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Vacation Photography goes from Amateur to Professional, More Travelers Paying for Paparazzi

Travelers Today       By    Lena Vazifdar

Updated: Aug 10, 2012 12:46 PM EDT

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Photos are beautiful reminders of a summer trip and capture memories from adventures abroad. Recently with vacationers having the urge to have professional quality pics of their trip, they have been turning to professional photographers to capture these timeless shots.

Allie Hawkins is a photographer for Island Photography, a company that takes photos for travelers when they are vacationing in North Carolina's Outer Banks. She said to"Good Morning America," "There's always that family member who is the one taking the pictures and is never in any of the photos. That's usually the person who winds up hiring us to capture memories that include everyone."

Clients say the results are beautiful and worth the cost. "It's a nice way to remember our trip to Paris. When we grow up, we can show our kids that we went to Paris and Paris is a really beautiful," 7-year-old Emily Snyder said of her family's trip to France to ABC News. The Snyder family, from Kansas believes it to be worth the cost and got a professional photographer from the company Family Vacation Photographers to take photos of them in Paris.

"We always ended up grabbing a stranger and asking very nicely to take a picture. But usually it didn't look very good," Paul Snyder added.

Social media has added to the trend with people wanting to create the illusion that they are having the best vacation ever on Facebook or Twitter.

Photographer Wayne Stadler, of the website, Personal Vacation Photographer charges $800 for a daily photography fee. He said on his website, "With as much distance as you want, capturing candid photos, posed or both, I can be your personal photographer. I can capture your family/group in photos as you want them, even utilizing some portable off camera lighting and reflectors if the situation calls for ... During times where you prefer some privacy I may wander and capture shots on my own, shots you would then have the option to have as well.

Think of me as your personal professional travel and family vacation photographer, capturing you as well as the sights, as you see them."

According to The Wall Street Journal, more and more hotels and resorts are offering sessions with photographers for guest's 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."

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