My holiday photos usually consist of pictures of Jetlag & Mayhem striking a pose. As lovely as they are, I crave family photos where all four of us are featured. Unfortunately handing a phone to a stranger often results in badly taken photos. But did you know you can easily hire a local photographer at your destination? I got the chance to test out Localgrapher, set up by CEO Matej, who decided to help travelers get the vacation photographs they desire.
How does it work?
After choosing to have a shoot in our hometown of Singapore (they are in 800+ destinations around the globe), I received a link to the Singapore photographers. Here you can access their selected work, learn more about their speciality and suggested locations for a shoot. I chose Renis as I loved her use of colour and style. In addition to a photographer, Localgrapher can also provide videographer or Photo Tour Guide.
Localgrapher then confirmed availability and then connected us. Renis recommended Singapore’s colourful Chinatown as a location and asked what kind of shoot we were looking for. She also suggested we all wear similar colour clothing.
I booked the Silver Package which includes 60 minutes with a photographer, 35 edited hi-res photos, 2 years back up and 4 works days delivery.
On The Day
I set a time with Renis and we met her at the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. She was friendly and immediately put us at ease. She then spent an hour leading us around Chinatown in a number of unique locations. I loved her choice of the roof garden at the top of the Buddha Tooth Temple and by various graffiti walls.
We initially started off posing in the same way but Renis showed us how to mix it up so that we’d get a better collection of photos. At one point a local shopkeeper was even art directing us! She also took a combination of posed and reportage style pics. We all had a lot of fun and she kept us moving so the kids didn’t get too bored.
A few days later I was sent a link to the gallery. I was extremely impressed with the photos. She has captured some amazing pictures that I will treasure forever.
You can either download the prints or shop through the Localgrapher gallery. Here you can get things like metal or canvas prints. If you aren’t satisfied with your online gallery you can contact Localgrapher within 7 days and claim your money back
What’s the cost?
There are Bronze, Silver and Gold packages, ranging from USD 250 upwards. If you think about what you spend on your vacation, even just the tours and admission tickets, I think this is good value. Especially as you’re left with the most amazing memory from your trip.
I reckon a Localgrapher session would also make an excellent wedding/special birthday present. They do offer handy gift cards from $100 which never expire.
Localgrapher is such a clever concept and one I will certainly use again in the future. Gone are the days when it’s fashionable to have your family shoot in a boring studio. Shooting on holiday means you can capture the essence of your location and get those sought after family pics. It would be particularly lovely to have a session during special family trips.
I was gifted a session with Localgrapher but I would wholeheartedly recommend them!