Well, welcome to 2010! I’m really excited about this year and all it offers as I expand my business and work on new offerings. But of course, I had to start the year in Disney World! After all, how best to set the tone of the year if not by enjoying the magic, right?
Well, sort of…because this trip was COLD!!! We traveling with friends this time and most of the days we “toured” the parks together. Normally Marty is golfing all day, but on this trip he took a couple more days than usual and stayed with the group. This is one of those days. For some reason, I don’t have Matt in the picture, but he was there too. This is one of those trips where Disney got a lot of extra $ from us for hats, scarves, and sweats! I was so cold, I even purchased new flannel pj’s because it was cold in the room too…
Just to show you, this is what our group looked like most of time – when we weren’t really bundled up, LOL…
Sorry, no pictures of the flannel pj’s….
Now for the tip. I don’t really stress about my photos when I’m in Disney any longer. I just want to enjoy the trip mostly, and it’s pretty rare these days that I travel to Orlando trying to get “good photos”. My goal is to document my trip candidly, and for my scrapbook. That said, I still want to keep a few things in mind when shooting.
#1 – when walking behind folks, you are bound to get pictures of the back of their heads unless you ask them to stop. And if you try to shoot and walk, you will run into someone else or a pole in busy places. I’ve done all of the above, LOL.
#2 – when shooting in crowded places, you really want to watch your backgrounds. Distracting backgrounds are a common thing – and one of the elements that can make or break a photo. Here are two examples – I asked my husband to take the camera and get photos of my son and I on the Dumbo ride. The first shot is good of Matt and I, but the woman in the background is distracting. The second shot, only seconds later has the woman out of the distracting zone and although the background is still cluttered (can’t really avoid that in Disney), it’s more “focused” on Matt and I. Also, notice I put my head closer to his. Whenever possible, get folks to get closer to each other – it’s the little things that matter..
It’s hard to remember to look at all these things, and some folks just don’t really care that much. But sometimes just moving your position with the camera, or waiting a few seconds will change your shot for the better. Nothing fancy, no settings to keep track of, or color to consider…just a quick tip to making better candids on vacations!
I hope you enjoy the silly Disney shots – and I hope you enjoy the tips. I’m eager to answer questions you might have, and also to address specific areas as they come up this year. I’d love to help you make your candid family photos the best they can be – so help me out by emailing me your questions and I’ll post answers or links to answers if I can’t help you right here on my blog.
As always, thanks for reading!