Vacation Photographers: The Ultimate Alternative to the Selfie

Recently, I got my first selfie stick. I was over the moon and was just like a kid on her birthday. It was something I never thought I needed or wanted until it was given to me. I played with it and still love it. So, with selfie sticks being so common, why would you pay for a vacation photographer to take photos of you? This is why…





Professionals Know Their Craft

Let me tell you, I’m in love with this idea now. Yep, I still love my selfie stick (which I always use responsibly, of course!), but having professional photos with the iconic feel of the city you’re visiting is just like having photos from your wedding. Even though Uncle Joe took some great photos, they don’t compare to the professionals!

TravelShoot just started offering photo sessions in Amsterdam, our home base. They graciously offered us an opportunity to test out the whole process in exchange for honest feedback to them regarding the photographer, the experience, and the photos. I jumped at the chance! Many of us don’t ever think about getting photos professionally done except at weddings and maybe when babies are born. Even though I really didn’t know what to expect, I figured we’d go for it.





Photos on Location

Spoilers: It was awesome! We met the photographer in the center of Amsterdam as suggested by TravelShoot. It was perfect since I am very familiar with the area, and I was excited to show her around. I know she was supposed to pick the spots, and she did most of the time, but often I’d be like “I think this view is AMAZING” and luckily, she agreed!

Amsterdam is an amazing place for photos, I think everyone can agree on that! So, you won’t have to go far to get a variety of backgrounds. There’s a couple itineraries to choose from, and yes it’s an investment, but as I live life, I’ve realized that photos are the one thing that helps me remember and show how happy I am at a given point in my life. They are treasures!





The Process was Easy

Once you pick your city then you pick your package and the planning starts! Next thing you know, you’ll be posing in the most perfect spots to get those memories recorded forever. These are professionals, but you are you, so let them know if anything makes you uncomfortable or if there’s something silly you want to do. In general, I’d trust them to make you look good! Have fun. Whether doing a solo, couples, or group shoot, be yourself. Think about things that make you smile.

With a 48 hour turn-around for a couple proofs and a week for your photo set, it’s not something you’ll have to wait long for. I was so excited to see mine and instantly fell in love with so many of the photos. It’s hard to choose which to print and frame because, well, I think it’s weird to have 10 pictures of yourself on your walls. Maybe a collage though. Still need to figure that part out. Anyway, that’s a great problem to have!






We had fun! Even Sean, usually the one behind the camera, enjoyed himself. After being together for almost 12 years, I knew it’d be great to have these photos to show us together at this point in our lives. Moving to another place in the world can be stressful and I think these photos show how happy we are now and how much we love our new home. Photos are the best way (aside from journaling) to record the big changes and exciting adventures in life!

So, please enjoy these photos of Amsterdam (with us in them)! If you fall in love with this idea of a vacation photographer, head over to TravelShoot to see if they have the service available where you’re headed. They’re all over the world!




Source: All photos are courtesy of TravelShoot except title image which was taken by A Wanderlust For Life

Disclaimer: While we this photo shoot was complimentary, it was only to give TravelShoot feedback on the service in Amsterdam. TravelShoot did not requested that I write about our experience — Hhwever, after loving the idea and the photos, I thought you all should know about it! As always, all opinions are my own.


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