Venturing Into Boudoir Photography In Singapore?

Should I venture into boudoir photography in Singapore?

Recently I came across a video by a fellow expat photographer in Singapore, albeit she’s in a slightly different market – boudoir photography.

While boudoir photography is definitely much more niched down than what I do, which is portrait photography, it seems much easier to make a name for myself in that market due to lower competition. What do you guys think? I have also been getting some requests for boudoir photo shoots from some of the girls whom I take pics of.

Check out the above YouTube video to basically watch pretty much the pre-eminent boudoir photographer in Singapore.

What I personally think is that it could be one of the services that I offer, as I am thinking that perhaps.

Just sharing my thoughts on my blog here, and wondering if you have any two cents to give me?

It seems like you could charge a lot more and work with pretty girls! I had mentioned before in a previous post that specializing for weddings or pre-wedding shoots could also be a possibility. But that seems over competitive and certainly very overcrowded in Singapore. A simple search will show you hundreds of small time wedding photographers competing for business.

I would rather have a small business on my own and instead of fighting behemoths. Besides, living as a portrait photographer in Singapore has been able to allow me to make a decent income alone with no stress.

What do you guys think? Should I make this step and foray into the boudoir world in Singapore? I would be thinking that clients would probably consist of model wannabes, escorts, wives, e.t.c.

Life As A Portrait Photographer In Singapore


Being a portrait photographer in Singapore is not an easy job. First of all, other than the gigs you can get by partnering with a local studio, you will need to get your own jobs and appointments. Since portrait photography is not too widespread in demand in Singapore before 2005, I had to work hard to educate clients on why there is a need or want for portrait photography back then. Thankfully, it is better now in Singapore.

In my personal blog here, I will share with you some of my adventures while living here in Singapore. My parents were permanent residents in Singapore, and I am as well. So you can say that I know a fair bit of the ins and outs of Singapore.

One of the key reasons I decided to specialize in portrait photography is simply because Singapore has a high population density but is a terrible place for nature pictures. There are only a few parks and places in Singapore worth it for that, and you cannot really make a living out of it. People in Singapore are also getting married later and later. Fewer are also getting hitched. Therefore, wedding photography has been on the decline locally for the past few years.

Ok, now let us move on to what you can expect if you are also considering a life as an expat photographer in Singapore.

1. Singapore has a fast pace of life. Thankfully for you, if you are intending to be self employed, most businesses respond surprisingly slow. This means that if you do your customer service fast, you will get relatively more enquiries.

2. You want to enter with a unique selling proposition. Nearly every photography that tries to find their path in Singapore do wedding photography. That is why that is an overcrowded niche in Singapore, unless you can find a niche within. I personally opted for a subniche under portrait to stand out and attract clients.

3. While Singapore is well known for a ‘complain’ culture, it is often overblown. In fact, Singapore’s complain culture pales in comparison to the United States, where people take feedback very seriously. Therefore, just give good service, and do not worry about such complaints.

4. Alternatively, if you are looking for some other high paying alternatives, here are some high paying part time jobs you can go for in Singapore.

For general expat enquiries about Singapore, you might want to watch the following interview of a fellow Caucasian expat living and working in Singapore!

If you are looking for things to do or perhaps events in Singapore, you want to check out the following video too.