Dear all romantic couple wherever you are, thank you for coming to my photography blog and read my story here. I’m Bima by the way; during past 8 years I dedicate my self to be destination wedding photographer who serve and focusing in pre wedding and wedding photo shoot. Through this job I feel so honor when I got a couple send me and email and asking me to document their sweet memories. I know that you coming to my blog cause you looking for some useful information about doing photo shoot in Maldives.
One great thing that I could tell you first is, Yes…you choose the right place cause what I will tell you more is about the beauty of this country.
From any website or travel blog you read, visiting Maldives isn’t a cheap journey just like when you come to Fiji, Hawai, or any “hidden treasure” country. For sure you can fly to Maldives in a cheap way by using a budget airlines like Air Asia or Tiger air directly from Kuala Lumpur or Singapore but when you touch down in this country than you still thinking about travel in a budget you wouldn’t get the real fun story about visiting Maldives. For sure you can do it when you just traveling in a backpack style but when you go there for celebrating your happiness like in a wedding party so spend more dollars will be worth it to do for your special day. In a simple word so let me tell you some tips when you thinking about doing pre wedding or wedding photo shoot in Maldives:
June to November will be Your Best Period
For some reason may all resorts in Maldives will fully booked cause some visitor who come from Middle East and Europe got their day-off and choosing Maldives for their chosen destination. Through here you can imagine when all rooms that is cost over than USD800 will fully booked easily, the worst thing is all price will increase tragically. If you already have a gold mining in your pocket so you still can do it as well but if you want to make it more efficient so come to Maldives during June till November will be the best time for everyone to celebrate their lovely memories in wedding or just make a simple journey for taking a photo shoot just like my past couple. Twice I’ve been to Maldives and stay in Lux* Maldives and Angsana Velavaru I also come in September and October and within this journey I also saw somebody else having their wedding just near our pavilion.
Choose Your Best Photographer Based on Quality Not Just the Price
Even my friend also asking why my client prefer to pay me and spend thousand of dollars in my bank account rather than just hire a cheap local photographer in Maldives. The right reason to answer this question is “Quality”….here we not talking only about price cause photography isn’t like common commodity or products, photography is pure art and personal services. I’m not going to influence you to using my services through this article but listen to carefully, I’ve been trusted as a wedding photographer which is serve worldwide client and when they finally choosing the common photographer which is mean cheaper, low price, budget, or you can named it than they feel not satisfy with those photographer’s services. It’s totally on their choice…I know for sure that price wouldn’t lie to you cause every photographer who already dedicated their self to be wedding photographer will learn so many things exclude push their camera shutter and play with Photoshop, but they also learn how to make their client feel save and satisfy through their works and services. Sometimes people prefer to choose me just because I work together with my wife, Nina who belong to my personal assistant, my make up artist, and also my stylist. Yes we’ve been together as a husband-wife and photographer-assistant during past 8 years and we serve our client juts like our friends.
Photography is Pure Art and Personal Services
You know what? When we’ve been to Maldives at the first time to serve our couple from Hong Kong, our second couple wannabe have been so worry about the living cost in Maldives and asking Nina to take a photo shoot in every single food book menu just to know how is the price for pizza, pasta, and some regular meals in the resort…..and she did it for them and following next 10 months this lovely Singaporean couple also belong to my Maldive’s second couple who brought me and my wife flew over than 3000 miles from hour hometown in Yogyakarta, a very small city and not so famous as Bali.
Prepare Your Health Insurance Before You Got a Scam Just Like Me
Before I go to Maldives I already read in a travel blog that Maldives also have some weird things that should be consider and one of them is about the health services. It happen to me when I went there for the second time cause I got really bad chicken pox disease just after finishing my photo shoot. I feel really bad on that day, I’ve got a fever, caught, and pain in all my bone than plus a tons of acne in my whole body. I still remember that during that situation I still push my self to do under water photo shoot to cover my client’s expectation and you know there would be like thousands of needle stick in my body, but I decide to keep doing my photo shoot.
Actually hospital in Maldives wouldn’t give you their best services when you just come there as a tourist (not as Maldivian or working visa man). Without asking carefully about your pain so the hospital will just asking you to pay a standard package which is cost around USD130 just to see the doctor (not a specialist for sure) and they will telling you that the price is include your medicine but once you come out from the doctor’s room they will asking you more USD50 to get your medicine (in case they already tell you that the medicine is include), in fact this is what I’ve got in Maldives….so get prepare your health insurance as well before going to Maldives.
Try to Spend 1 Night in Male City, It is Incredible!
Male City is the capitol of Maldives which separate about 1km from the island where the Ibrahim Nasir Internation Airport located. You can go to Male City by taking a boat located in front off the airport and cost around MDV10 or equal to USD1, this unique journey will take about 10 minutes. Male City is a small area but every single culture you’ve see will be so interesting. Some shops also suddenly close when they hear praying voice called Adzan, it just because 100% of Maldivian is a Moslem.
The food is just like Indian, so you can get biryani rice, curry, prata bread, and other delicious typical Indian food. Maldivian tradition is they not eat to much for dinner so their main menu for dinner is just a bread, cookies, some fried snacks and juice or soft drink cause they prefer to eat heavy in the afternoon.
Once you want to invite to go to Maldives, please consider some details below:
#1 Share your detail to me
Lets plan your destination pre wedding session carefully, kindly tell your name, phone number, when do you want the photo session to be taken and in what resort you will stay
#2 How long the photo shoot?
My photo session will be in 6 (six) hours, mostly I started after the lunch till after the sunset and for sure you may ask for some additional hour/day
#3 How do we get the files?
We deliver ALL the files in JPEG format directly after the photo session on USB drive, than in the next 14 days I will send you some proof (based on my choice) to show you the edited files. You will get all the edited files and album design through wetransfer.com when the album is ready to ship.
#4 How do we get the album?
Album will delivered within 60 days following the photo session, and my studio will pay for the album shipping for worldwide area
#5 How about the make up and hair do?
Nina, my wife will accompany me in every single photo session, she belong to my assistant and also the make up artist and hair do stylist to all my couple. So here you will get compliment services such photography and make up-hair do
#7 How many gown and suit to bring?
For 1 day photo session I suggest you to bring 3 set of wardrobe: 1 set of bridal-suit, 1 set of night gown-suit/formal, and 1 set of casual clothes
#8 Should I bring my wedding shoes?
Sure! even we go the beach for photo shoot, your formal shoes both for bride and groom will represent luxury and glamour. Just bring your flat shoes or nice sandals too and we can mix it when you wear the casual set
#9 How about the photographer and make up artist’s travel expenses?
Due to Lost in Paradise package, my studio launch 1 NETT PRICE which is include me and my make up artist travel expenses such as flight, seaplane, and 1 night stay in the resort where the photo session taken
10# Do you have some suggestion about the best resort that we could stay in and do photo shoot with you?
You may googling for at least 4 to 5 star resort such as Conrad, Anantara Dhigu, Baros, Lily Beach, Lux* South Ari Atoll and Angsana Velavaru (Go to Lux* and Angsana’s Link, I’ve been there for taking pre wedding photo session). Try to contact the hotel staff in personal and ask them to give the best room offer in water villa, it is the most luxury room that face to the ocean.
#11 Do you have some tips for bride and groom?
If you want to go to Maldives for pre wedding, I write my story related to tips and information about tips for couple
#12 How much is your package start from?
Just drop us a message to firstname.lastname@example.org, we will send all the details to you
#13 Is there any possibilities if I want to go another location such as Europe, USA, or etc ?
Sure, Lost in Paradise will accommodate all your need in destination wedding photo session around the globe, kindly visit the detail information on Lost in Paradise
#14 How do we pay you?
I used to charged all the payment through Paypal, you may pay with your paypal balance, credit card, or debit card. It is quite safe both for my studio and for you as the couple
#15 How do we meet you before the photo session?
Technology is the best choice, and many times I used Skype and Whatsapp video call to do meeting with my couple
#16 How do I contact you?
Drop me an email and share to me about your details to Contact, we’re always here to help you