Hiring A Destination Wedding Photographer

It’s hard enough finding a wedding photographer that’s right for you, let alone gambling on a stranger from another country. If your wedding photographer doesn’t speak English well, you could be in serious trouble when problems arise.

Although the memories of your wedding are likely to last a lifetime, how will you be able to reminisce on the most important day of your life if your photographer falls through? For members of the family who can’t make it to the ceremony, what will you show them? Sometimes it pays to play it safe and stick with what you know – that’s where destination photographers come in.

Package Deals

Paying for a photographer from home to follow you across seas can be exceptionally expensive, so see if you can get a package deal out of them, at a fixed price. Get this sum as low as possible because you’ll be paying for a shed load of extras: accommodation, transport, air fare…and that barely scratches the surface. Agree what you’ll pay for beforehand, or you’ll be in for a nasty surprise when the bill comes through.

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Be Kind To Your Photographer

Treat your photographer as a guest. They may be expensive, but they’re carrying out one of the most important jobs of the evening. Encourage them to have the occasional glass of bubbly and relax. When it comes to accommodation, set them up with the rest of the guests, rather than in some nearby dive.

Digital Copies

Ask your photographer if they deal in digital or film photos, as X-Rays from luggage security can damage rolls of film. Not ideal. Also see if you can keep several copies of the day’s photos – obviously you’ll want your photographer to go through every single one and bring them up to scratch, but if you have copies, should the worst happen, the originals are safe.

Get To Know Your Photographer

Have the same photographer take your engagement photographs and build up a relationship with him or her; you’ve got to like this person and their pictures, as he or she will be effectively tailing you for days. Inviting your photographer to spend time with your family will ensure a personal connection – a fast way to get fantastic pictures.

Fly in your photographer with the rest of the party. He or she will need a few days to acclimatize to the country and get inspirational juices flowing. If country house wedding venues are your thing, he or she can visit the ceremony location and start planning photo ops. Use these extra days to take plenty of pre-wedding photos to flesh out your album.

Snap Them Up At The Right Time

Plan to book your photographer on an ‘off season.’ Prices will be cheaper, as it’s likely that your photographer is struggling to get work.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are all prime wedding days, so if you plan to fly on the Monday and get your photographer back for Thursday, you could argue that you’re not impeding on the photographer’s work schedule. Cheaper prices, yay!

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

The photographer you choose for your wedding day should be one that creates the perfect snapshot of every special moment on your special day. Knowing how to find that perfect photographer involves knowing the right questions to ask. Below are five ways to help you choose the perfect wedding photographer.

Get Wedding Photographer Recommendations

Budget and style are both main factors when choosing your wedding photographer. Before you choose a photographer, be sure to ask family, friends and coworkers for recommendations. Remember that you will be spending a long day with this person, a memorable day at best, and you want to make sure that you like them. You want a personable photographer who dresses well, one that is calm and one that does not yell out orders. Ask friends who have been married who they used for their wedding and find out if the photographer was the quality photographer you are seeking.

Style of Photography

Look at the style of work the photographer produces. Think about what style you want to have at your wedding when you are photographed. Do you want a posed look? Do you want a sleek look, or a more real look? This can help you begin the process of elimination when you add or delete photographers from your list. Check out the photographer’s website, and see if their style matches what you are looking for.

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Photographer’s Website

When you go to a photographer’s website, it should be easy enough to navigate so that you see their best photographs and possibly a complete wedding picture set. You want to see photos of the getting ready process and the actual ceremony. You want to see what happens at the end of the wedding and the reception. The photographer’s website is a good reflection of what type of photography you can expect for your wedding pictures.

Ask Questions

After you narrow your list down to a few potential photographers, pick up the phone and start asking questions. You might want to ask if they shoot films or digital pictures. You want to ask them about the style of photographs they take at the wedding and what your wedding party is expected to do. If you are going to be getting ready for the wedding in one place and then going to a church, ask the photographer how they handle that circumstance. Ask them if you need more than one photographer to cover the entire wedding and reception. Another sign of a good wedding photographer is when they ask you questions about what you want and what your expectations are for your big day.

Personalized Wedding Photographer

The wedding photographer you choose should be asking questions about your wedding needs as well as how you met your fiancé and have background information on each of you. They should show interest in your lives, how you met and what you do for a living. This is the personal part that is important. This helps the photographer know both your personalities and have a better feel for what you both want on your wedding day. The questions they ask should all be about you and your wants for your special day.

Working together with a wedding photographer is the secret to any successful wedding and wedding photos. It is important that you choose someone who will make the day special and memorable for everyone attending the big event.

Lauren Spencer is a Wedding Photographer from Sydney, Australia. She became fascinated with photography the very first time she saw a digital camera and says she is very lucky to make a living from something she is truly passionate about.

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