How to Take Beautiful Photos On Your Honeymoon

Amazing tips for taking beautiful (and affordable) photos on your honeymoon – without a fancy camera!

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Have you ever seen a friend’s photo and just been floored by how beautiful the moment was? Well, this is how we felt about every single photo shot by the uber-talented photographer, Sam Shorey. Sam’s work is gorgeous. She specializes in film photography and told us that “film has this wonderful memory-like quality, a softness that has so much feeling in it.” What an incredible way of putting it. Here, she shares her top three tips for how to take your own beautiful (but affordable) photos during your honeymoon.

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1. Bring a disposable camera!

A lot of people don’t realize that you can still buy these at just about any drugstore (for about $15) and have the photos developed there too. They’re a perfect-match for honeymoons for a few reasons:

— Disposable cameras are tough. — On a honeymoon, you’re going to be doing adventurous things that aren’t great for carrying around your quality digital camera or even your smart phone. Sunset cruises and beach days; sand and water are electronics’ worst nightmares! But disposable cameras are basically indestructible. Once on a trip to Big Sur, I left mine on top of my car and drove 25 miles down the road before I realized it was missing. It’d been flung off my roof, but was fully in tact on the roadside (and the pictures still turned out great!)

— If you like the look of film, disposable cameras actually take pretty great pictures! — Just as good as your iPhone or a point-and-shoot digital. They’re going to have all the great color that’d you be emulating with your Instagrams, but with #nofilter.

— Disposables are way lighter than a digital kit and easily fit in your bag or pocket. — Save on overweight baggage fees or having to lug lenses through Yellowstone (I’ll only make that mistake once.) And, if you’re traveling abroad, bringing a few disposables saves you the stress of having your fancy digital camera stolen. All you’d lose is $10 and the memories. And I mean, who’s going to steal a disposable?

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2. Natural light makes taking good pictures so easy! 
In general, get outside or a room with big windows. Coordinate your most scenic activities during “golden hours,” the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset. Everything looks so magical! The light is gold or blue in color and doesn’t have the harsh shadows of noonday sun that might highlight your under-eye bags from the redeye flight. Use this time for big events – like riding the Ferris Wheel in downtown Seattle – or even the more photogenic day-to-day stuff, like taking the ferry home. No matter what I’m doing, I always try to be out-and-about during these hours when I travel! Even just walking around the neighborhood.

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3. Get on the other side of the camera!

If you’re reading this post you’re probably the designated photo-taker on vacations, just like me. Whenever I get home from a trip and show my family the pictures everyone says “well that’s all lovely, but where are all the pictures of you?!” Over the last 5 years, the number one thing I wish I’d done is taken more pictures of me.
I know it’s embarrassing and can feel kind of vain – but ask your partner to take your picture (especially on the good hair days!), and don’t hesitate to ask a trustworthy stranger to take one of you together. Everyone loves young people in love.

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Sam, thank you for your amazing tips! We’re feeling inspired right now to run to the corner store and grab a disposable camera to take images of all the small, joyous moments. Practice for all our future travels!

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Spotlight: Tyler Govaars

Meet Tyler Govaars, a rockstar blogger and fellow jetsetter who we had the privilege of speaking with

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We never pass up the chance to chat with inspiring and ambitious young gypsets who are passionate about all things travel. Tyler Govaars, the fabulous blogger of The Weekend Edit is here to share her wanderings with us. She has traveled near and far to over 32 countries! YUP. Basically, she’s everything we aspire to be. Read on for more fun facts {hint: being detained in Thailand}. 

How did you become a gypset? Was traveling always something you were interested in?

I think I’ve always had a bit of the gypset mentality. Growing up I spent a lot of time in Lake Tahoe exploring and spent summers at Ghost Ranch outside of Abiquiu New Mexico with my extended family. During the day the adults would take workshops like ceramics, poetry and painting and the kids would hike and explore the vast New Mexico landscape. I’m drawn to adventure and feel a strong pull to nature, which fuels a lot of my wandering. Travel is the biggest source of inspiration in my everyday life.

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What made you decide to start a blog? Was writing always something you’ve been interested in?

I wanted a place to document my travel stories and photography when I moved to Australia after college. The Weekend Edit is actually the third blog I’ve written and each one has opened the door to amazing opportunities around the world. Writing is a great way to hone your voice and discover what truly excites you – plus it allows me to develop a personal portfolio while doing something I love.

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How do you decide where to travel?

It’s usually a mix of places I have researched online and where my friends are exploring. Instagram is also a great source of travel inspiration for me. I ask everyone I know what new travel destinations are on their radar – the next Bali or the next Tulum. I have an ongoing list of places I want to visit scribbled down in my notebook.

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What do you do when you’re not roaming the world?

Right now a mix of travel writing, content strategy and web design. I also help produce a three-day music, yoga, and arts festival in Austin called Euphoria Music & Camping Festival. I have been focusing a lot of my time on that recently – we just had our fourth annual event and it has really taken on a life of it’s own. I’m in awe of the creative community that we have built over the years.

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What is the craziest thing that’s happened to you while traveling?

When we were living abroad in Australia my boyfriend and I were detained on the way back from Thailand. I was on a yearlong work exchange visa and he was only renewing a tourist visa, so I guess that set off a flag in the system somewhere. We had to answer all sorts of personal questions, and were quizzed in separate rooms. They let us go eventually, but we did miss our next flight and had to spend the night in Darwin. I’ve spent the night in plenty of airports, and have found that it is usually the uncomfortable situations that result in of the most memorable travel stories.

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What is your favorite place you have ever traveled and what would you recommend people do there?

My favorite places have been Japan, Iceland and Vietnam. In Japan, navigating the Tokyo subway, riding the Shinkansen and ordering udon from a vending machine; Iceland, renting a car and driving the coastline, stopping to explore waterfalls, hot springs and black sand beaches; Vietnam, a bike tour of rural Hoi An, winding off the tourist trail and stopping to eat river prawns and ride through bright green rice fields.

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How many countries have you traveled to?

So far, 32. I had a personal goal of visiting 30 countries before my 30th birthday, which I completed this past summer while crossing the border between the Czech Republic and Germany by train. My whole family was there, and we celebrated with wine and beer at 11 AM from the restaurant car that my mom had bought while I wasn’t looking.

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What destinations are on the top of your bucket list?

South Africa, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Bhutan, Norway, Uruguay, Brazil, Indonesia. My bucket list is pretty long…

What are your favorite travel essentials?

A good backpack, like the Little America from Herschel Supply and a camera whether it is my Nikon or my iPhone. I also always bring a sleep mask and ear plugs.

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If you could choose one Wanderable experience (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why?

I would pick something in Myanmar. I’ve always wanted to see the sunrise over the Bagan temples.

We told you didn’t we? Tyler might just be the definition of awesome. Make sure to follow her travels, whether in Houston, TX or at the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium. We know we will xoxo

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Spotlight: The Lazy Travelers

Besties, Ashley & Carolyn of The Lazy Travelers share their stories and travel tips.

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Ashley & Carolyn at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Ever dreamed of traveling the world with your bestie? Of course you have, as have we. Ashley and Carolyn of The Lazy Travelers have made this dream a total reality. These two gypsets conquer the globe one glass of red at a time, and have had their fair share of adventures (downed pints in the Irish countryside, got locked in an Austrian dungeon in the middle of night, etc.). As you can see, these two travel gurus live an unaverage yet incredibly fascinating life. Ashley and Carolyn have taken the time to share with us their story, their traveling tips and much more.

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Ashley & Carolyn in Budapest

How did you two meet/become best friends?

On the seventh grade school bus! Once we found out we had every single class together that year, we were pretty much inseparable.

How did you guys get the idea to start a blog? Was it something you always dreamed about?

Not at all. We were both working for the same company, and the work/life balance was… lacking. After a lot of post-work wine one night, we brilliantly decided we would run off to Dublin and open a pizza shop. We created a full presentation for Ashley’s husband, who immediately talked us off the ledge. Apparently he didn’t agree that there is a major hole in the Irish pizza market.

A blog seemed like less work, so we bought the domain and just started writing!

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Ashley & Carolyn in Nob Hill, San Francisco (via Flytographer)

What do you do when you’re not roaming the world?

Ashley just moved to London and Carolyn is back in Philadelphia after a few years in NYC, so we’ve been doing a lot of hometown exploration and weekend staycations!

We also enjoy drinking wine whilst wearing comfy clothes and gchatting/whatsapping/snapchatting each other excessively. Standard bestie protocol.

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 Ashley & Carolyn at the Brooklyn Bridge 

What is a typical day like for the two of you when you’re traveling together?

We’re big proponents of getting to know a place by aimlessly wandering, which means we don’t really have a typical day. If we’re in a city, we’ll get up, grab breakfast, and then pick a neighborhood to explore on foot. We also find ourselves renting a car for at least one day on most of our trips, and going on a bit of a roadtrip. Recently, we were in San Francisco for four days, but went out to Napa for a night so we could get a taste of the wine region.

Whatever we do, almost all our travel days include a few hours spent in a local bar, pub or cafe, people watching and taking it all in. Oh, and instagramming, mildly obsessively.

How many places have you traveled together?

Our first real adventure together was a week long pre-college program in NYC when we were sophomores in high school. Not sure how we convinced our parents of that one, but they fell for it.

Since then, we’ve been up and down the US East Coast together, all over Europe… it’s hard to keep track! Most recently, we were in South Africa for a week, which was incredible.

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What is your absolute favorite place you have ever traveled? What is one thing people NEED to do while there?

We can’t pick a favorite!! BUT our recent trip to South Africa was one of our best experiences to date.

There are so many things worth doing–wine country, safari, Cape Town–it’s an insanely beautiful country. The thing that made our time so memorable was two days spent with a local charity called Newkidz on the Block. They help establish loving homes for orphaned, vulnerable and destitute children, and the co-founders, Hilda and Michael, are such incredible people. We raised funds in the weeks leading up to our trip (and still are!), and it was so uplifting to meet the kids and caretakers who benefited from everyone’s donations.

It also made us realize that giving back when you travel doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. It’s not all or nothing–you don’t have to dedicate your entire vacation or honeymoon. It’s wonderful if you can, but even just donating one or two days really makes a huge difference.

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Ashley and Carolyn painting murals in a daycare with Newkidz on the Block!

Which destinations are on your bucket list?

It’s way too long to list! Our recent reunion in San Francisco made us realize just how much of the US we haven’t seen. We also have our sights on South America. Chilean wine country, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos? We’d settle for any of those! We also definitely want to go back to Africa sooner rather than later, ideally to Botswana, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya…

Seriously, the list is just too long.

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What is your favorite part about traveling the world? What is the biggest challenge in traveling?

It sounds cliche, but we genuinely love experiencing new cultures, trying new food and meeting new people. We can get a little cranky about the actual act of traveling, and usually just want that part to be over.

Our husbands would probably argue that we get a LOT cranky, especially on the return journey, but whatever. Who likes to leave vacation?!

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What is the last best thing you ate/drank?

Kevin Arnold Shiraz paired with spicy dark chocolate at the Waterford Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa! And not that Kevin Arnold, we asked. We were met with blank stares.

What are your 5 tips for traveling internationally?

– Don’t put pressure on yourself to see everything! Instead, narrow your personal must-sees to 2 or 3 things that you can’t miss, and check out more if you have the time. Chances are high your favorite moments won’t be zipping through a museum or snapping photos of a building you heard was important.

– Try to learn key phrases in the local language, but don’t let it stress you out if you panic and forget everything as soon as you land! When all else fails, hand signals and an apologetic smile work wonders.

– If you’re unfamiliar with the local cuisine, scout out the regional fare in advance and mentally list a few dishes you know you have to try. This also helps if you’re a fan of ignoring recommendations and just picking a restaurant that looks cute. Even if you can’t read the full menu, you’ll at least have a vague idea of what to order!

– Check out the local public transport situation, as well as how much a cab should cost from the airport. There is nothing worse than wondering if you’re getting scammed the second you step off the plane.

– Pack light, especially if you have more than one stop on your itinerary. We speak from experience when we tell you that there’s nothing worse than unpacking and repacking piles of unnecessary clothes every three days.

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Ashley & Carolyn in Cape Town, South Africa

What are your favorite travel essentials?

Chapstick and a big scarf! We can’t board a plane without either one. Also, on the subject of packing light, packing cubes are a godsend. They make organizing your suitcase so, SO much easier, and are a major space saver.

If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!), which one would it be and why?

Welp, just fell down a rabbit hole and literally want to go on ever single trip. Like… is the Treehouse Lodge even real? Or this eco resort??

…Do you guys do best friend registries?

Not yet, but stay tuned!

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Spotlight: Delovely Details

Here at Wanderable, we wholeheartedly believe in dreaming big. Our new friend, Nicole of Delovely Detailstotally embodies this mantra by having turned her dreams into a reality. What started off as a fun hobby, quickly turned into a successful operation with her husband Drew by her side. Whether you’re looking for a personalized engraved hanger or a fancy-shmancy personalized stir stick, Delovely Details is your answer. These are the perfect customizable wedding gifts and can even be found on Etsy. So what are you waiting for? Check it out!
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What’s the inspiration behind your company? How did it start?

My two best friends got married just a few months apart from each other. I was a bridesmaid in one and a maid of honor in the other. Having to be in two weddings, just a few months apart, can be costly. Two bridesmaid dresses, several showers, gifts, bachelorette weekends, it all adds up. When their wedding days came, I knew I wanted to give them something meaningful and special. Not having a whole lot of extra cash around, my husband and I used an old school woodburning kit to burn their new married names on hangers to hang their dresses on. It was a hit and everyone insisted that I start to sell them. The rest is, as they say, history.

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What is your absolute favorite item on the website?

My favorite item on our website is the new stir sticks we have. I love that we can completely customize them, and they aren’t only for weddings. We brought custom stir sticks to all our family gatherings over the holidays, to baby showers, and to birthday parties. Even on nights where it’s just my husband and I, sometimes we will throw a stir stick in our drink just to make ourselves feel fancy.

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How did you and your husband meet? 

My husband, Drew, and I actually met while we were both attending high school, rival high schools to be exact. My best friend was dating one of Drew’s best friends. They introduced us and we just hit it off. Now they are married and we are married. We are one big happy family!

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What is it like working as a husband/wife team?

Running a business and being married has made for a very interesting relationship. Unlike most people believe, we do not get tired of each other. If anything, it is completely the opposite. I think we crave more time together because even though we work together, we don’t get a lot of “couple-quality” time in. We make sure we understand that during certain hours of the day, we can be “business partners” but firstly, we are always “husband and wife”.

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Do you travel a lot for work or for pleasure? What is your favorite place you have ever been?

 So far, all of our traveling has been for pleasure. However, that’s actually going to change a bit this year, which is exciting. We try to plan a big vacation once a year and for the most part, it’s been to Europe. My absolute favorite place, probably has to be Positano. I can’t help but smile when I think back on it.

What destinations are on your bucket list?

 I really want to see the rest of France, Amsterdam, Iceland, and Hawaii (I have never been!). It’s really hard to come close to narrowing it down. I want to go everywhere!

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What advice do you have for any aspiring dreamers/designers?

 I think my biggest piece of advice is to follow your own path. That goes for traveling and designing. Let things inspire you, but create your own work. You’ll be much happier down a road you made than trying to navigate someone else’s.

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What are you feeling/loving/reading right now?

 I’m feeling really excited about upcoming trips we have planned! I’m loving all the amazing people I’ve met in my industry. I’m reading Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please. (She’s hilarious!)

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If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!) which one would it be and why? 

 My husband and I leave for UK and Ireland in less than 100 days! On our last trip to Paris, my husband surprised me with a professional photo shoot in front of the Eiffel Tower. The pictures from that shoot are my favorite souvenirs I’ve ever gotten from any place I’ve ever been! So I love that Wanderable offers photo shoots for some of their cities! I’d definitely sign up for a photo shoot in Dublin, Ireland!

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What did we tell you? Are these not the greatest and most unique gifts? AND they are affordable. What more could you ask for? Keep Delovely Details in mind when picking out your next wedding gift or even birthday gift! We cannot wait to see what else Nicole and Drew have in store!

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Spotlight: DJ from Dream Euro Trip

DJ, from Dream Euro Trip, inspires us with his philosophy on life, eurotrips, and travel.

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We love nothing more than introducing you to inspiring travelers who share in our passion of discovery. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on DJ, who is not only an immensely well-traveled gypsetter (seriously, he’s traveled through almost 150 cities in 25 European countries!), but also a mentor for fellow wanderers. Just look through his blog, Dream Euro Trip, and walk away inspired to make your own dream trips a reality. Here, DJ shares all that he’s learned from his extensive travels over the years. 

Walk me through and average day in your un-average life.

This is so difficult to answer as I do different things everyday depending if I’m on the road or back home planning my next adventures. But usually my average day would be waking up, eating breakfast, answering emails and updating my social media pages. I would then write a bit and work on my clients since I help plan eurotrips for my readers and help them get that dreaded Schengen visa. I am also currently learning German so I spend around 2 hours of my day learning about the German language with my teacher via Skype. At night I would either be hanging out with friends or throwing dinner parties at home or just spending a quiet time watching movies with my partner.

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What inspired you to become a gypsetter? Was it something you always dreamed of doing or something you just fell into?

There is no one thing or person who inspired me to be a gypsetter. I’ve always been a traveler and always wanted to make traveling as a lifestyle. So it’s definitely not an accident and I have planned my life to be this way.

How do you decide where you want to travel?

I like planning my travel around festivals, events, food and discovering new places. I also plan depending on where the best beaches and best parties are. But I can pretty much go anywhere since I simply love the fact of being out there in the world. It doesn’t really matter where sometimes. I crave more than ever the transformative and thrilling experience of just moving through a place, taking it in, and letting that movement heal you.

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How many countries have you traveled to and what is your favorite place you have ever traveled?

To be honest I’m not sure, but I am pretty sure I have traveled to over 150 European destinations in the last 5 years. I love Europe a lot and have traveled extensively in the continent. That’s why my blog is called Dream Euro Trip!

What is your favorite part about traveling?

Meeting new people, definitely. I love hearing their stories and learning about new ideas and ways of living. I can’t live in a place without interacting with a dozen locals.

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What is the biggest challenge in traveling so frequently?

Right now the biggest challenge for me is feeling exhausted after being on the road for an extended period of time. I just recently traveled for 2 months in Europe and Asia for my big Forever 21st birthday and I was exhausted after 4 weeks of it. I was actually ready to go home. I even spent almost 2 weeks in each place and even with this pace I got tired. I will NEVER do a one-year round-the-world trip. I probably can if I don’t have to work while doing it.

What destinations are on your bucket list?

The 5 places I would love to visit are Morocco, Antarctica, Montenegro, Japan and all of South America haha.

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What are you feeling/loving/reading right now?

I am currently reading Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving and Directions magazine by Design Hotels while listening to Manu Delago’s music. He is divine.

What advice would you give aspiring gypsetters?

Believe that you can create and design the life that you wanted. Do not listen to the commoners.

If you could choose one of our Wanderable Experiences (we have over 2,800!), which one would it be and why? 

I would probably choose the Portofino and Tigullio Gulf Excursion just because I’ve always wanted to check out this region in Italy and I’ve never visited yet!

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After this peek into DJ’s rich world, we’re itching to book a trip to Europe! Meanwhile, we’ll be nourishing our wanderlusty daydreams with the fun and informative posts on DJ’s blog. Check it out the next time you’re yearning to escape to a faraway corner of the world, we know we will!

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