When you’re on vacation, it’s great to live in the moment– but it’s also nice to have some photos from your trip! It’s all about finding that balance! I know many of you may be going to some fun places with your family, so I put together vacation photography tips to help you catch those incredible memories. Whether your child is two or fifteen, this is your first trip as husband and wife, or this is your twentieth year anniversary, you want to be sure to remember them for years to come.
Capture the Details
There are so many new and fun things to see when you visit a new place. Be sure to photograph the cool things so you can remember it!
Think about photographing the sunrise or sunset, the way the water moves, the fish you catch, the food you eat, the fun signs they may have in the restaurants, etc. Also photograph your kids playing in the waves in the early morning, or your new husband walking down the beach to you.
Did you notice that most of my details are near the ocean? I love the beach so much.
Photograph the Moments
What I mean by this is catch the quiet moments when your baby is asleep, and photograph him/her having the time of their life as well. Photograph your husband lying on the beach taking a nap or playing in the waves while you read a book. Don’t miss the moments just because you don’t think it’s important now. It’ll be important one day!
Rule of Thirds and Leading Lines
If you aren’t a photographer, you may not even know about this. It’s a composition basic in photography, though. Basically, things are more pleasing to the eye if you place things in a third of the photo. Check out this article to see more about it, but a basic overview is in the photo below. It has leading lines, AND follows the rule of thirds a bit. It isn’t technically perfect, but I was on vacation and more worried about having fun than having perfect photos!
The boat dock leads your eye straight to the sunset in the right third of the photo, so it includes the leading line and the rule of thirds. Just know you won’t have access to leading lines in every photo you take, and don’t spend your whole vacation searching for them. If you stumble across leading lines, though, put them to use!
I think this is the most important vacation photography tip I can give you. It’s one I definitely subscribe to when on vacation. Enjoy the moment and forget about perfection. Vacation doesn’t happen often and while it is a great time to practice with your camera, it’s also a time to enjoy your family.
I still worry about light and the way it falls while on vacation, but what I really want to capture is the feelings on vacation. It’s not going to matter in 50 years how perfect your photos are. It’s going to mean more to just have them to look back on.
The Most Important Vacation Photography Tip
The most important vacation photography tip I can leave you with is to just enjoy your vacation. Take the photos with your iPhone and leave your camera in the room if it helps you enjoy those moments.
Tracy Lynn is a boudoir photographer for brides-to-be in the St. Louis area, and a mentor + coach for photographers looking to level up their businesses with better systems and processes.