We just did our pre-wedding photoshoot in Taiwan and would like to share our positive experience with Bluebay.
We signed up for the package for Taipei + Taitung photoshoot at BOWS in Jan this year. Initially we were concerned about their policy of having to make full payment up front at the point of booking, but seeing the number of positive reviews online, went ahead with it anyway.
The staff from the Singapore branch, Maggie and Keika, arranged for a meet up with us a few weeks after we signed, and also a final meet up about a month before we flew to prepare us on all the things we needed to prepare for the trip.
A few days before the trip, Ann from the Taiwan office called us to confirm our gown selection timing again and gave us another reminder of the things we needed to bring.
Bluebay Taiwan only opens at 1pm, and can be a little tricky to locate the first time, as it is located at level 4 and without any prominent signboard outside the building. Ann and Joan attended to us, service was very good. There is a wide range of gowns available, no restrictions on which can be chosen. My fiancee particularly liked their unconventional and classy designs. They allowed us to use their ipad to take pictures of each gown that was tried on to make the selection process easier, else you would have forgotten which designs you have tried after trying so many gowns. Selection of suits was at a separate shop, ELE Suit, which is a few minutes cab ride away. Cab fares were footed by them. The standard package consists of 1 set each of shirt, trousers, bow tie, vest and jacket in black and white. There is an option to top up NT1000 for different coloured vests and ties if you desire.
Photographer: Ah De
Lighting: Ah Sheng
We started the day at 8am for the make up by Baby. She has very swift hands and gave good suggestions on the suitable styles, very open to feedback too. End product was good too. She even had matching pink lipstick for the pink gown. 6 ampoules used at NT500 each (4 for bride and 2 for groom). We requested for balloons and this was provided by them. We did our photoshoot at Tamsui Manor, admission NT4500 (NT3000 for photography + NT1500 for videography). Some of the sets at the site were not well maintained anymore, but overall it still looks good on photos. Rented a horse for photoshoot by the beach for NT2500. Unfortunately, the weather that day wasn't ideal, and aerial videography for our MV could not be done, had to make do with normal videography. Completed the night shoot at Danshui night market.
Shots taken by Ah De were beautifully done and we are very happy with the pictures. He is very detailed, and gives specific instructions how to angle our head, chin etc for each shot. Ah Sheng was very helpful, helping to carry our stuffs as we moved from site to site. Bento lunch was provided by them as well.
MUA: Jia Ning
Lighting: Rui Yang (Xiao Hua)
We took up their Taitung shoot mainly because of the hot air balloon scene at 鹿野高台. Turned out to be a good choice as the scenery in Taitung is so beautiful. We stayed at Lowkey 民宿 which Bluebay helped us to book. Location is very ulu with few amenities nearby but had very warm and friendly hosts. Enjoyed our stay there.
Met up with Kiwi and Jia Ning the night before our shoot to finalise our shoot locations. Our actual day started at 7am. Make up was done in our room with breakfast prepared by the hosts served to our room. Jia Ning was able to replicate hairstyles that my fiancee shown to her, and they match the gowns really well too. 6 ampoules were used as usual. By 9am we were off to our first location. We covered 金针花海 at 六十石山 (which were absolutely gorgeous), 伯郎大道 (nice vast open paddy fields), the Walking Tree (very mosquito infested forest), and of course the hot air balloon in the evening.
The three of them together with the driver turned out to be a very humorous combi, with Kiwi's constant jokes helping us to smile very naturally in photos. Kiwi is very opportunistic and creative with his shots, and we totally loved his photos. Ah Sheng and Jia Ning were very helpful as well, helping to carry props and stuffs like umbrella and heels for my fiancee.
Post photoshoot, photo selection was done together with Ann. It was really hard deciding which photos to discard as almost all of them were beautifully taken. We ended up topping up for additional photos in the album and unedited soft copies at attractive prices offered by Ann. Rates were clearly printed depending on the number of photos you choose to top up. Ann was very helpful, providing her inputs on which photos were similar in nature and can be eliminated, so that we have a good balance of different feel and expressions in our albums. She ordered bubble tea for us while we were selecting our photos and even offered to order bento for us as well. On a side note, they also have very nice album covers available for selection.
Overall, Bluebay really lived up to the standards of the good reviews we read in forums. We are really glad we chose to do our photoshoot with them and highly recommend them to anyone who intends to do their photoshoot in Taiwan.