Family Photography Session with Cece & Chris

It is always a pleasure to see familiar faces walk through the studio for family photography again.

Through out the conversation, Chris and Cecelia told me that they put their families memories on the very top of their priorities list.

 

One way to remember how their kids looks like is through photorgraphy as it serve as a record.

 

We watch our children growing up every second of our life and photograph allow us to “compare” how they look now and a few months or years ago.

 

When I first met their little princess, she was sitting up and yet to take her first step and Alex was in his “toothless” years.

Of course like any shoots that involve young children, there are a lot of unexpected challenges.

One of the challenge is to ensure children are well rested before the session… but of course, as parents, you know deep down, they will likely not going to sleep and ended up with cranky and restless child during the shoot.

It was exactly the case with Chris and Cece’s family…

 

This is not unexpected and happen almost all the time in my 10 years of photographing families.

 

One thing that I am extremely grateful is when Chris and Cece allow me to take time to coax their little daughter while we wait for her to be ready. The shoot was only about 90 minutes and it is long enough for me to get enough shots for them and short enough to enjoy the journey.

 

Of course, any family who arrived at our studio have high expectation in the images that they wanted to have.

 

Working with children require a lot of patience and also a lot of know how… different children require different handling… this is the part where is the most exciting for me. I love human interaction in general especially with children.

 

I love it when the final images show happiness and connection within the family and this time round, I had the pleasure to know Chris’ dad too.

I am sure Cece and Chris was over the moon with the results and Cece wrote this to me after getting all their canvases and album done.

We had a great experience with Hart taking our family portrait, the 3 generations.

Hart is a warm and friendly person. Everyone of us able to be joyful and natural in front of the camera! And this is very important when we talk about taking family portrait

This is our second experience working with Hart and we love his professionalism and passion in his work

Hart is really good at kids even for our non stop 3 year old girl. He was able to capture her, her true self and personality ( we will definitely miss her this moment when she grows up)

Our photos are all so natural! There’s not much of editing and I really love the album!

We will definitely engage his service again!

Cece & Chris

Please enjoy the slideshow below for the session since 2015 with Chris’ family.

I hope you enjoy looking at the images as much as I enjoy shooting their Chris’ family.

If you are thinking of doing one for your family, give us a call for a chat and let’s see if we are a good fit.

 

Regards,

Hart Tan
8858 0088
info@tomato.sg


A special portrait at St Regis

A Special Mother & Son Portraits

Peranakan-Style Family Portraits

In Classic Peranakan Flavour Setup

As a photographer, we would be “hired” for images that we are known for (majority of time).

A few months back, I had a text from my colleague at the studio asking if I am interested with a very interesting project. I was reluctant at first because of the complexity of the shoot that involves a lot of detailed planning. However, I thought to myself, my vision is to create timeless memories for families. If I ignored this, wouldn’t it be in contradiction to my vision?

Due to its complexity, I decide to meet Ian and Angeline to discuss about their shoot. I was presented a very very old black and white image of a nyonya in her glorious outfit. It wasn’t an easy task to re-create the image because of the “backdrop” and the make up that belonged to that era.

Upon many conversation over the phone, I decided, “Well, lets do it and see what I could come out with.”

On the day, I walked into a beautiful and intimate suite at St.Regis Hotel for the shoot. I was greeted with the elegance of the decor, the glorious setting of the Peranakan culture and a pair of eager and anxious clients.

I decided that I would like to shoot the whole set of images using vintage Leica Lenses that I collect, which known to have the classic rendering which I hope will somehow mimic the “look” that they are after.

Of course, being very private, I would have to make sure I take care of their privacy, hence, only 1 image will be shown here… I shall leave you to ponder for the rest of the images…

Ian was kind enough to write me a review…

Review for Tomato Photo by Ian Ng (5/5 stars)

In early 2017, I conceived of an ambitious art project: to sit with my mother for a series of Peranakan-style family portraits. I had a clear artistic approach in mind: as a Baba, I wanted to highlight my heritage by having my mother don the sarong kebaya, along with all her nyonya finery, while I would stand by her side in a western suit–our attire echoing the elegant black-and-white Peranakan portraits of the past. I wanted our portraits to look formal yet intimate, while capturing us in a moment of timeless splendor.

I approached several high-end photographers with my specifications for the project, all of whom failed to follow-through with me. Disappointed, I began to think that my project was too ambitious to achieve. Subsequently, I stumbled upon Tomato Photo’s website, where I was greeted by a series of family portraits that brimmed with a graceful, understated beauty that did not appear overly staged like most modern photography. I was impressed and proceeded to contact Tomato with the details of my project.

From our first meeting, Hart understood all the intricacies of my vision and eventually led us through a successful photoshoot that surpassed my expectations. Hart displayed his keen eye for the subtleties of color, detail, perspective, and light when he maneuvered us (and our many props–mainly furniture and antiques) into the best poses during the photoshoot.

With professionalism and warmth, Hart skillfully transformed my long-held dream into reality, creating images that will bring joy and awe to my family for generations to come.

I admire Hart’s unique artistry and look forward to working with him again in the near future.

 

I am glad that the shoot was a success; leaving Ian and her mother, Angeline satisfied with the outcome.

Looking forward to work on the many interesting projects with them in the future.

 

Regards,

Hart Tan
info@tomato.sg
+65 8858 0088
www.tomato.sg


What To Expect From A Family Photography Photo Shoot – Tomato Photo Singapore

It has been a while since I sit down and write a blog. 2018 will hopefully see more blogs from me as I would love to pen down my thoughts about family photography Photo Shoot… While I can’t feature every single family photography photo shoot that I have done, I will try my best to feature as many as I can.

A while back, Hazel, asked me if I could do a session for her family… and so I agreed. It is always interesting shooting for people who is close to you.

For those who didn’t know who Hazel is, Hazel has been working with Tomato Photo for more than a year now, helping me with client’s enquries and getting the booking booked in correctly so I can concentrate on the photography.

So I decide to let her experience how I help my client from beginning to the end of the session to get to what they want, That is a beautiful images of their family, a symbolic of unity, bonding and happiness and perhaps memories preservation.

I believe the #1 Fear that people have that sometime even prevent them from procastinating on booking that family photography photo shoot is “NOT KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT”.

I feel, as a photographer, I play an important part of the success of the session. By success of the family photography photo shoot, I mean:

1. Making people feel they have made the right decision;

2. Getting the results that they want; and

3. Actually, enjoy the process.

I enjoyed the session very much as I have the absolute control on what I want to create; and see what I wanted to create come to life frame after frame… and of course, curiosity prompt me to ask Hazel to describe to me the whole process and how she feel… and here is what she wrote me:

Despite knowing and working with you for some time now, I was a little nervous and/or anxious about the session with my family; it was going to be the first time having someone else’s focused attention on taking photos of us so I did not know what to expect. But any anxiety and uncertainty quickly faded away the moment I introduced you to my mother and sister. Knowing that everyone was at ease with the help of your calming presence had made me feel at ease as well.

My excitement began to build when you started moving things around the studio in preparation for the setting. I wondered how the photos would look – it is always a joy to me to look at what in my humble opinion are “well-taken” photos. I found that your art direction was easy and clear; I don’t think any of us felt “lost” in a sense. Your positive verbal feedback after every shot was also reassuring – I know how to smile but I imagine that my mum (who does not take a million photos, selfies and videos) may not have felt as comfortable in front of the camera as I would have felt. And that you explained some parts of the session – like why tilt our heads forwards, or why stand sideways, or why the reflector was placed in that particular position – was something I personally appreciated, as I like to understand how things work. I was also surprised by how the little things matter, like when you reminded us to relax our fingers, and that you noticed those things to begin with! But when you think about it, I suppose these things should not be surprising at all, given your expertise and experience – it was all just new to me.

Overall, I would say that the session was comfortable, seamless, and quick; a positive experience for the three of us! I was also really glad to hear my mom’s approving feedback on how you handled everything – apparently she was also anxious and hesitant prior to the shoot but now, she’s a fan! – Hazel

SO What Can You Expect During The Family Photography Photo Shoot with Tomato Photo?

If this is your first professional family portrait shoot with Tomato Photo, you might be expecting the session to be 2-3 hours long with 3 to 4 to 5 clothing changes and an assistant tagging along and making sure that every detail of the dress/hair is in place…

I’m sorry, I’ll have to pop your bubble here. For my family photography photo shoot, it averages around 45mins to an hour. I shoot alone because a lot of great moments happen in split second especially true for young children. I would rather sacrifice some of the perfect pose, perfect creaseless shirt and perfect hair for that genuine moments. Stopping even momentarily to fix those little imperfection breaks the momentum and it will results in missing the shots.

I don’t work with assistant too, I find the subject tend to look any where but the camera hence I don’t get the right looking into camera shots. Furthermore, I feel children tend to need to warm up to people who are foreign to them, so warming up to 1 (Me!) is easier than warming up to me + assistant.  So if you prefer the results, I get them by working alone. So eager parents and grandparents, I know you meant well to help, but I will request for help from you if I need them as I expect you to relax and enjoy the bonding with your family.

Perhaps some of you are curious then of my process from the beginning to the end of the family photography photo shoot… So let me run this down and I hope to let you understand why and how I do it and what it means to the subject in front of my camera.

1. Start with “Warm Up Session”

By “Warm Up Session”, what I mean is time for me to get to know my clients better. This is afterall the first time I get to meet your family (apart from returning clients).

At this “Warm Up Session”, I get to talk to each and everyone who is there and understand what is their behaviour/mannerism through observation. This is also where I get to know which kids belong to which family (when I do extended family photography photo shoot). At the same time, brief everyone on how the shoot will be conducted and what kind of “rules” I have during the shoot so everyone is in the same page. 

I will then let the children to “explore” the space and get familiar with what is there. This stage can be as short as 1 minute to as long as 10-15 minutes depending on family.

2. The Photography Session

This is the actual image creation process and usually last for about 45 minutes or so for a family session.

I tend to shoot really fast and flow from one shot to another seamlessly and go through many poses and combinations in a very short time, especially for families with young kids. I do build excitement and momentum during the shooting process by being the ‘monkey’ while giving lots of reassurances and feedback to clients on how they are doing. Parents are expected to relax while I get the kids attention but pay attention to my instructions while I’m conducting the session.

This is the part where everyone will need to keep up with the fast momentum as I give instructions on the fly (especially for families with young children) because the “look” that I want to create is usually a split second moment type of shot. I do this is to ensure that the people in front of and outside the zone of the camera view “forget” about the camera and focus on what they are doing, how they’re bonding and have fun at the same time. Really… most people won’t have time to worry about anything during this time.

I love family to connect. I love hugs. I love closeness. And I love real emotion in there.

So less posing, more hugs, more emotions is the style of my photography.

For extended family portraits without young kids, posing and positioning will be the complete opposite to the experience mentioned above.

Of course, if I have luxury (because with young children under 5 years old, it is NOT possible to pose them, so don’t try! I will talk about that later how I navigate in this) of posing people, I will make sure I make changes, even they think it is tiny… I look at the face, the size of everyone and make sure everyone looks about equal and how the light fall on them nicely.

With young children, I tend to ask them to “move” from where they are to where I want them to be, this take a little experience as it will results into the “pose” that I want and it will happen usually split second. I tend to give instruction as I shoot and I will let parents know during the warm up session to pay attention to my instructions so I can get the best for them.

I also tend to re-assure the subject when I get something nice of them. That usually motivate them to do more. I build excitement and I also build momentum during this process so people are carried away through this excitements and somehow forget that they are in front of the camera and this is the experience that I create. More about their family bonding and what they do and less of being aware of in front of the camera.

3. The “Closing”

At the end of the family photography photo shoot, I may do a scroll through the camera to show clients the images captured during the session, how the products look like if its a studio session and get to know about any particular flaw/edit that clients need me to pay more attention to.

Clients usually get to view the whole series of images anywhere in the world at their convenience within a week via an online gallery. Image selection/order are made online and the finished products delivered when order is fulfilled.

 

If you love the images and love to work together to get the images for your family, drop us a line at info@tomato.sg or call us at 8858 0088

Regards,

Hart Tan
8858 0088
info@tomato.sg
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Baby Jonas – 2 weeks Old Newborn Shoot

What makes a beautiful newborn image?

Simplicity is something I look for in photography that I do for my clients…

Simple things require a lot more patience to create and with today’s fast pace society, I love to be able to slow down and capture what matters to me… Images that melts the heart of the parents.

When everyone else expect you to go faster… sometimes, it is great to be able to slow down and create something meaningful in life…

 

Regards,

 

Hart Tan
www.tomato.sg
info@tomato.sg
+65 8858 0088

 


Triplet Newborn Shoot

Great things happen in 3?

How about shooting newborn triplet photography?

It’s fun, it’s hectic, it’s fast pace as well as it is challenging all at the same time… I have to think on my feet, observing each and every baby and trying to create something unique for their parents… so they can look back and remember this moment…

The images I can create is nothing more than my understanding about the people and their individuality… I tend to get parents to describe their children to me before the shoot so I can create something just for them…

 

Here is what the parents told me about the triplet…

Oliver is the most active one that has a lot of expressions..

Hansel and Nathan are more impatience…

Photographing and telling story of people and children is easy as long as you are willing to spend time to listen, connect and honest with your interpretation…

One thing that makes photographing people interesting is everyone is unique…

I truly grateful to be part of this family journey…

Regards,

Hart Tan
www.tomato.sg
info@tomato.sg
+65 8858 0088

 


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