Mrs. C&C is a fledgling photographer and a good one at that. She hates being in front of the camera (I wasn't hugged enough as a child and therefore demand attention, so naturally the camera loves me). Up until now, we've resorted to awkward selfies of us after I demanded we take more pictures of us together on trips. Enter: Flytographer.
Flytographer is a "community of local photographers...around the world." Our inaugural use of the service was on a lovely week-long excursion to Paris over Christmas, and we couldn't be more pleased with the results, which seems to be a common sentiment among fellow travelers.
The booking process was simple and straightforward. Flytographer allows you to peruse the portfolios and bios of photographers in your designated area. We picked Lucille, paid, and arranged to meet in front of a coffee shop she recommended.
Upon meeting, the three of us instantly bonded over French culture, my sophomoric grasp of the French language, our trip, and dogs. Lucille was warm and made even Mrs. C&C, who hates being in front of the camera, open up a bit. If we lived in France, we'd be fast friends. We got to know new parts of the city and try new things, including an attempt at a pseudo-recreation of the Beatles famed Abbey Road photo that got us only almost hit by cars.
Despite going a little over our allotted time, our shoot flew by and we were soon tucked into our cozy French apartment for the night. Communication after our shoot was as breezy as before, and we quickly had access to digital copies of our photos, which customers are free to use as they please (but be sure to tag Flytographer when you share!).
If you're traveling (or just want to explore your own city), we highly recommend booking a Flytographer and avoiding all of the awkward selfies. No one wants to see half your arm in front of a famed international location.
As for us, we're already making arrangements for another Flytographer on our September trip to Croatia.