Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Few Photo Tips for Your Disney Vacation

Taken by Katie, a Cast Member at
Cape May Cafe
Our favorite thing to do in between trips to Walt Disney World is to look through our Disney scrapbooks, Disney photo albums and watch our Disney photo montages. The only way to make these great is to take as many pictures as possible when in the parks. As a mom of three, trying to get that perfect, posed shot of all three kids in one photo is nearly impossible. I have learned to just keep clicking and then go back and find my favorites. Over the years, my most favorite pictures are candid shots of my children interacting with a character, playing with someone else in our family and just having fun in the parks.

My first tip is take as many photos as you can without it interfering with your vacation. You want a lot of pictures, but you don’t want to be taking so many that you actually miss out on some of those special moments. Also if you travel with a group, everyone take pictures. I believe you cannot take too many pictures because someone always captures that one moment or expression that no one else gets. Never leave your camera behind with the thought that so many in your group already have cameras.

Taken by a Cast Member at
Playhouse Disney Live!
Next, know that the Photopass photographers around the parks have always been more than willing to take pictures with my camera. Sometimes the photos they take on my camera are better than the photopass ones, which can be quite a money saver.

Make sure you get pictures of your whole group too. I know I have been asked on more than one occasion to take a group's picture, and I had no idea who the people were. It happened so many times on one trip that my husband took a picture of me taking a picture of someone's family! I have found in Disney, people, cast members as well as guests, are always more than willing to help make your vacation as special as theirs, so it doesn't hurt to ask.

Taken by Katie, a Cast Member
at Biergarten
Bring an extra battery and memory card. You never know when you will need it. On my first trip with a digital camera I figured I was all set with one battery. My camera died while at Crystal Palace. I have almost no pictures of my kids interacting with Tigger and Pooh. I was very upset with myself.

If there is more than one person in your travel group, on your arrival day, synchronize the date and time of your cameras. On our trip in 2008, my mom, sister in law and I took well over 1,000 pictures. As I tried to organize them to make a montage, I realized our camera times were completely off. My sister in law lives in another time zone, so her camera was off by an hour and my mom’s was about 5 minutes ahead of mine. It made organizing all those quite an undertaking.

Well, there you have it. These are my best photo tips. What are yours?


Heidi said...

Super tips, Beth! Thanks so much for linking up to DD this week. :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

I hope I can contribute every week - it is such a great idea to have everyone be able to link up. There are so many Disney blogs out there, a reader could really find a lot of perspectives on one topic. Thanks for letting me link up too! :-)