One thing I LOVE to do when my family is on vacation is have our photos taken to preserve the memories and capture the essence of our trip. I talk more about the why's of a Travel Session in this blog, but what if you're already considering hiring a photographer to photograph your family on vacation this year and have no clue what you would do at the session? Here are 6 ideas for an amazing travel session.

1 - A Slow Morning at Home - Some of the best moments of being on vacation are the slow mornings in the comfort of home or a cozy vacation rental. No one has to rush to get up and ready for school or work. You can cook a leisurely breakfast together, enjoy a lazy morning in pajamas, and engage in activities that bring joy to the family. It could be playing a board game, storytelling, or simply lounging around with a good book. Photos like these capture a documentary-like story of your family. Embrace the tranquility of the moment and create memories that celebrate the beauty of togetherness.


2 - A Morning Hike for the Adventurous Souls - For the nature enthusiasts in your family, consider starting a day with a refreshing morning hike. Choose a trail that suits your family's fitness level, and immerse yourselves in the beauty of nature. Capture candid moments as you navigate through winding paths, discover hidden gems, and take in the breathtaking views. A morning hike not only invigorates the body but also strengthens the family bond through shared outdoor adventures. And if we're at the beach, nothing beats a sunrise walk on the sand.


3 - A Trip to your Favorite Ice Cream or Sweet Shop - I don't know about you, but our family isn't on vacation until we've visited our favorite local ice cream shop, Treats on the Beach. Whether it's a classic scoop of vanilla or a whimsical concoction of flavors, there's something magical about sharing a cold treat with your loved ones. Take a leisurely stroll through the nearby park or along the beach while enjoying your ice cream, creating a backdrop of laughter and smiles.


4 - Have a Picnic - Opt for a slower pace with a picnic brunch – a simple yet intimate way to share a meal with your family. Pack your favorite snacks, sandwiches, and refreshing beverages (or we can pick something up at a local food truck - how cute would that be?!). Find a scenic spot, be it a local park or a quiet corner of the beach, and lay out a blanket. Allow the unhurried moments to unfold as you savor your brunch, engage in light-hearted conversations, and bask in the warmth of each other's company.


5 - Your Family's Special Place

Every family has that one special place that holds a unique significance, perhaps a location tied to fond memories or a spot that has become a cherished tradition. Make sure to include a visit to your family's special place during your travel session. It could be the beach where you had your first family vacation, a park where you celebrated birthdays, or even a quaint café where you shared special moments. Returning to this special place adds a layer of nostalgia and emotional connection, making your family vacation even more meaningful.


our family's special place, New Smyrna Beach. Photo by Shaylyn Kraus

6 - Sunset Session in a Picturesque Location

As the day draws to a close, we'll have a sunset session at a picturesque location that holds special meaning for your family. Whether it's a beach, a hilltop, or a cityscape, we'll capture the golden hues of the setting sun as it bathes your family in warm, soft light. These magical moments make for stunning photographs and serve as a beautiful conclusion to your family vacation session.


If capturing photos like these at your next family vacation sounds like a dream, then I'm your girl! Traveling in my favorite and to be able to help capture the essence of your families trip is such a joy for me. Reach out and let's start planning your dream session! My bags are packed!