Two of my favorite things are Disney and photography. For the past few months I have been itching like crazy to travel to Disney, camera strapped to my face with a pocket full of memory cards, (ahhhhh BLISS) BUT alas, work and family doesn’t allow one these spur of the moment trips to fulfill one’s need for photography and Disney. (A girl can dream though!) Instead for now I decided to compile a top 10 list of photography tips for YOUR next Disney trip!

1. Invest in multiple smaller capacity memory cards instead of one big card. Swap them out every day or other day that way if you lose or damage one memory card you haven’t lost ALL of your awesome photographs. Take multiple empty cards with you daily to make sure you don’t run out of space and miss out on capturing all the memories Disney has to offer!

2. It is ok and encouraged to ask Cast Members and Photopass photographers to take a photo of you with your camera. Let them take a picture with their camera also so you have double the chance of scoring the perfect shot!

3. Make sure you bring a plastic bag for the water rides! While they do have a spot for your camera/storage it is NOT waterproof! (Ahem Kali River Rapids!)

4. Snap, snap, snap away! Capture the story! Don’t just take shots of the main attraction! You want to be able to describe the scene and everything leading up to the main attraction. How about the look on your child’s face as they walk into the building to see Mickey, while in line and then while visiting? The best thing about a digital camera is that you can take tons of pictures and weed out the duds later!

5. Take the time to review your photographs daily! (While relaxing by the pool is my favorite time to do this!) This will give you the chance to delete shots that may be beyond editing. It will also free up space on your cards for more memory capturing!

6. Have multiple “camera men!” Even though there is almost always a designated “photographer” in every group, why not have a couple people man a camera? You would be surprised how different people approach a subject!

7. Don’t forget your camera’s charger or extra batteries. Enough said!

8. Always have your camera with you! You never know when you will capture the most special moments.

9. If you use a larger DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera for your photography make sure to also take a smaller point and shoot camera for those times when you don’t want to lug around the extra bulk of a DSLR! (If you have a cell phone that has a camera that too can be an option!)

10. AND last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful moments you are trying to capture! Remember that you are first and foremost at Disney to have a blast with your family! I myself struggle with this! I have to tell myself to just put the camera down!

Are you ready to capture memories of your family at Disney? I would love to help! Contact me at, on Facebook or by phone at 1-800-670-4312, ext. 143.