Pre Wedding Photography in Bali

Bali pre wedding photo


Although this blog is about Weddings in Bali, we have decided also to pay some attention to pre-wedding photography in Bali. This is because Bali island has become the number one destination for pre-wedding photos or honeymoon photography in the world. Yes, you read correctly:

Yes, you read correctly: Number One in world! Which should hardly be surprising given the beauty of this island and the many locations if offers for stunning pre-wedding or honeymoon photography.


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BALI is Number one in the world for pre wedding photos

There is an overwhelming amount of options for Pre Wedding Photography in Bali. Many photography companies in Bali do pre-wedding or pre-nuptial or engagement photography or honeymoon photos.

In this article, I would like to give you some advice on choosing the right services for your pre-wedding photos on Bali island.

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Don't do pre-wedding photos at famous tourist sites

It is not advisable to do Pre Wedding Photography in Bali at the most popular tourist spots such as Tanah Lot, Uluwatu or Jimbaran or other major tourist attractions.

This is because these spots tend to be very crowded and it is difficult for the photographer to find the right spot without having many other people in the photograph. Also, some of those locations do not allow professional pre-wedding photographs to be taken, yet another charge very high fees to allow professional photography.

But most importantly: In Bali there are many, many other places which are equally beautiful but not crowded with huge numbers of tourists.

Also, we do not recommend you choose services which include locations for which an entrance fee is to be paid.

Again: It is not necessary because there are many, many locations in Bali where no entrance fees need to be paid. 

When the pre-wedding photo business started in Bali there no locations charged any entrance fees. But, when many photographers all started to go to the same locations the local villages started to see a business opportunity and started to request money for the privilege to photograph.

Ask how much time will be spent on driving to locations

You should also make sure that your photographer or photo agency gives you a clear idea how much time will be spent for photography and how much time for travelling between locations.

Some pre-wedding photographers in Bali spend up to 70% of the time you have booked them for travelling and only very little time for the actual photography.

You may book a full-day tour and, in the end, spend only 1-2 hours for photography and 4,5 or even 6 hours just for driving to those locations. 

I do not recommend you book such services because it is not necessary to drive for hours to reach beautiful locations. There are many, many alternative locations all over Bali which will require very little travelling time and which are equally beautiful.  

And those lesser known locations are more suitable because they are usually not crowded and offer more privacy and better views.


Bali pre wedding photo

Bali pre wedding photography


Full-day or half-day ?

And that leads me to the next question many couples have about Pre Wedding Photography in Bali. Should I book a full day tour or even a 2-day tour ? Or is a half-day photo-tour enough ? 

Ideally, you book a full-day tour but if you are on a budget a half-day tour is enough.  Depending on what company and what package you choose, sometimes a full-day tour from one company will give you fewer photographs than a half-day shoot from another company. 

Because, like I mentioned above, some pre-wedding photographers spend more time for travelling than for photography.

Pre wedding in Bali is always outdoors

Most photographers and photo agencies in Bali are not like bridal studios in other Asian countries. Because in Bali 95% of all photography is done outdoors and therefore, most photographers and photo agencies do not have a studio – there is no need for a studio.

Consequently many also don’t have dresses, gowns and other accessories. And usually, they also do not have makeup artists and hair stylists in-house.

However, there are some exceptions to this rule and at the end of this article, I will point out a few options for those couples who want to book a total solution which already includes dresses, accessories and even makeup & hair styling.


Pre wedding photo Bali

Pre-wedding photos in Bali

Makeup & hair styling is important

You will agree that for most brides it is very important to have excellent makeup & hair styling for your pre-wedding photos. So be careful.

Because many of the cheaper pre-wedding photo companies in Bali use less experienced makeup artists and hair dressers to save costs.

We recommend you choose a company which can show you many examples of the work of the makeup artist and hair dresser who will be responsible for your looks during the photo shoot.  

Or book a good makeup & hair styling company in Bali, such as BALI MAKEUP & HAIR., who have been doing hundreds of pre-wedding shoots in the past and had the experience to cater for brides of all ethnicities.

So please keep all these aspects in mind when you choose your photographer for your pre-wedd photos in Bali.

Recommended Pre Wedding Photographers


pre wedding photographer Valentino Ruya


Valentino Ruya has quickly risen to fame as a pre-wedding and honeymoon photographer. Hardly surprising considering his fantastic work. He does his pre-wedding photography at some of Bali's most stunning locations. 

Valentino's packages include unlimited dress & gown rentals for man and woman.  Makeup & hair by Bali's best styling agency. And also all the entrance fees to the fantastic locations you can see in his pre wedding portfolio. 

 Here are two articles we have published about the work of Valentino:

A new rising star among Bali wedding photographers and also VALENTINO RUYA – exquisite Bali wedding photography

If you the absolute Best pre wedding photographer you may want to check out: 

Best Bali Pre Wedding Photographer Michelle Pastel

Michelle specialises in 'emotive photography' - which means that besides capturing the sheer beauty of Bali he emphasizes on human emotions. Please check out his fantastic portfolio.


local Bali Wedding Photographer


Martin Dewata is a newcomer with the potential to become another shining star among Bali pre wedding photographers. Martin has been working for several of Bali's wedding photography agencies. And by the end of 2014 he started his own business. 

Martin Dewata is a local Bali wedding photographer. In the past, his focus was more on weddings than pre-wedding. But I feel he is also an excellent choice for those seeking affordable and good pre-wedding photos.

Here is an article about: Martin Dewata - local Bali wedding photographer



Bali pre wedding photographers


One company which I can highly recommend WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BALI because they:

- have been doing pre-wedding photography for over 8 years

- have a collection of fabulous wedding dresses, gowns and also casual dresses

- have very affordable packages

- have pre-wedding photo tours with minimal travelling between locations

In the following please find some examples of their work (click on the links below):

This is a nice example of a pre-nup photo tour in Bali which lasted half a day. 

Here is an example of a full day honeymoon photo tour in Bali.

Here is another example of a Chinese pre-wedding in Bali island.



International pre wedding photographer in Bali


Click here If you want the very best photographer for your pre-wedding photos in Bali: DOMINIK. He is an international award-winning photographer who will deliver you the very best pre-wedding photographs in Bali.

And here is one article you don't want to miss if you want the very BEST PRE-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER IN BALI.

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And as always, if you have any questions about pre-wedding photography or honeymoon photography in Bali, please feel free to send me an email as I will be most happy to assist you.


I wish you a wonderful pre-wedding shoot in Bali







See also the following articles:

Ultimate Guide to Bali Pre Wedding Photography

The Ultimate guide to pre wedding photography in Bali

In recent years, Bali has become the No. 1 destination for pre wedding photography in Asia. Therefore, an ever increasing number of photographers and photo agencies have started to offer pre-wedding photography services here in Bali. But you need to be careful when choosing your pre-wedding photography in Bali. Here is why.

read more

Best Bali Pre Wedding Photo Locations

Best Bali pre wedding photo locations

Bali is an island of outstanding beauty and therefore one of the world’s most popular destinations for pre-wedding, engagement and honeymoon photography. Spectacular beaches, beautiful rice paddies, mystical forest and dense jungle environments plus a unique architecture - you have it all in Bali.

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The cost of a pre wedding photographer in Bali

The cost of a pre-wedding photographer in Bali

You want beautiful pre-wedding photographs at a fair price? You want to be smart about how much money you need to spend for good pre-wedding photos in Bali? You want to avoid being ripped off or have nasty unexpected fees pop up?

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  1. Mme BURON Alexandra

    With return in France we had quite a lot of things to do.
    We have download photos and we thank you for it.
    They are sublime.
    Thank you for everything.

  2. wynni pang

    Dear Jameela,

    I plan to go Bali pre honeymoon trip on beginning of March 2015.
    I wish can get your rate for half day pre wedding photoshoot package actually I have took my pre wedding photoshoot. But I wish I could take a nice photo shoot in Bali for our beautiful memories.
    Please advise

    • Wilten

      Hi Wynni Pang!

      Thanks for your message. Great choice – your pre-wedding in Bali.

      To get info on wedding photographers and their rates and prices:

      You are on the right address! Let me know if you need more from my side at this point 🙂

      Warmest Regards – Jameela Tey

  3. Puteri Nor Diana

    ​Hi Miriam,

    Photos received. Thank you so much. We Love it! Send our regards and thanks to the Photographer Rudy, The Make Up Artist Ms Ketut and the driver Haris. Sorry if we got the names spelled wrongly. We really appreciate the help. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 🙂


    • Jameela

      thank you so much Puteri !!!

  4. Sai & Jen


    When my wife(fiance back then)was looking around for our Bali honeymoon photo, her wish was to get out wedding pictures taken in Bali with the best. I was excited to a certain degree. But man, after a day…I wish we could have booked for 2 days…I just want to compliment the service and professionalism of Dominik and his team. They picked us up from our hotel in Nusa Dua (I think). The photo shoot was excellent! We hired a guide to go around Bali before our photo shoot but the places Dominik took us, were amazing, we would have never been to places from our guides and tour book.

    It was more than great working with Dominik and his team, just after a few mins of shaking hands, we felt like we ve been friends for years. By the way, this guy lives in the most wonderful place, a unique entrance.

    I am from Burma/Myanmar and My wife is from Honolulu. So I wasn’t keen on taken pictures by the paddy fields. But when I saw the road side, paddy field. Burma is pretty in its own right but a combination of the sunset and a touch from this guy…Needless to say what next. Another lovely memories, my wife lost shoe just before we walked into the paddy field to catch a sunset, one random Balinese lady offer her slipper to my wife, such a wonderful act of kindness…you wont find anywhere else in the world.
    The photos are amazing. The experience was positively unforgettable, Bali will stay with us forever and within it, one day photo shoot with Dominik will be imprinted in our memories.

    Thank you for all and thanks for the beer at the end of the day. Just let us know, when will you be in town in Yangon, the drinks are on us !!!! Aloha and Mingalarbar !!!!

  5. meet

    i wanted to know the rates

    • Jameela Tey

      Thx for your inquiry. Pls contact the photographers suggested in our article directly through their websites.

  6. Malgorzata

    We had our wedding photos made by Wedding Photgraphy Bali and would like to recommend them to all couples spending their time on Bali. They did a really good job by organizing everything-the photographers took us to the most beautiful places on Bali and the make-up-artist made the best make up I’ve ever had – actually she was all the time with us and kept my make-up looking very good in all the places and situations. The photographers made hundreds of photos and we received a beautiful album with the most beuatiful of them in a very short period of time – I wouldn’t choose better photos then they did:) All the rest of photos we received on CD-rooms. They are really nice and helpful, they can organize everything-even if it goes about arranging the horses on a beach for the next day!;)

    Greetings to all the crew,

    Gosia & Kuba

  7. Winson


    I would like to commend Wedding Photography Bali for having done a fantastic job for myself and my fiance in Feb when we were in Bali for a pre-wedding photoshoot.
    I’ve received alot of praises from friends abt how natural-looking and beautiful my photos turned out. Importantly too was the fact that Dominik’s team treated us well and took good care of us during the session.
    Kudos to u!

  8. Hong & Mike

    My husband and I booked our pre-wedding photo tour with Wedding Photography Bali. It was kind of a last minute decision, so we didn’t have time to set up our tour until we arrived in Bali. It was very easy to arrange everything with the staff via email and finalize our booking. The owner and his cute daughter were very hospitable and the staff was very profession and fun. We were very satisfied with our experience. It was indeed a highlight of our trip to Bali. We not only got fabulous pictures, but we enjoyed ourselves on that day from being guests in the owner’s house to seeing all the wonderful places during the photo tour. I highly recommend their services.

    • Jameela

      very glad to receive your comment Hong & Mike. Thank you. Good to hear that you had a great experience with our member company WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BALI.

      Cheers – Jameela

  9. Yvonne

    Hi. As I am researching for a pre-wed photo agency, I’ve seen lots of photographs with couples hugging each other in so many similar places that honestly, I am a little tired of it.

    Bali is a beautiful place and I do wish my photos to be something special. I wouldn’t mind going to less-known places if you could recommend some. Also, while the greens of the field and the blues of the ocean are pretty, I am looking for places with more colour, say flowers or flowering trees, or places with bursts of colour. Is there a place like that?

    As I’ve mentioned, I really don’t want to take pre-wed photos of only just me and my fiance hugging… I am hoping for something romantic or fun that doesn’t just do that. I may be limited in my search but I’m wondering if there is a photographer who takes photos like that? Please let me know and I will be so grateful. Thank you!

    • Jameela

      For this you cannot go wrong with Bali’s best , international award winning photographer: Dominik. Check out his fantastic blog at:

      Hope this helps – Jameela

      Thank you – Jameela



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