10 family travel photography tips

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Family photos are the ultimate keepsake. Time flies, and being able to look back on all of the amazing memories made with our little ones while discovering amazing places for kids

But when it comes to traveling, capturing these moments can feel a little overwhelming: The crowds, the kids’ excitement (or lack of it), asking a stranger for help, or just remembering to take the picture. Here are 10 family travel photography tips.

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1. Take the pictures first

When I want posed family portraits while traveling and we’re in a new area I want to document, that’s when it’s hardest to pull the kids away from a fun activity or from exploring. If I know I want a picture in a specific area or with a specific backdrop, I’ll start with photos and use playing and exploring as a reward for getting them done quickly. 

Also, taking photos first thing in the day or after a meal when everyone is well-rested and no longer hungry makes for more pleasant attitudes. You’ll never leave a place with the regret of forgetting to take photos.

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10 family travel photography tips

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2. Let the kids be the photographers.

Get them excited about taking pictures by letting them snap a couple of photos of you or the surroundings. 

Also, when you are taking their photo, ask them how they would like to pose or where they would like to stand. Take a few pictures, then suggest the pose or background you’d like to do. They will be more willing to participate if they feel like they are part of the creative process. And then let them see their work!

 

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3. Beat the crowds

When choosing your spot for the family portraits, make sure to stay away from the crowd, so you can grab your shots without distractions. For busy areas especially, choose to arrive at times of the day where the crowd is more sparse. Did you know that early in the morning offers some of the best natural light to take pictures?

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4. Use the live photo option on Apple devices to create videos without hassle.

Odds are someone is either blinking, looking away or not smiling when we get the group together. But with Live Photo on, I can find everyone’s best moment and save it as the cover photo. For Android users, you can download the Google Motion Stills app for the same effect.

Besides allowing for more choices in stills, Live photos, since they are recorded in video format, are also perfect for creating social media montages like reels and stories.

5. Invest in the proper gears

Pros recommend investing in tools that will make your life easier, like a travel tripod or a remoteYou will never have to gamble on that random stranger’s photography skills again!

Man using a travel tripod.

6. Candid shots are more real

Posed photos can create posed smiles, but capturing moments of the kids doing what kids do best (usually playing, running, laughing, etc.) makes for genuine smiles. Ask the kids to run towards you, twirl, hug their sibling, or just let them be, and start snapping away. 

7. Involve your kids in the editing process.

Your kids are probably eager to see the results in between each shot. This can complicate things when you are trying to create some content.  Tell them ahead of time that all the photos will stay in the phone, untouched, and involve them in the editing/selection process. 

This allows for fewer interruptions and something to look forward to at the end of the day. Make it as educational or as fun as you want.

8. Batch pictures for the win.

Take pictures in batches. Snap a few in one location, play or have a snack, then take some more in another location. This gives time for the kids to “reset” their attitudes and their attention spans.

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9 Capture the same photos in a different format.

Speaking of format, if you are an influencer or blogger, make sure to always capture your photos in both Vertical and Horizontal (landscape) format. With many companies and media looking at landscapes and social media platforms using verticals, this will allow for less editing later.

10. Keep it simple

Investing in an expensive camera is absolutely not necessary. Cell phones are now equipped with a very similar quality rendering to larger pro cameras. 
When traveling with kids, you may want to keep it simple, take less risk of breakage, and have fewer “things” to carry.

Most importantly, if you’re stressed about capturing the “perfect” shot, the kids will be stressed out, too. And if all else fails, bribery in the form of candy or ice cream is always a great motivator!
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