There is no better way to remember our trips and adventures than through pictures. However, during our family vacations I tend to casually approach the subject, snapping some pictures on my phone as the mood strikes or occasionally grabbing the DSLR and asking the family to pose. I have to be intentional about taking posed pictures. However, they say that opposites attract and, in this area, Brooke and I are opposites. She is constantly planning ahead for picture taking opportunities, scanning the scene for the right backdrop. She plans ahead (sometimes very far ahead) to have the kids in matching outfits, or even makes the clothes herself. She absolutely treasures our photos and pours so much energy and effort into the process. Sometimes, I stand back and watch as she goes through the process, and then the picture taking mood moves me and I capture those moments of her capturing moments. I have compiled just a few of those times, behind the scenes where Brooke is fully engaged in taking a picture and I am fully engaged in watching her do so.
This first set was from our California Coastal Road Trip this past summer. While in San Diego, we took a steamboat ride on the Bahia Belle and Brooke had the girls (and her) matched in Lilly Pulitzer and found a picture spot on the bay. While it looks like Weston is in the picture, he wasn’t cooperating at all, so he did not make the cut!
HOTEL DEL CORONADO
The next day in San Diego, we visited the famous Hotel Del Coronado. The kids spent 3 hours in the supervised kids club while Brooke and I had dinner and explored the grounds. We got some great photos that evening!
DISNEY WORLD – EPCOT: EAT TO THE BEAT
Every year, we mark our calendars for Disney Epcot’s Eat to the Beat concert series for the Sugar Ray performances. Brooke is a huge fan of Mark McGrath and over the years we have perfected getting the best seats for every show. Here she is in the front row getting some close ups.
Nashville, TN is one of our favorite places to visit and while we were in the Chattanooga area for Thanksgiving this past year, we made the 2 hour drive north with the older girls and their cousin, Arabella, to show them the city. These pictures are from the Bi-Centennial Park.
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
Traveling the Caribbean on the Disney Fantasy offers some great beach shots and during our port stop in Falmouth, Jamaica we arrived at the beach club 1.5 hours before anyone else and had the place to ourselves. Unfortunately, this specific picture didn’t turn out because of sun in the eyes, but we did get other great shots!
DISNEY’S CASTAWAY CAY
Our favorite stop on any Disney Cruise is Castaway Cay and on our way back to the ship, we found the best view of the Disney Fantasy and Brooke snapped some great shots of the girls on the ship. Weston again wasn’t participating!