Post # 1
Brides, I need your suggestions/advice:
My fiance and I are getting married in Jamaica next Spring. The resort we are staying at offers a photographer for the event but for 45 pictures it is $1800.00 so I am considering looking for a wedding photographer that is not necessarily through the resort wedding package plan. Has anyone else done this? Or had to search for a wedding photographer in another country and any suggestions/advice you have for me?
Thank you so much!
Post # 3
why not just ask for a photographer in your area and fly him out? Work out the logistics to see which would be cheaper.
If it’s similar in pricing, flying someone local is probably better since he will still be local to you after the wedding.
Post # 4
i did a lot of research on photographers in Jamaica and was going to book one. the only reason i did not was because one American photographer i wanted is coincidentally 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 recommender 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 $1500.
basically you can just google: Jamaica wedding photography and find them all.
i also came across this site that listed everyone i contacted:
Merrick Cousley was also someone I was considering, but was too much out of my budget:
Post # 5
by the way, where in Jamaica are you getting married?
Post # 6
FLying someone in may not be cheaper, but my god, you’ll get more than 45 pictures. That’s RIDICULOUS.
Post # 7
We are getting married at the Sandals Resort in Ocho Rios.
Thank you ladies for your suggestions. I will be checking them out today!
Post # 8
The resorts are now putting real pressure on local photographers that aren’t associated with them directly. They offer their own service which is much more expensive than hiring an unaffiliated person and when you do hire an outsider they force you as the guest to pay for at least one nights accommodation which I think is totally unfair. If by chance you have a photog that you like or that you’re familiar with from the US I would consider using that service. If not, there is also the option of having your wedding off site and hiring a local to cover it. There are many awesome photogs here to choose from (I’m not sure if listing a few would be considered self promotion since I would list my site as well). But, if you want to get an idea of what the local photogs have to offer I’d be glad to send you a list of sites.
Hope your wedding is amazing and Congrats!
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Post # 10
Merrick Cousley !!!! He is amazing. I am getting married at the Gran Bahia Principe Jamaica May 31, 2011 and I did so much research and in the end is work and price is great. For 1550$US I am getting,
âœ“ All day coverage – preparation to reception
âœ“ DVD with all images – 500 frames to unlimited (high resolution)
âœ“ DVD slideshow wedding story with music
âœ“ Photo retouch – color balance, black & white, sepia toning, artistic, etc.
âœ“ 8×10 matted prints – 3
âœ“ Family online gallery – three months of sharing with friends and family
Travel & accomodations, shipping with DHL included
He asked for a 30% deposit to save the date and 20% the day of the wedding and the other 50% 2 weeks after the wedding.
I hope this helps you out!
Post # 11
May 31 2011 wedding @ Gran Bahia Jamaica- Got back from my Jamaica wedding! Merrick Cousley is amazing! Omg! his work is priceless. I would recomend him over anyone. I am a pretty picky person and trust me I did allot of research prior to booking him. Merrick is the best and what a wonderfull person. Anyway I hope this will help you all! As for gran bahia jamaica Good for weddings! Melissa
Post # 12
I am getting hitched in Jamaica! 10-29-11 and am totaly comforted knowing that I have booked Mr. Brian Rosen! His work is nothing short of STELLLLARRR
Post # 13
Getting married in feb 2013 at gran bahia principe and still haven’t decided what I’m doing for a photographer!! Eeek