Post # 1
Do you care where the photographer comes from when you have a Destination Wedding?
Is there anything that turns you off?
Do you care how experienced the photographer is with the culture/place you are going to?
When you look for a Destination Photographer what is most important to you?
Post # 3
How far away is the wedding from home?
We decided to work with a photographer we knew from home and made a deal with her to fly her out and pay for her expenses while there. That way, there are no suprises. We already knew her work and could meet her before hand. The last visit I made to the venue, I took several shots of the inside and surrounding grounds so that she would be somewhat familiar with it.
Dont know if that is possible for you guys but I hope it helps.
Post # 4
I am also working to find a destination photographer. I care a lot where the photographer comes, but not so much on the experience level if their photos are good. I routinely ask to see a full wedding, if they say no, I move on. This also allows you to get a sense of how many different types of weedings they have shot and to determine if the photog can adapt to different surroundings – I don’t want someone who can only shoot 1 type of wedding.
I also ask the standard list of photog questions that you can find anywhere on the internet. I also think that personality and communication style are key. Is the photog patient, how do they handle stress (a good question), do they prefer to move around during a ceremony or stay in one spot (probably not so great).
I know that photojournalism is very popular, but I looked a little deeper to find photogs who are great at capturing whimsical shots b/c I really like the subtle things like a child stealing a piece of cake from a table, or a bride sticking out her tongue or something like that.
I still haven’t decided whether to take my "at home" photographer with us. I am not sure that it makes that much of a difference b/c even if I bring my photog from home, we will probably meet/talk the same amount of time. Plus, email/phone work just as well. If it is a destination spot, can you visit with the photog at least once before the wedding? Then, you can get that 1-1 face time to make sure that it is a good fit. I have found that many local photogs would love to travel no matter what so you might be able to try a destination photog first, and if that doesn’t work, then look for a local person to take with you.
Post # 5
You might ask the venue for a name or two you can check out. Im planning a destination wedding as well and the venue has been great at giving me reccomendations of people that have worked with before.