With summer travel fast approaching, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how I want to document it all.
I used to lug my giant camera bag all over the world, carrying every lens I could possibly need along with a couple back up cameras, flashes, etc.
These days, it seems like we’re packing for 3 months when we’re going somewhere for the weekend.
How is it that such a tiny 3-year-old person can need soooooo many things?!
With our arms full, racing through the airport(we’re never on time) carrying a toddler, 3 carry-on bags, 3 roller bags, a GIANT bag of food (that could last us not-only the 4 hour flight, but an entire week), the thought of adding even one.more.(camera)bag. sends me into a panic.
Therefore, I need a solution.
Either (a) we pack lighter and risk a pissed-off toddler (and we all know how bad it can be trapped in a metal container with 150 other passengers flying across the country to the sunny Jersey shore, let alone with a pissed off toddler)
or (b) travel with a smaller camera.
Typically by the time we’re ready to walk (or sprint in our case) out the door for the airport, I’ve put my camera bag back in the studio and decided my iPhone will be “good enough”.
Even if you don’t own an iPhone you probably have seen the reviews, and let’s face it, the newer iPhones are better than “good enough” …
… however, when your career for the last 16 years has been professional photography, using an iPhone to document your family feels a bit like the old “the cobbler’s children have no shoes” story.
It feels a bit like cheating …. cheating my own family out of the gorgeous photos I know I’m capable of creating. I’m sometimes just too lazy to bring along the camera.
Well folks, that’s all about to change.
I’ve been swooning over this little guy since Imaging USA earlier this year. And it’s finally time I pull the trigger.
The Fuji x100t ….. ahhhhhhh, so much awesomeness in one little vintage-looking camera. This is the best camera for summer travel.
You can even sync it to your iPhone so you can upload a brag-shot to Facebook to make your friends jealous.
This will be the summer my son gets “real” photos on our vacations.
So stay tuned for highlights to our upcoming travel plans which include a possible trip to my home town in Vermont, a week at the southern Jersey shore visiting my family, a couple days in Princeton visiting my son’s 96 year old great grandmother (that could beat the pants off of any Vegas poker player), a weekend in Palisade, Colorado enjoying wine tasting and peach-picking for my husband’s 37th birthday, and finally a trip to Mexico for Christmas.
I’m secretly always planning a trip (or three) … so who knows where else may get added to our list of destinations.
Are you traveling this summer? I would love to hear where in the comments below.
ps – will you be taking your camera?? Which camera do you feel is the best camera for summer travel?