Everyone knows that the entire purpose of a family vacation is to get a really spectacular photo of yourself, your partner, and your children: an image in which everyone is looking directly at the camera, smiling beautifully, and perfectly posed before an epic landscape. Achieving this feat is crucial, because then you can post the photo on Facebook and make that girl who was super mean to you in high school but is now – inexplicably – your Facebook friend all bitter about your adorable family and fabulous vacation and general perfection.
Oh fiiiiiine, you should probably have fun, too. But getting that one really awesome, full-family photo is still a nice memento of a special trip – and it’s totally possible to make it happen.
How To Get A Great Family Vacation Shot
Please, please do not try to pour your about-to-be-photographed children into the frilly, starchy outfits that your mom sent you because she forgot that what children hate more than anything in the world is anything frilly and starchy. Just let your kids wear what they’re comfortable in. They’ll be about ten thousand times more likely to actually smile for the camera when they’re not yelling at you for having forced them to take off their beloved “soft pants.”
Ask For Help, And Use Your Simplest Photographic Device
You already know you’re going to have to beg some random passerby to moonlight as your official family photographer…so give the guy a break. Don’t hand over an insanely complicated DSLR camera that requires an engineering degree in order to operate – give him your iPhone. Everybody knows how to use an iPhone, and so what will happen is you will get a photograph of your actual bodies and heads, as opposed to a shot of a blurry pair of feet, or perhaps the inside of a lens cap.
The “Golden Hour” refers to that moment when the sun is just over the horizon and casts a soft, reddish light. This effect enhances landscape colors, diffuses the light hitting the face, and makes everything it hits seem to glow. It is actual magic, and will make even an epic meltdown look somehow angelic.