Why bring your own photographer
to a destination wedding?
Bringing your own photographer to your destination wedding is cheaper than you think. The average cost of a photographer assigned by a destination resort is about $3,000. That is likely significantly higher than the cost of airfare for your own photographer. Most destination wedding resorts also give discounted or entirely free rooms when the couple books a certain number of rooms for their guests. In a lot of cases lodging for your photographer may be free.
By bringing your own photographer, you have had the chance to meet him or her and to assess whether or not you can work effectively together to create the best images possible. More often than not when couples book a wedding at a resort, the photographer is chosen at random. This can lead to you being assigned an untrustworthy or unreliable photographer that has very limited experience shooting weddings.
I use up to date professional grade Canon cameras. These cameras are equipped with two card slots, meaning if one card fails your images are still safe on the other card. I always backup images not only to an external hard drive, but to a cloud service immediately following your wedding. The chances of your images being lost are nearly non-existent. Unfortunately, with other resort photographers this isn’t the case. Many will use out-dated cameras with single card slots and will only store the images on one computer.
Attention to Detail
You want someone who knows how to use the camera, who has the experience of taking photos in different light, different conditions, composing different shots and executing it perfectly every time. You will not find this attention to detail in a photographer assigned to you by a destination wedding resort.