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Hi everyone! I'm new here and just booked my wedding at Sandals Negril in July 2014. My first phone meeting with Nina is in August, so I'm attempting to compile a list of questions now. I am super scared about having photography done by sandals photographers. I am a pretty low key bride but the ONLY thing I care about is amazing photos to look back on! I see that they now offer outside photographers that they contract with. I'm wondering if anyone has used them and if they were decently priced? My wedding is booked for 4pm (couldn't justify a $600 fee for a wedding 1 1/2 hours later). I might be making it earlier because I am reading that it rains every afternoon in July :( I really really wanted some sort of sunset photoshoot which also makes things tricky... If I use sandals can they do two different sets of photos? Obv an outside photog won't be there all day, prob only a few hours. Decisions decisions! Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated!!!

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I went on the Sandals website wrote each name down then Googled each photographer... All were about the same price...I have opted to bring my own photographer with me and have them Stay as a guest.

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I'm booked with Alan Smith, so far he seems very professional, we had Skype chat where we discussed all details. I will post a review when we get back. He is definitely better than photographers Sandals offer. I requested samples of their photography from WC and they were atrocious, like pictures your guests would take with their cell phone camera, absolutely not worth the package.
 

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I ended up booking with Misha Earle Photography. I called sandals and asked the prices of each "partner" photographer and the prices were OUTRAGEOUS (as one would expect). We plan on leaving the resort directly after the ceremony and taking photos for 3 hours ending with a TTD shoot at sunset! She has been great with communication and her portfolio/style is exactly what I'm looking for!

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I ended up booking with Misha Earle Photography. I called sandals and asked the prices of each "partner" photographer and the prices were OUTRAGEOUS (as one would expect). We plan on leaving the resort directly after the ceremony and taking photos for 3 hours ending with a TTD shoot at sunset! She has been great with communication and her portfolio/style is exactly what I'm looking for!
Glad you found someone!!!!

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Originally Posted by Marymack View Post

 

I went on the Sandals website wrote each name down then Googled each photographer... All were about the same price...I have opted to bring my own photographer with me and have them Stay as a guest.

 

how much were they charging? i too am not really keen on getting sandals photographers and their off site ones

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I booked Alan Smith and just received my pictures, they are beautiful. However we had photosession with on site photogs and didn't like it. We picked only 2 pictures after 30 mins photosession. If you'd like samples of mine I can email privately. AS was $3100, 4hrs and we received around 700 shots.

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I booked Alan Smith and just received my pictures, they are beautiful. However we had photosession with on site photogs and didn't like it. We picked only 2 pictures after 30 mins photosession. If you'd like samples of mine I can email privately. AS was $3100, 4hrs and we received around 700 shots.
yeah i would love to see your pics if you don't mind. my email is pongyang2001@yahoo.com thanks again.

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Most started about $2500 for 4 hours plus a $300 travel fee. Extra time was also available for a fee!!

how much were they charging? i too am not really keen on getting sandals photographers and their off site ones

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Originally Posted by Marymack View Post

 

I went on the Sandals website wrote each name down then Googled each photographer... All were about the same price...I have opted to bring my own photographer with me and have them Stay as a guest.

Hey Mary .. where did you find the names? When I go to Sandals' site, it still says outside photographers are not allowed ... unless I am going to the wrong page?

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