Photography of destination weddings are far different from typical wedding photography that we see often. A destination wedding iften requires a photographer that is so familiar with taking sunset views especially like in Maui as a back drop for wedding photos. Often times it would be difficult for us to hire a local one and let him travel along to your chosen destination. This may either be a good option of not.
Hire a photographer
Typical weddings where the bride and groom finds a local talent especially in bridal fairs if not ask their friends for referrals of a good photographer they know. A destination photographer is quite difficult to find since you will have to consider if he lives in the place where your wedding is or if he also needed to travel like you. The best way to look for one though is through wedding planners if not location coordinators since they are aware and also familiar of the place. This wedding planner and or coordinators may help you book a recommended photographer.
Resort Staff Photographer
Prices when looking for a destination photographer may vary as well as if he is one of the staff from your resort. Most of the times getting a photographer directly from the resort of which you book will save you as much that having to pick and find one. Their are resorts who specialize with destination weddings who adds into their package the photography part which is a good point for them since this will help their clients somehow.
Local Photographers in the destination Area
Hiring a local photographer where you have searched fro one when you arrived in the area of before coming to the location. The advantage of getting a local one is that they know the place, the best spot to shoot this and that and they are most likely experienced especially to a type of photos like in Hawaii sunset back drop.
The point here is that it does not really matter who you will hire in the end but the most important thing is that a local or not as long as one can capture solid photos that is worthy of the amount you paid or exceeded your expectation is what matters. Though bringing along a photographer with you as you travel may be an added expense on your end rather than hiring one at the location where you hold your wedding.
A destination photographer knows the area and is acquainted and knows more than other photographers. It will really show in the shots taken and this will really matter a lot since it is going to be a memorabilia for you.