Read about the Christmas displays at the Dallas Arboretum, Gaylord Texan, Grapevine's Main Street, Plano's Deerfield community, and Addison's Vitruvian Park - be sure to watch the videos! Take a look
More than 15,000 family travel photos available for your enjoyment. You can see the various places to help you decide where you want to go and plan what you'll do when you get there. Learn More >>
Helpful trip reports offer tips on where to stay, where to eat, must-see attractions and places to avoid, with photo-related suggestions for the various destinations. Our reports will help you save money and time and improve the value of your vacation. Learn More >>
Travel Photo Tips
Do you want to take great pictures but don't know how? I offer tutorials on photography, with an emphasis on using what you learn for travel photos. Some tips require a digital SLR camera, but many apply to any camera you may use. Learn More >>
Helping you with family travel and vacation photography
Family Travel Photos.com provides you with photographs and helpful trip reports for various places around Texas, the United States and Italy. Whether you're an aspiring photographer, planning a vacation for your family or you just like seeing pictures other places, you will enjoy the information provided on our site.
Welcome to Family Travel Photos
Over the years I have traveled to several locations with various family members and we have developed a large collection of travel photographs from some great places. Rather than just relegate the pictures to one of the family scrapbooks, I decided to put the photos online for other fellow travelers to view and enjoy.
We hope youll find that this website offers more than just an assortment of family pictures on vacation. The purpose of this site is to inspire you to visit the places weve been and to help you prepare for your vacation with photographs, information, opinions and more.
For that reason, the photos included on this website focus on the places we visited and not on our own family pictures; you won't find very many pictures of us in our photo albums. You arent visiting us youre traveling to great tourist locations in the United States or Italy. Instead, for each location youll find more photos of the tourist sites, the rental properties where we stayed, the people who live there, restaurants, etc. As you plan your vacation, these photographs will help you choose what tourist sites you want to see, where you want to dine and more. And nothing offers motivation to travel like photographs!
Trip Reports Make you an Informed Traveler
For someone who is planning a vacation, the trip reports may be more valuable than the travel photographs. Starting with our travel to Italy in 2008, we kept thorough notes on each place we went, the restaurants where we ate, the rental apartments where we stayed. We covered each tourist site we visited, to include pricing, quality of tourist experience and photography policies. We identified a wide array of tips, suggestions and things to watch out for - everything from explaining what time of day you should avoid taking a gondola ride to organizing tourist sites geographically to maximize the number of places you can see each day.
I posted those trip reports in some spare web space I had and put links on Rick Steves' discussion forum. The response was terrific. Several people wrote to me to say they printed our trip reports and took them along on their vacations to Italy, and found the information invaluable. The feedback we received on the trip reports was ultimately the motivation for creating Family Travel Photos.com.
As Family Travel Photos.com develops, we will go back and create trip reports for locations we visited before Italy.
We believe that if you read our trip reports and look through our photographs, you will have a better and more organized vacation, make fewer errors and avoid more problems, and save time and money. This website is a lot more than just family travel photos.
Travel Photography Tutorials
Ive been a photographer since 1981 and have taken tens of thousands of photos. (More than 100,000 photographs with my last three cameras alone!) Ive published dozens of photographs in a wide range of magazines, newspapers, websites, marketing literature and other media. Over the years I've helped many novice photographers to improve their family photos.
In the Travel Photo Tips section of this website, I will offer tutorials on how to improve your travel photographs, what equipment to use, how to post-process your photos on your computer, etc. You will be amazed at how simple it is to make dramatic improvements to your travel photos!
You'll be happy to know that many of the photography tutorials work equally as well for someone using a point and shoot camera as they do for someone using a high end DSLR. The rules of composition, for example, have nothing to do with your equipment - they affect how you point your camera and compose the image with your viewfinder. Obviously, a camera with more capabilities will give you more capabilities and will result in better photographs. However, with a little understanding of how a good image is composed, you'll be shooting better pictures than you were before, regardless the camera you're using.
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Complete trip report on our Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean's ship Navigator of the Seas, including pictures and video. Take a look
Here is a short trip report on the Frisco RoughRiders game we attended in May, 2014. Take a look
We made a short trip around some of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails in Ennis, Texas and brought home some colorful shots of these beautiful flowers. Take a look
This tutorial explains the term aspect ratio, and explains why you should consider how you ultimately plan to use your photos even as you're shooting them. This tutorial will help you create better enlargements! Learn more
I created this website in 2009 and it was badly in need of a facelift. The site is all new and functions on all mobile devices - so take us with you on your next trip!
I spent a week in Utah with my brother, where we traveled to Bryce Canyon, Zion and Arches National Parks. The weather was bad but we still managed to get some great photos. see the photos
I have been to Medieval Times in Dallas Texas several times, and it never gets old. It's a great photographic opportunity and you can learn a lot by shooting pictures in this dark, fast moving environment. We had good seats and our knight even won! see the photos