Newborn photography in Singapore: several options to best fit your family.

Newborn photography Singapore.

Are you right now expecting a baby? Congratulations! It’s so so exciting right?

Not easy (believe me, I know, I had four, with nine months of morning sickness each time…), but still really exciting!

Is it going to be a boy or a girl? Did you choose a name yet?

All the conflicting emotions (thank you hormones!), all the things to prepare… One minute you could not possibly be more happy and the next you’re freaking out.  And I’m not even talking about all the things you have to choose: What kind of baby bed? Which stroller? Breastfeeding or bottle? Cloth or disposable diapers? …

So let’s not add any more stress and let’s make your newborn photography experience as smooth as possible :-).

Here are the 4 options I’m proposing to my clients at Mermozine-Photography, in Singapore. All designed with what you may want in mind.

1- Newborn Session

The “classical” newborn session is the most complete. It takes 2 hours on average and includes not only posed newborn baby pictures on different background colours, and props, but also family pictures (mom-baby, dad-baby, mom-dad-baby, siblings, …). These sessions can be done in the studio or in the comfort of your home. The best time to do this session is when your little one is between 5-15 days “old” (meaning still really sleepy). During the whole session the priority is the security and the comfort of your precious baby so we take as many breaks as needed (feeding, cuddling, …).

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Newborn Photography Singapore © MermozinePhotography

 

2- Fresh 48H Session

As indicated in the name, this session is done in the first couple of days after the birth of your baby. It’s a lifestyle, photojournalistic-style session (no posed baby pictures), about one hour long, usually done in the hospital, and the goal is to capture those really precious fleeting first moments (first cuddles, first meeting with siblings, first bath …).

 

 

3- Family Session

The family session is focused around the family. It’s about one hour long and does not include posed newborn pictures. It can be done in the studio, in the comfort of your home or outdoor (although I would not recommend it with a brand new baby). The session can include a mix of posed and lifestyle pictures. And big advantage the age of your baby is not a stress factor (can be 5 days as well as 18 years old!).

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Newborn photography services in Singapore.
newborn photography Singapore
Newborn photography services in Singapore.

 

4- Newborn Mini-Session

The mini-newborn session is focused on baby only, and is designed for anyone wanting posed newborn pictures but also wanting to spend less (time and investment). They are maximum one hour long, can be done only in the studio and do not include any family pictures. Once again the best time to do this session is when your little one is between 5-15 days “old”, and like the regular Newborn Session the priority is the security and the comfort of your precious baby so we take as many breaks as needed (feeding, cuddling, …).

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Newborn and maternity photography Services in Singapore.

 

To see more of my portfolio and to get the pricing details of each sessions, please

go to my website: https://www.mermozinefineart.com/

You will also find a link there to contact me if you have any question and to book your newborn session with me, or you can email me directly at : Photography@Mermozine.com

Looking forward to meeting your babies :-).

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Like a Valentine’s Rose…

 

“Mignonne, allons voir si la rose
Qui ce matin avoit desclose
Sa robe de pourpre au Soleil,
A point perdu ceste vesprée
Les plis de sa robe pourprée,
Et son teint au vostre pareil.
Las ! voyez comme en peu d’espace,
Mignonne, elle a dessus la place
Las ! las ses beautez laissé cheoir !
Ô vrayment marastre Nature,
Puis qu’une telle fleur ne dure
Que du matin jusques au soir !
Donc, si vous me croyez, mignonne,
Tandis que vostre âge fleuronne
En sa plus verte nouveauté,
Cueillez, cueillez vostre jeunesse :
Comme à ceste fleur la vieillesse
Fera ternir vostre beauté.”                                   
    – Pierre de Ronsard

Because there is no Valentine’s Day without Roses

Because I can’t think about Roses without remembering the first verses above.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

(yes ALL of you –  singled or happily married or anything and everything in between, don’t we all need flowers and chocolates at least one day in the year??).

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Valentine’s Day Ⓒ Catherine Houston

Singapore – a photowalk at the time: Chinatown

 

I started two weeks ago to organise and lead photowalks around Singapore, one per month (well actually two since I do one in French and one in English), each month being in a different part of Singapore.

A photowalk is kind of a photography class but less formal. Mine are 2 hours long, opened to all levels (with any kind of equipment) as we focus more on composition than on technique (although we talk about it too).

In any case the photowalk of January was in Chinatown.

I love this colourful part of the Red Dot. There is great street photography opportunities at every corner with lots of street shops, the market with its fair share of “exotic” food, street art on the walls, the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, a mix of tourists and locals.

A street-photographer paradise.

Early in the morning you can photograph the empty streets (yes, even Pagoda Street can be empty!!), the shops opening up as the sun rises high.

A closer look at the shops  gave us a chance to play with composition and colours, to do some fun still-life and close-up shots.

We walked toward the market and stopped at a durian’s shop, because food photography is, for me at least, a huge part of travel photography.

And finally we went to the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple.

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Chinatown Ⓒ Catherine Houston
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Chinatown 2019 Ⓒ Catherine Houston

To see the next Photowalks scheduled (next one will be held in Gardens by the Bay!!) and book your spot and/or to purchase a print, please check out my website: https://www.mermozinefineart.com/.

 

To Ends and Beginnings.

Well well well… here we are again, starting a New Year!

A time to reflect on the past year and dream upon the upcoming one.

To be honest I dreaded 2018. The arrival of my fourth baby was freaking me out, I could not start to imagine how I could possibly take care of 4 kids and run a business at the same time, all of that while being so far away from my family (not babysitting back-up plan with grandma here).

But then, 2018 arrived, and not long after my little man was born. And yes that was a lot of hard work, but it was also an awesome year, maybe my favourite as a mom.

I’m not one of those perfect moms who always entertaine their kids, never turn on the TV, never loose their temper (and did you notice that those moms usually manage to have also perfect hair and make-up!). Our home is often messy, the windows filled with little finger prints, and the fridge often missing something I forgot to buy (and I often look like a “witch))..

But then again, my kids are healthy and happy, we’re living in paradise (a lonely paradise away from home, sometimes though), we did our first (awesome) travel as a family of 6, and I kept my sanity (well most of it ;-)).

It was a year full of laughter (and fights), full of loving and cuddling (and of the big sisters spoiling the baby “but mommy he’s sooo cute!!”). A year full of first times (first grade for one, first time at school for another, first time biking or biking without training wheels, first mandarin classes for all girls, first time sitting alone, first time clapping,…), a year full of energy.

A very full year indeed.

So there is not much more I wish for 2019 (more sleep will be great!!). I don’t really have “new resolutions”. I would just want to be able to do pretty much the same and to spend more time with my parents (and I promised my best-friend to put aside some “me-time” everyday :-)…).

So welcome 2019, I’m ready for you!!

Bondi Beach, Australia

A few months back, I took my first trip to Australia.

To be totally honest, I was a little worried about that trip. Even though lots of people told be about the beauty of Australia, for me, a huge arachnophobe, it still was a big black point on the map (too many spiders – can not go there!!!).

So, we compromised with my husband and decided to head there in the winter. But still,  out of the plane, in the taxi heading out from the airport I was a little nervous, jumpy even (I mean did you hear about

the huge spiders hiding in the cars!!! ahhhhhh!!!!!).

But then, we reached Bondi Beach.

Bondi Beach was our first destination. Chosen a little randomly I’d admit. Close to Sydney, a beach for the kids, everyone should be happy.

What I did not expect was the amazing colour of the ocean. Blue.

But really, really really BLUE… Like mediterranean sea kind of blue.

And just like that, I forgot my fears and fell in love with Australia.

(well, next time I’d go there will probably also be in the winter – just in case).

Bondi Beach, Australia
Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston
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Bondi Beach © Catherine Houston

If you wish to purchase any prints please go to my website:

https://www.mermozinefineart.com/

Like a Bird in Paradise…

“Like a bird in paradise…”
I often go to the Botanic Gardens, here in Singapore.

It’s beautiful.

But most of the time I just go there with a purpose: being on time, meeting with clients, doing a photoshoot, being on time to my next appointment, … I know pretty well the park by now (I still get lost sometimes though ), so I’m on autopilot-photographer-mode, taking my clients to my “usual” places to get the best shots.

 

But once in a while I need to pause, take a deep breath, and really open my eyes to my surroundings… the only way to really appreciate and see the beauty all around…

 

Minimalism (… a therapy)

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For the last few months I have been stroke by an urge for anything minimalistic in my photographs.

Minimum number of subjects, minimum colours, and even more recently a phase of white on white pictures (with just a little bit of textures and shapes). So of course, as a photographer, it could be my current school of thoughts (that sounds so cool and romantic right 😉 )….

and then again as a mom of now 4, living in a perpetual mess (visual, but also the noises, …) that could be an inconscient therapy…. my soul trying to resist the chaos by creating a little bit of cleanliness in my world!!!

In any case, here it is….

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The art science museum of Marina Bay Sands, in Singapore.
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A frangipane flower on the floor, in the Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
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A fake window on a real green wall in Chinatown, Singapore.
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A row of silver mailboxes on a white wall, in Tiong Bahru, Singapore.
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Birds flying in a sample of street wall art in Singapore.
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A stack of white coffee cups on a white background.

 

You can see more of my work at www.mermozine.com or by following me on Facebook

You can also contact me by Email if you wish to purchase prints, at Photography@Mermozine.com.