Greetings From: A Guide to Documenting Vacations

with Jessica Thomason and Lauren Mitchell


all materials are downloadable & yours to keep

Your vacation memories don’t look like they came from a Google image search, so why should your photos?

Join Jessica and Lauren in this breakout as they capture the ups and downs, ins and outs of documenting family vacations. Using a documentary approach, they will share why the whole story matters from beginning to end. Jessica and Lauren will also provide advice on how to take photos while still being present to enjoy the trip ahead. Lastly, they will share plenty of practical tips for handling the chaos and crowds of a theme park as well as photographing on rides.

what you’ll get

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An eBook with everything you need to learn how to document the real story

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3 shooting videos at Disney World and Universal Studios Resort

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A video detailing the editing and culling processĀ 


A bonus PDF on documentary composition

what you’ll learn


How to push past blocks and stop chasing after the ‘perfect’ shot


How to let go of expectations and focus on documenting the real story


Advice and technical tips for each situation


How to document road trips, theme park experiences, trips to the beach, hotel stays and even staycations in a way that is completely unique to your family


A side-by-side comparison of dSLR and iPhone images taken by Jessica and Lauren during their trip to the Magic Kingdom


How to use specific compositional techniques to create documentary images


about your presenters

Lauren Mitchell draws inspiration from her background in graphic design as well as the colors, vivid light and experience of residing in Florida. She was born in 1984 to a woman who commuted two hours each day to work in a cubicle and took her daughter to McDonalds so much that she got Happy Meal toys for free.

She received her BA in Graphic Design and Art History from San Diego State. Lauren currently resides in on the Space Coast of Florida with her husband and daughter.

Jessica Thomason is a Florida native living on the gulf coast surrounded by snowbirds and criminals. She loves the idea of the beach more than the actual beach. She’s fascinated by real life weirdness and is 100% convinced that the best stories are the ones we couldn’t fabricate even if we tried. She has two spunky little girls, a husband who is really good at making margaritas and fixing the internet, a full time job as a pharmacist and a passion for documenting all of it (mostly with a phone). Phone is typically at 5% battery or less.



  1. Krista Taylor June 24, 2018 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I love this breakout! I think the best thing about this BO that makes it a little different from others, is basically the permission to let go of getting the “instagram worthy” shots, and documenting the reality of what is going on. Using composition to tell a story in your photos. This is something I will be working on, because I tend to take a lot of vacation photos of the kids without a lot of story of what is happening, such as my son eating an icecream…but where were we? In a lot of my photos, we could have been anywhere! Haha! I’m ready to go on our vacation next month with a different mindset than I usually go in with (usually, I’m really hoping to get AWESOME photos for my Instagram!) This time, I will be going in with a mindset of telling the full story of our vacation! This breakout is definitely worth your time!

  2. Linsey Davis June 23, 2018 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Have you ever been on a vacation and you feel like you want to shoot everything and end up getting totally overwhelmed? So your vacation photos end up being less than what you had hoped for?
    Our you take so many photos of the actual attraction & none of the reactions of the kids?
    But what about your stay-cation or just your summer at home????
    All of this is covered and so much more!!!
    Watching Lauren & Jessica shoot is always a wonderful learning experience but the narration of what they are seeing in that moment is a HUGE help!
    You won’t regret this breakout!!! And don’t wait to watch it until you have time! Just watch it NOW!!

  3. Becca Lundin June 22, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    This breakout is AMAZING! It is so much more than just how to capture your vacation. The tips inside can be applied to all situations – vacations, around the house, or out on the town. It made me really think about capturing what is truly important. To look beyond the Instagram moments and focus on what makes these images special for me and an individual! It also gives you an excuse to step back, breathe and be a little more easy on yourself as the photographer! I highly recommend it!

  4. Kelly Anderson June 22, 2018 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    the nicest thing about this BO is that it gives you permission to just relax and accept what’s around you in busy situations like vacation resorts. I felt like my photography was making progress in the quieter settings at home but then would beat myself up after taking my kids on a crowded outing and not getting the results I wanted. My expectations were too high. The tips about layering through people, pre-focusing, and micro composition have been very helpful. I also am getting over the idea that i have to take my big camera all the time, which is freeing. I love that they compare DSLR and camera phone and give tips for both. This BO to me was about letting go of some expectations and working with what you have around.

  5. Maria June 21, 2018 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Loved this breakout! It completely changed my perspective and approach to capturing precious family time on camera. Now I can’t wait to take a little time off :)

  6. Maria C. June 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    This BO completely changed my perspective on photographing family time. You will feel so inspired and -best of all- relaxed while capturing your family’s precious memories of fun times. 100% worth what it cost, I promise

  7. Christina E Cline June 20, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    This breakout is outstanding! It has really made me re-think how I capture our vacations, day trips, and daily life. The two PDFs are very well written and full of information and the shooting videos are extremely helpful.

  8. Antonieta Esis June 19, 2018 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Hey Hey photog-friends – Have you been thinking about documenting and capturing your vacation or staycation in a unique way?!…then GO and GRAB this amazing Break-Out…i LOVE it! —– Jessica and Lauren are two of my always favorites photographers…and This BO is fascinating and inspiring!

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