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5 tips for photographing your children on holiday plus fabulous places to take them

i-escape Editor, Nadine Mellor
26th May 2017

The days of staying in beautiful boutique hotels don’t have to end once you have kids. As Editor of i-escape’s Kids Collection and a mother of 2, Nadine Mellor is an expert on travelling with children. It’s never been easier to take photos of your holiday, but taking good photos can take a bit of thought and practice.

Here are Nadine’s top tips for photographing holiday memories:

1. Position yourself between the sun/light source and the child/ren, and try to catch them in engrossed in a task or activity rather than with standing stiffly with fixed grins

2. Crouch down so you’re more at their level for better angles.

3. Don’t be afraid to zoom in on your subject, as the background, unless well-positioned/well-composed can detract.

4. Or make sure that the context is well-established and writ large in the background of the picture

5. And if their activity is fast-paced - such as jumping off a rock into the sea - consider setting your camera or phone to multi-shot format, and if appropriate you can create a GIF file afterwards, which work brilliantly on social media

i-escape Editor, Nadine Mellor, has put together her 5 favourite family havens below. i-escape.com have a fabulous 900-strong Kids Collection of stylish family-friendly hotels and hideaways - places which offer equipment to borrow, kids clubs, fenced swimming pools and kids’ menus. All have been visited by their team of parents, and honestly reviewed with insider details and top tips, along with lots of photos.  

Praia Verde, E.Algarve, Portugal

Close to a long sandy beach and set in protected pine forests, this cool contemporary boutique hotel has a relaxed open-plan vibe. You get delicious food (including a kids menu) in the restaurant, there’s a large outdoor swimming pool and small playground. All suites come with useful kitchenettes and sofabeds, and they offer free kids activities in the summer holidays, plus movie nights with popcorn.

Praia Verde, E.Algarve, Portugal

Blenheim Cottage, Oxfordshire, UK

This gorgeous 2-bedroom riverside cottage (sleeping 2-4) and garden looks out across the gracious grounds of Blenheim Palace. Inside, all is cosy designer chic with feature wallpapers, designer lighting, a well-equipped kitchen, a slipper bath, power shower and underfloor heating. Aside from the Palace and all of its family-friendly activities, there are nature reserves, parks and gardens, woodland and wildlife on your doorstep.

Blenheim Cottage, Oxfordshire, UK

La Ferme du Lac Vert, French Alps

The Alps are an often-overlooked summer-holiday destination, but there’s actually heaps to do: horse riding, kayaking, white-water rafting, mountain biking and hiking (many chair lifts operate in the summer, too). In the beautiful Portes du Soleil region is this exceptional chalet hotel with a sun-drenched terrace and a flower-strewn meadow garden. There’s a sociable ‘shared chalet’ feel where you can book individual rooms or the whole place, which sleeps 20-24.

La Ferme du Lac Vert, French Alps

The Manor Houses, Menorca, Spain

For big family get-togethers, or a couple of families holidaying together, a large villa with a sea view swimming pool and direct beach access will work brilliantly. Here you have 2 stunning villas to choose from: one with 6 bedrooms, the other with 10, both with large private gardens, high-spec kitchens (self-cater or hire in a cook), and bikes to borrow. 

The Manor Houses, Menorca, Spain

Trisara, Phuket, Thailand

For a truly sensational stay, consider this luxury hotel whose villas and suites (each with infinity pool) nestle into a steep jungly hillside, with a white-sand beach below. Watersports, ambrosial food, a superb spa, flowering gardens, a supervised kids-play pavilion and the main 45m-saltwater swimming pool will keep the whole family entertained and enraptured all holiday.

Trisara, Phuket, Thailand

You can see the full list of properties still with availability here.