Saturday, January 22, 2011

Moving on!!!


I thought this is time to "upgrade" our blog to something a little better which allow me to showcase our work in Non-Flash fashion so it allows our clients who is using iPhone, iPad or iPod, the ability to view our work.

It is another huge learning curve for me as I need to re-learn about new interface of the ProPhoto blog (which is frustrating when things done work) so I had to "work around" it.

Our new blog can be accessed from our website splash page or simply type in

January seems to be a lot busier that expected and too many things happen outside our "plan"

Our trusted helpers decided to run-away when we bring them for a mini holiday in Bintan... duh... no wonder, they kept asking about the work in Taiwan and HK as they believe they get paid "better" there...

It is disappointing to say the least, as my bed-ridden mom would rely on their help while I am out shooting or running my business.
It is heart-less to abandon my mother while on vacation.... 

We would have let them go if they want to... but run-away is not the right way....

Polo has been unwell with flu and cough..

We were suppose to be on our little yearly get-away to Bali, but trip is postponed until February.

Nonetheless, I have learned a lot this week, taking care of my business at the same time taking care of my bedridden mother and 2 little monkeys and a sick wife... 

Well, good news come when our new helper arrive a couple days ago to take off some pressure off me... 

I have learned how to multitask and usage of my time more efficiently and do a lot of reading in between to strengthen my mind...

Well, I would think February mini-getaway would be well deserved....!!!

Anyway... time for moving on.... do visit our new blog on though it is not 100% ready yet.... but it is good enough for now.

Tomato Photo

Friday, December 31, 2010

Last day of the decade.... 31.12.10

Happy New Year 2011 guys.....

Last day of the year and it happens to be the last day of the decade as well....

I am having an easy day today... start the shoot at 11am at client's home in Leedon Park and end the last shoot in client's home in Sentosa.... 

Finally, it is also a time to "clean-up" and the iMac is being re-formatted and all the program re-loaded and wow... everything is so much quicker now with Mac OS Snow Leopard... love it...

CS5 seems to run a lot faster on 64 bits OS on Mac.

I have been spending last 5 hours cleaning and re-formatting the whole thing to be ready for a big year in 2011 and connecting the second 24" inch screen... two 24" screen.... calibrated... wooohooo....

Here is some images taken recently which I really love....

Happy New Year and Signing off for 2010.....

Thank you and see you in 2011....


Hart Tan
Tomato Photo

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Newborn Photography - The Facts...

Hello all...

The last 2 weeks of 2010 seems to be the newborn weeks... I am doing newborn session almost every day for last 2 weeks of the year and there are a lot more newborn enquiries recently then any other type of sessions.

Bear in mind our idea for capturing images of newborn or children is to preserve the very natural behaviour of the little people... Newborn photography is about preserving the memories of the newborn as how they might be in mother's womb, the connection shared by the parents to the newborn.

Here is the Fact (according to me, anyway...) about the newborn photography and the reason....

1. The best time to do the newborn session is 5-8 days to a maximum of 14 days.
Why not 4 days and why not after 14 days? you may ask... well, most newborn will retain their "curled" up position like how they were in their mother's womb for 2 or maybe 3 weeks. 

If you are a first time parents and your aim is to breastfeed, your milk supply might not be there yet at 4th day, 5th Day, usually is better... so with sufficient milk supply, we will have a contented newborn, which will give us a lot of opportunities to capture images which happen once in the life-time.

Why not after 14 days? for those who already have a child prior will note that, the "growth-spurt" happen on 3rd week, 6th week and 12th week from birth... during that period, the newborn is generally unsettled and require constant nursing which is tiring for the mother and the baby... and yes, the poor photographer too... hahaha

Once past that 3rd week, the newborn will start to stretch and straighten the body like a little baby instead of newborn. So the images after this time tend to look stiff and not as exquisite. 

Of course, if you are looking for those connection type of shots, it is possible at any given age.

2. The best time to book an advance session is when you are about 25+ weeks onwards
If this is your first pregnancy, you might want to have some memories of your "pregnancy" curve especially those who would think to have just 1 child.

We like to think first Maternity + Newborn as one of the most major "milestone" in your life... it can never be repeated...

So, we created a perfect Maternity + Newborn session just for those who is looking to "capture" their memories of the lifetime with us.

It is very difficult (not impossible though) to schedule an ad-hoc request for newborn session through out the year, as we understand how precious this can be so we don't over-commit ourselves by make time for our clients who has booked our service prior. It is just fair for our clients. 

3. Jaundice is not a reason to postpone the newborn shoot
Most (~95%) Asian newborn that I have photographed so far suffer from Jaundice which makes them sleepy and "yellowish". 

It is probably the most asked questions about newborn, what if my newborn has jaundice? 

There is nothing really stop us capturing the most amazing images of newborn while they have jaundice. Some would prefer not to have the "yellowness" in pictures... that is why we shoot digital and that is why, we do post-production work to ensure the "yellowness" is tone done if necessary.

To be entirely honest, because of jaundice, newborn tend to be sleepy which allow us more time to create a lot of images that is so precious for our clients.

Some of our potential clients make mistake by "waiting" for the jaundice to subside, it could take up to 6 weeks... and remember, the best time to do the session is 5-8 days.
4. Newborn session could take up to 4 hours or longer

Yes, you heard it right... most would thought, it is so simple to do a newborn session as the newborn tend to sleep a lot... it is correct, if they are being swaddled tightly... but best newborn images tend to be when the newborn wearing their birthday cloths (ie, Naked) as clothing tend to "swallow" the newborn.

The reason why we allow 4 hours or more for the newborn session is to ensure a nice total experience. We allow a lot of time to feed, comfort, carry, burping, etc.... and most of great shots are done within 1 hour once the newborn in their "optimum" timing and this optimum timing can happen once I arrived, after an hour, after 2 hours, or after 3 hours... there is no correct timing. The longest session I have done is 6 hours... and there is no additional charge..

With longer session, it allows us to bond with the newborn as well as the parents. It is very important to establish rapport with any type of portrait work. 

During the 4 hours, if the parents permit, I will be the "part-time" nanny, which allow me to "feed" the baby if bottle feeding is the preferred option, burp the baby, carry the baby... lets face it, most first time parents are still nervous when carrying their little newborn.

My suggestion to parents is, clear your day like I clear my day just for your newborn session.

Why do I do that? because, I think this is the only way to get exquisite newborn images.

5. Newborn session is generally happen at client's home using natural light
A lot of our clients are worried that they are not "ready" to go out from home when the baby is so young. 

However, our solution is to have the session done in the comfort of your own home.

The reason we offer the home service rather than getting our clients to our studio is to ensure, we get the best images we could and it also allow us to incorporate the client's home decor for the newborn images which is unique to them.

We also use natural window light to do the session. We don't use flashes not because it may hurt the newborn, it is simply nicer and more "organic" using natural light. It is trickier to shoot as it require high iso and better (spell - EXPENSIVE) lenses to get the best of it. That is why, when you look at the images from our website, you are amaze with how "organic" it looks as there is an absence of flash.

in some cases, our clients prefer to have the session done in our studio, we are happy to do so.

6. Hart is a part-time nanny....

hahahaha.... anyway... that's what some of my clients refer me to.... I am not... I just love children....


Tomato Photo