10 Tips for taking stunning travel photos of yourself.

Traveling is great fun, but the truth is most of our travel photos feature only one or the other of us, rarely do we both get in the frame.  If you want to take your travel photos to the next level, you’ll love my 10 tips for taking stunning travel photos of yourself.

This post is about how to get those stunning, Insta-worthy photos when traveling by yourself.

Here’s 10 simple tips to capture that one stunning photo!

Look up!

When near a popular monument, make sure you place the camera just a few feet above the ground and angle it upwards to get this mega icon in the frame.  Use a rock or anything that can prop your camera upwards.

When you want to capture a beautiful landscape remember that thousands, maybe millions of people have stood exactly where you are to take the exact same photo … and with the exact same angle.

Using a different perspective will change your shot totally!

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Make friends with your Self-Timer

Tourists taunt the monkeysSet the timer, position yourself, pose … and click!

Self-timers are great when you’re somewhere by yourself, or not in a hurry.  Ideally, there is a rock or ledge where you can prop your camera against to set up your shot.

A tripod is great for this purpose.

Try placing your camera a few feet in front of you, allow 10 seconds to get in position and … click.

Another great tip is to put your camera into burst mode and get animated.  Move a little, tilt your head, point at some strangers, look towards the distance or do a standing jump to add mix it up a little.  Have a little fun with your photos!

Dress to Compliment

Be mindful of what you’re wearing.   Coordinate your clothing with the places you’re visiting.  If you wear neutral colours, you may blend into a stone wall or church – jazz your outfit up with a brightly coloured scarf so you stand out a little more.

Make sure the colour you choose compliments you beautifully so your photo will pop.

Ask strangers to take your photo

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Be aware, be careful who you hand your camera to.  Try to identify another tourist who’s also carrying a camera – chances are, he may even know a little about photography and take a great photo for you.

Laugh at the camera, don’t smile

You know how difficult it is to bring on a smile on cue, try laughing instead of smiling.  Trying to force a smile never fails to look staged.

Laughing out loud will relax your face muscles.

Awkward selfie pose

Buy a selfie stick and practice, practice, practice!  It’s all in knowing where to look.  Our trick is to look away into the distance and not focus on the camera … but it took many shots to figure that out!

Find another couple looking awkward taking a selfie.  Offer to take their picture, and then ask them to take yours in return. I’m sure they’ll be happy to oblige.

Not every photo needs to be a cheesy one

Ann at sunsetI’m working hard on feeling confident before a camera.

Knowing where to look is the key!  Don’t always face the camera, create a unique pose, flick your hair back or look off into the distance.  Pull a face, do something unpredictable – it’s all part of the fun!

Backgrounds with patterns, puddles, rivers and coastlines or large monuments all make great backdrops.  Make use of them whenever you can!

Use Props

A great tip is to use accessories to keep your hands occupied and provide an object of interest in the photo.  Hold a hat, or a pair of sunglasses.

Hold up a glass of wine and say ‘cheers’ to the camera.  Be creative!

Take a short video

Want to catch your skirt or hair blowing in the wind?  Skip, Jump or pick a beautiful flower. Video it!  It’s a great way to get variety into your travel photos.

Showcase your personalityBusking in Las Vegas with the best

Make sure you take lots of photos of yourself on your travels. Taking pictures of yourself is often awkward, but your mood, your expression will all change and you will get a chance showcase some of your personal experiences to enjoy later.

Embrace the moment!

Traveling is great fun, but the truth is most of our travel photos feature only one or the other of us, rarely do we both get in the frame.

Take your travel photos to the next level, with my 10 tips for taking stunning travel photos of yourself.  Amp it up a little and have some fun!

Be a little silly but most of all, have fun!  Your photos will hold thousands of memories that can only happen just once in a lifetime.

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Stunning Travel Photos of yourself

I hope you’ve found these tips useful.  Have you got any other tips we should add to this list?  Is there something that you do when setting up your travel photos?  Care to share below?