The couple enjoyed their day and each other during the photo shoot. This shows clearly in the images.
When Alan and I did our first destination wedding it was for family in the Berkshire’s. The Berkshire’s is a country setting in Massachusetts. We went for the weekend. We covered the rehearsal and the wedding and we managed to have a great time with the family.
Since then we have traveled to Kaui, Arizona, and Annapolis Naval Academy to name a few.
***The reasons we learned for couplies choosing a destination wedding is because their families are spread out across the country.
A 3 Day Wedding gears everyone into having a great time. The couple doesn’t feel rushed and the guests are truly engaged.
Sometimes a destination wedding can cost less than a high end venue or a golf course or country club wedding.
Our wedding was set in St Thomas on the beach. We booked a cruise invited family and friends and planned for our day in St. Thomas. The cruise left from San Juan with the first stop being St. Thomas. We reached out to the St Thomas community and found a Justice of Peace, Flowers, Limo, and one of our guests was a professional Photographer. After the beach ceremony we headed to the Ritz Carlton for lunch before getting back on the cruise ship. Not counting the cost of the cruise our wedding cost us less than $2000.00
Our guests felt our wedding was an exotic stop on their vacation.
Many All Inclusive Hotels offer wedding packages. That way your guests are likely to enjoy themselves and stay on a few days. We recommend Anna’s Adventures for inquiring about a destination wedding. https://www.facebook.com/annasadventurestravel/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=1417731446&pnref=lhc
Booking the photographer for a destination has two options. Booking at the location, (this can be expensive), bring one from home. Some photographers will charge extra for travel and hotel. Do your research, many photographers are eager for destination wedding business and they may not up-charge as much as you would think.
Sechrestphotos was kept very busy this October and November taking family portraits. I have a few tips for the families thinking about using a professional photographer.
- Discuss with your photographer the location. Families can choose locations that may not produce the best result. If the location has sentiment the photographer can make it work but if your goal is awesome photos let the photographer choose. The family can lead with park or country settings, beach, or city.
- Wardrobe can make or break your family portrait. Speak to your photographer with your ideas and listen to suggestions. If someone in the family is a rebel and wears plaid while everyone else is in white that family member will be the focus in the pictures.
- Time of day. Schedules often dictate the family availability but being a little flexible can make a big difference in the light and the final product.
Finally have fun. A good photography will be able to relax the family and capture the love relationships family members share.
Alan and Ina
Sechrestphotos captures many holiday parties.
We photograph corporate parties which generally are on weekdays during December. We also cover family parties which occur right up to January 5th.
Corporations want photography to provide their employees images of themselves when they are dressed up and socializing outside of their work environment. Often companies hire us to also provide a memento image, printed and framed and provided timely during the party.
The images may be shared on company websites which allow employees to comment and download easily.
Corporate holiday parties are often at hotels or simple venues that are centrally located to the employees.
Families often use photography at their holiday parties when families are together; often out of town guests who haven’t seen each other in a long period of time, or aging families are in attendance, and families want to capture the “family moments.”
These images are often very valuable and cherished over time.
Family holiday parties are often at a family member’s residence but sometimes at a centrally located venue.
We love what we do and we won’t miss a moment. Call us to schedule us for your Holiday Party.
Ina Sechrest for Sechrestphotos
Alan and I had the privilege of witnessing and capturing the images at the ceremony of Katrina and Adam at the beautiful Green Gables Estate venue in San Marcos, California.
Katrina is a stunning bride, hosting a large wedding party and a well attended celebration. The day was beautiful, filled with warm air and light breezes. The Green Gables Estate offered many photo opportunities which we gratefully and greedily took full adavantage of.
During the many months of planning we discussed with the bride and groom the pros and cons of capturing the large percent of images before the wedding ceremony. For Katrina the only thing holding her back, was the ‘First Look’ image.
Capturing that “First Look” is always an important piece of the ceremony photos. We assured our bride we could cature that look at the pre-ceremony photo shoot.
We needed to coordinate with the best man and time it perfectly. We were able to successfully cature that moment. We also understood that after the look, it is important to give the bride and groom a few monments of intimacy. The venue offered many locations to allow our couple some private moments.
Our pre-ceremony shoot was almost two hours. The Bride and Groom were thrilled that after their ceremony they were able to join the celebration.
Working closely together will assure a successful wedding experience for the bridal couple.
When Sophia hired Sechrestphotos to photography Delta’s birthday party we didn’t realize what an amazing women were were going to meet.
At 90 years old, Delta has been to 102 countries and even shipped 300 gifts this year to friends she has met over the years in those countries including places like Nepal and Kenya.
Delta’s house in Carlsbad is filled with artifacts from her travels and takes her two hours to give a musuem quality tour of her home.
Delta’s gracious personality and life experience were apparent at the start of our shoot. Over 150 people came to the “The Green Dragon Museum, where Delta’s party was held; as they approached her to say hello and capture a picture with her, we could see the genuine affection, love, and respect.
We have printed pictures at events before but never had I seen a clamor to make sure they had their picture taken with Delta and to also take home the proof of their friendship or association.
Thank you for reading,