Hey everyone, Kevin here! If you follow us on social media, you may have caught a sneak peak of a photoshoot we recently did in Quebec City. You may have also wondered how we made this possible. Today, I’m taking over the blog to share what it was like working with Flytographer, a company that helps connect local photographers with photo seeking travellers.
Step 1: Discovery
Because we travel alone most of the time, I struggle with how to get a good photo of the two of us. The act of arm stretching and selfie snapping never seems to turn out quite how you want it. Don’t get me wrong, selfie’s are great for some shots, but when you are in a romantic setting like Quebec City, it just won’t cut it. I needed something more.
I began my search looking for photographers that offered on location mini sessions (30-60 mins). Using a local connection I was first directed to a couple different photographers who were unfortunately not in town at the time. A bit disappointed and somewhat stuck, this is when I accidentally stumbled upon Flytographer.com. Almost immediately I knew it was perfect. It was exactly what I was looking for!
Step 2: Confirmation
The jist of it is this; select the location you are travelling to, pick a photographer you feel you would connect with, and submit your request to book. It does not get any easier than that! Located in over 200 cities worldwide and with a database of hundreds of photographers the process is almost too simple. Why didn’t I think of it!?
My own experience could not have been better. I found Quebec City under the Canada tab and then a list of the photographers available. Here you can view their profiles and some of their recent work. This allows you to get a sense of their personality and style. From there you can then select the photographer you like best and officially send your inquiry.
Shortly after you will receive an email from Flytographer to confirm if your selection and date are available. If the answer is yes, as it was in my case, the next step is to fill out what kind of shoot you want and your expectations for how it will look. They call this the “Fun Details”. The idea in my head was snowy streets, the Frontenac in the background, old looking street lights, and a very European feel.
Flytographer then sends this info to your photographer, who decides what area of the city to shoot in. All of the information is passed via Flytographer’s concierge. This section they refer to as “The Scoop”, where everything discussed (time, location, meeting spot, etc) is outlined and confirmed. After this, all you need to do is show up!
Step 3: Say Cheese
We met our photographer in a café in the Petit Champlain neighbourhood of Old Quebec. He was super friendly, excited to work with us, and eager to get going. I should mention however that the day we chose to do our shoot, turned out to be the worst weather day all trip. It was snowing, windy and not to exaggerate but pretty darn cold. Overall, not ideal. Despite this slight hiccup however, our photographer kept us excited. I think the photos give a pretty good indication of this. Can anyone tell we are close to freezing? Hopefully not. With 30 minutes at our disposal we shot in a number of different locations around the area. This gave us a variety of shots and ensured that our photographer captured exactly what we wanted. I think he nailed it.
Step 4: Print Please
Within a few days we received an email from the Flytographer concierge with a sneak peak of the photos. This was such a nice surprise and I was so impressed I couldn’t wait to see more. Less than a week later the rest of the photos arrived and we were able to access them in an online gallery. At this point you are able to download all of the photos as well as have the option to order prints should you desire.
Overall, our experience working with Flytographer was excellent from start to finish. I would highly recommend them to anyone searching for vacation photos and will certainly be using them again in the future!
Please note this review is in no way affiliated with Flytographer. Therefore, all comments are considered our honest opinion and are the result of a great experience that we wanted to share with all of you. Thank you to the team at Flytographer and to our local photographer in Quebec City.
All photo credits go to Anthony in Quebec City for Flytographer.