Combining your big day with an exotic location, or one that is more convenient for far flung friends to attend, creates unique conditions for selecting a photographer. Many venues can introduce you to local photographers, often Americans who have set up shop where the weather is warmer and the cost of living cheaper.
In a way it simplifies the process of chosing the photographer, but it isn't always the best way to go. You'll be limited to meeting them online, or quickly during a visit, but what do you do after the wedding?
Working with a photographer closer to home has many advantages. They are available to photograph engagement photos and other events leading up to the big day. When you get back from your honeymoon you'll be able to see them in person to review your photographs, approve album designs, and get things done to your satisfaction. The wedding is just the beginning of our working relationship too. There will be countless events in your life together that you'll need photographs made and I'll be ready to make them. Or you can book a return ticket to track down the on-site photographer. A photographer who travels from your hometown is also available to capture moments from your entire trip, not just the couple of hours you're getting married.
Over the years I've photographed weddings in Rome (along side a Vatican approved photographer) and Southern Italy. In Singapore. Twice in Mexico. Arizona and three times in California. As a journalist I often arrived in completely new surroundings and had to hit the ground running making good photographs. If you're getting enganged where you're getting married I'm even game to make that trip giving me a chance to get the lay of the land ahead of time.
The packages for destination weddings are very similar to the general wedding packages, but with travel and accomodation costs to be factored in. Being based in New York City, though makes air travel more affordable.
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