Family Photo Shoot – a Calling?

Family Photo Shoot - A Calling?

Thoughts After 12 years in Serving Families in Creating Relaxed, Natural and Happy Tangible Memories.

A Living Space That I Call Home.

I love big canvases for our own family photo shoot as it shows the impact and reminiscences of happy days. A collection of memories made during our adventure with the family made into tangible form of canvases and photo albums.

Sydney Harbour shot from Balmain was shot when my youngest was 1yo… I love the three individual shots of my kiddo on the swing and it shows how the kiddo always happy whenever they are on the swing.

The Machu Picchu shot was taken way before we have our family, where trekking was one of our favorite activity. Shot taken after 4 days of trekking through the famous Inca Trail. These are just some of the conversation starters when friends/families come over and the story begins.

Extended Family Photo Shoot

Family Photo Shoot – Then and Now?

As an adult, sometimes I feel we lost the ability to have fun like children… it’s something that I am always curious about.

I was listening to a podcast by great wedding photographers about burnout…

Truthfully, in the beginning of my career as a photographer doing family photo shoots, I felt similar because I see what I do is just another job and something I needed to do to feed my family, nothing beyond that. I struggled in the first few years…

However, as we approach 12 years (yup! Tomato Photo will be 12 this month, March), I enjoy my work immensely, always can’t wait to go out for another shoot.

The vision is different now and I learn to see things from children’s perspective. It’s always happy, always wacky and somewhat silly… but that’s happiness. The ability to enjoy life little moments like children!

I once read somewhere that if you can’t enjoy small things in life, you don’t deserve big things in life? I wonder how many think it is true.

I know every time I am out there away from my family, be with another family, capturing their family memories, it reminds me of my vision and that motivates me!

Grateful that I found my “calling” that enable me to fully immerse in learning about life little happiness through the eyes of children.

Thanks for reading and may the peace and happiness be with you.

Regards,

Hart Tan

Family Photo Shoot Singapore

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

Since 2008, Tomato Photo’s portrait style had been people focused, classic, simple and natural. We want you to see the person in the photo first. 

So many photographers like to claim that they have their own unique style.  Most will trade this style in for the latest trends and fashionable creations. 

As a successful photographer I believe in believing in yourself and your skill set. Sticking to what your heart knows best and recognizing your strengths and style. 

I love meeting people, I am intrigued by kid’s curiousity, 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. Capturing the portrait of the person. No distractions from fancy props and what not, just you.

At Tomato Photo we focus on continuing to make our style a stand out classic. 

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 the ‘natural’ness’  in our photos.

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No Cheesy Poses;

No Outdated Props or

Forced smiles. 

Just you being you.

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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 of our style and strong brand.  Give us a call to book in your shoot  with us.  Let us use our skills to capture your family in this precious moment in time.  Call or Whatsapp our studio at +6588580088 to make a booking.


Family Portraits: Why It’s Worthwhile

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It’s important to remember that family portrait photographs are a means of story telling.  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.  The 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.

Tomato Photo focuses on the all important candid moments of our 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 its truest form.  Photos that are too posed leaved parents feel awkward and kids that are impossible to control and get to sit still for each shot.  Hart Tan from Tomato Photo believes that by allowing children to just be themselves and engage with them as they play naturally he can capture the best pictures of your little ones.

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Here are the main reasons that families choose to get family photos done.

Firstly they want to show their family off and swell with pride when visitors comment on the wall hangings. A legacy perhaps to show that the people in it existed as a family.

Secondly they physical documentation of your child’s growth and maturity and lastly and we feel most importantly is preserving the precious memories of your little ones childhood

Time seems to fly by and this gives mums and dads the opportunity to stop for a moment and capture these precious moments before the kids get bigger; or the parents getting older. Whilst we plan to get our own family portraits done periodically, 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 our parents are providers for us when we were younger; care-givers of our children; or ‘facetime’ grandparents for those who live apart from the grandkids.

Tomato Photo believes that displaying family photography on the walls of your home sends a strong message to your family and everyone who enters your home that my 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.
family_photo_singaporeContact 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

More Reviews Here

Top 8 Outdoor Family Photoshoot Locations in Singapore

Top 8 locations For Outdoor Family Photoshoots

After living in the Garden City, Singapore for the past 11 years, I can’t help but appreciate the vast amount of greenery in the country. From the time you land in Singapore Changi Airport travelling towards the city. The rows and rows of trees along the highway; along the roads, pavements. You are bound to see greenery everywhere. Even when you are on the high rise having a birds eye view from the top of the buildings, one would usually see the canopy of green and the hidden pavements and roads underneath. Singapore’s vision of building a city in a garden is truly realised!

There are so much transformation in Singapore that we need to keep up on where to do outdoor photoshoots because the landscape changes all the time. For those of you who only got to know about Tomato Photo, Tomato Photo started in 2008 from a tiny little corner of a bedroom and primarily photographed kids and families outdoors or at clients’ home. It was a year later in 2009 that we had a studio. We are still shooting as many outdoor and studio shoots today.

Why Do Outdoor Photoshoots?

Many clients who visit Singapore temporarily as tourists or work/live here for a short period of time would usually opt for outdoor photoshoots to have some form of memories of Singapore captured during their short stay in Singapore.

The other group of clients who opt for outdoor photoshoots are usually families who had done multiple studio milestone sessions in the past when their kids were younger. Now that the kids are bigger and more independent, parents would like to have pictures taken in the environment that the kids frequent and love roaming around their favourite parks during their childhood.

Whilst there has been an increasing number of purpose built outdoor playgrounds around Singapore, the most requested photoshoot locations are still in the iconic landmarks in Singapore. So here, we have round up the Top 8 Most Requested Outdoor Locations For Family Photoshoots.

1. Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens is located in the heart of the city and is Singapore’re first UNESCO Heritage Site. The gardens is 82 hectares and stretches all the way from Tanglin Road to Bukit Timah Road. The lush greenery within its grounds and its historic buildings and structures (eg. The Band Stand) was the iconic location that many would love to be associated with in their wedding, couple or family portraits. That said, as the Botanic Gardens covers a vast area with multiple car parks and entrances, the photoshoots are often carried out in areas that is best suited for the family in question. We work with clients who are mobility challenged; clients with young kids, bigger extended families to arrive at a location best suited to their needs and wants. More images from Botanic Gardens can be viewed HERE.

2. Emerald Hill Conservation Area

The Conservation Area of Emerald Hill is located just behind the shopping strip of Orchard Road. These charming Shophouses with peranakan tlles, ornate doors and metal grills were former homes to the wealthy peranakan community. Further, as we mentioned previously, Singapore is a city within a garden. You would still be able to capture some greenery within this area.

These intricate details add a different dimension and colours to the portraits. More images HERE.

3. East Coast Park

East Coast Park is a rather special area with loads of mature greenery and a long stretch of beach to add. For those who loves the water AND the greenery, this is the perfect place for a family photoshoot. Enjoy breakfast or dinner after your shoot at the various establishments along the park for a complete day of making special memories with your family.

Do visit our East Coast Park Photo Shoot Gallery for more sample images.

4. Fort Canning Park

Fort Canning Park is a hilltop landmark located at the central part of Singapore. Its historical past is evident from the structures found in the park. These structures together with the greenery forms a picture perfect backdrop for the old meets new kind of portrait for your family. More Fort Canning Images HERE.

5. Gardens By the Bay – Main Gardens

Gardens By The Bay Main Gardens is located next to Marina Bay Sands. The first impression of some are these looks like the set of the movie Avartar set within lush greenery just outside of the city centre.

It is a popular area for family who love a mix of cityscape with greenery in the images as well as the iconic Supertree.

There are so many areas within Garden By the Bay Main Gardens, all you need to do is to meet us there and we will bring you to our favorite locations to scenic place that is also quiet.

See more images from the Garden By The Bay Main Gardens’ Gallery

6. Gardens By The Bay – East (Tg Rhu)

For families who love water, lush greenery park, expansive skies as well as the iconic Singapore city skyline backdrop.

A short 5 minutes walk from the carpark/taxi drop off will bring your family to this beautiful outdoor location. You can choose to have the shoot done early morning or late in the afternoon and you will be rewarded with different looks to the same location.

Here is the link to more images taken at Garden By the Bay East.

7. Gardens By the Bay – Dome

Love outdoors while having AC on all the way? The Flower Dome and Cloud Forest Dome within Garden By Bay is the answer. Your session in a cool climate while having all the outdoor feel to it.

What a better way to have this done. We understand the dome can be crowded sometimes, we do know some areas within the dome that we can still get relatively quiet areas without people getting in your shot.

Visit our Gallery Here for more images capture within the dome.

8. Marina Bay Promenade

Marina Promenade is one of the best location for morning session. It is quiet, beautiful city skyline, as well as the comfort of the cool ac within the MBS Shoppes.

We often focus on the outdoors and then duck in for some cool temperature at the end.

Want to see more? Visit our Marina Bay Sand Promenade Gallery.

9. Home or Studio

I hear you. I know outdoor location is fun and unique and all that. Some of you just can’t survive the heat, and it is totally understandable.

For those who just sweat out when you step out of the shower and while understand the important of having the images taken. Home shoot or our studio session will be your obvious choice.

Let’s see why our purpose built studio is worthy of your consideration.

Our studio is on lift landing level, which is easy for children who is still on stroller, or grandparents who has mobility challenge, there is no stairs to climb and our studio is less then 20 steps away from the lift landing.

Once you step inside the studio, you will be greeted by the cosy and welcoming feeling of architecturally design studio. We have thought of every details from the layout, the flow, the decor, the amenities, the backdrop, the temperature, the scent, etc to fit Hart’s vision of his perfect man-cave… well we mean photo studio.

Here is the link to see what you can achieve in our studio.

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
Google Review

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
Google Review

Hart was great on our family photo shoot – we had quite a large crowd to accommodate (with family visiting from overseas etc.) and an 18 month old toddler. As you know, toddlers are never predictable but Hart was excellent working with our daughter and managed to engage with her quickly and kept her “interested” and captured all her many facial expressions. It was a fun session with both an indoor and outdoor shoot and the entire family had fun. The ordering process was also very simple/easy and all online, with the products delivered to your home.

Su Yenn Goh
Facebook Review
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What sets us apart…

baby_photography_singaporeWith so many choices out there in the market, how do you find a suitable photographer or studio to help you in your quest of capturing memories of your love ones?

Its easy for us to show you articles or features  but we believe that it is best said from those who have experienced a photo shoot with Tomato Photo.   Here are our clients thoughts on Tomato Photo

Clients believe in:

  1. Tomato Photo’s professionalism
  2. The ability to handle their children
  3. The ability to capture the moments that clients are looking for
  4. Tomato Photo quick turn around time
  5. Their children are in good hands
  6. Match and deliver what  the clients want
  7. Creativity and artistic vision
  8. Friendly and approachable attitude
  9. Last but not least, my ability to make people smile

Here are some screen shots from our wonderful clients:

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Here are some grateful client emails that we are happy to share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Our vision is to put smiles on people’s face and create images that warm peoples hearts and our actions are reflection in our vision.

On the surface, you can see the images that we created, the price we charge, but many prospects perhaps forget to include the intangible return that they are getting. With this in mind, it is easy to know why 82% of our business is returning clients and referred clients.

So if you want something special for your family… why not give us a call on 8858 0088 for a chat?

 

Regards,

Hart Tan
88580088
info@tomato.sg
www.tomato.sg


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