Patchi Layug 20 May 2012
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Tags : prenup, wedding, shoot
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Tips for Destination Prenup Shoots

Here's practical advice from wedding photographers on how to get the most from your destination photo sessions.

If you're planning a destination shoot for prenuptial session, there might be some extra things you have to consider. We asked Edgee Zarsadias of POD Studio Productions, Erron Ocampo, Puy Talde of Really Awesome Weddings (R.A.W.), Bryan Yap and Marco Malaca of Blacktie Project for their advice on how to get the most out of your shoot.

BridalBook: For an out of town shoot, is it necessary for a couple to book photographers that are familiar with the area?

POD (Edgee): Although some might find that [it's easier to] hire photographers who are familiar with [the destination], it is also a great idea to hire a photographer who is unfamiliar with that place. Since the photographer is unfamiliar with the area, [s/he will not be prone] to choose spots that he has already used for past shoots. [Photos turn out to be] new and exciting, both to the couple and the photographer.

Erron Ocampo: Not necessarily. If a photographer is very familiar with the area, your photos might just look like all the other prenups that he has done there before--unless he's the type of photographer who always looks for something different and shoots differently, even if the location is the same. A photographer who's not familiar with the place might present a different take on the location.

R.A.W. (Puy): It would be an advantage if the photographer knows the area or [where the] nice spots are for taking portraits. But it is not an absolute guarantee that the photog will get awesome photos. Choose your photographer based on his/her portfolio and how creative s/he is. At the end of the day, you would rely on the photographer's creativity to give you those amazing shots, regardless of his/her familiarity with the location.

Bryan Yap: Very unnecessary. A highly experienced photographer with a seasoned eye for details can be brought anywhere unfamiliar to him, and can still create powerful images. Even in places he's familiar with, he can still create unique shots for different couples, as long as he's still in love with the idea of capturing distinctive images.

Blacktie Project (Marco): [It's] not necessary. As artists, we get more inspired if we are shooting a location for the first time. One advantage of a photographer who's familiar with the area is that he/she already knows the "good" spots; the disadvantage of being familiar with the location is that the shots may just be like his/her previous shots.

(BB): How much lead time should couples give you so you could properly survey a location?

POD (Edgee): A prenup shoot [is usually] held months in advance of the wedding date, and I usually require a notice of three months (especially if the wedding date falls on the peak seasons, November to February). Although [sometimes], with notice only a month in advance, [it depends if my team and] I can still handle the load. [Advance notice] will give me and my team a chance to scout the area and make sure that [the shoot can push through without] any distractions. I wouldn't want to show up at the location and find a traveling carnival parked on a once pristine and grassy knoll, or find that a parade has just entered the street, threatening to run over my couple. With the power of the Internet, our work is even made easier by having the couple or even myself search for any [events that might coincide with] the prenup shoot.

Erron Ocampo: I don't do oculars. I like getting surprised and amazed on how beautiful the place is.

R.A.W. (Puy): It is important that all elements of the photos are present in conceptualizing a shot. Normally, if we do a prenup shoot, we think of a particular call time [with our client] then set an hour prior to that and make it our official call time. [Tis is]just so we get both the subjects and the surroundings in one scene, and adjust if necessary before we do the actual photo shoot.

Bryan Yap: Since I have been to most wedding and prenup locations already, I do not require this from my couples anymore. But in cases we are to go to places I haven't been to, it's either I do my research online first, or as soon as the couple and I get to the area on the day of the shoot itself, I would just ask for a five-minute break for me to be able to survey the area before we proceed with the shoot.

Blacktie Project (Marco): For prenups, give the photographer at least a week so we can research, have an idea on what equipment to bring, and what to expect. For me, this is not as important for weddings as for prenups--two to three days [lead time for a wedding] will do. [This is] because for weddings, we focus more on the emotions and the moment, rather than the location.

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