Destination Wedding Photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 2
2467 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

amm09:  We are having a DW and took care of our own photographer. With a DW, you have two basic options: 1. Hire someone that lives in your destination This option is definitely cheaper, but it can make some brides (like me!) very nervous about not knowing for certain what you’ll get. Someone can have great photos on their website, and then they turn out completely different or you never get the photos at all. To prevent something like that, I would talk to your resort about getting reccomendations for photographers, and them talk to them yourselves rather than through the resort/DOC. If they come reccommended by the resort, they ought to be good, and talking to them yourself allows you to get the real price rather than a potential upcharge from the resort. 2. Hire someone who lives near you (and fly them out) This is what we are doing. It can defintely be more expensive because you’ll have to pay for lodging and airfare (and sometimes food, rental car depending on your photog). Talk to a few in your area and see what their policy is and what all you need to pay for. One that I talked to wanted us to pay for not only flight and lodging, but also rental car (we would have picked them up, etc), trip insurance, baggage overages (for all of their equipment), per diem for food, lodging for 3 additional days, etc. With two of them (married couple) it was going to be really pricy! (Though they had never done a wedding in our destination yet, so the photography part would be “free”). The lady we ended up with is so nice and laid back about the expenses part (“I’m going to have to eat anyway, no need to pay for my food!”) that we only needed to pay for flight and lodging (plus her fee), and the flight was able to be paid for with frequent flyer miles from both parents. I really reccomend doing this if you can, because you can meet them/work with them before, and you can physically go track them down if, god forbid, you don’t get your photos. Maybe you could find a photo student who would be willing to be “paid” with the trip? (Flight/airfare). 


ETA: cost- her fee is $3750, but she is a very experienced photographer, and that includes an engagement shoot, a boudoir shoot, all the editing, and she is taking photos of the whole trip since she will be there the whole week, so we’ll have some awesome photos from the trip as well! She was way more than I wanted to pay, but I think she’ll be worth it. After we did the math with her costs and fee, and the costs of the other photogs, they came out to be the same and I got a much better feeling from her (the others were so demanding! But they had just shot an NFL player’s wedding so they probably thought they were hot shit, if you’ll excuse my french). 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  gingerkitten.
Post # 3
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I agree with the previous poster. We hired someone from home and flew her out. It was nice to meet her before hand, get comfortable doing engagement pictures, etc. it actually worked out to be less expensive to do it this way. Plus our photog was so great.

Post # 4
10 posts

Definitely stay away from resort photographers. Super formula based. Hire someone whose images you are SUPER in love with and can’t live without. You won’t regret the extra cost. Many photographers will charge their normal fee plus flight and hotel, some will give you a break on their normal prices if it’s in a place they really want to go, so don’t be afraid to ask what they would charge including travel. Some might surprise you!!!

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