Friday, 1 November 2019

#siryweds - Qingdao Pre-Wedding Photoshoot (Part 2)

On part 1 of my Qingdao PWS post, I've already talked about my 2-days PWS with REVIVAL新生.
So why a part 2, you may wonder. Because we've had TWO PWS packages in Qingdao, making it a 3-day photoshoot in total.
How this 2nd package came about was because of my dearest relative, who had helped with settling the liaising with REVIVAL新生, decided to gift us another PWS package with a bridal studio as well, and also for us to gauge which one is better: "commercialised" bridal studio, or "more candid and natural" freelance photographer.

And so, we ended up with another package with 米蘭春天婚纱摄影 (Milan Spring) for a 1-day shoot.

Bridal studios, being more commercialised in a "mass-production" sense, will definitely be able to give us an even more competitive pricing.
So for roughly just SGD $800, we had:

1 full day of studio + outdoor shoots
5 outfits & 5 makeup + hair for bride
4 outfits + hair for groom

50 edited copies in 2 large albums + 1 mini album
5 table frames
all softcopies (226 shots) return

In comparison to 杜娟婚纱 & LOAFFER with REVIVAL新生, the selection of gowns and suits at Milan Spring were clearly more dated. not in an orbiang way, but just visibly worn out and not well maintained, and one of the suit jacket that the staff picked out for the hubs even had a huge tear at the inner sleeve.
And the coordinator told me, "The gowns look old but don't worry. We can post edit the photos and they'll look brand new."
Erm.... okay?

It was with Milan Spring when I finally came to realise how huge and commercialised this bridal shoot thing is in China. Early in the morning, we were whisk away to their 基地 (base) located at one of their local shopping plaza and was totally stunned at how this base operates. Turns out, this "base" is actually a huge collection of lavishly done up backdrops (two storeys of them!)  for indoor studio bridal shoots that's "shared" among all the bridal studios in the market, paying an hourly rate to the base. This also means that you may have to wait for the other couples to be done with their shoots before you can take yours, if you happen to want that particular backdrop that's in use.
There's many different such bases located all over Qingdao and the bridal studios will usually change the bases frequently.
Also located at the base is a HUGE make up and changing room (there's even a few "VIP" rooms)  that has rows of vanity tables and chairs for all the couples to do their hair and make up and change in and out of their outfits.
And since the base is located in a shopping plaza, it seems to be the standard process to finish up the indoor shoots by lunch, head down to the food court for lunch (in your gowns too, it doesn't matter because there'll at least be 10 other brides littered across the sitting area), before returning to the base to change into your next outfit and heading out for outdoor shoots.

Anyway, here's some of my favourite shots for each of the 5 outfits I've worn.




Unlike my other red Kua from 杜娟婚纱 that is a combination of both 褂 and 秀禾服, the one I've chosen at Milan Spring is a typical 秀禾服 (double layered sleeve and side collar) and I also loved it because a yellow/gold one is so unique!





The cream-white gown was also used mainly for indoor shoot at the base, and we just went out of the plaza (literally just out the door) to snap a few shots of the church. 








The black gown was used for outdoor shoot at the street just outside the shopping plaza and this has to be my favourite outfit out of the 5, and I like how the overall look feels super chic & trendy just by adding on a simple white baseball cap. 





I didn't really like this bubble-sleeved white gown because of ... well, the bubble-sleeves. But the bridal studio coordinator highly recommend that I choose it, saying that it'll look great in the beach/sea shoot, and I guess I should be glad I took her advice. 


Another gown which I didn't feel an exceptional liking to, but highly recommended by the coordinator. And I have to say it also turned out pretty well!

Till then,
Mia Foo

Thursday, 31 October 2019

#siryweds - Qingdao Pre-Wedding Photoshoot (Part 1)

On 12th October 2019, finally, #siryweds
And also with me being on medical leave for the rest of the week due to a dental surgery, I decided, why not do a series of #siryweds posts? I know this sounds really ambitious, judging that I took nearly 1 year to finish my 10 days New Zealand road trip travelogue, but nevertheless it's still a memorable event, a milestone in my life, that I wish to document in words; albeit just briefly
So, just bear with me yeah?

And to all the brides-to-be reading this series of posts, hopefully this can give you a teeny weeny bit of help with your wedding preparations. :)

First up, let's touch on our PWS. 

The reason why I wanted to do an overseas PWS is simple. 
I WANTED TO AVOID THE HEAT IN SINGAPORE, and of course having pretty things you can't find in Singapore (like Cherry Blossoms) in my photographs will be awesome as well, but the main reason was to avoid the heat. 
Dragging a heavy bridal gown, with my face slathered in thick bridal make up, my hair so stiff with tons of hairspray and heavy with dangling accessories.... UNDER THE SCORCHING SUN?
No! No, no no. NO WAY. 

And so, through a close relative who happens to be working in Qingdao, we settled on a 2-days shoot package with REVIVAL新生.
Now, the thing with buying things (even PWS packages, yes) in China is that everything is very flexible, and so with my relative's amazing haggling skills, here's what we've got for just barely SGD $1300

Day 1
half day studio shoot + half day outdoor shoots 
4 Outfits & Makeup + Hair for Bride
3 Outfits + Hair for Groom

Day 2 
(YES, we had TWO days of photoshoot!)
full day outdoor shoot
couple's own casual wear
(but in the end the photographer though my outfits were way too casual and so he lent me a little white gown instead) 

40 edited shots with 2 albums
4 table frames
a 2.5 minutes photo slideshow
all softcopies (a friggin 640 shots) return 

And if you're still thinking, huh China ah? Their gowns and suits must be damn outdated and orbiang lor. But nope, I have to say that this bridal shoot industry in China is ridiculously big, and actually they've much prettier and atas (classy) looking gowns as compared to the local studio I've engaged for my Actual Day package (which I will touch on in a separate post). 

REVIVAL新生 is actually a photographer working at his own one-man-show photography studio, unlike a typical bridal studio that has their own team of photographers, make up artists and collection of gowns and suits. So he actually works with 杜娟婚纱 for my gowns, LOAFFER for the groom's suits and Star-Makeup for my make up and hair. 

REVIVAL新生 photography style is a more candid, natural feel. So while we had it easier with just standing and posing in the more formal studio shoot, we were dog-tired at the end of the day after the outdoor shoot, having to be constantly walking back and forth, running, jumping around etc. 

And so, here are some of my favourite shots from each of the 4 outfits. :) 


This mauvey, champagne gown was my mum's favourite and the bridal studio's staff also told her that it's one of their more expensive (and latest) collection, having only recently flown in from France. And of course because it's the more expensive range, it's better off staying in a safer environment of an indoor studio shoot. 








It came across to me that most Asian brides do not appreciate such simple satin gowns, but I LOVE IT! I love how it's so simple, yet classy and elegant. If only it weren't so heavy (satin gowns are damn heavy can!). Most of the time the entire gown was nearly slipping off my body as I walk, probably also because the bodice (waist) portion of the gown wasn't tight enough.





REVIVAL新生 wasn't very familiar with taking oriental style PWS, but I really wanted to wear a red 裙褂 (Kua). And I love how this piece is a mix of 龍鳳褂 (top) and 秀禾服 (bottom), which makes it a super pretty set! :) 
For BTBs who can't differentiate between the two, here's a detailed explanation to set you in the right direction. 





And this is my final gown worn for Day 1 of our photoshoot, which is also super pretty looking, ending our tiring day at Huang Dao (Golden Beach). 

And for Day 2, it was half a day of casual shoot at Lao Shan! 




I know we look very happy playing with water in the river but you know what, it was just 11 degrees Celsius and that water was icy cold. 
Not fun, people. NOT FUN AT ALL. 






So while getting a PWS package in China might be ridiculously affordable with amazing quality, do note that they will require you to pay a deposit upon confirmation, only via alipay or wechat pay, which requires you to have a China bank account in order to perform cash transfer transactions. 

Feel free to drop me a comment, email or DM me on my instagram if you wish to know more details. 

Read about my other PWS shoot with Milan Spring HERE

Till then,
Mia Foo
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