06 Mar 2014
Taking a UK Photographer Abroad for your Destination Wedding
Fran @ Hitched
Couples who choose to get married abroad will come home with
an album of incredible memories. Whether you book a local
photographer or take a photographer with you from the UK, you’ll be spoiled for
choice when it comes to having your wedding photos taken with an wonderful
I caught up with Gavin Conlan of Gavin Conlan Photography
LTD (www.gavinconlanjournal.com), who has not only recently captured an incredible wedding abroad in Florence
Italy, but judging by the introduction on his hitched supplier listing, has an
amazing passion for capturing beauty, emotion and romantic love stories.
For couples planning to fly a UK wedding photographer out to
their wedding abroad location, I thought it would be helpful to get an insight
from Gavin as to how you should approach booking a photographer for your
What do you find most exciting about capturing a wedding
"I’ll be totally honest for me the most exciting thing is
the actual opportunity, the trust that my clients have in me either by flying
me out to the destination or by choosing me from hundreds of local
photographers. Honestly there’s nothing
more gratifying for my career then when I step foot on the plane to begin an
amazing overseas adventure.
Photographing weddings both in the UK and overseas is an absolute
blessing for me, capturing those memories that families will treasure forever
is a beautiful responsibility to be given in life."
How long before an actual wedding abroad do you need to
familiarise yourself with the location?
"I prepare exactly the same for both a UK and overseas
wedding the only slight difference is not having physical access to the
location for a recce. For an overseas
wedding I rely heavily on the Internet, I first visit the wedding venues
website to read about the history and to view their wedding gallery. From there I search the internet again to
find any completed weddings of the venue by local photographers - this allows me
to understand the workings of the clients chosen venue.
"Once I have an understanding I begin to plan my shoot
schedule, map out the possible locations for the couple shots, where to do the
group shots etc. I also have a back up plan in case the weather is against us
on the day."
"This Florence wedding is a prime example. When I arrived in
Italy on the Thursday before their Saturday wedding we photographed their
engagement session in and around the Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Palazzo Vecchio and
the Uffizi Gallery in glorious sunshine. On the Friday I visited Castello di
Vincigliata, the wedding venue, for a recce, the weather was beginning to turn
for the worse which led to a complete change of wedding day logistics; all our
agreed photographic plans were changed with less than 24hrs to go. Luckily I love a challenge, and with all the
pre-planning I did alongside the recce, I was fully prepared for all outcomes
on their wedding day."
Are there any differences between capturing a wedding abroad
compared to British weddings?
"Yes, I would say the main differences between capturing a
wedding abroad compared to a British based wedding is how you handle the
logistics, for instance if your client is based in Italy it isn't feasible to
meet in person so using software such as Skype is a godsend. It allows the client and myself to get to
know each other in person; I am huge believer in this. For me it is key that the client and myself
are best friends on their wedding day; when the client has total trust in me it
allows me to create images full of emotion and story telling that they will
full in love with."
Other key differences are:
Time away from the office – an overseas wedding is normally
a minimum of 3 days out of the office
Luggage Allowance for flights – dictates the equipment you
can bring with you
Local Language/Etiquette/Manners/Proprieties/Customs – to
make sure you don’t offend anyone
Knowledge of local area – how to travel from hotel to
wedding venue, where you are based in relation to the airport
Extra costs to the client – flights, accommodation and
possibly the photographers daily rate whilst overseas
Acclimatisation to local weather/temperature – countries
with high humidity can affect the photography equipment
If you could capture a wedding anywhere in the world, where
would it be and why?
"I actually have a bucket list of Countries I would love to
shoot a wedding in and top of that list would be Hawaii closely followed by New
"Capturing a beach wedding in Hawaii would be absolutely
breathtaking. I can visualise it now,
working with all the beautiful Hawaiian light, capturing images full of emotion
and romance, as the sunsets over the sea would be perfect!!!"
If you’re interested in speaking to Gavin Conlan regarding
your own wedding abroad, or you’d like to find out more about his services for
your wedding in the UK then click here for further information.