Why should we book a hometown photo shoot?
For most of us, long-distance travel has been put on pause while we figure out how to move forward during and after the pandemic. Plans to far-flung destinations may have sadly been shelved or abandoned completely, but vacations don’t have to be cancelled altogether. This is a golden opportunity to really explore your own city and nearby areas, all those glorious natural and urban wonders you haven’t gotten around to visiting quite yet. And staying close to home doesn’t mean getting beautiful vacation photos has to be paused either — below we’ve listed 5 reasons why photos are just as important now as when you book a shoot in Paris, Tokyo, Sydney or Bali.
1. Renew appreciation for where you live
The routine of our daily lives often makes us immune to the beauty and charms of our neighbourhoods and cities; we get so used to seeing the same things every day that we miss details that we would notice when we’re on vacation. Take some time to get out your front door with no other purpose than to soak up your surroundings — this means your street, your neighbourhood, the city centre, or even simply your front porch or backyard to discover what you’ve been missing. Your city is full of meaning for you; why not get photos that show off your pride of place?
2. Support your local economy
Now more than ever, spending your hard-earned dollars with local retailers and services has become paramount for giving your local economy a much-needed boost after the devastating financial blow of COVID-19 shutdowns. Supporting your neighbours and fellow city-dwellers means everyone in your community can boost each other up and keep the vibrant life going in your city’s core. Using a local photographer to capture your memories helps keep your city’s economy cycling.
3. Make a new local friend
Part of the magic of travel is meeting the locals who can give you an insider’s point of view, but the great thing is that really cool people are found everywhere, including right where you live. Hiring a photographer from your city means connecting with someone who you can really bond with over shared experiences — and they will have their own great local recommendations for favourite restaurants, shops, and streets that will help you discover some hidden gems to add to your personal go-to list!
4. It’s time together with your loved ones
It can sometimes be so difficult to see the special people in your life because everyone is always so busy. Planning a photo shoot guarantees everyone will make time and show up, ready to have fun. In addition, you may not be able to travel to faraway places with your three best friends or your whole extended family, but a local shoot means you can now all get in the picture and capture those precious memories you might not otherwise have had. There’s nothing more important than the people you love, and documenting this time in your life when you can all be together in one place is priceless.
5. Make memories in the place you spend the most time
Kids grow up, families change, we all get older (and hopefully wiser). The vast majority of your time is spent in your hometown. Booking a shoot where you live will capture those memories in the very spot you made most of them, and will also preserve them for future generations, who may be in different cities by then and fascinated with the life you lived where you are now.
Capture your home sweet home memories
So whether you drop a random pin on your city’s map to locate a new-to-you neighbourhood or pack the car for a road trip — or even book a shoot for right in your actual backyard — the benefits of making memories close to home for your next vacation are deep. A beautiful gallery of photos to capture these special moments are worth everything.