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.
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.
While 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
Who 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.
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.
3. It captures real stories
What 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
For 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.
What is PicTrip?
PicTrip 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.
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?
- 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:
- 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.
For 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’.
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!)!