I am officially hooked on having our photos taken and taking others’ photos while traveling! Now having experienced both sides of the spectrum, I can say that it is a wonderful thing to consider both if you’re the photographer and if you’re someone interested in having your photos taken.
Exactly 1 year ago yesterday, Will and I were in Fort Collins, Colorado having our very own photoshoot by the ever talented photographer, Anna Shackleford. It was the first time we had had our photos taken professionally while we were traveling and I was hooked!
When we decided to take a little weekend trip out West to Denver, Mount Rushmore, and the Badlands (read more about that trip HERE), something inside me knew that I wanted Will and I to have some new photos with the gorgeous backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. I’m so glad that I took the leap to find a photographer to take our photos! It worked out so perfectly that Anna, who I had been following on Instagram for a few years, and her husband were already out in the Denver area during the time Will and I would be. I reached out to her, we scheduled the shoot, and we had the best photoshoot ever!
(Photo courtesy of Anna Shackleford Photography)
I am SO glad we did that photoshoot, you guys!! It was truly a highlight of our trip and we now have stunning photos of Will and I together (surrounded by the lake and gorgeous mountains) that I will always cherish.
While we were in Hawaii back in May, I had the opportunity to do a shoot for Simon and Ashley on Maui! I was so excited when she reached out saying that they were hoping to take some photos with the stunning backdrop of Maui sunset on the beach. I mean, can you think of a more stunning backdrop than that?! *Swoon* My only regret from that trip is that I didn’t look into finding a photographer in Hawaii who could take our photos. Selfie sticks and tripods only go so far ;-)
So in light of my obsession with photographing and being photographed while traveling, I’m sharing some quick tips for how photographers can increase their chances of booking a photoshoot while they travel and how travelers can find a photographer to do a shoot for them!
FOR TRAVELERS HOPING TO BOOK THEIR OWN PHOTOSHOOT WHILE TRAVELING:
Take the leap and decide what you want well in advance!
As simple and obvious as that tip sounds, you’d be surprised how many people don’t get to do something awesome simply because they didn’t take the leap and decide what they wanted early enough. It’s alot more frustrating and stressful trying to find a photographer the week before your trip, so decide what you want and start your research well in advance, if possible. You can start on Google like I did by Googling “Denver Photographer”, for example…
Use Hashtags to find a photographer
…Or you can get on Instagram and look up hashtags for your travel location. This might be an even more efficient way of finding someone. So, for example, if you’re traveling to Maui, look up #MauiPhotographer, #HawaiiPhotographer, or if you have a specific area in mind, say Lahaina, you could look up #LahainaPhotographer. I have found many great photographers (and my photo editor, believe it or not) via looking up hashtags! Because Instagram is visual and photo-based, you can quickly see the photographer who matches your style preference and who doesn’t.
Ask Social Media
If you’re traveling to a new location and you want to find a great photographer in that area, just ask! You can post on Facebook, Instagram, in a networking group, or you can toss it out that you’re looking for a photographer to any friends who may live near that area. They may know of someone and you could discover a hidden gem with a firsthand endorsement from a friend.
Be bold! Don’t be afraid to reach out to a photographer!
It doesn’t hurt anything or anyone if you reach out and ask! That’s exactly what I did with our shoot in Denver… I saw that Anna might be in Colorado during the same time we would, so I reached out to Anna and just asked. Sometimes we just need to be bold and try!
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTING TO INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF BOOKING A PHOTOSHOOT WHILE THEY’RE TRAVELING:
Share your travel plans as soon as possible!
By sharing your travel plans and your desire to do a shoot while traveling with your followers on social media well before your trip, you’re giving them plenty of time and opportunity to reach out to you if your travel location/dates and theirs align! That is exactly what happened with Simon and Ashley and their Hawaiian photoshoot. I put it out there that I was going to be in Hawaii in May and for anyone who was also going to be there in May and wanted to do a shoot to reach out to me! The rest is history!
Oh and it’s ok if you share your travel location/dates several times too! So don’t be shy to share 2 or 3 times over the course of a few months, if needbe! :)
Use hashtags for your travel location
If you make a post sharing your travel plans, it might work well to use a hashtag in that post to help bring potential travel photoshoot clients to you. So, for example, if you’re traveling to Chicago next month and you want to do a photoshoot there, you might use the hashtag #ChicagoPhotographer in the post you make about sharing your travel plans. That will increase your chances of someone in Chicago who wants a photoshoot and loves your style finding you!
Share with your current clients that you are willing to travel
Sometimes all your clients need is to hear from you that you are willing to travel! I’ve had the pleasure of doing several destination photoshoots and weddings simply because I shared that traveling was an option! Obviously, this is easier to do if you are full time with your photography business and if you don’t have any children, but the tip still stands. If you would like to try to do more destination engagement sessions, just let your clients know that that is an option!
I encourage you to try these simple tips next time you travel and see if you get a little more traction. These tips may help you increase your chances of booking a photoshoot while you’re traveling!