Taking your Wedding Photographer from the UK to your chosen international destination can be an expensive business and you therefore may consider hiring a local photographer. This is a risky strategy as you are unlikely to meet with them before or after your big day and could be entrusting your entire photographic record to a stranger. Everything will be on-line and professional liability insurance and regulations may not be fully adhered to.
With advance notice (and most couples are booking me between 6 and 18 months in advance) we will meet up face to face and will ensure that your final photographs are presented and delivered to your home either personally, by a member of my team, or recorded international delivery by DHL, FEDEX or similar.
I am fortunate enough to spend much of my year in Barbados as my wife works out there running a Horse Rescue Charity. This enables me to offer very competitive rates on Caribbean Destination Weddings as I do not charge the cross Atlantic airfare to my clients. Equally, if you’re planning a European Destination Wedding I would only charge from UK, even if I was in Barbados the week before.
Destination Weddings can vary considerably from UK weddings as generally there are fewer guests. Nevertheless, my approach is similar in that customer service and relationship is everything. So, I will always try to meet with my clients as early on in the process as possible.
Once booked you will receive an e-contract and closer to the wedding day we will book in your pre-wedding consultation. This is where we will discuss the finer points of your day such as timings, key people, activities and compile a list of family formal photographs. If you’ve booked a pre-wedding or engagement shoot then we will shoot this at the same time.
I generally shoot from the Bridal preparation through to the first dance and, like UK, am happy to extend for any further activities. In the Caribbean, beaches tend to take a major part in the wedding and I do advise that some extra time is scheduled into the day to get those ‘wow’ images during the sunset or ‘golden hour’ period.