We just finished our overseas photoshoot in Taiwan with Bluebay bridal studio on 28 November 2015 and thought of sharing a little on our experience.
Just a little background on both of us – we are a couple, aged 26-27, who prefer cutesy, fairytale and dreamy-like kind of photoshoots. For referencing later, we shall be named as D and S, with S being the bride.
We were assigned Kiwi (photographer), Baby (MUA) and Ryan (assistant) for the one-day shoot. We initially wanted to travel all the way down to Miaoli's 格林童話世界 for photoshoot. But Joyce (supervisor at Bluebay Taipei) advised us that we would have very little time to do actual shoots if we spent the entire time traveling. Nonetheless, they were able to suggest an alternative site – 真愛桃花園, which also fitted our theme of dreamy exterior landscapes and fantastic interiors. There is a fee to enter 真愛桃花園, which is about TWD4000 for the entire team.
We had a gown fitting appointment with Bluebay on 27 November 2015. Bluebay is conveniently located about a 5 min’s walk from Shuanglian Metro station, which is in turn 2 stops away from Taipei Main Station. Finding Bluebay was a bit hard, as they were located on the fourth storey of a shared building. But you just have to ask the security guards at the buildings. They really had a wide variety dresses of different colours and if you’re lucky, you might even select some new dresses that no one has taken out for a shoot before. The whole process, inclusive of guys’ fitting, was about 2-3 hours.
The next day, we returned to Bluebay at about 8am. We first started with makeup and hairdo by Baby. The amazing thing was that after showing a few pictures from pinterest, Baby was able to exactly understand the styles we wanted and replicate the hairdos with her own input as well. As the bride had 5 different gowns, Baby will be able to give you 5 drastically different hairdos that really show off the gowns.
While D had brought a blue fabric blazer and light brown pants for a more casual outfit, Kiwi and Ryan, in the span of 10 minutes, was able to fish out two more handsome looking jackets to create drastically different looks even for D. Best of all, the jackets were very well matched with S’s selection of gowns.
The makeup and hairdo (yes, also for the guys) took about 2 hours, and we managed to get on board a booked van to our photoshoot venue by 10am. The cool thing about 真愛桃花園 was that it was a designated site for wedding photography, so there’s going to be a common make up room (like those you see in movies backstage) for everyone to use. There are also multiple dressing rooms as well. Luckily, the site was not that crowded on our photoshoot date. So we managed to avoid long queues for each attraction.
Our backdrops include a classic church, lake with flowers and outdoor piano, train tracks lined with oak trees and various interior backdrops. We really loved how Kiwi was extremely experienced in selecting backdrops and giving us advice on how to pose. Ryan was especially attentive as he brought heat packs and constantly asked if we are okay (temperature of the day at Yang Ming Shan is about 14-16 degrees Celsius, with cold wind). Best of all, Kiwi and Ryan appeared as a cohesive team, which suggests they had worked together for a super long time. They never flared up at us or at each other. Sadly, while we were shooting, we did see other photography teams who shouted at their assistants. We both felt being friendly was especially important as it created a happy atmosphere for our shoot.
The photos turned out to be exceptionally beautiful, and it captured the feelings we wanted to portray. We also brought along some props, which included Garfield and couple rabbits. Both props were used quite extensively, and we couldn’t resist but include all of these photos in our selection.
I’m sure many of you are worried and concerned about the pressure tactics by bridal studios to add photos to your basic package. Bluebay was professional during our photo selection and emphasized repeatedly that being within our financial limits was the most important.
Please feel free to PM us for advice and help if needed. There are a lot of studios out there that provide shoots in Taiwan and we just felt that we needed to go for a safe professional and reputable establishment in order to avoid any risk. We are really happy the shoot turned to be excellent and most importantly, it had become another happy memory for both of us at this important stage of our lives.