Have you ever looked at those perfectly poised pictures of your favorite, professional wanderlusters and wondered, ‘How do they have such beautiful photographs in foreign and exotic locations?’ You try to get your boyfriend or selfie stick to help take those elaborate shots with amazing angles, but you somehow end up looking like a potato. Now, looking like a beautiful jet-setter is easy with the help of Travelshoot!
Travelshoot is an Australian based, boutique travel photography company connecting travelers with local photographers in popular destinations around the world. These locations include Australia, Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Travelshoot takes out all of the hard work of finding affordable and professional photographers in beautiful locations so you can capture your trip of a lifetime! You’ll finally be able to post and share gorgeous photos that say, ‘Yeah, I’m a serious globe trotter. What of it?’
Not only are you getting great, quality images at a fair price (since most photo shoots are in the high hundreds to thousands range), but these local photographers know their way around. They know where the best spots are, the best lighting is and know where to take you for a good time if you’re visiting (though, they are open to location requests).
How Does it Work?
Step 1: Find your location and pick the itinerary that works for you and your budget. From there, you will give Travelshoot all of the details so they can capture your photo shoot the way you want it. (I had the basic package which is $399 AUD, but there is also the gold standard for $599 AUD and the high flyer for $899 AUD).
Step 2: Travelshoot connects you with your day-of photographer. Through this connection, you will learn more about the photographer via sample photos of their work and a small profile. You can even connect with the photographer before your shoot to discuss your creative ideas.
Step 3: You and your photographer meet up at a pre-arranged location for Travelshoot day. (We chose the Hollywood Sign for my backdrop as we were looking for a classic spot for the company’s newest Los Angeles location.) Whether you’re with your girlfriends, your special someone or having a solo shoot, enjoy your day! I made sure to bring a little champagne ’cause that’s how I roll.
Step 4: After 48 hours, you receive a few pictures from your shoot. 5 days from then, you’ll receive your whole album digitally where you can upload, download or send to your parents (to let them know you’re more than okay, wherever you’re traveling)! I was lucky enough to receive my photos within 2 days of the shoot because my photographer is amazing like that.
Is It Worth It?
Hell yeah! Not only did I walk away with some amazing photographs at one of the most iconic locations in Los Angeles, but I had an absolute blast. My photographer, Robyn, was as goofy and fun as I hoped she would be. I’d like to think we’re forever friends, now. I was a bit nervous in front of the camera (hence the champagne), but she made sure to match my high energy and keep me laughing and comfortable the entire time.
It was windy as hell during our shoot, so you can imagine my surprise when I received so many quality photos! There were many times where Robyn was able to capture me laughing and having fun, like the natural that I am. However, we also had a blast posing and getting weird in the mini hurricane and even cheesed it up with some police officers who happened to be doing an LAPD calendar shoot!
And yeah, it was pretty bad ass to walk around with my own photographer. We definitely made some heads turn. Although I’m not quite sure if it was my photographer or because I flashed them during the 17 mph windstorm.
If you’re traveling to exotic locations and looking to capture your vacation all while having a blast, I highly recommend Travelshoot for your next trip. Cause if you didn’t take an amazingly beautiful picture, did it even happen?
Special thanks to Travelshoot for providing me with a photo shoot. As always, the content & opinions expressed here are entirely my own.