What’s the best part of a vacation? For some, it’s the excitement and anticipation that builds up during the planning process. For others, it’s living in the moment and experiencing new places far from home. But how do you hold onto the excitement you experienced during your trip? Through the photos you capture and the stories you tell afterward.
While most travelers are content with iPhone photos and selfies to remember a vacation, you may wish you could take your photography up a notch or two. This is especially true for international trips, or for those that mark a milestone. You want the photos to clearly capture those memories so they don’t fade away. Unfortunately, you can’t always count on your travel companions or yourself to snap every moment.
To solve this problem, one travel operator is capitalizing on the Instagram Husband/Boyfriend trend in a big way and offering an add-on Instagram Boyfriend for its Rome tours. That’s right. Book this package and an Instagram-savvy photographer will be at your beck and call to candidly capture your best trip ever.
All that attention will cost you, though. The whole package, including a photographer, currently comes in at above $1,200. That includes the Experience Rome in One Day tour ($835) and the Instagram boyfriend/photographer ($400). In one day, Roma Experience says guests will “experience the power of Ancient Rome in the Colosseum, all the wonders of the Vatican and cross lively streets lined with Baroque fountains and bustling Piazzas.” And, of course, remember it all in vivid detail thanks to the shutterbug capturing their every move and reaction.
That’s wonderful for Rome, but what if you have other destinations in mind? Don’t worry. You’re not stuck trying to master the selfie-stick. In fact, there are other companies around the world that offer vacation photography. And though they aren’t marketed as Instagram boyfriends, the goal is the same.
Flytographer, for example, connects travelers and professional photographers in popular destinations around the world for shoots. Pricing ranges from $250 for a 30-minute shoot to $650 for two hours exploring the locale. They specialize in proposal and engagement shoots as well as touristy snapshots.
So you get a local expert to show you around, plus professional photos to take home as a personalized souvenir.
Do you think hiring an Instagram boyfriend as a travel photographer is worth the money?