A couple of weeks ago, Cloud Productions invited Bubsicles to experience their D.I.Y Professional Selfie Studio.
The concept of a selfie studio sounded interesting. How it works is that you book your 30-minute time slot in advance and head down to their pop-up studio at Bugis Cube. There, you can select your preferred backdrop from a trio of either green, yellow or grey. An array of props in various themes are provided – masks, pirate kits, sparkly wands and tiaras, pompoms, cute comic-style speech bubbles and the random minion from Despicable Me – just grab what you like and gear up. Pose for the camera and shoot unlimited selfies with the remote control provided. At the end of 30 minutes, Cloud Productions burns all your photos onto a DVD and hands it to you on the spot. All for $30 per session.
Like most parents, I have close to 2,000 photos of my children taken and stored on my mobile phone – and this is AFTER weeding out the Cannot Make It (CMI) shots.
Like most parents, photos of the whole family together – including myself – probably account for less than 1% of these.
I deduced that Cloud Productions’ selfie studio would be a great opportunity to finally snap some decent family photos for ourselves.
We had arranged with Cloud Productions in advance over email to take our photos against the sunny yellow backdrop and coordinated our family outfits to suit our choice of backdrop. The girls were excited at the sight of the props and gamely experimented with a variety of different hats and headgear. The staff angled the camera to frame our shots nicely (no easy feat considering that we had fit 2 adults and 2 Very Small Humans into the same frame), demonstrated how to use the remote to point, click, shoot and view the captured image on the screen in front of us.
Sounded easy enough. Great! We were off to a good start!
Or so we thought.
A few minutes into the shoot, things started to run amok. The kids were either insistent on donning mismatched props from completely opposite themes, or were fighting over the same item.
It didn’t help that we had to allow for a 10-second interval between each shot for the camera to capture, generate the image for viewing, then get ready for the next shot. 10-seconds is all it takes for one kid to run out of frame and the other to start pulling on the backdrop.
*tears at hair*
Nonetheless, we persevered in getting our coveted family photos by cajoling, pacifying, sweet-talking and bribing the little models to PLEASE take a photo with mummy and daddy PLEASE? (Yes, we may or may not have used “please” twice within the same sentence. It may or may not have been deployed out of pure desperation.)
Nevermind that the shots started losing their themes after while. We just went with whatever props the girls dragged into the picture (and across the fragile paper backdrop…. arrrrggh!)
We focused on getting everyone to keep still and smile brightly – eventually emerged from the shoot with some nice selfies for the family album. Hooray!
Our main takeaway from the selfie studio experience is that it’s a fun, quick and inexpensive way to get some professional studio shots – provided the models can hold a pose. This makes the selfie concept more suitable for families with older children, classmates of school-going age, teenage cliques and couples. While Cloud Productions’ pop-up selfie studio has ended its month-long run at Bugis Cube, Chief Photographer Irene Kuok explained that the studio would continue to offer photography services with creative studio concepts at future pop-up locations. So do look out for these sessions on Cloud Productions’ Facebook page.
For families with imps, excuse me, young children, I would recommend engaging the studio’s photographers for a professional photography session. Cloud Productions specialises in outdoor photography and recommends shooting on location outdoors to take advantage of the natural settings and soft natural light. The Children & Family Portrait Photoshoot is priced at $250 and includes up to 2 hours of shoot time, approximately 60 photos, post-processing services including basic retouching and enhancements, and hi-res images in JPG, which will be mailed to you by post within a month.
Besides family shoots, Cloud Productions also offers graduation, wedding, maternity and newborn photography and video services.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary selfie studio session for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own.