If hiring a wedding photographer is a big commitment, hiring a destination wedding photographer in Guatemala is an even bigger deal. You are choosing the person responsible for capturing every memory from your wedding day. This needs to be someone who is a talented photographer and someone who you would want at your wedding as a guest. Because I believe wedding photography is such an investment, I feel it's important to ask questions before booking your photographer, so below I have included some of the most frequently asked questions I typically receive from couples. If there’s something I didn’t cover, feel free to ask me here.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ARE YOU FREE ON MY WEDDING DAY?
I hope so! The best way to ensure booking me as your first choice photographer (or any wedding photographer that is high in demand) is to reach out 8-10 months before your wedding day.
How Many Weddings Do You Take A Year?
I personally take up to 25 weddings each year. Limiting myself allows me to provide a personalized service to each and every couple who chooses me to photograph their wedding. In addition to me personally photographing your wedding, I have an associate photographer who is available to book up to 10 weddings each calendar year. Ask me more about my availability and associate photographers here.
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH MY WEDDING VENUES?
I love the spontaneity of discovering a venue for the first time. It allows me to be fresh and creative with my approach. However, sometimes it is better to know a venue prior to the wedding day so that no photo opportunity is missed! To date, I have photographed in the following venues in Guatemala: Pensativo House, San Jose El Viejo, Casa Santo Domingo, Hotel Camino Real, Finca Agua Tiba, Ruinas Santa Clara, Convento Capuchinas, Casa Prana, Conceptió, Iglesia San Pedro Apostol, Convento de la Merced, Convento la Recolección, Catedral De Santiago, Templo de SanFrancisco el Grande, and many private properties rented for smaller weddings. If your venue is somewhere other than listed above or you are getting married in Costa Rica or elsewhere, drop me an email and let's start a conversation.
How many photos will i receive?
In my approach to photography, quality always supersedes quantity. I deliver between 50-75 photos every hour of wedding coverage. So if you book 7 hours of photography for your wedding, you can expect to receive 350-500 photos. For portrait sessions of 2 hours I deliver 60 images.
What will you and your team wear to my wedding?
I will always be in my trademark outfit: a TOBIAS clothing white linen shirt, a pair of black denim from Nudie Jeans, and a pair of Captains from Thursday Boot Co. For examples of how I dress can check My Story page. My assistants and second shooters dress accordingly. If you have a special request or have a black tie wedding, let me know and my team and I will do what we can to accommodate your wedding's dress code.
How would you describe your style?
I don't like traditional wedding photography. Posing, forcing moments, standing out… it's just not me. I prefer to blend into the background and photograph natural moments as they happen throughout your day. I describe my style as storytelling. I won’t hit you with wedding photography buzzwords like ‘journalist’ or ‘fine art’. Plainly put: my goal for your wedding is to capture the story of the day that unfolds in the most creative and beautiful way possible.
Can you show me a wedding, from start to finish, that you've shot?
Absolutely! If you are interested in seeing a full client gallery I can send you a link to my most recent destination wedding in Antigua Guatemala.
can i give you a list of shots i want?
No. I learned in my first year of second shooting weddings that photographers who shoot from lists don't know what they're doing. This may seem counterintuitive, but wedding days have an ebbe and a flow to them. The best, most experienced shooters work from muscle memory with their camera and with the flow of the day. Using lists has a tendency to interrupt this flow and causes photographers to get distracted by mundane details.
Can I post the photos you take at my wedding to instagram?
Please do! I provide a personal-use copyright release in my all of my photography contracts to each of my clients. I love it when you tag and credit me in the photos so that your family and friends can see my work.
Can i see a sample contract?
Indeed! I strongly advise against hiring a destination wedding photographer who does not provide you with a contract. I would be happy to send you a sample contract and offer free consultations to answer any questions you and your fiancé may have about it.
What equipment do you use?
I use 2 full-frame professional Canon DSLRs (5D IV), 3 professional Canon speedlights (600 EXRT), MagMod flash kit, and a full line of Canon L Series prime lenses with wide-angle and standard zoom back up lenses. Because I use the best cameras for wedding photographers Canon produces you can ensure that every photo will be print ready and the image quality of your wedding album will be flawless. You can also rest assured that I have backup equipment incase of any accidents on the day of your wedding.
Are your prices in Quetzales or us dollars?
This may seem like an odd question to include on this list, but it keeps popping up. All of my prices are listed in USD and all transactions are handled in the U.S. so that you do not have to deal with international banking transfers or currency exchanges. For clarification, this information is stated on the investment page of each contract and my Wedding Collections 2020.
Why should i hire a photographer in guatemala instead of a photographer from my city?
One of the most important reasons to hire a photographer in Guatemala is saving money. My packages can be more affordable than most top photographers in the U.S and Europe because I do not need to charge airfare or accommodation. In addition to saving money, you benefit from hiring a bilingual photographer who has developed strong relationships with local wedding planners, wedding vendors, and other wedding photographers in Guatemala.
Do you offer any Packages?
I offer seasonal wedding packages in Antigua Guatemala and world wide. Full day coverage for your wedding in Antigua Guatemala will start around $2,800 depending on the month your wedding takes place. You can view my 2020 Collections, detailing my three packages Acatenango, Fuego, and Agua (named for Antigua Guatemala's three volcano's) on my website. Click here for pricing.