Let’s be honest: how many of us have come home from Walt Disney World and realized that you experienced 85% of your vacation through a camera lens? (You can’t see me, but I’m definitely raising my hand.) I usually get so caught up in capturing every detail while I’m on a Disney vacation that I don’t think much about exactly why I’m taking pictures in the first place.
As great as it is to look back on photos from every parade, show and character meet and greet, I’m willing to bet that you don’t want to print out a 12”x16” of Pluto prancing down Main Street, U.S.A. and frame it above your mantle (or maybe you do, and in that case carry on). But instead of going shutter happy during Wishes on your next Disney vacation, focus on snapping a few well-thought out photos that you would consider “frameable”. This can help you feel less stressed about capturing every moment and give you a few great souvenirs that cost much less than that Disney home decor you’ve been eyeing.
Lost as to where to begin in your hunt for “frameables”? Here are a few ideas to get you going!
Doors of Disney | Great for: framed posters, canvas collages
The idea that started it all! I spent an entire Disney vacation taking a picture of every door I could find and the collage turned out to be such a great momento of our vacation. If you print this one out as a collage and hang it in your house, it’s a great conversation starter and a way to subtly display a little Disney.
Photography Tip: When taking door photos, center the doors in every photograph and make sure they don’t fill the whole frame. Leave yourself some room to crop so your doors don’t turn out different sizes when collaging.
Playing with Patterns | Great for: wall art, canvases
If you’re a Disney parks regular that might want to take it a little slower in the parks, this one is for you. There are some incredible patterns hidden around Walt Disney World that you would completely miss if you were running around to make your FastPass+ reservations all day. Capture a few patterns that include color schemes already in your house, then blow up the picture for a fun piece of subtle Disney wall art to hang when you get home.
Photography Tip: If you have a macro lens, use that to capture the pattern from an angle. Depth makes the photos more interesting and perfect for canvas printing.
Your Loved Ones | Great for: mantle photos, smaller frames
This almost seems like a no-brainer, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come back from a vacation and realized that I barely had any pictures of the people I was with. I look at it this way: I can Google pictures of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party or Wishes any time I want, but what makes pictures really “frameable” is when people you love are in them. So the next time you’re tempted to snap another picture of a parade or show, turn the camera on a loved one to capture their priceless reaction.
Photography Tip: Focus the camera on the person, but try to get a bit of whatever they’re reacting to in the background. That way you can remember exactly what magical moment caused that big smile!
Do you have any great ideas for unique photography in the parks? Comment below! Or better yet, Tweet us some of your unique Disney Parks shots!