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

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sgltja01
January 31, 2024.
We had a very refreshing family photo shoot experience at Tomato Photo Studio on 21 January 2024. Hart was very creative, energetic and lively making my two young granddaughters very much at home. The photographic images turned out very natural and reflected well the mood. Thanks Hart and Hazel as well for providing the helpful information.
Thomas Ting
Thomas Ting
January 20, 2024.
Hart of Tomato Studio is a superb family photographer. The moment our family met Hart for our session, we immediately felt at ease with his endearing smile and gentle disposition. He guided us throughout the whole session, using subtle gestures and pointers on how to stand and pose as naturally as possible. We had two attire changes (formal and casual) and did permutations of individual, group and various paired shots. The entire experience was seamless and the whole session was done in slightly over an hour. Hart is a true professional and we are extremely delighted with the resulting photos, sweet memories that we will share and cherish as a family, for many years to come. We will definitely recommend Hart to anyone who wishes to have a family photo shoot for any occasion.
Caroline Tan
Caroline Tan
January 8, 2024.
Hart was fantastic! He managed to put my parents at ease and captured their beautiful smiles and all! We had so much fun at the studio and Hart played along - everyone was all praise! Even my ordinarily not so expressive husband had fun! Needless to say, the pictures came out authentically beautiful, and showed our laughters and joy. Thank you so much Hart! Your craft and professionalism - unparalleled. Our experience - priceless. #CTGratitude
Ju G. Pan
Ju G. Pan
January 5, 2024.
Wonderful experience. We did an extended family shot with Hart. He is a wonder with the kids , all nine of them. Parents can just relax and let him work his magic touch. Obviously very experienced photographer with big extended families shots. Highly recommended.
Ramli Mohd Tahar
Ramli Mohd Tahar
December 27, 2023.
A very cosy and well equipped studio. The whole family was made to feel at home before the 2 hrs photo shoot. Mr Hart was very competent and extremely professional during the session. He put all of us at ease and gives good tips for us to pose correctly. Thank you.
Kazuo Nakamura
Kazuo Nakamura
December 27, 2023.
Our experience with photographer Hart from Tomato.sg was nothing short of exceptional! The booking process, led by Hazel, was not only smooth but also showed a personal touch with warm congratulations on our newborn. Hazel's attention to detail and awareness of our situation was impressive. On the day of the shoot, Hart's magical touch with babies immediately won us over. He took the time to understand our baby, ensuring the session resulted in the best possible outcomes. We highly recommend Tomato.sg for capturing precious moments with professionalism and a personal touch.
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deedlit wind
December 24, 2023.
From May and Peter: 很有经验,对老人小孩都有耐心。尤其对小孩-会哄孩子。 常有温馨提示,我感觉不错 Hart is Very experienced photographer- know how to handle kid and patience toward big group like us. Also hazel was understanding that we postpone the previous date due to my family members got covid. Thanks .
Shu Wei Lim
Shu Wei Lim
December 19, 2023.
Tomato Photo and Hart were very helpful in advising on the photography session and products we would like to purchase. It was a newborn photography for my son. It was pouring and Hart shared that the carpark is not sheltered and advised us to drop off at the pick up point. He offered to lend us an umbrella if we don’t have one to cross the unsheltered carpark to the main building. It’s very heartening for Hart to think about the wellbeing of us and my son. Hart is very experienced in dealing with newborns. My less-than-2 week old son was so comfortable through the 1.5hr session and the pictures taken were able to be taken without any hiccups. The end products were simply breathtaking. Certainly will go back again and will recommend to others!
Elaine Yee-Lian Lee
Elaine Yee-Lian Lee
December 17, 2023.
As we stepped into Tomato Studio, we were welcomed by Photograper Harto's warm and friendly smile. His studio has a living cozy space with snacks, coffee/tea and some boxes of toys which helped kept my two younger nepbews occupied and entertained while they were not required in certain shoots. Harto was able to capture everyone's attention including the four year old nephew. He was just looking into the camera and smiling all the time. No effort was needed or required from family (and this is also the request of Harto, just leave it to him) we call him the child whisperee lol. The whole oredering process was smooth and simple. There os no hard selling (what we really liked) and he will even do a suggested album upon request. Truth is there were like 250 pics after the 1 plus hour session, and it was hard to choose. His professional choices and mocked up album helped us a lot. After all the processing, Harto did a personal delivery to my parent's place which added another personal touch. We want to thank Harto and tomato Photo for the wonderful experience. Our family all enjoyed ourselves very much, and it feels very natural and not stressful, it was not a hurried take and get off session. It was truly a fun and enjoyable.

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
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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
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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
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