We love to travel – and sometimes take home for granted. What better way to appreciate your stomping ground then with a fun photoshoot?
Memories that say ‘we live here’ and great family photos. It’s a win-win!
Wanderloud - Your Holiday Photographer in Melbourne
Dawn knew she was guilty of under-appreciating Melbourne all the time.  She loves being wrapped up in all the comforts of home, but it never seemed nearly as exciting or interesting as new destinations.

Words edited from Photos To Capture Our Expat Experience by Dawn Nicholson.

We’ve lived in Melbourne, Australia for nearly two years and I have come to love this city.

Our time here is almost up and I was feeling pretty bummed about leaving a city that is regularly voted the most liveable in the world.

A friend shared how they had family photographs taken where they had lived overseas. She loves having them now as a reminder of all the good times they had there.

I knew we needed to organise some family photos that say Melbourne. Within a day we had scheduled a photo shoot with Michelle from Wanderloud.

Destination photographers

Wanderloud has built a global network of photographers all over the world to connect you with a destination photographer.

It is run by a lovely Aussie couple Benieke and Ben, who are super passionate about capturing travel memories.

It is run by a lovely Aussie couple Benieke and Ben, who are super passionate about capturing travel memories.

They capture amazing photographs of your special trip or in our case, special photographs of a city that will always have a place in our hearts.

Family photos that say Melbourne

To say we were over the moon with how well our photos turned out, is an understatement.  Anyone with kids knows that it can be incredibly difficult to get good family photos.  Sometimes everyone is looking great, but one kid has his eyes closed.  Or maybe one has decided to put up bunny ears on the other kid.

We ended up with so many incredible photos from our shoot with Michelle. In fact, I have started sharing them on social media and the feedback has been amazing.  She caught a wonderful mix of candid, individual, sibling and family shots.

But most importantly the photos totally say Melbourne with iconic landmarks as the backdrop.

The photos totally say Melbourne with iconic landmarks as the backdrop.

But I will just let the photos speak for themselves.

Planning

Wanderloud has photographers available in 40+ destinations around the world.  Often you have a choice of photographers and you can browse through their galleries to find the style you prefer.

Next you will need to decide what package you would like.  They have sessions ranging from an hour in one location to four hours in multiple locations.  We did the BIG Wander, which was two hours.

Once you are connected with your photographer, you will work with Benieke and the photographer to develop your story board.  They are big on using photography to tell a story and they want to make sure you get photos that tell a story: a special trip, special occasion or special place.

The shoot

“It’s like hanging out with a friend who takes great photos”, they told us and that is exactly what it is like. We literally wandered around the Melbourne CBD, chatting and making friends with our photographers while taking photos in great locations.

“It’s like hanging out with a friend who takes great photos”, they told us and that is exactly what it is like.

Our photographers were really great and patient with the kids and as parents themselves, knew when the kids needed a break.  They let the kids take the lead in setting up different poses and locations.

 

Wanderloud - Your Holiday Photographer in Melbourne

How it works

Wanderloud provides seamless communication between you and the photographer.  They checked in with us right after the shoot and the very next day we had a sneak peek photo that got us really excited to see the rest.

Within 5 days, we were able to see all of our photos in their really easy-to-use online gallery.

Gallery

Your receive your photos in an online gallery by email.

You can also easily download them with the provided PIN, and share with others.  One of the things I loved the most is that you have full access to all of your photos.  We can now choose which ones to print and frame, use them on social media etc.

Our verdict

I am so thankful to have some beautiful family photographs that are made even more special because they are set in Melbourne.

A few years from now I would love to have family photographs done again in some exotic locale.

So next time you are on holiday, consider using a destination photographer to make sure you capture those special moments.

There really is no better souvenir!