Life’s a journey not a destination, Ralph Waldo Emmerson famously stated. And who doesn’t love to embark on a journey? But while some may think it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive, most of us are happiest when we hit our destination. And when it comes to a destination wedding, this is even more true. It’s your biggest, best day ever and it’s in an incredible place!
Every since I first shot abroad, a documentary about the salvaging of the Costa Concordia ocean liner that ran aground off the coast of Tuscany for global broadcaster Viasat Explorer’s documentary channel, back in 2011 I’ve been hooked. At that time I was mostly shooting commercials and commercial photography, but already I was getting drawn into what I found to be a much more rewarding and creative world, the world of wedding photography and film making.
In the years that followed, my passion for working in the wedding industry grew while my enthusiasm for the trial by committee of commercial work waned until today where I find myself shooting about half and half. My weddings for the most part remained UK-based, but even though my commercial work took me to all kinds of places, the US, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Barcelona, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and Denmark, still it was shooting wedding photography and films that got my heart racing.
And while it may sound expensive to fly your photographer out with you, you will be surprised how much more it might end up costing – and in more ways than just financially – to rely on the local offering.
My approach is always the same. To tell the story faithfully, to capture the best locations, the best light, the best moments, and the very essence not just of the time and the place, but of the characters and feelings of my couples so that each photo tells it’s own story of that day in a beautiful and editorially creative way.
I love being a destination wedding shooter, because, quite simply I love shooting, and who doesn’t love to travel? So when you’re ready why not drop me an email, give me a call or leave your number, using the form below. I’d love to hear more about your plans.
And shooting abroad, practically speaking was so little different from shooting in the UK for me, where I travel and stay over for the bulk of my weddings. There is little that is different, practically speaking for a professional shooter – managing logistics and being a long way from home is all part of the day wherever you are. It helps that I speak a little Russian, Italian and Spanish, and French almost fluently. Beyond that it’s as easy as shooting ten miles from home. Consider a wedding photographer's day. There simply isn't the time to pop home for a spare lens or a forgotten light stand.
If you are getting married abroad then choosing to take your destination photographer with you means you can meet up and get a feel for exactly what to expect on your wedding day. You can also be assured of the quality of photos. I’ve heard so many horror stories of overseas weddings where couples have been left disappointed with the quality of their photographs after their wedding as they booked without meeting their photographer or settled with the photographer that was included in their package.
It would be an honour to accompany you to your chosen wedding destination. Whether it be a sun drenched beach resort where you can marry bare foot on the sand, or against the striking backdrop of an international city that boasts unique architecture, culture and atmosphere
DESTINATION WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY
Just in case you thought I only did Destination Photography, why not take a couple of minutes to watch Roisin and Ollie’s completely awesome, glamorous wedding highlights film. They tied the knot in Nerja, Spain and while the ceremony itself was a wonderfully traditional Catholic affair in a huge, medieval church, the rest of the day was full on party animal time. Take a look, its really fun.
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