When planning your destination wedding, one of the most important decisions you can make is deciding on a photographer. With so many options out there, I am honored that you have considered me to document your wedding.

 

When you choose a destination wedding photographer, you're selecting, in essence, a travel companion. Someone who's adventurous, independent and responsible. Someone who can go with the flow yet has an opinion when necessary. Someone who's comfortable sharing ales in an English pub, sipping Barolo in a Tuscan vineyard or sampling street tacos in Cabo San Lucas. 

Above all, you are choosing someone who recognizes the gravity of your decision to celebrate your wedding in a far-off land and who promises be your partner in documenting this momentous occasion.

From the initial consultation to going over itineraries, from advice on your wedding-day timeline to selecting the ideal locations for photographs, I will guide you through an experience that you will cherish for the rest of your lives.

Congratulations on this exciting time in your life!

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Set aside some time to explore

Your destination wedding will most likely involve a few days on either end of your main event dedicated to sightseeing or relaxation. I highly encourage you to take advantage of the downtime, and set aside 2-3 hours where we can get lost for a while and make some amazing images!


Trust the Process

Unless you're used to being in front of the camera, having a photographer follow you around can be very awkward at first, but this process is very necessary in order to get the types of images we want. The way I work is predicated upon letting your guard down and breaking down those barriers of inhibition. As we spend more time together and we gain each others' trust, it all becomes much easier--and the resulting pictures will show it!

As a former newspaper photographer, the majority of my work is documentary in nature--those wonderful, split-second moments that form the arc of your wedding story. Those moments are complemented with romantic portraits that capture all the subtleties of your relationship with one another.

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Don't Be Afraid to Have Fun!

Planning a destination wedding can be very stressful. Picking the right location and venue, arranging travel, planning guest activities--it can send you off the deep end if you don't keep things in perspective. That's why it's so important to take a step back, breath in the experience and have fun! 

One comprehensive package for your entire destination wedding extravaganza

Rather than inundate you with a dizzying array of packages and options that you don't like, I've distilled everything down to one essential package based on over 12 years of shooting destination weddings.

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Essential Collection :: $5000 

10 hours Wedding coverage

It starts with pre-ceremony coverage, capturing finishing touches of your preparation. Then a first look, plenty of group photos, your ceremony, and romantic portraits. It finished deep into the reception, capturing all the moments from your amazing party.

Two Wedding Photographers

Photography by John Schnack and a hand-picked associate photographer.

Pre-\Post-Wedding Session

Let's explore! We'll design a 2-3 hour shoot from the ground up, picking amazing locations and making the right wardrobe choices for the session.

Welcome Party Coverage

Coverage for 2-3 hours at your official welcome reception! Perfect for capturing guests as they're welcomed to your event!

High-Res files & Online Proofing

The entire edited, high-resolution collection of wedding and engagement images delivered via electronic download. A private, online gallery for your guests' viewing convnenience.

All Travel Fees

Includes miscellaneous travel costs such as food, taxi/Uber, tips, baggage fees, etc.

Airfare and Lodging Costs

Since airfare and lodging costs vary widely, these items will be quoted in your initial proposal based on the location of your wedding, the time of year and the plans for your event. Generally speaking, plan for us to arrive 1-2 days before your wedding, to cover the welcome reception and a pre-wedding shoot; and leave 1-2 days after, to shoot a post-wedding session or day-after activity.

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HOw do you handle Travel Plans?

Many times its easier for our clients if we handle airfare and lodging plans for John and his associate photographer. However, if you'd prefer to book our travel or if you have accommodations set aside for vendors/guests, we're thankful for your help!

Do you photograph elopements?

Of course! Depending on the number of hours you have set aside for photography, we have special hours for weekday weddings and elopements. I love the intimate setting created between a couple when as they exchange vows in an alternative fashion.

How do you handle travel fees and costs?

The Essential Collection includes all miscellaneous travel fees (taxi, meals, tips, etc.). Due to the variability of airfare and lodging costs, those items will be quoted on your initial proposal based on the details of your wedding. Airfare and lodging are always billed *at cost* so there's no hidden fees!


Do you photograph Local weddings as well?

Of course! If you're planning a San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County or Palm Springs wedding, I'd love to chat with you!  Please contact me for special pricing.

How do we reserve our wedding date?

A 50% deposit and signed contract in order to get your wedding day on the calendar. The second payment is due 60 days from the wedding date. The final payment is due two weeks from the wedding date.

Do you offer albums?

Yes! A printed album can represent your first family heirloom. Albums are designed in-house and are available in a wide variety of sizes, colors, and cover materials. Contact the studio to see samples and pricing.

How long until We receive our pictures?

Generally speaking, a complete wedding collection is delivered in 3-4 weeks. I like to "underpromise and overdeliver", so there'a good chance your wedding will be delivered sooner!

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 Michelle + pietro | Florence, Italy  When my husband and I planned our wedding in Italy, finding the right photographer was a high priority for us. We didn’t want to risk using an Italian vendor. We had seen John Schnack’s previous work and instantly fell in love with his photography. We knew he would be perfect for capturing our wedding abroad. We asked him to photograph a pre-wedding shoot in Florence which became a very special memory for us, our wedding rehearsal the night before and of course our wedding day. The pictures surpassed our expectations and John is incredible to work with. We couldn’t be  happier.

Michelle + pietro | Florence, Italy

When my husband and I planned our wedding in Italy, finding the right photographer was a high priority for us. We didn’t want to risk using an Italian vendor. We had seen John Schnack’s previous work and instantly fell in love with his photography. We knew he would be perfect for capturing our wedding abroad. We asked him to photograph a pre-wedding shoot in Florence which became a very special memory for us, our wedding rehearsal the night before and of course our wedding day. The pictures surpassed our expectations and John is incredible to work with. We couldn’t be  happier.


 Terésa + João | Lisbon, Portgual  "John was the best photographer we could have had for our wedding. Not only is he the nicest guy but his work is absolutely amazing. John made us feel really comfortable about hiring someone we had never met and living on the other side of the ocean. Despite not knowing a single word of Portuguese, he managed to get along with everybody and became a part of the whole celebration."

Terésa + João | Lisbon, Portgual

"John was the best photographer we could have had for our wedding. Not only is he the nicest guy but his work is absolutely amazing. John made us feel really comfortable about hiring someone we had never met and living on the other side of the ocean. Despite not knowing a single word of Portuguese, he managed to get along with everybody and became a part of the whole celebration."


 Courtney + Chris | Lake Almanor, CA  "John was truly amazing to work with! John was able to capture the smallest of details to the largest of personalities and moments without ever being in the way or interfering. We especially loved the fact that we could give him the creative control on our wedding day and he effectively captured everything we could have ever dreamed of!"

Courtney + Chris | Lake Almanor, CA

"John was truly amazing to work with! John was able to capture the smallest of details to the largest of personalities and moments without ever being in the way or interfering. We especially loved the fact that we could give him the creative control on our wedding day and he effectively captured everything we could have ever dreamed of!"


 Chase + Matt | Coronado, CA  We hired John after he was recommended by our wedding planner. From start to finish he was friendly, attentive, and very responsive. He replied to all my questions promptly, tailored the shoots to our vision, his website works PERFECTLY (payments, photos, everything was easy and quick), and he was lighting fast with both the engagement and wedding photos. Our wedding seemed to go by so fast, the very next day it just seemed like a happy blur. When I got the pictures, I spent HOURS laughing, crying, and truly enjoying more moments from the wedding than I'd been able to do on the actual day. He did a BEAUTIFUL job, and the memories he captured have added so much to our special day for me. I cannot recommend him highly enough!

Chase + Matt | Coronado, CA

We hired John after he was recommended by our wedding planner. From start to finish he was friendly, attentive, and very responsive. He replied to all my questions promptly, tailored the shoots to our vision, his website works PERFECTLY (payments, photos, everything was easy and quick), and he was lighting fast with both the engagement and wedding photos. Our wedding seemed to go by so fast, the very next day it just seemed like a happy blur. When I got the pictures, I spent HOURS laughing, crying, and truly enjoying more moments from the wedding than I'd been able to do on the actual day. He did a BEAUTIFUL job, and the memories he captured have added so much to our special day for me. I cannot recommend him highly enough!


 Andrea + Chris | La Jolla, CA  John is so professional and makes you feel at ease in front of the camera. He captured beautiful moments at our wedding that will last a lifetime. We worked with John long distance as we were planning a destination wedding. His positive energy made him one of the best vendors to work with throughout the planning experience. I highly recommend John to anyone looking for a seasoned photographer.

Andrea + Chris | La Jolla, CA

John is so professional and makes you feel at ease in front of the camera. He captured beautiful moments at our wedding that will last a lifetime. We worked with John long distance as we were planning a destination wedding. His positive energy made him one of the best vendors to work with throughout the planning experience. I highly recommend John to anyone looking for a seasoned photographer.

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John Schnack is a destination wedding photographer based in Southern California. With over 25 years as a working photographer, the last 16 shooting weddings, John has photographed over 250 weddings throughout the United States, as well as in Central America, Mexico and Europe.

John began his career in 1991 as a photojournalist for the North County Times. His wedding photography has graced the pages of The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, C Wedding, and California Wedding Day.

In addition to weddings, John also shoots commercial work for a wide range of clients including Visa, Louisville Slugger, Asics, Pardee Homes and New Era Caps.

John also owns a boutique post-production house dedicated to helping busy wedding, portrait and event photographers get their lives back.

John and his amazing wife of 17 years, Jennifer, and their daughter reside along San Diego's North County coast. When John is not behind the camera, he can be found cycling, surfing, or shuttling his daughter to soccer fields across Southern California.

John can't wait to get to know you better! Thanks for stopping by!

Favorites

Food: ramen | Bike: Fuji Transonic 2.5 | Surfboard: 9'0" single fin | Cocktail: rye old fashioned | Music: classic rock | Movie: "Pulp Fiction" | TV: "Breaking Bad" | Photographer: Dan Winters | Lens: 17-35mm