Planning An Extended Family Portrait – This Is What You Should Know

Planning An Extended Family Portrait – Why?

An extended family photoshoot is a wonderful opportunity to bring your entire family together and capture memories that will last a lifetime. There are many reasons why you should plan for an extended family photoshoot, including:

  1. Capturing precious memories: An extended family photoshoot is a chance to capture memories with family members you may not see often or may not see again. These photographs will be treasured for years to come and will serve as a reminder of the love and bond that exists within your family.
  2. Celebrating milestones: An extended family photoshoot is a perfect way to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. These photos will capture the joy and excitement of these milestones and will serve as a reminder of the happy times you shared together.
  3. Creating family heirlooms: An extended family photoshoot will produce images that can be passed down from generation to generation. These photographs will become family heirlooms that will be cherished for years to come.
  4. Fun and bonding experience: An extended family photoshoot is a fun and bonding experience that brings family members closer together. It’s a chance to laugh, reminisce, and create new memories with the people you love.

In conclusion, an extended family photoshoot is a wonderful investment in preserving your family’s memories and creating lasting family heirlooms. It’s a chance to celebrate milestones, bond with loved ones, and capture precious memories that will be treasured for generations to come.

Here are a few things to consider and take note of in order to make the process go smoothly. when planning an extended family portrait.

1. Set A Date For Your Extended Family Portrait

Give everyone plenty of notice: Depending on the size of your family and how spread out they live, it can take some time to organise everyone’s schedules. So, it’s important to give everyone as much notice as possible to increase the chances that everyone will be able to make it.

We understand it can be challenging when coordinating an optimum timing for everyone in the family, however, if this shoot is important, people will make time, rearrange their usual schedules and try their best to make it for this photoshoot. Afterall, most families only do extended family photoshoots once every couple of years.

Contingency Plan

Best case scenario is definitely a time when everyone can gather in-person to complete this photoshoot. In the event when one family is down with flu and can’t make it; and the shoot must go on because one of the family member will be leaving the country that very night, this is where the possibility of composite family portraits can be explored. This option requires the photographer to possess highly technical lighting, posing and photoshop ability and advanced planning to pull it off. That said, photographers aren’t magicians but can certainly make it happen IF clients let us know in advanced before the shoot. Below is one of the composite extended family portrait done recently.

2. Choose A Family Photographer Experienced in Taking Extended Family Portraits

When it comes time to choose a photographer, you’ll want one who is experienced and knows how important your family’s portraits are. Make sure they have the capabilities needed for an extended family shoot with lots of people, different ages in tow – from babies in arms to seniors in wheelchair and anything in between. 

3. Photo Studio – Suitable for Extended Family Portrait

With extended family portrait, apart from selecting a studio that is spacious enough to accommodate your big group, it is inevitable that we may encounter family members who have mobility issues. 

Multiple change rooms and spacious washrooms with wheelchair accessibility would therefore be convenient, plenty of parking is also very important. Our studio can easily fit 25 pax comfortably and have photographed 36 pax like the image above.

Alternatively, home shoots are also possible. Learn more about Where to do your professional family portrait  and the  15 Tips on how to select the best family photo studio for your family shoot

4. Scheduling Flexibility

At times, we get clients telling us that a family member was admitted/re-admitted to the hospital. In times like these, we understand and will reschedule the session to another day.

At other times, there is only a small window of opportunity to get an extended family portrait done and its a last minute and urgent shoot. Whenever possible, we will try our best to make it happen for your family. We have done last minute late night shoot for a family at home right after one of the family member returned home from hospital. 

5. Rates

Whilst we all plan to have memories of the extended family preserved, the topic of rates will definitely come up tops. It is very important that the family members are fully aligned on the fees and charges of the photoshoot and its inclusions or product prices. Different studio, different business models. Learn more on  15 Tips on how to select the best family photo studio for your family shoot

6. Turnaround Time

If you are like us who always want our things done yesterday and don’t like waiting for things to happen, we get it! 

Most clients love to see their photos as quickly as they can after the shoot; and receive the final products quickly. At Tomato Photo, you get to see your edited photos online within 24-48 hours from shoot; and products delivered within 1-2 weeks from your order and approval.

Speed of product deliverables will depend on how quickly you place your order.

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Based on 360 reviews
Tiffany V
Tiffany V
September 13, 2023.
From my initial inquiry to the enjoyable photoshoot experience and the prompt delivery of the final photos, my journey with Tomato Studio was nothing short of extraordinary. The team displayed exceptional professionalism, offering a truly personalized and seamless experience. They answered every question I had and prepared all the outfits for me in a snap. I was able to book my session and receive the final photos in just about 1 week! I was a little nervous going into the studio as it’s my first photoshoot ever, but Master Photographer Hart’s calmness, patience and easy-going personality made me feel very comfortable. I had also brought my chihuahua to the studio to be photographed, and even he was calm around Hart! The studio was also very clean and cozy. Hart guided me on how to pose and identified angles that accentuated my best features, which was very helpful for a first timer like myself. He was also very patient during my multiple outfit changes and really put me and my dog at ease, making the whole experience really fun and efficient. Hart’s proficiency extended to the post-production phase, as he was able to edit all the photos within 2-3 days! They came out so stunning, and I am so thrilled with the results that I have been wholeheartedly recommending Tomato Studio to all my friends. I look forward to working with Tomato Studio for my next milestone photoshoot, confident in their ability to deliver another exceptional photography experience.
YC Chong
YC Chong
August 22, 2023.
3rd timing engaging Hart to take our family photos. He has a knack for engaging the children and makes them at ease during the photography session, so the photos turn out GREAT. We always look forward to receiving the final product (photo edit and the prints)! 😊
Fong Yee Chye
Fong Yee Chye
August 12, 2023.
Worked with Hart for the first time this month for a newborn and family shoot. Hart was able to communicate with my toddler who cooperated on posing photos with us and our newborn. The photos that came out were really nice, candid, and professional - everything that we expected from the shoot. The session also was not draggy and everything was done quickly with really good photos. The photos were also well edited quickly and we received the preview within a day. Thank you Hart!
Shawn Heng
Shawn Heng
August 9, 2023.
Hart is just brilliant with kids. He’s able to engage and quickly make the kids feel comfortable with him, that they actually follow instructions… most of the time. He’s also extremely gentle with newborns and gives you every confidence he knows what he is doing. The result? Amazing family photos!
suma para
suma para
July 16, 2023.
We were taking a family photo after so many years . Hart made us very comfortable and relaxed . Result is amazing . Thanks
Patrick Er
Patrick Er
July 16, 2023.
Hart was excellent. Our baby was so relaxed and the whole shoot was a quiet and sweet affair. Thank you for helping us capture the memories!
Tiffany Goh
Tiffany Goh
July 13, 2023.
If you are looking for a photographer to capture beautiful moments with your extended family, look no further than Master Hart and Tomato Photo Studio. From making enquiry to booking to the actual photo session and receiving the final photos, it is definitely a seamless, hassle-free and pleasant process. Master Hart is friendly, thoughtful and very accommodating. He is able to put everyone at ease during the shoot so that everyone will be able to have their best moments captured. Thank you so much for the fun and enjoyable photo session, Master Hart! Highly recommended - Tomato Photo Studio!
Wee Kai Tay
Wee Kai Tay
July 11, 2023.
Did a multi-generation shoot of 25pax with Hart, a seemingly daunting task that Hart handled with such ease. He gave us time to relax and settle, and took effort to know each of us so he could suggest placements and positions. He is deft at handling kids, bringing out their natural smiles, and patiently coaxed a crying toddler into smiles. He may not be the cheapest but he brings out the best of the subjects, through a very enjoyable experience.
Jee Min Hee
Jee Min Hee
June 25, 2023.
Hart strives to know your preference and style right from the beginning which is great as it helps clients to envisage the type of outcome they would like to achieve. The entire experience was fast, smooth and comfortable as you would expect from a very experienced photographer. Importantly, the outcome is awesome and is something I would cherish for many years to come. Thanks Hart!

If you’re like me who don’t take family studio shots often, you’ll want to pick one where everything will turn out beautiful. Not all studios are the same. The lighting at Tomato is SO MAGICAL. There are interesting shadow details that gives the photos so much depth. Plus Hart (the only photographer) is great with kids. The combination of these are priceless. Your family deserves the best. Pay a bit more. You’ll be happy you did when you see the results.

JP Liew
Google Review, Feb 2022

My family had really fantastic experience with Hart. He is amazing with the kid, knows how to make us smile and laughing all the time. I’ve also been thrilled with the results of each shoot, our photos are really beautiful. We will be back again for sure!

Google Review, Feb 2022
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