Swimwear / Bikini Portrait Photographer in SG
#1 Swimwear/ Bikini Photo Gallery
1. Cheryl Alicia Chua
@ Studio, Tanjong Pagar
2. Cheryl Alicia Chua
@ Studio, Tanjong Pagar
3. Cheryl Alicia Chua
@ Studio, Tanjong Pagar
4. Katherine Whiteway (Nekotsurin)
@ Palawan beach (Sentosa)
5. Katherine Whiteway (Nekotsurin)
@ Palawan beach (Sentosa)
6. Rosy Mai Xuan
@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
7. Rosy Mai Xuan
@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
8. Jasmine Lim
@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
9. Regina Umali
@ Swimming pool, Palm Isle
10. Ng Shinyi
@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
11. Ng Shinyi
@ Palawan Beach, Sentosa
@ Siloso Beach, Sentosa
13. Martina Novotna
@ Tanjong Beach, Sentosa
14. Beverley Angkangon
@ Siloso Beach, Sentosa
15. Lovelle Cengiya
@ Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay
16. Bianca Pietersz
@ Tanglin View
17. Esther Choey
@ Swimming pool, Kovan Melody
18. Jade Anastasia Fox Lee
@ Pasir Ris Park
#2 Swimwear / Bikini Photography Prices and Packages
- Up to 1 hour of natural light photography
- Up to 20 photos with basic enhancement
- Up to 2 hours of natural light photography
- Up to 40 photos with basic enhancement
- Up to 3 hours of natural light photography
- Up to 60 photos with basic enhancement
- Up to 1 hour of photography
- 5 photos with advanced enhancement
- Up to 2 hours of photography
- 10 photos with advanced enhancement
- Up to 3 hours of photography
- 15 photos with advanced enhancement
- All booked duration includes setting up & keeping of equipment, & travelling in between location.
- All photos will be returned in high resolution JPG format.
- Please read Checklist, FAQ & Service Agreement before making enquiries.
- (Highly recommended) 1 look (professional hairstyling & makeup) at $150 for females; $120 for males.
$100$20 for use of studio at Buona Vista; $300 to set up makeshift studio @ your location.
- $100 for privacy of the photos (photographer will not put them up on portfolio & social media).
- Express delivery of photos: check rates & availability with the photographer when seeking quotation.
Contact me for customized package for your need.
#3 Different Types of Swimwear and Bikini
There are many types of swimwear and some people use different names for them. The most commonly worn swimwear in Singapore are bikini and one-piece swimsuit.
Swimwear is usually deem as sexy as it helps to show off the bodies of girls due to exposing of skin or the body shape, with the aid of the elasticity of the material.
Different kinds of swimwear may suit different types of bodies and also portray different moods. For a swimwear photoshoot, the outfit can be paired with other clothes to create different styles and to make the model look more flattering.
Swimwear may include:
- One piece swimsuit
- Ruffle swimsuit
- Sling bikini
- String bikini
- Swim dress
- Tankini set
- Three-piece swimsuit
- Top-bottom set
Do update me if there's anything to add to the swimwear list above!
#4 Why Do Girls Do Swimwear/ Bikini Photoshoot?
Love for bikini
Some girls absolutely adore bikinis (or other swimwear). There's nothing wrong since there are girls who love collecting lingerie and guys who have a huge collection of swimming truck and briefs. These bikini lovers may therefore want to put on their beloved bikinis and have a photoshoot. Of course, some of these ladies may have multiple reasons, which include the following.
Bikini is also a form of fashion, which I hope everyone would recognise it as a form of art. Whenever possible, depending on the model's wardrobe, I usually try to include clothes with the bikini set to make it more fashionable; I like showing more varieties of outfits as well. Bikini fashion can be done very elegantly and stylish as well. Bikini photoshoot is a form of art for people who appreciate it.
Exposure in social media
Similar to other sexy kinds of photography, bikini photographs do generate more exposure than most other genres of pictures. Therefore, bikini work would attract more reactions in social media, which is why many girls would take photographs in bikini to gain more followers and reactions in their social media accounts. If you go through the Instagram accounts of popular female Instagrammers, you can easily find pictures of them in their bikinis.
Doing a swimwear or bikini photoshoot would help to increase the confidence of the girl. As I mostly work with non-professional models, I do appreciate the growth in their confidence during the photoshoots and also after they have received and seen the final photographs. They eventually understand that they are better than what they think they are.
One main reason why freelance models do bikini portrait photoshoots is due to the high demand. Hobbyist photographers, including mobile phone photographers, do pay them for doing bikini photoshoots. They would need professional bikini photographs in their portfolio in order to attract more potential and decent clients. Everyone judges the models through their modelling portfolio and black sheep would target models who seem to have less experience.
#5 Places to do Swimwear/ Bikini Photoshoot
I've done swimwear photoshoots at beaches, swimming pools, photography studio and even grass area.
The most commonly used place for doing a swimwear/ bikini photoshoot is none other than the beach. As most beaches in Singapore are public places, it's easy to find a suitable venue.
However, do note that beach patrols in Sentosa may stop people from going into the water after certain hours when there's no lifeguard on duty at Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong Beach. Nevertheless, it's challenging to do night outdoor photography, especially at dim places, unless you're working with professional light.
Certain parts of the Siloso beach may also be privatized, such that only the hotel's guests can access; there's no clear signboard and you may not know it until the security guard comes over to check if you're a guest.
Beach photography can be a nightmare for professional photographers because of the sand and water. Equipment can get damaged easily and the clean-up after the photoshoot is very massive.
Swimming pool is another top choice for doing bikini photoshoot. That's where swimwear and bikini are supposed to be worn at.
However, there may be issue with permit at some places if you're doing a professional photoshoot. I've done bikini photoshoot at the swimming pool at condominiums and hotels, and I always try not keep the photoshoot simple. I've set up a small softbox at a condominium and the security guards didn't seem to want to mess with me.
However, I had tried to do a professional corporate photoshoot at a condominium and the security guards stopped us before we had even started, citing that residents were uncomfortable with people taking photographs.
One good thing about doing a bikini photoshoot in a photography studio is having privacy, given that the studio's owner doesn't install CCTV inside in the name of monitoring the equipment. Another thing that most girls enjoy is the comfort, unless having to deal with the sand and water.
Having a plain backdrop as background does help to keep the focus on the model. On the other hand, it may not be as interesting as an outdoor photoshoot. The final decision of using a photography studio or not should depend on the goal of the photoshoot.
This is my least favourite and I would avoid it, unless, given no better choice. Girls usually wear bikini at the beach or swimming pool and thus a girl wearing a bikini inside a hotel room doesn't register well in the mind of many people. Perhaps, lingerie would be a better choice.
Sky is the limit. You can actually do a swimwear/ bikini photoshoot at anywhere. Be creative!
#6 Bikini Photoshoot is Underrated
Unfortunately, bikini photoshoot is often being underrated. I have come across many people who seem to have very negative impression of bikini photoshoot. I'm not surprised since Asians, in general, are more conservative. I'm located in Singapore, so what's new?
I'm slightly luckier than many other photographers for there are people who would approach me for photoshoot every now and then. I would usually ask if there's any restriction, so that I can try to come out with more creative theme or something that's more artsy. There are many cases when female model-wannabes would then list implied nude, lingerie and bikini. Opting out implied nude and lingerie shoot is understandable and absolutely normal, but bikini photoshoot shouldn't be branded and categorized with them.
Does doing a bikini photoshoot mean the model is loose or immoral, and does doing it mean the photographer is a pervert?
The contestants in most of the beauty pageants like Miss Singapore (Examples: Earth, World and Universe) have to do bikini photoshoots and even walk on the stage in bikini. Do you doubt their chastity or moral?
The most interesting fact is that many girls do post a lot of bikini photographs of themselves, including selfie in suggestive angles, in their social media accounts and yet they seem to be very biased against doing a professional bikini photoshoot that's much more tasteful.
Isn't posting of bikini photographs in lousy quality (hair, makeup, poses, angles, lighting, resolution...etc) worse than posting of bikini photographs that are being done professionally?
The Reasons Behind the Negativity towards Bikini Photography
There are, of course, various reasons that may lead to the negative impression towards bikini photoshoot.
Asians are generally more conservative
As mentioned before, Asians are more conservative, and I emphasize "in general". To them, less clothes simply means sluttier. There are actually many Asians who are extremely open-minded and they can take things to higher levels that even an experienced photographer like me cannot appreciate. I do have received weird requests that I have to turn down even though they are good business opportunities.
I have encountered various open-minded and decent girls who seem to be able to appreciate art, but they are worried about the views of the society.
I guess people are slowly trying to open out their view in arts and time will help.
There are always dangers in doing photoshoots, especially the more sensual genres. However, the fact is that doing everything will definitely pose some dangers, including going out with a guy you deem is decent.
If a girl is doing a bikini photoshoot in Singapore, she will probably be doing outdoor bikini shoot at a beach or swimming pool. Whereas in an over-populated country like Singapore, it's weird if there's no passer-by during day time, and thus any ill-minded "photographer" should be smart enough to not try anything funny.
Of course, doing a bikini photoshoot in a private and enclosed place like hotel room will definitely be more dangerous. Nevertheless, as long as the girl isn't feeling the itch for extra cash or between her legs, no one can force her to do anything.
After all, every girl should learn to judge the photographer before agreeing to do any shoot with him.
Sleazy and amateurish photographs
The poor quality, especially distastefulness, of the commonly seen bikini photoshoot photographs online have also given the very bad impression. Most of the bikini photographs I have seen online in social media are selfies or taken by amateur or sleazy photographers.
There are many professional photographers around but the number of "photographers" with DSLR is much larger. Somehow, the latter usually have the ability to charm young girls by monetary or words to do bikini photoshoots and thus the exposure of such quality of photographs is much higher.
Bikini photographs usually go viral easier than other kind of photographs, and thus more audience are reached and they will compliment on the hot models regardless of the quality of work. Therefore, every girl should learn how to judge quality of photographers in order to figure out which photographer to work with and not simply based on the reactions of the social media posts.
Objectifying of bikini models
There are some guys who would objectify girls in bikini as they tend to use their second heads to think. Some people also make use of these models to make profit.
Organising of paid group bikini shoot is common but some people's execution may make it seem sleazy, or perhaps, the reputation of the organiser may already be in doubt since long ago.
Interesting articles from Mothership site:
- SGInstaBabes launches Patreon page to solicit money to access its girls & women
- Xiaxue calls out SgInstaBabes founder for exploiting teenage girls, innocent geoduck involved
Objectifying of bikini models is something we cannot avoid; however, the impact can be reduced by doing proper bikini shoots instead. This means, again, to choose the right photographer to work with.
#7 The Swimwear/ Bikini Photographer
I'm one of the luckiest photographers in Singapore because my good friend, Tricia Lee, is a very experienced commercial hair and makeup artist, although she has kind of retired in order to take very good care of her three children and sick mum. My art sense has been largely affected by her since the beginning of my portrait photography journey.
I focus a lot on the lighting, so that the photographs would look professional. I would advise the models on the kinds of mood that they should portray, so as to achieve their goals.
My fashion sense for bikini shoot often involves the combination of some clothes over the bikini set. I like to keep my photoshoot tasteful. It is a form of art - not the selling sex kind of work.
One of my goals in doing photography is to educate the public. I hope people will learn to appreciate good photography, including those belonging to the sexier genres, such as bikini shoot. I try to lead by example to prove to everyone that bikini photoshoots can be done stylishly. Of course, I'm sure there are many better photographers out there and you can also take their work as references.
There are actually many planning and consideration involved in doing a bikini shoot. Below are some of the bikini shoots I have done before. The description and limitation are based on the time of the shoots.
Jade was playful, confident and open-minded. She had a couple of bikini sets and a few stylish outerwear that could be worn over the bikinis. With the involvement of an extremely experienced and creative commercial hair and makeup artist who beautified her on the spot within a short timeframe, we went for a very lifestyle and stylish looks.
We made good use of the existing props on the location to further nail the shoot. I depended on the late afternoon's natural light and without the use of artificial light allowed the model to move around conveniently to push her creativity to the maximum.
Esther was energetic and open-minded. Unfortunately, she only had a set of bikini and very limited tops that could match with her bikini. No hair and makeup artist was involved and she did not process very strong makeup skill. With all the limitations, I decided not to be too ambitious and thus chose a lively kind of bikini shoot that could make full use of her energy and cute bikini set. I chose the most suitable hairstyle that I could find inside her Facebook photographs and got her to do her basic makeup. I also planned some props that would suit the theme well.
I was not sure the management of the condominium would allow me to set up my light modifiers by the poolside. I chose to shoot in the early morning to get the best light possible and with the aid of the venue that blocked most of the direct sunlight, I was able to shoot using natural light. There was only a slight problem of strong reflection of sunlight from the glass of the buildings.
Bianca was energetic, open-minded and creative. It was the last second morning of her short holidays in Singapore and we had to shoot in the early morning just a few hours after she contacted me. The shooting location was at the condominium where she was staying and thus I needed not worry about her outfits - I could get her to change her outfits any time and we just had to use whatever she had with her for her trip. She was able to do her own basic makeup. Since she was a Caucasian, I decided it was good to do a lifestyle shoot that could display emotion.
Since I was unsure if I could set up my lighting again, I could only make use of the ambient light. It was a partially cloudy day and the constant changing of the brightness of the sun posed difficulty for me. After getting some good expressive shots of the non-bikini outfits, she was very satisfied with them and her energy level increased. Thus, I made use of her creativeness and hyper-activeness to work on the set for the bikini to show a different side of hers. We also used existing props like the buoy.
Lovelle was composed and had this lady-like look. She did her own makeup. I was invited to her group shoot and thus I did not make any planning on the outfits, location, timing and props. After she ended her shoot, I had only two choices of outfits - a red bikini and an unattractive designed swimsuit. Since she had been doing "supermodel" kind of shoots with her customers (hobbyist photographers), I decided to keep this shoot lifestyle. As I was quite unlikely to be able to set up my lighting equipment over there, I was in no hurry to begin the shoot but to wait for better natural lighting.
The hotel's pool was not super crowded but there were still guests all over the place and thus it was difficult to find good spots and angles. She was a non-swimmer and it was not safe to make her go into the water. The biggest problem was that her then-boyfriend was there and even though we were all friends, there was some awkwardness. However, I let him take the lead in cracking her up.
Beverley was energetic and feminine. She had quite a number of outfits but I did make a big mistake by not insisting her to try on the clothes in order to visualize the looks properly. She was able to do her own makeup. Due to her talent in dancing, I decided to focus on her energy and fitness. The first set was a warm-up shoot to show her youthfulness with props, second set to do something more towards fitness and third set were to focus on sunset, although the weather prevented us from working on the last set.
Since we spent quite some time inside the water and the weather was bad that we had to hide from the rain halfway, I did not set up any lighting and thus was using the limited quantity of ambient light filtered by the very dark clouds. Halfway through the shoot after the rain stopped, a staff from the hotel nearby claimed the part of the beach was owned by them and thus we had some restriction of angles. Besides, there were many photobombs.
Martina was very confident and open-minded. Since she was a foreigner, she actually had limited clothes with her in Singapore. She was able to do her own simple makeup. Caucasians looked naturally exotic, which was a benefit. She also had years of experience working with other photographers and thus I decided to go for a lifestyle and stylish shoot. She was one of the models I had limited discussion with and thus even though she was extremely open-minded, I did not dare to go for a more provocative feel.
The location was temporary emptied due to the year-end beach party and thus my plan to use some of the props as backgrounds was eliminated. The sky was clear and the sunlight was extremely harsh even though the weather forecast told me that the afternoon would be partially cloudy. There were limited open shade areas to hide at, with sunlight piercing through the tree branches and leaves to cast bad shadows on her. The sunlight also caused problem to my camera's auto focus system at times. Even though I was using a 600-watt studio strobe, it was not sufficient to overcome the brightness of the sun after putting on the diffuser. We had limited time while she had to leave before the golden hour arrived, however, with her experience, we were able to get some good shots.
Peggy looked stylish in her short hair. As a Caucasian, she was also special and exotic like the previous ones I had worked with. Unlike the rest of them, she was petite size, although no one could really tell that in the photographs due to her body proportion and camera angles. She was open-minded and had a number of choices of swimwear - and I picked a black monokini and a red bikini, and had her to bring along some clothes/props to wear over the bikini. Since it was the first time we worked together, I played it safe and made use of her stylishness to create some edgy work.
The location's settings were exactly in my plan since I used to go there for beach volleyball games in the past and I also did my research online in case there would be changes. It was also the best beach among the three beaches in Sentosa to kick off the shoot in the early morning due to its location. I was not very blessed with the weather due to the cloud not covering the sun at times and the sunlight was so strong that I almost exerted my strobe for the most edgy shot, but I was glad it was manageable.
From her social media, my impression of Shinyi was that she was a bubbly girl. Her sunshine look with her slim figure probably had made her the eye candy of many guys. However, it wasn't her appearance that impressed me the most but her attitude - she was extremely cooperative. My initial plan was to do a cheerful lifestyle bikini shoot with her, which would help in marketing, as well as bringing out her charm. She had many bikini sets and I had to leave out the sexier ones due to their colours.
I chose Palawan Beach over the other two beaches since I thought it could be more suitable for the feel I wanted, partly because I hadn't been there for some time. Initially, I faced problem with photobombs. Later on, I figured out that the makeup, which was done by an unknown makeup artist, was more suitable for a glamour shoot. With the beautiful sky during sunset, she performed well and we managed to capture a few stylish photographs.
Regina was a fitness and health enthusiastic. She had very toned body and therefore, she was very suitable for a artistic feel kind of bikini shoot, more towards the professional modelling style. Since most of my earlier bikini shoots were done at the beach, I decided it would be more interesting to do it at a residential swimming pool this time. Regina trusted my decision.
The greatest challenge of the day was having to fight with the moody weather that kept us wet half of the time. The tiny droplets of rain water threw in more work for me during the post-production. I was glad that Regina performed well like a professional model.
The main objectives of the shoots (happened on the same day) weren't just about bikini. Since Jasmine was a professional ballerina, I proposed shooting at the beach with some dance moves in order to create some of my long pending ideas. The main objectives of the shoots (happened on the same day) weren't just about bikini. Since Jasmine was a professional ballerina, I proposed shooting at the beach with some dance moves in order to create some of my long pending ideas. She gladly accepted it.
As we could only squeeze our time in for a weekend shoot, the crowded beach gave me a big headache. However, it forced me to explore the place, which was a blessing in disguise. The first session was a more conservative shoot, followed by something more creative and spectacular after the sun had set.
Katherine Whiteway (Nekotsurin)
Katherine has this set of bikini with flower prints and I thought it could be used for a lifestyle shoot. Moreover, Katherine was a rather shy girl and thus it would be good for a warm-up. The beach was divided and cordoned due to the pandemic, such that there were many barricades area to make ugly backgrounds; hence, it added to the difficulty of doing a beach shoot there.
We aimed for a glamour look for the second set of bikini. Due to various unforeseeable delays earlier on, we started off after sunset and it was very dim. I used a simple two-light set-up and she was cooperative enough to help to create the good photographs. Due to the darkness, I had big problems trying to make my camera focus on her to keep her sharp in the photographs.
Cheryl Alicia Chua
The pandemic was a blessing in disguise for studio photography for it's safer and easier to do a photoshoot at indoor. The biggest challenge was to create something interesting out of the plain backdrops.
For the first style, which was a glamour look for modelling portfolio, I added two colours to the backdrop, which would hit the sides of Cheryl as well. The rim light helped her to stand out from the backdrop while making her look more 3-dimensional.
For the second look, Cheryl was looking for a casual and bubbly look. In order to focus on her body, gesture and expression, I removed the colours. Next, I also modified the side lightings to hit only the edges of her body and restrain them from hitting on the black backdrop, so that the background would stay dark.
What do you like about doing bikini shoot?
Much fewer "models" do bikini shoot compared to Garden shoot and thus it's more unique. I like the trust as well. Furthermore, being able to produce tasteful work is an achievement. Eventually, it helps to increase reactions in social media.
What do you dislike about doing bikini shoot?
It's usually done at the beach, apart from swimming pool or even studio, and thus the fine sand can give problems to my equipment to shorten their lifespan. Moreover, the more skin the model reveals, the more editing work is needed.
What's the difference between your bikini shoots and other photographers'?
You have probably seen many bikini photographs in social media and it's good if you can do a side by side comparison of all the work. Of course, every photographer has different styles and it's up to the viewer's personal taste to judge. Observe my lighting, selection of outfit, photograph's composition and the model's expression and poses. I keep my work tasteful no matter how little the model wears.
Can I do a bikini shoot if I don't have big boobs?
Yes, doing a bikini shoot isn't about showing boobs, although it can be one of the reasons. If you have looked at my portfolio, most of the models are just average girls. Don't they all look good?
Can I do bikini shoot if I don't have a good figure?
Yes, we can play with angle, poses, outfit, props and lighting. Of course, there may a limitation to the quality of results but you will definitely get something much more flattering eventually if you were to work with me.
What kind of bikini shoot suits me most?
It depends on individuals. I don't usually work with professional models and thus you can see that my shoots lean more towards lifestyle. If you don't have experience, you may not be able to do poses like professional models, and thus lifestyle is suitable. I will try to be as creative as possible. Eventually, I've to talk to you and see your pictures before I can give any suggestion.
Similar to other sexy photoshoot genres, every girl should ensure the quality of their bikini photographs is good. This is to avoid viewers from forming negative assumptions and wild imagination.
It really depends on individual photographers to produce the quality and tastefulness of photographs, regardless of the type of outfits. A photographer can turn a lingerie shoot stylish while another photographer can turn a t-shirt shoot into porn. There are also many kinds of clothes that may show more skin than bikini.
Therefore, everyone, especially models and aspiring models, should stop labelling bikini shoots and the models who do it with decent and professional photographers.
If you wish to own some professional bikini photographs of yourself, do contact me for discussion.
Page last modified on Wed, 01 September 2021