How to Take Vaca Photos Like a Pro

You've just booked an amazing vacation or honeymoon, and you simply cannot wait to document the beautiful scenery, take a perfect selfie, and show off the delicious looking food. Am I right?  Life with a View Studio owner, Brittany Carpenter, has been snapping gorgeous moments for happy couples all over the globe. Brittany specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography and has an eye for catching just the right lighting for a couple saying "I do", to being able to capture the essence of a tropical getaway. Whether you're planning to take all of your pictures on your smart phone or with a professional grade camera, why not take a few tips from a seasoned photographer who revels in saving memories?

You've just booked an amazing vacation or honeymoon, and you simply cannot wait to document the beautiful scenery, take a perfect selfie, and show off the delicious looking food. Am I right? 

Life with a View Studio owner, Brittany Carpenter, has been snapping gorgeous moments for happy couples all over the globe. Brittany specializes in wedding and lifestyle photography and has an eye for catching just the right lighting for a couple saying "I do", to being able to capture the essence of a tropical getaway.

Whether you're planning to take all of your pictures on your smart phone or with a professional grade camera, why not take a few tips from a seasoned photographer who revels in saving memories?

6 Tips to Pro Pics

1. Know your gear! Whether it is your smart phone or DSLR camera, make sure you are comfortable using your tools so you don't miss the perfect moment. Try getting in plenty of practice before you head out on your next adventure!

2. Find the light. It sounds simple, but understanding the light is important to getting the picture you desire. Brittany suggests making sure the subject of the picture is in the same light as the background. If your subjects are standing in full sun, add sunglasses so they aren't squinting. If the background is brighter than your subject, turn on the flash (even if you're outside! I know crazy right?). 

2. Find the light. It sounds simple, but understanding the light is important to getting the picture you desire. Brittany suggests making sure the subject of the picture is in the same light as the background. If your subjects are standing in full sun, add sunglasses so they aren't squinting. If the background is brighter than your subject, turn on the flash (even if you're outside! I know crazy right?). 

3. Add interest to your photos. It's easy to get stuck in a rut of taking the same picture 100 times and not even realizing it until your trip is over! Don't let this happen to you. Try moving your subject around the frame by using the rule of thirds to add a different element to the picture. And remember, to tell the story of your trip be sure to catch unique detailed shots. There are only so many selfies and beach scenes you can take ;) 

3. Add interest to your photos. It's easy to get stuck in a rut of taking the same picture 100 times and not even realizing it until your trip is over! Don't let this happen to you. Try moving your subject around the frame by using the rule of thirds to add a different element to the picture. And remember, to tell the story of your trip be sure to catch unique detailed shots. There are only so many selfies and beach scenes you can take ;) 

 
 
 
 
4. Don't be afraid to hand off the camera. Sometimes your dream shot cannot be taken with your hand (no matter how many weird ways you contort your arm). Try looking for another couple taking a selfie and offer to snap their photo in turn for taking yours! However, always stay cautious with your electronics when traveling around crowds of people.

4. Don't be afraid to hand off the camera. Sometimes your dream shot cannot be taken with your hand (no matter how many weird ways you contort your arm). Try looking for another couple taking a selfie and offer to snap their photo in turn for taking yours! However, always stay cautious with your electronics when traveling around crowds of people.

5. Edit it down. It's tempting to post five pictures of the same beach scene, but for the sake of your friends and family, don't! Narrow your posts down to the pictures that tell the story of your vacation without making your viewers feel like they're stuck on repeat.

5. Edit it down. It's tempting to post five pictures of the same beach scene, but for the sake of your friends and family, don't! Narrow your posts down to the pictures that tell the story of your vacation without making your viewers feel like they're stuck on repeat.

 
 
 
6. Enjoy the moment. This is something we all can struggle with when trying to capture every instant of an exciting trip. Sometimes making memories means putting the camera down and enjoying the moment. Have fun taking your photos! But remember to just stop, breathe and live in the experience. Even if you don't get a photo of something, you will still have that memory to cherish forever. 

6. Enjoy the moment. This is something we all can struggle with when trying to capture every instant of an exciting trip. Sometimes making memories means putting the camera down and enjoying the moment. Have fun taking your photos! But remember to just stop, breathe and live in the experience. Even if you don't get a photo of something, you will still have that memory to cherish forever. 

Written by Carrie O'Neal