The Easiest Way to Get the Best Photos on Your Vacation

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Are you planning a big family holiday and looking for Insta-worthy photos from the trip? Maybe you’re headed out on a solo adventure and you need a break from your tripod. It doesn’t matter what the occasion is, if you’re ready to bring home photos that you’ll cherish forever, then you need to book a Flytographer photographer.

I have now worked with Flytographer eight different times. Flytographer has become the one souvenir I know I want from every big vacation, and I’m confident you’ll love it as much as I do.

What is Flytographer?

Flytographer was created with the idea that memories are the best souvenir from any vacation, and I simply couldn’t agree more. First launched in 2013, their concept is to connect travelers with the best photographers in over 200 destinations around the world.

Photo captured by Amanda in New York City for Flytographer

Flytographer is for anyone looking to capture special moments. Whether you’re planning a destination proposal, traveling solo through the streets of Paris, enjoying a girls’ getaway in New York City (yep, we did a Flytographer session there!), or having a family reunion in San Diego, there’s a Flytographer photographer for you. Starting with 30-minute sessions for $275, they have several packages to match your needs.

Why Book Flytographer?

It’s more than selfies.

Have you ever been on an epic vacation only to come back with more selfies than you know what to do with? Have you ever dreaded asking a stranger to capture the perfect photo of you in front of a world-famous monument? (Only to have them cut off the top of your head…) Flytographer can change that for you.

The first time I used Flytographer was on my honeymoon in Maui with my, now, ex-husband. I thought about all of the money we spent on our wedding and those photos and figured our big honeymoon deserved some professional photos, too.

I was blown away by the moments that were captured. Even though I no longer share those photos, I still rave about that first session on the beach. Because of the amazing photos, I enjoyed our honeymoon in the present moment. I didn’t spend a ton of time trying to get timer photos or selfies. I was hooked on this experience and started sharing my Flytographer promo code with all of my friends.

And then came my solo travels. Once I separated from my ex, I set out on some big adventures. I needed more than selfies to document that season in my life. I am so happy I booked a Flytographer photographer in both San Diego and Lake Tahoe.

Photo captured by Martina in San Diego for Flytographer

Flytographer does the hard work for you.

Flytographer takes out the hours of researching photographers, the countless emails getting information from photographers, and the struggle of finding great talent. They’ve narrowed the selection down and hold your hand through the process as much, or as little, as you want.

Once you reach out to Flytographer, you’re connected with your own “concierge”, someone to help with planning the photoshoot details. The concierge becomes the “middle (wo)man” between you and the photographer of your choice. They’ll help you narrow down details, dates, times, location, etc. They’ll even give you suggestions for outfits!

As the photo session/vacation approaches, your concierge will connect you with the photographer and have you exchange contact information. This allows you to directly communicate with the photographer for those last-minute details. It’s a seamless interaction and you can be confident you didn’t book a scam.

Photo captured by Irene in Berlin for Flytographer

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All of the photographers are incredible.

Flytographer once commented on an Instagram photo telling me that they hire less than 7% of the photographers that apply to be a Flytographer. Seven. Percent. This means that no matter what photographer you choose to work with on vacation, you can be confident that they have already hand-selected the best of the best in that city.

Photo capture by Guido in Rome for Flytographer

Quick comparison story: I was in charge of booking a photographer for our family vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Unfortunately, Flytographer doesn’t currently have photographers there so I got to do it all on my own. I took the time to research photographers, compare prices, figure out schedules, and where to meet. I had only a few photographers to choose from, but I booked one and we met with her during our vacation.

We spent an hour snapping photos with her, but it just wasn’t fun because our photographer wasn’t having fun. At the same price as a Flytographer, I expected similar results, but that was naïve of me. Personally, I only liked maybe 2 of the photos she sent us. I felt disappointed and embarrassed that I had suggested this photographer to our family.

Luckily, my family is easy to please and my Mom was simply happy to have photos of all of us together for the first time in years. But in my opinion, I think we would have been better off snapping photos of each other and setting the timer on the tripod. It truly made me appreciate the selective process that Flytographer goes through to hire photographers.

It takes an hour or two out of your day, but it’s a lot of fun.

My favorite part about Flytographer sessions? They’re fun! Whether it was exploring the streets of Reykjavik or laughing with my girlfriends in Soho, it was a good time. I’ve never felt cheated out of time from our vacation and I’ve always left the sessions with a ton of energy and excitement.

The photographers are locals and every single one has given us great tips during our shoot. We love taking their restaurant suggestions because they usually know places beyond TripAdvisor’s top ten. The photographers have all been personable, full of information, and genuinely happy to be a part of our vacation experience. I still keep in touch with a couple of them!

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Photo captured by Amanda for Flytographer in NYC

Related: Check out more of our photos from our girls getaway in New York City.

The photos are worth it.

I have done one 30-minute session in New York City, but the other several sessions were 60 minutes each. With a full hour, you have the ability to change clothes and/or location. For example, all of the Berlin photos in this post are from the same 60-minute session, but they all look a little different.

The one thing that all of the sessions have had in common? I’ve loved the photos. The photographers have captured me everywhere from the beaches of Maui to the busy tents at Oktoberfest to the Christmas markets in Germany. Being able to capture great photos in these destinations, without carrying around my tripod, has been incredible. For me, it’s been worth every penny.

Flytographer in Berlin

Photo captured by Irene in Berlin for Flytographer

Some people that have used my Flytographer promo code reached out to me in concern for receiving “only” 15 photos from a 30-minute session, but the photographer sends the best 15 photos! Most of the time we receive a few extra photos, but I never expect that. The photos that we’ve received have always gone beyond our expectations. They capture sweet moments in time that a selfie could never compete, and the time saved by not setting up our own tripod is invaluable.

I don’t think I could ever regret investing in photos that remind me of our favorite trips. If you’re excited about your next vacation, get excited about some wonderful photos, too!

The Weekend Fox Tips For The Best Flytographer Session

  • Send an inquiry early on in your planning. Some destinations have only one photographer, so you’ll want to make sure you can get on their schedule.
  • Be honest about what kind of photos you expect! I love a mixture of posed and candid photos. If you want a little extra direction from the photographer, let them know.
  • Coordinate your outfits, but don’t get too matchy-matchy. I love adding layers and accessories.
  • Test your outfits. I’ve loved most of my outfits, but I also wore a sweater in Iceland that I had never photographed before. The oversized sweater was cute, but it didn’t photograph well. 😬
  • Be yourself in front of the camera. Let the genuine smile come through and relax. The camera captures it. Nick and I often tell each other corny jokes to get the laughs flowing.
  • Earn credits by sharing your own code with friends. Once you complete your first session, you’ll get a Flytographer promo code, too! You’ll earn $25 toward your next session when a friend uses it. 
  • Get $25 off by using my Flytographer promo code! Add KATHERINEFOX when purchasing your Flytographer session. You get a discount and I get a credit. 😄 If you book a session, send me an email and let me know where you’re going on your vacation!!

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