I’m sure that we are not the only family to return home from a holiday to find very few – if any – photos of all us together. What we usually end up with is hundreds of photos of the kids, dozens of pictures of the children with their dad and the odd shot of me – the designated family photographer.
Now, I’m really not one for posing in front of a camera (the idea of a selfie stick fills me with horror!) but I would still like to be featured in at least some of our family holiday snaps. And it was for this reason that I fell in love with the idea behind Flytographer.
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Launched by Nicole Smith, a former Microsoft Marketing Manager and consultant-turned-entrepreneur, Flytographer aims to pair travellers with local photographers around the world.
The website launched in March 2013 and today Flytographer has a network of over 500 carefully curated professional photographers in over 350 cities around the world from Scottsdale to Seoul to Santiago.
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Flytographer photo shoots
You can book a photographer to capture any kind of moment that you like. To date Flytographers have snapped marriage proposals, anniversaries, honeymoons and family holidays such as ours.
I booked our shoot to coincide with our visit to Victoria, the penultimate stop on our 2.5-week road trip around British Columbia, Canada. Our Shoot Concierge, Jen, was fantastic and helped to recommend Cadboro Beach, a great location for our shoot with a fun playground where the kids could run around.
As it turned out, Victoria is actually Flytographer’s HQ so Jen also kindly recommend a lot of great restaurants for us as well.
We had an hour with our photographer, Leanna, and she was great. She made our session fun and relaxed and despite my reluctant husband periodically muttering under his breath “never again” as she snapped away, the photos turned out brilliantly.
Everything about the service was flawless, from booking the shoot to receiving our online gallery of photos.
Our initial Flytographer shoot was such a success that we have used the company several times since. We booked a shoot for my mother-in-law’s 70th birthday, when we were all gathered together in Florence, Italy. We also gave my mother a Flytographer family photo session for her 70th birthday. For that shoot we met our photographer in Regents Park, London.
Most recently we gifted a 90 minute Flytographer session to my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary. We all travelled to the South fo France for a week and spent an afternoon with Florent, who produced some wonderful photos of the family. And, don’t tell my in-laws, but we will be doing a similar thing for them when we celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in the summer of 2022.
How does Flytographer work?
1. Choose your destination and then choose your photographer at Flytographer.
2. Submit an online enquiry, a Shoot Concierge will get back to you asap to confirm your booking. The great thing about Flytographer is that you deal with a real person rather than an automated system.
3. Prior to your shoot, your Shoot Concierge will send you the details for your shoot and put you in touch with your photographer
4. Meet your photographer and have your photos taken!
5. Receive your online gallery of photos, download them and share.
Pricing ranges from US $285 for a 30-minute shoot in one location (15 digital photos) to US$ 385 for a one hour shoot in one or two locations (30 digital photos).
A 90 minute shoot with 45 digital photos costs USD $535 and a two-hour shoot in multiple locations costs US$650 (60 digital photos). The photos are then yours to send, print and use however you like (personal use only).
If you would like a USD$25 credit towards your first Flytographer shoot, use this link!