Destination Wedding Photography Planning Checklist

Isabel Luna - 02/09/2022 - 0 comments

You’ve chosen your fairy-tale destination wedding in a little slice of paradise. One of the most important items on your to-do list is your photographer. You need someone professional and experienced who aligns with your vision, but you don’t know where to start. Adventure Photos eliminates this dilemma by using our talented in-house local photographers to tailor your experience based on your needs, ensuring you receive the perfect photographer for your special day. This checklist will help you plan the perfect wedding photographer for your destination wedding.

Decide on Your Wedding Photography Style

Bride and groom kissing in the distance during sunset at their destination wedding

Photographers are artists, and as such, they have many different approaches to photography and photo editing. It’s important to think about and then decide what photography styles you prefer, and which you’d like to incorporate into your wedding day. Do you prefer a classic style, which focuses on posed shots, such as family portraits? Or do you favor a more photojournalistic style, which puts the spotlight on candid, spontaneous photos that happen in the moment? Or perhaps you’d like a lifestyle approach, which is a blend of both.

Regardless of which you choose, you should spend some time making a library of images that convey the style you’re looking for to show your photographer, so they get an idea of your preferences.

Decide on Wedding Day Coverage

Bride sitting on the couch and putting on her shoes to get ready for her wedding.

Wedding photographers often charge by the hour or have a flat rate for a set number of hours of photo coverage. Decide how long you’d like your photographer to be present based on the events you want captured. You may want to have your photographer be with you from the time you start getting ready until the last song plays on the dance floor. Other couples may choose to only have the wedding ceremony photographed. It’s important to decide early on how many moments you want to remember with photos. Next, you’ll want to assess what your budget is for those coverage hours and make a decision that meets both requirements.

Consider Your Most Important Moments

Groom waiting to see their bride for the first time on their wedding day

Weddings are busy events, and there are many moments you’ll want to capture! Planning for when you’d like photos taken, along with allowing adequate time for these photos, will make the day-of less stressful and more enjoyable. You’ll also want to let your photographer know ahead of time which events are absolutely not-to-be-missed so that you know you won’t miss a thing later on.

Wedding Photo Idea Checklist:

  • Getting ready
  • Wedding party images
  • First look
  • Any traditions you’d like to incorporate
  • Ceremony and location
  • The walk down the aisle
  • First kiss
  • Formal portraits
  • Reception (speeches, dancing, etc.)
  • After shoot (Trash the Dress, honeymoon, first anniversary)

Your Dream Wedding, Photographed by Us

Destination weddings can be stressful with all the additional planning, but Adventure Photos takes the guesswork out of choosing a photographer. We work with a variety of knowledgeable, experienced wedding photography professionals who are local to the area (and thus know the best local photo ops!) and eager to capture every wonderful, funny, touching moment of your day. Our wide network also ensures that you’re always covered in case of unforeseen circumstances. Contact us today so we can customize a style, budget, and photo checklist just for you!

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