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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Jasmine Chan
Jasmine Chan
May 18, 2024.
Very professional setting and a very patient photographer who is excellent at directing shots. 5/5 stars!
Ben Tong
Ben Tong
April 23, 2024.
Excellent experience with Hart. He is friendly and engaging adding to the overall experience in the studio a stress free and fun experience for myself and my family. Highly recommend!
Joanne Yoong
Joanne Yoong
April 18, 2024.
We did a beautiful family shoot with Hart - the shoot itself was fantastic and he was able to keep our large multigen family engaged and captured the happy spirit of the day. Unfortunately, after downloading the shoot pics, we managed to lose track of the photos. As my dad is quite ill and had requested these , we were crushed to find we could not locate the images he wanted. Hart was immediately responsive when we reached out and located the copies of our shoot, saving the day. Not only did he create a gorgeous set of memories for us, but his prompt and caring after-sales action was amazing. 5* for both quality and support. Would recommend highly as an artist and also as a professional. Thank you Hart!
Joanne Chua
Joanne Chua
April 18, 2024.
My company had an extremely good experience with Hart in our recent corporate photoshoot. Everyone in the company is very pleased with the photos. Below are some key aspects that made this photoshoot an extraordinary journey. Highlights: 1. Professionalism Redefined: The photographer, Hart exhibited unparalleled professionalism and skill, capturing the essence of each employee with precision and finesse. Their ability to evoke genuine engagement and empowerment was truly remarkable, resulting in portraits that radiated authenticity and charisma. 2. Friendly and Supportive: Hart is very accommodative to our requests, and he goes the extra mile to help with another group of staff for onsite photoshoot. He still manages to produce the high-resolution artwork given such a short timeframe due to our business set-up requirements. 3. Engagement and Empowerment: Beyond just capturing images, the photoshoot served as a catalyst for engagement and empowerment among our team members. It provided a platform for individuals to express themselves authentically, fostering a culture of inclusivity and collaboration. I really appreciate and feel thankful to be able to work with Hart on this assignment. I will still want to work with him for the upcoming assignment and refer him to my friends. Thank you so much, Hart and Team!
Yin Yin Wong
Yin Yin Wong
March 22, 2024.
Hart is easy going and friendly. He could sense that my kids( teenager) ain’t very interested in photo taking 🤣but he made them feel at ease. Most importantly, the pictures taken of them were very beautiful and natural. Hart and his team’s responses are very quick and professional too !
Eunice Lee
Eunice Lee
March 12, 2024.
We chose Hart as his aesthetics for newborn photos were exactly what we wanted, minimal and natural. He is really talented and captured so many unique expressions and poses. We had a hard time choosing what we really liked as there were so many great ones. We’ll definitely be returning for more family photos!
Jacinta Lim
Jacinta Lim
February 28, 2024.
Great experience. Hart is lovely - he really goes all out to make you feel at ease. You can really feel his passion for people and what he does. He just really wants to make sure you have a good time and leave with great shots!
Colleen and Ernest Heng
Colleen and Ernest Heng
February 20, 2024.
Hart was so patient and flexible our timeline. Our dogs got comfy due soft and demeanor. We are very please the level service and the helped he rendered nem to pit together tje tje photo book and canvases. Thank you !
sgltja01
sgltja01
January 31, 2024.
We had a very refreshing family photo shoot experience at Tomato Photo Studio on 21 January 2024. Hart was very creative, energetic and lively making my two young granddaughters very much at home. The photographic images turned out very natural and reflected well the mood. Thanks Hart and Hazel as well for providing the helpful information.

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!

Jina
Google Review, Feb 2022
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