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.

Or CLICK HERE to drop us a direct message via fb :)

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.

We leave you with some of our CLIENT’S STORIES.

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Happy Birthday to Your Kid! | Cake Smash Photoshoot

We have been so busy with our ever growing business THANKS to your support…
But we finally made time and created our very own version of the CAKE SMASH PHOTO SHOOT

CAKE SMASH… YES!!! :D
Here’s presenting to you, Bambini’s Cake Smash photoshoot, together with Give Fun SG,
we’ll get your very own cake smash party set-up & ready for you!

What you get to choose from:
Photoshoot + premium decor set-up
Photoshoot + standard decor set-up
Just the cake smash! + Bambini’s pom pom wall

(you pick the colours! and you can bring home the decor too…)

 

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Standard decor set-up! (more customised options and colours are available)

An additional bonus for you and something new at our studio! Bambini’s own pom pom wall :)))
The backdrop is available when you book any cake smash photoshoot with us!

Have any other questions? Write us! at info@bambiniphoto.sg or “CLICK HERE” to drop us a direct message via fb :) You can also give us a ring at 8717 1558

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Our cakes are from Creme Maison Bakery!

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Celebrating family! | Family Photography

Hari Raya is a time of celebration and family get-togethers!
And we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our muslim clients and friends,
Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri!

Special thanks to our muslim clients who have trusted in Bambini and invited us to be a part of their journey as a family!

Much love! <3


+ + BONUS to your maternity, baby & family photography session with us

“Your sessions are 1 hour long? Is that really sufficient?”
And that’s the concern in many of the enquiries sent to us, of which we can tell you here, the answer is yes. we have done that for hundreds and hundreds of photoshoots months after months.

Why 1 hour you may ask? Usually, it takes 5-10 minutes for children to familiar and warm up with our lovely studio and the next 30-40 minutes are the most productive time for the children to engage with us and that gives you lots of great images. Beyond one hour, children tend to be a little tired, and we simply make sure that they are not pushed beyond that limit… As we all as parents know what happen when they are tired.

But then again, we are not time keeper, our one hour is not 60 minutes 00 seconds… We like to achieve great images for our clients while leaving their children feeling happy and enjoy every seconds playing and bonding with you.

Bambini cares and we always listen to our client’s feedback and needs and yes, we are bringing you more value, more time, and more images with more cheery and colourful backdrop.

The theme set up will be available in our studios until end Oct 2016!

We build long term relationship with clients who are looking to capture and preserved memories of their children through professional photography.

We have heard quantity of time, but it also about the quality of time. And quality is what our client really want :)

All you have to do is drop us an email at info@bambiniphoto.sg
or SMS/Whatsapp us @ 8717 1558 for more details!

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Gift Vouchers | Family Photography

Gift [gift].
One vowel and three consonents made up this wondorous word.
The definition from the dictionary that we find most befitting would be ‘to give something voluntary to another person without compensation.’

Gifts are wonderful things that build memories and foster strong relationship. The thing about gifting is that you receive so much happiness at the end knowing you’ve made the someone very happy.

The process of picking the right gift however, left most of us scratching our heads. We had to factor in hobbies and interests in the quest of selecting the perfect present and more often than not we end up buying something we know will be left in the storage room collecting dust.

We forget that these days that practicality and interesting gifts are actually personalisation, and personalisation far outweighs the rest, taking the art of gifting a notch up.

Gone are the frivolous days of spending time roaming in aisles of malls because the best kinds of present are the ones that contain meaning and memories to remind that recipient of a special time.

Being a family photographer we have seen how much we have made a difference, giving a family that warm fuzzy feeling when they see their photographs together.

Photographs are powerful and can be somewhat binding. It reminds us of what used to be and it attest the time we were in.

As Susan Sontag puts it, “All photographs are momento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.”

The thought of gift vouchers for Bambini came about after a happy client whose newborn we photographed asked for it for her friend who was going to deliver her baby the month after. Instead of getting baby products wrapped in cellophane paper, she wanted a gift with a more personal touch and lasting, to remind her friend of the next milestone in her life- motherhood.

Having photographed hundreds of newborns, we have imprinted something for parents and children to remember by, a memoir of sort. We have captured a week’s old grin and wrinkly feet and first laughs frozen in pictures.

We photographed families who never had their pictures taken professionally before and family portraits provide a solace for parents whose children have grown-up, and now continents apart.

Being in this industry we have experienced the beauty and joy photographs can bring to someone and we want to share it.

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Our gift vouchers come personalised and make a wonderful present for parents, friends, families, colleagues, employees, bosses, basically anyone you can think of.

So the next time you’re looking for that perfect gift for someone, why not present them a special and memorable time having their moments captured by us.

Do say hi and send us an email at info@bambiniphoto.sg to find out more about the different gift vouchers you can select from. We promise to reply as soon as we read them.

Also, Father’s day is just around the corner, if you are still at lost of what to get, maybe we may just make the perfect cut (hint hint*) ;)

Till then,

Bambini Team

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