Photo Credit: Helene Havard
Maybe you’ll get married in Bora Bora or maybe you’ll spend your honeymoon in Bora Bora, or maybe you’re just doing both and having a weddingmoon… Bora Bora is gorgeous and one thing for sure, you will want your Bora Bora photos to reflect just that.
You know that I like to work with awesome couples who want a personalized experience: personalized ceremony, one-of-a-kind photos, new (and adventurous) locations, anything different gets me in the starting block.
So I’ve asked Ben & Chelsea, from Tennessee, who recently spent their honeymoon in Bora Bora, why they chose to do their Bora Bora photos off their resort. This lovely couple reached out to me to find a photographer who would match their style and take photos of them on the island. Not photos of their resort, but of the island.
Why Did You Want To Do A Photoshoot On The Island Rather Than The Traditional Resort Photoshoot?
No matter where we went on the island it had a spectacular view of either the mountain or the ocean and we wanted to take advantage of that. Yes, our resort was spectacular but we saw that every day we were there and our own personal photos were from there as well, and we wanted something different. We really didn’t know what we were getting into for the photo shoot but it turned out to be the best decision we made. We did not have a plan on the locations we would go given we had never been there but the photographer was very knowledgeable about the island and already had some locations picked out that gave us different looks in the photographs. Instead of seeing one view of the mountain we got 2 different views. Bora Bora is known for its spectacular blue waters, but what most people don’t realize is the different shades of blue throughout the island. Since we went off the resort we have every shade of blue water in our pictures, ranging from the deep blue from the dock photos facing the mountain, all the way from the crystal light blue waters from the shots off the end of the resort dock facing the ocean. If we would have stayed at the resort we would have only gotten the shade of blue at the resort, which would have been fine but this was definitely the better way to go about it.
Can You Describe The Morning Of The Photoshoot To Us?
How Did You Get Organized With Your Photographer And What Places Did You Visit?
It was fairly easy setting up the meeting with the photographer. We were staying at the Intercontinental Thalasso, so we were not on the main island. Intercontinental has a resort on the main island as well so our shuttle dropped us off there and that is where we met her. We started off getting some photos from the end of the resort docks looking out to the ocean as well as the mountain. The water there was spectacular and the view of the mountain was perfect for what we wanted. We went to the two different ends of the dock to give us different looks. The resort was situated next to a public beach that is well known on the island so we walked there first. This gave us a look at the ocean from the beach without any huts in the way, and the pictures were spectacular. We stayed there for a short while working our way up and down the beach a bit before heading out to a small dock across from Bloody Mary’s bar. This location gave us a great, but very different, view of the mountain as well as a deep dark blue from the ocean. From there we made another stop on a different beach between the dock and our resort. This was great because it gave us another view of the ocean from a different beach.
Do You Have Recommendations For Other Couples Considering Doing A Photoshoot Off Their Resort?
I highly suggest going off the resort for at least some of the shoot. We are very happy how the pictures turned out and would highly recommend going to a few different locations on the island. This gives you a big range of photographs that you will not be disappointed with. Anywhere you go on the island has gorgeous views so why not take advantage of that? When you do go be sure to bring a spare towel as well as something to cover yourself up with between shots. We decided not to put on sunscreen given we did not want the oily look in our pictures, the pictures turned out great but we both got a little sunburned towards the end of the shoot. Bring water and be prepared to do a little walking but in the end you will not regret seeing the island and getting photos from all different spots!
Thank you Ben & Chelsea for the amazing tips!
Would you like me to help you to plan your Bora Bora ceremony, and find unique locations for a great photoshoot? Contact me to get started.