Here in Naples, Florida, we tend to receive our fair share of destination brides. There are some additional considerations for destination wedding photography. So, if you’re looking to photograph a destination wedding, or you’re working with your professional photographer on organizing the process, here are 5 tips to consider that can make things go a bit more smoothly.
1. Contact Vendors Early
Whether you’re a photographer looking to establish a routine as a destination wedding photographer, or a couple organizing your wedding photography, contacting a destination vendor early about this aspect of the event is crucial. It’s important to know as early as possible what if any restrictions will be placed on photography, as well as to gain a sound understanding of the location and specific settings for photos.
2. Look Into Travel Logistics
PPA (Professional Photographers of America) has a helpful tip about checking with your airline about equipment and travel management. Most professional photographers carry a good bit of high grade equipment along with them, and naturally this can become a complication when traveling to a destination wedding. Whenever I am booking a flight, I am sure to avoid smaller planes that do not allow roller board suitcases (like the one that carries my gear) to be carried on board. I learned that the hard way!
3. Be In Touch
Again, whether you are a couple about to get married or a photographer dealing with clients, it’s important to be in touch early. At home weddings – or at least relatively domestic ones – photographers and clients have a chance to meet and organize for days or weeks in advance if they so desire. For a destination wedding, they may not meet until the week of the wedding! For this reason, open communication is important on both ends. A wedding photographer and his or her clients always work better with clear understanding and trust.
4. Set Up Online Photo Sharing
Online photo sharing is the easiest way to spread and share pictures these days, and particularly for a destination wedding it can be a great way of showing off images to people back home and all over the world. Sharefile is one file sharing service that can be of service in this regard, providing users with the ability to send large files and upload photos (and other documents) to an online cloud server that can be accessed anywhere. Of course, you can still share photos through Facebook or some other social media platform, but your best bet for sharing high resolution, great quality photos where anyone you like can enjoy them is probably a specific cloud/file sharing service.
5. Consider Pricing
Finally, remember not that hiring a photographer to travel to a destination will charge more than his or her standard pricing because of the travel. The added inconvenience of traveling and potentially spending days abroad makes destination wedding photographers’ prices inflate. This of course makes perfect sense, but in the commotion of planning a wedding it’s a detail that can be overlooked!