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Night Portrait Photographer in SG

Professional men's fashion photographer in Singapore

What is a Night Portrait Photographer?

A night portrait photographer is a photographer who specialises in taking photographs of people in low light conditions, typically at night or in dimly lit environments. Night portrait photographers often use specialised photography equipment and techniques to capture images of people that are clear and well-exposed, despite the challenges of working in low-light conditions.

Night portrait photographers may use a variety of techniques to capture night portrait images, such as using a tripod to keep the camera steady, using a long exposure to capture more light, and using artificial light sources, such as streetlights or flash, to add illumination. They may also work with the subject to choose outfits and poses that will look good in low light and use makeup and other techniques to enhance the subject's appearance in the photograph.

Night portrait photographers often work with models, musicians, and other creative individuals who are looking to create unique and striking images that showcase their personality and style. Night portrait photographers may also work with businesses and brands to create promotional materials or marketing campaigns that utilize the unique lighting and ambience of the night. Many people choose to hire a professional night portrait photographer to create a set of photographs that they can look back on and cherish for years to come. Night portrait photographs can be used to create keepsakes, such as albums or prints, or to decorate the home.

Why are Night Portrait Photographers Important?

Night portrait photographers are important for a few reasons:

  1. Unique and atmospheric imagery: Night portrait photography allows photographers to capture the unique ambience and atmosphere of the night, creating images that are visually striking and memorable. The low light conditions provide a sense of mystery and intrigue, making the portraits stand out from traditional, daylight photography.
  2. Creates visually compelling and creative marketing campaign: Businesses and brands, for example, in the fashion industry, that want to create a visually compelling and creative marketing campaign will benefit from night portrait photography, as it allows them to showcase their products in a unique and interesting way.
  3. Captures the essence of the subject: Night portrait photography can be used to capture the essence of an individual in a unique and interesting way. For example, a musician performing on stage at night can be captured in a way that captures the intensity and energy of the performance, giving the audience a sense of the artist's personality and style.
  4. Provides a way to show the contrast in the world between day and night: Night portrait photography can be used to show the contrast between the world in the day and in the night, which can reveal different elements of a person or place.

Overall, night portrait photographers are important because they offer a unique and creative approach to portrait photography that can be used to showcase an individual, business, or brand in a visually compelling way.

Difficulties in Doing Night Portrait Photography

There are several challenges that photographers may face when doing night portrait photography:

  1. Low light conditions: The primary challenge of night portrait photography is dealing with low light conditions. It can create huge problems for the camera to focus on the subject. Photographers must be able to use different lighting techniques and settings to capture the image correctly, which can be difficult and time-consuming.
  2. Artificial lighting: Night portrait photography often requires the use of artificial lighting, which can be difficult to control and position correctly. This can lead to uneven lighting, harsh shadows, and other unwanted effects.
  3. Noise: Long exposures in low light conditions can often result in digital noise, which can ruin an otherwise great image. Photographers must be familiar with noise reduction techniques and the use of noise reduction software to minimize this effect.
  4. Movement: Capturing images of people or animals in low light conditions can be challenging as any movement by them can cause blur and affect the final outcome of the image
  5. Safety: Night portrait photography also involves a lot of time spent working in poorly lit or dark locations, which can be dangerous if the photographer is not familiar with the area and its hazards.

Overall, night portrait photography can be challenging due to the low light conditions and the need to use artificial lighting, but with the right techniques and equipment, photographers can overcome these challenges to create beautiful and atmospheric images.

Should I Hire a Professional Night Portrait Photographer?

Whether you should hire a professional night portrait photographer depends on your needs and goals. A professional night portrait photographer has the experience, skill and equipment to create visually striking and high-quality images in low-light conditions. They understand how to use different lighting techniques and settings to create the desired look and mood in the images.

If you are looking to create stunning and professional images that showcase your personal brand or your business, then hiring a professional night portrait photographer is the right choice. They will provide you with unique and high-quality images that capture the essence of your brand and stand out from the crowd.

On the other hand, if you are looking for simple and candid photos, then a professional photographer might not be necessary, you can take the pictures with your phone in a good-lit location that you like.

Ultimately, hiring a professional night portrait photographer is an investment in the quality and success of your brand or personal image. A professional photographer can bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and equipment to the table, which can help to create beautiful and memorable images that truly capture your brand's message and personality.

Preparation for Night Portrait Photoshoot

  1. Location scouting: Research and choose the best location for your night portrait photoshoot. Consider factors such as lighting, composition, and safety, to ensure the location will provide the best backdrop for your images.
  2. Clothing and makeup: Decide on what you want to wear, and consider what colours and styles will look best in the low light conditions. You might also want to consult a stylist or makeup artist to ensure that you look your best in the photos.
  3. Equipment and lighting: Make sure to confirm with the photographer about the type of equipment and lighting they will be using and if they need any specific items from you.
  4. Concept and poses: Decide on the overall concept and desired poses you want to achieve in the photoshoot. Share your ideas with the photographer in advance and discuss the best way to achieve them.
  5. Communication and expectations: Communicate your goals and expectations with the photographer clearly. Make sure you discuss the final deliverables such as the number of final images, retouching services, and file format.
  6. Safety measures: Make sure that you and your team are aware of the location's safety measures, especially in low-light conditions, and know what to do in case of an emergency.

By preparing for your night portrait photoshoot, you can ensure that everything runs smoothly and that you get the best possible results. Be sure to ask your photographer if you have any questions or concerns, they are professional and happy to guide you.

Locations for Night Portrait Photoshoot

  1. Urban locations: Cityscapes and bustling urban environments can provide a unique and interesting backdrop for night portrait photography. Examples include downtown streets, bridges, and landmark buildings.
  2. Parks and gardens: Well-lit parks and gardens can provide a beautiful and natural setting for night portrait photography. Examples include botanical gardens, public parks, and nature reserves.
  3. Beach locations: Beaches at night can provide a stunning and dramatic setting for night portrait photography. You can include the light from ships or street lamps. You can play with special effects using sand or water.
  4. Historical locations: Old and historical locations can provide an atmospheric and visually striking setting for night portrait photography. Examples include monuments and World War 2 canons.
  5. Industrial locations: Abandoned or abandoned factories, warehouses, and other industrial locations can provide an interesting and unique setting for night portrait photography.
  6. Street or alley: A quiet side street or an alley can provide a unique and interesting setting for night portrait photography. Examples include graffiti-covered walls, abandoned buildings, and historic streets.
  7. Nightclubs or lounges: Nightclubs and lounges can provide a unique and interesting setting for night portrait photography. Examples include clubs and rooftop bars.
  8. Lights Festival: Light festivals or events where many colours and shapes of lights are used can also provide an interesting backdrop for night portrait photography. Examples include Christmas, carnivals or music festivals.
  9. Rooftops: A rooftop can provide a great view and a unique angle for night portrait photography. Examples include building rooftops, bridges, and statues.
  10. Sports stadiums: Sports stadiums can provide a unique and interesting setting for night portrait photography. Examples include football stadiums, basketball arenas, and baseball fields.

Ultimately, the location for night portrait photography is subjective, and it depends on the style and the message that the photographer and the client want to convey. And the most important thing is to make sure the location is legal and safe to shoot.

What Should I Wear for My Night Portrait Session?

Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Avoid overly busy patterns or logos as they can be distracting. Also, avoid wearing white or light-coloured clothes, as they can appear washed out in low-light conditions.

You should wear your outfit and snap a selfie to discuss with the photographer.

Your Goals: What Do You Want to Achieve by Hiring a Night Portrait Photographer?

Professional & Flattery Night Portrait Photographs

You want to look nice in your night portrait photographs. Anyone can easily do night portrait photography but not many camera owners can do a professional one.

Apart from showing the background or lighting, your face should also be well-lighted since it's a portrait photograph and you are the main focus. Next, having your face shown up alone isn't sufficient because there are two types of light - hard and soft - and you want to look great by using soft light.

Skai uses his professional lighting equipment to make you look good in night portrait photographs.

Utilise the Backgrounds & Ambient Lighting

Ambient includes ceiling light, street lamps and other continuous light from the nearby buildings. You want to do a night outdoor photoshoot because you want to incorporate the beautiful background or ambient light into your photographs; otherwise, you might as well do the photoshoot in the comfort (air-conditioned, no walking, no insects, not affected by weather etc) of a photography studio with plain backdrops.

Most non-photographers can only use a wide aperture lens for their night outdoor portrait photoshoots to absorb more light, in order to light up the subject's face properly. This results in an excessive bokeh effect, which blurs out the background too much and thus defeating the purpose of doing the on-location shoot. In many situations, the lighting in the background may be over-exposed in order to keep the subject's face properly lighted.

Skai has the option to use his professional lighting equipment to balance the light on his subject(s) and background.

Creative & Eye-Catchy Night Portrait Photographs

Why choose to be normal when you can be special? Why not do a creative and eye-catchy night portrait photoshoot to stand out from the crowd?

Skai plays with ideas and invokes your creativity to aid in creating spectacular photographs. He has used props like fairy lights, and candles and even make use of headlights from vehicles. His photography equipment helps to deliver the intended results.

Personalised Night Portrait Photographs

Apart from looking your best, you want your night portrait photoshoot to be as related to you as possible.

Skai begins doing portrait photography customising photo concepts for people, which is also known as bespoke photography.

Skai the Night Portrait Photographer

Hello, my name is Skai, and I am a night portrait photographer based in Singapore. I specialise in capturing the unique and captivating atmosphere of the night through my lens by focusing on people. I have a passion for creating visually striking and evocative images of individuals and couples in low-light conditions.

I have been doing professional portrait photography since the year 2012, and I have honed my skills in techniques such as artificial lighting, flash photography, and digital post-processing to create images that are both technically sound and emotionally resonant.

I work with individuals and couples to create stunning and professional images that showcase their personal brand, style, and personality. I love the creative freedom and the challenge that night portrait photography brings, and I am always excited to explore new locations and techniques.

I look forward to working with you to capture the beauty and magic of the night and bring out your unique personality and style in your portraits.

Why Skai Loves Doing Night Portrait Photography?

  1. Uniqueness: While many people can take pictures at night, not many can do it well. Night portrait photography can therefore showcase my talent easier as compared to daytime portrait.
  2. Creativity: Night portrait photography allows me to be creative and experiment with different lighting techniques and settings to create unique and atmospheric images.
  3. Atmosphere: The low light conditions of the night provide a sense of mystery and atmosphere that can be captured in the images, making them more visually striking and memorable.
  4. Capturing the mood: Night portrait photography allows me to capture the mood and atmosphere of the night, which can be a great way to showcase an individual's personality or the essence of a place.
  5. Personal expression: It allows me to express my own creative vision and style through the images I create.

Overall, night portrait photography is a rewarding and enjoyable experience for me because I love to be creative and experiment with different lighting and atmosphere to create unique and striking images.

Testimonials: What People Say About Skai

night family portrait photography

Skai is a kind, friendly, and talented professional photographer. We did outdoor night shoot family (of 5) photos which pretty challenging however we loved the results! Its unique and beautiful. Definitely recommended! - Matt and Tika

night beach portrait photography

skai was the first professional photographer i ever worked with and i really enjoyed the experience! hes a friendly and funny person, and the shoot flowed naturally. as hes a very experienced photographer in the field, i was comfortable doing the sexy poses i thought of, and i think hes someone really reliable and trustworthy for these matters. he takes his post editing very seriously too and the results are worth it! - Katherine Whiteway (Nekotsurin)

I would like to invite you to view all my testimonials to see what clients say about me for doing their night portrait and other photography.

Sample Night Portrait Photo Albums

🔍1   Night Children Photoshoot - Joleen @ Helix Bridge
1. Joleen

@ Helix Bridge
⚡ Flash photography
🔍2   Night Teenager Photoshoot - Jevon @ Helix Bridge
2. Jevon

@ Helix Bridge
⚡ Flash photography
🔍2   Night Teenager Photoshoot - Justin @ Helix Bridge
3. Justin

@ Helix Bridge
⚡ Flash photography
🔍1   Night Couple Photoshoot - Couple: Matt & Tika @ Helix Bridge
4. Couple: Matt & Tika

@ Helix Bridge
⚡ Flash photography
🔍9   Night Family Photoshoot - Family: Matt, Tika, Justin, Jevon & Joleen @ Helix Bridge
5. Family: Matt, Tika, Justin, Jevon & Joleen

@ Helix Bridge
⚡ Flash photography
🔍4   Night Couple Photoshoot - Keagan & Nancy @ Supertree Grove (Gardens By The Bay)
6. Keagan & Nancy

@ Supertree Grove (Gardens By The Bay)
⚡ Flash photography
🔍7   High-End Halloween Candles Themed Outdoor Photoshoot - Ivy Tan @ Fort Canning Park
7. Ivy Tan

@ Fort Canning Park
⚡ Flash photography
🔍8   High-End Night Beach Bikini Photoshoot - Katherine Whiteway (Nekotsurin) @ Palawan beach (Sentosa)
8. Katherine Whiteway (Nekotsurin)

@ Palawan beach (Sentosa)
⚡ Flash photography
🔍7   Night Outdoor Glamour Photoshoot - Karen Ivy Diaz @ Tanjong Pagar
9. Karen Ivy Diaz

@ Tanjong Pagar
⚡ Flash photography
🔍11   Night Beach Swimsuit Photoshoot - Rosy Mai Xuan @ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
10. Rosy Mai Xuan

@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
⚡ Flash photography
🔍4   Night Outdoor Fashion Photoshoot - Audrey Chen @ Anderson Bridge at Fullerton Road
11. Audrey Chen

@ Anderson Bridge at Fullerton Road
⚡ Flash photography
🔍13   High-End Halloween Zombie Themed Carpark Photoshoot - Charis Tan Mei Xuan @ Hougang, Carpark
12. Charis Tan Mei Xuan

@ Hougang, Carpark
⚡ Flash photography
🔍4   Night Outdoor Fashion Photoshoot - Renu @ The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
13. Renu

@ The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
⚡ Flash photography
🔍10   Night Outdoor Gothics Themed Photoshoot - Hilary @ Pearl's Hill Terrace
14. Hilary

@ Pearl's Hill Terrace
⚡ Flash photography
🔍8   High-End Night Bridal Photoshoot - Robyn Skye @ Gardens by the Bay
15. Robyn Skye

@ Gardens by the Bay
⚡ Flash photography
🔍6   High-End Outdoor Bridal Photoshoot - Siaw Jo @ HortPark
16. Siaw Jo

@ HortPark
⚡ Flash photography
🔍15   High-End Night Vintage Retro Themed Photoshoot - Hilary @ Amoy Street & Ann Siang Hill Park
17. Hilary

@ Amoy Street & Ann Siang Hill Park
⚡ Flash photography
🔍12   High-End Night Outdoor Hobby Photoshoot - Ha Eun @ Gardens by the Bay East & Marina Bridge
18. Ha Eun

@ Gardens by the Bay East & Marina Bridge
⚡ Flash photography
🔍10   Night Beach Conceptual Photoshoot - Val G @ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
19. Val G

@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
⚡ Flash photography
🔍19   Halloween Themed Night Outdoor Photoshoot - Val G @ Pearl's Hill Terrace
20. Val G

@ Pearl's Hill Terrace
⚡ Flash photography
🔍15   Night Outdoor Edgy School Girl Themed Photoshoot - Ng Shinyi @ National Museum of Singapore
21. Ng Shinyi

@ National Museum of Singapore
⚡ Flash photography
🔍2   Night Outdoor Christmas Themed Snowing Couple Photoshoot - Kaidi & Ivy @ Marsiling
22. Kaidi & Ivy

@ Marsiling
⚡ Flash photography
🔍2   High-End Night Outdoor Couple Photoshoot - Shengyang & Huiting @ Henderson Waves
23. Shengyang & Huiting

@ Henderson Waves
⚡ Flash photography
🔍8   High-End Outdoor Motorcycle Themed Photoshoot - Boon Hui @ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
24. Boon Hui

@ Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
⚡ Flash photography
🔍6   Night Outdoor Edgy fashion Photoshoot - Tan Rou Ying @ Haji Lane
25. Tan Rou Ying

@ Haji Lane
⚡ Flash photography
🔍5   Night Outdoor Edgy Themed Photoshoot - Constance Huang @ Boat Quay
26. Constance Huang

@ Boat Quay
⚡ Flash photography
🔍2   Night Fashion Photoshoot - Marjorie Lining @ Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
27. Marjorie Lining

@ Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay
⚡ Flash photography
🔍3   Night Outdoor Christmas Santarina Themed Photoshoot - April @ Rooftop, Vivocity
28. April

@ Rooftop, Vivocity
⚡ Flash photography
🔍4   Night Outdoor fashion Photoshoot - Lovelle Cengiya @ Clarke Quay
29. Lovelle Cengiya

@ Clarke Quay
⚡ Flash photography
🔍4   Night Outdoor Fashion Photoshoot - Alessandra Wong @ Pinnacle@Duxton
30. Alessandra Wong

@ Pinnacle@Duxton
⚡ Flash photography
🔍2   High-End Night Outdoor fashion Photoshoot - Alessandra Wong @ Marina Bay Sands, under Bayfront bridge
31. Alessandra Wong

@ Marina Bay Sands, under Bayfront bridge
⚡ Flash photography
🔍1   High-End Night Balcony Couple Photoshoot - Michael & Valerie @ Riverwalk Apartments
32. Michael & Valerie

@ Riverwalk Apartments
⚡ Flash photography

Prices & Packages for Night Portrait Photography

⚡ 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

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



All booked duration

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

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

FAQs

How Much Does a Night Portrait Session Cost?

The cost of a night portrait session will vary depending on the photographer's experience and location, as well as the amount of time and equipment required. You may want to contact multiple photographers and ask them about their rates and packages. However, the most important thing is you love the night portrait portfolio of the photographer.

How Long Does a Night Portrait Session Typically Last?

On average, a session may last between 1-3 hours. The length of a night portrait session can vary depending on the photographer and the number of looks or locations you plan to shoot and the number of pictures you are targeting.

The longer duration you book, the more good pictures you can choose from. If you aren't a professional model, do have lower expectations.

Can I bring someone with me to my night portrait session?

Yes, you can bring a friend or family member to your session to help you feel more comfortable and provide moral support. However, do note that many people will feel awkward with a third person around.

How will I receive my final images?

I will provide you with a digital copy of your images via a download link.

Can I bring my own props or personal items to the session?

Yes! You can certainly bring your own props or personal items to the session to add interest to the pictures, but it's best to discuss this with me in advance so that your effect won't be wasted.

Can I choose the location for my night portrait session?

Yes, you can choose the location of course. I will advise you with my best knowledge whether it's possible to do the night portrait shoot at the location, at the specified time.

Can I request specific poses or expressions in my night portrait session?

Yes, one goal of the night portrait session is to create pictures that you love. Do discuss your desired poses and expressions with me and I will work with you to create the desired look. Be sure to share any inspiration or examples with me in advance. However, do note that every photographer has his own style and may not produce the exact style of other photographers.

Can I bring my pets to the session?

Yes, it's cool to shoot with your pets. However, do note that pets may be sensitive to flash light and not all pets are cooperative during photoshoots. Should you want to involve your pets in the shoot, do book a longer portrait session.


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