Post # 1
I have been on this site and have read enough posts long enough to know that Weddingbee brides are AMAZINGLY AWESOME with obtaining information and helping each other out! Honey and I need your help right now or we are going to go CRAZY and our Stress-free destination wedding will quickly turn into a stress-ful one!!!!
We are in love with Sandals Royal Caribbean in Mo Bay, but they don’t allow outside photographers. We were completely cool with that until we received info that the photo packages start at $1200 USD for 42 prints!!!! WHAT???!!! Noooo, that’s not going to be enough prints! We need to either pay less money, or get more bang for that buck!!
So….question to you ladies. Who are you using for photos in Jamaica, how much are they charging/what’s included in package, and what resort are you staying in that allows outside vendors?!
I am sooo glad I joined this site. I know you guys will have wonderful recommendations, amazing ideas, and/or solutions. Sheesh!!
Post # 3
hmmm, see i am getting around that by including my photographer on my guest list. i have the added bonus that she is coming with her husband and is staying at my resort, so she might just look like a friend/guest taking photos for us!
before i knew where she was staying though, i was still going to put her on my guest list and pay the $75 guest pass to get her in for the wedding. that’s a pretty typical price i think for guests (and the resort must know that you can’t force your guests to stay at their resort, but they have to be allowed in to attend your wedding). so its up to you whether you want to “sneak” in your photographer or not. if my resort asks me if i want a photo package, i plan to say nope, i have a guest taking pics for me, or rather, i will just say “no thanks”.
if you don’t want to go this route, you could tell your resort that you are bringing in someone else and most likely get charged with a hefty fee (my resort would charge around $400 i think). that might still be better than the package you are getting at Sandals.
Post # 4
ok, and as for who is doing my photos, i initially did a lot of research on photographers in Jamaica and was going to book a local one. i ended up booking an American photographer because coincidentally she was already going to be in Jamaica for another wedding the same week as mine! so i don’t have to cover her travel expenses which i could not afford.
before i confirmed her though, i found the photographers in Jamaica basically ranged from $1000 – $2000 and the thing that is so great about them is that they will stay the entire day and give you full copyrights for ALL the photos they take (and do the editing before they give you the photos).
i knew someone who did this last January and she highly recommended her photographer, his name is Alain Hottatt and his website is http://www.jamaicashoots.com
i personally didn’t like his sample photos too much so if i hadn’t got the American photographer, i was 100% going to go with this guy:
Chris Clare http://www.zulusproweddings.com/
he seemed really great and was nice and super helpful over email. plus i thought his website pictures were wonderful. i felt bad turning him down in the end. and i think i would have been really happy with him. he was charging me $1500.
basically you can just google: Jamaica wedding photography and find them all.
i also came across this site that listed everyone i contacted:
Merrick Cousley was also someone I was considering, but was too much out of my budget:
Post # 5
I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in Jamaica for my friend who got married at Sandals Negril, then we went to the RC for a few days after the wedding and i loved the RC. Anyway, she had the same concern with not being allowed to bring in a photographer. They decided to buy the basic photography package from Sandals (some of the photos come out really great and others are very clearly posed but the photographer got all the right moments and best angles because they work that venue exclusively). In addition, she had her sister on photographer duty. it worked out that her sister is a hobby photographer so she paid to rent an upgraded lens for the week. Maybe you have a guest you could ask to handle photography? The significant other of one of your bridal party maybe?
Post # 6
Having someone to take pics as one of your guests at a wedding is an awesome idea. But our wedding is an intimate one that only will include the 2 of us (no guests). So there’s that.
Good links though. Thanks so much.
Still trying to troubleshoot all this. Keep the ideas coming…!! I’m constantly checking here and keeping Honey updated!!
Post # 7
@dynamic_duo:Yep. I googled and found the islandbrides website right before I read your response. Great minds think alike. I emailed a few of them asking them pricing and explaining the situation. We’ll see.
I sure hope I don’t have to change everything around. FI has CLEARLY expressed that he is NOT into paying so much for so little. And he knows photos for me are #1 on the wedding list, so he must really feel strongly about it. Im so bummed…
Post # 8
we just booked our honeymoon in jamaica! we are staying at couples swept away. the travel agent gave it great reviews! here is their website for wedding packages, some including photog. not sure how it compares to your pricing now but thought it could help 🙂http://www.couples.com/weddings/02-weddingpackages.htm#comp
Post # 9
We are staying/getting married at moon dance villas in negril. They allow outside vendors and they don’t charge for them to be allowed to come either. We are using sungold photography:
They are giving us all of the digital files (after editing them) and they have quite a range of pricing and package options to find something that fits your budget. The low end for their associate photographers seems to be 2 hour shoots, but you get unlimited access to all photos they take for around $1200…..