Journey Through Motherhood with Love, Bonito’s Rachel

March 18, 2021 / Editorial

In the month of December last year, we reconnected with Rachel of Love, Bonito since our short stint of assisting with production in their previous office space. In the last five years, we have watched the growth of Love, Bonito into what it is today, and followed on her journey of her beautiful marriage with Leonard, and the both of them starting a family together.

Just like what we had last remembered, Rachel is warm and engaging. Their home is beautifully decorated with very tasteful ornaments and pictures of themselves and their loved ones through the different stages of their lives. Through the coffee table talks we exchanged during interval breaks of the shoot, we would describe the both of them as grounded and personable, and they have this quiet strength in tandem while taking turns in caring for baby Oliver.

Rachel was our inspiration behind the idea of ‘Dearest’, as we wanted to be able to offer more than just stills. We wanted to be able
to offer the gift of a time capsule in a film for Oliver. Hence, we boldly invited Rachel to pen a letter together with Leonard, and being able to document their family in this intimate setting was humbling for us.

Amidst Rachel’s busy schedule, we managed to steal a moment for a little catch up while she navigates this initial stage of motherhood with a fashion empire in tow.



1 – How are you adjusting into your new role as a mother?

Ollie is heading into his 10th week as I write this and I’ve been struggling especially with the nights and coping with work. I hope to be able to find my rhythm soon! One thing I’ve discovered about myself this month, hmm – I guess it would be that I’ve underestimated the importance of sufficient rest!! Haha

2 – Share with us one of your favourite things about Ollie.

His love for the outdoors and nature! One thing that is a sure-way to calm him down whenever he is fussy is to bring him to our balcony where he can listen to the sound of nature – of wind blowing against the trees and the sound of waterfall.

3 – Can you describe a typical day in your shoes, now that you are a mother?

It’s been varying so much according to the stage of development Ollie is at! But overall, I spend my day at work, pumping every 3-4 hours, squeezing in some play time in between, and the evening and nights are spent caring for Ollie till the next morning.

4 – What are some of the steps you have taken or planning to take, to balance work and your family?

Being very aware about how I am struggling or succeeding in coping, making necessary changes whenever needed to ensure that I do not drop any ball that cannot afford to be dropped in this season!

5 – What is your advice for female entrepreneurs who are planning to start a family?

Strong support both at work and at home is crucial! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and be very aware of how we are doing mentally and emotionally.

Checklist Before Engaging a Photographer / Videographer

January 5, 2021 / Photography

Engaging a photographer and/or videographer for your wedding is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning. Stills and films are the only tangible memories- things that can preserve the stories of your big and something for you to enjoy afterwards, so you may want to engage someone who can immortalise the day best.

We understand that looking for the right photographer or videographer can be overwhelming, especially with other preparations that you need to go through before your wedding day. You may not know what to look for, and therefore we have listed several things that you should take note of before engaging a photographer or videographer.

1 – Browse their portfolios

Every photographer has their own aesthetic style, so please take your time to look through their portfolios to see if their photography style is in line with what you want to achieve.
For instance, we specialise in timeless, light-filled imagery. We make it a point to document you as you are in your comfortable state. We work on the colours of our images, and we process them in black and white according to our artistic judgement. We are not retouchers, therefore we do not overdo skin or body parts enhancements.

2 – Check on their availability and lead time for return

Do check with them regarding their availability on the day of your wedding/event. Some dates are popular and we suggest you to send an enquiry few months prior your wedding/event. For engagement/prewedding, maternity and family sessions, it is also important to check how long will they need to deliver your images/videos, as this will give you an idea on when you should do the shoot.
If you are looking to engage a videographer and would like to do a Same Day Edit (SDE) highlight, please check with them how long do they need to get your video ready so you can see if it works with your timeline.
Here at Smittenpixels Co., the lead time for the return would be approximately 8 weeks for photos and 12 weeks for videos. For SDE, we need around 2-3 hours to get your video ready.

3 – Check on their package inclusions

You need to be clear on what is included in their packages (for example: how long is the session, how many images/videos will you get, etc.). You have to check if there are any add-ons to take note of, just in case your event runs late or if you need a secondary photographer/videographer.
We at don’t cap the amount of images to be returned to our clients. Everyone is unique, and the event of the day unfolds differently, so the amount of images may vary. An approximate gauge would be 30-40 images per hour. We also would like you to understand that we don’t return unedited images as we only want you to receive the best works from us. Do trust us that we will do our best to return as many images as we can to you.
We also included prints in our photography packages (unless stated otherwise), as we believe in tangible memories and we would like you to be able to have a traditional form of media to preserve your moments.
For videography, you will receive a final edit of your engagement or actual day wedding.

4 – Be clear on how to confirm your booking

As every photographer has different Terms & Conditions on how to go about your booking, please make sure that you understand their T&Cs before confirming your booking.
If you are keen to engage us, a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required to reserve your date.

Wedding Trends for 2021

November 4, 2020 / Editorial

The Coronavirus situation had a profound effect on how couples decide to celebrate their new beginnings. It has also given rise to new challenges in wedding planning and redefined the meaning of marriage celebration as well.

1 – Intimate weddings

When the Coronavirus first hit, many weddings were postponed following government regulations. Although now Covid-19 restrictions have slowly eased up, not all couples are scaling back up their receptions. Some of them are still sticking to smaller scale celebrations.

2 – Virtual planning

In 2020, we have experienced a rise in technology use during wedding planning; Zoom weddings, vendors offering virtual packages and online invitations. This trend will continue to grow and result in new technology for future planning experiences. We are looking at virtual tours for wedding locations, virtual try-ons, virtual invitations, the use of wedding websites, and many more.

3 – Personal / sentimental stationeries

“I think that, as a whole, weddings will have an even deeper meaning; an extra layer to the day where there is a moment to stop and reflect on the events of the past 12 months and to be grateful for good health and safety, to honour the opportunity of finally being able to celebrate with loved ones,” says Claire Berry, founder of event designer Perfect Cartel.
2021 weddings will reflect more on intimacy and focus on guest experience. Thoughtful customised stationeries are going to flourish well.

4 – Pastel palette

Pastel colours are predicted to be huge and replace the traditional blush and ivory colour palette. Pastel shades bring out more personal and relaxed wedding vibes. Picture tones of lilac, pastel pink and peach in wedding planning moodboards.

5 – Local prewedding photography and honeymoon staycation experiences

With travel restrictions still in place, local exploration is on the rise. Couples are making the most of their celebration by going local for their engagement/prewedding shoots and honeymoons. Staycations will be popular, and we are looking at more engagement sessions held in conjunction with getaway staycations.
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