When it comes to family photoshoots, it’s not uncommon for parents to rely on indoor options—such as within the confines of the home or a studio—as it is much easier to watch over your little ones when in a safe, enclosed space. However, there are unique qualities in having your photoshoot outdoors that can’t be achieved within the four walls, giving outdoor photoshoots an undeniable charm.
Take your family photoshoots outdoors and let the touch of natural lighting and fresh air make your photoshoot experience an ultra-memorable one. Though it requires more coordination and energy, the final product is definitely worth the effort. To make your job easier, we’ve gathered a few recommended outdoor locations in Singapore that are perfect for family or maternity photoshoots!
#1 Gardens By The Bay
Gardens By The Bay is certainly unrivalled as one of the most scenic outdoor locations in Singapore. Whether at daylight or nightfall, the spread of lush greenery, Supertrees, and the accompanying city skyline guarantee a stunning backdrop for your photoshoot. The best part is that you don’t even have to worry about battling the heat for that ideal photo as Gardens By The Bay is home to two fully air-conditioned domes, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Dome, that can help you achieve the same outdoor, botanical effect. There are also plenty of kid-friendly spots within the attraction, such as the Children’s Garden by Far East Organisation and a Children’s Garden Café, perfect for you to extend your family photoshoot into a full-fledged family day out.
#2 Singapore Botanic Gardens
Before the opening of Gardens By The Bay, the Singapore Botanic Gardens was truly an embodiment of Singapore’s “garden in the city” concept. Since a significant amount of human traffic has been redirected to Gardens By The Bay, it has rendered the Botanic Gardens more tranquil, and much like a peaceful natural haven away from the bustle of the city. The Botanic Gardens does not fall short of abundant flora and fauna for your shoot, and if you’re lucky, you may even receive an unexpected appearance of feathery wildlife like swans and ducks! Make sure to get a shot at the fairytale-like Bandstand pavilion—the whimsical atmosphere surrounding the structure has made it a hotspot for proposals and wedding shoots as it’s sure to add a dreamy pink glow to your photos. There are also spots for fish- and terrapin-feeding if you’re thinking of candid photo ideas with your little ones!
#3 Marina Barrage
If you desire a more free-spirited and open concept for your photoshoot, the Marina Barrage offers an unobstructed view of the sky and city skyline, coupled with stretches of wide grassy space. The airy and exposed location makes it ideal to capture liberated moments of you and your child running freely, or engaging in activities like picnic and kite-flying. There’s also a water playground within the facility complete with a wading pool, water fountains, and playful jets of water—perfect for water-themed shoots!
#4 Marina Bay Promenade
Marina Bay Promenade meshes Singapore’s dazzling skyline, classic Victorian Renaissance-inspired Fullerton Hotel architecture, futuristic helix bridge, and the emblematic Singapore Merlion to form a splendid backdrop for a “city life” concept shoot. Rather than to express the beauty of nature and greenery, a photoshoot at the Marina Bay Promenade shows off the sleek developments of a world-class city, with a touch of Singapore heritage. While you’re at it with the photoshoot, you can even pop by the ArtScience Museum to tour its exhibitions with your child, or go for a quick bite at the DC Comics Super Heroes café inside The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.
#5 Telok Blangah Hill Park
If you fancy a laidback, natural photoshoot concept, head to the serene Telok Blangah Hill Park. Sandwiched between the more recognized Hort Park and Mount Faber, Telok Blangah Hill is an underrated, quiet escapade away from the hiking crowd. Enjoy some uninterrupted family or couple time as you engage in your photoshoot. The highlight of the park is no doubt the Terrace Garden. Consisting of rows of semi-circular terraces overlooking the neighbouring harbourfront areas, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Singapore for you and your family, and sets a lovely, sentimental mood for your photoshoot.
#6 East Coast Park
For those staying in the East, East Coast Park is one prime location to consider if you don’t desire to travel far for your family photoshoots. Stretches of the sky, sand, and sea make the place excellent for tropical, beach-themed photoshoots. If you’re seeking for a mix of both the beach and botanics, a Bougainvillea Garden packed with vibrant blooms is within the vicinity, automatically setting a gorgeous floral backdrop for your shots! Family bikes are also available for rent to serve as handy props for a more sporty photoshoot concept.
#7 Chinese Garden
For those who live in the West, we recommend Chinese Garden—a nostalgic place lined with aesthetics reminiscent of old China and Japan. Plenty of photo-worthy pagodas and Chinese imperial architecture can help you achieve an authentic, Oriental vibe for your photoshoot without having to leave the country. Moreover, you can bring your little ones to check out the Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum.
#8 Punggol Waterway Park
Punggol is the new go-to spot for families with its wide array of family- and kid-friendly restaurants and facilities, such as the Punggol Waterway Park. Conduct your family photoshoot while being surrounded by a picturesque waterway lined with leafy greenery. The Adventure Bridge overlooking the waterway also makes an aesthetic prop for your shots. Situated just a stone’s throw away from Punggol Waterway Point, you can enjoy the rest of your family day out within the confines of the fully kid-friendly mall.
#9 Tuas Lalang Fields
Did you know that in off-the-beaten tracks of Tuas lies a hidden lalang field? Feel the soft tickle of lalang that grows as high as your shoulders and allow the seemingly never-ending field of ivory create a toasty glow that adds a sense of warmth and coziness to your shots. The vast, vacant field is not widely known, thus making it the ideal spot for a refreshing family or couple day out. Here’s a tip: the field looks best at sunset!
#10 Emerald Hill + Joo Chiat
To add a pop of colour to your family photos, drop by Emerald Hill and Koon Seng Road at Joo Chiat—both famous for their Peranakan-style shophouses. These historical gems within the city are vibrant and filled with old-school charm, making your photos look lively yet with a certain element of nostalgia and sentiment. There’s even a vertical playground called Wallholla at Joo Chiat where you can bring your kids to after the shoot!
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