Wondering How To Hire An Event Photographer? Here’s How!

 

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Planning an event is no easy feat. You find the best food, you pick out the best venue, you hire the best DJ in town and then you remember that you need to capture the moments as well. By this time you’re probably exhausted from planning the event. The next thing you want to do is rest and not go out to look for an event photographer. But you have to anyway. The team at ThunderQuote would like to help you ask the right questions and conduct the proper research to find yourself the best event photographer because pictures are truly worth a thousand words!

We believe that research is the best way to get anything done because making informed decisions is the only way you can get what you want exactly. One more thing you need to note is that even though your best friend has a DSLR camera and they told you that they can take pictures of your next event for free, this does not mean that you should take them on, on that offer. Not everyone that has a DSLR can be a photographer and it’s important that you always remember it. A professional, business event needs to be commemorated with a proper photographer because the pictures can be used later on for marketing or advertising purposes in the future.

So what are the things to consider when hiring an event photographer?

#1 Figuring Out Your Budget

Well, nothing in this world is free isn’t it? Well this is the hard truth so whatever you decide to do, you need to plan out the budget at first. Unless you have a never-ending source of money, but until you do, get your calculators ready and get ready to calculate some numbers!

In the context of event photography, you will definitely get what you paid for. Therefore, you need to make sure that you evaluate your budget and please don’t skimp too much when you decide to hire your event photographer. Again, you would need to research the internet to search for great photographers around your area. Event photography isn’t as simple as normal photography. You need to find someone who is much more professional and have had much more experience. This comes with a price tag as well.

Make sure that you get a few quotes from multiple companies to make sure that you have a good selection to choose from. It’s always better to have a selection to choose from. Like we said earlier, planning a large corporate event is not easy and you would not want to just let some amatuer take over the photography of your prestigious event.

#2 Look at Their Portfolio

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It’s very easy for someone to tell you how amazing they are at something. Sure they can talk the talk but can they walk the walk? Nothing is set in stone until the company you’re thinking of hiring actually shows you a portfolio or their previous works. Taking pictures of a wedding or just normal outdoor pictures is very different compared to an event. Event are much more professional and the things that take place during an event is very different as well. So they must need to know how to handle themselves in situations like that as well.

Another thing you need to think about is if their style of photography matches the theme you’re going for as well. If you butt heads over creative differences, the experience will not be a comfortable one for both parties. So make sure you get these questions out of the way first before hiring them.

#3 Are They Insured?

Please, please make sure you ask the company if they are insured. We don’t want bad things to happen but some accidents do happen and you would not want to be liable for the damage done. Camera equipment is very expensive and you don’t want to be caught footing a large bill just because the company wasn’t insured. Ask to see their insurance papers as well during the negotiation process.

#4 Checking Out Their Equipment

This seems like a no-brainer but it’s crucial for you to make sure that the company you are looking to hire has the proper equipment needed for your event. If it’s going to be indoors, they need to have the proper lighting equipment or even proper tripods to handle the capacity of your event. Please make sure you share this information with the company you’re planning to hire so that they can make the necessary preparations for your event because you want it to be perfect. If you don’t indulge that information to them how are they supposed to know exactly what you need for that special event day?

#5 Read Reviews

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Everything is online nowadays so it’s extremely easy to go look out for reviews of the company you are planning to hire. Since the information is there, don’t do yourself a disservice and not read the reviews. Reviews are extremely important because it shines some light on the past work this studio has done. It also tells you how they handle their customers. You would not want a company that does great work but has no respect for their customers. So keep in mind to always read reviews first before diving straight into hiring the studio.

Ask the studio if they could indulge in more information on past clients so that you can give them a call and check their work out. Never be afraid to ask for more information. You will spending a great deal of money and you need to ensure that the money is worth spending.

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What are the prices charged by Singaporean photographers for an event?

Well, the more research you do, the faster you will come to realise that there is usually no set price on exactly how much a project will cost because it is all subjective. It all depends on the event itself. The duration of the event, the amount of photographers you need, how much equipment is required? It also takes into account if you want videographers? Will the photos be edited or not? Do you want them to be printed? These factors will all add up and slowly but surely you will see the price changing to suit your individual needs.

However, we did find the bottom line of how much most photography studios charge in Singapore. Their ranges go from SGD 150 – SGD 250 per hour. It will definitely increase with regards of how famous the studio is and the complexity of your project.

Professional photographers are important to have at events like these because it allows you to capture these amazing moments. The process of hiring one might take a while but when you find the right studio, you will realise why it took all that hard work. It will all be worth it in the end. Happy hunting!

 

ThunderQuote is the most comprehensive business services portal in Singapore, Australia and ASEAN , where hundreds of thousands of dollars of procurement contracts are sourced every month by major companies like Singapore Press Holdings, National Trade Union Congress and more.

What Are The Top Services You Need To Start Your Own F&B Business?

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Starting a business is always daunting and extremely scary especially in Singapore. This is because over the years the amount of restaurants and cafes have doubled and almost every concept has been used and it’s hard to create a one of a kind establishment. But do not let this disappoint you because we feel that the foundation of any service is the most important thing. If you set up your company right from the beginning you have a much higher chance of succeeding and taking over the industry sooner or later.

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Are Aggressive Price Negotiations With Vendors Damaging Company Profits?

 

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When you run your own business, you definitely understand the value of the money you’ve put into the business. Owning a business or a start-up company is a huge responsibility and every decision you make will definitely have a domino effect on the business as a whole. As a corporate employee, you also have a duty to your company to ensure that you get the best deal for the company.

One of the most important decisions is to negotiate prices with your vendors to ensure a good inflow of services that your company needs. This decision making should be taken seriously and it’s good to always have someone else help you with these decisions. This article by ThunderQuote seeks to help with that.

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How Much Does It Really Cost to Build a Website in Singapore? A Guide | ThunderQuote

Determining how much a website should cost is one of the most frequently asked questions. However, it is rarely answered accurately in the web design world. Even now, with millions of websites online, there exists no magic formula for calculating the expenses to make a site. Most times the total cost of your website would depend on the requirements of your website.

This guide by ThunderQuote aims to provide you with a rough gauge to calculate your total budget related with your website when hiring a web developer or web development firm/company.

Factors which you need to consider when making a website are:

  • Size of business
  • Rough Budget
  • Competition Review
  • Existing Content
  • Need for a writer
  • Frequency of updates
  • Need for multiple languages
  • Number of pages
  • Style of design (Simple, High-end, World Class)
  • Copywriting
  • Objective of your site
  • Navigation structure (to minimise the number of clicks to the right information)
  • Responsive design (Ability to response to the size of the device one is viewing with)
  • Database integration (Basic, Advanced, Full Development)
  • E-commerce functionality (Basic, Advanced, Enterprise)
  • Content Management System (Basic, Advanced, Enterprise) vs. Static
  • Extra databases or logic functions (eg. career application functions, geolocation, matching systems, listings)
  • Number of user types and access rights
  • Presence of user logins
  • Special animations
  • Special features such as news, custom forms, online store, blog, newsletter management…
  • Target users
  • Type of content (text, photos…)

 

Unsure of what type of website features you are looking for?

Here’s a list on the various types of sites available for easier reference.

Please note that the prices vary between minimum products and full production level systems, as well as firms with good track records and portfolio for which you should budget about 80-100% more than listed. For freelancers, prices should be either the same (or if lacking experience, around 20-30% less)

I would like to showcase my organisation/company.

It’s the 21st century, and over 60% of internet users research products and services online before they make a purchase. If your company doesn’t have a website, you are totally missing out! That said, a basic website will serve to help brand and market your company, showcase your products and services and inspire sales as a lead generating tool.

Most importantly, you will first need to identify your business’s expected traffic in order to get a better estimate of the costs i.e. higher traffic will require a higher end hosting server. A small-size company website provides information consisting of approximately 10 to 20 pages with some basic content management and social media widgets. A mid-size company website consists of up to seven main sections with the total pages not to exceed 30 whereas a large-size company website consists of up to eight main sections with the total pages not to exceed 40.

In general, web development, which consists of the features, listed below costs approximately $4,000 to $18,000+, depending on the requirements and complexity.

  • Blog and updates
  • Newsletter Signup/ Built-in Marketing Campaign Management
    • Encourages stronger relationships with its existing customers or use email marketing campaigns to cultivate new customers and reward loyalty.
  • Members Database / Built-in Analytics and Reporting
    • Manage your customer’s orders
    • Track customers’ behaviour, address, details, make customer notes
  • Listings of outlet, product and service
  • Comments & Reviews (i.e. Visitor’s input)
  • Contact Form
  • User login and database for customer/consumer
  • Roles & Admin Access Rights
  • Multilingual sites
  • Bookings for consultation & appointment
  • Video, Rich Media, Animations
  • Web Hosting/Domain

    I would like to sell my products/services. (e.g. E-commerce, Schedule Appointments)

E-commerce sites are those characterised by the ability to add products and transact business online i.e. payment gateways, and facility shipping, correspondence with purchasers, etc.

There are three main reasons why your store needs an E-commerce website to grow:

Collecting leads and customer data

It is difficult to collect email addresses and other useful information during checkout in your store. Therefore, having an E-commerce site helps you gather this information effectively and efficiently. Furthermore, you can build a long-term relationship with your clients and you would be able to push through time sales that will allow them to keep you in their top-of-mind awareness.

Reaching new potential customers through search engines

Your rank in search engines determines how visible you are. It is notoriously hard to drive traffic to retail businesses.The benefit of E-commerce sites is that there are galleries which are easily crawlable. With the help of SEO experts, you can drive a lot of passive traffic to your website and drive recurring sales. Hence, potential customers who have not walked past your store or heard about you from someone else, have the ability to discover you online.

Prospective customers can shop at any time they want

50% of Singapore netizens would do all their shopping online of possible. It is a convenient platform for buyers to purchase things they require instead of going through the trouble of travelling to different places and comparing prices. This increases the chances of purchases being made and ensures the growth of your business!

Other common options that can be added and increase these budgets are:

  • Customer account dashboards
  • Advanced or customised features (e.g. Auction functionality)
  • Additional optimisation for social media (e.g. Social messaging)
  • Multi-language features
  • Customer account dashboards
  • Data migration, database configuration
  • Transactional email
  • Automated shipping / Tax calculations
  • Image galleries
  • Multiple currency functionalities for purchases

    I would like to create a discussion forum.

Online messages boards, also known as forums, can be a great way to connect people who share similar interests. Such online discussion forum helps to create a thriving online community which will provide you and your membership with many entertaining discussions. It should have common features like user login database and forum threads. The cost for building a discussion forum typically range from $3,000 to $8,000, depending on the subject matter of the forum.

 

I would like to create a web application/platform. (e.g. Groupon, Facebook, Yelp, Salesforce)

Web applications are usually built for corporations, fast-growing mid-sized companies or well-funded startups.

  • Group Buy (e.g. Groupon)

A group buy website works in a way such that a product is posted online and introduced to the community, and interested buyers can register to buy at a discounted price within a time frame. There are different ways to structure a group buying situation, ranging from a casual one-time buy by collection of interested parties to the creation of interested buyers in securing ongoing discounts for goods and service. One way to illustrate this is – in exchange for the seller reducing the cost of a basket of apples by twenty per cent, every buyer has to purchase 2 baskets. The seller will then be able to enjoy a single transaction that improves daily sales. This platform consists of features like product & service listings, bulk discounts, group limited discounts and its cost ranges from $24,000 to $48,000+.

  • Marketplace, Price Comparison (e.g. Airbnb, Amazon, Skyscanner, Agoda, Food Panda)

Marketplaces are definitely one of the hottest areas of internet business right now. A web marketplace is a place online where products or services are offered by multiple third parties, and where the marketplace owner (operator) only processes the transactions. These web application platforms typically cost $80,000 to $160,000 and up. Basic features such as listings of products & services, customer feedbacks, vendor user type and shops should be included. Not forgetting, algorithms for matching and comparison is also an essential feature. There is no point cost cutting here and creating a platform, which will trouble the user in the long run.

  • Listings (e.g. Yelp)

Yelp is a local business directory portal with reviews & information on millions of business around the world. Users create profiles and submit personal reviews on dining, hotel, transportation and any other service they used in specific cities. A listing website like Yelp will require features like self-input, user input, listings of products & services as well as customer reviews, and the cost can range from $20,000 to $40,000.

  • Social Campaigns (e.g. Indiegogo)

Indiegogo is an international crowdfunding website which allows people to solicit funds for an idea, charity, or start-up business. Such site requires features which include user database, user IP, rich media and animations, payment gateways, and typically costs approximately $40,000 to $60,000.

  • SaaS, Customised Systems (e.g. SalesForce, Trade Gecko)

Software as a Service (SaaS) application is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. Such application platform which harness office workflows between multiple users have much more complex databases and protocols due to the need to interface between multiple parties, and typically cost approximately $240,000+.

Since building a successful web application/platform is a long-term goal, choosing a right web developer becomes especially important.

The only sure way to find out what it will cost to get your website idea developed is to get some quotes from experienced web developers. They can discuss the details of your idea with you and give you a good idea of what it will cost. Getting multiple quotes is helpful to give you an idea if a quote is too high (or too low, which can be of lower quality).

Web Development Vendor Checklist

A handy vendor checklist to use for evaluating a web development firm is:

  1. How many years has the company been in the web development business? (1 year or more is fine)
  2. Have they developed a site that is 60% similar, and can they show you the portfolio for it and provide references?
  3. Do they have a web project manager who is willing to show you the expected timeline, as well as contingency plans which would be activated in case of overruns and delays in reaching specific milestones?
  4. Do they try to understand your business model and target audience when setting out the scope of work, or do they simply ‘take orders’ from you about every detail?

For help on finding a web developer, ThunderQuote is able to help you in getting 5 free quotes from highly experienced web development companies or freelancers.

ThunderQuote is the most comprehensive business services portal in Singapore, Australia and ASEAN , where hundreds of thousands of dollars of procurement contracts are sourced every month by major companies like Singapore Press Holdings, National Trade Union Congress and more.

 

A Process Guide on Understanding The Troubles With Procuring Services

Procuring services is more than just purchasing products. Most buyers or procurers know that when engaging services vendors, for some reason, it can be a lot more frustrating than buying products. Why is this?

Products are tangible, and can be checked against purchase order requirements, specifications and run through statistical quality checks. But services are non-tangible.

So what is special about procuring services and engaging service providers? This article by e-procurement platform ThunderQuote seeks to provide an objective, third party perspective into your organisation’s service procurement risks and the steps to address them moving forward.

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Price Guide for Commercial Renovation in SG (Office, F&B, Retail)

Planning for your up-coming renovation but unsure of the budget and cost to renovate your office, F&B or retail? Renovation costs can range from S$320 to S$1080 per sqm. The cost of renovation depends on layout complexity, size of unit, materials, flooring, plumbing or any electrical and of course before the heavy work starts, consulting fees. Here’s a rough guide for you guys to gauge the cost of your next renovation:
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How Much Should My POS System Cost? Budget Guide | ThunderQuote

Thinking of upgrading your POS systems? But don’t really know of the cost that goes into it?

POS or Point-of-Sale systems are critical to F&B and Retail businesses like cafes, restaurants, retail stores and more. The costs of POS system vary greatly based on your requirements and the functionality you demand. Here’s an easy guide to how much you should budget for your POS System, depending on your needs.

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