I’m not sure if this was a wedding or a party! Vero & Carlos had already got married the weekend before in a small family ceremony in Bodegas Tondonia, Haro, La Rioja. However since they live in Barcelona they wanted to hold a bash for their best friends in the beautiful gardens of nearby Vil.la Sabat, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia.
The key to good destination wedding photography is good planning. I find out all I can about a venue before leaving home and try to get there at least a day early. That gives me time not only to rest after the journey, but also explore, visit the venue and drive the route between the couple’s home in central Barcelona and Sant Cugat.
On the day of the wedding I want to be thinking about the photography rather than be worried about getting lost.
On the morning after the wedding, and before leaving my hotel, I downloaded all my photos to my laptop and then onto a second hard drive. That way I had three copies of all the wedding photos and could keep at least one set with me all the time. Backing up images and then backing up the back up is is not exactly in keeping with the exotic notion of destination wedding photography. However it is a key part of being a professional photographer, particularly with once-in-a-lifetime events. My clients need to be able to trust me not only to capture great images but to look after them too.