Once you’ve selected a venue for your destination wedding, the next item on your to-do list is probably going to be hiring a photographer. Choosing someone you trust to document the most important day of your life is tricky no matter where you’re tying the knot, but it can be especially tricky when you live hundreds or thousands of kilometres away from your chosen locale. Some venues will provide their own recommended list of photographers, which is non-negotiable. This blog by Anna Kobelak Photography shares some tips on how you can choose the right destination wedding photographer!
Check with your wedding venue
Some venues, destination or otherwise, require you to use a photographer from their preferred vendor list. These are professionals they’ve worked with before and trust to deliver high-quality work. If this is the case at your chosen locale, it can make things a bit easier since the pros are pre-vetted for you.
We recommend thoroughly reviewing the photographers from the list to see if any of their portfolios resonate with you. If your venue doesn’t have a list of required vendors, you may still want to ask the property manager if he or she can recommend a few people that previous couples have hired.
Factor in the added expenses
Destination weddings often require a great deal of transportation and hospitality arrangements, not only for guests but also for your vendors. For this reason, many destination photographers, or those who are willing to travel to document your big day, hold their clients responsible for their travel expenses in addition to your chosen package. Some photographers will provide their quotes with travel already included, and some will provide quotes without travel and stipulate that travel expenses will need to be reimbursed on your final balance bill. If you need to stick to a budget firmly, it is recommended that you stick to choosing a photographer that provides you with quotes up front.
What is their passion level?
Are they passionate about their work? Is it just a job? Are they just going for the vacation? You can often pick up right away when you talk to the photographer whether they are passionate about their work. Pay attention to the level of enthusiasm when they talk about their images and how they created them. If their interest lays more with the amenities of the resort, then they might not be there for the right reasons.
Hire a photographer with experience
Experience is essential when it comes to hiring any wedding vendors, but a few notches under the belt is even more important when it comes to a destination wedding. While many photographers may jump at the chance to shoot a wedding in a beautiful location, there are many issues that come with it that they need to be able to anticipate. Photographers who don’t have experience shooting in the tropical environment can run into equipment issues, like lens fog, which can be a disaster to deal with.
Consider their style of photography
Every photographer has his or her style, and the bride and groom need to understand how each differs so that they can find the right pro. This is good advice for every couple, not just those throwing a destination event. “You will find that the aesthetic style of a photographer will also affect the flow of your wedding day experience. For example, if you choose someone with an authentic documentary approach, you’ll spend more time in the moment. If you choose a photographer with a more traditional approach, your photographer will plan more posed shots.
If you are planning a destination wedding, and you are looking for a quality destination wedding photographer, then hopefully these pointers by Anna Kobelak Photography can help you!
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