Family Photo Shoot 2019 with Bespoke Photography

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It’s been a few years since our last family photo shoot. We don’t go for those with elaborate clothes or makeovers and prefer to stick to our natural styles. Maybe, when the kids graduate from university then we can have something more formal. For now, we are happy to have shots to capture this moment in our lives – where the kids are both in primary school, and I’m back to work.

I’ve had some major adjustments in my life to make last year when I went back to work after a 10-year hiatus. Having a photo shoot was definitely not on my list of things to do. Now that I’ve settled down (well, more or less – I’m hoping more, rather than less), I have time to think about other things like finally getting a photo shoot done!

Bespoke Photography offers a reasonably priced photo shoot. What I like about it is that I know exactly what I will get for the photo shoot. Up front, on the website, you can see how much each hour of photo shoot will cost, how many photos you would get and when you can hope to receive your photos.

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Another plus point in my opinion is that you will get all the (naturally) edited photos in its original resolution. What you decide to do with them is entirely up to you, which means that there is no pressure to choose which you want to be placed in a photo album or feel pressured to add more pages to your photo album. Traditionally, if you do a photo shoot, you would have to pay extra to have all the photos in the original resolution.

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Currently, for a 1-hour family photo shoot, it is $200 (U.P. $230), you will receive about 70 photos in about 2 weeks. I think this is quite ideal for my family as we aren’t really able to last for more than an hour anyway for a photo shoot! There are other packages if you’re thinking of a longer duration (check it out in the link).

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So for our photo shoot, we were linked up with a photographer by Bespoke Photography. For the venue, we asked the photographer for recommendations and just went with his professional opinions. As we didn’t have many preferences about the photo shoot, we left it to the discretion of the photographer. On the day of the photo shoot, we also went with his suggestions, but we did have a few requests, such as taking more shots of the kids, having dad-daughter/dad-son/mum-daughter/mum-son/couple shots besides having family shots. During the photoshoot, the photographer was also very friendly and able to communicate his ideas effectively to us and our children.

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We received the photos within the stipulated time and were pleased with the outcome. Considering the fact that I was having a bad hair day and suffering from post-CNY fats syndrome (that is a thing I assure you), I thought the photos turned out marvelous!

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Besides family photography, Bespoke Photography also provides other photography services and you can check out their rates in their website. I’m still pondering what to do with my photos, but well, I can take my time to mull over that.

Disclosure: We were invited to review Bespoke Photography services. No monetary compensation was received.

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Little Godwit Finds His Wings | Book Review

I was extremely pleased and honoured to collaborate once again with award-winning author, Emily Lim-Leh, to review her newest book (view other book reviews here).

Although my children are both in primary school now, that doesn’t stop them from appreciating a good book. The story of Little Godwit finds his wings is simple but timeless. It is a story of how a young child (in this case, Little Godwit) comes to gradually learn about himself and his own strengths.

The cute illustration on the first page immediately caught my boy’s attention

So Little Godwit hatches late and learns that his flock has left to escape the cold Arctic. He meets different birds who try to make him fit in with them, and he tries his best each time:

After several tries, he comes to the realisation that he is not meant to stay with those birds because that is just not in his anatomy or ability to do so.

I like that the story presents itself as a springboard for discussion with the children about their strengths, and how when we fail sometimes, our failed attempts are not definitive of us. Life is a journey where we continue to succeed and fail, and in the process, discover our strengths and weaknesses. And it is perfectly alright to not be good at something, because we may be better at something else.

In this book, there is even a page where there are key discussion questions. So, even if you aren’t sure about what to ask or say to your child after reading, you can use those questions as reference. Also, at the end of the book, there are two pages with more information about the bar-tailed godwit, and there are even QR codes where you can scan and read up in greater detail.

This book will be available in major bookstores by end February 2019 (retailing at $12.95), so remember to get your copy!

Disclosure: I received this complimentary book from the author. No monetary compensation was received.

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