Do you bring a photographer, or do you use one from the resorts “suggested vendors” or do you have to use one of their photographers and have no option to bring one or higher one from the area??
Just about every couple we speak rank their photo’s as important as the resort amenities and cost of the trip! I hadn’t really considered that until it was time to start thinking about my own photography. I had collected a file on my computer of “must have” photo’s. Even going as far as Trash the Dress pictures. I can honestly say that the photo’s became one of the priorities. Then I started reading blogs, reviews and testimonials and started to worry. When you get married in your hometown, you get to interview your photographer and see their “style”. Are they capturing the same thing you envision? After meeting with different photographers, you then decide which one is best for you and what budget you are working with. But, when you do a destination wedding, you can’t be that selective, and little choice often means more stress!
I can tell you that at Beaches Turks and Caicos, Patrick and Meekesha are amazing. I actually reserve them for my clients and send them a portfolio in advance to see which of the 2 have the style the couple is looking for. They have about 6 photographers at Beaches Turks, so there are more choices there than at some other resorts. If you decide to bring a photographer, most resorts require that you pay for a minimal 3 night package and that you should be aware they could be hit up for a work permit if they bring lighting and screens. I will advise my clients that normal camera’s and video equipment doesn’t send off red flags when you arrive in another country, but bags upon bags of equipment can raise questions and you don’t want to be hit up paying extra so they can “work” in that location. Also, make sure to tell your travel agent that you are doing this so she can prepare the hotel/resort and so they don’t have to schedule one of their photographers when you most likely won’t be using them.
If you are considering the option of bringing a photographer or videographer, VIP has some very highly recommended ones to share with you. I have some wonderful clients (and having worked with them for several years, now consider them friends) that travel and film your wedding. They do such amazing work that I have a link for one of their Jamaica Destination Wedding trailers. It plays like an epic movie trailer …but warning, if you are a sap, like me, get out your tissues.
Here is the link: