September 18, 2015
Recently the destination wedding photography side of the business has really taken off. Having been to Venice back in June, heading to Mexico in November/December and then venturing to Sorrento, Greece and Turkey next year, it has become a big part of my job in a short space of time.
So this lead me to think of the pros and cons when deciding wether to have a local/resident photographer at your destination wedding or if you should choose a UK based photographer and take them over to your chosen country.
Here is what came up when talking to Destination Wedding planners and couples choosing to wed abroad.
Pros for UK based Photographer:
Cons for UK based Photographer:
Pros for Local Photographer:
Cons for Local photographer:
These are just a few points that we raised when discussing the topic. All of which have solutions that can help however it all comes down to how you personally feel at the end of the day.
If you choose to go for a UK based photographer, see how they price their destination packages. See if they charge day rates, if you get to choose the flights etc. etc.
For me personally, as a destination photographer my clients choose the package they would choose if they where to get wed in the UK (See my pricing post) and then I ask them to source the flight for the day before and then return the day after (so 2 nights) as soon as possible to make it as cheap for them as possible.
I then ask for them to source a B and B near to their venue for the two nights. This all means that the cost to my clients is completely in their control. I am not snobby, as long as there is a bed and a shower I am happy.
Being there the day before ensures I am there in plenty of time. It also gives us a chance to do a pre-wedding session in the beautiful location/climate that they have chosen.
I alway ensure we meet in the UK before hand so that they can view my albums and also meet me in person so we both know we get on well.
This is my process and every photographer is different. So make sure you ask as many questions as you can if you go down the UK Photographer route.
Take a look at my recent blog posts “An Italian Engagement” and “An Italian Wedding” to see some of my recent destination work. Also take a look at this recent shoot on the beach with the beautiful Sarah and Elliot!……Can you guess where it is?