Capturing the Moment in Milan with Flytographer

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Flytographer)

Capturing the Moment in Milan with Flytographer

The idea of capturing the moment while traveling isn’t new, but the thought of having someone capture you while you travel is a concept that is. All too often, we travel and have experiences, but we are limited in the moments we can capture when we are busy soaking up a new place. That is, unless you hire a photographer to come along with you.

Previously, this would have been an impossible thought, but Flytographer makes it possible by ironing out all the details for you. They set you up with a local photographer and organize everything, including the delivery of your photos to you through e-mail a few days later. In my mind, it’s an experience every traveler should have at least once, and one I have wanted for a few months now.

The perfect opportunity came just a few weeks ago. With a wedding in Southern Italy planned for May, my family and I decided to book a quick weekend getaway to one of our favorite European countries. With that, it would be the first time we were all back on the road together since 2006. It’s almost hard to believe it has been that many years, but I thought it was a moment that needed to be captured. Luckily, we had a ten hour layover in Milan and with a Flytographer photographer based in the Italian-city, I immediately booked a session.

Walking near the Duomo - Milan with Flytographer

Paola, Flytographer’s Milan-based photographer, got in touch with me as soon as we set up the shoot. By the time I met her in person, it felt as though I was meeting up with an old friend, and after some introductions to the rest of my family, we headed past the Duomo and over to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Although I was completely comfortable in front of the camera, I could feel my family had some reservations, especially my Dad. He’s used to being on the other side of the camera and had a hard time acting natural. Because of this, there was a lot of laughing from the rest of us.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan with Flytographer

But, Paola gave us simple directions and made us feel as comfortable as possible. She even took notice to the fact that my Dad was less than comfortable with acting natural, so we posed in the center of the Galleria for a more traditional shot, hoping it would relax my Dad.

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan with Flytographer

We continued from here, walking through the shopping area, admiring the designer shops and stunning architecture. It was easy to forget Paola was even there, but she managed to capture a few great shots, including one that caught my Dad loosening up a bit.

Admiring the architecture

Catching a smile from my Dad

After making our way through the Galleria, we headed to the quiet Piazza della Scala. Here, people were enjoying the beautiful day, and it felt miles away from Piazza del Duomo and the Galleria. We found a bench to take a few more photos and get comfortable with the idea of having a photographer follow us around.

Piazza della Scala.

Piazza della Scala.

After a few shots, we made our way back to Piazza del Duomo, and decided it would be best to get something quick to eat. We hadn’t had anything that whole morning, and our time in Milan was quickly passing us by.

Paola suggested Luini Panzerotti, and the idea of fried dough filled with mozzarella and prosciutto sounded exactly what we needed to push through our time in Milan. My dad and brother each added a Peroni to their order, and with that we found a staircase to eat our snack.

Eating our panzerotti

From there, we walked toward the Duomo once more and got ready to say our good-byes. Of course, we had time for a few more photos in front of one of Milan’s most famous attractions.

Outside the Duomo (Flytographer)

Outside the Duomo (Flytographer)

Unfortunately, on our way, I got attacked by men who were feeding the pigeons, ones I have always tried to avoid. Growing up outside of New York City, I have always thought of pigeons as rats with wings, but there was no way I was getting out of this one. With much protest, a pile of seeds went into my hands, and the pigeons began to swarm. I wasn’t exactly happy, but the moment did make for some memorable shots and a lot more laughter.

Pigeon attack

Once the pigeons dissipated and sanity returned, it was time for us to make our way back to the airport. Saying good-bye to Paola was the hardest part. I wanted her to come along with us for the rest of the trip, not just as a photographer, but as our friend. Not only did she manage to document a special day in my family’s life, but she worked her way into our hearts during our short time together.

Paola became our local guide in Milan, and without her, we would have missed the true experience of really seeing the city. Had we just walked around the city ourselves, we would have seen a bit, but we would have never have had the laughs and special moments that we wound up having that day. She made our short layover completely worth our time. After our short session, she felt like an old friend in a new city, and I know that my whole family felt that way.

Flytographer in Milan

We made our way back to the airport to head south, and I know that all four of us were grateful to have seen as much of the city as we did, and for our photo shoot. In fact, my Mom still hasn’t stopped talking about how much fun she had.

To me, that’s what travel is all about, creating memories all over the world, and I’m so glad that I was able to make these ones last a little bit longer with the help of Flytographer. The photos we have from the day are ones that I know my family will cherish for years to come.

A special thank you to Flytographer for making this photo shoot in Milan possible. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Comments (15)

  1. Kevin

    I love these photos!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I’m in love with them too, Kevin.

  2. Pola (Jetting Around)

    Fantastic photos! You guys looks great and this was definitely a great idea. 🙂

    1. Carrie

      What a great idea! Beautiful pics of the family, Erin! Love it!

    2. The World Wanderer

      Thanks!! It was so much fun. I love Flytographer.

  3. Eileen

    Yes, I’m still talking about our photo shoot with Flytographer!
    I absolutely loved Paola!
    And the photos were great!

  4. Francesca

    Oh, such wonderful photos! I love every one of them. I also love the Flytographer concept and have wanted to use the service for some time. I was thinking of doing it on our trip last month but then I felt bad that Anthony wouldn’t be there to be in any of the photos :-/ Next time!

  5. Shelby

    What a great idea!! These photos are absolutely precious. Great post!

  6. Paola

    Thank you Erin, this means the world to me. I’m so happy you liked the pictures but I’m happier to be able to call you and your beautiful family friends!
    Sending you hugs from Italy!! 🙂

  7. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    What a fun and unique experience! The photos are really good – and your Dad is a natural at being not natural! A neat set of family pictures that you will treasure.

  8. Fiona

    Love this idea – you all look like you’re in a film!

  9. Traveling Ted

    You look mahvelous, and I love the dress. I think I would be a little uncomfortable like your dad too, so I would definitely need a drink or two before the shoot.

  10. 3onthego

    The picture with the pigeons on your head is amazing.

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