April 2021 // The Travel Edition

Top 10 Destination Wedding Photography Tips | Charleton Churchill

1. RESEARCH AND MARKET TO YOUR TOP DESIRED DESTINATIONS

Instead of trying to be a destination photographer to all destinations, start off by taking your top 3-5 destinations you want to photograph the most. Research those areas: the top venues, top elopement locations, weddings blogged in that area, related Instagram hashtags, etc. Do your homework. In the past, I have taken personal trips to scout locations and venues, hiked trails and captured images to get a feel for the area (it’s a write-off). Additionally, take a real couple with you to photograph all day, even if it means taking a pay cut. I did that for one of my desired destinations and as a result, I’m getting more bookings there. The point is you want images in your portfolio that represent you as a destination photographer in those areas. If you’re not able to travel that far, then locate adventurous destinations near your home, even if it means driving several hours away. After you have images, market your work, blog about it, etc. Your website and social media should be oozing with destination weddings if you want to be booked for them.

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2. PACK LIGHT

If you travel mainly by vehicle, bring all you want. However, when traveling by air, pack your essentials in your carry-on. Get a backpack if possible, preferably without wheels, as airlines tend to pull those on booked flights. Don’t chance leaving your gear with checked luggage where it may be lost. Also, if you’re hiking with couples, you’ll want a lighter backpack. Every job is different and so is the hiking, but I typically carry two Nikon Z6ii mirrorless cameras, 35, 50, 85, sometimes 24-70, 70-200, 20, Profoto B1 or B2, a speedlight, and a few others. On the flight, I also carry my 13” MacBook Pro.

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