Occasionally I come across a service that is so ingenious, I wonder why no one has thought to do it before. Flytographer definitely falls into that category, they connect you with over 250 local photographers around the world, telling your story in style.
We decided to try out their services on our recent Roman holiday. You’re encouraged to suggest a shoot venue and style of photography that you admire and I’m a fan of those old black and white Italian films. Whilst I had initial visions of cavorting around like Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita, we soon realized that the Trevi Fountain was being renovated and you couldn’t get up close, let alone get in the fountain! Outside St Peter’s and the Vatican would also have been fun but very crowded.
Instead we decided on the Colosseum and Forum area, although there are lots of unmissable hidden gems in Rome that would also have been great choices. We were then put in touch with our photographer, Roberta. I’d already admired her style on Flytographer’s website so I knew we were in safe hands. Now all that remained was to coordinate our outfits and to hope for sunshine! Flytographer send you a style guide prior to the shoot with lots of handy tips, like avoid an all black or white outfit as details may be lost in the shadows (oops!).
On the day of the shoot, there was a torrential storm so our photographer kindly rescheduled for the next day. We headed up a little street to the side of the Forum where there were very few people and Roberta was able to capture some really intimate shots.
It felt particularly special because we have no photos of our engagement. Mr Luxe popped the question on the shortest funicular in the world in Lucerne and there were people waiting to go up when we got to the bottom. We should really have asked them to take a photo of us but it all happened so quickly and I didn’t have the blog at the time. If only I’d have known about Flytographer then!
And there were more surprises to come, as we found another church hidden behind an ornate iron gate. We pressed a doorbell, thinking that no one would be around but a caretaker appeared and opened up this secret church garden just for us. I had to force myself not to speed up to match Roberta’s pace, as she ran in front of us to get natural shots of us walking.
We were invited by Flytographer to this 30 minute shoot for the purposes of this review. You can also book 60 or 90 minute sessions in one or two locations, and prices start at $250 USD for 30 minutes. We received the link to our online gallery within 48 hours, whereas we had to wait over a month for our wedding photos. All in all it’s an experience that I highly recommend and I can’t wait to do it again on my next overseas trip.
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