As someone who tries to avoid unnecessary consumerism, finding meaningful travel souvenirs can be challenging. But once I found Flytographer, bringing home great travel momentos was made easy! This has officially become one of my new travel traditions with my husband! If you’re looking for an unforgettable travel momento, this is the company for you. Check out my positive review of the company after having 2 experiences with them!
What is Flytographer?
Flytographer is a community of local photographers ready to capture your memories in 200 cities around the world. Like many other share economy companies out there, Flytographer connects travelers with local people in order to create candid moments, iconic memories, and personal mementos of your experience abroad.
I first heard about Flytographer from my coworker Sara, an accomplished and social media savvy traveler. Once she showed the company to me, I was hooked. I loved this idea. What a great and unique way to capture some treasured moments from your vacation! I immediately started looking at the portfolios of their photographers and following Flytographer’s instagram. Every time I looked at their photos, I felt inspired to travel with my partner. I first used their service in Tulum, Mexico in 2015 on a holiday trip and then again in Porto, Portugal in 2016 on my honeymoon.
How the process works?
According to Flytographer’s website, here are the 6 steps to the process of working with them:
1. Select your destination.
2. Choose your photographer.
3. Submit an inquiry.
4. Finalize details with our Shoot Concierge.
5.Capture beautiful memories while chatting with a fun local.
6. Receive your photos in 5 business days.
I have found in my experience that it runs very close to this process. We opted for a 2 hour shoot in Tulum and a 1.5 hour shoot in Porto, which I think were both great! I liked that with the 2 hour shoot we could change locations and outfits, but I also didn’t feel limited by the shorter 1.5 hour shoot.
The one thing that I think isn’t exactly as advertised is choosing the photographer. You are asked to submit preferences of who you would like to be matched with (based on their portfolios), but in both of my trips, they were not available on the day we were so we got paired with a different photographer.
From my first interaction with my shoot manager, I was impressed with the level of service Flytographer provided. On both trips, they have been prompt, professional and helpful. I asked a few questions the first time and got detailed responses. I submitted my initial deposit, and heard back right away with the next steps for submitting a shot request form. This form basically asks questions about my preferred photo style, what we want the day to feel like, more about us as a couple, what we’re hoping to capture, etc. This way, we could get matched up with one of the photographers who would be a good fit for us.
Meeting Our Photographer
In Tulum, we got paired with Monica and in Porto, we got paired with Luis & his wife. A few weeks before the shoot, my shoot manager sent me all the details of our experience, like the times, location for meeting our photographer and what to plan for. The shoot breakdown was really detailed so we were able to easily plan around the timeframe with the rest of our day’s activities. We also got the photographer’s WhatsApp contact information so we could communicate directly about any weather conditions or issues finding the meeting point.
In Tulum, Monica met us at our hotel right on time and we briefly introduced ourselves. We got started with photos on the beach which was just outside of our front door. In Porto, we met Luis along the waterfront in the central downtown area where we would spend the day shooting while wandering around.
Experiencing the Photo Shoot
Sam & I had never done a professional photo shoot before our first Flytographer experience in Tulum, so we didn’t really know how to pose or what to expect. Thankfully, Monica made us feel super comfortable in front of the camera and gave us friendly direction. I was surprised by how much fun we had together! I think Sam felt pretty awkward about the whole thing, but he did a great job making me laugh and giggle as we posed. We started to warm up to the process as the day went along.
By the time we did out shoot in Porto, we were experts! (wedding photography will do that to you!) Personally, I preferred the shoot in Porto because there was a lot more natural posing and interesting backdrops to make use of, such as the skyline, the waterfront and cityscapes. In Tulum, we were mainly along the beach so a lot of the photos look posed or repetitive. Plus, it felt like we were still experiencing Porto and seeing the sights.
Receiving Our Photos
Only a few days after our photo shoot, we got a preview email with a sneak peek of our photos. Only a few days after that, we had the all photos sent to us via email from our shoot manager. I was impressed with how quickly they arrived! You get an online link to a viewing gallery that you can share with other people (or your spouse) as well as a download link so you can bulk download the photos all at once to your computer or an external hard drive.
Paging through the stills with Sam, we were so happy with the results of both of our shoots! The photographers did an amazing job and we’re both so excited to share our favorites with family and friends. They look amazing! After we got back from our honeymoon, we printed off our favorite ones to include as thank you gifts to everyone who contributed to our honeymoon registry. All the photos you see in this blog post are the results of our two Flytographer shoots so you can get an idea of what the quality is like!
I have been very happy with my two experiences using Flytographer and I definitely plan to use their services at another destination I travel to with my husband or family! I love that they pair you with local people to create a memorable experience and at the end of it all, you get to take home beautiful photos. The photos we’ve captured thanks to Flytographer are some of my favorites :)