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June 2023

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Pre-Wedding Shoot in Singapore

We look at some of the best ways to prepare for your pre-wedding shoot to get photos that tell your story, and that you’ll love and cherish forever.

A pre-wedding shoot is much more than shots of you in a wedding dress and him in a suit against some pretty scenery, to display during your wedding. It’s a beautiful way to celebrate your unique story as a couple, and document the love you have for each other. Your pre-wedding session has the power to encapsulate the essence of your love while creating cherished memories of this incredibly special time of engagement. It’s a time filled with joy, excitement, and the anticipation of a lifelong commitment. Your photographs will serve as a beautiful keepsake, allowing you to look back and remember the emotions and excitement you felt during this significant phase of your relationship.

To get a pre-wedding shoot that goes beyond capturing beautiful images and tells the unique story of two individuals embarking on a lifelong journey together, here are some ways to prepare for your session.

1. Tell your story

From how you met to the adventures you’ve experienced together, no two love stories are exactly the same. Pre-wedding photography allows you to capture and showcase your own special narrative in a way that reflects your personalities, experiences, and the love you share. Each couple has their own set of memories, inside jokes, and defining moments that make their love story one-of-a-kind. What are yours? Think about how you met, your shared hobbies, where you spent significant times together.

Shiyun and Darren’s Hiking Pre-Wedding Shoot on Coney Island by Happyphotopeople

Shi Yun and Darren love hiking and have been on many road trips overseas, and decided to capture their shared love for adventure on their pre-wedding shoot.

For their quirky pre-wedding shoot, Sherlene and Kenneth were inspired by the landlady from the movieKungfu Hustle. “Because I’m loud and everyone says I’m exactly like her, so I played along and I have no regrets,” says Sherlene.

Sherlene and Kenneth’s Quirky Kungfu Hustle Inspired Pre-Wedding Shoot by Iki Company

2. Choose Your Locations Wisely

After you’ve decided on the concept and theme of your shoot, it’s time to find the perfect setting to tell your story. Hikers Shi Yun and Darren shot their session in Coney Island to capture their love for adventure and the outdoors. A couple who enjoy art and artefacts, Stefani and Kevin decided on the 1920s, travel, and time for key concepts behind their wedding. Onboard The Orient Express Singapore, with glamorous outfits and dramatic shots, their cinematic shoot travels back in time. To create a 1980s in Hong Kong vibe, Pei Wen and Rayson headed to Geylang at night to capture the neon signs on the heritage buildings.

Pei Wen and Rayson’s Vintage, Hong Kong-Style Pre-Wedding Shoot in Friends Cafe and Geylang by Iki CompanyStefani and Kevin’s Glamorous, Art Deco Wedding Aboard the Orient Express Singapore by Dapper Pictures

3. Express Your Style

Traditional pre-wedding shoots may have been all about big ballgowns with long trains, but you don’t have to wear that if that’s not your style! Your engagement session is your chance to dress up and express your personal style, whether it’s a tailored jumpsuit or a gown or even casual wear. Choose outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident. Stay true to your personal style and wear clothing that reflects who you are as individuals and as a couple.

Choose colours that flatter your skin tones and coordinate well together, instead of opting for matching outfits. Consider the backdrop of your location and choose colours that will complement it. Bold and vibrant colours can make a statement, while softer and neutral tones can create a more timeless and classic look.

Antoinette and Terrence’s Dreamy and Modern Pre-Wedding Shoot in Singapore by Bridelope Productions

4. Pack Essentials

Safira and Elias’s Dreamy Fairytale Wedding at Raffles Singapore by Colossal Weddings

When preparing for a pre-wedding photography shoot in Singapore, especially if it’s outdoors, it’s important to have a few essential items to ensure an enjoyable experience. Singapore’s weather can be humid, so having a touch-up kit is essential if your makeup artist is not following you around on the shoot. Pack items like facial tissues, blotting paper, powder, lip balm, and any other makeup or grooming products you may need to freshen up during the shoot.

If you plan to explore different outdoor locations for your shoot, having comfortable shoes is important. Pack another pair of sneakers or slippers to change into when you’re not posing for photos in your heels. Bring a bottle of water and some light snacks to keep your energy levels up throughout the shoot.

5. Be Intentional about Raw Moments

Ivy and Julius’s Epic Mountaintop Pre-Wedding Shoot on Trolltunga, Norway by JuanmoleyfotologueElaine and Gabriel’s Gorgeous Pre-Wedding Adventure in Sumba by Darren and Jade Photography

Remember, the most important aspect of your engagement session is to capture the essence of your relationship. After choosing locations that hold significance to you, incorporating props or elements that are meaningful, and expressing their personalities and interests, you also need to hold space for yourselves to feel all the emotions that will translate into raw and authentic images.

You can create some beautiful, un-posed moments by preparing things like a love letter to read during the shoot, playing a game during the shoot, dancing, exploring a new place, sharing a joke, or treating the shoot like a date and forgetting about the camera. Be yourselves, and let your authentic selves shine through. This will allow for spontaneous moments, genuine laughter, and unplanned interactions, capturing your natural chemistry and creating images that are both stunning and heartfelt. The photographs will become a visual representation of your journey, capturing the essence of your relationship in a way that resonates with you personally.

It’s the combination of all these unique elements that will make your pre-wedding shoot so special. Your pre-wedding shoot can celebrate your individuality, showcase your love story, and create lasting memories that reflect your personal journey as a couple.

Feature image from by Freddy Wong Photography

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5 Ways to Prepare for Your Pre-Wedding Shoot in Singapore