WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
THE Mun PROSKeat (MK): Unlike Malaysia, which is located on the equator, foreign countries experience softer lighting and a longer golden hour that helps create beautiful photos.
Zung (Z): Scenic locations make for gorgeous backdrops straight from the camera.
DO NOT BE OVER AMBITIOUS
MK: Keep things simple and be realistic with what you have and what you can achieve.
KNOW YOUR COMFORT LEVEL
Z: To help them feel confident, I would hold a fun demonstration with the couple 10 days before the actual shoot and go through some tips on how to hide their flaws and look good.
BE PREPARED TO START THE DAY EARLY
MK: If you are shooting at tourist spots, you need to get there before the crowd does for more space and privacy.
FIND THE RIGHT SEASON/TIMING
MK: Research the best dates for the look you want. Spring and autumn are popular for their mild weather but winter can be something quite special if you are up for it.
LESS EXPECTATION, MORE APPRECIATION
Z: Things don’t always go according to plan. Keep an open mind and you might be pleasantly surprised.
TRY THE PATH LESS TRAVELLED MK: The Eiffel Tower has been photographed to death at this point. Suss out different locations that help tell your story instead.
SECURITY AND ACCESS MK: Budget for customs clearance if you plan to bring in your own props, equipment and decorations. Bear in mind that certain venues would require a permit to shoot.
ENGAGE THE HELP OF WEDDING PLANNERS
MK: Don’t sweat it. Hire someone reputable to help you with the planning.
HAVING SOMEONE LOCAL ALWAYS HELPS
MK: Locals know the hidden gems and it is usually easier to get permission to shoot when you speak the same language.
Z: Get in touch with your photographer well in advance to allow for more meetings and discussions. The more he knows about you, the easier it would be for him to tell your story.
BE CLEAR ABOUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
Z: Profile shots? The scenery? The ambience? Communicate what matters to you most so both you and the photographer are on the same page.