In the age of Instagram, tourists are increasingly reliant on cumbersome selfie sticks or the help of random strangers to document their globe-trotting memories. Enter Canadian-based Flytographer which is wrestling power back from social media by allowing holidaymakers to hire local pro photographers to take high-quality snaps. And the service isn’t limited to big cities, as you’ll even find expert snappers in faraway hotspots like the remote beaches of Mauritius. The resulting shots use more than your average online filters and make fantastic souvenirs. What’s more, the service is more affordable than you might think.
With a network of over 300 handpicked local portraiture and photojournalist experts right around the world - including many Thomson destinations - Flytographer’s services are available to everyone from honeymooners to solo travellers and families. Take Reykjavik for instance. Here, you could opt to have that special pic captured in some must-see locations – such as the harbour, the old town or the cutting-edge Harpa concert hall.
Company founder Nicole Smith points out that when your brain is blissfully coasting along in holiday-mode, it's easy to forget all about pictures: "Often photos are an afterthought,” she says. “[People] take selfies which in my case is often a big swirling head.” Nicole says she came up with the concept after a trip to Paris with her best mate. "We were disappointed both with the photos we had taken of ourselves and the ones we had asked strangers to snap," she admits. "We asked a friend living in the city to take some shots and ended up with beautiful images which captured the spirit of the trip."
Just head to the Flytographer website where you can choose from popular holiday destinations - like beautiful Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. Then you can browse galleries from a list of fully-vetted photographers and select a style that suits your taste. Then just book it and pay - a 30-minute session and 15 digital photos costs around £170, while a two-hour tour and 60 digital photos starting at around £445.
One of the main benefits is that photographers will be able to guide you to hidden gems off the beaten path – giving your shoot a more authentic feel. You can also arrange to have a special occasion – like a proposal – caught on camera, which could be the most romantic thing ever (as long as the reply is ‘yes!’).
Crucially, it doesn't take forever to see your shots and you’ll usually be emailed an edit of your digital shots within five days. And if it turns out you really don't like the results, Flytographer will refund your money. Win, win…
Check out all of our holidays for some photographic inspiration.
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina - 2 excursions included is just a short stroll from Reykjavik’s Harpa Concert Hall and the harbour.
Mexico's comes with a picture-perfect golden-sand beach for photoshoots.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
More from TUI
About TUI MyTUI app Cookies Notice Manage Cookie Preferences Privacy Notice Terms & Conditions Credit card fees Media Centre Travel Jobs Affiliates Discover Lakes & Mountains Discover Weddings App Store for Ios Google Play Store Travel Money Holiday Budget Calculator TUI Group First Choice Holiday Brochures Travel After Brexit Holiday Weather
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
See gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCDOtravelGovUK on Twitter and Facebook.com/FCDOtravel - for the latest general FCDO travel advice, including coronavirus travel guidance, security and local laws, and passport and visa information.
See gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice - for FCDO travel advice about individual destinations.
See Travel Aware page - for travel advice from TUI.
See travelhealthpro.org.uk - for current travel health news.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Some of the flights on this website are also financially protected by the ATOL scheme, but ATOL protection does not apply to all flights. This website will provide you with information on the protection that applies in the case of each flight before you make your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.caa.co.uk. ATOL protection does not apply to the other holiday and travel services listed on this website.