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.

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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

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What To Expect From A Family Photography Photo Shoot – Tomato Photo Singapore

It has been a while since I sit down and write a blog. 2018 will hopefully see more blogs from me as I would love to pen down my thoughts about family photography Photo Shoot… While I can’t feature every single family photography photo shoot that I have done, I will try my best to feature as many as I can.

A while back, Hazel, asked me if I could do a session for her family… and so I agreed. It is always interesting shooting for people who is close to you.

For those who didn’t know who Hazel is, Hazel has been working with Tomato Photo for more than a year now, helping me with client’s enquries and getting the booking booked in correctly so I can concentrate on the photography.

So I decide to let her experience how I help my client from beginning to the end of the session to get to what they want, That is a beautiful images of their family, a symbolic of unity, bonding and happiness and perhaps memories preservation.

I believe the #1 Fear that people have that sometime even prevent them from procastinating on booking that family photography photo shoot is “NOT KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT”.

I feel, as a photographer, I play an important part of the success of the session. By success of the family photography photo shoot, I mean:

1. Making people feel they have made the right decision;

2. Getting the results that they want; and

3. Actually, enjoy the process.

I enjoyed the session very much as I have the absolute control on what I want to create; and see what I wanted to create come to life frame after frame… and of course, curiosity prompt me to ask Hazel to describe to me the whole process and how she feel… and here is what she wrote me:

Despite knowing and working with you for some time now, I was a little nervous and/or anxious about the session with my family; it was going to be the first time having someone else’s focused attention on taking photos of us so I did not know what to expect. But any anxiety and uncertainty quickly faded away the moment I introduced you to my mother and sister. Knowing that everyone was at ease with the help of your calming presence had made me feel at ease as well.

My excitement began to build when you started moving things around the studio in preparation for the setting. I wondered how the photos would look – it is always a joy to me to look at what in my humble opinion are “well-taken” photos. I found that your art direction was easy and clear; I don’t think any of us felt “lost” in a sense. Your positive verbal feedback after every shot was also reassuring – I know how to smile but I imagine that my mum (who does not take a million photos, selfies and videos) may not have felt as comfortable in front of the camera as I would have felt. And that you explained some parts of the session – like why tilt our heads forwards, or why stand sideways, or why the reflector was placed in that particular position – was something I personally appreciated, as I like to understand how things work. I was also surprised by how the little things matter, like when you reminded us to relax our fingers, and that you noticed those things to begin with! But when you think about it, I suppose these things should not be surprising at all, given your expertise and experience – it was all just new to me.

Overall, I would say that the session was comfortable, seamless, and quick; a positive experience for the three of us! I was also really glad to hear my mom’s approving feedback on how you handled everything – apparently she was also anxious and hesitant prior to the shoot but now, she’s a fan! – Hazel

SO What Can You Expect During The Family Photography Photo Shoot with Tomato Photo?

If this is your first professional family portrait shoot with Tomato Photo, you might be expecting the session to be 2-3 hours long with 3 to 4 to 5 clothing changes and an assistant tagging along and making sure that every detail of the dress/hair is in place…

I’m sorry, I’ll have to pop your bubble here. For my family photography photo shoot, it averages around 45mins to an hour. I shoot alone because a lot of great moments happen in split second especially true for young children. I would rather sacrifice some of the perfect pose, perfect creaseless shirt and perfect hair for that genuine moments. Stopping even momentarily to fix those little imperfection breaks the momentum and it will results in missing the shots.

I don’t work with assistant too, I find the subject tend to look any where but the camera hence I don’t get the right looking into camera shots. Furthermore, I feel children tend to need to warm up to people who are foreign to them, so warming up to 1 (Me!) is easier than warming up to me + assistant.  So if you prefer the results, I get them by working alone. So eager parents and grandparents, I know you meant well to help, but I will request for help from you if I need them as I expect you to relax and enjoy the bonding with your family.

Perhaps some of you are curious then of my process from the beginning to the end of the family photography photo shoot… So let me run this down and I hope to let you understand why and how I do it and what it means to the subject in front of my camera.

1. Start with “Warm Up Session”

By “Warm Up Session”, what I mean is time for me to get to know my clients better. This is afterall the first time I get to meet your family (apart from returning clients).

At this “Warm Up Session”, I get to talk to each and everyone who is there and understand what is their behaviour/mannerism through observation. This is also where I get to know which kids belong to which family (when I do extended family photography photo shoot). At the same time, brief everyone on how the shoot will be conducted and what kind of “rules” I have during the shoot so everyone is in the same page. 

I will then let the children to “explore” the space and get familiar with what is there. This stage can be as short as 1 minute to as long as 10-15 minutes depending on family.

2. The Photography Session

This is the actual image creation process and usually last for about 45 minutes or so for a family session.

I tend to shoot really fast and flow from one shot to another seamlessly and go through many poses and combinations in a very short time, especially for families with young kids. I do build excitement and momentum during the shooting process by being the ‘monkey’ while giving lots of reassurances and feedback to clients on how they are doing. Parents are expected to relax while I get the kids attention but pay attention to my instructions while I’m conducting the session.

This is the part where everyone will need to keep up with the fast momentum as I give instructions on the fly (especially for families with young children) because the “look” that I want to create is usually a split second moment type of shot. I do this is to ensure that the people in front of and outside the zone of the camera view “forget” about the camera and focus on what they are doing, how they’re bonding and have fun at the same time. Really… most people won’t have time to worry about anything during this time.

I love family to connect. I love hugs. I love closeness. And I love real emotion in there.

So less posing, more hugs, more emotions is the style of my photography.

For extended family portraits without young kids, posing and positioning will be the complete opposite to the experience mentioned above.

Of course, if I have luxury (because with young children under 5 years old, it is NOT possible to pose them, so don’t try! I will talk about that later how I navigate in this) of posing people, I will make sure I make changes, even they think it is tiny… I look at the face, the size of everyone and make sure everyone looks about equal and how the light fall on them nicely.

With young children, I tend to ask them to “move” from where they are to where I want them to be, this take a little experience as it will results into the “pose” that I want and it will happen usually split second. I tend to give instruction as I shoot and I will let parents know during the warm up session to pay attention to my instructions so I can get the best for them.

I also tend to re-assure the subject when I get something nice of them. That usually motivate them to do more. I build excitement and I also build momentum during this process so people are carried away through this excitements and somehow forget that they are in front of the camera and this is the experience that I create. More about their family bonding and what they do and less of being aware of in front of the camera.

3. The “Closing”

At the end of the family photography photo shoot, I may do a scroll through the camera to show clients the images captured during the session, how the products look like if its a studio session and get to know about any particular flaw/edit that clients need me to pay more attention to.

Clients usually get to view the whole series of images anywhere in the world at their convenience within a week via an online gallery. Image selection/order are made online and the finished products delivered when order is fulfilled.

 

If you love the images and love to work together to get the images for your family, drop us a line at info@tomato.sg or call us at 8858 0088

Regards,

Hart Tan
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Baby Jonas – 2 weeks Old Newborn Shoot

What makes a beautiful newborn image?

Simplicity is something I look for in photography that I do for my clients…

Simple things require a lot more patience to create and with today’s fast pace society, I love to be able to slow down and capture what matters to me… Images that melts the heart of the parents.

When everyone else expect you to go faster… sometimes, it is great to be able to slow down and create something meaningful in life…

 

Regards,

 

Hart Tan
www.tomato.sg
info@tomato.sg
+65 8858 0088

 


Triplet Newborn Shoot

Great things happen in 3?

How about shooting newborn triplet photography?

It’s fun, it’s hectic, it’s fast pace as well as it is challenging all at the same time… I have to think on my feet, observing each and every baby and trying to create something unique for their parents… so they can look back and remember this moment…

The images I can create is nothing more than my understanding about the people and their individuality… I tend to get parents to describe their children to me before the shoot so I can create something just for them…

 

Here is what the parents told me about the triplet…

Oliver is the most active one that has a lot of expressions..

Hansel and Nathan are more impatience…

Photographing and telling story of people and children is easy as long as you are willing to spend time to listen, connect and honest with your interpretation…

One thing that makes photographing people interesting is everyone is unique…

I truly grateful to be part of this family journey…

Regards,

Hart Tan
www.tomato.sg
info@tomato.sg
+65 8858 0088

 


Best Gift for Mother’s Day

When we first saw I first newborn, my heart filled with joy… and I am glad that many of our clients understand the importance to have their newborn photos taken… But as I have always mentioned, life gets even better when our little newborn start smiling with us around 3 months…

I reckon that the pictures of my kids growing up are precious memories that I am glad that I have for them…

However, what about the person who is  always there along the side spend their hours care and worry for their children? The mother of your children…

This is a picture that I hold dearly of my wife and our first newborn…

While we focus on major milestones, I believe everyday moments are equally as important.

I wish my children stay the way they were, but they don’t… the rates that they are growing, I don’t even remember how they looks and their little gestures as I, like many parents too caught up in our everyday routines to even notice.

I love to see how my kids grow and proud to be able to present them the best gift in life… the picture of their memories…

Sure, our wife can have one more romantic dinner, one more things that in her closet, one more shoes…
The only thing that truly important is the memories of them and their children… it is a gift of a life time…

So if your wife say I have a few more kilos to lose, tell them, I photoshop… If your wife says, find a perfect time to do it… perhaps let them know their kids grow up way too quickly… that is why, you are giving her this gift !!! If you need time… a gift voucher for a photoshoot might be your answer…

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Best Regards,

Hart Tan
Associate Master Photographer
8858 0088


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