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10 Tips on a Fun Photography Session for Kids( Review of Tomato Photo)

My Cute little Tiger Girl

My Cute little Tiger Girl

It isn’t easy taking family photographs being the photographer of the family. Many a times I have to forgo having myself in the picture in order to capture the expressions of the kids and R in the photo. Sometimes I really wish that we could have another person standing by so that we would be able to capture more family photos. It would be really great that we could have professionally taken photos of the family as it would certainly  be great mementos for the kids when they look back on their childhood later as adults.

Your could say that my wish came true when  we were offered a photo session with Tomato Photo. It has been a long time since we took photos as a family. I remember the last time we had a family photo session was 5 years ago back in Hong Kong.  I have been thinking of going for a family photo session since Tiger girl was born.  This was just nice!!

Our family

Our family

Here are some tips on the things that you can do during to make the photo taking session more comfortable for the kids.

 

1.Arrive early and load up the kids on food before the photo taking session starts.

We had arranged to have our photo taking session at Botanic Gardens in the evening so we went there around tea so that the kids could have a snack least they get grouchy due to hunger pangs.

 

2. Dress the kids in comfortable clothes

It would certainly look good in the photograph if the kids were wearing color coordinated clothes however if the material results in the kid feeling uncomfortable or they have to constantly tug at the collars or have their movement restricted it’s certainly a no-no!! I rather the child enjoy the session then to be constantly whining and grumbling about being uncomfortable.

3.Give lots of allowance for the child to prepare for the outing.

Having to rush to the photo session from swimming lesson or from a play date will result not only in grumpy kids but a flustered parent too. In the end everyone looks less then ideal as both the kids and parents are not in a good mood.

The grandparents and the grandkids

The grandparents and the grand kids

 

4.Let the grandparents and the grand kids take centre stage.
What better way to let both the young and old to bond with each other then to let them take more photographs together.

Another shot of the kids with their grandparents.

Another shot of the kids with their grandparents.

 

5.Encourage spontaneity within limits.

Mobility  declines with age so when choosing where and how to stand  you need to take note that the chosen pose is suitable for older folk and simple enough for the kids to take cue.

The boys jump shot

The boys jump shot

6.Let the kids have fun
Who says that all photos taken has to be poise and proper?  Kids are the happiest when they are allowed to do things which they love. As you can see the jumping is something which the boys really love doing.

Our family of Five

Our family of Five

 

7.Get a good family shot for the yearly Christmas Card/ Chinese New Year Card.

Nobody says that it is a must to take family photos only during festive seasons. We are doing ours up in advance this year. With this family shot we are all ready to send our our yearly Christmas greetings this 2013 to family and friends.

The 3 kids

The 3 kids

8.Capture fun moments of the kids

These are the moments which are priceless and certainly a highlight in their lives. They make good pictures to add into their wedding montage when they do decide to tie the knot in the future.

Tiger Girl and Me

Tiger Girl and Me

 

9.Take shots with each individual kid

It is very seldom that I do get my photo taken with each kid and having shots taken with each one of them will certainly give me some to put in their personal photo albums. It was great to have a professional photographer taking shots for me this time round.

The grandparents

The grandparents

10.Create a hard copy  photo book as a gift.

Nowadays all the photos that we take are in digital format. It is really seldom that we print out the photos that we take and compile it as a book. With this photo taking session we were given a 20 page 6″ by 6″ printed book and it was just prefect for the grandparents to take back to Hong Kong. Now they have something to look at and to share with the other relatives and I have the prefect present for them for Mother’s/Father’s Day 🙂

My thoughts on the photo taking session

Although Hart takes good but I feel that he could drastically improve on his customer service. It took multiple e-mails from me to confirm the timing for the the photo taking session to the delivery of the photos which all could have been avoided if the estimated duration of delivery and SOP was stated clearly upfront. .

Disclaimer: We were offered a photo taking session with a photo book by Tomato Photo. All opinions are 100% my own.

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10 Things I am the same or different from my younger self

Mom and Me

Taken in Hong Kong in 2001

Looking through old photos during the past few weeks I have been reflecting on how different/same I have been from my younger self. Some things have changed while some remain the same.

  1. I still hate talking on the phone.I rather send a text or e-mail and you will never catch me on the phone for more then 5 minutes.
  2. I love chocolates and potato chipsThey are my go to snacks but I am consciously trying to cut down or go without as it certainly has been hampering my dieting effort.
  3. I use to hate to cook but now am game to learn new recipes and bakes.Having kids changed my outlook on entering the kitchen and cooking. Having more then 1 kid also made it more economical to cook at home rather then eat out so often.
  4. I still love to write.I used to write journals and short stories but nowadays I blog.  It is no longer just words as I too am concentrating on adding pictures to my words.
  5. I love taking photos.I have always  like being behind the camera and snapping pictures of my surroundings. The difference now is that I have better gear with a DSLR and was using a point and shoot back then.
  6. I still read a lot.
    However most of my reading material is online via blogs/forums or in PDFs. I have widen my scope of reading material to include both  non-fiction and fiction books.
  7. My love for music has changed
    I used to listen to lots of English  and Japanese pop music but it has changed to Chinese and Korean Pop.
  8. I have much less sleep as compared to before.
    On  a good day I’ll be able to get 4-5 hours of uninterrupted sleep but basically it’s still being waken up by Tiger girl 2-3 times a night at least.
  9. I’m able to multi- task better and am more efficient now as compared to before.
    I guess having multiple kids does set you up to be a supermom as you learn how to juggle the 101 new things thrown at you on a daily basis.
  10. I’m still in love with the same man that I fell in love with during my teens.
    I still feel that he’s hot even though we have been together for nearly half my life.

What things have changed or remain the same for you?

 

 

 

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