A Few Quick Tips For Finding Destination Wedding Photography

By Devin Zuberg

There are some different steps that a person looking for destination wedding photography will need to take that would not be necessary if the wedding were in your home location. Taking a few important steps before you make final arrangements for your photographer will help you to plan your budget more effectively and make plans for a more successful experience.

Deciding on whether or not to hire a local or destination professional can be difficult. However, you will need to plan on extra expenses either way. There are special considerations when you are going to hire a local photographer that may make a significant impact on your budget.

Having a local professional join the wedding party will require that you include all of the travel expenses in your budget. This will include the extra costs for their camera equipment, a room at the location where the wedding will be held, food, and transportation while they are at the location.

If you are going to hire your photographer to travel to the destination, be sure to get insurance to cover them and their equipment during the trip. If the professional is injured while they are on your wedding trip, you will be responsible for the injury. Most cameras and other equipment are very expensive. If they are damaged on the trip, you will also be responsible for that. Having insurance will protect you from being liable for these costs.

Many people assume that their destination wedding planner will know a photographer at the destination, however this is normally not the case. Most planners have a network of individuals they work with that includes caterers, ministers, resorts, etc., but an area that they rarely are involved with is photography. If you are getting married during the peak season for a destination, the resort may not have a photographer on site who can take your photos.

Resorts may have a photographer in-house, but you will not know what the quality of their work is until after your wedding, which will be too late. Before contracting for a resort photographer get the names of some people that have had their weddings shot by the person and contact them. Find out if the photographer was able to give the kind of service that they wanted.

It will be very helpful if you make a detailed list of what kinds of pictures you want the photographer to take and the locations where you want the pictures taken. Meeting with the photographer the day before the event and going over the list and showing them the locations will help them to provide you with better service.

Planning your destination wedding photography will take a little extra effort and planning. But, when you spend the time preparing and getting everything done ahead of time, you will have a more pleasant experience with your wedding photos. In addition, you will have time to add money to your photography budget and will not be alarmed when the costs of your professional services are increased.

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