It would be an understatement to say that I’m a little bit behind in blogging my photo sessions… This one was a fun family photography session at one of my favourite locations in Singapore – Haji Lane. Some fun props brought by mum, an eager and talented little model, and together a loving family – all in all a wonderful morning! And ever since my older daughter saw some of the images, she and I share the desire of getting our hands on a pair of silver Doc Martens… well, two pairs actually! ;)

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After a long pause (due mainly to moving house, and then traveling pretty much all summer), I’m happy to finally join in the blog circle ‘Moments that matter’ again this month.

While in Germany a few weeks back, I did a belated ‘birthday shoot’ with Maxi. She loves to wear her gum boots and splash around in water, so we went down to the river for some “fishing”. There was only a stone attached to the string, but Maxi totally expected to catch some fish and was a bit disappointed when she had no such luck. Ever since watching the movie ‘Ballerina’ on the flight over to Europe, Maxi is obsessed with ballet and insisted on also bringing what she calls her ‘ballerina dress’ along to the river – so of course we had to do a few shots with the dress too!

Make sure you follow the circle to see some amazing photography – next up is the talented Rachel of MilkyArt.

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Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog post! I’m finally back in Singapore after a long summer break in Europe, and my first session after the break was this lovely maternity session in East Coast Park. I love how mom is positively glowing, dad’s loving look, and how they are kind of framed by their climbing children in the background! Yes, soon the parents will be outnumbered by the kids… not much longer now! ;)

maternity portraits in singapore

Today I have some special news to share: below image of my daughter Nele has won a Merit Award in the International Image Competition of the NAPCP (National Association of Professional Child Photographers) in the category ‘Child’! I’m thrilled and honoured to have my image elected by a blue-ribbon panel of expert judges, among thousands of entries – and my daughter Nele is very proud, too! :)

award for nina tantzen photography in singapore

I photographed Nele in the Chinese Garden on Chinese New Year – I’d say that was a pretty good start into this lunar year! She was very patient with me and twirled, and twirled, and twirled… until I had the shot that I wanted. She’s not always willing to humour me (“Mom, not AGAIN!!”), but I think this recognition might just improve my chances of getting her cooperation again in the future. Fingers crossed!

This giggly little girl loooooved being flung into the air by her dad during this morning’s family photography session at Gardens by the Bay. Her mom said she’s generally a bit shy and quiet when they are out and about, and when there are strangers around. And indeed she made me wait a while (and work hard ;)) until her beautiful little smile came out. But when dad started throwing her? She was all laughter and giggles, it really couldn’t be high enough for her!

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This month I decided to do something that I don’t normally do – I decided to get in the frame myself. While I take pictures of my family all the time, I’m very rarely in any photos myself, unless we go for our own yearly family photo session. Often Maxi, my little one, will look at my photos, point out her sister, her dad, and herself, then ask: ‘Where’s mommy?’ So I got out the tripod, and one afternoon for story time, I adjusted the camera settings and set the remote to take a photo every 30 seconds (this way I could still concentrate on the story properly and please my audience of one!). No make-up, our bedroom was a mess, but Maxi loved looking at the photos with me afterwards, and I’m so happy to now have this photographic memory of one of her favourite daily activities – with me in it, too! And even Nele (who these days is quite sick of me wanting to photograph her all the time ;)) later wanted to have a little ‘tripod-session’ of her own with me. I think this will have to be a regular thing from now on!

Follow the ‘Moments that matter’- blog circle, and see the stunning work of Cindy Cavanagh next – I love the colour and tones in her images!

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