What is a Destination Wedding? Choosing a Destination Wedding Photographer
Traditionally, we call a destination wedding a wedding hosted outside of the couple’s hometown, which requires travel for most of the guests to reach the location. Nowadays these weddings are associated with picturesque foreign locations like Tuscany in Italy, Provence in France, Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, or Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica. More and more weddings are being held in exotic travel destinations, rather than local venues or formal church settings. Tropical warm beaches of the Caribbean, the freshness of the outdoors, and the beauty of the surroundings are a couple of reasons why modern couples decide to tie the knot abroad. However, destination weddings offer other advantages such as availability, freedom, and costs. Some people think getting married overseas is more expensive, but actually, in many cases is cheaper than getting married in the United States. Built-in vacation, freedom of choice, and honeymoon all in the same place make couples decide to host their nuptials in a special place that’s far from home. Destination weddings can be treated as a multi-day celebration!
How do you Hire a Photographer for your Destination Wedding?
When hiring a destination wedding photographer there are two main options. Either you can hire a photographer at your wedding location or bring a destination wedding photographer with you. A destination wedding photographer, unlike a normal wedding photographer, needs to be familiar with getting around in a foreign environment and have experience with travel. The peak hours for sunset and lighting conditions are completely different in Costa Rica than for example Atlanta. If you find a photographer whose work you really love and you connect with them as a person, just make sure they have some travel experience so they understand logistics and potential problems that may occur. The importance of choosing a destination wedding photographer who has experience of traveling abroad with camera equipment and knows the ins and outs of destination wedding photography is vital. Experienced photographers recognize the importance of scouting (checking the location, lighting conditions for photography, etc.). If your wedding is to take place on a Saturday, they will check the location beforehand and deal with all essential pre-wedding photographic needs.
But first and foremost it’s important to look for a photographer who understands you and your needs, rather the one that is just interested in adding a new venue to their portfolio and flashy images. After all, you want to find somebody who cares about your wedding. That’s why it’s important that you can connect with photographers’ work, their photographic style, and on a personal level.