Wow, has it warmed up today. This morning everything was frozen solid, and then as the day progressed, it all started to melt. Then, it started to rain, and things melted even more. Then, around dinner time, it started to snow like crazy, but the snow soon turned to rain.
Can you say, “Slushy?”
I gave a presentation at the Tri-County Networkers about destination vacation photography. Here’s the concept…
When you go on a very important vacation, rather than be absent from the photos (or having a loved one absent from most of them), and rather than missing out on all too precious candid photos, hire ME! A destination vacation photographer.
What does it cost?
Well, that all depends on the duration of your trip and my expenses. As to my expenses, get me there, pay for any travel, taxes and fees associated with getting me there, as well as transportation to and from the airport and parking while there, provide me with lodging and meals, and pay a modest fee for my services.
What do you get?
You get all of the digital files sized as 600×400 pixels and sized at 4×6 inches x 300 dpi. The former you can use on social media and send in e-mails, the latter you can print up to 4×6 inches. This includes any landscape or scenic images I shoot. You also get a letter from me stating you have a limited use license to print 4×6 prints and display the images in the Internet. (Note, the limited parts are these: You cannot sell or use the images for commercial purposes – i.e. if you had your own business, the license doesn’t allow you to use the images in advertising. Any prints larger than 4×6 I ask you purchase the prints directly from me so I can guarantee the quality.)
What do I do?
I try to be as unobtrusive as I can so I don’t interfere with your vacation. I follow you around and get pleasing candid photos of you and your family. At your request, I am always close by so you can say, “Hey, Brent, get a picture of use with Mickey Mouse”, or “Make sure that mountain is in the background,” or whatever the case may be. I’m basically at your beckoned command.
My typical goal is 300 images a day. I average about 400. There have been days I’ve shot as many as 1000. But, for a week vacation, you might easily expect around 2500 to 3000 images. I typically deliver the images on media you provide. (i.e. a USB drive of some sort).
What if we want some private time?
If you want private time, you simply tell me and tell me when and where to meet you for more photos. You can invite me to eat with you, or you can send me off to eat by myself. You can engage me in conversation or you can ask me to site quietly and only speak when addressed. It’s all up to you.
Here are some sample photos…
Sample Candid Picture While on a Tour
Sample Candid Photo
And, here is a “posed” photo…
And, here is a photo of one of the scenic sights of the trip…
Scenic Photo (Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem)
As to the nitty gritty…
I don’t smoke, drink, do drugs, or other disruptive activities. I have a passport and I’m ready to travel. I’m not real picky about foods and I’m adventurous.
So, whether you’re going to be going on a local day-trip, or an extended vacation abroad, I’m the photographer for the job.
D. Brent Walton is a Certified Professional Photographer and Photographic Craftsman with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and an active member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He is fully insured for both liability and indemnity. You can see his work at www.dbwalton.com and www.FineArtbyDB.com