If you don't know already, I am a picture-taking crazy girl! LOVE taking pictures, sometimes to the chagrin of my family. I know, though, that some day they will thank me for capturing all the great moments of their childhood on film and digital files......I just hope I'm still alive and coherent enough to say, "See? I told you so!" Let's get right into the 5 Tips that will make you an awesome photojournalist of your family moments on the road! That sounds much better than a picture-taking crazy girl right? Ready?
Whoa! Wait a minute! You don't want to be in these pictures?? I've had several people, ok maybe even including myself, say those same words.
I need to tell you one very important message:
Get Yourself in the Picture!!
1. Buy a Selfie Stick! When we headed out west, we weren't always in a crowded place for our pictures, like in The Badlands, and a selfie stick helped us out with this issue of taking a complete family picture. It doesn't have to be an expensive thing. I bought one at my camera store, Camera Outfitters, but if you are not around the Lafayette, IN area, you can get the same one I have here. I'll be the first one to tell you that it takes a couple of tries to get all the bugs worked out, but it's fun learning. This stick doesn't have a button to push to take the picture; you just set the timer on your camera, and start smiling when you see 3..2..1..SNAP! Here are some of our attempts:
2. Know What NOT to Do with a selfie stick! So, in #1. it is important that everyone knows exactly where to look at on your smartphone. I had no clue where to look, and I am still baffled at that fact. I do believe, however, it is a generational difference: I don't take a lot of Selfies! The girls set me straight on that one! With #5, it's a good idea to try to hide the stick, so don't keep your camera too low. On the other side, I think we had it too high in #6. #7 is a total disaster because we were looking into the sun, AND the camera shadow hit Miss Bear right on her noggin. I like #s 1,2,3,4, and 8.
3. Rely on the Kindness of Strangers. There are some awesome people out there who will see you struggling to take a picture that includes yourself, or they will see you taking a picture that you should be in. These sweet people will come up and say, "Hey! Can I take your picture for you?" Your response: "Yes! That would be great! Thanks!" LOVE it when this happens because you might end up meeting someone from a different state, country, or realize you only live two counties apart! Stranger things have happened. Here is my favorite Kindness shot:
Just a note that Miss K, who pointed out to me exactly where to look at the camera on these occasions, kind of seems to be distracted.
4. Pay It Forward! Again, I love to offer to take pictures for others. You might see a mom trying to capture a picture of her kids, parents struggling to get all the kiddos corralled long enough for a shot, friends all traveling together, or a solitary traveler with a camera around his/her neck. Don't be afraid to ask if these people would like to be in their pictures too. It's such a small thing, but you have captured a moment in time that they will always cherish. I even took a couple with my cell phone, then the other party gave me their number so I could send the picture to them. So.Darned.Easy! See?
The first picture is of two grandparents with their granddaughter. Turns out they live about 40 miles from us across the Illinois state line! I can't remember where the other family is from, but I love the smiles of both parents. Yeah, you are not actually in these pictures, but I bet the families will think of you when they look at them!
5. Have Your kids Take over the Camera! It's ok to snap a picture of just you and your spouse without the kids.!
There you have it! 5 Never-Fail Tips That Put YOU in Your Vacation Pictures. Next time, we will talk about our trip to the Wild Wild West and how to take pictures while riding a horse! Didn't know I was that talented did you.
Until next time, Peeps, have a great day,
and make a positive difference in
someone else's life!