HOW DO I TAKE GREAT FAMILY VACATION PICTURES?

SOLUTION ONE

Huddle up and get closer together for the picture

SOLUTION TWO

Know the lighting (or lack of) and work with it

SOLUTION THREE

Set expectations by saying how many pictures you are taking

SOLUTION ONE

Huddle up and get closer together for the picture

There are a couple of easy tricks to learn that can make a big impact on how your family pictures turn out on a trip. No matter how expensive your camera is there are a couple things you need to do to make any pictures turn out looking their best.

Huddle up! Whenever you are taking a group picture make sure to get as close together as possible. Cheek to cheek and big hugs if possible. This allows more room in the frame for amazing backgrounds and gives the viewers eye one place to focus on.

You can even call out a group pose before the shot:

  • Hugs and huddles
  • Serious faces
  • Hands in the air
  • Pick up a person

This can add a little element of fun and take the task out of making picture memories.

How do you get the whole crew in one shot? Don’t be afraid to plan a selfie stick photo! Just remember they are a no-no in Disney and a couple other places.

 

 

 

SOLUTION TWO

Know the lighting (or lack of) and work with it

You can’t move the sun, but you can move yourselves. On a cloudy day, you can take a picture pretty much anywhere. On a full sun day on vacation as close to the equator as you could get try standing under a tree or awning to diffuse the light. If that is not possible make sure the sun is on the side of you, not the front which can bad shadows and squinting eyes, or behind which makes silhouettes.

Remember, C.D.SS. Aim for Clouds, then Defusing the light, lastly keep the Sun to your Side.

When shooting inside go towards a door or window. If that is not an option then make sure you do not stand directly under the light source. Just like the sun, try to have the light coming from the side or reflected off something before it hits the faces in the picture.

UNLESS…
If you want that type of picture by the ocean with your children’s dark shadows looking over the water then put the sun directly behind them (or in front of you if you’ are taking the picture) for that special photo.

SOLUTION THREE

Set expectations by saying how many pictures you are taking

Ever spend a lot of money on a vacation and the pictures look like your children were being tortured the entire time you were there?

Without even knowing it you could be causing your family to be living in fear on your vacation. Never knowing when they will be in the middle of admiring a cool buliding when their thoughts are suddenly interrupted with the words, “Say Cheese!”  And some kids just flat out dread taking pictures.

You can, of course, turn to bribery, or enjoy those out of body moments wondering how you could be in a tropical paradise, or next to a jaw-dropping natural wonder screaming at your children to “Just look at the camera!”.

If it is a no plans beach vacation you can say it is a 3-3-3 day. Three pictures, three different locations and three pictures for each.

If it is more of a culture or learning trip then see how many sightseeing stops you have (add two for good measure) and let kids know ahead of time there will be posed pictures taken then and only then. You can even plan what type of pictures you take when you get there. When you get to The Statue of Liberty everyone poses with their left arm in the air kind of thing. Then everyone can rest easy in between and enjoy the moment.

After you get the shot you can put your camera away and take it all in.

Toddlers? No problem. Try a little treat for everytime they take a picture without complaining. Food rewards rub you wrong? We get it. Just remember, how often will this situation come up in life and what is it worth to you to get a nice picture together on a vacation. People do it to potty train if it makes you feel better. And bathroom breaks happen way more than photo shoots.

 

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