There is a growing trend in travel – hiring a holiday photographer to capture your travel memories.
Caz and Craig were curious about it is as all the photos they’ve seen have been amazing. When they knew they were going to New York City they said “Let’s do it!”
We know if they were thinking about it, you could be too.
Words edited from Ban The Selfies! Book A Local Photographer To Capture Travel Memories by Caz
We have very little quality photos of the four of us enjoying travel experiences.
There is no better city location for a photo shoot then New York City. And, there’s no better place to capture amazing travel memories then New York City.
It oozes charm and excellence at every street and avenue.
Why we recommend hiring a local photographer
We were under no obligation to make this recommendation.
We had a 2-hour shoot with Melinda, a Wanderloud photographer, and it was left to us whether we wanted to share it or not.
Obviously, we loved it.
We rarely take on experiences unless we know we’re going to love it and we think it’s a good fit.
I love looking over our professional family photos in New York City now.
Not only did we have some wonderful staged family photos of the four of us, but also candid ones that captured every day moments we have when we travel.
It was wonderful to be fully in the moment and not have to pick up the camera or the phone – no selfies allowed.
Non-selfie travel photos are always so much better.
More memory and incredible setting and less self-indulgence of just your face getting squished into a frame with a blurred background… #ijustdontgetselfies
What is Wanderloud?
The idea for it grew after a holiday to Scotland when they forgot their camera.
They had a wonderful time just being present in the moment and realised the value of being camera free, but, were disappointed they had no memories of their amazing trip.
So, the idea was born to build a platform that connected travellers with local photographers all over the world.
They now have photographers in 40+ destinations around the world and counting.
Wanderloud encourages travellers to book a fun, candid photoshoot to “say it all” so they can really be there in their destination, and with each other.
People use the service for milestone birthdays, honeymoons or anniversaries, a long-awaited family reunion, couples on their first overseas trip together, the experience of a lifetime, expats farewelling a place that was home, or just a really special holiday.
Being an expat traveller for most of my life, I love the idea of using a local photographer to capture the essence of what your short-term home meant to you.
Using Wanderloud and hiring a local photographer is a wonderful alternative to capturing memories then buying things that tend to gather dust on the shelf (or take up too much room in the boxes in the garage - guilty as charged.)
Hiring a local holiday photographer
When you use a service like Wanderloud, you don’t have to spend time searching for the perfect local photographer to capture your images.
That could lead you down the rabbit hole and there’s an element of the unknown there – what will they really be like?
With Wanderloud, all the local photographers are vetted by Benieke and Ben who build an ongoing relationship with them.
As a photographer himself, Ben in particular has an eye for style, talent and personality.
Our photographer, Melinda was fabulous.
She was very easy going and friendly. She’s a traveller and entrepreneur so we had a lot in common. And she was great with the girls, encouraging their posing and fun spirits.
Also, with a local photographer, you get insider knowledge and tips.
Melinda asked to change our requested time for our photoshoot when she knew the light would be better across the bridge.
She also knew construction was going on and how to avoid that. She even took us to some local secret places we’d never heard of.
We discovered the delightful cobblestoned streets of DUMBO, the revitalized warehouses, and the oldest ice cream place in New York – too cold!
But down on the river we had amazing views of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the perfect spot to take photos.
She showed us the original Grimaldi’s which is one of the most famous pizza joints in New York and we returned on another evening. It was good!!
Depending on the package you book you can visit more than one location.
I would have loved to have snapped some pics in Central Park, but we didn’t have the time allotted for that. I’d try to keep the locations close together though.
My favourite photo was this one.
It was the last photo of the shoot, and the red door grabbed her photographer’s eye.
That’s the value of hiring a local photographer – they can see things you don’t and can capture a memorable photo that you wouldn’t have the skills or time to do, especially with kids.
It’s hard for you to notice anywhere that isn’t obvious for a photo. You can just relax and let someone guide the experience and capture those amazing memories for you.
I just can’t decide which moment I like the best.
HOW WANDERLOUD WORKS
- Find your Wanderloud destination. You can choose your photographer if there’s more than one, or, let them match you. You can also share your ideas with the photographer, including where you want to shoot. Or you can just sit back and relax and let the wisdom of the photographer take control of the experience.
- You’ll receive all the information to prepare you with your shoot via email. It’s an effortless and thorough onboarding experience.
- Meet your photographer at your location – you’ll get all of that information via email.
- See your photos. It was incredible how quickly we received our images. We had a preview the following day and then all images given to us less than five days later. You can easily download them from offline and do whatever you like with them!
Pricing starts at $390 AUD which includes 1 hour, 1 location and 20 images.