How to Prepare for Your Destination Photo Shoot
As with anything wedding related, photo shoots take a lot of time to plan. So take it from our past couples and start early! From the photographer to the location and transportation, there are many elements to consider that need careful research and planning. See the bottom of this page for 2 free downloadable checklists that you can fill in to prepare for your photo shoot.
Say cheese! — Photo by Cow.s Sakagami Shingo
Every photographer has their own style of taking and editing photos. In fact, did you know there are several wedding photography styles? Every photographer specializes in one or a few of them! Check out our article on choosing a photographer here.
Couple in France — Photo by KAZUMIART Photography
Where will you take your photos? There are so many options from city streets to small towns. It is very popular to have photo shoots in parks and places with lots of plants and nature. Lately, we've noticed that many couples like to have at least 2 locations in their photo shoot.
Save the date! — Photo by PadiPhotograpahy
Have you chosen a date for your photo shoot? For destination photo shoots, many couples like to plan their photo shoot in either in the beginning or middle of their travel plans. This way they can get used to the time difference and get the photo shoot over with so they can enjoy being a tourist for the rest of their trip (and eat what they want).
Time & Schedule
A photo shoot can take all day depending on your package — Photo by URARAKA PHOTOGRAPHY
What is the schedule for your photo shoot like? Depending on your package, a photo shoot can last from 1 - 8 hours! It is important that you decide on a start and end time, as well as where you will meet your photographer. If you have more than one location, don't forget to factor in travel time and other logistics like taxi fees, and admission costs.
Cheers! — Photo by C PhotoGraphic
Are you going casual or formal? Will you bring your own clothes or rent? So many questions! Many couples coming to Japan want to have their photos taken in traditional Japanese kimono. Although this adds a bit to any package price the photos come out beautifully! You can see our article here about photo packages and clothing rental.
Adorable kimono-clad couple — Photo by Green Tea Photography
Hair & Makeup
Getting ready — Photo by Sakamoto photo
Will you be doing your own makeup or hiring a salon? Though many brides to be love being pampered on special days like these there has been a rise of DIY brides who love doing their own hair and makeup. It really depends on what you want to do!
Through the park — Photo by C PhotoGraphic
How long will it take you to get to your photo shoot location? Will you take a taxi? How much will a taxi cost? Do you need to pay for the photographer's transportation as well? There are many things you need to consider when planning your photo shoot, especially if you have more than one location.