Wedding Photography Workshop + Styled Shoot with Caroline Tran

When an opportunity to collaborate with LA-based wedding photographer Caroline Tran arose, TWS Editor Leana Doray jumped at the chance. After a few busy days of phone calls, text messages and planning, a romantic workshop and styled shoot at the Singapore Botanic Gardens was born. Wonderland for Detailed Planners along with Pearlyn and Paper added a touch of magic to one of the swings in the Frangipani Garden and Caramel and Co provided two charming dresses. Our real life couple, Mandi from Basic Models and her partner Bryan, canoodled lovingly throughout the morning making Caroline and her workshop attendees' jobs a breeze (and we know their gorgeous glow was due only in part to the beautiful looks makeup artist Andrea from Indigo Artisans’ created).

As an extra little something special for our readers, we asked Caroline to share some of her top tips on how to make your dream engagement shoot a reality, so don’t miss this at the very end of the feature, Wedding Scoopers!

We found time to take a quick snap of all the wedding creatives involved:

(Left to right) Back standing: Xin Yi from TWS, Apple of Petite Story and Huiqing from Wonderland for Detailed Planners. Seated: Leana from TWS, Pearlyn of Pearlyn and Paper, Chen of Chen Sands Photography and Caroline of Caroline Tran. Front standing: Mandi from Basic Models and Andrea from Indigo Artisans.

Photos by workshop attendee, Chen of Chen Sands Photography:

Photos by workshop attendee, Apple of Petite Story

Caroline shares some tops tips on how to bring your dream engagement shoot to life:
A pre-wedding photo shoot is a wonderful way to capture beautiful moments before the rush of the wedding, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens was the perfect romantic garden atmosphere for my pre-wedding photo shoot workshop. The swing set in the frangipani grove was my inspiration for the playful, whimsical theme for this couple, and I loved working with the wonderful team that The Wedding Scoop helped put together. Here are a few tips on making your pre-wedding shoot as amazing as it can be.

1. Find a location that fits your style
Research areas you're interested in and visit them if you can to get a feel for the overall aesthetic. Whether you're looking for a cozy beach, a lush garden, or an urban landscape, keep in mind what sort of feeling you want to evoke in your pictures. With our workshop, I decided to go with the Singapore Botanic Gardens because I wanted a picturesque and natural look, a soft and romantic setting filled with beautiful greens and florals.

2. Work with your florist/stylist who has an aesthetic that can fit your style
The little details will really bring your photos together, so it’s important to work out your vision with someone who can bring them to life. When I first saw the swing set and decided to incorporate it in my photo shoot, I knew I wanted it to play a central role, and for it to look as if the garden had grown all around it. Wonderland for Detailed Planners did an amazing job creating the effortless, free-flowing floral look I had dreamed up for this shoot, matching the style of the wedding bouquet to the decor on the swing set.

3. Plan your location with your wedding attire in mind
Whether you've found your dress or location first, make sure they complement one another and match the style. For this shoot, we chose these beautiful Caramel and Co. gowns.

4. Get your hair and makeup done
Even if you don't normally wear makeup, a talented makeup artist will enhance your natural beauty and the whole process will give you an amazing boost of confidence. Show them photos of both makeup and hair that you like so that they understand the look you're going for. Once you're feeling at your best, you're sure to set the tone for a beautiful photo shoot!


{Thank you very much for collaborating with us Caroline! We loved watching you work and would do it all over again in a heartbeat!}


Finally, a few words from the workshop attendees…
“I'm a HUGE fan of Caroline and am very familiar with her photography style, so it was such an amazing opportunity to simply just watch her work the shoot and take in her approach. I loved being privy to her thought process and seeing how she posed the models - her love of details has definitely rubbed off on me! It was also wonderful to hear firsthand her journey as a photographer. For photographers who work for themselves, it is often quite lonely and although I have some great friends who are also in the field, I still tend to keep my angst and worries about my business to myself! So to be able to gain advice and insights on wedding and portrait photography from her were invaluable. From discussions on business models to broader thoughts on how to remain confident and attract clients that are right for you, I really appreciated her candid and open discussion on all aspects of her work. Thanks so much The Wedding Scoop for organising such a wonderful workshop and bringing together a beautifully styled shoot! It's still too early to predict but I already think photos from the workshop will be in my favourite shots of the year!” ~ Chen

“During the workshop, I found Caroline to be very friendly and professional in guiding us. She shared everything with us and I really appreciated her patience in helping me understand certain parts of the workshop. All of us girls had a great time and the chemistry between us was amazing.” ~ Apple


{To all the wedding vendors who worked with us to bring this shoot to life, you are absolute stars and it's a delight to share your creativity with our community!}





Styled shoot co-produced by The Wedding Scoop.


Vendor Information
Co-production: The Wedding Scoop
Venue: Singapore Botanic Gardens
Photography: Caroline Tran
Wedding Dresses: Caramel and Co
Hair & Makeup: Andrea Razali, Indigo Artisans
Flowers & Décor: Wonderland for Detailed Planners
Wedding Sign & Calligraphy: Pearlyn and Paper
Models: Mandi, Basic Models with her partner, Bryan