Professional Photogs Find a New Niche as Vacation Photographers

It’s true that many (if not most) people these days think that a smartphone plus a decent camera app equals enough equipment to create great photography. Sure, they’ll hire a professional to do their wedding, but when it comes to less momentous occasions — like that trip to the Caribbean — they tend to take the photographic reins in their own hands. According to The Wall Street Journal, however, more and more people are deciding to hand the vacation reins over to a professional photog.

Apparently, many hotels and resorts at major vacation destinations have started putting photographers on their payroll, offering photography packages so that people can stop worrying about getting that Instagam shot just right, and start enjoying their stay. The idea is that people want to share high quality shots with their friends on Facebook without having to think about things like composition, exposure and depth of field — and the rising demand for these services show that it’s not entirely off the mark.

As you would imagine the packages can get pretty extravagant, from a few hundred for a one-hour pro family shoot at Epcot before the doors open to the public, to 7-day resort packages in Bora Bora for over $10,000. And while some people may see it as ridiculous to hire a professional to take your vacation shots, photographers who find the need for their services dwindling could certainly use the fresh demand.

(via Popular Photography)

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  • Aaron Cole

    I throw this out to the community.

    Has anyone here experienced work of this type?

  • Mike

    I can’t see this becoming a big market for photographers. If it was me, I wouldn’t want a stranger following me around on vacation. Maybe a 1 hour session to get some shots of the family but not more than that. Others may think differently, would be interesting to hear more opinions.

  • Sergey Matisen

    It`s now developing market. Our company offers such services for tourists. We have cheaper srvices for those of sightseen to vip services for persoanl journalists.

  • Rob S

    actually this is a pretty natural extension of what party photographers do now. There is a pretty healthy market for photographers who “follow” people on big nights out including “paparazzi” services to get people attention.

  • Ahmad Amryl Abd Malek

    I haven’t, but some of my friends did inquire whether I’d be interested to take some family photo vacations for them (not throughout though, just at specific places).

  • ngfvn

    My family has hired one before for family vacation portraits! Came out decent too.

  • John Kantor

    More likely $50 for a 1-hour shoot at Disney – of which Disney gets $30. (Becsuse $20 an hour is fair pay for a hobby.) snd probably $50 a dayin Bora Bora.


    ive done vacation photography for some pretty famous people before. good pay, great photos. cant say who it is cause thats what was in the contract. :)


    i have

  • ilo photo

    We shot a destination wedding in Punta Cana in January and a number of families attending contacted us beforehand and set up shoots to do while we were down there. We were there for a week and really just had to shoot the wedding for a day, so it makes sense. I could see this becoming a healthy niche-market for sure.