What Makes Adventure Wedding Photography Different?

If you’re planning an adventure wedding, you might be completely comfortable planning the adventure side of it. But when it comes to all things wedding related, things might seem a bit alien and overwhelming.

You might have seen lots of wedding photographers use the terms adventure wedding. It’s become quite a big craze (thanks Instagram) and now there are countless photographer’s who are fighting at the chance to shoot a so-called “adventure wedding”. Some of them are even offering to do it for a very low rate to expand their portfolios.

But when it comes to choosing a photographer for your adventure wedding, it’s really important to pick someone who is experienced, not just in wedding photography, but also in outdoor pursuits and working in extreme conditions. You might pay a slightly higher rate for this experience, but you’ll know that you’ve got someone on your team who has done this before and isn’t learning as they go.

Adventure Wedding Photography

I’ve talked before about what you get when you hire a wedding photographer, but I thought I’d go one step further and explain what you get when you hire an Adventure Wedding Photographer.

A Wedding Expert

All wedding photographers are wedding experts. They understand the way a wedding runs, they know which shots are the most important and they have a little black book full of other wedding industry peers should you need a florist or an alternative wedding dress boutique.

A Photography Expert

Wedding photographers are experts in different genres of photography. They are required to create timeless portraits and also work as photojournalists, capturing the action as it happens around them. They need to be able to work with natural light and also understand how to use flash when it gets darker. They also need to have a basic understanding of anatomy and posing.

An Outdoor Expert

This is the thing that hugely differentiates wedding photographers who shoot destination weddings from true adventure wedding photographers. Adventure wedding photographers are usually adventure photographers as well as wedding photographers. What do I mean by that? Well, that they are people that don’t just admire, but live the adventure lifestyle. They spend their free time outdoors and they know about the challenges of the terrain, as well as the challenges of shooting in harsh conditions. They are used to hiking/climbing/skiing/kayaking (with photography gear) and they know exactly where their camera equipment’s limitations lie.

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So How Can You Tell?

The easiest way of finding out whether they are going to be a good choice for your adventure wedding is to look at their personal work and see what they are posting on social media. Look at what they do in their spare time and the places that they have travelled to. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and chat with them about your plans.

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