Tanya Foster and assistant holding Talbots and Cabana Life clothes to do a travel photoshoot

Tanya Foster and assistant standing in Talbots clothes with a rack of clothes to prep for a photoshoot

Tanya Foster and assistant standing in talbots clothes with a rack of clothes to prep for a travel photoshoot

Tanya Foster and assistant in talbots clothes with a rack of clothes to prep for a photoshoot

You might know by now that Laura and I are on an influencer trip to Disney World + Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. Shooting looks on a trip doesn’t just happen. There’s lots of work that goes into it long before you ever depart. We want to deliver the best content, tips and tricks for you, so we plan ahead for our photoshoots; ESPECIALLY when they are travel photoshoots. No matter if you are going out of town for a family trip, or just to another town for the perfect shot, here are tips you need to plan accordingly to make your travel photos memorable.

While this blog post may seem specific to the blogger industry, it really applies to anyone who is traveling and taking photos. I know many of you like to get that family shot on the ski mountain or at the beach. Maybe you will be hiking together or visiting the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Regardless of the location, planning ahead and make your pictures better. While today’s post is travel specific, I’ve also written a blog post about how to prepare for any photoshoot. Make sure to also read tips on how to prep for any photoshoot in order to be extra prepared.


5 Tips To Plan For A Travel Photoshoot

1. Do Your Research

Make sure you do your research to discover the most photographic sights. I love to check Instagram geo-tags and Google to see how other peoples travel photographs turn out. Also, you want to make sure the location you want to shoot at allows photography shoots. Sometimes you have to get approval to use certain venues. Research will ensure that your travel photoshoot goes seamlessly. This will alleviate a lot of stress while traveling.

2. Plan a shot list

Based on your research, decide where the best places to shoot are. Plan the order and days in which you will shoot at the different sights. Maybe one place is great at sunrise and another one is better at night. Also, check the weather to make sure you do your indoor shoots on days when it might be rainy. This is especially important if you are trying to get a great family shot with a photographer while on vacation.

3. Plan your looks

With your photoshoot locations in mind, plan your outfits accordingly. My advice is to keep it simple. Too many patterns and colors will not photograph as well. Another thing to consider is to stick with a theme and dress according to that. If I go to the beach, then I will only wear tropical themed clothes and swimwear such as I did in this blog post about what I wore on our recent trip to the Bahamas. If there is more than one person in the photoshoot, make sure the looks compliment each other like Laura and I did in the pictures above. Obviously, we are working off the colors read, blue and neutrals. We thought ahead, requested specific clothing from retailers and coordinated our looks.

4. Be adaptable

No matter rain or shine, make it work! Bring plenty of options for any situation. Now is the time to purchase that adorable rain jacket that you’ve been eyeing or a light trench coat in case there is a chill in the air. Be over prepared and you won’t be caught off guard.

5. Have fun

You are doing a photoshoot in a fun location…what’s not to love? Just relax and enjoy yourself! One of the things I think about with travel photoshoots is “does this picture encourage people to come here.” Does the location and outfit look aspirational? Attainable? Realistic?


Where is your next travel destination that might involve a photoshoot? Check out what Laura and I packed for our trip below.

xoxo – Tanya

I’m wearing a size S sweater and size 6 jeans. Laura is wearing a size S tee, S jacket and S skirt.

Photo: Audrie Dollins

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Tanya Foster and assistant picking out clothes for a travel photoshoot

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