Personal Project – Maternity Photography with Jana

I am going to start doing things that I always wanted to do and never get to do it due to my busy schedule… so its time I shoot for myself again and hope I find something that further my work that I love creating for my clients.

I have invited a friend of mine that I met through a common friend… I love her individuality and I love those Tattoo that she has and she is having the first baby… so after a few postponement due to some health issue from my end, finally, i got to meet her in my studio and I have decided to shoot a little differently from my usual stuff.

Shoot with Sony A7 and vintage collapsible Leica 5cm f2.0 Summicron which was produces around 1950’s-1960’s… I choose to shoot with this lens mainly due to how it renders the images as well as low contrast… I love how it pull all the shadow details and the image looks softer and less “sharp” but a lot of details to play with even shooting at f2.0 all the time.

Most of the images you see below are pretty much coming straight from the camera and I just love it…

 

However, the most important things in the images are the subject and how the light effect the overall effect of the images.

Jana is a very confident, a lot of fun to work with as well as positive personality… I just love working with her…

 

I see images in B&W in this shoot…  and here are the images created during the session.


Home Maternity Photography @ Joo Chiat

I start venturing out to people’s home to do the maternity photography session, i think it allows for personalised images being created just for the couple.

In the past, lighting was big and cumbersome but things changed, with more and more compact professional lighting that accept variety of light modifiers that used to be only available for studio space, it makes me wonder if studio photography might be a thing in the past… Well, time will tell.

I am absolutely delighted to be able to shoot at one of the house around the corner from me which has win a major architectural award for the design. Coming from Interior and Architectural Photography background, I love to blend the two together as an addition to portrait setting.

I bought along 2x Einstein 640 plus a Profoto AcuteB2 600W and one large softbox, One medium softbox, one strip light as well as the beauty dish that allow me to create images that I had in my mind. The softboxes can be set up within minutes so there is very little time needed. To top if off, I will also bring black backdrop to do some “studio’ look images.

Here are some images I took on the day…


Regards,

Hart Tan
info@tomato.sg
www.tomato.sg

 


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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5 Different Styles of Newborn Photoshoot In Tomato Photo Studio Singapore

These days, there are a myriad different styles of newborn photography in the market. It is simply overwhelming just to scroll through the various style of newborn photoshoots.

The shoot styles range from posed newborn photoshoots (in it includes various styles, from minimal props to heavily propped; from as is photos to digitally enhanced with digital backdrops) versus the ‘unposed’, connection type lifestyle newborn photoshoots.

Whilst we can’t speak for all the styles of newborn photography, we can talk a little bit about the styles we do here at Tomato Photo. And we usually do these 5 styles in one newborn session.

1.  Posed vs Lifestyle: Know Your Expectations

There are essentially two types of newborn photography – posed/studio & lifestyle.  I love both for different reasons.  However, it is important to know what type are envisioning for your shoot.

Perfectly Posed Pics- typically must be done within the first 10 days of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”.  The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands.  Tomato’s signature style of newborn photography envision the newborn to look like in mummy’s tummy and shows only the baby against the dark background, their expressions and their foetal position. Minimal props are used.

2.  Let the Baby Inspire the shoot…

The best images are unplanned and inspired by the uniqueness of each baby.  Whether it is cute dimples, big beautiful eyes, full lips, or a great head of hair, try to highlight the beauty of the baby.

We will work with you as the parents to ensure that we capture those amazing moments and unique features of your baby to ensure your memories last a life time. 

At Tomato Photo we believe that this its all about being in the moment.  This means that we give the newborn time and space to  move, yawn, and stretch.  Babies have wonderful, perfect, sweet movements.

3.  Include the Mum, The Family..

Mothers work the hardest and they love the hardest too.  Mum is always behind the camera taking snaps of every adorable moment of your baby. 

This is an important opportunity to get in front of the lens and capture those shots that define and outline your love for your newborn. 

Get close, cuddle and aw at your little one as the photographer snaps away.  Don’t by shy this is your opportunity to shine too. 

Let us know and we can assist you to plan your make up and hair for the shoot as we know that new mums are too busy to worry about such pesky issues.

4.  Include The Siblings

If your newborn has a proud older brother or sister, its a great idea to incorporate them into the shoot.  Its always a good idea to have the older sibling ready to go first.  This means that we can photograph the sibling while they are excited and able to concentrate. 

Once we have some great individual shots of the sibling, we then let them go play while we focus the session on the newborn. Toddlers simply don’t have the attention span to sit quietly and wait while the newborn or setup for each shot. 

Once we have great shots of the newborn we can bring the toddler back in again towards the end of the shoot for shots of the siblings together.

5.  Enjoy the experience – Connections

A session with your newborn should not be stressful or exhausting, but rather a bonding experience for the family. 

We will give you plenty of time and space to feed, change and burp your baby.  A relaxed Mummy means that the baby will be more receptive.  We encourage Mum and Dad to simply take a seat on the sofa and relax while we photograph your newborn in the setting and style that you envision.

See more of our newborn photography work in our website for our Signature Fine Art, Home Newborn Photography or Studio Newborn Photography.

Make memories with your family while we capture and preserve it for you.

Get in touch by calling +65 8858 0088, Email at info@tomato.sg or Whatsapp Us to find out more.

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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

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Tomatonian
8858 0088
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