As you anticipate summer trips you begin to relax. You can feel warm sand under your bare feet. You exhale more fully as you get ready to reconnect with family and friends outside of your busy routine.
But what about afterwards? When you return to your desk, how do you rekindle that carefree feeling?
If you’re like most people your iPhone’s camera roll will be crowded with selfies, poolside feet, and lobster rolls.
These snapshots might remind you that you took a trip, but do they really bring back the feeling? Are they worthy of hanging on the wall, or hanging on to at all for years to come?
Here are a few ideas to create photographs that will bring that tranquil vacation feeling home.
When making a photo of your family or travel buddy take some steps back to photograph the scene they are in. You traveled to a new place so be sure to incorporate it in your photo.
Then try taking many steps back. This can create a beautiful wall-worthy landscape that’s deeply personal.
Not all vacation photos need to be at iconic destinations. Perhaps you take a long bike ride to a historic lighthouse; that beautiful lateday light on the lawn when you return is as photo-worthy as the lighthouse.
Don’t only capture your family posing at sunset. Try vacation routines like making pancakes (and a mess!) or setting the patio table for a BBQ.
Consider hiring a pro
Professional photographers aren’t just for weddings and other occasions with a formal invitation. We photographers see the richness and potential in every kind of moment. Hand off your memory preservation to a photographer versed in harnessing the spirit of people and places.
That way you get to be fully in the moment—and the photograph too! Some of us even specialize in vacation photography.
If you’re ready to be in the moment—and the photo—with your family, check out Inner Life Portraits vacation sessions!
Enjoy your trip and the new memory-rich images you’ll bring home!
Thank you to Kate B. for inspiring the title of this post when she wrote, “Maureen is exactly as advertised on her site: warm, easy to spend time with, and very committed to getting the photos you didn’t know you needed.”
In an age when hundreds of photos can disappear from a harddrive in an instant, portrait photographer Maureen Cotton is on a mission to create tangible, high end, memory-rich portrait art.