The market of wedding photography has evolved a lot the last few years. The concept of destination photography has been introduced and a lot of photographers, myself included, prefer to do destination weddings. Meaning that they document weddings in different country than their residence. Others prefer to stay local and confide themselves within a specific region of ‘specialty’.
But why book a destination wedding photographer? I’ll speak for myself as every professional has their own mindset. As a wedding photographer, I consider myself an artist. And as such, I love to do different things, as this keeps me motivated and my creative juices flowing. That’s why I chose to get involved in destination wedding photography. Meaning that I document weddings across Europe, mainly in Italy, France and Greece and have also worked in the UK, Dubai and Cyprus. Being a destination photographer means that I travel a lot and I have to invest a good part of my time and budget to scout locations and venues. I will always have visited the wedding venue you are planning your wedding, either in the week prior to your special day or at an off-season date. Thus, the most common question that couples ask “Have you been at our venue before” will have a definite YES as an answer. By the way, I would advise you to modify the question you ask your potential wedding photographer, to “Are you excited to work at our venue?” and if you really want to go a step further, ask them to explain the pros and cons of your venue. Yes, the cons. A skilled photographer should be aware of the tricky parts and how to work around them.
Let me tell you a quick story to further elaborate on why I prefer to be a destination photographer. There was a summer, a few years back that I had to shoot 7 weddings at the same venue. 7 different events at the exact same location! During my video calls with the couples, they all asked me if I had worked there before and I had. I admit that it was really difficult to find different ways to shoot my clients at the same venue over and over again. I realized that I was lacking the incentive that keeps me elevated. Wouldn’t you be bored having the same lunch for 7 days in a row? That’s a close analogy.
I am a traveller, an explorer. I love the thrill of visiting new places and the excitement of photographing at different sceneries. I hate repetition and thus I would never be a ‘local’ photographer. I think that’s another reason why couples trust me with their destination wedding photography in Italy, France, Greece and beyond.
An added bonus of booking a destination wedding photographer like myself, is that as I often travel at picturesque destinations like Paris, Tuscany, Provence, the Amalfi Coast and more, we can plan an engagement session there. Making the most from your trip to Europe.
If you’re like me, send me an email to say hello and let’s see where our paths will cross.