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    Ennis Bluebonnet Trail
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    Rome, Italy
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    Gettysburg
    Gettysburg
    Learn about restaurants, touring the battlefield, and more.
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    Powerful images from
    Arlington Cemetery
    Arlington Cemetery
    Guards stand watch over the tomb of the unknown soldiers
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    St. Marks Square in
    Venice Italy
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    Vacation Photo Tips
    Vacation Photo Tips
    Tutorials to help you improve your family travel photos.

Helping you with family travel and vacation photography

Welcome to Family Travel Photos

Photo from the Washington Monument in Washington DCOver 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 you’ll 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 we’ve 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 aren’t visiting us – you’re traveling to great tourist locations in the United States or Italy. Instead, for each location you’ll 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.

Photo of the Balanced Rock at Arches National Park in Utah

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

Photo of Ruby Falls near Chattanooga Tennessee

I’ve been a photographer since 1981 and have taken tens of thousands of photos. (More than 100,000 photographs with my last three cameras alone!) I’ve 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The photos and writings are provided at no cost for your learning and entertainment. The information is copyrighted so please do not reproduce, redistribute, repost or print any information on this site without prior permission.
Please use the contact form to tell me more about your planned use of the photos or information. I like helping teachers out with their projects or sharing the photos in many different ways, but I do have to approve their use first - if I don't, I can't defend my copyrights if someone tries to sell my work.
I can print only so many pictures, calendars, coffee mugs . . . what the hell else am I going to do with 15,000 vacation photos? LOL ok, seriously, I'm a writer, photographer and web designer by trade and by passion. I enjoy putting the information together and learn from the process of creating these webpages.

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