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If you've signed up with a bridal boutique that has teamed up with an overseas photography studio, or sourced for one yourself in your destination of choice, here are some points to keep in mind.
#1 What you see is what you get
If the company you're working with has several phtoographers under its brand, be sure to find who will be shooting for you and his/her style - the pictures you see on the company's website/Instagram, or what you're shown by the local bridal boutique might be of the photography studio's overall portfolio, and not of the particular photographer you will be working with.
#2 Ask questions
Getting a photographer who's not based locally means your only means of communication is via email, phone calls or via the local bridal boutique who's working with them. Alternatively, you can also have a Skype interview with your potential photographer - the next best thing to a physical one. Some questions to ask:
- The mode of transport throughout the shoot
- If there are outfits available and what are the choices if so (usually only for local bridal studio tie-ups)
- His or her experience shooting outdoors
- The itinerary and number of pictures
- Get recommendations for shoot locations - he or she can provide valuable information that's not readily available on the web (like if there's construction going on, or if unexpected weather has turned that flower field you're planning to shoot at brown and muddy.) In doing so, you'll also save time on doing research yourself, and precious time during shoots.
#3 Bring extra outfits
A friend of mine booked an overseas photography package with a local bridal salon, but will only be able to choose outfits at the photography studio at the destination. Justtt in case you're not too fond of what they have in store, bring a set or two of your own so you'll at least you'll have a back-up you actually like. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant - a nice white maxi dress or even a short dress which you can wear after the wedding (or for your ROM!) would suffice. Ditto for your accessories. For him - his own suit, if he has. Rental suits don't fit well all the time (unless you're particularly lucky), and it shows in photos.
#4 Don't forget about hair and makeup!
If your package includes hair and makeup, find out who the hair and makeup artists are, and request for their portfolios as well. Send pictures of yourself, as well as those makeup references you've saved from Pinterest. This will help your makeup artist visualise a look for you. It's a bonus if the MUA has worked with Asian brides before.
#5 Discuss the shoot with your photographer
Once the logistics are done and dusted, the next thing to do is to talk to your photographer about the shoot - including the mood you want to convey, locations and your personalities. The more you communicate with your photographer, the more comfortable you'll feel around him or her, and the more relaxed you'll look in the photos, too!