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Taking family portraits by yourself isn’t as hard as it sounds!  Though I have to be honest, it’s definitely harder than trying to take self-portraits of just the 2 of us.  It depends on a cooperating baby :)  With good timing (pun intended :)), it’s easy!  Before Kennedy arrived, Nick and I always ventured around taking timed self-portraits in new places that we visited.  All we needed was our camera and some kind of surface to set the camera on.  We set the camera up, focused everything, and then one of us ran into the picture before the timer went off.  It was fun!

With a baby, we wanted to be a little bit more calculated.  We probably don’t have the same amount of time to spend testing and taking pictures.  We brought along a tripod and a remote to trigger the camera shutter.  This way, we could literally take 10 pictures in 10 seconds.  It’s a lot more efficient!!  It worked amazing with Kennedy!  So, here’s how we did it:

>> WHAT YOU NEED:  A tripod, a camera, 2 Pocket Wizards, and a shutter release cable.

>> HOW TO SET IT UP:

  1. Set up your tripod:   I don’t think we really have to explain how to set this up – just open it up and wa laa!!  Here is the tripod that we use:  It’s a carbon fiber tripod by Manfrotto.  The carbon fiber is nice because it’s much lighter.  On this trip, we packed it up in a checked suitcase so we didn’t have to carry it.  Kennedy comes with a lot of luggage already :)
  2. Set up your camera & shutter release cable:  Using a remote shutter cable (make sure you get one that is compatible with your camera).  The D3s uses a 10-pin shutter release cable – we use this one from Flash Zebra.  Plug the cable into the camera’s connector.  This may vary per camera.  Ours is located on the front of the camera (top left).  
  3. Set up your remotes:  Plug the other end of the 10-pin cable into a Pocket Wizard.  Hold another Pocket Wizard in your hand.  Turn both of the Pocket Wizards on.  The one in your hand will act as the remote which will trigger the camera shutter.  
  4. Focus on your subject:  Make sure one person is standing off in the distance where you want to position your picture; have the other person focus the camera on your face.  We typically make sure the little red square is right on my face.  Then, do a test shot!
  5. Position yourself:  Make sure the remote is hidden behind someone or something so you don’t see it in the picture.  Nick and I always put our hands behind each other’s back.  You can’t even tell we’re holding anything :)

Without further ado, here are a few examples:  This is one of my favorite family pictures that we took. Because we went to Bermuda during off-season, we had Horseshoe Bay Beach practically to ourselves!
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Bermuda 240The baby stroller also doubles as a tripod stroller.  Fits perfectly right into the carseat!
Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, self portraits, family session, family self portraits1I spy with my little eye a Pocket Wizard!!
Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, self portraits, family session, family self portraits4We took all of these pictures in seconds…you just have to be quick with your poses.  Fortunately, we know a lot of them :)
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Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, self portraits, family session, family self portraits1And for those times when you don’t have a tripod or remote handy…only a long arm will do!Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, self portraits, family session, family self portraits1Sometimes it doesn’t always go as planned…
Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, self portraits, family session, family self portraits1But, I think she feels better :)Untitled_9161Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, self portraits, family session, family self portraits1

Hopefully, some people will find this helpful on their next adventure!  Whether your going on a vacation or just taking pictures in your backyard, you’re sure to capture some great ones.  You might have to take a lot to get the perfect one, but practice makes perfect.  Just make the best of it and have a little fun with it!

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From the East Coast, a flight to Bermuda is less than 3 hours.  For our first trip with Kennedy, that was perfect!  6 years ago, Nick and I took our first trip together to Bermuda.  6 years later, we brought Kennedy back for her first trip.  Bermuda will always hold a special place in our hearts.  It is such a beautiful, small island (21 square miles) and you can really adventure around and see a little bit of everything.

Traveling with a 6 month old made the trip much different than any of our previous ones!  Everything is at a much slower pace, scheduled and you have to be prepared to stop what you’re doing every 3 hours (or less!) to feed a hungry baby.  Fortunately, we can eat all the time, so it worked out!  haha.  I think the hardest part of the trip was trying to figure out what to pack…preparedness is so important (and also makes for a really heavy diaper bag; you never know when you might need something…anything)!  I packed for everything!  Making a list was so helpful…I make to-do lists for my to-do lists.  Another difficult part was trying to find hot water all the time to mix with the baby formula.  Thankfully, I brought along a few containers of pre-mixed formula (in the boxes), so I could easily feed Kennedy if I couldn’t find water anywhere and if it was just a hassle to mix (i.e. on the airplane).  Being prepared made our trip so enjoyable!  Kennedy was great and we had an amazing time, while taking a million pictures…you’ve been warned :) Also, I included a lot of links to hotels, restaurants we tried and different attractions that we visited at the very bottom of this post.  I hope some find it helpful! :)Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 070Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 112Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 071Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 083Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 004Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 002Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 006Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 015Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 007Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 005Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 008Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 009Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 012Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 014Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 016Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 018Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 019Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 020Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 023Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 021Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 022Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 011Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 001Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 115Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 025Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 026Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 028Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 030Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 033Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 032
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Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 104Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 109Bermuda travel photography, travel photographer, 110She did great for her first flight!

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Where we stayed, ate, and visited…

HOTELS:  There are 2 large resorts in Bermuda:  The Fairmont in Southampton and the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.  

  • Fairmont Southampton:  We stayed at the Southampton one almost 6 years ago on our first visit to Bermuda.  This one has so many beautiful beaches that are only a short shuttle bus ride away.  The hotel offers free transportation to their beach so you don’t have to walk…unless you’re looking for a good workout.  The walk is steep, but it is scenic right on the golf course!  
  • Fairmont Hamilton Princess:  We’ve stayed at both of them and preferred the Hamilton Princess this time with a baby.  There are several restaurants on the property and the city of Hamilton is only 5 minutes away; you can easily walk there (and bring your baby along)!

RESTAURANTS:  

ATTRACTIONS:  

  • The Royal Naval Dockyard:  There are so many shops and restaurants here right on the water.
  • Horseshoe Bay Beach: It’s located in Southampton and there are a few ways to get there.  You can take a ferry from the dockyard in Hamilton to the Royal Naval Dockyard; then, take a 30 minute taxi ride to the beach (it will save you some money this way if you’re already in Hamilton – Bermuda is expensive!).  If you’re in Southampton, you can take the free shuttle bus from the Fairmont down to the beach.  Or, you can just take a taxi from wherever you are…or take your moped!  We drove mopeds all around the island on our visit there.  You can really see some hidden beaches this way :)
  • City of Hamilton (the capital city of Bermuda)
  • Parish of St. George’s
  • Tobacco Bay:  Located in the St. George parish, this beach is known for the amazing limestone structures that jet out of the shoreline.
  • Gibb’s Lighthouse:  It’s located in Hamilton, near the Fairmont hotel, and you can easily walk there…but, there are no sidewalks and the roads are very narrow.  Sadly, when we visited this time, it was closed due to renovations.  Bermuda was hit with 2 really bad hurricanes last October and there are so many places that are being renovated and rebuilt.
  • National Museum of Bermuda:  Located in the Royal Naval Dockyard, this museum used to be a fortress!  There are beautiful remnants of stone walls and secret pathways all around the grounds.

You could really drive (take a taxi or moped) all of Bermuda in one day!  It’s only 21 square miles.  There are so many beautiful beaches along the coastline…it will definitely take longer than a day. :)

  • Noi Tran - Brita these are so beautiful! The place is just gorgeous and you guys are absolutely adorable. I enjoyed these so much!

  • Victoria Schneider - You guys are perfect! So happy yall got to take Kennedy there:)

  • Kim Scott - Brittany, this is Sammy’s mom. Your family is so adorable. Sammy loves Kennedy! Just wanted you to know. May have to visit the next time she sits for you so I can meet that beautiful, smiley daughter of yours! Love these pics!

  • Taylor Austin Collins - Love this post! By the way, if you ever need to heat a bottle on a plane the flight attendants will be more than happy to oblige. As a flight attendant, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heated bottles for passengers. I’m a pro now ;)

  • Taylor Austin Collins - Totally understand, except NO flight attendant would EVER use airplane water lol. They have full size liter bottles of Dasani, etc to use. Just thought I’d mention it. People don’t usually think of it unless they’re on an international flight.

  • Brittani Croft - Your travel posts are quickly becoming my favorite…I’ve hoped we make it to Bermuda one day ever since I saw your first trip photos. These are just as beautiful and I love how much fun it looks like Kennedy had too! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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Ever wondered where to start when you’re trying to pack for you next trip…with your 6-month old baby?!  I have bought so many different items, tested them, returned them and kept some just trying to find the right one.  I thought I’d share a few of my favorites and essentials…it’ll save you all the time it took me to test everything.  I listed the links to everything below :)  There are obviously way more things to pack…Kennedy has her own suitcase and she fills up the whole thing.  Also, these are the items that work best for us right now.  She is 6 months old and needs a little support sitting.

Travel essentials with a baby

>> MUST HAVE ITEMS FOR TRAVELING WITH A BABY <<

  1. Baby Bjorn Baby Carrier:  Perfect for taking your baby everywhere without having to push around a stroller (as small as the travel ones are).  It’s really comfortable and Kennedy loves facing outward and looking at everything.
  2. Graco SnugRider:  This is the smallest stroller that I’ve seen and the carseat clicks right in; it’s lightweight and really small.
  3. Munchkin Formula Dispenser:  For when you don’t want to carry around the huge formula container.
  4. Johnson’s Baby Take Along Pack
  5. Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser:  These little bags have so many uses!  They’re great for dirty diapers, wet clothes that have spit up, trash bags…and they smell good!
  6. Lotus Travel Crib & Portable Baby Playard:  This travel crib is the best!  It’s lightweight and the straps can be unzipped and worn like a backpack!  It’s almost as big as the Graco Pack & Play though…but, if you’re looking for lightweight and convenience, this is it!
  7. Phil & Teds Wriggle Wrapper:  This amazing little invention rolls up super small right into my diaper back.  You wear it like a fanny pack (ha!) and place your baby right in.  Kennedy needs a little support while sitting; this wriggle wrapper frees up my hands while holding her upright.
  8. Clorox Wipes To-Go:  Because, germs.
  9. OXO Tot On-the-Go Travel Rack with Bottle Brush:  Another amazing invention!  There are even little pegs built in to dry out the bottles.
  10. Dapple Pacifier Wipes:  Convenient, small, and cleans the germs off.
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