Fairmont Hotels & Resorts knows that genuine connections aren’t made solely when the moment is perfectly planned but also during unexpected exchanges. With holiday photography being a top travel trend for 2015, the luxury hotel operator is making it easier than ever to ensure that life’s special travel moments, planned or not, are worth sharing.
Guests can now hire a trusted and highly-skilled photographer at over 35 participating Fairmont locations worldwide. Whether it’s to capture that special birthday celebration or surprise engagement or simply to document a nice day touring the city, moments will forever be memories after a personalised photo session with Fairmont.
The service is being delivered through a new partnership with Flytographer, an innovative photography service offering customised, candid photo shoots for travellers in over 150 cities around the globe. Gone are the days of blurry family photos taken by fellow travellers and awkward selfies – that is at least for Fairmont guests who want to ensure their travel experience is as beautiful in photos as it is in reality.
“We have a long history of connecting travellers to the best of our destinations and providing them with exclusive access to meaningful experiences during their visit,” said Alexandra Blum, vice president of public relations and partnerships for the brand’s parent company FRHI Hotels & Resorts. “Now in a joint effort with Flytographer, we are introducing Fairmont guests to our destinations’ best photographers. This means Fairmont experiences can now be remembered and shared through beautiful imagery that will serve as a keepsake for years to come.”
Fairmont guests who book the service can choose between 30, 60 and 90-minute photography sessions that are specially designed for them. Guests will receive an extended library of photos and enjoy the added benefit of accessing the many beautiful settings within Fairmont hotels.
“We couldn’t think of a better hotel company to partner with to connect travelers to destinations around the world than Fairmont Hotels & Resorts,” said Nicole Smith, founder of Flytographer.“We are both committed to providing truly unique and local experiences and to delivering quality memories that can last a lifetime. It is truly a match made in heaven.”
Guests can share their experiences at Fairmontmoments.com, a new interactive website that features guest stories alongside specially curated content on travel destinations, food & drink, arts & culture and features from Fairmont Magazine. Tagging Fairmont memories on social media using #Fairmontmoments will also connect guests to the many travel experiences that take place each day around the world.
“Working with one of our photographers is like meeting a local friend, who shares insider tips, while discretely capturing incredible memories in iconic backdrops,” added 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 every time.”
When you don’t have a Flytographer handy, consider drawing on these five photography tips from Flytographer’s worldwide experts:
SARAH IN BERLIN ON LIGHT
Light is everything! Choose a time of day when the light is softer and more flattering, such as two hours before sunset or early in the morning. The advantage of early morning photos is that popular locations can also be less busy. Also, embrace cloudy weather – it provides great light!
CHELSEA IN HAWAII ON PLAY
Instead of going for super-posed photos and making the kids grumpy, bring out their real sparkle and play instead. Get moving & take lots of photos – jump, piggy back, boogie down and dance, or make funny faces until the real, happy, smiling faces make their debut. Keep an eye out for fun props that showcase your holiday spot or activities that you and your family really enjoy.
MICHELE IN PORTLAND ON PERSPECTIVE
Change the perspective. Stand on a bench, squat down low and shoot up – every photo at eye level gets old fast.
TRACY IN YANGON ON SUNLIGHT
I always heard when I was a kid that you shouldn’t take a photo with the camera facing the sun. What bad advice! If your subjects face the sun, you just get squinty eyes! With the camera facing the sun (especially near sunrise or sunset), you get lovely backlighting and creative sun flare.
ALICIA IN CAPE TOWN ON ENGAGEMENT
To get away from the average ‘smiling at the camera’ pose, immerse yourself in activities that showcase your travel destination, such as learning to make an awesome pizza or feeding the birds in a square. Make friends with the locals and take a few photos with them too!
For more information and to book your Fairmont Flytographer session go to: flytographer.com/