Photos rarely do honeymoons justice. But it's your trip of a lifetime together, and you want your photos to capture the magic. You want to be able to share and re-live it together forever. To that end, more and more couples are hiring honeymoon photographers. There are pros and cons, and while some couples definitely want to hire one, for other couples it might not be as important. So if you've ever wondered, "Do I need a honeymoon photographer," you're in the right place.
Honeymoon Photographer vs. Honeymoon Moment Photographer
The first question you want to ask yourself is, how important are your photos to you? Are you an Instagram influencer couple who wants to capture it all for the world, or a private couple just looking to capture some memories for yourselves? It all depends on your style. Consider, however, that you don't have to hire a photographer for every day of your honeymoon. You can hire on just to capture some incredible, select honeymoon moments, and let your selfie stick fill in the rest.
Think a romantic photo shoot on the beach at sunset, professional shots of you riding on the fins of dolphins side-by-side, or a collection of sultry shots beneath a sparkling tropical waterfall. Hiring a photographer for particular moments is a great option for couples who want to remember their honeymoon as perfectly as they experienced it, but don't have the budget or personality to hire a full-time honeymoon photographer.
Reasons to Hire a Honeymoon Photographer?
There are some major advantages to hiring a honeymoon photographer. For one, constant selfies and asking other tourists to take your picture removes you from the honeymoon experience. Studies have also shown that the more picture you take, the less of your actual honeymoon stays in your memory. This is due to a process called neuroplasticity. Basically, your brain is constantly adapting to be as efficient as possible. Give it any cue that information doesn't need to be prioritized, and your brain will devote its energy to other things. When you take lots of pictures, your brain gets a signal that remembering the actual moment isn't as important. As a result, the picture becomes the memory rather than the experience itself.
So basically, hire a honeymoon photographer because science. But seriously. Having someone else worry about the photos (and use professional techniques and equipment) will leave you remmebering more, doing more, and coming out with much higher-quality images than if you try to take all the pictures yourself.
That's the other thing. iPhones have fantastic cameras, but it's still not going to compare to the set-up and skills of a pro. The quality of the images, from resolution to composition, will be much higher. A photographer will make the absolute most of every moment they capture.
Cons to Hiring a Honeymoon Photographer
Of course, there are potential pitfalls to hiring a honeymoon photographer as well. One is planning. After all that wedding and honeymoon planning, finding a great photographer and lining up a shoot is yet one more thing to add to the list. It could also break up the romantic mood, breaking up the honeymoon fun a bit. There's the factor of adding it to the budget as well, so you have to look at your overall honeymoon expenditure and figure out if the value is worth it.
Lastly, hiring anyone for anything also means the potential for issues with the performance or final product. What is the photographer's return or rehsoot policy? Do you have travel insurance, and does it cover honeymoon photography gone bad? Only the most comprehensive honeymoon insurance policies are likely to include problems with honeymoon photography. Think about all these factors and decide for yourselves.
Despite any potential issues, capturing your special trip with a professional photographer might be the best decision you've made together!