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The Happiest Place on Earth

In a spur of the moment decision on New Year’s Day, my husband and I decided we should take the family to Disneyland. After a whirlwind of planning, we boarded a plane just 18 days later. Before we left I had a thousand moments when I wondered if we were crazy. But as soon as we boarded the plane and left winter behind, I knew we had made the right decision.

We spent 19 days away from Kodiak and enjoyed every minute. It reminded me how much I enjoy hanging out with my family. I’m working on writing a small novel about it on my family blog, but I wanted to share just a small peak with you here.

I’m glad I captured the moments I did with my camera, but I’m even more pleased with the video that my husband shot. He’s the videographer around here and does an amazing job. I’m so blessed that he enjoys capturing the little moments as much as I do. Together we make a pretty great team!

I had someone wonder about the logistics of taking a camera to Disneyland. I put a lot of thought into it before we left. I brought most of my equipment with me to California. We wanted to be sure to capture video for a movie and also some great pictures, but I wasn’t sure how it was all going to work. I didn’t want to be lugging around thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment all day every day. The prospect of having it stolen or broken made me nervous. I brought three cameras. A Nikon D700, a Nikon D5100, and a Nikon Coolpix S9100. I used 4 different lenses, all Nikon. 85mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 24-70mm 2.8, and 18-200mm 3.5-5.6. (I wished I’d had a 35mm with me.) I have an awesome camera backpack from Lowepro which was easy to carry and fit the equipment nicely.

What I ended up doing was bringing the big equipment several of the mornings when everyone was fresh and primarily relied on phone cameras and a little point and shoot in the afternoons/evenings. Because we stayed at The Grand Californian which is crazy close, we were able to go back and forth to our hotel room easily in case we needed to drop something off or pick something up. I highly recommend it if you are traveling with a toddler. (They offer a great military discount too!) Typically Miss B, Jake and I went back to the hotel after lunch so she could nap and her brothers were able to stay at the park. Because we were so close I didn’t worry about them at all. If you’ve got any other questions, just give a holler!

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February 12, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Becky Dustin - Thanks for linking to this and I don’t know how I missed this post. I thought about our conversation this evening and I am SO leaning towards not even taking my big camera. GASP! Can you believe that? I think my little point and shoot will capture the memories that I want and I know myself. I know that if I have my big camera there, I will want my pictures to be perfect and what I really want is for this vacation to be a fun and relaxing time for my family. Not me stressing out about something happening to my camera or what setting I need to use to capture this moment. I think with the scare we had this year that I want this vacation to be about being IN the moment…and my little camera will help me capture those moments just fine.

February 13, 2012 - 11:31 am

Amy Earle | Simply b Photos - Becky, I think that is SUCH a great idea. I Don’t think you’ll regret it at all! I’m really comfortable shooting in manual but with all the different lighting and how quickly it changed in the park, I was working overtime to keep up! I’m glad I caught the images I did, but the moments when I didn’t have my big camera were definitely less stressful and more enjoyable!!

February 20, 2012 - 10:08 am

Lindsey O'Connor - This seriously left a knot in my throat! It is beautiful and you can see and feel the excitement and joy in Betsy and your boys. After just getting back from our first trip to Disney with a little one, it brought back every memory we experienced and makes me want to go back SO bad! I will be taking a “real” camera (not just our cellphone camera) and video camera for sure next time!

February 20, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Melissa Griffin - Amy your Disney trip looks amazing! The video is beautiful, are you shooting that with your your SLR?

July 20, 2012 - 8:57 am

Lani - Amy, the photo of all three standing infront of the river…did u use a specific action to clean that up..i love the look of it.

July 21, 2012 - 9:18 am

Amy Earle | Simply b Photos - Lani, I would have used an action… can’t remember which one now though. Probably one from Florabella though. Sorry I don’t remember!

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