mom and two young daughters twirling their dresses in the grand tetons

Travel Family Photography: How to Make the Most of Your Vacation

Are you looking for fun and colorful travel family photography that stands out against the rest? Are you envisioning epic locations and flowy dresses? Maybe photos just aren’t enough and you want to capture your family on video, too. I can help you with all of that! I will travel to you wherever you’re going. If you’re looking to capture some amazing memories on your next vacation, I’m here to help you find the best locations, put together gorgeous outfits, and capture beautiful candid moments. Here are some great tips when planning to get professional photos and/or video taken on your next family vacation!

family showing off the rocks they found in Lake Tahoe, Nevada during travel photo session
North Lake Tahoe, NV

Why get your family photos taken on vacation?

There are a few reasons why getting your family photos taken while traveling can be such a great idea! First of all, it can be a great way to capture some truly unique and special moments. You’ll have beautiful backdrops that you likely won’t be able to find at home, and everyone will already be in the vacation mindset which means they’ll be more likely to be relaxed and happy in front of the camera. And, of course, it can be a great way to make sure you have some amazing family photos to hang on your walls or share with loved ones.

Little boy in mustard romper from carters walking on the beach in cannon beach oregon
Cannon Beach, Oregon

The benefits of hiring a travel family photographer

When you hire me as your travel family photographer, you get the benefit of my expertise in photography, location scouting, and clothing styling. This means that I’ll be able to help you choose the best location for your photos, find beautiful outfits for your family, and capture those sweet, silly and candid moments of your family spending time together.

family playing near a rock cliff during destination family photo session
Little Rock, Arkansas

How to choose the right destination family photographer

There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when choosing a travel family photographer. First, make sure you look at their portfolio to get an idea of their style of photos and whether it aligns with your vision. You’ll also want to make sure they have experience in scouting and choosing the best locations, as this can be very different from shooting in the same places all of the time and your photographer should have extensive knowledge of light and how it changes in different locations. And finally, be sure to read reviews from past clients to get an idea of their level of customer service and overall satisfaction.

Dad throwing daughter in the air at the beach in Florida while mom and baby watch during travel family photos
Destin, Florida

How to find epic locations for your destination photo session

If you’re looking for epic locations for your travel family photography session, don’t even stress about it! Hopefully, you have decided to hire me because I will spend lots of time researching and finding you the best spots for your photos! I’ll not only look at what landscape is the most photogenic, but I’ll also research what the light is like there, the position of the sun, and figure out the ideal start time based on that. I will also look into any permits that may need to be obtained in order to photograph there, which is something that not everyone realizes is needed. Plus, I’ll figure out how to get there and where to park. If possible, I’ll arrive at the location earlier on the planned day to check it out and make sure everything is looking good. So basically, you don’t have to do anything other than wait for me to show you your options and pick a favorite! 🙂

brothers playing on the rocks by the water in north lake tahoe
Lake Tahoe, NV

Don’t forget the videography!

While photos are always wonderful, don’t forget about the power of video! Capturing your family on film is such a special way to remember your vacation and in my opinion, completely blows photos out of the water in terms of their impact when you see them. There’s just something extra special about video. It can be a great way to relive your memories later on. I offer photo + video packages so you don’t need to choose between the two.

How to prepare for your travel family photography session

If you want to make sure your travel family photography session experience is fun and as stress-free as possible, there are a few things you can do to prepare. First, be sure to plan a low-key day for the day of your session so everyone isn’t completely worn out for your session. Next, listen to your photographer (me) when it comes to wardrobe because everyday clothes don’t always photograph well. I can help you figure it all out so your outfits go with the surroundings and also look amazing. Finally, make sure everyone in your family is on the same page about what to expect and what they need to do. I’ll be sending info on how to create a fun environment for everyone so that we can get lots of laughter and carefree moments. A little bit of preparation will go a long way in making sure your session is a success!

family playing and dancing with the grand tetons behind them during travel family photos
The Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Hiring a travel family photographer is a great way to capture some truly special moments on vacation. Keep these tips in mind and you’re sure to end up with some amazing photos that you’ll be able to look back on, hopefully piled around the couch flipping through your photo album or watching your video on the tv for the 804th time.

Oregon coast travel photo session with family of four playing on the beach
Oregon Coast
Lake Tahoe, NV
maternity session with blonde mom-to-be in light green dress
Columbia River Gorge, OR

How to schedule your travel photo + video session with me

If you’re planning a vacation and would like to know more about getting photos and/or videos of your family, send me a message and let me know where you’re going and what you’re envisioning. I’ll create a custom quote for you and help you with everything you’ll need to plan and prepare. I can’t wait to get to know you and your family!

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