The problem: Ah, solo travel photos. It can be a problem if you want to get photos taken when you’re on your own. When I first went travelling solo I didn’t even think about taking photos. I was more concentrating on staying alive (lol). But, as I travel solo more often now and I’ve created my travel blog this was a challenge I had to overcome.
I could ask people to take my photos all the time but a) I feel bad about asking and taking up someones time, b) it’s not how I imagine it’s going to look in my head or c) the person taking it completely misses out some of the attraction (not that I’m not grateful but how can you miss out the top of the Eiffel tower?! Lol)
The solution: As I knew I wanted to get solo travel photos I bought an Olympus Pen DSLR camera with wifi capability and a tripod. I then use a remote shutter off my iPhone so I know what the picture looks like. There isn’t any magic pixie following me around. Most of the pictures on my blog and instagram are taken solely by me. It was a complete game changer and meant I could take travel photos alone easier.
Sure, people laugh and stare, but i’ve gone past the point of caring. I have as much right to get a photo as the next person.
If you’re not ready to take the plunge into remote shutter shooting, when you’re asking for a photo just communicate with the person taking it. What do you want in it? How do you want it? The person taking it won’t know unless you say!
As my camera was broken at the Taj Lake Palace, I asked a lady at the dock to take some photos for me. Luckily, as she worked here, she knew exactly how to make the perfect pose! We had a lot of fun and took a few shots.