Going for a pre wedding photoshoot can be a daunting experience, as you would unlikely have been to one other than your own which you are going to. This is why I have shared the above video so that you can calm yourself down and know what to expect during your own pre wedding photoshoot session in Singapore! If you are looking for a recommendation instead, check out http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com/photography-singapore. They’re one of Singapore’s very best wedding photographers.
Here is a review and price list of some of the more popular wedding photographers in Singapore.
1. 36 Frames – They have 3 packages for their actual day wedding photography package. They have a one hour, three hour as well as a eight hour photography package for couples looking to have their actual wedding ceremony photographed in Singapore. As such their prices are $320, $1180 and $2280 respectively. In my opinion, this is slightly steep compared to the quality of the photographs that you receive if you were to order your package with them. In my opinion, they would be a 3.9 out of 5.
2. Tiny Dot Photography – Be prepared for this, as their wedding photography package is significantly MORE expensive than everyone else on this list. At $3700 and $4500 for an eight hour and ten hour photography session, Yu Hsin (photographer at Tiny Dot Photography) is clearly among the higher tiers in terms of prices for actual day wedding photoshoots. It is however partly because of a 40 page, 12” x 12” Shashin Photobook which is included in the package. In my opinion though, the prices are really a little too steep, because even after deducting an assumed $400 for the book, it is still around $3300 to $4000 for an actual day wedding photographer. In my opinion, if their prices were not so high, they will get a 4.1, but as of now, a 3.9 out of 5.
3. Grandeur Wedding Studio – With such amazing photographs from their portfolio, it’s amazing how their prices are definitely still on the friendly end here, at only $1899 for a 10 hour photoshoot, and a $1399 for a five hour photoshoot. At those prices, their photos definitely are very good value for money. I would encourage you to try them out if you’re more budget conscious and would still like wedding photographs of amazing quality. In my opinion, I would rate them 4.5 out of 5. Check them out here: http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com/
4. Edmund Photo – This is a cheaper option for couples who do not have the spare financial capacity for their actual day wedding photography budget. At only $1688 for a full day package, I think in terms of pricing, they are definitely a 5 out of 5. However, the only shame is that I think their wedding photos are not THAT amazing, so in total, I would rate them a 4.3 out of 5.
5. A Little Moment Photography – To the best of my knowledge (please correct me if I am wrong), they only have 1 type of package for their actual day photography, and that is a $2200 package for 10 hours. Couples who are looking to have a full day photography coverage can look at them. Those couples with only a half day ceremony (e.g. only wedding day lunch or dinner banquet) should not look at them as they do not offer a shorter package. I would think that their wedding photos are of good quality, and that their prices are still reasonable. In my opinion, they deserve a solid 4.4 out of 5.
In my humble opinion, these are the 5 absolutely stunning places in Singapore in which you and your fiance should definitely have your photoshoot in Singapore.
First place you must go to would be the cliche but absolutely amazing looking Helix Bridge. This place looks best at night, hence make sure to go here only for your night shots. In fact, Helix Bridge (next to Marina Bay Sands) looks very plain in the day time. However, it transforms into a magically lit bridge at night, making it a perfect location for wedding photos to be taken at. Also, with Singapore’s skyline of Fullerton hotel e.t.c. in the background, Helix Bridge is a truly magical location for wedding photography at night.
Second place you must go to (in the daytime) would either be Tuas Lallang Fields or Punggol Lallang fields. Both of these lallang fields look similar, but they look out of the world. In fact, when you engage a great wedding photographer for your shoot at either of these two locations (just pick one of them, as they look highly similar), you will look like you’re in an endless field of lallang and that you and your fiance are the only people in the world.
Third place I feel that you should go to in Singapore, is the Fullerton Bay Hotel. Not to be confused with Fullerton Hotel, the Fullerton Bay Hotel is right opposite Fullerton Hotel. The lobby is a wonderful location in which you can have your wedding photoshoot at. Additionally, the human traffic in that location is usually low, making it a tremendous photoshoot location for wedding events or just a pre wedding photoshoot.
Fourth place I recommend is Upper Seletar Reservoir. I find photographs taken at Upper Seletar Reservoir looking very serene and pretty, and that it feels magical. This is one of the most inconvenient places to go to among my five recommendations (other than Tuas or Punggol Lallang fields), so make sure to go only if you have transport to go there (which you should charter).
Finally, last but not least, I certainly recommend you go to the famous Hort Park. The Botanic Gardens of Singapore is more well known, but Hort Park looks that much more beautiful.
Alright, so there you go – five top photography locations in Singapore for your wedding or pre wedding photoshoot. If you need recommendation on a photographer instead, here’s a famous local wedding photographer in Singapore you should engage.
There are brides and grooms which prefer outdoor pre wedding photography in Singapore, while others strongly prefer indoor studio shots. At the end of the day, which is better for couples planning to have their photoshoot in Singapore? Let us take a more in-depth look into it!
First of all, studio photo shoots are all the rage back in the 1980s and very early 1990s in Singapore. Nearly every couple went only for a studio photoshoot session. In fact, that is the period of time where indoor wedding studio photographers made big bucks because every couple in Singapore went to them. This is also partly because the Internet is not as proliferate in Singapore’s society back then. As a result, people and couples could not find individual photographers or outdoor wedding photography studios, and could only rely on word of mouth marketing – which usually led to indoor studios.
I have to say that since 2005, outdoor pre wedding photography is getting increasingly popular. In 2016, it is even more popular than ever before. This is because couples can easily search online for all kinds of photography studios as well as photographers. In the past, many couples in Singapore also wanted to have their pre wedding photoshoot in beautiful Singapore locations such as the Botanic Gardens and Hort Park. However, not every couple knew a capable photographer to help them capture memories at these beautiful locations in Singapore. However, because it’s so easy with the Internet these days (i.e. searching on Google or Instagram), Singapore couples are opting heavily in favour of outdoor photography. This is also because outdoor bridal photoshoots usually allow for more creativity, and usually feels more natural as well, which is always a great thing when it comes to photography.
In my opinion, a wedding photoshoot is a very important event in your life. The only people you should allow to influence your decision is you and your spouse. My personal opinion may be opting for a outdoor photography session, and you should listen to your heart too. I got my photoshoot with Grandeur (outdoor photography). If you want an outdoor session too, you can look for them too. Just say Hugh referred you.
Every couple and bride wants to find that perfect bridal photographer in Singapore. However, does such a ‘perfect’ photographer exist? Or are couples looking for a unicorn?
In my opinion, there is no fully rounded photographer. Some photographers are excellent at shooting candid shots, and hence do very well for actual day photography. However, they may not be as ‘great’ (though still above average) for pre wedding photoshoots.
If you must pick the best from each category (wedding day and pre/post wedding photography), here are my honest recommendations and reviews of photographers in Singapore.
Review of actual day photographers / photography studios:
1. Bloc Memoire – 4.7 stars
They have 3 main photographers on their team, namely Guan and 2 others. In my opinion, they’re the best in Singapore for actual day wedding photoshoots. If you check out their portfolio, their wedding photographs for actual day shoots is really amazing looking. I believe the reason for this is because their photographers are all very experienced at candid photo shoots – which is very important for actual day wedding photography.
2. Mindy Tan – 4.6 stars
Followed closely behind is Mindy Tan. A single photographer, Mindy Tan is getting increasingly popular. In my opinion, her photographs do not have that amazing effect, but it’s fantastic for couples who just want good wedding day photography without too much ‘editing’. I personally like more editing, but as many couples in Singapore also like ‘normal’ photos, I have decided to rate Mindy 0.1 star more than I would normally have.
3. Grandeur Wedding Studio (http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com) – 4.5 stars
Offering both pre wedding and actual day wedding photography, I rated Grandeur 4.5 stars instead of 4.7 or 4.8 simply because they seem to have fewer actual day shots on their portfolio than their pre wedding shoots (described below as the top pre wedding photographer in Singapore).
Review of pre wedding photographers / photography studios:
1. Grandeur Wedding Studio – 4.9 stars
One of the very top photography studios in Singapore, I am always in awe whenever I look at their wedding photos. (Please check out the link above if you want to check out their portfolio/website address.) Hands down, the top photographer in Singapore. I don’t even have to say much, they’re that good. Just take a look at their photography.
2. Nat Studios – 4.5 stars
Although Nat Studios is more popular as a overseas / destination photographer, they also take some pre wedding photos in Singapore. I think their real specialty is in overseas / destination wedding photography though, so keep that in mind.
3. Bloc Memoire – 4.4 stars
Bloc Memoire, also mentioned above is in my opinion the 3rd best photographer in Singapore for pre wedding photoshoots. Somehow, their actual wedding day photos seem to appeal to me more. Each person may think differently, but that’s just my opinion.
Alright, so what do you think? Let me know in the comments below!
There are some things I have learnt after spending over my past 10 years in Singapore. An actual day wedding ceremony in Singapore is vastly different from that of a wedding day in most Western countries, or from where I came from, France. That’s also the reason why the photographs that come out of a Singapore wedding is also vastly different looking! (I’m talking about the events, not the people.)
7AM to 9AM
First of all, in Singapore, when couples get married, the bride and the groom are in separate locations. The bride will be at her parents’ place, while the groom can be anywhere outside (usually at his own house).
The actual day photographer will be at the bride’s place and taking photographs of her and her bridesmaid having their makeup done and getting into the wedding dress.
9AM to 11AM
Soon after, the groom arrives with his entourage of best men. To get into the bride’s house and for the day’s ceremony to start proper, the bridesmaids will usually make the groom and his best men to play ‘games’. Usually these games are torturous in nature, and would usually require the groom and his best men to either eat extremely weird tasting food or act all silly. This ritual in Singapore’s actual day wedding ceremonies is also meant to symbolize the groom willing to go through hardship to get the bride. (Sounds weird I know, but it’s something which most Chinese couples in Singapore practise.) The photographs taken at this event is quite funny. Just Google for such actual day photographs and you’ll know what I mean.
Thereafter, there will be a tea ceremony, where the couple will pay their respects to their bride’s parents by toasting them tea and asking for ‘permission’ to get married.
11AM to 1PM
Now, the couple will drive off or get chauffeured in a bridal car to the groom’s parents’ place, where the same tea ceremony will take place.
1pM to 2PM
Usually, lunch will be taken here and now.
2PM to 4PM
This is usually just a rest time for the couple as well as for the bridesmaids. The couple will change into their evening suit and gown, and start preparing for the evening banquet ceremony which is usually held at a posh restaurant at a hotel. This is also the time where the actual day photographer will be editing the photographs taken in the morning so that it can be showcased as a slideshow during the dinner banquet around 6pm to 7pm.
5PM to 6PM
Guests start arriving for the dinner banquet (some of them are those who were already around since the morning).
6PM to 7PM
The official dinner banquet starts, and the couple enters into the ballroom with the wedding chimes ringing! This is usually the grandest part of the day, and the highlight of the wedding day. At this point in time, the photographer will then broadcast the wedding photographs taken in the earlier part of the day in a musical slideshow format.
7PM to 9PM
The couple will usually toast and talk to the guests at this point in time and this is usually just dinner time for the rest of the guest. (Read: just a random Straits Times article on how expensive a wedding dinner in Singapore can be.) The photographer will simply capture the scenes at this point in time. Group photos are very commonly taken at this point in time of the wedding by the actual day wedding photographer.
Now that you got a better and clear idea of how an actual day wedding ceremony is like in Singapore, you will better understand why actual day bridal photos taken in Singapore usually look vastly different from that of those taken in another country.
This is also the reason why the actual day photography in Singapore looks much more unique and with lots of different locations when you compare it to wedding day photographs of ceremonies held in Western countries.