To date, I’ve attended ten destination weddings; eight of which I photographed completely and two of which I gifted other photoshoots to the bride and groom while at the destination (but mainly just attended as a guest).
There’s nothing like a destination wedding and when planned correctly, they can go off without a hitch!
I’m a visualizer and often find myself in a state of reflection. I wanted to relive all my favourite moments as a destination wedding photographer through an “archival post” of why my job brings me so much joy. I listed five of them below and hope they inspire you to hire a destination wedding photographer for your wedding.
The people you meet. On every single destination wedding I have made new , and so very wonderful, friends. Some of these people I now consider my closest friends. There’s something that happens when you’re away with a group of strangers, forced to get to know each other. Perhaps it’s the air (perhaps it’s the booze) but it really doesn’t take long to form lasting bonds.
Everything is beautiful and everything is different. I wake up every day with prayers that I’ve taken care of myself enough to give whatever is scheduled in my day, my best. When I’m preparing for any wedding, I try to understand the landscape of where I’m shooting and a general understanding of the geographical area. I start dreaming about shots and angles and then before you know it, I am completely juiced up and ready to go. I’ve found though that when I’m down south, especially on a beach… my best is right in front of me. Everything is beautiful and everything is different. I feel myself at ease there because I’m not fighting to find colour or light, as long as we have scheduled the wedding accordingly, a part of my job feels almost effortless.
The leadership role. Every destination wedding I have photographed has looked to me for leadership and guidance while both planning and executing the wedding timeline. Some couples needing it very precise and some more a little more lax, all with the hopes that the wedding is captured seamlessly and beautifully. This elevates my job from artist to professional and I absolutely love wearing both of those hats.
They inspire me. I have never come home from a destination wedding unsatisfied. I’ve been in every situation imaginable including: cold nights, rainy days, unbearable heat, five different locations, two straight days, you name it. Never have I come home upset or disappointed. The challenge of all the extremes is such a high and I am am admittedly, an addict. It forces me to think about other aspects of beauty and where to find it.
They afford me to possibly cross something off my bucket list. I’m a traveler for life, whether I photograph destination weddings or not, but the gratitude I have for being able to have the additional experiences I have had on top of each wedding is immense, to say the least. My clients have brought me from the worlds second largest coral reef on the island of Roatan to the Taj Mahal in the province of Agra, India, with a dotting of incredible locations like Mexico and Costa Rica in between. AMAZING.
From now on, when I’m overwhelmed, full of self doubt, and wanting to slump back over into fear over anything, really, I’m going to read this post… take it in and power on.