5 Tips for Hiring a Destination Wedding Photographer

Category: Blog

Date: June 1, 2017



You and your fiancé have decided to plan your wedding in an exotic place, far away from home. Finding the right photographer is critical.
Here are a few tips to help avoid the missteps when searching for a photographer to document your destination wedding.


1. No rookies. Many photographers are seduced by the thought of shooting in an exotic far-away land. However, don’t let your wedding be their “first”, regardless of the “good deal” they’re going to give you.


2. Spell it out on the contract. Destination weddings fall outside of normal wedding photography coverage, so it is best to have a clear understanding of what you expect in terms of the number of hours shot and number of images delivered.


3. It’s work, not play! If during the interview, you get the feeling that the photographer can’t wait to do the naked cannon-ball into the pool, and plans on bringing his wife and four children, it may be time to look for another, more professional photographer.


4. What is their back up plan? Ask the photographer how they plan to secure and back up the files, as well as what they use for back up equipment. There are no do-overs when something goes wrong in a remote location.


5. Who pays for travel expenses? Most reputable wedding photographers will ask that airfare, lodging, transfers and a daily per diem for meals are paid for by the client. This should be discussed and added to the agreement prior to finalizing the contract.











Based in San Diego, Paul Barnett has earned the reputation as the preeminent wedding photojournalist. Since 1991, his unique style & uncompromising craftsmanship have attracted a worldwide clientele. True, genuine and unrehearsed, Paul’s images bring to life the small idiosyncrasies that define us as individuals, close family and good friends. Visit Paul’s web site at http://barnettphoto.com or find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Barnettphoto.