Little Wild Ones Scout Photography Resources

Style Guide

We have a few style requirements to help keep the vibe at the Little Wild Ones Collective happy and cheerful!

The Brighter, the Better: We know weather can be unpredictable and many of you’re adventure might be indoors where lighting isn’t ideal – but bumping up your exposure a little can make a big difference!

People: Try to include photos of the people in your family as much as possible. Keep the poses natural and candid, like the subject isn’t aware you’re taking their photo. Please note: We do not need portraits or close-ups.

Keep it Clean: Keep distracting elements out of the background of your photos and keep your editing clean and simple. Avoid moody shots, haze overly warm tones or coolness in your photos.

What to avoid:

Black & White: While we love a good black and white photo, please keep all photos in color.

Vertical Images: Please keep the majority of your photos horizontal.

Moody or Hazy Images: We want our locations to seem warm and inviting, so we want to avoid anything that darkens the photo too drastically.

Failing to deliver the style of photos we request above could result in removal from the Scouting Program.

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Photo Checklist

1. 2 Overview Shots of the Location
2. Surrounding Landscapes, Amenities and/or Attractions
3. People & Activities

Check out our Little Wild Ones Scouting 101 page for more detailed information on what we are looking for!

Note: A photo is almost always better when there’s a person in it (although we prefer no people in your overview shot). Photos with people are stronger at conveying your story/experience while allowing other parents to truly imagine their families on that adventure. Keep in mind, there is a difference between a portrait and a photo with a person in it – we are not looking for portraits.

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Camera Equipment

While there are tons of reviews and recommendations online that are much more in depth than what we will discuss here, we do have a few recommendations for what kind of camera equipment you might want to consider bringing along with you on your adventures!

These days, you can take some incredible photos with entry-level DSLRs, so don’t stress if you can’t afford a professional level set up just yet. However, if you are in the market for some new equipment, here’s what our top scouts are using now:

Body: Canon 5D Mark III + IV, Nikon D750 & D850, Sony A7RIII
Lens: 50mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4, 24-70mm (Sigma makes a great versions of the 35mm 1.4 & the 50mm 1.4 for a lot less!)
Tripod: GorillaPod, Manfrotto BeFree Travel Tripod
Filters: Polarizing & ND
Bags: JoTotes Gracie & Bellbrook Camera Bags & The Peak Design Everyday Backpack

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Gear Discounts

Being an outdoor photographer get’s expensive! So we try to help our Scouts out in anyway that we can, including gear discounts on some of your favorite brands! Once you’ve completed your first trip, email us to get a full list of brands and discounts available!

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Career Advancement

We know how expensive breaking into the world of photography can be, and how difficult it can be to justify that expense when you have a family to support! Being a Little Wild Ones Scout is a great way to showcase your work, get connected to all kinds of outdoor brands, earn a little extra money to fund those camera equipment upgrades, all while still spending time with your family!  Have a particular brand you love and have always dreamed of working with? We love making new connections! Let us know the brand and we’ll reach out!

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