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5 top tips for photographing your amazing adventures
January 11, 2021
Girl hiking around Table Rock and seeing the city view below

Here’s the thing: you can’t always afford for a great photographer to follow you around and take your pictures for you. The important thing is that you are taking those pictures. It’s so much more important to have those memories photographed for later than it is to not have them at all, regardless of the quality of the image. Consider using a professional for those epic and once-in-a-lifetime adventures or adventures that signify traditions you don’t want to forget, and save those daily trips to the park for your own talents.

Sister and brother playing on the rocks while hiking with the family

I am also a firm believer in also taking time for yourself and not photographing some memories so you can be more present and accounted for in your family. It’s not always about the photo. Sometimes it’s about the moment and spending that with the ones you love. Having said that, let’s talk about some of the ways you can make your photos better when and if you choose to do them on your own.

family walking on top of a mountain with the beautiful foothills in the background

1. Use your phone…properly
Ok, this one may seem totally obvious but really, it’s not. It is one thing to use your phone to take pictures but it is totally another to learn how to use that camera phone properly. There are hundreds of online tutorials to make your photos better. Depending on the type of phone you have, the capabilities of your phone will differ. You may be surprised at how much it can do.

Boy standing on top of the rocks at Table Rock with his arms open wide

2. Don’t forget the scenery

It can be tempting to take pictures of all people all the time but don’t forget to take a look at the surroundings and make sure to capture that too. Whether it is the water you are standing by or the mountains you see in the background, it is all-important. Details like this will be cherished as time goes on.

Two kids climbing all over the rocks by themselves

3. Ditch those cheesy smiles

It can be really tempting to have all those people you love, stand in a line and take a picture in front of the beautiful area you are adventuring towards. There is a time and place for this for sure! But don’t forget to capture those real laughs and those real smiles too where it is not forced. I challenge you to not like those images just a tad more when it’s all said and done.

4. Don’t forget the details

Depending on the activity you are headed out to do will depend on the details I am referring to. Sometimes those details are getting close up on the activity and sometimes those details are getting close to your loved ones and that hand-holding or the connections. Those types of details you will want to remember because we all know too well how they will change so quickly over time.

5. Make sure BEFORE you go you have the proper battery power and storage

I cannot tell you how many times I have gone out and had this happen to me. It bears repeating. Make sure your camera or your phone has enough battery life for the number of pictures and/or videos you plan to take that day. And make sure you never run out of space on that phone or that camera card by having a backup online or extra materials with you. You will never regret being more prepared than not. You don’t want to miss those moments.

Bonus: PRINT those photos!

This goes without saying as well, but it is so rarely done. There are so many ways to inexpensively print your photos these days. There are some places that are more quality than others, but that aside, it’s so important for everything from self-esteem to happiness on your family’s part. Studies show that houses that show their love for each other through photos are more likely to be happier on a day-to-day basis. Try it out. Look at them often.

If you are having trouble figuring out how to choose hat photos to print and where to print them, download my free guide! It’s simple and easy and full of the information you can use starting today!

So the next time you are debating whether or not you should be taking your own pictures, just know that all photos are loved. Save the epic adventures for me, the daily adventures for yourself!

Much love,


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