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Planning a Destination Wedding? Tips & Tricks By Photographer Arjun Kartha to Get Some Great Wedding Pictures!

Neha Garg, 21 Jan 2016

Destination weddings are all the rage nowadays and for so many great reasons. They provide a beautiful backdrop for the most important day in your lives. Getting away to a destination allows you to be more selective about your guest list and provides the perfect opportunity for both sets of family and friends to mingle and get to know each other. So now that you have the perfect life partner, destination and outfits all picked out, how do you go about getting great wedding photos of your destination wedding? Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind:

Dont Look Only at Local Photographers

for-shaadisaga-akp-14 When looking for your photographer, don’t let geography restrict you because nowadays all photographers are happy to travel to wherever your wedding is. Rather, look for a photographer whose style and personality resonate with what you want. Consider factors like their style, their reputation and their pricing/packages. Most importantly, make sure you meet or have video calls with your chosen photographer in advance to make sure you like their personality because, trust us, you will see more of your photographer(s) during your wedding than your entire family combined! So feeling comfortable with the photographer is essential. View Website of Arjun Kartha Photography

Connect the Photographer and Planner


Make sure you have at least one extensive discussion with your photographer and planner in advance, where you can figure out locations, concepts and arrangements for your pre and/or post wedding couple portraits. The two teams should be in sync to allow for seamless coordination during the events and also to bounce ideas off each other to arrive at the best possible options.

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Keep Location and Natural Light in Mind


While planning your actual functions, keep the location/backdrop in mind. Work with the property and the event planner to make the most of the location - the outdoors, the landscape and the view. Try and schedule your main functions when the light is soft, i.e.morning or early evening and avoid midday for outdoor functions at all costs. View Shaadisaga Store of Arjun Kartha Photography

Invest the Time


During typical Indian weddings, things almost always run late and events are off schedule. That is just the nature of big fat Indian weddings and it’s nobody’s fault really. So make sure you invest time at the very beginning to discuss what you want with the photographer — share your likes, dislikes, concepts and references with him/her to ensure that you are all on the same page about what kind of photographs you like. Also, make sure you make time for photography. It is very easy to get caught up in everything and leave photography to the very end. Don’t make that mistake. Make special time for a pre and/or post wedding shoot and decide upon the location, outfits and concepts with the photographer in advance.

Choose Your Decor and Outfits with Care


Now that you’ve chosen a beautiful destination property, make sure that it’s well made up for photographs. Work with your planner to arrive at tasteful decor that will show off the natural beauty of the destination/property and highlight the best features. Similarly, choose your outfits with care - making sure you are dressed in bright, vibrant & happy colors at all times. For the main functions as well as the in between time when you mingle with friends and family. While vibrant colors and fun props are a great idea, ensure that the decor never ever overpowers your outfits with regard to the colors and detail.

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Take your MUA with you


View Website of Arjun Kartha Photography Just like the photographer, don’t let geography restrict you while looking for your make-up artist. Pick someone who’s style and work you like and take him/her along to ensure that you are always looking your best — during a destination wedding, the photographer is always around and will be taking photographs during actual functions and also in between.

Set Up a Photo Booth


Most photographers will be happy to work with your event planner and help set up a Photo Booth for your friends and family. Discuss this during your joined meeting so that the planner can arrange the desired setup and props while the photographer works out a cameraman and an instant printer for you — this makes for great souvenirs for the guests to take back with them, and also leave the digital files for you for some great memories.

Plan, Plan & Plan Some More


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The most important thing is to have fun — happy subjects make for great pictures. So make sure that you plan, plan and plan some more to get everything in place. Once it’s actually time for the events to begin, trust your planner, just let it all go and have the time of your life. Because, after all, your wedding should be the happiest day of your life!

Keep an Open Dialogue

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Keep an open mind and communicate with your photographer all the time. Tell him/her what you like and what you don’t. If you want to change something from your original plan, say so before it’s too late. Go with the flow and feel free to discuss new ideas/options with the photographer. Destination weddings are a pleasure for everybody - the couple, the friends and family and, of course, the photographer. The location is gorgeous and everybody is relaxed and happy - it’s the perfect setting to get the most beautiful photographs of your life. We hope that our tips and tricks have helped you and that you will enjoy your big day and end up with photographs you can cherish forever. If you have any questions, leave them for us in the comment section below and we will do our best to answer them for you.

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About the Author

Arjun is a national award winning wedding photographer who believes in creating beautiful, off-beat and fun wedding memories which will last for generations to come. Along with his wife Praerna, they typically work as a husband-wife team, and are pioneers of the fledgling candid wedding photography genre in India. Arjun’s work can be found on his website ( or on Facebook (