“A picture is worth a thousand words” may be a cliché adage, but when it comes to your wedding day, it is one that rings true. Choosing the photographer that fits your personality and aesthetic is key to making sure your wedding day is immortalized perfectly for generations to come. But what about after you say, “I do”?
Kelly here: recently, my good friend Lauren celebrated her Big Day. She and her husband then flew to Paris to begin their honeymoon. While there, the duo hired a local photographer to take some professional pictures of them around the City of Lights. What a great idea, right?
We love the idea of adding a little something into your honeymoon budget to ensure iPhone photos aren’t the only thing you’ll have to remember the trip.
We asked my friend, a real New Orleans bride, a few questions as to what made her decide to hire a Parisian photographer and what she thought about the result.
What made you decided to get a honeymoon photographer?
I knew we were going to have a million beautiful photos from our wedding, but our wedding experience wasn’t over after the reception. I wanted to commemorate the honeymoon, as well. This was our first time in Europe and after talking about travelling to Paris for our entire relationship I wanted to capture this amazing, on top of the world moment in the most romantic city.
Was it easy to coordinate with the photographer being in different countries and time zones?
It was effortless to book. We’re Airbnb people for every vacation we take, so when we were booking our apartment, I noticed the Airbnb website featured an “experiences” to purchase category. The section included things like walking tours, personal food classes, private tours and photoshoots. The description explained that you book a photographer for an hour at a time and specific location – typically recommended by the photographer but possible to change if coordinated. All the messages are sent through the app and through email.
What was the best part about hiring a honeymoon photographer?
The best part is having beautiful photos we would have never been able to capture ourselves. Our is excitement perfectly frozen in time. Being a tourist in another country, I would have been skeptical to ask strangers for a photo and selfies can only capture so much.
Were there any pitfalls to the experience?
I can’t think of any! Our photographer was so sweet and easy to work with and she enjoyed capturing us as our authentic selves. We scheduled the photo shoot for 9 a.m. and we were off starting our day by 10:15 a.m.
What would you say to a couple thinking about this for their honeymoon?
Absolutely! You will always regret not taking this unique opportunity. I’m so happy with our photo shoot and wish we would have done it in every city we visited while on our honeymoon.
If you’re visiting New Orleans for your honeymoon or just looking for some tips on how to choose the best photographer for your wedding (and honeymoon) festivities, read our interview with photographer Mike Lirette.