Frequently Asked Questions
Of course! Once you select your destination, you can view all of the photographers in that city, browse their portfolios, and select your favorite.
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.
They are! All the pictures you see on our website are from vacation photoshoots completed by our photographers… no stock photos here!
Prices for photoshoots vary based on the city, and the rates shown are competitive with the local industry. You wouldn’t want to pay the same price for a photographer in the UK as you would for one in Guatemala. This dynamic pricing sets us apart and makes sure you are getting a great value on a vacation photoshoot.
Most people book a one hour photoshoot. It seems to be the perfect amount of time to capture your vacation memories with a variety of backdrops, although we usually recommend a minimum of 90 minutes for larger groups.
We suggest booking at least one week in advance. We’ll do our best to accommodate any last minute bookings, but to ensure you get your preferred date, time, and photographer, we recommend booking at least 1-3 weeks in advance. Peak times (such as weekends or holidays) usually require even more time in advance to assure availability.
Photos are usually delivered within 5-7 business days. The photographer will professionally retouch your photos according to his or her professional judgment and skill, and will upload them to a private online gallery for you to choose & download your photos (.jpg format). You’ll also be able to purchase additional photos and prints if you wish to do so.
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 them if you prefer candid or posed shots.
The number of photos delivered in your final gallery depends on the package you select (e.g. 45 photos are included in the 90min package), but you’ll have the option to purchase additional ones if you wish to do so once your photos are delivered.
The photoshoot package you choose comes with a set amount of included photos. You’ll be able to purchase additional photos or prints if you wish to do so once you receive your galley.
Any extra retouches that go beyond lighting adjustments and overall photo appearance will be an extra fee per photo. Extra retouches include skin smoothing, blemish removals, hair retouches, body edits (specified by the customer), and background item removal.
Exploring the city under the rain can be very exciting, and it will make for great photos (trust us!). Your photographer will have some great “plan B” locations in case weather actually does affect the initial plan. 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).
All of our packages are time-based. If you plan on having 6 or more people attend the shoot, there is a 1 hour booking minimum. For groups with more than 12 people, we usually recommend a minimum of 90 minutes for the photoshoot… but the number of people in your party is ultimately up to you!
Unfortunately, the entire photoshoot time must take place on the same day at once. We are unable to split a 2 hour package between 2 days. If you would like to have multi-day photoshoots, you will need to book a separate photoshoot for each day you would like captured.
While we would love to provide all of the unedited or raw files, the real magic happens during the editing process. It can take dozens of shots, adjustments, and poses to get the perfect set of photos for your gallery. We want you to get the best photos possible, and to do that takes time, careful selection, and skilled editing that is all included in the price you pay for the photo services. Think quality vs quantity. If you feel there is a certain photo or pose that is missing, we’ll be happy to look into it for you.
RAW files are the digital negatives and require special software and technical expertise to turn them into finished products. Delivering all the RAW files from a shoot is extremely uncommon since it mis-represents a photographers work if a raw photo is shared across networks versus a fine-tuned stunning photo. For these reasons we usually advise against giving out RAW photos, unless the photographer you choose is fine with it.
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:
- If you cancel no less than 72 hours before the shoot, we will honor a 95% refund
- If you cancel less than 72 hours before the shoot, we will honor a 50% refund
- If you cancel less than 24 hours before the shoot, or do not show up to a shoot, there is no refund.
- If the photographer cancels due to an emergency, we will honor a full refund.
We offer photoshoots before the wedding or after the ceremony… Feel free to dress in you wedding attire, but our services are limited to private, candid photoshoots (we will not document the ceremony or reception). We are primarily a vacation photography company, specializing in capturing moments for engagements, proposals, honeymoons, family trips, and any other special vacation moments. If you are specifically looking for a destination wedding photographer, we recommend heading over to The Knot, WeddingWire, or WeddingPhotoLove!
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!
You have the right to use the photos for personal use. This gives you the ability to share them, print them, and hang them on your wall, but we ask you to not alter or re-sell them. Your photographer and Local Lens retain the copyright of the photos.
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:
- The photographer would be hidden, capture your moment paparazzi style, and then introduce themselves for some engagement photos after
- 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.