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University Convocation 2019: Here Are 6 Alternatives To Serangoon Broadway You Can Consider

One size doesn’t always fit all. Here are other studios with something different to offer from the de-facto choice of Serangoon Broadway.


Since the 1990s, Serangoon Broadway has grown to become a household name for graduating students who want to take photos with their families.

It has also become the default place for most to-be graduates to collect their graduation gown. It is hence not surprising that most would choose to take photos in the same place due to convenience. The studio has done a great job in differentiating itself from its competitors by providing value-added services such as free make-up for women and blazers for men to wear.

Currently, there is a 20% discount across all graduation portraits. For the family portrait, prices start from $180 for an 8R (8” X 10”) to $2,880 for a 60R (60” X 40”), which is the largest size available.

However, some of us might want digital copies. Others might want to shift away from conventional studio photography. Above all, we are all seeking for the most wallet-friendly option. Hence, we have shortlisted 6 other studios you can consider to capture this monumental moment of your life.

#1 Gloria Photo Studio

Location: 1 Irving Place, 369546

Gloria Photo Studio carries convocation gowns from numerous universities in the United Kingdom, China, Canada, Singapore, and more.

The graduation packages are wallet friendly. Unlike Serangoon Broadway, this studio provides free soft copies with a purchase of any package. If you do not want any hard copies, you can just buy the digital copy at $50 (Individual) or $250 (Family).

The package prices are listed below:

Package 1 8” X 10”
Free 1 x 5R Print
$99
Package 2 11” X 14”
Free 1 x 5R Print
$199
Package 3 16” X 20”
Free 2 x 5R Print
$350
Package 4 20” X 24”

Free 2 x 5R Print

$450
Package 5 24” X 30”
Free 4 x 5R Print
$650
Package 6 30” X 40”
Free 4 x 5R Print
$1050

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#2 The Beauty Box Studio

Location: 452 North Bridge Road, 188733

This modern studio might be relatively young, but its services are second to none. Although they do not provide any outfits apart from the graduation gown, this studio offers ultra-competitive prices.

However, unlike Serangoon Broadway, The Beauty Box Studio does not provide any free make-up services. In fact, the make-up and hairstyling service costs $65 for women, $25 for men, and $15 per child aged 3 to 12 years old.

There are only two convocation packages:

 

Package A

– 16R (16” X 15”) reprint enlargement with free framing and lamination
– 3 x 5R (5” X 7”) Colour Prints
$258
Package B – 20R (20” X 16”) reprint enlargement with free framing and lamination
– 2 x 5R (5” X 7”) Colour Prints from Family set
– 1 x 5R (5” X 7”) Colour Prints from single set
– Free 10R (10” X 8”) framed reprint of Single Graduate
$418

#3 Instant Glamour

Location: 13 Stamford Road, 178905

This hidden gem in the heart of town has done photo shoots for big organisations. Because it is situated in such a central location, it is very convenient for you and your family. There is no convocation package per se, but you can purchase the family package. Ladies may choose to top up $60 for makeup and $30 for hairstyling.

 

Family – S8R (A4) package

– 5 best images in 5 x 4R
– 1x S8R photo
$248
Family – 12R (A3) frame package – 5 best images in 5 x 4R
– 1x 12R photo and dustproof lamination and classic wood framing
$368
Family – 16R (A2) frame package – 5 best images in 5 x 4R
– 1 x 16R photo and dustproof lamination and classic wood framing
– 2 x S8R reprints
$498
Family – 20R (A1) frame package – 5 best images in 5 x S8R
– 1 x 20R photo and dustproof lamination and classic wood framing
– 5 x 5R reprints
$698

With so many deliverables, the packages from Instant Glamour are worth your every cent. It gets better — all packages include a complimentary Instant Glamour 4R slip in a photo album.

#4 EO Digital Photo

Location: 271 New Bridge Road, 088748

Established in 2004, this professional studio is rated 4.3 stars on google reviews. EO Digital Photo provides soft copies across all its convocation packages and is probably one of the most competitively priced in the market.

 

Individual

– One 8”x12” photo with laminate finish and frame
– Free 6 x 4R (same as framed photo)
– 1 soft copy returned on CD
$98
Couple – One 11”x14” photo with laminate finish and frame
– Free 6 x 4R (same as framed photo)
– 1 soft copy returned on CD
$198
 

Family package 1 (3 – 5 people)

– One 11”x14” family photo with laminate finish and frame
– One 8”x12” graduate photo with laminate finish and frameFree 3 x 5R or 6 x 4R (same as framed photos)
– 2 soft copies returned on CD
$298
Family Package 2 (3 – 5 people) – One 11”x14” family photo with laminate finish and frame
– One 11”x14” graduate photo with laminate finish and frame
– Free 3 x 5R or 6 x 4R  (same as framed photos)
– 2 soft copies returned on CD
$398

 

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#5 Bespoke Photography

Location: 125 Geylang East Ave 1, 381125

If you are looking beyond the conventional studio shoot, Bespoke Photography also provides outdoor photography services. Prices are also not based on packages, but rather, the number of hours for each photo shoot.

Package 1 Approx 50 photos 1 hour, $200/hour
Package 2 Approx 100 photos 2 to 3 hours, $150/hour
Package 3 Approx 200 photos 4 hours and more, $120/hour

 

No matter the package you choose, the talented staff will edit every photo and deliver them to you within 10 working days.

#6 Werkz Gallery

Location: 140 Paya Lebar Road, 409015

Easties rejoice! Unlike most studios, Werkz Gallery allows you to view and select photos right after the photography session. They also provide complimentary usage of jackets and ties for family members. They will also help you arrange for an academic gown, subject to availability.

 

Package A – Family + Individual

– One 11”x14” canvas print with an exclusive frame (family) with 6 x 4R preview prints
– Free 8”x10” digital print in exclusive folder (individual) with 6 x 4R preview prints
$250
Package B – Individual One 8”x10” canvas print with exclusive frame with 6 x 4R preview prints $150

 

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Once In A Lifetime

Although Serangoon Broadway has become one of the most popular options around for graduates, there is no harm trying out another studio which has equally good reviews and packages that are competitively priced.

Furthermore, if you stay very far from Serangoon Broadway, it is not practical to travel down just to collect your gown and take photographs. Instead, consider choosing a studio nearer to your home or in the heart of town.

There are other factors to consider too, such as the availability of digital copies and the style of the photographer. Graduation photos last a lifetime so be sure to find a photo studio most suitable for you. Happy graduation and all the best in the next stage of your life!

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