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Did you fly your photographer to your destination?

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There are several really good photographers in Cabo. I think if you find one you love locally it is usually easier and less expensive. I would only look to bring someone if I couldn't find someone locally, but others (as posted above) have had success and sometimes save money bringing in someone they love.

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We are flying in our photographer to Riviera Maya. Well actually he is paying for the flight for himself and his other photographer and I'm paying for their stay.

 

I definitley think this is the way to go, I feel more comfortable knowing he lives in the same area as me. We are using - Chris Schmitt Photography, he's a vendor on BDW.

 

Chris Schmitt Photography

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I work in the Riviera Maya, and I know for sure that here it is more conveniente to have a local photographer , there are a lot of professional and they know very well the location , so they know the best tricks to take great pictures!!

 

COngratulation !!

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My challenge is the resort does not allow 'outside photographers' so I cannot find a single Mayan Rivieran photographer to do it against policy. So if I fly someone in as a guest then it might work, although the price is about $1000 more. Boo.

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Wow i'm surprised that flying in a photographer would be the same price as some of the photog's in the Mayan. Seems like a no brainer to have the photographer for the week, instead of paying for only one day for a local??.... Interesting.

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I don't know if I can add anything new here, but I'm also flying in my own photographer. My initial reason for this was that I was planning on getting married in the DR and there were just no local photographers there that I really liked. I was also noticing that a lot of resorts won't allow outside photographers (or at least not without some ridiculous fee!) so even if you find someone in the country that you like it could still be a problem. And photos are just too important to me to go with resort photographers. Especially after you see some of the AMAZING wedding pics past brides post on here! So, I ended up inquiring with a lot of local photographers in my area, and some I liked from other areas as well, and ended up finding Michael Wachniak. He hasn't snapped a single shot of us yet but I think this will be the best decision I have made regarding the wedding! I LOVE his work (like makes my heart flutter), lives close to me (so we can do an engagement shoot as well), and is in my budget even with travel costs (well, close enough, lol)!!!

 

Fast forward to me moving the wedding to Mexico, in particular the Mayan Riviera, a place where there are so many amazingly talented photographers, and I am still happy I am bringing my own photographer. Why? Because to get someone who (in my opinion) is as talented as my photog for the coverage I want would be double the price! Not kidding. And like I said, I also get an engagement shoot, no time limits, etc. And no hassle from the resort for having an outside photographer.

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We are also flying in our photographer. There are certainly some amazing photogs in Cabo that I love. However, overall, it just made more sense to bring someone from home. Our photog will be taking pictures for not only the wedding and TTD but will take any photos we want during the week including several candides of our group throughout the week plus any formal events. Also because she is local we are getting her to do our engagement shoot and my BD. So by the time of the wedding, I will be very comfortable with her. Costwise, we couldn't get a better deal given everything we are getting. Also, if there are any issues (heaven forbid), I know it would be much easier to deal with someone local than someone in Mexico where I don't know the laws. Also my photog will have shot 2 other weddings in Cabo, including another at our resort, before our wedding so I know she will be familiar with photo sites. Overall, I am very happy with our decision.

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We are really considering flying in a photographer to avoid the fees of bringing one into the resort. Do a lot of photographers just ask for the travel costs? OR do some want travel costs plus something extra? I don't want to offend anyone!

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