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Do Your Travel Photos Suck? Hire a Personal Vacation Photographer

Hiring a personal vacation photographer may be expensive, but you'd avoid shots like this. (Photo: Jesse Newland)

It’s not surprising that resorts, attractions and tour operators offer pro photo sessions for their customers, but now, according to the Wall Street Journal, individuals are also hiring personal vacation photographers.

Vacationers interviewed for the story say that it’s a great way to get everyone on the trip in the shot, a feat otherwise only accomplished by using a timer, holding your camera at arm’s length or asking a passerby to take your photo (and then explaining to them how to use it).

Is this really a trend worth reporting, or an extravagant “niche” proclivity of those with oodles of disposable income? In an age when everyone and their uncle seems to have a high-end prosumer camera, it seems unlikely that hiring a pro would catch on. Even iPhones take great shots these days. (And apparently, more people have cell phones than toothbrushes worldwide.)

Plus, these sessions don’t come cheap. The WSJ article claims fees start at $100 per hour, and a personal vacation photographer we found in the Banff National Park area charges roughly $800 per day.

Our verdict? We doubt the average traveller will be factoring professional photography into the vacation budget.

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