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a happy newborn photography customer, a happy me.

Newborn stage is extremely short and there is always a lot of hurdle for parents need to go through to convince themselves to have newborn photography done.

Jimmy and Joanne was worried too… but of course, they are rewarded with a memory of a lifetime and I think my mission, to create a personalise artwork that part of their memory, is completed.

This image replaces one of their painting collection at home.

You can read more on Joanne’s thought on her blog.


Hart Tan

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Tips for Travel Photography

Making pictures during travel is often challenging when you have 3 kiddo in tow. Family, Landscape, portrait of my children are important part of my photography during travel.

You want to spend time with your family and experience different things during the trip but of course, some “record” of the trip is great to refresh the memories.

So the kit should be great for me to capture the high quality images while being not too heavy to bring around.

Here is what I bring with me:

1. Sony A7 Body – very compact full frame camera
2. Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70 f4 – New lens for A7, very modern rendering with great color but lack of the “classic” feel that I love
3. Minolta 70-210 f4 – a beautiful 20+ years lens that gives me the characteristic that I love.
4. Leica 50mm f1.4 Summilux – a beautiful old lens that really gives the “classic” feel to the image that I love…
5. Voigtlander 12mm f5.6 – Beautiful wide angle prime lens which is my choice for wide angle shot.
6. All in a small Domke F-3X bag
7. Gitzo traveller series CF tripod.
8. MacBook Pro 13″ laptop

These are my working tool that I use regularly to shoot beautiful portrait for my customers too.

So, what do I take?
I usually take about 40-50 images a day and usually it is a record of what I experience during the trip. I will get someone take a couple “family” shot of us and majority of time, I just take my kiddo running around as well as some images that let me remember my travel. I am not so much of “portrait” of street people because I can’t spend time with them hence, can’t understand more of them, so I don’t take picture of people on the street.

Anyway, here is some of the images I took during this trip to Cambodia and Vietnam.

I hope this article helps you to decide what you want to bring and what you could take.


Hart Tan



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Family Portrait Photography at Marina Bay, Singapore

Taking portrait of children is always challenging, the challenging part isn’t on the photography itself, but the understanding on how to bring the true-self of the child out. A good portrait is one that show the person as who they are or the best of themselves. This is ultimate goal of every portrait photographer.

Great moment don’t just happen right when you want to, it is a photographer’s job to ensure, that suggestion are made based on the study of the people, create an opportunity for the moment to happen at the right time.

I am delighted to photograph JJ and his parents at their favorite location, Marina Bay Promenade, it is a beautiful and serene place early in the morning and I simply love it.

JJ is a shy but cheerful child and extremely protective of his “toy cars/bike”. You have to earn his trust before he show you, and you have to be his friend before he let you share the toys…

I love the connection of the family, it is unique to this family…



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Studio Portrait Photography with Froggatt’s Family

Family portrait is always that “something” in the mind of many parents, but there is always “something else” that take the priority.

Katherine contacted me from New Zealand and they have a very tight schedule, 5 days to be exact.  Paul is an executive chef that runs a luxury resort in New Zealand and he told me that he took a liking on my work during their research for a photographer that could do their family portrait, in his words, “your work is exactly what we are looking for”…

I am glad that everything work out well. The session was done on Thursday morning, they receive the online gallery the same night and order was made the following day and their prints are delivered to them on Saturday morning. Took no chance as I allow 2 more days just in case something goes wrong.

The session is a mix between semi-formal studio session as well as relax outdoor session right behind the studio.

I always live with this motto, no children will cooperate during the shoot… and yes, it wasn’t the easiest to get the elder boy (Ethan) to be in the shot… however, difficult it may be, it is important to ensure clients get the best. This is the #1 worry that many parents have, including Katherine. Understand child’s psychology makes it easier to bring out the best of the child.

However, through email, Katherine mentioned their favorite part was “watching the kids respond to you and how happy they were at you making them laugh! You had great chemistry with them.”

Here are some images that will be up on their wall at some stage…

Last but not least, client’s recommendation is the highest form of compliment… and here is Katherine’s kind words…

We have already told all our friends we caught up with in Singapore about our shoot! And showed them the shots on the online gallery. We told them how great u are with the kids, you were patient and didn’t rush us through the shoot and the package was also very reasonable plus personal delivery of the photos! They were all impressed!


Hart Tan

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Home maternity photography at East Coast with Trina

“I think this is the first / last child” is the word that I heard often when people come to book my maternity photography session. I felt privileged to be included in client’s important milestone.

Trina lives in a beautiful home with very eclectic collection of artwork and furnishing. Collection that says so much about her and her family. The boldness in declaring “I AM” an unique individual and I appreciate that.

It challenge me to create images that portray them as family and their home. I use a lot of lighting nowadays in a home shoot because I feel that it gives me the control in lighting of inside the house. There are so many places that I love but lighting might not always ideal. With control lighting, everything become possible.

My idea in using lighting is to emulate what you see  as lighting at their home… so it still gives the same “feel” to it, the only different will be the quality and control of the lighting.



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