A Guide To Hiring A Vacation Photographer

A Guide To Hiring A Vacation Photographer
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Is there always one member of your family missing from the vacation photos? Are you fed up of taking turns being in the photo? Do you feel shy to approach a stranger to take your picture (which more often than not, turns out to be a blurry photo)? Are you frustrated with the poorly captured or awkward selfies? If the answer to any of these questions is YES, we have got the right advice for you - hire a photographer for your vacation. Yes, you heard it right! A vacation photographer is a hired photographer who will take professional photos of you as well as the sights, as you see them. To know more, read our guide to hiring a vacation photographer.

Who is a vacation photographer?

Vacation photographer
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Today, more people are traveling than ever before - and capturing experiences and memories has become an indispensable part of the vacation. While it’s easy to capture the sights and scenery of the place through your phone or camera, it’s sometimes pretty difficult to get amazing pictures of you and your partner or family together. There’s always someone missing from the photos because they are the one taking it, or you end up with overexposed or blurry stranger-snapped photos or low-quality selfies.That’s where a vacation photographer come into the picture! A vacation photographer is a professional photographer who will take stunning and candid photos of your whole travel party with gorgeous backdrops that you can reminisce over the years - and of course, at an agreed price!

Why hire a vacation photographer?

Vacation photographer can give you tips on how to pose
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You spend days, weeks or sometimes even months planning your perfect vacation. A perfect vacation calls for picture-perfect photos to serve as a reminder of your epic trip. This can be accomplished by hiring a vacation photographer. A vacation photographer puts a professional gloss on your pictures and this itself is a reason enough to hire one, but in case you’re not quite convinced, here are some more compelling reasons to hire a vacation photographer.

  • You don’t have to worry about you or any other group member being left out from the photos. With a vacation photographer on hand, everyone can be in the picture together.

  • When on a vacation, you want to enjoy as much as possible instead of wasting hours trying to get the perfect selfie angle. To help you save time, a vacation photographer comes in handy. The professional vacation photographer has the right equipment and knowledge required for clicking flawless vacation photos.

  • When traveling with kids, getting a decent photo is a task in itself. While a family vacation photographer with his/her experience and expertise can make it happen with ease.

  • A vacation photographer can give you tips on what to wear and how to pose, which is perhaps useful for getting a perfect photo.

  • One of the best things about hiring a vacation photographer is that they double as a city tour guide. They know the destination well and can suggest the most photogenic places and vacation photography ideas you’ll never find in a guidebook, as well as the best time to take photos without tourist crowds. In addition, the vacation photographer can also take you to the areas of the city you may have never discovered on your own.

How to hire a vacation photographer?

There are plenty of vacation photographers out there, and there are plenty of ways to search for the best one. Here are a few below-

1) Google: A simple Google search will give you endless options. Just type in the city name along with vacation photographer, and you’ll get a complete list of individual vacation photographers as well as companies offering vacation photography services in that city. Look at their portfolios, read the biographies of the local photographers and compare the rates - choose the one that suits your budget and style. The vacation photography companies - Shoot My Travel and Flytographer - have presence worldwide. They have their own global network of photographers based in over 300+ destinations around the world. Besides capturing incredible memories, their photographers also share insider tips on what to eat, do and see in each destination. Plus, they have a quick turnaround time, ranging from 48 hours to 5 days.

2) Instagram: By using hashtags, you can search for a vacation photographer. For example: if you’re traveling to London and want to hire a vacation photographer there, type #londonvacationphotographer or #londonphtographer on the search box - and you’ll get a plenty of Instagram pages using that hashtag and offering vacation photo shoots.

3) Hotels, resorts and Airbnbs: Nowadays, many hotels, resorts and airbnbs have professional photographers on site. You can simply book online or at the front desk of your hotel to hire your personal vacation photographer.

Tips & tricks

Sunset photo shoot
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  • Make sure to check each vacation photography service provider’s website and go through their portfolio or scan through their Instagram page to see the samples of their work. Each vacation photographer has a different photography and editing style, so it’s important to check whether it aligns with your ideas and aesthetics or not.

  • Compare the rates of different companies and vacation photographers. The cost of hiring a vacation photographer could run a few hundred dollars, so choose the package wisely. Discuss the pricing and session time in advance!

  • Book early, at least a few weeks in advance.

  • Be on time for your vacation photo shoot. If late, it will impact your session. If you’re taking a golden hour picture for example, just being a few minutes late can lead to you missing the golden hour photo.

Go on a vacation with your own personal vacation photographer

Hire a vacation photographer to capture special moments on your next vacation. Not only will the photographs last a lifetime, you will also get to tour the city through the lens of the local photographer.

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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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