Family Photo Shoot – a Calling?

Family Photo Shoot - A Calling?

Thoughts After 12 years in Serving Families in Creating Relaxed, Natural and Happy Tangible Memories.

A Living Space That I Call Home.

I love big canvases for our own family photo shoot as it shows the impact and reminiscences of happy days. A collection of memories made during our adventure with the family made into tangible form of canvases and photo albums.

Sydney Harbour shot from Balmain was shot when my youngest was 1yo… I love the three individual shots of my kiddo on the swing and it shows how the kiddo always happy whenever they are on the swing.

The Machu Picchu shot was taken way before we have our family, where trekking was one of our favorite activity. Shot taken after 4 days of trekking through the famous Inca Trail. These are just some of the conversation starters when friends/families come over and the story begins.

Extended Family Photo Shoot

Family Photo Shoot – Then and Now?

As an adult, sometimes I feel we lost the ability to have fun like children… it’s something that I am always curious about.

I was listening to a podcast by great wedding photographers about burnout…

Truthfully, in the beginning of my career as a photographer doing family photo shoots, I felt similar because I see what I do is just another job and something I needed to do to feed my family, nothing beyond that. I struggled in the first few years…

However, as we approach 12 years (yup! Tomato Photo will be 12 this month, March), I enjoy my work immensely, always can’t wait to go out for another shoot.

The vision is different now and I learn to see things from children’s perspective. It’s always happy, always wacky and somewhat silly… but that’s happiness. The ability to enjoy life little moments like children!

I once read somewhere that if you can’t enjoy small things in life, you don’t deserve big things in life? I wonder how many think it is true.

I know every time I am out there away from my family, be with another family, capturing their family memories, it reminds me of my vision and that motivates me!

Grateful that I found my “calling” that enable me to fully immerse in learning about life little happiness through the eyes of children.

Thanks for reading and may the peace and happiness be with you.

Regards,

Hart Tan

Family Photo Shoot Singapore

Baby Haren #3 – Newborn Baby Photography Singapore

Newborn Photography of the Haren Family

It is always a joy to be included as part of joyous moment in people’s life. Be it a birthday, wedding, or arrival of a newborn.

I have seen Fredrik and Elaine for the since 2011 to record their growing family. It all started with 1 and now baby #3. Newborn Photography is always a beautiful way to preserve memories for your little newborn so they can understand how they look like when they grow up.

Home or Studio?

For the Haren Family, all their shoots are done at their home. Most clients prefer to do the newborn photography at home for the simple fact that it is definitely more convenient for the parents. Everything the baby and mother needs is well within reach; elder siblings are also more at ease at home.

Natural Light or Flash for Newborns?

For sure, I started my career in newborn photography with natural light. However, with Singapore’s cloudy weather, unpredictable torrential rain and unknown amount of lighting conditions at clients home, I started to blend natural light with flash to achieve my newborn shots. I am so happy I am no longer at the mercy of weather when it comes to doing newborns photoshoots.

On the day of this shoot, it was dark and raining outside. It was also dark inside the house. With the combination of flash, I have the flexibility of control lighting during newborn shoots. Adding some flash in dark environment enables me to achieve the images that are becomes cleaner and crisp. Details of the image are able to withstand scrutiny even when its printed up to 50 by 80″.

What About Siblings?

As usual, while I photograph little newborns, the siblings would be running around, throwing tantrums just like any other day. I am blessed that kids love me and I love kids. I have my way with kids when it comes to photography. Things naturally fall into place and the perfect image would be captured at the right moment and right time.

Scroll down to view the image of Fredrik and his #2 taken at home that won the Family Portrait of Masters Photographers 2013/2014.

Below is the Winning Shot of Fredrik and his #2. It was the winner of Family Portrait of Masters Photographers 2013/2014.

Newborn Photography Award MPA

What Are The Considerations?

Whilst it is important to like the style of newborn baby photography before committing to booking a newborn photographer, it is also equally important to know that your photographer have the expertise in being able to read and handle young children and newborn babies.

At the same time, be technically sound to produce the image quality of a professional that not only is beautiful on screen, it has to be able to print well.

Lastly, the newborn photographer would need to consistently deliver the whole experience of the newborn photoshoot.

The above are the top considerations that our clients are looking for while researching for a newborn photography studio.

If you like what you see and would like to learn more, send us an email at info@tomato.sg; Call us at 88580088 or Whatsapp Us

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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. Click on this link to see images that you can have of your little ones, right at the comfort of your home

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.

When you are thinking, another reality strike you, the headache and chore to travel anywhere. In the first week, mothers still feel much in pain and learning how to manage the little newborn, the last thing you want to do is the chore to travel! That is the reason why, we have been focus the attention to bring the the comfort of having the professional newborn photography right at your home. You can see some of the sample home images done for clients right at the comfort of their home.

Imagine that, 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? We hear you..

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?

Mothers always looking out for the best interest for their family and newborn baby when it comes to newborn photography. 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.

With over a decade of experience, we learn to maximise your timing. Whether you choose to have your post natal massage or having lunch at home, we certainly offer you the flexibility to have the newborn shoot at the same time.

We also understand that you are worried about the unpredictable nature of the baby, in fact, with sufficient knowledge, majority of baby are predictable in the hand of experience photographer, just that you are learning the rope, you can rest assure that our experience will bring much comfort that you needed. The time needed for each baby is different, so we will give you as much time as we need to ensure that you get your beautiful images that you love, and at the same time, keeping the session as short as possible to ensure that you have enough rest while give you a great collection of images that you can select from. If you need to press us for the time, 1-2 hours is usually needed for 95% of the newborn shoot. 3-4 hours is also possible should the baby needed more time to settle.

We factor in 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….

Newborn Photoshoo SG

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

Newborn Photography Singapore BnW

We understand that you might be a little nervous if this is the first time that you are considering newborn photography, or perhaps you had a prior bad experience elsewhere, you know that having someone who has a decade of experience and a soothing personality makes a huge difference in the shoot. Beautiful images is a non-negotiable, however, helping our clients to feel relax and comfortable at their own shoot makes all the difference.

Newborn Photo Studio

Newborn Expression

 

Sibling and Newborn Photography Singapore

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…  this is what our clients have to say about their experience with us..

Hart was amazing. He is such a natural with newborns that got us parents wondering how he made our baby so calm while moving her around to have different shots of her. Hart is a professional where he is able to put us all at ease together with our parents. He gave us good guidance which resulted in having such beautiful photos processed! We’d definitely recommend him to anyone who wishes to take family or newborn shoots. Your babies would love him too! – Hakim Amir Hamzah

We booked Hart for a newborn photo shoot when our daughter was 10 days old. Hart was patient and gentle with our daughter as he moved her into position. He had a great collection of prop and provided us with good feedback to get the best of the family images. I would use him again. – Liane Wolfe

Hart far exceeded our expectations. He is amazing with kids and managed well both our newborn and toddler. We anticipated a stressful photo session but ended up having a great time! His shots are all great and the hard print photos that we got are of very high quality. Thank you Hart! We’ll look you up again when it’s time to update our family photos. – Joan Dela Cruz

Regards,

Tomatonian
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When To Do Baby Photoshoot – Tomato Photo Studio

When Is The Best Time To Do Baby Photoshoots?

I was tidying up my file storage for the images that I took of my children for the past 10+ years. Gosh… time certainly flew past too quickly. They just don’t look like how they were anymore. I am glad I had all of those images captured and archived. It is my strong belief that every parent should archive images of their children. Be it on your phone right through to professional photos.

One of the most frequently asked question by clients would be:  “When is the good time to preserve those images for my children?” or “When is a good time for a family photoshoot?

Like what Dr Seuss will say… “You never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”

A collection of baby and children’s photos that I captured since 2008 can be found in my Baby and Children Photography Portfolio.

Here is a compilation of a series of major milestones that I tend to capture for clients through photography.

Newborn Stage – 5-10 Days:

My vision in newborn photography is to record how a baby might look like in mommy’s tummy. Here are more on my thoughts of newborn photography, my signature style and why I do what I do. Find out more about what sort of images you can expect in one newborn session.

..There is a personal touch from Hart which you have to engage his service and you’ll know it…. – Faith Chan, 2018

Little Baby Stage – 4- 8 weeks

Understanding when is the best time and how to bring out the best out of baby at this young age usually require a lot of patience as well as expertise in handling the baby. At this age, they are happy, smiley and love interacting with people. Mommy’s sound usually makes them smile.

Hart was fantastic with 2-month old son! We had a wonderful time and the pictures came out beautifully! – Hui Li Kwong, 2018

Little Big Baby Photo Session (3-5 months)

I love cute, chubby and happy baby…  I tend to find baby is happy, laugh at silly noises and animated face. Understand what makes them giggles is something I enjoy… editing those smiley face tend to make me smile from the inside… that make me happy. Tummy time, teething, etc makes these little people move their mouth a lot. So there are tonnes of expression to be captured.

…captured the true essence of the boys’ smiles and every time we look at the photos, they blow us away!….- Lele Ng, June 2019

Sitters Baby Photoshoot (6-11 Months)

At this age, baby tend to be able to sit up independently… but they are a little more aware and picky about who to smile to… but if it is a little girl, daddy or mommy tend to make them smile… little boy love playing rough with daddy… but at the same time, love cuddle with mum. Fat chubby cheek is the most dominant feature of babies at this age… More Sitters Photos HERE.

Hart made us feel at ease so quickly, we were all very relaxed throughout the session. He made my sons giggle and captured some great shots. – Olivia Russell – 2018

12-18 Months Baby Photo Shoot

Curiosity is the key with baby at this age group. They are curious about the surrounding, they have the ability to move, crawl, cruise, even the first few steps. These are things that they do that motivate me to capture. I love to observe, allow the child to explore their world and capture the curiosity in them. It is also at this time where its interesting to watch them waddle along in the great outdoors when they just started to walk.

24 months and beyond:

They love activities…
they love running around…
they love to explore this world…

I love this shot of my 2nd child who love jumping up and down those steps… so care free, so happy… a world of possibility is under their feet.

….All those other reviews on how good he is with children were certainly not exaggerated (if anything perhaps understated!) He really does have a lot of chemistry with children and managed to get some great shots of my usually impossible to sit still toddler… – Bernice, October 2019


These are the first 2.5 years of a child’s life that is worth preserving. They all happen at different times of their lives for a very short period of time. You can do it yourself. However, we can make it simple for you…

Call us at 8858 0088 or whatsapp us to have a chat on how we can help or simply email us at info@tomato.sg

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

Hart was a dream to work with! All those other reviews on how good he is with children were certainly not exaggerated (if anything perhaps understated!) He really does have a lot of chemistry with children and managed to get some great shots of my usually impossible to sit still toddler. Would highly recommend him and will definitely be back. Hart was also very flexible with regards to timing and location – which was very much appreciated

Bernice Volta Hidajat
October 2019
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Why do Sarah did a studio photoshoot with her baby?

Black & White Studio Photoshoot with Sarah

with her happy boy, Robert.

Having a family photoshoot done for your family and your child is like investment. You never see the immediate return when you do that. However, for many who choose to invest, they always ended up with more rewards that they get many years down the road.

Just like when you invest your time with your child by educating them one little thing at a time through out their life… while allow them to take risk and make some mistakes, you are there to invest your time, knowledge, wisdom on that little child right from the birth…

With my children, plenty of albums from their family photoshoot are done and numerous pictures are framed to show their grow story, the place they visited, how they have fun with their brothers. It is an investment from us as a parents to remind them of the happy days… It is the content from the family photoshoot that makes the tangible products meaningful. I hope to leave them a collection of our existence while we can.

There is no different for Sarah too.

It is through the B&W Charity Shoot that I met Sarah and Robert.

Like any kids with stranger, Robert was curious, but cautious with me. However, within minutes, you can see the behaviour of a child who is confident and curious with all the little toys in the studio. Love those wheels.

I am a keen observer and I learn to anticipate moment in time so we can capture it for family who trusted us.

Over the course of the 30 minutes shoot, I observe a happy child who love kisses and hug from his mum. The connection is heartwarming and I am in love with the shoot.

In case you are thinking of doing the same as Sarah come and have a chat with us… maybe we can help.

Regards,

Hart Tan
88580088


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