I arrived in Mexico a little over 10 years ago, and since have learned a lot about destination wedding especially in Mexico. In that time the various photography businesses under my direction have captured over 8,000 destination weddings. As the director of the company with a great passion and enthusiasm for photography, I have personally photographed over 250 weddings and continue to love to do so with much gumption. In 2017 I was nominated by oneeyeland.com as one of the World's Top 10 Wedding Photographers, Rank 10 and #1 in Mexico. But most importantIy I am truly grateful to have become friends and acquaintances with so many wonderful couples and their families during this time. I consider myself a very lucky man to have played a part in their wedding day.
This is a lengthy guide to getting the beach wedding photos of your dreams, so I've created a table of contents to help you find what you're looking for.
First, establish clear communication and expectations.
On the day of your wedding, the most memorable day of your life, you will spend a lot of time with your wedding photographer and videographers, so you best make sure that you like them! Before the day of the wedding it is key to have established a good connection and have invested the time in working together to create the right photography and video plan. That way you can feel at ease and enjoy the moments.
The wonderful thing about event photography is that if you were to ask 2 photographers to cover the same event, they will always come back with different pictures. No 2 photographers are the same. They come in all shapes and sizes + photography styles, techniques, equipment and service can differ enormously.
Here is a list of some of the different styles of wedding photography:
There are a lot of great photographers out there who are specialists in one or two of the above styles, but only few who can do it all. So be mindful of this. For example a wedding photojournalist photographer maybe able to WOW you with a portfolio of images that are packed full of emotion, but is he/she able or willing to direct a large group to capture a group photo or that family portrait your grand mother will so dearly appreciate ? Likewize a trendy superstar photographer with a great fashion sense maybe able to shoot some WOW photos of you and your fiancé, but do you really want to take a lot of time away from your guests on your wedding day to go on a location photo shoot and pose like a model? And is that same photographer happy to shoot event and party photos at your table or on the dance floor later on in the evening ?
In my opinion different photography styles and skill sets are required throughout the wedding day. A good photographer must have the ability to deliver in each moment. So find a photographer who can perform well at the moments of your wedding that are most important to you.
Here are some suggestions of skills a good photographer should have the ability to perform at different moments during a wedding day.
Couples or bridal party photo shoot:
Fashion, WOW, people control, fun. lifestyle posing, motion assisted posing, documentary
Hire a photographer who is based in the destination or past experience shooting in your chosen destination.
Look at photographers portfolios on the web, recommendations for friends or other wedding professionals and see which style of photos you like the most. If you can’t make a final selection at this point select your favorite 3.
Work with your wedding planner, hotel coordinator, photographer and videographer to define a wedding day time line. Consider enough time to complete the shot list that you have defined with your photographer.
I was once in a wedding where the bride fainted because of the heat. It was a British couple getting married in Cancun. They decided to get married at 12 noon because they wanted their wedding day to last all day. DO NOT GET MARRIED AT 12 NOON on a beach in the Caribbean, it’s simply too hot and humid. It is best to choose a time in the late afternoon or evening, I would say the ceremony should be 2 hours before sunset. If you have a big shot list for your photo and video team to get through before the sun goes down, it might be an idea to organize a bride and groom’s "1st look” a couple of hours before the ceremony and get some of those photos done then. This also means that you will spend less time away from your family and friends during the event. I highly recommend it.
During our pre-wedding communication with our clients we formulate a wedding day timeline or review an existing timeline to ensure that there is enough time to capture all the requested images.
There you have a few common sense styling ideas that will keep you and your bridal party comfortable during a beach wedding. For a ton of other ideas, check out our popular 101 Summer Wedding ideas post for more inspiration.
The easiest method of working out color is this……..Take a good look at the color wheel. Colors next to each others are best friends and go well together. Colors directly opposite are “In Love” as they are in complete contrast with each other.
While the sea breeze on a beach is both relaxing and refreshing, it can also seriously mess with your hair. The sun, heat, humidity and salt can easily combine to dramatically change your hairstyle in minutes.
I've photographed many a ceremony where the bride had chosen to have her hair styled with a fringe or "bangs" as you say in America and the sea breeze just kept on blowing hair over the brides eyes and across her face, so she spent the whole ceremony pushing her hair out of her face with her fingers. The surefire best plan is to have your hair tied back and out of your face.
I'm not a hair and makeup expert but experience has shown me that if you can afford it, hire a good makeup artist who uses a air brush spray gun, I've witnessed many brides be transformed into WOW princesses by good markup artists. Airbrush spray gun makeup is truly the secret weapon and the only style of makeup that is likely to last all night in hot humid conditions. So if you want to look amazing for your reception's party, airbrush spray gun make is the way to go. It certainly helps us photographers out.
Most weddings last just one day, but your pictures should last for a lifetime or more. Make sure that you talk to your photographer about the final product. Be sure to find out when, where and how you will receive your images. In todays hi-tech, connected world, your photos should be safely secured in the cloud, on a disc and in print form. The latest printing and album making techniques promise better print quality then every before with high quality materials that should last 100 years or more.
At Pixan Photography we own our very own professional photography lab which crafts arguable the finest photo books / albums and fine art prints in Mexico.
With every wedding coverage we include a photo slideshow and online gallery which provides you with the ability to share, socialize, collaborate and safely archive your wedding images in the cloud.
CONNECTION as a photographer, I find that the best wedding photos are captured when I get involved and connect with the event, when I really get to know my clients, the people I photograph and then bring that out in their images over a very short period of time. This is what makes really great photographs - and my job - so special. Learning about what makes you who you are, the people you love and the story you have to share. That's our favorite part of being a photographer.
I swear you take MAGIC photos.. it is like your soul owns the lens!
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