How do I book destination weddings? I remember wanting to know the answer to that question not too long ago. One day, I was shooting a client’s wedding, and I didn’t know this, but a friend of the bride was there looking for a photographer for her destination wedding. After seeing the pictures I did for her friend, she contacted me and booked me for her destination wedding in Key West. It may have been dumb luck, or being the in the right place, right time, I’m not quite sure. Doing that destination wedding could’ve just been a one time thing- but I didn’t want that, I wanted to keep booking destination weddings. But how would I go about making that happen? I knew that once I got down there, I needed to do a great job for the bride that hired me, as well as connect with the local vendors if I wanted to keep coming back. While in Key West, I got to know the bride’s fabulous wedding coordinator as well as the venue director, florist, caterer and D.J. Getting to know fellow vendors is so important in the wedding industry. If you help them out, they’re more likely to help you in return by referring you. Following the wedding, I arrived back home, edited some of my favorites from the wedding pictures and sent them to the vendors I had connected with in Key West (vendors don’t usually take pictures of their own work, so it’s nice to send them professional pictures for them to use for their website/blog). To this day, I regularly keep in contact with those vendors, especially the wedding coordinator, who is now one of my close friends. Destination weddings are a wonderful experience. It just may be in your future to be a destination wedding photographer!
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