Top 5 reasons to hire a vacation photographer and our recommendations

Going on vacation or to visit family in another state or country? If you are coming to the Kansas City area, I would love to see you for a family photography session! The home of the Kansas City Royals and BBQ has some of the most gorgeous locations, I promise! You might not have thought about hiring a photographer while you are away, but there are plenty of reasons to do it.

I know when my husband and I took our boys on their very first vacation years ago, we were long overdue to have some r&r. We also wanted to create long-lasting memories with our family. I travel with my gear and thought it would be “no biggie” to set up a tripod on the beach with a remote. I quickly found out that I really needed a sandbag to keep my tripod steady. I went on a “beach hunt” to find someone who had a little DSLR experience and ran into a budding photographer who snapped a quick images of our family I will treasure forever, but not nearly as much as the next year when I actually hired a professional photographer to do a full family session on the beach. Those are the images I will treasure the most from the trips we have taken together as a family.

Top 5 reasons why you should hire a photographer while on vacation

1. You can travel lighter with less worry – While there is no weight limit for carry-on bags, not bringing a DSLR, tripod, and smattering of lenses will free up some space and some worry about carrying your gear through the airport. If you have ever been one of the last to board and experienced the panic of having to check thousands of dollars of equipment, you get this. It kind of feels like the airline just asked if one of your children can ride below. Having fewer electronics with you will probably get you through TSA a little faster. It might save you a pat-down. I think my laptop and gear got me a thorough pat down this summer in front of the boys that was more than super awkward.

2. Mom can be in images on the wall – My own children talk about vacations and reminisce all of the time. It’s a nice reminder when they pass an image of us in a place we love and had a fantastic week in while walking down the hall. You are documenting memories with MOM in them. That is important, we are part of the family and should not always be the designated “memory maker” with the camera because we won’t be in the memories!

3. You and your husband need an updated professional image together – Do you have images of just the two of you since your wedding that are professionally shot? I’ll bet the two of you have changed an awful lot since then. If I think back, we really did not. Lots of tulle, bangs and stress. That was the last time we were in front of a pro, just us! Have the photographer get a few of you alone. After all, you are the basis and the beginning of your family and that needs to be celebrated.

4. They have knowledge of the best locations 
– As a local, a professional photographer who has shot in a city for years has insider knowledge about the best locations. The most photographic beach might not be where you are staying at. I know our beach photographer had her own preferred locations They will also know how to photograph in certain conditions and often will give you wardrobe advice and suggest things you haven’t thought of before.

5. As a gift for mom – I often hear that I am impossible to buy for, but even as a professional photographer I would love a gift of family portraits in our favorite vacations spots from my husband. If you surprise her, be sure she packs something she wants to be photographed in and don’t forget the kid’s clothes!

From personal experience, I know it can be an overwhelming task to research photographers for your trip. You scroll through pages and pages on Google, send emails or fill out contact forms. You wait for them to reply and check their schedule to see if it coincides with your trip. Lots of clicking and lots of time!

I have created a list colleagues below who started their photography career in the same timeframe as I did and who I know from sharing knowledge and experience. They have the years behind them to truly create portrait art for your family!


Australia
NSW Melbourne Newborn & Family Photographer | Shanna Jones Photography

 

 

Melbournehttp://www.joliejones.com.au
Oatlands Sydney Newborn & Family Photographer | Reflections by Louise

 

Sydneyhttp://www.reflectionsbylouise.com.au
Melbourne Family Photographer
Leah Robinson Photography
Melbourne http://leahrobinsonphotography.net
CanadaOntario
Ottawa Wedding and Newborn Photographer | Jennifer Boggett Photography

 

Ottawahttp://www.jenniferboggett.com
 

Hamilton Newborn & Family Photographer

Hamiltonhttp://www.littlerosebuds.com/
 

 

Niagara Newborn & Family Photographer

Niagarahttp://www.rolphoto.ca
EuropeCzech Republic
Northern Ireland 

Lisburn Family & Wedding Photographer

 

Lisburnhttp://www.lisburnphotographer.co.uk
UKHampshire 

Hampshire and Berkshire Newborn & Family Lifestyle Photographer

 

Basingstokehttp://www.cristinabarton.co.uk
USAArizona 

Ash Photography

 

Tucsonhttp://www.ashliephotography.com
 

Magical Memories by Michelle

 

Phoenixhttp://www.magicalmemoriesbymichelle.com
California 

Amber Bella Photography

 

Los Angeleshttp://www.amberbellaphotography.com
 

Kreza Photography

 

Orange Countyhttp://www.shannakrezaphotography.com
 

Rebecca Hickey Photography

 

Sacramentohttp://www.rebeccahickeyphotography.com
 

Sophie Crew Photography

 

San Diegohttp://www.sophiecrewphotography.com
 

Christie Hobson Photography

 

Orange Countyhttp://www.christiehobson.com
Colorado 

April Ohare Photography

 

Denverhttp://www.apriloharephotography.com
Connecticut 

Kelli Dease Photography

 

CT and MAhttp://www.kellidease.com
 

Lexi-Bella Photography

 

Ansoniahttp://www.lexibellaphotography.com
 

Dee Dunham Photography

 

Miamihttp://www.deedunhamphotography.com
 

Fanciful photography

 

Sarasotahttp://fancifulphotography.com
 

Mangan Photography

 

Palm Beachhttp://www.kmanganphoto.com
 

Nicole Z Photography

 

 

Napleshttp://www.nicolezphotography.com
 

Rebecca Knowles Photography

 

Panama City Beachhttp://www.rebeccaknowles.com/
 

Wishing Well Photography

 

Jacksonville & St. Augustinehttp://www.wishingwellphotography.com
Georgia 

Laura Brett Photography

 

Atlantahttp://www.laurabrettphotography.com
 

Robyn Guy

 

Alpharettahttp://www.robynguy.com
 

UrbanGrace Photography

 

Atlantahttp://www.urbangracephotography.com
Idaho 

Stephanie Mballo Photography

 

Boisehttp://www.stephaniemballo.com/blog
Illinois 

Amy Goray Photography

 

Downers Grovehttp://www.amygorayphotography.com
 

anja Photography

 

Palatinehttp://www.anjaphotos.com
 

Martha Abelson Photography

 

Chicago North Shorehttp://www.mabelsonphoto.com
Michigan 

Jen Priester Photography

 

Rochesterhttp://www.jenPphoto.com
 

Two Angels Photography

 

Brighton & Ann Arborhttp://www.twoangelsphotography.com
Minnesota 

Amy Roeder Photography

 

Minneapolishttp://www.amyroederphotography.com
 

Melissa Klein Photography

 

Blainehttp://www.melissakleinphotography.com
 

Rhonda Stark Photography

 

Minneapolishttp://www.rhondastarkphotography.com
New Jersey 

Elise Campbell Photography

 

Northern NJhttp://elisecampbellphotography.com
 

Image Is Everything

 

Claytonhttp://www.imageiseverythingstudios.com
North Carolina 

La Lumiere Photography

 

Wilmingtonhttp://www.lalumierephoto.com/
 

Lina Jarmond Photography

 

Raleigh-Durhamhttp://www.linajarmond.com/
 

Tiona Fuller Photography

 

Charlottehttp://www.tionafuller.com
 

Victoria Leigh Photography

 

Winston Salem / Charlottehttp://www.victorialeighphoto.com
Ohio 

Carrie Lynne Photography

 

Cincinnatihttp://www.carrielynnephotography.com
Oregon 

Castalia Custom Photography

 

Portlandhttp://www.castaliaphoto.com
Pennsylvania 

Beira Brown Photography

 

Readinghttp://www.beirabrown.com
 

Jeni Green Photography

 

Allentownhttp://www.jenigreen.com
Tennessee 

Southern Charm Portraits

 

Knoxvillehttp://www.southerncharmportraits.com
Chattanoogahttp://www.bethlofgren.com
 

Kori Hobbs Photography

 

Cookevillehttp://www.korihobbs.com
Texas 

Amber Aileen Photography

 

San Antoniohttp://www.amberaileen.com
 

Shannon Stroubakis Photography

 

The Woodlandshttp://www.shannonstroubakis.com
Washington 

Angela Marvel Photography

 

Tacomahttp://www.angelamarvelphotography.com
 

Jessica Hamlin Photography

 

Seattlehttp://jessicahamlinphotography.com
 

Pavlina Ortiz Photography

Bellinghamhttp://www.pavlinaortiz.com
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