About the Company
Shoot My Travel is a global travel photographer marketplace that pairs travelers with local professional photographers to capture their trip memories on demand.
Founded in 2015 and inspired by the idea that amazing things happen when you go beyond the selfie, Shoot My Travel is a Miami-based startup that connects travelers with professional photographers in over 230 destinations worldwide.
Our mission: provide professional vacation photos that you’ll treasure forever (and over-post for years to come). When you’re caught up in trying to get the “perfect shot”, you risk missing what’s right in front of you. Shoot My Travel encourages a Carpe Diem approach to vacations – offering travelers the opportunity to be in the moment, while showing them all the city has to offer!
Shoot My Travel believes in capturing the essence of timeless moments, through candid, real and natural shots. Our photographers are carefully selected based on experience, professionalism and creativity – and work with you to capture memories you’ll love looking back on.
Founded by Valerie Lopez and Camilo Rojas, the idea first came to them while vacationing during the summer of 2013. Surrounded by unbelievable landscapes and stunning architecture, Valerie, a Miami-based photographer, was torn between the desire to get behind the lens, and also be in front of it. Wanting creative and spontaneous shots of them on vacation, Valerie and Camilo imagined this would be the perfect opportunity to work with a photographer – but had no idea how to find one in a foreign city. After many awkward selfies and out-of-focus shots captured by strangers, they realized they may have just discovered a niche in the market of travel photography…
Once back home in Miami, Valerie shared this idea with her mom, whose only reaction was to walk away and return with a pile of old photographs. The photographs showed Valerie’s parents vacationing in Rome circa 1986 – timeless moments captured in portraits. “Your dad used to do this”, her mom told her. They’d go on vacation and he’d book a photographer to take professional shots of them. Valerie never met her father – he passed away before she was born – but through this experience, she felt his presence more than ever before and took it as a sign to launch Shoot My Travel.
Inspired by the connection to Valerie’s father and excited to share this idea with travelers all over the world, Shoot My Travel was founded in 2015.
Today, the team is made up of Valerie (Co-Founder), handling the day-to-day operations; Camilo (Co-Founder/Art Director), the man that brings our creative vision to life; Andres Echeverry (Chief Operations Officer), on the business side of things and founder of The Milieu Group; Carlos Ovalles (Chief Technology Officer), our IT master and creator of Charlie Apps; and our advisors Ed Slominski and Gabriel Schillinger.
What We Do
Consider this scenario: you’re strolling through Paris, the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop, lit up in all its glory – it’s the PERFECT opportunity for a photo. You have two options: pull out the good ol’ selfie stick or brave the classic approach-a-stranger move, “Excuse me, Monsieur! Do you mind taking our photograph?”.
Just like that, your photo opp becomes a photo fail and chances are that by the end of the trip, all you’ll end up with are a bunch of selfies, a handful of blurry photos and maybe (if you’re lucky) one or two good shots. By taking you from behind the lens, to in front of it, Shoot My Travel captures the vacation moments you’ll never want to forget. There is no better souvenir!
How it Works
Browse our destinations, choose a photographer and select a package. Book in advance or if you’re feeling spontaneous, up to five days before a trip. Connect with your photographer, set up a meeting point and get ready for your close-up! Before you’re even unpacked from your trip, you’ll receive your photos via an online gallery where you can view, download, order prints or share them on social media. #NoFilter needed!