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Your wedding is probably the most significant (and expensive) milestone in your life, so it’s no surprise that hiring a wedding photography and/or wedding videography studio is SOP in Singapore. Because if there aren't any photos, did it really happen...right?
Unless you opted for a wedding package, at some point you’ll need to look a wedding photography or videography vendor that fits your budget, your style, AND that won’t deliver end results that look disappointing. In this guide, we’ll help you with the first bit (budget) and leave it to you to assess the rest.
Wondering how much you need to set aside? Assuming your wedding is the whole shebang and takes the entire day, you can expect to pay at least $1,000 to $2,000 for wedding day photography, and $1,200 to $2,500 for videography. You can save a bit of money by engaging the same vendor to do a 2-in-1 package, but it’s a rare studio that’s equally good at both.
Wedding photography & wedding videography rates in Singapore 2018
Here are 10 affordable wedding photography and videography studios and their rates for a full-day wedding day shoot. The rates cover at least 8 hours of shooting, but the actual deliverables vary from vendor to vendor, so you need to ask.
Separately, most of these wedding photography studios also do pre-wedding shoots and overseas shoots (destination weddings and overseas pre-wedding shoots). We’ll cover these rates as applicable below. (See also: 5 money-saving hacks for your pre-wedding shoot)
12 LOVES (WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY)
12 Loves photographers Sam and Kevin have been in the business of immortalising weddings for over a decade. They’re particularly good at capturing movement so the photographs look fluid and “alive”. Their videography, however, is less creative and lack the sophistication and finesse that the social media generation have come to demand.
SIMPLIFAI STUDIOS (WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEOGRAPHY)
Simplifai Studios is a team of photographers, videographers, designers and editors helmed by artistic director Fai, who has a real flair for capturing the opulence of Malay weddings. Their outdoor photoshoots are also particularly nice as they capture expansive landscapes beautifully. Check out this jewel-hued real wedding captured by Simplifai Studios.
WMA PRODUCTION (WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEOGRAPHY)
WMA Production is one for the fun couple who don’t take themselves too seriously. Their photography captures your wedding in brilliant hues, and video-wise, they offer everything from quirky highlight reels to more conceptual pieces. We like the fact that their video arm is not an afterthought.
ALLURE WEDDINGS (WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEOGRAPHY)
The principal director of Allure Weddings, Han, has been involved in wedding photography since he was a 13-year-old camera assistant for his father. In his 10 years documenting weddings, he has covered over 800 of them. His experience allows him to pre-empt the moments and capture the action as it happens.
SIMPLE CLOUD FILMS (WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEOGRAPHY)
Simple Cloud Films specialises in videos, with cinematography that’s full of nuance – capturing all those little details that make each relationship special. Included in the video package is a meeting to discuss concepts, so this is one for couples who want more of a storytelling aspect to their wedding videos.
TINYDOT PHOTOGRAPHY (WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY)
There’s nothing small about Tinydot Photography studio, despite its name. The team comprises five photographers who’ve won awards for their works – Best Wedding Photos (2011) and Best of the Best Engagement Photos (2013). The studio is also a member of the Wedding Photographers Network (WPN), a collective of award-winning Singaporean photographers. See how Tinydot Photography captured this classy pale green, grey and blue Shangri-La Hotel wedding.
BACK ALLEY CREATIONS BY JOOTZ SEE (WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY)
Back Alley Creations has both photography and videography services but it’s their charming, light-hearted videos that is the main draw. Candid moments of the day are woven with the couple’s love story to create a nostalgic keepsake of the special day.
CHRIS LING INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY (WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY)
Chris Ling photography studio has been around for over 20 years, and they have built up a portfolio and reputation that are hard to beat. The photography style can be summed up as “minimalist chic”, and they have their own studio which is the biggest in Singapore. It’s impressive enough that MediaCorp rents it for their shoots.
SPARK A LIGHT (WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY)
Sweeping shots, close-ups of endearing moments, tasteful pacing in editing – these are what mark the wedding videos that Spark A Light produces. It’s almost like watching a short film of the couple. This studio makes, by far, sone of the best wedding videos in Singapore, because they don’t just capture events, they capture the mood of the moment.
CAPTURED MOMENTS (WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY)
While they also have photography, Captured Moments really excels in their videography. They are apt at portraying that sweet honesty that makes their videos more authentic than staged.
Should you go for a wedding photography + videography package?
There are wedding photography studios. There are videography studios. Increasingly, studios are branching out past their specialisation to offer both, so you might be wondering if you should opt for a 2-in-1 package.
Getting a studio that offers a photography + videography package has several pluses.
First, you need only deal with one vendor instead of two. Considering that you’ll have so much to do to pull off your wedding, you might appreciate this fact.
Better yet, there’s better coordination for the sweet spots to get the best shots, and less competition and jostling between vendors.
However, what you need to watch out for is the quality of the videography, especially if the studio is one that started out in photography but started offering videography because of the increase in demand. (See: 7 additonal tips to note before booking your wedding videographer)
Their ability to make moving visuals tell a story can sometimes be questionable. To compensate, some resort to cheesy effects or simply slapping together unedited footage to soppy love songs. So if you’re thinking of getting a package, make sure that you don’t get shortchanged on your video.
This story was originally published on MoneySmart.