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Behind the scenes: Our very first workshop

We would like to thank all participants, our beautiful family models, as well as organizers the Nikon School Singapore and venue hosts The White Space, for making our first workshop a memorable one.

We honestly never really considered ourselves “teachers” since we are perpetually looking at improving our own photography and are never completely satisfied with the outcomes of our sessions. Perhaps there may be some truth to the adage you are your own worst critic.

But after being invited by the Nikon School Singapore to conduct a workshop on baby photography, we started seriously considering if there would be anything of value that we could impart to enthusiasts and professionals looking to learn something new.

Photo by The White Space

After some thought, we made a decision, and called our workshop: An Introduction to Lifestyle Baby Photography, hoping it wouldn’t sound too fluffy nor pretentious.

A beautiful mummy and her totally adorable baby.

Tender moments.

Arriving on the day of our workshop, as newly minted “instructors” no less (ahem), we started assembling a little lifestyle bedroom scene from scratch and were given less than an hour to do so before the participants would arrive.

We felt like we were auditioning for The Amazing Race, but thank goodness we had the right combination of excitement and nervousness to pull it off just in the nick of time.

Then reality started to sink in for us as natural light photographers—we would be shooting in a new space, with unfamiliar light, and, to top it off, we would be explaining what we were trying to achieve to eager-eyed photography buffs.

We took several deep breaths, and began, trusting that the Nikon bodies we had in hand would iron out some of our technical rough edges.

During the 3-hour workshop, we were graced with two utterly adorable babies, Leia, a cheerful 6-month old, and Gareth, a wide-eyed 2-month old, together with their gorgeous mummies and daddies.

With baby Gareth, 2 months old
The way he looks at me.

Here are some of our favourite images from the two training sessions…

Daddy and me

Daddies can be amazing models, too!

…as well as some behind-the-scenes shots of our less glamorous selves (gasp!) at work during the workshop courtesy of the talented Qi Hui from The White Space.

More behind the scenes snaps from Nikon School team.

And more of this BTS videos posted on our Instagram Stories Highlight.

Written by Timothy Fernandez and Yuyeth Fernandez

© Copyright 2019 Bows and Ribbons Photography

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A session with an adorable little nipper

Little Ashton was one of the most cheerful little 6-month-olds we’ve had the pleasure of photographing. We first met Ashton’s family when we documented his big brother Ethan’s milestone sitter session some 3 years ago, and are always grateful to meet growing families.

This little lad must have been in one of his best moods when he turned up for his milestone session at our studio. Almost immediately greeting us with a cheeky grin and then a wholehearted smile, we were hopeful for a successful session. Babies go through so very many changes as they grow into toddlers, and occasionally get the blues for no obvious reason, so we were glad that Ashton arrived in high spirits.

From his very first pose in a bucket, Ashton gave us so many absolutely adorable expressions to capture. Sure, since he’s just a baby, he did need a few snuggle breaks here and there, but after a hug or two from mummy and daddy, he was back at his mark, smiling and chuckling away.

In fact, we think this little boy even surprised himself with how much he enjoyed his session and started getting sleepy soon after his first setup. So, instead of wasting precious time, we captured some of those tender sleepy moments including some tender moments with mummy.

We first met Ashton’s family, when we photographed his big brother Ethan some 3 years ago. Ethan was about the same age as Ashton back then, and was a chubby and cheerful sitter, too. Today, he’s a confident and affectionate big brother, who just loves his little brother to bits. 

As newborn and baby photographers, we never fail to appreciate how fortunate we are to be able to watch families grow with us. It’s a tremendous honour, really.

Since little Ashton and his family were visiting all the way from London, they didn’t want to waste the trip to our studio and chose to have a milk bath for their adorable little nipper. Needless, to say, he was all smiles in the warm bath water, and may even have tried tasting an orange slice or two. 

Written by Timothy Fernandez 

© Copyright 2019 Bows and Ribbons Photography


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A session fit for a princess

This adorable baby girl definitely got her modelling poise from her mom, so we weren’t surprised that she rocked her first ever styled photoshoot.

When Bilal Jeanpierre and Nadiah M Din first came to us a couple of years ago for a newborn session, it was when they welcomed their first born Nahyan, a feisty little boy who nevertheless impressed us with his sleepiness, managing to pose in every setup we prepared for him.

Doesn’t she look lovely?

Fast forward to today and baby number two, a demure baby girl this time, proved that she was up for the high bar set by her big brother.

Always our favorite angle.

Besides her calm and collected demeanour, which is no mean feat for a newborn baby of just 12 days, she also had the most delightfully plump cheeks and cute little “blink-and-you’ll-miss-them” dimples, to boot.

Those dimples though.

Needless to say, we captured far too many photographs of her and had to write a blogpost just so we could showcase some of our favourite images of her.

We also included a little behind-the-scenes video of her session below. 

A beautiful family.


Written by Timothy Fernandez 

© Copyright 2019 Bows and Ribbons Photography


CREAM SETUP: Wrap and Bonnet by From a Belgian Girl. Wool by Cwtchi Coo. Crate & Barn Wood from Rękoczyny Katarzyny.
DEEP PURPLE SETUP: Bonnet and Wrap by Mimi Props LLC. Wool from Jessica Kandi Photo Props. Flower Halo by Needle Pillow. Cradle by Rękoczyny Katarzyny.
BUCKET SETUP: Bucket from Libelle Props. Flower Halo by Needle Pillow. Blanket from Uff Store. Bonnet by Whatsoever Things.
PINK SETUP: Wrap from The Vintage Soul. Tieback by Gumnut and Bloom. Wool by Bobo Felt. Basket from Dutch Style.
RUST SETUP: Bonnet and Blanket Layer by Tanya Tangles. Wrap from Steel Stiches Photography Props.
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Happy Mommy and Me

We’re delighted to announce our very first collaboration with a homegrown business that specialises in comfortable apparel for mummies. In line with the launch of their latest nursing bralette, we’re glad to announce an exclusive photography session that’s meant just for mummies and their little nurslings.

As any new mummy would happily attest to, maternity apparel tends to be really comfortable. And why shouldn’t they be, really? They’re made to adapt to growing bellies (as well as bosoms) and are usually so soft and stretchy that it would be a shame to not wear them long after you’ve given birth! This is how we chanced upon a homegrown company that prides itself on meeting the needs of new and expectant mummies for quality maternity apparel.

Snuggles and cuddles!

Happy Maternity is an online store that makes clothes and innerwear for the modern nursing mummy. Combining practicality, comfort and style, their aim is to create apparel that new mummies can wear during pregnancy, while nursing, and beyond. Their specialty though is in their nursing bras and tops, which are made to be as comfortable as they are convenient for busy, breastfeeding mummies.

This was one of the reasons we were excited to collaborate with them as they launched their newest and most stylish nursing bra to date. The Avery Dove Nursing Bralette is a comfortable undergarment that’s made of soft, breathable cotton with practical nursing clasps and classically chic lace design. It is meant to be a perfect fit for the glamorous modern mommy.

Oh, and need we mention that they look gorgeous in photographs, too?

As newborn photographers, we thought it was only fitting for us to celebrate the beauty of motherhood by offering an exclusive session just for mummies and their babies. As part of our collaboration, we are offering all Happy Maternity customers who purchase the new Avery Dove Nursing Bralette the opportunity to book a uniquely designed session with us that’s meant just for mummy and baby.

The “Happy Mommy & Me” session with Bows and Ribbons Photography is a session crafted especially for mummies who have purchased Happy Maternity’s latest nursing bra and is priced at just S$398 (more details below).

“Happy Mommy & Me” session details:

  • A 30 minute photography session at Bows and Ribbons Photography’s lifestyle studio
  • A personalised Preview Gallery consisting of up to 20 images to choose your favourites 
  • 5 Full-Resolution digital images to keep (all meticulously post-processed and canvas-ready)
  • The option to purchase additional photographs at a limited time discounted price
  • Outfits for mummy and baby will be provided by Bows and Ribbons Photography
  • Exclusively for Happy Maternity Avery Dove Nursing Bralette customers
  • Limited session slots are available

An option to have nursing photographs taken.

If you’re interested in booking your “Happy Mommy & Me” session, just drop us an email at hello@bowsandribbons.photo together with a copy of your Happy Maternity receipt.

Do remember to include some information about yourself, your contact details, as well as the age of your baby.

Terms and conditions apply.

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What’s a Fresh48 session anyway?

As newborn photographers (and new parents), we’ve come to realise a bittersweet truth about babies. But happily, we think we may have found a way to face it.


Those wrinkly toes.  

It’s a widely accepted fact: Babies do more growing in their first year than at any other point of their lives. That’s a lot of growing up in just 12 short months. A newborn baby changes so rapidly in the days and weeks after birth that if you blinked, you’d probably have missed some adorable little development. Another “fun” fact we learnt was that babies easily double in size and weight in their first 4 or 5 months, before slowing down a little bit after that. 

While all this talk about growing may be music to the ears of new parents who constantly worry whether their baby is drinking or eating enough for his or her age (those upper percentiles may not mean much but can awaken a competitive streak in new parents!), it isn’t great from our point of view as baby photographers.

This bittersweet truth—that babies grow too darn fast—is what inspired us, as newborn photographers, to offer Baby Milestone sessions which allow mummies and daddies to capture their little one’s developmental and growth milestones starting from about 2 months of age. But what about before, like wayyyy before. Do babies not grow and change relentlessly from the moment they are born?

The truth is, they absolutely do change, a lot, in just those first few hours! But there’s no reason not to have some photographs taken while mummy and daddy are just chilling in the hospital ward for a few days. That’s what our Fresh48 Session is for.

What exactly is a Fresh48 session, you may be wondering? Is it a newborn session done at the hospital? And are there props and backdrops and makeup involved? Well, it’s a hospital session where we aim to capture all the joy, tenderness and affection that new mummies and daddies are just brimming with after meeting their little bundle(s) just a few hours ago. We’ve been there, and it is definitely a feeling that’s difficult to describe.

Mummy’s instant bond with her new baby,

With a Fresh48 Session, we think we’re helping relieve some of the pressure to remember everything, and everyone; the way your brand new baby looked hours after birth, the wrinkly skin, those first few grimaces and smiles babies make as they take in the world around. And of course, there are the new parents: the admiring eyes of daddy, mummy’s instant bond with her new baby, and the way new parents oh-so-gently caress and snuggle their newborn

We also love capturing the unrestraint expressions of glee of older children when they meet their new sibling, and gushing grandparents are a welcomed addition, too!

We’re really maxing out our vocabularies here trying to describe the feelings surrounding a baby’s arrival. Maybe words don’t do enough justice. Photographs really are an easier and more expressive way of remembering those important first few hours with baby at the hospital. As trite as the saying may be, pictures really do paint a thousand words.

Fresh48 Sessions are offered exclusively to Bows and Ribbons Photography clients who book a newborn session with us. They are not presently available as standalone sessions.

Written by Timothy Fernandez 

© Copyright 2019 Bows and Ribbons Photography

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