Like most families, capturing moments during vacations is important to us – and particularly challenging when the entire family is on fat bikes! During our week-long fat bike family vacation, we relied on a combination of cameras to document our adventures:

GoPro Session
Mounted on the front of my bicycle, we set this compact, waterproof camera to take photos every 10 seconds during our ride. By putting the camera on auto-drive, I was able to capture many action shots (as well as a few hundred photos that ended up in the trash).

The session blends in with my bike.
The session blends in with my bike.

Due to it’s diminutive profile and timed photography it was easy to forget the camera, leading to some fun candid moments.

Our son and Steve posing for a family portrait.
Our son and Steve posing for a family portrait.
Capturing candid moments
Our daughter frolics in the snow

Following the kids, or jumping off the trail and positioning my bike properly, allowed me to grab photos of both kids in action.

On the trail
On the trail
Riding towards the sun

GoPro Hero
Steve carried the larger GoPro, mounted on a chest strap for easy accessibility. Rather than having the camera take time lapse photos, as we do with the Session, Steve would ride ahead and then turn to take pictures.

Steve aiming the GoPro Hero
Steve aiming the GoPro Hero
The GoPro does a great job with selfies.
The GoPro does a great job with selfies.

Canon Elph
Having abandoned our old camera in favor of our mobile devices, we have rediscovered the benefits of a point-and-shoot camera. Not only does the battery outlast those in the GoPros, but it takes great pictures, particularly when taking family portraits.

Steve sets up the GoPro for a family portrait
Steve sets up the GoPro for a family portrait

Setting the Hero up for a family portrait, it easily got all of us, and our bikes, but we clearly stood too far away, and didn’t have enough pixels to crop the photo too tightly.

Family Session taken with the GoPro Hero
Family Session taken with the GoPro Hero

With zoom and self-timer, the point-and-shoot was perfect for family portraits.

Family portrait taken with the point-and-shoot
Family portrait taken with the point-and-shoot

Of course capturing the pictures is only half the battle – to ensure all our special memories don’t remain trapped on my laptop, I would review all our photos each evening, keeping a few of our favorites and throwing away the rest (which also saves storage area). As the end of our vacation approached, I started building the photo album in iPhoto, with the goal of sending it to print within the week.

Photo Album
Working on the photo album while the kids went swimming.

A few days after we got home, I put the finishing touches on our album, and sent it off for printing, ensuring the memories wouldn’t remain locked in my laptop!

Photo Album Page 1 Photo Album Page 2

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