Everyone loves a photoshoot. You are the model. You pose, smile, wear pretty clothes and you are in the limelight. The make-up artist ensures you are the prettiest or most handsome. The photographer captures your best angle. Wouldn’t you enjoy all that? But what happens if a baby is that model in the shoot? It’s a totally different ball game and I would say different kind of enjoyment that comes with it!
Our baby photoshoot session is with our long trusted Imagegarden photography, a photoshoot company which Kel and I had engaged for our wedding photos 9 years ago. Imagegarden is a well-known and popular photography studio since 1998. Meng, the photographer, who has a wealth of experience is good at capturing the best expression in any photoshoot. Meivis, our wedding make-up artist is terrific with her hands. She is an assistant to Meng. Not only is she good in her make-up skills, she is good with making hand bouquets and makes good crafts for our baby shoot props. Both Meng and Meivis make a great team together.
Prior to the day of the photoshoot, Meivis coordinated with me on the theme of the shoot. She gave me ideas and showed me various styles and together, we finalized on the best theme based on what Baby YT has for his clothes and toys, and his likes and dislikes. She even let me decide on the best timing for the photo session that would have the baby in his best form. It was very exciting to think and prepare for the shoot. XX and YH had fun helping me too.
When the photoshoot day comes, we ensured the baby had his nap and was happily fed. We then lugged big bags of clothes and toys to the studio and laughed at how a baby photoshoot can have so many things for actual use and standby. You wouldn’t want to risk poo stains or meltdowns. So you bring lots of standby items just in case!
Meivis came to meet us at the lobby and as soon as we reached the studio, Meng was welcoming us and both of them gave some time for the baby to warm up to them as well as to the environment. Luckily Baby YT is usually alert at that time of the day, so he was rather comfortable with them and at ease at the main photoshoot area. The background was a simple lovely white bookshelf on castors. Meivis put on some simple stuff on the shelves with YT’s books and Imagegarden’s props. And boy, they really have a full shelf of interesting articles, some antiques, some artistic and some old-school stuff to be used to compliment photoshoots. Meivis made a lovely mickey mouse themed drum for YT that serves as a prop and fun toy for him. And did I just give away the theme, yes, it is a Mickey Mouse theme.
When it comes to babies for photoshoot, it’s always a challenge. XX and I were the main entertainers to make YT smile and laugh. He didn’t like his cap on and I had to catch the right moment, put on his cap from behind and run as fast as possible to behind the camera and sing and jump to make him smile. Meng who’s always ready with his camera had to take the best shots within seconds before the baby ripped off the cap. Just this scene alone, we repeated about 7 times, enough to capture best shots and short of irritating the baby. Not easy yeah?!
Then come the next theme of a messy baby. Meivis prepared some cakes with whipped cream and sugary jam. The idea is to capture YT with his greedy, messy eater look. What we did not expect was that he was hesitant in picking up the cake. We encouraged him to pick it up. I even put some jam in his mouth and when all these failed, I had to smear some cream and jam on his mouth area, gave him his favourite bland Heinz rusks, and there he went, smiling his usual self. It’s hard to know what babies think at times, isn’t it?
Meng went on to take crawling shots, standing shots, playing shots, naked top shots, and even pouting shots. We had a wonderful and fun time making the baby laugh. Photoshoot are always fun, fun and more fun!
I marvelled at how Meng and Meivis were so patient with the baby. They were accommodating to YT’s mood and allowed much time for him to be comfortable while at the same time, took the best shots quickly before he got tired. XX and YH had their baby photoshoots before they turned one too. We had Imagegarden photography for theirs as well. Our repeat patronage of their services tells how satisfied we are with their professionalism. They are ever so friendly and full of smiles, it makes the photo sessions relax and full of laughter and fun.
Here is a short profile on Imagegarden:
Imagegarden photography has been providing bridal, family, babies and commercial photography since 1998. They present a wide range of styles in photography, often mixing art and beauty in their photoshots. They do not mass produce their work and take pride in cultivating individualistic taste to suit the love story in each bridal photography, tailor-made exclusive concept shoot for each family photography and create beauty in each of the photos that are taken.
Most of their couple clients go back to them for maternity, family and babies photography.
A gem in these days, Imagegarden still do film photography, combining the best of both worlds of modern digital mixed with timeless black and white film photography charm.
You should really take a look at their website to see for yourself on the beautifully taken photo shots to appreciate their photography styles.
I do hope Baby YT enjoyed the photoshoot. I think we had more fun than him. He may not know what was happening although he will come to appreciate his pictures when he grows up.
Do stay tune for the second blog post and more photos on our children and family photoshoots! Yes! The baby was surprisingly patient to accommodate for a family shoot!
Kudos to Baby YT for being the cutest baby and most patient baby in the world!! Or at least in our eyes! And happy birthday to you! We hope you like your gift!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored shoot. I wrote this post mainly to share our wonderful photoshoot experience for Baby YT. As our experience with Imagegarden photography is always excellent, I want to share their professionalism here with my readers, especially to those who are contemplating a photoshoot for their wedding or baby or family. Even though I told them that I wouldn’t mind writing this post for free since I was going to write anyway, Imagegarden still insisted to extend a discount to us to thank us and also because we are a long time customer with them. Do remember to check them out!