How to Take Better Family Travel Photos

How to Take Better Family Travel Photos

The photos you capture during your family holidays will spark years of conversations and memories and be the catalyst for hours spent reminiscing in the future, so it makes sense to take the best photos you can while you have the chance to capture your experiences forever. We carry a range of photography gear with us, including a digital SLR, waterproof point and shoot camera, a Go-Pro camera and a video camera, as well as our iPhones, but really, no matter what we’re shooting with the principles are still the same to get your photos looking their best, so here’s our tips for how to take better family travel photos:

Learn the Basics of Photography

Although rules are meant to be broken, there are some simple principles for taking better photos. There are online photography courses available that you can do while you’re travelling or before you go if you’d like to learn in depth photography skills, which will help not just for your travel photos but for all your photography. There are some basic photography concepts that will help get you started:

None of the photos I’m using below are award winning travel photos, in fact they are mostly snapshots off our phone, but I simply wanted to give you an example, and I don’t have my hard drive with our “fancy” SLR photos on hand.

Fill The Frame:

This is one of the most basic concepts of better photography; get in close and capture the real spirit of the photo. Of course if you’re taking a landscape shot, this isn’t going to apply, shoot wide in that case and take in the spirit of the landscape, but for people, get in close, capture their expression, the place, and cut out all the boring sky or backdrop that isn’t essential to tell the story. If I’d stood back to take the photo of Jackson with the crab, I’d have missed the detail; his expression as he’d almost been nipped, his dirty fingernails from hanging out on the bank of the water, building and playing and fishing, and of course the crab.



Face the Subject into the Light

You’ve all been part of a photo where you’re ushered into speckled shade or faced away from the sun. It’s never comfortable to stare into the sun, but it is important to have lighting on a person’s face if you’re trying to take a portrait. Photos in direct sunlight are always difficult to get balanced as far as lighting goes, so if you’re taking portraits, the perfect thing to do is to place the person in solid shade, not speckled shade if you can help it,  but looking out to the direction of the sun or light source so that their face is lit.

Rule of Thirds:

While it might sound technical, the rule of thirds helps to produce photos that are more pleasing to look at and are well-balanced. Break the habit most amateur photographers have of wanting to put people, or objects in the centre of the photo. Many camera viewfinders have lines breaking the area up into 3, if not, imagine they are there, and place subjects on one of the dividing lines. Our eyes are drawn to those points in a photo, and it works to put people’s faces there particularly well. Here’s an example below, it’s just a basic shot that I grabbed quickly off our hard drive. Another point is when taking landscapes to break it into thirds. Don’t put the horizon in the middle, for example at the beach, make it one third sand, one third ocean and one third sky.

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Notice What’s in the Background

Ever taken a photo and then noticed it looks like there’s a tree branch coming out of someone’s head? If you have time, take a little time to notice what’s in the background of your photo, it can make all the difference. Whatever you do, try to include interesting snippets in your photos, if you notice interesting signage, or something unique to the area you’re visiting, try to place it in a way that brings the memory of your holiday flooding back to you.

Ditch The Posed Pictures

Now there’s nothing wrong with posed pictures, and we take a lot of them so I’m not saying ditch the poses all together, they have their place, but try to be a little adventurous with taking some candid shots of the family enjoying their environment. Get the kids looking, playing, exploring, laughing, not just standing and saying ‘cheese’, it helps to remember the experience of your holiday.

Educational historic fun! #tasmania  #traveloz


Don’t be scared to hand the camera to the kids either, and no matter the result, you’ll be sure to have lots of memories captured forever to look back on over the years.



Family Holiday Photo Of The Day

Family Holiday Photo Of The Day

It’s almost the weekend, and I thought, what better way to celebrate the approaching days of relaxation than by digging out a favourite photo of mine. Perhaps we’ll make it a regular occurance, I have thousands of photos that are currently homeless so I really need to share them more!

This is one of my FAVOURITE photos. It’s taken at Erskine Falls on the Great Ocean Road, during our Nat Geo family holiday.

QUESTION: What do you do with all your family holiday photos? Print them and put them in albums, leave them on the computer and never see them again (guilty here!) or turn them into photo books? Let us know in the comments below.

Whatever it is, don’t forget to take a look at them from time to time and relive the fun times and get inspired to plan new explorations!

Farm Day Photos

Farm Day Photos

My family are from a rural area, born and bred.

Me, I was born in the city, and I remember vividly when mum and dad told me we were moving to “the country”. I was 8 and I thought everyone would be watching black and white television and wearing colonial style clothing. (Nope I’m not joking, the thoughts of a child huh!) We still live in regional Australia, and my kids are more worldly and travelled than I was, but it’s still very important to me that they understand and appreciate rural Australia and the farmers that put food on our plates.

So, to help achieve that, as I’d already mentioned, we were excited to be participating in Farm Day. We headed off last weekend to Booroomooka Angus Stud, and I have some wonderful stories to share. But first up, here’s some photos of our amazing day.

Farm Day Families

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We’re linking up for Wordless Wednesday too.

Melbourne Aquarium a Photo Journey

Melbourne Aquarium a Photo Journey

If you’re looking for Melbourne family activities then we’ve got the place! We were so very, very lucky to be welcomed by Melbourne Aquarium to explore for the day. Sometimes I LOVE being a photographer, because not only do I get to experience the amazingness of places like this first hand, I also get to capture them so memories never fade! Here’s a photographic look at just a few things you’ll see around the Aquarium. If you are in Melbourne with your children and are wondering whether to visit, then DO IT!

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Cuttlefish For Dinner!

Cuttlefish For Dinner!

Forget the cool morning breeze, when there’s a beach to explore nothing can stop us! During our family holiday to Kangaroo Island we hit the shores of Vivonne Bay to see what we could find, and mother nature let us in on some great finds!

Today for Wordless Wednesday I’m sharing a great one with you:  a big cuttlefish bone with teeth marks in it!

cuttlefish shell

Can you see the teeth marks?