How to Take the Best Family Photos on Vacation

You planned the perfect vacation to a dreamy location, why not take your family photos while you’re there? (Your future self will thank you when it’s time to make the annual Christmas card.) 

When you’re squeezing in a family photoshoot on vacation, it can feel like there are 9,000 decisions to make: choosing the right photographer, finding the perfect location, picking the coordinating outfits, determining the time of day… Not to mention picking the right bribes to make sure the kiddos all look at the camera at the same time!

Here’s the good news- Your family is beautiful and you can’t go wrong with a Colorado location, so your pictures are going to be amazing!

But just in case you still need some tips for your vacation family photoshoot, here are a few ways to capture family pictures that you will love forever:

1. Choose a location with a beautiful monument in the background, such as Garden of the Gods or Pikes Peak. 

A unique backdrop will make your photos stunning, but also remind you of your trip to Colorado Springs! Whether you live here, visit regularly, or brought the kids on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, you’ll be so glad to have the beautiful keepsake. 


2. Family photos at sunset never disappoint – no matter the location.

If you’re not sure what time to plan your photoshoot, I always recommend sunset. The lighting is perfect, it’s not too hot, and mountains look extra magical at the end of the day. (Bonus tip: In the summer you have plenty of time to eat an early dinner before changing into picture outfits… and avoid the hangry meltdowns!)


3. Candid photos of the kids roaming and exploring your location.

This is a great way to capture their beautiful, genuine smiles while making wonderful memories. Your family relaxed and  having fun surrounded by Colorado beauty is a perfect combo!


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