In a kind of ‘anti-selfie’ move, Flytographer puts the emphasis back on taking high quality images of couples, families and friends in-situ to ensure they have a library of long-lasting professional-style images.
Founded in 2013 by former Microsoft marketing consultant, Nicole Smith, the British Columbia-based company maintains an extensive network of more than 230 photographers available in 150 destinations around the world, ready to take travellers on shoots – and also share their insights on their home.
“Working with one of our photographers is like meeting a local friend, who shares insider tips, while discretely capturing memories in iconic backdrops,” said Smith. “We believe that in order to truly capture memories, guests need to feel comfortable and connected to the person behind the lens. Our carefully selected photographers offer just that to deliver an unforgettable experience.”
The Flytographer service will now be available at 35 Fairmont locations, meaning guests get strong photographic memories instead of a series of awkward selfies and blurred snaps.
So far, the cities where the Fairmont and Flytographer partnership is in place include the likes of Beijing, Barbados, Banff, New York, Edinburgh, LA, London, San Francisco, Sonoma, Toronto and Whistler.
Flytographer’s network of snappers tend to be hired for special birthday celebrations, surprise engagements, family get togethers, or just to document a day touring a city.
Fairmont guests who book the service can choose between 30, 60 and 90-minute photography sessions that are specially designed for them and can also access settings within Fairmont hotels; guests then receive an extended library of photos.
Guests can also share their experiences at Fairmontmoments.com, a new website that features guest stories alongside curated content on travel destinations, food and drink, arts and culture and features from Fairmont Magazine.
Options include The Short Storyteller, a 30-minute shoot in one location, with 20 digital photos ($225); The Subtle Chronicler, a 60-minute shoot in one or two locations, with 35 digital photos ($315); or The Classic Souvenir, a 90-minute shoot in two locations with 50 digital photos ($450).