The Best Vacation Photography Services

The Best Vacation Photography Services
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Until a few years ago, professional photo shoots were done only at weddings. Today, people are hiring professional photographers on vacation as well. They want a keepsake from their travel, and what better than a picture-perfect photo. Selfies never turn out great and asking another tourist to take your photo is a gamble, so hiring a professional vacation photographer is your best bet for a top quality photos. A vacation photographer not only captures your trip beautifully, but there’s also an added benefit of gaining a local perspective through the lens of the photographer. Here’s a rundown of the best vacation photography services.

1. Shoot My Travel

Couple on a gondola in Italy
Source: Shoot My Travel

Shoot My Travel came about when Valerie Lopez (a Miami-based photographer) and Camilo Rojas were traveling through Europe. They clicked some beautiful photos of each other, but realized they didn’t have a good picture of both of them together. So, they thought of hiring a photographer but had no idea how to find one in a foreign country. Soon after their trip, they realized that this could be a new niche in the travel photography market. Shoot My Travel was launched in 2015. It quickly achieved a cult status among travelers who look to immortalize their vacation with fabulous photos. Offering vacation photography services in more than 450 cities worldwide, it has now become a permanent fixture in the market of travel photography.

They have a pool of photographers who are highly skilled and professional, and can be booked online. Just select the destination and you’ll get the profile of all the photographers in that area. Flip through their portfolio and choose one you like. Once you’ve chosen the local photographer, select the package and book it online. Then, a ‘destination concierge’ will get in touch with the local photographer to work out the details. The best part of booking a vacation photographer via Shoot My Travel is the quick turnaround time - photos are delivered within 24-48 hours after the photo shoot.

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2. Flytographer

Founder Nicole Smith started Flytographer after being inspired by photos from her own trip to Paris in 2011. On her trip, she clicked selfies and even asked strangers to take a picture of her with her BFF, which unsurprisingly didn’t turn out as expected. The duo then asked a local friend to take some candid photos of them enjoying the city together, and the photos turned out beautiful and picture-perfect. Upon returning home, Nicole realized that there is market for vacation photography and travelers are always on the lookout of authentic local experiences, so that’s how Flytographer came into being in 2013. Headquartered in Victoria (Canada), the company has its presence in more than 300 cities around the globe. It connects the travelers with local, professional photographers who will click amazing pictures of you and your travel party that you can cherish for generations. The added benefit of hiring a vacation photographer from Flytographer is that the photographer also works as an informal local tour guide, sharing tips on what to see, do and eat. In its six years running, the company has captured tens of thousands of priceless vacation memories, and has even partnered with some of the leading brands and hotel chains across the world.

Booking a vacation photographer via Flytographer is easy and straightforward. Select the destination of your trip and browse through vacation photographers’ portfolio. Choose the one that fits your style. Once selected, fill out a photography inquiry form with your travel dates and details in order to check the availability of the photographer. Within 24-48 hours, your assigned concierge will let you know whether the selected photographer is available or not. If not, they will help you out in finding another one. Once confirmed, book the shoot and finalize your shoot location. Prices typically range from 250 USD to 650 USD, depending on time, number of photos and number of locations. To know more about different packages, click here.


Website: Flytographer

3. Localgrapher

With an aim to help travelers get picture-perfect vacation photos, Localgrapher was established in 2015 by Matej Slezak (a photographer). The company hooks up travelers with professional photographers and videographers in more than 800 destinations, which makes them the world’s largest vacation photography company. They capture occasions like marriage proposals, weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, bachelorettes, solo adventures, couples’ getaways and family trips. All of their photographers can speak English as well as the local language of the place you’re planning to have the photo shoot.

Booking your Localgrapher vacation shoot is simple. The first step is to select the destination where you want to have your shoot, and then describe your ideal photographer. Based on your requirements, Localgapher will show a complete list of photographers available in that region. Go through their portfolio and pick one. Then, select the date and time you would like to have your vacation photo session. Localgrapher will take care of the rest of the booking process. Photo sessions can be purchased in blocks of time from 30 to 100 minutes, ranging from 250 USD to 500 USD. If you have any special request, such as a restaurant reservation, dress rental, etc. - that’s also taken care of. You’ll receive your photos within four business days of your shoot.


Website: Localgrapher

4. Local Lens

Local Lens is another favorite vacation photography company among travelers, mainly due to their impressive community of professional photographers in over 100 cities around the globe. To book a Local Lens photographer, fill out an inquiry form and based on the information entered, the Local Lens team will let you know which photographers are available for your dates. Book the photographer that you like and finalize the shoot details. On the day of the shoot, arrive 10 minutes early to have a pre-shoot chat with your photographer. Expect fun and candid vacation photo shoot. You’ll receive the photos within a week via a private link to your online gallery. Price vary by city and the duration of shoot, but the packages usually starts from 200-250 USD.

Local Lens

Website: Local Lens

5. Captourist

Founded by three friends Pablo Torres, Fernanda Retes and Santiago Montes, Captourist focuses on taking candid and natural photos of people on vacation. The idea of creating a vacation photography company came to them in 2015 when Pablo proposed to Fernanda in Venice, but the photographs of their special moment turned out dark and blurry. It was then when they realized there are some unique moments that are worth capturing by a professional. Inspired by their own experience, they collaborated with Santiago and launched Captourist in 2017.

If you’d like to book a Captourist vacation photographer, visit the destination page, choose the photographer and fill in the inquiry form with travel dates and other details. You’ll receive the booking confirmation within 24-48 hours. Once your photo session ends, you’ll receive your vacation pictures within five days.


Website: Captourist

6. SnapMyTrip

Founded by an Indian entrepreneur Rinki Rathi, the idea of SnapMyTrip came to her on her trip to Santorini. She went there to celebrate her anniversary and hired a photographer to capture her special day. Once back home, she shared the photos with friends and family, and while browsing through the photos, she came up with the idea of offering a professional photography service to families, couples, tourists and friends who want to travel the world and capture the experiences into lifetime memories.

The company has hundreds of packages to choose from. Choose a photographer based on your aesthetic preference, budget, and occasion. Once chosen, it connects you with the photographer - and the best part is that you can live chat with the photographer to discuss the details. Also, if the package you’re looking for is not offered, you can send in a custom offer. Book your package after the professional photographer agrees on the availability. You’ll then receive a confirmation mail from the company with the shoot details. You can download your vacation photos from their online gallery, a link to which you’ll receive after the photo session.


Website: SnapMyTrip

7. Personalized vacation photography service via Viator or Getyourguide (from USD 172.0)

The two biggest OTAs (Online Travel Agencies) are Viator and Getyourguide. These online marketplaces offer tens of thousands of tours and activities in over 2,500 destinations around the globe. If you’re looking to hire a local vacation photographer who can capture your trip in a candid and contemporary style, these OTAs are your best bets. The session can be for as little as 30 minutes or as long as three hours (or more), depending upon your budget and needs.

The booking process is easy. For example: you want to book a vacation photographer in Tokyo, just visit the Viator website, then select ‘private and custom tours’ and you’ll get a list of all the tours. Select the date and number of travelers, and check the photographer’s availability. If the vacation photographer is available in that region and on that date, you can book the tour. Follow the same process with Getyourguide.

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Pictures last a lifetime. They are the only way to time warp back to a place and remind you of the enjoyment and the emotions that you had at that place. So, getting them perfect is of utmost importance. This is possible if you hire a professional vacation photographer who will deliver stunning photos of you and your travel party.

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Poonam is a freelance travel writer currently based in the Silicon Valley of India (Bengaluru). She has resided in about 5 Indian cities. So while there was never a permanent address, she had lots...Read more

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