boudoir, DIY, maternity, styled shoot

Wild Child Maternity Shoot

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photography by Fiona Sng of Smittenpixels Photography

Concept & Styling by Merrylove Weddings

Floral & Dreamcatchers by Fiona Treadwell

Lingerie by Lover

Robe by Olivesuite

Fringed Kimono and Dress my own

The grand idea came when ( of course ) i got pregnant, my last pregnancy was a breeze and I really thought i had the pregnancy glow the first time. So this time and DEFINITELY my last pregnancy, i really wanted to document it. When i first told the crew i was pregnant, it seemed like a sure thing to do. Shuying and Fiona were super excited and I definitely got hyped. But then, the nausea came, the cramps came, the acne came, the-whatever-you-can-think-of-pregnancy-symptoms all came I kinda was bouncing around the idea again. Shuying was however reassuring as she is, told me this would be my last time…

Shuying of Merrylove took the liberty to conceptualize something that was truly me, a boho-chic wild child moodboard. Xara Lee, my go-to makeup artist would doll me up, while Fiona of Smittenpixels would be the designated photographer. Celeste from Olive Suite to the last minute rescue with the chantily lace robe. Yup an all girls team, but come to think of it, its so ironic. If you are going to be in lacey-see-through-undies. half naked with a big belly and then showing the world your photos, who cares if you have an all girls team or not. but whatever it is, it made me more comfortable as they were people i worked with all the time.

Shuying’s moodboard made my heart flutter, a bed in the lush greenery. my boudoir shoot is in the woods, like where a wild child should be. hence, she and her elves had to drag a bed and lotsa fluffy pillows into the forest. and the typical me would be, if theres a bed there should be dream catchers. so i DiY-ed a few dream catchers and hung it on trees. and so this materialized…

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we shot late in the evening, where the lights are about to dim to create that dreamy feeling. to be honest, i don’t really enjoy taking photos. much less alone. I was really skeptical and feeling the jitters but the girls were reassuring. and i am glad i did it. I felt bad for Fiona though, she had a lot of ideas and poses for me but i shot them down one by one. Eh i don’t wanna show armpits so don’t ask me put my hands up ah, i told her. And because i was never in front of the camera alone before, i never knew how tiring it could be as well. I thought just standing there was easy, by the end of 1.5 hours i was ready to call it quits. But i am glad i managed to squeeze another 15 minutes out of myself… stay tuned to the end.

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I don’t really know what i wanted to do, but i knew for sure what I don’t want to do. I don’t want those typical maternity boudoir shoot wearing white in the bedroom kind of shots. And having a professional stylist as a friend really helps, Shuying knows me well by now i would say and Fiona definitely knows me but is still trying to push my boundaries. youngsters these days! Its a good thing though, I am a huge fangirl fan-mom of her work. simply because her photos always look clean and exude so much class. It couldn’t be anyone else doing my maternity shoot.

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If you haven’t heard, Xara is my go-to makeup artist. I kept wanting to explore other make up artists but just couldn’t let her go. sounds like an obsessive boyfriend i know but its really hard to find someone you are comfortable with and knows all your facial flaws and then transforms you into something graceful and beautiful. if you think how i look is who i am then you are wrong, i don’t act demure at all. all my friends said, i look prettiest if i sit still and i keep my mouth shut. The thing i like about Xara is, how she does my brows and eyes.

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so i was all tired out after this, but there are some more locations that we really want to feature. there are not many places in Singapore left that is not going to be urbanized, as we speak these places are now slowly being demolished. So i persevered for another 15minutes and Fiona managed to get some great shots out of it.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot, and i dare say we now do it right. so preggers please come forth if you want a conceptualized shoot for yourselves or your family. not only preggers, we are also calling out to all women for boudoir shoots.

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thanks for reading!

and till the next post

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Weaver’s Styled Shoot – Outfits and Jewelry

My virgin styled shoot. I can humbly write it is easy coordinating this just because everyone who participated are super zealous with what they are doing. What is hard is the work each of us put into our product, we focused on hand-made goodness and everything DIY and thus I named it Weaver’s. Individually, everyone created something with their bare hands and collectively all these crafts came together as one. It was a shoot i truly enjoyed putting together and i sincerely thank all participating vendors for their craftiness! And am I glad I found camaraderie amongst these talents. Let me present you… Weaver’s Part I – specifically outfits and Jewelry.

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For this shoot, I needed bright and cheery shots and was hunting for a suitable photographer when I saw how Bloc Memoire’s photos are exactly my style. Bloc Memoire Photography a dynamic couple team is every bride and groom’s dream team. Guan Hui is a funny lad who loves taking the “big” pictures while Silvia the reassuring one takes in every intricate details. Together as one, there is no moment in a wedding they will miss out. Apart from taking awesome pictures, Guan Hui is secretly trained at some aborigine outpost as a sun-dancer. Weather forecasted 99% rain on our shoot day, but all thanks to our blessed sun-dancer, it was all sunny. Miraculous!

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with hanging planters. macramé chair swag and my little posy.

hand-knotted macramé backdrop adorned with hanging planters. macramé chair swag and my little posy.

The brief to all vendors were simple, written in words with minimal pictures I strive to allow my vendors to do what they do best. The essence of having a styled shoot –  1. is to educate bride and groom ( that this is do-able) 2. to showcase our talents 3.lastly, to push boundaries. Up till now, boho inspired brides are few and far between in Singapore. Our elderlies often comment how boho gowns are like sexy pajamas, and my hand-knotted backdrop probably look like curtains but with this styled shoot i hope everyone can see if everything is paired right it creates a beautiful wedding setup.

Instead of using models, I opted for a real-life couple simply because I believed joy, laughter and happiness exuded from real-life couples are not imitable. I am glad I found Wei Kiat and Chun Lin that suit our theme to a T.

The lucky bride-to-be was able to don two bespoke gowns. A flowy long-sleeved number by Caramel & Co. and a two-piece lace by Olive Suite Weddings.

Caramel’s dress was dreamy. Long and airy sleeved with lacy cuffs, deep V-necklined, teasing mid-riff, high slit and open half back. It is sexy but not over-exposed. I loved how Mel incorporate the boho-chic look so well into the shoot.

Caramel & Co's boho-inspired number

Caramel & Co’s boho-inspired number

Olive Suite’s gown was understated but not to be over-looked wooing all guys and girls! Two-piece wedding gowns are leading the trend right now and Olive nailed it by choosing this spaghetti-strap crop top with a gorgeous lace skirt.

Olive Suite's spaghetti strap crop top paired with overflowing lace skirt

Olive Suite’s spaghetti strap crop top paired with overflowing lace skirt

Pairing both gowns would be Mr. Gentleman‘s suit, opting for a summer filled dapper blue suit. Wei Kiat looked casual smart in this outfit.

Summer suit by Mr. Gentleman

Summer suit by Mr. Gentleman

Adornments on Chun Lin are by Pinwheel Jewels adding the finishing touches to her pretty outfits. What you guys might not know is that Fiona Treadwell also started out as a curated hand-made jewelry website, so when I first met Lianne we had so much to talk about. She has done such a good job scouring these hand-made goodness from around the world and having her onboard was really a gem to our shoot. From stacking rings and necklaces to ear-cuffs, giving the boho bride an edgy feel in this shoot.

stacking rings and necklaces, ear-cuffs and more.... just take my money already pinwheel jewels

stacking rings and necklaces, ear-cuffs and more…. just take my money already pinwheel jewels

On the next post it will be the remaining vendors namely Common Hands Stationeries, Swirl Dessert Tables, make up by Xara Lee and myself!

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