(Closed) Destination or Local Photographer?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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7 posts
Newbee

I wouldn’t choose based on who knows the location better.  It only takes a few minutes to get familiarized and know where will be the nicest to shoot. I say if you do not prefer one over the other then pick the local photographer…. Though I feel like you may really want the first 😉

Post # 4
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

is a destination wedding photographer at a disadvantage because they are unfamiliar with the location”

No.  Well okay, I’m speaking for myself, but I think this is one of the hugest misconceptions about wedding photographers.  We are at our best and most inspired when we are working in a fresh new environment.  Shooting at the same venue over and over again is, well… stale.  It becomes a challenge to do something different with it.  Most of our weddings are shot at venues we’ve been to for the first time, no site visit, we just show up and get inspired.  That’s how it works.

As far as differences between 12 and 8 hours of coverage… well there’s the whole 4 hours thing.  Why do you need 12 hours of coverage?  This all depends on your timeline and what your expectations are.  Most of our weddings are closer to 8 hours, and cover the mid to the end of the getting ready, and usually go an hour or so into open dancing.  Maybe you have more planned and need the 12?

Personally I think you should go with the photographers you already know and trust.  You’ll be more comfortable, have more fun, and the results will likely show in the photos.

Post # 5
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330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

First, as a bride (and a photographer), let me tell you that SMP never has non-supermodel people on their blog. They just don’t. This makes me angry. >.<

While it’s nice to have someone who knows the area, you can send them photos of the area, give them a list of suggestions, etc. They’ll probably reach out to other photographers they know in the area too. 12 hours of coverage means you don’t have to rush. You can schedule extra time for portraits and not worry about having to toss the garter, eat the cake, and dance all right away at the end.

If you’ve seen a whole wedding shot by each couple, then go with your gut. I think you’re leaning towards the Florida couple.

Something I struggled with (because my photographer had a lot of SMP brides), was not comparing myself to them. Because my wedding wasn’t SMP quality. And I didn’t look like a SMP bride.

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