Portraits – We Keep It Classic, A Style That Never Dates

Since 2008, Tomato Photo’s portrait style had been people focused, classic, simple, natural and beautiful. Our focus is always you, your family and your children. 

Keeping it Simple, or KIS principle that we call it.

It is important to recognise the beauty in every person that we photograph and with decade of experience, we learn how to work with our clients to draw out their best. 

One of the reason why we do well is perhaps, I love meeting people, I am intrigued by kid’s curiosity, their behaviour, why they do what they do. I observe, I pre-empt and I anticipate. That’s how I get to to capture the moments and expressions that parents didn’t know existed. It surprise me from time to time as well, as creating images is more or less like a second nature, such as breathing… 

We had such a fantastic experience with Hart – he was so relaxed and easy going and the session was really enjoyable. My husband and I were amazed at how quickly our very shy 2 years old warm up to him. We are absolutely thrilled with the quality of the images and would highly recommend. Danelle Slattery

I find beauty in people’s laughter, expression, body language, connection, etc. I learn all that from comments from my clients… they often say something like, oh… that is so her! oh, i love that “look” and I love when they do this…

In fact, my photography skill grow every time I listen to my clients. Capturing what they hope to remember drive me to the pursuit of images beyond thought. It is that simple.

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We find value in simplicity and it is a classic example of how we create our images.

Most clients tell us that there is something in our photos that they like but not quite sure what… They feel comfortable looking at the photos, they can relate and they look real. We presume what they mean is that’s how their happiness “feel” like.

Its life little things that makes people smile more than biggest ticket item that money can buy. 

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Just you being who you are.

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As the years have gone on, we believe that Tomato Photo has remained stead fast in their approach, quality and style. 

Most of our clients choose us because they know getting what they love should be easy. 

Give us a call or whatsapp on +6588580088  to have a chat how we can help you to capture those moments in the easiest way…


Tomato Photo Family Photography Studio – 2019 In Review

Tomato Photo Family Photography Studio – 2019 in Review

Wow, it is already the middle of February 2020. Didn’t we just ring in the New Year recently!?

It is definitely one of the most repeated clichés but time really flies!

Looking Back At 2019 – Tomato Photo Family Photography Studio

Looking back on a rather productive 2019, we photographed just under 300 Families in total!
 
Some big, some small, some were familiar faces, others were new, but all of them received some beautiful and lasting memories that they can look back on for years to come.
 
We are ever so grateful to be a part of that milestone for these families!

Top 3 Requests For Family Photoshoots – Tomato Photo Family Photography Studio

You might be curious Why Do Family Photoshoots? The answer is a simple one. Everyone want some form of tangible memories in their lives. We noticed a few trends over the past year when it comes to photographing families. Many had reached the point of no excuses for further procrastination. Hence, perhaps the proliferation of the following requests.

  1. Extended Family Portraits
  2. Focus on Aged Parents and Grandkids
  3. Nuclear Family Portraits During Extended Big Family Photoshoots
 

1. Big Extended Family Portraits

More and more of our clients seem to be interested in getting EVERYONE (and we mean everyone!) together for the professional family portrait photos in studio.
 
This rise in multi-generational, big family shoots where you have everyone from the grandparents to their grandkids and their families participating is great because this is exactly why we moved to a bigger studio space that can accommodate up to 35 pax, in a wheelchair-friendly location!

2. Aged Parents & Great/Grandkids

 
During the shoots, there is also a popular request for us to focus on the grandmother and grandfather of the family. Be it in the form of their couple portraits, some images with them and their grandkids, or the individual portraits.
 
Regarding the latter, it is good to see that more family members are planning ahead to get these done professionally so that when the time comes, and it will – no one lives forever, they will never have to worry about searching high and low for a good quality digital photo of the mother or father!
 
Case in point, a lovely lady named Sally whose father passed away right on the eve of Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, she did not have a recent nor good photograph of her late dad. After literally running around town trying to find a studio to help with the editing process, she got in touch with us and we did our best to help out.
 
On the other hand, Hart’s grandfather passed away earlier on in January but thankfully, they had updated the family photos just last year so that was one less thing to worry about.
 
We really should not take time for granted….
 

3. Nuclear Family Portraits During Extended Big Family Photoshoots

 
We also find that during the big family portrait shoots, family members do value having some of their own immediate family portraits taken.
 
That makes total sense.
 
If everyone has taken the time and made the effort to come down for the family photography session in studio, why not focus a little on your own nuclear family and your kids at the same time, right?
 

What’s New?

  1. Outdoor Mini Photoshoot Sessions
  2. Newborn Photography Introductory Workshops
  3. Finally! Easing Into Our Own Studio Space

1. Outdoor Mini Photoshoot Sessions

In 2019, we re-introduced our Outdoor Mini-Photoshoot specials again after 9 long years, which so many of you have loved and found useful!
 
We wanted to make it easier for young, busy parents with young kids to capture precious memories before the little ones grow up!
 
To make it even more accessible, we further extended the special to include our studio (for those of you who prefer an indoor shoot) along with the other options of East Coast Park, Gardens by the Bay or the colourful shophouses along Koon Seng Road!
 
These affordable, quick sessions are available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and typically do not last more than 20 minutes. Having said that, should your shoot require more time, Hart will certainly take the time to create the images he has promised.. that’s our guarantee!
 
Ultimately, we want you to have some beautiful photos.
 
Tip: Grandparents or primary caregivers are also welcome to bring along the grandkids if parents are unable to take time off from work.
 

2. Newborn Photography Introductory Workshops – Tomato Photo

 
Last December, we also started a few “Newborn Photography Introductory Workshops”. These are quick weeknight group sessions with Hart where he shares an overview of what it is like to become a newborn photographer, what to expect, how to start etc. The big picture, so to speak! This is perfect for avid photographers who are thinking of embarking into the professional arena yet unsure what to expect.
 
The introductory workshops also serve as a good stepping stone to the full, in-depth 1 day photography course that we are planning sometime this year.
 

3. Home Sweet Home – Finally Easing Into Our Own Studio Space

 
Tomato Photo has been around since 2008, but last year was the first year we spent in our own purposed built studio space in Ubi. It feels like we have been here much longer! We are so glad we made the move to accommodate bigger families, and family members with mobility concerns. Plus, there is always great comfort in owning your own space, right?
 
 
To conclude, we would like to say to all our clients THANK YOU for your trust and support in 2019. We are so glad you chose us, and we hope to continue working together with all of you and create new memories whenever you are keen!
 
Here are some of our favourite images created in 2019.. and our “Best Nine” posts on Instagram in 2019.
 
Enjoy!
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Mini Family Photoshoot Singapore – East Coast Park 2019

Who Need Mini Family Photoshoot?

First of all, I know that many of you always look at your friends’ photos and probably think. “There is no way we will put ourselves through all the stress spending hours posing in front of the camera.

First of all, Jessica Bernard felt exactly the same (see her thoughts below)… Josh is 6.5yo and because, Ella who is 2.5, literally hate sand and grass in her shoes while Ella also simply isn’t a morning person.

Similarly, if your family dynamics has more or less the same. This article may be something you should keep reading on.

One thing for sure that we all know is having your memories captured is not only important, it is probably the only way to show you and your family really existed.

Of course, unless you are on Interpol most wanted list or some exclusive people who feel fine to be forgotten once you leave this world, you got to really have your photos taken once in a while. Even more so especially when you have young kids.

Typical Excuse #1

I get it, it is always those few pounds… let me burst your bubble… are you ready…?

It will only get worse…. Just think about last weekend.

Did you have one extra drink that you shouldn’t? An extra slice of pepperoni pizza that you shouldn’t eat?

As a result, unless you are someone who workout real hard regularly; or someone who is either blessed with great genes or is a breatharian, chances are, it will get worse.

Similarly, one of my client waited 6 years… guess what? the weighing scale kept showing increments!

Yes yes, as a professional, yes read PROFESSIONAL, i will light you better so you shave off a few pounds, then capture you in the right angle, to shave a few more pounds… you will be laughing so hard now and glad you did it today… I ain’t a miracle worker, but of course I know a thing or two to make you look better than real life.

Excuse #2

Now, you are probably going to tell me that your husband is going to kill you to spend the money… Times are bad, yadi yadi yaa… or he says he just hates being photograph…

Totally understand… try this…Why do you think I am behind the camera all the time? Because I try to avoid the camera at all cost (pun intended)?

I hate it as much as your husband. In fact, I used to fight with my mother who always wanted our family photos taken. Now, I know I do it for my children. My 3 boys whom I love dearly is going to have some pictures of me with them too!

Excuse #3

Then you are going to tell me that your kids just hate it every time you take that iPhone out and take their photo.

Short answer is, you can pretty much leave it to me with the kids. I have my way around them. All you need to do is (pretend) to be happy and bring lots of smiles. Oh… no no, I don’t mean really pretend… but you know, try to lah! 

It will be easy I promise.

So if you are those who like quick and fuss free experience, a mini session at East Coast Park will be your answer for those grandparents at home and precious memories for your own family too.

So to sum it up Mini Family Photo shoots Are:

  1. Affordable (yes your husband is probably going to nag less. It is certainly not cheap but you know affordable compared to the usual value associated with your memories),
  2. Quick (for those who never have time),
  3. East Coast Park (best place in Singapore, says me!) and last but not least,
  4. I will be the monkey for your children. Means you don’t have to deal with them for at least half an hour. Yes… good thing come in small bite size.

Its too good to be true!“… and it is… because it is only going to last for a very limited time as good, affordable things usually don’t come often or stay very long.

So its a mini date session, I don’t mean dating me, I mean to schedule a date for your mini session for your family who everyone including yourself hated to be posing in front of the camera.

How Mini Family Photoshoots Work?

It is a promise that you won’t have to pose, hence, guidance is provided.

As a result, I won’t tell you to tilt your head left or right, but I am going tell you to squeeze your kids from time to time or to throw them up and down (for some overdue exercise) and to run with them as well as turning them upside down from time to time or simply chase them down the beach. Simply, spend time, create precious memories with your children.

Finally, You will be sweaty, you will get lots of sand in your shoes, between your toes, you will probably get yourself a little wet, but hey… as results, your kids will remember this great time you spend with them. I will be there just to capture it, probably the way you never thought it was possible.

Above all, who needs a perfect pose model in your family album, so, you can be sure that I am looking for everyday mum and dad who is willing to spend some time with their little kiddos playing wholeheartedly and have their memories captured at the same time.

If that’s you, contact us by phone +65 88580088, whatsapp or email us at info@tomato.sg and lets see which date we can have you in…

East Coast Park Mini Photoshoot Details Here

We recently did an East Coast Mini Shoot with Hart – our first ever family photo session. My husband and I are not very comfortable in front of the camera, while the kids have a tendency to ham it up the second they see the camera – no easy, natural photos for us… or so we thought!

The mini shoot is a great option for those who may not be keen on having their photo taken – because it’s outdoors you don’t feel too fake or posed, and it enables you to interact with your kids and each other in an unforced way. It’s also over so fast that the kids don’t have a chance to get bored, they’re having too much fun!

The three things that impressed us the most:

1. Hart’s manner is so lovely. He’s so relaxed and we were all instantly at ease for the session, we interacted with each other as usual while he gave minor directions or responded to our requests. He’s particularly great with kids, and instantly put my 6 year old son at ease. My stubborn 2 year old resisted his charms initially, but he won her over by encouraging her to look for shells on the beach. The result – gorgeous, candid photos of my kids being themselves.

2. My husband was reluctant to do the photo shoot – he wanted the photos, just didn’t want the awkward photo session – but has since commented that he was amazed how much it didn’t feel like a photo shoot. It just felt like our family, hanging out with Hart, who just happened to have a camera.

3. I can’t stop looking at the photos! The light and composition is wonderful, and he’s captured some brilliant expressions from both my children. I got teary when he first sent them through (same day as the shoot btw!), and it’s so special to have some photos of the whole family – previously the only photo of all of us was a selfie!

From a reluctant, camera-shy family, we are now total converts to the family photo session, and will definitely be booking another mini shoot with Hart in the future.

Jessica Bernard
East Coast Park MIni Session 2019
Details of Mini Family PHotoshoots at East Coast PArk

Why We Shoot In Black and White

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Colour Can Distract

Clothing, busy background and colour objects can take away from the moment of the photo.  The black and white images allow your brain to focus only on the main element of the photo and the emotional message is more easily conveyed as our brains become more perceptive and focused on the images core itself.  Taking away distractions gives you a focused image that is often more powerful and spectacular.

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You’ll See Light Differently

With outdoor lighting in particular, you will miss out on that golden afternoon glow but you will also gain a more focused shot.  The shot will lead your eye to  focus more on the direction, quantity and quality of light in the black and white shot.  As a photographer learning how to read and play with different elements of light in this way is a fantastic skill that helps play up emotion in the shot. The relationship between the starkness of the light and dark can be more interesting to shoot than the regular colour shots.  Light and the relationship with my subject (and the shadows that form) as well as other complementary elements of the individual become the focus, rather than the colour of elements in the frame.

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It Helps Emphasize Emotion

Looking at someone’s face, or into their eyes, without the distraction of color can provide a stronger emotional connection to the subject. It’s not necessarily always the case, but if like me, you often feel more connected to a person in a black and white image over a color image, this could be the reason why. With color gone, it’s purely about the connection you have with the subject.  The color of the trees and shrubs, buildings and lamp posts are all irrelevant as the focus becomes the emotional bond between the embracing family.
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Its A Classic
One of the most common reasons people want to shoot in black and white today is because it lends a certain timeless quality to the images. This is because we still think of black and white as being a throwback to the photographic past. Of course, it is in terms of black and white was much more prevalent before color, but this is still a great reason to shoot black and white. Black and white never seems to fade from being fashion forward and its seen as an elegant and sophisticated choice by many of my clients.

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It Amplifies Your Use of Space

Negative space – the areas of the frame that have nothing in them, are easier to showcase and highlight when shooting black and white. This relates back to minimizing distractions from not shooting in color. You tend to focus on light and dark areas of the frame – and their inter-relationship. Playing with negative space is also useful in separating your subject nicely from the background and give added depth to the image.  Black and white can help to highlight a shape and form or pattern in the image that might be overlooked in a full colour image.
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To Highlight Beauty and Skin Tones

It doesn’t matter what race, color or background you happen to be – black and white photography provides wonderful tonal range between the deepest blacks and the whitest whites. Garishly colorful makeup is no longer distracting.  Pigments, discoloration and distracting elements of the skin can become less obvious. I particularly love this when I am emphasizing a newborns skin and wrinkles.  Its that light bath or glow if you like that separates the baby from everything else and proves to shape our attention directly at the newborn.

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Love the black and white look? Give us a call today to discuss what you want from your next photo shoot.  TEL: 8858 0088; Whatsapp Us; or email us at info@tomato.sg

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Treasure the Time through Photography

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Parents, Grandparents and elders have stopped me over the  years to tell me the same thing: cherish every moment. It goes too fast. One day they are little and the next, they’re not. They say it while staring fondly, wistfully, at my kids. Watching their faces, I can tell that some part of them is replaying a memory of when their  own children were small and needed them more.  This for me is the reason why I love what I do as a photographer.  I am able to help parents capture these moments that fly by in an eternal print and frame.  We can savor our memories of our young children by looking loving at an old photograph of them just being themselves.  Photographs give you that personal insight into their state of mind and capabilities at that specific time.  A photograph inspires our memory, brings back a particular smell or feeling we had in that moment and for every parent that instant insight is priceless.

 

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Parents come back each year for that annual shoot time and time again as they recognize how the fast the special moments of their little ones childhoods fly by.  Photos help you treasure and relive these moments as you reflect back on the growth and achievements of your children over the days, months and years.

 

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Perhaps the best quote I have heard this week is that “they are older today than yesterday and time is not slowing down.”   All we can do is preserve time and this is what Tomato Photo does best.

 

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Interested in preserving your family memories? Then give us a call to schedule in your annual shoot TEL: 8858 0088


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