Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing tips to get great photos on your Disney vacation.
We all like to get our pictures taken with Disney characters! But with the long lines and the short time available for posing, it can be hard to get anything other than the standard stand-and-smile shot like the one above.
So today I’m here to help you one and all break out of the same-old same-old with tips on how to get great character photos:
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Photograph Characters on Their Own
This is perhaps one of the hardest things to achieve due to the popularity of the characters, especially with the youngsters, who tend to rush up almost before the last guest has cleared the posing area. But with patience and good timing, a great shot can be had!
The one above was taken just before the meet-and-greet officially opened, so Aladdin and Jasmine were waiting off to the side, away from the crowds.
The picture of Mary Poppins was achieved through the miracle of cropping. A little guest was rushing over to the Practically Perfect Nanny when I saw my opportunity. With just two feet remaining between this shot and the inevitable hug-filled greeting, I had room to isolate my subject in post-editing!
Donald was easier, as he was on the way down the ramp from the Aztec Temple in the Mexico Pavilion. He saw me lining up the shot and struck this pose. Thanks Donald!
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Photograph Characters Interacting
Photo Credit: The Mousekatools Mom
We all know Olaf loves hugs, so this shot really plays to his strength. With everyone in on the premise, we have a great , and heartwarming, moment captured forever!
Most face characters will take the time to speak and interact with each guest, especially if the guest is a cute little child! Both Alice and Mary Poppins took the time to engage these little girls. One with a conversation, and the other by putting the little one to work! Can you imagine how thrilling it would be to hold Mary Poppins’ umbrella?
These kinds of shots capture a moment in time that will never be repeated by your child, and not exactly by another child. This makes each shot priceless!
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Photograph Characters in Close-ups
If you just have to have the obligatory stand-and-smile shot, make it more interesting by cropping out the extra stuff that does not add to the finished product. Legs, for example, aren’t that interesting and so can be amputated in post-editing.
Another tip for making this kind of shot better is to, if possible, choose a neutral background. Nothing can wreck a great shot like an unintentional photo bomb from some other park guest who is unaware they are in the frame. Hence the weird facial expressions or nose-picking moments that are all too common among the background extras when taking a character shot!
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Photograph Characters Being Funny
Photo Credit: Home is Where the Mouse Is
Welcome to Alice in Funland as she introduces this guest to a new way of getting an autograph! As you can imagine, this was fun for the subject, and is much more interesting for those who will look at the picture later.
Photo Credit: My Pixie Dust Diary
This is a nice shot because it shows a bit of the personality behind the character. Chip is being silly as he helps his littlest poser obtain the same height as her brother. Mischievous. And priceless!
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Photograph You Being Funny with Characters
Photo Credit: Love Our Crazy Life
Doing something funny with a character is a great way to get a unique shot. Of course, if you want to try the pose above, you might want to bring your own apple. I’m just saying.
Don’t be afraid to really ham it up! Most costumed and face characters love it when they get a ‘live one’ to break up the shift.
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Utilize PhotoPass Add-ons
If you’re OK with spending some extra money to get the professional shots from the PhotoPass Photographers, be sure to check out all of the great add-ons and fun extras available to you.
For example, you can add borders:
You can add Disney characters, and pretend they are posing with you, or photo bombing you:
And don’t forget the ride photos. Because a ride is a character too!
And last but not least, be sure to ask your PhotoPass Photographer if they can add any special elements to your picture in post-production. Like this:
Photo Credit: My Pixie Dust Diary
I hope these tips have given you some ideas for your next photographic adventure at Disney!
For more Disney photography tips, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Disney Photography Tips Loop:
- 1st Stop – Disney Nouns | How to Get Great Character Photos
- 2nd Stop – Adventurer Mom | Ultimate Disney Photo List
- 3rd Stop – Magical Mickey Tips | Disney PhotoPass and Memory Maker Tips
- 4th Stop – Crafting to Disney | Firework Photography Tips
- 5th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | Great but Little Known Photography Spots