Black & White Portrait

Images that I love, with absence in color, B&W brings you closer to the subject in the pictures…

What is Black & White Photography means to me personally?

Black and White imagery though simple, it demand a lot from the photographer to be able to manage the subject and make an interesting images out of it.

The word, capturing the moment, though is captivating, I always feel that in portrait photography, capturing the moment it will only be great if the moment present itself. However, every portrait session, the subject demand the photographer to somehow evoke their emotion so moment present itself so that the photographer can capture them. So if you want to have a picture of a smiley child, well, you got to be the clown. If you like a cheeky child, you got to bring those out and when you want a family that “connect” together, you got to make that happen too. Nothing is as easy as it seems. That’s portrait photography and it takes a lifelong learning to do it well and I am still learning after 10 years.

In Black and White, our eyes focus solely on the “content” of the image and every single details are being lay in front of your eyes for your scrutiny.

When you are working with limitation, you are force to produce images that is carefully executed by manipulate the lighting very carefully to create enough highlight, mid-tone to shadow. Basically the brightest white that still retain information to the darkest black that still contain details as well as all the level of grey that is required to make the images interesting.

I learn that highlight bring the excitement in the images, mid-tone bring comfort while shadow bring mysteriousness… combine the three element carefully, you will arrived at an image that is exciting yet comfortable to look at while contain certain mystery that keep you coming back to the image.

Black & White imagery is very difficult to master as it require high level of skills. It took years to understand how light work, not just how it illuminate the subject, but how it create that dynamic in the picture. It is to answer a question of whether you are using light to merely illuminate the subject or lit the subject that evoke emotion?

In many ways, every photographer need to have their own “personal project” that is on-going that allow the photographer to learn what interest them the most.

For me, Black and White imagery is perhaps my personal project that I do every single shoot… I shoot majority of the shoot for family who arrives at photo shoot, but leave some of them remain as my personal work that I enjoy.

I must say I enjoy it very much and perhaps a little too much when my son told me that he wanted to grow up like me, but like to capture the images in color rather B&W. Is it a compliment? or perhaps something else? Only time will tell.

So if you enjoy the Black and White Imagery as much as I do, do drop us a line and we can have a chat on how we can create something together.

Based on 309 reviews.
Raymond D
Raymond D
August 28, 2022.
We had a great time at the studio with our dog! Hart has been very patient and understanding the entire session. We didn’t know how to pose and he guided us through every step of the way. Our dog loves him too. The photos came out great! Very happy with his work and professionalism.
szeli chong
szeli chong
August 28, 2022.
Had a family photoshoot with my almost one year old. Was a bit apprehensive at first because, as we all know, babies can be a bit temperamental. But all my fears were allayed within 2 mins of meeting Hart. Not only was he friendly and approachable, he made baby feel right at home with his cheerful disposition (and also toy selection haha). All of us were comfortable during the shoot and it was over in a blink of an eye. The pictures came out great and we were not disappointed. Highly recommended!
sharadha sree Armugam
sharadha sree Armugam
August 25, 2022.
Hart is very humble and at the same time he is very professional. He didn't rush us to take the shots. Very patient with furry pets. He is also quick in his submission of his work( pics taken for us to choose). He takes awesome pics which are definitely mind-blowing. I am very impressed with his work, his tone, his attitude and his professionalism. He ticks all the boxes. Thank you so much Hart for the wonderful time at your studio. We as a family love it and had fun as well....
Christine Rangel
Christine Rangel
August 23, 2022.
We were looking to do a family Graduation photoshoot which also accommodated pets for our daughter’s graduation . It was our first time and we had a very pleasant experience . Booking a slot was hassle free , helpful tips on attire were given prior to the shoot so we knew how to prepare ourselves . The studio has a very cozy ambience and is very welcoming . Olli our kitty immediately made himself at home and was allowed to roam freely in the studio whilst waiting for his turn. Hart is very patient and very professional in getting the shoot done . After the shoot and prior to placing orders , Hart was very accommodating when we requested for some editing of the preview pics . Overall it was a great experience and we are looking forward to more shoots in future . Thanks very much Hart and team 🌻
Chrissy Tan
Chrissy Tan
August 17, 2022.
Had my maternity photos taken recently by Hart. Must say I'm impressed with the overall experience! Hart was patient and thorough in making sure he captures the concepts and looks we wanted. He also gave great advice on how to pose and made the overall photo shoot so much fun! Highly recommend and would come back for our newborn shoot!
Cher Chong
Cher Chong
August 15, 2022.
We need a family picture and it was long overdue! We want to capture beautiful moments of the kids (they are growing up way too fast)! We need to have this happen at a place that is convenient for the 10 of us as we have an elderly in wheelchair. Tomato Photo caught my attention through FB and my SIL mentioned about seeing it on RenovAid being a wheelchair accessible place. With the reviews i read about Hart being a amazing photographer and has his ways with kids, my requirements are all met and i decided to make a booking with Tomato Photo. On the day of shoot, it was unexpectedly an enjoyable experience that went smoothly. Most importantly we all have fun! The kids were cooperative, the elderly feel relax in the studio environment! Hart captured unique shots of everyone! Thank you very much, Hart! Thumbs up!
Yang Yang
Yang Yang
August 12, 2022.
I’ve recently done maternity photoshoot with Hart. He’s very professional, creative friendly and fun to work with!! He’s managed to capture some great shoot for our furkid, we were really impressive! Certainly will be back for newborn shoot 😀
Daryl Lim
Daryl Lim
August 12, 2022.
We engaged Hart from a recommendation from a friend and boy, we’re we impressed. Hart is very attuned to the baby’s needs, patient and creative when it comes to the newborn photos! 100% recommend for anyone looking for a newborn shoot to last a lifetime.
Mike Lim
Mike Lim
July 27, 2022.
Comfortable and enjoyable newborn photo shoot. Hart is patient and has his way of handling with baby. Highly recommended.

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