I was flattered when another wedding photographer Lawrence Ha from the West coast wanted to hire me to shoot his wedding down in Cancun, Mexico. It was a great to meet him and his wife for the first time, especially knowing him through Facebook over the years. It’s natural to feel pressure to shoot for another fellow photographer, but all the photographers who I’ve worked for understand the stresses of wedding photography, which make them more easy going as a client. If I ever hire someone for my unlikely wedding, I would give him or her plenty of slack and try to not make it feel like work. For your information, working at a destination wedding is way more difficult than a local wedding, so you can all stop telling us how lucky we are to work on a non-equipment-friendly environment!
During my destination wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, I had the pleasure of meeting Corazon who lives there and models freelance, originally from Oregon. My beach shoots usually consists of renting a car and scouting the area for local non-touristy and secluded beaches to photograph. I find that locals outside the U.S. care the least about photo shoots, while even American tourists can get upset about having a nude model on the beach they’re visiting. I like to drive down the beach highways and when I see exit signs for local beaches, I pull in and scout. Paamul beach was a narrow long road that led to a security booth, where the guard gave us a long speech in Spanish and I thought he was going to kick us out for whatever reason. When asked to repeat in English, he was just warning us not to bring our own food/alcohol, and other miscellaneous beach rules. Off we went to find the right spot by the water, and the other beach security guards didn’t bother us setting up a photo shoot. This is never allowed in the U.S.! It was a fun and easy shoot, Corazon is a great model to work with and a treat to have during my trip!