Many asked how does a destination photoshoot goes about? Destination shoots is a scene not yet familiar for the malay community and many are curious on how it goes about. I have been on several destination shoots in Europe and Australia since I begin my career as a photographer and these are some of the few things to do when you plan your destination photoshoot.
1. List down 5 countries that you would like to visit.
Having 5 countries listed on your bucketlist to travel really helps in shortlisting the possible places that you could actually have your shoots at. Choose a place that both you and your partner have been dying to go to together. But why 5? Here is why.
Out of the 5 countries, 3 countries should be of a place from a continent far away from our sunny island. Places like Americas, Europe and even New Zealand. These are places where the climate is dramatically different from our tropical sunshine. The alternative 2 choices should be of a place in Asia or even Australia.( eventhough their climates are some sort different ).
With these lists, you have already shortlisted your ideal destination shoot location!
On to the next.
2. List down your budget.
When it comes to budgetting you often think of the flights and accommodation. Of course this time round you have to bear the cost of flying your photographer over. Fret not, The Vanilla Project have a policy that could help you worry less on over spending for the trip itself!
When planning your budget, you should divide on how much you are willing to spend per person on flight and accommodation. Usually flights are relatively cheaper if you book for 5 or more days for a two-way flight. At this stage you would already strike down places that are over your budget to 2 or 3 places that are suitable. We would consult you along the way, don't worry!
Use the help of flight and hotel booking apps to check for lower fares and greater deals!
Am I supposed to bear the cost of accommodation for the photographer throughout the days when we are not shooting?
We would shoot 2/3 days at most and you are only to accomodate the lounging of our photographer during the shoot days. (e.g.: 2 nights for a 2 days shoot). Our photographer will bear their own accommodation during the days they are not shooting. Take this time to go on your shopping spree perhaps?
3. Choose the most suitable destination!
With the heaviest worry off your shoulder it is time to choose your destination!
Take your time to do decide and sit down with your photographer to discuss possible places that you may visit for shoot.
* some location have high security or needs a permit, so be prepared to play hide & seek with the authority! ;)
Travelling around might be a hassle so renting a car and perhaps a driver might be the better choice for travelling around. Yay road trip!
4. What dress should I wear? Oh no....
This is a probelm for most brides when it comes to destination shoot. Consult your bridal agent if you could rent their bridal dress for overseas shoot unless you already have one. Having a bridal dress coud add more flavour to your photos! Again consult with your photographer on suitable outfits for certain locations.
Importantly, wear something comfortable to accommodate to the weather and climate of the place. Warm clothing is a must for cold climate countries and vice versa for hot climate.
5. It go time and have fun!
The moment you wear your bridal outfit on a foreign land, you will be a star for the day! People would stop by and congratulate and compliment you. You will experience new culture and explore new places while on shoot and that is the best part of it all! Just enjoy the moment and make it into an endless wonderful experience!