It's that time of year where families pack up and head out for their vacations! Whether you're traveling near or far across the globe, it's always fun to document your trips. Photos of family trips can become prized possessions to look back on for years to come. We've done the research and here are the top tips for getting best photos while traveling on your family vacation this summer!

Be Prepared

Preparation is key to getting amazing photos while traveling. Here are some tips to get ready.

  • Get to know the settings in your phone or camera and take some test shots. Download some editing apps and learn how they work.
  • Another tip is to plan out your shots. Are there certain landmarks you want to get photos of? Did you want to do one family portrait? Plan out locations you especially want to get photos at so that you don't forget!
  • Make sure there's space on your phone or camera. Delete old photos or unused apps to make room for some new memories!
  • And lastly, make sure you've packed extra batteries or a portable phone charger! Nothing would be sadder than missing out on a great photo because your phone or camera died!

 

Candid versus Posed Shots

The main thing to consider here is how your family reacts to getting photos taken. Some kids just don't like posing for photos and it's definitely not worth dealing with a meltdown on vacation over a photo. If that's the case, it might be a better idea to go for more candid photos when they're distracted by something fun. If your family is used to getting photos taken, then it might be nice to plan a family portrait while you're all together! Try to get a mix of posed and candid photos if possible. You never know which ones will look the best! And if you're going to go for posed photos, make them more fun and unique than the standard stiff, posed photos.

 

The Early Bird

Wake up early if you want to get photos at popular locations without many people in the background. It's also important to note that the light in the morning and evening makes for much better photos than the harsh light in the middle of the day.

 

Family Photos versus Landscape Photos

When you're visiting a cool landmark or someplace beautiful, of course you're going to want to take photos of it! But it makes these photos even more fun and meaningful if you include your loved ones in the photo. Plus then the photos will feel more personal and you can spend time reminiscing on the trip!

 

Capture the Story

Don't just photograph the big moments, capture the little things too. We tend to remember all the big, fun moments but there are equally fun little moments too! Like the moment your kid gets to go on a plane for the first time. Or when your kid falls asleep in an unconventional way because the day has tuckered them out. Take photos while traveling of all these little moments and you'll remember every detail of the trip.

 

If you need more tips on how to take a great photo with your cellphone camera, we did a blog post a few weeks ago which you can read here.