Family photography at East Coast of Singapore

I first met Egan’s family nearly 3 years ago when they had their little boy Benjamin for newborn session at their home.

Since then, I have been recording their life and watch the kids grow up… It is always interesting and always different…

Katrina ask me for my suggestion in terms of location and she just love the “organic” feel in my work, something natural and something real for her and she said, it will be dream come true if she can have the session in a private, moody and woody part of Singapore.

Anyway, we decided to go to a deserted part of Singapore at Changi to have the shoot done. Well, apart from mozzies attack despite thick insect repellant, I think we have some really interesting images. I was worried at first as I am not sure if my clients are happy with those mozzies experience but I am glad that Katrina was over the moon after she saw the images and happy for me to share it…

Here are some images taken on the day…


Baby Milestone Photography – 6-9 Months Sitters Baby Photoshoot

Baby Milestone Photography – What Is it?

Baby photoshoots that involve babies around 6-9 months old are fun to do. It is around this time when baby reach their sitting up milestone.

They seem to be in a stage where their personality is fully form; yet not being shape by world. They explore the world around them and as they develop, they reach their milestones at their own pace.

6-9 Months Sitters Baby Milestone

Their first milestones would be to be able to roll over by themselves and be on their tummy around 3 months. Liftling their head thereafter.

Around the 6-9 months mark, the baby tend to be able to sit up independently.

It doesn’t stop there!

They’ll move on to moving around by crawling on all fours, on 3’s or they belong to the bump shifters group.

They are happy to do what they are happy to do and very intrigued with what’s around them. They are just a pure joy to work with and Love it…

Why Do Baby Milestone Photography?

The baby grows so fast and changes so much during the 1st year of their lives. Many parents do the popular milestone shoots at newborn and 1 year old.

However, the in-between stage where they exhibits various expressions, curiosity and mannerisms are worth preserving.

When they learn how to sit up around the 6-9 months, they tend to push towards the next milestone of crawling instead of going backwards to being on the tummy for long.

So, how long do parents want to procrastinate before you miss capturing this milestone again? They won’t sit still for long once pass this milestone:)

Scroll down to view some of the images I did for this baby on their best 6-9 months old…

Tomato Photo is an established brand and being associated with one of the best in Fine Art Newborn Photography and Lifestyle Family and Children Photography. It focuses on things that touches people’s heart and that’s what we are known for.

If you like what you see ;or you had missed your baby’s newborn shoot and would like to get something like this done for your kids, get in touch with us at 88580088 or email info@tomato.sg

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 Hadajat
October 2019

My family and I thoroughly enjoyed the photoshoot session with Hart! Hart made us feel really at home and my daughters had lots of fun at the studio! I’m very pleased with the moments he has captured for us and we will be back for more shoots in the future!

Xinyi Huang
October 2019
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Home – A Perfect Place – Newborn Photography Singapore

Home – Nesting Place

There is no place like home when its time to nest.

Many Mums and Mum-to-be know that nesting feeling they get just before and after baby is born.  You feel so safe and comfortable in your own home as you adjust to your new little bundle of joy. Many new Mums are also taking care to heal the wounds of labour and c- sections which means they need to stay at home and rest as much as they can. 

This is when you most appreciate that Hart Tan from Tomato Photo can come to your home and work his photography to preserve the memories of your little newborn. Click on this link to see images that you can have of your little ones, right at the comfort of your home

Home – Stress-Free For Newborn Photoshoot

Picture this… You and your husband just got home from the hospital with your tiny newborn. You know these moments won’t last long and in a matter of weeks your precious bundle will no longer be a newborn.

When you are thinking, another reality strike you, the headache and chore to travel anywhere. In the first week, mothers still feel much in pain and learning how to manage the little newborn, the last thing you want to do is the chore to travel! That is the reason why, we have been focus the attention to bring the the comfort of having the professional newborn photography right at your home. You can see some of the sample home images done for clients right at the comfort of their home.

Imagine that, you are looking forward to your newborn photography session in a couple of days; you are so glad your photographer is willing to do the session in the comfort of your own home, it takes so much of the stress out of taking pictures. That exactly what you want for your baby, a stress free and loving environment as they get to know this new world all around them.

In Confinement? We hear you..

Many Mums in Singapore find themselves on confinement and are unable to leave their home for the first month after giving birth for health reasons.  This is also perfect for those who want those newborn shots but don’t want to break the confinement period.  Dads also like the fact that photography can be done at home as they can relax and are more open to those embracing shots with their wife and baby.  Having the shoot at home means total convenience as you have all of babies items and comforts all around you.  Their is no need to pack up that big baby bag and pram and track down a taxi, simple sit on your sofa and let Hart do all the work.

How Long Is The Session?

Mothers always looking out for the best interest for their family and newborn baby when it comes to newborn photography. We understand some mums have back to back appointments with the gyn/ob, post-natal massage, or child’s vaccination visits and you don’t have the whole day to spare for newborn photoshoot.

With over a decade of experience, we learn to maximise your timing. Whether you choose to have your post natal massage or having lunch at home, we certainly offer you the flexibility to have the newborn shoot at the same time.

We also understand that you are worried about the unpredictable nature of the baby, in fact, with sufficient knowledge, majority of baby are predictable in the hand of experience photographer, just that you are learning the rope, you can rest assure that our experience will bring much comfort that you needed. The time needed for each baby is different, so we will give you as much time as we need to ensure that you get your beautiful images that you love, and at the same time, keeping the session as short as possible to ensure that you have enough rest while give you a great collection of images that you can select from. If you need to press us for the time, 1-2 hours is usually needed for 95% of the newborn shoot. 3-4 hours is also possible should the baby needed more time to settle.

We factor in sufficient time that you can feed, change and burp baby so that they are happy little posers.  Our home sessions are all about comfort, family and bonding which can be achieved in this stress free environment

Looking at these images its hard to believe that we are not in a studio….

Newborn Photoshoo SG

Its all about memories, one day your now grown up baby can see where and how you lived at the time of their birth…..

Newborn Photography Singapore BnW

We understand that you might be a little nervous if this is the first time that you are considering newborn photography, or perhaps you had a prior bad experience elsewhere, you know that having someone who has a decade of experience and a soothing personality makes a huge difference in the shoot. Beautiful images is a non-negotiable, however, helping our clients to feel relax and comfortable at their own shoot makes all the difference.

Newborn Photo Studio

Newborn Expression

 

Sibling and Newborn Photography Singapore

Client will get our signature Fine Art newborn photography as well as the lifestyle newborn photography with the family. Here are the 5 different variations of styles you will get from one session.

Last but not least…  this is what our clients have to say about their experience with us..

Hart was amazing. He is such a natural with newborns that got us parents wondering how he made our baby so calm while moving her around to have different shots of her. Hart is a professional where he is able to put us all at ease together with our parents. He gave us good guidance which resulted in having such beautiful photos processed! We’d definitely recommend him to anyone who wishes to take family or newborn shoots. Your babies would love him too! – Hakim Amir Hamzah

We booked Hart for a newborn photo shoot when our daughter was 10 days old. Hart was patient and gentle with our daughter as he moved her into position. He had a great collection of prop and provided us with good feedback to get the best of the family images. I would use him again. – Liane Wolfe

Hart far exceeded our expectations. He is amazing with kids and managed well both our newborn and toddler. We anticipated a stressful photo session but ended up having a great time! His shots are all great and the hard print photos that we got are of very high quality. Thank you Hart! We’ll look you up again when it’s time to update our family photos. – Joan Dela Cruz

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Shooting Solo

Why I Shoot Alone?

Newborn, Maternity and Kids photography is such a different genre in the world of photography. Most people think that we’re photographers with an army on set; assistants lighting technicians make up/hair artists – but this is far from true, at least in Tomato Photo Studio! In Tomato Photo, I shoot alone!

The Question Many Asks

Every now and then, I do get asked the same question…“Hart, why do you work alone?”

Isn’t it a case of “the more, the merrier” where having more people around helps to ensure that things get done faster and therefore….more efficiently?

Sure, it can certainly feel impressive to have a team that can run around doing things on my behalf and make me look “important” during photoshoots. However, to be completely honest, I really don’t need an army to impress you during your photoshoot. I have generals that work behind the scenes and this allows me to show up in my best form to create work that you will love during your photoshoots with me, every single time.

What if I were to turn up with big and expensive lighting and camera systems as a way of justifying my costs… Sounds fancy, right?

Would that really be justified, though?

One of Many Stories

Let me explain further by sharing an experience I had a couple years ago during an extended family photoshoot.

I remember I walked in to a client’s home with a rather compact system (read: mirrorless camera system), which raised an eyebrow and a remark was made on how “little” equipment I’d arrived with.

As it turned out, my minimal system was instrumental in ensuring the experience went along smoothly. As soon as I took my camera out, the 2 year old child that was present instantly decided that she didn’t want to take any part in the photoshoot. Parents, you know too well how these things go.

So yes, the little one decided that everyone else should be in front of the camera, without her. I learnt later on that it usually takes her a while to warm up to new faces.

Of course, part of the reason why this photoshoot was arranged in the first place was to include this 2 year old girl in the photos along with everyone else plus, there were also visiting family members who were going to be around for only a limited time.

And because I was alone, my minimal kit that comes with a silent shutter (so when you click, there is no clicking sound from the camera) was not distracting at all for the little girl while she took her time to open up to me; she wasn’t aware that I had started capturing images silently! As everyone sat down together in their places, I waited for the right moment and “PEEKABOO!”, she appeared at the exact spot that I wanted her to be in! As I continued capturing the shots (silently), she remained clueless but happy and in good spirits! All 14 family members were 100% relieved that we got it done beautifully.

Later on, one of the clients shared with me that he had initial concerns with bulky gear and assistants tagging along for the big family shoot as he was worried these would really make things chaotic. Needless to say he was rather glad that I turned up alone and with minimal gear!

WHY I Shoot Alone?

I haven’t always run a “one man show” during my photoshoots. In the past, my wife would tag along as my assistant for newborn photoshoots. In those days, I remember having to ask twice for the little things I’d I need during the photoshoot and it would take me 2-3 tries before I’d eventually get what I needed. This would often end up in intended moments being lost and therefore, not captured for my clients! It has taken us years of working together to learn to be better at being able to read the other’s creative mind, especially when time is of the essence.

Sure, we’ve since trained ourselves to work really well together. But somewhere along the way, I also found myself wondering what would happen if one day my wife were to feel under the weather on the day of a photoshoot? What would I do then? Postpone the shoot?

So I changed things further, and trained myself to run the show, solo. When clients choose to trust me in capturing their memories, it is my responsibility to ensure that I make it happen accordingly as they have planned whilst being as efficient as possible.

Tomato Photo’s Success – Pre-empt, Pre-empt & Pre-empt

It is the things that we can do for our clients before they even think about that makes us where we are today.

For example, those of you who have used boutique 5 star resort services or even the famed Haidilao restaurant, you’ll find that it is their ability to “pre-empt” what you need even before it crosses your mind that makes their service stand out.


Now, this is not an easy task, but it is something we value and believe in, hence we have kept our business small, serving only a limited number of clients each month so that we can attend to each and every one to the best of our abilities.

I would argue that having more than 1 person in a photoshoot is a luxury that is more beneficial to me as a photographer but not so much for you as a client as it becomes an unnecessary, additional cost to you.

I have always preferred getting things done sooner rather than later and getting more work done for our clients at the lowest possible cost so that we can make enough to use the very best products for them while keeping the business thriving, even during the most difficult times.

I love what I do, so I would love to keep myself competitive and continue to offer the best that I can to anyone who would love to work with us.

  • “We booked a session with Hart for my 6mo baby last Friday. Usually my baby takes a long time to warm up to strangers but Hart literally took only 10mins to get him smiling, interacting and curiously looking around the studio so ready for the photoshoot! It was also a very pleasant experience for myself and my husband. We enjoyed the whole hour there. And then when we received the photos… oh my they were all captured beautifully. Especially my son’s expressions 🥰. Thank you so much Hart! “- Mags Heng

  • “If you want perfect photos that captures the moment, great experience with kids and quick turnaround for the photos – hart is the best! Pricing and packages are clear. Results are always outstanding. Hart is especially necessary if you have a big group. The more people, the harder it is to get a perfect shot (Without photoshop). Hart is good at priming everyone so that everyone is ready and perfect.
    Other Photographers might be able to handle a child with parents – with more and younger kids it gets harder to get perfect shots. We had bambini photography for a single child and it captured the moment, but not perfect for shots with more people” Huiying

  • Hart took a photo of our newborn 3 years back, and we loved the pictures immensely. Those photos are truly timeless, and superbly taken. Late last year, we started to arrange for a photo series with both sides of the extended family members with Hart again. But sadly, my father-in-law passed on in Feb this year. Looking back, we never took enough photos with him, and time truly doesn’t wait for anyone. Instead of putting off the photo session further (who knows what will happen tomorrow…), we proceeded once the pandemic lockdown measures are relaxed. We love the images taken last weekend with Hart, enjoyed the session thoroughly, and will definitely return to update our family portrait in a few years. Photos, especially the amazing ones that Hart always manages to capture, are truly the only way we can freeze time and moments. Our children are all growing up too fast, and our parents growing old too soon and Hart’s photos will be cherished by our family forever.” – Bernice

Your Benefits:

If you have read this far, let me assure you that me being a solo photographer has many benefits for you as a client.

Here are the top 5:
1. There will be only 1 stranger for your child(ren) to warm up to.

2. Our cost stays competitive so you only pay for the results.
2. Consistency is guaranteed so you know what you get.
3. You’ll see images of your child looking directly into the camera with their natural, candid smiles.
4. No third party disruptions; there will be no one else taking up space or interrupting my creative flow especially during crucial moments. These moments are unique and happen in a flash.

So if you understand and love the idea of “Less is More”, I reckon we will work well together!

Oh… have you see more than 1 conductor in an orchestra? No? Never? there must be a good reason why…

Drop us a message and let’s see how we can work together…

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    Mini Family Photoshoot Singapore – East Coast Park 2019

    Who Need Mini Family Photoshoot?

    First of all, I know that many of you always look at your friends’ photos and probably think. “There is no way we will put ourselves through all the stress spending hours posing in front of the camera.

    First of all, Jessica Bernard felt exactly the same (see her thoughts below)… Josh is 6.5yo and because, Ella who is 2.5, literally hate sand and grass in her shoes while Ella also simply isn’t a morning person.

    Similarly, if your family dynamics has more or less the same. This article may be something you should keep reading on.

    One thing for sure that we all know is having your memories captured is not only important, it is probably the only way to show you and your family really existed.

    Of course, unless you are on Interpol most wanted list or some exclusive people who feel fine to be forgotten once you leave this world, you got to really have your photos taken once in a while. Even more so especially when you have young kids.

    Typical Excuse #1

    I get it, it is always those few pounds… let me burst your bubble… are you ready…?

    It will only get worse…. Just think about last weekend.

    Did you have one extra drink that you shouldn’t? An extra slice of pepperoni pizza that you shouldn’t eat?

    As a result, unless you are someone who workout real hard regularly; or someone who is either blessed with great genes or is a breatharian, chances are, it will get worse.

    Similarly, one of my client waited 6 years… guess what? the weighing scale kept showing increments!

    Yes yes, as a professional, yes read PROFESSIONAL, i will light you better so you shave off a few pounds, then capture you in the right angle, to shave a few more pounds… you will be laughing so hard now and glad you did it today… I ain’t a miracle worker, but of course I know a thing or two to make you look better than real life.

    Excuse #2

    Now, you are probably going to tell me that your husband is going to kill you to spend the money… Times are bad, yadi yadi yaa… or he says he just hates being photograph…

    Totally understand… try this…Why do you think I am behind the camera all the time? Because I try to avoid the camera at all cost (pun intended)?

    I hate it as much as your husband. In fact, I used to fight with my mother who always wanted our family photos taken. Now, I know I do it for my children. My 3 boys whom I love dearly is going to have some pictures of me with them too!

    Excuse #3

    Then you are going to tell me that your kids just hate it every time you take that iPhone out and take their photo.

    Short answer is, you can pretty much leave it to me with the kids. I have my way around them. All you need to do is (pretend) to be happy and bring lots of smiles. Oh… no no, I don’t mean really pretend… but you know, try to lah! 

It will be easy I promise.

    So if you are those who like quick and fuss free experience, a mini session at East Coast Park will be your answer for those grandparents at home and precious memories for your own family too.

    So to sum it up Mini Family Photo shoots Are:

    1. Affordable (yes your husband is probably going to nag less. It is certainly not cheap but you know affordable compared to the usual value associated with your memories),
    2. Quick (for those who never have time),
    3. East Coast Park (best place in Singapore, says me!) and last but not least,
    4. I will be the monkey for your children. Means you don’t have to deal with them for at least half an hour. Yes… good thing come in small bite size.

    Its too good to be true!“… and it is… because it is only going to last for a very limited time as good, affordable things usually don’t come often or stay very long.

    So its a mini date session, I don’t mean dating me, I mean to schedule a date for your mini session for your family who everyone including yourself hated to be posing in front of the camera.

    How Mini Family Photoshoots Work?

    It is a promise that you won’t have to pose, hence, guidance is provided.

    As a result, I won’t tell you to tilt your head left or right, but I am going tell you to squeeze your kids from time to time or to throw them up and down (for some overdue exercise) and to run with them as well as turning them upside down from time to time or simply chase them down the beach. Simply, spend time, create precious memories with your children.

    Finally, You will be sweaty, you will get lots of sand in your shoes, between your toes, you will probably get yourself a little wet, but hey… as results, your kids will remember this great time you spend with them. I will be there just to capture it, probably the way you never thought it was possible.

    Above all, who needs a perfect pose model in your family album, so, you can be sure that I am looking for everyday mum and dad who is willing to spend some time with their little kiddos playing wholeheartedly and have their memories captured at the same time.

    If that’s you, contact us by phone +65 88580088, whatsapp or email us at info@tomato.sg and lets see which date we can have you in…

    East Coast Park Mini Photoshoot Details Here

    We recently did an East Coast Mini Shoot with Hart – our first ever family photo session. My husband and I are not very comfortable in front of the camera, while the kids have a tendency to ham it up the second they see the camera – no easy, natural photos for us… or so we thought!

    The mini shoot is a great option for those who may not be keen on having their photo taken – because it’s outdoors you don’t feel too fake or posed, and it enables you to interact with your kids and each other in an unforced way. It’s also over so fast that the kids don’t have a chance to get bored, they’re having too much fun!

    The three things that impressed us the most:

    1. Hart’s manner is so lovely. He’s so relaxed and we were all instantly at ease for the session, we interacted with each other as usual while he gave minor directions or responded to our requests. He’s particularly great with kids, and instantly put my 6 year old son at ease. My stubborn 2 year old resisted his charms initially, but he won her over by encouraging her to look for shells on the beach. The result – gorgeous, candid photos of my kids being themselves.

    2. My husband was reluctant to do the photo shoot – he wanted the photos, just didn’t want the awkward photo session – but has since commented that he was amazed how much it didn’t feel like a photo shoot. It just felt like our family, hanging out with Hart, who just happened to have a camera.

    3. I can’t stop looking at the photos! The light and composition is wonderful, and he’s captured some brilliant expressions from both my children. I got teary when he first sent them through (same day as the shoot btw!), and it’s so special to have some photos of the whole family – previously the only photo of all of us was a selfie!

    From a reluctant, camera-shy family, we are now total converts to the family photo session, and will definitely be booking another mini shoot with Hart in the future.

    Jessica Bernard
    East Coast Park MIni Session 2019
    Details of Mini Family PHotoshoots at East Coast PArk

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