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Pack a Photographer!

Say what? 

According to the Wall Street Journal and my hair stylist Veronica (plus countless other people I have spoken to in recent weeks), the newest trend in photography is hiring a professional photographer to help take photos during family + romantic vacations. Many people are now leaving the stress of taking photos, charging batteries and having one family member missing from prominent group shots into the hands of a trusted professional. Those photographers are responsible for capturing the essence of the moment (candids, posed, famous monuments, small details) while their clients enjoy their vacation. Many hotels are now offering photographer add-on packages to their clients. Locations range from exotic beach destinations to the cosmopolitan city streets, nationwide and around the world.

Photo Credit: The Wall Street Journal Online

As an avid traveler, I have to say that it is difficult to enjoy every moment of a holiday when you are constantly thinking about what kind of photos you will take away from your trip. Traveling by yourself is equally as stressful as traveling with your family or friends. Thoughts that run through your head may include the following: “We have to remember every moment.” — “So-and-so MUST get into a picture with _____ monument.” — “My batteries are out and we aren’t going back to the hotel until after dinner. What am I going to do?”

We also realize that vacations are expensive and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Many of us have saved our hard-earned cash for such an occasion as this.  And let’s be honest: the majority of the pictures taken of me by random strangers while on vacation are pictures I always end up deleting. The angle is never quite right (even if you set it on automatic for them), heads get cut off and I don’t need to look ___ lbs/kg heavier than I actually am!

On my last European trip, I had to take a physical and mental break from shooting just to enjoy the sights and sounds of the places I visited. For someone that took over 4000 photos over the span of 3 weeks, this was extremely hard to do, yet necessary to prevent burn out and artistic disorientation. Do I regret my decision? Well…

All opinions aside, I have already been dubbed the official photographer for friends taking day and weekend trips out of town. It is a creative type of travel photography that is worthwhile, whatever the investment. I will be sharing those photos taken of friends enjoying their holiday in Lazio, Italy and Bainbridge Island, Seattle, WA (USA) in some future posts.

Until then, I would love to hear your opinions about this topic. Would you invest in a professional photographer to help capture your family or romantic getaway? Would kind of services would you like to see offered? Would you hire someone local or take them with you (providing travel expenses)? LET US KNOW!


This fall, Laurentina Photography is looking to branch out and offer vacation photography services to clients in the Washington DC Area and beyond. Prices will be on the low end of the spectrum and specials will also be offered. Please contact Laura at if you are interested!


2 comments on “Pack a Photographer!

  1. anyenglishblog
    August 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on From thoughts to words.

  2. Mary
    August 21, 2012

    Interesting idea. I love taking photos, so I’m not sure I’d want to hire someone to do this for me, but the are times (especially when traveling alone) that I wish I had someone to capture photos of me in my destination. On the other side, it sounds like a great job to have!

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