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Just the other day I was looking back at our travel photos from last year and I noticed that I was hardly in any of them. Being the family photographer, I tend be behind the camera more times than I am in front of it. I decided that it was time to hire someone to take our photos while on vacation and it was such a great experience.
Not only wasn’t any of our vacation photos, but I totally hated the ones that I was in; the angles, the lighting and all. I use a Canon 5D Mark IV, as well as a tripod, and I made sure to pack it on every trip to ensure that we could be all be in the photos and could take photos as many times as we wanted without having to bother anyone.
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Even though traveling with all our camera gear is awesome, it’s also so nice to sit back and have someone take our photos.
Reasons Why You Should Hire A Professional Photographer
1. You Can Be In As Many Photos As You Want
For someone like me who is always the one who takes our photos, it was exciting that I could be in as many photos as I wanted to. If I wanted her to take photos of me all day I could, even though that would be ridiculously expensive, but you get what I mean. With a professional photographer, you don’t have to worry about any family being left out of photos.
Photo below in Orlando, Florida by Shelly Flores from Shelly Delrosario Photography
2. Professional Experience & Expertise
If you can take photos of your kids with all of them looking at the camera and smiling, then kudos to you. Speaking from experience, it can be very difficult, especially with more than one child.
This is when experience and expertise of a professional photographer comes in very handy. They know how to get the kids to smile and look at the camera. They know the best angles, and best lighting as well. They can also guide you on how to pose, where to stand and more.
Photo below in Cleveland, Ohio
3. You Will Get Quality Edited Photos
If you don’t have a professional camera, then this is a double win for you as you’ll be getting quality and beautifully edited photos. It is also a win because I don’t have to spend time editing photos after our vacation.
Photo below taken in Idaho
4. They Know The Best Photo Spots
I usually use google to find the best places to take pictures when we travel, but sometimes when I get there I can’t pin point where exactly the best spot is.
Hiring a photographer takes the guess work out because they already know the best spots. After I found a photographer, she provided a few locations and asked me to pick which I liked best. Easy Peasy!
Photo below in Antigua, Guatemala taken by Janae at Janae Rose Photography
5. Lifetime Memories
Not only do you get to take beautiful photos in the best spots in town by a professional, but you also get lifetime memories. We will forever remember this trip and the memories we made on this trip by looking at these photos.
The precious moments we shared, the things we laughed about and much more. A few years from now the kids will look back and see how much they have grown. Most of all, I now have updated photos of us as a family to put on our wall at home.
Photo below in Zion National Park, Utah by Arika at Zion Adventure Photog
How To Hire A Professional Photographer
There are several ways to search for a photographer when you travel, here are a few below.
Photo below at Keys Beach in Lake Tahoe by Flytographer
I found the photographer for our Orlando trip on Instagram by using the hashtag #orlandophotographer. There were thousands of Instagram pages using that hashtag so I had many options to choose from. I then sent her a message and then we went on from there.
Another way to find a photographer is through google. We had our Christmas photos taken in Mexico last year. I googled “professional photographer Puerto Vallarta” and there were plenty of options. I called as well as emailed a few different photographers before making my choice.
3. Airbnb Experiences
You can now book photographers under Airbnb Experiences. If you search for the city you’re going to under Airbnb and head to the experiences section, I guarantee you’ll be able to find several photographers to choose from.
4. Photography Services
Flytographer & Sweetescape – Both of these websites offer is a photography service with photographers all around the world. This is the easiest way to search for a photographer because it takes the stress out of making sure to hire the right photographer. Last year, during our Paris vacation, we had a session scheduled with one of their photographers but had to cancel because unfortunately the kids were not feeling well that morning.
Most resorts have photographers on site, and you can simply book from the front desk of your resort. When we visited Costa Rica, Jamaica, Hawaii, etc, all the resorts had professional photographers on site as well.
Tips and Tricks When Booking A Photographer On Vacation
1. Make sure to request each photographer’s website, or scan through their Instagram page to see samples of their work. Every photographer has a different photography and editing style. It is important to make sure that you like their style before hiring them to take your photos.
Photo below taken in St. Thomas.
2. Don’t show up late for your session. Photographers work by the hour, so showing up late will impact your session and the next one too.
If you are taking sunset photos for example, just being a few minutes late can lead to you missing the sun set, so be time conscious. We were running late for a session below and almost missed out on gorgeous sunset photos.
Photo below taken in Puerto Vallarta.
4. Discuss pricing and look at the different packages that each photographer has to offer before your session. Pricing is usually one of the first things that I check. Because we travel on a budget, I want to make sure that I am not over spending.
Photo taken in Cartagena, Colombia by Paola Sanchez Fotografia
5. Always pack at least one nice outfit and/or one matching outfit for your family. You may be on vacation and decide to take professional photos, and it’ll definitely come in very handy. We always pack one, because you never know, sometimes we even just do our own photo session.
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Excellent tips. I plan to hire a photographer for future trips so that I can be in more photographs ?
That’s awesome. You’ll love it !!!
I am totally agree with your valid reasons for hiring a professional on vacation. We don’t need to carry camera equipments. We can enjoy our vacation without any stress for shooting good photos. A professional photographer has insider knowledge of the location to get the perfect shot for us. They know everything about how to make a photo look natural and candid. They can add some more value in our vacation so that we never forget our vacation memories long after.
I really like your tip to hire a professional photographer since they will know the best locations to take family pictures at. My wife really wants to get some family pictures to put above the mantel in our house, and she is concerned that our lack of photography skills will hinder that. I will be sure to tell my wife that a professional photographer will not only have photography skills, they can know the perfect place to take the picture!
I like how you mentioned that you can find a photographer both from Instagram and Google. My family and I are going on a huge summer trip, and we want to make sure we get good pictures. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when tyring to hire a photographer for our vacation.
I like what you said about using Instagram hashtags to help you find a professional photographer. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to get some pictures taken for a business that she wants to start in the next few months. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for professionals who can help her with this.
Hi, can you share the information of the photographer you used for your orlando vacation?
Amazing post! I am an Italian vacation photographer and every single word I’ve read is absolutely true. Thank you !
I’m planning to hire a Vietnam photo travel tour on my girlfriend and I’s vacation abroad next month. Personally, I wanted to surprise my girlfriend with this tour because she always appreciates having great photos together plus I plan to propose to her during the trip. I like that you said I should check out the photographer’s photography and editing style on their website first before hiring them, so I can be assured that we’d both like the outcome of our photos. I’ll keep that in mind when I start searching for a great photo travel tour online. Thanks!