Top 8 Outdoor Family Photoshoot Locations in Singapore

Top 8 locations For Outdoor Family Photoshoots

I can’t help but appreciate the vast amount of greenery in the country as I have lived in this great city since 2008.

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

Based on 318 reviews.
David Yap
David Yap
October 4, 2022.
Service was top-notch. Photo shoot went smoothly. My new born was well taken care of and did not even cry during the shoot. The photos were amazing. Highly recommended.
Mark Tan
Mark Tan
September 24, 2022.
Not only is Hart a good photographer(saw some of his work) but he is very experience dealing with babies. He is also willing to listen to our request for the type of shoot etc. Studio is very cosy and comfortable for both baby and parents.
Mrs May Ng
Mrs May Ng
September 18, 2022.
We wanted photos to commemorate our 20th wedding anniversary. Hart did a fantastic job for us. We love the photos taken by him. Editing is also very well done. He responds to all our WhatsApp messages promptly, before and also after the photoshoot. We have absolutely no regret choosing Hart to take our photo for us. Thank you Hart!
Shu Hui Neo
Shu Hui Neo
September 9, 2022.
The indoor photoshoot experience with Hart has definitely created a beautiful memory for us! Simple booking, effective communication, and it is definitely a plus when he made my 5yo so comfortable within minutes upon meeting him for the first time. the efficiency of him delivering the wonderful shots within a day is another plus. Nothing beats to have our anticipation met just before we sleep. Thanks Hart!
Jon Kong
Jon Kong
September 8, 2022.
Had a multi generation family photo session with Hart on 21 Aug and was particularly impressed with how he handled our young ones. He managed to get them to participate without much fussing and shots turned out great! Studio was comfortable and welcoming and the sequence of shots was well planned to capture natural expressions. Post shoot service was efficient as well with edited photos ready for selection within 1 day and final products delivered within 2 weeks. Highly recommend Hart to anyone with young kids.
Kim
Kim
September 7, 2022.
I had a great experience with Hart and Tomato Photography. Process was smooth and straightforward, they provided me with a good selection of wardrobe, and the photos turned out classy. Hart’s aesthetic is definitely impressive and he knows what he’s doing. I also appreciate his guidance and pointers during the shoot! Highly recommend!
Xiaoqin Guo
Xiaoqin Guo
September 7, 2022.
Thank you so much for your great work. Your care and expertise have made me and hubby look so good in every photo!
Miyuki Kusuma
Miyuki Kusuma
September 2, 2022.
I wasn't sure if I should book a newborn photoshoot at first as my baby was already 3 weeks postpartum and I was dealing with a fussy toddler, but everything from booking a session to the actual shoot was so fast and seamless. Hart is such a natural around babies and kids, and the photos came out so beautiful. Thank you for the positive experience!
Zihui Tan
Zihui Tan
August 31, 2022.
Loved the photos and experience we had with Hart. The photoshoot was comfortable and relaxing. Definitely coming back with the rest of the family πŸ‘πŸΌ
Raymond D
Raymond D
August 28, 2022.
We had a great time at the studio with our dog! Hart has been very patient and understanding the entire session. We didn’t know how to pose and he guided us through every step of the way. Our dog loves him too. The photos came out great! Very happy with his work and professionalism.

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 (Bonus)

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.

10. Koon Seng Road Shophouse (Bonus)

I hear you. I know outdoor family photography location is fun and unique and all that. Throw in some colorful heritage shophouse in the mix, you are in for an unique images for your family.

This stretch of the shophouse is one of the most instagrammable images that you can have for Singapore.

The bonus is, Hart lives just around the corner so he knows the in and out of the places including some interesting area that tourist will often missed.

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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When Should You Update Your Family Portrait?

When Is A Good Time To Update Family Portraits Professionally?

Benjamin Franklin once said: “𝑳𝒐𝒔𝒕 π’•π’Šπ’Žπ’† π’Šπ’” 𝒏𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒇𝒐𝒖𝒏𝒅 π’‚π’ˆπ’‚π’Šπ’β€ . Time is life’s most precious commodity. It is always a good time; never too early; and often too late to update your family portrait professionally.

We all know that time flies, and it seems like just the other day our bundle of joy was born or the family portrait at your parent’s home doesn’t have the grandkids yet. So… when is the best time to update a family portrait then? Turns out, there’s no one definitive answer – it depends on your family’s circumstances. Keep reading for some tips on when to update your family portrait professionally!

1. The Arrival of New Family Members

Of course, one of the best times to update family portraits is when you or your loved ones have new members in their lives. If your family just welcomed a new bundle of joy – update those photos. Make it a family tradition, invest in memories, and to document your family’s growth. Your kids will thank you for it later on!

2. Celebrating Birthdays

It’s also a good idea to update family portraits on birthdays. Many parents consider one year old birthday shoots as important milestones to document for their baby. After all, you’ve survived the 1st year of raising your child and that’s also your child celebrating their 1st birthday with the family.

When you are running out of meaningful gift ideas for celebrating your own, your other half’s birthday, or even your parent’s birthday, updating a family portrait brings dividends for everyone! The family will be reminded of those fun times together and fresh memories to cherish in the years to come.

3. Celebrating Anniversaries

If you have been married more than 5 years, or your parents had been married for more than 40 or 50 years, these are definitely milestones worth celebrating. Either with a family portrait; or an extended family portrait to show off how far you have come as a family. Certainly documenting another chapter of your lives with beautiful memories to cherish and reminisce in the time to come.

4. Before You Move Out Of Your Home

One of the most important things you’d probably like your kids to remember will most likely be the home they grew up in. By updating your family portrait in this home, you are creating memories to be cherished now and looked back with fondness in the future.

5. When You Move Into Your New Home

When you’ve moved into your new home – update the family portrait to reflect this milestone. Have new family images, new wall framing to fit into your new home’s decor and make it homely. After all, it is one of the biggest moves you will ever make in life.

6. Before Someone Depart For Work, Overseas Studies Or National Service

Usually, this requires them to be away from home in the order of years. In regard to compulsory national service in Singapore, many update their family portraits before the kids get enlisted, while they still have a full head of hair.

7. When You Haven’t Got A Photo Of You With The Kids

If you are the appointed family photographer of the household, it is very likely that you have very little if not none of you in the photos. What’s worse is you volunteer yourself because you are perpetually feeling you look heavy on photos. Come on, your kids want to see you in the photos. You being big or small, heavy or light will never be their focus when they look at family portraits. Even if they do, so what? How long can you procrastinate doing that family portrait.

8. When You Have Visiting Family Members From Abroad

If your siblings, parents, or cousins are visiting you from abroad, make it a point to pre-plan and gather everyone to update the extended family portrait. Most likely this would be your only chance for a long while. Our experience is most of the time, this happens around the festive seasons around Christmas & New Year.

9. When Someone In The Family Is In Their Final Stages Of Life

A really common time to update family portraits is when someone in the family had been diagnosed with a terminal illness or approaching the end of life. If a member of your family has been sick for a while, and you know that they’re not going to be around much longer, you may want to update their portrait as soon as you can. Even if you update a family portrait in this scenario, it doesn’t mean that the person is going to pass away any time soon – it just means that your photography session needs to happen before they’re no longer around and to get that last portrait ready.

10. Your Last Family Portrait Update Was More Than 5 Years Ago

If the update of your family portrait is more than 5 years ago, you know pretty well yourself that it’s time for a new update. Most often than not, today’s kids are so much taller and bigger than before. Some members of the extended family might not be around anymore while the new members are not in it yet.

It’s no secret that families are important, and one way to show your loved ones how much you care is by having a professional family portrait session done. Family portraits are one of those things that are always important, but they’re never urgent. So, if you’ve been putting it off, how long more can you procrastinate? What event do you have coming up soon that would be a great time to schedule a photo shoot?

If you need help in choosing a family photo studio, head over to read more about the 15 Tips For Choosing The Best Family Photo Studio For Your Family Portrait Session. Still unsure if you want to have the family portrait done at your home, studio, or outdoors? Here are some considerations to think about on Where You Should Do Your Next Family Photoshoot.

We can’t wait to help you create beautiful family memories that will last for generations. If you have any questions, we are here to assist. Contact us today to book your professional family portrait session!

    Hart was lovely with my 3 year old! He was able to capture the expressions and essence of the moment perfectly, and we have not taken any family photos in the last 10 years. He does definitely have his way with kids. Looking forward to the shoot next year!

    Anne Lee
    Facebook Review, July 2019

    Hart personally took photos for my two boys. My older boy doesn’t like strangers and we can never get a proper photo of his beautiful smile. Hart, amazingly, did it! He captured the true essence of the boys’ smiles and every time we look at the photos, they blow us away!
    We loved that he was really efficient, we have been to other studios and other photographers that by the time we were only halfway done, the boys are very cranky and we had to end the day. Hart was also really quick in sending us our chosen shots and to say they were beautiful is an understatement!

    Lele Ng
    Google Review, July 2019

    Hart was a dream to work with! All those other reviews on how good he is with children were certainly not exaggerated (if anything perhaps understated!) He really does have a lot of chemistry with children and managed to get some great shots of my usually impossible to sit still toddler. Would highly recommend him and will definitely be back. Hart was also very flexible with regards to timing and location – which was very much appreciated

    Bernice Volta Hidajat
    October 2019

    Based on 318 reviews.
    David Yap
    David Yap
    October 4, 2022.
    Service was top-notch. Photo shoot went smoothly. My new born was well taken care of and did not even cry during the shoot. The photos were amazing. Highly recommended.
    Mark Tan
    Mark Tan
    September 24, 2022.
    Not only is Hart a good photographer(saw some of his work) but he is very experience dealing with babies. He is also willing to listen to our request for the type of shoot etc. Studio is very cosy and comfortable for both baby and parents.
    Mrs May Ng
    Mrs May Ng
    September 18, 2022.
    We wanted photos to commemorate our 20th wedding anniversary. Hart did a fantastic job for us. We love the photos taken by him. Editing is also very well done. He responds to all our WhatsApp messages promptly, before and also after the photoshoot. We have absolutely no regret choosing Hart to take our photo for us. Thank you Hart!
    Shu Hui Neo
    Shu Hui Neo
    September 9, 2022.
    The indoor photoshoot experience with Hart has definitely created a beautiful memory for us! Simple booking, effective communication, and it is definitely a plus when he made my 5yo so comfortable within minutes upon meeting him for the first time. the efficiency of him delivering the wonderful shots within a day is another plus. Nothing beats to have our anticipation met just before we sleep. Thanks Hart!
    Jon Kong
    Jon Kong
    September 8, 2022.
    Had a multi generation family photo session with Hart on 21 Aug and was particularly impressed with how he handled our young ones. He managed to get them to participate without much fussing and shots turned out great! Studio was comfortable and welcoming and the sequence of shots was well planned to capture natural expressions. Post shoot service was efficient as well with edited photos ready for selection within 1 day and final products delivered within 2 weeks. Highly recommend Hart to anyone with young kids.
    Kim
    Kim
    September 7, 2022.
    I had a great experience with Hart and Tomato Photography. Process was smooth and straightforward, they provided me with a good selection of wardrobe, and the photos turned out classy. Hart’s aesthetic is definitely impressive and he knows what he’s doing. I also appreciate his guidance and pointers during the shoot! Highly recommend!
    Xiaoqin Guo
    Xiaoqin Guo
    September 7, 2022.
    Thank you so much for your great work. Your care and expertise have made me and hubby look so good in every photo!
    Miyuki Kusuma
    Miyuki Kusuma
    September 2, 2022.
    I wasn't sure if I should book a newborn photoshoot at first as my baby was already 3 weeks postpartum and I was dealing with a fussy toddler, but everything from booking a session to the actual shoot was so fast and seamless. Hart is such a natural around babies and kids, and the photos came out so beautiful. Thank you for the positive experience!
    Zihui Tan
    Zihui Tan
    August 31, 2022.
    Loved the photos and experience we had with Hart. The photoshoot was comfortable and relaxing. Definitely coming back with the rest of the family πŸ‘πŸΌ
    Raymond D
    Raymond D
    August 28, 2022.
    We had a great time at the studio with our dog! Hart has been very patient and understanding the entire session. We didn’t know how to pose and he guided us through every step of the way. Our dog loves him too. The photos came out great! Very happy with his work and professionalism.

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