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I personally stayed away from Barcelo because of the no outside photographer policy. Maybe you can get around this by flying one with you as your "guest" (some resorts won't even allow this though, if the "guest" looks like a professional photographer rather than an amateur then they might try to stop them or something. Ask the resort, tell them your good friend is a photographer and offered to do your photos for free).

 

If you go with a resort that allows outside photographers, try Claudiaphoto, her prices are half of what you mentioned, and I've always been impressed with her photos.

 

Dino Gomez on this forum also has some great photos on his website.

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Hello

 

I went with Vanessa Vargas she is also not as expensive as the $3000 mark, but so far I have found her photo's fab and the customer service is fab. Ask the wedding co-ordinator at the result if you can bring in a photographer and how much they would charge you if you did so. At least you can then see if you can fit it into your budget.

 

Good Luck x

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The Barcelo allows for outside photographers to come take your photos. The catch is you must purchase them a day pass or they must book a room and stay the night.

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I am also getting married at the Barcelo- I spoke with Ana the WC and she said that as long as they have a room/day pass they can shoot your wedding. Personally i thought the photographer from the hotel was lacking in any skill so i am in the process of booking Paul (Playa Weddings - Videography in Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya) and his fiance who do wonderful videography and just started to do photos for a very reasonable price. Deff something you should look into!

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I'm new to the website and recently engaged! We are planning on getting married in April '09 at the Barcelo Maya Beach hotel (Riviera Maya). I was browsing photographers and didn't realize they were so expensive! The average was about $3500! Is this how much they usually cost? I guess I don't really know....does the "hotel photographer" do just as good of a job or is it better to hire someone else? Please let me know! I'm lost! Thanks!
I was married there in 2006 and it was a beautiful wedding. I was happy with the resort photos but they were not anything amazing. Wedding are expensive and you have to budget in the things that are important to you! Best Wishes , feel free to pm me if you have questions about the barcelo!

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The Barcelo allows for outside photographers to come take your photos. The catch is you must purchase them a day pass or they must book a room and stay the night.
We just had an inquiring bride who also confirmed this about Barcelo.

I can't keep up with these hotels and their changing policies... i just want to shoot :)

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