Although there are no definitive answers to this, I can confidently tell you the range of prices that you should pay for your wedding photography services.
If you are only looking for wedding photography and not intending to hire a videographer, the prices would generally be between $1000 up till $2500 (this is the approximate pricing in Singapore for EITHER pre-wedding or actual day photo shoot, not both). There is such a variance in the prices because of 2 main reasons. The first reason would definitely be the quality of the wedding photographs. A top wedding photography company would definitely charge slightly higher but still reasonable and not dirt cheap prices – so you would be paying for the brand name in some cases. Secondly, some photographers or photography studios may provide you with more features in their packages – e.g. provision of a flush mount album e.t.c. Things like a flush mount album can be pretty expensive, so do not underestimate the costs you will incur if you want things like a beautiful looking flush mount album (which is scratch-proof and water-proof). In short, expect to pay between $1000 to $2500 for an actual day or pre-wedding photography package in Singapore. Naturally, you would need to pay double if you want both photography packages, which is what most couples do.
If you also want a videography package, then the pricing may differ significantly. It is approximately $1500 to $3000 for actual day wedding videography, and it is approximately $1500 up to $5000 for a pre-wedding concept video. This is because the videographers will also need to write a script and think of scenes to film both you and your fiance. These scenes would also usually need to be filmed against different backdrops and with different clothing. Because it may take more than 1 day to finish the filming of such a prewedding concept video, you can expect to pay significantly more. Fewer couples in Singapore opt for such a concept video, except for the more adventurous and fun-going ones. For others, I would just recommend you to definitely pick up the actual day wedding videography packages from the studio which services you’re engaging.
The thought of prewedding photography will get people excited. Some people may be nervous about the procedures and poses during the pre wedding photography. Some people, especially the grooms, may dread about the need to wear thick clothes under the hot sun during the outdoor pre wedding photo shoot. Some people may not even be able to fall asleep at night visualizing the actual day of their pre wedding photography. All these are understandable as pre wedding photo shoot is after all most people’s first time taking part in a photo shoot uniquely set up for themselves. Moreover, we all want to look great during our wedding photo shoot and produce the most beautiful wedding photographs out there.
To calm your nerves and prepare for your pre wedding photo shoot so you do not mess it up during the actual day, these are some things you will need to do:
1. Research and practice some intimate poses with your spouse. During the pre wedding photo shoot, you will be required to carry out intimate poses with your spouse. If you are not good at posing or if you will feel shy to pose in front of strangers (i.e. the wedding photographer and passer-by), you may be displaying some awkward poses or expressions during the photo shoot. It will make your photographs look really awkward. To mitigate this issue, you can practice some intimate poses with your spouses beforehand. Get comfortable carrying out the poses with your spouse first. During the actual day, try to visualize and feel the same comfort level when you are carrying out the poses and ignore everyone around you.
2. Plan all the logistical needs for the pre wedding photo shoot for you and your spouse. Generate a list of all the essential items that you will need to bring to the wedding photo shoot. These include sets of suits and gowns, shoes, make up equipment, sunblock lotion and a towel (if you perspires easily under the sun).
3. Get ready contingency plans in case the wedding photo shoot cannot go according to the main plan. Discuss with your photographer on the alternative plan to take if certain events occur (such as rain and the location being unavailable to public).
Here are some of the most famous wedding photography and video companies in Singapore.
First up, it would definitely be none other than the one and only Grandeur Wedding Studio Pte Ltd. Situated at 16 Purvis St, Grandeur some has of the very best wedding photographers that I have met in Singapore. Possessing both technical photography skills as well as customer service skills, couples that have worked with Grandeur Wedding Studio Pte Ltd only have nothing but praises for them. They also provide discounts with affiliated gown rental companies, but let’s not focus on gowns today. One thing you might want to note though is that they only provide wedding photo shoots (both pre-wedding as well as actual day) in Singapore. If you want overseas (out of Singapore), then you need to get another studio to take photographs for you.
… Which then leads us to the second wedding studio I’m going to be sharing with you in this article – Nat Studios. Specializing in taking amazing looking wedding photographs at random countries around the world, Nat Studios takes vibrant looking wedding images for couples at places ranging from Paris in France to Kyoto in Japan.
Our next wedding photography studio I’m going to be sharing with you specializes in indoor shoots – Serangoon Broadway Studio & Bridal Palace Pte Ltd. This company specializes mostly in indoor shoots (at least, to the best of my knowledge). They have amazing looking (wallpaper) backdrops which couples can choose from as the background of their wedding photos. I think Serangoon Broadway is a great choice for couples who prefer indoors and having the entire photo shoot over and done with within a shorter period of time instead of dedicating an entire day to it. When it comes to indoor shoots, it usually only takes 2-3 hours for a pre-wedding photo shoot. However, when it comes to outdoor shoots, it would be at least 5 hours long in length.