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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

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Hart Tan
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A date with mom at Botanic Gardens

I am a firm believer of life simple pleasure make up my happiness. A sip of aromatic coffee, a hug for my little boy, a little kiss from them, a small smile from them…

My aim in photography is really simple… capture what matters to the heart and the rest it is up to the viewer.

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Hart Tan
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Its time to have fun… Coleman Family Portrait Session Part II

I usually do color and B&W version of the images for clients… for people who know, they capture very different mood. I love the instant gratification of color images, but somehow, to me, they lack of “something”. With Black & White images, we are no longer focus on the color in the scene but to focus on the people. Lighting for B&W isn’t as straight forward, because with the lack of color, our eyes focus on the light, it helps the images to flow and also it helps the viewer to “see” the subject first and moving along the gradient that form dynamic in the image.

Great B&W images require careful lighting, conversion that require individual adjustment. A lot of the “action” for B&W conversion result in either over contrast or flat looking images which professional tend to avoid.

It was fun to see the images develop in the darkroom and that is how I treat my B&W images… a fine adjustment to suit mood of every image while keeping consistency of overall set. 50% of my clients love B&W… and 50% others love color… I am happy to go for extra miles to offer my clients another side of my story through B&W images.


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Hart Tan
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Beautiful B&W family Shoot with Slattery Family – Part II

You might have read the first part of the shoot which I presented the color version of the images taken for Slattery Family.

I just love the B&W version of it, which I love to share. The Black and White images are something I love, it shows the people, the personality, and nothing else. Majority of the images at home and studio are B&W… enough for my elder son to tell me that, “Daddy, one day, when I grow up, I want to take picture like you… but in COLOR”… I guess children love vibrant color… I am sure, he will come to appreciate B&W as he grow up.

It is the curiosity, the body language and the serene backdrop of early morning at Marina Bay that I would like to create for the family.

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Hart Tan
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Baby as Fine Art Imagery – A monocromatic experience

Was it flash? was it ambient/natural light? Is it matter? a few years back, I think it matters, but I was so wrong.

I have to bite my own tongue when I say natural light only for newborn photography and I religiously follow that because I thought, it was the only way… My bad. Learning the art of artificial lighting, open up possibility on how the images can be captured. A common mis-conception is the flash would “harm” the baby. Knowing how to “light” the subject correctly and effectively makes a world of different. I prefer to create light that resemble natural light. soft, diffuse and non-directional.

As I learn about the light, the “highlight” create excitement, the “Mid-Tone” create smooth and comfort to the heart and shadow reveal the mystery. I love the drama that I can consistently created with artificial lighting as natural light may not occurs at the right time nor the right angle.

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Hart Tan
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