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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Zhai – Eco-Clothing Photo Shoots

Over the past 2 years I have done several clothing photo shoots with Danielle Champagne. She’s a super-efficient Canadian who owns and runs Zhai and Santorini, two Singapore-based eco-clothing companies. Here is a selection of photos from some of those shoots, showing some of Zhai’s beautiful range of bamboo earth-friendly clothing. Outfits by Zhai’s sister company Santorini, which is known for its high quality linen, engineered fit and intricate detailing, are also featured in the outdoor photo shoot.

Founded in 2009, Zhai was the first eco-clothing fashion brand with original designs in Singapore. It carries a full collection of styles, designed by Danielle and made from bamboo fiber. Although that outdoor shoot at Singapore’s West Coast Park was a lot of fun, it was our first and last. Given the heat and humidity we never returned to the outdoors – it was a challenge to keep the models’ hair and makeup looking pristine! We now do all shoots in the studio. There’s also a photo of Danielle Champagne herself as well as Gayathri Menon, the wonderfully talented stylist who does all the hair and makeup.

Where can you find Zhai and Santorini eco-clothing?

Singapore

#02-26, Tanglin Mall, Orchard
#01-58, United Square, Thomson
82 Haji Lane
Isetan, 2nd Floor, Scotts, Orchard
Isetan, B1 Floor, Westgate, Jurong East

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Lot 49, Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas
Tangs, 1st Floor, 1 Utama, Bandar Utama
Tangs, 2nd Floor, Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang
Isetan, 2nd Floor, KLCC

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Twice the fun – a Twins Photo Shoot

The Clarke Family were blessed with twice the joy when their beautiful twin boys were born. These amazing parents have been my friends and neighbours since I arrived in Singapore almost 2 years ago; now they are my role models. Not only was Naomi the model of a cool, calm and collected mother during pregnancy, but since the twins have arrived both she and husband Paul continue to be active members in our condo community, gracious to those around them and super efficient in managing their family needs. I honestly don’t think I possessed any of those qualities after my children were born!

As a ‘welcome’ gift to the twins I suggested that we book a twins photo shoot. I haven’t done a family shoot for a while but we all had a wonderful time. Big sisters stole everyone’s hearts while little bro’s were the epitome of easy-going behavior. They stayed awake just long enough for the whole session and never once objected to being photographed over and over.

Thank you Paul and Naomi for trusting me with your twins photo shoot. I’m blessed to know you and look forward to learning more about parenthood from you x

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twins photo shoot

twins photo shoot