How To Not End Up With A Bad Singapore Wedding Photographer

In the latest wedding photography disaster just a few days ago in Singapore, there has been much hoo hah in Singapore’s online circles about a couple whose wedding photographs were so terrible that it almost felt like the photographs were faked.

Here is some solid advice to help you make sure you don’t end up with a mediocre wedding photographer in Singapore.

First of all, go to a professional. Don’t engage a freelancer. I mean, if a photographer is that solid, why would he or she be willing to settle for a few hundred dollars for 10 hours of photo shoot, and perhaps 100 more hours of editing? Additionally, he or she would be so busy due to super high demand that providing such low prices don’t make any sense.

Second of all, always check out a photographer or studio’s review online (wherever possible). Don’t just look for good reviews, more importantly, make sure there’s no bad reviews when it comes to the quality of the photographs taken as well as the response time by the photographer or wedding photography studio.

Third of all, don’t run the risk of having the make up artist (MUA), photographer, videographer e.t.c. from the same company unless that studio is extremely well established, or you personally had recommendations for that company. This is because the quality of a company’s services are usually consistent for their services, and this means that if one of their pillars of services turn out to be bad, it probably is also going to be bad for the other types of services (i.e. bad photographer, likely to be a bad videographer experience too).

Last but not least, trust your gut. If you feel that something is wrong, there probably is.

What To Tell Your Wedding Photographer On Actual Day

If you have not been a bridesmaid before, chances are, you don’t know what’s going to happen after you have hired a professional wedding photographer (if you need one, contact Grandeur Wedding) for your actual day of wedding. Trust me, if you don’t read this article, you’re likely going to mess up your actual day wedding photoshoot, because you simply don’t have time to think, but only execute during the actual day because you would be SO busy with everything.

Plan it through, then enjoy your day, instead of enjoying now and being so busy and unhappy and stressed on your wedding day itself. It’s a beautiful day, enjoy it by learning now.

First and foremost, your photographer is not your friend. He or she does not know who is important to you in your life. He may see guests and assume some people are important to you, and take more photographs of them, but it may not be the case in reality for you. Always appoint a best man or bridesmaid to point out who the important guests are, e.g. close friends and parents and parents-in-laws. Then the photographer will focus more on them rather than some random relative whom he or she thought was one of the parties’ parents. Lol.

Second of all, know that the photographer is a person! He or she is not a drone, therefore, when it comes to the wedding car, please make sure to count one extra space so that he or she can sit in it and take photographs for you and your spouse. Otherwise, he will need to be travelling in another car and you would not be able to take any photographs of you and your spouse in the bridal car while travelling from one point to another point in Singapore during your actual day wedding ceremonies.

Third of all, ask him or her if he or she is going to bring a back up / extra photographer. Many professional photographers hire an assistant for AD photoshoots so that they don’t miss out any important moments of the couple’s wedding day.

In the event that he or she is going to bring along an assistant, make sure to account for that assistant during your logistics planning (e.g. car e.t.c.)

Alright, that should cover most things that you need to think about and care about for your wedding photographer when it comes to photographing your actual day wedding. Enjoy.

Finding Awesome Locations In Singapore For Your Photo Shoot

It’s important to find great locations as your backdrop for your wedding photography. One of the reasons why some people’s wedding photographs look significantly better than others is simply due to a nicer back drop. You should always hire and engage a truly experienced and professional wedding photographer, as he or she would often be able to suggest many pretty places in Singapore where you can have your photoshoot with your soon to be spouse!

But in any case, here are some nice places in Singapore you can go to for your wedding photography.

First of all, perhaps you could think back to the time that you and your spouse first met… Not when you got together, but when you first met each other. Sometimes it’s the same place, sometimes it’s not. But somehow, when you look back upon that special first meeting place, it would feel really special… perhaps not to the world, but to you and your spouse. At that time when you first met, it might not feel special at all, but after you’re getting married and you look back, it often carries that special meaning for you. I would suggest considering going to the same place where you and your spouse first met each other, and have at least a simple photoshoot there. Trust me, it’ll be worth it.

Second of all, don’t just check out popular wedding photography locations in Singapore on the Internet. Don’t just ask your friends for suggestion. In fact, if you can spend at least a month to look for beautiful locations, you would have at least 4 weekends in which you and your spouse can meet to travel around and check out the places that you two think will be beautiful. To raise a simple example quickly, there are places like Dempsey Hill which looks really beautiful for a couple’s wedding photograph. Although most people associate Dempsey with pricey restaurants and fancy cars, there are lots of beautiful places of nature in that area for you to have as your backdrop for your wedding photographs!

Third of all, go to tourist hot spots in Singapore. There is a reason why some places are termed as tourist hot spots… because they’re simply cooler! Check out places like Arab Street, where there are some really pretty graffiti on the wall (legal) and places like Sentosa Island too. Although most people stick to so-called the main land, Sentosa island and several neighboring islands have absolutely beautiful scenery for your wedding photography. Make sure to check out these tourist hot spots as possible locations for your wedding photographs! Don’t overlook them.

Top SG wedding photography studios review

There are lots of wedding photography studio in Singapore, and in this post, I shall review some of the top studios that you can possibly find and engage in Singapore.

1. Grandeur

Offering ROM, pre-wedding and actual day photography, Grandeur is one of the top studios in Singapore because of the quality of their service, attention to details and the sheer quality of the wedding photographs they take. If you were to check out their website, you can see the quality of their portfolio by looking at the photos on their website. They do give off a sense of high class and sophistication which I love a lot. In my opinion, that is how a wedding photograph should look like. Grandeur certainly takes photographs for couples and make them look like a Hollywood celebrity couple without paying the high price tags.

2. Nat Studios

Providing some of the best overseas wedding photography, Nat Studios would be your top choice if you want a Singapore photographer to follow you to any other country and take wedding photographs for you and your spouse there. Nat Studios is the perfect choice for couples who want their pre weddding photoshoot to be outside of Singapore, but clearly prefer a Singapore photographer to take the images for them instead of engaging a random photographer at the said country. They have become really popular lately, and you might want to check them out if this is what you and your spouse want and are looking for.

3. Reddot Studio

Although not really a photography studio, Reddot Studio has some famous clientele under its belt. Having worked with some Singapore celebrities for their wedding videography services, you might want to check out Reddot Studio if you are searching for a wedding videographer to go along with your photographer. Many couples are also opting for a videographer these days as well simply because they are getting more affluent, and also because a photo can only speak a thousand words, but a video can speak a million and can be replayed over and over again. This does not mean that wedding photography is becoming less popular, because it still is for many reasons. For instance, you can’t hang a video behind your bed but you can frame your wedding photograph and hang it there.

In short, the above are some of the best wedding studios in Singapore that I could find and review for you, and I certainly hope that you enjoyed my review of them. Till next time!

Getting your wedding photographer

It can be quite a touch decision to choose your wedding photographer in Singapore when there are so many good, professional photographers in Singapore. There are quite a bit of things you will need to consider to aid in your decision-making.

Firstly, how many wedding photographers do you intend to engage? If you want to engage just one wedding photographer, then you can choose freely between different freelance wedding photographers and wedding studios in Singapore. SG freelance wedding photographers work alone. If you want to engage more than one wedding photographers, then it will be better to engage a wedding studio. Comprising of many wedding photographers, a wedding studio will be able to provide you with multiple wedding photographers. Though you can mix and match individual freelance wedding photographers together, there is a risk of them not being able to cooperate well together. This risk is hugely reduced if you engage multiple wedding photographers from a wedding studio as the wedding photographers will already know each other.

Secondly, is the wedding photographer experienced and capable? We want our wedding pictures to look good. Hence, with regards to wedding photography, we will place a great emphasis on quality. There are some ways to determine whether the wedding photographer is good. Most notably, you can find out by browsing through their portfolios and reviews online. It is easy to tell whether a photographer is good by looking at his portfolio. Good photographs stand out easily.

Thirdly, where you want to hold your wedding photo shoot? If you intend to hold your wedding photo shoot locally in Singapore, then you should get a local wedding photographer. Otherwise, if you want to hold your wedding photo shoot overseas, it will be better to engage an overseas wedding photographer. This is because it is important that the wedding photographer must know the place well. Knowing the place well allows the photographer to determine which locations are more suitable and beautiful to hold the photo shoot at. Moreover, the photographer will also be able to lead the way around the country if he knows the place well. This will cut down a lot of traveling time between places. In there, you can find out the top wedding photographers in each country around the world. Thus, once you have decided on your wedding photography location, refer to the list to find out these top wedding photographers that you can engage.

Remember, quality matters for wedding photography. Make your decision wisely.

Understanding Singapore Wedding Photography Packages

There are so many different kinds of wedding photography packages offered by Singapore wedding studios. Each of them have their own terms and unique features. It is easy for one to get confused or frustrated looking at the numerous different kinds of wedding packages in Singapore. If you have the patience, time and an analytical mind, you will be able to understand all the different kinds of wedding photography packages by spending a few hours to read through them.

I can help you speed up the process of understanding common Singapore photography services. Hence, with a quick browse next time, you will be able to tell roughly what and products the wedding photography package contains.

Firstly, the wedding photography packages differ in their photo shoot hours. Three most common hours are three hours, five hours, and ten hours of photography services. This means that the wedding photographer is expected to shoot for just three, five or ten hours respectively. Any additional hours of photo shoot will be charged extra. With this in mind, couples can compare their needs against the hours of wedding photo shoot required. If they want a photographer for the Registry of Marriage (ROM) session, three hours will suffice. If they want a photographer to shoot pre wedding photography for them, then five or ten hours will be needed depending on the number of shots they want to get.

Secondly, the number of wedding photographers also varies with different kinds of wedding photography packages. Usually, wedding photography packages will only provide one wedding photographer to the customer. Only the higher end wedding photography packages in Singapore will provide two or more wedding photographers to the customers. For the pre wedding photo shoot, there will only be one photographer on scene most of the time. It is quite rare to see two photographers shooting a couple for their pre wedding photography. However, on the actual day wedding, sometimes we can see two or more photographers roaming around. This is because there are a lot more things going on at the same time that one photographer will not be able to capture all the pictures.

Thirdly, remember to flip to the back of the wedding photography brochures which contain the fine prints. Read to understand whether the products such as wedding photo album and photo frames are included as part of the package. Some wedding studios mention these products in their packages but fail to inform customers clearly that they will be charged extra for these products.

Photo shoot hours, number of wedding photographers, and the products are the three things that wedding couples should zoom into to quickly get an idea of the photography package.