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Outdoor Portrait Photographer in Singapore

High-end Outdoor photoshoot in Singapore

What is an Outdoor Portrait Photographer?

An outdoor portrait photographer is a professional photographer who specialises in taking portraits of individuals or groups in outdoor settings. Outdoor portrait photography typically involves taking photographs in natural landscapes, such as gardens, parks, beaches, and other natural environments.

Outdoor portrait photographers typically use natural light and the surrounding environment to create beautiful and unique photographs that capture the subject's personality and emotions in a natural and authentic way. They may also use professional lighting equipment and techniques to enhance the final images and make them more impactful.

They also take into account the planning, wardrobe and location research to ensure the final photographs are of the highest quality.

Why are Outdoor Portrait Photographers Important?

Outdoor portrait photographers are important for a few reasons:

  1. They create lasting memories: Outdoor portrait photographers capture special moments, events, and milestones in people's lives, such as engagements, weddings, graduations, and family portraits. These photographs will be treasured for years to come and will provide a lasting reminder of those special moments.
  2. They showcase the beauty of the environment: Outdoor portrait photographers use the natural environment as a backdrop for their portraits, showcasing the beauty of the world around us. These photographs can also inspire people to appreciate and explore the natural world.
  3. They can help to make people feel more confident and comfortable in front of the camera: A good outdoor portrait photographer will be able to make their subjects feel relaxed and comfortable, allowing them to capture natural and authentic expressions in their photographs.
  4. They can be used for personal or professional purposes: Outdoor portrait photographs can be used for personal use, such as family albums and social media. They can also be used for professional purposes, such as business headshots, modelling portfolios, and even for marketing and advertising materials.
  5. They can add a sense of adventure and spontaneity to photography: Outdoor portrait photography can feel more adventurous and spontaneous than studio photography, and this can lead to more candid and authentic shots.

Overall outdoor portrait photographers help to create beautiful and meaningful photographs that capture people in a natural and authentic way while showcasing the beauty of the environment.

Challenges of Doing Outdoor Portrait Photoshoots

I started doing portrait photography outdoors, just like most other amateurs, because most venues, including parks and gardens, are free to use. Throughout the years, I've encountered many challenges while doing my art. Outdoor portrait photography, however, trains me to become a better photographer because it's more challenging as compared to indoor photography.

  1. Weather
    Most of the photoshoot concepts aren't planned to involve wet weather while weather forecasts aren't always accurate. For normal outdoor photoshoots, I do love the effect of wet ground but it prevents the model from sitting or lying down; I'll also face problems with the placement and set up of my equipment. Another challenge is the strong wind, which makes high-end photography difficult and my lighting equipment does suffer from damage often.

    Of course, we can make a wet weather plan to do the outdoor photoshoot, probably in a sheltered area; however, sometimes, the main objective of the photoshoot is to have a certain background, and also a dry look.
  2. Ever-changing sunlight
    Both the quality and quantity of lighting can greatly affect the mood of the photographs. Whether it's a high-end or casual outdoor photoshoot, we've to deal with the sunlight if it's done during day time. The density of the cloud does affect both of them. On a cloudy day, the quantity of light is lower while the quality is better (softer) for most portrait photoshoots; whereas it's the opposite on a cloudless day. As the cloud moves, both the quality and quantity of light would change.

    For portrait photoshoots, I prefer using manual settings to have better control of everything, including the light. Therefore, the ever-changing sunlight will pose a great challenge, unlike doing an indoor photoshoot that sunlight won't affect as much most of the time.
  3. Timing of photoshoot
    As mentioned, lighting is one of the most important factors to create good photographs. For photoshoots where we want the models to look good, the sunlight should be soft and the angle shouldn't be causing bad shadows on the faces.

    While flash photography can bring down the quantity of harsh sunlight, it may not be able to overpower the strong noon sun. Therefore, it's usually best to do photoshoots during the golden hour (early morning and late afternoon) when the sunlight is softer and less intense. For natural light photography, the soft light would make the model look good. As for flash (high-end) photography, the dim natural light can be eliminated or reduced easier, and the flash can create flattering and creative light on the model.

    However, it's not easy to get the team to wake up early while there may be more photobombs in the late afternoon. For morning photoshoots, the hairstyling and makeup have to begin even earlier, which will pose a bigger challenge to both the model and the hair and makeup artist.
  4. Photobomb
    In the usual photoshoots, we don't want distractions in the background. However, in a small and high population density country like Singapore, it's inevitable to have explorers appearing even in the most rural place. Many people are kind and considerate, and they may move away, however, there will be some people who don't bother since they have the right to use the public place. It's always a challenge to get a nice and clear background.
  5. Low comfort level
    Doing photoshoots outdoors means the temperature would be warmer than in sheltered locations, or even in an air-conditioned place. Moreover, it's likely that the team has to move around more often, which would cause more perspiration. There also won't be very comfortable seats to rest at.
  6. Insects
    Outdoor places usually have more insects than indoor places. Insect repellents won't drive all the mosquitoes and sandflies away.
  7. Dirt
    Inevitably, the team may have to leave the belonging on the ground and things will get dirty. We may be touching the grounds or even stone seats around. The place can be sandy too.
  8. Damage to equipment
    Doing an outdoor photoshoot usually poses greater risks to the photography equipment, especially caused by the wind that would knock down the lighting equipment. Apart from that, dust and sand get into the equipment easier, especially if the venue is a beach. Equipment may rust if they are being caught by water, especially under the rain,
  9. Requirement of Permit
    While most outdoor places are free for the public, some are actually owned by private owners. I got chased away by security guards at places that I didn't expect, such as at the edge of an office building by the road and a popular open-air location that's owned by a private developer.

Should I Hire a Professional Outdoor Portrait Photographer?

Whether or not to hire a professional outdoor portrait photographer is a decision that ultimately depends on your personal needs and preferences. Here are a few things to consider when making your decision:

  1. Experience: Professional outdoor portrait photographers have the experience and knowledge to work with natural light and the environment to create beautiful and unique photographs. They also have the ability to work in a variety of different outdoor settings, providing you with a variety of options for your photoshoot.
  2. Quality: Professional photographers use professional equipment and lighting to ensure that the photographs are of the highest quality. They also pay close attention to detail, from composition and lighting to post-processing, to ensure that each photograph is of the highest quality.
  3. Personalization: Professional photographers take the time to get to know their clients and understand their unique needs and preferences, which allows them to create photographs that truly reflect the client's personality and capture their special moments in a natural and authentic way.
  4. Professionalism: Professional photographers hold themselves to a high standard of professionalism and strive to provide excellent service and communication throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the final delivery of the photographs.
  5. Planning: Professional photographers do proper planning, including wardrobe and research of location online, to ensure that the photoshoot runs smoothly and that the final photographs are of the highest quality.
  6. Fun and enjoyable experience: Professional photographers strive to make the photoshoot experience fun and enjoyable for their clients, so that they can relax and be themselves in front of the camera and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Consider your budget, your needs and your goals for the photoshoot, and decide if hiring a professional outdoor portrait photographer is the right choice for you.

High-end VS Casual Outdoor Photoshoot

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Above: High-end outdoor photoshoot using flash light
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Above: Casual outdoor photoshoot using natural light

The two common ways to do an outdoor photoshoot are to use natural light or a flashlight (on top of natural light). I term the latter as high-end photography, which has many advantages, including making the photographs more impactful and making the subject "pops out".

Professional lighting equipment requires (1) huge cost to purchase, (2) larger storage space, (3) longer preparation for photoshoots, (4) more time and effort in setting up and (5) more effort to test lighting for each scene or if the subject or lighting were to shift. On top of that, professional lighting equipment causes (6) huge inconvenience in travelling and will (7) attract more attention from the public.

I observe that most photographers, especially hobbyists, are leaning towards the use of natural light due to its ease. I personally prefer doing high-end outdoor photography because it can make my work stand out from the rest and I can have more control over everything. Eventually, it's up to individuals' preferences in the kind of photography.

Popular Outdoor Portrait Photoshoots

Outdoor Business/ Corporate Photoshoot

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An outdoor corporate photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for businesses and organizations. Photographs are usually used for marketing and promotional materials such as brochures, websites, and social media. It usually includes photographs of the employees, the building or office, and the products or services offered by the company. These photographs are usually taken in a professional and polished way, that reflects the company's brand and message.

Outdoor corporate photoshoots can be done in different outdoor settings, such as the company's office, building, or headquarters, or in a location that is relevant to the company's industry.

Outdoor Couple Photoshoot

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An outdoor couple photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for couples. The photographs are usually used for engagement announcements, wedding invitations, or just as a way to commemorate a special occasion.

Outdoor couple photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include romantic poses and candid shots that capture the couple's personalities and emotions.

Outdoor Family Photoshoot

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An outdoor family photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for families. The photographs are usually used for family portraits, holiday cards, or just as a way to document a special moment in the family's history.

Outdoor family photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the family's personalities and emotions.

Outdoor Friends Photoshoot

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An outdoor friends photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for a group of friends. The photographs are usually used for personal keepsakes, or as a way to commemorate a special occasion.

Outdoor friends photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the friends' personalities and emotions.

Outdoor Fitness Photoshoot

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An outdoor fitness photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and models. The photographs are usually used for fitness magazines, advertisements, or personal portfolios.

Outdoor fitness photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gyms, parks, beaches, or other locations that are relevant to the fitness industry, and can include posed shots and action shots that capture the subject's fitness routine and physique.

Outdoor Dance Photoshoot

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An outdoor dance photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for dancers and dance groups. The photographs are usually used for dance recital programs, advertisements, or personal portfolios.

Outdoor dance photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and action shots that capture the dancers' movements, skills and grace. These photographs are usually taken in a way that highlights the dancers' posture, movement and choreography.

Outdoor Glamour Photoshoot

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An outdoor glamour photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed to showcase a subject's beauty and style. The photographs are usually used for personal keepsakes, or as a way to commemorate a special occasion.

Outdoor glamour photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the subject's beauty and style, often in a way that is more sensual, artistic and evocative.

Outdoor Lifestyle Photoshoot

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An outdoor lifestyle photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed to capture a subject's daily activities, habits, and routines. The photographs are usually used for personal keepsakes, or as a way to document a special moment in the subject's life.

Outdoor lifestyle photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as homes, parks, or other locations that are relevant to the subject's lifestyle, and can include candid shots, posed shots and action shots that capture the subject's daily routine, hobbies, and interests. The photographs are usually taken in a natural and candid way to capture the subject's true personality and emotions.

Outdoor Men's Fashion Photoshoot

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An outdoor men's fashion photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for men's fashion models and designers. The photographs are usually used for fashion magazines, advertisements, or personal portfolios.

Outdoor men's fashion photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the models' personalities and emotions while showcasing the clothing and accessories.

Outdoor Women's Fashion Photoshoot

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An outdoor women's fashion photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for women's fashion models and designers. The photographs are usually used for fashion magazines, advertisements, or personal portfolios.

Outdoor women's fashion photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the models' personalities and emotions while showcasing the clothing and accessories. Outdoor women's fashion photoshoots can highlight the femininity and beauty of the models and the clothing, and can showcase the latest fashion trends.

Outdoor Maternity Photoshoot

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An outdoor maternity photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for pregnant women. The photographs are usually used to document the special time of pregnancy and can be used for personal keepsakes or to announce the upcoming arrival of a new family member.

Outdoor maternity photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the beauty and grace of pregnancy.

Outdoor Night Portrait Photoshoot

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An outdoor night portrait photoshoot is a type of photography session that combines the elements of outdoor portrait photography with the techniques and equipment used for night photography. The photographs are taken at night or during low-light conditions and typically feature a single subject or group of subjects against a background of nighttime landscapes or cityscapes.

Outdoor night portrait photoshoots typically use a combination of artificial lightings, such as flash or continuous light, and natural light sources, such as streetlights or the moon, to illuminate the subject and create impactful and unique images. These types of photoshoots often require the photographer to be skilled in using different types of lights and knowing the best angle and composition to create beautiful and interesting photographs.

Outdoor Pet/ Dog Photoshoot

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An outdoor pet photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for pets. The photographs are usually used for personal keepsakes, or as a way to document a special moment in the pet's life.

Outdoor pet photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the pet's personality and emotions. Outdoor pet photoshoots are great to capture the pet's unique features and can be a great way to remember a beloved pet that has passed away.

Outdoor Wedding Photoshoot

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An outdoor wedding photoshoot is a type of photography session that is designed for weddings. The photographs are usually used to document the special day, and can be used for personal keepsakes, or to announce the upcoming arrival of a new family member.

Outdoor wedding photoshoots can be done in a variety of outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, or other natural landscapes, and can include posed shots and candid shots that capture the beauty and emotions of the wedding day. Outdoor wedding photoshoots are great to capture the special moments, the landscape and the atmosphere of the wedding day.

Skai the Outdoor Portrait Photographer

Hello, my name is Skai and I am an outdoor portrait photographer based in Singapore. I specialise in capturing beautiful and natural portraits of people in the great outdoors.

I believe that the natural world provides the perfect backdrop for creating stunning and unique photographs. Whether it's a family portrait session in a garden or an engagement shoot on a picturesque beach, I strive to use the natural environment to enhance the beauty and emotion of my photographs.

I also use flashlight and other lighting techniques to supplement the natural light, to help create the desired look and mood in my portraits. I am passionate about photography and love nothing more than capturing special moments and memories for my clients that they will treasure for years to come.

I am excited to work with you to create beautiful and meaningful photographs that you will cherish forever.

Why Skai Loves Doing Outdoor Portrait Photography?

As an outdoor portrait photographer, I love working in the great outdoors because it provides me with a variety of different settings to work in. I love the freedom to move around and explore different locations to find the perfect spot for each of my clients.

I am particularly fond of natural light and the way it can create beautiful and unique lighting effects that are difficult to replicate in a studio. Natural light is constantly changing and it's always a new challenge for me to work with it and make the most of it.

Being outside and working with natural light and surroundings helps me to feel more connected to nature, which is incredibly inspiring and energising for me. It makes my job more enjoyable and fulfilling.

Outdoor portrait photography allows me a lot more flexibility in terms of composition and posing, as there are more options available in terms of backgrounds, and setting. I can be more creative and experimental, using the natural environment to create interesting and dynamic compositions and lighting effects.

The sense of freshness and spontaneity that outdoor portrait photography brings, allows me to capture candid and authentic shots of my clients.

Lastly, many outdoor locations are free of charge, which can be a cost-effective solution for my clients.

Overall, being an outdoor portrait photographer is a challenging and rewarding experience for me, it allows me to use the natural environment to create beautiful and unique photographs that capture the beauty and emotion of my clients, and also provide more interesting backgrounds than studio photography with the added benefit of being cost-effective.

Why Do Outdoor Photoshoot with Skai?

First of all, you probably have seen some of my portfolios before deciding to come to this section; thanks for appreciating my artwork!

Outdoor photography is the toughest compared to indoor and studio photography, and I've been working on it since the beginning of my portrait photography journey. It's my forte that I can really differentiate myself from other photographers.

As a professional outdoor portrait photographer, I offer several advantages for my clients when it comes to outdoor portrait photoshoots:

  1. Experience and knowledge: With years of experience and knowledge in outdoor portrait photography, I know how to work with natural light and the environment to create beautiful and unique photographs. I have the ability to work in a variety of different outdoor settings, such as gardens, parks, beaches, and other natural landscapes providing my clients with a variety of options for their photoshoots.
  2. Professional equipment and lighting: I use professional photography equipment and lighting to ensure that the photographs are of the highest quality. The use of professional lighting equipment will help to create more impactful photographs, highlighting the beauty of the natural surroundings and subject. Unlike most outdoor photographers, I use flash and among those who use flash, I use soft light to create a more flattering look.
  3. Attention to Detail: I pay close attention to every detail, from composition and lighting to post-processing, to ensure that each photograph is of the highest quality.
  4. Fun and enjoyable experience: I am flexible and willing to work with my clients to create the photographs that they envision, ensuring that their experience is as enjoyable, stress-free, and fun as possible. This way, I am able to get photographs with natural expressions, that truly reflect the personalities and emotions of my clients.
  5. Personal touch and connection: I take the time to get to know my clients and understand their unique needs and preferences, which allows me to create photographs that truly reflect their personalities and capture their special moments in a natural and authentic way.
  6. Professionalism: I hold myself to a high standard of professionalism and strive to provide excellent service and communication throughout the entire process, from the initial consultation to the final delivery of the photographs.
  7. Proper planning: I do proper planning, including wardrobe and research of location online, to ensure that the photoshoot runs smoothly and that the final photographs are of the highest quality. This includes researching the best time of day and location based on the lighting and weather conditions, as well as coordinating with clients on wardrobe and other details to ensure a seamless and successful photoshoot.
  8. Value for money: I always ensure to go the extra mile for my clients, I want them to feel that they get more than what they actually paid for. I understand that the memories captured in the photographs are valuable and I strive to provide the best service and final product to my clients.

Testimonials: What People Say about Skai

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"really pleasant experience! the shots were very focused and also had a lot of fun working with Skai! i highly recommend as he also give tips for good angling of the shots which allows us to get clearer and nicer photos! thank you so much!!" - Sarisha

If you are considering an outdoor portrait photoshoot, I invite you to take a look at the testimonials from my past clients. These reviews provide a glimpse into the experiences and satisfaction of my clients and can give you an understanding of the quality of my outdoor photography. My past clients have been delighted with the results of their photoshoots and I am confident that you will be too. Browse through my testimonials to get an idea of the kind of service and the final product you can expect from me.

Rates Packages for Outdoor 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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You may be interested in:
- Differences between high-end and casual portrait photography
- Casual portrait photoshoot photographer in Singapore
- Special photoshoots you can hire a professional photographer to do
- Bespoke (customised & personalised) portrait photographer in Singapore
- Outdoor portrait photography tips for beginners in Singapore



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