As I was getting ready for Paris, I mentioned a surprise I had in the works.
So here it is: I did a little Parisian photo shoot while I was there! Here’s the background:
I am admittedly a bit of a photo junkie. As in:
As a kid, I made my younger brother dress up and model so I could practice taking photos. Sorry, Michael.
In high school, my best friend and I would drop off our film (!!) to be developed and wait there – at the counter – for the entire 30 minutes it took to develop the photos because I HAD to see them the very second they were ready.
As an adult, I found my wedding photographer before I was even engaged.
So I guess it’s not surprising that I’ve developed an interest in photography.
The only problem with having travel and photography as dual passions is that you wind up with basically ZERO photos of yourself on various travels since you’re always on the other side of the camera.
I know I could do a selfie or ask a stranger….but I just never do.
In fact, the entire two weeks I traveled solo in Italy solo, I don’t have a single photo of myself! There’s nothing to prove that I was actually there, which is such a shame.
In a nutshell, Flytographer is a concierge service that connects travelers with vacation photographers around the world, manages the photo shoot from start to finish, and delivers to you stunning photos from your trip that make for incredible souvenirs.
I’d heard of Flytographer a while back and I just loved the concept. Not to mention, the story about how the company got started by founder Nicole Smith is incredibly inspiring.
The Flytographer Booking Process
Here’s how the process works. You pick your destination (from over 130), and the site will show you the photographers it partners with in that destination. You can check out their portfolios and learn a little bit about them as well. It also lists which languages each photographer speaks.
I chose Yann as my photographer because I just loved his portfolio – it was totally my style.
Next, you select the date that you prefer for your shoot and then Flytographer gets back to you with the photographers availability.
As part of the booking process, you also complete a form that gives the photographer a better sense of what you’re looking for. You can check out the Flytographer blog for ideas.
Flytographer also suggested that I put together a Pinterest board with images I liked. It’s not required but photo junkie that I am, I was totally on it.
The Flytographer Photo Shoot
When I met Yann on the north side of Montmarte, I knew right away that I would be in good hands. He told me he’d just gotten back from photo shoots in Australia and Japan and was leaving the next day for a shoot in Switzerland.
So little old me got booked in between international fashion shoots. Cool.
In terms of the photo shoot itself, let me preface this by saying that I am 100% AWKWARD when it comes to having my picture taken. No joke. Even during my engagement and wedding photos. I felt entirely self conscious and didn’t know what to do with my hands, feet, etc.
I almost wanted to start the photo session with a coup de champagne. But I resisted. Professional, professional.
Yann put me entirely at ease. He told me exactly where to look, how to pose, and really just what to do. I never felt uncomfortable tne entire time, and I think the pics reflect that. I was so excited with how they turned out!
My Flytographer Photos
So without further ado…..
Note: this is not a sponsored post. I just really loved my experience!
But if you book using this link, and use the code #FLYFAN, you will get $25 off your next Flytographer session. In full disclosure, I will as well, but in this case, everybody wins!
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