Wondering to meet your Maldives wedding photographer for pre wedding and wedding photo shoot in luxury resort?
Dear lovely couple and bride groom to be thank you for visiting this blog, I’m Bima, a wedding photographer that specialized in destination wedding photography. For more than 10 years I do wedding photo shoot in various location and Maldives is one of my favorite destination for pre wedding and wedding session.
If you choose Maldives for your wedding venue I could say that you will get the most romantic and spectacular scenery of Indian Ocean that you never seen before.
See the Nemo fish swimming on your feet, got the baby sting ray face to you, or walk through the white sand beach and get some coconut water with amazing sunset view are cool things that you will see everyday and here in my blog I will share what I know about having photoshoot in Maldives.
For twice being here, I serve worldwide couple and for sure between me and my couple are coming from different countries, my first couple was coming from Hong Kong and my 2nd couple was coming from Singapore so we regularly discuss about the photo shoot with Skype and Whatsapp video meeting.
Through this case hopefully I can help you to prepare your pre wedding photo shoot in Maldives as well. One word that I have to say if you planning to go to Maldives with your fiancee is “Do It, cause it such Wonderful Journey!” Now let me explain more about what you need to prepare before visiting Maldives.
3 Tips to Choose Your Maldives Wedding Photographer
- Browsing on google is your best way and that’s how my couple met me before they brought me to Maldives
- Make sure that your photographer offering you an album and NOT only digital files, remember! you come to Maldives for special purposes and not only to show off to your facebook’s friends
- Think beyond to your photographer and get to know him personally and see how he works for the past
Preparing Your Photo Shoot in Maldives
Generally there 5 simple steps to prepare your destination photo shoot in Maldives and here I wanna share to you how I guide my past couple to preparing their photo shoot, check these 5 steps below:
1 – Book your Maldives wedding photographer
As a photographer I could suggest that book your photographer immediately, in my case, my schedule is quite tight both for shooting and teaching photography in some seminars-workshop so most of my couple book me at least 3 to 6 months before the shooting day.
2 – Check your flight rate and schedule
Try to set your photo shoot between June to October cause all the hotel’s rate are decreasing due to low seasons and one more thing, the weather is great! It is really hot there even I got my skin burned just within 2 hours but this is great for photo session.
3 – Book the resorts & transfer
Book only 4 or 5 star luxury resorts, Maldives is one great place that you definitely enjoy with your money (and not in a budget) cause once you arrive there than you will be surprise cause you don’t see anything in the capitol city or airport nearby, it seems like small city where humble Maldivian do their daily activities.
One thing that you need to consider too is about the distance of the resort from Velana International Airport, this is where all the flights and speedboat depart to all resorts in Maldives.
If you choose resort which is near to the airport than you are able to go there by speedboat which mean it is cheaper than resorts that far from it where you must use seaplane that used cost double from speedboat rates.
4 – Meet your photographer
It is very important to meet your photographer before the photo shoot, this gonna be make you get close to them.
Since I focusing my services for destination photo shoot than I used to held an online meeting with skype or whatsapp video call.
Today I live in Yogyakarta, it’s about 1,5 hour from Singapore or Kuala Lumpur so once you stay around this place than you come to my studio in Yogyakarta (I got so many authentic food here in my town to take you lunch for sure) or simply I fly there to meet your both in your home or cafes.
5 – Prepare your suit, bridal, and gown
For 1 day photo shoot I suggest you to bring at least 2 formal suit (it can be white bridal and night gown) and 1 casual clothes (it can be t-shirt and pants) and always bring your shoes even you will get fun in the white sand beach.
Shoes is really important for impression and it makes all the frames looks glamour and elegant.
In my photography packages, I used to shoot in 6 hours/day so I let my couple change their wardrobe every 45 minutes to to 1 hours, the rest I can let them get relax for cold drink or see the baby shark feeding in the bridge at 5pm, don’t miss it cause it is very interesting attraction.
What do I do before the photo session
I used to arrive in Maldives one day before the photo shoot, I’m enjoying so much walking down to the city and sightseeing around so I’m not in a rush mode.
Once I arrive in the resort I will visiting my couple’s room and greeting to them, my wife used to do make up and hair do and I choose to exploring the resorts for little while and discover the best spots for photo shoot.
Since man’s touch up is faster so I will accompany the groom for portrait session just nearby the room. We used to do couple photo shoot after 1pm (quite hot but don’t have any choice) till 3-4 pm, mostly we take a short break and see the baby shark feeding just nearby the resort.
Here we waiting for the golden sunset time which come around 5 – 5.30 pm, it’s quite short so we together will do extra effort for this.
When the sunset done, normally photo shoot will almost end but I used to explore the night photo shoot before we got dinner than the photo shoot are totally done!
Following dinner my wife will back up all the files and give it directly to our couple so we will make sure that couple will got all the raw files on USB drive when get back to their country.
How the photo shoot looks a like
Just to give you an impression what pre wedding in Maldives looks a like, just see my behind the scene video below:
Maldives Pre Wedding Session
Down here are the best moment that I’ve got from my couple, we do it in so much fun even the sun goes down so hot but Maldives scenery is always blown our mind.
Now I hope you know why my couple love Maldives so bad,
The view is AMAZING! and when I say as a wedding photographer, it was incredible experience when I can see you and your fiancee together in one great place on earth and say the vow.
One of my groom propose the marriage to his girlfriend in Maldives, he told me that this is the secret mission and only me knows about it. He asked me to find one great spot in Angsana where he can propose and give the rings to the girl friend, totally priceless and till I wrote this post I still see my couple loving each other.
As I said before, I’ve been twice for having pre wedding photo shoot in maldives so I will present you the links where you can see the whole gallery of my past couple but if you don’t have much time to see them all just take a look for some pictures below..
I hope this story inspire you how to find the best Maldives wedding photographer for your photo session and I’m waiting you here.
Both me and my wife are so welcome to discuss, answering your question, and give the whole package. We will feel so happy to recommend you with the best resorts where you should stay and share some good news about Maldives.
Just say hi to me and drop a message!