Creating professional photos at Walt Disney World
Visiting Walt Disney World usually means taking a ton of vacation photos. Of course, there is the obligatory snapshot in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom and one with your pal, Mickey Mouse. Even if you are fortunate enough to make repeat trips to the Orlando theme park, those shots don't get old. But perhaps the parent or scrapbooker in you yearns for an image that is just a little different but every bit as special. That's where Disney Fine Art Photography & Video comes in.
These Walt Disney World photographers can create wedding-day photography, engagement photos, senior high portraits, family portraits and more at the resort. Recently, I was admiring their work, and it has me daydreaming about which locations at the resort will be best for my son's senior photos many years down the road.
The group offers two photo packages. The Mini Portrait Session lasts 20 minutes and is "a quick way to capture casual family photos with professional posing." You choose the location for the photo shoot at one of five Walt Disney World hotels: Polynesian, Grand Floridian, Beach Club, Art of Animation or Animal Kingdom Lodge. Afterward, you will immediately receive your images on a flash drive with a copyright release. The Mini Portrait Session costs $150. You do have the option to pay for retouching at $25 for a single image or up to six images for $100.
The Enhanced Portrait Session is a one-hour booking with a choice of locations throughout Walt Disney World. This package not only includes the professional photographer but also an assistant, who helps with the poses and lighting equipment. Afterward, your portrait retouching and artistic enhancement are included. Because of that additional work, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for a private website to be created for you to view, share and order your photos. In addition, you receive a 6-inch by 6-inch book of your photos with your family name. The Enhanced Portrait Session costs $350. You can choose to purchase the digital images on a CD for an extra $100.
With both packages, you also can order additional prints of your photos through Disney World. Portrait sizing starts at an 11-by-14 for $120 and goes up to a 24-by-30 for $275. You also can order print collections. For example, you can purchase two 8-by-10, two 5-by-7, and eight wallet-size prints for $75.
A few tips for making the most of your portrait session:
** Try to schedule your photos to take advantage of the golden light of the early morning or afternoon, especially if you choose the Mini Portrait Session. Beware of Orlando's almost-daily afternoon showers in the summer, however.
** Consider booking your portrait session for the beginning of your vacation, so you have time to reschedule if the weather or children are not cooperating.
** Keep clothing simple and coordinate whether the style will be formal or casual to keep the focus on the subjects' faces and not their outfits.
You can reserve a time with Disney Fine Art Photography & Video by calling 407-934-4004.