Even though I’ve travelled to countries all over the world, I don’t have many great pictures of myself.
The scenario usually goes something like this:
I ask a passer by to take a photograph of me but end up with my feet chopped off or something poking out of my head.
I repeatedly try to take the perfect selfie, which is usually grainy from the quality of the phone camera anyway.
Hence why the idea of a destination photographer is such a good one.
With the advent of apps and new technology, there are numerous platforms popping up that are designed to make our lives easier, including our travels. There’s Air BnB for accommodation, Uber for transport and now there’s the whole concept of a vacation photographer too.
Lately I’ve seen more and more of my friends on Facebook getting engaged abroad and hiring a local photographer to capture the moment. It’s a fantastic idea really.
Destination photography isn’t just for proposals and anniversaries either. You can use a destination photographer to get some great family shots to frame and keep, or just some beautiful portraits of yourself, which aren’t taken against a stuffy corporate-looking setting.
We finished up our walk in Holland Park, which features a Japanese ornamental garden. Spring was such a beautiful time of year to have my photo taken as all the tulips and blossom trees were out in full bloom.
The two hours went by really quickly. We walked, we talked and by the end of the shoot, I felt like I’d made a new friend. We talked about Laura’s photography, my blogging and about her upcoming trip to California. It was a lovely morning and I left feeling very excited to see how the photos would turn out.
And they turned out better than I could ever have imagined. When I received the link to my online gallery 4 days later, there wasn’t one image I didn’t like. They were beautiful, like something out of a magazine! I love the way Laura played with light and flowers to get a range of pictures that really showed off the beauty of London.
The online gallery is very well designed too, allowing you to share it to Facebook or Twitter, or copy the link to email to friends. It was easy to download each photo individually, or export the whole gallery to my computer as a zip file. Photos are password protected so you’re provided with a login to access them.
Packages start at £220 for the FlyBy package and range up to £480 for the City Trekker package. For a professional shoot, this is quite competitive with other London photographer rates. While this can be quite a large additional expense to your holiday it’s really great if you’re looking for some professional shots that aren’t taken in front of a blank screen. PicTrip is particularly great if you have a special occasion to celebrate, such as an engagement, anniversary, valentine’s trip etc. It’s also the perfect treat if you just want to have some pretty pictures. I had a really enjoyable day and as you can see from the results, the photos are of great quality and properly edited. I’d love to use PicTrip again for more cities in different destinations!