When our family is made complete with the arrival of the lil’ dragonlady in 2012, we documented this milestone with a family photoshoot. It was one of my best decisions because the photoshoot has now become an annual family tradition of ours. I love how the pictures taken every year show how much the kids have grown, and learned to accept that it’s inevitable they will show how much the Husb and I have aged too. We can’t have it all in life, I suppose.
Anyway! This year, I had two ideas for our photoshoot – SG50 theme and Hong Kong theme. It’s after all, a #simisaialsoSG50 year in 2015 so I wanted to do our photoshoot at iconic playgrounds and landmarks of Singapore. Not bad an idea right?! The idea of doing the photoshoot at Hong Kong was simply because we had confirmed plans to head there for our girlfriend’s wedding.
Pity the Husb doesn’t share my enthusiasm for SG50 and his work travel schedule got a little too hectic especially in the second half of the year, when we usually do our photoshoot. Hence, we decided to take our photoshoot to Hong Kong instead. A city landscape would be a refreshing change to our photos from various parks for the past three photoshoots.
While scouring through websites looking for Hong-Kong-based photographers, I found that travel photography for families/individuals is getting very common! Let’s face it – there’s only so much selfie sticks can do and they are really not very good in grasping the beauty of the surroundings. I came across this site that works like a middleman with a network of photographers based in different locations of the world. You get to look through their portfolio online and settle the administrative work of checking on availability, booking the photographer you prefer, and making payment with the people managing the site.
I also started searching for local photographers since we can liaise directly with the photographer with no language barrier in Hong Kong. After some shortlisting and discussing with the Husb, we decided to go with Jamie Ousby Photography!
A couple of weeks before our trip to Hong Kong, Jamie and I got down to discussing on the venues of our photoshoot. I wanted some pics with the famous Hong Kong city background, the iconic ‘ding ding’ tram and local streets. Based on that, Jamie planned the itinerary for our photoshoot.
This photoshoot was a challenge to prepare for because I didn’t have the most important thing I had always brought along for our past photoshoots – an extra pair of hands!
Because the weather in Hong Kong was kinda unpredictable when we were there, I was in a dilemma whether to dress the kids warm for the occasional cool winds and risk them getting grouchy if it got too warm, or risk them catching a cold with lighter wear. It would be ideal if I could bring along jackets but I had no one to help carry those. It felt a little strange as well having to carry my bag during the photoshoot since I had no help with that too.
Oh wells. With the big picture in mind of having nice happy photos of us taken in Hong Kong, I constantly reminded myself these are just minor issues that I can deal with.
More importantly we must enjoy the process of the photoshoot, which we did! Jamie was great to work with and the kids got comfortable with him around quickly. It felt like a little adventure as Jamie brought us on our maiden rides on the Star Ferry and Hong Kong tram and explored some streets of Hong Kong and a local playground, where the kids had a blast.
Here are some pictures to share:
the siblings along the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade
going for our first Star Ferry ride
maiden Star Ferry ride!
Streets along Sheung Wan
local playground somewhere in Sheung Wan
my cheeky cute firstborn
my strong-willed second child