Searching for Destination Wedding Photographer (travel + accomodations)

posted 2 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 5
7432 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

While it never hurts to ask, I wouldn’t get my hopes up about finding a quality professional who wants to work for free, which is essentially what you are asking for when you offer to cover someone’s travel expenses in lieu of paying for their work.  You may have better luck if you look for local photographers at your destination who are not affiliated with the resorts.  Then you can afford to pay them rather than paying their travel expenses.

when you hire a photographer who needs to travel, it’s fairly customary to expect to pay their wages as well as their travel expenses.

Post # 6
2570 posts
Sugar bee

I’d find someone with a reasonable rate whose work you like, and ideally someone who charges a flat travel fee or who is willing to arrange a deal with you if they can book some extra work in the location or turn it into a vacation. There are lots of husband and wife photography teams, so you might consider that booking them a room together would be less expensive than booking separate rooms for a photographer + second shooter. Alternately, you might consider whether you can do without two shooters and book a single person to cut down on travel costs. Many/most photographers are willing to travel and destination wedding photographers are plentiful; some may even include travel in their rates. I wouldn’t expect anyone to shoot for free for the cost of accommodations for a few nights, though – they are there to work after all and editing is time intensive long after the wedding, so it’s worth a lot more than a night or two at a resort. Besides which, if there are other accommodations in the area, you may be better off booking someone at full price and then putting them in a decent $150 a night hotel rather than the luxe resort (which they likely won’t even have time to enjoy).  

Post # 9
3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

runawayadventure :  I’m not sure if Thumbtack is international, but I had a destination wedding in NYC and found a great photographer for a steal on there. You just post what you’re looking for and different vendors contact you with a rate that they’re willing to provide their services for. It helped tremendously because the vendors came to us (instead of us stabbing in the dark trying to find someone) and we were able to look at their work and decide from there. Happy planning! 

Post # 12
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I sent you a PM ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
2570 posts
Sugar bee

Oh gotcha, yeah I absolutely understand that! I’m actually booking a midwestern photographer who has competitve rates for his area. Even with paying to fly him out to me in NYC, he’s a steal compared to what local photographers are charging, and his work is gorgeous. 

Post # 14
249 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Bar Harbor Inn

I had a Destination Wedding and posted on Craig’s list. It was great. I had so many. to choose from. The guy I chose was from new Orleans and my wedding was in Maine. He replied to the ad bc he liked to travel. He had legitimate website, contract and we skyped before the wedding to mane sure everything was on the up and up 

Post # 15
5878 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

runawayadventure :  I had a Destination Wedding and hired a photographer who lived in the wedding city.  Seemed less complicated to me, and you’ll find a lot of amazing wedding photographers in popular wedding desinations.

In caes you end up going with Peurto Vallart or the surrounding area, check her out.  Not cheap, but her work was so good 

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