For most of us, travelling with our children falls outside the realm of daily life, but that doesn’t have to change your approach to documenting vacations.
Consider the whole vacation and what it was like to be there. Is it a place you go every year or some great adventure? Tell the story from the beginning. Start with the travelling and take some pictures in the airport or as you load up the car. Think beyond the posed shots of everyone standing in front of the national monument (but, of course, you can take those, too).
If your annual family holiday takes you to the beach every year, there might be certain traditions and rituals–for example places that you always visit, or things that you always do–that you look forward to, no matter how many times you’ve done them before. You can photograph these same things each summer and never tire of the result. The photos of your children will be a yardstick by which you can measure their growth. Vacation is also a time to break out of the routine. Get up early and go to the beach at sunrise to capture the uniquely beautiful morning light.
Real Life Family Photography is Amy Drucker’s guide to going beyond the birthday snapshot and learning how to take inspired and unposed family photographs that capture the ages and stages of family life. Real Life Family Photography puts an end to awkward family photos, encouraging you to take inspiration from the every day details, while offering tips on fundamental techniques such as exposure, composition, lighting and focus. There’s even advice on how to photograph babies and pets, giving you the knowledge and freedom you need to take unique, frame-worthy pictures.