How To Look Good For Your Singapore Pre Wedding Photoshoot

Everyone wants their pre wedding photographs to look great, here are some tips for brides and grooms to look fantastic for their pre wedding photographs, make sure to use them for yourself too!

First of all, always make sure to wear clothes that fit! So many people don’t even bother wearing clothes which fit (assuming it’s a prewedding photo shoot not in wedding gown and suit), and simply buy any clothes which design or colour they like. Looking good is not about the design, but about the fit on your body. The best looking clothes look terrible if they do not fit you! The key to always looking good for your photographs is to wear clothes which fit to your pre wedding photoshoot. Remember this key.

Second of all, always remember that a good photographer (i.e. getting some studio like http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com/ or http://www.mindytanweddings.com/) for yourself is half the battle won. This is not only because they know how to take great looking wedding photos, but they know how to get people to best pose so that they look their best, at their best angle and best side, along with some great post editing skills for the taken wedding photos.

Third of all, work out! You should have at least several months worth of time from now till your wedding photo shoot date. This means precious training time to help you look awesome! All the tricks in the world isn’t as effective as a great exercise for your body. When your body naturally looks good, it’s much easier to get better looking photos from your shoot.

Fourth of all, look for locations (for your wedding images back drop) which actually look good. If you want to look stunning, the back drop HAS to be stunning. Don’t try to be cute and take photographs at a random alley. Sometimes, the back drop can make or break the entire wedding photograph. Make sure to pay close attention to this and invest as much time and effort into finding good locations in Singapore for your photo shoot (or ask your photographer for help) as you invest into finding a good wedding photographer.

In a nutshell, the things to help you look good in your wedding images is simple and easy things, but you need to apply it!

How To Know If A Singapore Wedding Studio Is Truly Good?

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.

5 Characteristics Of A Great Singapore Wedding Photographer

Here are the 5 common characteristics that you would be able to find across all good wedding photographers in Singapore.

  1. They care about their customers.
    I don’t know if you have ever spoken to some wedding photographers, or read reviews online before. There are some photographers who simply only care about collecting their customers’ money and take 6 months to finish sending them the completed photo album! And I’m not even talking about 6 months to reply a message, but 6 months to deliver what they promised! Gosh! A true professional wedding photographer in Singapore would care about their customers.
  2. They know you’re not always right, but they listen to you.
    The last thing you want is a photographer that’s not understanding. There are customers who make outrageous demands which are impossible to fulfill. However, the true professional wedding photographers make an effort to listen and understand from the customer’s point of view, and recommend a solution that fits both their needs and desires.
  3. They don’t obstruct the wedding.
    This is rarely an issue, as few Singapore wedding photographers are like that, but I have seen one or two such cases on YouTube. The photographer moves everyone around for photographs even during inappropriate times! He’s acting like a school teacher rounding up his kids. That’s too much. You want a photographer who knows what he’s doing but not try to be the limelight of the wedding.
  4. They know it’s a one in a lifetime event for you and your spouse.
    Every true professional will respect their customers and treat their job with care and attention because they would know that in this industry, their customers are ordering / purchasing (wedding photography) something which will only happen once in their lifetimes. The great importance of taking beautiful photographs for the couple and making the whole experience great and pleasant is crucial.
  5. They have sound technical skills.
    At the end of the day, you engage a professional because you want great looking wedding photographs. Hence, it’s very important for your photographer to know what they’re doing, and be a true professional at it. No matter how good the customer experience is, if the end product is bad, there’s no use paying any amount of money for it.

Always engage Grandeur Wedding Studio (http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com/photography-singapore) or any other good wedding photography studios in Singapore for your photography needs!

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.