A lot of time will be taken to get that elusive shot, the perfect family snap. Yep, you are all looking tanned, smiling into the camera, relaxed and happy and like, hey, you're having an AMAZING time. The one photo that goes round on email or facebook or twitter. Look, isn't our family GREAT!? Key to this style of holiday photo is that your family has to be pretty photogenic. Good skin and white teeth really help. Amusing yet flattering poses are a winner.
Now you might feel that I am sounding rather bitter at this point. You would be right. Sadly, me (and dare I say it, some members of my family) just aren't that photogenic. I NEVER get a tan. And I know feminists aren't supposed to care what they look like, but it would be nice to have ONE photo where everyone looked reasonable right? Or at least in the right direction?
The sad thing is that you can spend so much time trying to get flattering, fun photos that you aren't actually enjoying your holiday. There's been a lot around recently on mindfulness, being present, living in the moment. Sometimes taking photographs can be a wonderful way to really observe your surroundings, or play with fun angles or underwater scenes. But when all you do is try and force everyone to look like they are having fun for the camera - "Smile! No, this way...AT THE CAMERA" - then no one is actually having fun.
The selfie is the pinnacle of this style of photography for me. There you are having a meaningful moment, alone or with a loved one, and you have to interrupt that moment to record it. And, of course, it's not really about remembering. You would remember that moment anyway. It's about publicising that moment to everyone else. As though you're a celebrity: Brand YOU. Brand US. Brand FAMILY.
So I hope you have some lovely snaps from holiday to remind you of where you were and what you did. To show the grandparents. To show the kids when they're older. But most of all, I hope you had a really good time. Because holidays don't last that long, and as soon you get back, they seem a lifetime ago...
Thanks for reading. What are your family photos like - are they a priority or something that doesn't really matter?