots! – Elaine
6. Before someone leaves home for work/studies/NS
Travel has become more affordable and we can easily take a flight to other countries. Furthermore, many jobs nowadays would require some form of travel near or far, short or longer term.
It’s easy to know of someone whose brother or sister, son or daughter who will be moving abroad for work or studies. Maybe someone who is going to be enlisted to national service and wants to have the family portrait done before the guy goes botak.
This is one reason that many come through our studio.
7. Update Family Portrait
Last one was taken 10-15 years ago?
Many a times, we walk pass the hallway and see that the family portrait every day. One fine day, you walk pass and realised the much younger you on the photo and realised the shot was taken perhaps 3, 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago. Holy moly… you don’t look like that anymore, your children now are taller than you, shoe size bigger than yours… that bald baby is grown with a full head of hair or perhaps there is another addition to your household.
Grandparents are from the era that they need to save save and save… life was not as easy or as accessible as it is today. So they won’t ask BUT deep down, you know that they love to have another a proper big family portrait taken… how long would you like them to wait?
8. Know someone who fits in Points 1-7 above?
I know, I know… this is not the year… maybe next year… we hear that way too often.
Many times, finding the perfect gift to give is a challenge especially when the recipient already have most material things that they need… so what else would be meaningful for them? Perhaps going to a family photoshoot to have some fun and enjoy the experience while getting beautiful images at the end of it all and having tangible memories framed and displayed at the family home or work place.
You can easily purchase the voucher through our website and offer them to someone who you care about.