Pre-weddings, or engagement sessions, give us a good opportunity to document your life as a couple and for us to get to know one another before your wedding day. They are also good for displaying photos at your wedding day.
At your session, you will be acquainted my directing style and become more comfortable in front of the camera. While optional, it is always a good idea.
For best results, I always recommend venues with wide open sky, such as Marina Barrage, Marina Bay Sands, Civic District, and Siloso Beach, Sentosa.
For indoor shoots, I recommend Flower Dome and Cloud Forest (gorgeous flowers and I have a season pass), Cafes with natural light (remember to ask for permission before hand), National Gallery (requires a permit), and Jewel (can be crowded). You can also rent an indoor studio.
If you are a cat lover, I strongly recommend Cat Paradise Singapore. You can book all available slots to make sure you have the place to yourselves.
I do not recommend forested areas or areas with too much greenery. Not only is the light not ideal, the green may cast onto your faces, creating a greenish hue.
The best timing is at golden hour before sunset. 2 hour pre-wedding sessions are generally scheduled on weekdays from 5 - 7pm.
If shooting at Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, the best time is 2 - 4pm as that is when beautiful suns rays shine into the greenhouses.
Rescheduling is unlimited and not charged as long as I have not left for the venue.
Where and When
Casual or formal: I encourage casual wear versus a formal gown and suit. This is because it is easier to reschedule a casual shoot in case of bad weather. It is also easier to move in casual wear.
White, long, flowy dresses are best. These create the most movement in your photographs.
Hair and makeup: You can do your own hair and makeup. If you're not confident, I recommend getting your hair and makeup done at a salon. It creates a more polished look, and it is easier to cancel or reschedule appointments.
Flowers: Opt for a fresh flower bouquet. You can commission them from a florist, or buy flowers from a supermarket/wholesale flower market and make your own.
For the groom: the best outfit is a white shirt with long sleeves and khaki long pants. A suit works too. Opt for a black or grey suit. Avoid colored suits. If you are more adventurous, you can opt for a colored print shirt and khaki pants. For outdoor shoots, bring one or two spare shirts in case of perspiration stains.
TIP: Brides, remember to wear your engagement ring!
1. Brides, opt for clean nails or a simple neutral/light-colored manicure.
2. Bring your pets!
3. Think of your pre-wedding as a date where I am a third-wheel. Document your day-in-the-life instead of going for posed moments. What do you do on dates?
4. For outdoor shoots, remember to bring water (iced is best), mosquito repellant, portable fans, and a spare change of clothes in case you get sweaty.
I am available for any questions via Whatsapp, DM or email. Send me questions about lighting, outfit choices, and venue styling. Like you, I want to make sure your wedding photographs are the best they can be.