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Kaia & Sean

When Kaia decided to book a lifestyle photographer in Tulum we immediately talked location. Tulum is a place of myth and mystery, of Mayan temples, and majestic cliffs. Now, on its most exclusive and quiet southern end, comes Casa Malca.

This is where I met Kaia & Sean, at Pablo Escobar’s old mansion-turned-art-house-hotel. Set along a private beach, the widest of the endless white sand beaches in this corner of the Riviera Maya, Casa Malca marries three spiritually inspiring elements: world-class contemporary art, nature, and laid-back luxury. The perfect spot for stunning images.

Thanks for choosing me as your lifestyle photographer in Tulum, I had a blast spending the morning with you, creating and getting to know you. You guys are so beautiful inside and out and your love is so special and powerful – thanks for choosing me to help celebrate and commemorate it!

How to choose your wedding photographer in Tulum

Choosing a wedding photographer in Tulum can be a little daunting. It is the middle of the jungle and things here don’t always work out as we would like them to – which is all fine. Except wedding day. 

wedding photographer in tulum
wedding photographer in tulum

I have been a wedding photographer in Tulum for the past 4 years. In this article I’ve compiled THE things everyone should take into consideration before booking.

STYLE

Deciding on the style of photography you want is so important. Think of whether you like a modern, relaxed feel to your photos, a fly on the wall approach, a traditional posed session or perhaps a light, natural and romantic fine art feel. There is no point booking a photographer foor their natural, candid style of shooting if you want lots of posed traditional photos. Once you decide on which style you are drawn to, narrow down your search to phtographers who shoot in that style and also fit your budget.

PHILOSOPHY

For some wedding vendors, you really don’t need to care about their philosophy. Wedding photography is not one of those cases. Chances are, you’re going to spend more time with your wedding photographer than with your maid of honor on your wedding day, so you want to make sure they’re someone you jive with.  Once you’ve found photographers you’re interested in, look at their About pages. Those pages are carefully constructed to give you a sense of who the photographer is and how they work.

COVERAGE

Ideally, you want your photographer to be there for your full wedding day—from when you start getting ready until after you make your grand exit from the reception. While packages vary, most include about 6 to 12 hours to cover everything from preceremony events (getting ready with your bridesmaids or first-look photos) to the end of the reception. Most times it’s better to pay for more coverage if there’s a chance you’ll run over and you definitely want your photographer there until the end (overtime is usually charged at a higher hourly rate). If you’re having a larger wedding of 250 guests or more, you might even want too ask about having three photographers to make sure your event is covered from all angles.

ASK ABOUT POSTPRODUCTION DETAILS

Between a month and six weeks is standard time to receive your gallery. Why? Photographers shoot enormous raw files far bigger than your typical JPEG. Shooting raw allows your photographer freedom to edit the photo but also takes a long time to upload, process and correct. The avarage time a photographer spends on postproduction for a wedding is around 40 hours. 

Here is what to ask before choosing your wedding photographer in tulum. How many images should I expect? Can I get prints made myself  or does the photographer retain the rights? Will they be high resolution or low resolution? Can I get special effects, like beauty editing or request the style of editing?

BUDGET

Know exactly what you want. Every wedding photographer in Tulum offers different packages. When interviewing candidates, ask for a general range based on their “standard fee” and “extras”. It’s important to find out what’s included in the standard package as well as the range of extras you may want; an engagement session, cost per additional coverage hour, second shooter, bridesmaids lunch, guys’ outing, family session, 

CREATE A DETAILED ACTION PLAN

Everything from your chosen venue to the time of year will affect your wedding photographs. If you’ve got your heart set on certain shots, like couple’s portraits at sunset or a sparkler send-off photo, then you need to talk it through with your photographer. Make sure they know what your vision is so they can help bring it to life.

wedding photographer in tulum

So there you have it, what to consider before choosing your wedding photographer in Tulum. If you have any questions photography related or not, feel free to reach out and I will do my best to help.