Baby Haren #3 – Newborn Baby Photography Singapore

Newborn Photography of the Haren Family

It is always a joy to be included as part of joyous moment in people’s life. Be it a birthday, wedding, or arrival of a newborn.

I have seen Fredrik and Elaine for the since 2011 to record their growing family. It all started with 1 and now baby #3. Newborn Photography is always a beautiful way to preserve memories for your little newborn so they can understand how they look like when they grow up.

Home or Studio?

For the Haren Family, all their shoots are done at their home. Most clients prefer to do the newborn photography at home for the simple fact that it is definitely more convenient for the parents. Everything the baby and mother needs is well within reach; elder siblings are also more at ease at home.

Natural Light or Flash for Newborns?

For sure, I started my career in newborn photography with natural light. However, with Singapore’s cloudy weather, unpredictable torrential rain and unknown amount of lighting conditions at clients home, I started to blend natural light with flash to achieve my newborn shots. I am so happy I am no longer at the mercy of weather when it comes to doing newborns photoshoots.

On the day of this shoot, it was dark and raining outside. It was also dark inside the house. With the combination of flash, I have the flexibility of control lighting during newborn shoots. Adding some flash in dark environment enables me to achieve the images that are becomes cleaner and crisp. Details of the image are able to withstand scrutiny even when its printed up to 50 by 80″.

What About Siblings?

As usual, while I photograph little newborns, the siblings would be running around, throwing tantrums just like any other day. I am blessed that kids love me and I love kids. I have my way with kids when it comes to photography. Things naturally fall into place and the perfect image would be captured at the right moment and right time.

Scroll down to view the image of Fredrik and his #2 taken at home that won the Family Portrait of Masters Photographers 2013/2014.

Below is the Winning Shot of Fredrik and his #2. It was the winner of Family Portrait of Masters Photographers 2013/2014.

Newborn Photography Award MPA

What Are The Considerations?

Whilst it is important to like the style of newborn baby photography before committing to booking a newborn photographer, it is also equally important to know that your photographer have the expertise in being able to read and handle young children and newborn babies.

At the same time, be technically sound to produce the image quality of a professional that not only is beautiful on screen, it has to be able to print well.

Lastly, the newborn photographer would need to consistently deliver the whole experience of the newborn photoshoot.

The above are the top considerations that our clients are looking for while researching for a newborn photography studio.

If you like what you see and would like to learn more, send us an email at info@tomato.sg; Call us at 88580088 or Whatsapp Us

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Black And White Newborn Photoshoot – Tomato Photo Signature Series

Newborn Photography…..So….How it all started for me? Why it started?

Well, it all started in 2008 during the birth of my son. See… I have always love Black and White Photos. I was happily taking all sorts of photos of my few days old son. Lifestyle’ly type shots, detail shots of his hair, tiny toes, tiny fingers.

During the sleep deprived state of mind at that point of time, somehow, I tried to connect the dots between achieving the ‘baby in the womb’ baby’s pose and putting it to live on the ‘outside’. In Black and White.

Black and white images seem to be able to convey more feeling, texture as well as the organic feel of the newborn baby by removing the very instant gratification of colour.

Just How Can I Achieve It?

At first, I thought B&W images will be an easy way to capture, but soon I realised the images though seemingly just a flip of a switch from colour to monochrome, but I was never happy with the results.

To make things worst, shooting newborn from client’s home pose the challenge in the lighting the images properly. Some home are too bright, some home are too dark and some, natural light at home simply out of questions.

I struggle a lot during those time to produce images that truly represent the beauty of the newborn in its purest form. The learning curve was steep and getting the consistent results with smooth gradient from bright highlight all the way to the shadow was an impossible task.

However, during these time, it is amazing how much I am experimenting with different ways from using soft curtain to soften the light, to technical black card, etc. Clients were raving how good the images were however, the quest to perfect the lighting is a personal journey.

Inspiration

What inspire me to create these images is from those ultrasound scans during my wife’s doctor’s appointment. However, how to achieve it on the outside is still very much a question mark. Putting lighting aside, managing newborn and curl them safely to get to the foetal position takes a lot of practice.

It was then that I started to experiment with those poses, those lighting, those shots. It took me quite a while. Trying to hold baby’s foetal position on the ‘outside’ was no feat.

We explored various ‘props’. Going to the pharmacy to get a roll of bandage, using it as a ‘wrap’ with the hope of holding the foetal position. After about a year in 2009, I was ready to do this. Now combining the lighting and the posing is a rather interesting combination.

Trying to convince clients to do a naked newborn shoot while they are still in confinement in the first few days instead of after the 1st month was a challenge in itself.

Back in the 2008, the idea of “newborn” photography was a foreign one. Majority of people will be in confinement and not wanting to do much until baby is about a month old. Even without anyone who is doing it similar way, it takes a lot of learning on my own to create entire body of work.

However, knowing that newborn only resemble how the look like in the womb for very short time and with painful trial and error, we found 5-10 days are the most suitable to do what I hope to achieve.

Ideals Versus Reality

I mentioned previously that I love Black and White Photos. Loving and achieving black and white photos are 2 very different skillset needed. Its easy to love, difficult to achieve. Too much contrast, the photo becomes too bright and too dark and the gradient drops off too much, too little control in light, the photo becomes flat and 2 dimensional. Of course, this journey of learning was a painful challenge.

I reach out to mentor who specialises in B&W imagery and learn the hard way on how to create something that truly mine. I learn the technique, then modify the technique as photographing baby and normal portrait is rather different.

It is exciting that I am still learning today, the type of learning is somewhat different. The days where posing baby was a challenge are gone. The days where inconsistent lighting are gone. What I am focusing after 11 years of learning this genre is how to create more brilliant images for clients at a comfortable duration.

I used to take 4-5 hours to shoot, because I need to learn and today, 1-2 hours is all we need to create a set of beautiful images gallery for your baby. With lesser time, I can see parents are less tired by end of the shoot and results in better family shots.

Shooting newborn nowadays are more like catching up with friends, sharing some parenting ideas, showing new parents how to manage their new baby while let them have set of images that they can cherish and as part of the legacy that they want to capture and preserve.

Newborn Trend Shifts
Over the years, I have seen a significant shift in trends on newborn photography. It all started with Anne Geddes with her beautifully curated baby shots made into a calendar.

It is worth noted, Anne Geddes only shoot for publication and have team of people to make things happen. Thereafter, another series of simplistic, natural light, posy newborn images started to emerge followed by proliferation of newborn props eg. bowls, swings, weighing scales etc.

The trend then moved on to the various material and textures of blankets, wraps, hats etc. All with the vision of dressing up the newborn shoot. Newborn prop makers became newborn photographer’s new BFF. I am of the belief that there were more newborn prop makers than there were photographers.

Photographers were sucked into buying the latest, newest prop creation to add some dimension and a touch of special to the newborn photoshoots. Trust me, my wife was at one stage addicted to buying the latest stuff as well. Looking out for the softest wraps, ideal sized bowls etc. The whole newborn prop industry was exploding.

These days, the trend seem to be digitally compositing images aka photoshopping a baby onto a snow covered woods; trees etc. The sky and your imagination is the limit.

Often, I ask myself if I am too stubborn for not fully adopting the new trend in newborn photography which focus on light and airy concept with flowery/pastelly colour, prop’y kind of images.

These are certainly beautiful images. However, props set up reminds me of fashion. They mark a certain time frame, certain era. Though we feel the nostalgic of those shoulder pad, trumpet pants, etc, this is certainly not something we are going to wear out day to day now.

Why?

When I reach deep down into my very vision why i started all these, it comes down to capturing newborn in their purest form. Form that only exist in the very womb of every mother. Trend come and go, the way how baby exist in mother’s womb don’t. I am glad after a decade, the very images that I created still relevant today and very much being request again and again.

My original vision for newborn remain true today… that is to beautify a simple form of newborn pose that mimic the very position in the womb. Something, that even time won’t be able to change it… The truth is I would like to create something so timeless that it will be a legacy that can be passed down in generation. Noble? nope, selfish? yup, totally… but for a good reason.

Here are some of my collection of my signature series… something a little unusual… but simplistic approach to my vision of baby in the womb.

If you believe that the greatest gift you can give to your newly born baby is a simple, natural and beautiful is important. Give us a call or whatsapp us to have a chat to see how we can help to turn those memories into a piece of art. Tangible memories that you can appreciate and create a legacy for your children.

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We had a fantastic newborn photography session with Hart. We were rather apprehensive in the beginning and were expecting our little one to fuss and cry for the entire session. But Hart was a true baby whisperer and kept our baby (and the adults!) calm throughout the entire lighthearted session. Hart’s timeless photos of our little one and of our family is something we will cherish for a long time. It’s a shame Hart doesn’t provide babysitting services too!

Ling Koh
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I engaged Hart to do my maternity photoshoot and extremely loved the experience and loved the photos more. So when my baby was born, I immediately contacted Hart to photoshoot my baby Caleb like a supermodel….and wow! I am still flabbergasted till today on how awesome he is in handling newborns. Photoshoot was at home. When Hart arrived, like any new mama, I was anxious and had to ask if he needed anything else. If he need help with Caleb, can ask for help frm my confinement nanny… And Hart just calmly replied with a smile, “Dont worry. I am better than most nannies”. Indeed… He is like the baby whisperer. Just give him a naked, clean, well fed baby strap in diaper and watch as magic unfolds as Hart smoothly maneuver between his camera and wrapping, rocking, tucking, folding, and stripping my baby down to his balls and returning him to me fully clothed!!! He even fed Caleb when fuel was low, burp and petted him to sleep! My boy didn’t cry at all during the photoshoot (ok he only cried when hungry) amidst all the movements. All in all, Hart was beyond amazing! If i knew he was this good with babies, my hubs and i could hv just left Caleb with him n go out on a date! Thanks Hart! Now i have a problem selecting which photos i want for my album n frame…

Alyssa Chew
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Twins – Newborn Fine Art Photography

Twins Newborn Fine Art Photography – An Art In Itself!

The excitement of having the first child is often overwhelming.

Suddenly, life evolve around the preparation of the arrival of the little newborn. Nothing prepares you of what is coming.

Having twins is no ordinary feat… Salute to Mothers who sacrifice so much to bring these little new life into this world. As a newborn photographer, creating fine art photography imagery of a newborn isn’t the easiest, dealing with 2 newborn at the same time require a lot of patience and baby handling skills.

Lets face it, first time parents always nervous (at least I speak for myself), always worried about the newborn… of course, this feeling is understandable. The only way that parents don’t get nervous is to ensure that baby don’t cry. Feeling is often reciprocal, when baby cries, parents gets nervous and baby sense the nervousness, baby cries. A vicious cycle…

Tomato Photo have been commission by many parents whom have tried others but fail to understand the feeling of the parents. Though it is impossible not to have a single cry during the session, it should be keep to a minimum. The rule of thumb is no more than 3-5 seconds cries in every half an hour is good whenever they are in the hand of photographer.

Newborn stage only happen once in a baby’s life… and a very short one indeed.

We have had the privilege of photographing clients who are very much in line with our vision for newborn photography. Allowing us to do what we do best for them and making memories and turning it into Fine Art pieces for display at their homes.

Get in touch with us via phone, Whatsapp, or Email to learn more about newborn photoshoots. Need piece of mind? Read what clients say about us.

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Twins – Newborn Photography

Having twins are often the most exciting yet tiring time for parents. New parents usually can’t help be keep looking or ‘staring’ at their newborn babies, observing the new miracles that they have just brought to the world.

Being in the moment, observing their every moments, every strand of hair, noting their every sound they make….

While in the shoot, I just love how they connect as a twins…

Tomato Photo’s signature style of capturing newborns is simplicity and timeless. Learn More about Twins Fine Art Photography

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Hart is like a baby whisperer. He handled my 1week old baby with gentle yet professional hands. We like his photo taking style as well. Excellent skills!

Lee Pin
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We had a fantastic newborn photography session with Hart. We were rather apprehensive in the beginning and were expecting our little one to fuss and cry for the entire session. But Hart was a true baby whisperer and kept our baby (and the adults!) calm throughout the entire lighthearted session. Hart’s timeless photos of our little one and of our family is something we will cherish for a long time. It’s a shame Hart doesn’t provide babysitting services too!

Ling Koh
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5 Different Styles of Newborn Photoshoot In Tomato Photo Studio Singapore

These days, there are a myriad different styles of newborn photography in the market. It is simply overwhelming just to scroll through the various style of newborn photoshoots.

The shoot styles range from posed newborn photoshoots (in it includes various styles, from minimal props to heavily propped; from as is photos to digitally enhanced with digital backdrops) versus the ‘unposed’, connection type lifestyle newborn photoshoots.

Whilst we can’t speak for all the styles of newborn photography, we can talk a little bit about the styles we do here at Tomato Photo. And we usually do these 5 styles in one newborn session.

1.  Posed vs Lifestyle: Know Your Expectations

There are essentially two types of newborn photography – posed/studio & lifestyle.  I love both for different reasons.  However, it is important to know what type are envisioning for your shoot.

Perfectly Posed Pics- typically must be done within the first 10 days of birth when the baby is very sleepy and “mold-able”.  The focus in this type of session is on shots of the baby looking perfect, usually in blankets, wraps, hats, & headbands.  Tomato’s signature style of newborn photography envision the newborn to look like in mummy’s tummy and shows only the baby against the dark background, their expressions and their foetal position. Minimal props are used.

2.  Let the Baby Inspire the shoot…

The best images are unplanned and inspired by the uniqueness of each baby.  Whether it is cute dimples, big beautiful eyes, full lips, or a great head of hair, try to highlight the beauty of the baby.

We will work with you as the parents to ensure that we capture those amazing moments and unique features of your baby to ensure your memories last a life time. 

At Tomato Photo we believe that this its all about being in the moment.  This means that we give the newborn time and space to  move, yawn, and stretch.  Babies have wonderful, perfect, sweet movements.

3.  Include the Mum, The Family..

Mothers work the hardest and they love the hardest too.  Mum is always behind the camera taking snaps of every adorable moment of your baby. 

This is an important opportunity to get in front of the lens and capture those shots that define and outline your love for your newborn. 

Get close, cuddle and aw at your little one as the photographer snaps away.  Don’t by shy this is your opportunity to shine too. 

Let us know and we can assist you to plan your make up and hair for the shoot as we know that new mums are too busy to worry about such pesky issues.

4.  Include The Siblings

If your newborn has a proud older brother or sister, its a great idea to incorporate them into the shoot.  Its always a good idea to have the older sibling ready to go first.  This means that we can photograph the sibling while they are excited and able to concentrate. 

Once we have some great individual shots of the sibling, we then let them go play while we focus the session on the newborn. Toddlers simply don’t have the attention span to sit quietly and wait while the newborn or setup for each shot. 

Once we have great shots of the newborn we can bring the toddler back in again towards the end of the shoot for shots of the siblings together.

5.  Enjoy the experience – Connections

A session with your newborn should not be stressful or exhausting, but rather a bonding experience for the family. 

We will give you plenty of time and space to feed, change and burp your baby.  A relaxed Mummy means that the baby will be more receptive.  We encourage Mum and Dad to simply take a seat on the sofa and relax while we photograph your newborn in the setting and style that you envision.

See more of our newborn photography work in our website for our Signature Fine Art, Home Newborn Photography or Studio Newborn Photography.

Make memories with your family while we capture and preserve it for you.

Get in touch by calling +65 8858 0088, Email at info@tomato.sg or Whatsapp Us to find out more.

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