It seems like people are taking more photos than ever. I blame it on the digital age and the combining of phone, camera, music player, and everything else we need in one device. The selfie often captures the essence of the moment, but they may not be professional quality or include everything you want to include in the photo.
This is even more true since Disney World has banned the selfie stick; most people’s arms are not long enough to stretch far enough to get the whole picture.
Most people know about Disney’s PhotoPass program, which stations photographers throughout the parks to take well-framed photos of your whole group in front of the Disney icons. Even this free service comes at a cost though; prints can cost upwards of $20 each, and the Memory Maker is about $150 – $170.
Did you know that Disney has another photo program?
Disney Fine Art Photography does everything from casual family shoots to formal wedding photography, and you may be pleasantly surprised at the cost.
There are two options for portrait sessions:
Enhanced Portrait Session
The Enhanced portrait session gives you one hour with a professional photographer and an assistant, and you can choose your location. They will pose you and use professional studio lighting to make your photos are perfect.
After the session, they will retouch your photos and add artistic enhancements then upload your photos to a website. You’ll even get a soft-cover proof book with your family’s name on the front.
All of this is only $350! If you’re a DVC member, ask about discounts. Usually they’ll offer a 20% discount and two free 5×7 prints.
Mini Portrait Session
The Mini Portrait Session is a 20-minute casual photo shoot at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
You’ll meet your photographer in the lobby of one of these resort hotels, and the photos will be taken at this resort. If you aren’t staying in one of these resorts, don’t worry- you can still meet the photographer there.
After the photo session, you’ll get all of your images on a flash drive and a copyright release that you can use to print your photos. This session costs $150, which is $19 less than the least expensive MemoryMaker option.
Plan Your Attire
The Disney Fine Art Photography website makes many suggestions about what to where and what not to wear for your photo shoot. This is especially important if you do the Mini Portrait Session, which doesn’t provide touch ups.
- Decide whether the group will dress formally or informally. Either one works, but it’s not a good idea to mix styles.
- Wear comfortable clothes and allow each member to dress as naturally as possible.
- Avoid bright colors and bold patterns and opt for soft, muted, solid colors. If the whole family can agree on one color, or at least one shade, that’s even better.
- Avoid making dramatic changes like cutting your hair right before the photo shoot.
- Consider posing barefoot. This makes your photo appear more natural and comfortable.
- Use natural facial expressions. Coaching your children or altering what comes natural to you will affect the quality and believability of your images.
- If you have a specific location in mind, consider dressing in attire the matches the location. For example, choose natural colors if you plan to shoot at Animal Kingdom Lodge or beachy colors if you’re shooting at Beach Club Villas.
Making an appointment
Department store photo sessions can get the job done, but wouldn’t it be more fun to make memories while you’re capturing a moment in time? If you would like to schedule a photo shoot with Disney Fine Art Photography, visit its website at DisneyFineArtPhotography.com or call 407-934-4004.
Have you ever done a photo shoot at Disney World? Sound interesting?
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