After spending an incredible amount of time in the Happiest Place On Earth, I have figured out how and what photos to take for a great Disney photo book.
There are a lot of opportunities to take photos in Disneyland – meeting the characters, entering the main gate, standing in front of the famous castle – the challenge is not to let these be the only moments you capture. My secret? Take photos of the things you REALLY do all day at Disneyland: wait, walk, and eat. These are the heart and soul of the day.
For every Disney attraction we ride, I take pictures of the attraction itself, the sign, and the family waiting in line. Remember to use your surroundings as a backdrop to show off where you are, like the architecture, trees, plants or the ride itself. And don’t forget to hand the camera to someone else so they can take photos of you too.
If possible I take photos during the ride. This can mean a lot of things depending on the excitement factor of the ride and the parks rules. It can be snapping away as the gang climbs in and buckles up. It can mean standing and waiting in just the right spot as they spin or fly by. Or it can mean their reaction during the ride as you are sitting right next to them.
Now what do you do between the rides…walk, walk and walk. This is where you take the photos of your gang walking hand in hand, or Dad with the youngest on his shoulders, or the kid (who is way too big for the stroller) climbing in for a ride.
My favorite vacation photos are about eating. If you’re grabbing a quick treat, take photos of “before the ice cream” and “after the ice cream”. You’re sure to get cute messy faces.
Take photos at sit down dinners. Once again capture the sign, the architecture, and the menu. Take photos of everyone at the table before, during and after the food is served. Take photos of the food! If you ask nicely, your waiter will be happy to snap a picture of all of you together at the table.
Add a few pre-travel photos of your family packing, en-route and arriving at the hotel, and BAM! You have just completed a photo book of your family’s latest vacation. You don’t have to be a slave to your camera either. Just a few of these key shots and you can put the camera down and enjoy the trip.
What photos moments do you capture in your travels? Let me know by commenting on this article.