Get Amazing Photos as a Solo Traveler: My Travel Photo Shoot with Flytographer

“Let’s take a practice shot,” Gaetan said as he backed into the square. “Just lean up against that column there.”

I walked gingerly to the nearest column. It was at least 20 feet high and led up to one of a series of archways lining the Placa Massena, a public square in Nice, France. It was a populated area, right across from a large shopping center, which is probably why my photographer, Gaetan, had planned to meet at 9am.

Flytographer Nice France

Yet here we were, at 11:15am. Apparently, some parking lots in Cannes turn into pumpkins overnight–literally. I awoke to find a farmer’s market where my car should have been and realized my car had been towed. 123 Euros and a sincere plea later, I managed to squeeze into Gaeten’s already full schedule later in the day. He was gracious about my misfortune and somehow managed to capture great shots despite a serious case of stress frizz.

I say I walked gingerly because, while Gaeten warned me to wear comfortable shoes, I was stubborn and insisted on going in heels for the sake of looking just a little but taller, a constant struggle as a 5’2″ woman. In the future, I would heed his warning!

Another struggle as a solo female traveler is getting good pictures. Typically, I’m limited to one of three options: 1) setting up a tripod and enduring weird looks from people passing by; 2) handing my precious (and still financed) iPhone to a stranger while hoping they don’t take off and have some semblance of photography skills, or; 3) take a selfie. 

I had no idea that there was a fourth option. Then I discovered Flytographer. I’m here to tell all my fellow solo travers, there is a better way! This was a bit of a splurge for me, but then again so was going to France in peak season to see the lavender fields. The way I see it, go big or go home!

For me, there’s no better investment than memories. That’s why I travel to begin with. The best part about Flytographer is the ability to have a professional photographer accompanying you through the streets of a new destination. In my case, Gaetan’s eye for details and familiarity with Nice made it seem like I had the city all to myself, when in reality nothing could have been farther from the truth.

While Flytographer began as a way to capture proposals, it is the perfect solution to the problems solo travelers often face in finding someone to take their photo and take it well.

Shoot prices start at $250 for a half hour and include access to an online gallery of your best images. You can order prints afterwards, but it’s convenient to have the digital images to share on social media almost immediately. Pictures are usually sent about a week after your shoot.

Want $25 off your shoot? Book through my link and enter the code #FLYFAN! 

Would I book with Flytographer again? Absolutely! I’m already planning my next photo shoot and looking forward to finishing my year of adventure with a celebratory session on my 30th birthday.

*Flytographer provided a media discount for me on the photo shoot but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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2017-07-18T21:36:19+00:0022 Comments


  1. Marcie July 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! We used Flytographer for our trip to Paris a few months ago and we loved the experience so much that we’re doing Flytographer in Maui in a few weeks for a big family reunion trip! Definitely would be a great way to get nice photos if traveling solo. I love that we have photos of my whole family that look natural and un-staged.

  2. Samantha Sparrow July 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    I absolutely LOVE this idea, and it is definitely something I’ll look into when I take my first solo trip in a few months time. The images are absolutely stunning!

  3. Ania | Snow to Seas July 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Wow! These photos are beautiful! Flyphotographer did a really good job. And I’m sorry to hear about the misadventure with your car!

  4. Iva July 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    The photos are fit for a travel coffeetable book 😊 Although a little too expensive for me, every now and then it’s good to treat yourself 🙂 now I’m wondering if I could be a flytographer too 😋

  5. Kate July 15, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    I had never heard of Flytographer before, but your pictures turned out fabulously! Clearly very professional. Such a bummer that you had to pay so much to get your car back, but it sounds like the rest of the day went so well with the photo shoot!

  6. Travelling Dany July 15, 2017 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    I struggle with the same problems when I’m not travelling with my husband, so this article was interesting because I kept seeing myself in your shoes! The Flytographer service seems to be particularly good, I’ll note it for later use!

  7. Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate July 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    You look amazing! Such a fun thing to do while traveling.

  8. orangewayfarer July 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    This can be a great idea as a local business for the option is very limited in India! Loved your photos. For me, generally the BAE does the trick or a selfie stick.

  9. Caroline Peterson July 17, 2017 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Incredible! I’m totally going to do this now. I think I’m a decent photographer, but there’s nothing like having someone take pictures of you, so you’re not setting up the tripod and awkwardly taking a picture of yourself. Completely agree with you too, memories are the best investment.

  10. Balt July 17, 2017 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    This is one amazing product. Maybe i should join them!

  11. Cate July 18, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! Way better than handing phone or camera to a stranger!

  12. Chikumo July 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Good luck on your solo travels. What a lovely photo shoot too!

  13. Cara July 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know this existed! Thanks for bringing it to light, could be handy in the future. Great blog 😊

  14. Danita July 18, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Oh my!!! I was just in search of a photographer on IG to ask them to help me with this exact need! Thank you!!

  15. Vanessa July 18, 2017 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Beautiful photos and a great way to capture a wonderful trip! Will have to give them a try!

  16. Gem July 18, 2017 at 8:48 pm - Reply

    Super cool! I’m guessing this would be a great job prospect for portrait photographers as well. He has a good eye!

  17. Kirti July 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    What a great Photoshoot! Loved your pics 🙂

  18. The Globe Runners July 25, 2017 at 11:59 am - Reply

    you’re cute girl. hopefully we can kick it in Toronto 😛

  19. Melissa July 25, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous pictures!

  20. Tahnee July 26, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    What fab pictures and the dress your wearing is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing a great post xx

  21. Fatima August 14, 2017 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    Omgg I love this idea.
    And you’re one hell of a gorgeous woman 😍

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