You will be hopping a flight to Cancun before you know it!
A family vacation is precious, but a family vacation to Mexico is priceless.
This will be one of those trips where your photography devices will be working overtime. When you are back home in the dreary day-to-day grind, you will want those warm fuzzy memories to reflect back on.
Sure, you’ll probably take your fair share of selfies, but what kinds of photos will really capture the essence of being on a family vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico? How do you freeze the happiness, the warmth, the experience?
Try taking these 5 iconic family pictures during your Cancun vacation, and you will have enviable, frame-worthy photos you will want to share!
Photos of kids playing in the pool are the best
If your kids are like mine, requests to smile for the camera are met with a goofy grin at best. So how do you get children to look like they are enjoying themselves in a picture?
You catch them in the act!
Kids love playing in the pool on a tropical vacation, and that’s why it’s one of the best locations for family photos in the Riviera Maya. They laugh, scream, and look happy. This is your moment to whip out the camera and get to work. There’s nothing better than candid photos of your kiddos having the time of their lives!
How to get the shot – Jump in the pool! This photo works when you are in the action, and low to the water line. Slap a waterproof casing on your camera or phone, or just be really careful!
You’ve gotta have sunset photos on the beach
The best time of day to snap family photos in the Riviera Maya is within the hour before sunset. This is referred to as the Golden Hour because the light is soft, warm and magical.
We love shooting into the sun at this time of day to blow out a photo and make the viewer feel the warmth of the Mexican sunshine.
How to get the shot – Set your camera low on the beach, facing the sun and then walk up and back with your family letting the automatic timer do the work. We prefer this family picture when nobody is looking at the camera. It gives the viewer the feeling of catching you in a moment.
Make use of tropical props in your Cancun beach pictures
How do you make an average photo more interesting?
And what kinds of props can you use in the Riviera Maya?
Look around! Coconuts, palm fronds, sea shells, sand….use your imagination!
How to get the shot –
1. Set up for the photo you want.
2. Add a prop.
Nothing says ‘beach vacation’ like sandy toes
Some of our favorite family photos on the beach are of sandy feet. Not much beats yummy little toes….but yummy little toes powdered with soft ivory sand? Irresistible!
How to get the shot – This family vacation photo works with one pair of feet, or with several piled together. Give the viewer a glimpse of the scene around to help tell the story, but make the feet the focus.
The Caribbean Sea is a perfect backdrop for any family photo
The ocean in Cancun and Riviera Maya is a color and clarity that has to be seen to be believed. The warm turquoise sea makes a perfect scene for any photo, and it’s a must for any classic Cancun vacation picture. The best part is, there are no rules here! Play seaside in the surf, jump on a paddleboard, or just simply smile for the camera.
How to get the shot – The ocean will be beautiful at any time of day but will be brilliant when the sun is high. Whenever you are snapping family photos at the beach during the hot time of day, try to keep the sun behind you, and not behind your subject, or their faces will be in shadow.
Here’s hoping that your family holiday in Cancun is the vacation-of-a-lifetime….and that you have the photos to prove it. Stick with the photography tips above, and you will capture striking memories to be enjoyed for years to come.
Would you prefer to leave these iconic photos to a professional Riviera Maya photographer? Then get in touch with us today to book! We are Fun In The Sun Weddings, the best lifestyle photographers in Cancun, Mexico.