The Secret to Amazing Vacation Photos

Get ready for your closeup! Here at ​​Flytographer, we easily connect people with trusted photographers for fun photo shoots and have captured over three million memories worldwide. Today, we asked our local photographers based worldwide to tell us their secrets on how to have the very best vacation photoshoot.

Photo: Rachael in Paris for FlytographerDavid and partner capture their honeymoon together in Paris at the Bir-Hakeim Bridge & Eiffel Tower with a couple photoshoot.

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How can I get the best vacation photos?

Long after the vacation is over, do you find yourself flipping through photo albums or scrolling through your social media images of the trip? Of course you do! Photos make the absolute best souvenirs. Documenting a family vacation when you have a young family, a romantic tropical vacation 🏝for two, or that solo road trip across the country—those photos are priceless keepsakes you will want to look at again and again. Here’s how to document all of the best moments.

Photo: Scheherazade in Dubai for Flytographer. Viveta and family capture a family trip together in Dubai with a family photoshoot.

Family Vacation

Vacation travel sure is different when children are involved! And it’s so important to capture them at every stage. Whether it’s a “babymoon” (a trip before the baby is born) or one with babies, toddlers, older kids, or teens, there are so many ways to capture your family vacation.

For maternity photos, bring along some fun props such as adorable little baby clothes or photos from your sonogram. If you have a baby bump to show off, that’s great too! Make sure to wear something comfortable that will still show off your baby bump. Maxi dresses are popular for maternity shoots, but if that’s not your style, go with what is. Every pregnancy is different so let your photos be uniquely you.

If you’re travelling with a baby, they make the cutest prop. 👶 Hold your baby up high in the air (“airplane!”) to get them giggling. Ideally, the baby will be in a great mood, because you scheduled your photos for a time when they are rested and have eaten. 😉 But don’t worry if the timing is off that day. If the baby wants to be cuddled or swaddled, that’ll be a sweet photo, too. If the baby falls asleep in your arms, that’s your reality, and you want to capture that, too. If parents are relaxed, the baby is more likely to be relaxed—and vice versa. And don’t worry if the baby’s best timing is also when there are crowds everywhere, and it would be too stressful to be at the beaches or major tourist sites for a photo shoot at that hour. Sitting as a family and relaxing by the swimming pool is also a part of your summer vacation, right?

Toddlers can be challenging when it comes to cooperating with… well, any plan. (Can’t reason with them OR bribe them! 😆) The bad news is, they are unpredictable. But the good news is ALSO that they are unpredictable because a photo shoot with a toddler can be a really fun, wild ride. Let the toddler guide you. If they really want to sit down in the sand and play on the beach, get down there and play with them! If they want to run through the park, make a game of catching them and spinning them around. If they are sad that day and want to be carried (and maybe, refuse to look at the camera at first), go with the flow. They might just open up to the whole experience. If a happy family is what you want in the photos, focus on that toddler first!

Older kids can take a bit more guidance, and this can lead to all kinds of fun poses. Swinging the youngest in between the parents, all walking hand in hand, the kids running towards the camera while the parents stand back and watch, the whole family cuddling up close, and parents tickling the kids—endless options! For teens, it’s a bit more limited; they will probably be more comfortable if you keep it simple, with everyone walking together in a group. (A summer holiday is not complete without a beach stroll, right? 🏖) Why walking instead of posing seated or standing? Walking poses add some life to the images and give everyone a chance to interact with each other in a more natural way.

Photo: Ivo in Porto for Flytographer. Jessica and family celebrate their time in Porto at the Dom Luis Bridge with a family photoshoot.

Romantic Getaway

Maybe it’s your first trip together; maybe it’s a surprise proposal or a special anniversary. Or perhaps—there’s no particular occasion at all, but you took the time to book a trip together. There are so many reasons to take lots of photos of those travel memories. (Planning a couple’s trip? From nearby getaways to bucket-list destinations, we have travel tips for you!) To choose a location for your vacation photos, think about what you want to document: Is it just the way you both love to wander through the city, or how much you love sipping lattes in the morning at a sidewalk cafe during vacation? Your location choice will also be important when it comes to what you wear, of course. The backdrop will set the mood for the photos, so make sure it reflects what you want to capture about your trip. (Clothing tip for couple’s trip photos: complement each other’s clothing, but do not match! Unless you are specifically—ironically?—going for a playful matching look.😜)

Photo: Darine in Lake Louise for Flytographer. Grace and partner capture a beautiful day together in Lake Louise with a couple photoshoot.

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Beach Vacation

Beach vacations include so many wonderful backdrops for photographs. When you’re in a tropical paradise, it’s easy to convey a sense of relaxation and fun. (For those of us who live in colder climates, just the sight of a palm tree🌴 is enough to make us smile!) Whether you have a blue sky, a sunset 🌅, or a cloudy day to work with, a sandy beach on a tropical island is always a great spot for photos. Make sure you wear clothes that allow for some movement so you can fully enjoy that tropical beach. And don’t forget your sunscreen in the days leading up to the photoshoot! 😜

Photo: Marie in Maui for Flytographer. Lily and family celebrate a family trip to Maui at Po’olenalena Beach (South Shore) with a family photoshoot.

Road Trip

Grab your travel hammock, and let’s head out for the ultimate adventure: a road trip! 🚗 Whether you are camping 🏕 in national parks or staying in swanky downtown hotels on your way, there’s probably a Flytographer nearby to help you document those memories. Check out our guide to outdoor adventures in the USA 🇺🇲 or a road trip through Canada 🇨🇦 for some route inspiration.

This is your chance to get those spectacular landscapes in the national parks in the photo—or maybe the cityscapes you find along the way. Use your car as a prop or backdrop!

Photo: Madison in Jackson Hole for Flytographer. Donna and partner enjoy a snowy day together in Jackson Hole at the Rendezvous Park with a couple photoshoot.

Urban Getaway

Sometimes just a weekend in a fun city is enough to feel refreshed and energized! Tokyo is always fabulous, but there are endless other options. (Check out our guide to weekend getaways, with amazing travel deals from Fora!) City views, artsy alleyways, street art, iconic bridges, or skylines all make really fun backdrops for photos, too.

Photo: Daniel in Tokyo for Flytographer. Cynthia and partner capture their trip in New York with a family photoshoot.

How do you show travel memories?

Print those photos! A coffee table photo book of your trip or a gallery wall for your home are some wonderful ways to use your images so they are not just sitting on a hard drive somewhere. You want to be reminded of the wonderful time you had on this family vacation, couple’s trip, or solo adventure—so make it easy for yourself to see the photos as much as possible! Posting on social media about your travels is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family and update them about your life. (Maybe include some pics of the limited legroom on the plane, so they won’t get TOO jealous? 😬) In addition, you’ll have those social media memories to look back on.

Here’s a tip for keeping track of the thousands of photos you might keep on your phone: utilize folders! Put all of your selfies and travel memories into a folder for each of your trips so you can easily refer back to them without having to endlessly scroll.

Photo: Natalia in Barcelona for Flytographer. Kavita and partner celebrate their anniversary in Barcelona with a couple photoshoot.

How much should a travel photographer charge?

Flytographer photo shoots start at just USD 285 for a 30-minute shoot. This includes a gallery of 15+ lightly edited, digital images that you can cherish for years to come. Learn more about our pricing here!

One of the best things about the Flytographer experience is that it’s more than a photo shoot—it’s a vacation activity. It’s part of the whole travel experience. Meeting a local Flytographer and learning about their city through their eyes will give you a whole new perspective. They know all of the most iconic backdrops, and they can share their tips for photoshoot timing and locations. Most of all, it’s just plain FUN to hang out with a Flytographer.

Photo: Elizabeth in Kauai for Flytographer. Lou and family capture memories together on a family vacation to Kauai, Hawaii with a family photoshoot.

What makes a vacation memorable?

Ultimately, we go on vacation to take time out from our regular lives and focus on ourselves and our loved ones. It’s fun to explore new places, learn from museums and cultural experiences, and see all the sights, but it’s also important to schedule some downtime to relax. 😅 When we give ourselves the time and space to just BE, that’s when we really start to unwind.

Setting aside a morning or a late afternoon for photos during a vacation will ensure that you have something to bring back from the trip that you will cherish forever.

Photo: Amanda in Horseshoe Bend for Flytographer. Crystal and partner celebrate their anniversary at the Horseshoe Bend with a couple photoshoot.

Capturing vacation memories

It’s not every day we get a chance to escape the grind and go on vacation. (Unless you’re a travel influencer? 🤔) For most of us, anyway, vacations are rare and special. These are milestones in our lives, occasions to remember. And the best souvenir is a photo that captures the mood and the moment.