Family Photography at Tiong Bahru

Over the past 5 years in Singapore, I always surprise to find a new location for photographing a family.

One of the most asked questions when a family book a session is “Where is the best location for session?” The best place to photograph is simply a location that the family loves.

To be honest, my photography is about the people and it is a part of the memories that they want to remember… so location is only a secondary while the emphasis is always in the experience and the connection of the family.

Recently did a session at Henderson/Tiong Bahru area for a family who is about to leave Singapore for another country… they love this part of Singapore as they lives here and it is something that they want to remember their life here in Singapore.

Here is what Kohei wrote in his email:

the message below is what i and my wife really feel.
actually, i like taking a photo for my family in my eos.
but i can not take a photo like you.
you are professional.

this is our message:
Your pictures are my family’s great memories in Singapore.
My boy was so smiling like seeing magic.
When we visit Singapore next time, let me ask you to take pictures again.

Here is what I capture for them…



Family Photography with Nowak Family

Different family will have different dynamic and different child has different personality and the challenge is to stay true with the images that define the family.

Memories are something people are looking for when clients engage me to preserve part of their memories, so it is my responsibility to tell whoever see the images something about them.

Beautiful images are easier to create, just a combination of right angle and lighting. However, it is often a challenge to engage the viewer with your own interpretation with series of images of a family.

Daniella wanted to some images of the family and her children and prefer studio session.

The elder boy is fun loving, active and very happy child and happy to throw gazillion of animated faces, however, the youngest son is someone who prefer less engagement and more reserve. Putting both together gives you different dynamic.

During the session, I ask a lot of questions because that is the only way for me to understand my subject. Finding out what they like, what they don’t and what tickle them and what not is so crucial for a successful session. Otherwise, it will end up with beautiful images without much of the story of the subjects. I am interested with the inner beauty.

Daniella was thrilled with the results and here is what she wrote me as testimonial:

Dear Hart Tan,

We had a photo shooting with our two boys. It was a great time, we enjoyed it a lot and we got amazing results of great quality! Mr. Hart Tan was wonderful with the kids and he really has this special feeling for the right moments with the kids. After a couple of days we got an internet link and could view the photos with touching music in the background. When I saw the brilliant shots with the music I had literally tears in my eyes. I decided to take all pictures! The communication with Mr. Hart Tan was very friendly and prompt.  All in all I can really recommend Tomato to capture special moments on camera.
Family Nowak

I shall leave you with the images of Nowak’s family…



100 days photography with Bai Wei and family

In Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture, 100 days mark an important milestone for a child.

I often curious why 100 days is a milestone… One way of saying is a child that reach 100 days will have a lot less mortality rate and another way of saying is 100 days from birth is roughly 1 year from gestation, so its kinda 1 year old birthday and another way, especially in Chinese tradition, 100 days celebration has a meaning of a wish to live to 100 years old.

Photographically, 100 days isn’t the easiest time to do the session for most baby as they are often have very limited attention span and sleeping time tend to be inconsistent. So the session have to be brief but not rushing.

Bai Wei contacted me for a simple studio session for his little baby girl who is turning 100 days.

I am glad that Bai Wei is happy with the results and wrote me a quick testimonial…

We had our photos taken by Hart when our baby daughter just reached her 100th day birthday, the morning time we chose wasn’t our daughter’s most wide awake moment of the day. It is so clear Hart loves babies so much, he was patiently waiting my wife to feed the baby. He’s a photographer of unusual subtlety and imagination. We’d be happy to come back when our daughter starts running.





Family Photography in Happy Valley – Hong Kong

It is always a dream to do what I love to do, and making every little steps through the last 9 years of being a professional photographers have a lot of up and down. It isn’t always the easiest profession to be in, but I love every second of it.

Tomato Photo is officially 5 years old as of 8th March 2013.

I am really happy how a little dream we had 5 years ago blooming into a bigger dream each year and truly understand the whole idea of “dream big” and “sky is the limit”.

I don’t like to go out of my comfort zone, however, a simple dream allow me to step outside of my comfort zone and embark into another chapter… It is much like a child in unfamiliar territories… scary yet exciting… possibilities, challenges and it opens up every senses to feel new things, to experience new environment and to understand new cultures… it is amazingly refreshing…

I started to advertise my service in Hong Kong 6 months ago and to my surprise, Audrey actually found me from google and took a liking on my work.

Started my morning early, left the hotel and took MTR to Causeway Bay and walk to the location… (I love walking in HK as it allows me to see different things).

The main objectives for the session are family photos as well as connection of the 2 children. It may sounds simple to have everyone look at the camera and smile… in practice, everything happen in split seconds.

As we know, children don’t generally play together until they are 3-5 years old, anything below it, they are more interested in their own world and prefer to play alone. So it is not the easiest task in the first place. But I love challenge… it ends with the elder daughter insist that I read her a story book before I go… so I read her the teddy bear story that she adore.

I am glad Audrey love the images and this is a paragraph she wrote me in the email:

The pictures are beautiful. I especially love the ones taken in my bedroom. Its amazing how you manage to make my little baby look at the camera AND SMILE at the same time. I have high expectation on you and you still manage exceed it. Thank you so much for capturing these priceless moments of my family. I always want to record the heart melting smiles and expressions of my girls and you do that just perfectly. Am sure they will be cherished for the years to come.

It really nice to know I have done a good job…

I will be back to Hong Kong for sure… and I hope I will have more clients who would love to have their memories preserve through my photography.

I leave you guys with some images from the session….



01.01.13 – a brand new year

2012 come and go in a blink of an eye…

It has been an interesting 12 months at Tomato Photo ( and our subsidiary company, Bambini Photography (

At Tomato Photo, we are proud yet humble to have 5 straight years of growth while at Bambini Photography, 2012 was their biggest year so far. While we are proud of our achievement and understand that we are not perfect by any measures, but we will do our best to be one in the future.

2013 will be an interesting year for us as we are planning a quite a few changes, however, our vision remains the same, that is to provide an honest, customer oriented service while continue to upgrade ourselves in various areas.

Tomato Photo has received various invitations which include Sony Singapore, Singapore Art Museum (in conjunction of Clubsnap Singapore), Joo Chiat Youth Executive Committee for talks of our unique work. Furthermore, Tomato Photo’s newborn photography was featured at Channel U (Mediacorp) on 4th Dec 2012. ( If you missed it, you can view it by clicking this LINK and it is from 15 minutes : 05 seconds onwards) and features on several magazines and online spaces.

Learning how to balance work and personal life is often a challenging one, for those who have been following our blog, I wrote about our way of balancing it in 2010. However, much have change since then. The way may have been different but the visions remains the true and the same.

Ok, enough business stuffs…

Being the first day or the year, I spend my day with my family and I did something for Alex’s school project about “my tummy”, So it started with the process of preparing a healthy meal from shopping for the ingredients to preparing the meal. I took some quick snap shots to record the process… and here is the album layout for this process…

On personal note, I think this is rather interesting way of remembering what they are doing… I sure going to explore more of this with them.

Until then… Happy New Year and have a healthy and fulfilling year ahead…




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