Imagine that you’re on a romantic honeymoon, fun family vacation, or a bucket list trip of a lifetime. You ask a stranger to take a photo of your group. Everyone smiles and looks at the camera. Miraculously no one blinks. But then you get your camera back and someone’s head is cut off, or the picture is blurry, or London’s famous Tower Bridge isn’t even visible behind you. Don’t settle for subpar vacation photos. Get travel pictures you’re proud to hang on your wall or send as holiday cards by hiring a professional vacation photographer for your next trip.

It might sound extra, but hiring a professional vacation photographer is easy to do online and you can choose from a variety of packages to fit your travel budget. From lively New Orleans to romantic Venice, local photographers around the world know the best locations and have professional equipment for a great photoshoot. Here are the top reasons why you should hire a vacation photographer on your next trip.

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Locals Know the Best Locales

Romantic photo of a couple and statues with the Eiffle Tower in the background

Before starting your photoshoot, your vacation photographer will ask about your interests and goals to customize the experience just for you. Whether you want the iconic Eiffel Tower in the background or an intimate moment off the beaten path, your local photographer knows all the best locations to infuse your photos with a flavor of the place.

Insider Expertise

Fun Family Photo in front of a colorful building in New Orleans

Speaking the local language, your vacation photographer can politely ask strangers to move out of the frame or acquire props for unique pictures. They may even have local connections for private or non-touristy photoshoot locations. Between snaps, get insider advice on where to eat, what to see, and how to get around town.

Capture Your Best Side

A couple smiling at one another taken by a Vacation Photographer in Las Vegas

A professional photographer knows the best angles and lighting to make your pictures pop.  Plus, they know the secrets of the trade and can suggest poses so you look natural and candid. Professionals also have a wealth tips and tricks to get kids to look at the camera and—gasp—actually smile. With a vacation photographer, you don’t have to be a professional model to look like one.

Immortalize Real Moments with a Vacation Photographer

Mother and Son in Banff National Park taken by a Vacation Photographer

Honeymoon, family reunion, or bachelorette party—honor those special moments in your life with more than a selfie. Get all your loved ones in the frame, including your way-to-tall uncle and your oh-so-short toddler niece. With a vacation photographer, you don’t have to interrupt candid, fun moments to try and get everyone to turn around and say cheese. Some of the best photos may be the ones where you didn’t even know the photographer was clicking away.

Professional Quality Vacation Photos for Lasting Memories

Family portrait of a family of four sitting on a rock on the beach in Maui

Professional equipment and the post-shoot editing process transforms great photos into showstoppers. You’ll receive high-quality digital copies of your pictures several days after your photoshoot. Share your vacation memories on social media, frame them for your home, or send them to family and friends as holiday cards. Family photos on a beach in Maui or that romantic snapshot in the middle of Tokyo may just be your favorite souvenirs from the whole trip.

How to Hire a Professional Vacation Photographer

A family of six wearing batik print clothing posing for a photographer in front of a reflective pond in Bali

Hiring a professional vacation photographer is a snap. You’ll find travel photographers around the world ready to set up a personal photoshoot through Expedia’s things to do. Just book online and then pack your bags. From a romantic sunset in Dubai to the beautiful temples of Bali, join the growing trend and hire a professional photographer for amazing travel memories.

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