Photography is a long-standing form of art that expresses and captures the heart. With Instagram, it seems that ordinary people are now obliged to take and upload beautiful pictures more than before. Extraordinary photos do not have to be shot overseas. From your daily #OOTD shots to your once-in-a-lifetime pre-wedding photoshoot, you would be amazed by how your local landscape are Insta-worthy.
1. Coney Island
Living up to its name of a “Garden City”, Singapore has many beautiful parks and nature reserves that are worth listing on this page. A fairly new park that was opened to public in 2015, Coney Island has been a hot favourite spot for young couples to take their pre-wedding photos. On top of that, the park is located at Punggol, a popular area amongst couples who are looking to BTO. So of course it makes sense to have a photoshoot in your future hometown!
Address and directions: Coney Island
If you are not planning on getting married anytime soon, Coney Island is still the place. Even our local fashion retailer took its photoshoot into the woods!
2. Punggol Settlement
If you prefer to have some sea view, follow the park connector tracks from Coney Island and you will reach Punggol Settlement, where things begin to look a little more like East Coast Park with the seafood restaurants and bicycle rental kiosks around. Punggol Settlement would be a much preferred location if you find East Coast too crowded and busy for the perfect shots that you wish. Remember to wait and capture the sunset!
Address and directions: Punggol Settlement
3. Singapore Botanic Gardens
It may sound over-subscribed, but there is a reason why people keep going back to the Botanic Gardens for photoshoots. One of the oldest and largest gardens in Singapore and now a UNESCO Heritage Site, the Botanic Gardens has various sightings that could make your photos look like they were taken from a combination of places. Some of the attractions you could consider include the Swan Lake, National Orchid Garden, Palm Valley and the classic Bandstand.
Address: Singapore Botanic Gardens
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4. Sentosa Island
Beach photos are not only reserved for overseas holiday. Sentosa Island has three beaches – Palawan, Siloso and Tanjong beach that offer different sights and atmosphere. Palawan beach is perhaps the most popular beach with unique features such as the suspension bridge and a children’s water playground. Even Mrs Jay Chou has visited the beach recently and uploaded a couple of pictures!
Find out more about: Sentosa beaches
The suspension bridge at Palawan Beach is a photo-taking spot. The bridge connects you to the islet – Southernmost Point of Continental Asia, which is Asia’s closest point Equator.
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5. S.E.A Aquarium
Another location within Sentosa where you could take your pictures without being in the sun is the S.E.A Aquarium. However, with the lightings and reflective glass of the aquarium, you may need to spend more effort and time in getting the camera settings right. Lucky for couples who are considering to have their wedding photos taken here, the SEA Aquarium has bundled up a wedding photography and videography package, so you can leave it to the professionals to create the magic in your photos. The SEA Aquarium wedding photography and videography package is priced at SGD258 with three admission tickets and two hours of photography and videography.
Find out more about: SEA Aquarium wedding photography package
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
6. Universal Studios Singapore
The architecture of Universal Studios are specially built to mimic those that we have seen on television and movies. Photoshoots will definitely make sense at this place. As the theme park is open to public, unplanned photoshoots are not allowed in the park. If you are looking to have a magical fun themed wedding shoot, be sure to check out the Universal Studios wedding photography and videography package that is priced at SGD388. The package entitled you to three admission tickets, 2 hours of photography and videography as well as meet-and-greet sessions with the Universal Studios characters!
Find out more about: Universal Studios Singapore wedding photography package
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
7. Changi Airport
With the world’s best airport in our country, we cannot miss listing this out as one of the locations for photoshoots. We have seen many Korean and Hong Kong dramas that are filmed at airports and there is a certain draw to it even though the place is often busy with human traffic.
Address: Changi Airport
8. St Andrew’s Cathedral
If you want to recreate the Kate Middleton and Prince William sort of wedding shoot, you don’t have to specially fly to the UK to have your photos taken. The St Andrew’s Cathedral at City Hall was inherited from the days of Sir Stamford Raffles, and its facade remains that of an old English church up till today.
Address: 11 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178959
9. Tebing Lane
The closest you could possibly get to Seoul’s Common Ground without getting on a flight to Korea, the container cafes at Tebing Lane is the new hipster hangout.
Address: Tebing Lane
10. Fort Canning Park
If you are planning for a photoshoot that gives off a more rustic feel, Fort Canning Park could easily help you to achieve that. A combination of nature and remnants of old historical architecture, it is a popular location for wedding and fashion photoshoots.
Address: Fort Canning Park
11. Haji Lane
Another hipster hangout for good photographs, Haji Lane is the place to take photos that make you look like you are championing for street fashion. It is also the location where the rappers of K-pop group, “Monsta X”, filmed their music video!
Address: Haji Lane
Haji Lane could also be your pre-wedding photoshoot location if you are going for a vintage wedding theme.
12. Faber Peak
The Victoria Peak of Hong Kong may seem like a dream photo-location. Singapore has one too – the Faber Peak. The peak of the Mt Faber gives you a bird’s eye view of the city line and it is an ideal spot even for night photography.
Address: 109 Mount Faber Road, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203
13. F1 Pit Building
Although the F1 season is not always here, the F1 Pit Building is still able to offer photographers a view that is worth capturing. The building overlooks the Singapore Flyer and Gardens by the Bay, so you don’t have to worry about photos looking too bare without the race going on.
Address: 1 Republic Boulevard, Singapore 038975
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14. Marina Square Rooftop Maze
A hidden Instagrammable location, the Marina Square rooftop is made of white walls that are shaped in a maze. When taken from a high angle, your photos could look like a scene suitable for the Maze Runner.
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594 (Exit the door next to Samsonite on level 2 and look for door “Stair 30-D-1”)
15. Chinese Garden
For an oriental themed photoshoot, you may wish to consider Chinese Garden which is a much quieter option as compared to Chinatown.
Address: Jurong Lake Gardens
16. Henderson Wave Bridge
The Henderson Wave Bridge is the highest bridge in Singapore. It is named as such due to its shape that resembles the curve of a wave. The bridge is a popular rest stop among joggers and hikers but have came to attract visitors and families with the surrounding view.
Address: The Southern Ridges
17. National Gallery
The National Gallery is featured in many photography articles because of its beautiful backdrop as well as the abundance of natural lighting despite being in an enclosed area. Photoshoots are not allowed in the gallery so be sure to make a booking online before heading down with your crew. Wedding package is at SGD350 and graduation shoot is at SGD400 for 2 hours.
Find out more about: National Gallery Photoshoot
Address: 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
18. La Ristrettos Coffee Boutique
Cafés are increasingly gaining popularity as a choice for photoshoots. La Ristrettos have food that are photogenic, and the decoration of the café makes you feel like you have stepped into a quaint coffee house in Melbourne. If you want to take your #OOTD shots and have a good cup of coffee while at it, this coffee place would be a good shot.
Address: 10 Sinaran Drive, #08-37 Novena Medical Centre Singapore 307506
19. Library @ Orchard
Singapore may not have the State Library Victoria of Melbourne that would make you feel like you have stepped into Hogwarts, but the Library @ Orchard Gateway has a unique design for pretty pictures.
Address: 277 Orchard Road, #03-12 / #04-11 orchardgateway, Singapore 238858
20. Bukit Timah Saddle Club
The Bukit Timah Saddle Club is a location of choice for animal lovers. Not overtly chaotic with animals running around, the photos could turn out to look like a high end magazine photoshoot. The wedding photography package at the saddle club is priced at SGD330 per hour with a horse and SGD110 per hour without a horse.
Find out more about: Bukit Timah Saddle Club photoshoot package
Address: 51 Fairways Dr, Singapore 286965