We were planning to get one proper professional photo shoot done for quite some time. But as usual, everyone is always busy with something – the elder kid with studies and exams, the younger with nothing, hubby busy neck-deep with office project and yours truly busy with everything!

Finally we managed to find some time. As they say, sometimes sudden plans work out much better than the “planned-plans”.

On one sunny Saturday afternoon we 4 and our friendly photographer from CraftsMenSG and influencer coordinators from Social Ground decided to meet in Kallang Wave Mall for the photo shoot.

Sigh, most of my things are always last-minute! Didn’t have too much time to prepare for outfits and all…Thanks to the guys, the photo shoot turned out pretty good.

I would like to share with you some tips from recent experience of Outdoor Family photo shoot – just plain simple pointers without pretending to be an expert.

1. Eat well and Keep sipping water – MOST important! Before the photo shoot, Ensure that everyone’s tummy is full. Else you have hungry and that’s why angry people to handle – including yourself.

So we had stuffed nice quantity of homemade brunch before we met our photography team.

Summer + Sun + Outdoors = one risky combo that can cause dehydration. We tend to get sweaty and it shows in the photos. So keep sipping H2O.

2. Co-ordinate your outfits – In this department, I could have done much much better! Thanks to Uniqlo, I managed to find Mickey and Minnie themed tees for all of us. These tees we paired with jeans. Generally Jeans and Tees proves to be a safe option. Also since kids were a part of the shoot, cartoon-themed tees worked well. For hubby and me, I chose exactly the same design and for boy n girl, I opted for different variations of the same theme. Again, both boys wore white and black for girls.


I ensured that we reached the location and then changed into the outfits for the shoot. With kids, you just can’t take the risk of wearing the outfits in advance. Water spilling, food dropping…Phew!!! can happen anytime.

I am just thinking that why I didn’t try to find something more colorful than black and white…Probably a blue / green shade would have worked better?!

Point is: Plan in advance. Do some research and then match your outfits.

3. Rock the location – Full marks to our team of Social Ground and CraftsmenSG as far as the location is concerned. There was plenty of space and less crowd even on a weekend and we could focus well. There was lush greenery, there was awesome riverfront, one splendid looking bridge and other natural elements to enhance the photos.

4. Keep it candid – Like I wrote earlier, this was a pretty last minute shoot and I didn’t get time to contemplate on things like how should I prepare the kids for the shoot, should we practice some poses etc.

We went there like a blank slate. The moment kids saw the location and lots of space, they started running around like deer. We somehow controlled them and then began the shoot. Photographer Gareth was experienced and he managed to churn out some good clicks.

Thankfully, kids co-operated well and didn’t need too much of ice-breaking. Of course, both looking in different directions, variety of smiles that ranged from half-smiles, lop-sided smiles, laughs, show teeth smiles and no-show-teeth smiles, refusing to stand still for one moment etc. was expected from kids and they did just that.

Didn’t know hubby can be so pro in all these things. All the good poses he suggested! and we followed. Candid shots came out beautiful.

5. Treat it as a family event – We enjoyed the experience and treated it as a fun outing. Kids learnt something new and we all had goofy fun during the shoot.

One special tip for Moms:

In our case, the other 3 were without any makeup and I applied light makeup! Now the trouble is in my case, even the light makeup of an eye shadow and a bit of blush looks glaring and heavy especially in the photos. I knew it from some past experience of event photos and I should have avoided applying makeup totally. May be just a lipstick would have suited well. Secondly, I should have let go my hair completely and that stupid pin was not needed. Lesson learnt.


Moms, please pay special attention to yourself before and during the shoot.

All in all, it was fun and we are already looking forward to the next Outdoor Family shoot whenever that happens.

Thanks a lot to our friendly team of CraftsMenSG and Social Ground. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram.


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29 comments on “5 Tips for a great Outdoor Family Photo shoot”

  1. Ai Sakura Reply

    I always apply make-up for my shoots even if my girl and hubby don’t have any haha.. just something light will do too because I’d feel too bare and “colourless” if I don’t! 😛

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  2. Cherry Syjongtian C Reply

    You all looked great nonetheless! We also did an impromptu outdoor photoshoot before, totally not planned and coordinated outfit, I even forgot to draw my eyebrows. LOL

  3. David Sim Reply

    Thanks for sharing your experience from the photoshoot! Glad you like the photos. Besides the photos I think most important would be the moments you cherish as a family during the shoot.

  4. Phoebe Reply

    Love the outdoor family shoots you have there. I agree that family outfits of the day do matters 🙂 Next time we will have to take note of our dressing too! 🙂

  5. SengkangBabies Reply

    The spontaneous (unplanned) photos always turn out unexpected results for my family. Happy Family there .

    cheers, Andy
    (SengkangBabies.com)

  6. Jingyi Reply

    We had a recent family photoshoot and I totally agree on all 5 points!!! 🙂 btw, u look glowing in the last pic!

  7. Elizabeth O Reply

    I love the casual, fun feeling of the shots. You all look happy and relaxed. I did not notice any pin so it was not an issue for the viewer.

  8. May Reply

    I thought you rocked the look. Doesn’t appear too heavy for me. Maybe it’s only because we are just our biggest critics, you know what I mean? Great shirt, btw!

  9. Tiffany Yong Reply

    I love your matching outfits from Uniqlo! Did you manage to get the family outfits sponsored or was it something you purchased? The photographer do take nice candid shots! Love them~

    • shubhadabhide Reply

      Clothes not sponsored! 🙁 But they are pretty affordable and look cool so still okay. LOL

  10. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits Reply

    This made me smile as I can truly relate with your situation. I’ve also been planning to have a photo shoot, since I have photographer friends, but I always don’t get a chance. I’m glad that you were able to have a photo shoot with your family. Your tips can really be a help, I’ll surely bear it in mind for my unclear plan for photo shoot. Thank you so much for sharing!

    LaiAriel R. Samangka

  11. Bhushavali Reply

    Wow! That’s beautiful! We haven’t had a photoshoot like this so far. We had a fabulous day long pre-wedding shoot though.
    Btw, unless you mention, your makeup and hairpin doesn’t show at all! Your expressions and the photo composition is all where the attention goes. These minor details aren’t visible unless you specify!!!

  12. Ruchi Verma Reply

    First thing amazing pictures to be framed ,u look stunning n post is so nice that it is giving me idea to give one try such photo shoot!!

  13. Richa Choudhary Reply

    the pictures have come out so well…you guys completely rock the look and you are especially glowing….lovely photo shoot done.

    Allthatsmom

  14. Nayantara Hegde Reply

    I remember our first photo shoot. We were so nervous we forgot to eat properly and had to stop halfway because we were so hungry. And you’re looking gorgeous.

  15. Minakshi Bajpai Reply

    Very interesting post and the no makeup tip is superb. Will keep in mind if i ever get a chance to get outdoor photoshoot.
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  16. Lata Reply

    Loved all the photos and the tips! Will surely need them. Have been planning a photo shoot for the kids but not sure how the little one will behave. And still undecided on the clothes…Phew!

  17. Rooshna Reply

    U look gorgeous. Everything worked for you. I don’t u think u over-wore your make up ?☺. Great images. Your family looks happy. Ma sha Allah.

  18. Roy Cortez Reply

    Thanks for the tips.

    With just a simple outfit you guys wear, their high-end camera brings your picture to life. The shots are really a pro. Outstanding!

  19. Jasmine Gagarin Reply

    awww what a happy Family! For me, Everything is on point! The happiness radiates through your smiles ?

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