I love pictures, and I know I’m not the only one. I wish I could have a film crew following me around, capturing my every moment. So that I can look back on all the fun times and memories, but that’s not the case.
I also know I’m not the only one, who travels with a friend, or significant other and know in advance I want to come back with the most amazing pictures. 1) to show off the blast time you had and 2) of course for the memories (not to get too sentimental). Here’s what I’ve found helps get you there..I’ll use Danny as a guide because he’s always so patient with my picky-ness.
Scope the right person
I always look for either someone young who I can immediately look at and know with simple instruction can manage your camera, and knows how to tap the screen on your phone for better lighting.
The person that you see taking a picture, getting angles, and trying different ways to capture something is usually a good bet as well. And my favorite line is “One more!!” as they’re taking them, and trying for a different pose. Normally I find people are totally 100% willing, and sometimes will even ask to return the favor.
Be willing to try new poses
You can always take a picture side by side. But when looking through photos, it’s always more fun to see different poses, action shots, and most of all having fun.
I try and get “candid” shots. Jumping into the pool, kissing, jumping for joy. For new ideas? I scroll through explore on Instagram, or Pinterest and the options are endless.
The cheesy picture poses are worth doing!
It may feel silly, but when you see the final product it’ll be worth it.
Options are always better
Usually for every one picture I like, there are 50 others, that for me, didn’t quite do it. If you take your time, get a few angles, change it up a bit, more than likely if you’re like me…you’ll end up liking one or two.
When you take your time, and don’t feel rushed, you can focus on the perfect shot, the perfect smile, and the perfect photo op.
Everytime I go away for a weekend, a cool place, or on a vacation, I drop hundreds of pictures onto my computer to go through. You get to relive your time!
Invest a good camera
I used to look at other people’s pictures and they looked so bright and the quality was good- I thought my iPhone was supposed to do that? It wasn’t until I got an actual camera (crazy right?) that I noticed how much of a difference it made.
Pictures you have forever- it’s worth it. Especially when you go to print them and they are just as clear as they are on the screen.
What I use now? Canon t5 rebel & GoPro hero session, occasionally my iPhone
Avoid using a selfie stick
I think getting a tripod, as dorky as it sounds, it perfect for the shot you want without your arm taking up half of the shot. And you can set it as far back as you want (as long as you’re an undercover track star) which allows you to get as much back ground as you want.
We used a tripod on our road trip when obviously no one else was brave (or stupid) enough to pull over and snap a shot!
If there is a person around- that is my obvious piece of advice. Only use this when there’s no other option.
Take pictures of each other
We always have so much fun doing photoshoots of each other. My famous line “am I sucking in?” and then look at the picture- and hate it. And have him take 50 more.
It’s a great way to bond and laugh over the stupid faces you make, and then you have the real person in front and behind the lense.
Like I said, candids are my favorite.
Hope this helps // go start snapping!
~ XOXO, Amanda