Post # 1
If you are having/had a destination wedding, how did you select your photographer? Did you meet in person before the big day or just conduct phone interviews? How did you know you getting what you contracted and not scammed? Could you tell from a phone interview that you will have a good working relationship?</font>
Post # 3
I actually asked a local photographer whose work I trusted if they could reccommend someone. They sent me 3 or 4 different website of photographers they really liked, and I went from there. The second I went on my photographer’s site, I knew that’s who I wanted. I think you’ll probably want to go with a photographer that has a blog. That way, you can really study their work. I met with them one time where we’re getting married, and that sealed the deal – but I pretty much knew it from their blog and looking at pics. Good luck!
Post # 4
I had a destination wedding in Hawaii and found my photographer through the Hawaii knot forums. The same photographers kept popping up with rave reviews, so I looked at their work (their own personal blogs and their work on the knottie bios) and picked the one I liked best.
I emailed with my photographer a lot with what I wanted, but didn’t speak to him until the day before and didn’t actually meet him until the day of.
Post # 5
I agree with checking the knot forums for the area you’re having your Destination Wedding in, also mrs sea breeze posted about great luck with a facebook group for the resort their Destination Wedding was in, so you cold try that too. Ask to contact past brides so you can see how satisfied they are with the photographer’s work, and be sure to see as much of their work as you can. Any reluctance to give you recommendations from past bides would be a red flag to me, and I do think you can get a feel for how you will work with someone over phone/email correspondence.
Ps – where is your DW? maybe someone on these boards lives there and can make a recommendation~
Post # 6
Wow, awesome suggestions ladies!
I am getting married on St Simons Island, GA. I have been looking at photographers in the area (Savannah and Jacksonville) and I have narrowed it down from 82 options to around 20… I will check theknot and yelp for reviews. Thanks again!
Post # 7
My Destination Wedding is in Puerto Rico and I chose a local Photographer from Website searches, we’ve spoke through phone as well as numerous emails and I’m looking forward to him as our storyteller. I sent him pics that I loved so he would get an idea of what I was hoping for such as these. We emailed contracts and scanned them and paid through Paypal (which offers assurances as well). Good luck
Post # 8
@racheljo – I just sent you a private message – I’m getting married right near you!
Post # 9
I had a destination wedding in Cancun and I found my photographer through WPJA. I think in addition to checking out portfolios, it’s also important to exchange a few emails and maybe see if you can arrange to meet in person or at least have a phone conversation to see if you click.
Post # 10
I agree with doing searches on reputable sites where local ohotgraphers have been reviewed, so you can hear from others their opinions on them. If you are going to a remote destination, it may be a better idea to hire a local photographer and take them wih you! I recently shot a wedding in Nicaragua, where the bride could not find anyone who would meet her needs stylisticly, remember these memories are precious and will last a lifetime!!
Post # 11
We got lucky on this one. We found two photographers in the area of our wedding who were within our budget, and whose online galleries we liked. It turned out that one of them was about to have a family trip to Washington, DC, so he was willing to meet with us while he was in the area. We met with him and liked him, and hired him on the spot.
Post # 12
@tmarie: Hey i know this was 2years ago but who was your photographer. I’m planning a Destination Wedding in PR as well.