My Lay-Flat Mondays (18)

Week 18 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 18: June 08 – June 15
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
My personal weekly photography challenge: describing my past week in a Lay-Flat setting.
– Bougainvillea branches: because it was time to prune it
 
– Flowers: red anthurium (from my balcony), purple chrysanthemum (from the shop)
 
– Play-doh: I got some new play-doh for the kids this week so the creations went wild
 
– Black Board: “Baking Show”, we filmed our own baking competition!! (making play-doh cakes!!)
 
– Magazine: I’ve received a new Click Magazine this week, which I usually opened like a kid and read in one hour. Loads of inspiration in each one of them….
 
– mask: still mandatory (all day long for the kids at school…)
 
– Camera

My Lay-Flat Mondays (17)

Week 17 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 17: June 01 – June 07
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
– Flowers: honestly no idea what their name might be, they make a nice bouquet 🙂
 
– Black Board: “Phase 1”, so we started this week the first phase of re-opening after the Circuit Breaker, some subtiles changes, but a step in the good direction!
 
– Kid bus card: because the schools reopened this week!! (the kids get to go every other week)
 
– Sponge: because we’re having water leak issues in our apartment this week 😦 …
 
– Cutting Board: mangoes covered in dark chocolate (my new favorite snack!!!)
 
– mask: still mandatory (all day long for the kids at school…)
 
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography

My Lay-Flat Mondays (16)

Week 16 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 16: May 26 – June 01
My Lay-Flat Mondays © Catherine Houston
– Palm tree branch: living tropical
 
– Hibiscus flower: from my balcony
 
– Kiwis on a black background, for a new photography series I’m working on (fruits and vegetables, in black and white, on a dark background)
 
– Ballerina outfit: this week was school break, and filled with dancing
 
– mask: can’t wait to be able to remove it from these pictures…
 
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography

My Lay-Flat Mondays (15)

Week 15 of my new series: My Lay Flat Mondays!!
The purpose: describe my past week in just one picture, boots my creativity vibes at the same time, and stop going through life one week at the time without even noticing it.
So here it is!
Week 15: May 18 – May 25
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– Palm tree branch: living tropical (yes, I know It’s getting old… looking forward to the plant shops to re-open!!)
– Hibiscus flowers: from my balcony
– Blue class notebook: another week of home schooling filled with french grammar 😉
– Limes: one of my favorite fruits: I add them everywhere, in my cakes, on our crepes, on the fish, I make juices out of them, …
– Black board: can you guess from my drawing what are weekly movie night was? Yes, the Trolls!! (I say Movie night, but the kids watched it more than once this week…)
– Wooden baby puzzle pieces: my little one is starting his puzzle phase…
– mask: made in Singapore and now mandatory to go out.
– Camera
© 2020 MermozinePhotography

A day in our confined lives…

Most of the world is on stand-by…
It’s called “lockdown”, “confinement”, or here in Singapore “Circuit Breaker”..
Either way, everything/everyone seem to be standing still…
 
seem to be standing still …
 
But life is still going on inside homes.
Kids are still being kids, and parents, well, they are trying to make the best of it, multitasking teleworking, homeschooling, housekeeping, sanity keeping, …
 
Wandering how it is a an apartment with 4 kids?
 
It is manageable but you have to seriously lower your expectations.
Our home is a school all mornings – my office has been taken over by little girls – the living room is being transformed in a giant doll house every afternoon, and the whole place look as it has been through a tornado daily.
 
Here is a few pics into one day in our confined lives…
Our confined lives © Catherine Houston
There is a lot of teleworking for the kids too.
Our confined lives © Catherine HoustonIt’s sometimes difficult to get motivated for schoolwork .

Our confined lives © Catherine Houston
“A day in our confined lives”… documentary family photography.

But we are usually done by lunchtime and then the fun time can begin.

Our confined lives © Catherine Houston
“A day in our confined lives”… documentary family photography.

Then the toys take over the place.

Our confined lives © Catherine Houston
“A day in our confined lives”… documentary family photography.

May the fun begin….

Our confined lives © Catherine Houston

For my little one having his big sisters home all the time is super exciting… and a little bit tiring…

Our confined lives © Catherine Houston

Fights and meltdowns also fill up our days!!

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But usually all it takes is a big cuddle, and they are back in business!Our confined lives © Catherine Houston

So yeah, it’s exhausting for us parents, but at the same time we have a unique opportunity to spend loads of time with our little ones. So let’s try to make the best of it. And to be totally honest, even if I find the days very long right now, I will miss them when schools will reopen...
 
Stay home, stay healthy but keep living!!!

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
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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, …).

Newborn photography Singapore
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 :-).