(Closed) Resort Photographer vs Flying in a Photographer

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What do you suggest?

    Splurge and fly in a photographer.

    Go with the resort photographer and put the money toward something else like another trip.

  • Post # 3
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I persoanlly would go with the resort photographer (a lot of my friends have eloped and they all used the resort photographer and the pics were all so amazing!) and then if I did not get the shots I wanted I would do wedding shots again in my home town and make everyone get dressed up again! Either way you get great shots and may be able to save the $2000!!


    ETA: If you have previewed the work and dont like it then I would  for sure bring in my own photographer, the pictures are super important in my opinion!

    Post # 4
    2639 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    If you use an outside photographer, they’re going to be looking at your location with a fresh eye. Are you going to be able to review the resort photographers portfolios before hand?

    Photography was a big part of our budget, and I have no regrets about it. We’re going to have these photos forever!

    Post # 7
    450 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I would use their photographer and splurge on another trip or take an extra long weddingmoon. We are eloping in Jamaica and using their photographer along with our own camera & tripod. My fiance is a photographer so we get the best of both worlds Smile

    Post # 9
    881 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Could you possibly hire a local photographer?

    Post # 11
    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @SimpleGifts:  Well if her photos were amazing then im sure yours will be to!!

    Post # 12
    612 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2006

    @rebwana:  This is a fantastic point that has broader truth than just for destination weddings.  Brides are always wanting us to have shot in their venue before, and the honest truth is you will rarely be as excited about a place as the first time you shoot it.  After that it’s a challenge to not fall into the same patterns.

    Post # 13
    1390 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would fly someone in.


    Post # 14
    283 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I would fly someone in unless I was 100% happy with the work of the resort photographer.

    I had a destination wedding, and luckily found an amazing photographer, but I would have flown one in if that wasn’t the case. Photography isn’t an area I’d cut corners on as you’ll be looking back at your photos long after your memories of the day have faded.

    Also, as you’re eloping, you’re probably going to be showing a lot of people your photos when you get back, so you want to be really happy with them! Nothing worst than being ashamed or embarrassed of your photos and not wanting to show them off.

    You’re probably saving a bit of money from not having a reception etc, so I say splurge and spend the $2000 on a photographer you truly love, if it’s not going to break the bank for you.

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