photography

My pre-wedding photoshoot experience

So after months of procrastinating, we finally set Sept 27 as our photoshoot day with Miosa. We decided to take this as an opportunity to have a mini JB-caytion and brought my mum and sis along too. We booked KSL as it was near the studio and very convenient.

Preparations for GTB

  1. Cut and colour his strands of white hair with instant hair dye shampoo bought from Joo Chiat complex
  2. Went to Mustafa to buy black + white shirt, black pants (tip: look at the bargains first, there are some very good quality stuff there comparable to G2000) and smart looking, slippers that look like capal
  3. Polish work shoes
  4. Eat healthy

Total damage: less than $50

Preparations for BTB

  1. Bought shoes from Midas at City Plaza
  2. Facial at Spa by Norfasarie
  3. Beige + white inner
  4. Black and white serkup
  5. Eat healthy

Total damage: lots more than $50

Took the KTM train in on Sunday and we just spent the whole day relaxing at KSL and Angsana. Wanted to go Kilang Bateri but we didn’t want to tire ourselves out.

We had decided to have the shoot on Monday as we didn’t want to fight with the weekend crowds visiting Desaru. Had a really large breakfast first before heading over to the studio. Arrived at the studio and Jiajia the make-up artist immediately got started.

Outfit 1: Songket

I had chosen a traditional dark green and gold songket as one of my outfits. Jiajia was really good at make-up and hijab styling (in fact much better than some mak andams who just balut around your face and make your cheeks so bulat). I had not expected to wear a sanggul lintang so it was a pleasant surprise when she pinned it on the hijab for me. I’m glad to say that I’ve experienced this once because I will probably not opt for it again. I nearly poked GTB’s eye out and had a massive headache/neck cramp the whole time.

Luckily this outfit was only for the indoor shoot if not I think dah pengsan already. I quite enjoyed this shoot and requested for XK, the photographer to take some unglam shots like me holding the GTB’s kris and looking all bad-ass.

(I placed a mosaic on my eyes to maintain anonymity wahaha)

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Outfit 2: Traditional white gown

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I had chosen a white glittery gown with a sweetheart neckline for my 2nd outfit. To make the outfit modest, I wore my inner underneath their transparent white lace top. I like this look best – classic white and simple. The same look I want to replicate for my nikah. Again Jiajia was really good at styling the hijab – I think she layered a shawl and the outer veil in like 5 minutes.

We then set off in the car for Desaru and stopped at a field and a jetty in Desaru to snap this outfit. Alhamdulilah it wasn’t a hot day which made it easier on all of us. I can’t really remember what shots we took because XK was so pro in directing us that we took loads of different poses. But I remember making GTB pretend to propose to me on his knees. GTB was rather annoyed as he was afraid he would split his already tight baju hahaha! I also threw the fake bouquet behind and made GTB catch it. Hope XK captured it perfectly!

Outfit 3: Red gown

I knew I wanted a bold color for my last outfit. So I chose a red gown with a straight across neckline. Unfortunately when paired with the flowery red hijab and pink top, I found the look rather overwhelming OTT colourful. Jiajia had wanted to stick a flower on the side of the hijab which I immediately said no need. All these changing was done outside – what a challenge this was! Thank goodness for the inner. Most of the shots taken in this outfit was by the rocks and seaside, so hopefully the color contrast will make the photos nicer.

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We were done by 6 thankfully because after that it really started pouring. The experience was really fun despite the hassle (super hungry, cannot pee, got bitten by sandflies, sand in my sports shoes). I’m really glad I did the traditional photoshoot and would fully recommend Miosa for this.

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On the way back, I was greeted by this wonderful sight during sunset. I was so grateful to Him for enabling the shoot to go smoothly (not hot, which was amazing as I was in multiple layers, rained only when we finished).

Can’t wait for the end product!

 

Pre-pre wedding shoot

My wedding planning has been non-existent despite it being 7 months away. As my mother was nagging so much, I decided to do my pre-wedding photoshoot this month. I’ve actually did my gown selection in March and never bothered with scheduling the actual shoot until now. Even the boss of the studio kept messaging me to fix a date.

There’s quite a few things to get ready, which I was too lazy to gather and didn’t want to fork out money on.Finally, I applied for leave a few days ago and prepared the items needed.

  • Sillicon bra  – bought this for RM 53 from my last Penang trip. Think I better buy a strapless bra as back-up in case the silicon one malfunctions. Imagine if it falls down in front of the photographer while I’m taking the photos wahahaha!
  • White ninja since I’ll be wearing hijab for the shoot
  • White inner top as the gowns are sleeveless
  • Shoes

On the topic of shoes, I found these at Midas shoes at City Plaza. Bargained them down from $69 to $55. The auntie recommended these as you can see the front detail in the photos. I think we don’t need to spend that much on shoes as the gown will overshadow them anyway. I am not sure if I will use this for the actual event as its not time to choose my outfits from Nora Z yet. But if I do, I will go back to this shop for sure because their collection is pretty and affordable!

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The next step is to book a facial from my fave Spa@Norfasarie (near my place, good service and no hard selling). Then ensure the tunang cuts and color his strands of white hair, buy new shirts and polish his shoes.

Honestly, I am praying for the best for this, as I am very sure it will be super hot at the beach. Hoping not to sweat buckets! How to smile sweetly at each other and look glam when all your ketiak sudah basah? :X

Wedding photoshoot locations in Singapore

I’ve mentioned before that I signed up for a pre-wedding photoshoot which would most likely be in Desaru to our shared love for the sea. 🙂

However if I were do my photoshoot locally, these are the places I’d seriously consider. Me and my other half like exploring so these are some places we’ve been to. Sharing this with BTBs who’ll hopefully be inspired.

(All photos taken by me unless stated otherwise)

For the beach bums.. 

  1. St Johns + Lazarus + Pulau Seringat

Just a short ferry ride away from Marina South Pier. Take the ferry to St John’s and walk to the link connecting it to Lazarus Island. From there, walk all the way and then head towards the right to find this nice beach. Go to the end towards Pulau Seringat, where there’s usually nobody. There’s a shelter there where you can place your things. It was so beautiful and serene – go on weekdays!

However note that there’s no toilet (I changed in the bushes into my swimming attire!!) and the nearest one is on St John’s. Also the toilet cleanliness is like those pit stops along NS Highway in Malaysia.So consider this if you need to change baju.

St John’s is also worth exploring – there’s several old building and rustic houses which makes for good backdrops too. To maximise your $18 ferry ride, it will also bring you to Kusu island. But I’d say just stick to Lazarus.

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2. Tanjung Beach, Sentosa

Generally I’ve found that Tanjung Beach is the nicest of all in Sentosa. Even during weekends, the crowd is lesser as the sun-bathing ikan duyungs tend to gather in Siloso and Palawan. Head for the rocky areas for a different perspective. 10723867_368048590024662_45676571_nFor the nature lovers… 

3. Labrador Nature Reserve

Labrador Park’s a popular wedding venue – the Berlayer terrace has held weddings there as its simply picturesque. The mangrove trail and boardwalk is simply scenic – we went here on New Year’s Eve to escape the crowd and loved the isolation.

 

For the history buff… 

4. National Gallery

What I like about National Gallery is its wide open spaces and colonial architecture. We spent a few hours here and couldn’t even cover everything! There’s always something nostalgic about historical locations.. of things that happened way before our time but still live on in these buildings.

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For the environmentalists.. 

5. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

We checked this out because it sounded interesting – its educational and showed that we actually do have a diverse collection of plants and animals. If I’d do a photoshoot here, the main backdrop will be the dinosaur bones. However the lighting could prove to be a challenge and the photographer would have to look for creative angles. So get an experienced photographer if you want to consider this place.

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(credits to Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum)

I’ve several other places on the list and will blog about them next time hopefully. Think for photoshoots, we can afford to take more risks and go for unconventional options. Since we’ll already have the traditional romantic shots on wedding day.

Just think about what defines both of you and then work some ideas from there. In my ideal shoot, I would have wanted a re-enactment of how we met (paintball game) but I don’t really want to trash my dress. ;p

wedding at delta force paintball(credits to: Paintball Games UK)

BTBs, do share cool locations too.. even if not for photoshoor at least can get more ideas for dating spots!

Photography off the list..

Selamat menyambut Ramadhan everyone! Hope we all manage to make full use of this blessed month. Let’s take this opportunity to be better people spiritually, emotionally and physically.

Last weekend, we finally booked our photography vendor. Photography is something that both me and the tunang places very high value on. Partly due to my job hazard (I’m in marketing) and also because the other half is a photography buff and has experience helping in wedding photography too.

As we’ve all observed, the traditional event coverage style is evolving to a photojournalistic one that depicts a story through the use of candid shots and unique angles. In terms of wedding photographers, its a very competitive market out there. We’re all spoilt for choice as there’s just so many vendors with different skills and strengths.

I emailed a few popular names commonly used by Malay couples to get a sensing of the rates. This gave me a benchmark for the budget I should set aside. Not surprisingly, event day coverage itself costs upwards of $2K. For that amount, the basic criteria should be:

  • Provide photography services and technical expertise to showcase the vibrancy of the wedding.
  • The photographer(s) assigned must have a ‘good eye’; be versatile and creative to capture shots of various subjects in action
  • Employ journalistic photography tactics and engineer photographs that would capture the various key highlights (without being too intrusive)
  • Use a mid-range DSLR Camera and lenses minimally

With that in mind, I continued stalking the various portfolios online to get a sensing of their style. Some caught my eye but I was rather half-hearted for most. Then one day, I checked out Nadiah M Din’s wedding site to see who her vendors were and my interest was piqued when her BTS photographers were listed as The Fotorika*.

They’re new in the market compared to the established players, but I think their skills are just as comparable. Their emphasis is on clean, white and minimalist shots. I like.. keeps the shot focused and eliminate busy background noise.

(All photo credits to The Fotorika*)

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If you prefer more colorful happy shots, they bring out the vibrancy quite well, with your eyes still focused on the main subject.  This shows effective use of the rule of thirds quite effectively.

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Basically what my cerewet self is looking for is unique perspectives and no stiff posed shots on the pelamin. Are both the big picture and smaller details covered?

By a stroke of luck, they were having a promo and the package we signed was really value for money, especially as it comes with 2 photographers (the duo running Fotorika* itself) and a lot more end photos then what the competitors are offering. I really wanted 2 photographers because I realised during my work events that having one photographer leads to a one-sided stories.

Advantages of two photographers:

i) Able to shoot photos on the groom’s side when he is preparing. Normally we only get the bride’s perspective

ii) One can be stationed near the pelamin and one roving one to capture the other action elsewhere – your guests, food etc.

iii) Your main photographer won’t be so tired running around, and he can focus better and concentrate on what type of shots to engineer as per your preference

iv) For back-up just in case… macam insurance policy

Anyway, we met up with Team Fotorika* to see if we had the connection. Glad to say we did! They were really nice and shared more about themselves. We felt comfortable placing our trust in them to do a good job.

InsyaAllah, they will exceed our expectations and more. 🙂

Pre-wedding photoshoot

Of all the vendors I booked first, it was for my pre-wedding photoshoot which I didn’t really plan on having in the first place!

We were just scouting the Wedding Expo and grabbing random brochures when the lady from Miosa Couture pounced on us.

What was supposed to be a quick chat became a signed, sealed, delivered deal with the placing of a deposit with them.

Reasons:

  • Different backdrops for photos. Miosa being based in JB meant we could choose outdoor locations in Johor beyond the usual Flyer/Marina/Singapore River/Punggol lalang backdrop. A photoshoot is meant to be a fun experience, so why not pay to travel beyond our borders?
  • Value for money package. Package price is in SG not RM, but they were offering loads of stuff for the final amount such as 3D frame, crystal frame and a briefcase
  • I was really enticed by the free anniversary photoshoot for 10 years. It would be so sweet to go back and take photos with our kids and parents in future, insyaAllah. We can track our journey over the years with those photos. Plus they have an affiliate studio at North Bridge Road, so there’s no need to go back to JB after the final shoot is done
  • Their make-up and outfit is gorgeous. I’ve a 1 day shoot scheduled for 4 outfits and images. Check out some of their photos. At the Expo, I peered closely at the make-up of all the ladies and concluded that their MUA got skills.

    credits: Miosa Facebook

I’ve texted them to make a 2nd appointment for my fitting. Can’t wait for the gown selection. In the meantime, I’m researching for possible outdoor unique locations – Johor is so big, there has to be some hidden gems!