The question I get asked probably more often than anything else is, ‘”how do you take these photos when you are traveling alone?!”
Well for those of you that don’t know already, I have been a wedding photographer for the past 6-7 years leading me to already having amazing camera gear for my travels. I’m definitely not suggesting to go out and buy the most expensive DSLR camera out there, but my one tip about nice gear is to invest in the glass.. aka a good lens! I think one of the best travel lenses is the 24-70mm because the focal length range.
So with that being said, how do I manage to get photos of myself when I am usually traveling solo on my layovers? Well although I am traveling solo, people are everywhere. I normally can find a trustworthy person to snap a quick photo of me, but I am pretty picky with the rule of thirds and how much head room is in a photo, and the photos they take are usually out of focus, so mainly I have to rely on myself.
For my favorite shoot that I recently did in Paris at the Musee de Louvre, I did it all via self timer! Yes, I was that crazy girl running back and forth to my camera and dancing and posing for the camera, but it was also so fun and freeing! I had a few onlookers stop and watch, so I always made sure to stay close enough to my camera. Also, I must mention, that this shoot took place at 7am and there was practically nobody at the Louvre at this hour, so I didn’t have to worry about photo bombing people or thieves.
If you can find a small travel tripod, that is the best recommendation I could suggest! There are options on amazon that are super cheap and lightweight, but make sure you get one that can support the weight of your camera. I just got a new Joby Gorillapod 3k and it was less than $50! And no I’m not sponsored by them or B&H photo, I just believe this is a great product for the price!
Lastly, find a quiet spot during your travels and test it out! I promise you will end up laughing at yourself and more fun than you thought was possible for a solo traveler.