How many photographers do you know who travel to different countries and photograph weddings in beautiful and exotic locations? The question is: are those wedding photographers legally allowed to work outside of their home country, or are they rolling the dice on having their equipment confiscated and them being blacklisted from entering that country again?
Taylor Jackson is a Canadian-based wedding photographer who shoots dozens of weddings a year, and he has a question for professionals who make their income from destination weddings around the world. How are you legally photographing these weddings in these exotic locales? Are you really getting work permits to photograph your weddings or are you “taking a vacation” and just so happen to be photographing a wedding as a friend of the bride and groom while possibly accepting pay in advance?
I’ve seen this among some USA-based photographers for a long time with them traveling into Canada, where Jackson is from, where they are photographing engagements, weddings, and elopements in areas like Banff National Park, which itself requires its own specific permits for Canadian residents working in the park. Canada takes its work permits very seriously, as does the USA and many EU countries, as they want to protect work that can be fulfilled in their respective territories by their own citizens. The issue is some photographers flout those laws and do so at their own risk.
Do you or someone you know who works as a destination wedding photographer do so legally? If so, share the process that you have gone through to legally be able to travel from your home country or territory and work around the globe.