Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Bali Wedding Preparation: Photography, Videography and Makeup

Just got back from KL for another round of fitting, here's the sneak peak.

Things has been pretty crazy, there are just too much to do in too short a time.

I originally want to delay this post a bit. However, there are just too many people asking me the same questions, so I think should just put the answer up for once and for all :D. Yup, you are right, this is another post that's originated from question by readers, this time focus on photographer, videographer and makeup artist.

If you remember from last post, I mentioned that the Tirtha's Divine Sapphire package covers photography, videography and makeup. Then, you may ask, what's the hassle about all these again?

Actually, the most basic package that's offered by Tirtha is their Gracious Pearl (for Tirtha Uluwatu, USD3,000 + 15.5% tax) and Dazzling Amber packages (USD3,500 + 15.5% tax). These packages basically just provide items for the wedding ceremony, ie. usage of venue, wedding celebrant, choir, flowers, program and welcome drinks for guests. PS: there is an even more basic version which only involves venue rental but I don't think that's really relevant for most destination wedding. 

As you can envision, getting Gracious Pearl or Dazzling Amber package means more hassle than Divine Sapphire. But it also means more choices for you ~  you can get the cheapest vendor possible, or even free if your friend is doing you a favour; or you can go for the top of the range service provider.

Go Pro or Go Budget? The choice is yours. Image from graciebarra.com and www.supercoloring.com

Perhaps I should start with our current arrangement for photography and videography.

If you can remember, the Singapore package we signed up come with 6 hours of photography and videography. For photography, we are free to choose either Tirtha's in-house photographer J.Irwan (see his work here and here, David Burden (work can be seen here) and AXIOO (extensive collection of work here).

For videography, only the in-house videographer was included originally. However, after much persuasion and negotiation, Tirtha finally manage to help us get AXIOO as our videographer too at Tirtha videography price.

Now, if you had requested a price quote from AXIOO for photography/ videography, you will know that their photography service starts from IDR 40 million (~USD 4,000) and videography service starts from IDR 50 million (~USD5,000) for 12 hours of services.

Screenshot of Axioo photo. Beautiful, isn't it?

Tirtha allow us to use their service at almost half the standard price, so be prepared that there will be some differences between Tirtha package and Axioo standard package. Here are some of the thing that you may want to take note of:

  • If you are want to use AXIOO photography under Tirtha pricing, there is a compulsory requirement to take up their photo album at additional USD1100 + 15.5% tax. On the other hand, AXIOO standard package includes a 100-pages album.
  • The AXIOO-Tirtha photography package only include 1 photographer, while AXIOO standard package includes 2 photographer.
  • All softcopy of photographs are return in both packages
  • Photographer are assigned randomly. ie. we don't get to choose the photographer
  • Tirtha-AXIOO videography package only produces a 12-min video; while AXIOO standard package produces one 5-min trailer + 30-min video
  • 2 videographer are provided in both package
  • Videographer are assigned randomly.

As you can see, there is much less control/ more uncertainty with Tirtha-AXIOO package. However, the price is still significantly lower, thus we decided to go ahead with it. Stay tuned if you want to find out how it eventually turn out. You can like us on Facebook so that you can get instant notification whenever there is new updates

Since Mr has spent A LOT of time looking into videographer and photograher (so much that he actually thinking of starting a website to compile all the searches, but that's another story) and I have been constantly asked about our photographer, videographer and makeup choice, here's the list that we have came across, have been seriously considering and find it worth sharing.



Before AXIOO expanded into Bali, we were considering Ricky & Co. 2 years back. We met up with a couple of photographers arranged by our wedding planner that time (Varawedding) and find the people in Ricky's picture really pops out.

We also met with Danny Halim and Photofactory.  Their work is also not bad, but our eyes were caught by Ricky's. It wasn't cheap to engage either of them. Their rate is around USD2k for 8 hours service 2 years ago. Not sure how much it has increased now. It will also be way more expensive, perhaps a thousand more, if you want to engage Ricky to be your photographer.

Screenshot from Ricky. I love how the people especially prominent in his photo.

On the budget end, you might want to check out Bali Wedding Photography, where 2 hours of photoshoot start from USD 275 and around USD 1k plus for 8 hours of work.


Mr is extremely particular about videography - I guess he has this secret dream of becoming a director that never got fulfilled. :D So when we almost decided on a wedding in Bali, the first and probably last research he did is on videographer (=.=)

Mr like cinematography style of filming, which means there are a lot of editing to make the video more interesting, but might lose a lot of information a long the way. The few videographer we considered are of this style. If you are looking for someone to capture your day from the beginning to end, perhaps you might need to look for someone else.

Top of the list is AXIOO. You can indulge on their collection of interesting video here.

Oh yeah, in fact, there was another videographer that's actually above and beyond the typical wedding videography ranking: Mayad Studio. Mayad Studio is actually based in Philippines and is internationally well recognized. They even did training in Singapore! Their wedding videography package was USD5000 two years back, and on top of that, we will need to pay for flight, accommodation, and food for 3-4 people. Hmm, way over our budget. But their standard is really really high.

Another good choice we are considering if we can't get AXIOO is Bali Metro. I will say they are pretty much on par with AXIOO in terms of videography, although Mr thinks that AXIOO is slightly better. Bali Metro 8 hours and 12 hours of photography is around USD 2-3K, slightly more affordable than AXIOO.

Make Up Artist

I didn't go for Tirtha makeup artist, even though it is included in the package. Tirtha refunded us half the value of the makeup artist, which is then deducted from other spending we incurred.

The main reason that I didn't choose Tirtha is because I find their make up is on the natural side. This is strictly my own preference to have smokier eye makeup and more sculpted look. If you are looking for natural look, then it might be your choice.

Another reason is that their makeup is quite pricey, at USD 450 + 15.5% for one time make up and USD 550 + 15.5% for full attend. Even for my case, the full attend make up is included in the package, I would need to fork out USD 280 + 15.5% for make up trial if I want it and if you need a change of hairstyle, that's additional USD 170 + 15.5%.

Makeup by Tirtha Artist

I would have gone with Tirtha makeup artist if I didn't bump into LONA. I like how they focus on the eyes and make the face more sculpted. And if you look at their before and after pictures carefully, you can find that they are able to correct things like uneven eyes, which I have. I find that most of the makeup out there will actually exaggerate the problem if they are not careful.

LONA bridal makeup start from $3million rupiah ( around USD 300) for their team or $4.5 million rupiah if you want to engage their art director. Touch up will cost another $1 million rupiah. Makeup trial by team is $2 million rupiah while makeup trial by director is $2.5 million rupiah. Their service is not cheap. But hopefully I get what I want. :D

Feel free to email me if you have any questions. We can figure out things together! 

Before and after by LONA



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