Laid Back Photo Tips for Your Beach Vacation
Thank goodness for our winter break retreat to the beach in Aruba or this long extended winter would be even harder to stomach!
And without my photos, our week of warmth would be a much more distant memory.
Capturing beach vacation photos as a parent doesnâ€™t have to be a big deal though. I have a few of these vacations under my belt now and have perfected some laid back photo strategies.
1) Bring three cameras
DSLR, waterproof point-and-shoot and iPhone (see my more detailed suggested family vacation packing list).
2) Carry the point-and-shoot and iPhone with you all the time
Use the point-and-shoot in and around the water. Â Even out of the water a point-and-shoot cameraÂ is great for when you donâ€™t want to get your iPhone covered in sand! Use your iPhone for everything else.
3) Only bring your DSLR out for special trips and one or two times at the beach
The rest of the time you can relax without worrying about whether your camera is safe, dry and sand free!
Here are some of my favorite shots from each of the cameras I packed for my family beach vacation.
The beach. The clarity and shallow depth of field of the DSLR canâ€™t be beat.
I love this moment with my two boys playing together in the sand. Yes, the beach really was that empty, even during winter break.
A different beach with a more rocky coastline givesÂ a different character.
Sand angels! The iPhone lets me easily capture spontaneous moments and then get back to playing.
The bat caves. Even with my DSLR out, I also like the wider angle of the iPhone.
We ended up on the beach late one afternoon with gorgeous diffuse light. I didnâ€™t have my DLSR with me and the waterproof camera was out of batteries! After a moment of disappointment, I ended up getting some of my favorite photos from the vacation on my iPhone, including this magical and totally un-posed moment.
This photo was taken just moments before the DSLR photo above. You can see that each camera gives photos of a different quality and character.
These are the photos that you canâ€™t get with any other camera!
Liam loved going down the water slide. I put the camera on burst mode Â to capture exactly the right moment!
Splash! I love that the waterproof camera lets me capture the joy of playing in the water.
One of my favorite sibling pool photos.
Donâ€™t forget the beach!
Note: I have come to see a waterproof camera as an absolute essential for the family beach and/or pool vacation, especially if your kids love the water. Chances are, if youâ€™re heading for the beach, your kids love the water, and youâ€™ll want to capture their joy and excitement. The moments you can capture with a waterproof camera that you canâ€™t with any other camera are priceless. For more tips, check out my beach vacation photo tipsÂ and my waterproof camera tips.
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a family photographer and photography coach for parents with Photosanity. A former architect and interior designer, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her two boys Liam, age six, and Jack, age three.
Alethea is on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their childrenâ€™s lives through photography. Find her on http://photosanity.com