Home maternity photography at East Coast with Trina

“I think this is the first / last child” is the word that I heard often when people come to book my maternity photography session. I felt privileged to be included in client’s important milestone.

Trina lives in a beautiful home with very eclectic collection of artwork and furnishing. Collection that says so much about her and her family. The boldness in declaring “I AM” an unique individual and I appreciate that.

It challenge me to create images that portray them as family and their home. I use a lot of lighting nowadays in a home shoot because I feel that it gives me the control in lighting of inside the house. There are so many places that I love but lighting might not always ideal. With control lighting, everything become possible.

My idea in using lighting is to emulate what you see  as lighting at their home… so it still gives the same “feel” to it, the only different will be the quality and control of the lighting.

 


Regards,

Hart Tan
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Gorgeous maternity photography with Trisha

Pregnancy is a very special time in a woman’s life, the feeling carrying a new life.

I love simplicity and I love the connection between the couple.

Studio Photography session usually a better choice for maternity session mainly because it is private,  cool as well as the control in lighting to show off the new shape.

Best time for maternity session is between 33-36weeks…

Regards,

Hart Tan
info@tomato.sg


Home Maternity Photography @ Joo Chiat

I start venturing out to people’s home to do the maternity photography session, i think it allows for personalised images being created just for the couple.

In the past, lighting was big and cumbersome but things changed, with more and more compact professional lighting that accept variety of light modifiers that used to be only available for studio space, it makes me wonder if studio photography might be a thing in the past… Well, time will tell.

I am absolutely delighted to be able to shoot at one of the house around the corner from me which has win a major architectural award for the design. Coming from Interior and Architectural Photography background, I love to blend the two together as an addition to portrait setting.

I bought along 2x Einstein 640 plus a Profoto AcuteB2 600W and one large softbox, One medium softbox, one strip light as well as the beauty dish that allow me to create images that I had in my mind. The softboxes can be set up within minutes so there is very little time needed. To top if off, I will also bring black backdrop to do some “studio’ look images.

Here are some images I took on the day…


Regards,

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

 


Why We Shoot In Black and White

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Colour Can Distract

Clothing, busy background and colour objects can take away from the moment of the photo.  The black and white images allow your brain to focus only on the main element of the photo and the emotional message is more easily conveyed as our brains become more perceptive and focused on the images core itself.  Taking away distractions gives you a focused image that is often more powerful and spectacular.

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You’ll See Light Differently

With outdoor lighting in particular, you will miss out on that golden afternoon glow but you will also gain a more focused shot.  The shot will lead your eye to  focus more on the direction, quantity and quality of light in the black and white shot.  As a photographer learning how to read and play with different elements of light in this way is a fantastic skill that helps play up emotion in the shot. The relationship between the starkness of the light and dark can be more interesting to shoot than the regular colour shots.  Light and the relationship with my subject (and the shadows that form) as well as other complementary elements of the individual become the focus, rather than the colour of elements in the frame.

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It Helps Emphasize Emotion

Looking at someone’s face, or into their eyes, without the distraction of color can provide a stronger emotional connection to the subject. It’s not necessarily always the case, but if like me, you often feel more connected to a person in a black and white image over a color image, this could be the reason why. With color gone, it’s purely about the connection you have with the subject.  The color of the trees and shrubs, buildings and lamp posts are all irrelevant as the focus becomes the emotional bond between the embracing family.
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Its A Classic
One of the most common reasons people want to shoot in black and white today is because it lends a certain timeless quality to the images. This is because we still think of black and white as being a throwback to the photographic past. Of course, it is in terms of black and white was much more prevalent before color, but this is still a great reason to shoot black and white. Black and white never seems to fade from being fashion forward and its seen as an elegant and sophisticated choice by many of my clients.

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It Amplifies Your Use of Space

Negative space – the areas of the frame that have nothing in them, are easier to showcase and highlight when shooting black and white. This relates back to minimizing distractions from not shooting in color. You tend to focus on light and dark areas of the frame – and their inter-relationship. Playing with negative space is also useful in separating your subject nicely from the background and give added depth to the image.  Black and white can help to highlight a shape and form or pattern in the image that might be overlooked in a full colour image.
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To Highlight Beauty and Skin Tones

It doesn’t matter what race, color or background you happen to be – black and white photography provides wonderful tonal range between the deepest blacks and the whitest whites. Garishly colorful makeup is no longer distracting.  Pigments, discoloration and distracting elements of the skin can become less obvious. I particularly love this when I am emphasizing a newborns skin and wrinkles.  Its that light bath or glow if you like that separates the baby from everything else and proves to shape our attention directly at the newborn.

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Love the black and white look? Give us a call today to discuss what you want from your next photo shoot.  TEL: 8858 0088; Whatsapp Us; or email us at info@tomato.sg

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A Mums reflection …

As parents we are caught in this constant mental and emotional state of wanting our children to grow up so that we can see all of their achievements and then on the other hand wanting them to remain small and child like forever needing their parents.  Its this constant conundrum that we go back and fourth with that keeps us on our toes as parents.  

Its for this reason that I love being a photographer.  I recently met with one of my clients who is pregnant for the second time and with this pregnancy she finds herself reflecting over and over again her firsts newborns photos.  She uses these images to try and imagine what it will be like welcoming this new baby in the family dynamic and how much she loved those first few months of bonding with her first.
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This is how powerful family imagery is, it brings back raw emotions of being a parent to a newborn and it creates the perfect moment of sweet reflection and excitement for the impending future arrival.

The client revealed that reflecting back on those first newborn photos made her proud as a mother, how much she had accomplished and how much more confident she felt for the arrival of this new baby.  She even mentioned that she is looking forward to the next newborn shoot as she feels so much more relaxed about the whole experience of motherhood. With a witty joke she comment that “you always have to do for the second what you did for the first.”  Another reason that I love my job – just that the returning clients who come back and show me their new and extended family
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Happy growing families are my inspiration and I can’t wait to meet this new arrival as I have so many before.” Time flies” I reminded my client, enjoy this second pregnancy and see you soon.

If you are interested to have your newborn photographed, please give us a call on 8858 0088.  Make sure to book in early as we only do a limited set of newborn shoots per month

 

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