5 Ways To Take Couple Photos While Traveling

Traveling as a couple definitely has its perks. Its great to share new experiences and moments with someone you love. It’s also to always have someone to take a photo of you at all these special places. The problem however is how do you capture the moment as a couple. No one wants to get home from an epic trip only to discover that every pic is them alone.

We travel often so we have worked out ( almost ) every way to get those shots together even when we are alone!

Here are top five ways to get those sought after couples photos while traveling.

A Camera and Tripod

If you are serious about photography you will already own these two. It’s not always the easiest to travel with a tripod, especially a bigger one, but its so worth it. You get great quality photos wherever you want! You can use manual focus using one person where you want to stand and then do self timer and run. This only works for really easy photos and also definitely not in the heat of Summer. Sweaty, annoyed photos are not a thing. Alternatively but a remote for your camera and make your life super easy! With photos like the one above taken at Blausee, Mike has hidden the remote in the hand you cant see. We use a Canon 5D Mark iii and a Sirui tripod

GoPro

Lets admit it, GoPro’s make travel selfies easy and awesome. They are wide enough to get everyone in as well as your gorgeous view. They are so compact you can take them everywhere. The quality is great and you can even use them in the water. We have taken our GoPro everywhere and it always performs. I would suggest buying a stick for your GoPro ( its way cooler than a selfie stick for phones I Promise! ) so its easier to hold up and get that shot. The new Hero5  Black GoPro also has a neat function where you can tell the GoPro to take a photo. This voice remote function has really helped us achieve some cool shots!

Drone

This one is a bit controversial but if you use it safely and within regulations and guidelines it can be really fun. Maybe you are standing on a mountain top where there is no place for a tripod. Or you need just that little bit of extra height to capture a spectacular view. This is where a drone comes in so handy. We love our DJI Mavic because it folds up so small and easily fits into our camera bag. You don’t have to send it up high and you can easily hide the remote as well. Remember when traveling with a drone though that each country has its own flying rules that you should adhere to. Some countries don’t even allow drones so do your research if you are not sure. Getting your drone confiscated will not be fun.

Another Person

Okay so this one falls a little bit out or the tech theme of this post. If there is someone handy and you are in a rush this might be your best option though. For this photo there was minimal light left. If we had set up a tripod the sun would have probably been gone. We asked our guide that was with us to take a shot and it came out great. If the person is unfamiliar with your camera just get the settings and angle right and tell them to press the button. It couldn’t be easier! I wouldn’t ask any stranger though so rather go with someone you know or have been spending some time with.

Good Old Cellphone

Selfies with a phone will always be my last option. Its definitely not my favorite way to capture a moment but sometimes its better than nothing. These days the front facing camera of cellphones has pretty good quality. You might not get a lot in but in years from now you can look back at all the silly selfies and still smile and remember a moment. I draw the line at selfie sticks though 😛

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  1. July 25, 2017 / 12:23 am

    What a great post! As a traveling family we love to have photos with everyone – and not missing the photographer of the group! I’m not keen on handing off my camera often – once I had a camera dropped. YIKES!! So, we use some of these other options you list. I’m not good enough at the drone just yet, but we are working on it!

  2. July 25, 2017 / 12:24 am

    I have yet to travel with a S/O, but I like these tips for solo travel as well. It took me a while before I got enough courage up to ask strangers to take my pictures for me, but after the first time, it was super easy. Although I think using a drone or selfie stick would be easier. You never know if a random person is going to be able to get a good enough shot!

  3. July 25, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I love this post. Haven’t yet tried a drone but really do want to give that a go. I agree the GoPro is really a great little camera and sometimes it may not be that practical to take a tripod with you. With the various options you have listed here though, there definitely would be some way to get great shots with you and your special person.

  4. July 26, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I’m tempted to buy a gopro, more so for the time lapse images but as they are wide lens they do make better selfie images than a phone. I never imaging using a drone for thus purpose but it must work perfectly once you hide the remote. I didn’t know drones were banned in some countries but I’ll check out the list of banned countries before travelling with one.

  5. July 26, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Great tips for taking photos as a couple! I often travel with just my boyfriend and it’s always a struggle to take couple pictures, especially when we’re somewhere secluded. Been meaning to get a tripod for the longest time!

  6. Jean
    July 27, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    We are GoPro and cell phone users! Finally got a nice camera but not willingly to let others try it just yet. You’re so right how much fun it can be travelling as a couple!!

  7. July 27, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    I always have a problem as I travel solo so this guide is great for me even though I am not part of a travelling couple. For now I have been using the tripod and run or the selfie idea however I do find if I offer to take other peoples photos then they will take mine in return 🙂 But there is always that problem of being alone on that mountain top. I really hadn’t thought of a drone. Neat idea!

  8. July 29, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    As a photographer with bulky camera and lenses I know the pain of travelling with the full equipment, including having to pay checked luggage to transport a large tripod. Sigh. That’s the price to pay 😀 But I agree that my life got so much eaier when I bought a remote. Makes carrying a heavy tripod around worth it!

  9. July 29, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    I would love to try some shots with a drone! My husband isn’t usually a fan of posing for photos when travelling, but I think he would love the tech side of the drone. These are definitely some awesome shots!

  10. July 29, 2017 / 4:52 pm

    Great reminder. I often forget to take those great couple shots, and I have have all the things you mentioned except the remote and drone.

  11. July 29, 2017 / 5:24 pm

    Great tips and gorgeous photos!

  12. July 30, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I wish I could buy a drone… But for now my good old camera is all I got. Great points… Your photos are beautiful 🙂

  13. July 30, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Great tips! I usually bring a mini tripod along on vacations to get a few photos of me and my boyfriend (he’s also from South Africa!). We’re usually terribly awkward in our photos though ha ha. I think looking away from the camera like a lot of your example photos in this post would work out better for us.

  14. July 30, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Getting a great photo with the two of us in the shot is always the most difficult part of documenting our adventures! I’ve found the gorilla tripod works pretty good too for more “interesting” locations. 🙂

  15. July 31, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    This post was exactly what I needed these days. We usually just ask someone to take a picture of us which is basically us just standing in front of something. Pretty boring, huh? Thank you so much for sharing this.

  16. August 23, 2017 / 12:51 am

    Great tips and suggestions and I didn’t know about that GoPro 5 voice remote feature. Having a quality photographer/friend with you, or taking your time to setup with a tripod must be two of the best ways to get couple shots. I like the drone idea too although drones sound like a pain to travel with.

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