Amber Yong obviously hasn’t let the little matter of raising twins get in the way of wanderlust. Her daughters Leia and Lauren have travelled to destinations like Iceland, Australia and Germany—all before they turned two. Along the way, the “momo twins” (so nicknamed because they’re monoamniotic-monochorionic twins who shared an amniotic sac with separate umbilical cords) have managed to amass 323,000 Instagram followers. “When they were babies, I used to put them in matching outfits because I was intrigued by how similar-looking they were and wanted to differentiate them not by the outfits they wore but by their subtle differences,” says Amber. “Fast forward to them as toddlers today, I still do the same for one reason: They tend to compare and fight if I put them in different outfits.” To help dress them in coordinating looks, Amber has launched a collection of baby clothes, Leia + Lauren.
ADAPT ACCORDING TO AGE “When Leia and Lauren were babies, I would dress them up in different costumes and play around with concept shoots as they did not move around so much. Now that they are energetic toddlers, I have to be spontaneous to capture a great shot. Having a huge dose of patience is always key to capturing the right moment.”
QUANTITY FOR QUALITY “On good days, it usually just takes around 10 to 15 shots before getting an ideal one. On not so good days, it can take up to 30 to 40 shots. Their wardrobe is definitely more extensive than mine. Their clothes are bought everywhere, from the occasional travels, to online stores such as Alex and Alexa, and their own Leia + Lauren line.”
Backpack, $3,530, Anya Hindmarch
DRESS THEM COMFORTABLY “Leia and Lauren are very active. Very often, we dress them in casual outfits such as rompers, tees and shorts for comfort. They have recently started to pick their own outfits and I let them have their way. I don’t believe in imposing any styles and hope they can grow into their own.”
GET THE IR ATTE NTION “Getting them to pose rarely works at this age! My girls usually become very cooperative, however, when I introduce an element of fun— be it a new location, toy or even snacks.”
Overalls, Stella McCartney Kids at Kids21