The Goguan Hanbok Photo Studio gives you a great opportunity to take home memories of you wearing the Korean traditional clothes without worrying about the weather, the outdoor tourist crowd and the photo bombers.
They accept both reservations and walk-in guests, so plan your visit. Don’t go during the weekends and peak hours.
1. YOUR MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLE ARE ESSENTIAL.
To achieve a more convincing Korean look, let the studio’s makeup artists do their magic. If you have extra budget, get the photo package which includes hair and makeup.
You can also accessorize but make sure you know which ones are for ladies and for men. That’s a man’s hat by the way. 😛
If you prefer to save and do your own makeup, the studio provides a well-lit corner for you. Watch some Korean makeup tutorials to inspire you.
2. PLAN YOUR POSES.
If you avail of the package that includes a professional photographer, you’re only given 2 poses or backdrops. You will have multiple raw shots in your CD but will only have 2 different positions.
The photographers move quickly so let them know at the start if you already have something in mind. If you have no idea what to do, just go with the flow, they will guide you.
There is a staircase that leads you up into their selfie areas.
You have all the time to take your own shots here. Bring your selfie sticks and tripods!
Each corner has its own theme, so be ready to have different poses to keep your photos interesting.
Look out for pose recommendations printed on black stickers found on each booth.
3. GO CRAZY AND CREATIVE IN THE SELFIE BOOTHS.
Whether visiting alone or with a friend, don’t be shy. It may be crowded at certain times, but everyone would be busy taking the perfect shot. Don’t be too self-conscious.
Loosen up and be wacky…
Feel the moment…
But still be mindful of others who are next in line for that corner.
If there was a next time, I would do this photo shoot first thing in the morning then visit the palaces or folk villages which offer Hanbok rentals.
This way, I already have full makeup and hairstyle on. I’d have my indoor shoot in the morning then in the afternoon another outdoor/scenery pictorial with a rented Hanbok.
If you’re a dedicated selfie-ist, this activity can tire you out. Come to the studio on a full stomach!