FAM­ILY AF­FAIR

MAKE MEM­O­RIES THAT L AST A LIFE­TIME WITH WHITE ROOM STU­DIO

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The late pho­tog­ra­pher Aaron Siskind once said, “What you have caught on film is cap­tured forever... It re­mem­bers lit­tle things, long af­ter you have for­got­ten ev­ery­thing.”

This adage rings es­pe­cially true for t he work of award­win­ning pho­tog­ra­phy ate­lier, White Room Stu­dio. The bou­tique stu­dio nes­tled within a Per­anakan shop­house spe­cialises i n cap­tur­ing the mo­ments ex­pe­ri­enced by a grow­ing fam­ily, be it im­mor­tal­is­ing that fleet­ing smile on a new­born’s lips, or the nat­u­ral glow of a mum-to-be.

Kiki Yue Gun­der­sen i s one client who has had count­less mem­o­ries cap­tured with i mages by t he pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio. She was first pho­tographed by the team when she was preg­nant with her first son, Wil­liam, i n 2014. Since t hen, t he lens­men of White Room Stu­dio have pho­tographed her t wo sons as ba­bies, shot their fam­ily por­traits, and cap­tured mo­ments from her sons’ birthdays.

For the mother of two, the right pho­tog­ra­pher not only has to pos­sess tech­ni­cal skills, he or she also needs to un­der­stand how to put fuss­ing in­fants and bois­ter­ous chil­dren at ease. “I think their at­ti­tude and per­son­al­ity are key, as well as their eye for great shots. Pho­tograph­ing chil­dren can be very un­pre­dictable, so the pho­tog­ra­pher has to keep things mov­ing without ever mak­ing things too stress­ful and busy,” says Kiki. “The White Room Stu­dio team is very pa­tient, which is most es­sen­tial when pho­tograph­ing chil­dren. The spa­cious stu­dio al­lows me to feel re­laxed and at ease, and the in­ter­ac­tions with their pho­tog­ra­phers, who de­vote all their at­ten­tion on my fam­ily dur­ing the shoots and photo se­lec­tion process, hap­pen on a per­sonal level such that I don’t ever feel stressed.”

For par­ents who seek per­son­alised im­ages, rather t han for­mu­laic poses, it’s es­sen­tial to find a stu­dio with cre­ativ­ity. “If you have a spe­cial re­quest, White Room Stu­dio is al­ways up for try­ing some­thing new. They take your ini­tial idea and play around with it to make it work. For my son’s birth­day, I brought in a cake and bal­loons, and they set it up per­fectly so the pic­tures came out beau­ti­fully,” she adds.

Thanks to her younger son, Ge­orge, who is just four months old, Kiki now has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence in han­dling shoots with new­borns. Her top tip: Al­ways feed your baby to set­tle him down prior to a shoot. Once the shoot be­gins, keep your baby close to your body be­cause he can get cold, and have a blan­ket on standby for the time be­tween shots.

“Most im­por­tantly, the White Room Stu­dio team makes the whole ex­pe­ri­ence re­laxed and fun,” says Kiki. “With White Room Stu­dio, your fam­ily will be cre­at­ing pre­cious mem­o­ries, even in the midst of cap­tur­ing them.”

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