Five Minutes to Fairytale Photos ~ Not to Scale

I think that the magic of a Disney vacation exists in three wonderful parts: the dreaming of planning, the pixie dust moments during trip itself and the memories you take with you for years to come.
Since I can't live in the Cinderella Castle Suite or even on property year round, pictures help bring a bit of the fairytale back into my everyday life.
In my enthusiastic pursuit of remembering the Magic, I take hundreds of my own pictures every vacation and hope to share a bit of my experience with you.
One of the difficult things about capturing vacation magic is the overall grandeur and scale. Walking down main street toward the hub, Cinderella Castle is larger than life, as is Rapunzel's Tower, Spaceship Earth, the Tree of Life, Mickey's Sorceror's Hat and the Disney Ships themselves.
The problem with many of the photos of these landmarks is they fail to offer any sense of the scale afforded by the people and surroundings..

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Rapunzel's tower is huge!
Or tiny!
Or something!
Without anything lending scale in this photo, it's kinda hard to tell.
I have two favorite ways to make sure that the scale translates.

1.) Put your children in the photo.

Or grandkids.
Or any kids that are yours in some way or another.

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Children for scale.
Tiny kids let you know that whatever is in the background is humongous.

2.) Go for a long shot.

Don't have children on hand?
Fear not!
A row of trashcans or benches will do as well.


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Shrinking Portholes and tiny people in the distance
Just some items to help give a sense of the enormity of the scenery. The change in the scale and the vanishing point both lend to the scale and let you know that the other end of that ship is really, really, really far away!

3.) Or go crazy and do both!

Anything worth doing is worth overdoing, after all.

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Children & Vanishing Point = Super Scale.
Because sometimes, scales can be wonderful.

“If you're smart you'll learn by heart what every artist knows: you must sing your scales and your arpeggios.”
~Duchess, Marie, Toulouse and Berlioz, The Aristocats
So get out there, make mistakes, get a little  perspective and scale, try a shot that shouldn't work, but might and see what fairytale photos follow you home.



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