You’ve narrowed it down. Puerto Rico will be your wedding destination! Now you need to find a photographer and choose a wedding photography package and everything sounds overwhelming.
Here you will find everything you need to know about wedding photography packages in Puerto Rico, pricing, coverage time, couples sessions and more.
When you want to know what is a typical wedding day coverage, it normally includes: getting ready, ceremony and reception. The elements of the wedding you want to include will help you determine how many hours of coverage you will need.
The average wedding day coverage is 7 to 8 hours. Small weddings and micro weddings can be best captured with coverage of 4 to 6 hours, while large weddings that include special events after the reception protocol will best be captured with 8+ hours.
Do I need a second photographer in my wedding package?
Some wedding packages include a second photographer. And some couples decide on a second photographer as an add on. It’s totally up to you and the logistics of your event. If you and your loved one are getting ready at different locations, a second photographer can simultaneously photograph the other partner getting ready. Additionally, during the ceremony it would be a second set of eyes to capture more angles.
How are images going to be delivered
With the changes on technology, most photographers are now delivering their images via password protected private gallery. However, there are still a few out there that use USB drives. Once you receive your gallery, you should download your images and save them to the cloud as it is the safest way to safekeep your images at the moment.
Should the wedding package include a Couples Session?
I get a lot of questions about couples sessions. Most clients are confused because the term couples session, engagement session and love story is used interchangeable by wedding photographers. They all refer to a time before or even after the wedding day, where you go to a different location to have photographs captured with your partner. They are highly recommended before the wedding as a means to meet your photographer, get to know their working dynamic and get a bit of those nerves out of the way. A lot of times it is captured the same day that you have your hair and makeup trail. When you see a couples session on a wedding package, it is not the time you have with your partner during the wedding for pictures of just the two of you. But consider them, as a great practice run for the time during your wedding when it’s going to be just the two of you.
Quantity of Images Delivered
The quantity of images delivered will vary from photographer to photographer. But it is safe to say that a 7-8 hour event will yield a good 400 images or more. Just remember that more is not always better. But, make sure the minimum of images delivered is stated on your wedding agreement as a safety precaution.
As a photographer in Puerto Rico with over a decade of experience in the wedding industry, I have noticed wedding albums decline. Most clients are opting for a digital only coverage. However, I do recommend to get those albums, print those images! There’s a beauty in printed materials that will last a lifetime and more.
Make sure your photographer will give you a print release. This is a written document that authorizes you to make prints at the labs of your choice. You don’t want years down the line to not be able to make prints from your beautiful wedding because you can’t find your photographer.
Price and Retainer Fee
Some clients are hesitant when it comes to paying up front a retainer fee. It is customary for the wedding package to have a retainer fee and a full payment before the wedding. The exact dates and amounts will vary from photographer to photographer. And, according to Wedding Wire the average cost for a basic photography package of 6 to 7 hours in Puerto Rico is anywhere from $1,928 to $2,356.
How do you know when you’ve found the right wedding photographer?
As a Puerto Rico wedding photographer, I can say you know you’ ve found your photographer when you love their portfolio, their editing style and your personalities and values match. If you are unsure of a good fit, a video call is a good way to narrow it down.
And if you think I’m the photographer for you, let’s connect!