Post # 1
Just curious about the photography for your DW. Are you having a vendor from home come with you, or will you be using a photographer from your destination?
If you are bringing one from home, who covers their travel cost? I’m very curious about the whole process and would love to hear what you did/are going to do.
Post # 3
I hired a photographer in the area of our destination wedding. When I initially went out there location/venue scouting I met with a couple of local photographers. I had looked at about 20 photographer’s websites and portfolios online and picked about 3-4 to meet with personally while out there. The sit-downs gave me a chance to meet them in person to see if we “meshed,” get their available dates and pricing info. I picked the one with the photos that most resembled the look and feel of what I wanted. Luckily we got along famously too!
Post # 4
I am bringing someone from the states. At first, I was going to go with someone on site, but there was more flexibility and more I could handle before the trip if I went with someone from the US. I hate to wait until I get somewhere to make plans – i want to be prepared and enjoy the vacation / wedding. I paid for travel costs (hotel and airfare) and will be paying a separate fee for their services.
Post # 5
I just called my travel agent to get a price quote for our wedding trip…me, the FI, and our photographers!! Yes, we did use a photographer from home (VA) and will fly them (3) to Aruba…I know its an arm and a leg (this is why I’m over budget!) but anyway, we werent happy with the photographers there. So what we have to pay for is their flight, hotel (3 days), and per diem for food! But we love them, they agreed to do our engagment, rehearsal dinner, a pre or post wedding photo shoot on the island, and all day on our wedding day!
Sassypants where are you getting married?
Post # 6
I think that it really matters on the photographer. And what they are willing or not willing to do. My fiance and I went to school in Orlando so right away we knew we would be going back to at least Florida for the wedding and I started looking at photographers in the area….found a couple I really liked and kept in touch with them about our plans.
When we decided that a destination wedding was the New change. I contacted the photographers explained what we would be doing and I offered to pay for the stateroom for 2 adults in exchange for a basic photo package of a comparable price.
A couple of the people right away said it was not possible for them to take the 4-5 days away of possible wedding bookings for just mine, while other asked for an additional fee and we went back and forth about the amount of photography that it would provided.
After a couple of days work we secured a physician in the Orlando Area who was willing to accept payment of a standard stateroom for the cruise for her and her husband and an additional $300–which we actually applied to the cost of having her 2 children join them on the cruise (they paid the remaining balance for the additional guests). Grand total of about $1400-$1500 I can’t remember off the top of my head.
For this we are getting 5 hours of photography on the day of the ceremony, a 30 page coffee table book, all of the rights to the photos, a viewing site for the family members and friends of all the photos.
All in all it worked out quite well. My photography option on the ship would have cost me $1000 plus the taxes any how and I would have used a cruiseline photographer not someone with great skills that shoots weddings on a regular basis.
Ask around. Tell the photographers you like what you are looking for, the worst thing that happens is they say no, what’s the hurt in trying? Good luck!
Post # 7
I’m using somebody at my destination, but it’s in the states, so it’s not as hard to find somebody. It’s not EASY, but it’s not super hard. I have to work from a list, so I am meeting with 4 when I got done for my planning day in September and then I’ll go from there.
Post # 8
Thanks for the help with this! We are looking at three options (yep, its so much fun pricing out three different things): Capri, Hawaii, or f’it we’ll just stay at home. I dont really want to pay for the photographers travel which we wouldnt have to if we went with a local Hawaii vendor, but we probably would bring our own to Italy. It would really kill me to pay for the flight/hotel for the photographer… it’s like a free vacation for them.
Another question… those who are paying for air/hotel, are the photographers charging you the same rates or giving you a discount because they are getting a free trip out of it?
Post # 9
We are paying for 2 photographers to come with us for a week to Malaysia. Since they are rather new to the business, they are doing it for cost of travel only (flight tickets, hotels and food).
Plane tickets will be between $1-2k each! but! Lodging/food is very inexpensive due to the exchange rate (I think $1 = 3.75 there), AND for us to get regular wedding photography for 8 hours in the DC area we can easily pay $3-4k. We’ll get a weeks worth of photos (they said they’d shoot the whole time) for about the same cost. This is great for us since we need to do various smaller Hindu ceremonies before the actual wedding, and now we’ll have nice pictures!
I also don’t want to have to track down a photographer half way around the world to find out when my pictures will be ready 😀
Post # 10
The photographer rates stayed the same for us. We just had to play all the extras along with it. I don’t think they take it as a vacation cause theyre working the whole time, plus you have to think of the work they do after the wedding (editing and putting books and website pics together).
Post # 11
- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Our photographer was from a completely different area that us & the venue! I think it is pretty typical for you to pay their flight and lodging, so I would plan on that.
& um, will you get married in Capri (one of my favorite places in the world), take tons of awesome pictures & post them? k thanks!
Post # 12
My photographer lowered his fee considerably in exchange for the trip. Plus, he’s growing his business, and is looking to beef up his portfolio. His rates are very reasonable though so we may go with his services for setting up albums and stuff after the fact.
Post # 13
I think ours ( Bay Area CA ) will go to Hawaii for free because there was into about it on her website . I think it was limited to certain time of year or something. Let me check it out .
Post # 14
We are using a photographer from the area that is very familar with our wedding site.
Post # 15
I found my photographer on the weddingbee site and she just happened to also shoot in Costa Rica. If I could have affored to fly Mrs. Avo down there I would have but just couldn’t. Just like everyone just make sure they have a good photo’s and check out. With finding my photographer she was able to help me find other sources to help me out big time.