What to know before you hire a destination wedding photographer

March 14, 2023

I’m Dana.
I take destination wedding photography seriously. If I’m going to book a flight and travel across the ocean for you, I should probably show you that I know what I’m talking about.

If you are planning a destination wedding, here is what to know before you hire a destination wedding photographer!

What to know before you hire a destination wedding photographer

Destinations with Dana

Hey, there! My name is Dana and I am a destination wedding photographer based out of California. I have been a full-time wedding photographer since 2018 and have traveled all over America and Europe for weddings and photoshoots. The reason for this blog is so I can inform you (the couple) on things to know before you hire a destination wedding photographer. This is to ensure you are hiring the right one for you that will give you what you want for your wedding day!

What to know before you hire a destination wedding photographer

Destination weddings are a great way to make a special day even more memorable, and you’ll want a photographer to capture all of that beauty. Before you hire, there are several factors to consider to ensure your dream wedding photos come out just the way you’ve envisioned them.

Look for Photos That Speak To You.

Take the time to look through 5-10 websites and social media accounts of potential photographers. When looking at these photos, ask yourself questions like “does this capture the emotion I’m looking for?” or “is the photographer able to take pictures that depict my vision?” As you review different portfolios, you should feel a connection with your potential photographer’s style. This will help ensure that your wedding photos reflect your own unique personality.

Examine Their Experience.

Before you make your final decision, examine the portfolio and experience of a potential destination wedding photographer. How much experience do they have shooting weddings that are destinations? Are they new to destination weddings or have they traveled to other parts of the world before? it’s important to make sure they are reliable and can be trusted to photograph your wedding.

What to know before you hire a destination wedding photographer

Discuss Your Wedding Plans

In addition to reviewing their experience and portfolio, it’s also important to discuss your wedding plans and location details with the photographer. Get realistic expectations of what they can do, investigate what type of equipment they use, and make sure you’re aligned in terms of style and creative vision. Ask questions about the pre-wedding consultation. Such as the schedule for shooting on each day, who will be editing the photos after the event, and what other inclusions are there in the package.

Get to Know Their Process and Style.

When it comes to hiring a photographer for your destination wedding, it’s important to get to know their process and style. Research their work and see if they have photographed weddings in similar destinations. Be sure that the photographer’s artistic vision aligns with yours, and ask how they would plan out your big day from start to finish. Additionally, ask about their shooting style (candid or posed) and the way in which they usually edit photos after the event. Having an understanding of all these factors can ensure you end up with beautiful photos that capture all the emotions of your special day.

What to know before you hire a destination wedding photographer

I hope this blog helps you in finding that right photographer for your destination wedding. If you need more free wedding planning and wedding photography resources, check out this page here! I created this page for you to read about possible vendors in the country you are getting married in. As well as other useful blogs and tips. You can also check out Destination I Do for more tips!

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