Being a pro photographer is both a blessing and a curse. I want to take the best pictures of my family possible, but I also want to enjoy time with my family and maybe even be in front of the camera every once in a while. When we’re on vacation it’s a fine line of capturing the memories, but also being a part of the memories.
Here are some observations / tips on how to enjoy yourself while documenting your families trip:
1) Don’t be afraid to leave the big, fancy camera in the hotel room. When I have my DSLR down by the pool I’m scared that it’s a) going to get stolen b) going to fall in the pool c) get dropped. So, I never leave it’s side. I don’t get to go have fun in the pool. I get to sit with my camera all by myself. Just because you have a big, fancy camera doesn’t mean you have to take it everywhere with you. It’s okay to leave it in the hotel room every once in a while. I really only bring mine out when I know the light is going to be just right.
2) Take the point and shoot. If I leave the DSLR in the hotel room I bring my point and shoot with me. That way I have it to snap some pictures if something fun is happening and I’m not stressed about it getting broken / stolen. Also, if I want to be in a picture it’s important that I have it because people either don’t know how to use the DSLR or are scared of it.
3) Don’t miss out on the memories because you are too busy capturing them. My husband will tell you that I am guilty of this. I’m so busy making sure I take pictures and video of everything that I’m not always enjoying the moment.
4) Every image doesn’t have to be an amazing, blogable picture. Shoot for yourself. Shoot for your family. And have fun with it!