The Foolproof Way to (Finally!) Get in Photos With Your Kids

Always stuck behind the camera? We’ve found the perfect solution.
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By Emily Platt, Associate Editor
Updated August 6, 2020
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You’re always taking photos of your kids, but how often do you take photos with them? Even if you tote around a tripod on family excursions, it’s tough to master the art of group selfies, especially when squirming children are involved. That goes double if you’re attempting them from your phone, which typically involves you straining your arm for the perfect angle, only to wind up dropping the device. Sick of pulling the camera out to capture pictures you can’t be in (or worse, bending over backwards to snap subpar portraits that only feature half of your face)? We’ve found a solution for your next vacation.

Say hello to Flytographer, a service that connects travelers to photographers in over 250 destinations worldwide. Visit the site, choose where you’ll be vacationing and get access to a list of local professionals. From there, simply pick your favorite and send an inquiry with your details. In 24 to 48 hours, a Shoot Concierge will get back to you confirming if the vendor is available for your trip. (If they’re not, don’t fret—the concierge will help you find another.)

Once you’ve secured a pro, Flytographer will organize your shoot based on your vision and the photographer’s expert recommendations, which, in our opinion is the best part. As parents, we’re usually responsible for sorting out the logistics, so it’s pretty refreshing to put the planning in someone else’s hands. Here’s exactly what they’ll take care of:

• Scouting the city for a picture-perfect spot or planning a route to hit multiple stops
• Recommending a shoot time based on your needs and optimal lighting
• Putting together a complete itinerary once you approve the above details

Getting children to cooperate for photoshoots isn’t always easy, but luckily the Flytographer pros seem to have the magic touch. “My kids said they’d never had so much fun having pictures taken,” Flytographer reviewer Gabriela Castro writes. Plus, you can choose from multiple photo packages to find a photoshoot length—and price point—that works for your family, starting at $250 for a 30-minute session. “The bonus? Everyone, yes everyone, is in the pictures—including the moms who are usually behind the camera,” says Flytographer user Molly Loneman.

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Family memories are priceless, which is why we love anything that makes preserving them easier—especially if it means you, the unofficially official family photographer, can at last get a few gorgeous shots of you with your kids, if only for posterity’s sake. As Susan T. says, “Flytographer is the ideal solution for vacation photos. The beauty of it is that when your children are older, they’ll actually see you in some of the photos!” Published March 2019

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