If you follow mummy Daphne Erokhin’s Instagram account @daphneerokhin, you’ll admire how she has a knack for taking gorgeous photos of her daughters Naomi, eight, and Skyler, four.
Previously, she had shared photography tips, such as lighting and composition, with Young Parents.
In this follow-up, she lets us in on 10 of her favourite Instagrammable places to shoot with kids in Singapore.
Many of these locations are based on where I frequent with my girls. We live in the East, so naturally quite a few of the locations mentioned are on this side of the island.
We don’t always travel to a specific location just for a shot; I find that it can be fun or exciting to discover a new Instagram-worthy spot you’re heading to for other reasons!
Natural light plays a huge part in my choices for what I consider a good location. Some other factors include high walls, symmetry and geometric shapes in backgrounds.
Ever since its revamp, this has become one of the family places to hang out in the East. We head there every weekend for Naomi’s K-pop dance class, and will usually spend the day there before heading back.
Here are some locations you can explore within Downtown East:
High wall and glass windows in front of D’Marquee
Walls near and within multi-storey carpark (yay for solid coloured walls!)
Staircase area next to Aranda carpark
While in the area: Head to Wild Wild Wet for some splashing good fun, or have playdates with friends at the indoor playground Tayo Station. We also go to the arcade once in a while to have some fun. Catch movies at the cinema or simply head to the KTV for some family karaoke fun.
We’ve yet to try the new Go Kart Fun, and indoor skating rink Hi-Roller, but we intend to do so soon.
From fast food, food court, cafes, food kiosks to restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choices for meals.
Singapore’s world-class airport, which boasts beautiful architecture and design, is definitely a great place for that #ootd shot. The new Jewel Changi already looks to be the most Instagrammable place at the airport, but before that came along, my favourite has to be Terminal 3.
Just turn right from the Departure drop-off, you will see a bright, high ceiling space that seems like a straight path to a lift lobby. This area is blessed with gorgeous natural light streaming in from the tall glass walls on both sides.
Terminal 3 Departure Hall
If you head towards the MRT in the basement, you will also have more photo opportunities like this:
While in the area: Have a meal at the countless food options, or get some retail therapy right at Terminal 3! There’s a small free public playground at B2 that the kids sometimes play at. Beautiful art installations in the terminals are also an attraction in their own right, like the Kinetic Rain in Terminal 1 that the girls love and more recently, A Million Times in Terminal 2, which we haven’t checked out!
We love the thematic events going on at the airport, such as this Sanrio one which had super kawaii decor.
It’s not often that we head to Orchard Road, but when we do, I try to stop by Orchard Gateway or Emerald Hill area for some photos.
I love the glass overhead bridge. Definitely the perfect place for your #ootd pic.
There are also several pop-art benches like this boot around the mall, but I love this one coupled with rainbow buttons as a backdrop on the first floor, next to one of the exits.
Right next to Orchard Gateway, you can walk a short distance up along Emerald Hill for some more photo opportunities, like this famous red wall.
The shophouses in the area are also intricately beautiful and exude vintage charm.
While in the area: We love visiting the Don Don Donki shop at Orchard Central for some kawaii retail therapy and yummy Japanese snacks for home, and getting home inspiration from Pinterest-worthy Crate & Barrel at Orchard Gateway.
We like to have our food/coffee break at O’Coffee Club located at OG Orchard Point, just about five minutes’ walk away from Emerald Hill. Although it’s not air-conditioned, the cosy cafe is well-ventilated and a great place to relax. Plus, kids eat for free!
Millenia Walk + Suntec City
These two malls have some great photo spots, especially if you are into urban, grey vibes. They are connected via a rooftop bridge. Head to the second floor outdoor area for photos.
Millenia exterior (Level 2)
Water features at its Sky Garden make for a charming background.
Here’s another lovely spot at the Sky Garden.
While in the area: Visit one of the various indoor playgrounds in this area. My kids love Pororo Park at Marina Square, attending their workshops and shows.
Other indoor playgrounds in the area include Polliwogs and Cool De Sac at Suntec City. There is also a small free indoor play area located on the third floor of Tower 3, next to Zoomoov for more kids’ fun.
Joo Chiat Place
The Peranakan shophouses here are so pretty. I especially love this stretch along Joo Chiat Place.
This corner shophouse along Joo Chiat Place and Mangis Road has an old stone bench for that minimalistic vintage shot, too.
Start along 187 Joo Chiat Place and walk towards Lotus @ Joo Chiat, and you will pass by all the shophouses I took photos at.
While in the area: Head to the famed Katong eateries nearby after a photoshoot. Think Hainanese chicken rice, Katong laksa, Peranakan food and a whole lot more. Or head to the malls nearby like I12 Katong or Parkway Parade for even more choices, shopping and activities!
Changi Beach Park
If you want gorgeous nature and beach shots, Changi Beach Park is a real hidden gem. The more known beaches at Sentosa or East Coast are usually crowded. Here, you have more of the beach and nature, and less of everything else.
For these shots, you will want to stop at Car Park 6 along Changi Coast Road and walk towards the tall trees and pavilions (to the right if you are facing the sea).
While in the area: This place is also great if you prefer a quieter park for the kids to zoom around on their scooters or bikes. You can have a picnic here, or rent a BBQ pit along this stretch for a family day out.
Old Parliament Lane
Think of this area as a photo trail of sorts. Start along the Parliament Place (side of National Gallery facing The Arts House).
Door just at the corner of the National Gallery
Cross the road to Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall. The exterior of the building is also great for clean, minimalistic shots.
Continue walking towards Boat Quay and you will see a short stairway outside of Asian Civilisations Museum.
If you want a more modern and urban vibe, head towards the river for backdrops against the CBD or further down in the tunnel under North Bridge Road for wall murals.
While in the area: Visit the museums in the area such as National Gallery and Asian Civilisations Museum for a culture fix or an educational trip for the kids. You can also explore the riverside and pretend to be a tourist for a day – go on a boat ride for fun! We like to walk along the riverside and then head to The Central for lunch. The kids also like playing at The Joy of Toys, an indoor play area with a remarkable selection of toys.
HDB void decks
One of my favourite places to explore for photo-worthy locations are actually HDB void decks! The ones I have featured on my profile are mostly taken at Pasir Ris and Simei as we live in this part of the island.
Our HDB designs usually sport interesting colours and geometric shapes. These make for interesting backgrounds and have so much potential for great photos, but are often overlooked.
Taken at Simei, around Blk 244 near the MRT station.
Taken along Pasir Ris Street 11.
While in the area: Whichever neighbourhood that you decide to explore, you can research on where the playgrounds are at and check them out after some photos! The kids are sure to love exploring new playgrounds.
(Photos: Daphne Erokhin)
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