Wedding Photographers Costa Rica Guidelines
Helping you choose just the right Costa Rica Wedding Photographer …
Our Wedding Photographers Costa Rica section provides helpful tips about finding just the right photographer for your Costa Rica wedding.
Irrespective of where you decide to get married, choosing a wedding photographer is not an easy task.
The photographer plays one of the most important roles during your big day.
It stands to reason that couples would want to hire the very best!
But how do you find that perfect photographer when you’re having a destination wedding in Costa Rica?
Wedding Photography Costa Rica Guidelines
Some couples choose to have a photographer who is local to them but who also does destination weddings in Costa Rica.
At first, this may seem like the perfect option because you can sit down with the photographer of your choice, get to know him or her, go through and review their wedding photography packages and determine whether he or she is the right choice.
With this option however, there is ONE big pitfall. And that is the additional costs involved!
You will have to take into consideration the costs of additional airfare and if your photographer has an assistant (and most of them do) you will have to pay for the flights of the assistant as well. Plus you obviously have to pay for their accommodation, food, ground travel and living costs.
In addition to that, if the photographer is not local than he or she will have to apply for a work permit in order to be allowed to do your wedding photography.
Having said all this, there are some couples that go down this route nonetheless. It gives them peace of mind and reassurance that they’ve hired a wedding photographer that they know and trust and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The following two websites provide a list of wedding photographers that are not local to Costa Rica but do destination wedding photography in Costa Rica …
International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers Wedding Photo Journalist Association
International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers
Wedding Photo Journalist Association
Wedding Photographers Costa Rica: How to find them
The other option that you have is of course to find a local wedding photographer. This may seem like a daunting task at first. Most probably, you don’t know anyone who’s been married in Costa Rica, so you can’t get any word of mouth recommendations.
Plus, you can’t really have a face to face appointment with a wedding photographer based in Costa Rica before you decide whether you’d want to hire him or her.
Luckily, the Internet has made it a bit “easier” to find local destination wedding vendors.
Some of the options that you have are:
- Use GOOGLE by typing “Costa Rica wedding photographer”, “Costa Rica wedding photography” or "wedding photographers Costa Rica" and browse through the results.
- Go to this directory here and browse through their Costa Rica wedding photographers listings.
- Visit Listphotographers.com and go through their recommendations for wedding photographers in Costa Rica.
Wedding Photographer Costa Rica: How to choose the best
After you’ve done your research, draft a short list. Your short list will include those photographers that caught your eye when you browsed through their portfolio and website. Initiate contact with them and start asking questions. You can usually get a good feel of how a person works by the way he or she replies to your emails.
Shorten your list to about 5 wedding photographers and try to get to know them and their work better.
Ask for references from previous couples they did the wedding photography for.
Another thing that you can do is to ask for advice and thoughts on these wedding photographers from the resort or hotel that you’ve booked yourself in.
During this “getting to know your photographer” stage, it’s also wise to discuss some important issues, such as payment methods, recourse options, etc.
A local wedding photographer will of course save you tons of money in travel costs, etc and he or she will know the area inside out and will give you the best recommendations for locations, best times of day to shoot, etc.
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