Baby Photographers: These Amazing Pictures Of Little Ones Will Melt Your Heart

As The Avons sang, “We’re Only Young Once”, children will only be tiny munchkins for that precious instant in their lives. Who wouldn’t want to capture their lovely, tiny human at the pinnacle of their childhood charm? Before all your tiny darlings start shooting up like Jack’s magical beanstalk, book one of these outstanding baby photographers to freeze all those precious moments and expressions.

Photography Style: Versatile and Ingenious

1. Bambini Photography

If your baby is crying like a burst dam, it may make perfect sense to call off your photoshoot. Or even better, why not let Bambini Photography turn that moment into a breezy au naturel photo opportunity?

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Also, they are such dedicated baby photographers that they’ll even bring their props and backdrops to your home for a photoshoot if that’s what will make baby and you feel more comfortable.

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Whether it’s recreating a nautical scene on a beach, or depicting your baby as a hen, game on.

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Helmed by an all-women team, this boutique photography studio specialises in dreamy, whimsical shots with playful use of costumes and props.

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4. Jen Pan Photography

This baby photographer’s shots will speak to your inner wild child, as her shots are snazzy and mystical all at once.

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Photography Style: Simple and Classic

5. Bamboo Shoots Photography

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Cici from Bamboo Shoots Photography believes in delivering simple, sincere and elegant shots. What better way to do this than capturing her subjects under natural light?

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Besides her artful integration of nature into the photography process, she is adept at capturing her subjects’ emotions. No wonder she’s on the 2016 Best list of Singapore Tatler!

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Nina Tantzen Photography Style: Humorous and Candid

7. The Family Man

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8. Sealey Brandt Photography

With the blood of photography running through her veins, Tatler’s listed Sealey Brandt has photographed over 1,000 families across the globe. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to experience the magic of what her and her camera can do.

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Afghan Girl, you’ll be in good hands with Sealey Brandt.

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True Story: A Singaporean Man’s Journey As A Ladyboy In Cambodia

Standing before a nightclub with dazzling neon lights, her rusty golden locks blew gently in the wind as she took a heavy drag from her cigarette. In a figure-hugging dress and black strappy heels, Shauna strutted flawlessly from the red light district of Siem Reap to her apartment.

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In the bathroom, she tugs gently at her hair, removing her curls before running water across her face. Looking up, she could barely recognise the man in the mirror. This is the story of Sean Lee, the man behind ladyboy Shauna, in Cambodia.

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Sitting across the man with young, boyish looks, we could hardly tell the similarities between Sean and Shauna. It might have been the blonde wig but hey, never underestimate the power of make-up.

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All in all, journey of thirty-one year old Singaporean photographer Starting out as an assignment, Shauna soon developed into an immersive photography project where Sean takes on the persona of a ladyboy.


Just to be clear, by “taking on the persona of a ladyboy”, we mean dressing, behaving and living within Siem Reap’s red light district. Effort gao gao.

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As we sat down with Sean himself, we find out how his photography journey began, the inspiration behind Shauna, and what it was like becoming a Singaporean ladyboy in Siem Reap.

1. So Sean, what first made you first pick up the camera?

Oh, I’ve always had an interest in photography. Though it was after I’d graduated from junior college when my Literature teacher, who knew about my interest, introduced me to it.

Working his way up from a photographer’s assistant, Sean has, over the years, built an impressive list of clientele including DBS and Singapore Airlines where his works have been featured in several exhibitions, notably the Saatchi Gallery and Les Recontres d’Arles.

2. What do you think is the main challenge of being a professional photographer?

As a freelance photographer, I’d say the inconsistency of the jobs. You know, having no clue as to where your next job will come from. This really got to me when I was younger.

3. Let’s talk a little about Shauna. What’s the story behind the project?

I was 22 and was attending the I did try taking on different personas such as a tuk tuk driver and construction worker but they just didn’t work. So I eventually got around to Shauna and settled on a ladyboy persona.


I started with this really cheap wig and borrowed clothes from my lady friends, who also taught me to put on my make up.

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It started out as a week-long assignment but I ended up spending two years flying back and forth Cambodia to complete the project. During the process, I took on professional make-up lessons and learnt how to strut in stilettos!

4. What was it like, being Shauna?

Here’s the funny thing. Whenever I look back at her photos, it’s like looking at a complete stranger (even though that person is me).

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Taking on her persona wasn’t easy, because some days you just don’t feel committed, but other days you are completely into character. It’s crazy.

5. Your photos of Shauna are amazing. Did you have any help in taking them?

Well most of them I took with tripods and self-timers, though I did have a friend of mine who would help me in taking some of the shots.

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It was great to have him around because you know, sometimes I’d need him to explain to patrons that we’re dong photography project.

6. What would be your main takeaway from Shauna?

Life is very different in the red light district of Siem Reap. Many of them don’t have a choice, but some of them are honestly looking for love.

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I’ve actually bumped into one of the working girls a couple of years later, who told me about her marriage and new life abroad. I’m really happy for them.

7. So what have you been up to lately? Tell us a little more!

Something I’m currently working on is Looking at my students made me reflect on my youth and the friends that I used to hang out with, partied with, fallen in love with.

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Through this project, I hope to really capture the essence and innocence of youth, to document this precious stage of life that we all come to miss.

8. Lastly, any advice for budding photographers?

Never. Stop. Working. Assist as much as you can, because that’s where you learn the essential skills to photography. Never forget to work on projects that are close to your heart, to pursue projects that you’re interested in, where you’re not in it just for the money.

If this isn’t dedication, we don’t know what is.

For those how are interested, Shauna now comes in a photobook and is available Instagram.

Header image credit: Sean Lee

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The Perfect Shot – DarylAiden’s Photography Journey & DreaChong


With his boyish good looks and impeccable style, it’s relatively easy for one to mistake Daryl Yow for a member of the latest K-Pop boy band. Just take a look at that beach-tousled hair and perfect everything. Sigh.


For the social media savvy, the 25-year-old photographer hardly needs an introduction. Better known as @darylaiden, Daryl is the man behind some of @dreachong’s most stunning shots. With 24k followers on Instagram, we’re really not sure if we should be more jealous of his incredible works or the fact that he’s Drea’s photographer (and one of her best friends). Oh, did we mention that Daryl is also the co-founder of One of Daryl's many stunning works One of Daryl’s many stunning works[/caption]

We managed to grab the talented man for a quick chat, to find out how it all started, his tips for taking the perfect photo and most importantly, how he became the goddess’ personal photographer and one of her best friends.

So Daryl, tell us how you got into professional photography!

Oh, it started with praises from others when I first started out. Okay, this is a funny story really. I’d wanted to save on the photography costs when I started Everyday People so I decided to shoot the photos instead. I got a little more creative and people started praising my works on social media! I currently do portraits, interiors and food photography for my clients.

What do you think are the main challenges in pursuing this profession?

People tend to underestimate the amount of work in editing and shooting the photos. Clients can sometimes try to undercut the budget and get you to do a lot more for a lot less. Plus, you need to spend on lenses, camera bodies so it can get pretty hard to survive.

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In that case, how does one build his portfolio?

You need to have quite a bit of savings. Some of my friends didn’t know about this at first, but you need a good camera and lens in order to capture details and colours for that perfect photo. If you’re intending to go into fashion photography, you’ll have to pay for your models and makeup artist. Plus, you’ll want your photos to stand out so you may want to conduct an overseas shoot or you’ll end up shooting at botanic gardens like everybody else. Essentially, you cannot really progress as a photographer if you don’t have the budget.

Woah, so what’s the most expensive gear you currently own?

That has to be my Canon 5DS – the body alone is around $6000. Cue gasps. Its lenses are pegged at around $3k-$4k.

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What’s your favourite subject matter so far?

I like shooting human portraits! I used to underestimate the power of the models, but the difference between having an average and high-end model can be quite drastic. Their expressions and movements are what make the photo. Every model needs a direction, but some less-experienced models will try overly hard and become stiff. That’s when I’ll get a little frustrated.

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In that case, which is your favourite portrait shot?

The shot of Andrea in Maldives where she was flipping her hair! Okay here’s the backstory, she was very doubtful of this photo and saying that it’ll end up looking messy and crazy. The water level was up to our waist and the waves were so strong they almost got to my then-new Canon 5DS. She’d flipped her hair about thirty times and was getting a headache. But I told her to trust me and we got a good shot in the end!

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Okay, we have to ask, how did you and Andrea meet?

Oh, Andrea followed me on Instagram first (though she will most likely deny this). I approached her at an event and we talked about photography. After which she said she was wearing clothes from my online boutique and asked if I can photograph her. After a series of omg why you take so long to edit and I really love your photos, we began to speak more on a daily basis. I then shot most of her photos and our Hong Kong trip last year late November was our first trip.

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How long does it take you to get the perfect shot?

The timing ranges from 3mins-30mins (especially when the location gets too crazy). Many people ask what camera I’m using, thinking that they’ll achieve photos if they get the same one. But honestly, when it comes to photography, it’s 25% photo-taking and 75% editing. I take roughly two hours to edit a photo and will do up three editions before deciding on the best!

What is your ultimate tip to getting that perfect photo?

Framing, framing, framing. People usually focus on taking a photo from just one angle. What I usually do is to take a photo from a certain angle before moving closer to the subject or shooting it from the floor before deciding on the best.

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Which camera would you recommend a budding photographer start out with?

 The Cannon 6D is the basic and takes pretty decent softer images. It’s priced at around $1k-$2k so it’s not too bad. For richer colours, one can try Nikon!

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Despite his gorgeous works, we’re glad to say that Daryl is one humble photographer. Pursuing the art of photography may not be easy, but after browsing through the stunning, we reckon the effort  be worth it. Nobody starts out a professional, where it takes months if not years for one to build a reputation. So if you’re a budding photographer anxious about rising to fame, fret not. If it took Daryl two years and a hell lot of work to be where he is now, it’ll be your turn to come.

Also, photos are courtesy of Daryl unless otherwise stated.

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8 Jobs In SG You Never Thought Would Pay Well But Actually Do

Whether you’re a working adult or a soon-to-be graduate, we’re pretty sure you’re familiar with the concept of a job. You know, the idea of trudging through endless paperwork whilst chasing impossible deadlines? Yeap, that’s the one.

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Okay seriously though, the majority of us living in this fast-paced society should be familiar with the concept of 9-5 jobs and OTs. Don’t get us wrong, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with working hard for cash. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t desire a better life for them and their loved ones? However, in our pursuit for better salaries and benefits, we tend to put aside our passions and initial ambitions. At times, we go so far as to forget who we truly are outside of our jobs.

As with’s #icanbebetter campaign, a better job doesn’t necessarily mean one with a higher salary or better title. A better job can be one that allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, such as having more time to spend with your loved ones or doing the things you love. Job benefits may not always be in monetary terms and #icanbebetter is a reminder of just that. If you’re constantly burning weekends and feeling worn out, below is a list of jobs you should consider. These jobs not only pay well, but also leave you time to pursue your passion.

1. Cabin Crew

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Literally a great way to fly, being a cabin crew definitely has its perks. Besides the opportunity to travel around the world and meet travellers from all walks of life, you also get to fulfil your inner wanderlust. Joining a cabin crew will allow you to have your cake and eat it too.

 2. Financial Consultant

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Alright, save the eye rolling and hear us out. Firstly and most importantly, financial consultants are not insurance agents. Yes, really. Not only does being a financial consultant allow you to make a real and direct impact on the lives of others, the job’s timings are also largely flexible. It may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but it’s definitely a respectable one.

3. Real Estate Agent

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Again, it may not be a conventional dream job but think of it this way, you’re helping clients scout and purchase their dream homes. Essentially, you’re playing a key role of initiating others into a new phase of their lives. Besides enjoying the occupation’s flexible work hours, you get to meet people from all walks of life. We guarantee that you’ll never run out of interesting stories to tell.

4. Copywriter

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From a copywriter to a scriptwriter, the possibilities are endless. If you’re the creative type, being a writer should rank pretty high up on your potential jobs list. From laid-back bars to cosy cafés, we dare say that this is one of the few jobs where you can decide your own work location and timings.

5. Event Coordinator

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Always loved organising get-togethers or find planning itineraries of overseas trips a breeze? As an event coordinator, feel the unrivalled sense of satisfaction when you’ve organised a successful corporate conference or put together a wedding so beautiful you teared a little. Of course, free passes to such events don’t hurt.

6. Producer

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Ever find yourself watching a local TV show and thinking I can totally come up with something better? This may just be your innate producer calling out to you. From script coordination to compiling of footages, you also get to manage your own TV show and show the media industry what it’s lacking. Besides being on first-name terms with celebrities, you may even get premier tickets to the latest movies.

7. Graphic Designer

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If you’re more of an artist, being a graphic designer is a considerable option too.

Not only do you get to work with some of the most revered international brands, but you also get to meet some of the industries’ most well known designers. Who knows, you may even pick up a tip or two.

8. Photographer

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Always been a bit of a shutterbug? Take the leap of faith and turn your passion into a serious full-time paid job! Not only will you be able to celebrate the joy of others, but you’ll also be able to capture some of the happiest moments of your loved ones. We have to say, no wedding present is quite comparable to this one. Unless you know, you butcher the photos with strange blue tints or colour editing.

There you have it, eight alternative jobs that allow you to explore more opportunities, pursue your passion and pay your bills. Determined to do better but no idea where to start? Create a profile at it is our choices that show us who we truly are, far more than our abilities. #icanbebetter; the change is now.

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