My Super Glam Maternity Shoot at Fab Studio!
By Denise Chua | June 3, 2018
UPDATE (3 Mar 2019): Please note that Fab Studio has been temporarily closed since 12 Dec 2018.
After 2 years of trying for a baby, I am finally pregnant with my first! Excited, I wanted to document this precious motherhood journey with a couple of “studio family shots” that I could print out for our baby scrap book. At 34 weeks, I got what I thought I wanted with a paid maternity shoot (includes 5 soft copies) purchased at the baby fair.
In a plot twist, on the exact day I did my paid maternity shoot, Owner/Photographer Misa Chow from Fab Studio Photography found me on Instagram and offered to sponsor me... yet another Maternity Shoot! LOL! Should I? It's free but do I really need more photos of my tummy?
Before deciding, I browsed through Fab Studio Photography’s Maternity Gallery and found myself attracted to the elaborate back-drops and beautiful maternity costumes, which weren’t available at the previous studio I was with. At this point, my vanity was already screaming at me to accept her invitation! A mum can have more than one maternity shoot and she needs some glamorous shots of her while pregnant!
But wait, I need to calm down and check if there are any catches first! Being my suspicious self, I was worried about being used as a bait to lure unwitting customers to fuel hard-sell tactics. So I googled. Finally, the little paragraph below extinguished all my misgivings.
We have a clear price list and without hidden charge. More importantly, we don't hard sell! We let you choose photos from home and you can purchase any photo you like without pressure. - quoted from Fab Studio Website
And let me tell you (from experience), being able to choose the photos you want at home is a HUGE perk! Obviously, you won't be pressured to buy more but there are also other advantages-
(1) Save travel time to the studio just for photo choosing.
(2) Choose photos in the comfort of your home at any time and you can take as long as you like to choose. You can even get the opinions of your friends and family before you decide! If you choose at the studio, you have to make an appointment and will have decide which photos you want within a short period of time.
(3) There will not be any mistake about which are your selected photos because you can always compare the high resolution photos files with the low resolution files sent to you for choosing.
About The Maternity Shoot
So I accepted Fab Studio Photography's offer and took these super glam shots when I was 35 weeks pregnant! By the way, some of the below shots are unedited (except for lighting), can you tell them apart?
Frankly, Misa really exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds! Although I am much older and chubbier than I was 8 years ago when I got married, I am surprised that I look more sexy and glamorous in these shots than in my pre-wedding shots! In fact, after I posted a couple of these photos on social media, EVERY friend that I met subsequently complimented me on those shots. I don't think that happened when I posted my pre-wedding photos 8 years back.
Taking this maternity shoot also gave me a much needed boost of confidence! As I advance along in my pregnancy, I saw less and less appeal in myself. It was hard to see myself as being beautiful when I sported a big balloon in front of me and can no longer fit into pretty/sexy clothes. But suddenly, here I am in the limelight, wearing beautiful costumes and asked to flaunt my tummy instead of hiding it! Judging from the adoring looks my husband sent me during the shoot, I secretly think this shoot may even have helped remind him of my sex appeal! So mummies, if you are now considering whether to splurge on this maternity shoot, go for it!
Experience-wise, the 2-hour shoot was really enjoyable for me. My husband joined me but since it was a maternity shoot, the focus was mostly on me and he was only invited for some of the shots. In his downtime, he was either snapping photos of me from the sidelines or helping me to change into my costumes/high heels.
He also got to assist in this shot by throwing the ends of my dress to create this flowy look!
As with any good maternity photographer, Misa pays attention to her client’s safety. So while she may suggest certain poses for effect, she will quickly gauge if they are safe and manageable for the mummy before proceeding.
Being a soft-spoken and demure lady, Misa will subtly guide you on how to pose, always with a smile. So don't worry if you are not used to posing. Not all of us are born-models! However, she is not the kind to crack jokes or chat with you when shooting (she will only chat during your styling). During the shoot, she is very focused on how to secure your best angle so that you look glamorous and beautiful.
Misa also seems to be a creative personality who decides at the moment the best type of shots to take of you. I like that since it means that my shots are customized. But my engineer husband found Misa to be less organized compared to the photographer who took our first maternity shoot. (That lady seemed to have all the shots she wants to take all mapped out systematically.)
He also felt that at this shoot, he had lesser screen-time in front of the camera compared to our first one. Personally, I am okay with this because I am the lead. Haha! But if you prefer a more husband-oriented or even children-oriented maternity shoot, just let Misa know beforehand. Anyway, after we saw the photos, all his concerns melted away.
About Fab Studio Photography and Owner/Photographer Misa Chow
Misa is the owner cum photographer at Fab Studio Photography. She has 10 years of photography experience. She specializes in Maternity and Glamour Shoots but also does family/corporate portraits, newborn shoots, engagement and pre-wedding event photography.
Fab Studio Photography is located conveniently in the southern part of Singapore near Outram Park MRT Station. The studio is situated on the second level of a shophouse (above Apiary Cafe) and benefits from abundant natural lighting, which Misa takes full advantage of.
Within the spacious and welcoming studio, there is a proper changing room cum toilet, a make-up area and numerous fancy back-drops. In addition to these back-drops, after-effects (see above photo) can also be added post-shoot to add more variety and uniqueness to your shots.
About The Maternity Package
(1) Price: S$550 Nett (Weekdays), S$600 Nett (Weekends)
- At least 3-4 outfits for lady.
Currently, you can choose from over 30 maternity outfits of various styles (Classy/ Sexy/ Casual) and colours. Periodically, new costumes are also added to the growing collection. So for maternity shoots, you will only need to bring underwear, nude/strapless bra or tube top and heels (optional).
- 1 lady's make-up and hairdo.
From my experience (comparing my own paid maternity shoot and Fab Studio’s maternity shoot), professional styling (vs doing my own make-up) makes a lot of difference to the results of the shoot.
- Dad and children are welcomed to join the maternity shoot.
While you may assume that a maternity shoot is only for Mummy, it is not. For most studios, Daddy and children are encouraged to join in the shoot. While this is optional if Daddy is really not keen, having Daddy join in makes the experience more fun and memorable. And essentially, you will be getting a maternity cum family shoot (except that the focal point is your tummy). It’s killing two birds with one stone!
- 20 professionally touched-up photos in high-resolution photo files.
The price of Fab Studio does look intimidating at first. But if you consider that Fab Studio includes make-up, costumes and 20 touched up photos instead of 5 (that’s the number of photos included for my own paid maternity shoot), Fab Studio’s pricing is pretty reasonable. And really, securing at least 20 photos is necessary because all the photos are so beautifully taken!
- 2 hour studio session (excludes make-up and hair-do time).
For your reference, 2 hours will yield roughly 150 photos. Exact number will depend on how fast you change, the number of costumes used and how good you are at posing in front of the camera. Personally, I smile very naturally but is not very good at striking sexy or demure poses but Misa coached me well.
(3) Add Ons:
- Extra untouched up photo file $10
- Extra touched up photo file $20
- All untouched-up photo files $200
- Photo canvas 30cm x 40cm $150
- Photo canvas 40cm x 60cm $300
- Artistic photo album 14 x 20cm $60
- Artistic photo album 20 x 28 cm $100
- Desktop photo frame 18cm x 27cm $50
(4) Typical Delivery Timeline:
- Time between Photo-shoot and Availability of Photos for Client to Choose for Professionally Edit: 3 to 5 days
- Time between Choosing of Photos to Delivery of Final Professionally Edited Photos: 5 to 7 days
- Time between Confirmation of Professionally Edited Photos to Delivery of Canvas/Prints (if any): 7 to 14 days depending on the type of product
Special Promo Code For You! (Valid Till 30 June 2018)
Keen to sign up with Fab Studio Photography? If you are, quote “Miss Teatime” for 10% Off ANY Photography Packages (Maternity/ Glamour/ Baby/ Family/ Corporate/ Engagement/ Pre-Wedding)! Offer only valid till 30 June 2018!
Disclaimer: The author was provided a free maternity shoot by Fab Studio Photography in exchange for her honest opinion. No other compensation was provided.
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