How To Save Money On A Flying Dress Shoot (Turkey & Greece)
Updated: Jan 30
One of my top travel rules is, BE AS EXTRA AS YOU WANT TO BE! First, because you're on vacation and second because you should capture beautiful moments in your life! Over the last few years the infamous flying dress photoshoots have been an easy outlet for women traveling to do just that! I couldn't help, but to book a flying dress shoot, in both Cappadocia and Mykonos after seeing how stunning the photos looked. There are tons of options when it comes to photographers and flying dresses and with a quick Instagram or AirBNB 'Experience' search, you'll find an endless list of photographers ready to make you the main character for a few hours. However, even with tons of options I still spent weeks searching for a photographer. Here is why:
I wanted to make sure that I found the right photographer to capture me. My boyfriend is normally my go to photographer and because I did both trips as a solo traveler, I had to outsource. It's also important that I feel comfortable with a photographer and I am able to really show up and show out confidently. After a few messages and maybe a phone call you can get a feel for the person you'll be working with.
The price for these shoots can range anywhere from $300-500 in Cappadocia and $500-1,000 in Greece and they've got themselves quit the demand so I needed to shop around within my budget.
My designer background has taught me a lot about turn around time. It's equally as important to know when you'll receive your photos back and in some cases this can take months at a time. I wasn't interested in waiting a few months for my photos so I needed to find someone who could transfer me the photos a few days after shooting.
In both countries I ended up with such a magical experience! B, in Cappadocia and Yesenia in Mykonos were honestly amazing and I was very satisfied with the work they put into the shoot, their turn around time, the final results, and most importantly, their positive and vibrant attitudes! I had a blast! As a solo traveler, both shoots were money well spent and being a micro influencer definitely helped a lot with saving money. But, what if you're not an influencer, model, celeb, or have some kind of status quo that allows you to collaborate with the photographer? No doubt, these photographers do great work and should be paid for their experience and the quality of their work, but not everyone can afford to cash out hundreds of dollars for a photoshoot. I don't believe that you need a lot of money to be able to enjoy so I'll share some tips on how you can look like one million bucks and still save some coins!
1. Plan Ahead
Once you've decided that you're ready to live your best life in Greece or Turkey and want a flying dress shoot on your itinerary, start planning! This way you can shop around for photographers, prices, and maybe your own dress. I used Instagram and AirBNB Experiences to get the ball rolling. I immediately started reaching out to my favorite photographers and in my case, pitching to them. You don't need to send them a pitch if you're not an influencer, etc. You can just simply ask them to send you their services, prices, availability, shoot locations, and dress options. This way you can already have a plan and add the price into your budget at no surprise.
In Turkey Cappadocia is the top location for a flying dress shoot. The place is straight out of a fairytale! While I do recommend doing your flying dress shoot in Cappadocia it can also be done in Istanbul at other beautiful locations. Same for Greece, Santorini is the top location for the flying dress shoot because of it's picturesque white and blue stacked buildings, but Mykonos is also an option and has photoshoot worthy spots as well. You'll pay less in Istanbul and Mykonos for a flying dress photoshoot oppose to shooting in the high demand areas. I didn't have much luck shooting in Santorini, let alone finding a photographer with availability and I'm so happy it worked out that way. The prices were almost double and a lot of things were not included.
3. Secure A Dress or Skip It
I mean, it's not a flying dress shoot without the flying dress! These dresses are beautiful and come in many different designs and colors. There is an option for literally every kind of girl! But they are also pretty heavy. You need to decide if you're bringing your own dress or if you're going to rent to plan how you'll travel with it.
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