The Perfect Family Photo – 5 Tips for Taking Great Photographs on Holiday


Even though we all have access to a high-quality camera in our pockets. It’s never easy to capture the perfect family photograph. One child won’t smile, the others are fighting, the sun is blindingly bright, and the only acceptable photo is terribly out of focus.

When we go on holiday, the pressure to get that perfect family photo is on. With most families only going away once every year, it feels like an important moment that needs to be captured. So, what can you do to ensure you get to choose from a wide range of great photographs rather than picking the best from a bad bunch?

Read on for 5 tips for taking great photographs on holiday.

Have the right equipment

How can you be expected to take great photographs without great photography equipment? Sure, we all have smartphones with cameras, but nothing matches the quality and power of a real digital or DSLR camera – have an amazing range of cameras, lenses and other photography accessories to help get you started. You never know, you may just find a new passion!

Know your shutter speed from your ISO? The more you know about photography, the more you adapt and change the settings on your camera to ensure you get the very best result in any conditions. You can also learn how to position the camera, create certain effects and use lighting to your advantage. It’s always worth conducting a little research before you choose a new camera, so you can get your money’s worth!

Remember to take the camera with you

We’ve all been guilty of leaving our phones or digital cameras behind in the hotel room. So, to make sure you don’t miss out on any photo moments, make sure your camera is ready to go and it’s remembered. When you opt for a separate camera, you won’t need to take your phone with you everywhere you go, so it’s one less thing to remember at least.

Don’t make it rigid

As pleasant as traditional family photographs are when everyone is in a line and grinning at the camera, it can look a little forced. When you opt for action photographs or take snaps when the subject isn’t looking, then you’ll capture more of those natural moments, which will probably look better on display at home. If rock pooling was a big part of your beach holiday, then take some photographs of the kids doing just that. If learning to swim was a huge moment for your son, then get a shot of him jumping into the water.

Don’t forget the little things

Photographs are used to capture moments and create memories for us to look back on. So, don’t forget to capture all the little things too. That crab that chased your daughter along the sand, the colourful beach hut you and your family took shelter in when it started to rain. All these moments help to tell the story of your holiday and will make looking back on your break-even more entertaining.


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Kelly Lewis is the founder of Go! Girl Guides, the Women's Travel Fest and Damesly. She's an optimist, an adventurer, an author and works to help women travel the world.

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