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“Let’s take a practice shot,” Gaetan said as he backed into the square. “Just lean up against that column there.”
I walked 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.
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 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 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!
My day in Nice started off rocky, but my photo shoot with Gaeten and the resulting pictures made it all worthwhile.
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Taking pictures when traveling alone
I constantly struggle as a traveler with getting good pictures.
Typically, I’m limited to one of three options:
- Setting up a tripod and enduring weird looks from people passing by;
- 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;
- Taking 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 travelers, there is a better way.
What is Flytographer?
Flytographer began as a way to capture proposals and has expanded to include photography for all peoples, groups and occasions while traveling domestically or abroad.
It is the perfect solution to the problem of not having anyone to take a picture of you. Visitors to a destination can ditch the selfie stick and hire a local pro instead.
They have a database of photographers around the world. Their portfolios are listed online and you can browse to see those available at your destination.
Each photographer has at least 2 years experience and a conversation level of English.
You request to book with the photographer of your choice and, if confirmed, you coordinate on a location ahead of time with them directly depending on your shoot and style preferences.
There’s nothing like having a professional photographer accompanying you through the streets of a their home city.
They know locations you don’t, are familiar with the best angles and can capture you in the best light, literally and figuratively.
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.
How much does Flytographer cost?
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.
Shoot prices start at $250 for a half hour and include access to an online gallery of your best images, usually 20-30 out of the hundreds that are taken during your shoot.
To ensure a quick turnaround on your photos you’re not able to go through each and every one.
It is in the photographer’s discretion to choose and edit the best stills.
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.
You can get $25 off your first session by clicking the link below.
Who has rights to Flytographer images?
In their terms of service, Flytographer indicates that the photos are meant for personal and not commercial use.
They have separate packages available if you want to schedule a commercial photo shoot.
You will have the right to reprint the photos as you see fit, at your local Walgreens for instance.
The photographer retains the copyright to your photos.
How to prepare for your Flytographer photo shoot
As I mentioned earlier, comfortable shoes are a smart move.
Chances are you’ll be walking to a few photo locations so if you must wear heels, at least make sure they’re broken in.
Anytime you’re in front of the camera you want to err on the side of more makeup rather than less.
I also recommend getting your hair professionally blown out, especially if you’re going to a humid location.
As for time of day, you want to aim either for early in the morning when people are still asleep so you have minimal folk in the background of your pictures, or twilight for the “golden hour” when you’ll look flawless with the setting sun behind you.
I would not aim for mid-day as the light is too bright and not flattering, unless your shoot will be indoors.
Bring a cash tip for your photographer — it may seem like a lot but remember that Flytographer is taking a cut of their profits and these are usually freelance employees.
Flytographer gift cards
Good news! You can stop racking your brain for the perfect gift.
Flytographer has gift cards available if you need a unique present for a wedding, anniversary, graduation or birthday.
The person planning the photo shoot can redeem it directly online when making their reservation, or you can schedule and pay for the whole shoot yourself with the photographer if you want it to be a surprise.
Would I book with Flytographer again? Absolutely! I’m already planning my next photo shoot.
*Flytographer provided a media discount for me on the photo shoot but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Till next time, safe travels!
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