How to Find a Wedding Photographer When You Travel
After planning and having a successful wedding, the photos and videos taken in the ceremony are important because they are the memories you will be left with. Therefore, your wedding photographer should be professional and experienced. Finding a reliable wedding photographer is not as easy especially if you are planning to have a wedding at a different destination. When planning your wedding, you need to have an estimated budget so that you can look for a photographer within the budget allocated. However, if you don’t know how to go about it, hiring a wedding planner could be the best option. Alternatively, if you have a family member or a close friend who had a wedding recently, you can ask for advice, opinions and suggestions to finesse your search.
Invest your time and money
If you are looking for a good wedding photographer, you will have to spend a lot of time researching and money to pay for their services. Most professional photographers have websites and social media accounts where they share their information and advertise themselves. You need to start searching and contacting these photographers to get quotes and ask questions. It’s only after you’ve contacted them you can know whether they will be available on your wedding day, their fees, services they offer among other important details. Wedding photography in Atlanta for example is mainly professional with most photographers offering a range of services.
Here are the photography options you have when you are planning a destination wedding:
1. Hiring the resort’s photographer
If you are planning to have your wedding at a resort, you may hire the resort’s photographer. Most resorts have their own photographers to reduce costs and maximize their profits when hired for an occasion. Before you hire the photographer, ask for a few wedding collections photographs before you pay any deposit or sign a contract. If you are not satisfied with the pictures taken, you may ask if they can allow you to bring in your own photographer. Some resorts don’t allow it while others do. Therefore, if they allow you to bring in your preferred photographer, have a written agreement and then continue to pay the deposit.
2. Hiring a local photographer
If the venue you’ve booked for your wedding does not have a professional photographer, you will have to hire a local photographer depending on your geographical lactated. You can use either of these sites to find a local photographer:
- Best of wedding photography – this site has competent photographers from all over the world. You can be able to get a snapshot of their photography and contact information when you’ve visited the site.
- SnapKnot – you can be able to custom your search with city/country and price range. You will get numerous photographers in your local area to choose from depending on the services they offer and your budget
- International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) – this site has a directory that sort photographers with their region/country. Each photographer has a profile that shows their price range, some of the services they offer, some of their photographs and contact information
One advantage of hiring a local photographer is their knowledge of local venues. They know their local area well and hence they can suggest ideal venues to make your wedding unforgettable.
3. Flying a photographer to your destination
If you cannot get a photographer you love to your wedding destination, you can fly your preferred photographer from your country or another country. When you fly in a photographer, you benefit from not being limited to the wedding photographers in your destination. However, you will have to incur extra costs to cover photographer’s travel expenses and accommodation.
Effective wedding planning is what makes a wedding successful. Therefore, if you want to make your wedding day unforgettable, dedicate your time, resources and look for help whenever you need it. When looking for a photographer, consider their level experience, style of photography and videography (professionalism) and price range. You can also check their reviews to determine the quality of services they offer. Positive reviews, good comments and high ratings are an indication that the photographer is professional and hence reliable.