DESTINATION WEDDINGS, DESTINATION ELOPEMENTS, DESTINATION ENGAGEMENTS, and MORE
So, you’re looking to hire the best destination wedding photographer! Look no further.
Hello!! So, you’re thinking about having a destination wedding! I think that is awesome, fantastic, rad, and EXCITING! Being married myself, I wish I would have done a destination wedding! After 10 years of being a full-time photographer, I’ve come to one conclusion: the only thing that is more awesome than being a photographer for a living is being a photographer who travels to weddings for work! Absolutely love being a destination wedding photographer. Personally, I’ve traveled to over 20 countries and have had experience with the cultures, customs, and regulations in each of those countries (especially since I always have my camera equipment with me).
FAQ’s + HOW IT WORKS
• WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A DESTINATION WEDDING?
Destination weddings are really anything outside of your immediate area. Let’s say you are based in Seattle – a destination wedding could be as close as Vancouver or as far away as Tokyo, Cape Town, Santorini, Sydney, Ibiza, or Paris. Whichever the location, I want to be your destination wedding photographer. I travel light, I am fully prepared and reliable, and I know how to effectively photograph a destination wedding regardless of the location. They are all amazing. They are all unique. They all require specialized prep and planning.
• WHY NOT HIRE A LOCAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER WHERE I WOULD LIKE TO GET MARRIED?
Great question! In some locations, you might be able to find a fantastic photographer. Other locations, it’s a lot more difficult – especially when potentially having to deal with language barriers, different customs and traditions, levels of customer service, and most importantly – level of quality. When many people choose to do a destination wedding, they are normally tempted by hiring an in-house resort photographer at the hotel they are staying at (and getting married at). I can’t stress this enough – compare the work and consistency of the resort photographer to that of a destination wedding photographer (such as myself). Compare the style of photography. Compare the quality of the editing. Compare the level of customer service and personal attention. Compare the turnaround time to receive your photographs. Compare the sheer number of delivered photographs in high-resolution. Compare the level of trust you have in your photography choices. Compare everything. At the end of it all, you will be happy that you chose us (my wife and I) at Luma Weddings.
• DO YOU CHARGE TRAVEL FEES FOR DESTINATION WEDDINGS?
Yes, there are travel fees associated with destination weddings, but they aren’t outrageous. Just get in touch with us with what your destination wedding location is, your wedding date, and a few basic details and we can let you know what we can do for you. We are very flexible and easy to work with.
• CONSULTATIONS + COMMUNICATION?
Seven days a week, give me a call, shoot me a text, write me an email, find me on Skype, message me on Facebook, tweet me on Twitter, or tag me on Instagram. I am here to help you with your destination wedding photography needs. Whether you are having a destination wedding in Santorini, a destination wedding in Positano, a destination wedding in Hawaii, or a destination wedding anywhere else in the world – we can help… and we want to help.
• CAN YOU HELP WITH SCOUTING LOCATIONS?
Absolutely! For all destination weddings, we arrive 24-48 hours in advance of the wedding day specifically to scout locations, plan for the wedding day, and to rest up to ensure we are at 100% so your wedding day runs smoothly and efficiently — all while getting you the most gorgeous destination wedding photographs you’ve ever seen. Yes, we are that confident in what we do. If you are wanting off-site location(s) to make the most of your destination wedding, giving us as a photography team the most time possible prior to your wedding day is there to benefit you and the results you get from your destination wedding photography.
• WHAT IF I WANT TO ELOPE, AM ON A SMALL BUDGET OR DON’T NEED HELP ON SITE?
We love elopements. We love small, intimate weddings. We are flexible to what you are searching for. Want a destination wedding in Iceland on a cliff? Want to get married on the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland? Yes, please. Having a cruise wedding and want to have portraits taken every day in every port of call? I’m up for it (btw, check out this blog post on cruise weddings). Email me today and get the discussion started. I am confident we can make something work.
• WHAT COUNTRIES HAVE YOU BEEN TO?
USA (duh), Canada (where I was born and raised), Mexico, Costa Rica, St. Lucia, St Maarten, Barbados, Bermuda, Scotland (my heritage), England, France, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Greece, China, Japan. I’ve brought my camera equipment to every one of these countries and have never had any issues since I know how to properly handle customs regulations & their respective questions. It also helps that I have TSA pre-check, Nexus, and Global Entry.
• IS IT JUST YOU OR DO YOU WORK WITH A TEAM?
I can work with any size of team that is most fitting to your wedding day. I have second photographers that I regularly work with (when needed), but I photograph 99.99999% of weddings by myself (with the help of my awesome wife, Haley). The reason I do this is to 1) keep down the budget of the couples I work with and 2) it eliminates the possibility of having a photographer in the background (or side) of your finished product.
Here’s a destination wedding I photographed by myself (with the help of my lovely wife, Haley, working as my assistant). This destination resort wedding was at the beautiful Dreams Resort in Tulum, Mexico.
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