I just got back from Taipei.. just did my PS with Sha Luo Man Ting èŽŽç½—æ›¼åº / æ³•å›½å·´é»Ž (FaGuoBaLi is physically at another premises, but owned by same boss) on 1st Feb 2010. We were very pleased with them, thus wanna share our experiences here.
We bought the package at Raffles City when they first came to SG for exhibition last year in Aug. It was a pure Taiwan-shoot exhibition, and competition was so intense. We sat thru two other BS's sales talk but didn't really like the coordinators as they were pretty hard-sell. When we finally spoke to the coordinators of this BS, Shujing æ·‘è and Xiaoli å°ä¸½ were very nice n made us feel at ease. To me, when I buy something this big, I place alot of emphasis on the service personnel. These two were able to chat with us about other things (like facebook games haha), even when we were going through the package details. My hubby and I felt that since we can relax in their company instead of feeling pressured to buy their package, we signed on the spot and paid in full.
Since that was the first time this BS ever came to sg, we obviously couldn't find any past experience from this forum. But no matter, after this period, I'm sure happy sg customers like me will post more info for the other anxious ppl who signed them up. ^^
They r located along the bridal street of taipei. Trust me, the whole street is packed full of BS. Theirs is a 5 storey shophouse, of which
1st floor = reception,
2nd = gown choosing area,
3rd = make-up area/photographers area,
4th+5th = indoor studio shoot area.
Although they recommend we do 1st day choose gown, 2nd day photoshoot, 3rd day choose photo, we decided to go an extra day earlier, so that in case we needed to buy/prepare anything else after choosing the gowns, we still have time. True enough, after choosing gowns + speaking to photographer, it was recommended that I get another coloured pair of heels to match with one of the gowns (else they won't take full length shots, as heel colours don't quite match). Nice excuse for shopping anyway.. so I recommend going earlier if u can't be sure if you have packed everything you need. I'm sure everyone wanna be fully prepared and go for ur PS with no regrets.
They assigned me their best photographer Lai Sang èµ–æ¡‘, which they mentioned that local ppl have to pay extra if they want him. As this is the sakura season, they have like 1 sg couple everyday, and we all got Lai Sang. Same goes for the MUA Miao Ling å¦™é“ƒè€å¸ˆ. I believe they try to give the best ppl to their overseas clients. The photographer was soft spoken n gentle n is always smiling, never any sharp remarks or frowns. He had to guide us thru every pose (my hubby and I are like wooden blocks) but didnâ€™t show any attitude or complains at all. Then the MUA is like a mother hen. It is after all still winter season, so it is really cold when the wind blows esp near the sea. She gets ready my jacket and wraps me up whenever I have a short break and just keep her arms around me until we r ready for next shot. So touched.. T_T And her make up and hairstyling skills are without a doubt fantastic. I had engaged a local MUA for my ROM 2 years ago, and I had thought that she was good, but after comparing with this Taiwanese MUA, its like totally no fight.
One thing however, they made a mistake on the day of PS, ie, we didnâ€™t ask for a 2nd photographer to do â€˜behind the scenesâ€™ å¹•åŽèŠ±çµ® photosï¼Œbut one came along with us thinking that we had. So when it came to choosing photos the next day, my coordinator said it was some miscomm, but since they already took those photos, they will give me 20 pics complimentary. Later on, we managed to bargain for more, after choosing + adding 60 main photos (too pretty to resist), so it was happy ending for us
Iâ€™m willing to share more details if you r interested to know more about this BS. Typed too much already!