Family Photography Session with Cece & Chris

It is always a pleasure to see familiar faces walk through the studio for family photography again.

Through out the conversation, Chris and Cecelia told me that they put their families memories on the very top of their priorities list.


One way to remember how their kids looks like is through photorgraphy as it serve as a record.


We watch our children growing up every second of our life and photograph allow us to “compare” how they look now and a few months or years ago.


When I first met their little princess, she was sitting up and yet to take her first step and Alex was in his “toothless” years.

Of course like any shoots that involve young children, there are a lot of unexpected challenges.

One of the challenge is to ensure children are well rested before the session… but of course, as parents, you know deep down, they will likely not going to sleep and ended up with cranky and restless child during the shoot.

It was exactly the case with Chris and Cece’s family…


This is not unexpected and happen almost all the time in my 10 years of photographing families.


One thing that I am extremely grateful is when Chris and Cece allow me to take time to coax their little daughter while we wait for her to be ready. The shoot was only about 90 minutes and it is long enough for me to get enough shots for them and short enough to enjoy the journey.


Of course, any family who arrived at our studio have high expectation in the images that they wanted to have.


Working with children require a lot of patience and also a lot of know how… different children require different handling… this is the part where is the most exciting for me. I love human interaction in general especially with children.


I love it when the final images show happiness and connection within the family and this time round, I had the pleasure to know Chris’ dad too.

I am sure Cece and Chris was over the moon with the results and Cece wrote this to me after getting all their canvases and album done.

We had a great experience with Hart taking our family portrait, the 3 generations.

Hart is a warm and friendly person. Everyone of us able to be joyful and natural in front of the camera! And this is very important when we talk about taking family portrait

This is our second experience working with Hart and we love his professionalism and passion in his work

Hart is really good at kids even for our non stop 3 year old girl. He was able to capture her, her true self and personality ( we will definitely miss her this moment when she grows up)

Our photos are all so natural! There’s not much of editing and I really love the album!

We will definitely engage his service again!

Cece & Chris

Please enjoy the slideshow below for the session since 2015 with Chris’ family.

I hope you enjoy looking at the images as much as I enjoy shooting their Chris’ family.

If you are thinking of doing one for your family, give us a call for a chat and let’s see if we are a good fit.



Hart Tan
8858 0088

A special portrait at St Regis

A Special Mother & Son Portraits

Peranakan-Style Family Portraits

In Classic Peranakan Flavour Setup

As a photographer, we would be “hired” for images that we are known for (majority of time).

A few months back, I had a text from my colleague at the studio asking if I am interested with a very interesting project. I was reluctant at first because of the complexity of the shoot that involves a lot of detailed planning. However, I thought to myself, my vision is to create timeless memories for families. If I ignored this, wouldn’t it be in contradiction to my vision?

Due to its complexity, I decide to meet Ian and Angeline to discuss about their shoot. I was presented a very very old black and white image of a nyonya in her glorious outfit. It wasn’t an easy task to re-create the image because of the “backdrop” and the make up that belonged to that era.

Upon many conversation over the phone, I decided, “Well, lets do it and see what I could come out with.”

On the day, I walked into a beautiful and intimate suite at St.Regis Hotel for the shoot. I was greeted with the elegance of the decor, the glorious setting of the Peranakan culture and a pair of eager and anxious clients.

I decided that I would like to shoot the whole set of images using vintage Leica Lenses that I collect, which known to have the classic rendering which I hope will somehow mimic the “look” that they are after.

Of course, being very private, I would have to make sure I take care of their privacy, hence, only 1 image will be shown here… I shall leave you to ponder for the rest of the images…

Ian was kind enough to write me a review…

Review for Tomato Photo by Ian Ng (5/5 stars)

In early 2017, I conceived of an ambitious art project: to sit with my mother for a series of Peranakan-style family portraits. I had a clear artistic approach in mind: as a Baba, I wanted to highlight my heritage by having my mother don the sarong kebaya, along with all her nyonya finery, while I would stand by her side in a western suit–our attire echoing the elegant black-and-white Peranakan portraits of the past. I wanted our portraits to look formal yet intimate, while capturing us in a moment of timeless splendor.

I approached several high-end photographers with my specifications for the project, all of whom failed to follow-through with me. Disappointed, I began to think that my project was too ambitious to achieve. Subsequently, I stumbled upon Tomato Photo’s website, where I was greeted by a series of family portraits that brimmed with a graceful, understated beauty that did not appear overly staged like most modern photography. I was impressed and proceeded to contact Tomato with the details of my project.

From our first meeting, Hart understood all the intricacies of my vision and eventually led us through a successful photoshoot that surpassed my expectations. Hart displayed his keen eye for the subtleties of color, detail, perspective, and light when he maneuvered us (and our many props–mainly furniture and antiques) into the best poses during the photoshoot.

With professionalism and warmth, Hart skillfully transformed my long-held dream into reality, creating images that will bring joy and awe to my family for generations to come.

I admire Hart’s unique artistry and look forward to working with him again in the near future.


I am glad that the shoot was a success; leaving Ian and her mother, Angeline satisfied with the outcome.

Looking forward to work on the many interesting projects with them in the future.



Hart Tan
+65 8858 0088

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

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…




Hart Tan
+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…


Hart Tan
+65 8858 0088


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