As a wedding photographer, I am relatively new to Singapore. But when I heard "quintessentially Singapore" for the the pre-wedding shoot of Saravanan & Shantha, I was super thrilled. My impression of Singapore has drastically changed over time; my first visit was in 2007, the short trip into the city when you have a long layover at Singapore.
Saravanan & Shantha live in Australia. They planned on getting engaged here. But chose Singapore for their pre-wedding shoot. That's because Shantala belongs to Singapore. So we decided to follow her trail.
Shantha had a huge list of places that were quintessentially Singapore, also some nostalgic places and those that reminded her of the good-old Singapore. After many discussions and research we decided on a handful of places and decided to start our shoot from the Tanjong Pagar railway station.
Tanjong Pagar is a national monument since 2011 when the train service connection Singapore - Malasiya shut down. Its Art Deco style architecture would be a perfect fit for the pre-wedding photography. However, on reaching there, we realized that it was closed for renovation. This forced us to take on the substitute location for Bukit Timah Railway bridge! The station is no longer there. After going in circles we managed to find the bridge. It is well maintained and has just a handful of visitors. The place felt smaller than it looks in pictures.
Little India was our pre-wedding shoot's next location. We roamed the streets and did some shopping. The hawker center in Tekka center was a must-visit on our list as they are unique to Singapore. It's such a buzy place that we had a hard time to get good couple of shots, but we managed to get a few. I even got introduced to an amazing drink, called Cendol! Do check it out if you are in Singapore.
Last but not the least, we headed to China Town. We did find some street graffiti dragons and souvenirs. We ended the day with selecting an engagement ring. While Saravanan had a surprise gift waiting for Shantha. Guess what? It was an Instax Camera!