If you’re considering a destination wedding, it’s a good idea to do some preliminary research before selecting a photographer. Most couples opt for a destination wedding to provide a gorgeous backdrop for their wedding photos. To capture those fairy tale moments, you’ll need a well-qualified and professional destination wedding photographer.
1. DECIDE ON A LOCATION, A DAY, AND A BUDGET.
If you want to have a destination wedding, begin planning months ahead of time. After you’ve decided on a destination and a date, check the availability of a wedding photographer. The cost of destination wedding photography varies depending on the location, time, and a number of individuals in the team. Having an approximate budget from the start will assist you in determining what type of vacation wedding photography package is best for you.
2. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
Before you narrow down your destination wedding photographer options, do some research to learn about his reputation and experience in the area. You may be familiar with local wedding photographers, but it’s a Catch 22 situation when it comes to destination wedding photographers. As a result, begin your study as soon as possible.
3. EMPLOY THE SERVICES OF A LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER.
There’s a good chance you’ll locate the best local wedding photographer at your selected venue. All you have to do is conduct extensive research. The main advantage of choosing a local wedding photographer is that they will be more familiar with the area and will be able to recommend more stunning settings for the post-wedding session. If you want to have a low-cost destination wedding, hiring a local photographer may be the best option.
4. USING THE SERVICES OF A RESORT PHOTOGRAPHER
If you’re planning a destination wedding, find out if the resort requires you to employ its wedding photographer. Typically, the resort will not allow you to bring your own wedding photographer. The major issue with in-house photographers is that you can’t always rely on their work, and you might not always receive what you pay for.
5. DETERMINE YOUR STYLE
When it comes to contemporary wedding photography, there are a lot of terminologies that are used these days. Wedding photojournalists, fine art wedding photographers, and famous candid wedding photographers are all examples of lifestyle wedding photographers. Make an effort to keep things simple. Visually identify the styles of the photographers who have been nominated. See who has the most similar style to yours.
6. SHOOT CONSISTENCY
This is one of the most underestimated and overlooked aspects. It’s natural to be taken aback while viewing wedding photographs. However, if the quality of photographs is inconsistent throughout a wedding, the wedding day, and pre-wedding rituals like sangeet and mehndi, the cause is lost.
For each event, you’d like to see the shoot with the same level of photography. Keep an eye on how his or her photographs for day and night occasions turn out.
While talking and emailing to shortlisted photographers you will realize there is already a connection with one (or few) of them. Do you like his/her style of communication? Is he/she answering your queries and clearing your doubts effectively? Your prospective wedding photographer should be able to communicate ideas and understand your requirements.
Choosing a wedding photographer referred by a friend can be a good idea. If he/she has already covered a wedding in the family/friend circle, you will have clarity on all the above 7 points mentioned so far.
So, these are my suggestions to assist you in selecting the best destination wedding photographer.