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HI ladies. FYI::

 

I contacted Sun Gold Photography to see what their rates are and here is the response to my inquiry.

 

 

 

Hi Marsha and Brian,

 

Congratulations on your up-coming wedding at RIU Ocho Rios. Marsha we would love to be a part of your special day, but I have to warn you about RIU resorts. They are not too keen on the idea of you having an outside photographer. The last time 3 times we went to RIU Ocho Rios, our clients actually booked us into the hotel. I just want to fore-warn you of any complications.

 

I am attaching our photography packages and information for you to view, please let us know if we can be of any more assistance.

 

Sincerely,

 

Paula

 

Damian and Paula Williams

Sun Gold Photography

Jamaica, West Indies

 

 

so it appears that even if you pay to bring in n outside vendor photographer, you still may have to fork over money to book your photographer at the hotel as a guest.......but i'm not sure. what do you ladies think about this?

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Hmm...I've heard of other resorts not letting outside photographers in so I don't think it's just a RIU thing. If you really want to bring someone in maybe you should just book them a room for one night. It won't be that much more money and then you don't have to stress over whether or not your photographer will be there.

 

What a pain...sorry you have to deal with this!

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Wow, I didn't realize this could be an issue. Luckily, our photog is coming for an extended stay at teh resort with us. I don't know why they couldn't just purchase the day pass like anyone else would have to do and say they are coming to the XXXX wedding (although the equipment obviously makes it clear they are a photog). I guess the resorts will getcha any way they can, huh?

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I don't have time to sift through all of the pages, but we discussed this in the Photographer thread under Jamaica forum. We got in writing that it is fine, providing that (1) your photographer IS a guest at the hotel, and (2) you may have to pay a fee to 'break the contract' with Photoshop ($200 I think??)

 

I'm on my way out the door to work now, but if I have a chance later I'll try to find it for you!

 

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PS- Plus Michael at Photoshop KNOWS the Sungold photographers. I think he'd be more likely to meddle if it's another photographer from Jamaica who he knows to 'look out for.' Have you considered using a US photographer? We're using Robin DePaula and she has a great special right now!

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oh, i totally misunderstood. I thought that you only had to pay for lodging if the Photographer was traveling. I thought that if the photographer lived in JA, you would only have to pay $200 to break the contract.

 

I will most likely use Micheal's services, because I do not want to go through a whole bunch of BS on my wedding day. I'm still planning on bringing a friend of mine from back home to take some pictures. He will be a guest at the hotel.

 

oh Heidi: I forgot to ask about Robin's special. What is it?

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has anyone seen any of Robin's destination work? I went to her website, but it pretty much has the traditional stuff. I wonder if she is still having her special.

 

hmmm.......note to self........find more money and triple my budget once again.........lolsmile35.gif

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I have alot of local stuff on my site, but wouldn't consider it traditional . . . I just returned home from shooting Raeka's wedding in PV, Mexico - will be posting images from it soon. I did post some images from her TTD that we did the morning after -

 

I'm no longer offering the special, but can give you a custom quote if you're interested . . . pm me or contact me through my website.

 

Thanks so much!

Robin

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