How To Get The Best Photos at Disney World

by Tina on June 10, 2015

in family, photography, Travel, Travel Files, USA

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There is nothing better than experiencing the most epic Family Disney Vacation… except maybe reliving those memories later through photos.  The trouble is that if you depend on the Photo Pass Photographers, you are likely to have a great many holes in your memories, and more than likely, bad lighting, crooked shots, and a lot of very expensive, and disappointing shots.  (Not that ALL of their shots are bad, but it’s definitely not the way to capture the fullness of your experience!)

We have a few tips today that we hope will help you take your own photographs that will really capture the essence and joy that your family is experiencing at Disney World.

Here is our Top Tips to get the Best Photos at Disney World::

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1. Capture Excitement!  One of the first things most of us do is tell our kids to stand still so we can get a photo.  But don’t forget to snap away and capture the authentic excitement your kids are experiencing in the moment!

Walt Disney 2015-3-2 Walt Disney 2015-3-3 2. Take Your Own Photos.  Oftentimes there is a Photo Pass Shot that is blurry or the kids might create something like these tricked out vehicles that they want a photo of.  Grab a shot of them with it, looking up at their ride photo, or even the ride photo itself!

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3. Employ the crop.  There is a lot going on at Disney World and a lot of people pretty much anywhere you go.  So, crop your images when necessary.  The top image is all about the kids and Tigger.  The second one?  All about the lady on her phone, the employees in the mirror, the little girl’s bright dress.  (Download free software, such as Picasa, to help you crop quickly!)

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4. Capture the Same Object from Different Places.  If you want photos that look and feel different from everyone else’s, try shooting the same subject from different locations.  Sometimes a ride will give you a view that you might never have noticed before!

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5. Take Photos at Night.  Use the light of fireworks or other lighting sources to create magical evening shots for your family!

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6. Let everyone have a turn.  It can be hard to be patient when there is so much to do in each park, but let each child have their chance to shine!

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7. Keep Things Lighthearted.  Don’t forget to capture moments of silliness and fun!

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8. Take Photos on the Ride.  Hold on tight to your camera and shoot away!  These shots will really remind you of the wind in hair and the happiness you felt along the way!

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9. Take Photos from the Ground.  Grab great shots with movement and of your family on the ride.  (This is especially helpful if a certain ride isn’t for you but you still want to be a part of the fun!)

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10.  Don’t Stress Over the “Epic Magic Kingdom Photo”.  We see families do this every time we visit the Magic Kingdom.  They walk in, their kids are skipping and jumping, and the parents immediately want their family photo in front of Mickey and this wall.  (Or in front of Cinderella’s Castle.)  The kids start crying, the parents start yelling, and someone inevitably says, “The magic is gone and we just got here!”  We have shots of us as kids sitting on the wall, so we definitely love this classic shot, but Landon was having nothing to do with it.  Grab the shot later, or even somewhere else, but no matter what.  Don’t worry about it!  It’s not worth getting everyone upset over.

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11.  Take Photos at Sunset.  The light is golden and if you shoot directly into the light, you are nearly guaranteed some beautiful shots.  (Just be sure to turn your auto flash off… then again, that could be cool, too.)

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And one more than is a bonus, but perhaps the most important of all…

Capture the Magic.

Because that is what going to Disney World is all about, right?  Buy that balloon, or that sword or that princess dress… whatever it is that makes the day extra magical for your child and photograph them running, sword fighting, or twirling their heart out!

Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell

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Shelby June 10, 2015 at 4:38 pm

Tina, I have absolutely adored these last couple posts on Disney World!!! Having grown up in Florida, Disney was our Magic home-away-from-home and these precious photographs have brought back so many incredible memories!! Thank you for sharing these… Wishing you all the loveliest summer!!


Tina June 10, 2015 at 10:09 pm

You are so sweet! I grew up visiting my extended family in Florida, so it has a lot of special memories for me as well. I’m so happy to be able to share them! xx


bobbekay June 10, 2015 at 5:38 pm

I am not much of a Disneyworld/Orlando fan, but your photos make the best of being in that place.


Tina June 10, 2015 at 10:17 pm

I thought my husband was crazy to want to do this kind of vacation. I grew up going, but as an adult I wasn’t sure that was my idea of a dream vacation. My husband and the kids are total Disney fanatics and I couldn’t help but cave and let them indulge their dreams. In the end, we had such an incredible time. Watching them have such a wonderful time made me fall in love with Disney as an adult!


Kelleyn June 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Looks like you are having a blast! It doesn’t seem like the parks are too busy this week, but this could be a misperception as I am only seeing this in the photos!


Tina June 10, 2015 at 10:18 pm

Oh, I’m sorry for the confusion! We were there last year and I’m actually just THIS far behind on posting about our trip. My guess is that right now it’s crazy busy!! 🙂


Irene June 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

Hi Tina,
So loved your Disney diary! The photo of your daughter eating ice-cream is fantastic. Disney or an ice-cream company should have her advertise for them!


Mima Isono June 17, 2015 at 5:01 am

The pictures look so gorgeous. I envy you for great pictures that did not include stranger faces in the frame. It is almost impossible to take that kind of pictures in Tokyo Disney Land and Disney Sea. They are always crazily crowded.

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Tina June 17, 2015 at 8:40 am

Yes, sometimes you just have to own the crowd. In a way, that is part of the story of the day as well!


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