5 Best Tips & Ideas for an Epic Vacation Photoshoot
“But I think our phones are good enough…”
We say that “good enough” isn’t.
- 1 How to prepare for the photoshoot
- 2 Tips for your photoshoot
- 3 Your new favorite souvenir
We get it, not everyone is into the whole photo thing! However, we all know that your vacation photos on your phone are going to end up in some cloud storage or digital area never to see the light of day again. So we want to change that, we want you to frame beautiful photos that you are happy to show off at home and online (that have you both in the frame!)
How to prepare for the photoshoot
What to wear for a photoshoot
Sometimes making sure you have an amazing photo selection is as simple as adding a dash of color to really make you pop in the photo. If you’d like to wear neutrals like white, try giving yourself some options by adding a pinch of color to your casual outfits with a bright scarf, jacket, or a statement jewelry piece. And make sure that applies to everyone in the shoot! We love when partners and families complement each other’s clothing. Pick a few key tones to build a wardrobe around. An easy way to start is to pick one one central piece like a patterned dress. Then, simply pick colors from that dress for everyone else to wear.
What is the best time for lighting?
The best time of day to guarantee gorgeous, delicate light is what we call the ‘golden hour‘. This time is within 1-2 hours after the sun has risen in the morning or 1-2 hours before it sets in the evening. Avoid scheduling mid-day shoots as the sun can create harsh shadows and squinted eyes. You can select time times of day you would like on the booking form, then your photographer will help pick on the best time to shoot within your preferred time of day.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time
Give yourself ample time to get to the meeting point for the shoot. If you are rushed to get to the shoot and rushed to leave, that feeling will come through in the photos. Take an hour before the shoot and get a nice snack or cocktail to loosen up a little (it works!) near the meeting point so that when you are in front of the camera you can take it easy, have fun, and enjoy capturing your travel story with the ones you love.
Tips for your photoshoot
Keep it Causal
Tell them that the photos aren’t a huge production – its casual. No need to dress up or worry about posing correctly. The shoots we offer are relaxed and fun. Meander through the streets and enjoy the beauty of the place you are in with someone you love, while a photographer is capturing those genuine, candid moments
Keep it Short and Sweet
1 hour seems to be the perfect amount to get some great photos around the town. Anything less, and you’ll feel extremely rushed. 1 hour is totally stress free and easy to fit into your travel itinerary.
Grab a Local Brew
Grab a beer beforehand (or maybe if you’re traveling to Mexico, a tequila). A drink can relax any nerves about getting your photo taken, and is proven to relax the facial muscles so that your smiles are not too overworked. It’s a chance to try any local brews or specialties from the city you are visiting, have a good time, and have a relaxed and fun shoot.
A Few Great Photos Together Go a Long Way
You’ll use the photos later. If you are getting proposal or engagement photos, you can use them for your save-the-dates, invites, wedding decorations, or if you have a wedding blog. Think of it as an investment!
This is the most important one. We want to capture YOU! Wear something that you feel comfortable and confident in. Sometimes that is a dress and sandals, for others that is jeans and a t-shirt. Be true to your personal style so that your best self can shine through in the photos. When on your photoshoot with a partner or family, think about something that can set the mood and evoke an atmosphere. Whether it is your wedding day, your engagement, an inside joke you have, or your family holidays, thinking back to those times together will help you set the mood for a fun, happy, and beautiful photoshoot.
Your new favorite souvenir
Of all the souvenirs you can get when you travel, photos are the ones you will treasure the most later on. They capture the moment so that you can look back and remember your amazing trip together in the best way possible. Think about it – souvenir t-shirts you’ll never wear or professional photos? Easy choice to us!
We strive to make vacation photos affordable and accessible for everyone, so our pricing is based on that city’s local rates, ensuring that you get the best value possible.