Themed Photo Studios In Singapore
A couple of decades back, passing by The Heeren would mean stopping by for a quick Neoprint session with your besties. Now that those nostalgic photo booths are almost gone, there are other options where you can capture precious moments.
Be it for an anniversary celebration or a graduation shoot, make your photo taking experience more memorable by visiting the following themed photo studios in Singapore.
1. Dollop Selfie Studio – Korean-inspired black and white photos
In a self-photo studio, you get to be yourself without feeling awkward in front of a photographer. Dollop Selfie Studio is a Korean-inspired black and white self-photo studio with professional cameras and studio lighting. With the shutter clicker in your hands, you are in control of the photos ‒ this way, you’re the photographer.
Since it is a private studio, you won’t have to worry about expressing yourself while getting stares. Get creative with your poses and make full use of the space with your other half, best friends or family members.
2. 123 ChiCha – 24/7 immersive selfie studio with props
If you’ve always wanted to have a one-of-a-kind photoshoot, 123 ChiCha is the studio to get it done. With 20 photogenic backdrops renewed every 3 to 6 months, 8 themed rooms, and more than 200 different costumes to choose from, you are going to be spoilt for choices. Not to mention, they also have a makeup station with hair styling tools.
Don’t worry if you don’t own a professional camera as 123 ChiCha has a selfie stand equipped with a remote control for you to take photos using your phone. They even provide portable chargers in case your phone battery depletes after taking too many selfies.
As their doors are open 24/7, you can book a slot and head down with your friends even after supper. This could only mean more late night and fun activities.
3. Fotomat – Singapore’s first self-photography studio
Located in the vicinity of Bras Basah, Fotomat is Singapore’s first self-photography studio that lets you take photos in black and white. Thanks to its popularity, Fotomat opened a second outlet near Chinatown to accommodate the high demand. Without a photographer in the picture, express your best self through cute, romantic or even quirky poses.
Price: $30 for 15 mins
Address: 3F, Unit 2, 155 Waterloo Street, Stamford Arts Centre, Singapore 187962ㅣ 3F, 6B Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089114
Opening hours: 11am to 9pm daily
Booking: Book online
4. Hip Xiong Photo Studio – SG’s first and only wet plate photography studio
Wet plate photography is a technique used in the early stages of photography for developing images on a metal plate. You won’t find it elsewhere in Singapore except at Hip Xiong Photo Studio ‒ Singapore’s first and only photo studio that uses such a technique. Not only will you get your photos taken professionally, but you also get to witness your photos developed the old school way.
Make full use of the photo-taking session by dressing up like those in the 60s to recreate that retro look – your next date idea with bae settled.
5. Photopia Self Studio – Conveniently located in town
Photopia Self Studio is centrally located at Orchard Central, making it convenient no matter where you stay. Besides their black and white room, they also have a colourful room with 5 vibrant backdrops to choose from. Look out for updates of the space, as they have mentioned on their socials that there will be a new magazine room coming soon too.
Price: $30 for 15 mins
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #04-09, Singapore 2338896
Opening hours: 11am to 9pm from Mondays to Thursdaysㅣ10am to 10pm from Fridays to Sundays
Booking: Book online
6. Studio03 Photo studio – Portrait photography with over 50 backdrops
IC photos don’t have to turn out unglam when you’re having yours taken at Studio03 ‒ a studio inspired by Korean-style portraits and profile photos. They have 50 different coloured backdrops, making sure that you will definitely find one that suits you best.
After the shoot, watch as the photographer helps you remove the blemishes on your skin. You can even request for your facial features to be altered such as sharpening your jawline or getting that V-shaped chin you’ve dreamed of.
Besides portrait photo service, Studio03 has a self-photo studio for those who prefer to take photos by themselves. In addition, they also provide pet photo service, giving you a chance to dress up your fur babies.
7. Photobytes – Pet-friendly self-photography studio
The possibility of photography is limitless when you get to experiment with various lightings and props. At Photobytes, you can get your creative shots taken at their Twilight room ‒ with sunset, violet or mixed lightings. For those who prefer the classic black and white or colour rooms, they have those too.
On top of their various options, they are also pet-friendly. This means you can bring along your dog, cat or bunny with you on set for even more adorable shots.
8. J Media Studio – Monthly themed photography studio
J Media Studio is a photo studio located at Far East Plaza where the themes of their rooms change monthly. For the month of August 2021 for example, they set up their room modelled after a Western study. With plenty of interactive props, you can pretend to read at the study table or sip a cup of tea like a rich tai tai on their navy armchair.
Students can flash their student card to book the studio at a cheaper rate. Halfway through the shoot, you can also buy tidbits and drinks if you’re feeling peckish.
Price: $35 for 1 hour
Address: 14 Scotts Road, #01-98, Singapore 228213
Opening hours: 9am to 10pm daily
Booking: WhatsApp 8748 4102
9. Full House – Shanghai-themed bar turned photo studio
Full House is a Shanghai-themed bar before it was converted into a photo studio when dining in wasn’t allowed during P2HA. With decorations like retro wall posters, neon signs featuring Chinese characters and vintage box luggage, it’s as if you’re physically transported to experience nightlife in 70s Shanghai.
If you prefer to have your photos taken professionally, you can book in advance with their photographer at $100 for 10 photos, with the option of having 3 of them edited. If not, you can simply pay an entrance fee of $25 to enjoy a free glass of beer or their speciality coffee while you snap unlimited photos yourself.
Price: $25 onwards
Address: 593 Geylang Road, Singapore 389532
Opening hours: 2:30pm to 10:30pm Tuesdays to Sundays
Booking: WhatsApp 9028 1381
10. Colight Studio Singapore – NYC-inspired industrial theme
New York City is one of the many places people dream of visiting at least once in their life. At Colight Studio, you get to experience “hanging out” in a NYC loft, so you can channel TV shows like Friends or Sex And The City.
The backdrop is made of a brick wall and you will also find a sofa bed to pose and take Instagram-worthy shots. Adding on, the “window” on the side is actually a monitor screen and the scenes can be changed accordingly. You can make it look as if the sun is shining in or even switch things up by creating a snowy window scene ‒ a sight you’ll never find in Singapore.
Besides this studio, they also have a brighter setup where you can play with natural light. Also, their fully equipped professional studio has all the space you need for a full production shoot.
Price: Contact for price
Address: 101 Eunos Avenue 3, #06-07B, Singapore 409835
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm Mondays to Fridaysㅣ11am to 5pm Saturdays to Sundays
Booking: Book online
11. BabyU Studio – Spacious studio with natural light
Nothing gives your photos a warm and sunkissed look quite like natural lighting. BabyU Studio is a spacious Korean-inspired photo studio with natural light ‒ ideal for baby, maternity and family photos.
The studio is decorated with a minimalist interior, with emphasis on wooden accents. Plus, the use of potted plants provides a natural and relaxing atmosphere that will help you rid the jitterbugs when you pose in front of a camera.
12. LunarWorks – 5 themed studios including Japanese and Western
The ongoing pandemic has undoubtedly gotten travel enthusiasts itching for a getaway. While we can’t head overseas yet, why not “travel” to Japan with LunarWorks’ Japanese-themed studio? The set features cherry blossoms and a wooden table with Sake drinkware for you to fake your drinking shots. Sugoi~!
Besides their Japanese-themed studio, there are 4 other permanent themes such as Western and Light Wall. From time to time, they also have pop-up themed rooms that offer unique backdrops and settings..
Create Precious Memories With Your Loved Ones By Visiting One Of These Themed Photo Studios
Instead of fussing over what to do on the weekend, plan a trip with your loved ones to one of these themed photo studios. Photos are a great way to create special moments and you can do so either by yourself or with the help of professionals.
For more fun places to visit in Singapore, check out the newly-opened Joya Onsen Cafe.