Family Portrait Photography at Marina Bay, Singapore

Taking portrait of children is always challenging, the challenging part isn’t on the photography itself, but the understanding on how to bring the true-self of the child out. A good portrait is one that show the person as who they are or the best of themselves. This is ultimate goal of every portrait photographer.

Great moment don’t just happen right when you want to, it is a photographer’s job to ensure, that suggestion are made based on the study of the people, create an opportunity for the moment to happen at the right time.

I am delighted to photograph JJ and his parents at their favorite location, Marina Bay Promenade, it is a beautiful and serene place early in the morning and I simply love it.

JJ is a shy but cheerful child and extremely protective of his “toy cars/bike”. You have to earn his trust before he show you, and you have to be his friend before he let you share the toys…

I love the connection of the family, it is unique to this family…



Hart Tan

Studio Portrait Photography with Froggatt’s Family

Family portrait is always that “something” in the mind of many parents, but there is always “something else” that take the priority.

Katherine contacted me from New Zealand and they have a very tight schedule, 5 days to be exact.  Paul is an executive chef that runs a luxury resort in New Zealand and he told me that he took a liking on my work during their research for a photographer that could do their family portrait, in his words, “your work is exactly what we are looking for”…

I am glad that everything work out well. The session was done on Thursday morning, they receive the online gallery the same night and order was made the following day and their prints are delivered to them on Saturday morning. Took no chance as I allow 2 more days just in case something goes wrong.

The session is a mix between semi-formal studio session as well as relax outdoor session right behind the studio.

I always live with this motto, no children will cooperate during the shoot… and yes, it wasn’t the easiest to get the elder boy (Ethan) to be in the shot… however, difficult it may be, it is important to ensure clients get the best. This is the #1 worry that many parents have, including Katherine. Understand child’s psychology makes it easier to bring out the best of the child.

However, through email, Katherine mentioned their favorite part was “watching the kids respond to you and how happy they were at you making them laugh! You had great chemistry with them.”

Here are some images that will be up on their wall at some stage…

Last but not least, client’s recommendation is the highest form of compliment… and here is Katherine’s kind words…

We have already told all our friends we caught up with in Singapore about our shoot! And showed them the shots on the online gallery. We told them how great u are with the kids, you were patient and didn’t rush us through the shoot and the package was also very reasonable plus personal delivery of the photos! They were all impressed!


Hart Tan

Newborn Photography with Amy

I was in awe when i walk in the beautiful home for a newborn photography assignment. Amy loves photography and has a collection of her beautiful travel photography on the main wall in the living room.

As an avid photographer, Amy do get worried that they wouldn’t get good shots of baby and everyone. Weird angles, too stiff, etc, but I am glad that she says “somehow every single photo was lovely and captured everyone well” and that is a nice compliment for my work.

I asked Amy what was her favorite experience during the session and I was told that it was “the quiet time with baby-only shots. It was so cozy in the room with the white noise machine and seeing our little critter in a new light”.

I try to create a “mood” in my images by knowing how client “feel” and also predict the precise “moments” that a photograph being make. There is always an instant that makes the image looks different. If shutter was pressed several milliseconds too quickly, it didn’t have the magic and if the shutter was pressed several milliseconds too slow, the peak “moments” are lost… anticipation through how you feel as an image maker gives you the ability to judge that precise moment.

Last but not least… here is Amy’s kind words:

Hart is amazing with the baby (and, of course, lovely with the adults too) — she seemed to calm down and do exactly what he wanted under his direction.



Hart Tan

Studio Newborn Photography with See Mun

I often ask myself, could a photographer create a style that is different from the current style and co-exist? I am not sure… so I created something that is still my style but added more “elements” to it. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but hey, I love them…

I really enjoy the whole process, conceptualization, shopping, styling and posing the newborn and somehow make everything fit in nicely. It doesn’t come naturally at first so it takes a while to figure out the details.

Process of booking a photographer always a daunting task and it isn’t always easy. There are a lot in the market but nonetheless, I am giving my client everything I have when they booked me… so this is what my clients has to say:

1/ Biggest fear of booking: Mishandling of baby, misbehaving of elder brother…
Did not happen – Hart was so gentle and patient with baby.. and understanding too despite having to wait while we nurse baby 3x!! Hart was also able to deal with the elder brother.. even tho he tried to disrupt the photo taking session at times.. but Hart managed to turn it around and got the elder brother to do interesting poses with baby instead..

2/ what was the most enjoyable part of the session: seeing how the 2 brothers are posing for the photos together. Heart warming to see that the photos taken captured the pure and true brotherly love…

3/ One of the feedback from a friend (who actually attended one of your teaching sessions!) when i told her i am going for your session is that “wow, Hart’s charges are the most expensive in Singapore!”. I had to agree! But.. to me, these images are priceless.. capture a moment in time which can never be brought back.. so if you can afford it, you should go for it! Time will never turn back – these moments will be gone forever if you miss it… what better than to leave them in images that you will treasure forever!



Hart Tan

Natural Light vs Flash for Children Photography

Natural light is soft, beautiful and it is free. I spend majority of my professional life dedicated to shoot natural light… that was before I understand flash photography.

As much as I love the soft quality of the natural light, in Singapore, it is very challenging to be depended upon for indoor session. It is always rainy or cloudy. Plus with the movement of the baby, it makes pin sharp images become stressful at times.

With even purpose built natural light studio like one I have, I have to control the direction of the natural light using different flag and reflector to get it right. The worst is when you are ready, the cloud just move and cover the sun… great!!! working with natural light limit my shooting time… so for client’s benefit, I started to control the light using flash with help from my great Mentor who show me beyond how to set light, but how to “feel” with light.

I started to understand how to change the light to enhance my vision and i feel this is a new beginning for me… it was not easy at first…

I try to create soft and flat images for the little baby as requested by the parent, here is one with natural light and one with flash, personally, I like the flash version better and I think the baby agree with me too… 🙂

I use ISO 100 instead of 800 and shoot at smaller aperture at the same shutter speed, so the result is sharper and the image is a lot more crisp and it print a lot better. With all of my work are printed, flash is the way to go for me and I can control it the way I wanted. The first is with natural light and the second is with flash.

Interestingly, I read about the comparison that a great OZ photographer, Sue Bryce on the testing as well… here is the small video on youtube by Creative Live…


Hart Tan

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