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romantic pre wedding photoshoot tips

 had last minute travel plans to Singapore with barely two days notice, and with the amazing power of social media, the Wedding Scoop reached out to me and helped me plan this amazing workshop in Singapore. It was incredible how everything came together and how they helped me bring my romantic garden dream to life. Check out the feature in the Wedding Scoop as well as more photos from the workshop attendees!

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A pre wedding photoshoot is a wonderful way to take the time to capture the beautiful moments before the rush of your wedding. The Singapore Botanic Gardens was the perfect location for the dreamy romantic garden atmosphere I had in mind. When I first saw the swingset in the frangipani grove, I was instantly inspired by the playfulness and the simple whimsy of the grove. Finding a location that fits your style is an important part of planning your pre wedding photoshoot. Make sure you research areas of interest and try and get a feel of the aesthetic you want, the feeling you want to evoke in your photos, whether you’re looking for a cozy beach, a lush garden, or an urban landscape. For our workshop, I decided the Botanic Gardens were perfect because I wanted a picturesque and natural look, and this was the perfect romantic setting, filled with beautiful greens and florals.

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Another key tip is to find a florist and/or a stylist who has an aesthetic that will fit your style. These details will bring your photos together, so it’s important to work out your vision with someone who can bring them to life. For example, I knew I wanted the swingset to play a central role, and that I wanted it to look as if the garden had grown all around it. Wonderland for Detailed Planners did an amazing job creating the effortless, free-flowing look, matching the style of the wedding bouquet to the decor on the swingset. pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran

Whether you’ve found your dress or location first, make sure they complement one another and match the style. These beautiful Caramel and Co. gowns were absolutely lovely and were chosen with the free-flowing and dreamy idea I had in mind for the shoot. And remember to get your hair and makeup done for the photoshoot. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, a talented makeup artist will enhance your natural beauty, and the whole process will give you an amazing boost of confidence. The goal is to have you feeling at your best so you can set the tone for a beautiful photoshoot! pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran

I had a wonderful time working with the incredible team at Wedding Scoop and am so impressed how quickly this all came together at the last minute. Thank you for an incredible workshop and this wonderful opportunity to work with all of you! pre wedding photoshoot tips by caroline tran

Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Photography: Caroline Tran
Wedding Dresses: Caramel and Co
Hair & Makeup: Andrea Razali, Indigo Artisans
Flowers & Décor: Wonderland for Detailed Planners
Wedding Sign & Calligraphy: Pearlyn and Paper
Models: Mandi, Basic Models with her partner, Bryan


How to edit your digital photos to look like film | Lightroom Presets

how to edit digital photos to look like film by caroline tran

Here’s a little sneak peek from the mini workshop I did during my unexpected trip to Singapore last month… and since it was organized via text and social media while I was already there, I had to work with what equipment I had.  And guess what, unlike most of the photos you see from me, this photo is DIGITAL.  I often get asked how I edit my digital photos to blend with my film work and here I will share a few tips I have, but before I do, you should know a bit about me as a photographer/business owner to understand my motivation.  My goal is to minimize my post production time (I hate being on the computer), so know that these tips are how I get the look I want, while doing the least amount of work after a shoot.  By minimizing my computer time, I’m able to spend more time shooting and with my family.

Tips for how I edit my digital work to blend in with my film work:

1.  I don’t shoot digital and film at the same time -  it just creates more images to go through and more time to try and match the film and digital exactly (which is unnecessary, in my opinion).  I decide whether film or digital will be the right medium for the situation, and then I usually either shoot entirely film, or entirely digital… or break the shoot into smaller sections.  So in short, if I’m shooting film, I put the digital camera down, and vice versa.

2.  Having a good Lightroom Preset to emulate film saves me a lot of time!  This photo was edited specifically with the Lightroom Preset to look like Fuji film.  These presets get the photos looking good with very minor tweaks (if any), and since I don’t typically shoot it side by side with my film work, I don’t have to nitpick with my editing on matters that don’t necessarily make the photo look better.

3.  Know your craft!  I aim to get it right in camera – exposure, light, composition… No preset or action will make a poor photo amazing.  The more accurate you get your exposure in camera, the less time (if any) you’ll spend in post.  I challenge you to tape the back of your camera and see if you’re able to get the image you want without chimping.  If you shoot in splotchy light, you will get a splotchy photo, so unless that was your intention, you’ll be very frustrated while editing.

Hope these will help!  Feel free to ask any additional questions in the comments if you have further questions!

Shoot sponsored by The Wedding Scoop  |  Dress by Caramel and Co  |  Flowers by Shop Wonderland  |  HMU by Andrea Razali  |  Calligraphy & Sign by Pearlyn and Paper   |  Model Agency Indigo Artisan

* These presets have been a game changer for me.  I used to outsource my post production but after getting these, I can quickly do them on my own now.  I’ll probably still outsource during peak season, but I like having the control now to tweak them myself.  I love these so much that I would promote it for free, but Mastin Labs wants to give me a few bucks if you purchase through the link above, so thanks!

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