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5 Reasons Why You Need to Experience Hiring a Professional Travel Photographer (at least once in your life) @pictripofficial

By Kach Umandap June 24th, 2016 Posted in Organized Tours, Travel App Reviews, Travel Blog 43 Comments

Here’s a scenario which I’m pretty sure you have all experienced. How many times have you took selfies while traveling trying to capture the picturesque landscape behind you? Most of the time, your selfies are not good enough, so you will ask another traveler to do it for you. Few clicks and you politely thanked your ‘instant photographer’ only the find out that you just had the worst shots of your life. It’s either your head was chopped off, your face looked odd, or the entire view was ruined.

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Selfie Time: Jon and I in Agonda Beach, Goa, India

Or maybe, you bring your own cameras and GoPros during your adventures in an attempt to take breathtaking photos. I think we are guilty of that too. But let’s face it, not everyone can take great pictures and most of the time, we can’t give justice to the real beauty of the place (and yourself..haha!)

If you are talented then this skill will come out naturally. However, more often than not, photography is something which needed to be studied meticulously. You have to know the perfect lighting, the exact frames, and the best exposure before you can come up with a picture –  worthy shot to be printed out and can be hanged on walls.

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in LondonWhile all travel adventures can be considered good experiences, there will always be few destinations which are deemed ‘special’ and will always have a large space in our hearts. It could be your childhood neighborhood, your life-long dream destination, a country where you first met your partner, or a dream spot for a pre – wedding shoot. If this is the case, then we strongly encourage to get professionals to do it for you.

Here are some of the reasons why we recommend hiring a professional travel photographer (at least once in your life):

1. It magnifies your beauty  

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London 17Who doesn’t want to look beautiful in photos, right? But if you are not photogenic, it’s a bit challenging to get the best angles. Come on, not all of us can strut a pose like Gigi Hadid or David Beckham in an instant. Most of the time, you’d get surprised why the person in the picture doesn’t look like you and here’s where travel photographers can help you. They can give you expert tips on the poses and angles which will suit you best. They also make use of the natural lighting that will emphasize your charming smile. Also, they will try to make you feel at ease, comfortable and relaxed because the photos will show if you are stiff and not having fun.Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London

2. It highlights the destination

When doing destination shoots, it is not just about the person. Of course, it is also about the place. For amateurs, it would be hard to capture multiple subjects without overpowering the other one. That’s where travel photographers are good at. They take amazing shots of the place, while making sure that you are equally stunning within the frame.Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London

3. It captures real stories

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in LondonWhat I like about getting the services of travel photographers is that they have that talent to capture real stories. In just a frame, other people can already tell what’s going on behind the shots. In our case, PicTrip was able to create our simple yet outstanding pre-wedding pictures. I will tell you more of their services at the latter part of this article. But am I happy with our pictures? Absolutely!

4. It allows you to enjoy the place even more

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in LondonFor someone who’s not a photographer by profession, it would take several minutes to capture something fascinating. And if the weather is bad, you won’t have that shot you were dreaming about for months. Because you get frustrated to take that perfect picture, you will end up not enjoying the view. This is something travelers should not experience. It is good to take photos, but remember that experiencing the destination should be your priority. Now, if you want photos which you can brag to your friends and still be able to enjoy what the place has to offer, get a travel photographer to do the job for you.

5. It is definitely worth it!

And lastly, getting a travel photography is worth it! You might think that hiring professional travel photographers can be costly – in general, it is. In fact, it might add up a big chunk of amount to your travel expenses.  However, there’s a London-based company that offers great services but with competitive packages. I mentioned PicTrip, right? Apart from having reasonable prices, getting their service is such a breeze. Let me tell you some things about it.

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What is PicTrip?

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in LondonPicTrip will pair you with a local photographer and he or she can guide you around the city while your photos are taken. Their pool of professionals are carefully selected to ensure that all the clients will get the best shots wherever they go.

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London

How it Works?

There’s actually a 3 step – procedure on how this works.

  • Choose your package in their website (you can also get 10% discount if you’ll mention Two Monkeys Travel)
  • Meet the photographer on your schedule. Ours was very friendly and that helped a lot because you feel more comfortable posing for your shots. Thanks to our lovely lady photographer named Verity!
  • Wait for 5 days and receive a link to your online gallery. These photos can be easily downloaded to your computer and can be instantly shared to your social media accounts (check out our accounts, I immediately shared them because it was really easy to access! haha)

What are these packages?Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London

  • Fly By (1 hour of shoot, 20 photos, up to 2 locations)
  • The Explorer (2 hours of shoot, 45 photos, up to 3 locations)
  • City Trekker (3 hours of shoot, 75 photos, up to 4 locations)
  • Custom (This can be discussed with PicTrip based on your request)

To date, PicTrip can help you in several locations which I have listed below:Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in London

  • Europe (London, Paris, Venice, Dublin, Milan, Nice, Barcelona, Lake Como, Monaco, Rome)
  • North America (New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Disneyland (LA), Toronto, Boston)
  • Asia (Dubai)
  • Oceania (Sydney, Melbourne)

If your next travel destination isn’t included, you can contact PicTrip and they might find an alternative solution for you.

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in LondonFor special trips and adventures such as a proposals, pre-wedding shoots or family travels, we highly recommend that you get the services of a travel photographer. Your editing skills can only do so much. But to have the best photos, you need an expert to handle it. As PicTrip puts it, ‘Where a Memory Fades, a Photo Lasts Forever’.

Kach and Jonathan - Pictrip pictorial in LondonMonkey Dividers

Note: Our beautiful pictorial in Holland Park with the awesome photographer (Verity) is arranged by the very organized Pictrip Team. However, all opinions and views are our own. You can also get 10% discount when you mention our name when you book your pictorial (maybe your pre-wedding pictorial in London!)!

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43 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You Need to Experience Hiring a Professional Travel Photographer (at least once in your life) @pictripofficial

  1. We went on holiday with a photographer a couple of years ago – the different to the action shots (our daughter was surfing ) was just incredible.

  2. I love the ideas of this pictrip comany, I had no idea that you could get photographers with you on travel. That is amazing, definetely something I would want for my future honey moon x

    1. Certainly, Cecilia. Feel free to check Pictrip whenever you need a professional photographer for your future honeymoon! 🙂

  3. I have to admit that your photographs are just stunning, Definitely a wonderful way to record a trip.

    1. Thank you, Fashion-Mommy! Hiring a professional photographer from Pictrip is simply worth it. 🙂

  4. This is a brilliant idea for a special occasion or anniversary trip. I think sometimes you get so busy trying to concentrate on photographing that you miss the experience of the place or event. Plus I’m a rubbish photographer!

    1. That’s why hiring a photographer from Pictrip would be a brilliant thing to do, Linda! You can be assured that you will have awesome photos and you could just enjoy more the place while making some poses you want. 🙂

  5. such beautiful pictures! I would love to hire a photographer if they caught such magical moments x

    1. Pictrip does, Kitty. 🙂 You won’t regret hiring a photographer and magical moments will surely be captured. 🙂

  6. I’ve never thought about hiring a travel photographer before but what an amazing idea! I love your photos. x

    1. Thank you, Sarah! Hiring a travel photographer from Pictrip is a top thing to consider and do (at least once) as it would totally give you such wonderful photo memories in your special destinations. 🙂

  7. These are beautiful photos! I love the idea of hiring a local photographer who will know the area you’re visiting, too 🙂

  8. Great idea and beautiful photos! I tried taking selfies at the top of the empire state building and they were just awful haha

    1. Hahaha! Time to hire a travel photographer from Pictrip, Sarahjane. Nevertheless, bet that visit to Empire State Building was still awesome. 😉

  9. I think this sounds like a great idea for very special holidays, ideal for proposals or anniversaries especially 🙂

    1. Exactly, Lynette. But you can also hire a travel photographer from Pictrip without any occasion – like, if you consider the destination special. 🙂

  10. I totally agree, a pro is so worth it in some cases. Sometimes when I ask a stranger to take a photo, I do wonder what they were thinking – sometimes they turn out terrible!!

    1. Haha! Photos from the professional travel photographers of Pictrip would never be terrible, Becca. 🙂

  11. Great post, wish I could afford a photographer to follow us around. Fortunately, I’m good at taking photos!

    1. That’s awesome, Tara! During special moments, it’s not too bad to consider hiring professional travel photographer from Pictrip as it will make your visit more memorable! 🙂

  12. What a fantastic idea! I’m the one who takes all the photos so there are hardly ever any of me (I don’t do selfies). This would be a super thing to do, to hire someone.

    1. Hiring a professional travel photographer from Pictrip would be perfect for you, Elizabeth.

  13. I always worry that the quality of my photography would decline when I am abroad because of not having a professional photographer with me but hiring one would be a great idea.

    1. Indeed, Ana! Travel photographers from Pictrip assure that your photos would be in the best quality. 🙂

    1. It is, Claire! You can easily spot a travel photographer from Pictrip in Europe, North America, Asia and Oceania. 🙂

    1. Sure, Melanie. Wonderful captures and experiences are what the travel photographers from Pictrip would definitely give 🙂

  14. These are some really good points. I’d love to have some memorable photos that would look good in a frame.

    1. Which occassion and where it would be, Liz? Just contact Pictrip for a travel photographer that will make an awesome photo in a frame. 🙂

  15. Love this idea! I often travel solo so it’s hard to get some decent pics for my blog, will definitely have to look into hiring someone when I’m off next!

    1. Perfect, Milly! Let us know when you finally decided to hire a travel photographer from Pictrip. Would love to see your photos! 🙂

  16. What an excellent idea. I was only saying to my husband yesterday, we have hardly any photos of us together on holiday

    1. Time to check Pictrip, with your husband, Mellissa. Sure the travel photographer will give you several awesome photos together.

  17. its never really crossed my mind! i always use my sister or friends to take the perfect photo and i do the same for them haha. its interesting to read why

    1. Then why not hire a travel photographer from Pictrip so you can have photos together with your sister or with your friends when you go on a trip. 🙂

  18. I have to say that I’ve never had the need for it; there’s something so adorable about shakey pictures that you have to guess what it is. But I can definitely see the appeal for a special occasion, or one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips!

    1. Definitely, Susann! Hiring a travel photographer from Pictrip for at least once will surely be worth it and could make a special event more cherished.

    1. You should hire a travel photographer from Pictrip, Life as Mum. It would be an awesome holiday to capture and record stunning moments.

  19. I’ve never thought of hiring a travel photographer to come with me but for a special occasion I can see the appeal x

    1. It would be worth it, Rhian! The photoshoot and the captured images from a travel photographer of Pictrip would be both exciting and appealing. 🙂

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.