No Forced Smiles Here…

As a photographer I often get asked “but can you make my kids smile?”.   Sure, we can do this through playing and interacting in a natural way, but I always tell parents that the heart and soul of your child is in other facial expressions too.  Natural photography that captures moments and feelings is not about that posed cheesy smile, its about what is behind the eyes and the connection the eyes make with the camera.

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As a photographer and parent I am drawn to the eyes and soul of the image.  Often the piercing stare is what really captures the true personality and traits of any child.  Its that connection that the child makes with the camera that the parents will be drawn to and thus framing .  Capturing all moods is crucial to documenting and keeping your memories alive, as parents we know that our children are not always perfect tidy smiling angels, they are little people with thoughts and ideas of their own – so why not capture this through photography.

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Gone are those cheesy 80’s family portraits where children sit on the knees of the parents or not he floor next to a grandparent.  Fast forward to the present and family photography is about capturing a particular moment in time experienced by the individuals in the snap.  As a photographer who takes and sees thousands of photos, its those natural moments captured without telling children to smile and say “cheese” that really make for amazing family portraits

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Remember next time you take a photo of your little one, just tell them to be themselves to continue to take part in the game or activity they are engaged in and then take your photo.  Capture the essence of your child not the unrealistic posed model of them.

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Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Singapore – take your camera!

It’s the weekend and time to keep the kids entertained. We loved exploring Singapore this week to give you the top five places to take the kiddies for some summer fun. Here are our suggestions on the best playgrounds in Singapore. Don’t forget to take your camera, its always a photo worthy moment when family plays together

 

Jacob Ballas – Botanical Gardens

We love this spot its perfect for kiddies of all ages to enjoy with an emphasis on the environment and learning more about the garden. With a wet area for play its perfect for cooling down on a hot summers day after climbing the huge tree house. Use a park bench or tree stub to hold you camera and set the timer the perfect family portrait

 

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East Coast Park

Whether is fun on the beach or riding your bicycle this park has you covered. We love to take advantage of the family friendly bicycle tracks and then cool down in the sea for a swim followed by a yummy ice cream from New Zealand Natural. No worries if you don’t have a bike, simply hire one by the hour for priceless family fun. No need for a flash on hot sunny days – just pick up your camera and snap away

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Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay

We just love the water play area, its huge! Don’t worry if you have tiny tot, there is a dedicated play area for toddlers. This spot is great for hot summer days and you can finish it off with a soft serve from Mc Donald’s. Take your camera and focus on getting awesome shoots of splashes and wet smiley facesFamily_photographer_singapore

 

 

Woodlands waterfront

If your kiddies love to climb then this is the spot for your family. With a huge tower surrounded by rope to climb this fort will keep your kids amused for hours. We also recommend a walk along the boardwalk area, the perfect spot for a family snap in the late afternoon.

Pasir Ris Park

 For those families who need a stroller friendly activity then this is perfect for you. The boardwalk gives you the opportunity to be among nature and spot mud crabs whilst pushing your stroller along leisurely. Make sure you take some mozzie spray for this outing and a flash for your camera is a definite must if you are taking afternoon family snapsfamily_Photography_Singapore

 


East Coast Park – a familiar site

There are family who prefer to be guided through the session, there are family who prefer to be left alone and there are family who prefer a bit of both. It is up to the photographer to realise what type the family fall into.

Sometimes being the observer brings a lot of joy in preserving memories for a family. The moments are spontaneous and there are a lot to capture usually. However, it will always challenging to capture something that is meaningful rather than shoot whatever moves.

I love the randomness in this shoot, through the randomness, it seems to define this family that is so dynamic but simple… I simply love it.

Regards,

Hart Tan
www.tomato.sg
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Another year, another location, every single year

A family tradition sometimes irks me… that’s what I feel when I was younger.

As I grow older, I wish I had pay more attention to family tradition… sometimes it may sound or feel ridiculous but it only make sense when you finally “get it”.

Elle has been doing her family photography since she had the first child, and with 5 children, she has never fail to arrange for a family photography every single year.

What she want is simple… a simple portrait of the family looking good at the location that is familiar to them…

This year, it was 3rd year I did for them… I hope to continue to do the session for them as long as they are in Singapore…

Previous 2 years’ images

Regards,

Hart Tan
www.tomato.sg
info@tomato.sg
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Raffles Hotel Session with a 3 years old

I see the Montgomery family some 2+ years ago and it is nice to see them again. Raffles hotel is a great venue. It has sufficient shades and cover that allow for alternative should the day become really warm or drizzle.

However, as photographer, just make sure you are not obstructing traffic or make any excuse for the hotel staff to make any remarks. After all, we are at their private area.

Regards,

Hart Tan
Associate Master Photographer
www.tomato.sg
info@tomato.sg
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