I can't believe it's taken me a month to post these images to my blog. All the anticipation, the preparation, the photo shoot, the processing... I think until now the words just hadn't come.
The vision of this photoshoot came to me one evening nearly three months ago. Driving in a taxi downtown for a dinner at Koi Sushi (our favorite Singapore restaurant). We drove past the Singapore Flyer on the ECP like we always do, but for the first time I looked past the lights of the Flyer and noticed Marina Barrage. Marina Barrage is one of my favorite places in Singapore - the breeze, the view, the kites. It is an absolutely magically place (especially on a late afternoon with the kids). Until now it had never dawned on me how gorgeous the view must be at night... assuming there was absolutely zero artificial light at Marina Barrage. As I looked out my taxi window this fateful evening the answer was right there before me. Marina Barrage is PITCH DARK in the evening making it the perfect setting for an evening photoshoot capturing Singapore's Marina Bay skyline ablaze in all it's lit up glory. So the dream (and the planning) began.
I pulled out my umbrellas, my flashes, my pocket wizards. I searched for the perfect model. I tested, I planned, I envisioned. Fast forward nearly two months and the time had come. I walked out on the Marina Barrage rooftop that night and was in awe of the vibe. In was PITCH dark and the view was absolutely unbelievable. The reflection of the skyline in the water was breathtaking and such a welcomed surprise. There were enough people there to make you feel safe, but allow us total flexibility in where we wanted to photograph. It was a photographers' clean slate with an amazing backdrop.
The photo shoot itself lasted an hour to an hour and a half. Cate was the model of all models, standing patiently as I shone bright lights in her face and continuously adjusted the lighting. It all seemed to fall perfectly together, the pieces of the puzzle fit and the results were exactly as I hoped for. In my dream I envisioned the magnificence of the Singapore skyline juxtaposed AND complimenting the innocence, beauty, and glamour of an expectant mother. That is exactly what turned out. The two fit together perfectly, neither distracting from the other but working in harmony to reflect the others' glow. This is my vision of maternity photography in Singapore. For all the transient families it is the perfect memorial of your adventures and life in Singapore and for the residents it is the perfect way to honor your country and the life you have created here. I can't wait to see what's next and who I get to photograph.
If you are interested in artistic maternity photography, please contact me, Carrie Cheng at [email protected]