How to get the best family holiday photos

Capturing a moment on a family holiday is priceless. It’s a time when you are (hopefully) feeling at your most relaxed and happy, and the memories are something that you can look back at for years to come. We asked blogger and lover of photography Amanda for her top tips on capturing perfect holiday pictures. Here’s what she told us.

I think the first thing I would recommend is, whatever you are taking your photographs on, get to know it better. Whether it’s a phone, a point and shoot, or a DSLR, take some time to handle the camera and read the instructions so that you can get the most out of it. On a side note also make sure you bring a charging cable, or batteries and a large memory card, the last thing you want is to not be able to take those photographs once you are away.

Taking Photographs of Children

Get down to their level, the best photographs I’ve taken of my girls is when I am at eye level with them. If that means lying on my tummy on the sand or grass it’s definitely worth it. It makes the resulting photographs more personal and engaging. Very young children or babies? No problem, play peek-a-boo behind the camera, so they look straight at you, or grab a favourite toy to attract their attention. I would also add that you should never be afraid of filling the frame, if that means you are cutting off arms and legs, it can be a good thing, as you really see the delight on your children’s faces clearly then.

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Don’t be afraid to fill the frame

Try to grab an image from different angles though; sometimes this can make a real difference. It’s great to think out of the box with photography, and shooting more unusually to get the WOW image. As most of us take our holidays when it’s sunny, if you are wanting to capture portraits of the family, especially children, I would recommend taking them in the shade where you can, then there is less chance of the sun getting in their eyes or shadows on their faces.

Capture the Moment

Sometimes it’s the more natural shots that you want to capture. So upping the shutter speed or capturing the photograph on sports mode is seriously the way to go. On a phone there are options such as burst mode which do similar. This also can make for a less formal and natural image. I always use this when I know my camera isn’t going to be able to keep up with the action, so swimming in a pool, sea or jumping and running for example.

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A fast shutter speed helps to capture the moment

 Tell A Story

What I mean by that is to photograph what’s important to you, and to tell a story about your holiday. One of the best things I have ever done when I’ve come back from a holiday is to make a photo book, but you don’t want to just take photographs of your family, its good take photographs of the things that make the holidays memorable for you – good food, lazy afternoons around the pool, architecture even shopping. Capture that magic of the holiday with the photographs you take. I went on a recent trip to Corsica, and if I was going to make a photo book about my trip, I would intersperse family photographs with ones of the French buildings, scenery and churches that were in the local area. That’s why I took so many photographs of French shutters (which I have a somewhat healthy obsession with) and doorways. Your passion might be food, so documenting that will help keep that holiday memory fresh.

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Tell your holiday story – I love shutters!

 Mini Me

I would really recommend giving a child a spare camera on a holiday, so they record what they see too. Especially if they are a little older, they can also make videos of their time and it’s a great idea to help them edit it once you are home. They can also capture you… as I’m the photographer in the family, I not in photographs that often, but this way I can be!

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Encourage the mini-me’s!


My final tip is for when you get back, try and keep yourself organised, label the images that you took whilst away, and do it by place and date. Then back them up, so you have them elsewhere, if anything happens to the originals. However don’t just leave them on your computer, use your best shot and frame it, or make a photo book, so that you always have something to look back on.

Amanda is a Mum, wife and writer at The Ana Mum Diary. Lover of all things stylish, her blog covers interiors, vintage, photography, fashion, food, beauty, travel and her love for life! She is also the co-founder of the collaborative travel blog We Blog Travel – 3 Travelling Storytellers.


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