5 Tips To Getting The Images You Love From Your Kids’ Birthday Parties

It’s party time! You did your maternity photoshoot, or even a newborn photoshoot… And here we are at the full month celebration party! Then there’s the one-year birthday party, and so on…

We know how crazy it can get especially with all the planning involved, your caterers, your guest list, the decoration… And now what about the photos?? This is where we come in!

Here are some tips to getting the images you love from your kids’ birthday parties:

1. Don’t try to be mom, dad, party planner, AND photographer.

It’s stressful enough to make sure everyone of your guests is well taken care of, the food all arrived on time, and your baby all comfy and happy… And still you want to take beautiful pictures?? Give yourself a break on the actual day, during the party and just enjoy and spend time with family and friends! You can only give attention to so many things at one time. Let the focus be on your birthday kid and let us take the photos for you.

You’ve done so much work, you’ll want to be in the pictures of your child’s special day too, and I’m sure your baby would want to see pictures taken together with you when they’re grown up.

2. Plan ahead! Your Venue matters!

Parties are the weekend’s favourite and we can only squeeze that many appointments in those 2 days. We do have several photographers with us, but weekend slots do get fully booked first, so drop us a message even if it’s to reserve the slot for you!

Our photographers come ready with the lighting we need for events, but every venue is unique to their own. Some location have ambient lighting, while others are lit with white light… If you’re having your party in the afternoon, we can expect some beautiful natural light from the sun too! Pick the venue for the atmosphere you like, and your photos will give the same mood :)

If natural light is your go-to choice, when you recce for a location, go at the timing of your party so you can gauge how bright the place will be. If you don’t want everyone to turn all yellow skin, then we would say, avoid places that are lit with spotlights or are too dark with only some ambient lighting.

3. Communication is key! Talk to us!

No individual is the same, and we don’t want to assume we know what is important to you to capture. For some it would be photos of your kid with his or her grandparents, for others, it could be the specially designed birthday cake you did for your baby, or even group shots when you’re singing the Happy Birthday song! I mean how often do you get to gather around friends and families like that, right? Of course, we cannot forget the birthday boy or girl, photos of him or her could be your priority too.

Give us a list of all your must-have shots, and we’ll make sure we check it all off and get the most of the shots you love to have!

4. Give attention to relationship

What’s best about a birthday party, even as we celebrate with the birthday kid, is the fact that we all have an “excuse” and make time to gather and spend time together as friends and families. The birthday party gave us a venue to gather with the people we love most.

And you know what would give you the best photos? When we give attention to the relationships we have. Keep away your phone, remove any ipads, don’t let any device become a distraction. Our photographers are looking out for moments to capture, and we need your help to create those moments. Give your child lots of cuddles, get the cousins to tickle each other. Let them play with toys and laugh together. Tell a silly joke and crack them up! It’s those unscripted moment that we will come to cherish the most. 

Our photographers won’t intrude on your space, even as we give direction for posed group shots, let us capture those un-posed, candid moments that tell a beautiful part of your story too.

5. Embrace the “chaos” at a party

We all know how it can get “dramatic” with one kid… what’s more, if there are quite several of them all gathered in one place. There’s lots of sugar in the cakes, or dessert and kids are running around, adrenaline is on the high… Don’t get too frustrated if things are not “perfect”, we find beauty even in the “chaos”. Let us record the authencity of the moment, a spilled cup of milk can be the talk of the table years from now when we have photos of it and laugh at how silly our expressions were when it happened..

At the end of the day, it’s the memories we want to remember and let us help you do that with photos.

We’ll be more than happy to answer your queries, simply drop us an email at info@bambiniphoto.sg or call or WhatsApp us at +6587171558 so we can chat further about creating your family moments.

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How to Get Kids to Engage and Smile For Camera | Children and Family Photography Singapore

As parents ourselves, we know that things can get pretty out of hand when children are involved. Nothing ever goes as planned but more often than not, it is exactly that unpredictability that makes the spontaneous moments that we remember for years and make up for the stories that continue to haunt them as we retell them at family gatherings.

Photographing children can be quite daunting for unseasoned photographers. Most children do not like posing for the camera and get easily distracted by their surroundings and that can be difficult for photographers to capture the moment as everything is unraveling way too fast. So out-of-focus and blurry pictures are often common when it comes to photographing kids.

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Having learned, played and photographed thousands of babies, toddlers, children and teenagers, we can confidently say that we are quite the pro when it comes to children photography.

So today we are going to share with you some insider tips and insights on how to ace it.

Children comes in all shapes, sizes and behaviours. You can consider yourself lucky if you get to work with children who take instructions easily but in most cases it is hardly the case – they are children. And the best thing about children is, they don’t follow the rules.

 

  1. Breaking the ice

Just before we approach any photography session, it’s best to leave it to the parents to gain a better understanding of the kids. Parents will be asked to fill-up questionnaires to help us know about the children.

Yong En says, “The information they give us can really help us break the ice with the kids and family. If we know what they [the kids] enjoy doing, we’ll know how to engage them.”

 

  1. Being patient and observant pay off

Patience is the number one key when dealing with the little ones. We don’t have to coerce kids to do what they don’t want to do. We absolutely advised parents against disciplining their children when things get out of hand during a photoshoot. It should be a fun and rewarding experience for all, so no one should be upset. This is the time where your children can get messy, dynamic and spontaneous for our camera to capture their personality.

Yong En recalls this incident where, “There was a kid who wasn’t keen on having his photos taken, then I saw that his bag is pinned with minecraft badges… so I figured he must like it… I asked him about it and he started opening up. The rest of the shoot in the botanic gardens became me and him out in a minecraft world attacking minecraft monsters. It was really fun!”

It worked and sometimes we need just to pay closer attention to get the children’s.

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  1. Playtime is mandatory

“Telling kids to pose and smile don’t always work, so we PLAY, have fun, eat snacks. It helps if they are your children’s favourite”, says Yong En.

We laid out all the toys, balloons, cupcakes, kitchen sets, for the children to go crazy with. It is after all their time to shine so let them do their job and everything will be swell.

 

  1. Being a part-time clown works too

We believe in engaging with the children. Because what’s a photography session without some fun injected to it?

Some of the things we do include, tickling the kids with fake flowers. Making funny fart noises , peek-a-boo, or sneezing just to catch their attention.

Even our singing voices are put to the test at times. “There was a kid who only stops crying when I sang nursery rhymes, and would immediately cry again when the song ends. He was only a few months old and singing really engaged him. I have never sung so much and so long in my life. I felt like I just did a Hi-5 concert. Hahaha…”, adds Yong En.

 

  1. Know your subjects in and out, and if you don’t find out!

Always get to the children’s level, not just eye-level. What we found that works wonder is to keep talking to them, eye-to-eye. Helping them to get comfortable with us, the photographers is crucial, because children tend to be wary and become withdrawn in an unfamiliar environment.

Ask them a bunch of questions, it might take a while for them to answer, but once you hit the right one, they will start opening up and smile for you. And the rest is history. This works highly with children who are on the shy side.

 

  1. Treat everything with spontaneity

There are children who just can’t sit still, no matter what tricks you have up your sleeves. In turn, asking them to stay quiet for a shot can upset them. So making sure we are versatile and flexible is key to getting the perfect shot.

Yong illustrates one typical incident, “ Asking kids who love running up and down to sit still won’t work… maybe for the first few shots… but forcing them can upset the kid, but if they don’t do it, it can upset the parents. So I always go for the rewarding system. I would tell the kids to run but specifically cue them to smile while running, in which gives me the perfect moment to take my shots. So they can be running round and round for me to get my shots, but everyone is happy. And that’s all that matters eventually.”

For kids with siblings, we would usually encourage them to play together and set it so that both personalities are captured, these usually make perfect ‘siblings-moments’ photos.

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We feel that should be enough for now to equip you with a better understanding of the behind-the-scenes. Knowing what gear and equipment to use and planning ahead is necessary but it all boils down to the basics, which is, knowing your subjects and to be in tune and intuitive to their needs are what makes good children photographer.

If you want to see us work our magic and capture your bundle of joy’s personality and character in photos, you can always shoot as an email at info@bambiniphoto.sg.

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So we can chat further about creating a memorable photo sessions that work for your families and create a family album to be cherished for a long time.

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Lovely long eyelashes | 4 months Baby Studio Photography

(www.bambiniphoto.sg)Those eyelashes… How? so cute… (this is where I will spam all sorts of heart-shaped emojis, except wordpress don’t quite have that. haha)

Rounds babies, wrapped in bonnet hats; sleeping babies with long eyelashes; babies playing with their little toes, fishball cheeks – aiyo, how to not love the baby? She is so adorable! And all the different expressions she has – all the different expressions a baby would have, what parents all love.

If you chanced upon this blogpost and missed a previous one from this same session, you can click here to check it out :)

What other concerns would people have when they approach us to enquire for a photoshoot? Clothing, what to bring for the babies to wear.

If you’re not sure what you like in terms of clothing, just bring your baby, because we have really adorable outfits for your babe in our Bambini studio! I mean that bonnet hat, just makes me squeal and I’ve heard many others that also squeal in delight when they saw their baby in it – it is a “my heart is going to melt” moment. Wouldn’t you agree?

If you don’t want to fuss your babe too much with changes in clothing – hey, naked babies are so cute too – and 1 to 5 months, isn’t that quite the chubbiest time to photograph your michelin baby ;)

Well, no matter what concerns you have, someone has probably asked it before you so we probably already addressed it before – so no worries and no obligations, just ask away, whatever to clear the concerns you may have.

Drop us an email at info@bambiniphoto.sg and we’ll do our best to get back to you asap.

cheers.

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Every single moment counts | 4 months Baby Studio Photography

SONY DSCMany people ask us, when is the best time to photograph their children? Best time in terms of when the kids would be most cooperative, easy, suitable for a shoot… But then, every age group of children even till they are teenagers, it is just a different set of challenges. Rather than having this question in mind, what age would you most want to have photos to remember of those precious memories?

They are only newborns for a month, toddlers for a few years then you see them run around as children for a couple more and before you know it – they hit the teenager phase, then they will be all grown up.

Every growing phase is precious to every parent I believe, and having photos bring you back to those memories and times you enjoyed with them in the stage they are in.

Yes, there will be sleepless nights when it comes to children, but hey – in Bambini we hope the photos we want to create for you bring you back to moments of laughter and of joy. Even crying times and sleepless moments can be heartfelt moments too. This is our vision, we want to preserve memories and touch lives.

We hear it too often, to slow down, to pause, to be present and see what’s around and in front of you. We all have good intentions, but sometimes good intentions are just that – intentions.

Make those intentions count, it’s not just pictures you are taking with us, not just a couple hundreds of bucks you’re spending – we believe in what we do and we hope to share this with you – to make life count, every single moment.

Drop us an email at info@bambiniphoto.sg today :’)
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Back for the Second Time | Family Studio Photography

It’s such a joy to see our clients come back for another shoot. The first shoot we did was their maternity photoshoot and now they came back with their happy bub. They wanted to do the same poses and outfit they used during their maternity session and it went perfectly well. The little bub just couldn’t stop smiling and I couldn’t be happier!

(you can click here to see their maternity photography session with us)

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(www.bambiniphoto.sg)(www.bambiniphoto.sg)I think we have a future gymnast here. Perfect form!(www.bambiniphoto.sg)(www.bambiniphoto.sg)Just the perfect shot to end the session.