Aug 12, 2015

Destination Wedding 101: Choosing your photographer

We've got some tips on how to choose your Wedding Day photographer.

We've got some tips on how to choose your Wedding Day photographer.

These last few weeks, we’ve been showcasing some of our tips on how to coast through planning your destination wedding. The day of your wedding is of course, the highlight. It’s only natural to make those moments last forever!

While stopping time is virtually impossible, the best way to immortalize your big day is through stunning wedding photos.

You may have guests taking snaps of your day. However, hiring out a professional wedding or event photographer is the best way to ensure that all of those candid and special moments are captured on film.

With so many talented photographers to choose from, finding one to capture your big day might be overwhelming. Our Destination Wedding Co-ordinator, L'nielle (pronounced like "Danielle" but with an 'L') has a few pointers when it comes to narrowing one down.

When choosing a wedding photographer, make sure that you're comfortable with their style and artistic direction.

When choosing a wedding photographer, make sure that you're comfortable with their style and artistic direction.


Hiring the resort’s photography team is great and affordable if photos are a secondary priority for you. However, the final outcome is usually more “portrait-style” shots. This might be uncomfortable for some wedding groups, as staged photos may look a little awkward. If you’re opting to partner with someone different, it’s good to do your research. A good photographer can capture the most important details of your wedding with or without any décor in the background.

Before locking them in for good with your wedding, it’s good to meet with them beforehand. Most are willing to sit down for a brief consultation prior to doing any shots. While this may be called a ‘consultation,’ it’s relatively informal and usually entails simply getting to know one another to see if one’s work lines up with what you’re looking for.

Connection is Key!

Having some level of connection will make your wedding portraits look more natural and candid. If the opportunity is there, try to book pre-portraits for your engagement shoot, so that you can get to know each other’s style and comfort level.

Once you’ve narrowed down your wedding photographer, make sure that you book their travel itinerary as soon as you contract them out to avoid any problems in the future.

Be familiar with their Photo Style

The personality and shooting style should be able to match with yours (eg. Fun & playful, trendy, modern, outdoors etc.) so that you don’t feel so out of place when taking your portraits. The wedding photos should also match your décor and lifestyle. After all, aside from them being your photos, it will be a piece of artwork in your home!

Have Fun!

It’s your wedding day! Relax

and forget about your photographer and enjoy the moments. The photos will reflect that.

Sunsets are a perfect time to take romantic shots!

Sunsets are a perfect time to take romantic shots!

Artistic Inspiration

Vancouver-based photographer, Alex Law has these great tips when it comes to the artistic direction of your photos.

“Time of day is important in the sense that you don't want the sun to be right above casting severe shadows on the face. However you can get around this by a few ways; one is to shoot in a shaded area. Early morning or early evening are usually the best times for light as the sun is at a lower point in the sky. An hour or so before sunset is very beautiful because the light becomes a warm golden color and can create a nice romantic effect for photos. This time of day is referred to as the "Golden Hour" and right after that comes the beautiful sunset of course.”

“Keep in mind when you face towards the sun the colors in the sky will be less saturated and if you face in the same direction the sun is shining towards the beautiful blue color of the sky will show more. But at the end of the day let your photographer search for the best light and trust in them; refer back to point number two and just enjoy your wedding it goes by so fast.”

Weddings by is a full-service destination wedding agency. In addition to arranging travel plans, our Destination Wedding Planners are ready to assist you with the details of your big day, including photography arrangement! For more information or to book your Destination Wedding, speak to one of our Destination Wedding Coordinators at 1-866-685-6008 or through email at

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