How to find and book a destination wedding photographer?
Getting a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you'll make for your wedding. For this reason, it's crucial to choose a photographer who has the right personality and style for your big day. But how do you find someone who will capture all of those beautiful memories? We've put together some tips on how to get that perfect wedding photographer!
First, choose a place for your wedding.
First, you need to choose a place for your destination wedding. The location should be beautiful, but also accessible and affordable. It should be unique as well—not just another beachside resort or hotel lobby. You want an experience that will be memorable for all of your guests, not just those in attendance at the ceremony itself.
If you're worried about cost then consider getting married on one of these islands:
- Tahiti (French Polynesia) - This island has been described as "the most romantic place on Earth." With its rich culture and stunning scenery it makes for a perfect backdrop for any kind of wedding event!
- Hawaii (Hawaii) - One of America's most popular tourist destinations; Hawaii offers something unique from each part of its vast landmass without ever feeling crowded by tourists like some other states do during peak seasons such as Christmas or Thanksgiving weekend when many people come together over family events so getting married here allows couples who want something different from what everyone else does during those times!"
Then, create a list of photographers you like.
Now that you know how to find a destination wedding photographer, it's time to create a list of photographers you like. There are many ways to do this:
- Use the internet. Google is your friend when it comes to finding all kinds of information about photographers and their work, including their experience level and past clients' reviews. You can also use Yelp or Wedding Wire as resources for finding local photographers who specialize in destination weddings (or any kind of wedding).
- Ask friends for recommendations! If they've been married before and had a good experience with their photographer(s), chances are good that they'll recommend someone else based on that experience. If not—well...you can always ask them what they think!
- Ask family members if anyone has ever used this particular vendor before on another occasion when shared photos were taken during one event (like an engagement party). This could lead directly into another source for ideas such as website URLs where more information about these individuals' services may be found online like LinkedIn profiles which include personal emails linked back up through phone numbers so people don't forget which ones have been contacted already."
Create a budget and establish priorities.
Before you start looking for a photographer, it's important to create a budget. You'll want to establish priorities based on the type of photos that you want and their quality.
- Quality: What will be most important to you? Are there any specific types of photos that matter more than others? For example, if your wedding is going to be outdoors in the summertime (and thus subject to natural light), then not having enough indoor shots might not matter as much as having lots of unique details captured with flash photography or using an external strobe light.
- Type: Do some research on what kinds of photos are popular among destination weddings couples like yourself; maybe even try searching online forums like WeddingWire if there aren't any local ones available yet!
Send emails and exchange messages with photographers.
Once you've found a photographer, start sending emails and exchanging messages. This is where the work begins!
Be friendly and polite in your emails. Don't overwhelm them with too many questions at once; instead, ask about their pricing and packages, availability for destination weddings (if applicable), experience with destination weddings (if applicable) and anything else that comes to mind. If you're interested in booking an open-air or beach shoot, make sure they know this before committing yourself as well!
Ask questions to understand the personality and style of the photographer.
- Ask about their style.
- Ask about their experience.
- Ask about their work ethic and approach to your type of wedding.
- Ask about the availability of photographers in different locations around the world, like Australia or New Zealand (or even Canada!). You want someone who can travel with you, but not too far away from where you live!
- Finally, if possible try looking at some samples of their work before making a decision on which photographer to choose!
Trust your gut when selecting a photographer.
- Trust your gut when selecting a photographer. You’re going to want someone who will make you feel comfortable in front of the camera, but also listen to what you need and want. If they seem like they have no idea how to do those things, then chances are they won't be able to capture the kind of photos that will make up your dream wedding album.
- Look for photographers who are easy-to-talk-to as well as competent professionals! You don't want someone who just wants money or power over their clients (or worse still... someone who has been arrested for misconduct), so create a list by narrowing down potential candidates based on these criteria: experience (how long has he been doing this job?), reputation/reviews from previous clients/bridesmaids etc., price range ($$$$), location preference (elevation above sea level?)(more info below).
Getting a great wedding photographer is as easy as going through these steps
- Choose a destination.
- Create a list of photographers you like and identify their style.
- Establish your budget and priorities.
- Send emails and exchange messages with photographers, asking questions to understand the personality and style of each photographer, so that you can make an informed decision about what type of photographer is right for you! Once again: trust your gut when selecting a wedding photographer!
Hopefully, this article has helped you understand how to find the best destination wedding photographer for your special day and helped you make an informed decision. Don’t forget to take into account the personality of the photographer and their style as well as their experience.
Hi, my name is Ed from Ed Carlo Garcia Photography and I've done a number of destination weddings. Take a look at my work and contact me if you'd like to find out more.