Professional Family Photoshoot – Why Families Do it?

We see these photographs on the wall of our homes and photo albums that they bring back so many memories. They are a reminder of all the good times that we have had with family members. When you look at photos taken decades ago, it is easy to remember what life was like then.

Family Photoshoot – In My Personal Experience

When I was a child, I remember being dragged by my mother to a photo studio posing next to a flower pot and doing the family photoshoot in studio once every couple of years. Of course I didn’t understand why I had to do it then and even dreaded it. Now that she has passed on, and I have my own family with 3 boys, I can totally relate.

The photos are now the best memory that one could have of their family. Hence, my focus is on babies, kids, and family portraiture which gives meaning to my life. Those photographs are important not just because they show us who we were in those moments but because they remind us how much things change over time. Of course, the memories are still there but they become less visible to us with time.

A family photoshoot is a great way to capture this moment in time and keep it for posterity. People take family photographs because they want to document their family in its current state. Children grow up so quickly and before you know it, they are all grown up with families of their own. It’s a great way to capture the love that exists within a family and keep those memories alive for future generations. Here are some of the reasons why families do professional family photoshoots.

1. Someone Is Dying

Hah. Yes, that’s right. A sensitive topic that people avoid talking about it. But it is the harsh reality. We all come to a point in our lives where family members are no longer with us anymore. If we think carefully, we are all dying. If we live to 80 years old, we only have 4000 Sundays more or less… How many Sundays have you used so far?

Yes, we are all dying like it or not… some sooner, some later but we all are… Many families regret not spending more time with their parents or loved ones when they are still alive. By having a family photoshoot, it allows family members to spend that time together and creates a sense of bonding within the family.

Over the last 10 years, more than 2000 families have come through our door to do their professional family photoshoots. Sure, we take a lot of pictures on iPhone or little camera here and there, but if you think about the image that define you as who you are… a professional portrait photographer like myself has dedicated our lives to creating and capturing the image that truly represents you and your family.

Taking family photos is a means of creating memories and preserving them for the future. It’s like having something that you can look back upon to remember your family members who are no longer with us anymore. When one takes family photographs, it creates an opportunity to keep those cherished moments alive forever and it allows people to be able to appreciate life even more.

We will make your family laugh and enjoy every moment during the shoot so the only job that you have to do is to spend that quality time with your family.

2. Make Up For Lost Time

In this fast-moving society where the world is getting smaller, work becomes borderless, and you have to spend more time away from your family.

Ask yourself NOW, how much time do you spend on your work VS the time you spend with your family?

It is well too familiar amongst my clients, who spend their time building their business empire or climbing that corporate ladder while their children are still young. While we know we all did it for our family, we also know that we sacrifice our time away from our family. There is no doubt, deep down, I think we all want to make up the lost time for our family, showing them that we care and let them have something that they can hold on to as they grow.

It is not just about taking family pictures for the family album, but to be able to document your family in state right now so you can look back and say… “I am glad I spent that time with them”.

Professional family photoshoots allow parents to be able to capture their children while they are young, before they decide not to spend any more time with them! (Most teenagers hate having family photos taken) By capturing those moments during the family photoshoot, it gives parents something to remember those moments by and also allows children to have a physical embodiment of those family memories. “A family that plays together, stays together.” – unknown author

3. Because It Matters

Often than not, we only focus on what is in front of us. Everyday is another groundhog day. When your eyes are open, we check our message, getting ourselves ready, go to work, come home, and spend little time with our children before we sleep again… everyday is the same… Don’t believe? what have you done yesterday? the day before? and the day before? and tomorrow?

Yes, life is mundane. Sometimes we just forget what really matters in our life… According to research, NO ONE, I really mean, NO ONE, in their death bed, regretting that they spend their time on things that matters, such as spending time with your family, capturing and preserving those moment in time… WHY?  Because IT Matters… 

Deep down in our core, we know we need to validate that we exist in this world… and there will be no one else to tell your story, unless you have it all down on photograph. Furthermore, there are only a few things that people will take with them from their burning house… their valuable… and one of the valuable thing is family photograph… why? Wouldn’t it easier for professional like us to help you and you can spend time with people that matters creating memories that matter to you and your family.

If you are wondering how easy we make the session for you and your family, all you need to do is to give us a call and find out more.

4. Because We Are Celebrating

When we are celebrating a milestone, such as a birthdays, an anniversary, or a graduation, it is only natural for us to want to commemorate the event with family photographs. These are moments that we will want to remember for years to come, and having professional family photos taken is one of the best ways to ensure that these memories last for years to come.

Over the last 15 years, I tend to ask every family who come through our studio, what is the special occasion. I hear a lot of celebration of moments, ranging from Birthdays, Anniversary, Graduation, Before Leaving For Overseas studies, Going to National Service, Having a New Baby, Having Twins, Having a Promotion. We ought to ask ourselves, but why? why we need to really spend time recording it, because we are going to have another birthday next year, another anniversary next year. The most part of it, because it matters to someone in the family. To prove that we exist at this point of time; to have an excuse to reconnect with the family.

5. You Look Best NOW

In terms of facial looks, no one can fault that as we grow, we look wiser. The experiences in life gained over the years are phenomenal.

Having said that, once people hit 30, it is inevitable that the body tend to lean towards slower metabolism with time and unless you are the type who diligently do regular exercises and watch what you eat, the odds are you will look and weigh better this year compared to the next.

Instead of procrastinating the next photoshoot, embrace it!

Because your kids will grow bigger each day you procrastinate. The moments/phases/milestones would be gone as you procrastinate. They only remember you as you… they aren’t critical on how you look…

They just want to see you in the photos when they flip back on the album many years later. To know that you were around.

Still can’t bring yourself to organising a family photoshoot? Set your goals!

How many times do we think about going on a holiday but never end up going? However, once you book your ticket, sure enough, you will end up going by hook or by crook. You will prepare and get the gear needed for that winter/ski etc.

Thats the same as planning for your photoshoot. Confirm and book in a date, you will have the motivation to work off that few extra grams that you have been wanting to get rid off before the shoot. it will naturally happen! By hook or by crook!

Because you were intentional, you set your goals and you plan to achieve it!

Because it really matters to your family!

Finally, what better gift to give to your better half or your parents, colleagues or friends than a Gift of Memories?

Get your closest friends and colleagues to get you a gift voucher for your much needed family photography. You would definitely need to make the photoshoot happen! FYI, our studio can accomodate big groups for extended family photoshoots. We have multiple changing rooms and Tomato Photo studio have a lift landing making it wheelchair and stroller friendly. Scroll down for some ideas on what, where to do your family photoshoot, and the top 15 tips on how to choose the best photo studio for your next family photoshoot.

Based on 360 reviews
Tiffany V
Tiffany V
September 13, 2023.
From my initial inquiry to the enjoyable photoshoot experience and the prompt delivery of the final photos, my journey with Tomato Studio was nothing short of extraordinary. The team displayed exceptional professionalism, offering a truly personalized and seamless experience. They answered every question I had and prepared all the outfits for me in a snap. I was able to book my session and receive the final photos in just about 1 week! I was a little nervous going into the studio as it’s my first photoshoot ever, but Master Photographer Hart’s calmness, patience and easy-going personality made me feel very comfortable. I had also brought my chihuahua to the studio to be photographed, and even he was calm around Hart! The studio was also very clean and cozy. Hart guided me on how to pose and identified angles that accentuated my best features, which was very helpful for a first timer like myself. He was also very patient during my multiple outfit changes and really put me and my dog at ease, making the whole experience really fun and efficient. Hart’s proficiency extended to the post-production phase, as he was able to edit all the photos within 2-3 days! They came out so stunning, and I am so thrilled with the results that I have been wholeheartedly recommending Tomato Studio to all my friends. I look forward to working with Tomato Studio for my next milestone photoshoot, confident in their ability to deliver another exceptional photography experience.
YC Chong
YC Chong
August 22, 2023.
3rd timing engaging Hart to take our family photos. He has a knack for engaging the children and makes them at ease during the photography session, so the photos turn out GREAT. We always look forward to receiving the final product (photo edit and the prints)! 😊
Fong Yee Chye
Fong Yee Chye
August 12, 2023.
Worked with Hart for the first time this month for a newborn and family shoot. Hart was able to communicate with my toddler who cooperated on posing photos with us and our newborn. The photos that came out were really nice, candid, and professional - everything that we expected from the shoot. The session also was not draggy and everything was done quickly with really good photos. The photos were also well edited quickly and we received the preview within a day. Thank you Hart!
Shawn Heng
Shawn Heng
August 9, 2023.
Hart is just brilliant with kids. He’s able to engage and quickly make the kids feel comfortable with him, that they actually follow instructions… most of the time. He’s also extremely gentle with newborns and gives you every confidence he knows what he is doing. The result? Amazing family photos!
suma para
suma para
July 16, 2023.
We were taking a family photo after so many years . Hart made us very comfortable and relaxed . Result is amazing . Thanks
Patrick Er
Patrick Er
July 16, 2023.
Hart was excellent. Our baby was so relaxed and the whole shoot was a quiet and sweet affair. Thank you for helping us capture the memories!
Tiffany Goh
Tiffany Goh
July 13, 2023.
If you are looking for a photographer to capture beautiful moments with your extended family, look no further than Master Hart and Tomato Photo Studio. From making enquiry to booking to the actual photo session and receiving the final photos, it is definitely a seamless, hassle-free and pleasant process. Master Hart is friendly, thoughtful and very accommodating. He is able to put everyone at ease during the shoot so that everyone will be able to have their best moments captured. Thank you so much for the fun and enjoyable photo session, Master Hart! Highly recommended - Tomato Photo Studio!
Wee Kai Tay
Wee Kai Tay
July 11, 2023.
Did a multi-generation shoot of 25pax with Hart, a seemingly daunting task that Hart handled with such ease. He gave us time to relax and settle, and took effort to know each of us so he could suggest placements and positions. He is deft at handling kids, bringing out their natural smiles, and patiently coaxed a crying toddler into smiles. He may not be the cheapest but he brings out the best of the subjects, through a very enjoyable experience.
Jee Min Hee
Jee Min Hee
June 25, 2023.
Hart strives to know your preference and style right from the beginning which is great as it helps clients to envisage the type of outcome they would like to achieve. The entire experience was fast, smooth and comfortable as you would expect from a very experienced photographer. Importantly, the outcome is awesome and is something I would cherish for many years to come. Thanks Hart!

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