📸 Skai Chan Photography

Interior Photographer in Singapore

interior photographer in Singapore

Sample Interior Photo Galleries

I've grouped my interior photography portfolios into various galleries for you to have a basic glance at what you'll receive for working with me.

Residential - Full

hdb 5-room interior photoshoot hdb interior photoshoot

The whole apartment is covered.
View full albums

Residential - Partial

condominium interior photoshoot condominium interior photoshoot

Some clients, especially interior designers, only want a few highlights of the apartments to be taken.
View the full albums

Residential - Styled

hdb interior photoshoot condominium interior photoshoot

Styled by visual merchandisers - a solid few works in each album.
View the full albums

Resorts and Hotels

hotel interior photoshoot resort interior photoshoot

View the full albums

Showrooms

id showroom interior photoshoot id showroom interior photoshoot

The showrooms of interior design (ID) companies.
View the full albums

Commercial

pub interior photoshoot bar interior photoshoot

Commercial properties such as pubs, bars, and restaurants.
View the full albums

What are Interior, Home, Real Estate, House, & Property Photographers?

An interior photographer in Singapore specialises in taking photographs of interior spaces such as homes, buildings, and commercial spaces. This includes the design, layout and features of the interior spaces, which will be done in an aesthetically pleasing and appealing manner.

A home photographer in Singapore focuses specifically on capturing photographs of residential homes, such as HDB, condominiums and landed properties. The goal is to showcase the unique design, decor, and features of the home to potential buyers, tenants, or just for personal keepsakes. They will create visually appealing images that highlight the best aspects of the home.

A real estate photographer in Singapore specialises in capturing photographs of real estate properties, which may include both interior and exterior spaces, depending on the needs of the clients. The goal is to showcase the property in the best possible light to attract potential clients, for sales or rent purposes. The focus should be on capturing images that accurately represent the property.

A house photographer in Singapore is another term for a home photographer or an interior photographer. The focus is on capturing photographs of residential homes to best represent the homes. These photographs may be used for personal keepsakes or to attract potential buyers or tenants.

A property photographer in Singapore is a professional photographer who specialises in taking photographs of all types of properties. They include homes, buildings and commercial spaces. Their job is to showcase the properties to potential buyers and tenants in an aesthetically pleasing and appealing manner. The focus is usually on producing images that can represent the properties accurately and also highlight their best aspects.

Note: This article will mostly use the term "interior photographer" to refer to the services offered. The other terms, home photographer, real estate photographer, house photographer, and property photographer are closely related and may also be used interchangeably.

Why are Interior Photographers Important in Singapore?

Interior photographers in Singapore help to create high-quality interior pictures of local homes, buildings, and commercial spaces. Good-quality interior pictures will make a big impact on businesses. They are useful in real estate portals, interior design portfolios, hotel and resort rooms and food and beverage outlets.

In the real estate industry, high-quality interior images can help attract potential buyers or tenants by presenting properties in the best possible light. Interior photography is also useful for homeowners who want to keep a memory of their house. A well-presented home with unique design, decor, and features can fetch a higher price in the real estate market, and interior photography is a key aspect in achieving this.

Interior photographers also play an important role in the commercial sector. High-quality interior images are crucial for hotels and resorts to showcase their rooms, lobbies, and common areas to potential guests. They can also be used by interior designers to showcase their portfolios and by furniture shops to show potential customers pictures of their showrooms and products. For food and beverage outlets, interior photographs can be used to create a visual representation of their space and showcase their offerings.

Should I Hire a Professional Interior Photographer?

Yes, hiring a professional interior photographer in Singapore is a smart choice for several reasons. A professional interior photographer has the experience, equipment, and attention to detail to produce high-quality images that showcase interior spaces in the best possible light. Here's a closer look at the advantages of hiring a professional interior photographer:

  1. Experience and Expertise: Professional interior photographers have years of experience and expertise in capturing interior spaces. They understand how to use lighting and angles to create visually appealing images that accurately represent the space. They also have the knowledge and skills to handle complex lighting situations and produce high-quality images that are visually appealing.
  2. Attention to detail: Professional interior photographers pay close attention to detail and ensure that every aspect of the interior space is captured in the images. They take the time to adjust lighting, angles, and composition to create images that are visually appealing and accurately represent the space.
  3. Use of Professional Equipment: Professional interior photographers use professional equipment, including high-end cameras and lighting equipment, to produce the best possible images. This equipment is specifically designed to capture high-quality images and produces results that are far superior to what can be achieved with a standard camera.
  4. Time-saving: Hiring a professional interior photographer can save you time and effort. Professional interior photographers are equipped to handle the entire process, from setup to post-production, and can produce images that are ready to use promptly. This eliminates the need for you to spend time and effort capturing images yourself or hiring additional photographers to handle post-production.
  5. Increased Value: High-quality interior images can increase the value of homes, houses, and businesses in the market. Professional-looking images are more appealing to potential buyers, tenants, or customers and can help to showcase properties and businesses in the best possible light. This can lead to increased sales or higher rental rates, as well as increased customer interest and engagement.
  6. Personal Keepsake: For homeowners, hiring a professional interior photographer can provide a personal keepsake of their home. The high-quality images produced can serve as a lasting reminder of the home and the memories made within its walls.

Rates & Packages for Interior Photography

These photography rates are quoted based on the effort I would be spending on individual interior photography projects. For example, I would need to spend more effort and time on high-end photography, and thus the rates are higher. I'm delighted to take up any interior project, regardless of the price, as long as I'm being properly compensated; it helps me to continue with my photography.

I just want to focus on my photography; not all money can be earned. Would appreciate it if you can refrain from requesting the add-ons.

Professional

Studio, 2 bedrooms (Up to 1.5 hrs): $250
3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms (Up to 2 hrs): $300
Jumbo, Maisonette flat (Up to 2.5 hrs): $350
Others: From $250

  • The photographer shoots as it is, without styling and cleaning up the location
  • The photographer decides what to capture, with advice from client
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

Deliveries
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selected by Photographer

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Appending of provided watermark, logo or text on photos: +$50 (designing not inclusive)
  • Include the exterior of the apartment and /or amenities: +$50 to +$150
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$100 (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$100

High-End

By Projects / Hours:
Studio, 2 bedrooms (Up to 2 hrs): $300
3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms (Up to 3 hrs): $390
Jumbo, Maisonette flat (Up to 3.5 hrs): $460
Others: From $250

By Number of Photos:
Up to 4 photos: $250
Additional photos(s) thereafter: $60/photo

  • The photographer decides what to capture, with advice from client
  • The photographer shoots as it is, without styling and cleaning up the location
  • Use of camera tripod whenever necessary
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

Deliveries
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selected by Photographer

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Appending of provided watermark, logo or text on photos: +$50 (designing not inclusive)
  • Include the exterior of the apartment and /or amenities: +$50 to +$150
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$100 (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$100


Interior designers and real estate agents may contact me to discuss for packages for a set of at least 10 projects.

NOTE



All booked duration

Includes changing of equipment, wardrobe, makeup, hairstyle, and travelling (if applicable) during the shoot.
📰

Please read

(1) Checklist for hiring a photographer, (2) FAQ and (3) Service Agreement before making enquiries.
💡

Ideas and advice

Will only be given to serious clients after a booking fee is being placed.

Contact me now for a customised package tailored to your personal needs.

High-End VS Professional Interior Photography

All interior photographers have different shooting styles, including the choices of equipment. I've classified my interior photography into two types - professional and high-end. Since every photographer may use different terms, do go through mine below to find out more.

Professional Interior Photography

professional interior photography
Professional interior photography done using handheld DSLR. As seen above, the high-quality image is good enough for web viewing purposes, even on a normal desktop monitor.

professional interior photography
Zoomed in view. Please view on a large screen to see the grain/ noise level. They are usually neglectable even on normal desktop monitors. However, do take note that it may not be ideal for large print due to the grain/ noise.

Professional interior photography is for people who require professional high-quality images (that may have noises/ grains) but don't need to do large printing - it's mainly for web viewings, such as social media and websites. As long as the pictures aren't used for large prints (posters/ magazines), they will look clean enough, including on desktop monitors.

The photoshoot will be done with a full-frame DSLR camera and lenses, handheld (no tripod). Without having to adjust the tripod for every shot, the pace of the shoot will be much faster. Since the duration is being reduced, we can also afford to work on more creative angles and focuses.

The greatest advantage is that since less effort is required for professional interior photography, the rates are lower than for high-end interior photography. The lower earnings don't affect me as long as my effort spent is compensated so that I can continue with my photography journey.

View professional interior photography rates

High-End Interior Photography

high-end interior photography
High-end interior photography done using DSLR on tripod. The extremely high-quality picture is good enough for prints. It's also possible to be executed during low-light situations.

This is suitable for professionals who wish to use high quality (sharper and cleaner) images for printing, marketing or better branding their companies to attract more clients with higher spending power.

The photoshoot will be done with the aid of a camera tripod and it has to be adjusted precisely for every shot to capture the composition properly. It includes adjustment of height and angle of the ball head. Therefore, more time and effort would be needed for each shot.

Another advantage of high-end interior photography is that exposure bracketing can be used to cover more of the dynamic range. This means that the extremely bright and dark areas can be even out better during post-production. However, this technique requires a longer time for both the actual photoshoot and post-production.

View high-end interior photography rates

Different kinds of charging methods

These are the common ways interior photographers would charge their clients.

  1. Per photo
    Charging by the number of photographs can ensure that the photographer can give his best with peace of mind, without being pressurized to complete the project fast. This is usually for clients who wish to get top-quality photographs.
  2. Per hour
    This is straightforward and suitable for projects that are not common, such that the photographer isn't able to estimate the amount of time required. This is to ensure fairness to both the photographer and the client.
  3. Per project
    The photographer can quote a price based on the estimated number of hours required. This is a more clear-cut method although the estimation may not be accurate since every project is different.

Recommendation for Individuals

Home Owners

Housing in Singapore is expensive and thus the house is the most expensive thing that most people would have purchased in their lives. To add on, renovation can cost a lot. Therefore, it's good for individual homeowners to do interior photography for their beloved houses, which they would be living in for a long period of their lives. We've to accept the reality that there will be "wear and tear" over time, and many owners may not be able to maintain cleanliness over time.

Apart from keeping memory, some homeowners also want the pictures taken so that they can put up their houses for sale in future. With the interior pictures taken at the top condition of the house, it reduces problems in future when the owners decide to do the interior photography.

I would recommend homeowners to take up my professional interior photography packages due to their affordability and versatility. Unlike high-end photography, which is more for formal presentation, my professional photography would allow me to capture interior pictures from more interesting angles and focuses.

Real Estate Agents

Real estate agents require good interior pictures of the properties to showcase the properties to potential buyers and tenants. In this era, it's important to utilize the internet, which can be cost-effective by allowing potential clients to have a rough feel of the properties. Interior pictures eliminate wastage of time by narrowing down the number of actual viewing to cater to clients who are much more interested in the properties.

I would recommend real estate agents to take up my professional interior/ real estate photography packages due to their affordability since real estate agents may have many properties on hand - the bills will pile up. My professional interior/ real estate photography is good for producing professional-looking pictures that can impress the general public.

Interior Designers (IDs)

All interior designers (IDs) should keep a good portfolio of their design work to showcase to potential clients, especially on social media. This is a good investment that will benefit their interior design companies in the long run.

I would recommend interior design companies with good budgets to take up my high-end interior photography packages. The image quality would create stronger branding to attract clients with higher budgets. The images are suitable for large prints, in case they are required to be printed out in magazines.

For interior design companies that wish to cut down on expenses, it's good to consider my professional photography packages instead, especially if the images are to be used only for social media and websites. They will look good on the desktop monitor screen (not just on a mobile phone!).

While the usual clients are nice people, there're exceptions sometimes. My advice for interior designers is to be selective with interior photoshoot projects and to work only with nice clients who are easier to communicate with.

Business Owners (Hotel, Restaurant... etc)

It's important to showcase their amenities online to their potential customers and good quality photos will reflect well on their business - branding.

I would recommend business owners take up my high-end interior photography packages. In situations where a huge amount of area has to be covered, professional interior photography packages can be considered as well.

Furniture Companies

A good way to present the furniture is to do an interior photoshoot that focuses on the piece of furniture while incorporating the interior design to complete the picture. The furniture company can arrange for an interior photoshoot at the clients' houses.

I would recommend business owners take up my high-end interior photography packages, including hiring a visual merchandiser to style up the setting to create the mood. It may cost more overall but definitely worth it in the long run.

Important Things You Should Take Note of

  1. Dark interior will affect the interior photoshoot
    If the ceiling and walls are of dark colour, it may greatly affect the interior photoshoot. In many such cases, high-end interior photography may be required. Therefore, do discuss with the interior photographer and let him know of the situation so that he can give you proper advice.
  2. Interior design and furniture matter the most
    No matter how good the interior photographer is, there's a limit to what he can do. The interior design and furniture will greatly affect the final products. It takes two hands to clap.
  3. Duration needed for a shoot is not easily determined
    Since the situation for every venue is different, most professional photographers will not be able to determine them as well. Therefore, do give more detail so that the interior photographer can quote you better.
  4. Tripod slows the photoshoot down a lot; quality matters
    If you want to get very sharp and less noisy photographs for large print, you will definitely need a tripod. However, using a tripod with a slow shutter speed would greatly require much more time. This is why high-end photography will cost more.
  5. Timing of shoot is important as well
    Unless the place does not have windows, the timing of the shoot is very crucial to determine the quality of the photographs.
  6. Not all areas will appear nice
    Some areas may look nice but may not appear nice in photographs or have very limited good angles.

Skai the Interior Photographer

As a professional interior photographer in Singapore, I am dedicated to capturing the essence of all properties and presenting them in a visually stunning manner. With years of experience in the field, I have honed my skills and techniques to produce high-quality images that showcase properties in the best possible way. I have worked with a wide range of clients, including interior designers, real estate agents, and private individuals, and I am committed to delivering exceptional results every time.

In addition to my expertise in interior photography, I also have a passion for portrait photography. At the end of the interior photoshoot, I can offer a portrait session for you and your family, allowing you to cherish the memories of your beautiful interior for years to come.

I understand the importance of capturing the details of all types of properties and I always try to understand my client's needs and preferences. Whether you're looking to sell your home or simply want to preserve the memories of your special place, I'm here to work with you.

Why Skai Loves Doing Interior Photoshoot

I love doing interior photoshoots because it allows me to document the beauty and unique qualities of different homes. Growing up, I lived in a messy house and as a result, I have always enjoyed visiting other people's houses. I love seeing how people decorate and design their homes and the way they make them their own.

One of the things I appreciate about interior photography is the opportunity to interact with homeowners. I enjoy learning about the positive and negative aspects of their homes, both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. This helps me to understand different design choices and to gain inspiration for my own home.

Another reason why I love doing interior photoshoots is that it allows me to document nice things. I find it satisfying to capture the beauty of a well-designed space and to be able to share that beauty with others through my photographs.

To conclude, interior photography is a passion of mine because it allows me to combine my love of design and documenting nice things in a creative and meaningful way.

Skai's Experience in Doing Interior Photoshoots

As a professional interior photographer in Singapore, I have had rich and diverse experience in capturing the beauty of various residential and commercial properties. Through the years, I have had the privilege of working with a wide range of clients, including interior designers and real estate agents, and have been consistently impressed by the warm hospitality of the homeowners I have encountered.

One of the highlights of my job is the opportunity to spend time with homeowners, exchanging ideas and building meaningful relationships with them. On many occasions, I have stayed for an hour or so after the photoshoot to chat with the homeowners, and I am grateful for their warm and welcoming nature. This has allowed me to create long-lasting friendships and I am always humbled by their kindness and generosity.

Another reason why I have had such a positive experience is that the interior designers I have worked with usually choose homeowners with great character and personalities. This has allowed me to work in a relaxed and comfortable environment, which has greatly contributed to the success of the photoshoots and the quality of the images I produce.

One of the longest times I have spent on a high-end interior photoshoot is 4.5 hours, working on just a studio apartment with a mini garden. Another landed property high-end interior photoshoot took me two days for 10 photographs. Many clients are amazed by the actual effort and amount of time spent, and I'm glad that they eventually understand the difficulties after witnessing me working on the ground and seeing the results.

When I was searching for my own HDB resale flat, I went through online property listing portals daily for months. Trying to figure out the exact designs and layouts through the uploaded pictures of most of the property listings gave me pain. This experience helped me to get a much clearer picture of what users need to understand the interior of the property. It also further unleashed the drive in me to take more high-quality interior photos.

Skai's Goals for Every Interior Project

My goals for every interior photoshoot project are as follows:

  1. Showcase the Space: Showcasing the space in the best possible light is important for making it appealing and inviting to potential customers, clients, or viewers. I use lighting and composition techniques to highlight the unique features and details of the space and make it look as attractive as possible. I also consider the intended purpose of the images, whether it's for real estate, an interior designer's portfolio, or to showcase a showroom, and tailor my approach to meet the specific needs and goals of each project.
  2. Accurately Represent the Space: As an interior photographer, I always try to accurately capture the size, layout and details of the space being photographed. This includes capturing the architecture and design elements, as well as the colour palette and lighting in the room. I make sure to take a thorough tour of the space before the photoshoot to identify the best angles and perspectives to capture the space in a way that accurately represents it.
  3. High-Quality Images: High-quality images are key to making a lasting impression on the target audience. I use professional photography equipment to create sharp and well-exposed images. Next, I employ post-production techniques, such as colour and brightness correction, to produce images that are visually appealing and accurately represent the space.
  4. Time-Efficiency: Time is a valuable commodity, especially in the world of photography. I prioritize being efficient with my time and work to produce images promptly. This helps me to meet deadlines and ensures that the images are ready for use when they are needed. I also make sure to properly plan and prepare for each photoshoot to minimize the amount of time required on-site.
  5. Customer Satisfaction: My ultimate goal is to exceed my customers' expectations and provide them with high-quality images that accurately represent the interior space. I aim to make the customer happy with the final product and ensure that they are satisfied with the results of my work. I communicate openly with my customers throughout the photoshoot process, keeping them informed of the progress and making sure that their needs and preferences are being met.
  6. Personal Growth: I believe that continuous growth and development as a photographer are key to success. I set personal goals for growth and development, including improving my skills and techniques, experimenting with new and innovative approaches to interior photography, and keeping up with the latest industry trends. This focus on personal growth allows me to bring fresh and innovative perspectives to each project, helping me to produce results that exceed my customers' expectations and establish a reputation as a top-notch interior photographer.

As a professional interior photographer based in Singapore, my goal for every interior photography project is to support the success of my clients, such as interior designers and real estate agents. I understand that their success translates to greater opportunities for me to secure more projects and grow my photography business.

To achieve this, I aim to deliver high-quality interior photographs that effectively capture the attention and interest of potential clients, and contribute to the success of my client's businesses.

I also understand the importance of sustainability, both for my clients and my photography services. I offer competitive rates for the quality of my work and effort, recognizing that good-quality photography may come at a higher cost. However, I believe in the value of investing in professional photography for attracting high-budget clients and driving success.

In the same vein, I encourage my clients to plan their budgets accordingly, striking a balance between delivering top-notch interior photography and maintaining financial sustainability.

Advantages of working with Skai for Your Interior Photoshoot

When you work with me as a professional interior photographer in Singapore, you can expect several advantages.

  1. High-quality photographs: First and foremost, I pride myself on producing high-quality photographs that showcase your property in the best possible way. I will work closely with you to understand your needs and preferences, and I will use my skills and experience to produce photographs that will make your property stand out from the competition.
  2. Sociable: I usually try to chit-chat with the homeowners to understand more about the uniqueness of the interior design, which helps me to capture useful pictures. This is super helpful for interior designers who don't accompany me to the interior photoshoots. That's to say I usually can build a good rapport with the homeowners.
  3. Pet-friendly: Another advantage of working with me is that I am pet-friendly. I understand that your pets are a part of your family and should be included in your interior photoshoot. I will make sure to capture the special bond between you and your furry friends in the photographs.
  4. Creativity: I also have a strong sense of creativity, I am always looking for new and innovative ways to approach a photoshoot and to capture the beauty of space in an original and eye-catching way.
  5. Home portrait: Additionally, I can provide a quick home portrait photoshoot at the end of the interior photoshoot if required. This can be a great way to personalize your listing and give potential buyers a sense of the lifestyle they can expect if they purchase your property.

Home Portrait Photoshoot for You and Your Family

home portrait in singapore

As a portrait photographer, I am skilled at capturing candid moments and emotions, and I can use this expertise to create a beautiful home portrait for you and your family at the end of the home photoshoot. This will give you a lasting memory of your home and family that you can treasure for years to come.

Skai's Interior Photography Shooting Style

As a professional interior photographer, my shooting style aims to bring out the best in each interior space. Here are some of the key elements that define my approach:

  1. Lighting: My approach to lighting prioritizes maintaining the natural ambience and mood of a space. I understand that lighting plays a crucial role in how a space is perceived, and that's why I make use of a combination of both sunlight and the existing lighting fixtures in the house. This way, I can achieve the perfect balance of lighting that highlights the design and features of the space, while still preserving its original mood.

    However, when the sunlight is too strong or has a different colour temperature compared to the fixtures, I am faced with a decision on how to handle the situation. In these cases, I have a few techniques up my sleeve, such as blocking the sunlight with curtains, adjusting the settings on my camera, or using diffusers to soften the light. With my expertise and attention to detail, I am confident in my ability to capture each space in the most flattering light possible.
  2. Tweaking to Perfection: As a perfectionist, I approach each photoshoot intending to capture each space in the best light possible. I believe that every detail matters, and I take the time to make adjustments after every shot, whether it's tweaking the angle of a lamp, rearranging furniture, or adjusting the lighting. I understand that the smallest changes can make a big impact, and I make sure that each shot showcases the attention to detail that has gone into each space.
  3. Diversity of Shots: I believe that capturing every aspect of space is crucial in showcasing its beauty and features. That's why I am a hardworking photographer who goes above and beyond to capture every angle of a room. Whether it's capturing the intricate details of a ceiling, showcasing the spaciousness of a living room, or highlighting the unique design elements of a space, I put in the extra effort to ensure that each shot showcases the space in its best light.
  4. Creative Photos: In addition to being hardworking, I am also known for my creative approach to shooting. I believe in thinking outside the box and finding unique perspectives to capture the spaces I photograph. Whether it's shooting through a reflection in a mirror, finding a new angle to showcase a piece of furniture, or exploring different lighting techniques, I am always pushing the boundaries to create truly captivating images that stand out from the rest.

Memorable Interior Photoshoot Experiences

I'm blessed to have met many nice people while working on interior photography projects. Although every client and project is unique and does bring great memory to me, there are some projects that I miss greatly.

  1. The trust from Framing Angie
    interior shoot for framing angie

    The famous frame designer, Angie Mui, contacted me and proposed a paid meet-up for discussion. She was approached by the magazine ExpatLiving to be featured on the front page. Since Angie wanted to have full control of the photographs (portrait and interior), she hired me instead of using the magazine's in-house photography team.

    The number of pages on my website was already gigantic at that time. She suddenly informed me that I had used one word wrongly for the write-up on one of my earliest photoshoots. I was stunned by her kind gesture and was amazed at how she had spent so much time reading through my lengthy write-ups.

    Since her house was huge, we decided on the payment based on the total duration of my work. She trusted me that I would utilize the time I would spend at her place. On the second day that I went over to continue with the interior photoshoot, her maids received me instead. She didn't monitor me.

    Unfortunately, for the main portrait, the magazine later claimed that the background (decided by Angie) was too dim and thus she eventually used their free in-house photography services for the magazine cover photo. Angie invited me over to her house for parties/ gatherings at various times.
  2. Styled interior photoshoots with BoConcept
    interior shoot for BoConcept

    I enjoy doing professional work so that I can produce artwork that can "wow" everyone. One rare opportunity was working with Chloe Chee (staff in charge) and Cheryl Koh (interior design and visual merchandiser) from BoConcept Singapore.

    For every photoshoot, the ladies would bring big bags of decoration items along, including vases, books, utensils... etc. The company had to hire a van cum deliveryman for it. Then, they would style up the place, including rearranging and replacing the owners' items, temporarily. I would then do the interior photoshoot and a portrait photoshoot for the homeowner(s). After everything was done, the ladies had to put the items back in their original spots. Every project lasted many hours and I was glad that the results were great.

    Unfortunately, Chloe had since left the company and I lost this opportunity to work with a wonderful team on projects that are of a larger scale than the usual ones.

Testimonials: What People Say about Skai

"Punctual & professional photographer. He also made my clients at ease while he moved around taking his shots. Overall the photos turn out good." - Edwin Kwan (Interior Designer)

As a professional interior photographer in Singapore, I highly encourage my potential clients to read through the testimonials from my past clients. This is a great way for you to get a better understanding of my skills and approach to interior photography, as well as my dedication to providing top-notch services. Through these testimonials, you'll be able to see the level of satisfaction my clients have experienced and the positive impact my photographs have had on their businesses and homes. I believe that my past clients' experiences will speak volumes about my expertise and professionalism as an interior photographer.

Professional Interior Photography

Interior photographers are an essential part of the real estate industry and hiring a professional interior photographer can help you to sell your property faster and for a higher price.

As a professional interior photographer, I bring a wealth of experience and expertise in capturing the best angles, lighting and overall aesthetic of a space to showcase your property in its best light. Furthermore, I also assist interior designers in building their portfolios and showcasing their work to potential clients.

Additionally, I have experience in doing portrait photography as well, thus if you are interested, I can do a home portrait for you and your family at the end of the interior photoshoot.

Thank you for considering me as your interior photographer.

How to Prepare for the Actual Interior Photoshoot

As a professional interior photographer, I would like to offer a few tips and tricks for preparing your home for an interior photoshoot. By following these suggestions, you can ensure that your home looks its best in the final photographs and that we have a smooth and efficient interior photoshoot experience.

  1. Declutter and depersonalise: This is the first step in preparing your home for an interior photoshoot. Make sure to remove any unnecessary items, knick-knacks, and personal items such as family photos (depending on the goal of the shoot), which can distract from the overall aesthetic of the space. This will help to create a clean, simple and uncluttered look that will show off your home’s best features.
  2. Keep unwanted stuff in the storeroom: Shifting items during an interior photoshoot usually takes up a huge amount of time. For example, when we need to take the kitchen, most of the kitchenware may need to be shifted into one of the bedrooms. Thus, it's best if you can hide most of the items somewhere that won't appear inside the pictures.
  3. Clean and organize: A clean and organized home is essential for a successful interior photoshoot. Take the time to dust, wipe down surfaces, and tidy up any areas that may be photographed. This will help to create a bright and inviting space that is free from any distractions.
  4. Lighting: Lighting is a crucial aspect of interior photography. Make sure to open all curtains and blinds, and turn on all lights in the room. This will help to create a bright and inviting space that will look fantastic in the final photographs.
  5. Staging: Staging is the process of arranging furniture and decor in a room to create a visually pleasing composition. This is a great way to highlight the best features of your home and create a cohesive look in the final photographs. Take the time to rearrange furniture, switch out any decor items, and create a warm and inviting atmosphere in each room.
  6. Be patient: An interior photoshoot is a time-consuming process and it is important to be patient and allocate enough time for the shoot. The photographer will need to make various fine-tunings during the shoot to improve the images, so it’s important to be prepared for a longer process.
  7. Highlight important areas: Before the interior photoshoot begins, take the time to walk through your home and highlight any important areas or features that you would like to be captured in the final photographs. This will help me as the photographer to ensure that I don't miss anything important and can create a final product that meets your expectations.

By following these tips, you will be well on your way to having a beautiful and successful interior photoshoot. I will appreciate the effort you put into preparing your home and the results will show in the final photographs.

Challenges of Doing an Interior Photoshoot

An interior photoshoot can be challenging, especially if the property is not well-maintained or cluttered. It can be difficult to achieve the desired lighting and composition in certain spaces, such as small or dark rooms. The use of a wide-angle lens in a small room can cause distorted images, which can be difficult to fix during post-processing.

Scheduling an interior photoshoot can also be a challenge, especially if the property is occupied. It's not ideal to do a photoshoot if there's no curtain when the sun is strong, as it can cause harsh shadows and overexposure. The colours of natural light and lamps can also vary between cool and warm tones, making it difficult to achieve consistency in the final images.

Another challenge that can arise during an interior photoshoot is the amount of time spent on shifting items from one part of the house to another. This can be a time-consuming task, but it's necessary to ensure that the final images showcase the property in the best possible way. Clients should be prepared to allocate more time for the shoot, as it may take longer than expected to achieve the desired results.

Why are Interior Photoshoots so Time-Consuming?

Doing an interior photoshoot in Singapore is a very time-consuming process.

One of the main challenges is that the photographer may need to spend a lot of time finding the right angles and compositions to showcase the property in the best possible way. This can involve moving furniture and other items around the house, which takes up a lot of time.

Another challenge is that the photographer may need to spend a lot of time adjusting the lighting and colour balance to ensure that the final images look as natural and true to life as possible. This can be difficult, especially if there are different colour tones of lamps in the house or they crash with the colour of the sunlight. The photographer may need to find out about the hidden lights so that the essence of the design won't be missed out during the shoot.

Lastly, homeowners may shift the items around the house during the shoot. This can also take up a lot of time for the photographer as they will have to rearrange the items again to get the best shot. It's important for homeowners to have a clear idea of what they want before the shoot and to be patient throughout the process.

As a professional interior photographer, I usually try to shoot from different angles to make sure I can get the best angle given every location. I may also remove or add items after taking a photo, to improve the photo. This certainly takes up a lot of time, but the results can be very rewarding. Another unique thing I do is that I will try to chat with the homeowners to uncover some special essence of the interior design, and I will try to include them in the album.

In summary, doing an interior photoshoot in Singapore can be a time-consuming process due to the need for careful planning and adjusting of lighting, colour balance and composition, as well as the potential for shifting items within the property.

How Do Some Photographers Manage to Complete an Interior Photoshoot within a Short Time?

  1. Rushed photoshoot process: Interior photographers who can complete a photoshoot within a short amount of time, such as half an hour, typically do so by rushing the process. This means that they do not spend much time adjusting the lighting and colour balance, choosing the best angles, or rearranging items within the home to create a more visually appealing image.
  2. Strict presentation: These photographers often shoot the house strictly as it is presented to them, without waiting for the homeowners to move items around or adjusting minor items themselves that could improve the final image. They are confident in the best angle for each part of the house and do not take the time to try multiple angles to achieve different views.
  3. Ease of a newly renovated home: Photographers may also find it easier and faster to complete an interior photoshoot if the house is newly renovated and the homeowners have not yet moved in. This is because the home is already in its best condition, with everything in its place, making it easier for the photographer to capture good-quality images in a short amount of time.
  4. Quality concerns: However, it is important to note that rushing the photoshoot process may result in lower-quality images. This is because the photographer does not have the time to properly adjust the lighting, and colour balance, or choose the best angles to create the best possible images. Additionally, a rushed photoshoot may result in a limited number of images, with only a few taken from each room, which may not provide a comprehensive overview of the home.

This type of interior photographer usually takes up a huge number of projects from an interior design company, real estate agent or property listing portal within a single day, so that he can charge a low interior photography rate but still be able to make a good income due to the number of projects every day.

In conclusion, while it may be possible for some interior photographers to complete a photoshoot in a short amount of time, such as half an hour, it is important to consider the potential trade-off in terms of image quality and comprehensiveness. It is advisable to trust your photographer to give you the best result in terms of both quality and quantity, and to allow enough time for them to properly capture the beauty of your home.

How Many Pictures Can I Expect to Receive from My Interior Photoshoot?

A professional interior photoshoot will typically yield a varying number of pictures depending on the specific needs and requests of the client. If you only need the photographer to capture a few parts of the house, of course, there will be fewer pictures. On the other hand, if you want the interior photographer to capture some abstract pictures of certain items, such as furniture or decoration items, there will be more pictures but of course, more time is needed.

For example, a house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 1 living room, 1 dining room, and 1 kitchen, the extreme worst-case scenario will be 8 pictures. However, it is important to note that a professional interior photographer will usually try out different angles at each part of the house and there are usually a few pictures for at least the living room. A professional photographer will not give bad pictures to their clients just for the sake of increasing the picture count.

Overall, you can estimate the number of pictures, at the minimum, 1 picture for each of the 2 bathrooms (usually 2 in Singapore homes), 1 to 2 pictures for the living room, 1 to 2 pictures for the kitchen, 1 to 2 for each bedroom, 1 to 2 for the dining room. If there's a foyer, of course, will have additional pictures. Please note that if you want the interior photographer to take more pictures, of course, the duration of the shoot will be longer and you will have to pay a higher fee as well.

You should trust your photographer to give you the best result in terms of both quality and quantity. This will aim him to work well with you to understand your specific needs and requests and will strive to deliver the best possible results.

FAQ for Interior Photography

  1. Can I use my iPhone to do my own interior photography?
    Most smartphones nowadays have good cameras attached. Most cameras can capture good photographs given good natural/ ambient lighting. However, for phone cameras, the sensor size is usually small and thus they can only record a limited amount of data, unlike a full-frame DSLR. Therefore, the photographs may look good on small screens like mobile phones, but not on monitors. If you don't mind about the photo quality, you can of course use your mobile phone to do the photography.
  2. Does it worth paying "a lot" for professional interior photography services?
    If you have the budget, it's up to you whether you want to get better-quality photographs or not. From the business point of view, it depends on the leverage of your business. For example, if you or your client is renting out a property that the profit is very low, you should, of course, try to cut costs; on the other hand, if your business has high leverage that can generate high profit, it's worthwhile to consider spending extra money on the interior photography. Having good-quality photographs can help in business branding if you wish to attract clients with better budgets in the long term.

    On a side note, I do provide two types of interior photography services - professional and high-end. Professional interior photography is for projects with lower budgets that would only be used for web viewing purposes. High-end interior photography is catered for people who need even better quality photography or if the interior is very dim.
  3. Do you do videography for interior as well?
    Not at this moment. I want to concentrate on photography for now and not let videography and video editing take away my limited time for photography projects. Each photography project, regardless of the interior, portrait or event, does take up a lot of planning/ discussion and post-production work.
  4. What's the widest lens that you're using for interior photography?
    The widest I would and could currently go is 16mm. I'm not getting any wider or even fisheye lenses because of the lack of use for the usual commercial purposes, as they would produce too much distortion on the photographs. I don't want to keep a white elephant inside my dry cabinet.
  5. How does your work differ from others?
    Every photographer has different styles and we see things differently in terms of composition, angles and lighting.

    To help you visualise the differences, you can begin by using a large screen (not a mobile phone) to view my work and other photographers' as well. Unfortunately, the best way to compare work is to allow two photographers to work on the same project, which is almost impossible for interior projects. On the other hand, there was once when I did a big-scale event photoshoot with other photographers involved and my client was able to compare the photographs to understand my worth.

    For interior photography, the key element is the interior design, including the furniture. There is only so much an interior photographer can do if the interior design, to begin with, isn't fantastic. As an interior photographer, I can only do my best to improve the presentation of photographs.
  6. How much time is required for doing each interior photoshoot?
    The duration varies as every project is different. It depends a lot on the size of the property, the requirements and how well the homeowners would cooperate.

    For example, the quickest I've done for a 5-room HDB flat for an interior design company using the professional package (cheaper and quicker) is slightly over an hour. It included the kitchen, dining area and living room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. I was handholding the DSLR instead of using a tripod and thus the pace was much faster. However, I had to advise the owner to move a few accessories and then I redid the dining area after I was informed of additional lights that could be switched on.
  7. Why do you need so much time for every photoshoot?
    An experienced interior photographer may know some of the standard angles to capture each shot, but every situation is different. The arrangement, shape and size of each piece of furniture would make a difference.

    Firstly, the interior photographer would need to set up the equipment, find the best spot and move the camera to get the best angle and composition. It involves lots of thinking and also trial and error. Reflective surfaces may add more challenges. If a tripod is used (for high-end photography), it requires even more time to adjust it (the spot, height and angle). If somehow, I can find a better angle or if some minor adjustments can be made, I would gladly spend more effort to perfect my work, be it just an improvement from 80 to 90 marks.

    Those people who have worked with me and witnessed me in action have eventually understood the amount of time and effort needed to do a proper interior photoshoot.
  8. How to do a quick interior photoshoot?
    One possible way to do an interior shoot within a short timeframe is probably to (1) ignore the status (tidiness and angles of furniture) of the house and snap (2) only one photograph and (3) without using a tripod before moving on (4) without looking at the result to see how it can be done better (adjusting the angle of the lens, furniture, decoration items or just hiding an item). (5) High ISO has to be used, which will cause noise in the photographs while (6) the depth of field has to be lowered to have less sharp photographs.

    The quality of photographs will be much lower.
  9. What will happen if the interior photoshoot exceeds the booked duration?
    Under normal circumstances, the photographer will be able to finish the interior photoshoot within the timeframe if the client has (1) stated the correct property type and condition, (2) followed the preparation steps and (3) doesn't make an extra request during the photoshoot.

    If the interior photoshoot overruns, the photographer will seek advice from the client to top up the photography fee to continue with the project or end it.
  10. Do I need to be around during the photoshoot?
    I can handle it on my own if you aren't free. Homeowners may feel more comfortable with your presence (I'm a stranger) but it won't affect the quality of the photographs.

    Do remember to highlight to me the important areas to be captured before every project. Most importantly, you need to inform your clients to clean up the house properly (temporarily keep "extra" things) before my arrival. Lastly, let the homeowners be mentally prepared that I may require quite some time (depending on the project) to do my work properly. I will, of course, try to finish up the interior photoshoot as quickly as possible, so that I won't impose on them for too long.
  11. How do I get the homeowners to cooperate?
    Firstly, let them know that you will be sending the final images to them and thus it benefits them as well. It's for their memory as well as the ease for them to rent or sell the house in future. The cleanliness of the house will affect the quality of the photographs greatly. Lastly, let them know that it's a very good opportunity for them to do a spring cleaning.
  12. What if the house has too many big items?
    In scenarios where there are some big items that the homeowners can't shift to the storeroom or any spare room, there will be fewer images and the angles may be limited. Therefore, do check with the homeowners before confirming if you want to resume the photoshoot project.

    For example, I've done an interior photoshoot in an HDB maisonette where there are two halls, partially separated by stairs. The homeowners were very neat but they had some bulky kids' toys occupying the front hall. It's a far too "big project" to shift the toys due to their weight, and bulkiness and there's literally no place to temporarily store them. Therefore, I had to exclude the first hall. To avoid including the messy items, I also faced some constraints when capturing the kitchen and the second hall. Luckily, the interior designer (my client) was around to witness and understand the situation.
  13. I have a very functionally designed built-in wardrobe. Can you capture the essence of it?
    Your design may look impressive when you're demonstrating it. However, in terms of presentation in a still image, it may not be attractive nor be easily understood regarding how it functions.

    On the other hand, you should consider capturing the motion using videography if you need to show it to your potential clients.
  14. Is Professional or High-End interior photography easier for you (the photographer)?
    Both have their challenges.

    High-End interior photography includes a tripod. Adjusting it to get the exact angle is tedious and often hurts my finger(s) and/ or fingernail(s). Eventually, it takes much longer time than shooting without a tripod.

    Professional interior photography is done using a handheld DSLR and thus the setting of the camera is often pushed to its limit. Therefore, for every click, I've to hold my breath and keep very still for seconds to minimise the camera shake, to avoid getting blurry photographs. I often end up with lots of perspiration throughout the photoshoot even in air-conditioned places.

Copyright © 2012-2023 Skai Chan. All rights reserved.
All articles and images remain the property of Skai Chan and should not be downloaded, reproduced, copied or used in any way without written consent.

Top