Hints To Finding An Amazing Destination Wedding Photographer

If you are like many brides in the U.S. who want to have an exotic wedding abroad, it can be difficult to plan when it comes to your wedding day photographer. How do you find one? What experience should they have? Where in the world do you begin? I have some suggestions to give you a jump start on finding the best photographer for your destination wedding.

How Do I Find Someone To Hire?

One of the most important things to decide at the beginning of your search is if you want a photographer from your home country, say the U.S., or someone from the country of which you are getting married. There are good things and bad things about both of these. If you choose someone from the U.S., the absolute first thing to do is make sure they have a means to travel out of the country legally, using a U.S. Passport. There is no sense in working with someone who does not already have a Passport because they can take weeks or months to receive. Also, hiring a photographer from the U.S. will allow you to talk more with them in advance about what photography you are wanting to capture for your destination wedding.

On the flip side, if you hire someone on location, this person will already be familiar with the area. With hiring a person from your exotic location, you will not have to pay any travel fees, such as flights or accommodations. Also, they know what outlets are necessary in the country. This is important because if you hire someone from the U.S., they must know what is compatible with their equipment. Otherwise, you will have a photographer with no ability to charge batteries.

Lean On Advice

One of the best ways to learn about what and who is good is to ask around. Look online on various wedding websites and see what others have done when choosing a destination wedding photographer. Ask friends and family if they have any advice. Contact your wedding location and ask for a list of preferred phoographers. Pay close attention to the cost of destination photographers. Make sure you know how much you want to spend and invest before you are presented with the costs. This way, you won’t be as overwhelmed or persuaded into spending more than you planned.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Everyone knows that when it comes down to wedding day, the timing is never just right. Have a list of shots that you want the photographer to capture at your destination. If you want to have formal pictures, make sure that the photographer knows where on location these pictures will take place. Communicate if you want the photos taken before or after the ceremony. When people travel, things can often become very unorganized. Having a plan for what wedding day photos you want and when you want them to happen will help guide the photographer towards seeing your destination photography vision.

Remember Today Is Your Wedding Day

No matter how stressful things can be, remember what is important: you are getting married to the person you love at the location of your dreams. No matter if you get married near an exotic waterfall or on the coast of Africa, this day is about the vision you had for your destination wedding. Don’t keep your guard up because somewhere, sometime, the photographer will be running around snapping pictures of your beautiful wedding and its events. Ignore the photographer and you’ll get those real-life shots that tell the story of your destination wedding. Making sure to take the steps necessary in advance before the wedding will allow you freedom and relaxation on your wedding day, knowing that everything, including the photography, for your destination wedding is covered.