We get it, not everyone is into the whole vacation photoshoot thing! However, we all know that your travel photos on your phone are going to end up in the cloud never to see the light of day again. So we want to change that – we want you to frame beautiful photos that you are happy to show off at home and online.

“But I think our phones are good enough…”

We say that “good enough” isn’t.

Each person has a unique story to tell and we want to preserve your story through incredible lifestyle photography. Also, you’ll also be able to use the photos later on. If you are proposing on vacation or engagement photos, you can use them for your save-the-dates, invites, and wedding decorations. Think of it as an investment!

Check out our list of 200+ destinations to find your photographer and see available vacation photography packages. Below are some fun tips and travel photoshoot ideas when hiring a photographer for your next vacation!

Vacation Photoshoot Ideas for Your Next Trip

Vacation photoshoots aren’t just for the rich and famous anymore – in fact, more and more folks are hiring local photographers to capture candid moments on their family, solo, and couple trips! Sure, this may seem excessive. I mean, that’s what phones are for . . . right? However, we all know that the vacation photos you take using your phone are going to end up lost in your cloud storage, never to be enjoyed again

Eek! Sounds bleak!

Right, so we want to change that! Vacations make for some incredible memories and you should show them off in beautiful frames around your home.

Local Tips: Best Photo Spots & Hidden Gems

When you hire a vacation photographer online through Local Lens, not only are you getting a professional camera whiz but you’re also gaining a set of local eyes. Our photographers are based all over the world– they’re locals and they know the best spots to capture those priceless moments.

While it’s fun to take the cliché tourist photos, the real gems are taken at all the local little nooks and crannies! Plus, if you’re traveling in a foreign country where you don’t know the local language, your photographer can serve as a translator too. Simply ask the photographer for photoshoot ideas and suggestions depending on what you are looking for: off the beaten path photo spots, iconic views, or a combination of both! They’ll also tell you the time for the best lighting and how to beat the crowds to get those magical photos without tons of other tourists in the background.

Professionally Captured & Beautifully Edited

Hiring a photographer for a vacation photoshoot is an expense that will forever be worth the cost. There are only so many Instagram filters you can use to make your photos appear interesting; photographers, on the other hand, need no filter! Local Lens photographers are skilled in capturing raw, genuine, candid moments, and then editing them to perfection – no filters necessary!

And while you may be struggling to fit a selfie stick into your carry-on, local photographers can bring all the gear that most travelers wouldn’t dream of bringing on their own– from light modifiers and external flashes to various lenses and props!

It’s More Affordable Than You Think

Hiring your own personal photographer isn’t as expensive as you may think. Packages range from 30 minute ‘mini-sessions’ to 2 hour destination photoshoots that include multiple locations all around town. Prices also vary by city, ensuring you the best photoshoot rates possible. See pricing for your destination here.

Capture Your Travel Story

Booking a vacation is always an exciting thing– whether you plan on traveling solo, with friends, with family, or with complete strangers on a group tour! No matter who you’re with or where you’re going, hiring a professional photographer is an excellent way to capture the fun memories you’ll want to hold onto forever.

But, isn’t that what selfie sticks, self-timers, and friends are for?

Sure, photography has evolved over the years and made it easier for folks to capture memories on-the-go, at any moment. However, when you hire a photographer online for a vacation photoshoot, you’ll know you’re getting quality pictures to last a lifetime.

Your New Favorite Souvenir

When planning and booking a vacation, the cost of a vacation photoshoot could end up being one of the most valuable and least expensive things done on a trip. After the tours have been taken, the food has been enjoyed, you check out of your hotel, and the return flight has landed, the memories you made will be all that remains. It is our mission to ensure that your cherished vacation moments are remembered beautifully.

Once you are back home, you won’t be wearing souvenir t-shirts or showing off magnets & keychains. Instead, you’ll be showing off a gorgeous set of photos to friends and family which will surely be accompanied by stories of your adventure. The warm feeling of reminiscing makes one realize that these captured memories add richness to our lives which is priceless.

Of all the souvenirs you can get when you travel, photos are the ones you will treasure the most later on. They capture the moment so that you can look back and remember your amazing trip together in the best way possible. Think about it –  souvenir t-shirts you’ll never wear or professional photos? Easy choice for us!

Tips For Your Vacation Photoshoot

So you booked a vacation photoshoot for your next trip. Awesome! Since it can take a few hours to receive photographer date availability, we’d like to take the chance to share our tips and tricks that we’ve seen works best for shoots.

Keep It Casual

Tell them that the photos aren’t a huge production – it’s casual. No need to dress up or worry about posing correctly. The shoots we offer are relaxed and fun. Meander through the streets and enjoy the beauty of the place you are in with someone you love, while a photographer is capturing those genuine, candid moments

For the most part, vacations are all about getting away from it all. Many folks assume that hiring a professional photographer means they’ll have to dress up and look a certain part. That doesn’t have to be the case! The shoots we offer through Local Lens are relaxed and fun. Feel free to meander through the streets and enjoy the beauty of the place you are in – you won’t even notice the photographer who is capturing all of your most genuine and candid moments!

Be Spontaneous

This goes along the lines of our last point. Don’t think you have to act a certain way in front of your photographer. Feel like grabbing an ice cream cone? Do it! Fancy a ride on the trolley? Hop on! Your photographer can capture real moments every step of the way.

Short & Sweet

Hiring a photographer for a vacation photoshoot doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. In fact, we find one hour to be the perfect amount of time to capture some incredible photos! In the time it takes to grab a bite to eat, you can have beautiful photos taken that will last a lifetime.

From our experience, 1 hour seems to be the perfect amount to get some great photos around the town. Anything less, and you’ll feel extremely rushed. 1 hour is totally stress-free and easy to fit into your travel itinerary.

Grab a Local Brew

Grab a beer beforehand (or maybe if you’re traveling to Mexico, a tequila). A drink can relax any nerves about getting your photo taken, and is proven to relax the facial muscles so that your smiles are not too overworked. It’s a chance to try any local brews or specialties from the city you are visiting, have a good time, and have a relaxed and fun shoot. Another great idea is to stop for a beer or a coffee along the way during your photoshoot.

A Few Photos Go a Long Way

Do you have a friend or family member whom you never seem to have enough photos with? Think of your vacation photoshoot as a wise investment – you’ll certainly use them later! Whether you’re sending an invitation, using them on your own blog, etc., these photos will serve you for years to come.

Give Yourself Plenty of Time

Give yourself ample time to get to the meeting point for the shoot. If you are rushed to get to the shoot and rushed to leave, that feeling will come through in the photos. Take an hour before the shoot and get a nice snack or cocktail to loosen up a little (it works!) near the meeting point so that when you are in front of the camera you can take it easy, have fun, and enjoy capturing your travel story with the ones you love.

Best Time for Your Travel Photoshoot

Looking to fill up your personalized photo albums with incredible photos from your next vacation? The first step is to hire a photographer– but then what? Then, it’s time to figure out what time you’d like to have your photographer shoot photos of you and your loved ones!

Theoretically, you could choose any time of day (or night!) but there are better times of the day than others to capture extraordinary photos. Below are some tips for choosing the best times of day for your next vacation photoshoot.

All Hail The Golden Hour

If you know anything about photography, you may have heard about this elusive “golden hour.” Also called the “magic hour”, it is the first hour of light after sunrise and the last hour of light before sunset.

But what’s so great about the Golden Hour? The sun is low in the sky at these times, producing a soft, diffused light which is much more flattering than the harsh rays of the midday sun. This time is within 1-2 hours after the sun has risen in the morning or 1-2 hours before it sets in the evening. Avoid scheduling mid-day shoots as the sun can create harsh shadows and squinted eyes. You can select time times of day you would like on the booking form, then your photographer will help pick on the best time to shoot within your preferred time of day.

Check out our handy Golden Hour calculator so you’ll always know when’s the perfect time for your travel photoshoot!

Don’t Forget Blue Hour

The Blue Hour typically happens right before the Golden Hour during sunrise and about 15 minutes after Golden Hour at sunset. Some of you may know this time of day as dawn or dusk! During this time of day, the clouds and the sky are typically extra blue. With this soft lighting in place thanks to Mother Nature, it’s hard not to capture beautiful photos!

Please Keep In Mind

We’ve told you the best times of day for your vacation photoshoot, but what about the worst? Midday between 11 am and 2 pm is generally the worst time of day to shoot. Photos were taken outside during these hours typically produce harsh shadows under a person’s eyes; any other flaws become easier to spot as well. This certainly isn’t ideal when you’re hiring a photographer to capture memories of a lifetime!

As long as you’re aware of the best times of day to hire a photographer, your vacation photos are sure to come out lovely! And don’t fret if it turns out to be a cloudy or even a rainy day– our photographers at Local Lens are equipped for any situation and know how to capture the best photos no matter what Mother Nature has in store!

How Much is it to Hire a Photographer?

Local Lens offers travel photoshoots in over 100 destinations around the world. In order to see pricing, compare portfolios, and check availability, simply enter your destination below to find your photographer:

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