📸 Skai Chan Photography

Music Photographer in SG

Professional music photographer in Singapore

What is a Music Photographer?

A music portrait photographer is a type of photographer who specialises in creating portraits of musicians and bands. These portraits may be taken in a studio setting, on location, or during a live performance. Music portrait photographers often work closely with their subjects to create images that capture their personalities, energy, and emotions. They may use a variety of techniques, such as lighting, composition, and post-processing, to create visually striking and evocative images that are expressive and visually interesting.

These portraits are used for promoting artists, album covers, and press materials, and to document the history of the music industry. Music portrait photographers play an important role in capturing the essence of an artist and creating a connection between the artist and their audience. Additionally, they also help in creating a visual identity for the artist, by creating images that are unique and memorable.

In summary, music portrait photographers specialise in creating visually striking and evocative images of musicians and bands that capture their personalities, energy and emotions, these portraits are used for promoting artists, album covers, and press materials, and documenting the history of the music industry.

Why are Music Portrait Photographers Important?

Music portrait photographers are important for several reasons:

  1. They capture the essence and personality of the artist: A good music portrait photographer will be able to capture the essence and personality of the artist in their photographs. These images can then be used to promote the artist's music and build their brand.
  2. They create visual content for music promotion: Music portrait photographers create visual content that can be used for music promotion, such as album covers, press materials, and social media posts. This visual content helps to engage fans and promote the artist's music.
  3. They create lasting memories: Music portrait photographers create lasting memories of the artist that fans can cherish for years to come. These images can also be used to document the artist's career and history in the music industry.
  4. They provide a behind-the-scenes look: Music portrait photographers can provide a behind-the-scenes look at the artist, giving fans a glimpse into the artist's personal life and their creative process.
  5. They showcase the artist's creativity: Music portrait photographers showcase the artist's creativity, by capturing the artist's unique style and aesthetic, this can help to attract new fans and build the artist's fanbase.

In summary, music portrait photographers are important for capturing the essence of the artist, creating visual content for music promotion, creating lasting memories, providing a behind-the-scenes look, and showcasing the artist's creativity. They play a vital role in promoting and building the artist's brand.

Who Needs a Music Portrait Photographer?

Individuals and entities who may need to hire a music portrait photographer include:

  1. Musicians and bands: Musicians and bands may need to hire a music portrait photographer to create promotional images for their music, album covers, press materials, and social media posts.
  2. Music record labels: Music record labels may need to hire a music portrait photographer to create promotional images for their artists, album covers, press materials, and social media posts.
  3. Music management companies: Music management companies may need to hire a music portrait photographer to create promotional images for their artists, album covers, press materials, and social media posts.
  4. Music festivals and venues: Music festivals and venues may need to hire a music portrait photographer to create promotional images for their events, posters, flyers, and social media posts.
  5. Music journalists and media outlets: Music journalists and media outlets may need to hire a music portrait photographer to accompany articles and interviews about the artist.
  6. Publicity and marketing agencies: Publicity and marketing agencies may need to hire a music portrait photographer to create promotional images for the campaigns they are running for their clients.
  7. Music hobbyists: Music hobbyists can also hire a music portrait photographer to commemorate their hobby, as these photographs can become a lasting memory of their passion for music.
  8. Dating app users: Dating app users who want to showcase their music lifestyle may need to hire a music portrait photographer to create images that reflect their passion for music and convey their personality.

In summary, anyone who wants to promote and build the brand of a musician or band, as well as anyone who wants to document and preserve the history of the music industry, or anyone who wants to showcase their music lifestyle on dating apps, or anyone who wants to commemorate their passion as music hobbyist may need to hire a music portrait photographer.

Should I Hire a Professional Music Portrait Photographer?

Whether or not you should hire a professional music portrait photographer depends on your specific needs and goals. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to hire a professional:

  1. Quality: Professional photographers have the skills, equipment, and experience to create high-quality images that are visually striking and evocative. If you want portraits that are polished, professional-looking and of high quality, hiring a professional may be the way to go.
  2. Branding and Promotion: If you're an artist looking to promote your work and build a visual identity, a professional music portrait photographer can help you create images that are distinctive and memorable. This can be very beneficial in promoting your music and building your brand.
  3. Time and Convenience: Hiring a professional photographer can save you time and hassle, since they will handle all aspects of the photo shoot, including equipment, lighting, and post-processing.
  4. Cost: Hiring a professional can be more costly than doing it yourself or hiring an amateur, so it's important to factor in the cost and see if it aligns with your budget.
  5. Goals: If you have specific goals in mind for the portraits, such as album covers, press materials or promotional images, a professional photographer can work with you to create the images that will best suit those goals.

In summary, hiring a professional music portrait photographer can be a good choice if you want high-quality images for promoting your work, building your brand, and saving time and hassle. However, it's important to keep in mind that it can be costly and you should consider if it aligns with your budget and goals.

How to Plan a Successful Music Photoshoot?

  1. Define your vision and style: Before the photoshoot, take some time to think about your vision and style. What kind of images do you want to create? What kind of message do you want to convey? Having a clear vision and style will help to ensure that the final images align with your personal aesthetic and goals.
  2. Research and choose a location: Research and choose a location that aligns with your vision and style. A good location can make a huge difference in the final images.
  3. Plan your wardrobe and props: Make sure you plan your wardrobe and any props you want to use during the photoshoot. They should be in line with the concept and the style of the portraits.
  4. Communicate with your photographer: Good communication is key to a successful photoshoot. Make sure to discuss your vision and style with your photographer and be open to their suggestions. A good photographer will be able to guide you through the process and help you achieve the best possible results.
  5. Be prepared: Make sure to arrive on time for the photoshoot and be prepared for any unexpected issues that may arise.
  6. Take a look at the photographer's portfolio: Look at the photographer's portfolio to get an idea of their style and expertise, this will help you to have a clear idea of what to expect.
  7. Decide on the type of lighting: Decide whether you want to use flash or natural light. Flash will give you more control over the lighting and allow you to create a specific look, while natural light can be more unpredictable but can also create a more organic and natural look.

By following these steps, you can plan for a successful music portrait photoshoot that will result in high-quality images that capture your personality and energy, align with your vision and style, and reflect the lighting you have chosen.

Places to Do Music Portrait Photoshoots

There are a variety of places where music portrait photoshoots can be done. Some popular options include:

  1. Studio: A studio setting provides a controlled environment where lighting, background, and other factors can be easily adjusted to create the desired look and feel for the portrait.
  2. On-location: Photographing musicians in their natural environment, such as in a concert venue, backstage or in their home studio, can add a sense of authenticity to the images and give a glimpse of the artist's personal space.
  3. Outdoor: Outdoor locations such as parks, urban areas or natural landscapes can provide a unique backdrop and add an interesting element to the portraits.
  4. Specialised venues: Some specialised venues such as concert halls, recording studios, or music-themed locations can also be great options for music portrait photography.

Ultimately, the choice of location will depend on the specific needs and goals of the shoot, as well as the style and aesthetic of the photographer and the artist. A good photographer will be able to work with you to find the best location for your music portrait session.

Wardrobe to Wear for Music Photoshoots

As an experienced portrait photographer, I would advise my clients on what to wear for a music photoshoot:

  1. Think about the concept: Before the photoshoot, think about the concept and style of the portraits. The wardrobe should align with the concept and style, it should also reflect the artist's personality and style.
  2. Consider the location: Consider the location of the photoshoot, the wardrobe should match the environment. For example, if the photoshoot is taking place in a concert hall, the artist might want to wear something that aligns with a stage performance.
  3. Be Bold: Be bold and take risks with your wardrobe choices. Avoid being too safe and generic, this is a chance to showcase your personality and style.
  4. Avoid busy patterns or logos: Avoid busy patterns or logos as they can be distracting in the final images.
  5. Accessorise: Accessorise with items that are meaningful to you and your music. This can help to personalize the images and tell a story about the artist.
  6. Bring variety: Bring a variety of wardrobe options to the photoshoot, this will give you more choices and allow you to achieve different looks.
  7. Be comfortable: Most importantly, be comfortable in what you're wearing, you'll want to be able to move and perform comfortably during the photoshoot.

By keeping these things in mind, you can ensure that the wardrobe used in the photoshoot aligns with the concept and style, reflects the artist's personality and style, and is comfortable for the artist. This will help to create visually striking and evocative images that capture the artist's personality and energy.

Props to Use for Music Photoshoots

Props can also help to create a mood and atmosphere that aligns with the artist's music and persona. In addition, props can also be used to add visual interest and depth to the images, making them more dynamic and memorable.

There are many different props that can be used for a music portrait photoshoot, depending on the concept and style of the shoot. Some popular options include:

  1. Musical instruments: Musical instruments such as guitars, drums, or pianos can be great props for music portrait photography. They can add visual interest and meaning to the images, and can also help to tell a story about the artist.
  2. Headphones: Headphones can be a great prop for music portrait photography, as they can help to convey the artist's connection to music.
  3. Vinyl records: Vinyl records can be a great prop for music portrait photography, as they can add a vintage feel and convey a sense of nostalgia.
  4. Sheet music: Sheet music can be a great prop for music portrait photography, as it can add a sense of elegance and sophistication to the images.
  5. Microphone: A microphone can be a great prop for music portrait photography, as it can help to convey the artist's connection to music and stage performance.
  6. Speakers: Speakers can be a great prop for music portrait photography, as they can help to convey the artist's connection to music and stage performance.
  7. Music notes or symbols: Using music notes or symbols as a prop can add a creative touch and can help to convey the artist's connection to music.
  8. Clothing or Accessories that are meaningful to the artist: Clothing or accessories that are meaningful to the artist, such as a band tee-shirt, a special hat, or unique jewellery can help to personalize the images and tell a story about the artist.

Ultimately, the choice of props will depend on the specific needs and goals of the shoot, as well as the style and aesthetic of the photographer and the artist. A good photographer will be able to work with you to find the best props that will enhance the final images, and tell a story about the artist.

FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions that clients may have about music portrait photoshoots:

  1. How should I prepare for the photoshoot?
    It is important to communicate with me about your vision and style, plan your wardrobe and props, and arrive on time for the photoshoot.
  2. Can I bring my own props?
    Yes, you can bring your own props, such as musical instruments or personal items, as long as they align with the concept and style of the portraits. Do discuss with me beforehand in order to not waste your effort.
  3. How long does a photoshoot typically take?
    It typically takes around 1.5-2 hours for a natural light shoot but the length of a photoshoot can vary depending on the number of looks and locations.
  4. How many final images can I expect to receive?
    The number of final images will depend on the package you choose, but you can expect to receive a selection of high-resolution images that have been edited and retouched.
  5. Can I bring a friend or family member to the photoshoot?
    For a high-end photoshoot, the additional person can be useful in helping to secure the lighting and our belonging. However, do take note that most non-professional models without much photoshoot experience will very likely feel awkward. It will result in bad expression or delay in the shoot.
  6. Can I request specific poses or expressions during the photoshoot?
    Yes, you can request specific poses or expressions, because what you have in mind may make you look absolutely stunning. However, do take note that we have a limited time.
  7. How long does it take to receive the final images?
    The time it takes to receive the final images will depend on my schedule and your requirements.
  8. Can I use the final images for commercial use or to promote my music?
    Please let me know the purpose of the photoshoot in order to get the most accurate quotation.

Skai the Music Photographer

Hello, my name is Skai and I am a music portrait photographer based in Singapore. I specialise in creating visually striking and evocative images of musicians and music hobbyists that capture their personalities, emotions and energy. I have a passion for music and photography, and I am dedicated to creating portraits that are not just aesthetically pleasing but also tell a story about the artist.

I have experience working with a variety of musicians and music hobbyists and I am comfortable in both studio and location settings. I have a keen eye for composition and lighting.

I am always looking for new challenges and opportunities to continue to improve my skills and capture the essence of the artist in my portraits. I believe that music and photography are two of the most powerful forms of art and when combined, they can create something truly special. I am excited to work with you to create beautiful, meaningful images that will help you to promote your music and build your brand.

Why Skai Loves Doing Music Photoshoot

I am a professional music portrait photographer, and I love what I do. I specialise in creating visually striking and evocative images of musicians and music hobbyists that capture their personalities, emotions, and energy.

My passion for photography is what drives me to create portraits that are not just aesthetically pleasing but also tell a story about the artist. I have experience working with a variety of musicians and music hobbyists, and I am comfortable in both studio and location settings. I have a keen eye for composition and lighting, which allows me to create visually interesting and expressive images.

One of the things I love about music photography is the creativity it allows. I get to experiment with different lighting, composition, and post-processing techniques to create images that are truly unique and special. I also enjoy using musical instruments as props, which can add visual interest and meaning to my images.

Another thing I enjoy is the interaction with musicians. I find them to be good people to work with, as they are creative and passionate about their art. I enjoy learning about them and capturing the essence of their art in my photographs.

Finally, music photography is an excellent way to promote the artist and their work, as well as contribute to the overall aesthetic and branding of an artist. I am excited to work with musicians and music hobbyists to create beautiful, meaningful images that will help them promote their music and build their brands.

Advantages of Working with Skai for Your Music Portrait

Here are some advantages of working with me for your music portrait photoshoot:

  1. Professionalism: I have professional equipment, skills, and experience to ensure that your photoshoot is executed with the highest level of quality and creativity.
  2. Use of flash: I use flash to create more dramatic work but also create soft lighting to flatter you in the pictures. This allows me to create unique and striking images that stand out from the crowd while also ensuring that you look your best.
  3. Personalisation: I believe in personalising each photoshoot based on the client's needs and preferences, providing a unique and tailored experience. I will take the time to understand your vision and style and work with you to create images that align with your goals and preferences.
  4. Flexibility: I am flexible and able to work in a variety of settings and locations, whether it be in a studio or on location, I can adapt to any situation.
  5. Attention to detail: I pay attention to the small details that make a big difference in the final images, such as lighting, composition, and post-processing.
  6. Adoration of music equipment as prop: I adore using music equipment as a prop for portrait shoots and understand the importance of capturing the essence of the artist in my photographs.
  7. Value for money: I offer competitive rates for the high-quality professional standard of photographs that you will be receiving and always go the extra mile to ensure that you receive value for your money.
  8. No upselling: I don't upsell my services, and I offer both affordable and high-end photography packages for your personal needs so that you can choose the package that best suits your budget and your requirements.

Working with me for your music portrait photoshoot will ensure that you receive high-quality, professional images that capture the essence of your music and your personality. I will work with you to understand your vision and deliver the images that you need to promote your music and build your brand. I will take the time to ensure that your photoshoot is executed to perfection, with a final product that you will be happy with and that offers you value for your money.

Testimonials: What People Say about Skai

music portrait session

"The photo shooting was a great experience. Skai was very understanding and attentive to my needs. He was available, and thoughtful in finding surroundings, frames and positions on the photos, guiding me and allowing myself to give it a try to some ideas I could have. It was very easy to feel comfortable with Skai: something came out that was very natural. Many thanks Skai." - Jerome Cheze

If you're considering hiring me for your music photography needs, I invite you to take a look at the testimonials from my past clients. These testimonials will give you a sense of the level of service and quality that I provide, as well as the satisfaction of my clients. They will showcase the range of services I offer and the different types of projects I have worked on in the past.

You'll see how I've been able to capture the personalities, emotions and energy of my clients, and how I've been able to create visually striking and evocative images that tell a story about the artist. By reading through these testimonials, you will have a better understanding of my music photography skills and the results you can expect from working with me.

Sample Music Photo Albums

🔍4   Guitar Portrait Photoshoot - Jerome Cheze @ Home
1. Jerome Cheze

@ Home
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍7   Guitar Photoshoot - Barry Chow @ PassionWave (Jurong Lake Gardens)
2. Barry Chow

@ PassionWave (Jurong Lake Gardens)
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍3   Guitar Photoshoot - Lukas Berger @ Home
3. Lukas Berger

@ Home
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍6   Casual Outdoor Ukulele Themed Photoshoot - Mel @ Tiong Bahru Park
4. Mel

@ Tiong Bahru Park
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍4   Casual Indoor Men's Lifestyle Photoshoot - Greg @ Home, Macpherson
5. Greg

@ Home, Macpherson
⚑ Flash photography
🔍8   Casual Outdoor Men's Editorial & Lifestyle Photoshoot - Akira Uchida @ Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Jubilee Bridge & One Fullerton
6. Akira Uchida

@ Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, Jubilee Bridge & One Fullerton
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍12   High-End Night Outdoor Hobby Photoshoot - Ha Eun @ Gardens by the Bay East & Marina Bridge
7. Ha Eun

@ Gardens by the Bay East & Marina Bridge
⚑ Flash photography
🔍9   Casual Outdoor Hobby Ukulele Themed Photoshoot - Vanessa Toh @ Paris Ris Park
8. Vanessa Toh

@ Paris Ris Park
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍6   Casual Outdoor Hobby Harmonica Themed Photoshoot - Vanessa Toh @ Paris Ris Park
9. Vanessa Toh

@ Paris Ris Park
🌞 Natural light photography
🔍3   Casual Outdoor Hobby Guitar Themed Photoshoot - Puang Shujuan @ Pinnacle@Duxton
10. Puang Shujuan

@ Pinnacle@Duxton
🌞 Natural light photography

Prices & Packages for Music Photography

🌞 Professional

Up to 1 Hour: $280
Up to 2 Hours: $380 $450

Additional Hour: $150/block hr

Deliveries
  • Basic Edit (exposure & colour correction)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Up to 40 photos/hr
  • Photos selected by Photographer

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Get back remaining good photos:
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Same-day photo edit:
    +$50/photo (subject to availability)
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$50/hr booked (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$50/hr booked
  • Advanced edit (skin retouching) for photos: +$50/photo

⚑ High-End

Up to 1 Hour + 1 photo: $350
Up to 1 Hour + 5 photos: $550
Up to 2 Hours + 10 photos: $900

Additional Hour: $150/block hr
Additional photos: $50/photo
  • ⚑ Flash photography (one-light set-up)
  • 🌞 Use of natural light when necessary
  • Pace of shoot: Slow

Deliveries
  • Advanced Edit (skin retouching)
  • Digital copies (high resolution JPG)
  • Photos selection in low resolution PDF

Special Requests/ Add-Ons
  • Additional lighting set-up: +$50/light
  • Revision of photo edit: +$15/photo
  • Expedited photo edit (3 days after shoot):
    +$35/photo (subject to availability)
  • Privacy of photos: +$100/hr booked

⚑ Studio Shoot

Please note that my home photography studio is not available until further notice.
1) My studio,
2) Your booked external studio, or
3) Makeshift studio @ your location

Details: Photo Studio

Hairstyling & Makeup

$180 /Female
$120 /Male
  • 1x Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)
  • Up to 1 hour
  • 1 Look (Hairstyling for a neat look & Makeup)

  • Add-Ons
  • Follow through the photoshoot: +$60/hr
    (subject to availability)

Details: Hair & Makeup Artist (HMUA)

NOTE

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All booked duration

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

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

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