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#1 Future Mrs M

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    Posted 14 June 2009 - 12:59 AM

    We are planning on bringing a photographer with us when we go on our cruise. I sent an e-mail to the wedding coordinator asking if we could work something out if we didn't use their photographer, because we will be bringing our own. They told me professional photography equipment isn't allowed on the ship. I was wondering if anyone has done this. And if I do this and just don't tell them we hired them, and they are just part of our guest if it would be a problem. Any informatino would be great!

    #2 michaelwachniak

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      Posted 14 June 2009 - 10:46 PM

      Hey! I used to work on a cruise ship as a Photographer from jan 06 to may 07 and I can tell you that it totally can be done! I saw MANY passengers with full on 'pro' equipment and nobody even batted an eye. I think they mean that no studio gear and lighting is allowed on, but in this day and age, EVERYONE has a camera! You are bound to have the occasional Amateur with a Pro Camera and lenses! Nothing can stop them!

      Think of it this way, as a Wedding Photographer, even I get a vacation every now and then... :) do you think I would leave my camera at home? Heck no! Let them TRY and stop me! Its in my blood and I would want to take some nice photos of my trip!

      If for some reason they wouldnt let your photographer take photos walking around the ship (which I could understand), NOTHING can stop them from taking photos on land. Its out of their ... 'jurisdiction'?

      I have been to Grand Cayman many times, and if that is where you are getting married, you will have an absolute ball and there are TONS of great photo ops around the islands!

      I would keep it as big of a secret as you could though... no need telling everyone who your photographer is :)

      if you have any more questions please let me know, I'd love to help out! :)

      #3 Future Mrs M

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        Posted 15 June 2009 - 11:23 AM

        I was thinking the same thing. I would just have them take pictures and just tell people they were part of my guest list. Plus, if I have 3 photographers, that just gives me that much better of a chance of getting better photos! I was just kinda worried about paying for them to come and someone saying, what are you doing?! You can't be taking pictures! And yes we are getting married on the islands, not the boat. Thanks so much, it just gave me a big sigh of relief!

        #4 leahstafford

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          Posted 15 June 2009 - 11:53 AM

          I have seen many pro photographers have a cruise wedding. Also, if you aren't getting married on the ship then no problem! Have fun, what a great opportunity for a photographer!

          #5 O'Driscoll Photography

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            Posted 23 June 2009 - 02:39 PM

            Welcome and congrats!

            I have never heard of this being a problem. And, as you will be getting married on land, they really have no say in the matter. But, to be safe, I would just say that your photographer is a guest.

            Best wishes,
            Tod

            #6 resehop

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              Posted 25 June 2009 - 02:39 PM

              I am a photographer and I have taken my equipment on cruises many times. That is weird that they would say that. We have never had an issue.

              #7 aga images

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                Posted 29 June 2009 - 01:39 PM

                With some persuasion and acquired knowledge from here [and if possible, research on your own for that particular cruise], you should totally be able to take a photographer of your choice on the cruise.
                Let us know how it works out.

                #8 mrsgtobe

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                  Posted 10 September 2009 - 09:25 PM

                  I thought about taking my own photographer but I'm afraid we'd do something to cause us to break a rule and get removed from the ship...lol I'm a picture-a-holic. hehe
                  Dee

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                  #9 martin

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                    Posted 25 October 2009 - 09:40 AM

                    Hello dear i dont think you will have any problems with your equipment but remember that every country have diferent rules it is importnt for you to check with your wedding planner onboard the cuise, and by the way if where is going to be your wedding in the caribbean?

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