Family Photography Session in Phuket

Phuket is one of my favorite location for family holiday, it is less then 2 hours flight away and relatively affordable for low season. Of course, photography is always an integrated part of me. So it is an excuse to do more shots of my family and children while on holiday.

I have been photographing this family since the youngest boy was merely 10 months old and he is 3 now… It almost feel like part of the family… (from recording part of their life that is).

One thing my clients have in common is they put preserving memories in a very high priority in their life. It is a privilege to be part of it…

Majority of my clients interested in photography and some own professional top-notch camera systems, but they seek what they need, The complete family photo.



Mother’s day Children Photography

Mother is a special person in this world.

Someone who carry little life within their body around 40 weeks
Someone who spend hours reading and preparing for the arrival of the little baby
Someone who spend 24/7 working non-stop sacrificing everything they have just for your child(ren)
Someone who always give a shoulder to cry on
Someone who always welcome you with their open arms whoever you are as their children
the list goes on…

Sophie is a smiley little girls that come through our studio for some shots with her mom… I love the spontaneity and free spirit she has… life isn’t always perfect, but everyone have capacity to love and be loved and smile is something free that everyone posses.

Sometimes, I find it amazing about my work as photographer who posses the ability to immortalize those moment in time that bring joy to people who is looking at those images.

I hope you enjoy looking through those beautiful moments between mother and child.

It always made my day when I exceeded my client’s expectation.

It is always interesting to find out more from our client after the session and see what we can improve as well as what we have done right…

Jingwen wrote me an email on her reservation prior to the booking and what they enjoy, here is her words:

1) biggest fear is that the child wouldn’t be cooperative and the photos won’t turn out nicely. But you were really great in setting up rapport with Sophie and needless to say the photos are wonderful.

2) actually I think Sophie and I enjoyed all parts of the session.. cos there’s a good mix of different elements, indoor / outdoor, diff props, water play etc. Most importantly my kid wasn’t bored and enjoyed herself the whole time   🙂

3) it’s what I’m already telling ppl. . You are very expensive but absolutely worth it. Esp if one values pictures that capture the kids as they are, instead of the more commercial photo studios that emphasis multiple outfits and backgrounds / props.

Anyway my husband has already said that in future we will just go to you for family photo shoots.  After looking through the gallery he mentioned there is no need to shop around for photographers / studios.  How’s that for a compliment… 🙂

I can understand my rates are the major deterrence for potential clients to consider my work, however, clients who booked me seems to think the price I charge matches the value that I offer with the quality of the work, experience and solving their fear of kids not being cooperative.

I wrote about how I price my work and the business side of photography previously on this blogpost, so have a read if you have time.


Hart Tan

Outdoor Family Portrait Photography at Raffles Hotel, Singapore

It was wet morning, but warm sun came out just before the family photography session really brighten up my day.

I had a chance to photograph this family that I photographed 2-3 years ago at the location where they had their wedding… a beautiful Raffles Hotel.

I take the advantage of the location and did a few location family photography, where I focus not only on the people but the location itself.

After the session, I ask my clients a few questions on what was their biggest fear before booking my session and if those fear actually happen?
Renaud’s biggest fear for the session was that the weather will be bad and the light not good for the outcome of the photo. But he was totally wrong and the photos were all great!! My biggest fear was the kids not corporative enough during the session and we will not have nice photo together. But you were just great with them. Till today, they called you the ‘funny uncle’!

Also, I ask them what they enjoy the most during the shoot:
We really enjoyed the family closeness while taking the family portrait and it shows through the pictures. The kids said they liked the fact that you let them played! I learned a few tricks from how you positioned us for the photos.

Last but not least, their testimonial:
We already recommended you! Every time someone asked who took those nice portraits hanging in our house, we will not hesitate to recommend you.
We always said we love the fact that you could capture us in such a natural pose with the wonderful use of the natural light. The overall effect is so effortless beautiful and timeless.


Soft n Dreamy Maternity Photography with Natural Light

Sometimes I wonder, I have been shooting with Natural Light for over 5 solid years without a single flash fire and then I decided that I need to control the flash and I do majority of my shoots in Studio using flash…

Both Natural Light and Flash Photography offers different kind of set up and I am glad that our studio is Natural Light filled as well as fully equipped flash studio.

I think the unique part of our studio has to be the variety of setting that we can offer… Natural Light Contemporary Photography, Full Flash Studio for ultimate control, as well as outdoor setting. I would say, you have best of 3 worlds…
Here are some maternity photography that I did recently and showing the Natural Light setting that convey the soft and dreamy images through slight toning of the images.


Hart Tan

Little Emma – Studio Children Photography

With the recent introduction of One Potato concept, clients now can enjoy 50% off creative session, 20% off Ala-Carte products as well as 50% off softcopy. Essentially, The best what Tomato Photo can offer and focus on photography of young children below 5 years old singly or with their siblings without parents. Check out more on our website.

Emma is such a sweet and smiley 8 month old baby.

I choose brighter and happier color and lighting that suits the happy character of Emma.

Start with natural light setting in our studio with old-fashion cane chair from yesteryear with modern white venetian blinds… then soft creamy lighting that create mood as well as softness that I love to convey the tenderness of little chubby bubba and end with a happy water splashing shot in the studio. Tomato Photo might be the only studio that allow water inside the studio…



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