Destination Portraits - Scott Photography

Don't Forget to Pack a Photographer

For summer vacation, the flight is booked, the hotel is reserved, the bags are packed, but what about the professional photographer to take snapshots and make you look supernaturally gorgeous?

Travelers are hiring professionals to take their vacation photos. Vacationers also want better shots to post on social media, where the quality of vacation photos are increasingly scrutinized.

A growing number of hotels and resorts are offering sessions with photographers to chronicle guests' vacations. Travelers want to record memorable moments without ruining them stressing about focus and flash. They want more sophisticated shots to share on social media. And vacationers realize that an iPhone may not catch that perfect surfing or skiing triumph.

When family vacation photos were relegated to dusty albums and slide shows, getting quality pictures perhaps wasn't that critical. That's not so when you're sharing your shots with hundreds—or thousands—of Facebook fans and Twitter followers.

Then there is the perennial vacation photography problem: the missing family member. So many people say they have few vacation pictures that show both of them. They try the extended-arm self-portrait trick but "we always end up with double chins in those photos,"  

"They just want to enjoy the destination without anyone [in the family or the group] being responsible and having to worry about missing a shot or a memorable experience," says Rob Veden, manager of private travel at A&K. Mr. Veden says many clients hire a photographer for hours or a day.

"We wanted to get a family portrait and vacationing and Disney World is what we love to do," says Ms. Bork.  Enlarged photos from the shoot are now hanging in their home. Seven of the photos were featured in the family's Christmas card last year.

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