TF and I attended a wedding last year (his uncle’s) where they had a roaming photographer taking instant photographs. From that moment on, he kept telling me he loved the idea since he noticed that people were queuing up to ask the photographer to take photographs of them. It became an activity throughout the dinner that occupied the guests without disrupting the program. The company they took up was LiveStudios–and the instant photographs were really amazing. It was retouched nicely in a short amount of time so the people did not appear stark against the crowded background of other guests. And so, when I started planning the wedding, I sought out different companies that offered “Instant Photography”. It entails a roaming photographer (separate from your event photographer) going around taking photographs of the guests. Every guest in the photograph will receive a printed copy of the photograph (usually 2R) within a few minutes. The prices are different (higher) if you’d prefer a 4R photograph size. I emailed all of them for quotations and (of course), made up a simple Excel sheet spread. Here it is: Instant photography
I can immediately tell you that Live Studios produced the best photographs. I so badly wanted to have them for the wedding but their packages were the most expensive (starting from $1588). We debated hiring them but after some discussion, we knew we could not afford to part with that amount of money just as a side photography.
At the wedding we attended, they also had a live projection of the images taken at the wedding–another feature TF liked. What it means basically is that photographs that were taken will immediately be shown on the projector screen. And so guests will be entertained as they eat, watching the different photographs appearing on screen. Who am I to disagree when TF hardly asks for anything right? So I made sure that to find packages that incorporated the live projection feature. Note that some companies charge extra should you need to rent their projectors. Luckily for us, OCC offers complimentary use of their projectors (I’m pretty certain most hotels and country clubs offer the same) so we did not need to include those costs.
After much discussion, we met with Push Media Labs 2 weeks ago at Junction 8. I’m an East person so can I just say that there is not much to do in Junction 8? Haha. I had reached earlier and TF had called to say he had to work late and may not be able to make it (he did manage to come in the end but he was half an hour late). Walking around Junction 8 made me miss Tampines. I’m a creature of habit and grew up in Tampines (I moved to Pasir Ris 2 years ago), and so I didn’t enjoy exploring this new part of Singapore. Haha. Anyway, we met with Ben Lim who ran through the package with us, and showed us some samples of his work. It’s a straightforward package that includes a photographer, digital print artist and an assistant. Other features can be found in the pdf above. The only doubt I had with them was the lack of information on their website. They did not have any samples of their photographs on their website (and their facebook account was nonexistent). He assured me that he did not like putting the photographs up online. I was a little nervous (especially after reading all the articles about companies scamming people) but brushed the feeling away. TF and I discussed further after the meet up (the great thing about Ben was that he wasn’t pressuring us to make a confirmation and fork out the deposit); and so, a few days ago we decided to place a deposit to secure the date. =) I’m still a little worried but hey, I’m stressed about several other things so I’ll deal with it.
Comparing all the packages, Push Media Labs was undoubtedly the most affordable and they did have 3 printing stations compared to some which only offered 2–adding an extra printer would cost about $250 (if I’m not mistaken). Having more printers would mean the guests did not have to wait to receive a copy of the photograph. Also, Ben mentioned that with our 400 guests, it may be difficult to find all the guests in the photographs so we should advise guests to go to the printer table (that will located in the cocktail reception area) to collect their photographs. If possible however, I would prefer if their assistant could distribute the photographs to the individual guests but we understood that may be difficult with a large no. of guests. Live Studios offers different packages for larger groups of people which will employ more assistants to assist in the distribution. However, since I’m way too cheap to have that, I’m fine with this option. He also asked that we have one person accompany the photographer on the floor to invite guests to take photographs as there were other weddings he did where the guests were shy and hesitant to approach the photographer. I’ll have one of my friends who is friendly and outgoing (basically a chatterbox) accompany the photographer, especially since there may be a communication barrier with the older folks.
So we decided to go ahead with Push Media Labs simply because it was the cheapest and offered many of the same things the other companies did. Let’s hope the chance pays off on the wedding day!
I had considered the option of having a photo booth but I brushed that aside quickly since most of the guests would be the old aunts and uncles who would not enjoy the booth. I had to be realistic. Haha. I could imagine them looking at the booth and shaking their heads. Haha. But anyway, Kahwin Khronicles covered photobooths a month ago here very comprehensively. If you have young guests, may be a dinner reception involving only your friends and colleagues, a photo booth would certainly be a great idea and tons of fun!