Home – A Perfect Place – Newborn Photography Singapore

Home – Nesting Place

There is no place like home when its time to nest…

Many Mums and Mum-to-be know that nesting feeling they get just before and after baby is born.  You feel so safe and comfortable in your own home as you adjust to your new little bundle of joy. Many new Mums are also taking care to heal the wounds of labour and c- sections which means they need to stay at home and rest as much as they can. 

This is when you most appreciate that Hart Tan from Tomato Photo can come to your home and work his photography to preserve the memories of your little newborn.

Home – Stress-Free For Newborn Photoshoot

Picture this…. You and your husband just got home from the hospital with your tiny newborn. You know these moments won’t last long and in a matter of weeks your precious bundle will no longer be a newborn.

You are looking forward to your newborn photography session in a couple of days; you are so glad your photographer is willing to do the session in the comfort of your own home, it takes so much of the stress out of taking pictures. That exactly what you want for your baby, a stress free and loving environment as they get to know this new world all around them.

In Confinement? No Problem

Many Mums in Singapore find themselves on confinement and are unable to leave their home for the first month after giving birth for health reasons.  This is also perfect for those who want those newborn shots but don’t want to break the confinement period.  Dads also like the fact that photography can be done at home as they can relax and are more open to those embracing shots with their wife and baby.  Having the shoot at home means total convenience as you have all of babies items and comforts all around you.  Their is no need to pack up that big baby bag and pram and track down a taxi, simple sit on your sofa and let Hart do all the work.

How Long Is The Session?

Time is not a factor. We understand some mums have back to back appointments with the gyn/ob, post-natal massage, or child’s vaccination visits and you don’t have the whole day to spare for newborn photoshoot.

At Tomato Photo, we are perfectionists and this means that Hart will often spend a some time at your home until he captures the right shot of your new little love (usually 1.5-2 hours).  Sufficient time that you can feed, change and burp baby so that they are happy little posers.  Our home sessions are all about comfort, family and bonding which can be achieved in this stress free environment

Looking at these images its hard to believe that we are not in a studio….

Its all about memories, one day your now grown up baby can see where and how you lived at the time of their birth…..

Tomato Photo will create a relaxing and peaceful environment in the comfort of your own home while you simply relax and enjoy the show.

Client will get our signature Fine Art newborn photography as well as the lifestyle newborn photography with the family. Here are the 5 different variations of styles you will get from one session.

Last but not least…  clients testimonial from both Mom & Dad for Hart’s work just tells you why he is always highly sought after…


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Portraits – We Keep It Classic, A Style That Never Dates

Since 2008, Tomato Photo’s portrait style had been people focused, classic, simple and natural. We want you to see the person in the photo first. 

So many photographers like to claim that they have their own unique style.  Most will trade this style in for the latest trends and fashionable creations. 

As a successful photographer I believe in believing in yourself and your skill set. Sticking to what your heart knows best and recognizing your strengths and style. 

I love meeting people, I am intrigued by kid’s curiousity, their behaviour, why they do what they do. I observe, I pre-empt and I anticipate. That’s how I get to to capture the moments and expressions that parents didn’t know existed. Capturing the portrait of the person. No distractions from fancy props and what not, just you.

At Tomato Photo we focus on continuing to make our style a stand out classic. 

Most clients tell us that there is something in our photos that they like but not quite sure what… They feel comfortable looking at the photos, they can relate and they look real. We presume what they mean is the ‘natural’ness’  in our photos.

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No Cheesy Poses;

No Outdated Props or

Forced smiles. 

Just you being you.

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As the years have gone on, we believe that Tomato Photo has remained stead fast in their approach, quality and style.  Most of our clients choose us because of our style and strong brand.  Give us a call to book in your shoot  with us.  Let us use our skills to capture your family in this precious moment in time.  Call or Whatsapp our studio at +6588580088 to make a booking.


5 Reasons For Doing A Pet Family Photoshoot in Studio or On-Location

Over my long career of photographing families, the term pet family photoshoot kept popping up.

Maybe because Pet Photography has established itself as another genre of its own and the thought of combining pet photography and family photography started to manifest itself.

I have had many families asking me if they can include their pet dog or cats in their Family Portrait Session. The answer would definitely be “Sure! Bring them along!!!”

Not only are your dogs a huge part of your family, they are also one of your key members. They are companions, they are playmates, they have strong bond to the family members. They certainly add to the dynamics to any family shoot.

I got to learn about the term ‘fur kid’ only couple of years ago through an incoming email asking if I welcome ‘fur kids’. That was when I had to google to find out what it meant… LOL..

The only pet I had was having and breeding lots of fish when I was a kid. Running around drains catching worms to feed my large supply of fishes. As I left home to further my studies in Australia, I kept an eastern long neck turtle.

Looking back, it seems that the type of pets I have seem to be scaly water type pets. I haven’t had a furry type of pet like a dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig before. So, the term ‘Fur kid’ just didn’t resonate at that point of time.

Nevertheless, as I began to photograph more couples or families with pet dogs or cats, I began to sense the deep connection between the pets, the baby and the family.

The interaction between the baby and the dog are clearly phenomenal…. almost like best buddies.

The laughter and excitement sparkles on the children’s eyes as they interact with their favorite pooch. These interactions are so natural that it helps any photographer capture that perfect shot in any pet family photoshoot. Furthermore, a pet is a great photographers assistant as they relax the environment and create love and connection between the family.

So here is the top 5 reasons why you should be doing your next family shoot with your pet in our studio, at your home or on-location.

1. They are part of your family.

Let’s face it, way before you have your own child, your pet is very much part of you and when the baby came along, you introduce the baby to your pet just like you introduce your baby to the rest of the family and extended family. You love your pet and they are part of your family.

2. You want to remember them.

Humans will out live their pet. Dog’s life is rather short, we make comparison of 1 year in dog’s life is very much about 7 of human’s. So by the time they reach 5-6 years old, they are mature and some what less active as we saw in some of the breed.

While we celebrate our life, we want to make sure every part of our life is being captured, that include your pet. After 10 years of photographing thousands of families, I can always feel the sadness when they point out the pets that they used to have and lost them because of old age.

3. Kids love to play with them.

One of the way to get the kiddo to be engaged for the duration of the family photo shoot is to introduce their pets. They love them and you know kids’ love are boundless and I love watch them play, I love the connection that they share and I love they treat their pet just like their best buddies.

Be sure to have those captured and have them for your kiddo when they grow up. Sometimes, the pet understand the child more than we do and they often cheer up the child. So bring your pets for the next family photoshoot.

4. You love them as much as your own child.

You know deep down, they hold that special place in your heart when it comes to pet. They don’t talk back, they are there to cuddle with you when you are sad, spending time with you when you are alone and they are faithful to you as their family too. Perhaps you have told them secrets that you never told anyone because pets are the best at keeping your secret because they don’t share the same language as human.

5. It is part of your children’s memories.

It is especially true if you had your first child and there is no one else… just mummy, daddy, me and my pet. This is a shared bond and love between them.

Have it for your child… after all having your family photoshoot done with your pet is an activity that promotes bonding and connection. It is a perfect activity when it comes to having the memories that can be passed down to your child.

Give us a call at 8858 0088 or whatsapp us to have a chat on how we can capture your furkids and the family!

Warm and cosy studio with more than sufficient props. No pushy sales tactic, just go in, get comfy and start shooting. Hart was really accommodating with our pets and his finger was quick to capture the shots before our pets started getting fidgety. I would highly recommend pets/kids shoot with him as he is super patient and easy-going.

Yvonne Tan
Google Review, 5 October 2019

Hart was super understanding and he knew how to grab the attention of my 2 little nieces during our family shoot. He also managed to capture some great shots of our energetic Jack Russell Terrier in his studio as well! Its our first time doing a family photo shoot with him and definitely will not be the last.

Kingston Chow
Facebook Review, 21 July 2019

We have invited Hart twice to our home to capture some family memories. The results have been fantastic and we could not recommend Hart more highly. He is great with dogs, babies and the adults.

Larissa Dudley
FB Review
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Family Portrait Photography – How Long Can You Procrastinate?

How Often Do You Procrastinate?

Lets face it! Most people put off doing important but non-urgent tasks.  They have the intention to do it! However, when the next important and urgent task pops up and the task at hand gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list!

People are busy these days. Busy with work, home, kids, life, hobbies and the list goes on.

One of the most important thing and never urgent thing to do is to get in the shot with your entire family.

How many occasions have you had time to “stop”? It is unfortunate nowadays that when we “stop”, our phone is right in front of us, busy with learning, news, kay poh someone else’s social media updates and what not. However, only when we really STOP AND LIVE in the present moment with everyone around during major events. Events such as weddings, funeral, milestone birthday lunches or dinners to have some clear space in the head that we suddenly realize people around us.

Parents seems to have aged..

Their hair are turning more silver…

Children seem to grown taller..

Grandparents seems to walk a little slower … talk a lot more or they just become the complete opposite and become really quiet.

When we look into the mirror, we find more train tracks on the face, extra kilo here and there. Well, thats the cruel reality of life.

For family portrait photography, its even easier to put it off as its a big task involving the organisation of many people for the photoshoot and nobody want to go to the trouble. So Why Bother Doing Family Photoshoot?

My Observations

I have been doing charity shoot for Home Nursing Foundation this past week that involve older generation in the community who live all by themselves. No doubt they are self sufficient, but throughout the day, my observation tells me that, they love having people around them. They kept saying:

“Today, I am very happy, because I have all of you all to bring me around, spend time and talking to me.”

If you ask any parents, what matter the most to them, almost always you will hear:

“MY FAMILY is the most important to me!”

All they want to have is your TIME with them. Talking to them, doing something meaningful things with them.

Older generation don’t need much, the thing that they value the most is the photograph of their family together. That worth more than anything to them.

I understand we can’t be with them all the time, with this little photograph, they can certainly relive the moment, you share with them.

Knowing its importance, how long can you procrastinate then?

Tomorrow Never Comes?

There is only right now, the present. Why they call it “The Present” is because only right this second, you are able to do something. Tomorrow, we are lucky when we are given one more day as tomorrow always seems like an elusive time that never really come. So if I tell you that there is Free Beer tomorrow… you better believe me. Because, there will no free beer today.

10 Years?

Majority of the families I photographed recently had their family portrait taken some 10 years ago. Yes! it is a decade.

When I talk to them about what happen in the last 10 years, usually, there are some “regrets” because they say they should have done it earlier. Someone has passed on, someone is terminally ill, someone has moved to different country, etc.

Often, I get ask if I could “photoshop” a person or two in a family photo. It certainly break my heart just to hear it.

It seems like, something this important, tend to be left hanging for 10 years and there you go, that’s 10 years of procrastination. How long have you procrastinate to have yours done? if the answer is this long or longer, maybe, it is time to stop and re-think about getting one done real soon!

3 Years?

Smaller and younger families does their shoot every 18 month to about 3 years depending on the ages of the kids. Usually, they will do one for their own family about 18 months when the children is under 7, but when it comes to grandparents, they tend to include them on every second shoot.

It is amazing with even shorter procrastinating timing, we still have good number of clients who tells us that they should be doing it earlier. So what are you waiting for?

Another baby?

If you are like us when we say we “close shop” with 3 children. It is a good time to plan as an annual thing.

Clients do ask us to send a reminder as they want to do it more often. Majority come back and some will forget, well, I will hear the same old story like the sound of broken record.

No Procrastination – Let’s Plan It Regularly

Having said that, there are also many clients who does their family portraits yearly without fail. They make it as a tradition, one album, one canvas or frame to fill their wall of their ever growing family. As we open 7 days a week, it is never easier to plan something in and we make the process simple for you so you can enjoy while we take care of this important thing for you.

So, Lets look at 2 typical scenarios when planning for a photoshoot. Which one can you relate more?

Scenario 1

1. When was the last time we did our family portrait? – 15 years ago when I graduated.
2. Family Portrait Photography – Is it important? Yes.
3. When Should It Be Done? – Soon
4. How Soon? – When everyone is available?
5. When is that? – Christmas, Hari Raya, Deepavali or Lunar New Year?
6. Oh so and so will be away on these dates? Let’s do it another time? – Ok When?
7. Dad or Mum’s Birthday? or Anniversary? – Ok
8. This year or the next? – Next

Ok let’s set a date and start a WhatsApp group to get this organised. – Perfect!

Scenario 2

1. When was the last time we did our family portrait? – 15 years ago when I graduated.
2. Family Portrait Photography – Is it important? Yes.
3. When Should It Be Done? – ASAP
4. How Soon? – Before grandma/grandad/dad/mum have health issue. Do it when they are all healthy.
5. When is that? – Next Week

Ok, set a date, make sure everyone block this time for the photoshoot.

Reflection

As I turn 40, my mind is occupied with a million things that I sometimes forget to be present. I take it for granted that I will see my family and friends tomorrow, and the day after that and after that… or is it really?

I came home yesterday and learnt about the departure of a friend of mine, whom was around my age. It serves as a wake up call for me to be present, grateful and appreciative of every moment with friends and family!

After many years of photographing families, I’ve encountered families who booked the session but was a day too late for the grandparents; or that there is only a small window of opportunity for the photoshoot to take place in between hospital/doctor visits and visiting family from abroad.

It is difficult to comprehend sometimes, when a family asking for a refund as the shoot they planned will never happen ever again because the main person that they want to be in the photograph is no longer there. This shocks me and sometimes leave me battling with my emotion for hours if not days.

Gift of Time

As I grow older, I come to understand the biggest gift you can give people is not things, but time. It is your time that they want the most… as it is life most expensive commodity, as time is finite.

We live in age of abundance opportunities, abundance of wealth, abundance of knowledge for you to chase but the only wealth that older generation usually speak of is often our time with them.

You see, photographs has a super power that allow time to standstill at the point of time that the image was taken. Your time spent with your family is well recorded, proudly hung on the walls of those who know it matters.

Generation Portrait with your parents and grandparents are not a luxury anymore. It is a necessity. If you have to get something for them, why not something tangible that reminds them of the time you spend with them? It can be a birthday gift for them, it can be an anniversary gift for them, it could be a major milestone gift for them, whatever excuse you need to make up, you know you are giving them something that they will cherish for the rest of their life and also pass on to their grandchildren one day.

So how long would you like to procrastinate? Just how much longer do you want them to wait? They won’t ask, but it would be nice of you to offer them.

So, if you have read until here. Wait No More! Give us a call at 8858 0088 or whatsapp us to have a chat on how we can make your generation portrait done for your parents.

Hart was lovely with my 3 year old! He was able to capture the expressions and essence of the moment perfectly, and we have not taken any family photos in the last 10 years. He does definitely have his way with kids. Looking forward to the shoot next year!

Anne Lee
Facebook Review, July 2019

Hart personally took photos for my two boys. My older boy doesn’t like strangers and we can never get a proper photo of his beautiful smile. Hart, amazingly, did it! He captured the true essence of the boys’ smiles and every time we look at the photos, they blow us away!
We loved that he was really efficient, we have been to other studios and other photographers that by the time we were only halfway done, the boys are very cranky and we had to end the day. Hart was also really quick in sending us our chosen shots and to say they were beautiful is an understatement!

Lele Ng
Google Review, July 2019

This is my first time taking family portraits with my Grandmother. I am grateful to Hart Tan for capturing many beautiful photos. First, Hart allowed me to change my photoshoot date at late notice as my Grandmother was feeling unwell on our first arranged date. Next, he was competent to coax my Grandmother to smile brightly during the sessions :). Third, he was able to capture beautiful photos of my impatient Grandmother in less than 20 mins. I am highly satisfied! Thank you.

Ivan Lee
Google Review, January 2019

There were about 20 of us. Ages spanned from 98 to 2, members of the family who wanted to play photographer, children who did not want to smile for the camera and tired members of the family from travelling. Yet, Hart took it all in his stride. He was easy going, warm and made everyone feel right at home. He took great natural shots of all of us and we absolutely love love love the photos.

Ren Jong
FB Review
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Family Portraits: Why It’s Worthwhile

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It’s important to remember that family portrait photographs are a means of story telling.  Photos can powerfully depict the ties of each family member and the strong bond that they share. Our parent’s generation might not have taken as many photos as this leaves many of us in the lurch when it comes to reflecting on our childhood visually or recalling important memories from events captured in film.  The one of the great wonders of our new generation is the access we have to cameras and technology, all of this makes us less apprehensive about getting in front of the camera and allowing a photographer to shoot away our precious family portrait.

Tomato Photo focuses on the all important candid moments of our modern day family.   Captured digitally are the moments shared between loved ones.  With a focus on fun moments, this is the perfect opportunity to get shots done that reflect your family in its truest form.  Photos that are too posed leaved parents feel awkward and kids that are impossible to control and get to sit still for each shot.  Hart Tan from Tomato Photo believes that by allowing children to just be themselves and engage with them as they play naturally he can capture the best pictures of your little ones.

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Here are the main reasons that families choose to get family photos done.

Firstly they want to show their family off and swell with pride when visitors comment on the wall hangings. A legacy perhaps to show that the people in it existed as a family.

Secondly they physical documentation of your child’s growth and maturity and lastly and we feel most importantly is preserving the precious memories of your little ones childhood

Time seems to fly by and this gives mums and dads the opportunity to stop for a moment and capture these precious moments before the kids get bigger; or the parents getting older. Whilst we plan to get our own family portraits done periodically, let’s also remember to invite the grandparents to join in the shots; or organise everyone to do an extended family portrait.

After all, many of our parents are providers for us when we were younger; care-givers of our children; or ‘facetime’ grandparents for those who live apart from the grandkids.

Tomato Photo believes that displaying family photography on the walls of your home sends a strong message to your family and everyone who enters your home that my family means more to me than anything else in the world.  All you have to do is ask someone what he or she would grab if their house were on fire.  I’m sure most people you ask would say their family photos. Family portraits frame freeze important parts of our lives that often remind us why we work, love and live.
family_photo_singaporeContact us to discuss your family photos today! Give us a call or Whatsapp us on +65 88580088

Hart could capture the genuine smiles and expressions on my kids’ faces, and that was what is important for me. The photo shoot was spontaneous and family-directed, i.e. you get the photos that YOU want. – Denise Rachel Yong

Lovely photos we had. Hart was actively engaged with my girls and both my hubby and I do not need to even “control” them. he totally had them under his control. And he really responded back with the photos taken so fast within 48 hours. – Sal Tan

Hart took photos of our family recently, and we were so impressed with his great demeanor and artistic eye. He is great with kids, and he even managed to get our 18 month old grumpy baby to crack a few smiles. Each setting he picked for the photos was really lovely. Very happy with our experience! – Lisa Blackard

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