Saturday, June 2, 2012

Portrait Photoshoot @ StarEast Bridal Sunway

I have been eyeing on the portrait photography deals on various group-buy websites, and when I saw this deal from Groupon, RM99 for 4 hrs photoshoot, includes hair and makeup, and 3 costumes provided by StarEast Bridal house, I bought the deal.

The moment I bought the deal, I called up StarEast to book a slot. However, the weekends were all full until the expiry date of the voucher. A bit frustrated, thinking that I have to take leave to attend the photoshoot. Few days later, it was announced that April 11 is the Coronation of the King, and it was declared a public holiday. I called up again and managed to get the date! So happy and excited!

I will talk about my experience with StarEast after all the photos. My package only includes 15 edited photos. Total 80 photos were shown to me and I managed to narrow it down to 40+ photos on the first round, and second round narrow to 30+. After that, I pulled Boy boy in to choose the photos and finally my 15 photos are chosen.

I only chose selected photos to be published in my blog:

What do you think of the photos?

Now, let me talk about my experience with StarEast. A long-winded one.

Before Photoshoot day:

-          I spoke to Grace when making my reservation, only the date was confirmed but not the time. 2 weeks before the photoshoot, I called up to enquire on the time, she told me that she could only provide me with the time 2 days before. I told her that I would prefer morning session (it was either 11am or 4pm session).

-          1 day before the photoshoot, no news from Grace, and I called up again. She told me it was 4pm. Ok fine. Then I asked her what should I bring, she told me to bring my own dresses just in case I does not like their dresses. Ok fine.  I asked further whether I should bring ampoules and eyelashes, she said can bring along to show the makeup artist. If these things are not suitable, then will have to purchase from them.

-     I was a bit angry after talking to her, she only told me all these things 1 day before the photoshoot. How am I supposed to prepare nice gowns  / dresses? Luckily being a makeup artist, I have ampoules and fake lashes. The only thing I can do is to pray that their gowns are nice, and the makeup artist accepts my ampoules and lashes, as I do not intend to top up any money.

Photoshoot Day:

-          The photoshoot day arrived. I was served by Jane, the makeup artist. She showed me an album of the gowns that I am allowed to choose. Much to my horror, it was either old fashioned cheongsam, Korean han bok, Japanese kimonos or the Western victorian styles. I asked whether do they have any dinner gowns, she said yes, but have to add on RM180 per gown. I was like WTF.

-          I didn’t add on anything. The red dress and the black dress you see above belong to mine.

-          I was ushered to the makeup room. Jane accepted my ampoule and fake lashes. She started working on my face.  Frankly speaking, I was very satisfied with her makeup as she made my eyes very big. LOL.

-          My photographer was Ah Kai. Before starting the photoshoot, we discussed about the theme that I want, my expectation and his expectation. The whole process he was quite funny.

Selection of photos Day:

-      When I browsed through the unedited photos, my expression was like “meh”. The photos were not impressive enough to impress me. However, I was satisfied with the outcome especially the poses with the black dress.

-      During my selection, another photographer came and complimented me that I am photogenic, he was trying to persuade me to get the whole CD of unedited photos for RM280. I, determined not to add any money, so I declined him.

-       If I was using their dinner gowns for photoshoot, I may consider purchasing the whole CD. The heck, I am using my own dresses ok, some more not the elegant nice gowns, those were just normal dresses and you ask me to top up money for the CD? I am not buying it.

Some hits and some misses for the photoshoot package. Some service I was satisfied, some service I was not. I was over the moon for my makeup but not over the moon for the photos. Nevertheless, it just cost me RM99, what more could I ask for?


Anonymous said...

hi, i have just took a photoshoot in stareast sunway recently which is same as yours. can i know whether they have edit your background or not? what did they actually will edit? because many of my photos are white background.

siewmun said...

Hi Anonymous!

The edited the white background to be whiter because the background was a bit dirty and old.

They edited my flabby tummy as per my request also.

Anonymous said...

hi Siew Mun,
how long you wait for your photos to be ready for taken after choosing them? are they call you before or after the date of delivery?