A while ago I had a competition over at my Facebook page, and I was asking people about their favourite locations in Singapore. I received a good number of replies in the original post and will choose the winner on the 18th of October. The winner will receive a couple portrait session at a location of their choise worth S$450.
I appreciate all the entries, and perhaps could do such a promotion sometime again in the future. Most of the locations are fairly “standard”, the kind of places you would see in most outdoor wedding pictures. I guess that is one of the reasons why Singaporeans like to travel overseas for their pre-wedding shoot sessions, to capture a different scenery. Then again, it goes the same way in Europe. If you are in Paris, the chances are you would have Eiffel tower somewhere on the background, or in Finland it might be a nature scenery with a lake.
Popular shooting locations for portraits
Tanjong Pagar Railway
Tanjung Pagar railway is also known as the Keppel Road railway station. I have not been at this location previously, and it might be worth to check it out sometime. Not really sure if the location is out of bounds these days as there has been a number of conservation efforts with the site.
Singapore river is really an iconic location, and you really can not miss it if you ever happen to come to Singapore. From a photography point of view, this location is a little troublesome because in the daytime it does not look much, and in the nighttime the tourists are all over the place. But I have shot here before and I like the variety of places the river provides.
Kampung Buangkok is supposed to be the last remaining kampung (village) in Singapore. Also the kampung has been featured in a number of local movies and television series. I have not been here either, but i’ve heard conflicting stories about if the place is still around.
Chinese Gardens are located in the west, one more stop from Jurong East MRT station. The Gardens are usually pretty quiet, there is a lot of space and shooting locations.
Henderson Waves are part of the Southern Ridges / Mount Faber walk. The actual “waves” are a bridge at 36 meters above the Henderson road. This is a nice location and you have a good view, but it is very popular with joggers.
Botanic Gardens is a very lovely place for a variety of shoots. The area is huge, so it’s better to plan ahead. There is a MRT station with the same name, and you can walk through the gardens all the way to the end of Orchard road.
Marina Bay Sands
The iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel/casino/shopping mall located on one edge of the Gardens By The Bay. The building is so high, that if you actually want to have it in the photos, it might actually be better to take the images further away.
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay is the newly opened park just behind the MBS buildings. The area has two airconditioned domes with different kind of plants as well as a big open air garden. Very relaxing place and great for wedding photography.
The Universal Studios are located at the Sentosa island. I have not shot couple portraits here, but they got seven themed zones loosely based on some best selling movies. I imagine this would be rather crowded place to shoot.
I’ve seen a number of people that have had their pre-wedding pictures taken at the Changi airport. I’m not sure what is the official policy for shooting inside the airport, maybe it is okay if you are not with a huge set of lighting stands and other gear.
Punggol is towards the northeast side of Singapore. The beach area is lovely and offers a wide variety of locations to shoot. Also you get a bit of the breeze from the sea, so its relatively comfortable even on a hot day.
Fort Canning Hill
Fort Canning is a small hill right in the middle of Singapore. It is very well kept area and has a few smaller specialized gardens and sights inside. At nighttime you get nice views around the central (Clarke Quay, MBS etc.) Singapore.