Best Location – Home – Family Photo Shoot Singapore

Great images for your family photography session often happen right at your home.

Clients usually worry that their home isn’t suitable for the family photoshoot. But hey, Hart of Tomato Photo started his career as an Interior Photographer and had photographed thousands of homes. And his focus was to make the space look as beautiful as possible. Naturally, he understands how to get the best angle for your home.

Tomato Photo’s photography style focuses on the essence of a person, their demeanour, expressions and body language. We shoots what feels right and looks right. It is our quest to preserve memories of who you are at this point of time. 

A person’s physical look will change over time, but the essence of who we are remains. So it you wonder why our portraits looks different, it’s because Hart shoots what you can see but can’t capture.

As a Master Photographer, Hart get 95% of what he need in the camera, leaving 5% of work in photoshop. Children often have scratches on their face, bump on their head, dirt on the shirt, etc… these are the 5% that he does in the editing process. Furthermore, as he manages the photoshoot to editing to archival process single handedly, there is continuity and consistency for every single shoot.

Hart have photographed Melanie & family many times over the years.

The challenge was to tell a story for this little girl and capture who she is, her “position” in the family, at the same time, getting the tweens to smile naturally.

All these being done at the comfort of their home where everything that is needed for the family photoshoot is within reach. 

Hart will guide your family through the whole process, manages the kids, so you know you always get the best from each shoot.

Thank you, Hart, once again for the lovely photos! We have been photographing with Hart since my boys were toddlers and they’re now teenagers! His service has always been consistent and the quality of the final result truly unparalleled. I’ve always looked forward to receiving my proofs cos I know he never disappoints. Hart is as good with kids as he is with everyone of all ages. Patient and personable, friendly and flexible, Hart never fails to put his subjects at ease and every session is loads of fun for everyone! More than a decade ago, he was able to capture my toddler boys (not exactly the easiest of subjects) at their best and more than 10 years on, he continues to work his magic with them as teens (still not the easiest of subjects!) together with their little sister. We have tried other photographers over the years but absolutely none have come anywhere close to capturing everyone in their truest and most natural element. Hart is truly in a league of his own and I would strongly recommend anyone looking to get family photos to seek him out. Hart isn’t just talented, he is truly passionate about his art. His results speak for themselves – absolutely stunning images of precious moments in time. I cannot recommend him enough. – Melanie K, 2020

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    Family Portraits: Why It’s Worthwhile

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    Family portraits are a tradition that dates back to the time of the Roman Empire. Family members would gather together and have their portrait painted as a way to memorialize themselves for future generations. Family portraits also serve other purposes, such as helping children remember who they look like; and how their family is connected.

    Family photos can bring people closer together, even if they live far away from one another or only see each other once in awhile.

    Family photographs provide priceless memories that last forever, no matter what happens in life later on down the line. It’s worth it to invest in professional photography services because these images will never go out of style!

    Your Family, Your Story

    Your life as a family is like a storybook. A day a page, a month, a chapter, and a year in a volume. 

    The storybook of your family should contain beautiful images of your family so everyone remembers how they look at that particular time of their life.

    Photos can powerfully depict the ties of each family member and the strong bond that they share. Our parent’s generation might not have taken as many photos as this leaves many of us in the lurch when it comes to reflecting on our childhood visually or recalling important memories from events captured in film. One of the great wonders of our new generation is the access we have to cameras and technology, all of this makes us less apprehensive about getting in front of the camera and allowing a photographer to shoot away our precious family portrait.

    We focus on the all-important moments of your modern-day family.  Captured digitally are the moments shared between loved ones. With a focus on fun moments, this is the perfect opportunity to get shots done that reflect your family in their truest form

    What People LOVE in Their Life Storybook?

    My clients often tell us that they love natural pictures. Something simple, but simple often is the most difficult thing to achieve. As Leonardo DaVinci says: “Simplicity Is The Ultimate Sophistication”

    People say, I want candid photos, what do they mean by candid? are they supposed to do something for the camera? if yes, what to do? If they do it, it becomes contrive, and being contrive is one a big no no and clients hate it. 

    When your kids are under 3, their little silly face is cute, adorable and we certainly love those images, however, the same silly face when they are 9 or 10 years old, probably something that we want to avoid. In short, clients love images that is simple, natural and images that is age-appropriate.

    We believe that by allowing children to just be themselves and engage with them as they play naturally allows great images to be captured of your little ones. 

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    Main reasons that families choose to get family photos done:

    Every family wants to feel proud of their family. A beautifully captured family portrait is often a mean to show those proud moments. 

    Secondly, families want something tangible to show their children’s growth. 

    Beautifully captured images offer parents an opportunity to stop the moment as we all know that time waits for no one, as the kids get bigger; or the parents are getting older.

    Whilst you plan to get your own family portraits done annually, let’s also remember to invite the grandparents to join in the shots; or organise everyone to do an extended family portrait.

    After all, many of your parents are providers for you when you were younger; care-givers of your children; it is even more important if they live overseas.

    Displaying a tangible form of family photo on the walls of your home sends a strong message to your family and everyone who enters your home that your family means more to me than anything else in the world. 

    All you have to do is ask someone what he or she would grab if their house were on fire. I’m sure most people you ask would say their family photos. Family portraits frame freeze important parts of our lives that often remind us why we work, love, and live.

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    Your family is unique and your story is worth telling. A professional family portrait session will help you capture your story and create memories that will last a lifetime. Family portraits are a way to celebrate your relationships and connect with your loved ones. They are also a great way to commemorate important events, such as births, weddings, and milestones. Professional family portraits are a beautiful way to preserve your family’s legacy for future generations.

    Contact us to discuss your family photos today! Give us a call or Whatsapp us on +65 88580088

    Hart could capture the genuine smiles and expressions on my kids’ faces, and that was what is important for me. The photo shoot was spontaneous and family-directed, i.e. you get the photos that YOU want. – Denise Rachel Yong

    Lovely photos we had. Hart was actively engaged with my girls and both my hubby and I do not need to even “control” them. he totally had them under his control. And he really responded back with the photos taken so fast within 48 hours. – Sal Tan

    Hart took photos of our family recently, and we were so impressed with his great demeanor and artistic eye. He is great with kids, and he even managed to get our 18 month old grumpy baby to crack a few smiles. Each setting he picked for the photos was really lovely. Very happy with our experience! – Lisa Blackard

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    5 Reasons For Doing A Pet Family Photoshoot in Studio or On-Location

    Over my long career of photographing families, the term pet family photoshoot kept popping up.

    Maybe because Pet Photography has established itself as another genre of its own and the thought of combining pet photography and family photography started to manifest itself.

    I have had many families asking me if they can include their pet dog or cats in their Family Portrait Session. The answer would definitely be “Sure! Bring them along!!!”

    Not only are your dogs a huge part of your family, they are also one of your key members. They are companions, they are playmates, they have strong bond to the family members. They certainly add to the dynamics to any family shoot.

    I got to learn about the term ‘fur kid’ only couple of years ago through an incoming email asking if I welcome ‘fur kids’. That was when I had to google to find out what it meant… LOL..

    The only pet I had was having and breeding lots of fish when I was a kid. Running around drains catching worms to feed my large supply of fishes. As I left home to further my studies in Australia, I kept an eastern long neck turtle.

    Looking back, it seems that the type of pets I have seem to be scaly water type pets. I haven’t had a furry type of pet like a dog, cat, rabbit or guinea pig before. So, the term ‘Fur kid’ just didn’t resonate at that point of time.

    Nevertheless, as I began to photograph more couples or families with pet dogs or cats, I began to sense the deep connection between the pets, the baby and the family.

    The interaction between the baby and the dog are clearly phenomenal…. almost like best buddies.

    The laughter and excitement sparkles on the children’s eyes as they interact with their favorite pooch. These interactions are so natural that it helps any photographer capture that perfect shot in any pet family photoshoot. Furthermore, a pet is a great photographers assistant as they relax the environment and create love and connection between the family.

    So here is the top 5 reasons why you should be doing your next family shoot with your pet in our studio, at your home or on-location.

    1. They are part of your family.

    Let’s face it, way before you have your own child, your pet is very much part of you and when the baby came along, you introduce the baby to your pet just like you introduce your baby to the rest of the family and extended family. You love your pet and they are part of your family.

    2. You want to remember them.

    Humans will out live their pet. Dog’s life is rather short, we make comparison of 1 year in dog’s life is very much about 7 of human’s. So by the time they reach 5-6 years old, they are mature and some what less active as we saw in some of the breed.

    While we celebrate our life, we want to make sure every part of our life is being captured, that include your pet. After 10 years of photographing thousands of families, I can always feel the sadness when they point out the pets that they used to have and lost them because of old age.

    3. Kids love to play with them.

    One of the way to get the kiddo to be engaged for the duration of the family photo shoot is to introduce their pets. They love them and you know kids’ love are boundless and I love watch them play, I love the connection that they share and I love they treat their pet just like their best buddies.

    Be sure to have those captured and have them for your kiddo when they grow up. Sometimes, the pet understand the child more than we do and they often cheer up the child. So bring your pets for the next family photoshoot.

    4. You love them as much as your own child.

    You know deep down, they hold that special place in your heart when it comes to pet. They don’t talk back, they are there to cuddle with you when you are sad, spending time with you when you are alone and they are faithful to you as their family too. Perhaps you have told them secrets that you never told anyone because pets are the best at keeping your secret because they don’t share the same language as human.

    5. It is part of your children’s memories.

    It is especially true if you had your first child and there is no one else… just mummy, daddy, me and my pet. This is a shared bond and love between them.

    Have it for your child… after all having your family photoshoot done with your pet is an activity that promotes bonding and connection. It is a perfect activity when it comes to having the memories that can be passed down to your child.

    Give us a call at 8858 0088 or whatsapp us to have a chat on how we can capture your furkids and the family!

    Warm and cosy studio with more than sufficient props. No pushy sales tactic, just go in, get comfy and start shooting. Hart was really accommodating with our pets and his finger was quick to capture the shots before our pets started getting fidgety. I would highly recommend pets/kids shoot with him as he is super patient and easy-going.

    Yvonne Tan
    Google Review, 5 October 2019

    Hart was super understanding and he knew how to grab the attention of my 2 little nieces during our family shoot. He also managed to capture some great shots of our energetic Jack Russell Terrier in his studio as well! Its our first time doing a family photo shoot with him and definitely will not be the last.

    Kingston Chow
    Facebook Review, 21 July 2019

    We have invited Hart twice to our home to capture some family memories. The results have been fantastic and we could not recommend Hart more highly. He is great with dogs, babies and the adults.

    Larissa Dudley
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    Family Shoot at Marina Bay – Indoor & Outdoor

    One of the beauty of having the family portrait shoot done at Marina Bay is the appeal of the beautiful Marina Bay area with the ultra modern cityscape, The urban look to the image as well as the comfort of aircon inside the mall. This give you the outdoor and indoor in the same location.

    It was Christmas and there are lots of amazing display and light but even without the festive, Marina Bay looks amazing…

    This is the second shoot with Joanne’s family and it was a very relaxing and fun experience…

    As a photographer, we also need to conduct ourselves in a manner that don’t cause much public nuisance so we make the work of security guard a lot easier… respect others and others will do the same.

    Give us a call 8858 0088 and have a chat to see what we can help your family in getting the best images…

     

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    Hart Tan
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    Shooting Solo

    Why I Shoot Alone?

    Newborn, Maternity and Kids photography is such a different genre in the world of photography. Most people think that we’re photographers with an army on set; assistants lighting technicians make up/hair artists – but this is far from true, at least in Tomato Photo Studio! In Tomato Photo, I shoot alone!

    The Question Many Asks

    Every now and then, I do get asked the same question…“Hart, why do you work alone?”

    Isn’t it a case of “the more, the merrier” where having more people around helps to ensure that things get done faster and therefore….more efficiently?

    Sure, it can certainly feel impressive to have a team that can run around doing things on my behalf and make me look “important” during photoshoots. However, to be completely honest, I really don’t need an army to impress you during your photoshoot. I have generals that work behind the scenes and this allows me to show up in my best form to create work that you will love during your photoshoots with me, every single time.

    What if I were to turn up with big and expensive lighting and camera systems as a way of justifying my costs… Sounds fancy, right?

    Would that really be justified, though?

    One of Many Stories

    Let me explain further by sharing an experience I had a couple years ago during an extended family photoshoot.

    I remember I walked in to a client’s home with a rather compact system (read: mirrorless camera system), which raised an eyebrow and a remark was made on how “little” equipment I’d arrived with.

    As it turned out, my minimal system was instrumental in ensuring the experience went along smoothly. As soon as I took my camera out, the 2 year old child that was present instantly decided that she didn’t want to take any part in the photoshoot. Parents, you know too well how these things go.

    So yes, the little one decided that everyone else should be in front of the camera, without her. I learnt later on that it usually takes her a while to warm up to new faces.

    Of course, part of the reason why this photoshoot was arranged in the first place was to include this 2 year old girl in the photos along with everyone else plus, there were also visiting family members who were going to be around for only a limited time.

    And because I was alone, my minimal kit that comes with a silent shutter (so when you click, there is no clicking sound from the camera) was not distracting at all for the little girl while she took her time to open up to me; she wasn’t aware that I had started capturing images silently! As everyone sat down together in their places, I waited for the right moment and “PEEKABOO!”, she appeared at the exact spot that I wanted her to be in! As I continued capturing the shots (silently), she remained clueless but happy and in good spirits! All 14 family members were 100% relieved that we got it done beautifully.

    Later on, one of the clients shared with me that he had initial concerns with bulky gear and assistants tagging along for the big family shoot as he was worried these would really make things chaotic. Needless to say he was rather glad that I turned up alone and with minimal gear!

    WHY I Shoot Alone?

    I haven’t always run a “one man show” during my photoshoots. In the past, my wife would tag along as my assistant for newborn photoshoots. In those days, I remember having to ask twice for the little things I’d I need during the photoshoot and it would take me 2-3 tries before I’d eventually get what I needed. This would often end up in intended moments being lost and therefore, not captured for my clients! It has taken us years of working together to learn to be better at being able to read the other’s creative mind, especially when time is of the essence.

    Sure, we’ve since trained ourselves to work really well together. But somewhere along the way, I also found myself wondering what would happen if one day my wife were to feel under the weather on the day of a photoshoot? What would I do then? Postpone the shoot?

    So I changed things further, and trained myself to run the show, solo. When clients choose to trust me in capturing their memories, it is my responsibility to ensure that I make it happen accordingly as they have planned whilst being as efficient as possible.

    Tomato Photo’s Success – Pre-empt, Pre-empt & Pre-empt

    It is the things that we can do for our clients before they even think about that makes us where we are today.

    For example, those of you who have used boutique 5 star resort services or even the famed Haidilao restaurant, you’ll find that it is their ability to “pre-empt” what you need even before it crosses your mind that makes their service stand out.


    Now, this is not an easy task, but it is something we value and believe in, hence we have kept our business small, serving only a limited number of clients each month so that we can attend to each and every one to the best of our abilities.

    I would argue that having more than 1 person in a photoshoot is a luxury that is more beneficial to me as a photographer but not so much for you as a client as it becomes an unnecessary, additional cost to you.

    I have always preferred getting things done sooner rather than later and getting more work done for our clients at the lowest possible cost so that we can make enough to use the very best products for them while keeping the business thriving, even during the most difficult times.

    I love what I do, so I would love to keep myself competitive and continue to offer the best that I can to anyone who would love to work with us.

    • “We booked a session with Hart for my 6mo baby last Friday. Usually my baby takes a long time to warm up to strangers but Hart literally took only 10mins to get him smiling, interacting and curiously looking around the studio so ready for the photoshoot! It was also a very pleasant experience for myself and my husband. We enjoyed the whole hour there. And then when we received the photos… oh my they were all captured beautifully. Especially my son’s expressions 🥰. Thank you so much Hart! “- Mags Heng

    • “If you want perfect photos that captures the moment, great experience with kids and quick turnaround for the photos – hart is the best! Pricing and packages are clear. Results are always outstanding. Hart is especially necessary if you have a big group. The more people, the harder it is to get a perfect shot (Without photoshop). Hart is good at priming everyone so that everyone is ready and perfect.
      Other Photographers might be able to handle a child with parents – with more and younger kids it gets harder to get perfect shots. We had bambini photography for a single child and it captured the moment, but not perfect for shots with more people” Huiying

    • Hart took a photo of our newborn 3 years back, and we loved the pictures immensely. Those photos are truly timeless, and superbly taken. Late last year, we started to arrange for a photo series with both sides of the extended family members with Hart again. But sadly, my father-in-law passed on in Feb this year. Looking back, we never took enough photos with him, and time truly doesn’t wait for anyone. Instead of putting off the photo session further (who knows what will happen tomorrow…), we proceeded once the pandemic lockdown measures are relaxed. We love the images taken last weekend with Hart, enjoyed the session thoroughly, and will definitely return to update our family portrait in a few years. Photos, especially the amazing ones that Hart always manages to capture, are truly the only way we can freeze time and moments. Our children are all growing up too fast, and our parents growing old too soon and Hart’s photos will be cherished by our family forever.” – Bernice

    Your Benefits:

    If you have read this far, let me assure you that me being a solo photographer has many benefits for you as a client.

    Here are the top 5:
    1. There will be only 1 stranger for your child(ren) to warm up to.

    2. Our cost stays competitive so you only pay for the results.
    2. Consistency is guaranteed so you know what you get.
    3. You’ll see images of your child looking directly into the camera with their natural, candid smiles.
    4. No third party disruptions; there will be no one else taking up space or interrupting my creative flow especially during crucial moments. These moments are unique and happen in a flash.

    So if you understand and love the idea of “Less is More”, I reckon we will work well together!

    Oh… have you see more than 1 conductor in an orchestra? No? Never? there must be a good reason why…

    Drop us a message and let’s see how we can work together…

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