If you know me personally, then you know that my families’ favorite place to visit is Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. My love of Disney World took root as a child, but the magic really unfolded for me as I began taking my own children there and vacationing as a family.
As a photographer I am always looking for new and exciting things to photograph, and because of this passion, over the last few years I began capturing more and more images at Disney! (Above and beyond my favorite family memories, of course.) Now I have quite a collection of Disney images that continue to bring me joy long after I take the “tragical” express home from my trips. (My Disney people know this reference, I assure you.)
For those that might be interested in photographing at Disney as well, here are some of my favorite tips:
1. Use whatever camera you are comfortable carrying, that will also enable you to join in on the family fun. For me, this is my cell phone. For you, that may be a DSLR with a 70-200 zoom lens. We are all different, and there is no right answer here. The rule of photography is: the best camera is the one you have with you.
2. Change your perspective or position. Many times if you are trying to photograph a popular location or landmark at Disney, instead of shooting it directly in front, try a different view. Perhaps try the side of Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom, or from an out of the way alcove at Animal Kingdom to capture the Tree of Life. There are many ways to photograph the same thing, so switch it up!
3. Patience, patience, patience. You will notice in most of my shots that there are no people in them. Does that mean Walt Disney World was empty that day? NO! This is Disney World after all! It means I waited until there was a “parting of the seas” if you will. In most instances if you wait around a bit, you will find an opportunity to grab a shot with little to no people in it. Just be patient.
So there you have it, my favorite tips for shooting at Walt Disney World! I’ll be adding my Disney photography here and would love to hear what you think, or if you have any tips you’d like to share! Thanks for following along, see ya real soon!