I am getting the hang of this: shooting a large group of people who is family, break it up into smaller nucleus groups, and mix it in with lots of candid pictures, and all under 60 minutes. It's important to keep family sessions short because of little ones' short attention span as well as not keeping the subjects under the hot sun for too long. Short and sweet has always been my mantra because "wayang" (putting on a show/charade) to justify a high fee is totally unnecessary and not my style.
Yet another big family shoot, this time set against the majestic backdrop of Singapore's central business district and marina bay skyline. Because of the number of subjects involved, I proposed to the client a two-photographer session that last an hour. I am never a fan of a family shoot that exceeds one hour because kids' attention span in front of the camera is limited. It is up to the photographer to capture the spontaneity and expressions when the going is good. The moment when parents and photographer have to keep coaxing some smiles out of the kids, then the family photo session becomes meaningless.
For this session, I enlisted the help of my friend Gabriel Mendes who took care of some of the individual smaller families while my time was spent solely on the big group shots as well as all pictures involving the family matriarch. Thankfully, the shoot went really well, was over in just under an hour, and before the rising temperature overwhelm both young and old.