Top 8 Outdoor Family Photoshoot Locations in Singapore

Top 8 locations For Outdoor Family Photoshoots

I can’t help but appreciate the vast amount of greenery in the country as I have lived in this great city since 2008.

From the time you land in Singapore Changi Airport travelling towards the city. The rows and rows of trees along the highway; along the roads, pavements. You are bound to see greenery everywhere. Even when you are on the high rise having a birds eye view from the top of the buildings, one would usually see the canopy of green and the hidden pavements and roads underneath. Singapore’s vision of building a city in a garden is truly realised!

There are so much transformation in Singapore that we need to keep up on where to do outdoor photoshoots because the landscape changes all the time.

For those of you who only got to know about Tomato Photo, Tomato Photo started in 2008 from a tiny little corner of a bedroom and primarily photographed kids and families outdoors or at clients’ home. It was a year later in 2009 that we had a studio. We are still shooting as many outdoor and studio shoots today.

Why Do Outdoor Photoshoots?

Many clients who visit Singapore temporarily as tourists or work/live here for a short period of time would usually opt for outdoor photoshoots to have some form of memories of Singapore captured during their short stay in Singapore.

The other group of clients who opt for outdoor photoshoots are usually families who had done multiple studio milestone sessions in the past when their kids were younger. Now that the kids are bigger and more independent, parents would like to have pictures taken in the environment that the kids frequent and love roaming around their favourite parks during their childhood.

Whilst there has been an increasing number of purpose built outdoor playgrounds around Singapore, the most requested photoshoot locations are still in the iconic landmarks in Singapore. So here, we have round up the Top 8 Most Requested Outdoor Locations For Family Photoshoots.

1. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city and is Singapore’re first UNESCO Heritage Site. The gardens is 82 hectares and stretches all the way from Tanglin Road to Bukit Timah Road. The lush greenery within its grounds and its historic buildings and structures (eg. The Band Stand) was the iconic location that many would love to be associated with in their wedding, couple or family portraits. That said, as the Botanic Gardens covers a vast area with multiple car parks and entrances, the photoshoots are often carried out in areas that is best suited for the family in question. We work with clients who are mobility challenged; clients with young kids, bigger extended families to arrive at a location best suited to their needs and wants. More images from Botanic Gardens can be viewed HERE.

2. Emerald Hill Conservation Area

The Conservation Area of Emerald Hill is located just behind the shopping strip of Orchard Road. These charming Shophouses with peranakan tlles, ornate doors and metal grills were former homes to the wealthy peranakan community. Further, as we mentioned previously, Singapore is a city within a garden. You would still be able to capture some greenery within this area.

These intricate details add a different dimension and colours to the portraits. More images HERE.

3. East Coast Park

East Coast Park is a rather special area with loads of mature greenery and a long stretch of beach to add. For those who loves the water AND the greenery, this is the perfect place for a family photoshoot. Enjoy breakfast or dinner after your shoot at the various establishments along the park for a complete day of making special memories with your family.

Do visit our East Coast Park Photo Shoot Gallery for more sample images.

4. Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is a hilltop landmark located at the central part of Singapore. Its historical past is evident from the structures found in the park. These structures together with the greenery forms a picture perfect backdrop for the old meets new kind of portrait for your family. More Fort Canning Images HERE.

5. Gardens By the Bay – Main Gardens

Gardens By The Bay Main Gardens is located next to Marina Bay Sands. The first impression of some are these looks like the set of the movie Avartar set within lush greenery just outside of the city centre.

It is a popular area for family who love a mix of cityscape with greenery in the images as well as the iconic Supertree.

There are so many areas within Garden By the Bay Main Gardens, all you need to do is to meet us there and we will bring you to our favorite locations to scenic place that is also quiet.

See more images from the Garden By The Bay Main Gardens’ Gallery

6. Gardens By The Bay – East (Tg Rhu)

For families who love water, lush greenery park, expansive skies as well as the iconic Singapore city skyline backdrop.

A short 5 minutes walk from the carpark/taxi drop off will bring your family to this beautiful outdoor location. You can choose to have the shoot done early morning or late in the afternoon and you will be rewarded with different looks to the same location.

Here is the link to more images taken at Garden By the Bay East.

7. Gardens By the Bay – Dome

Love outdoors while having AC on all the way? The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Dome within Garden By Bay is the answer. Your session in a cool climate while having all the outdoor feel to it.

What a better way to have this done. We understand the dome can be crowded sometimes, we do know some areas within the dome that we can still get relatively quiet areas without people getting in your shot.

Visit our Gallery Here for more images capture within the dome.

8. Marina Bay Promenade

Marina Promenade is one of the best location for morning session. It is quiet, beautiful city skyline, as well as the comfort of the cool ac within the MBS Shoppes.

We often focus on the outdoors and then duck in for some cool temperature at the end.

Want to see more? Visit our Marina Bay Sand Promenade Gallery.

9. Home or Studio

I hear you. I know outdoor location is fun and unique and all that. Some of you just can’t survive the heat, and it is totally understandable.

For those who just sweat out when you step out of the shower and while understand the important of having the images taken. Home shoot or our studio session will be your obvious choice.

Let’s see why our purpose built studio is worthy of your consideration.

Our studio is on lift landing level, which is easy for children who is still on stroller, or grandparents who has mobility challenge, there is no stairs to climb and our studio is less then 20 steps away from the lift landing.

Once you step inside the studio, you will be greeted by the cosy and welcoming feeling of architecturally design studio. We have thought of every details from the layout, the flow, the decor, the amenities, the backdrop, the temperature, the scent, etc to fit Hart’s vision of his perfect man-cave… well we mean photo studio.

Here is the link to see what you can achieve in our studio.

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
Google Review

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
Google Review

Hart was great on our family photo shoot – we had quite a large crowd to accommodate (with family visiting from overseas etc.) and an 18 month old toddler. As you know, toddlers are never predictable but Hart was excellent working with our daughter and managed to engage with her quickly and kept her “interested” and captured all her many facial expressions. It was a fun session with both an indoor and outdoor shoot and the entire family had fun. The ordering process was also very simple/easy and all online, with the products delivered to your home.

Su Yenn Goh
Facebook Review
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Staycation Family Photography Singapore

Family Staycation Photoshoot Singapore

A different way of having your memories captured and preserved during this unique time

This is time of our lives where we are usually planning and booking and jumping on the plane ready to embark on our next adventure… near and far. With the current pandemic, we are bound to stay put and creating memories with your family is increasingly important.

Even Singapore government is encouraging people to spend quality time together in the form of local travel, namely, Family Staycation.

Family Staycation Photoshoot in Singapore is not a new thing, in fact, more people are doing it each year because it is a way to celebrate time spend together in tangible form.

Staycation mean to leave all the work behind and focus on what is important to you, your family, your love ones.

During your stay, you are relax, you are well rested, you are enjoying your life and achievements with your family, wouldn’t this be a perfect time to capture those moments in life?

A quick search on the net, gives you a lot of ideas where to make full use of your staycation. We found this 22 Best Staycation in Singapore and you plan your next family staycation.

Apart from the list above, here are some of the beautiful hotels that our clients choose to have their Family Staycation Photoshoot.

Feel free to fill in the form below to discuss on your next family staycation photo shoot.

    Raffles Hotel Family Staycation

    Newly Restored with enhanced comfort and splendour for the discerning traveller, immerse yourself in our striking architecture and graceful service for that unique feeling of being somewhere very special in the heart of the business and civic district.

    More of shoot done at Raffles Hotel can be found on this link and this link and this link

    W Hotel Sentosa Singapore – Family Staycation

    Live it up amidst the lush greenery and lively coastal setting of Sentosa, Singapore’s exclusive resort island. W Singapore – Sentosa Cove, a 5-star luxury hotel under Marriott International, is an oasis of modern luxury for business travelers, vivacious stay-cationers and sophisticated globetrotters. Escape from the everyday and take a whirl into the extraordinary as you lift your beachfront lifestyle to new heights!

    Shangri-La Hotel Singapore – Family Staycation

    Nestled within 15 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, guests are warmly embraced by the hotel’s distinct service and smiles. Escape to the only hotel sanctuary in the city with lush, open gardens, unparalleled culinary experiences and family facilities, topped with luxurious pampering and 3 distinct wings to suit every indulgence.

    Capella Hotel Sentosa – Family Staycation

    Amidst 30 acres of lush greenery with views of South China Sea and direct access to Palawan Beach, Capella Singapore offers the perfect staycation spot to find your peace.

    Ritz Carlton Hotel – Family Staycation

    Centrally located in Marina Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore surrounds guests with visual beauty. The hotel features luxury accommodations, a 4,200-piece art collection and a Club Lounge with sweeping Singapore views.


    Shooting Solo?

    Why Do I Shoot Alone

    Since 2008

    The Question:

    Every now and then, I do get asked the same question…“Hart, why do you work alone?”

    Isn’t it a case of “the more, the merrier” where having more people around helps to ensure that things get done faster and therefore….more efficiently?

    Sure, it can certainly feel impressive to have a team that can run around doing things on my behalf and make me look “important” during photoshoots but to be completely honest, I really don’t need an army to impress you during your photoshoot – I have generals that work behind the scenes and this allows me to show up in my best form to create work that you will love during your photoshoots with me, every single time.

    What if I were to turn up with big and expensive lighting and camera systems as a way of justify ing my costs… Sounds fancy, right?

    Would that really be justified, though?

    One of Many Stories:

    Let me explain further by sharing an experience I had a couple years ago during an extended family photoshoot…

    So, I remember I walked in to a client’s home with a rather compact system (read: mirrorless camera system), which raised an eyebrow and a remark was made on how “little” equipment I’d arrived with.

    As it turned out, my minimal system was instrumental in ensuring the experience went along smoothly. As soon as I took my camera out, the 2 year old child that was present instantly decided that she didn’t want to take any part in the photoshoot. Parents, you know too well how these things go…

    So yes, the little one decided that everyone else should be in front of the camera, without her. I learnt later on that it usually takes her a while to warm up to new faces..

    Of course, part of the reason why this photoshoot was arranged in the first place was to include this 2 year old girl in the photos along with everyone else plus, there were also visiting family members who were going to be around for only a limited time.

    And because I was alone, my minimal kit that comes with a silent shutter (so when you click, there is no clicking sound from the camera) was not distracting at all for the little girl while she took her time to open up to me; she wasn’t aware that I had started capturing images silently! As everyone sat down together in their places, I waited for the right moment and “PEEKABOO!”, she appeared at the exact spot that I wanted her to be in! As I continued capturing the shots (silently), she remained clueless but happy and in good spirits! All 14 family members were 100% relieved that we got it done beautifully.

    Later on, one of the clients shared with me that he had initial concerns with bulky gear and assistants tagging along for the big family shoot as he was worried these would really make things chaotic.. Needless to say he was rather glad that I turned up alone and with minimal gear!

    WHY?

    I haven’t always run a “one man show” during my photoshoots. In the past, my wife would tag along as my assistant for newborn photoshoots. In those days, I remember having to ask twice for the little things I’d I need during the photoshoot and it would take me 2-3 tries before I’d eventually get what I needed. This would often end up in intended moments being lost and therefore, not captured for my clients! It has taken us years of working together to learn to be better at being able to read the other’s creative mind, especially when time is of the essence.

    Sure, we’ve since trained ourselves to work really well together. But somewhere along the way, I also found myself wondering what would happen if one day my wife were to feel under the weather on the day of a photoshoot? What would I do then? Postpone the shoot?

    So I changed things further, and trained myself to run the show, solo. When clients choose to trust me in capturing their memories, it is my responsibility to ensure that I make it happen accordingly as they have planned whilst being as efficient as possible.

    The success of our business lies on the things that we can do for our clients before they even think about it.

    For example, those of you who have used boutique 5 star resort services, you’ll find that it is their ability to “pre-empt” what you need even before it crosses your mind that makes their service stand out.

    Now, this is not an easy task, but it is something we value and believe in, hence we have kept our business small, serving only a limited number of clients each month so that we can attend to each and every one to the best of our abilities.

    I would argue that having more than 1 person in a photoshoot is a luxury that is more beneficial to me as a photographer but not so much for you as a client as it becomes an unnecessary, additional cost to you.

    I have always preferred getting things done sooner rather than later and getting more work done for our clients at the lowest possible cost so that we can make enough to use the very best products for them while keeping the business thriving, even during the most difficult times.

    I love what I do, so I would love to keep myself competitive and continue to offer the best that I can to anyone who would love to work with us.

    Your Benefits:

    If you have read this far, let me assure you that me being a solo photographer has many benefits for you as a client.

    Here are the top 5:
    1. There will be only 1 stranger for your child(ren) to warm up to.
    2. Our cost stays competitive so you only pay for the results.
    2. Consistency is guaranteed so you know what you get.
    3. You’ll see images of your child looking directly into the camera with their natural, candid smiles.
    4. No third party disruptions; there will be no one else taking up space or interrupting my creative flow especially during crucial moments. These moments are unique and happen in a flash.

    So if you understand and love the idea of “Less is More”, I reckon we will work well together!

    Oh… have you see more than 1 conductor in an orchestra? No? Never? there must be a good reason why…

    Drop us a message and let’s see how we can work together…


      Minimalism….To Stand The Test Of Time

      Minimalistic Newborn Photography - Simple but not easy!

      These few quotes from famous people make a profound effect on the work that Hart is producing as he live and breathe Minimalistic Newborn Photography.
       
      Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication – Leonardo Da Vinci

      Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean and make it simple. But its worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains
      – Steve Jobs
       
       
      It is always great to have options but sometimes, having too many options simply leaves us feeling lost, not knowing what or how to choose.
       
      This can happen in many aspects of life but we would like to focus on what we do best; our Signature Minimalistic Newborn Fine Art Photography.
       
      Naturally, you would have done some research and you might be feeling pretty overwhelmed with the choices available. Few props? Many props? Cute outfits? Themed setting? 
       
      Or perhaps deep down, you’d actually appreciate something minimalistic, yet classy and meaningful too?
      Newborn Photography Singapore

      Your Baby Should be #1

       
      To be fair, including props in your photos does indeed add a WOW factor to the eyes of the viewer. However that also means that the props themselves stand out more. The eyes tend to notice the props first, then your baby. And as your baby has now become the centre of your universe, shouldn’t your baby take up the No. 1 spot instead? 
       
      It is true that using props and themes are very common these days with many parents choosing these styles.. So it makes their newborn photos pretty much the same as everyone else’s… Quite like McDonald’s in the hamburger world! Although there is nothing wrong with this, it is very common and probably more suited for people who love to follow trends.
       

      Trends

       
      If you think about it, trends will always come and go. What is considered the “in” thing now will eventually become “outdated” after some time and props tend to amplify this more. 
       
      At Tomato Photo, we are of the opinion that a Newborn Photography Session should revolve around your newborn baby. This is why Tomato Photo’s style of newborn photography adopts a minimalistic approach; clean and simple with minimal use of props. Our focus will be on your newborn’s unique expressions, connections between parent and child, and how your baby looked when they were still in Mummy’s tummy. 

       

      Expressions

       
      What sets us apart is also the fact that we specifically look out for the ever-changing expressions of your newborn. This can be quite difficult to predict and is precisely why we are known for this! It takes minimalism to the next level which is all about pure, individual expressions. We find that this is one thing that parents really love!

      But Why Minimalistic?

      It has always been our vision to capture pure moments and genuine connections of your Family without the distractions of props, themes or costumes. And when it comes to Newborn photography, Hart’s original vision remains relevant even till today; to beautify a simple form of a newborn’s pose that mimics their positions in the womb. 

      Capturing newborn images like this represents truth, purity, the miracle of life.. These are things that even time cannot change for they are timeless! And when it is your own baby in the images, you will certainly feel a tug at your heartstrings and be glad that you took the time to freeze those precious moments. 

      Hart’s vision has remained unchanged since he started his professional photographic journey in 2008 and his style of work is still relevant today and still very much requested time and again. Clients simply love images that reflect their baby in the purest forms. Surely, that must count for something? Perhaps less really is more.

      Click here to explore more examples of our Signature Newborn Photography series

      In case you were wondering, here are some testimonials from other clients who have chosen us to capture their newborn photos..

       

      The newborn Photoshoot experience was heart-warming and very professional. Hart handles newborn very well. The photos were very well-taken which captured all the expressions of our new born and us. Overall awesome experience! – Quek Shu Jun

      Thank you Hart for the beautiful memories created for us! You have exceeded our expectations, capturing all possible angles of our newborn in such minute detail from his little ears to his hair and michelin folds on his back. You have also captured his many expressions and behaviours which was exactly what we were looking for. It was a joy watching how you handled the whole shoot by yourself with such ease and professionalism and how naturally you dealt with our baby. We’re sure he felt very relaxed too. And not forgetting the speed at which we could receive our photos, within the very next day! Thank you so much!

      If you believe in capturing this precious milestone of your newly born baby so you have some wonderful tangible memories to look back on, get in touch with us to see how we can help to turn those memories into pieces of art. 



        Preparing for your Newborn Photo Shoot

        Newborn Shoot Preparation

        When you’re pregnant, especially for the first time, it can be hard to imagine what it is going to be like to have a baby, let alone prepare for a newborn photo shoot.  

        The first two weeks are intense, but a little preparation will help make sure the photos from that special and unique time are ones you will enjoy for years to come. Tomato Photo is all about helping you preserve your precious memories.

        Kids and Newborn Photography

        Although there will be individual portraits, newborn photos don’t just have to be of your baby. Here are the 5 favourite variations of newborn shoot in one session.

        We highly recommend planning on photos of the whole newly expanded family at this special time. And yes, that includes you! Your inclination may be to avoid being in the photos, but we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to be photographed with your baby, even though you may not be feeling at your best.

        In years to come, you and your child will be glad to have these early photos, and you’ll want to include your partner, too.  Most importantly  include any siblings as well. They will be pleased to be included in the shoot and your newborn will be excited to see how little his or her older siblings were back at the time of the birth.

        Do you want to do birth announcements? How about framed prints, or wall canvases. Set aside a budget; planning ahead makes you more likely to actually follow through, even in those busy first months. If you’re planning on sending birth announcements, arrange the theme and cards now to save time after your baby is here!

        Family and Newborn Photoshoot

        If you have a special outfit in mind for your baby’s first photo shoot, pick it and set it aside it now! You might want to bring a couple of options in case one doesn’t fit well.

        Focus on outfits with special meaning, but if you don’t have anything in mind, don’t worry. Your baby will look great without clothes or wrapped in a blanket.  If you have a special blanket, toy or family heirloom, pack them, too. Maybe you have a silver rattle or other keepsake from when you were a baby, or a hand-knit blanket from a special relative. Plain but textured blankets work great in photos, either in muted or bright colours, but avoid busy patterns if you can.

        Don’t forget about yourself! You don’t have to get all dressed up. A simple white shirt or black T-shirt will work great along with your favorite pair of maternity jeans.   A beautiful necklace and some simple earrings can add a special touch.  Don’t feel you have to wear make-up, but if a little make-up will go a long way to making you feel confident in front of the camera.

        If your spouse, partner or other children will be in the photos, talk with them about what they will be most comfortable wearing. Keep it simple and don’t aim to get too dressed up. If you keep it casual and comfortable, everyone will be more relaxed. Don’t worry about having everyone match either. Just lay out all the outfits together on the bed to look and see if anything clashes. If it looks good to you, it will look good to you in the photos too.

        Singapore Newborn Photo Studio

        Sibling and Newborn Photography Singapore

        Remember the  more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your baby and the rest of the family will be, too. Enjoy this opportunity to bond and start out a lifelong tradition of captured moments.

        Wanting a newborn shoot for your little bundle of joy? Give us a call at +65 8858 0088 or Whatspp Us to secure your spot

        View Tomato Photo's Signature Newborn Images

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