How Much Does a Photographer Cost In Bora Bora (2020/2021) ?

Couple at the four seasons bora bora - photo shoot

Have you already booked your stay in Bora Bora? Are you looking for a photographer who fits your style and needs? Are you hesitating between digital or analog photography on Bora Bora? Do you consider investing more to obtain some unique images thanks to drone photography?

And above all, are you wondering how much a photoshoot will cost in one of the most expensive places in the world? Let us share some important information about that with you!

Price for a honeymoon photo session in your hotel on Bora Bora

A honeymoon photoshoot at the Intercontinental Thalasso Bora Bora

Honeymooners often wonder where they can get epic photos on Bora Bora. They ask to leave the resort to reach the best spots. But in reality, there is no better “spot” that inside their resort … What do we mean? Bora Bora is a very particular island. The best hotels are not located on the main island, but on smaller patches of land surrounding it, separated by azure blue strips of ocean: The St. Regis Bora Bora, The Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, The Intercontinental Thalasso and Spa, The Conrad Bora Bora Nui, The Pearl Beach Resort…. These hotels obviously offer the best view, a beautiful lagoon, amazing gardens, and the best accommodation (overwater bungalows/private villas).

If you decide to do a standard photo shoot inside the resort, expect the price range from $400 for one-hour shoots to $1100 for two-hour shoots.

If you are looking for something unique to have exceptional memories (styled shoots, drone pictures, film photography), consider spending more than $1000. Information below.

Couple at the four seasons bora bora - photo shoot
Lovely moment inside the hotel in a private overwater bungalow

Price for a wedding photographer in Bora Bora

Are you dreaming about getting married in paradise? Bora Bora is a perfect place to say “I do” in a most desired way.

You will have a few different options to get married on Bora Bora. The first one is to contact your hotel and they can arrange everything. The only thing is to book a selected “wedding package”. It is easy and simple and will be perfect if you want to have an all-inclusive wedding. It can cost between $1000 and $8000. The standard photography service is included. Alternatively, if you wish to choose your own photographer, it will be possible for an extra fee. A standard photographer in Bora Bora for a one-hour wedding photo shoot (ceremony, couple pictures, etc.) will charge you between $400 and $600.

Bride under the palms at sunset in Bora Bora's garden the wedding day

A second option is to contact a wedding agency/event planner based on Tahiti. They will be able to plan and produce impeccably styled and designed marriages.

Their huge advantage is the possibility to create your own custom event and choose the perfect place for it. They manage vendors such as flowers, rentals, lighting, photography, design. You will be their priority and you can be assured of getting excellent service, whether for an intimate elopement or a big event.

The price of your tailored wedding photographer can vary. It depends on your wishes. Would you like them to cover only the wedding ceremony? Or rather the getting ready, the first glance, the ceremony and the after-session? Maybe you would like them for a few days because your guests will do some once-in-a-lifetime activities on Bora Bora? The best is to choose the photographer you want to have by your side for this special event. They will suggest the best solutions for your requirements.

Price for a family photoshoot inside the resort on Bora Bora

The family photoshoot might be considered a standard by some photographers. However, it is important to realize that creating good children portraits requires a confident and fun relationship with the models. As a matter of fact, it can take more time than a standard one-hour photoshoot.

Bearing that in mind, you should plan at least one-and-a-half-hours or even a two-hour photo session. The price for a photographer in Bora Bora for a family photoshoot is between $400 and $1100.

Rates for a drone photographer on Bora Bora

Do you like drone photography and drone video? Have you seen extraordinary drone pictures from Bora Bora, such as this one?

Drone Aerial view on Bora Bora with the couple and the boat in the blue lagoon

Aerial photography is increasingly popular on Bora Bora. However, you should know that it is not easy to do it yourself. There are specific rules for drones even for certified drone pilots. For example, there is a requirement to have a special permission to fly drones over the hotels and over the huge center area of Bora Bora. It is because planes fly very low and the restrictions were set for safety reasons.

If you would like to have some unique aerial photos/videos on Bora Bora, you should contact a certificated drone photographer.

There are a few options while planning your classic and drone photo shoot:

  • you can plan a boat trip in order to easily reach extraordinary spots. You will be sure to get varied and creative photos. You should plan about $2000 for two-hour photo shoot, and $3500 for a half-day (including boat)
  • sometimes it is possible to organize a classic and drone photography project in your resort (with special authorization). In this case a two-hour shoot costs about $1800.
  • the shoot can be organized on the main island (Matira Beach is lovely for beautiful shoots) and costs about 1500$ for two hours.

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Price for an analog photography shoot inside the resort on Bora Bora

Analog photography was the only photographic method available for over a hundred years. And yet, in French Polynesia, it is still quite a “new” and quaint kind of photography. This is because it is not easy here to work with film. An analog photographer needs very specific logistics to make it work. Ordering the rolls, keeping them in the fridge (French Polynesia has sweltering temperatures!), then once the photo shoot is done, sending them by private transporter to a lab in the United States…

The bride and groom portrait at sunset in Bora Bora with soft light

But when you see the results, you will know that the effort is worthwhile. Especially on Bora Bora, analog photography shows its best side: analog film colors are amazingly vibrant, and it is difficult to find an equivalent in the digital world.

If you are interested in a film photography or hybrid photo shoot (digital and analog) in French Polynesia, you can expect that the price range begins at $1100.

Conclusion

The best way to choose your photographer is to look at the photographer’s website and Instagram page. You will find a list of photographers that you can book directly with the hotel. You can also contact your photographer online to ask specific questions. They will be happy to help you and guide you to make the best choice according to your budget. We invite you to read more information about prices and important tips for your photography project in Bora Bora :