Drawers generally hold a special fascination for toddlers: something you can open yourself, that has lots of interesting stuff inside, and you can take out everything and throw it on the floor… Putting stuff back into the drawer usually does not hold quite the same fascination though. This handsome little boy is no exception. I particularly love that the first thing he grabs is not a toy, but these ‘Vacuum seal storage bags’: like for all toddlers, ‘grown-up items’ also generally hold a special fascination…

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Another month full of moments that matter – this month, our moments were mostly connected to outfits and outings (with a few random moments thrown in for good measure). It was Chinese New Year, so Nele and Maxi were wearing their pretty Cheongsams, which they both loved and didn’t want to take off (I want one too! I really need to find a pretty adult version!). We went to explore the Chinese Garden here in Singapore, and the girls loved the lake and the turtles, the pagodas and bridges. Another outing we all enjoyed was a trip to the Singapore Zoo, where Maxi loved seeing everything from high up on daddy’s shoulders. As for the outfits, Maxi is in the middle of her ‘princess and ballerina-phase’, and she loves dressing up. Luckily, Nele declared that “Frozen is for babies!”, so that Maxi can wear all the old costumes without the two of them starting to fight…

Follow the blog circle to see more moments that matter – next up is Yana Klein!

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  • Bec Stewart - What an incredible place! Love these photos – especially the tutu and toes at the window and how you’ve played with light at the bottom. LOVE the very last photo. Your girls are gorgeous. <3 <3 

  • Lauren - Their outfits are super cute! gorgeous moments

  • Cindy - Love all of the beautiful textures that you find. Seriously gorgeous 

  • Yana - beautiful memories!

here’s another sneak peek of last weekend’s family photography session, early in the morning in the botanic gardens. i’m sure this little girl would convince you that photo shoots should always include a huge balloon! check out her previous balloon photo sessions here, and her first birthday session here. i wonder how many more years the fascination lasts? ;)

the number-balloons are a great idea for birthday photo sessions and look great when you look at them side-by-side later on. another idea is to increase the actual number of (normal) balloons from year to year, one balloon for a one-year-old, two on the second birthday and so on.

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your little one’s first birthday is coming up and you would love to start this birthday session tradition? get in touch and let’s chat! :)

three years,
three birthdays,
three numbers,
three balloons,
three locations,
three of my favourite people!

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  • family photography session singapore botanic gardens - […] number-balloons are a great idea for birthday photo sessions and look great when you look at them side-by-side later on. another idea is to increase the actual number of (normal) balloons from year to year, one […]

singapore offers lots and lots of beautiful locations for family photography sessions. since i get the ‘location question’ a lot, in this post i’m going to take you on a little tour of my favourite photo session spots in Singapore (listed in no particular order), which are great for children as well as families and couples.

Jacob Ballas Childrens Garden is a beautiful place for child and family photos. i absolutely adore the wood-and-rope hanging bridge, and there’s also a playground with slides, a little pond, a sand pit and even a water play area (better at the end of the session! ;)) – your session will feel more like a family playdate than a photo session, which is always my goal anyway!

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the Singapore Botanic Gardens are an all-time-favourite of course, and you can see plenty of photographers out and about there every weekend morning. the white pavilion is especially loved by wedding photographers and their soon-to-be-married couples, but there are many other beautiful spots for all types of photography. it’s best to go early in the morning, to avoid both the heat and the crowds – and remember to bring mosquito spray!

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beautiful light is the most important thing for beautiful photographs, and Chijmes with its white painted, bright corridors offers plenty of that – even on rainy days. on top of that, the spiral staircases, the tiled floor, and the beautiful columns make for a gorgeous background too! however, the use of the location for your family photography session is not free of charge, a fee has to be paid via the Chijmes website.

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Tanjong Beach on Sentosa is another location where the kids will not want the photo session to end. i mean, when did you hear a child say ‘no’ to playing in the sand and splashing in the ocean? exactly! while the light is gorgeous in the early morning, and the heat more bearable, my favourite time of day for a session here is the late afternoon: the sunset over the sea is the perfect backdrop for beautiful images!

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the next location is urban and a bit ‘grungy’, and i loooove it: Haji Lane. the colourful shophouses, the graffiti, the grills that are still locked when the photo session is scheduled early in the morning… and yes, i even love the trashcans that are still out then! there’s hardly any traffic (particularly on weekend mornings), so it’s suitable for children as well.

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more shophouses can be found on beautiful Duxton Hill. a bit cleaner, less ‘grungy’ than the last location, it features pretty cobblestone pavement, typical singaporean shophouse-charm, and some beautiful covered walkways. cars can’t enter the cul-de-sac, so it’s another location where kids can play and run around safely.

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would you have thought that Marina Bay Sands can be a good location for a family photography session? of course, the outdoor area with the singapore skyline in the background is always a winner, and so is the art science museum with its unique architecture. but the inside of mbs also offers some great spots for portraits, and because of the beautiful ‘glass-tiled’ roof, plenty of gorgeous light comes in. again, it is best to schedule your session here early to avoid the crowds – and weekdays are better than weekends.

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after this little tour of singapore, we come back to a location that is always perfect for your family photography session:
Your HOME!
it’s where the kids are most comfortable and at ease (and probably you are, too! ;)), but most importantly it is the place where most of your family memories are made! it’s where you play together, laugh together, cuddle each other, where you enjoy most of your family meals together, where you have your special family routines and where you tuck the kids in each night. it doesn’t have to be perfect and look like out of an interior design catalogue – it just has to be ‘you’. :)

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do you have a favourite family hang-out that wasn’t listed here and that you think would be perfect for a photo shoot? leave a comment here, or get in touch and let’s plan something!

if your home is this close to the beach, you may as well take advantage of it and split your family photography session into an ‘at home’ and an ‘on the beach’ part! during this family shoot on sentosa, we did it all: playtime with railway tracks, cuddles and story time on the bed, a snack before heading out, then a stroll to the beach and lots of sand play and splashing around!
so much fun!

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january is the month of resolutions – new year’s resolutions are made, kept for a while, and often given up on all within the month… at least that’s what it’s been like for me many a year.

this year will be different though (of course it will!). i’m going to take more pictures of my own children, to photograph every day and complete a 365-project, and i’m going to be a part of this wonderful blog circle.

it’s called moments that matter, and that’s what you can expect to see. moments that matter to me. moments that i want to keep a lasting memory of. moments with my children. funny moments. sad moments. loud moments. quiet moments. moments at home. moments out and about. moments that are close to my heart.

january’s moments are more of the quiet, at home kind, because we started off the year with a round of HFMD that maxi caught first and promptly gave to me as well…
make sure to also follow the blog circle to see some wonderful photography, and check out the beautiful work of Juanita Haslett next. enjoy!

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i could not have asked for a better session to start off 2017: one of my favourite families, who i have photographed since their first pregnancy, at one of my favourite locations – the capella hotel on sentosa. i loved every minute – especially getting to meet the latest addition to the family!

for their first maternity session, the couple wanted to incorporate their vintage suitcases, as both very much love to travel. and we have played around with those suitcases for each session we had at capella, so of course that’s what we did this time around as well! (check out older versions of our suitcase-images here)

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