Planning for Your Honeymoon Album

You know your wedding photographer will be capturing your special day and those photos will live forever in your wedding album. But what about your honeymoon? This once-in-a-lifetime trip deserves an album of its own where you can relive your adventures together for many years to come. There are a few things you'll want to take into consideration to make sure you can get the most out of your trip and your album.

Planning

Take some time to think about what kinds of photos you'd love to see in your album. You're a unique couple and your album should reflect that! You can create a list of photo ideas and save it on your phone to refer back to once you've landed in your honeymoon location. If you've seen friends' honeymoon photos that you'd like to recreate, make sure to write those ideas down. 

The time of day photos are taken adds a lot of interest to the image. The "Golden Hour" is the hour before sunset and makes for beautiful lighting. Just make sure to include any time-specific photos in your day's itinerary.

If there's an absolutely gorgeous location that you've decided you need to take photos in, consider hiring a local photographer and having a photo shoot there. You're on your honeymoon to relax and enjoy time together as a couple, not to stress about getting the perfect photos. Hiring a professional will allow you to do just that.

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Things to bring

  • Cameras: Smart phones have pretty good cameras built into them, but you may wish to bring along a more powerful DSLR to capture the best photos. Consider also bringing (or purchasing on arrival) a few disposable cameras, particularly if you want to take some underwater photos or you feel uncomfortable handing off your camera or phone to a stranger to take a photo of you as a couple.

  • Memory cards: There are so many horror stories of couples losing all the photos from their honeymoon because of one corrupted or lost memory card. Bring several and swap them out each day to avoid disaster and allow you to take as many photos as you like.

  • Laptop: Transferring photos from your memory card(s) at the end of each day is a fun opportunity to look back on the day's adventures together. You can also use this time to delete any unflattering, blurry or otherwise unusable photos.

  • Tripod: Perhaps a bit cumbersome to carry, but tripods are a tremendous help if you want to take a photo of the two of you and nobody is around to help. They also help in low light situations. Small smart phone tripods are available and not too bulky.

  • Camera ready outfits: No, you don't need matching t-shirts, but planning your outfits to fit the overall feel of your album will help you make the whole thing more cohesive. Solid neutral colors are a good bet for most photos and locations but consider more colorful attire if the situation calls for it (such as a night out dancing). Above all, make sure you're not wearing something you don't want to see forever in your album!

Capturing photos you'll love

A little creativity goes a long way in photography. Utilize the Rule of Thirds to frame shots in a more interesting way. Take the same photo from different angles to capture a new perspective. Move around! Have fun with your photography and you'll have photos you love to revisit over and over in your honeymoon album.

Here are a few photo ideas to get you started:

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  • Where we slept: Capture images of your beautiful honeymoon suite or the view from your suite.

  • What we ate: You'll probably be enjoying some delicious meals while you're away. Local cuisine makes for an interesting and unique addition to your honeymoon album.

  • Sunsets: There's a reason sunset photos are so popular! Make sure you have some shots of the two of you as well as photos of the sunset.

  • Local attractions/events: Take photos of all the unique places and things you see.

  • Dancing: Photos in motion make a nice change from all the posed photos you might take. Dancing is a great opportunity to have a romantic moment captured in your album. Ask staff or another honeymoon couple to take the photos.

  • Views from above: Rooftop restaurants, cliffs, and other scenic spots that are high above the ground offer interesting views.

  • "Never again" shots: You may not have another chance to visit this destination, so be sure to take the time to capture activities there that you might not get to do again. How often will you have a chance to ride an elephant or go bungee jumping? You'll definitely want to relive it in your album!

  • Good-bye: Saying farewell to your honeymoon spot is bittersweet, but makes a lovely conclusion to your beautiful album. Your closed hotel door, the lobby of the hotel or resort or a photo on the plane to bid adieu.

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Coming home

Once you've arrived home again, real life can take over again very quickly and you may not have the time you wish you had to create your perfect honeymoon album. A photo organizer can help with that! I would be honored to take on your project and create for you the premium honeymoon album you've been dreaming of.

Learning the Story Behind a Favorite Photo

I hope your summer has been full of opportunities to make new memories.

I had a wonderful visit with my family in Canada and my quest for stories behind my family photos was successful!  Both my parents and my aunt (Mom’s sister) spent time with me to share stories from their youth with me.

Coming home with stories

It was amazing! I had never seen most of the photos of my Mom when she was young. It’s like finding a hidden chapter in a book, a chapter that reveals parts of the story that were missing and now the story as a whole makes more sense. The stories that go along with the photos are the extra treasures I would never have found out had I not embarked on this project.

My Mom was a little reluctant to begin with, I think being recorded was what made her uncomfortable. But since my aunt was there, they told stories together or elaborated about the situations in the photos and it became easier. (I know I personally don’t like to be recorded!) If you want to work on a similar project, I would suggest warming up your storytellers with photos you already know about. That way, by the time you are viewing photos that are new to you, your elders will be more comfortable with recording their stories.

It was also fun to go down memory lane with them. They could talk about what was going on at the time of the photos, where they lived, what school they were attending, and who their friends were, which made it an even richer experience for all of us.

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My Dad had great stories to tell too! He was raised on a farm in the 1930’s and when he was 5 or 6, he and his brother thought the mares giving birth must have had invisible zippers to allow the foals to be born.

He also shared another story about his oldest brother punching him in the head! Their father had told my dad to take the car and pick something up from a neighbor. I was surprised to learn that the quiet, gentle uncle I knew became upset about not being chosen as the driver so he decided to stop my dad. It didn’t work, Dad told me with a laugh, he just stepped on the gas and got out of there! 

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Stories like this are precious. I don’t think I would have ever heard about it unless we had taken the time to sit down together and share some of his life story.

Getting to know the Flip-Pal

The Flip-Pal was relatively easy to operate after I got the hang of it. I won’t promise it’s simple right out of the box, but with a little trial and error, a work flow was established.

I found it was easier to scan all the photos at once and then return to have the stories recorded with each picture. They were easy to name after they were recorded, too, so I can search and view/listen to them again whenever I want.

Learn more about the Flip-Pal here

I’d love to hear about the photos and stories that are special to you too! Share in the comments section.

Photos Are Treasures

Since becoming a Certified Photo Organizer, I’ve started a journey of my own to organize all my photos. There are SO MANY in my possession! But there are also photos and memories in my parents' home that hold the keys to my childhood that I want to preserve for myself as well as for my daughters.

This summer, I’m going home to Canada, armed with a small portable scanner, to capture those memories and the stories that go with them. I will be able to scan the photos in my parents' possession and then record the voice of my Mom or my Dad telling me the story behind the photo.

I've also gathered a few of my favorite photos that I already have in my possession and I'll be asking my other family members questions about them to see what their side of the story was when the photo was taken. For example, I think my brother Guy was helping me get ready for school, but I want to know more about what was going on!

 My younger brother Guy helps me get ready for the first day of school.

My younger brother Guy helps me get ready for the first day of school.

Another precious photo is this one where my dad is holding me when I was a baby. I'd love to hear him describe his thoughts in that moment. He looks so proud!

 One of the first pictures of Dad and I.

One of the first pictures of Dad and I.

If I’m lucky, maybe my sister will share photos from her collection and I’ll record her “version” of an adventure in a photo. That will be fun!

I don’t want to lose this opportunity. Not only do I want to go through my parents' photos with them, but I also want to understand what was happening when the photo was taken. The who-what-where is very important, but the why and/or how of photos is even richer. When these print photos are scanned, they will become part of my digital photo collection that I can treasure and pass on to my children.

Which family member would you most love getting together with to share stories behind photos?