NATALIA & IVAN CASUAL SESSION - UPPER PEIRCE RESERVOIR

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Natalia dropped me a text in September for a short casual session for her and Ivan.

She will be moving back to Indonesia and won't be back for a while so she wanted to have a photoshoot with Ivan here before they get hitched next year. Their dating days were mostly spent either in Indonesia or in Singapore so a photoshoot in Singapore will be a precious keepsake.

We went to Upper Peirce reservoir for the morning session and it was the first time for all three of us to be there so it felt pretty awesome to be exploring the place together. (The nicest spot at Upper Peirce reservoir is situated at the bottom of a steep slope and there is no staircase or whatsoever. You just have to slowly make your way down.)

We got some really beautiful sun rays shining through in the midst of the shoot and it just made everything seem a little more magical!

We then headed to Marina Bay area (outside Marina Bay Shoppes and the Helix Bridge) for another session in the city before it starts to pour and we managed to get some nice shots there. (yay!)

Though the session was a short one, it was long enough to see how much Ivan dotes on Natalia, always making sure that she is enjoying herself and not tiring herself out.

As for Nat, she coordinated the clothings and props for the day so that Ivan didn't have to be troubled with the planning.

That is love, isn't it? It is always the simple things. It might not be noticeable but it is always there, quietly standing by you.

xoxo, Samantha

5 Things To Do For Your Pre-Wedding Photoshoot

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A pre-wedding photoshoot can be physically tiring and mentally draining WHILE you are still worrying about the weather, your poses and the list goes on.

Here are our 5 tips for an enjoyable and worry-free pre-wedding photoshoot.

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1. Get your Stylist / Make-up Artist to tag along

The bride and groom may be taking on different looks or styles for the photoshoot, so it’s advisable to have a professional tagging along for the whole shoot, ensuring you are looking your best for each set. With their experience, they can provide advice in the setup styling and poses.

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2. Bring someone you are comfortable with

We all get nervous and uneasy when it comes to being on the front end of the camera. One very useful way to tackle this problem would be to bring your best friend (or anyone you are very comfortable with) along to the shoot to ease you up.

3. Prepare an emergency food pack

The shoot might sometimes take up to 8 or 10 hours. So it’s good to keep some snacks/drinks by your side to make sure you’re going to get dehydrated and have enough glucose to sustain you for the rest of the day.

4. Fix and follow your schedule

The different lighting over the course of the day provides a very different feel to a place. Take the beach for example, the photos will turn out magical and ethereal if they were taken during the golden hour (6.00pm-7.30pm) as compared to when they are taken in the afternoon (12.00nn-3.00pm) when the sunlight is especially harsh.

(Oh, and always remember to have a plan B!)

5. Keep it fun

Keep in mind the photoshoot is to record your happiest moments with your other half. If there’s only one thing you can do, it’s to have fun with your partner during the shoot. 

And all that's left to do is to look forward to getting back your photographs!