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Photography has always been a passion of mine.  I have loved taking pictures since I was a kid and had my first camera.  I started with film like almost all middle age to older photographers and have come full circle today as I continue to shoot both digital and medium format film.  Today I spend almost all of my free time away from home traveling the United States and Europe.  

I started as a wedding photographer (and sports photographer) but have transformed over time to dedicate my time to landscape photography.  I still occasionally do weddings for special clients, typically destination weddings, but 98% of my time today is spent traveling and photographing.  My main complaint is not having enough hours in the day to dedicate to editing and social media.  After my most recent Europe trip (36 days straight) I have over 2,000 pictures still hiding in my computer somewhere.  This trip is roughly outlined on my blog but with many more posts to come.  I have also spent several weeks exploring Iceland which is the newest hottest destination for photographers and those checking off their bucket list.  If you want more information on Iceland, contact me and I would be happy to share my experiences. 

Beyond my travels, I run a photography business in California - featuring my photography that is printed, framed, and displayed in galleries. My work has been internationally published and awarded and I pride myself on bringing landscape photography the way I see it to my clients. I am a 100% self taught photographer who travels the world seeking out the best photography locations and share my tips and travel reviews on my blog. 

Dream Destination Weddings

Photography Tips / Articles

Photography tips and articles helping photographers learn techniques for better pictures are plentiful on the web.  What makes this blog different is my photography tips are free and available.  I work to maintain one goal: to help photographers of all levels.  Wedding photographers should browse my tips for better portraits and contact me for individualized help as I have photographed multiple weddings including destination weddings, always seeking methods to make sure the bride is always happy. 

Dream Destination Weddings

Jared Lawson

 Wedding season is here!  Before wedding season comes wedding planning...and every bride (and groom) has their dream destination weddings they have considered.  This article covers my top 5 personal dream wedding destinations as the photographer.  

 #1: Haiku Mill, Maui, Hawaii

#2: Thailand

From Phi Phi Island, Thailand - photo credit: Creative Events Asia

From Phi Phi Island, Thailand - photo credit: Creative Events Asia

#3: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Photo Credit:  Jeff Fete

Photo Credit: Jeff Fete

#4: Maldives

Maldives Wedding, Photo Credit:  Hotels in Heaven  

Maldives Wedding, Photo Credit: Hotels in Heaven 

#5: The Foundry, Queens, New York

Photo Credit:  Wayne Yuan

Photo Credit: Wayne Yuan

*Honorable Mentions: Montego Bay, Jamaica; St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; The Palm, Dubai; Tuscany, Italy; Scotland; Calistoga Ranch, Napa, California; Union Hill, Sonora, California.

When I think of dream wedding destinations naturally I am drawn to white sandy beaches, beautiful weather - and a fun filled evening with entertainment. Of course, after the wedding is over you want a location your guests can fully enjoy for days on end.  From a wedding photography perspective my favorites include some of the world's top beaches - especially because these locations have developed an industry around weddings and making sure every detail is taken care of for their guests.

My honorable mentions include several United States locations in California and Hawaii.  There are of course many options in Colorado, Texas, and New York but being on the west coast I am drawn to California.  I will be heading to Hawaii this summer to photograph a wedding for a fellow photographer.  

What are your dream wedding destinations?  Feel free to comment below and add your recommendations.