Frequently Asked Questions

Vacation Photoshoots

Our team has hand-picked local photographers in the best travel destinations around the world. Every listed photographer has been through our application process and they have been pre-screened for quality, value and service in order to ensure you always have an exceptional experience with Local Lens.

Once you submit your inquiry and deposit, you will get a chance to choose your preferred photographer and immediately start discussing the photoshoot details.

Prices for shoots vary based on the city, and the rates shown are competitive with the local industry. This dynamic pricing sets us apart and makes sure you are getting a great value on a vacation photoshoot.

The number of photos delivered in your final gallery depends on the package you purchase, but many times the photographers offer more than the minimum! The photos will be high-resolution, retouched, and delivered in a free downloadable gallery.

Before the photoshoot, you can talk to your photographer and talk about your vision or the style of photos you would like to get. You can even tell him or her if you prefer candid or posed shots. Candid shots are an excellent way to capture true emotion and depict the genuine feeling of the moment. People tend to put on a mask when they pose; candid shots eliminate that mask. On the other hand, posed shots can be more formal artifacts of an event. They are more intentional in their composition, whereas candid shots are more freeform.

Photos are usually delivered within one week. The Photographer will professionally retouch the selected photos according to his or her professional judgment and skill, and will upload them to a private online gallery where you can access and download all your photos.

To secure a photo shoot, bookings should be made at least 5 days in advance, in order to properly plan out the photoshoot with the photographer. If you would like to book during peak times (such as weekends or holidays), we recommend booking a bit further in advance to assure availability.

No problem! Just send us an email in advance and we can figure out what to do. If your changes are 48 hours in advance or more, there is no additional charge.

If you have made a booking with Local Lens and you are not able to attend, you can request a refund. Our conditions of refund are:

  • Your security deposit is refundable up to 72 hours before shoot, should anything come up or change. We ask that before asking for a shoot cancellation, you work with your photographer to reschedule or find a solution. If no solution can be reached, then we will honor your request.
  • We can offer a 50% refund of your payment if you communicate your cancellation to Local Lens or your assigned Photographer in writing up to 24 hours before the shoot.
  • If you communicate your cancellation to Local Lens or your assigned Photographer in writing less than 24 hours before a photo shoot, or do not communicate your cancellation to Local Lens or your Photographer at all, there is no refund.

We shoot rain or shine, and your photographer will have some great location recommendations on hand for a plan B in order to better capture your photos taking the weather into account.. If the weather is too unbearable, you can coordinate with your photographer to re-schedule or we will consider a refund (excluding the non-refundable deposit).

During your photo shoot, you have the option to extend the length of the package, as long as the photographer is free to keep going. You’ll just have to submit the payment online after the shoot.

We offer a Surprise Proposal Packages because having photos that capture the special moment is priceless. It would include your arrival together (paparazzi style photos), the big moment, and a fun engagement photo shoot afterwards. Our team will help you with the planning, offer tips & suggestions, and provide a map on where to stand for the best photos possible. You can also order extras such as flowers, champagne, or even a musician!

Unfortunately we do not provide every picture that is taken during a photo shoot. We know that it can take many shots to get exactly what the photographer was envisioning, and it’s a matter of professional practice for photographers not to share the whole set. If you feel like there is a certain photo or pose that is missing, we’re happy to look into it for you!

Unfortunately we don’t offer RAW photos. These pictures are the digital negatives and require special softwares and technical expertise to turn them into the finished products. It can take dozens of shots, adjustments, and poses to get the perfect set of photos for your gallery, and we want you to get the best photos you can get, and to do that takes time, careful selection, and skilled editing that is all included in the price you pay for the photo services. Our photographers handpick the best final images from the session and work with each selection to bring it to its full potential. Delivering all raw photos is extremely uncommon since it mis-represents a photographers work if a raw photo is shared across networks versus a fine-tuned stunning photo.

When you book via Local Lens, you are protected under our Terms and Conditions.

To safeguard your interests, Local Lens holds on to your payment after your booking. Payout to the photographer will only happen once photos are delivered.

We’ve also built many safeguards into Local Lens to help keep your information secure, and we’re constantly improving. To be protected by Local Lens, ensure that you’re paying and communicating only through Local Lens.

During checkout, all major international debit and credit cards are accepted and we’re compliant with PCI requirements. Your information is safe with us!

If your desired city is not available on our website yet, shoot us a message with your request. We have contacts all around the world that might not yet be listed on our website.

We are primarily a vacation photography company, specializing in capturing moments for engagements, proposals, honeymoons, family trips, and any other special vacation moment. If you are looking for a destination wedding photographer, we recommend heading over to The Knot or WeddingPhotoLove!

Surprise Proposals

We offer a Surprise Proposal Packages because having photos that capture the special moment is priceless.

There are two ways to plan your proposal shoot:

  1. The photographer would be hidden, capture your moment paparazzi style, and then introduce themselves for some engagement photos after
  2. You could tell your loved one that you booked a photoshoot for some photos, and then propose during the photoshoot at the planned place.

Our team will help you with the planning, offer tips & suggestions, and provide a map on where to stand for the best photos possible. You can also order extras such as flowers, champagne, or sometimes a musician!

Proposal photoshoots should be booked at least a week in advance, if there is availability. Proposal photoshoots require advance planning, so the earlier the better!

Please book with an idea of the location or how you like to propose. Our photographers capture the moment, and are not proposal planners. We can suggest locations based on an idea you have, but we cannot come up with ideas for you out of the blue. It is your proposal, and it should be special and reflective of you!

Before your shoot you will be able to communicate and plan all the details with your photographer.

You will get the starting time, the spot the photographer will be standing, and the route plan.

Flowers and champagne can be picked up by the photographer in advance for an extra fee. The photographer can also place the flowers in the spot you plan to propose, to mark your place and surprise him or her.

Prices for shoots vary based on the city, and the rates shown are competitive with the local industry. This dynamic pricing sets us apart and makes sure you are getting a great value on a vacation photoshoot.

For quick 30 minute shoots, you can expect the moment to be captured, and 1 or 2 shots of you both together afterwards.

For 60 minute and up shoots, you can expect the moment captured and then an engagement style shoot to capture all the glow and joy of your new engagement.

For a rush fee, the photographer can deliver 1 great photo from your proposal as a sneak peek for you to share with friends and family.

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