Chris Chang Photography Blog | Singapore Wedding Photography And Videography
Welcome to our Wedding Photography & Videography blog. Here is where we will share with you our favorite wedding photos as well as some behind the scenes look at how we work on a wedding day and other random things which happen to us during the course of our work!
If you are reading this, I am pretty sure you are on a quest to find the right wedding photographer. I totally understand! How can one get to that stage of making a sure decision on a wedding photographer - someone whom you will entrust in capturing your most significant moments? Here are some guiding tips for you.
Step 1: Research, research, research
Not all of us are confident in how we want our pre wedding or actual day photographs to look like. Rustic? Classy? Airy? Moody? However that aside, I am sure that all of us have some sort of image in our heads of how we desire for it to be.
This is where you will have to do some homework. Grab a cup of coffee, open your laptop, and start researching the types of photographs you want to remember. Take screenshots of them and make a collage.
Show them to your potential wedding photographers to search for a suitable fit between what you want and what they can offer. After all, we - as much as we want to - cannot read your mind. Making clear your expectations from the start will help you ease the whole process. For this, you will first need to nail down the type of shots you want.
Step 2: Compare wedding packages
Typically, a wedding held in Singapore can range from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on how extravagant of an event the couple decides to plan for. One tip to note when comparing wedding packages is not to cross off a package based on price-point first, but determine what is included in the package.
From there, you are able to shortlist or add on what is necessary for you. Things like the number of hours, hi-res JPGs, albums, pre wedding shoot, can either be included in the package or might cost you extra money.
Go into the details and decide what is of more value to you! Some people prefer to cut down on the photo albums and go for additional hours of shoot, while others prefer having a video instead. You can also check out some of our wedding videography here!
Step 3: Get to know the photographer
After you have shortlisted a list of potential wedding photographers that are able to meet your expectations, it is time to get to know them for them. Think about it. This will be the person who captures your precious and intimate moments with your partner, your family, and your loved ones. It is only right if you find a photographer you are comfortable with.
Take time out with your partner to get to know each of them, look at more of their work, and discuss the direction of your wedding. Assess whether your personalities mesh.
In addition, go online and read reviews about them. See what other customers are saying about them. Studies have shown that we trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations, and we encourage you to do so. This will aid you in making a more informed decision.
Step 4: Delivery and post-production
After all the wedding emotions, vibes, and excitement has calmed, it is only normal to be eager to see how the memories were documented. Thus, you can manage expectations by asking your wedding photographer about their delivery turnaround time during your pre wedding meetups.
Commonly, it can range from 6 - 9 weeks. Some wedding photographers require a longer time, but that does not necessarily mean that they are incompetent. Faster do not equate to better photos. Often, these are talented photographers who are able to deliver quality work and are highly packed with other wedding shoots as well.
Some potential questions you could ask are:
Does the coverage need to be continuous?
What rights does your photographer have over the images?
Will you be getting hi-res JPGs?
How many images should you expect?
Are albums part of the package?
Now with all of these in mind, go out there and choose someone suitable for you and your future spouse. Ultimately, remember to enjoy the process and have fun!
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After compiling various shared experiences with other wedding photographers and videographers - including myself, here are some pointers we would appreciate you not to do.
1. Expecting us to mind read
We wish we could. But we are unable to. Figuring out what you want before hiring a wedding photographer would definitely allow us to work together on a better level. You can always tell us the type of shots you would like to see, such as candid shots, family portraits, or even close-ups. Let us know what kind of photograph holds significance to you - because your wedding photographer will never know until you tell them so.
2. Insisting on replicating certain poses
Styled poses take a deliberate attempt, which often takes away the magic. Every couple and their body movement have their natural beauty. Your pre wedding photographer might not tell you, but he would have studied your facial features and contours.
Lighting, location, or simply height difference and natural body interaction between the couple makes some poses rather unflattering. So trust your photographer’s professional eye to know well what best compliments your partner and you.
Furthermore, styled poses look amazing, breathtaking, and picture-perfect – often possible of the professional modelling. We’ve realised wedding couples much prefer their shoots to natural and intimate while having fun in a casual laid back setting.
Part of why we (and couples) prefer overseas shoots is simply because couples are often too distracted by the beauty of the destination to pay attention to us or our shutter clicks. Shots from these locations are often natural and candidly beautiful.
4. Requesting for heavily Photoshopped images
Oh the wonders, and limitations, of Photoshop. I have come across a good number of people requesting for flawless images of themselves. Some common ones include bleaching of teeth, removal of bald spots, and tucking of tummy. Others went to the extent of asking non-present people to be photoshopped into the photo. There is a difference between tweaks and total manipulation.
We are for slight adjustments such as skin imperfections, hair frizz, or even ‘exit’ signs in the background. As much as we do understand your desire for perfection, especially for your wedding photographs, we want you to feel comfortable with yourself more. These photographs will follow you for a lifetime, and we want to capture images with true and raw emotions that you can look back on.
5. Asking for RAW files
This is another famous request. Throughout my wedding photography journey, I have lost count of how many clients asking for me to give them every single image that was taken during the shoot. Though it might seem reasonable for wanting RAW and unedited versions of your photographs, it simply should not be the case.
“Asking a photographer to hand over a memory card, USB, or DVD of raw images is akin to asking an author to present you with their book in manuscript format: unedited, unformatted, and including the paragraphs and chapters that didn’t make it.” - Daniela Bowker.
You are paying for the finished product of your wedding photo package which includes the photographer applying all of his/her skills. And if you are thinking that unedited images will reduce your cost, we are afraid that that is not the case.
BONUS! Here are some tips that we, your wedding photographer, would love for you to do.
1. Share your expectations with your wedding photographer
Beauty is very subjective. One might like a certain shot while another might not. As your wedding photographer, we want to capture images that you would love to see. Thus, we would love for you to share your expectations with us before proceeding with the shoot. You can show us photos of yourself that you like and those that you do not. You can also tell us that you prefer smiling shots over wide-angle close-ups.
2. Enjoy the shoot!
Ultimately, the best photos are the ones where it captures you having fun. Be silly, get cake on your face, share laughter with your loved ones, have a good rest the day before. The more you are enjoying yourself and having a great time, the more your pictures will capture those emotions. Do not stress over the small details, it is one of the best days of your life. Cherish it and enjoy yourself!
Featuring the U&I Photoshoot of Michelle & David. For the month of July we were doing a launch for our youtube channel and were doing a U&I Giveaway. We had an overwhelming response for it and had such a difficult time deciding who would win the shoot. Michelle and David won because the wrote a poem on why she would like to have the session. AN Actual Poem!
I am thankful for all the support from the couples who have entrusted us with their wedding as well as from everyone who enjoys the work which we do. We are glad to give back once in a while during our giveaways.
Check it out below!
Here's a poem that I feel, captures the beauty and loveliness of a U&I photshoot:
The connection between my sweetheart and I is one that goes beyond romance, beyond friendship, defying time, distance, and changes in our lives.
When I am with him, it's like a tiny piece of the universe shifts into place. A place it's supposed to be, and all is right with the world.
These things and so many more, have made me understand that this is a once in a lifetime, forever connection. A connection that could only exist between us.
And deep in my soul, I know that our relationship is a rare gift. One that brings us extraordinary happiness all through our lives.
But you know what, Chris? Something that will bring us extraordinary happiness, is to experience the magic and joy of a photoshoot experience with you.
We recently returned from our epic trip to Europe. We did pre wedding shoots in Budapest, Slovenia & Austria. In the next couple of weeks we will be sharing with you our experiences in these beautiful destinations and perhaps you can find some inspiration for your own pre wedding photoshoot!
For our post below we visited Lake Bled in the beautiful country of Slovenia!
Coming from Budapest after a 2 day shoot there, we took an 8 hour bus ride to the beautiful lake bled. After arrival we spent a day doing a site recce of around the lake by electric bike. The distance around the lake is about 6km proved to have many beautiful vantage points of The Church of the Assumption nestled on a small island in the middle of the lake. Newly wed locals often have their weddings there. The groom has to carry his bride up 99 steps to the church building after a short boat ride.
We also visited the nearby Lake Bohinj, about a 30min drive from Lake Bled. If you would like a view of the mountains lined with beautiful foliage, Lake Bohinj is perfect.
I will be updating this blog entry with more behind the scenes images and videos from our trip so do stay tuned.
We will be travelling to Italy in May 2018. Bookings are open so drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Everyone, before we head off for our overseas photoshoot in Europe from 7-21 Oct I wanted to blog about a wedding of Samuel & Amelia both long time friends of mine. When Samuel & Amelia asked me to be their wedding photographer, I could not be happier.
Their wedding day began early, consisting of wacky gatecrashing games, a beautiful holy matrimony followed by a lunch banquet at Shangrila Singapore
Check our this new video and blog post we did on our experience shooting in Paris recently.
Tips on planning your pre wedding photoshoot in Paris - YouTube
Are you considering to have your pre wedding photoshoot in Paris? We recently went to Paris for an overseas pre wedding shoot and want to share our experience shooting in that beautiful city (albeit very crowded with tourists).
When we arrived in Paris 2 days prior to our photoshoot. We set out to check out the various locations which we were intending to shoot at. Our very first impression was that Paris, almost at all hours of the day was crowded with tourists. In order to avoid having people unknowingly walk in and out of your photos you will need to start your photo shoot very early in the morning.
Time was tight for our couple who had 1.5 days with us before they would need to another city to continue on their vacation. Here are some tips and things to note whilst planning for a photoshoot in Paris.
1. Plan around the crowds.
The city of Paris being a very popular tourist destinations tends to be rather crowded especially at the scenic spots which you would likely be doing your pre wedding photoshoot. Avoiding the crowds often means to start your photoshoot at the crack of dawn. An example would be at the Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower:
When we arrived at the Eiffel Tower around 7am, the sun was just rose and the location was bathed with beautiful sunlight. "What a beautiful time to take photos!" I thought. This same thought must have run through the 10-20 other wedding photographers with their couples there. Although it was not crowded with tourists, there were many groups of wedding couples having their photos taken there and all of us were jostling for the best position as the light changed as the sun rose gradually.
Taking the photo below for example, this direct view of the Eiffel Tower from the Champ De Mars viewing platform is one of the most popular angles to photograph from.
As we were waiting for our moment below, we had to work quickly as other couples and their photographer were waiting in line for us to be done. Not to mention the street vendors hawking Eiffel Tower souvenirs (Eiffel Tower keychains of all sizes and colours)
Here is a wider perspective of the eiffel tower shot and you can see the number of people in the photograph early in the morning.
2. Pont de Bir-Hakeim - Inception Bridge
Much less crowded was the bridge at Bir-Hakeim, where a well know scene of the movie "The Inception" was filmed. The metro runs on top of the bridge with 2 roads flanking this popular photoshoot location. By mid morning this place is bustling with people and bicycle commuters heading to work. Our couple had rented a car and we had opted to stop by the side of the road.
A respite from the madding crowds under Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Once of my favorite alternative vantage points of the Eiffel Tower along the Seine River.
3. Visit some lesser know locations
We planned to take a lunch break around Rue de charonne. It was a nice break from the more crowded and touristy spots around Paris. As we were walking about we chanced upon a rather quaint alley housing a toy shop where we grabbed some quick shots.
During your photoshoot although we had planned for every location. Do also take time to walk around and stumble upon places like this. Not only will you find unexpected places such as this you will have it all to yourselves.
Inside the quainty little toy shop we found in Rue De Charonne. The owner was kind enough to allow us to take some quick photos inside the shop.
5. When to shoot at the Louvre
The Musee De Louvre is another location which is often crowded every day of the week. There is however a good time to take photographs there when it will likely be deserted and that is when the museum is closed on Tuesdays. You can check out the museum's operational hours here.
pre wedding photoshoot paris louvre
For this shoot we arranged to meet the couple early the next morning to do a shoot at around 6.30am. After braving the crowds the day before it was refreshing to have the location all to ourselves.
Sadly the fountain was out or order during our shoot and we could not use it to add some nice reflection shots to our images. We did however, have very good light!
Apart from doing your pre wedding photoshoot at Musee De Louvre, do take some time to go inside! Especially the Denon wing which houses the Mona Lisa.
6. Take photos at night.
Apart from taking photos in the morning, Paris is also exceedingly beautiful at night! Here are some photos which we took in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower. We found a Carousel there which lit up beautifully at night and knew that it would serve as a beautiful place for our night shoot.
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Hope you are having a great weekend. Here at Chris Chang Photography we have been focused mainly on creating image and videos for our couples and have been super busy doing so! As now is the tail end the Lunar 7th Month, we have had time to look at how we can create more wedding photography & Videography content for you! That's when I realized that we have been neglecting our blog for the longest time. We don't usually do new year resolutions or any resolutions cuz we don't often keep them however, I would like to make a committment to posting up to our blog more regularly.
So for our first blog post in a long time, I can't think of a better wedding to feature than the lovely wedding of JL & Cheryl.
For their wedding, we began the coverage at Cheryl's home. There was no gatecrash hence the day didn't start as early as usual. Since we had some extra time, we left for Chijmes early and took some time to do a couple shoot for JL & Chery.
After the photoshoot was the wedding lunch banquet at Chijmes
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