Road Trip Requirement: Pictures!

Road Trip Requirement: Pictures!

Whether you’re taking a detour home from work or you’re a seasoned vagabond, the great thing about road tripping is that it’s for everyone! Who doesn’t enjoy capturing images of their adventures?  Thanks to Rebecca and our friends’ encouragement, our pictures have evolved from the traditional selfie Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Site to totally hamming it up every chance we can.  Like a roadside marker for a WWII UFO crash site! 20140816_172407 Yes, I said UFO. 20140816_172139 People ask us all the time how we get our pictures.  It’s simple really, we travel with a photographer! Futuro House Well, sort of.  Some of my previous jobs involved photography, and it’s always been a hobby.  That being said, I get irritated with horribly framed pictures.  You know what I’m talking about, a group photo where only people’s head’s are in the image while the rest of the frame is either the wall behind them or the sky.  Ugh! Taking your own pictures has pros and cons.  Our early shots were mostly selfies or propping a cell phone on the car, setting the camera’s timer and jumping into place.  There are a couple of drawbacks with these techniques: sometimes your arm is too short to include your subject matter or you’re fumbling around trying to level and balance your phone on a nearby stationary object.  Reference the reflection in Rebecca’s sunglasses in the above images.  The first is a glaring physical limitation (I’m not Stretch Armstrong), where the second you can see the reflection of the car from where I propped the phone on the windshield wiper.  I actually had to drive the car up in the grass for that image.  I’m glad we stopped there when no one was around!  Like ninjas, we evade capture at every turn! A lot of people are using selfie sticks, or selfie monopods.  We’ve seen them everywhere: gift shops, the battlefields of Gettysburg, airports, and the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.  While talking with their owners, we have discovered two different types: with or without Bluetooth.  The Bluetooth version requires you to pair a handheld remote with your phone, turn on your Bluetooth, then just press the button when you’re ready.  On the other version, you simply set the timer on your camera and count to…whatever you set the timer to.  We’ve generally seen them go for around $15, but I found these ridiculously affordable models on Amazon. We take pictures with an inexpensive tripod and aspring loaded cell phone clamp.  My bonus daughter (I don’t have stepchildren) loved our gear so much, that she actually tried to take it back to Texas with her!  Okay, maybe she didn’t try to steal it, but I’m imagining a scenario of it accidently finding its way into her luggage and mysteriously showing up in Texas where she’d just have to use it until the next time we went for a visit.  We ended up getting her the exact same equipment for her birthday.   The clamp screws to the head of the tripod, and your cell phone sits snugly inside the clamp.  I set the phone’s auto timer to 10 seconds, press the shutter icon, and count aloud as I move into position.  This allows Rebecca to strike a fabulous pose.  After the picture is taken, we review it, and either set the shot up again, or move on to the next attraction!  It’s that easy! Now get out there and take some great pictures!  Don’t forget to add us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!  We want to see your adventures!


  1. Kristin says:

    Thanks! I will have to check out this tripod! Hello from Ohio!


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  5. Lakiesha says:

    All those lovely photographs!

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