As a wedding photographer, one of the many perks of the job is getting to travel for a shoot! From tropical beaches to isolated forests, destination weddings can be a great asset to a photographer’s portfolio. If you’re looking to venture out of your comfort zone and take on a destination wedding, there are a few things to know beforehand to set yourself up for success!
Plan With The Couple
Once you have the wedding booked and you’re ready to pack your bags, it’s important to plan ahead with the bride and groom. Set up a few meetings or phone calls with them leading up to the travel date so you’re fully prepared. Once you get to the destination, things will move fast so it’s important to lay out a game plan with the couple to ensure you get the photos they are looking for. Something to consider is to set up mini shoots during your trip, whether it’s waking up early for sunrise and spending an hour or so taking photos on the beach or running out before dinner to get a few shots during sunset, planning in advance will help you collect the photos you need to capture the experience.
Research The Destination
While planning out the trip with the bride and groom, it’s important to do your own research to prepare yourself. If you’re going to a tropical island destination, see if there are any private beaches to use for your mini sessions! Or, if you’re heading to a city abroad, see if there are any unique architectural spots for a photo shoot. It will impress your clients that you know all of the hidden gems in a foreign location. While researching, make sure to print out maps and directions; there may not be Internet or WiFi when you arrive!
Hold Onto Your Gear
As a photographer, you know the most necessary component of your photo shoot is your equipment. From the camera to the batteries and everything in between, your gear is what creates your photos! Avoid being the helpless photographer at the airport with lost luggage by keeping all of your gear with you at all times. Your destination might not have the gear you need if you have to replace things, and you may not have time to go out and purchase new equipment.
It’s easy as a photographer to get wrapped up in a shoot and lose sight of where you are. Take in your surroundings and have fun! This will not only ensure a great shoot for you, but will also allow your clients to be more at ease to share these milestone moments with you.
After you get back from your destination shoot and you’re adjusting to life off island time, it’s time to print your photos! Check out our selection of high quality dye-sub printers for every budget and professional printing application. The Mitsubishi CP-W5000DW dye sublimation duplex printer is perfect for printing custom photo books, greeting cards, flat photo cards, announcement cards, even customized calendars and more, on demand. This fully featured yet compact printer can print dual-sided photos from 4×6 up to 8×12 for specialized printing with unlimited possibilities.
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