If you're trying to find the perfect gift for your travel addicted friends and family or just something special for yourself - I've finally found the gift that will keep on giving. No, I'm not talking about luggage tags or duffle bags, I'm talking about the gift of perfectly captured memories. In this post, I'm going to tell you why every traveler should book a destination photography session in their favorite new city and exactly how to go about doing it.
Fellow travel addicts - hear me out... When you take a turn down a hidden alleyway that looks like it's straight out of a catalog and all you want is that image with you and your travel companion captured in a frame, a selfie just isn't going to cut it. Think about it - you've spent all this money to get there, taken valuable time off of work, done all the grueling planning that goes into a vacation and all you're going to go home with to remember it by is a cheesy magnet and some blurry pictures from your cell phone? You might as well buy a t-shirt that says "I went to [input city] and all I got was this lousy selfie".
Well, even with a professional camera and a tripod in hand, I was fed up with the photo memories I was bringing home of my husband and I - so that's when I decided enough is enough! Before we left for our first trip to Charleston (a city known for being absolutely stunning), I researched and booked a mini session with local photographer, Ashley Posthuma, owner of Photography Anthology, and let me tell you - it was the best decision I made the whole trip. Strolling through Charleston with a professional photographer by our side was priceless (this is not code word for super crazy, Oprah's Favorite Things expensive - it's surprisingly very reasonable depending on the photographer) and not only did she capture our love, but the beauty of Charleston as we will forever remember it as.
Now this is the second time we've done this - the last time was 2012 in Paris. That first time was honestly a nightmare looking back on it - I really didn't know what I was doing and wasn't at all prepared. I'm so thankful for the gorgeous photos we have of us in Paris, but this time around I was much more organized and it felt so much easier since I knew what to expect, found the right photographer for us and knew how to better prepare. I'm here to share all of my insight and my love for destination photo sessions, because it really is my favorite gift (to myself) and if you plan on taking photos for your annual holiday card anyway, you might as well plan to take them it in a cool location rather than your local park or beach where everyone else has it done. Am I right?