I’ve long been a fan of Airbnb when going on holiday. I love being able to vacation in off-the-beaten-path places I could never realistically live: a rustic converted barn in the Tuscan countryside, a shabby chic romantic Italian villa with a view of Lake Garda, a recently remodeled hundred-year-old French country house in Alsace. Each one, a unique jewel. Each one, an exciting new adventure I’d never get to experience otherwise.
But did you know that Airbnb offers “Experiences” in addition to accommodations? There are offerings such as tours on foot, bike and any other mode of transportation (Segway, sailboat, jeep, horse…). They have food-tasting tours and creative workshops such as pasta-making workshops, ceramic-making workshops and every other sort of workshop (in Barcelona, you can make your own espadrilles!).
Know what else they have? They also have photoshoots.
Airbnb Experiences are populated with many talented photographers offering photoshoots in big cities around the world, as well as in smaller touristic destinations.
[And I have no doubt that one day, Airbnb will also make “Experiences” available to people who want to offer and book them in Israel, even though they haven’t yet done that. Right, Airbnb? We’re waiting.]
How do you find a photographer?
During an Airbnb photoshoot, the photographer will take you to well-known tourist destinations and landmarks where they can get iconic shots. Some might take you to remote places you’d never discover otherwise, on a jeep tour, for instance. They might dress you in something spectacular. “Flying Dress” photoshoots are a unique type of photoshoot offered all over the world (even in Israel) – the photographer provides the dress, as well as someone to help billow the swaths of material for the photos. Naturally, these photoshoots are more costly.
When should you book your photoshoot for?
*Sigh* Please learn from me.
If at all possible, don’t wait until the last day of your vacation to book the photoshoot. Because you never know what might happen, and you might need to reschedule.
I booked a photoshoot for the day before I was to leave Barcelona, and it rained.
It wasn’t supposed to rain.
The weather report indicated that it wouldn’t rain.
And yet… it rained.
We only got to 2 of our 4 destinations, and I missed out on some very unique landmarks -but I did get some beautiful pictures from it.
Now for the most important thing…
What to wear to your vacation photoshoot???
You might be able to change your outfit midway through the shoot, or you might not. (Ask your photographer in advance.) Wear an impactful outfit that is flattering, and that you feel good in. Solid colors are preferable to very busy patterns. If you insist on a pattern, make it a big one. Avoid anything too tight; you will see bulges. (*Sigh*… Ask me how I know this…)
Bring accessories to play around with for the sake of variety. If you’re not able to have an outfit change, adding accessories can make it look like you’re wearing a whole new outfit.
What accessories will spice up an outfit and make the photos more interesting?
– a hat (wear it on your head or hold in your hand as a prop)
– a shawl (play around with it in the wind or wrap it around yourself chicly)
– sunglasses (to wear, or hold in your hand as a prop)
– statement jewelry or brooch
– a statement belt
– a pretty purse (hold as a prop)
– a blazer or jacket (you will look like you’re wearing a completely different outfit)
– heels (if it’s a flat, smooth, “walkable” area; or take off your shoes and hold in your hand as a prop)
If you want to… really glam it up! (You know I’m always in favor of that.)
Then – let go and have fun!
* If you’re in Barcelona, I can recommend Brayan’s Airbnb Experience for truly unique and spectacular photos.