There are lots of ways and means to find out if a wedding photography studio is truly worth their salt – and at least live up to what they say they are capable of. However, here is a tested and proven way (which I use myself) to help you find a studio which is actually good!
First of all, simply Google them! A quick Google search these days on the Internet will very quickly turn up results you want to look through. You would quickly either find no reviews or a lot of bad reviews about a particular company. (Most companies don’t have too many reviews in the first place, hence those with bad reviews MUST be avoided, as studies have shown that only people who are EXTREMELY unhappy with a particular company actually take the hassle of going online to put a negative review of a company. This is especially the case for wedding photography studios where the end results cannot be changed / ordered again anyway.)
Second of all, if you don’t see any bad reviews, or mostly good reviews, then you might want to ask around if anyone else has heard of that company. Chances are, there are some people who have heard of it before unless it’s a relatively new company (e.g. less than 1 year old). Find out what these people around you think about the company that you’re thinking of engaging to take your wedding photographs on your behalf.
Third of all, if you do not have anybody around you who have heard of the Singapore wedding photography you’re thinking of hiring, then you might want to see if their customer service is also as good as their portfolio as shown on their website (I’m assuming that before you even go to step 1 above, you would have already looked through the company’s portfolio and found it good before even bothering to go through these steps, otherwise please head back to that step.) Simply call or email them. Some photographers are sole proprietors and may be very busy, simply email them if they did not pick up the phone. Chat with them, liaise with them, find out if they’re even responsive.
Fourth of all, ask them for their payment terms. Most photographers and wedding photography studios in Singapore will allow customer to pay a deposit, and then the remainder upon completion of the photo shoot. This is the standard in Singapore. If they ask you to transfer all the money up front without proof, written proof or receipt, be wary.
Last of all, follow your heart. You know that gut feeling? Listen to it if the facts support your feeling too. Don’t choose a studio because of their cheap prices, choose it because it’s good – a wedding is a once in a life time event, not something you can repeat. The pains of a bad memory and experience will last long after the sweetness of cheap prices. Remember to make the right decision for your life.
Finally, if you need a recommendation for a good studio in Singapore, you can try either Nat Studios or Grandeur Wedding Studio. Both take excellent photographs while providing excellent customer service support.