Aarika Lee

If you’ve ever stopped by Aarika Lee’s Instagram page, you’ll find beautiful snaps that showcase her family, made up of husband and rapper Kevin Lester, aka The Lion City Boy, and their two beautiful children, Zola Mae, six, and Ari Jon, four.

The modern multi-hyphenate mum — she’s a musician, artist, entrepreneur, and co-founder as well as marketing director of local branding agency Elementary Co. — clues us in on her secret; you don’t need a fancy camera. Aarika uses the iPhone to snap her photos.

Image credit: Apple Singapore

This Saturday (Dec 12), she’ll be conducting a virtual session together with Apple, to show just how you can snap gorgeous family portraits with the iPhone, too. It’s part of Apple’s ongoing ‘Make Your Holiday’ program that hosts virtual sessions for families to attend for free, from now till Dec 31.

It also comprises the Project Book, which has an arsenal of fun and easy-to-do projects that both you and the kiddos can enjoy together. It’s essentially a Pages document comprising inline links, and has creative ideas and step-by-step instructions to help users create posters, family portraits, gratitude journals, emoji quilts, greeting cards, gift cards, and more.

You can register for Aarika’s session here, and check out upcoming virtual sessions on Apple’s website.

Below, we also got Aarika to share more on her festive plans, top tips for shooting stylish family portraits, and favourite photo moments.

How will you and your family be spending Christmas?

Aarika Lee (AL): Where do I begin! Christmas is a festival in our household. We spend every Christmas season with our families. I guess the first big celebration starts on Christmas Eve and honestly lasts right into January. We fully claim the twelve days of Christmas for celebrations!

Where and how were some of your favourite family portraits captured?

AL: They were all taken at home. It’s also extra special to us because it marks a year of us moving into our own home. The first night we slept in our beds here was Christmas Eve of last year! How quickly the year has passed. All photos were shot on my iPhone 12 Pro Max, which made it even easier to shoot at home — no need for any extra equipment to produce beautiful photos.

The #crazyrichasians are back.⁠

A spin-off movie from 2018’s blockbuster hit 'Crazy Rich Asians' is in the works. And this time, it'll zoom in on the romance of two fan-favourite characters: Astrid Leong (played by Gemma Chan) and Charlie Wu (played by Harry Shum Jr).⁠

Read more about it in the #linkinbio. We can't wait!⁠

Photo: @gemmachan⁠

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When it comes to bak chang, are you Team Traditional or are you in search of new and unique flavours? ⁠

For those who veer towards classics, we've got a roundup of the best spots to get your rice dumplings this year, from Teochew to Nyonya and Hong Kong-style options.⁠

Photo: @KimChooKuehChang⁠

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How do you protect your child against pornography? Should you stop them from befriending strangers on the Internet?⁠

Protecting children from online harm can be a struggle for parents, especially those who lack knowledge of the latest games and apps.

We got some questions answered by a panel of professionals at the Sunlight Alliance for Action’s first webinar, which addressed parental concerns over online harm.⁠

For good practices on keeping your child safe on the Internet, head to the #linkinbio. ⁠

Photo: 123RF⁠

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It's comforting, belly-warming and a heady mix of unami broth with rice and oftentimes, seafood.

If you're hankering for Pao Fan that hits the spot, tap #linkinbio for 10 of the best places in Singapore.

Photo: @zuiteochewcuisine

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Fun fact: Did you know Rebecca Lim has a double degree in Accountancy and Law?

She's of the most famous faces in Singapore's entertainment scene. Yet, despite being in the public eye for so many years, there are still things to learn about the TV sweetheart and advertiser's darling.

For 16 facts to know about the down-to-earth star >> tap the link in bio.

Photo: @limrebecca

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Think weekends are boring? There's more to do in Singapore than you actually think, like this rug-tufting workshop at art studio Studio An!

And you can discover a lot more fun activities on local lifestyle concierge @wegonative.

To find out what else Native has in store, head to the #linkinbio.

Photo: @studioan.space

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Marriage takes work. Especially for celeb couples, whose romances face more scrutiny from the public eye than your typical couple.

But these stars (like Qi Yuwu and Joanne Peh) have survived it all and are still going strong. Did someone say #marriagegoals?

Tap link in bio for all the loving celebrity duos that have us dreamy-eyed. 💓💓

Photo: @joannepeh

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It's International Tea Day! 🍵🧋

Apart from sipping on the beloved beverage, there are lots of other ways to enjoy tea – including in the form of a sweet treat like these Earl Grey pancakes from @punch.gram.

For all the places to find delish Earl Grey tea-flavoured delights, check out the link in bio.

Photo: @punch.gram

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Seatbelts on! For young thrillseekers, @kf1kartingcircuit has kiddy tracks at both The Singapore Expo and The Star Vista that'll get their adrenaline pumping (height requirements apply). 🏁⁠

Psst: We've also got a round-up of 24 fun June holiday activities that the young ones will love. Head to the link in bio.⁠

Video: @kf1kartingcircuit⁠

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@badgalriri is now a mum! 🎊

Rihanna and her boyfriend @asaprocky have welcomed a baby boy – she reportedly gave birth last Friday on May 13, 2022.


Photo: @fentybeauty

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Would you stay with a man who lost all his money?⁠

Zoey Sin’s partner lost his entire life savings in a cruel scam in Singapore. ⁠

Now the Head of Operations at Ascend Marketing as well as a wife and mother of a one-year-old daughter, she shares about the challenging situations she faced, if she ever considered leaving her partner due to his money problems, and how they got through the tough times.⁠

Tap the #linkinbio to read her story. ⁠

Photo: Zoey Sin⁠

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Sweet, sour, salty and umami, the assam laksa is one of the must-try dishes of Penang, Malaysia.⁠

But without leaving Singapore, you too can tuck into delicious tangy assam laksa. Head to the #linkinbio for 10 places to get the most slurp-worthy options.

Photo: @penangculture⁠

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Laksa, mochi dough, and even bak kut teh — we've rounded up some of the most unique rice dumplings or bak zhang this year to surprise your loved ones this Dragon Boat Festival.⁠

Tap #linkinbio to check out what's new.⁠

Photo: Shangri-La Singapore⁠

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What made Fann Wong and Christopher Lee return from a holiday in Maldives after just one day?⁠

The reason why will melt your heart. Christopher shared the funny but touching story in his new talk show Dishing With Chris Lee — or you can tap the #linkinbio to find out why.⁠

Photo: @fannaiaiwong⁠

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The cat’s out of the bag.⁠
Season 3 of Bridgerton is in the works, and the focus will shift to the budding romance between Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) and Colin Bridgerton (Luke Newton).⁠

Click the link in bio for what we know about season three so far.⁠

Photo: @nicolacoughlan⁠

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Getting ready to pack our bags because Japan's calling! 🇯🇵

Singaporeans will soon be able to travel to Japan (from this month!) for leisure on selected package tours. PS: you'll also have to be triple-vaxxed and have medical insurance.

Head to the link in bio for all the deets.

Photo: via @visitjapanjp/ Mugen Photography

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What’s your best photography tip when it comes to shooting kids and family portraits?

AL: Have fun. Have a plan but don’t sweat it too much if it doesn’t go as planned. When the kids are happy, everything else usually falls into place. But I would recommend being fast! And always use the Live photo function on the iPhone. At least it guarantees you a couple of good shots even if your kids move! I also love using Portrait mode especially for family shots, it really makes the subject of the photo pop from the background.