destination wedding photography

Fifteen Tips for Destination Wedding Photographers .... by Camera & Kit

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Helpful Hints & Tips

Fifteen Tips for Destination Wedding Photography

1) Take a spare pair of shoes, I learnt the hard way when photographing a wedding in the deserts of Egypt and my sandals broke in the sand so I was walking around barefoot until someone got me slippers from a hotel.

2) This may sound obvious but take the appropriate electrical currency converters for the country you are shooting in. For my first destination wedding, I was shooting in Lake Como and it took me ages to find a little shop that sold them.

3) When I travel I actually don't carry my kit in bags that look like camera bags, this is a security move on my part, especially if using public transport, taxis or transport means not provided by the couple.

4) Learn some of the languages if you are going to a non-English speaking country, not all the guests may speak English and it's a brilliant way to fit in. I'm not saying become fluent but greetings and a few photography terms help a lot.

5) Double your kit, yep. Seriously, especially so if you are travelling to destinations where you just can't nip out and pick something spare up.

6) Trust your second shooters, I mean seriously trust them. I once had to take five photographers to a lavish event abroad and was short a shooter, so I agreed to let her come not realising that her understanding of the basic principles of photography was woeful, by way of example, shooting below 1/60 secs which is why now I only travel with a trusted team.

7) Be prepared to catch taxis in some dubious places, carry print directions as well as on your phone/tablet. Getting taxis in Dubai can be a nightmare especially finding one that knows where you are going, is not going to rip you off and does not have an issue with sole women travellers.

8) Decide how you are going to charge your travel fee, for me, mine is included in the price and then I find travel/accommodation within that budget. I don't go fancy when I travel.

9) Arrive a couple of days in advance, this avoids any last minute freak out in case of flight delays and gives you plenty of time to scout locations and sort out charging kit just in case you ignored my advice in dot point tw

10) Be organised, yes! Have everything printed out in case of no coverage. Book your flights and accommodation as soon as you can, get a detailed plan of the day from the couple or wedding planners. You can never be too organised for an international wedding.

11) Get on the internet and research the destination, venue and other locations for photo opportunities, also weather conditions (pack plastic bags and little raincoats for your kit)

12) Don't work to rule. Seriously, don't. If you are booked for 8 hours don't finish right on 8 hours, I know this may be controversial to suggest but you are in an international destination, take all the opportunities you can get to photograph. When I book destination wedding photography I don't have a set number of hours, I also suggest when I am out there photo shoots for the following day or whilst we are doing a venue walk through. Destination wedding photographs pack more punch in your wedding photo portfolio so use all the time you can to capture those moments.

13) Double check your gear, and then check it again! Extra batteries, memory cards/film, card reader, backup cameras, etc. Also, if you shoot digital, bring an external hard drive to backup your cards before you travel home.

14) Hang out with the couple and guest prior and after the event, this makes for some wonderful candid photographs.

15) Be proud of yourself, take any mistakes you may make as lessons as learnings and move one. Remember to enjoy it, your surrounding and have faith in your abilities. You got this!

Ten things I love about destination wedding photography ... by Camera & Kit

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Have Camera, Will Travel …

1) I get to travel, the ability to be able to combine my passions of travel with my love of photography is a gift and an incredible privilege. I'm also one of these people who love the whole process of travelling. I love packing, going to the airport, preparing my kit, collecting stamps in my passport, changing money. I'm insanely happy when I fly.

2) It's super amazing to be able to combine a holiday and work by tapping one an extra day or two for myself at the end of the event. I've discovered some fabulous cities through being invited by couples wanting me to photograph their weddings abroad. My first wedding abroad was in Lake Como, I stayed in Bellagio and I remember getting the ferry across the lake to start shooting like it was yesterday. A beautiful and stunning way to start a wedding day. An epic adventure of sorts.

3) It teaches who how to be super organised as a wedding photographer and implement risk management, and plan for any and all eventualities. I mean, you learn to plan for everything.

4) The wonderment of shooting in a different light that has different textures. Lighting in different countries has a different feel to it. The sand in the air shooting in the desert is different from the Tuscan sky which is different from the Californian Coast.

5) The excitement of planning shooting abroad. From the moment a deposit is paid, I go instantly into count done mode and start brainstorming creative ideas and researching not only the venue but the area, the culture, the people and places to shoot.

6) The absolute joy to see the smile on the faces of the couple when you meet them in the country where they are about to get married, it’s the moment you can see the trust on their faces and a plan coming together.

7) The count down makes me super excited all the time.

8) Arriving two days before the wedding because it gives you time to do a wedding venue walkthrough, opportunities for spontaneous or planned pre-wedding shoots, same for leaving two days after, gives you extra time for shooting.

9) Pushing myself creatively, it's a challenge and a thrill to produce stunning work in such beautiful locations. I enjoy the pressure of creating and shooting to a creative brief.

10) Food. I'm a sucker for foreign cuisines. Yep, it's one of the underrated perks of being a destination wedding photographer.

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For when you need more than one day .... by Camera & Kit

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Multi-day wedding photography …

For when you need more than one day photographed.

Congratulations! Not only are you engaged and getting married but you have decided to have a multi-day wedding or a wedding weekend and why not? Sometimes one day is not enough for a wedding worthy of grand celebrations, and one day is certainly not enough if you are lucky enough to have a destination wedding abroad.

I am mad for multi-day weddings, not only are they always stunning to photograph but they present me with a photographic challenge and an opportunity to work with a team of inspired photographic artists and well, let's be honest. I get to combine wedding photography with my love of travel. Camera & kit has the experience to capture everything about your unforgettable multi-day wedding extravaganza.

I understand that planning a spectacular wedding requires creative vision and meticulous attention to detail, so you need an experienced team of photographers to capture this. Camera & Kit specialise in planning and shooting everything from great rehearsal dinners, unique group activities & lavish farewell post-wedding brunches celebrations. I offer unique photographic coverage & creative planning process for brides and grooms who have organised their multi-day wedding independently or with the help of a wedding planner. Brides and husbands to be booking a multi-day wedding package enjoy our unlimited coverage on each day, we start when your party starts, and we finish when you drop!

I will happily do a venue walk through even for weddings abroad, and I bring with me to your wedding a team of photographers & assistants depending on your wedding needs. Multiple day weddings or wedding weekends are akin to performance art and theatre, so we have a dedicated photographer to capture all the behind the scenes work as well. I work with you during our creative, comprehensive planning process, so everything runs effortless and smoothly during your event and together we will have pre and post-wedding catch-ups to talk photography.

Once the party is over and you have your images it does not stop there, you will also receive dedicated one on one time spent crafting your wedding albums and photo storage options.