Post # 1
Hey bees! Darling Husband and I are coming up on a vacation at a Sandals resort soon, and I was wondering if I could get some advice regarding the photographers there, and if it’s like this at all of the Sandals
We went to a Sandals resort on our honeymoon (Negril, Jamaica). It was our first time at an all inclusive resort, and everything was fantastic. We only had one complaint-the photographers. They walk on the beach and they’re constantly asking people if they would like their photo taken. Some of them will leave you alone after a simple “no thanks”, but there were a few who kept nagging and it just seemed very unprofessional. Being new to this whole thing, we did let one of them take some pictures of us on the beach. We told him “ok, but only a few”. He took pictures for a good 20 minutes before we said “ok, were good”. And all throughout the trip, any time you walk from your room to go somewhere, whether it be dinner or the beach or just taking a stroll, they’ll try to snag you to get some pictures. I’m sorry, but when I’m on the beach with no makeup on and my hairs a mess from being in the ocean, I don’t really think it would turn out to be a “romantic vacation photo” as they put it lol. The prices were outrageous too, and since we brought our own camera, we knew we wouldn’t be buying any.
The one photographer happened to be at the beach bar one morning while I was getting a drink, and he kept trying to get me to book a photo shoot woth my Darling Husband. I told him we had activities planned throughout the week and that we really weren’t interested anyway. He STILL wrote down a date and time and gave me his card. He said it was just an arbitrary time and I could call to change it if I wanted. I just tossed the card in my beach bag and forgot about it and they called our room the day of our shoot wondering where we were. We were getting ready for dinner and the photographer found us on our way to dinner (which we had reservations for) and wanted to get pics!! UGHH!
Being that this was the only sandals we were ever at so far, we aren’t sure if the other ones are like this or not. I just feel like it’s a huge waste of time on our part as well as the photographers’ since we know ahead of time that we won’t be buying the pictures. Darling Husband and I were talking about how to handle it, and we thought of mentioning something to the front desk while checking in or even saying something to our butler, but I’m not sure if they have a protocol of how to let the photographers know which guests don’t want to do photos. If they want to snap candids while we’re in the water or laying out on the beach, that’s fine. We just don’t want to be bothered to get up, get into poses, and pestered to make a shoot appointment. We also don’t mind being asked, as long as they don’t bother us after we say “no thanks”
FWIW, we will be staying at sandals Ochi this time. Has anyone been? And how were the photographers? Thanks!
Post # 2
We honeymooned at Sandals Nassau. Honestly I loved the photographers. They got shots of us that we never would have had, like kayaking in the ocean or having our first drink of the trip at a swim up bar. We also did the free 20 minute photo session, thinking MAYBE I’d like a few pics, but the guy did such an awesome job that we bought a whole package of pics. So from our experience, they were great.
Post # 3
After you say no, can’t you just ignore them or walk away? Just because they are talking to you doesn’t mean you have to respond! I wouldn’t consider it rude since they are so pushy. Also, I would definitely ask at the front desk if there is something you can do to keep them from bothering you.
Post # 4
Angil2000 : I’m glad to hear you had a good experience. That gives me hope that maybe it was just the location we were at where they were really pushy lol. We brought our waterproof camera and between the butlers and bartenders, we got a lot of great shots of us, so we really didn’t need the professional ones. I’m sure they do a great job, and that’s wonderful for the people who want them, but it was the fact that they were so pushy was what turned us off from even going to the free shoot. There were so many of them, and it felt like every 10-20 minutes, we’d be asked to pose for pictures. Most of them were polite and kept going, but there were 2 in particular that would not leave us alone.
jonandjessgetwed : We tried this and it didn’t work lol. We would be on our way to a pool or dinner, and would say “no thanks” and keep walking, and some of them would literally follow us! It got to the point where we felt pestered and there were a few days on the beach where we couldn’t really relax because every so often, they would come up to us while we were relaxing in our beach chairs and try to coax us in to going out into the water for pictures. Once we were in the middle of eating lunch, and another time I was applying sunscreen. It seemed as if they expected us to drop whatever we were going and get pictures! We will mention this to the front desk. Maybe this new place will be different, but it won’t hurt to mention that we had a bad experience with the photographers at a different sandals.
Post # 5
This is why I love having bitchy resting face… I feel like I can can say ‘no, im all set’ give them one look, and they know I mean business. lol
Dont be nice/polite to them! This is YOUR vacation. They are not really professionals, they are the equivalent of the guys on the beach trying to annoyingly sell you the knock off sunglasses.
Post # 6
We were just down the beach from you at Couples Swept Away! Well, we were there in May.
I am assuming these are Sandals photographers? If so, a note to the front desk to listen to “No” might help. Couples’ photographers only took photos if you asked them, or set up a time for a photo shoot. Their staff is pretty much, leave the guests alone unless they want or need something, but I was told by our TA that Couples is a little more laid back than Sandals, but that could have been a clever ruse.