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With all the advancements of technology, our daily lives are fast becoming digital. Likewise in photography, soft copies are precious because they can be kept for as long as you maintain your hard disk. What about hard copies? They question we ask is are wedding albums becoming a thing of the past? Happy to say, as much as we like to promote innovation, we are one studio who cherishes the physical feel of wedding albums.

A wedding album consists of a photographer’s vision to capture your love and a designer’s effort to bind the images into your story. They can be a classic layout of images against a plain white background or a more design intensive concept layout, the end result will be the same. We create a permanent memory for you to hold. You may not browse through the album as often after the excitement of a wedding day, but you will not regret crafting one when you flip through them during your anniversaries. Instead of turning to the computer, in which you may have difficulty recalling where the archived files are kept, grab your wedding album from the shelf and share it with your close friends, your children, or even your grandchildren. You can imagine telling the little ones, “See, this is grandpa and grandma when we got married!”.

We are old school that day. Nothing beats the feel of an album.

Take a look at some of our design laden concept albums that our team brainstormed –

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From when Chris first started in 1993, he has come to experience that photography alone is only one part of a newlywed’s wedding planning. Many other aspects come into play, and therefore he started sourcing for the best in the industry.

Our collaboration with Z Wedding was formed in 2006. It was then undergoing a new management, and their performance and customer service vastly improved. New gown designers and makeup artist were also hired. With this team, Z Wedding proved to be a formidable contender in the wedding market not only for gowns, but for an all round service. Therefore, Z Wedding, and thereafter their sister company Le Grand, formed an exclusive partnership with our studio. All Z Wedding and Le Grand couples will be photographed by us, and we will give them our fullest support at the most competitive rates.

Who Makes The Gowns?

What would a wedding day be without your wedding gown? All of us in the industry would like to say that our part of the job is the most important. To be honest, we humbly recognize that such a claim is ludicrous. It takes many hands to come together, and the gowns do make the bride.

At Z Wedding, they have three key designers. They create by taking their inspiration from three areas:

  1. Bride’s sentiments from one to one interactions.
  2. International fashion couture.
  3. Art from the very city we live in.

With a realistic view of what would be best for every bride, they produce a wide range of gowns that would suit many shapes and sizes, and every taste and personality.

The gowns are created and crafted in Singapore by their team of designers and seamstresses.

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The Makeover

Makeup. Hair. Styling. What kind of accessories would go well with a bustier? Which shade of pink would go with the evening gown? Hair up, or hair down? After many shoots, we’ve noticed the worth of a good makeup artist during post-production. The better the makeup, the less the editing!

The Z Wedding/Le Grand stylists are professional and attentive. We will always recommend going as natural as possible when applying colours on your face, and that is what they do. Makeup isn’t overdone, the hairdo goes with the gown, and the styling suits the theme.

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Our Photographers

When all is in place, it is time to immortalize it in photos. Our photographers, already familiar with our partners, know how to capture the moments deserving of your wedding. They are trained to provide you with timeless classics that will not make you cringe when you view your albums again on your 10th anniversary.

With the gown and styling good to go, our photographers will have an easier time and it allows them to focus on you. This saves them the trouble of correcting a fallen eyelash, or adjusting a wayward sash. Which in turn translates to more time focused on you, the newlywed.

Do you know that all the photos that seemed uncontrived and in the moment are directed by our photographers? We fully understand that our couples are not models, and they will need every help they can get in knowing details such as which angle is the most flattering or where to place their hands.

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How Are The Pre-Wedding Albums Made?

The photography process does not stop at a click of the camera. Your selected images are then sent to our graphic designers to be further edited in detail, and laid out in an album format. Again, it takes many years to train a graphic designer on how to naturally touch up an image. Too smooth makes you look like a mannequin, and yet images too raw will be rejected. No one wants a reminder of the pimple you had when you took your wedding photos!

Each image is edited and designed in a page layout. The images have to correspond with each other, so that a fluid story can unfold. We emphasize greatly on matching photos because we want your album to be a smooth transition from one page to the next, not a picture folder of slotted 4R prints that anyone can insert.

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The Perks of an Exclusive Collaboration

In our case, familiarity does not breed contempt. We are very happy to work with trusted partners that did not fail to deliver time after time. Hiccups are bound to occur, but we are happy to notice that they are also quickly resolved. All made possible when individuals with different skill sets work in cohesion; each respecting the other’s creative space as well as understanding their limitations.

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Brand Partnerships With Other Boutiques

We still do continue our good work with our other trusted partners. Though not exclusive, we offer discounted rates to couples that have signed up with Amanda Lee Weddings, Dang Bridal, Divine Couture, and Silhouette the Atelier. These boutiques are our preferred partners, they too have proven to be reputable in the industry.

 

 

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Chris had just finished the latest fashion editorial shoot for Le Grand’s new season. This time round, it is all about the lace.

The collection pulls wedding fashion from way back when, an era where the 60s modernist tide welcomed the free spirit of the 70s. For wedding fashion, it was a time where lace had been a preference for most brides. Now, more so then ever, it has proved to be a versatile accent. Modern cuts brings the 70s to 2015; and vintage inspired lace gives the bride the feminine touch to a bold personality.

The Le Grand stylist and makeup artist during the fashion editorial pulled off the overall look befitting the gowns. Their effort had helped Chris create the right imagery for the theme. Stylists cum makeup artists are the paint to the canvas, and our photographers will catch the look. The gowns, the stylist, and the photographer, everyone has a part to play be it a wedding or a fashion shoot!

View more photos on Le Grand’s facebook album here.

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I went on a 3 day trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, and enjoyed the sights tremendously. Countries with the old world charm are a gold mine for photography, there are so many people and places to capture.

My purpose of going to the Old Quarter in Hanoi is to explore, experience, and capture life in the bustling vintage town. Needless to say, I enjoyed myself thoroughly. There is something therapeutic when the eye and the camera meets as the shutter clicks.

I intend to set aside more time to visit other countries and their towns, the places I had very much wanted to go to as a photographer. With complete trust in my team of photographers in my Singapore and Hong Kong galleries, I can now pursue my long awaited adventures without worry.

– Chris

View more photos on our Facebook album: Link here.

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Since my studio turned 20 two years ago, I had decided to retire from wedding photography and place my focus on business development and staff training. That is not to say that my love for photography diminished, and that I have become more money oriented. Quite the opposite actually, my love for photography increased.

The retirement allowed me to travel, shoot, and create more. More of my time is spent researching new gear, or playing around with new techniques. By any means, it isn’t a chore, I enjoy it tremendously. With all the knowledge gained, I can then impart it to my photographers. Taking into consideration the business aspect of sustaining a studio, a photographer can’t slack!

With or without professional gear (nowadays I travel light), I like to create photos. Photos that I keep like a memory stamp, and the same photos that I share with my team and my clients. I still believe in the power of photography.

– Chris

View more photos on our Facebook album: Link here.

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Wedding invitation cards need not follow a standard template all the time. Jake and Hallie passed to their friends a more informal version, suited to their personalities.

 

The layout on the front, with the imagery, was done by our studio; but the typography (and what gorgeous typography) were provided by them. Have them printed on premium paper and your recipients will undoubtedly be impressed.

Here are some wedding invitations we had done for our previous couples.

 

 

 

The possibilities are endless.

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For those who want it all, and there are many of you, here are the different post production hues we have created for Alvin and Adora’s album. We shot it on neutral settings first, some even underexposed, so that we can add the filters on later.

Higher contrast saturations spike up the fun:

 

Greens and cyans provide a cool, refreshing feel.

 

Yellows more often then not will give you a warm undertone, these are the type of filters that can make your heart croon to Barry White:

 

 

The boss’ photos do not require post production techniques, his shooting style is different from our team’s. For the rest of the special requests, we actually have a dedicated department to do post production colours, and it’s a very a steep learning curve. Some professional colourists (advertisements, commercial videos to feature films) have honed their crafts for 15 years before they see the gold at the end of the rainbow. And that pot can bring them anywhere between $25,000 to $75,000 per job. Career switch anyone?

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Style Weddings Singapore had requested we furnish them with some images reminiscent of the mid 1900s, complete with the grainy texture of years old photographs. Most of the times we edit the “old photo” effect during post production, because most of the times we shoot on digital:

 

 

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For die hard fans of vintage prints, you can achieve the desired effect by shooting on film. For really die hard fans, try personally washing it in a darkroom.

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Tji Hun & Xiao En had their photography done by Skyy, and we’re still in the midst of designing their album. We can’t wait to share those images with you once Skyy gets back from Japan and start working on their album. In the meantime, they have also requested for our customized invitation cards to be used for their big day, and they ended up printing all 3 versions. Which is your favorite?

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The images from our last concept shoot has been finally uploaded on our Facebook page and also our conceptual link on the main chrisling.com site. We hope you’ll enjoy our latest creation.

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