Top 8 University Convocation Photography Studios in Singapore
 
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Top 8 University Convocation Photography Studios in Singapore

Rebecca Liew
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If your family’s anything like mine, then arranging to have cheesy photos taken in a studio probably wouldn’t be a priority.

Heck, my parents paid an amateur photographer $60 for a godawful shot of me collecting my scroll on-stage, my face flushed and puffy — no thanks to the effects of hay fever. Yep, definitely one of my best moments.

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Yet you’ll find a slew of studios offering graduation photography and academic dress rental services around Singapore, starting with Serangoon Broadway. Here’re alternatives to consider for those on a budget.


Serangoon Broadway

Did you know Serangoon Broadway began as a wedding photography provider in the ’60s? That’s long since changed; it’s today the official vendor for academic dress rental services for the likes of NUS and NTU.

Apart from gowns, its space — spanning 10,000 square feet — includes four photography studios, the largest of which holds up to 60.

A typical photography session lasts around one-and-a-half hours, though that depends on your chosen package. As with most studios, you’ll find a myriad of backdrops and props for your picking.

Serangoon Broadway also offers a (practically permanent) 20% discount on its packages, which summarised in this table:

 What You'll Get Cost
Package 1One 8R (8” x 10”) framed canvas photo

Six 4R reprints
$120 to $80
Package 2One 14R (14” x 11”) framed canvas photo

Six 4R reprints
$220 to $280
Package 3One 20R (20” x 16”) framed canvas photo

Six 4R reprints
$280 to $380
Package 4One 24R (24” x 20”) framed canvas photo

Six 4R reprints
$380 to $480
Package 5One 30R (30” x 24”) framed canvas photo

Six 4R reprints
$580 to $680

Head over to their site for a comprehensive list of packages.

Address: 1365 Serangoon Rd | Tel: +65 6293 3998 | Email: [email protected] | Hours: Tue to Sun, 10am to 9pm. Closed Mondays


Gloria Photo Studio

Since 1986, Gloria Photo Studio’s offered all manner of photography services — whether commemorative convocation shots or family portraits.

If you’re look at academic dress rental services, you’ll find a sizeable number of options from popular universities that’re free for use if you’ve booked a studio photography session. Gowns on offer include those from:

  • NTU
  • NUS
  • Singapore Institute of Management
  • Curtin University
  • Australia National University
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University

You’ll also get to choose your trimmings, from hoods and mortarboards to suits, shirts and accessories.

Here’s a closer look at prices:

 What You'll GetCost
Package 1 One 8” x 10” framed canvas photo

One 5R reprint
$99
Package 2One 11” x 14” framed canvas photo

One 5R reprint
$199
Package 3One 16” x 20” framed canvas photo

Two 5R reprints
$350
Package 4One 20” x 24” framed canvas photo

Two 5R reprints
$450
Package 5One 24” x 30” framed canvas photo

Four 5R reprints
$650
Package 6One 26” x 36” framed canvas photo

Four 5R reprints
$850
Package 7One 30” x 40” framed canvas photo

Four 5R reprints
$1,050

Address: 1 Irving Place, #06-13, The Commerce @ Irving | Tel: +65 6538 4883 | WhatsApp: +65 9298 4276 | Email: [email protected] | Hours: Mon, Tues & Thu to Sun, 12pm to 7pm. Closed Wednesdays


The Beauty Box Studio

Though younger than its counterparts, The Beauty Box Studio’s nonetheless developed a following thanks to its portrait photography services, whether convocation or corporate shots.

Here’s a look at its two packages:

 What You'll Get Cost
Package AOne 16R (16” x 15”) reprint enlargement with complimentary framing and lamination

Three 5R (5” X 7”) colour prints
$288
Package BOne 20R (20” x 16”) reprint enlargement with complimentary framing and lamination

Two 5R (5” x 7”) colour prints of family portrait

One 5R (5” x 7”) colour print of graduate (solo portrait)

One free 10R (10” x8”) framed reprint of graduate (solo portrait)
$488

Unlike Serangoon Broadway, makeup and hairstyling services come at an added cost. Like most photography studios, you’ll also be able to rent graduation gowns from major polytechnics and universities in Singapore for shoots. These include academic dresses from:

  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic
  • Curtin University
  • SMU
  • NTU
  • NUS
  • SIM
  • RMIT
  • University of London

Address: 452 North Bridge Rd, #02-00, Chan Brothers Building | Tel: +65 6835 3012 | Email: [email protected] | Hours: Mon to Sat, 11am to 7.30pm. Open on Sundays by appointment only. 


EO Digital Photographics

Here’s a studio whose extensive selection of 14 packages are designed primarily for big groups.

While most studios typically only offer prints for one image per package, EO Digital Photographics goes beyond that. Its priciest family package — which comes in at $1,498, for a group of three to ten — includes a framed family photo, individual portrait shot and four additional free images.

We’ve highlighted several for your picking:

 What You'll GetCost
Individual PackageOne 8” x 12” framed laminate

Six 4R reprints

One soft copy
$98
Couple PackageOne 11” x 14” framed laminate

Six 4R reprints

One soft copy
$198
Family Package (3~5 pax)One 11” x 14” framed laminated family portrait

One 8" x 12" framed laminate (solo graduate portrait)

Six 4R reprints OR three 5R reprints

Two soft copies
$298
Family Package (3~5 pax)One 11” x 14” framed laminated family portrait

One 11" x 14" framed laminate (solo graduate portrait)

Six 4R reprints OR three 5R reprints

Two soft copies
$398
Family Package (3~5 pax)One 16” x 20” framed laminated family portrait

One 8" x 12" framed laminate (solo graduate portrait)

Six 4R reprints OR three 5R reprints

Two soft copies
$498

Address: 271A New Bridge Rd, #02-00, Chan Brothers Building | Tel: +65 6536 3267 | Email: [email protected] | Hours: By appointment only


Bespoke Photography

Bespoke Photography’s specialty lies in outdoor photoshoots, although studio photography’s also available if more formal shots take your fancy.

Popular locations include on-campus shots, CBD locations or Singapore’s more scenic parts, such as the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Packages are priced per hour, as follows:

 What You'll Get Cost
Package 1~50 photos$200/hour (min. one hour)
Package 2~100 photos$150/hour (min. two to three hours)
Package 3~200 photos$120/hour (min. four hours)

Unless you’re planning a larger scale shoot — in which case choosing Package 3 could work out to be cheaper than other photography studios — four hours really could prove to be excessive, so do the math before committing.

Address: 125 Geylang East Ave 1 | Tel: +65 8338 1249 | Email: [email protected] | Hours: By appointment only


Werkz Gallery

Another affordable option this way comes — with graduate packages at Werkz Gallery going for $150 and $250.

 What You'll Get Cost
Package BOne 8” x 10” canvas print with frame

Six complimentary 4R preview prints
$150
Package AOne 11” x 14” canvas print with frame and six complimentary 4R preview prints

One 8" x 10" digital print and six complimentary 4R prints
$250

While jackets and ties are available for the shoot, you’ll be charged a fee for academic dresses — although it’s subject to availability. Appointments should also be made two weeks ahead of time, and will require a $50 downpayment.

Address: 140 Paya Lebar Road, #05-13, AZ @ Paya Lebar  | Tel: +65 6324 2202 | Email: [email protected] | Hours: Tue to Sun, 10am to 7pm


Portrait Gallery Photography

Its full host of services include commercial and corporate photography — plus portrait shots for families and newborn babies.

But if you’re just looking to capture graduation shots in academic dress, prices start from $438. That’s because Portrait Gallery’s three photographers each helm their own areas of expertise.

Extras include graduation gowns, which you’ll need to request for when making your appointment; a selection of over 200 photo frames to choose from, plus the option to have your photos printed on canvas.

(Note: We’ll update this space with prices soon as they come in.)

Address: 315 Outram Rd, #02-10, Tan Boon Liat Building | Tel: +65 6220 9757 | Hours: Mon to Sat, 10am to 8pm 


Nick Goh Photography Studio

Rounding up the list is Nick Goh Photography Studio, run by the namesake photographer and his team. With a focus on graduation portraiture shots, there’s a package for every budget.

These are the studio’s basic packages:

 What You'll Get Cost
B-10 Basic Package One 10” x 8” laminate$180
B-12 Basic Package One 12” x 10” canvas

One 5R reprint
$280
B-15 Basic Package One 15” x 12” laminate

Two 5R reprints
$380
B-20 Basic Package One 20” x 16” laminate

Three 5R reprints
$480
B-24 Basic Package One 24” x 20” laminate

Four 5R reprints
$580

Address: 115A Commonwealth Dr, $05-22, Industrial Block | Tel: +65  9380 6946 | Hours: Daily, 11am to 8pm 

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About Rebecca Liew
Lactose-intolerant, but also BS-intolerant. Having written for the likes of Marina Bay Sands and Time Out, I now spend my days saving up for my stationery shop retirement dream.
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