No matter where you are planning your wedding to take place, wedding photography is one of the most important elements of the day. The photographer needs to be booked as early as possible as their schedule tends to get pretty busy, especially in high wedding season. Apart from finding the photographer you love, and whose works are in tune with your personal aesthetics, there are many other things to consider if your wedding or pre-wedding shoot is planned in Thailand.
Check best seasons for best weather conditions
Seasons may vary even within one country: for instance, the best time to go to Koh Samui is February till August, while Phuket is at its best from November until March. Planning in advance will allow you to minimize chances of rain and bad weather on the day of photoshoot.
Plan the day’s schedule
In Thailand, it’s hot all year around, and light is pretty intense during the day, which results in harsh colors. The best time for shooting is early morning and late afternoon, when the light is softer and more mellow, exactly what is needed to achieve these golden, mid tones on your photos.
If you’re planning on a love story, consider an early rise and shooting during sunrise to avoid any crowds, while the best time to have a wedding ceremony is around 5 pm, an hour before the sunset.
Avoid shooting between 11 am and 4 pm, as this is the hottest time of the day.
Rest and adapt to new climate before the shoot
Give yourself some time to adjust to the new atmosphere, new temperatures, and new surroundings. It’s best to spend 5-6 days relaxing before the wedding photoshoot or the wedding. Doing this will also give you time to get a nice soft tan without hurrying it.
Experiment with exotic food and new cosmetics
Surely you’re tempted to try as much of local specialties, unknown fruits, and spicy curries, but try to stay away from these products and dishes you haven’t tried before a couple of days before the shoot. You never know if you might be allergic to some ingredients, or if the third chili in your salad can provoke unwanted breakouts on your face. “No experiments” rule goes for new cosmetic products and treatments. Stick to your routine and products that work best for you instead.
Wear heavy princess gowns and full tuxedo
The tropical climate is not very welcoming for multi-layered gowns and thick materials. You want to feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera, so choose the clothes that give you maximum comfort. Natural flowy fabrics, simple but flattering fit will be your best friends here. For guys, we can recommend light-coloured trousers, and single-tone light shirts with sleeves rolled up.
Photos are courtesy of Terralogical (http://www.terralogical.com/) from Tiara and Mike engagement session in Phuket.