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You’ve decided to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh and would love to hire a local photographer to create portraits for you while you’re here on vacation. Great choice!

Edinburgh is a magical place to visit and there are so many beautiful locations around the city. It’s a perfect backdrop to stylish portraits, whatever the occasion!

In this post I will adress

  • Examples of real vacation family photos along with videos as well. Watch these.
  • How the process of vacation photography works
  • How to book me
  • Should you book photographer directly or through the travel agency.

Edinburgh Vacation Photographer

I’m an experienced portrait photographer based in the city and have been practising vacation photography here for many years now. I’ve lived in Edinburgh myself since 2005, so I know all the best locations for photography in the city centre and beyond.
My considerable experience in offering vacation photography services means that I’ve photographed couples and families at the city’s iconic landmarks many times.

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Each photoshoot is completely different from the next though, and I pride myself in always creating something unique each time. Making the photoshoot personalised to you, and completely tailored to your requirements is important to me.

Just as no two couples or families are the same, no two photoshoots are ever the same! I can also take you to some lesser-known locations during your photoshoot. That’s one of the many advantages of choosing me as your personal vacation photographer. I’ll take you to places off the beaten path which offer fantastic views of Edinburgh and the beautiful countryside that’s nearby.

“ My family and I vacationed in Scotland (we are from the US) and we booked Armands to do our family photos. I can’t say enough good things about our experience with him.From the moment we met he was very warm and welcoming. He took us all over Edinburgh and showed us sights we wouldn’t have otherwise known to see all throughout our session. He was such a joy. His humor made us relax and he was able to achieve some very genuine smiles out of my teenagers (which is difficult to do).

We had a little bit of rain, but we were prepared with proper rain gear and hats. It’s Scotland you have to expect some rain.He was extremely professional and had our photos done before we even made it home. We absolutely LOVE them. We have amazing photos that showcase our wonderful visit to Scotland.  I highly recommend him if you are traveling to Scotland or are from there. You will not be disappointed.”

Valerie, US
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Wan family vacation photos around Edinburgh.

Wan family travelled all the way from Hong Kong for their vacation family portraits. They hired me as a personal photographer for full day photography.

The little one was two and we had to make a decision where we can go and how long he will last. So our plan was to start with Calton Hill as it has amazing views all the way around. Once we finished with that we headed out to Dalhousie Castle. A few years ago I photographed their wedding there and we wanted to revisit the venue. Lunch over there was amazing. Afternoon cakes were yammmm.

Once back in Edinburgh we strolled around the old town and I took them to various places for photos. The day was finished off with few images back in the hotel. Beautiful natural portraits of a family day out.

Family vacation in Edinburgh enjoying tourist attractions

An overview of how the vacation photography process works

If you’re wondering what’s involved in a vacation photography shoot, here’s the short answer:

1. We decide which places you’d like to visit for photographs in Edinburgh

2. I calculate how long it will take to do this and plan out the schedule for the day

3. You pay a deposit to secure the date of your choice in my diary

4. We do more planning depending on the locations you’ve chosen (For example, we may need to hire a car, get permissions for certain locations, purchase tickets etc.)

5. You arrive at the pre-agreed date and time, and we complete the session

6. You pay the remaining balance for the photography package

7. Your images are delivered to you via a private online gallery

8. You choose to purchase beautiful prints or order a leather-bound keepsake album from me to preserve these beautiful memories.

Let's plan your vacation photography adventure.

Common questions about hiring a vacation photographer

The questions I get asked most often about my vacation photography service are listed below, along with my answers. I hope that this is helpful to you if you’re planning a vacation session of your own.

If you have any questions which aren’t listed here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch so I can answer those for you.

Whether you’re visiting Edinburgh from elsewhere in the UK or are travelling from further afield, please know this… I love helping visitors to this beautiful city figure out what to do and where to go during their vacation photoshoot. Helping you achieve the photographs you desire while in Edinburgh is one of my specialities!

What is family vacation photography?

Mainly I am hired to photograph couples who are visiting the city either on a short break or who are celebrating an engagement or special occasion of some kind. But I also love it when families and groups of people arrive here and want some beautiful family portraits taken during their time in Edinburgh.

I am a dad of three myself and love kids of all ages! I would love to meet your kids as well and to take portraits of you and them that capture your personalities and special family bond.

If you’re planning a trip here with children and want to arrange family vacation photography, we can get beautiful portraits of you and the kids at popular locations such as Calton Hill, The Royal Mile, The Botanic Gardens and Portobello beach, for example.

Brauck Family Vacation Photos and Behind the Scenes Video

These guys travelled to me from Germany. Their main goal was to get all kids together and make beautiful family portraits while on vacation in Edinburgh. After the session they wanted to visit my studio and see my albums. Now they have beautiful leather bound album. We took portraits on Calton Hill and went to Arthurs seat too.

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Why hire a personal photographer for a day or more?

While Edinburgh has so much to offer, you may decide that you’d like to have photographs taken in locations across Scotland. And why not? Scotland is an awesome travel destination with so much fascinating history and breath-taking landscapes.

If that’s what you’d like to do, no problem! You can extend your trip to include both the city as well as the Scottish Highlands and beyond. You can hire me as your personal photographer for one or several days and I can capture all the magical moments and beautiful scenery for you.

During multi-day vacation photoshoots, I’ve documented couples and families doing hill walks and enjoying boat trips, for example. If you want to see more of Scotland and have wonderful pictures to document your adventures here, then I could be the perfect photographer for you!

How to book my vacation photography services.

To book me as your vacation photographer in Edinburgh, simply contact me to discuss your requirements. I love talking to clients about their ideas and plans. At that point, we’ll agree on a rough plan for the day of the session, and you pay a deposit.

The deposit secures your preferred date in my diary and is normally a charge for the first hour of photography £150. Closer to the date of your photoshoot, we would check the weather and time for the session. If you are here in Edinburgh for a couple of days and if the weather isn’t looking great for the day we’ve picked for your photoshoot, then we can potentially arrange another day or time.

Should you book a local photographer or a photographer via your travel agency?

Essentially, both of these types of photographer would live in your chosen location but there are likely to be some differences between the service and the experience that you will receive.

A photographer booked via your travel agency will most likely take you to a few standard places and tell you to smile for the camera. A local photographer, like myself, who is passionate about people photography and the locations in and around Edinburgh, would provide you with a more personalised plan and offer a more bespoke experience.

I also excel at people posing and making them relax in front of the camera. I’m an experienced wedding and family photographer and have photographed everyone from reluctant toddlers and teenagers to camera-shy pregnant ladies. Whether you’ve ever hired a professional photographer before or not, I will make the experience during your vacation in Edinburgh an unforgettable one (in a good way!).