Disney Fine Art Photography
Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity to help my father surprise my mother for her birthday with a trip to Walt Disney World. She got to stay in her favorite hotel, the Grand Floridian, for the first time and spent a week in the parks.
I was looking for a unique gift for my mother, something that we had never done in Disney and something she could always use to remember her trip. While talking to the Itinerary Planning Office at the Grand Floridian, they mentioned something about booking a photo session for the family.
I had not heard of this before and so I did some research. Disney Fine Art Photography will do photo sessions at various resorts during different days of the week for families on vacation. With bringing my sister down to surprise my mother, I thought this would be an amazing idea! The four of us live all over the US now and getting some nice photos of us to hang up would be such a great gift!
Disney Fine Art Photography will take pictures at the Grand Floridian, Polynesian Village, Art of Animation, Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club Resorts. Since we were staying at the Grand, I was hoping that we could get pictures done there, however family portrait sessions will not get done there on a Saturday or Sunday, which was the days I had to do them because of my sister. I asked our photographer about it and he says that it is due to the amount of weddings that take place there on weekends.
Speaking of our photographer, we had a wonderfully spunky gentleman named Earl. He was so much fun to work with! We did our photos on Sunday morning at the Polynesian and he met us in the lobby at 9:00 am. You can start your sessions as early as 7:00 am if there is availability.
I had paid for the 20 minute photo session; being my parents last full day in the parks, I didn't want to take too much time away from them. We were able to start early which was very cool and I really felt that we got our money's worth! Earl knew the photo business for sure; he would stop in the middle of a walkway because he saw an area with really good light and immediately knew what he wanted the picture to look like. We had a lot of input on how we wanted the pictures done; whether we wanted to stay inside or outside more and what kind of pictures we were looking for. Earl really wanted to make sure we were happy with our photos, spending extra time with us to make sure he got the shots that we wanted and that they turned out well.
After our session, we got a flash drive with the photos on it as well as a couple documents with some information on purchasing from the Disney Fine Arts studios. I liked how instantaneous it was.
I would highly recommend adding a Disney Fine Arts Portrait session to your next vacation! You can purchase the Mini Portrait Session for $150 or get an Enhanced Portrait session for $350, which includes an hour session complete with image enhancements, website posting and a customized photo book!
For more information, visit the Disney Fine Art Photography website and see a few photos from my family's session below!