This original article was first published here: How to Find a Destination Wedding Photographer
Whether you’re getting hitched at the top of a mountain or on a beach, you’ll need the right photographer to capture that special moment. But how can you make sure you’ve found the right one for your destination wedding?
It might be challenging to look for a photographer from the particular location you’ve had in mind since you may not know much about it. Therefore, you’ll be left with the option of hiring a destination photographer.
In that case, let’s see what you need to do to find the perfect destination photographer for your dream wedding.
Where to Start
If you are still considering the option of finding a local photographer, you can start there. Ask around for recommendations and see if you click with any of the locals. If that falls through, look for the photographers who are located in the areas surrounding your destination or for the ones who are willing to travel.
Any of the options will work just fine if you find someone whose style you like. Whatever you do, make sure to get a contract off of Honeybook to stay on the safe side. You don’t want to run into any problems on your big day.
Find a Photographer Who Travels
If you want to hire a photographer who often travels, make sure that they actually want to come to the destination of your choice. Many photographers just make it look like they’re comfortable with travelling when you talk to them in spite of being unfamiliar with everything it takes to shoot at a different location.
That is why you should check their portfolio or Instagram page to make sure they’re comfortable travelling and know what they’re doing. A lot of things can go wrong with this kind of deal — that’s why it’s important to hire someone who has done it before. Also, ensure they’re familiar with the destination or have at least shot at a similar destination.
Truth be told, it might be more challenging to hire a photographer without getting in direct contact with them. But you’ll just have to trust your gut.
Take Advantage of Social Media
Social media can turn out to be quite helpful when it comes to finding a destination photographer. For example, start your search on Instagram by using hashtags like #destinationwedding or #destinationphotographer.
Pinterest is also a good network to learn which wedding photography styles resonate with you. Once you find something you like, you can look up the photographer.
Some photographers also use LinkedIn to promote their business. This can be your last resort if the previous two networks have not turned out to be helpful. Search for destination wedding photographers there, and you might just find your perfect match.
What to Consider Before Hiring
Since this task is no small feat, you need to keep a few important things in mind.
Look Out for Free Trip Hunters
Finding a good destination wedding photographer is hard enough, even more so when you count on those who are in it just for the free trip. Many people who pose as destination photographers are just looking for a free trip to an exotic destination, so be wary of those.
First and foremost, you should try to find someone who cares about you and your partner. That way, you will be sure they provide you with the best wedding shoot experience possible.
Ensure They Can Work in Your Desired Destination
Another thing that is often overlooked is making sure the photographer of your choice can work in your desired destination. Unfortunately, some countries have strict laws about foreigners working there. That’s why you need to check both with the photographer and the destination of your choice to avoid any issues.
If needed, apply for a permit to avoid any confusion with the local authorities or at the airport.
Note Their Blog Content and Captions
Most photographers post their destination photos on their blogs or social media accounts. However, it is important to see whether they’re posting to brag about the destinations they’ve visited or if they’re describing their experience.
The former will likely have a harder time capturing all of those special moments, while the latter might do a better job. Look for someone who’s all about the moments and less about the flashy photographs. That’s how you know you’ve found someone who can make your big day even more special.
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