Black and White House family photos

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When fellow mumpreneur and well-known local artist Clare Haxby said she was leaving Singapore I was not surprised. This city is a very transient place, with many expats only living here 2-3 years before moving somewhere else.  But having admired how much energy and passion she put into growing her business my first thought was ‘you’ve spent years establishing yourself as a successful artist, couldn’t you stay a little longer?!’

We met 2 years ago and frequently saw each other at fairs, pop-ups and networking events around Singapore – it is a small place for expats and even smaller for creatives and entrepreneurs.  I’d always wanted to buy one of her beautiful prints so when she announced her departure I immediately placed an order for her Skyline print. A few days later she emailed to ask if I would photograph her family at home in their beautiful black and white house. These houses are part of Singapore’s colonial heritage, often raised up on columns with galleried verandahs, to make living in the tropics more comfortable.  Having lived there for 8 years the historical house was an integral part of the Haxby family’s life in Singapore.  It also served as Clare’s studio for her work and the showroom for her paintings.

The family photo shoot was set for a few days before the packers arrived. When I showed up at the house the whole family was appropriately dressed in white.  Clare showed me the different parts of the house that she wanted photographed; her studio was also going to be captured as well as some of her artwork. We took the family photos, then Clare’s willing husband and children made a fantastic support crew to help set up her paintings.

I’ve thought a lot about how I would have felt being in Clare’s shoes: leaving a place when you’re known as one of the best in your field, the go-to person for a product or service. Maybe it was actually perfect timing to leave at the top and start somewhere new, taking the lessons one has learnt to applying them to a new situation. I read somewhere that it’s not up to us to decide whether something happens or not, but what we are going to do with the time that we have. Clare is based in England where she now has her studio, and I have no doubt that she will once again stand out from the crowd.

If you’re looking for some stunning artwork of Singapore’s famous landmarks, wander over to Clare’s website where you can buy her paintings and prints.  You’ll also see Clare’s painting of the black and white house that she used to call home.

Luckily for those of us still in Singapore Clare Haxby Fine Arts and Prints continues to operate here, maintaining a showroom in Tanglin Rise. Her local staff will be running an open day for her art this October 3rd and she will also be making twice-yearly visits back to Singapore – so plenty of opportunity to catch up with her again!

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East Coast Family Photo Shoot

This beautiful Australian family was about to leave Singapore and asked if I would do their last Singapore family photo shoot.  Being neighbours meant that we already knew each other, which is something that definitely helps when kids are involved – there are no scary strangers pointing rude cameras in their faces!

When I do family photo shoots I normally encourage my clients to choose somewhere that is significant to them – either their own neighbourhood, a favourite park or a Singapore landmark that they love. Tonya and Bill decided that they wanted to do their shoot at the East Coast Park; it was a place where they had spent many hours walking, running, cycling, and relaxing, so these photos will bring back many happy memories for the whole family.

We jumped on our bikes and headed down early one morning, hoping for good weather this time: we’d already had to cancel one morning due to a total downpour. The clouds were looking slightly menacing but we decided to go for it. I think the first photos of the shoot are incredibly moody and striking – they certainly make a change from the usual bright and sunny look that family photos normally have. We played around for an hour or so, enjoying the relative peace and quiet that morning and capturing some special family moments. The dark clouds continued to threaten and broke into torrential rain 30 minutes after we finished. Perfect timing for a family trip to the East Coast Starbucks!

Less than than a month later Bill and Tonya said goodbye to Singapore. Their shoot was one of 4 family photo shoots that I did in that last week of June – a busy month when many people leave. It’s a bittersweet time but these families will always have their photos to remind them of the place they once called home.

Call me on 9660-4176 or contact me to book your family photo shoot. We are so privileged to call Singapore home – most of us only for a short time. Let’s make sure that we capture a few moments of this unique city forever.

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Aguero Family Photo Shoot at Arrowood Winery

The Aguero family chose the Arrowood Winery in Sonoma County for their family photo shoot.  We met early one summer morning and had lots of fun taking pictures in this beautiful location.  When a shoot is this relaxed and full of laughter you know the results are going to be great – despite the chilly air!

A family portrait session is often made easier in the pre-shoot discussion by talking about the style you are looking for, providing examples of actual images you really like and want to copy or by just showing me the space in which you want the picture to hang. Sometimes seeing what other pictures are hanging nearby provides inspiration for a unique look and feel…

Now based in Plymouth, near Minneapolis MN, Amber is looking forward to taking your family photos too! Contact her 612-479-3454 for details of booking your family photo session.

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